Oliver Hyde*s Dishcloth Concert

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by Richard Kennedy
We are going to read a story about a man
who cannot stop mourning the death of his wife.
• Have you ever tried to comfort someone, but
you couldn’t?
• If so, what did you do or say?
• How did it feel to not be able to help someone
you care about?
We are going to read
a story about a man
who cannot stop mourning
the death of his wife.
• How do you prefer to be comforted?
• Do you think the person preferred to stay
sad, or do you think he or she wanted to be
cheered up?
• What might be a special or unusual way to
comfort someone
While I’m reading…
1) Mark with a “C” places where you connect
something in the text with your knowledge or
experience.
1) Mark with a “?” places where you have a question
about the story.
Student name
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Student question (*) means speculative – not as useful
While I’m reading…
1) Mark with a “-” places where Oliver shelters himself
1) Mark with a “+” places where Oliver opens himself up
1) Think about why you choose these places as you make
your notes
wretched
Why does Oliver want the people to have a
“wretched time” at the wedding party?
• Why does Oliver agree to play the fiddle as
long as everyone else wears a dishcloth on his
or her head?
Why does Oliver want
the people to have a
“wretched time” at the
wedding party?
Why does Oliver want the people to have a
“wretched time” at the wedding party?
• Why does Oliver feel that the townspeople
have tricked him into playing at their party?
Why does Oliver want the people to have a
“wretched time” at the wedding party?
• Why does Oliver keep his promise to play at
the party, even though he feels tricked?
Why does Oliver want the people to have a
“wretched time” at the wedding party?
• Why does Oliver feel “a little mean” about
playing sad songs after thinking of his own
bride?
What if Oliver had entered the
barn where the wedding was
being held instead of going to the
wrong one?
• Brainstorm
• Rough draft
• Final draft
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