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Again and Again - Take a Journey Through a Book

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Transcript of Again and Again - Take a Journey Through a Book

Hatchet by Gary Paulsen
This excerpt is from the opening chapter. Brian, the main character, is seated next to the pilot in a small plane flying over the forests in the far north.
Again and Again
STOP
and Notice and Note
When you're reading and you notice a word, phrase, object, or situation mentioned over and over,

You should stop and ask yourself:
"Why does this keep showing up again and again?"


Divorce.
Secrets.
No, not secrets so much as just the Secret. What he knew and had not told anybody, what he knew about his mother that had caused the divorce, what he knew, what he knew---the Secret.
Divorce.
The Secret.
Take a Journey Through a Book
Active Reading
Time to read on. As I read, put a check mark next to or underline anything that you think is repeated, something the author probably wants us to notice as repetitions.
Contrasts and Contradictions
STOP
and Notice and Note
When you're reading and a character says or does something that's opposite (contradicts) something what he has been saying or doing all along,

You should stop and ask yourself:
"Why is the character doing that?"

Signposts We've Seen So Far
Aha Moments
STOP
and Notice and Note

When you're reading and suddenly a character realizes, understands, or finally figures something out,

You should stop and ask yourself:
"How might this change things?"
Tough Questions
STOP
and Notice and Note
When you're reading and the character asks himself a really difficult question,

You should stop and ask yourself:
"What does this question make me wonder about?"
Again and Again
STOP
and Notice and Note
When you're reading and you notice a word, phrase, object, or situation mentioned over and over,

You should stop and ask yourself:
"Why does this keep showing up again and again?"

The answers will tell you about the theme and conflict, or they might foreshadow what will happen later.


I notice right away that Paulsen is using the Again and Again signpost. Paulsen has Brian speak that word, divorce, twice. He emphasizes it, too, by letting it stand alone as a one-word sentence. And Brian has obviously thought of it many times before because he says that his thinking always started with that word. If the thinking "always" starts this way, he's thought of "divorce many times before.
Again and Again
Just a few more lines and we see the author using this strategy, repetition, yet again. What have you spotted in this passage? . . . Take two minutes to share with your shoulder partner.
Why do you think this keeps showing up again and again?
See how many possible answers to that question you can come up with.
Time to Practice

What repetitions did you notice?
Take a moment to circle the repetitions that you saw-the Again and Again-and then ask yourself that anchor question:

Why does this show up again and again?

What does your shoulder partner think?
The Again and Again signpost reminds us to be alert to repetitions---words or phrases or actions or situations---that the author shows us over and over.

When we see them, we know that we need to pause and ask ourselves why the author is doing this.

Be on the lookout for Again and Again signposts as you read your library book. Be sure to ask yourself why something---a word or event---shows up again.
Words of the Wiser
STOP
and Notice and Note
When you're reading and a character (probably older and wiser) takes the main character aside and gives serious advice,

You should stop and ask yourself:
"What was the life lesson and how might this affect the character?"
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