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Posted: November 21, 2011

Using one of the memoirs you outlined previously. Rewrite the outline to include sensory details. Using the concept that it should be like "a movie in your mind". Keep our example of "Snow Hill Sniper" in place as a model. This model given in class had great details. Your expanded memoire should be 150- 200 words.

Posted: November 21, 2011

Response #6: Suspense  The last responses have focused on plot and this response will continue to focus on plot in the fictional story you are reading.  Fictional stories build suspense using a number of strategies. What are some strategies your author is using to create suspense? Be sure to provide enough information about the suspenseful situation for me to understand it. Be sure to  explain completely why it creates suspense. Your author may be using one or more of the techniques from the notes photocopied and given to you in class or they may be using some other method. In either case explain your response fully. Note: The author may use many of the techniques listed but you should choose to explain no more than three.

Posted: November 20, 2011

Unit 3 Section 3.6Pages 139-140 

Posted: November 16, 2011

Response #1: (INTRODUCING A CHARACTER) How does your author introduce a character?   What do they look like?   What technique do they use to let the reader know?   → How does the author provideinsight into the character?   →Describe one or two traits of a character and how does the author let the reader know?

Posted: November 16, 2011

Response # 5: Sub-plots   In the last response you focused on how the story began "the introductory incident". In this response explain how the author is using sub plots or complications (the "smaller" problems) in the plot to keep the readers attention and to move the story forward.   Are the sub-plots in your book moving the story forward toward a climax orare they a distraction?    In your response you may need to use events that may extend over several pages. In this case a direct quote may not be possible so you will need to state the specific events and then put a page number after to indicate where in the book that event occurred.   For example:             In Holes, Sachar has Stanley teaching Zero to read which cause conflict with the warden, the other campers, and the guards (pages 106-116). This complication eventually leads to Zero attacking Sir. This subplot was very effective. Stanley forms a true friendship with Zero as he teaches him to read. It is through this that Zero's past is revealed. His mother use to leave Zero at the park for the day. When the boys are talking they realize this is the park Stanley played in. When Zero was abandoned by his mom he slept in that park for several nights.                Eventually Zero runs away from Camp Green Lake and once again finds himself "homeless" in a sense. Stanley from before would have been too scared to help Zero. The Stanley who has been shaped by events at Camp Green Lake eventually pursues Zero and takes care of him. There are many 'full circle moments' in this story and this is one of them. This sub plot works well as it does eventually lead to the climax and resolution of the story.  

Posted: November 16, 2011

Unit 3Section 3.5Pages 132-134Questions: 3, 5, 8, 11, 12

Posted: November 16, 2011

Unit 3Section 3.5Pages 132-134Questions: 3, 5, 8, 11, 12

Posted: November 15, 2011

Mid-Unit Quiz for Unit 3
Reading Response #4 Due for Wednesday    Publishers estimate that most readers decide whether to purchase a book in less than twenty seconds. How a story begins is one of the most important elements of the story. It is the authors opportunity to convince you that this is a book you want to finish. In this response you are going to reflect on the choices the author made when beginning the story.        What incident or conflict does the author use to begin this story? (be sure to quote directly from your book)Why do you think they chose this beginning?      Is there another beginning they could have chosen that would have been better? Explain why or why not.  

Posted: November 14, 2011

Reading Response #2: Characters usually have a problem to solve. The problem and the process of "solving” it usually reveals more about the character's personality. Explain how the main character(s) are trying to solve problems and how does this reveal their personality. (Pay attention to word choice- how a character behaves is revealed in word choice.) Example: She slithered into the room. and She strode into the room. These represent to very different ways of behaving and therefore two different types of character. 

Posted: November 14, 2011

Unit 3Mid-Unit ReviewPage 128Questions: 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 7, 9, 10

Posted: November 10, 2011

The final response for all fiction reading is as follows. Answer the following questions using quotes where possible. Complete details are necessary.   1. Who is/are the main character(s)?   2. What does the main character want? (What is their goal in the story?)   3. But, what gets in the way of the character reaching their goal? (What challenges do they face?)   4. So, what does the character do to solve their problem?   5. Then, how does the story end? ( How does the reader know that the character is moving on into the future?) 6. How did the main character change as a result of the plot of the story?    

Posted: November 10, 2011

  Character Response #3   How does the author of your book use a supporting character (for example: a best friend) to help you understand the main character better and to move the plot of the story forward? (Respond in 100-150 words)  

Posted: November 10, 2011

Unit 3Section 3.4Page 125-26Questions: 5, 6, 9, 11, 14, 16, 17

Posted: November 9, 2011

Unit 3Section 3.3Page 119-120Questions: 7, 9, 11, 13, 15, 18 

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