October 5th, 2011<br />Literature: Introduction to Fiction<br />Short Story: “The Wedding Guest”<br />
Housekeeping<br />Due today: “All Grown Up and Still in Tow,” Questions 3 & 5<br />Website: Dominic, Iman, Maha<br />Marked Work: “All Grown Up . . .” Vocabulary Paragraph<br />
Vocabulary Activity<br />Each group will be assigned a word.<br />Together, write a sentence for the word that<br />uses the word correctly (meaning and part of speech)<br />shows the meaning of the word<br />Each member of the group should be prepared to share their sentence with the class.<br />
“The Wedding Guest” - Vocabulary<br />gossip (n.)<br />(1) the discussion of rumours or private facts about other people’s lives, or (2) A person who spreads rumours or private facts about others.<br />(v.) the act of discussing rumour<br />(n.) Usually we have some columns in the newspaper which are called gossip.<br />Nowadays the most interesting part of media is gossip about celebrities.<br />(v.) When I was on the bus two people were gossiping about the wedding of their friend.<br />Many of the entertainment reporters were gossiping after the royal wedding.<br />flick (v.)<br />to make a light, quick movement<br />I flicked the dust from the light bulb to make my manager happy.<br />
“The Wedding Guest” - Vocabulary<br />postpone (v.)<br />to cancel an event temporarily; to put off for the future<br />I postponed going to the gym during my first pregnancy.<br />cluck (v.)<br />to make a noise which shows praise or appreciation<br />When she clucked I realized that she was enjoying what I was saying.<br />
“The Wedding Guest”<br />fluster (v.), flustered (adj.)<br />to make (v.) or become (adj.) nervous or upset<br />(v.) My teacher changed the deadline for the final assignment and I was flustered when I heard about that.<br />I fluster easily when I have to speak in public.<br />I will fluster if I have to give that speech.<br />I flustered over that question about “fluster.”<br />(adj.) <br />You keep me flustered by your reaction to my action.<br />The flustered student could not do her presentation.<br />I was flustered about my job today.<br />rheumatism (n.)<br />a form of arthritis<br />My mother has suffered rheumatism for many years.<br />My mother suffers from rheumatism.<br />My mother has rheumatism.<br />My mother is rheumatic (adj.)<br />rheumatoid (adj.) arthritis<br />
“The Wedding Guest”<br />harmless (adj.)<br />not causing, or not able to cause, harm.<br />My dog is harmless and will not bite you.<br />crumple (v.)<br />to become wrinkled, to collapse<br />The old lady karate teacher crumpled the young gangster and threw him to the ground.<br />I crumpled up the newspaper and threw it into the fire.<br />(adj.) Often I feel comfortable wearing crumpled clothes.<br />
“The Wedding Guest”<br />Before Reading<br />What does the title suggest?<br />What about the picture?<br />Read the excerpt under the title.<br />Does this change your expectation?<br />The author’s name is Lois Simmie (female)<br />writes mostly short fiction and children’s literature<br />born in Saskatchewan in 1932<br />grew up in small towns<br />father was a grain elevator agent<br />
“The Wedding Guest” - Discussion<br />p. 33<br />What point of view is this story told from?<br />What do you notice about how she speaks?<br />How has life changed since William died? Who is William?<br />What is your impression of the narrator?<br />What details reveal her personality?<br />“I haven’t sunk so low . . .”<br />
“The Wedding Guest” - Discussion<br />p.34 (after 3rd paragraph)<br />How are the narrator and Mrs. Clarke’s lives different?<br />How are they the same?<br />How do you think it feels?<br />
“The Wedding Guest” - Discussion<br />p.35<br />In what ways is the narrator hypocritical?<br />She says the cleaning lady is a gossip but she is a gossip<br />She accuses the cleaning lady of spying but she is always watching everyone else<br />She seems to have given up on making friends/having coffee but then she “makes friends” with Mrs. Clarke so she can have sweets (baking).<br />She ignores her problems but gets involved with other people’s business.<br />She says “There isn’t a mean bone in my body” but she was very mean to Mrs. Clarke><br />How is the final line ironic?<br />She says that Mrs. Clarke’s situation isn’t any of her business after she has gotten involved.<br />
Intro to Short Stories<br />Handouts:<br />Fiction Terms<br />Reviewing Story Elements<br />
Homework<br />For Wednesday– <br />1. Online grammar (Sentence Types) and read textbook p. 84-88<br />2. Re-read “The Wedding Guest” again on your own. Make brief notes on the handout “Reviewing Story Elements” and be prepared to discuss the story in more detail next Wednesday.<br />3. Write a paragraph using the following words from the story “The Wedding Guest”: gossip (n.) , flustered (adj.) postpone (v.), harmless (adj.), crumple (v.).<br />Your paragraph must <br /> use the correct form (n., v., adj., adv.), and <br />show the meaning of the word fully<br />For examples, review how the word is used in the story, look at samples sentences in a dictionary (but do not use them in your paragraph!).<br />
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