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Homeless by Anna Quindlen
Transcript of Homeless by Anna Quindlen
Skill Master 1 & 2
The selection portraits the lives and struggles of people who have lost their home, as well as explaining what it really means to be homeless
"A home... The crux of it is not size or location, but pride of ownership."
1. Ann has pictures of her old home rather than things that had happened there, meaning that her home symbolizes all of those memories.
2. Many homeless people do not like homeless shelter because they want a home, not just a place to stay.
3. The author comments on how we turn adjectives into nouns EX: "poor" rather than "the poor."
4. The author wants us to look at details, not the broad picture
5. The woman's desire to just have one room, painted to her liking shows that it does not matter the size of something, just ownership over it.
6. Home is supposed to be a place of certainty, stability, and predictability.
Setting and Theme
Setting: The streets, subways, and parks where those without homes live.
Theme: We should appreciate the good memories we have, not the possessions. Our group decided this was the moral after looking at the dialog and the meaning behind it.
1. Homes are different now than a few decades ago. Our families used to stay in the same home for generations, while now we move every few years or so.
2. The author states she loves the small things in her house just like she loves the house itself, such as the water heater and the dish rack.
3. Having a house that is not yours is the same as not having a home at all. This is implied when Anna says "I'm not simply talking about shelter... or a mailing address. I am talking about a home."
4. It is reflected upon how we compare adjectives to nouns, such as labeling Ann as a "homeless person" rather than Ann.
5. The view of the whole picture can sometimes contrast very much with the view of the details.
6.Homes are contrasted to real estate based on the feelings and memories associated with them.
Anonymous- Compared to alone and adrift
Legacy- Said it was handed down from a grandfather
Enfeebled- Says you may live with your children while in this state so they may take care of you
Compromise- Uses the word to describe what people may do if they do not get what they want
Compassionate- Used to describe people who work to fix a problem
Predictability- Compared to stability and certainty.
The author's purpose in this story was to let us see into the lives of the homeless and inform us about their lives and struggles. By doing this she was hoping to grant us an understanding homeless people really just want a place to call their own, and that would means to them.
Perspective and Bias
The author's perspective in the story is that no one should really be homeless, and that what a home means has changed greatly in the last few years. The author does not hint at very much bias, although it seems she is not content with how people are fighting homelessness. She feels we are heading around the problem rather straight through it.
It was like a thousand houses, in a hundred towns- Hyperbole, exaggerating how many houses are like it.
It had aluminum siding and a chain link fence- Imagery, depicting an image of the house
We work around it... The problem lying on the sidewalk- Personification, representing a problem as lying down
Anna Quindlen describes home as a place filled with memories, and that you love every part of no matter how small.
What is the connotative definition of home to you?
What makes you love your home?
Passage #1 Page 40 "Home is where the heart is"
This passage reflects Anna Quindlen's thoughts on how a home feels and what it means to them.
What is the moral of this passage to you?
Passage #2 Page 41 "One room painted blue"
This passage highlights the idea that no matter what you have, you can never be happy without a place to call your own.
How do you think it would feel to have no place of your own?
Genre Master Discussion
What does the story tell you about the author?
Can you tell how the author feels about the topic?
Did the author include personal opinions? What are they?
How does the author use locations and examples to prove her point?
Sources Used: Textbook, Group Discussion, Internet Entries on the Story
Page 40 "Not just shelter... a home, about those memories and feelings that have wound up over the years."
We all have places we call "Home" and it has a special meaning to us only we know.
What do you think makes a home what it is?
How do you think people who have lost their home feel?
Word #1 Page 40 Anonymous- This word is special as it is used to say that Ann doesn't matter, that she is no one, and is used in contrast to someone. Means of unknown origin or to be no one, so think of the "Non" in the word as meaning "nothing" or "no one"
Word #2 Page 41 Crux- This word is special because it is unfamiliar and interesting. Crux means the most important part, so the "X" in crux could represent a marker for importance
How does the author feel about the homeless?
If you could change one part of the story, what would it be?
What was to be learned from reading this selection?
What is the most important moral this selection carries? Why?
From Theme Master Sheet:
Why might a person's definition of home change as they grow up?
Is home always a place? Why or why not?
From Sketcher sheet:
How do you think our drawing relates to the topic?
What does it represent to you or remind you of?
We have chosen to create the above drawing to symbolize that everyone wants a home, a place of their own, no matter what it looks like or how big it is.