As the first part of this course looks backwards to childhood influences, this section in particular looks at the most likely people in society that support children.
Pg 1: Intro to Section Topic
- Big Ideas
- Stories are written that revolve around the relationships of young and old people together – consider who benefits more from these interactions?
Before Reading Either Story: Reminders on Theme vs Tone:
- Theme is the moral of the story, the message an author wants to leave readers with. Theme can be a single word or a phrase that relates to the ideas developed in the story. Examples of themes include:
- Vulnerability of people
- Family relationships & conflicts
- Isolation & loneliness
- Mentoring of old to young
- The role of women in families
- Here is a Huge List of Themes online
- Tone is the mood developed in a story. By the events and language the author uses in the story, how is it intending to make readers feel? Tone is expressed as an “emotion”; if your tone answer isn’t an emotion, a feeling, you’ve misunderstood tone. Examples of tone include:
- Here is a list of 155 Tone Words you can pick through.
Pg 2: Studying Text #1: “The Rink”
- The “young troublemaker” (someone struggling to find their way) and an “elder mentor” (who can share wisdom) storyline – a common archetype, such as:
- Dumbledore & Harry Potter
- Obi-Wan Kenobi & Luke Skywalker
- Mr. Miyagi & Daniel LaRusso
- Mufasa & Simba
- Master Shifu & Po
- Genie & Aladdin
- Example films: St. Vincent with Bill Murray. Older person less connected to others in society spends time with a younger person who could use a mentor in their life. Or Dennis the Menace, if you know that film!
- ELA 20 The Rink – text_rotated to read
- Symbolism in literature – a refresher.
In literature, writers can often develop more meaning within the story by using a concept or object that comes to also represent other ideas. This is used in the story “The Rink”.
Examples of Symbolism developed in texts like Animal Farm and Macbeth:
Pg 4: Comprehension Questions for Text #1
Pg 5-6 Practice Integrating references into writing
Pg 7: Parent-child relationships: Text #2
- a moment/memory that lasts for a child
Pg 8 What to watch for in this short story (active reading)
- Flashbacks in Writing
- Visual Example from the short story “Home Place”. The text in yellow is all flashback – the development of tension in the story all comes from past interactions between characters, instead of using current interactions to create that tension.
All the text coloured in Purple (see pic below) is a flashback in this story. You’ll recognize the Present events of the story begin and end this story, but the bulk of tension exists is developed as past memories. (This is an ELA A30 text.)
- Cause and Effect in literature