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Words of the Wiser.  Helps recognize the author’s theme  Identify the scene in which a wiser, and generally older, character offers the main character.

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1 Words of the Wiser

2  Helps recognize the author’s theme  Identify the scene in which a wiser, and generally older, character offers the main character some critical advice  Notice the sign post, then ask yourself  What’s the life lesson and how might it affect the character?

3  Does your mom always give you advice?  For example,  “If you can’t say something nice, don’t say anything at all!”  “Always tell the truth.”

4  Authors are like a mom or a dad or a grandparent or a teacher.  They include scenes in which wise words are shared.  So, you want to be on the lookout for a place where the main character has a quiet and serious talk with a wiser character.  That wiser character might be a friend, a brother or sister, a teacher, a parent, or the kindly neighbor down the street.  When you find that scene, you want to slow down and read it carefully because the wiser character is probably offering the main character some good advice.  The advice is probably a life lesson and an important idea the author wants you to think about.

5  After the scene has been found, you want to ask yourself one question:  What’s the life lesson and how might this affect the character?  As you answer this question, you’ll learn more about the character, the conflict he or she faces, the plot, and perhaps the message or them the author wants you to consider.

6 LocationSignpost I NoticedMy Notes About It Rainbow FishT.Q. – “Why doesn’t anybody like me?” Lonely – is he starting to regret his behavior? Rainbow FishW.W. – octopus giving R.F. advice about happiness and sharing Looks don’t give you happiness, but sharing and caring with others does. Rainbow FishT.Q. – “How could I ever be happy without them?” R.F. could go either way – share with others or be alone? SadakoT.Q. – “I’m going to die next, aren’t I?” Will she make 1,000 cranes? If she does, will it help? SadakoT.Q. – “Did it hurt to die?” Internal conflict – asking herself about her own death. As a 10 year old – having to consider death

7  In your reading tonight, be on the lookout for our sign posts – Words the Wiser or Tough ?  If you don’t find one as you’re reading tonight, then listen to things your parent says to you or listen to conversations that you hear on television.  Write it down and then answer the question:  What’s the life lesson and how might it affect me or the character? – Words of the Wiser  What does the question make me wonder about? – Tough Question


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