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Copy of The Pedestrian
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b) Leonard Mead walked in the shadows.
c) Leonard Mead felt like he was a faceless number.
d) Leonard Mead wore a hat to conceal his face. Today, we discussed how word choice can provide powerful hints into revealing a work's theme(s) and an author's purpose.
What might Ray Bradbury have been saying about technology in this story? Students will read and analyze Ray Bradbury's "The Pedestrian" in order to explore how word choice can reveal author's purpose. Vocab Which of these choices seems like the most likely explanation why editors would chose to include this photo? When the author says "great insect rustling" and "scarab beetles," he is implying that: a) The town was bug-infected.
b) The cars swarmed the streets like bugs.
c) Leonard Mead loved bugs.
d) There was no activity in town either day or night By incorporating words like "phantoms," "tombs," and "graveyard," Bradbury: a) Tells a ghost story
b) Gives the story an eerie feeling
c) Shows us that Leonard Mead is dead
d) Distracts the reader from the plot What is the effect when Bradbury describes Leonard Mead as "entranced, not unlike a night moth, stunned by the illumination?" a) The author creates an aura of suspense and fear.
b) The author shows readers that Mead is white.
c) The author reminds us that he enjoys insects.
d) The author suggests that Mead is not human. vigilance (n.):
alert attention, watchfulness phantom
jockeying The Pedestrian By Ray Bradbury Warm-Up Mini-Lesson Reading Closing Tonight's Homework: What is one item of technology you simply could not live without in this day and age? What makes that particular item so important to you?
Defend your answer in around 3 sentences. Objective Is society a better place thanks to modern technology or a worse one?
What are some of the benefits of modern technology? What are some of the drawbacks?
Defend your answer in around 3 sentences. Today's will focus on on the first page ("He came to..." to the end of the first column). BONUS 4 1. This image is an accurate visual representation of the story's:
d) all of these 2. The author most likely uses the words “cut the nose and made the lungs blaze like a Christmas tree inside” in this passage to show:
a) The cold air was bitter and painful
b) The man had gotten sick in the cold
c) The weather was crisp and welcome
d) The storm practically turned the man inside-out There was a good crystal frost in the air; it cut the nose and made the lungs blaze like a Christmas tree inside. 3. When the author says "A metallic voice called to him: 'Stand still. Stay where you are!'" he is suggesting that:
a) the voice was forceful
b) the voice was not human
c) the voice was unseen
d) the voice was unwelcome 4. In The Pedestrian, the author compares the townspeople's homes to all of these things EXCEPT:
b) a graveyard
c) a hive of insects
d) a home for phantoms 5. In these lines, the author most likely uses the word "murmur" to suggest:
a) the sound was faint
b) the sound was joyous
c) the sound was angry
d) the sound was abrasive "Was that a murmur of laughter from within a moon-white house?" 6. What is the setting of the story? (year, type of community, etc)
a) 1950, suburban neighborhood
b) 2053, medieval countryside
c) 2053, suburban neighborhood
d) 1951, Paris, France 7. What do you think is causing the “firefly light” “flickers” “phantoms manifested upon inner room walls”? a) the glow of a flashlight
b) ghosts or phantoms
c) insects with glowing bodies
d) television screens 8. Through all of his years of walking, what had Mr. Mead never encountered?
a) another person walking
d) bad weather
d) hyperbole 9. What literary device is being used in this sentence: "The light held him fixed, like a museum specimen, needle thrust through chest." 10. Why do you think Bradbury chose to compare Mr. Mead to a museum specimen? a) He is acting in an old-fashioned way, in this society
b) He is frozen and silent, like a specimen.
c) He is a mystery to them.
d) He was labeled with a name and number. 11. Which of these should be revised to correct an incomplete sentence? a) A comedian falling off the stage?
b) He halted.
c) I'd guess you'd call me a writer.
d) There was nothing soft there. 12. Which of these revisions of the above item makes it a complete sentence?
a) Your hands up, or, we'll shoot.
b) Your hands up! Or we'll shoot?
c) Put your hands, up or we'll shoot.
d) Put your hands up or we'll shoot! "Your hands up! Or we'll Shoot!" 13. Which of these most effectively combines these ideas into one sentence?
a) Leonard Mead was a rebel, and Leonard Mead got arrested.
b) Mead a rebel, was arrested.
c) Leonard Mead was a pedestrian and a rebel, and he was arrested.
d) Being arrested, Leonard Mead was a pedestrian, and also a rebel too. Leonard Mead was a rebel.
