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Sherman Alexie: Missed Connections

What does the expression "missed connection" make you think of?

A. Missed Connections

-at the Santa Barbara Airport

Descending, in our forty-seat airplane,
I saw an older man had parked his car
At the edge of the runway. He waved
At us, so I waved, . . .

This is the opening of the narrative poem “Missed Connections” written by Sherman Alexie. Considering the title, what do you think the poem is about?

Read the poem and see if you were right. Then do this multiple choice quiz, Missed Connections before continuing with the questions below. You should also explore different usages of the expression “Missed Connections”

Questions

  1. What did you think the poem was about? Were you right? Why/Why not?
  2. What is the poem about? Write a summary.
  3. This is a narrative poem. What makes it different from a short story?
  4. Why is the poem called "Missed Connections"?
  5. The narrator understands that he has misinterpreted the woman on the plane. Still he concludes:
    ” I'll repeat the myth because it's more impressive
    Than something as tender as the truth.”
    What does he mean?

Writing

Write the poem into a short story.
Write a short story called “Missed Connections”

B. Missed Connections

The expression Missed Connections is explained in Wikipedia - Missed Connection

Find examples of:

  1. Missed Connections
  2. Common missed connections locations
  3. Common reasons for missed connections

C. Missed Connections

I heart Alexander Crane
I heart Alexander Crane

Through the use of publications and websites some people seek to reconnect with their missed connections, for instance, "To the girl with the Feather Earrings: We saw each other on the 22 on May 28th - Find me on Facebook - Alexander Crane."

Jennifer Lee has written an article about The Missed Connection Category called “Romance beckons (in Case You Missed It)” in the New York Times - Romance Beckons. Read the article and write a summary.

D. Missed Connections

Sophie Blackall has tried to pin down some of the funny, sad, beautiful, hopeful, poetic posts on Missed Connections websites on her blog, illustrating the messages.

Browse through some of her blogposts. Choose one and write the story leading up to the notice, or the story succeeding it.

Learning content

A nation of immigrants

What is core content and additional content?
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Fagstoff

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    Immigration and Population

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    Waves of Immigration

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    Melting Pot and Salad Bowl

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    On the Way to the Melting Pot

  • SubjectMaterialFagstoff

    Norwegian Immigration

  • SubjectMaterialFagstoff

    Immigrants and Refugees

  • SubjectMaterialFagstoff

    Two Kinds (Short Story)

  • SubjectMaterialFagstoff

    Carl Sandburg: Chicago

  • SubjectMaterialFagstoff

    Native Americans Today

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    Native Americans - Forced Removal

  • SubjectMaterialFagstoff

    Native Americans - The Trail of Tears

  • SubjectMaterialFagstoff

    Tony's Story (Short Story)

  • SubjectMaterialFagstoff

    The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian

  • SubjectMaterialFagstoff

    The Bean Trees (Novel Excerpt)

  • SubjectMaterialFagstoff

    The Last Leaf (Short Story)

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    The Kite Runner (Novel Excerpt)

  • SubjectMaterialFagstoff

    Harrison Bergeron (Radio Play)

  • SubjectMaterialFagstoff

    Easy text - Immigration and Population

    Additional content is a subject that is not on the curriculum
    AdditionalTilleggstoff
  • SubjectMaterialFagstoff

    Easy text - The Melting Pot

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    AdditionalTilleggstoff
  • SubjectMaterialFagstoff

    Immigrant Stories

    Additional content is a subject that is not on the curriculum
    AdditionalTilleggstoff
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    Ellis Island

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    AdditionalTilleggstoff
  • SubjectMaterialFagstoff

    African Americans Today

    Additional content is a subject that is not on the curriculum
    AdditionalTilleggstoff
  • SubjectMaterialFagstoff

    Easy text - Native Americans

    Additional content is a subject that is not on the curriculum
    AdditionalTilleggstoff
  • SubjectMaterialFagstoff

    Native Americans - Ancestral Voices

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    AdditionalTilleggstoff
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    In Pursuit of a Dream

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SubjectEmne

Oppgaver og aktiviteter

SubjectEmne

Kildemateriale

  • SharedResourceDelte ressurser

    Million Dollar Baby (Film)

  • SharedResourceDelte ressurser

    The Pursuit of Happyness (Film)

    Additional content is a subject that is not on the curriculum
    AdditionalTilleggstoff