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Copy of Notice & Note: Sign Posts

The 6 Sign Posts defined and Disney Movie Examples given for each.
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Vicki Rhein

on 25 November 2014

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Transcript of Copy of Notice & Note: Sign Posts

"Nonfiction lets us learn more. Fiction lets us be more" (17).

"It is the interaction between the reader and the text that not only creates meaning but creates the reason to read" (3)


Sign posts are 6 different elements that typically occur in a story.

We want you to
STOP,
NOTICE

and
NOTE

these sign posts as you read!

If you are going to interact with the text, bring meaning to the words, you need to know what to look for.
Why do we need to read closely? And what are sign posts?
The 6 Sign Posts
Aha Moment
The 6 Sign Posts
The 6 Sign Posts
Based on the book by Kylene Beeers & Robert E Probst
Notice & Note: Sign Posts
A Magical Way to Read


Tough Questions
Definition of Sign Post:
A difference between what we would expect and what we observe the character doing.
Behavior that contradicts previous behaviors or well-established patterns.

Clue of the Sign Post:
A character behaves or thinks in a way we don't expect, or an element of a setting is something we would not expect.

Literary Element it Helps Readers Understand:
Character development
Internal Conflict
Theme
Relationship between setting and plot
Contrasts & Contradictions
Contrasts and Contradictions
Again & Again
Again & Again
Definition of Sign Post:
Events, images, or particular words that recur over a portion of the novel.

Clue of the Sign Post:
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.

Literary Element it Helps Readers Understand:
Character development
Conflict
Theme
Setting and plot
Symbolism
Definition of Sign Post:
A character's realization of something
Results in changing his actions or understanding of himself, others, or the world around him.

Clue of the Sign Post:
Phrases usually expressing suddenness, like: "Suddenly, I understood..."; "It came to me in a flash that...."; "In an instant I knew..."

Literary Element it Helps Readers Understand:
Character development
Internal Conflict
Plot
Aha Moment
Memory Moment
Definition of Sign Post:
A recollection by a character that interrupts the forward progress of the story.

Clue of the Sign Post:
The ongoing flow of 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.

Literary Element it Helps Readers Understand:
Character development
Theme
Plot
Relationship between plot and setting
Memory Moment
Tough Questions
Definition of Sign Post:
Questions a character raises that reveal his/her inner struggles.

Clue of the Sign Post:
Phrases usually expressing serious doubt or confusion, like: "What could I possibly do to..."; "I couldn't imagine how I could cope with...."; "Never had I been so confused about..."; "How could I ever understand why she..."

Literary Element it Helps Readers Understand:
Character development
Internal Conflict
Theme
Words of the Wiser
Definition of Sign Post:
The advice or insight a wiser character, who is usually older, offers about life to the main character.

Clue of the Sign Post:
The main character and another are usually off by themselves, in a quiet, serious moment, and the wiser figure shares his wisdom or advice in an effort to help the main character with a problem or a decision.

Literary Element it Helps Readers Understand:
Relationship between character and plot
Internal Conflict
Theme
Words of the Wiser
Who gave Simba the words of wisdom? How did the words of wisdom change Simba? What was the lesson?
"You must take your place in the circle of life."
"Remember who you are. You are my son. The one true king. Remember."
When was Elsa's aha moment?
"Love, of course! Love! Love will thaw!"
When does Rapunzel have her memory moment?
"I'm the lost princess!"
How does Megara contradict herself in 'Hercules'?
She says she isn't in love (and sings a whole song about not being in love), but she acts like she is in love (oh, and then it turns out she is in love).
Anchor Questions:
Why is the character doing that?

Why might the character act or feel that way?
Anchor Question:

Why is the author bringing this up again?
Anchor Question:

How might this change things?
Bonus Round:

When was Anna's aha moment?
Well she had two, at least:
So how do these aha moments change things?
Anchor Question:

Why might this memory by important?
Anchor Question:

What does this question (or statement) make me wonder about?
Anchor Question:

What's the life lesson and how might it affect the main character?
What is King Triton's tough question?

What is Ariel's tough question?
What concept is repeated over and over in Beauty and the Beast?
Being different (and misunderstood) or being the same (and boring).
King Triton: Do you think I was too hard on her?

Ariel: But, if I become human, I will never see my father or sisters again.
Belle is the strange girl, so people don't get her.
The beast is obviously different and therefore locked away and feared.
Belle's father is labeled as odd and crazy.
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