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that was then, this is now

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That was then, this is now
Author
Susan Eloise Hinton is know as one of the most popular writers of young adult fiction.
Character
Characterization is the process by which the author reveals the personality of a character.
Plot
Plot structure is what all stories use to organize the sequence of events that take place in a story.
Her first novel,
The Outsiders
, was written while she was still in high school and published in 1967.
She chose to write her novels under her initials S.E. Hinton so that male reviewers and readers would not dismiss her work because she was a female writer.
Once she gained her fame and a literary award for her work she decided to keep writing under her initials.
She wrote her novels because she was unhappy with the young adult fiction available to teens.
Plot is divided into 5 sections:
Exposition/Introduction
Complication
Rising action
Climax
Falling action
Characters
Setting
The basic and essential information about a story
The complication is the problem or conflict the main character faces which is the catalyst for the rising action.
Example:
The rising action is the central part of the story during which various problems/conflicts arise that move the story forward and lead to the climax.
The turning point of the story. This is where the drama reaches its highest point and is the culmination of the rising action.
The aftermath of the climax where loose ends are tied and the story is brought to a close.
Within the falling action we see the resolution to the main character's conflict or problem.
Characterization can be achieved through:
direct characterization
Indirect characterization
The author directly
tells
the audience about the personality of the character.
Example:

Kelly was a
patient
girl and never spoke in anger to people.

Eddie was
aggressive
and did not play well with others.
The author is explicitly telling the audience that these characters are "patient" and "aggressive"
Speech
Thoughts
Reactions
Actions
Looks
Static vs Dynamic Characters
A static character does not experience basic character changes during the story.
A dynamic character experience changes throughout a story.
Good vs Bad Writing
Look at the following examples and identify them as either:
Vague
Redundant
Undeveloped
The basic fundamental fact is that Mark is a criminal.
Bryon is maturing.
They got into a fight and won.
Mark is a criminal because he causes trouble.
He was always there for him.
Writing Activity
Complete the handout "Good vs Bad Writing" by:
1. Underlining/highlighting all errors in the texts.
2. Re-writing the texts so they are error-free and logically/fully developed.
Be Specific!!!
Don't forget
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