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Encouraging Extensive Reading
by Scott Shelton
- lesson plan 3

Pre-reading vocabulary work
(This can be done for homework before the lesson and checked as a warmer)
Choose the best answer to give the underlined word meaning

1) The prisoner was feeling edgy because he hadn't eaten or slept well for days. He argues with everyone for no real reason at all.
a) nervous and short of patience b) hungry c)sorry

2) I didn't know the answer so I just shrugged my shoulders and said nothing.
a) touched b) moved upwards and inwards c) froze

3) "Don't pass judgement on me", I said. "Just because you think you are better than me doesn't mean that you are."
a) form an opinion of my actions/character b) spit c) send me to a judge

4) When I was a kid, licorice stick were two cents a piece. I remember I liked the long red ones because they were sweet but not the black ones.
a) Piece of wood b) match stick c) soft chewy candy

5) We had a little creek that ran behind our house in the country. It was too small for any big fish to live in but we used to try to catch the little ones.
a) lake b) a small river(stream) c) sea

6) Some people say that the best place to catch catfish is in a pond because they like living in the mud and grass.
a) a roaring river c) a frozen lake d) a small, still body of water

7) Near the shore of the lake were great big willows and we use to sit underneath them and rest in the shade.
a) big bushes b) trees with long, drooping branches c) tall buildings

8) I gave a start and dropped the plates I was carrying when my wife came up behind me and said,"BOO!".
a) began singing b) fell down c) jumped automatically

9) Because her boyfriend had just left her, she was sobbing into her pillow on the bed and her tears made everything wet.
a) laughing hard b) crying uncontrollably c) thinking deeply

10) The dead man was buried six feet under in a simple pine casket.
a. paper wrapping b) nice suit c) box for burying the dead

11) If you don't put coins in the parking meter your car will get towed.
a) a small box on a pole b) your pocket c) gas tank

12) Beneath the hood of the car you'll find the engine. The fenders are in the front and back to prevent damage from hitting things.
a) Rubber covered metal strips outside your car b) wheels c) lights

13) Bill Clinton finally confessed (sort of) to having relations with Ms. Lewinski.
a) Having dinner b) having sex c) drinking

14) After several years in jail, he was finally let off on probation, but was caught stealing and was sent back to jail.
a) conditional release b) holiday c) work detail

15) When we go camping we always bring tent to sleep in, sleeping bags to keep warm and dry plus a few small pots and pans for cooking.
a) Plates b) cans of food c) metal containers you cook in

16) We had to stop at a service station to fill up before we drove on.
a) a gift shop b) a restaurant c) a petrol station

17) "I don't believe a word you are saying", she snorted. "You are a liar!"
a) made a noise through her nose b) crossed her eyes c) looked down

 

SO MUCH WATER SO CLOSE TO HOME
By Raymond Carver

Tension
Phone Calls
Questions
Accusations
Arguments
Innocence
Excuses



Think about these questions while you listen and read along to the story


Where are they?


What is their relationship?


How would you describe the atmosphere in the room?


Who do you think called and why?


Who is Dean?


Why did she hang up the phone?


Who was dead? Where did they find her?


How do you think she died?


Why is he angry?


What do you think happened?


What is the rest of the story going to be about?


AFTER TAPED READING OF THE STORY

How would you describe Claire's feelings toward her husband?

Who do you think is the murderer and why? How did the girl die?

Who do you sympathize with most, The husband or the woman, and why?

Why do you think the story is titled "So much water, So close to home"?

 

Paul Kelly & The Messengers: "Everything's turning to White"

(based on the Raymond Carver story "So much water, So close to home")

Late on a Friday my husband went up to the …………………… with three friends
They took provisions and bottles of bourbon to last them all through the …………….
One hundred miles they drove, just to fish in a ………………
There's so much water, so close to home

When they arrived it was …………..and dark, they set up their camp …………….
Warmed up with whisky they walked to the river where the water flowed past darkly
In the ……………..they saw the body of a girl floating face……………
There's so much water, so close to home.

