Day 74: Literature Circles Part II

Today students finished their discussions about the short story they read with their lit circle.

1. Any students unprepared finished their reading in the hallway.

2. Students discussed the end of their stories.

3. Most students completed a brief reflection on the experience of working in lit circles.

HW: Complete any work not yet turned in, including the 3-part “Character in Transition” brochure, the Literature Circle Notes (both sides for both Friday and Monday), and your illustrations if you were the illustrator.

Absentees: Answer the following reading questions regarding your story only.

“And of Clay Are We Created” Questions:

1. Why is there so much description of the TV equipment? (p. 326, last paragraph)

2. How is an external conflict leading to a release of an internal conflict? (p. 327, 1st paragraph)

3. How does the description about Katharine help us understand Rolf’s need to help Azucena? (p. 326)

4. “He was Azucena” (p. 326). Explain.

5. In what ways does this remind you of the President of the United States? What is the author’s point here? (p. 329 after section break)

5. How can they be free and trapped? (p. 330, middle paragraph)

6. How does the point of view change in the last paragraph of the story (p. 331)?

7. Summarize the story in three sentences.

“The Dead” Questions:

1. Why is Gabriel angry at the top of the second column on page 13?

2. Joyce writes of Gabriel Conroy, “He saw himself as a ludicrous figure, acting as a pennyboy for his aunts, a nervous, well-meaning sentimentalist, orating to vulgarians and idealizing his own clownish lusts, the pitiable fatuous fellow he had caught a glimpse of in the mirror” (p. 13, second column). Do you think this is a fair self-assessment by Gabriel?

3. Explain how Michael Furey died.

4. What does the story about Michael Furey’s death make Gabriel realize? (p. 14, top of the second column)

5. What might snow symbolize in the context of the last line: “he heard the snow falling faintly through the universe and faintly falling, like the descent of their last end, upon all the living and the dead”? (p. 14)

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