Friday, September 21, 2012

Catholic School and Palm Sunday

Willa Cather's "The Sculptor's Funeral' is one of my favorite short stories to teach. In the story the coffin has a palm on it as a sign of victory. Misconception needing annotation again: explain the palm is not the palm of your hand. The book annotated it to say it was a palm for victory as in Palm Sunday, but many still thought even thought it was Catholic school that it was the palm of your hand. All I could figure out was they had seen Superstar too many times and saw hands waving when Jesus rode in on the donkey on Palm Sunday with a "hey sana hosanna."

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