Beware of the Dog Wounded And Trapped Roald Dahl Objectives • To analyze text in order to make inferences. • To analyze the way a work of literature relates to the themes and issues of its historical period • To compare and contrast a news story and a fictional account. Announcement! There are no VC classes scheduled: 4/1/10, 4/2/10 & 4/5/10! Anticipatory Set • In a moment, a game will open that will test your understanding of the story ―Beware of the Dog‖ to see how well you paid attention to details. • If the site doesn’t open for you, here is it is: http://www.quia.com/ba/166225.html Aces High There goes the siren that warns of the air raid Move in to fire at the mainstream of bombers Then comes the sound of the guns sending flak Let off a sharp burst and then turn away Out for the scramble we've got to get airborne Roll over, spin round and come in behind them Got to get up for the coming attack. Move to their blindsides and firing again Jump in the cockpit and start up the engines Bandits at 8 o'clock move in behind us Remove all the wheel blocks Ten ME - 109's out of the sun there's no time to waste Ascending and turning out spitfires to face them Gathering speed as we heed down the runway Heading straight for them I press my guns. Gotta get airborne before it's too late Rolling, turning, diving Running, scrambling, flying Rolling, turning, diving, goin' again Rolling, turning, diving, going in again Run, live to fly, fly to live, do or die Run, live to fly, fly to live, do or die Run, live to fly, fly to live, Aces high. Run, live to fly, fly to live, Aces high Iron Maiden Explain in a note how this song relates to the topic of today’s lesson. About the Author Roald Dahl (1916-1990) In his fiction, Dahl was able to capture the life of flying because he had been a fighter pilot in World War II. He had even lived through a plane crash and other injuries. He eventually put his military adventures into writing. At first, Dahl mostly wrote for adults, but later wrote children’s stories after his own were born. He is most famous for writing Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Website: http://www.roalddahl.com/ Summarize • How it begins: When the story begins, what is going on with the pilot? Making Inferences One way a writer develops a character is to show the character’s thoughts and actions. What inferences can you make about the pilot’s character from what he is imagining about his actions after his landing? Figurative Language: How Closely Did You Pay Attention???? What did the pilot compare his injury to??? = ? Making Inferences Given the way the pilot’s thoughts are wandering and rambling, what can you infer about his condition? • The pilot bails out of the plane and falls in and out of consciousness. • Where is the pilot when he finally (really) wakes up? • What town did they tell him he landed in after bailing out? Foreshadowing! • What does the pilot hear outside that makes him so uneasy? Making Inferences When the nurse comes in to wash the pilot, she comments that the water is ―hard as nails‖. The pilot revealed that he attended school in Brighton. He begins to say, ―In Brighton, the water isn’t…‖ and stops. What do you think the pilot was about to say? Hard vs. Soft Water What is hard water? What is soft water? If you are not sure… Google it! Making Inferences What fantastic and absurd idea has occurred to the pilot and why doesn’t he share it with the nurse? ―Garde Au Chien‖ Desperate to confirm whether he was right or wrong about his suspicions, the pilot painfully makes his way to a window. He looks out and sees a small house, a field, and a sign with white lettering. What makes the pilot conclude that he is in France? How it ends: The pilot remembers what the intelligence officer of his squadron told all of the pilots when they would leave on a mission. A man, supposedly an RAF officer, comes into the pilot’s room to get a combat report from him about how he was shot down and about his squadron. What response does the pilot give him and why? Closure Questions: Based on what you know about the historical setting and the author’s background, what can you infer about some of the issues that British soldiers may have had that are discussed in the story? Theme: What theme(s) would apply to this story? In other words, what does Dahl want you to understand by telling this story? This photo, provided by Richard Strasser, perhaps never before published, shows famed World War II war correspondent Ernie Pyle shortly after he was killed by a Japanese machine gun bullet on the island of Iwo Jima on April 18, 1945. Pyle, 44, had just arrived in the Pacific after four years of writing his popular column from European battlefronts. The Army photographer, who crawled forward under fire to make this picture, later said it was withheld by military officials. An AP survey of history museums and archives found only a few copies in existence, and no trace of the original negative! Independent Practice • Visit the discussion board and be sure you have completed all of the entries there. – The quarter ends March 30th! • Study for the exam you will take on Friday—Part II Unit 2. It will cover all stories can concepts from pages 561-606.
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