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1 Searching for Summer By: Joan Aiken

2 Vocabulary ► disengage: to detach or remove oneself ► rudimentary: very basic, in the beginning stages ► wizened: withered and dry ► voluble: especially talkative, fluent with words ► commiserate: to express sorrow or pity for another’s troubles ► savoring: a full appreciation and enjoyment ► indomitable: not easily discouraged or defeated

3 Mood ► the feeling or atmosphere that a writer creates for the reader. ► Author uses descriptive words, imagery, and figurative language to create the mood. ► Example: “Stars, rainbows, and all other such heavenly sideshows had been permanently withdrawn, and if the radio announced that there was a blink of sunshine in such and such a place, where the cloud belt had thinned for half an hour, cars, and busses would pour in that direction for days in an unavailing search for warmth and light.”

4 What would you do? Think of a moment in your life when you realized you took something for granted. Write about this time in vivid detail in a full page journal entry.

5 “Long, long ago, when I was a liddle un, in the days when the sky was blue.”

6 Which one is lucky?

7 How does the author, Joan Aiken, create two separate moods in the story “Searching for Summer” with the use of diction (word choice) and other literary elements?

8 Suzie Student Ms. Beal Eng II August 2011 How does the author, Joan Aiken, create two separate moods for the town and the country in the story “Searching for Summer” with the use of diction (word choice) and other literary elements? 2 1/2” What mood is created in the town by the use of the author’s diction? Quote: “gray winter ridden landscape” (Aiken 68). Inference/ Commentary: The mood seems to be sullen and dreary because the imagery creates a dark and ominous mood. Other possible ways to write Inferences/ commentary: The reader can conclude… The author uses words like “ “ The reader feels…because The author’s tone…

9 Suzie Student Ms. Beal Eng II August 2011 How does the author, Joan Aiken, create two separate moods for the town and the country in the story “Searching for Summer” with the use of diction (word choice) and other literary elements? 2 1/2” Quote: “great dusty golden square of sunshine lay on the fireplace wall” (Aiken 72). Inference/Commentary: The author describes the “great dusty golden square” as laying. He personifies the sun in order to make it more lifelike. This suggests the sun is a symbol for life and hope within the story. What mood is created in the country by the use of the author’s diction?

10 Checklist ► Big Question written at the top ► MLA format ► Cited pages ► 3 quotes/questions/inferences for town ► 3 quotes/questions/inferences summary ► Detailed Summary explaining what you have come to understand about how the author creates the mood


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