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”
- What did you think the poem was about? Were you right? Why/Why not?
- What is the poem about? Write a summary.
- This is a narrative poem. What makes it different from a short story?
- Why is the poem called "Missed Connections"?
- 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?
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:
- Missed Connections
- Common missed connections locations
- Common reasons for missed connections
C. Missed Connections
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.
Immigration and PopulationKjernestoff
Waves of ImmigrationKjernestoff
Melting Pot and Salad BowlKjernestoff
On the Way to the Melting PotKjernestoff
Immigrants and RefugeesKjernestoff
Two Kinds (Short Story)Kjernestoff
Carl Sandburg: ChicagoKjernestoff
Native Americans TodayKjernestoff
Native Americans - Forced RemovalKjernestoff
Native Americans - The Trail of TearsKjernestoff
Tony's Story (Short Story)Kjernestoff
The Bean Trees (Novel Excerpt)Kjernestoff
The Last Leaf (Short Story)Kjernestoff
The Kite Runner (Novel Excerpt)Kjernestoff
Harrison Bergeron (Radio Play)Kjernestoff
Easy text - Immigration and PopulationTilleggsstoffTilleggsstoff
Easy text - The Melting PotTilleggsstoffTilleggsstoff
African Americans TodayTilleggsstoffTilleggsstoff
Easy text - Native AmericansTilleggsstoffTilleggsstoff
Native Americans - Ancestral VoicesTilleggsstoffTilleggsstoff
In Pursuit of a DreamTilleggsstoffTilleggsstoff
Task 1 - Immigration and PopulationKjernestoff
Task 2 - Immigration and PopulationKjernestoff
Task - Waves of ImmigrationKjernestoff
Task - The Melting PotKjernestoff
Tasks - Two KindsKjernestoff
Task 1 - African Americans TodayKjernestoff
Task 2 - African Americans TodayKjernestoff
Task - Native Americans TodayKjernestoff
Task - Native Americans - Ancestral VoicesKjernestoff
Tasks - Tony's StoryKjernestoff
Tasks - The Bean TreesKjernestoff
Multiple Choice task - The Bean TreesKjernestoff
Tasks - The Last LeafKjernestoff
Multiple choice task -The Last LeafKjernestoff
Multiple choice task - The Kite RunnerKjernestoff
Tasks - Harrison BergeronKjernestoff
Comprehension task - Harrison BergeronKjernestoff
Why the North Star Stands StillTilleggsstoffTilleggsstoff
Interview with Sherman AlexieTilleggsstoffTilleggsstoff