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The Sniper

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Transcript of The Sniper

THE SNIPER
By: Liam O'Flaherty VOCABULARY Plot and Setting Climax: the point of highest emotional intensity; sometimes the point at which we learn the outcome of the conflict Plot: a series of events


Setting: the time period and place in which the action of a story takes place Exposition: basic situation outlined, characters and main conflict introduced Movie Short Convey : suggest ; communicate effect: result Excerpt: passage;
part of a longer work Support: back up; strengthen
by giving evidence Outcome: result; ending The Sniper Powerpoint Presentation

Were you surprised by the ending of the story? Explain why or why not.

What message do you think the author was trying to convey by ending the story this way? Reflecting:
“The Sniper” Orange (Northern)=
Protestant
Part of United Kingdom (Britain)

Green (Southern)= Republic of Ireland
Catholic
Independent from Britain The Two Irelands Liam O’Flaherty The Sniper The Sniper “The Sniper”
Vocabulary Preview beleaguered v. used as adj.: surrounded and under attack.
ascetic adj.: severe; also, self-disciplined.
fanatic n.: person whose extreme devotion to a cause is excessive or unreasonable.
ruse n.: trick.
silhouetted v. used as adj.: outlined.
remorse n.: deep guilt. “The Sniper”
Footnotes Footnotes are tools to help us with rare words that we need to know to understand a story, but that we probably won’t see again for awhile!
Before reading, scan the footnotes. During reading, refer to them using the little numbers near the footnote words.

Liffey: a river that runs through Dublin
Four Courts: government buildings in Dublin under attack
parapet: a low wall or railing
paroxysm: a sudden attack; a fit
breastwork: a low wall put up as a military defense ______________________________________________________
-darkness
-fleecy clouds
-bright moon
-sounds of machine guns and rifles _____________________________________________

-Civil War in Ireland

-Republicans vs.
Free-Staters __________________________________
-Dublin, Ireland
-a rooftop

__________________________________
-1920’s
-in June
-at night Setting Setting
of “The Sniper”
Dublin, 1920s Liam O’Flaherty (1896-1984) was born to a large, poor family on Inishmore, one of Ireland’s rocky Aran Islands.
As a young man in his 20s, he witnessed and participated in the Irish Civil War.
O’Flaherty took inspiration from his experiences, writing frequently about the political conflicts in Ireland. “The Sniper”
Meet the Author: Liam O’Flaherty “The Sniper”
Vocabulary Practice beleaguered fanatic ruse silhouetted remorse Directions: Fill in the blanks with the correct Word Bank words. 1. I tried to trick her, but she didn’t fall for my __________ .
2. The ___________ troops fought off the attack bravely.
3. My sister doesn’t just love opera; she is a __________ .
The convict did not apologize or show any __________ .
The horse was __________ against the bright sunset. What qualities enable people to perform well when facing heart-pounding fear or stress?

Think about your own experiences or those of someone you know, as well as news stories or fiction you’ve read. Then, jot down your thoughts about people taking action when the stakes are high. “The Sniper”
Quickwrite Make the Connection: Under Pressure “The Sniper”
Making Predictions Look for any clues the writer has given about the outcome of the story.

Enjoy the story! How will it all end? Will each new action help the main character or create new problems? Will the main character escape the enemy? As you read “The Sniper,” keep these questions in mind to help you make predictions: Conflict in Ireland today “The Sniper”
Background (textbook p.4) On the other side were the Free Staters; they had compromised with Britain and had agreed to allow the English to continue to rule six counties in the northern province of Ulster. This story is set in Dublin, Ireland, in the 1920s, during a time of bitter civil war. On one side were the Irish Republicans (IRA); they wanted all of Ireland to become a republic, totally free from British rule. “The Sniper”
ANSWER KEY to Vocabulary Practice silhouetted remorse fanatic beleaguered ruse beleaguered fanatic ruse silhouetted remorse Directions: Fill in the blanks with the correct Word Bank words. 1. I tried to trick her, but she didn’t fall for my __________ .
2. The ___________ troops fought off the attack bravely.
3. My sister doesn’t just love opera; she is a __________ .
The convict did not apologize or show any __________ .
The horse was __________ against the bright sunset. Rising Action: chain of events that takes place as the main character struggles to achieve his or her goal Resolution: events following the climax in which any remaining issues are resolved
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