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6th Grade: Foreshadowing and Suspense (Uses Chronicles of Harris Burdick- A Strange Day in July) and has writing assignment based on pictures from Harris Burdick

Introduction to Suspense 6th Grade (Use after Theme Presentation 1)

Dana Hoover

on 30 September 2014

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Transcript of 6th Grade: Foreshadowing and Suspense (Uses Chronicles of Harris Burdick- A Strange Day in July) and has writing assignment based on pictures from Harris Burdick

Foreshadowing and Suspense
And why do authors do this?
1. So readers know what to expect.
2. To build SUSPENSE!!

When the author gives the reader hints at what is to come in the future.
When the reader or audience is made to feel tense or uncertain about the outcome of events.
Suspense keeps you ON THE EDGE OF YOUR SEAT and makes you wonder what will happen next.
So what is SUSPENSE?
do writers create suspense?
a. literature
b. television shows/movies
YOUR OBJECTIVE: Watch the clip and tell how the author created suspense. Consult your list!
What is meant by being on the edge of your seat?
Watch to find out!
An author may create suspense by...
1. DANGEROUS ACTION- placing a character in a dangerous, often life-threatening, situation
2. FORESHADOWING- giving clues as to what may happen later on down the road (musical, action/facial expression, written, verbal)
3. TIME CONSTRAINTS -a character is working against the clock and the clock seems to be working for the bad guys or bad thing
4. HIGH STAKES- character has a lot to lose
5. PRESSURE- character is under a lot of pressure
6. COMPLICATED MATTERS- character has one problem piled upon another
7. A GREAT VILLAIN- a smart villain that is a worthy
opponent to the main character
8. A LIKEABLE CHARACTER (often a hero)- the reader must like a character and root for him/her
9. READER KNOWS MORE- When a reader knows more about a situation than a character

Authors use SENSORY details to slow down a moment and create suspense.
This is the technique in writing where you SHOW rather than TELL. You use words to paint a picture in the readers' mind.
: The car lands awkwardly, causing it to roll.
:“The car blasted through the guardrail, went into a free-fall, then spun around in the air and landed sideways, causing the weight to shift. Freddy felt the momentum pulling the car forward. The car kept rolling, and with each flip, Freddy felt more and more helpless.”

Your Objective:
Use the strategies learned in class:
a. Put on the brakes.
b. Look into your crystal ball.
2. Identify Purpose (easy as PIE)
3. Identify Theme
Let's Read:
"A Strange Day In July" by Sherman Alexie
2. Do you see any foreshadowing? What type?
3. Author's Purpose?
4. Theme?? (Name it- Stretch It- Bumper Sticker It- Textual Evidence)
This book is a collection of pictures with one simple sentence beneath it! You are going to read a story inspired by one of the pictures in this book!
Go back in the story
and find a spot where you felt Sherman SHOWED rather than TOLD. (where good sensory details were used)
Your group will write a suspenseful paragraph or 2, using the listed strategies, inspired by the following Harris Burdick picture...
You should be able to:
-explain what foreshadowing and suspense is
-find it in stories
-name the techniques authors use to create suspense
-use the techniques to write your own suspenseful stories

For homework, write a suspenseful story to go along with the given picture. Make sure you use the strategies!
This marks the end
of this prezi on Suspense and Foreshadowing!
There are different techniques authors can use to foreshadow events to come.
facial expression, musical, action, verbal, written
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