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1 Narrative Lessons

2 Lesson 1 - Setting and Mood Setting can... serve as a backdrop be symbolic provide information about characters can help or hinder characters in achieving their goals create physical hardships or challenges

3 Setting and Mood The setting of a story affects how we and the characters feel about their surroundings. Setting can make things seem pleasant OR create an air of foreboding. THIS IS CALLED MOOD

4 Setting and Mood As notice the setting, try to figure out what the writer is trying to convey. Page #Setting DescriptionFunction(s) in the Story p. 1 Planes are never allowed to fly over the community. Creates an air of mystery. Also helps to demonstrate the limits within the society. p. 41 Include at least 5 examples. What’s the overall mood of the story?

5 Lesson 2 - Characterization Character: Someone/something whose actions, choices, thoughts, ideas, words, and influence are important in developing the plot. Protagonist: A single character (or small group of characters) whose goal or problem is the core of the plot. *If they’re good, they’re often referred to as the “hero” of the story. Antagonist: Character, group or force that opposes the protagonist. *May be referred to as a villain.

6 Characterization – the name for the technique a writer uses to reveal the personality of characters. It is achieved in a number of ways. Words: comments, dialogue, what is said, how it is said Thoughts: what’s going on in the character’s mind; motives & choices Appearance: physical characteristics and clothing Actions: what the character does Interactions: how the character relates to others Names: often symbolic of a major character trait or role Chosen Setting: the items, furnishings, etc. that the character chooses to surround himself/herself Change/Development the occurrence of and direction of change or development that a character undergoes inwardly What techniques does the author rely on for characterization? Any not used? Why?

7 Characterization Continuum Self-controlled Overwhelmed Write paragraph about how The Giver changes over time Gullible Insightful Jonas and the community Honest Deceptive Jonas Follower/Dependent Leader/Independent The Giver, Jonas, Father Write a paragraph explaining the character change throughout the story along the continuum.

8 Lesson 3 - Conflict Core of the story’s plot Makes us wonder if the protagonist will attain his/her goal Adds suspense and excitement ONE OVERARCHING CONFLICT usually takes up most of the book. Each scene/chapter may have its own smaller conflict.

9 Conflict Internal: Conflicting desires, value, personality traits or motives. Takes place within the character’s mind and heart. External: May be with another individual, with a task or problem, with society, with nature, with an idea, or with a force such as good or evil.

10 Conflict 1. Explain the type of conflict involved in this story, for example, man vs. man, man vs. self, man vs. nature. Write a 7 – 10 sentence paragraph with one quote explaining the type of conflict involved and the significance to the story. 2. Make and fill out a chart showing the conflict for every chapter. Chapter #Conflict Ch. 1 Ch. 2 Ch. 3 Ch. 4 Ch. 5 Ch. 6 Ch. 7

11 Lesson 4 – Plot: The Design of the Story Plot: sequence of actions 1.Exposition (introduction of essential background information, as well as characters, situations, and conflicts. May be found throughout the story as well as the beginning. 2.Complication or Rising Action (beginning of the central conflict in the story 3.Crisis/Turning Point/Climax (main character’s action or choice determines the outcome of the conflict) 4.Falling Action (time when the ending becomes inevitable) 5.Resolution or Denouement (when conflicts are resolved and story is concluded)

12 Plot – The Design of the Story PLOT STRUCTURE As you read The Giver, pause at the end of each chapter, and identify where it fits in the plot structure. MAJOR EVENTS List 7 – 10 important events in chronological order with one sentence explanation for each event describing how it connects to the conflict.

13 Lesson 5 - Theme Generalization about life or human behavior or values; the author’s insight into the way things are that s/he wants to share with readers Shaped by the author’s intention and purpose In stories with complex issues, while you may find multiple themes, look for a single, over-arching theme.

14 Theme 1.Theme Chart 2.Explain theme from story. Write a 7 – 10 sentence paragraph with one quote explaining the theme of the story

15 Lesson 6 - Dystopia UTOPIA: “No place” in Greek. Title of book in 1516 by Sir Thomas Moore showing a perfect society on an imaginary island. DYSTOPIA: “Bad or impaired place” in Greek. Dystopias show dehumanized rather than ideal societies. BOTH: Focus on contemporary problems. Can be a critique of present society by bringing attention to evils or ills of society. May be a call to social action.

16 Dystopia 1. Explain why this is a dystopian society. Describe the intention of the society and its structure. (7 – 10 sentences with one quote to support) 2. Is this story a critique of our society? A call to social action? If so, what evils or ills of contemporary society do you think are being addressed? If not, what is the author’s purpose? (7 – 10 sentences with one quote to support

17 Lesson 7: Book Evaluation Identify the work by including title, author, genre. Briefly summarize the plot (include names of main characters, the basic plot conflict, the setting, and the background of the situation). State your assessment of the work

18 Book Evaluation Responding positively: The plot is suspenseful and interesting The theme resonates with what you believe You like or admire one or more of the characters The vivid description catches your interest The book is amusing and enjoyable You learn something valuable You are so absorbed that you can’t wait to read more You find insights or understandings that enrich your life Use quotes from text to support your evaluation

19 Book Evaluation Responding negatively: Dialogue is unbelievable Characterization is weak Characters’ motivations are not believable Plot is convoluted or unbelievable Attitudes expressed seem inappropriate to you Genre doesn’t appeal to you Use quotes from text to support your evaluation


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