making inferences

of 46 /46
Response to Response to Literature through Literature through Inferencing Inferencing

Author: wenny-wang-wu

Post on 19-Jan-2015

1.054 views

Category:

Education


2 download

Embed Size (px)

DESCRIPTION

 

TRANSCRIPT

  • 1. Response to Literature through Inferencing

2. Character Inference Points Character Analysistake actions, thoughts, spoken words,interactions with other characters, and draw conclusionabout the characters Feelings Values Beliefs Personality Experiences Likes/Dislikes Motivations Wisdom about people/life 3. Making Inferences Authors cant tell you everything they want you toknow about the story You have to use clues from the text and draw ownconclusions/inferences Your conclusions/inferences are your ownthoughts not stated in the text Inference = text clues (actions, thoughts, spokenwords, interactions with other characters) + yourbackground knowledge 4. Characterization1. Author tells us Ex. Kino felt weak and afraid and angry.2. How a character acts Ex. When the doctor discovered where Kino hid his pearl, Kino wisely waited until the doctor left. Then, he dug another hole in the dirt floor so no one would find it. This act show that Kino was a wise man. 5. Characterization3. Characters thoughts or words Ex. Kino says that because of the pearl Juana will have a new shawl and skirt while Coyotito will go to school. This indicates that Kino is a good man and loves his family.4. Reaction of others Ex. When Kino found the great pearl, men said of him that his eyes shone and that he had become a great man. From those words you can tell that people thought well of him. 6. Justifying/Commentary1.Compare events/thoughts/actions/etc. inthe story to your own life: a. What did you think/feel/want b. Why did you think/feel/want what you did? c. ** Remember to not use I, me, my, etc. 7. Justifying/Commentary2. Compare events/thoughts/action etc. from thestory to wisdom from others.a. Think of fables/parables or other storiesyouve been with obvious lessons about life thatmatch your inference/thesisb. Weave those lessons about life into yourjustification 8. Justifying/Commentary3. Use a definition to support your inference/thesis.a. Define word used to describe characterb. Explain how the actions, thoughts, feelings,etc. of the character match the definition 9. Justifying/CommentaryIn Generala.Put yourself in characters situationb.What do you think they would feel/think/want if theycould control their situation and make it betterc.What makes the character feel/think/want that wayd.What do you think the characterrealizes/recognizes/wants/will do in the future 10. Explicit Example The Bear and the Travelers Characters: Traveler 1, Traveler 2, Bear Conflict: Bear appears as two people are walking down aroad Plot: Traveler 1 hops up a tree and leaves the other tofend for himself Traveler 2 pretends to be dead Bear leaves traveler 2 alonethinks hes dead, whispersadvice in his ear. 11. The Bear and the TravelersTwo travelers were on the road together, when a bearsuddenly appeared on the scene. Before he observed them,one made for a tree at the side of the road, and climbed upinto the branches and hid there. The other was not sonimble as his companion; and, as he could not escape, hethrew himself on the ground and pretended to be dead. Thebear came up and sniffed all round him, but he keptperfectly still and held his breath; for they say that a bearwill not touch a dead body. The bear took him for a corpse,and went away. When the coast was clear, the traveler inthe tree came down, and asked the other what it was thebear has whispered to him when he put his mouth to his ear. The other replied, he told me never again to travel with afriend who deserts you at the first sign of danger. 12. TextBackgroundInference Knowledge . . .one made for a Got caught down theTraveler 1 is selfish,tree on the side of hill doing something because he didnt staythe road . . . and hidbadfriends took off behind to help/checkthere. and left me alone to on his buddy.suffer in isolation . . .not as nimble as When people take Traveler 2 is prettyhis companion . . . care of themselves clever and is self-threw himself on theand dont get help reliantbut probablyground and pretendedfrom others theyreisnt too trusting ofto be dead.independentby traveler 1 now.wearyHe told me to neverIve had relationships Traveler 2 will bethat breakdown whenskeptical of Travelertravel with a frienddifficulties arise.1. Hell feel proud ofwho deserts you atOnce people abandonhimself for escapingthe first sign of you once, they usually danger but maytrouble. 