a 7 slide PowerPoint presentation - Make sure that you are specific and use events
from the novel to support your statements or ideas.
- Tell us a little about this author.
Where is he from?
How old is he?
does he do for a living?
Is he married? Kids?
Has he written any other books
- Describe the following characters (use vivid adjectives). (Steven, jeffrey,
Mom, Dad, Annette) Are they major or minor? Static or dynamic? Do you like this
character? Why or why not? Can you relate to this character? Explain how and why.
What kind of problems (conflict) does this character encounter? What kind of emotions
do you feel when you read about this character?
are either major or minor and either static (unchanging) or dynamic (changing).
The character who dominates the story is the major character. Readers can learn
about characters in many ways, including:1.) Physical traits2.) Dialogue3.)
Actions 4.) Attire5.) Opinions6.) Point of viewThere are no limits on the types
of characters who can inhabit a story: male or female, rich or poor, young or
old, prince or pauper. What is important is that the characters in a story all
have the same set of emotions as the reader: happiness, sorrow, disappointment,
pain, joy, and love.
- Document the setting(s) from Drums, Girls and Dangerous Pie.
story settings- school, park, mall, home, beach, mountains, etc
the action of the story takes place. (HINT-There can be more than one setting!!)
- Make a list of important events/interactions (at least 15) from the book. Make
sure that your list the events in the order in which they occur in the book.Example
from Drums, Girls and Dangerous Pie-Moatmeal Accident-Jeffreys
nose bleed- a sign of something worse?? (This would be part of the complication
piece of the plot.)
The plot is what happens
in the novel and how the characters interact.
tradition calls for developing stories with particular pieces--plot elements--in
Exposition is the information
needed to understand a story.
is the catalyst that begins the major conflict.
is the turning point in the story that occurs when characters try to resolve the
Resolution is the set
of events that bring the story to a close.
of View (POV) - Who is telling the story in Drums,
Girls and Dangerous Pie? From which POV is the story told? How do you know this?
- Types of POV: Objective Point of ViewWith the
objective point of view, the writer tells what happens without stating more than
can be inferred from the story's action and dialogue. The narrator never discloses
anything about what the characters think or feel, remaining a detached observer.
Person Point of ViewHere the narrator does not participate in the action of the
story as one of the characters, but lets us know exactly how the characters feel.
We learn about the characters through this outside voice.
First Person Point
of ViewIn the first person point of view, the narrator does participate in the
action of the story. When reading stories in the first person, we need to realize
that what the narrator is recounting might not be the objective truth. We should
question the trustworthiness of the accounting. Look for the pronouns I
Omniscient and Limited Omniscient Points of ViewA narrator
who knows everything about all the characters is all knowing, or omniscient.
narrator whose knowledge is limited to one character, either major or minor, has
a limited omniscient point of view.
As you read a piece of fiction think about
How does the point of view affect your responses to the characters?
How is your response influenced by how much the narrator knows and how objective
he or she is? First person narrators are not always trustworthy. It is up to you
to determine what is the truth and what is not .
- What is the theme(s) from Drums, Girls and Dangerous Pie?
the novel is really about-the novels message. What exactly is this elusive
thing called theme?
The theme of a fable is its moral. The theme of a parable
is its teaching. The theme of a piece of fiction is its view about life and how
In fiction, the theme is not intended to teach or preach. In
fact, it is not presented directly at all. You extract it from the characters,
action, and setting that make up the story. In other words, you must figure out
the theme yourself.
The writer's task is to communicate on a common ground
with the reader. Although the particulars of your experience may be different
from the details of the story, the general underlying truths behind the story
may be just the connection that both you and the writer are seeking.
are some ways to uncover the theme in a story: Check out the title. Sometimes
it tells you a lot about the theme.
Notice repeating patterns and symbols.
Sometimes these lead you to the theme.
What allusions are made throughout the
What are the details and particulars in the story? What greater meaning
may they have?
Remember that theme, plot, and structure are inseparable, all
helping to inform and reflect back on each other. Also, be aware that a theme
we determine from a story never completely explains the story. It is simply one
of the elements that make up the whole.
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- at least one picture
- at least one animation