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"A Retrieved Reformation"
Transcript of "A Retrieved Reformation"
Read the short story
irony, symbolism, foreshadowing, plot, characterization, allusion, symbolism, and theme
Predict what you think the story is about.
"A Retrieved Reformation"
is a person, place, or thing that stands for something else.
Symbolism is the symbolic meaning of something or character.
The red octagon is a symbol. The symbolism of the red octagon means STOP.
is the use of clues to suggest events that have yet to occur.
Star Wars, Episode 2
, Obi Wan is quoted saying to Anakin, "Why do I get the feeling that you will be the death of me?"
1) In your Reading Guide (#2 on the first page),
define "retrieve"/"retrieved." Define "reformation."
You may use your cell phone or class dictionary.
Reflect on your research
about the author, O. Henry.
Consider the title of the short story.
3) Predict what the story is about, and
write your prediction on the lines provided in the handout.
Discussion and Analysis
Write a theme paragraph for the short story "A Retrieved Reformation" by O. Henry.
What do you think a rose might symbolize?
Round characters in a story, play, or novel are simply characters who are most like real people.
Round characters have depth.
When Shrek says 'Ogres are like onions' he means that there's more to them than what you see on the surface. Round characters are like onions too; they have layers.
Flat characters are one dimensional and do not have a lot of depth.
Review: Static vs. Dynamic Characters
Often, flat characters simply help to move the plot along, but that is not always the case.
Are the following characters round or flat characters? Static or dynamic? Support your answers with evidence from the text.
Ralph D. Spencer
Why is the story titled
"A Retrieved Reformation"?
1. Bellwork: Take out your "foldable" dictionary and "A Retrieved Reformation" Reading Guide.
2. Review the following literary terms: allusion (word hunt), symbolism, and foreshadowing, and find examples from the short story (Partner A). Write the examples in your "foldable" dictionary.
* "A Retrieved Reformation"
* Reading Guide (Review Questions)
* Plot Diagram
* Foreshadowing and Symbolism
* Analysis and Theme
3. Complete Reading Guide review questions (part 3).
Something must be lost or thrown away before you can retrieve it.
What was lost?
Who retrieved it?
Allusion to the phoenix
"A Retrieved Reformation" Review
Objective: You will evaluate the author's use of symbolism, irony, and characterization to write a theme paragraph.
Tuesday 9/30; Wednesday 10/1
terms and definitions
of the short story
Study your reading guide and "foldable" dictionary.
Study for quiz
Edit theme paragraph using vivid verbs
Reminder: "How Am I Inspired to Succeed Speech" DUE 9/30; 10/1 (Extra Credit)
How to improve your writing: be more specific and detailed.
"to be" verbs
1. Take out a piece of paper
2. Fold the paper lengthwise ("hot dog")
3. On the left column, list 10-20 specific nouns. The nouns should not relate.
4. On the right column, list 5-10 verbs that relate to a specific occupation. The verbs should not relate to the noun in any way.
1) Write a brief description of your room at its peak "messiness."
2) Share with Partner A
3) Edit your description...
4) Share with Partner A and the class
Which description was more vivid?
1. Combine a noun from the left column with a verb from the right column to form a sentence of description. Complete 3-5 sentences.
2. The line of description should not relate to your chosen occupation.
3. Share with the class.
Theme Paragraph Review/Example
Disney's animated film
reveals that true love can overcome the most difficult obstacles.
Anna's sacrificial act of saving her sister, Elsa, ultimately thawed her frozen heart; Elsa says to Anna, "You sacrificed yourself for me?" (
It appears that Anna's life will be lost forever because only an act of true love can reverse the effects of the eternal winter. However, Anna's willingness to give her own life to save Elsa's exemplifies her true love for her sister and reverses the horrible, freezing winter.
Thus, the love between the two sisters can withstand even the harshest of circumstances.
"A Retrieved Reformation" by O. Henry (30 min.)
"How Am I Inspired to Succeed" Speeches. Highlight your name if you want to participate in the speech. (4 and 8 pts.)
Read and Annotate (CATCH) Biography
Complete author's "Facebook page" (handout)
1. Read "How to Improve Your Writing" (handout).
2. Take out your theme paragraph.
3. Underline the theme.
4. Circle all "to be" verbs (passive voice/weak verbs).
5. Box the vivid verbs (active voice/strong verbs/vivid verbs).
1. Meet with your group.
read all theme paragraphs
, you will
rotate the theme paragraphs around the table.
Provide two comments for each paragraph. Write your feedback under their paragraph and sign your name.
Consider structure, flow/transitions, consistency, theme, etc.
3. When everyone has finished reading every theme paragraph and writing their comments under each theme paragraph
discuss your comments as a group.
Revise your theme paragraph.
5. Teacher Example
7. Turn in your theme paragraphs
9/21 & 9/22
1. Review Part I in your Reading Guide Packet, and complete the quick-write in your journal
1. Complete the helpful handout (10 minutes)
2. Write a theme paragraph for "The Flowers" by Alice Walker (15 minutes)
3. Turn in to the inbox.
"The Flowers" by Alice Walker
* Use your reading guide packet.