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Notice and Note: Intro and Contrasts & Contradictions

Strategies for Close Reading
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McKenna Radunzel

on 10 September 2014

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Transcript of Notice and Note: Intro and Contrasts & Contradictions

Notice & Note
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When you take a journey through a book, don't forget to STOP! at any NOTICE & NOTE Signposts
Reflection Questions
First, Work with your elbow partner to discuss and answer the 3 reflection questions.

Then, work independently to formulate a quality paragraphy that explains what the is trying to show the reader in
Thank You Ma'am
.
Strategies for
Close Reading

Contrasts and Contradictions
STOP and Notice and Note
Definition: The character acts in a way that is contradictory or unexpected given how he or she normally acts.
Anchor Question
"Why would a character act this way?"
The answers could help you make a prediction or make an inference about the plot and conflict.
Stop and Notice and Note
Definition: The character realizes or starts to realize something that changes his actions or thinking.
Stop and Note and Notice
Definition: An older character (mentor, advisor, parent, etc.) gives advice or an insight to the main character.
Stop and Notice and Note
Definition: The author keeps bringing up the same image, phrase, or reference.
Aha Moment
Anchor Question
"What might the character do now?"
If the character figures out a problem, you probably just learned about the conflict.

If the character understood a life lesson, you probably just learned the theme.
Tough Questions
Stop! and Notice and Note
Definition: Character asks a tough question that reveals his or her concerns.
Anchor Question
"What does this question make me wonder about?" & "What does it tell me about the character?"
The answers will tell you about the conflict and might give you ideas about what will happen later in the story.
Words of the Wiser
Anchor Question
What is important about that message?
Whatever the lesson is, you've probably found a theme for the story.
Again and Again
Anchor Question
Why do you think the author brings this idea up again and again?
The answers will tell you about the theme and conflict, or they might foreshadow what will happen later.
Memory Moment
Stop and Notice and Note
Definition: The author interrupts the flow of the story by letting the character remember something
Anchor Question
Why might this memory be important?
The answers will tell you about the theme, conflict or might foreshadow what will happen later in the story.
Author shows feeling or actions the reader hasn't seen before or doesn't expect.

A character behaves or thinks in a way we don't expect.

An element of setting is something we would not expect.
Text Clues
"Suddenly, I understood..."

"It came to me in a flash that..."

"The realization hit me like a lightning bolt..."

"In an instant I knew..."
Text Clues
"What could I possibly do...?"

"I couldn't imagine how I could cope with..."

"How could I ever understand why she..."

"Never had I been so confused..."
Text Clues
The main character and another are usually off by themselves, in a quiet serious moment, and the wiser figure shares his wisdom or advise in an effort to help the main character with a problem or decision.
Text Clues
A word is repeated, sometimes used in an odd way, over and over in the story.
An image reappears several times during the course of the book.
Clues
The ongoing flow of the narrative is interrupted by a memory that comes to the character, often taking several paragraphs to recount before we are returned to events of the present moment.

"I suddenly remembered..."
"I remember..."
"Thinking back..."
Text Clues
Definitions:
Contrast: To compare something to show differences.
Contradiction: Showing the opposite of.
Directions for Guided Practice
As we read, you need to
annotate your text
write in marginal notes
Mark Contrasts and Contradictions with a "CC"

How can a character show a contrast or contradiction?
2. What was Bruce's AHA moment?
The Help by Kathryn Stockett
Looking for
Contrasts and Contradictions
in
Thank You Ma'am
by Langston Hughes:
Look for character actions that are contradictory or unexpected.
Clues will be feelings or actions that the reader hasn't seen before.
Ask yourself, "Why would a character act this way?"

Text Clues
Text Clues
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