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Edna Back from America Lesson

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This is the lesson to accompany the story "Edna Back from America" by Clare Boylan and may include extra excerpts from songs and poems as comprehension questions and language development. The actual story in not included here; this lesson is for after reading the story. Created by Coleman’s Classroom.

This is the lesson to accompany the story "Edna Back from America" by Clare Boylan and may include extra excerpts from songs and poems as comprehension questions and language development. The actual story in not included here; this lesson is for after reading the story. Created by Coleman’s Classroom.

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  1. 1. Coleman’s Classroom www.clmn.net Edna, Back from America
  2. 2. Coleman’s Classroom www.clmn.net Clare Boylan 1948-2006 “Talking about ideas for a novel is a bit like showing pictures of the ultrasound if you're pregnant. Until they're out in the world, they can only be wonderful to you.”
  3. 3. Coleman’s Classroom www.clmn.net Some of Her Books • A Nail on the Head • Concerning Virgins • That Bad Woman
  4. 4. Coleman’s Classroom www.clmn.net Idiomatic Phrases battle axe used to describe a woman who is cutting or mean like a weapon and also tough
  5. 5. Coleman’s Classroom www.clmn.net Idiomatic Phrases daft as a bush Not very smart. In American English dumb as dirt
  6. 6. Coleman’s Classroom www.clmn.net Idiomatic Phrases wits end out of options and not sure what to do
  7. 7. Coleman’s Classroom www.clmn.net Literary Terms: Metaphor using like or as in a phrase to compare one thing to another to give imagery He is as messy as a pig. She is like a black widow.
  8. 8. Coleman’s Classroom www.clmn.net Literary Terms: Simile comparing one thing to another to give imagery He is a pig. She is a black widow.
  9. 9. Coleman’s Classroom www.clmn.net Metaphor or Simile? June racked her at her face and hair with her fingers as if a growth of cobwebs enclosed her. What image does this portray?
  10. 10. Coleman’s Classroom www.clmn.net Metaphor or Simile? She’s still a battle axe… What image does this portray?
  11. 11. Coleman’s Classroom www.clmn.net Other symbolism? •Disgorged •Eyes glittering with greed •Break the spell
  12. 12. Coleman’s Classroom www.clmn.net Some Themes • Despair /Death/ Suicide • Desperation • Identity Crisis • Violence • Relationships
  13. 13. Coleman’s Classroom www.clmn.net Suicidal • Nobody wanted me then and nobody cares about me now. • If she had gone into the water and been fished out the following day there would be nothing to identify her.
  14. 14. Coleman’s Classroom www.clmn.net Johnny Manel “Suicide is Painless”
  15. 15. Coleman’s Classroom www.clmn.net Song Excerpt Through early morning fog I see Visions of the things to be The pains that are withheld for me I realize and I can see... That suicide is painless It brings on many changes And I can take or leave it if I please. I try to find a way to make
  16. 16. Coleman’s Classroom www.clmn.net Song Excerpt The game of life is hard to play I'm gonna lose it anyway The losing card I'll someday lay So this is all I have to say. That suicide is painless It brings on many changes And I can take or leave it if I please.
  17. 17. Coleman’s Classroom www.clmn.net Suicide Is Never the Answer. There’s Always Hope.
  18. 18. Coleman’s Classroom www.clmn.net Other Themes?
  19. 19. Coleman’s Classroom www.clmn.net Main Idea? •Be careful what you ask for, you might get it. •Nothing in life is free. •Desperate people do desperate things. •Others?
  20. 20. Coleman’s Classroom www.clmn.net
  21. 21. Coleman’s Classroom www.clmn.net Who? • June • Muriel • Ted • Edna • Sid / Sylvie / Mom
  22. 22. Coleman’s Classroom www.clmn.net When / Where? Modern Era Small Tourist Town in Ireland Could be any small western village / town
  23. 23. Coleman’s Classroom www.clmn.net What • June is desperate for a place • Muriel is desperate for a family caretaker • Both lie about Edna to meet their needs • June not sure it is worth the cost
  24. 24. Coleman’s Classroom www.clmn.net Why? Muriel’s Problem • Sylvie is insane • Sid is violent possibly killed Edna • The mother has advanced Alzheimer's disease June’s Problem • No Money • Homeless • No family • Unloved
  25. 25. Coleman’s Classroom www.clmn.net What happened to Edna? • Did she run away from home years ago? • Did Sid kill her? • What do you think?
  26. 26. Coleman’s Classroom www.clmn.net For More Information Email Mrs. C ccoleman@clmn.net Visit Coleman’s Classroom www.clmn.net

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