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Foreshadowing Lesson

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Todd Levine

on 8 July 2013

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Transcript of Foreshadowing Lesson

What is
When authors
towards an event that
hasn't happened yet
in a story.
For example...

(40) Once I had succeeded in teaching Doodle to walk, I began to believe in my own infallibility, and I prepared a terrific development program for him, unknown to Mama and Daddy, of course. I would teach him to run, to swim, to climb trees, and to fight. He, too, now believed in my infallibility, so we set the deadline for these accomplishments less that a year away, when, it had been
decided, Doodle could start to school.
(41) That winter we didn't make much progress, for I was in school and Doodle suffered from one bad cold after another. But when spring came, rich and warm, we raised our sights again. Success lay at the end of summer like a pot of gold, and our campaign got off to a good start. On hot days, Doodle and I went down to Horsehead Landing, and I gave him swimming lessons or showed him how to row a boat. Sometimes we descended into the cool greenness of Old Woman Swamp and climbed the rope vines or boxed scientifically beneath the pine where he had learned to walk. Promise hung about us like the leaves, and wherever we looked, ferns unfurled and birds broke into song.
With a partner, discuss the following questions:

1) What made you

the brakes?

Check your crystal ball:
Can you make a prediction? If so, what do you predict?

(42) That summer, the summer of 1918, was blighted. In May and June there was no rain and the crops withered, curled up, then died under the thirsty sun. One morning in July a hurricane came out of the east, tipping over the oaks in the yard and splitting the limbs of the elm trees. That afternoon it roared back out of the west, blew the fallen oaks around, snapping their roots and tearing them out of the earth like a hawk at the entrails of a chicken. Cotton bolls were wrenched from the stalks and lay like green walnuts in the valleys between the rows, while the cornfield leaned over uniformly so that the tassels touched the ground. Doodle and I followed Daddy out into the cotton field, where he stood, shoulders sagging, surveying the ruin. When his chin sank down onto his chest, we were frightened, and Doodle slipped his hand into mine. Suddenly Daddy straightened his shoulders, raised a giant knuckle fist, and with a voice that seemed to rumble out of the earth itself began cursing the weather and the Republican Party. Doodle and I prodding each other and giggling, went back to the house, knowing that everything would be all right.
(43) And during that summer, strange names were heard through the house: Chateau-Thierry, Amiens, Soissons, and in her blessing at the supper table, Mama once said, "And bless the Pearsons, whose boy Joe was lost at Belleau Wood."
Ask yourself,
can I make a prediction?
If so,
what is your new prediction?
Step 2:
Check your crystal ball!
With a partner, discuss the following questions:

1) What made you

the brakes?

Check your crystal ball:
Can you make a prediction? If so, what do you predict?
Whether you know it or not, we have all seen foreshadowing before...
"All the kids in the neighborhood were playing outside, enjoying the summer day. The sky is blue and birds are chirping—it’s a perfect day. Then, all of a sudden, they hear the sound of thunder rolling in the distance."

What do you predict will happen next?
How do we identify
Step 1:
Hit the brakes!
As readers, we
hit the brakes
in our minds when we notice something
out of place
For example:
Has the setting changed?
Is a character acting different than the way he/she was acting before?
Has something (or someone) new been introduced to the scene?
Why do authors use
Authors use foreshadowing to:
draw the reader's attention to specific
change the reader's
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