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Contrasts and Contradictions.  How does an author show us how a character is changing? Or developing?  We will use a technique called Contrasts and.

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1 Contrasts and Contradictions

2  How does an author show us how a character is changing? Or developing?  We will use a technique called Contrasts and Contradictions.

3  Who has read any of the Harry Potter books or seen any of the movies?  Think about Hermione.  She’s a kid who always has her homework done.  Not only does she do her homework, but she likes doing homework.  She wants the teacher to know that she always knows the answer.  So, what would you think if one day Hermione came to class and didn’t have her homework done?

4  Hermione’s behavior contradicts what we’ve come to expect.  It makes us wonder what’s going on because that’s not part of Hermione’s personality.  When authors show us something that doesn’t fit with what we expect, when they present us with a contrast or contradiction, then we want to pause and ask ourselves one question:  Why would the character act this way?

5  Contrasts and Contradictions:  When you’re reading and a character says or does something that’s opposite (contradicts) what he has been saying or doing all along.  You should stop and ask yourself:  “Why is the character doing that?”  The answers could help you make a prediction or make an inference about the plot or conflict.

6  As I read, I’m on the lookout for a place where the author shows me a character acting in a way that is a contrast or contradiction with how he or she has been acting or how I would expect the character would act.  When you notice that contrast or contradiction, stop and ask yourself:  “Why is the character doing that?”  As you answer the question, you will learn more about the character and problems he or she faces.

7  As I read this book to you, follow along and listen for contrasts or contradictions of characters thoughts, statements, or behaviors.  As I’m reading, I’m alert for contrasts or contradictions, and when I spot one I want to pause and ask myself:  “Why is the character doing that?”  “Why would she do this?”  Stop – I’ve noticed a character acting in a way that surprised me.  Think about why…  Turn and talk with your neighbor.

8 LocationSignpost I NoticedMy Notes About It Junkyard Wonders – page 1 Contrast and Contradiction Kay didn’t wave back to Trisha. Why? Junkyard Wonders – page 31 Contrast and Contradiction Mrs. Peterson was late. She was never late. Something bad has happened. What? Junkyard Wonders – page 31 Contrast and Contradiction Ravanne, who kids thought couldn’t talk, did. Why? Frindle – page 25Contrast and Contradiction Frindle – page 32Contrast and Contradiction


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