Today's skills board will begin with another quick review of our latest literary terms. I'll bet today you will display "proficiency" in all of them (and yes, I just used a word with our new Latin root)! If you want to try to fill in the blanks without using the Word Bank I provided, by all means, go for it!! But if you do get stuck, the list of words below may help you to "recall" the answer! Hmm....do you see yet another word we discussed recently?
Literary Term Review (the short version!)
Directions: Please fill in the blanks below with the correct literary term. The Word Bank below contains MORE words than you will use!! Have fun!!
conflict inference dynamic narrator
third first protagonist setting
alliteration simile consistence static
fable autobiography fiction nonfiction
1. Every work of fiction contains a problem or _______________________________that the main character has to resolve in order to reach an important goal.
2. A story that is TRUE falls under the ___________________________________category or genre.
3. A short tale that often features animals speaking to each other and ends with a moral or piece of wisdom that we can use in our own lives is known as a ________________________________.
4. If a person who was visiting SCALE was seen smiling the whole time, we might make an ___________________ that she was enjoying her visit and may sign up for classes.
5. A story that is fake (or NOT true) is known as ___________________________.
6. If you told me that you have an aunt who is "as sweet as honey," you would be using a ___________________.
7. When we read about a character who is not a very nice person at the beginning of the story but changes COMPLETELY by the end, we are reading about a _____________________________ character.
8. When we "start several words with the same sound," we are using a literary device known as _______________.
9. A book YOU write about the story of your own life is known as an __________________________________.
10. The main character in a story is also known as the ______________________________________.
11. When the narrator is NOT in the story, but instead he writes about the characters as though he is watching them through a lens (and uses pronouns such as "he" or "they"), he is using ___________________ person point of view.
1. What is third-person omniscient point of view?
2. True False During a story, when a character has a conflict, it does not have to be with another person; it can actually be within himself.
Directions: Yesterday we spoke about a punctuation mark that looks like this ; Do you remember its name? Check the sentences below to see if it has been used correctly or not. Circle yes if it has, and circle no if it has not!
Example: Yes No I loved my trip to California last year; I baked muffins this morning.
Let's discuss which answer you should pick and why!
Can you fix that sentence?
How about this! I loved my trip to California last year; it was filled with good times and is now a special memory.
1. Yes No It was fun playing basketball yesterday; I can't believe I scored five baskets!
2. Yes No Diandra loved going shopping; she bought something new every single week!
3. Yes No Simone bought a frozen turkey; she waited days for it to thaw out completely.
4. Yes No Fernando was a gifted artist; he had his hair cut on Broadway yesterday.
5. Yes No Sally enjoyed quiet mornings; she was going to take her MAPT assessment on Monday.
6. Yes No The semicolon is fun to use; it connects two similar ideas to each other!
Idiom of the Day:
Directions: Can you figure out the meaning of the idiom in bold print? Be sure to see what is happening in the rest of the sentence first, and then make an inference about what would make the most sense!
1. The class finished the Literary Term Review quickly because it was a piece of cake!!
After discussing this idiom, what else would you say is a piece of cake? Use a complete sentence in the lines below to tell us about it! _________________________________________________________________________________
Our definition of a piece of cake is ___________________________________________________________________
Question and Answer
Directions: I will provide the ANSWER, and you will provide the question! Let's turn our thinking around for a moment!!
Answer: It could take hours to cook.
Remember: Any question that fits with the above answer is acceptable!! We may all be thinking of different food items for our questions, which would be fine (and possibly delicious!).
Quick Visual Literacy Question
What is the FIRST thing you should look at before you try to answer questions about a table, chart, diagram, graph, or map? ___________________________________________________________.
Directions: Please read each sentence and circle true or false for pro- words that are used correctly. Think about the meaning of the root pro- and how it is the opposite (or antonym) of the root anti-!
1. If you are proactive, you are someone who tries to fix a problem before it arises. True False
2. Tom is proficient in football; he gets two touchdowns in nearly every game. True False
3. Since Toni was making progress, she did not get a good grade on her report. True False
4. Sammy proposed to his girlfriend; he did not believe in marriage. True False
New Literary Term
A character experiences an epiphany when she suddenly makes a discovery that changes her point of view. She may feel she will never be the same again!
An example for me is when I had my children! I had never in my life experienced such a feeling of joy. I knew everything would change in my life forever in the best possible way!
Have you ever experienced an epiphany in your life? Have you ever read a book that had a character who had an epiphany?
Cause and Effect
Directions: A cause is something that happens first; an effect is the reaction from it.
Example: If you study hard, and then you pass all your exams, the cause was that you studied hard because this is what happened first. The effect was that you passed. This happened second, and it happened BECAUSE you studied.
Let's try just a few! Can you figure out what is the CAUSE in each group of sentences below?
1. Philippe went to the park every day during the summer to practice hitting baseballs. When his school had tryouts in the fall, Philippe was selected right away to be on the baseball team.
2. Sondra won a special drama award at her high school graduation. She had done a great job as the lead character in the school play!