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Transcript of Raymond's Run
Squeaky's OLDER brother, but everyone calls him her "little brother" because he is mentally challenged.
1. Squeaky's personality is revealed in comments about her willingness to stand up to anyone and her description of herself as "the fastest thing on two feet." She is tough, determined, self-confident, cocky, and defiant
Find the ALLUSION...
LOOK AT THE LAST PARAGRAPH ON P. 547 CONTINUING ON P. 548
The allusion is...
Squeaky is referred to as MERCURY by the other kids. Mercury was the Roman god who could fly (called Hermes in Greek mythology)
What were Squeaky's comments about why Gretchen won't be able to beat her in a race? Is her reasoning sound?
It is NOT sound reasoning because freckles and short legs do not indicate a lack of athletic ability. Squeaky sounds like she is trying to boost her own confidence by putting Gretchen down.
What details does Squeaky use to help us "see" Raymond and understand how tough it is to watch him?
Details such as "step down off his tightrope into the gutter," "slosh around," and "dash across traffic" help the reader visualize Raymond's actions and appreciate how difficult it must be for Squeaky to watch over him.
IS A WAY OF SPEAKING THAT IS CHARACTERISTIC OF A CERTAIN GEOGRAPHICAL AREA OR A CERTAIN GROUP OF PEOPLE. DIALECT CAN INVOLVE SPECIAL PRONUNCIATIONS, VOCABULARY, AND GRAMMAR. EVERYONE SPEAKS A DIALECT OF SOME KIND.
IDENTIFY THE DIALECT...
Look at the last paragraph on p. 548 continuing to the first paragraph on p. 549...What words or phrases does Squeaky use that are expressions of her dialect?
"(she) don't know me"
What does Squeaky think of people who pretend they don't practice a skill but secretly do?
She thinks they are phonies; they annoy her.
Look at the last two paragraphs on p. 549.
What do these paragraphs suggest life is like for Raymond?
It suggests that life is often difficult because people tease him.
Do you agree...
with Squeaky's conclusion that people are "stupid sometimes"? Why or why not?
No....these kinds of comments reflect thoughtlessness, cruelty, or fear of differences more than stupidity.
Yes...it's stupid to be mean to people with disabilities.
FIND THE EXAMPLE OF DIALECT ON P. 550 IN THE FIRST PARAGRAPH
"TOOK UP FOR HER"
"ON ACCOUNT OF"
"TALKS ABOUT ME LIKE A DOG"
P. 550 FIRST PARAGRAPH...
WHAT IDIOM IS BEING ALLUDED TO IN THIS PARAGRAPH?
"she can't afford to throw stones"
alludes to..."People who live in glass houses shouldn't throw stones."
A person in a vulnerable position shouldn't criticize others.
P. 550..second column
Explain the comparison Squeaky makes between Rosie and Gretchen and the "ventriloquist-dummy routine."
Squeaky is saying that Gretchen controls Rosie and Mary Louise. They are saying what Gretchen wants them to say.
What does Squeaky say about the relationship between girls?
that girls are competitive and don't really know (or aren't taught) how to be genuinely friendly with each other
Do you agree?
CELEBRATION OF SPRING
What is the ALLUSION in the first paragraph?
"JACK AND THE BEANSTALK"--fairytale
Why is this Mr. Pearson's nickname?
is tall and thin, like a beanstalk.
What metaphor is used to show that he is tall?
"he's on stilts"
P. 552..first column
What is the CONFLICT here?
Squeaky is furious that Mr. Pearson suggests that she deliberately lose to give another runner a chance to win.
How did she respond?
"I give him such a look he couldn't finish putting that idea into words.
P. 553 first column...
What do you predict Raymond will do as Squeaky runs? What do you base your prediction on?
SQUEAKY EXPLAINS HER PRE-RACE THOUGHTS AND FEELINGS....EXPLAIN THE ANALOGY SHE USES...
She describes her pre-race state of mind to a dream of flying
smell of apples
flying over a beach
LIKE A FEATHER THAT WEIGHS NOTHING AT ALL
FIND THE SIMILE AND EXPLAIN IT
SHE DESCRIBES RAYMOND'S ACTIONS BY THE FENCE AS....
LIKE A GORILLA IN A CAGE
AND...LIKE A DANCER
SHE IS LESS COMPETITIVE; WINNING IS NO LONGER EVERYTHING TO HER.
IF I WERE SQUEAKY, I WOULD/WOULD NOT HAVE...
WHAT DO YOU THINK IS THE MOST IMPORTANT CONFLICT IN THIS STORY? WHY?
The most important conflict is an internal one---Squeaky's antagonistic attitude toward the world, which is resolved somewhat with her new-found respect for Gretchen and her desire to help Raymond.
They have come to respect each other as competitors.