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William Sydney Porter (1862-1910) was an American writer better known by his pen name, O. Henry. "The Last Leaf," published in 1907, is a story about a girl named Johnsy who becomes sick with pneumonia and resigns herself to dying young.In “The Last Leaf” the dying character is given a voice that Lucy in “The Faith Cure Man” does not have. Pair these two readings and have students discuss what Lucy might have said if we could have heard her perspective.
Paul Laurence Dunbar (1872-1906) was an influential African American poet, the son of freed slaves, and friend of Frederick Douglass. In "We Wear the Mask," Dunbar introduces the idea of hiding behind a metaphorical mask.Compare Dunbar’s famous poem with “The Faith Cure Man” to drive a classroom discussion about African-American themes in literature at the turn of the twentieth century. What messages did Paul Laurence Dunbar bring to the fore with his writing?
In this passage, the translation taken from the New King James Version Bible, the young and small shepherd David takes up the giant enemy warrior Goliath's challenge for battle in a true underdog fashion.Pair “The Story of David and Goliath” with “The Faith Cure Man” and challenge students to have an advanced (and potentially controversial – be sure to emphasize respect!) discussion about the power of faith.
In this Linda Pastan poem, the speaker reflects on the faith placed in science in the modern world.Pair “Faith” with “The Faith Cure Man” and ask students to compare and contrast how the characters in the poem and the story view faith and science. How does the mother’s opinion of the relationship between science and religion differ from the speaker of the poem’s opinion?
"Rasputin: Mysteries of a Monk's Life and Death" introduces the life and death of the "Mad Monk," a mysterious historical figure who wielded control over the last royal family of Russia.Pair “The Faith Cure Man” with “Rasputin: Mysteries of a Monk's Life and Death” and ask students to discuss why Martha and Queen Alexandra both placed their trust in spiritual healers. In both of these texts, faith in mystical cures not only failed to save the ailing children but also led to consequences. Do students think these unfortunate outcomes were inevitable? Or was it possible for things to have played out differently?