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"Aaron's Gift"

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Transcript of "Aaron's Gift"

A Short Story by
Myron Levoy
"Aaron's Gift"
Think of a time you gave a relative a gift. How did he or she react? Did he or she react like you expected? If not, what should you have given instead?
Myron Levoy
Born 1930
Grew up in New York City
Loved going to the library as a child, so took a job at the New York City Library and decided to become a writer.
Went to college for chemical engineering
Novels and stories won worldwide honors
Carrier Pigeons
Carrier pigeons have the ability to fly to a particular location.
Trained to carry messages since ancient times
Delivered the results of the first Olympics in 776 BC
Carried reports to the emperor of China in 500 BC
During WWI, 200 soldiers trapped behind enemy lines released a pigeon named Cher Ami with a message. The message was delivered and saved the soldiers lives.
Vocabulary
frenzied
carrier pigeon
peasant
motivated
obvious
peddlers
aviator
pylons
old country
Ukraine
splints
oath
mascot
coaxed
assassinate4d
Cossacks
consoled
hesitated
skittering
tenement
As you read, focus on
Point of View
Conflict
Plot structure
Theme
Short Story
Discussion Questions
1. Why did Aaron want to give Pidge to his grandmother for her birthday?

2. What does Aaron's reaction to Carl's invitation to join his group to reveal about Aaron's personality?

3. Aaron falls asleep thinking his grandmother would have wanted Pidge to go free, and that Pidge's freedon was ultimately his gift to her. (a)Do you think Aaron gave his grandmother any other gifts that day? (b)What else might she have been happy about?
Activities
OR
Use the details from the story to write a literary response reflecting on Aaron's grandmother's feelings about Pidge and why she may have wanted him to be free.
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