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The Jilting of Granny Weatherall by Katherine Anne Porter

The Jilting of Granny Weatherall Reading Comprehension Sequence

Directions Katherine Anne Porter uses flashbacks, foreshadowings, and shifts back
and forth between the present to the past to give necessary background information
about the meaning and the characters. Below are listed thoughts or events. If the
thought or event happened in the present write P on the line following it. If it happened
in the past and Porter tells about it in one of Grannys flashbacks, write F on the line.
Then reorder the following events as they would have happened in real life or as they
flashed through Grannys mind.

1. The letters from George and John. _____

2. Granny rides in a wagon with a man she knows. _____
3. Grannys first lover, George jilts her at the alter sixty years ago. _____
4. Granny received satisfaction in the raising of her children.
5. Doctor Harry visits Granny. _____
6. Granny blows out the eerie light at the end. ._____
7. Granny has made plans to leave certain possessions to her children. _____
8. Her dead child Hapseys ghostly form appears near her bed. _____
9. The priest, Father Connolly visits Granny. ._____
10. Granny raises her children alone. _____
11. Granny marries John who dies young. _____
12. Doctor Harry visits Granny when she delivers her first child. _____
13. Granny has milk-leg, and double pneumonia. _____
14. Grannys child Hapsey dies. _____
15. When Granny was sixty, she made her will and cane down with a fever._____
Stream-of-Consciousness Writing. Complete the chart below. On the left, list
examples of stream-of-consciousness in the story. On the right, explain what the
examples mean. One example has been done for you.

Stream-of-consciousness writing
Granny remembers her dead daughter; in her
"It was Hapsy she really wanted. . . . They confused mind she is also Hapsy and Hapsy's
leaned forward to kiss. . . ." baby is Hapsy.



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Write an obituary for Granny Weatherall, including details that will communicate to
your readers what was unique or characteristic about her, as well as facts about her
life. Make sure you proofread carefully! An obituary template is available at

o Full name of the deceased, including nickname, if any
o Age at death
o Residence (for example, the name of the city) at death
o Day and date of death
o Place of death
o Cause of death

o Date of birth
o Place of birth
o Names of parents
o Childhood: siblings, stories, schools, friends
o Marriage(s): date of, place, name of spouse
o Education: school, college, university and other
o Designations, awards, and other recognition
o Employment: jobs, activities, stories, colleagues, satisfactions,
promotions, union activities, frustrations,
o Places of residence
o Hobbies, sports, interests, activities, and other enjoyment
o Charitable, religious, fraternal, political, and other affiliations;
positions held
o Achievements
o Disappointments
o Unusual attributes, humour, other stories

o Survived by (and place of residence):
Children (in order of date of birth, and their spouses)
Siblings (in order of date of birth)
Others, such as nephews, nieces, cousins, in-laws
Pets (if appropriate)

o Predeceased by (and date of death):

Children (in order of date of birth)
Siblings (in order of date of birth)
Others, such as nephews, nieces, cousins, in-laws
Pets (if appropriate)

o Day, date, time, place
o Name of officiant, pallbearers, honorary pallbearers, other
o Visitation information if applicable: day, date, time, place
o Reception information if applicable: day, date, time, place
o Other memorial, vigil, or graveside services if applicable: day,
date, time, place
o Place of interment
o Name of funeral home in charge of arrangements
o Where to call for more information (even if no service planned)

o Memorial funds established
o Memorial donation suggestions, including addresses
o Thank you to people, groups, or institutions
o Quotation or poem
o Three words that sum up the life

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