13. Phase I--Response to Literature Paragraph Sentence 1 & 2Introduce short story Sentence 3Inference aboutcharacter=Thesis Sentence 4Quote that inspiredinference Sentence 5 & 6Justification of how thequote illustrates the inference Sentence 7Conclusionrestatement ofinference 14. Example Paragraph The fable, The Bear and Travelers by Aesop tells thestory of two people on a journey who encounter a bear. Asthe two men deal with their life threatening situation, theirfriendship is tested. Traveler 2 experiences abandonmentby Traveler 1 and realizes he has made an unwise choice inhis friendship. For example, when the bear leaves thetravelers, the first traveler wonders what the bear said tohim, Traveler 2 replies, He told me to never travel with afriend who deserts you at the first sign of trouble.Traveler 2 realizes that he must take care of himself andhe cant count on Traveler 1 helping him out. When friendsare in danger, they usually work together to get out of theirproblem. Traveler 1 abandoned him at the first sign ofdanger , so he is most likely to abandon him again if anothertroubling situation arises. Traveler 2 knows the bestpredictor for future behavior is past behavior and nowknows that Traveler 1 was a poor choice in friends. 15. Justifications1. Compare events/thoughts/action in story to own life Example:Traveler 2 experiences abandonment by Traveler 1 and realizes he has made an unwise choice in his freindship. For example, when the bear leaves the travelers, the first traveler wonders what the bear said to him. Traveler 2 replies, He told me to never travel with a friend who deserts you at the first sign of trouble. Those who abandon friends in need once will most likely repeat that behavior. Nothing is worse than having to confront danger alone when there is an expectation of support. If people are untrustworthy once, they will most likely disappoint again. 16. Justifications2. Use a definition or examples/non-examples to support your inference/thesis Example:Traveler 2 experiences abandonment by Traveler 1 and realizes he has made an unwise choice in his friendship. For example, when the bear leaves the travelers, the first traveler wonders what the bear said to him, Traveler 2 replies, He told me to never travel with a friend who deserts you at the first sign of trouble. Traveler 1 realizes that Traveler 2 is not a friend. Friends support each other in times of trouble. A true friend will take control, abandon control, make decisions, and guide their friend in need into a place of safety and security. 17. Justifications3. Compare events/thoughts/actions/etc. from the story to wisdom from others. Example:Traveler 2 experiences abandonment by Traveler 1 and realizes he has made an unwise choice in his friendship. For example, when the bear leaves the travelers, the first traveler wonders what the bear said to him, Traveler 2 replies, He told me to never travel with a friend who deserts you at the first sign of trouble. As the saying goes, a friend in need is a friend indeed. This old saying defines friendship as a role of service to fellow man. Traveler 2 abandoning Traveler 1 defies the spirit of friendship. Knowing that Traveler 2 walks away from the responsibilities of friendship, Traveler 1 will know not to count on him again. 18. Types of Problems withResponse to Lit Paragraphs1. Generic justification2. Justification is off topic3. Justification is really a concrete detail4. Justification is repetitious5. Justification contradicts topic sentence 19. Justification is Really Justa Detail Traveler 2 experiences abandonment by Traveler 1 andrealized he has made an unwise choice in his friendship. Forexample, when the bear leaves the travelers, the firsttraveler wonders what the bear said to him. Traveler 2replies, He told me to never travel with a friend whodeserts you at the first sign of trouble. The first travelerjust jumped up a tree and never looked out for his friend.Thank goodness the other friend found a tree to jump into. 20. Justification Drifts fromthe Topic Sentence Traveler 2 experiences abandonment by Traveler 1and realized he has made an unwise choice in hisfriendship. For example, when the bear leaves thetravelers, the first traveler wonders wheat the bearsaid to him. Traveler 2 replies, He told me to nevertravel with a friend who deserts you at the first signof trouble. Traveling can be dangerous. Its alwaysgood to keep track of dangers. 