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James Whitcomb Riley Inquiry


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James Whitcomb Riley Inquiry

  1. 1. James Whitcomb Riley<br />Heather Jackson<br />EDUC 357.002<br />Mr. Sandrick<br />
  2. 2. My Experience<br />In second grade, our teacher taught us the poem “Little Orphan Annie”. We were then asked to memorize a portion of the poem to be performed in front of the assembly. <br />We also visited Riley’s home in Greenfield, IN, when I was in second grade.<br />
  3. 3. Questions that Arose<br />What was James Whitcomb Riley’s life like?<br />What other poems did James Whitcomb Riley write?<br />How did James Whitcomb Riley die?<br />How did James Whitcomb Riley begin writing poetry?<br />
  4. 4. What was James Whitcomb Riley’s Life Like?<br />Born on October 7, 1849 in Greenfield, IN.<br />As a boy, Riley was noted for ingenuity and pranks.<br />Riley was unable to learn history or mathematics. Yet he still attempted to become a lawyer.<br />Riley never settled down, instead traveling with a “Miracle Medicine Show”.<br />Entertainment was Riley’s strength, he performed in plays and published poems in newspapers.<br />Taken from:<br />
  5. 5. What Other Poems did James Whitcomb Riley Write?<br />A Life-Lesson<br />A Noon Interval<br />A Parting Guest<br />A Passing Hail<br />A Poet’s Wooing<br />A Song of the Road<br />A Summer Afternoon<br />At Broad Ripple<br />Ike Walton’s Prayer<br />Knee-Deep in June<br />There Was a Cherry-Tree<br />To a Boy Whistling<br />Unless<br />We to Sigh Instead of Sing<br />Who Bides His Time<br />Ylladmar<br />Granny<br />The BumbleBee<br />Wet-weather Talk<br />Liberty<br />Orlie Wilde<br />The Harper<br />The Merman<br />The Old Guitar<br />The Old Times Were the Best<br />The Rapture of the Year<br />The Ripest Peach<br />The Rival<br />The Song of Yesterday<br />The Willow<br />Almost Beyond Endurance<br />Nine Little Goblins<br />Little Orphan Annie<br />Our Hired Girl<br />The Old Swimmin’-Hole<br />When the Frost is on the Punkin<br />A Barefoot Boy<br />The Raggedy Man<br />Taken from:<br />
  6. 6. How did James Whitcomb Riley Die?<br />Riley died of a stroke in July 22, 1916.<br />Riley died shortly after he visited his hometown of Greenfield, IN for a funeral of a boyhood friend.<br />In his late fifties, Riley suffered a stroke that paralyzed his left side.<br />Taken from:<br />
  7. 7. How did James Whitcomb Riley Begin Writing Poems?<br />Riley wrote his first poem when he was 21 years old, in 1870.<br />He began writing for multiple newspapers, eventually settled writing for the Indianapolis Journal in Indianapolis, IN.<br />Riley’s big break came when he privately published 1,000 copies of The Old Swimmin’ Hole and ‘Leven More Poems in 1883.<br />Taken from:<br />
  8. 8. Poem Excerpt from Little Orphan Annie<br />“Little Orphant Annie&apos;s come to our house to stay,<br />An&apos; wash the cups an&apos; saucers up, an&apos; brush the crumbs away,<br />An&apos; shoo the chickens off the porch, an&apos; dust the hearth, an&apos; sweep, <br />An&apos; make the fire, an&apos; bake the bread, an&apos; earn her board-an&apos;-keep;<br />An&apos; all us other childern, when the supper-things is done, <br />We set around the kitchen fire an&apos; has the mostestfun<br />A-list&apos;nin&apos; to the witch-tales &apos;at Annie tells about,<br />An&apos; the Gobble-uns &apos;at gitsyou<br />Ef you<br />Don&apos;t<br />WatchOut!”<br />“Wunst they wuz a little boy wouldn&apos;t say his prayers,--<br /> An&apos; when he went to bed at night, away up-stairs,<br /> His Mammy heerd him holler, an&apos; his Daddy heerd him bawl,<br /> An&apos; when they turn&apos;t the kivvers down, he wuzn&apos;t there at all!<br /> An&apos; they seeked him in the rafter-room, an&apos; cubby-hole, an&apos; press,<br /> An&apos; seeked him up the chimbly-flue, an&apos; ever&apos;-wheres, I guess;<br /> But all they ever found wuzthist his pants an&apos; roundabout:--<br /> An&apos; the Gobble-uns &apos;llgit you<br />Ef you<br /> Don&apos;t<br />WatchOut!”<br />Taken from:<br />
  9. 9. Standards Associated<br />2.1.3-Identify individuals who had a positive impact on the local community.<br />1.1.1-Compare the way individuals in the community lived in the past with the way they live in the present.<br />
  10. 10. Resources<br />James Whitcomb<br />American<br /><br />Indiana Historical Society:<br />About James Whitcomb Riley:<br />