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BLMS Notice and Note

Barb Peterson

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on 21 October 2014

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Transcript of BLMS Notice and Note

The 6 Signposts for Reading
When you're reading and suddenly a character realizes, understands, or finally
figures something out, you should
and ask yourself:
Aha Moments
When the main character, pauses to ask, of himself or a trusted other, a tough question or comes across a tough decision, you should
and ask yourself:

Tough Questions
When you're reading and a character does
or says something opposite (contradicts) what he or she has been saying or doing all along.
When a character does or says something you didn't expect, you should
and ask yourself:
Contrasts & Contradictions
Memory Moments
When a character
(probably older and wiser)
takes the main character aside and offers some serious advice. When this happens sometime in the book, you should
and ask yourself:
Words of the Wiser
Notice & Note
Again & Again

Notice & Note
"How might this change things?" "What does this tell me about the character?"
Notice & Note
"Why is the character doing this?" "How might this change things?" "What does this tell me about the character?" "What does this tell me about the conflict?"
Notice & Note
Notice & Note
"What's the life lesson?" "How might it affect the character(s)?"
When you notice a word, phrase, symbol or situation that is mentioned over and over, you should
and ask yourself:
"Why does this keep happening AGAIN and AGAIN?"
When your reading a story and suddenly the character talks about his/her past or about a memory, then you should
and ask yourself:
"Why is he/she giving me this information?" "Is necessary information to know?" "Is the information going to help guide further into the story plot?"

Notice & Note
"Why is he/she asking this question?" "What does this question make me wonder about?" "How will the answer help progress the story?"
Signposts on roads help us to know what's happening, or might be happening, so that we can be better drivers.

What signs can we look for in pieces of writing to help us to understand what is happening?
Authors use signposts in their stories to help us know what to watch for. These signposts tells us about the character, the conflicts or problems, and big lessons in life.
- "What could I possibly do...?"
-I couldn't imagine how I could cope with...?"
"How could I ever understand why s/he...?"
- Never had I been so confused about...?
-"Why does ______ keep happening to me?"

Context Clues:
Story elements addressed:
-Internal Conflict

Context Clues:
-"Suddenly I understood..."
-"It came to me in a flash..."
-"The realization hit me like a lightning bolt..."
-"In an instant I knew..."

If the character just figured out the problem, you could use that to better understand the conflict, solution, and/or theme.
The character's Aha-Moment MAY also help you understand the character and how he/she is/has changed.
Story elements addressed:
Aha! moments help progress the plot.
There are two AHA! moments in this scene. What are they?

How were these moments important to the plot?
If the character understood a life lesson, you probably just learned the theme.
Story elements addressed:
-Provides insight into the theme

-Information about characters


does the
Mockingjay bird
have in the "Hunger Games" trilogy? What does it
stand for
and how does it
relate to the theme
Why does Aibileen keep repeating these words to the little girl everyday?

Aibileen's care and compassion for this little girl makes a statement about society at the time. How does this relate to the theme?
Story elements addressed:
-Character development

-Internal Conflict

How is the behavior of Snape a ________________ to what Harry expects from Snape?
"Contrast or Contradiction"
This "
three finger salute
" is used often in "The Hunger Games".
What does it mean and how does it relate to the theme?
Other examples:
-When someone is being blackmailed how might their behavior be a "contrast and contradiction"

-When Peeta joins the "Careers" in "The Hunger Games" how is this a "Contrast or contradiction"?

How is Katniss's volunteering as tribute a
"Contrast or contradiction"
? What does this tell us about her
? How does this drive the
Story elements addressed:
-Character development



How does this
memory moment
inform us about the character of the Grinch?
Why is this scene important to the
development of the plot
? Why is it important that we see Bruce's (Batman's) parents deaths and who murdered them?
What is the
"aha" moment
in this scene? Why is it important to the rest of the movie?
The Lorax
Seventeen Again
The Hunger Games
The Help
The Hunger Games
Harry Potter and the Halfblood Prince
The Hunger Games
The Grinch who stole Christmas
Batman Forever
Story elements addressed:
Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back
What is Yoda trying to tell Luke?
The Emperor's New Groove
Why should Kusco be worried about "the groove"?
Finding Nemo
How does Dory's advice relate to the overall message of the movie?
The Lion King
What does Simba realize after this advice from his father and how does it drive the plot forward?
tough question
does Juno face? How does this change her character throughout the movie? How does this drive the plot forward?
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