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Marigolds by  Eugenia W. Collier Introducing the Story  Literary Focus: Conflict Reading Skills: Making Inferences Feature...
Marigolds by  Eugenia W. Collier
Marigolds Introducing the Story “ . . . one cannot have both compassion and innocence.” from “Marigolds” by Eugenia W. Col...
Marigolds Introducing the Story The narrator of this story lives in a small town in Maryland during the Great Depression. ...
Marigolds Literary Focus: Conflict Conflict  is the struggle at the heart of a story. <ul><ul><li>External conflict —chara...
Marigolds Literary Focus: Conflict [End of Section] Conflict  is most intense when characters face both internal and exter...
Marigolds Reading Skills: Making Inferences A character’s  motivation  helps explain the  conflicts  that occur. <ul><ul><...
Marigolds Reading Skills: Making Inferences Often writers don’t make direct explanations about a character’s motives. The ...
Marigolds Reading Skills: Making Inferences While you read this story, look for clues that may help you  infer  the  motiv...
Marigolds Background The Great Depression In the 1930s, a terrible economic depression swept the world. The booming stock ...
Marigolds Background As the narrator of this story says, however, the Great Depression was nothing new to her family: For ...
Quickwrite
Marigolds Quickwrite Make the Connection [End of Section] This story is about the passage from childhood to adulthood, a j...
Vocabulary
Marigolds Vocabulary Previewing the Vocabulary arid   adj.:  lacking enough water for many types of plants to grow; dry. f...
Marigolds Vocabulary Previewing the Vocabulary placidly   adv.:  calmly; quietly. inciting   v.  used as  n.:  stirring up...
Marigolds Vocabulary Analogies   In analogies, the relationship between the first pair of words is the same as the relatio...
Marigolds Vocabulary <ul><ul><li>Antonyms:  The words in the pairs have opposite meanings. </li></ul></ul>Analogies   In a...
Marigolds Vocabulary 1.   CARELESSLY : HASTILY :: movingly : __________ 2.   EASYGOING : STRICT :: considerate : _________...
Meet the Writer
Marigolds Meet the Writer Eugenia W. Collier was born in 1928 in Maryland, the state in which “Marigolds” is set. A winner...
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  1. 1. Marigolds by Eugenia W. Collier Introducing the Story Literary Focus: Conflict Reading Skills: Making Inferences Feature Menu
  2. 2. Marigolds by Eugenia W. Collier
  3. 3. Marigolds Introducing the Story “ . . . one cannot have both compassion and innocence.” from “Marigolds” by Eugenia W. Collier
  4. 4. Marigolds Introducing the Story The narrator of this story lives in a small town in Maryland during the Great Depression. Because her family has always been poor, Lizabeth is unaware of new family hardships. She cannot explain why her neighbor’s lovely flowers should anger her so. [End of Section]
  5. 5. Marigolds Literary Focus: Conflict Conflict is the struggle at the heart of a story. <ul><ul><li>External conflict —characters struggle with something outside themselves (other characters, society, or nature). </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Internal conflict —characters struggle with opposing needs, desires, or emotions. </li></ul></ul>
  6. 6. Marigolds Literary Focus: Conflict [End of Section] Conflict is most intense when characters face both internal and external struggles. In this story, Lizabeth <ul><ul><li>takes part in an external confrontation with Miss Lottie </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>struggles with contradictory desires that she doesn’t fully understand </li></ul></ul>
  7. 7. Marigolds Reading Skills: Making Inferences A character’s motivation helps explain the conflicts that occur. <ul><ul><li>When you read, think about why characters behave as they do. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>As you consider the reasons for their actions, you are trying to determine their motivation. </li></ul></ul>
  8. 8. Marigolds Reading Skills: Making Inferences Often writers don’t make direct explanations about a character’s motives. The reader makes inferences, or educated guesses. Clues from the text: What characters say and don’t say. How characters act. Prior knowledge: What you know about people and how they behave. Inference about a character’s motivation. + =
  9. 9. Marigolds Reading Skills: Making Inferences While you read this story, look for clues that may help you infer the motives of the characters. <ul><ul><li>Look for reasons behind the children’s behavior as individuals and in groups. </li></ul></ul>[End of Section] <ul><ul><li>Don’t forget to consider deeper motives behind the neighbor’s garden work. </li></ul></ul>
  10. 10. Marigolds Background The Great Depression In the 1930s, a terrible economic depression swept the world. The booming stock market had collapsed in 1929, causing businesses to shut down all over the United States and factories to close their doors. Banks failed. People lost their life savings. Life was hard for almost every American during those years.
  11. 11. Marigolds Background As the narrator of this story says, however, the Great Depression was nothing new to her family: For the black families of rural Maryland, all times were hard times. [End of Section]
  12. 12. Quickwrite
  13. 13. Marigolds Quickwrite Make the Connection [End of Section] This story is about the passage from childhood to adulthood, a journey that is often marked by conflict. In fact, negotiating this passage can demand as much courage as a struggle with an outside enemy. Before you read this story, write down your response to the following question: What fears and conflicts do most young people deal with as they move into adult life? Keep your notes for use later on.
  14. 14. Vocabulary
  15. 15. Marigolds Vocabulary Previewing the Vocabulary arid adj.: lacking enough water for many types of plants to grow; dry. futile adj.: useless; in vain. impoverished v. used as adj.: poor; poverty-stricken. poignantly adv.: with a sharp sadness or pain; movingly. clarity n.: clearness.
  16. 16. Marigolds Vocabulary Previewing the Vocabulary placidly adv.: calmly; quietly. inciting v. used as n.: stirring up. malicious adj.: showing a desire to harm another; spiteful. contrition n.: deep feelings of guilt and repentance.
  17. 17. Marigolds Vocabulary Analogies In analogies, the relationship between the first pair of words is the same as the relationship between the second pair. <ul><ul><li>Synonyms: The words in the pairs have similar meanings. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>tired : sleepy :: happy : joyous </li></ul></ul>
  18. 18. Marigolds Vocabulary <ul><ul><li>Antonyms: The words in the pairs have opposite meanings. </li></ul></ul>Analogies In analogies, the relationship between the first pair of words is the same as the relationship between the second pair. <ul><ul><li>right : wrong :: few : many </li></ul></ul>
  19. 19. Marigolds Vocabulary 1. CARELESSLY : HASTILY :: movingly : __________ 2. EASYGOING : STRICT :: considerate : ___________ 3. DISHONEST : TRUTHFUL :: moist : ___________ 4. FIRMLY : WEAKLY :: nervously : ___________ 5. RUCKUS : COMMOTION :: regret : ___________ Vocabulary Activity: Analogies arid placidly malicious contrition poignantly poignantly malicious contrition placidly arid [End of Section]
  20. 20. Meet the Writer
  21. 21. Marigolds Meet the Writer Eugenia W. Collier was born in 1928 in Maryland, the state in which “Marigolds” is set. A winner of the Gwendolyn Brooks Prize for Fiction, she has also taught English at Morgan State University, Baltimore Community College, and Howard University. Her poems and stories have appeared in many anthologies. More About the Writer [End of Section]

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