Teaching The Ponder Heart
The following teaching ideas and strategies will help you expand your students' knowledge and understanding of The Ponder Heart, Eudora Welty, and the cultural context of the story. Additional features will help students compare and contrast the book with the film adaptation.
The Ponder Heart: Plot Summary
An overview of the story.
Before Viewing: Questions and Activities
Discussion questions and activities to prepare students before they view the film.
Suggestions on how to divide the film into three viewing segments.
After Viewing: Questions and Activities
Questions and activities to explore the story and film.
Novel into Film
Discussion questions and activities comparing and contrasting The Ponder Heart in its different forms.
A specific scene to study as a story, screenplay, and film.
Investigations and Extensions
More in-depth activities to address aspects of the story and film.
An essay by Eudora Welty explores the responsibilities of a writer.
Suggested books for students and teachers.
Recommended Web sites for students and teachers.
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Teacher's Guide Credits
Off Air Taping Rights
Educators may tape The Ponder Heart and use it in the classroom for one year after broadcast.
Note to Teachers: The book The Ponder Heart contains racial epithets and stereotypical portrayals of African Americans. We have included some activities to explore these issues, but you may want to discuss them with your students beforehand.
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