When he holds me now I'm ………………….
I feel like I'm …………….. inside
And behind my eyes, my daily disguise
Everything's turning to white

It was too ………… to tell how long she'd been dead, the river was that close to ……………..
But one thing's for ……… the girl hadn't died very well to judge from the bruising
They stood there above her all thinking the same thoughts at the same ………….
There's so much water, so close to home

They shifted her downstream from their fishing, between two ………..they gently wedged her
After all, they'd come so ……….., it was late, and the girl would keep, she was going …………
They stayed up there fishing for two days
On the Sunday they ……………….it when they come back down
There's so much water, so close to home

When he holds me now I'm ……………..
Nothing is …………….inside
And behind by eyes, my daily disguise
Everything is turning to white

The newspaper said that the girl had been strangled to death and also …………………..
On the day of the …………… , the radio reported that a young man had been ……………….
I went to the service, a stranger, I drove past the lake out of town
There's so much water, so close to home

When he holds me now I'm ………………
Nothing is …………….inside
And behind my eyes, my daily disguise
Everything's turning to white

 

Paul Kelly & The Messengers: "Everything's turning to White"

(based on the Raymond Carver story "So much water, So close to home")

Late on a Friday my husband went up to the mountains with three friends
They took provisions and bottles of bourbon to last them all through the weekend
One hundred miles they drove, just to fish in a stream

When they arrived it was cold and dark, they set up their camp quickly
Warmed up with whisky they walked to the river where the water flowed past darkly
In the river they saw the body of a girl floating face down
There's so much water, so close to home.

When he holds me now I'm pretending
I feel like I'm frozen inside
And behind my eyes, my daily disguise
Everything's turning to white

It was too hard to tell how long she'd been dead, the river was that close to freezing
But one thing's for sure the girl hadn't died very well to judge from the bruising
They stood there above her all thinking the same thoughts at the same time
There's so much water, so close to home

They shifted her downstream from their fishing, between two rocks they gently wedged her
After all, they'd come so far, it was late, and the girl would keep, she was going nowhere
They stayed up there fishing for two days
On the Sunday they reported it when they come back down
There's so much water, so close to home

When he holds me now I'm pretending.
Nothing is working inside
And behind by eyes, my daily disguise
Everything is turning to white

The newspaper said that the girl had been strangled to death and also molested
On the day of the funeral, the radio reported that a young man had been arrested
I went to the service, a stranger, I drove past the lake out of town
There's so much water, so close to home

When he holds me now I'm pretending
Nothing is working inside
And behind my eyes, my daily disguise
Everything's turning to white

 

Dialogue in the kitchen after they had found the girl


(Stuart) " What are you staring at me for?" he asks. "What is it?" he says and puts his fork down.


(Claire) "Was I staring?" I say, and shake my head stupidly, stupidly.


(Stuart) The telephone rings. "Don't answer it," he says.


(Claire) "It might be your mother," I say. "Dean --- it might be something about Dean."


(Stuart) "Watch and see," he says.


I pick up the receiver and listen for a minute. He stops eating. I bite my lip and hang up.


(Stuart) "What did I tell you?" he says. He starts to eat again, then throws the napkin onto his plate.


(Stuart) "Goddamn it, why can't people mind their own business? Tell me what I did wrong and I'll listen! It's not fair. She was dead, wasn't she? There were other men there besides me. We talked it over and we all decided. We'd only just got there. We'd walked for hours. We couldn't just turn around, we were five miles from the car. It was opening day.
What the hell, I don't see anything wrong. No, I don't. And don't look at me that way, do you hear? I won't have you passing judgement on me. Not you."


Talk to your partner and find out what they think of the story so far. Find out if they have plans to read the whole story before next class.

Please fill out the following report form after you have read the rest of the story and bring it to class with you.

REPORT FORM

STORY/BOOK REPORT: Raymond Carver's "So much water, so close to home."

YOUR NAME__________________________

CLASS__________

TITLE OF STORY/BOOK____________________________

AUTHOR_________________________________________

PUBLISHER_______________________________________

I READ ALL/______ PAGES OF THE BOOK/STORY. CIRCLE 'ALL' OR WRITE THE NUMBER OF PAGES READ.

How did you like the story/book? (circle one)

a) Great! (I loved it.)
b) Good (I liked it)
c) Boring/not my thing (I wish I hadn't read it)

Would you recommend it to someone else? Yes/No

 

Write your feelings about the story/book below:


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