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  • 1. NOTICE & NOTE The Signposts and Definitions
  • 2. Contrasts and ContradictionsContrasts and Contradictions The Signpost and Definition A sharp contrast between what we would expect and what we observe the character doing; behavior that contradicts previous behavior or well-establish patterns.
  • 3. Contrasts and ContradictionsContrasts and Contradictions
  • 4. Contrasts and ContradictionsContrasts and Contradictions Clues to the Signpost A character behaves or thinks in a way we don’t expect, or an element of a setting is something we would not expect.
  • 5. Contrasts and ContradictionsContrasts and Contradictions The Question That Follows Why would the character act (feel) this way?
  • 6. Aha MomentAha Moment The Signpost and Definition A character’s realization of something that shifts his actions or understanding of himself, others, or the world around him.
  • 7. Aha MomentAha Moment
  • 8. Aha MomentAha Moment Clues to the Signpost Phrases usually expressing suddenness, like:  “Suddenly, I understood…”  “It came to me in a flash that…”  “In an instant, I knew…”
  • 9. Aha MomentAha Moment The Question That Follows How might this change things?
  • 10. Tough QuestionsTough Questions The Signpost and Definition Questions a character raises that reveal his or her inner struggles.
  • 11. Tough QuestionsTough Questions
  • 12. Tough QuestionsTough Questions Clues to the Signpost Phrases usually expressing serious daoubt or confusion:  “What could I possibly do?”  “How could I ever understand why she…?”  I couldn’t imagine how I could cope with…”
  • 13. Tough QuestionsTough Questions The Question That Follows What does this question make me wonder about?
  • 14. Words of the WiserWords of the Wiser The Signpost and Definition The advice or insight a wiser character, who is usually older, offers about life to the main character.
  • 15. Words of the WiserWords of the Wiser
  • 16. Words of the WiserWords of the Wiser Clues to the Signpost The main character and another are usually off by themselves, in a quiet, serious moment, and the wiser figure shares his wisdom or advice in an effort to help the main character with a problem or a decision.
  • 17. Words to the WiserWords to the Wiser The Question That Follows What’s the life lesson and how might it affect the character?
  • 18. Again and AgainAgain and Again The Signpost and Definition Events, images, or particular words that recur over a portion of the novel.
  • 19. Again and AgainAgain and Again
  • 20. Again and AgainAgain and Again Clues to the Signpost A word is repeated, sometimes used in an odd way, over and over in the story. An image reappears several times during the course of the book.
  • 21. Again and AgainAgain and Again The Question That Follows Why might the author bring this up again and again?
  • 22. Memory MomentMemory Moment The Signpost and Definition A recollection by a character that interrupts the forward progress of the story.
  • 23. Memory MomentMemory Moment
  • 24. Memory MomentMemory Moment Clues to the Signpost The ongoing flow of the narrative is interrupted by a memory that comes to the character, often taking several paragraphs to recount before we return to events of the present moment.
  • 25. Memory MomentMemory Moment The Question That Follows Why might this memory be important?
  • 26. Work Cited Beers, K., & Probst, R. E. (2013). Notice and Note: Strategies for Close Reading. Portsmouth, NH: Heinemann.

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