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WHEN YOU TAKE A JOURNEY THROUGH A BOOK, DON’T FORGET TO STOP AT ANY NOTICE & NOTE SIGNPOSTS!

 

 

Contrasts and Contradictions

Definition: The character acts in a way that is contradictory

or unexpected given how he or she usually acts.

Text Clue: Author shows feelings or actions the reader hasn’t seen before or doesn’t expect.

Question: Why would the character act this way?

 

Aha Moment

Definition: The character realizes or starts to realize something

that changes his or her actions or thinking.

Text clue: Characters say “I realized” or “I suddenly knew” or “Now I know why . . .”

Question: What might the character do now?

 

 

Tough Questions

Definition: Character asks a tough question that reveals

his or her concerns [inner conflict].

Text Clue: Character asks self or another a difficult question.

Question: What does this question make me wonder about?

What does it tell me about the character?

 

Words of the Wiser

Definition: An older character (mentor, advisor, parent, etc.)

gives advice or an insight to the main character.

Text Clue: A wiser, often older, character offers a life lesson, usually in a quiet moment.

Question: What is important about that message?

 

 

Again and Again

Definition: The author keeps bringing up the same image, phrase, or reference.

Text clue: A repeated image, phrase, or reference

Question: Why do you think the author brings this idea up again and again?

 

 

Memory Moment—Flashback

Definition: The author interrupts the flow of the story

by letting the character remember something.

Text clue: “I suddenly remembered . . .”; “I remember . . .”; or “Thinking back . . .”

Question: Why might this memory be important?