Arctic Plums by Brian Fawcett
memories - ending • Did the memoir bring to mind any memories from your own childhood? Explain. Have you ever known anyone like Gladys? Explain. • Is the ending a good one? Explain. How is it different from what the narrator expected? Were you surprised? Explain.
the story • How did Gladys get her reputation as a witch? • Why did her plants die? • Did Gladys lead a happy life? Explain. • Do you think there were any other reasons why she was regarded as an outsider? Explain. • Consider Fawcett's choice of title. What does it mean? Is it a good one? Explain.
the assignment • compose diary entries • Compose at least three diary entries written by Gladys. • One of them must be about the night her son came home drunk. • EACH of the three entries must be at least ten sentences long.