Signpost Lessons Journal Write What would you do if you caught someone (you didn’t know) trying to steal something from your purse or backpack? Be honest. What would your reaction be? Also, would you have the same reaction as your friend? Your parent? Your grandmother? i.e. Lesson of the Unexpected Notice & Note Signpost #1 Stop! Notice and Note Signpost #1: Contrasts & Contradictions & The Unexpected When you are reading and you notice… a character’s actions are contradictory to (different than) how the character has acted in the past. a difference among characters (a way that one character acts versus another) is revealed. a character acts differently than how YOU would behave in a similar situation. there are contrasting/unexpected story elements, such as plot, setting, etc. Signpost #1 Continued… Contrasts & Contradictions & The Unexpected You should stop and ask yourself: “Why is the character doing that?” OR “Why are the characters so different from each other?” OR “Why would the author choose to do this?” The answers could help you make a prediction or make an inference about the plot and conflict and author’s purpose. Possible ANCHOR QUESTIONS Journal Write 1. Describe a time when you came to a sudden realization about something. Examples: You walked into first period and realized you forgot to do the homework…or you looked around your bedroom and suddenly realized it had crossed over from messy to filthy… 2. How did the realization affect your next action or choice? (i.e. did you do anything about the realization—like clean your room or copy someone’s paper?) i.e. Aha Moment Notice & Note Signpost #2 Stop! Notice and Note Signpost #2: Epiphany When you are reading and suddenly a character realizes, understands, or finally figures something out (an “Ah-ha!”)… You should stop and ask yourself: ANCHOR “How might this realization be QUESTION important or change things?” If the character figured out a problem, you probably just learned about the CONFLICT. If the character understood a life lesson, you probably just learned the THEME. Journal Write Describe a time when you asked yourself how you might get through a difficult experience or period of your life… (it doesn’t have to be life- threatening; it could be an emotionally challenging experience, or trying to pass a class, etc.) Notice & Note Signpost #3 Stop! Notice and Note Signpost #3: Tough Questions When you are reading and the character is confused or uncertain and asks him/herself a difficult question that doesn’t have an easy answer…(the answer may shape his/her life)… You should stop and ask yourself: “What does this question tell me Possible about the character?” OR “How might ANCHOR QUESTIONS the character answer it?” OR “How might the answer affect the story?” The answers will tell you about the CONFLICT and might foreshadow later events. Journal Write Describe a time when someone gave you advice. Who was it? What were they giving you advice about? Did the advice help you? Please explain. Notice & Note Signpost #4 Stop! Notice and Note Signpost #4: Words of the Wiser When you are reading and a character takes the main character aside and gives serious advice that is helpful at this moment in the story but could also be helpful throughout life… You should stop and ask yourself: “What’s the life lesson, and how might it affect the character?” ANCHOR QUESTION Whatever the lesson is, you’ve probably found a THEME for the story. Notice & Note Signpost #5 Stop! Notice and Note Signpost #5: Repetition When you are reading and you notice a word, phrase, object, situation, or idea mentioned over and over… You should stop and ask yourself: “Why does this keep showing ANCHOR QUESTION up again and again?” The answers will tell you about the THEME and CONFLICT, or they might foreshadow what will happen later. Notice & Note Signpost #6 Stop! Notice and Note Signpost #6: Flashback When you are reading and the author interrupts the action to reveal a memory… You should stop and ask yourself: ANCHOR “Why or how might this QUESTION memory be important?” The answers will tell you about the THEME, CONFLICT, or might foreshadow what will happen later in the story. Journal Write… This week we’ve looked at the six Notice & Note Signposts: Contrasts/Contradictions, Epiphanies, Tough Questions, Words of the Wiser, Repetition, and Flashbacks… Reflect on how one or more of these might help you understand a novel and/or the author’s purpose for writing the novel…Look back at your notes for the signposts and the packet you worked on yesterday. THINK. Reflect. Ponder.