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The Friday Everything Changed. Plot line  Exposition (introduction, setting)  One room school house  Rural North America  Post World War II  Likely.

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1 The Friday Everything Changed

2 Plot line  Exposition (introduction, setting)  One room school house  Rural North America  Post World War II  Likely 1950s

3 Plot line  Complication or initiating incident :  Alma Nile’s question: Why can’t the girls carry the water bucket?  Conflict : Man vs. Society  Girls vs. Boys on a basic level  Women vs. Society to gain equal rights

4 Plot line  Rising action :  Miss Ralston surprises them by taking the question seriously  The boys intimidate and beat up the girls  The girls come together in each other’s defence  Miss Ralston observes but does not intervene

5 Plot line  Climax :  Miss Ralston grabs the bat and tells the pitcher, ‘Come on!’  She has taken up the girls’ fights and wants to show that girls are just as good as boys, even in baseball.

6 Plot Line  Falling action:  Miss Ralston hits the ball into the ox pasture  Dénouement (resolution):  Two girls are chosen to carry the water, thereby changing tradition  Miss Ralston sweeps the dust off her desk in a gesture of satisfaction and pride

7 Miss Ralston  Story’s protagonist  Round character  represents the new ‘modern woman’  Pretty and feminine yet firm and tough  Role model for the girls  Becomes an advocate for the girls (stands up for them in their fight for equal rights)  Able to compete with the boys  Isn’t afraid to stand up for what is right

8 Characters  The boys and girls are mostly flat characters  Not described in detail  Not identifiable from each other  Not so much ‘individual personalities’ as they are ‘boys’ and ‘girls’

9 Similes  National Geographics… ‘like huge butterflies folding up their yellow wings’  As for Alma… ‘ we stuck to her like burrs’  ‘when… we’re hanging around the entry door like a lot of scared chickens’

10 Irony  Girls fighting to carry water  What do you know about those developing countries they read about in the National Geographic?  What is one the daily occupation for girls?  Who gets to go to school?  Miss Ralston’s ball soars into an ox pasture  An ox is usually a castrated male bovine (not a cow or bull)  The author did NOT choose a ‘wheat field’!

11 Metaphors  The story itself  Fighting for the right to carry the water bucket represents women’s fight for equal rights throughout history.  ‘such a bombshell ’: Alma’s question  The dancing dust motes  Only visible when the sun shines and otherwise invisible  Miss Ralston is like the sunlight enabling the girls to be seen and recognized.  the girls can dance and celebrate their rights.  It feels good to help others achieve equality.

12 Topic and Theme  Topic: Challenging tradition  Theme:  Directly stated: Equal rights  Indirectly:  The courage, patience and determination it takes to change any tradition  Specifically, change for women’s rights but also generally, for everyone’s rights: children, LBGT, the poor, mentally ill, seniors, etc.

13 Characterization  Direct  Author’s description of the character and how she behaves  ‘she was young…she was pretty big…she was strict’  Indirect  What the reader understands or interprets by what the character says or does

14 Indirect characterization  But the unusual thing about Miss Ralston was the way she sometimes stopped in the middle of a lesson and looked at us as if we were real people…  ‘I’ll think about that,’ she said, -- as if, you know, she would – ‘and I’ll let you know next Friday.’


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