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Words of the Wiser

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Oona Abrams

on 19 August 2013

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Transcript of Words of the Wiser

Signpost Lesson 3:
Words of the Wiser

Definition of "WW"
A wise character (usually older) shares advice, insight or understanding of an issue or topic.
Finding the "WW" is just the beginning!
Once you find the Words of the Wiser, you need to consider their meaning.
Reflect and discuss to unpack the possibilities!

Here is the "WW" Anchor Question:
What is the life lesson, and how might it affect the character?
Examples from Texts and Life
Answers to WW Anchor Question
From Texts: The lesson is important later in the novel, because women are denied an education under the Taliban. Hosseini makes it memorable because it will be a theme: women and education. In Creed, the advice the narrator gets from his mom helps him see a bigger picture and handle things differently.
From Life: "Don't wish your life away"; "Better a snob than a slob"; "Marry in haste, repent at leisure"; "Let them take your picture with no make-up."
From Tuesdays with Morrie
by Mitch Albom
Author info
Background Info
Breakdown of sections 1-4
1: "The leaves had begun to change color..."
2. "I thought about our first thesis..."
3. "Morrie motioned for my hand..."
4. "The last time Morrie saw his own father..."
SO: Who remembers 1) The WW definition? and
2) The WW Anchor Question?
I'll break the ice!
Part 1
WW Quotes
from Part 1
"When you're in bed, you're dead."

"If I can't give them the right attention, I can't help them."

These are WW examples, because they contain insight and understanding.
Anchor Question:
What is the life lesson and how might it affect the character?
The life lesson is to keep active and keep believing in your mind, even if your body isn't in great condition.
The life lesson is to attend to the people you care about, especially when it's hard.
These lessons might affect Mitch because there are obviously things troubling him, like the journalism strike mentioned in the first paragraph and his relationship with his brother, mentioned in the second paragraph.
Mitch wants to talk to his brother, but his brother "didn't feel like talking about being sick." Maybe Morrie's first WW ("When you're in bed, you're dead") will help Mitch to think about his brother, not his brother's illness. Maybe he could talk to his brother about something else and respect his brother's whole personality instead of his cancer.
Mitch's work strike is a lot about people not listening to each other. He says "each side [is] accusing the other of failing to communicate." Maybe Mitch will think about giving the "right attention" to his employers and possibly ending the strike.
Part 2: Let's look for the WW signpost and answer the anchor question together: What is the life lesson and how might it affect the character?
Part 2 WW Quotation
"'I believe in being fully present... That means you should be with the person you're with.'"
Part 2 WW Anchor Question:
What is the life lesson, and how might it affect the character?
Discuss with a partner
If you share the same opinion, STILL say the words. THEN try to add something else.
Part 2
Large Group Discussion
What are Morrie's words of the wiser, and how might they affect Mitch?
Annotate story as we discuss.
Part 3:
YOU find the WW example now
Mark them as we read
Then answer the anchor question: first in writing, then with a partner.
Part 4: Read the ending of the story on your own. Mark the WW's.
Share with a partner
Ask each other the anchor question
Large group discussion
A&A Wrap-Up

What did your classmates teach you today?
What did you discover today?
Notice and Note Connections
Do "Say Yes" by Tobias Wolff and "Reunion" by John Cheever have this "Words of the Wiser" signpost? Where?
Does this story have
C&C and A&A in it?

Daybook Entry for Words of the Wiser
We all have sage people in our lives who offer us advice. Sometimes, those words of the wiser can be annoying. Other times, we can appreciate them. Sometimes we follow them, and sometimes we don't. When have you received some words of the wiser? When have you offered them? To whom? Why are words of the wiser sometimes hard to heed? When are they easy to follow?

Remember, it's YOUR daybook. Respond uniquely in a way that makes sense to you. Draw, map, web, write, list, whatever works. But COMPOSE!
A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini;
The Body of Christopher Creed by Carol Plum-Ucci
Life: Mom
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