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Posted by Jessica Rios on 15 Ee marzo Ee 2018 a las 8:00 Comments comentarios (0)


Using the powerpoint given in class and the use of the book pages copied Answer the following to study and practice for your test.



Define the following terms correctly:


1. Exposition


2. Man -vs- Man


3. Rising Action


4. Climax


5. Man -vs- Nature


6. Resolution


7. Man -vs- Society


8. Falling Action


9. Man -vs- Self





Answer the following questions in full sentences:


1. What is the definition of plot?


2. How many parts are in a plot diagram/ map/ triangle?


3. What is the setting?


4. What is the theme?


5. What is the conflict?


6. What are the points of view?


7. What is the character of the story?


8. What are the types of characters in a story? Name two.


9. Name the three characteristics of Fiction:


10. Name three characteristics of Non-Fiction:





I. Multiple Choices: Choose the correct answer for the following questions or statement.


1) What are some characteristics of Non-Fiction?


a) People aren’t real; everything is created in the imagination.


b) Deals with real people, idea, places and experiences.


c) Is about animals and talking objects.



2) What is chronological order?


a) Things are written from first to last and last to first


b) It is written by using a summary of events.


c) Things are always written in alphabetical order.



3) What is organization:


a) Articles are written to present information in no correct order.


b) Articles are written in organized form to be able to present information clearly.


c) The author defines what the organization is.



4) What is Cause and Effect?


a) Is comparing two things to see what they have in common or do not have in common.


b) Shows the outcome of an action and how to change it.


c) Shows the relationship among events.


5) What is Compare and Contrast?


a) Shows the outcome of an action and how to change it.


b) Is comparing two things to see what they have in common or do not have in common.


c) Shows the relationship among events.



6) What are the elements that influence an author?


a) The mood and how they feel at the time of writing.


b) What they see around them.


c) Heritage, culture and personal beliefs.



7) What is the mood?


a) What the author creates when he looks at items.


b) The overall feeling created in the story.


c) How the reader feels reading the story.



8)What is Historical writing?


a) Tells the story real life experiences.


b) Appeals to the five senses


c) Explains facts, discusses ideas, or explains a process



9) Expository writing does what?


a) Tells the story real life experiences.


b) Appeals to the five senses


c) Explains facts, discusses ideas, or explains a process



10) What are some characteristics of Fiction?


a) Is about real characters and events.


b) Tells about imaginary characters and events.


c) Have both imaginary and real characters in the story.



11) What are the three main forms of Fiction?


a) Novels, Novellas and Short Stories.


b) Short stories, essays and movies.


c) Novels, essays and movies.



12) What are some of the forms of Non-Fiction?


a) Biographies, letters, speeches and journals.


b) Diaries, essays, informative text and autobiographies.


c) All of the above





II. Answer the following in complete sentences.


1. What is the setting?


2. What details can be used to describe the setting? Name three.


3. What is the plot?


4. What is the theme?


5. What is the narrator?


6. How many parts are in the plot? Name them in order.


7. Name all the elements of a plot ma


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Types of Stories in:






Non fiction


True info from real life

Auto- biography


The sequence of events in the story

What happens

Who does it happen to

What are the conflicts/problems

Plot Triangle/ Diagram/ Map/ Pyramid


Begins structure of plot

Sets tone

Establishes setting

Introduces characters

Gives readers important background information

Rising Action


Moves plot along

Adds complication to expanding the conflict

Helps build suspense to a climax (or turning point)

Climax (or Turning Point)

Moment when reader’s interest and emotional intensity reach highest point

Occurs toward end of a story after reader has understood conflict and become emotionally invested in the characters


Falling Action (or Resolution)

Occurs after climax of a story

Resolves any “loose ends” in a story

End of plot triangle



Time and place where the story occurs


The main idea of a story or novel




Disagreement or contradiction between characters

Point of View


The position of a narrator in relation to a story…

1st person – The narrator is a character in the story


3rd person – Narrator is not a character in the story

3rd person Omniscient – All-knowing , “Voice of God”-type narration



Protagonist – Main character, sometimes seen as the hero of a story

Antagonist – Goes against or conflicts with the protagonist


Static - Character that stays the same throughout the story

Dynamic - Character that changes (thoughts, how he/she treats others) during the story

Characters can also be classified in these parts:

Main – the most important characters


Minor – less important characters


Characterization – reader’s ability to understand the character

We learn about characters by their thoughts, words, actions, or appearance

What is THEME and SETTING?

THEME-the main idea the author wishes to share with the reader

SETTING-time and place the story occurs present/past/future real/imaginary


What the story is about

Central idea or central message of the story

Usually contains some insight into the human condition – tells something about humans and life

Can be stated directly or implied


The place where the story takes place

Geographical location, ex. London, Africa

Time period, ex. 1865, during WWII, today

Socio-economic characteristics of the location, ex. weathly suburbs, depression dustbowl

Specific building, room, etc., ex. junior high school, military base, log cabin, bus


Conflict - dramatic struggle between two forces in a story - the essence of fiction, creates plot

Man vs Man - pits one person against another.

Man vs Nature - run-in with the forces of nature

Man vs Society - values by which everyone else lives are being challenged

Man vs Self - internal conflict - sometimes people are their own worst enemies

Point of View

POV refers to narrator’s relationship to the story

Third person - most common - the classic storytelling mode in which the storyteller is recounting a series of events to an audience – “a fly on the wall”

First person - less frequent - the narrator is a character in the story who takes actions, makes judgments and has opinions and biases – “I, we, my” used

Second person – rarely used – Choose Your Own Adventure children's books, in which the reader actually makes decisions and jumps around the book accordingly – “you” is used

7 & 8th Grade Plot Maps 2018

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Identifying the Elements of A Plot Diagram




Plot (definition): Plot is the organized pattern or sequence of events that make up a story. Every plot is made up of a series of incidents that are related to one another.