21. Generic Justification Traveler 2 experiences abandonment byTraveler 1 and realized he has made an unwisechoice in his friendship. For example, when thebear leaves the travelers, the first travelerwonders what the bear said to him. Traveler 2replies, He told me to never travel with a friendwho deserts you at the first sign of trouble.Traveler 2 has to make better friends. He is notgood at friend choosing. 22. Justification is Repetitious Traveler 2 experiences abandonment by Traveler 1and realized he has made an unwise choice in hisfriendship. For example, when the bear leaves thetravelers, the first traveler wonders what the bearsaid to him. Traveler 2 replies, He told me to nevertravel with a friend who deserts you at the first signof trouble. The bear told the second traveler to notchoose friends who are deserters. The first travelerdid abandon him. 23. Justification Contradicts Topic Sentence Traveler 2 experiences abandonment by Traveler 1 andrealized he has made an unwise choice in his friendship. Forexample, when the bear leaves the travelers, the firsttraveler wonders what the bear said to him. Traveler 2replies, He told me to never travel with a friend whodeserts you at the first sign of trouble. However, thefriend didnt exactly abandon him. He was in the tree nearwhere the first traveler pretended to be dead. He didntactually leave him. 24. Thank You, MaamBy Langston HughesShe was a large woman with a large purse that hadeverything in it but a hammer and nails. It had a longstrap, and she carried it slung across her shoulder. Itwas about eleven oclock at night, dark and she waswalking alone, when a boy ran up behind her and tried tosnatch her purse. The strap broke with the suddensingle tug the boy gave it from behind. But the boysweight and the weight of the purse combined caused himto lose his balance. Instead of taking off full blast as hehad hoped, the boy fell on his back on the sidewalk andhis legs flew up, right square in his blue-jeaned sitter.Then she reached down, picked the boy up by his shirtfront, and shook him until his teeth rattled. 25. After that the woman said, Pick up my pocketbook, boy andgive it here.She still held him tightly. But she bent down enough to permithim to stoop and pick up her purse. Then she said, Now aintyou ashamed of yourself?Firmly gripped by his shirt front, the boy said, Yesm.The woman said, what did you want to do it for?The boy said, I didnt aim to.She said, You a lie! 26. By that time two or three people passed, stopped, turned to look, and some stood watching.If I turn you loose, will you run? asked the woman.Yesm, said the boy.Then I wont turn you loose, said the woman. She did notrelease him.Lady, Im sorry, whispered the boy.Um-hum! Your face is dirty. I got a great mind to wash yourface for you. Aint you got nobody to tell you to wash yourface?Nom, said the boy. 27. Then it will get washed this evening, said the large woman,starting up the street, dragging the frightened boy behindher.He looked as if he were fourteen or fifteen, frail and willow-wild, in tennis shoes and blue jeans.The woman said, You ought to be my son. I would teach youright from wrong. Least I can do right now is to wash yourface. Are you hungry?Nom, said the being-dragged boy. I just want you to turnme loose.Was I bothering you when I turned that corner? asked thewoman.Nom. 28. But you put yourself in contact with me, said the woman. If you think that that contact is not going to last awhile, you got another thought coming. When I get through with you, sir, you are going to remember Mrs. Luella Bates Washington Jones.Sweat popped out on the boys face and he began to struggle. Mrs. Jones stopped, jerked around in front of her, put a half nelson about his neck, and continued to drag him up the street. When she got to her door, she dragged the boy inside, down a hall, and into a large kitchenette-furnished room at the rear of the house. She switched on the light and left the door open. The boy could hear other roomers laughing and talking in the large house. Some of their doors were open, too, so he knew he and the woman were not alone.The woman still had him by the neck in the middle of her room. 29. She said, What is your name?Roger, answered the boy.Then, Roger, you go to that sink and wash yourface, said the woman, whereupon she turned himloose -- at last. Roger looked at the door -- lookedat the