Leonard Mead was a pedestrian.
Leonard Mead got arrested. The tombs, ill-lit by television light, where the people
sat like the dead, the gray or multicolored lights touching their faces, but never really touching them. 14. This example contains a(n):
d) infinitive 15. Which answer choice most clearly identifies a theme of "The Pedestrian?"
a) Searching for self has a price
b) Technology brings prosperity
c) Police brutality
d) Don't walk alone at night The Pedestrian Quiz On the back of your vocab quiz, please number from 1-10. Please pass your papers in at this time. illumination
tendencies A phantom is a word for the type of figure depicted here. What could be a synonym for the word? Do you see any words that might relate to phantoms in the story? He studied the problem for hours hoping that the answer might somehow manifest itself in his brain. Some afternoons, it feels as if the announcements over the loudspeaker are ceaseless: they just don't stop! Other times, the interruptions are more intermittent -- on, off, on, off, on, off. Most years, the Eagles, Giants, Redskins and Cowboys are constantly jockeying for first place in the NFC East. If you're stuck in the dark on the definition of illumination, you might consider looking for a light bulb. We thought my brother had finally kicked his smoking habit, but he gradually began to show some regressive tendencies. As we read today's story, keep your eyes peeled for the (hidden) main idea Ray Bradbury chooses his words very carefully.
By studying the imagery and descriptions in the text, we should be able to ascertain the overall theme of the work (even though it is not explicitly stated for us). Themes can also be known as: Subliminal Messages themes and subliminal messages are hidden EVERYWHERE, and they challenge readers to ask themselves: (a.k.a. hidden main ideas) Can You Spot the Hidden Main Idea? food movies music clothing sports etc. why did they put that here? what is the hidden meaning? Plot = the basic story Example:
"Goldilocks and the Three Bears" tells the story of a little girl who snuck into a house owned by three bears. Example:
"The Hangover" is about three friends who accidentally forget everything that happened during one crazy night in Las Vegas. Characters = the people (or actors) in the story Example:
Characters from "To Kill a Mockingbird" include Scout, Atticus, Jem, Tom, and Dill. Example:
Characters from "Spongebob Squarepants" include Spongebob, Patrick, Mr. Crabs, and Plankton. Setting = where (and WHEN) the story takes place Example:
The setting of the Shrek movies is a fictional kingdom called "Far, Far Away," and the story takes place in a Medieval land that is very similar to the modern day. Example:
"Batman Begins" is set in the recent past in a city called Gotham. In this play by Shakespeare, two star-crossed lovers fall in love and take their lives. A castle named Hogwarts in a magical realm in the present day. A boy teaches himself to hold his breath and swim underwater in order to prove himself to the older crowd. The underwater town of Bikini bottom in the modern day Romeo, Juliet, Capulet, Montague, Friar Laurence Verona in the 1500s Gotham city in the present day / future? Harry, Hermione, Ron Weasley, Dumbledore, Voldemort A beach located near the French Riviera in the present day. Jerry, Jerry's mother, the older boys Sandy Cheeks, Gary the Snail A fun-loving sponge works at an underwater fast food joint. Learn a little
Sign Language = Plot
= Setting Basic Story Elements Theme = the hidden main idea or meaning Example:
A theme of "Romeo and Juliet" is that love is stronger than revenge.
A theme of "To Kill a Mockingbird" is that it is right to stand up for justice. } the THEME Under today's "BONUS FOUR," please write your answers to each of these questions: Exit Slip: 1. What is the setting of "The Pedestrian?"
2. Who are the characters?
3. Please summarize the PLOT in one sentence. THEMES can be found in everything we see! Bonus Four is your opportunity to score bonus points simply by taking a few moments to read silently and answer 4 quick questions. All you have to do... is DRAW a HORIZONTAL LINE right below your notes, then read the assigned passage silently at your seat and wait for further instruction. Q F R A QFR chart is used to keep track of QUESTIONS, FACTS, and emotional REACTIONS to a text. It is a GREAT way to make reading a long text easy. Please flip your paper over and number it 1-15.