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"What Are You Afraid Of?" and "Conquering Fear"

Paired Texts from the December 2013 issue of Scholastic Scope: http://scope.scholastic.com/issues/12_01_13

Claire Preston

on 25 September 2015

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Transcript of "What Are You Afraid Of?" and "Conquering Fear"

"The Scream" by Edvard Munch
What scares you?
Write about it for 7 minutes.
at school
in nature
in America
in the world
at home




“. . . People with phobias go to extreme lengths to avoid the object of their terror.”

How does the author support this claim?

Reread the first four paragraphs.
Why does Miobe decide to conquer his fears? (inference)
At first, Miobe does not see the monster.
What causes him to eventually see it?
What does this suggest about the nature of fear? (inference)
Reread the first paragraph under “Phobia vs. Fear.” Explain the purpose of this paragraph.
What details show how the monster affected the villagers?
The author writes that Miobe “cradled” the toad.
What does this word convey? Why might the author have chosen it?
Amit Etkin says that avoidance can make phobias worse.

Does the folktale support this claim?
Eleanor Roosevelt once said,
“We gain strength and courage and confidence by each experience in which we really stop to look fear in the face.”

Explain what this quotation means and how it applies to Kyle and Miobe.
Use text evidence.
The folktale concludes, “Miobe has brought us the monster. Its name is fear.” Explain what this means and how it applies to both Kyle’s and Miobe’s experiences.
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