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Notice and Note

Spring 2013
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Lauren Driskell

on 25 March 2015

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Transcript of Notice and Note

Again and Again
The ways an author shows us how a character is changing, and is developing.

The change in behavior contradicts what we have come to expect. When Authors show us something that doesn't fit with what we expect, when they present us with a contrast or a contradiction, then we want to ask...

"Why would the character act this way?"
Contrast and Contradictions
When you're reading and suddenly a character realizes, understands, or finally figures something out, you should stop and ask yourself...

"How might this change things?"

If the character figured out a problem, you probably just learned about the conflict. If the character understood a life lesson, you probably just learned the theme.
Aha Moment
Tough Questions
When you're reading and the character asks himself a really difficult question,

You should stop and ask yourself...

"What does this question (or questions) make me wonder about?"

The answers will tell you about the conflict and might give you the ideas about what will happen later in the story.
Words of the Wiser
When you're reading and a character (who's probably older and lots wiser) takes the main character aside and gives serious advice

You should stop and ask yourself...

"What is the life lesson and how might it affect the character?"

Whatever the lessons is you've probably found a theme for the story.
When you're reading and you notice a word, phrase, object, or situation mentioned over and over,

You should stop and ask yourself...

"Why does this keep showing up again and again?"

The answers will tell you about the theme and conflict, or they might foreshadow what will happen later.
Mrs. Driskell 2014
Notice and Note
The answers could help you make a prediction or make an inference about the plot or conflict.
The Watsons Go to Birmingham-1963 pages 84-85
The Giver
Page 105
"The Giver smiled, though his smile was oddly harsh."
Byron is Kenny's older brother and he's the school bully.
"Suddenly I realized"

"In an instant I knew"

"It came to me in a flash"

"I now knew"

"I finally understood that"
Among the Hidden
Margaret Haddix
"Luke remembered how bored he'd felt before meeting Jen, how desperate he'd been to do something--anything!--besides read and daydream. He'd been desperate that he'd risked his life for the chance of meeting another third child. Did he want to spend the rest of his life feeling that desperate? Did he want to just waste it? But even if he got a fake I.D., what would he do? The answer was there instantly, as if he'd known it all along and his brain were just waiting for him to come looking."
Esperanza Rising
Pam Munoz Ryan
Flashback-
Memory Moment
When you're reading and the author interrupts the action to tell you a memory.

You should stop and ask yourself...

"Why might this memory be important?"

The answers might tell you about the theme, conflict, or foreshadow what will happen later.

What is Bruce's "Aha" Moment?
How will this change things?
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