1. Ex 

2. Rising Action: This part of the story begins to develop the conflict(s). A building of interest or suspense occurs.


3. Climax: This is the turning point of the story. Usually the main character comes face to face with a conflict. The main character will change in some way.


4. Falling Action: All loose ends of the plot are tied up. The conflict(s) and climax are taken care of.


5. Resolution: The story comes to a reasonable ending.




Putting It All Together




1. Exposition


2. Rising Action


3. Climax


4. Falling Action


5. Resolution



8th Grade Questions A day's Wait & From Barrio Boy

Posted by Jessica Rios on 4 Ee marzo Ee 2018 a las 9:45 Comments comentarios (0)

I. Answer the following questions in complete sentences:



1. Who are the characters of the story?



2. What was the problem in the story?



3. Where was the main character from?



4. How did he feel in the beginning of the story?



5. What was the grade he was in?



Order of Events: Write the correct number next to the correct event.



________ We crossed the hall and entered the office of Miss Nettie Hopley.



________ My mother and I walked south on Fifth Street one morning to the corner of Q Street


and turned right.



________ Miss Ryan took me to a seat at the front of the room, into which I shrank—the better to


survey her.



________ Miss Hopley saw her to the door, dismissed our interpreter and without further ado


took me by the hand and strode down the hall to Miss Ryan’s first grade.



________ I received private lessons from Miss Ryan in the closet, a narrow hall off the classroom


with a door at each end.



________ My pals in the second grade were Kazushi, whose parents spoke only Japanese;


Matti, a skinny Italian boy; and Manuel, a fat Portuguese who would never get into a fight but


wrestled you to the ground and just sat on you.



________. “Ernesto has learned how to pronounce butterfly!”



_______ It was easy for me to feel that becoming a proud American, as she said we should, did


not mean feeling ashamed of being a Mexican.



_______ Friends in the barrio explained that the director was called a principal, and that it was a


lady and not a man.



________ I tried interrupting to tell Miss Ryan how we said it in Spanish.



________ Half of the block was occupied by the Lincoln School.



Plot Map of the Story: Fill in the following by writing the correct action.

















Rising Action: What problem is presented? What challenges does the protagonist face?















Climax: What problem or obstacle does the protagonist face and overcome? What does he achieve?















Falling Action: How does the protagonist fix these challenges?















Resolution: What has the protagonist learned from the experience?



















Answer the following questions s related to the story in complete sentences:





1. What time of the year does the story take place? And where?



2. What is the main character sick with? What does the doctor say?



3. Who is the main character of the story? Explain how you know.



4. Who is the story’s narrator?



5. What is happening in the story?





II. Compare the two stories From Barrio Boy and A Day’s Wait, create a Venn Diagram



III. Choose the correct answer:



1. Which of the following plot events explains why Schatz cries easily at the



End of the story?



A. Schatz realizes he isn’t dying after all



B. Schatz receives 3 medicines from the doctor



C. Schatz believes he is going to die from his flu



D. Schatzʼs father goes hunting and leaves his son in the house



2. At which point in the story is Schatzʼs internal conflict resolved?



A. When Papa explains to him that there are 2 temperature scales



B. When he does not pay attention to the story Papa reads



C. When he hears that his temperature is102 degrees.



D. When Papa goes hunting and leaves Schatz in the house



3. What is the theme of “A Dayʼs Wait”?



A. Jumping to conclusions can cause you unnecessary worry



B. Keeping windows open in the winter will make you sick.



C.. Sleep as much as you can while you are sick.



D. High temperatures make you believe things that are false.



4. Which of the following details best demonstrates that Schatz does not want his father



to worry about him?



A. He insists that he is all right, even though he feels sick.



B. He tells his father that he doesn’t have to stay if it will bother him.



C. He goes a long time without discussing his fears with his father.



D. All of the above



5. At what point in the story can you determine the theme?



A. When Schatzʼs father goes hunting while Schatz is in bed



B. When Schatz realizes he confused the 2 different thermometer scales



C. When Schatz closes the window while his parents are still asleep



D. When the doctor visits the house and brings medicine for Schatz



6. What is the meaning of the word “covey” in line 53?



A. An animal



B. A gun



C. A group



D. A forest



7. With which method is the plot in "A Day's Wait" told?



A. chronologically



B. in flashback



C. with much foreshadowing



IV. Respond to the following Question in a complete sentence, with coherence.



I. Why is the title "A Day's Wait" an appropriate title?

7,8,9th VOCABULARY WORK- 19th-23rd of FEBRUARY

Posted by Jessica Rios on 18 Ee febrero Ee 2018 a las 13:35 Comments comentarios (0)

These are the vocabulary words for this week. Remember you must translate them to spanish and then use them in a complete sentence (English sentence).



  1. decrepit
  2. defendant
  3. refreshing
  4. replenish
  5. resentment
  6. surrender
  7. dilemma
  8. distemper
  9. domestic
  10. embellish
  11. embezzle
  12. redundant
  13. concurren
  14. acquittal
  15. bewilder 
  16. ommitment
  17. consider
  18. abolish
  19. abhorrent
  20. admonish