Sunday, March 9, 2014

Words of the Wiser

Words of the Wiser: When a character (probably older and wiser) takes the protagonist aside and offers serious advice.

Text Clue: A wiser, often older, character offers a life lesson, usually in a quiet moment.

Ask Yourself: What is the life lesson and how does it affect the character?


*Adapted from Notice & Note (Beers & Probst 2013)

Contrasts and Contradictions

Contrasts and Contradictions: When a character does something that contrasts with what you'd expect or contradicts his earlier acts or statements.

Text Clue: Author shows feelings or actions the reader hasn't seen before and doesn't expect.

Ask Yourself: Why is the character doing that?


*Adapted from Notice & Note (Beers & Probst 2013)

Memory Moment

Memory Moment: When the author interrupts the action to tell you about a memory.

Text Clue: "I suddenly remembered..." or "I remember" or "Thinking back..."

Ask Yourself: Why might this memory be important?

*Adapted from Notice & Note (Beers & Probst 2013)

Again and Again

Again and Again: When you notice a word, phrase, or situation mentioned over and over.

Text Clue: A repeated image, phrase or reference.

Ask Yourself: Why does this keep happening again and again?


*Adapted from Notice & Note (Beers & Probst 2013)

Aha! Moment

Aha! Moment: When a character realizes, understands, or finally figures out something.

Text Clue: Characters say "I realized..." or "I suddenly knew..." or "Now I know why..."

Ask Yourself: How might this change things?


*Adapted from Notice & Note (Beers & Probst 2013)

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Tough Questions


Tough Questions: When a character asks herself a very difficult question.

Text Clue: Character asks self or another a hard question.

Ask Yourself: What does this question make me wonder about?


*Adapted from Notice & Note (Beers & Probst 2013)