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Tuck Everlasting Notice and Note Signposts

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Transcript of Tuck Everlasting Notice and Note Signposts

Tuck Everlasting
Notice and Note Signposts

Contrasts and Contradictions
Memory Moment
A character behaves or thinks in a way we don't expect, or that are contradictory to how the character has acted in the past, or how the reader would act in that situation.
A word is repeated, sometimes used in an odd way, over and over in the story.
An image or idea reappears several times during the course of the book.
Examples from Tuck...
The ongoing flow of the story is interrupted by a memory that comes to the character, often taking several paragraphs to recount before we are returned to the events of the present moment.
Examples from Tuck...
Phrases usually expressing suddenness, like:

"Suddenly I understood..."
"It came to me in a flash that..."
"The realization hit me like a lightning bolt..."
"In an instant I knew..."
Phrases that express serious doubt or confusion.
"What could I possibly do to...?"
"I couldn't imagine how I could cope with..."
"How could I ever understand why she/he...?"
"Never had I been so confused about..."
"I just didn't know which choice to make..."
The main character and another (often wiser) character are usually off by themselves in a quiet serious moment, and the wiser character shares his/her wisdom or advice in an effort to help the main character with a problem or a decision.
Examples from Tuck...
Questions to Ponder...
Why would the character act or feel this way?

How do the contrasts between the characters help us understand them better?

How might contrasts between situations help us predict plot or conflict?
Again and Again
A sharp contrast between what we would expect and what we observe the character doing; behavior contradicts previous behavior or well-established patterns. Also contrasts between characters or situations.
Events, images, or particular words that occur over a portion of the text.
Questions to Ponder...
Why might the author bring this up again and again?

What does this signpost lead me to think will happen later in the story?
A recollection (or a flashback) by a character that interrupts the forward progress of the story, but revels something important about the character or plot.
Questions to Ponder...
Why might this memory be important to the character or the story?

What does this lead me to think about the rest of the story?
Aha Moment
A character's realization of something that changes his actions or understanding of himself, others, or the world around him.
Questions to Ponder...
What inferences can you make about what the character will do now or think now?

How might this change things?
Tough Questions
A time when the main character asks him-or herself or someone else a tough question, one that doesn't have an easy answer, revealing their inner conflict.
Questions to Ponder...
What does this question make me wonder about?

How is this question important to the story?

How do you think the main character will answer it?

How will the main character's answer affect the events in the rest of the story?
Words of the Wiser
The advice or insight a wiser character-usually older-offers about life to the main character.
Questions to Ponder...
What is the life lesson, and how might it affect the character?

What inferences can you make about why this message is important?
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