Barrio Boy by Ernesto
A Day’s Wait by Ernest
The plan….
• Objectives
• Review
– Fiction vs. Nonfiction
– Compare Contrast
– Ernesto Galarza
About the Author: Ernest Hemingway
Vocabulary Review
Read the Story
– Comprehension Questions: page 78 #s 1-4
• Preview: Review Barrio Boy and A Day’s Wait
• Students will practice using context clues
while developing vocabulary
• Students will demonstrate reading
comprehension skills by answering questions
throughout the story
Fiction and Nonfiction
• Fiction is prose writing that tells about
imaginary characters and events.
– Novels, novellas, and short stories are types of
• Nonfiction is prose writing that presents and
explains ideas or tells about REAL people,
places, objects, or events.
– News articles, essays, and historical accounts are
types of nonfiction.
• Barrio Boy
– Nonfiction (narrative)
• About real people
• Has characters
• A Day’s Wait
– fiction (narrative).
• About imaginary
• Has characters
Both selections are examples
of narrative writing. They
each tell a story with the
following elements.
• A narrator that tells the
• Characters, or real people
living the story.
• Dialogue, or the
conversations that
characters have
• Story events that make up
the action
Compare and Contrast
Barrio Boy
A Day’s Wait
• Barrio Boy tells about an important real event
in the writer’s life.
• A Day’s Wait is the story of an imagined boy
on a single day.
• Ernesto Galarza
» When he was seven years old, Ernesto Galarza
moved form Mexico to California. There his
family harvested crops in the field of
Sacramento and struggled to make ends meet.
Galarza learned English quickly and won a
scholarship for college.
» Helping farm workers from 1936 to 1947,
Galarza served as chief of the division of Labor
and Social information for the Pan-American
Union, dealing with education and labor in Latin
America. When he returned to California, he
worked to gain rights for farm workers.
Ernest Hemingway
A true adventurer, Ernest Hemingway
based much of his writing on his own
experiences. He served as an ambulance
driver in World War I, worked as a
journalist, traveled the world, and enjoyed
outdoor sports.
Writing about the familiar,
Hemingway’s fiction celebrated his spirit of
adventure. The story “ A Day’s Wait” captures
the quite bravery of many of his characters.
n., outbreak of a contagious
The flu epidemic caused school to close.
v., drove out from hiding
The dogs flushed birds out of the bushes.
adv., clearly; obviously
The dark clouds evidently promised rain.
adj., causing great discomfort or
The sick and miserable boy was not able to
attend school.
adj., different
He had to take various medications to get over
the illness.
n., a threat or danger
John had to decide if the man was a friend or a
adv., completely; totally without
He was absolutely sure this was the silliest
thing he had ever seen!
A Day’s Wait
By Ernest Hemingway.
Page:75 - 78
Who is telling the story? Who is
the narrator of the story?
The father of the sick boy is the narrator
because he uses the pronoun I and refers
to his sick child as he
'You can't come in,' he said. 'You mustn't get what I
I went up to him and found him in exactly the position I
had left him, white faced, but with the tops of his
cheeks flushed by the fever, staring still, as he had
stared, at the foot of the bed.
In both fiction and nonfiction narratives can be
written from the first-person point of view.
First person point of view
an "I" or "we" serves as the narrator of a
piece of fiction.
The narrator does participate in the action
of the story.
The narrator may be a minor character,
observing the action, or the main protagonist of
the story.
What did the doctor tell the father
about the boy’s fever?
The doctor told the father not to
worry unless the fever goes above
104 degrees
How does the boy know his
The boy overhears the doctor read
his temperature and later asks his
father about it.
What does the boy’s question reveal
about his behavior throughout the
The question explains why the boy
has seemed excessively worried.
It shows that he has been afraid he
is going to die.
The Plot:
The story focuses on a nine-year old boy
named Schatz (nickname) and his father. The
boy gets the flu, and has a 102 degrees
Fahrenheit temperature, and acts very strangely
about it, much to the confusion of the father. In
the end the boy asks when he will die, thinking
that an 102 degree temperature will kill him
because he heard in Europe (where Celsius is
used) that one cannot live with a temperature
over 44 degrees.
The average body temperature on the
Fahrenheit scale is 98.6 °, this is equivalent of
37 ° Celsius.
102 ° F (Fahrenheit) = 38.8 °C (Celsius)
a body temperature of up to 105 ° F or 40.55 ° C
can be uncomfortable but it’s not always
considered dangerous except in small children.
Fevers that results in higher temperatures,
especially 108 ° F or 42.22 ° C can be deadly
Do you find the boy’s actions brave,
touchy, or silly? Explain your answer.
Why does the boy tell his father to
leave the sick room? What does this
reveal about the boy?
Why does the boy think he will die?
What is the meaning of the story’s
Which of the boy’s words and actions
give clues that he believes something
terrible is wrong?
Do you think the story is about the
boy’s bravery or about the boy’s fear?
Think about it:
What do you think would have
happened if the boy had shared his
fears with his father earlier in the day?
Comprehension Questions page 78
Numbers 1, 2, 3, 4
Compare & Contrast:
Barrio Boy & A Day’s Wait
The End

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