Fame and Glory in Freedom, Georgia Author: Barbara O’Connor EKU Spring 2005 LIB 805 Group Members: Melissa Angel, Lindsey Evans, Donna Hall, Mary Noble, and Christy Ward
Summary This is a story about a girl named Bird, who has a two big dreams. All of her life she just wanted to be noticed and to go to Disney World. One day she recognizes the change that she might be able to make one of those dreams come true. The prize for winning the state spelling bee is a trip to Disney World. All she has to do is find a partner. There’s this new boy, Harlem Tate, who has just moved to Freedom, Georgia. Bird thinks that she and Harlem could win the contest if they could just work together. Harlem agrees to be her partner for the spelling bee. After many practices, Bird and Harlem become good friends and discover that they just might win everything that Bird has always dreamed of.
Literary Elements <ul><li>Plot </li></ul><ul><li>Characters </li></ul><ul><li>Setting </li></ul><ul><li>Theme </li></ul><ul><li>Style </li></ul><ul><li>When an author manages to blend these elements successfully, </li></ul><ul><li>the result is the creation of a pleasing new world for young </li></ul><ul><li>readers to enjoy. </li></ul>
Plot <ul><li>In Fame and Glory… the plot is progressive and chronological . </li></ul><ul><li>A chronological plot covers a particular period of time and relates the events in order within the time period. </li></ul><ul><li>The story begins with Harlem having been in Freedom for three days, long enough to know that no one liked him (no one except Birdie). Then it takes us through many events that leads to other’s acceptance of him. </li></ul><ul><li>Progressive plots establish characters, setting, and basic conflict in the first few exposition chapters. The story then builds through rising action to a climax. Once the climax occurs, a conclusion is reached and the story ends. </li></ul><ul><li>The spelling bee leads to a revelation about Harlem’s vision problems. Birdie, in turn, intervenes with Mr. Moody and Harlem gets glasses which changes many things for him. Things change for Birdie too. She realizes that maybe she had Fame and Glory in Freedom,Georgia after all. </li></ul>
Characters <ul><li>Two Important Aspects: </li></ul><ul><li>Characterization and Character Development </li></ul><ul><li>Characterization is simply how the author helps the reader to know the character. O’Connor does this by describing physical appearance and personality. She also provides the reader with dialogue, actions, and interactions with the other characters to make the characterization more convincing. </li></ul><ul><li>Character Development refers to the changes the character undergoes during the story When significant experiences occur, we expect the character to be different as a result. The experiences that Birdie and Harlem went through together as their friendship developed, changed both of them. </li></ul>
Types of Characters: <ul><li>Round- complex individuals who possess both good and bad traits, like a real person </li></ul><ul><li>Birdie and Harlem are the main characters in this story. They are both round characters. </li></ul><ul><li>Secondary- partially described individuals whose purpose is to help build the story and make it comprehensible/not necessary to know everything about them </li></ul><ul><li>Miss Delphine, Ray, and Mr. Moody are the secondary characters in the story. </li></ul>
Setting <ul><li>The setting of the small southern town of Freedom, Georgia is an integral setting. This means the story could not be the same if it were placed somewhere else. </li></ul><ul><li>O’Connor made Freedom a place that was “just right” for this story to unfold in the manner that it did. </li></ul>
Theme <ul><li>Literary theme is the underlying meaning or significance of the story. </li></ul><ul><li>What was the author’s purpose? </li></ul><ul><li>What was the author trying to say? </li></ul><ul><li>O’Connor’s theme in Fame and Glory… is that we can all be important and make a difference in the lives of others, whether on a grand scale or a smaller scale. We should realize our own worth. </li></ul>
Style <ul><li>Style is the way the author tells the story. </li></ul><ul><li>Aspects of style: words, sentences, organization, point of view, symbolism </li></ul><ul><li>Are words appropriate to the story being told? </li></ul><ul><li>Do the sentences read easily? </li></ul><ul><li>Is the book organized ? </li></ul><ul><li>From what point of view is the story told? </li></ul><ul><li>Does the story contain symbolism ? </li></ul>
Style (Continued) <ul><li>O’Connor’s style: </li></ul><ul><li>The words O’Connor chooses to use in the book are appropriately matched with the characters and setting to help make the story believable. </li></ul><ul><li>The sentences flow easily and make reading pleasant and enjoyable. </li></ul><ul><li>The book is organized into chapters that are an appropriate length for young readers. </li></ul><ul><li>The story is told from Birdie’s point of view , which is extremely effective. Knowing what Birdie is thinking adds to the enjoyment of reading this book. </li></ul><ul><li>The symbolism in the story is appears to be Harlem’s glasses. Once he gets the glasses and can see, things begin to change for him but they change even more for Birdie. She can see the world much more clearly since Harlem got his glasses. </li></ul>
Important issues that come from “Fame and Glory” *True Friendship *Never judge a book by it’s cover *Loyalty *Poverty *Being happy with yourself, no matter what others think *Perseverance *Self-esteem
Issues For Book Discussion <ul><li>Friendship </li></ul>
Friendship Discussion Questions <ul><li>What is a main problem in friendships? </li></ul><ul><li>What is a good friend? </li></ul><ul><li>How do you keep a friend? </li></ul>
Issues for Book Discussion <ul><li>Popularity </li></ul>
Popularity Discussion Questions <ul><li>Why was it important for Birdie to “fit in” or be popular with the other kids? </li></ul><ul><li>Why did Birdie want to win the Spelling Bee? </li></ul><ul><li>Why did Birdie choose Harlem Tate to be her partner? </li></ul>
4. A link to a web page which gives a good editorial review of the book.
http://www.barboconnor.com/my_novels.htm#Fame%20and%20Glory%20in%20Freedom,%20Georgia This link shows awards and information about the book. Also it has excerpts from various reviews of the book. First website: Barbara O’Connor’s Website
Second Website: Amazon Books http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/product-description/0374322589/ref=dp_item-information_1/103-3911407-5999049?%5Fencoding=UTF8&n=283155&s=books This website is from Amazon books. It has editorial and customer reviews from various organizations and readers. I found it very helpful. * Sample review on next slide.
From Booklist : *Starred Review* Gr. 4-6. Not the most popular kid in sixth grade, Bird feels a kinship with Harlem, a new boy in her class who is shunned because he "looks mean and acts dumb." With the help of her kindly neighbor, Miss Delphine, Bird starts a campaign to befriend Harlem. The process begins haltingly, but Bird is triumphant when he agrees to be her partner in the school spelling bee. Bird soon learns that becoming Harlem's friend requires work and courage, but it also brings surprising revelations and unexpected payoffs. Told from Bird's point of view, the narrative unfolds in a finely tuned voice that alternates between hope and disappointment, stubbornness and vulnerability, self-awareness and kindness. Continued next slide…
5. A link to a web page, which gives some information on the author of your book. http://www.barboconnor.com This is the author’s website. I found various links for her books, biographies on the author, teacher links, and author websites. It was an informative website for learning about this book and Ms. O’Connor’s other works of literature.