3“Raymond’s Run” – Build Background Information Squeaky’s brother has a condition called hydrocephalus.The symptoms of this disorder include a swelling of the head caused by too much fluid collecting in the skull.Sometimes the excess fluid damages the brain.Hydrocephalus may be caused by an infection, a tumor, a major head injury, or a malformation of the brain before birth.It is fairly rare and only affects 1 out of 1000 children.
4Allusion to MercuryMercury was a swift messenger to the gods in Roman mythology. Mercury is a chemical element with the symbol Hg and atomic 80. It is also known as quicksilver. It is the only metal in liquid form; it is silver in color.
5Allusion to “Dodge City” Dodge City is town in southwestern Kansas on the Arkansas River, formerly a rowdy cow town.The expression “get out of Dodge” means to leave before trouble starts. It is an allusion to the Wild West gun fight often shown in Westerns.
6Vocabularyrelay – race in which several team members take turns running to complete the raceclutch – to grasp and hold tightlyprodigy-a young person with an exceptional talentliable – likely tosidekick – a close friend; a follower who accompanies someone on adventurescrouch – to stoop with bent knees
7Plotexposition- introduces the setting and the characters; reveals the conflict or set the stage for it.rising action – introduces complications in the conflict; builds suspense (‘the plot thickens”)climax – turning point in the story; the conflict at its most intense and dramatic; can also be the protagonist making a decisionfalling action – reveals the outcome of the story’s climaxresolution – the story’s final outcome; ties up any loose endsexposition – introduces Squeaky and Raymond; establishes her as a runnerrising action – the encounter on the street with Gretchen and the other girls; the race; the wait for the winner to be announcedclimax – Squeaky decides she doesn’t care if she wins or not; realizes Raymond can be a good runner; she sees her brother in a new lightfalling action – Squeaky wins the race; she plans to coach Raymondresolution – Squeaky and Gretchen smile “real smiles” at each other
8Informal Dictionthe diction of everyday languagerelaxed and conversationaluse of common and simple wordsincludes use of contractionsmay include colloquial expressions and idiomsmay include the use of slang