Out Of The Dust

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Out Of The Dust

  1. 1. Out of the Dust by Karen Hesse Background notes about the novel, The Great Depression, and The Dust Bowl.
  2. 2. Out of the Dust <ul><li>Setting: Oklahoma; 1934-1935; The Depression; The Dust Bowl </li></ul><ul><li>Characters: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Billy Jo </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Ma (Polly) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Pa (Bayard) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Louise </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Mad Dog </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Miss Freeland </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Aunt Ellis </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Arley Wanderdale </li></ul></ul>
  3. 3. The Depression <ul><li>The Depression- economic slump that began in the U.S. in 1929 with the stock market crash. </li></ul><ul><li>Many countries were in an economic depression during the 1930s. </li></ul>
  4. 4. The Depression <ul><li>Farming suffered because crop prices dropped. </li></ul><ul><li>President Franklin D. Roosevelt created The New Deal, programs designed to recover the economy and provide relief for the unemployed, e.g., social security. </li></ul>
  5. 5. The Dust Bowl <ul><li>The Dust Bowl was a series of dust storms that affected the American and Canadian farmlands from 1930-1936. </li></ul>
  6. 6. The Dust Bowl <ul><li>Cause: drought and erosion of soil </li></ul><ul><li>Effects: agricultural and ecological damage </li></ul><ul><li>2.5 million residents in Plains states, including Oklahoma, migrated westward to flee the dust storms during the 1930s. </li></ul>
  7. 7. Style <ul><li>The entire novel is written as Billie Jo’s diary of free verse poems. </li></ul><ul><li>Free Verse: a style of poetry that has no rhyme nor meter (beat). </li></ul>
  8. 8. Protagonist <ul><li>A protagonist is the principal character who is the leader of a cause or brings about important change. </li></ul><ul><li>Billie Jo is the protagonist in Out of the Dust . </li></ul>
  9. 9. Imagery <ul><li>Poetry contains imagery, or descriptive language that evokes one or more of the five senses (sight, touch, smell, taste, hear) to create a mental image of something. </li></ul>
  10. 10. Theme <ul><li>A theme is a story’s insight about life. </li></ul><ul><li>Themes in Out of the Dust : </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Loss </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Forgiveness </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Survival </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Family </li></ul></ul>
  11. 11. Symbol <ul><li>A symbol is an object or action that means something more than its literal (actual) meaning. </li></ul><ul><li>One symbol in Out of the Dust is dust itself. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>What could dust symbolize in the story-- just based upon your knowledge of the history of the 1930s? </li></ul></ul>

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