Comprehension Quiz Answer questions 1-5 in one or two complete clear sentences. Write a response of two or three sentences to question 6. You have 15 minutes to complete this quiz.
*Brief* Discussion So far, what are your reactions to this story? Discuss with a partner for 5 minutes.
Vocabulary, p. 1-53 handout – is any of your vocabulary on this sheet? Which? any other new or interesting vocabulary? lisp – a speech defect that involves pronouncing `s' like voiceless `th' and `z' like voiced `th' mutt – animal that is not a pure breed; it is a mix stray – wandering without a home or owner dickwad – insult fag – slur/insult against a gay person snotty – snobby nosey – curious, but about other people’s business euphemism – a nice or polite word for something that is rude, unpleasant, or negative. epic - very imposing or impressive; beyond the ordinary (especially in size or scale); "an epic voyage"; "of heroic proportions"; "heroic sculpture" perverted – something that is considered sexually unacceptable or deviant
Assigned Words articulate (adj., v.) (adj.) expressed clearly; (v.) to express clearly decrepit (adj.) old, worn out, weak, broken hypothermic (adj.) when your core temperature is 33 degrees Celsius or less you are hypothermic lopsided (adj.) uneven perseverance (n.) the ability to keep going or trying through obstacles or difficult circumstances redundancy (n.) needless repetition reservation (n.) land set aside for aboriginal people rummage (v.) to search by moving things around susceptible (adj.) vulnerable, at risk yelped (v, pt) gave out a sharp cry, shrieked
True Diary, p. 1-53 Narrator Point of View
True Diary, p. 1-53 Main Character (Protagonist) How does he describe himself? physically personality
True Diary, p. 1-53 What do others say about him? What do his way of speaking and his actions show about him?
Character Assignment Each student will be responsible for taking notes on Junior plus one other character. See handout. Due May 26th
Key Events Junior’s dad had to shoot Oscar (the dog) because they couldn’t afford to take him to the vet. Rowdy took revenge on the Andruss brothers for Junior Junior threw the book and hit Mr. P Junior finds out about his sister’s dreams Mr. P admits he and other teachers treated Indian students badly Mr. P tells Junior he deserves a better life and to get it he has to leave the reservation. Junior decides to go to a new school, Reardon, with white students/off the reservation Rowdy is really angry/upset that Junior is going to Reardon
Literary Devices Used by Junior/Alexie Simile: a comparison of two unlike things using the words “like” or “as.”
Ex: “He is long and lean and strong as a snake,” p. 15
Metaphor : a comparison of two unlike things using the word “is” (also “are,” “was,” etc.)
Ex: “The world is a series of broken dams and floods and my cartoons are tiny little lifeboats.
NOTE: Similes and metaphors work by focusing on the qualities the two things have in common.
Literary Devices Used by Junior/Alexie Hyperbole: an exaggeration used to emphasize the strength, amount, or intensity of something
Ex: “And, oh, I was skinny. I’d turn sideways and disappear,” p. 3
Understatement: a statement that minimizes the actual strength, amount, or intensity of something.
Ex: The snow bank was seven feet high. “We’ve had a little snow,” Maria said.
NOTE: Hyperbole and understatement are also often used for comic effect.
Literary Devices Used by Junior/Alexie Verbal irony: the writer or character uses words that mean the opposite of what they really think or feel.
Ex: “I’m planning on heading back to the classroom for more scintillating lessons. . ., “ p. 105-106
NOTE: There are two other types of irony: situational irony and dramatic irony.
Literary Devices Used by Junior/Alexie Situational irony: the difference between what is expected and what actually happens
Ex: Mrs. Strangeworth tries to prevent evil, but an evil act happens to her.
Dramatic irony: the difference between what the character thinks is true and what the reader knows to be true. This type of irony can only be used when the story is told from a third-person point of view.
Ex: A cheating husband tells his wife how much he loves her, but the reader knows he just came from his girlfriend’s house.
Literary Devices Assignment Find a total of ten examples of literary devices, including at least one example of metaphor, simile, hyperbole, and verbal irony. You can try to find an example of understatement, but it may be a bit more more difficult to identify. (See handout.) Due: June 2 /10
Reading Journal Purpose Procedure Grading
Journal Response p. 1-53 For your first journal response, pick on of the questions under fiction. Try to focus on your thoughts and reactions. Make specific reference to the story or characters. Only retell parts of the story necessary for your response to make sense.
Homework Monday Read up to p. 98 Vocabulary homework Ongoing Notes -Character Assignment -Literary Devices Assignment