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This is the lesson to accompany the story "The Last Leaf" by O.Henry 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 "The Last Leaf" by O.Henry 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 The Last Leaf O. Henry
  2. 2. Coleman’s Classroom www.clmn.net Pneumonia The Influenza Pneumonia Pandemic of 1918 killed 600,000 people in the United States and more than 25 million people worldwide.
  3. 3. Coleman’s Classroom www.clmn.net Pneumonia In the midst of the epidemic the acting Surgeon General of the Army noted the unusual character of this epidemic: whereas influenza normally was a mild disease that killed only the very young and the very old, this influenza was most dangerous to people 21 to 29 years of age. This influenza took the strong and spared the weak.
  4. 4. Coleman’s Classroom www.clmn.net Literary Terms Personification Giving human attributes to a nonhuman or nonliving thing Surprise Ending An ending to the story which is totally unexpected
  5. 5. Coleman’s Classroom www.clmn.net Literary Terms Things we personify? animals boats cars other machines other?????
  6. 6. Coleman’s Classroom www.clmn.net Literary Terms Surprise Ending Who did you expect to die? Who died? How did that make you feel? Do you like surprises?
  7. 7. Coleman’s Classroom www.clmn.net Still Used Idioms fair game something easy to conquer joining the competition in some way make up mind decide negative- indecisive
  8. 8. Coleman’s Classroom www.clmn.net Vocabulary Traverse Quaint Prowl Walk Across Charming, Old-fashioned Wander, Roam
  9. 9. Coleman’s Classroom www.clmn.net Vocabulary Congenial Ravage Smite Chivalry Sociable, Friendly Destroy Violently Attack, Strike Gentlemanly Behavior
  10. 10. Coleman’s Classroom www.clmn.net Vocabulary Idiomatic Expression Chivalry is dead.
  11. 11. Coleman’s Classroom www.clmn.net Vocabulary Swagger Solicitous Morbid Walk in boastful manner, Strut Concerned Gloomy, Depressing
  12. 12. Coleman’s Classroom www.clmn.net Vocabulary Idiomatic Expression “The road to hell is paved with good intentions.”
  13. 13. Coleman’s Classroom www.clmn.net Comprehension Questions Where do the girls live? Why is where the girls live important to the story? What relationship does Mr. Behrman have with the girls? How do the girls make a living? What do they want to do with their lives?
  14. 14. Coleman’s Classroom www.clmn.net Comprehension Questions Why does the doctor think Johnsy might not make it? How does Sudie respond to the news? What kind of person is Behrman?
  15. 15. Coleman’s Classroom www.clmn.net Comprehension Questions Why does Mr. Behrman help the girls? Why does Mr. Behrman get sick? Why is the last leaf Berhman’s masterpiece?
  16. 16. Coleman’s Classroom www.clmn.net Surprise Ending What is the surprise? Were you surprised? Why or why not? How did it make you feel?
  17. 17. Coleman’s Classroom www.clmn.net Personification Ln 32-36 The unseen stranger, Pneumonia stalked about… touching one here and there with his icy fingers… Ln 122 The cold breath of autumn had stricken the leaves… Ln 277-281 It was the last on the vine … it hung bravely from a branch…
  18. 18. Coleman’s Classroom www.clmn.net Some Themes Winter, Sickness, and Death Self-sacrifice Friendship Hard Work A Day’s Wait Thank You Ma’m The Corn Planting The Quickening A Winter’s Day The Corn Planting
  19. 19. Coleman’s Classroom www.clmn.net Characters Joanna (Johnsy) Sue (Sudie) Old Behrman
  20. 20. Coleman’s Classroom www.clmn.net Dialogue / Dialect Ln 75 Doctor’s Voice Ln229 Behrman’s accent
  21. 21. Coleman’s Classroom www.clmn.net Sensory Impressions Ln 177 … lying white and still as a fallen statue … Ln 214 … smelling strongly of juniper berries in his dimly lighted den below…
  22. 22. 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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