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I knew then it was she who had been speaking when we entered.

March5

Examine the above sentence on p. 86.   Why is it its own paragraph?   Why is it important?  What does it reveal about the three main characters and their interconnection?

“The querulous drone ceased as I entered the Fromes’ kitchen, and of the two women sitting there I could not tell which had been the speaker.”

March2

Please discuss Ethan Frome through the end here.  Be sure to include many specific text-based details in your commentary.  Be sure also to reply to your classmates as the discussion evolves over the course of the evening.  Consider such  themes as:  duty, conscience, isolation, fate, guilt, etc.

Remember also, that a part of your homework tonight is to annotate the text (use lots of post-its to mark interesting, surprising, or confusing passages – and mark on the post-its what your thoughts are).  Also, write at least 2 (two) EXCELLENT discussion questions to spark tomorrows conversations.

“He turned and walked slowly back to the farm.”

March1

Please discuss Ethan Frome through Chapter 8 here.  Be sure to include many specific text-based details in your commentary.  Be sure also to reply to your classmates as the discussion evolves over the course of the evening.

Remember also, that a part of your homework tonight is to annotate the text (use lots of post-its to mark interesting, surprising, or confusing passages – and mark on the post-its what your thoughts are).  Also, write at least 2 (two) EXCELLENT discussion questions to spark tomorrows conversation

“When the door of her room had closed on her he remembered that he had not even touched her hand.”

February29

Winter is heating up in Starkfield!  In the continuing spirit of our class discussions yesterday and today, I am not providing you with a specific topic to discuss.  Instead I want you to come up with your own ideas and theories about Chapters 3, 4, and 5 of Ethan Frome here.  Be sure to include many specific text-based details in your commentary.  Be sure also to reply to your classmates as the discussion evolves over the course of the evening.

Remember also, that a part of your homework tonight is to annotate the text (use lots of post-its to mark interesting, surprising, or confusing passages – and mark on the post-its what your thoughts are).  Also, write at least 2 (two) EXCELLENT discussion questions to spark tomorrows conversations.

“The village lay under two feet of snow,….”

February28

Open Season!  In the spirit of our class discussion today, I am not providing you with a specific topic to discuss.  Instead I want you to come up with your own ideas and theories about Chapters 1 and 2 of Ethan Frome here.  Be sure to include many specific text-based details in your commentary.  Be sure also to reply to your classmates as the discussion evolves over the course of the evening.

Remember also, that a part of your homework tonight is to annotate the text (use lots of post-its to mark interesting, surprising, or confusing passages – and mark on the post-its what your thoughts are).  Also, write at least 2 (two) EXCELLENT discussion questions to spark tomorrows conversations.

If you know Starkfield, Massachusetts…

February28

Write about Starkfield, Massachusetts, as you visualize it. Pretend that you are describing the place to someone who has not been there. Feel free to use the descriptive words from the activity as well as others that may occur to you.

I had the story, bit by bit, from various people, and as generally happens in such cases, each time it was a different story.

February27

Describe our narrator.  Who is he?  What is he doing in Starkfield? Can we rely on his judgment?  Why or why not?  What does the narrator learn about Frome from other characters? What effect does this knowledge have on the narrator?

“Believe half of what you see and none of what you hear.”

February27

What do you think this old adage means? Do you follow this piece of advice? Why or why not?


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