woman -- looked at the door -- and went tothe sink.let the water run until it gets warm, she said. Heres a clean towel.You gonna take me to Jail? asked the boy, bending over the sink. 30. Not with that face. I would not take you nowhere,said the woman. here I am trying to get home tocook me a bite to eat, and you snatch mypocketbook! Maybe you aint been to your suppereither, late as it be. Have you?Theres nobody home at my house, said the boy.Then well eat, said the woman. I believe yourehungry -- or been hungry -- to try to snatch mypocketbook!I want a pair of blue suede shoes, said the boy. 31. Well, you didnt have to snatch my pocketbook toget some suede shoes, said Mrs. Luella BatesWashington Jones. You could of asked me.Maam?The water dripping from his face, the boy looked ather. There was a long pause. A very long pause.After he had dried his face and not knowing whatelse to do, dried it again, the boy turned around,wondering what next. The door was open. He couldmake a dash for it down the hall. He could run,run, run! 32. The woman was sitting on the day bed. After a while she said,I were young once and I wanted things I could not get.There was another long pause. The boys mouth opened. Thenhe frowned, not knowing he frowned.The woman said, Um-hum! You thought I was going to say butdidnt you? You thought I was going to say, but I didntpeoples pocketbooks. Well, I wasnt going to say that.Pause. Silence. I have done things too, which I would nottell you, son, neither tell God, if He didnt already know.Everybodys got something in common. So you set down whileI fix us something to eat. You might run that comb throughyour hair so you will look presentable. 33. In another corner of the room behind a screen was a gas plate and an icebox. Mrs. Jones got up and went behind the screen. The woman did not watch the boy to see if he was going to run now, nor did she watch her purse, which she left behind her on the day bed. But the boy took care to sit on the far side of the room, away from the purse, where he thought she could easily see him out of the corenr of her eye if she wanted to. He did not trust the woman not to trust him. And he did not want to be mistrusted now.Do you need somebody to got to the store, asked the boy,maybe to get some milk or something? 34. Dont believe I do, said the woman, unless you just wantsweet milk yourself. I was going to make cocoa out of thiscanned milk I got here.That will be fine, said the boy.She heated some lima beans and ham she had in the icebox,made the cocoa, and set the table. The woman did not askthe boy anything about where he lived, or his folks, oranything else that would embarrass him. Instead, as theyate, she told him about her job in a hotel beauty shop thatstayed open late, what the work was like, and how all kinds ofwomen came in and out, blondes, redheads, and brunettes.Then she cut him a half of her ten-cent cake. 35. Eat some more, son, she said.When they were finished eating, she got up and said, Now here, take this ten dollars and buy yourself some blue suede shoes. And next time, do not make the mistake of latching onto my pocketbook nor nobody elses -- because shoes got by devilish ways will burn your feet. I got to get my rest now. But from here on in, son. I hope you will behave yourself. 36. She led him down the hall to the front door and opened it. Good night! Behave yourself, boy! she said, looking out into the street as he went down the steps.The boy wanted to say something other than, Thank you, maam, to Mrs. Luella Bates Washington Jones, but although his lips moved, he couldnt even say that as he turned at the foot of the barren stoop and looked up at the large woman in the door. Then she shut the door. 37. Literary Analysis Essay Introduction Title, Author, Character Setting Very Brief Summary include conflict Character analysis thesis statement Idea that weaves essay together Transition to 2nd Paragraph 38. Body Paragraph 1 Sentence 1Inference about character/Topicsentence Sentence 2Quote 1 that inspired inference Sentence 3 & 4Justification of how the quoteillustrates the inference Sentence 5Transition + Quote 2 that inspiredinference Sentence 6 & 7Justification of how the quoteillustrates the inference Sentence 8Conclusionrestatement ofinference and transition to inference #2 39. Body Paragraph 2 Sentence 1Inference about character/Topicsentence Sentence 2Quote 1 that inspired inference Sentence 3 & 4Justification of how the quoteillustrates the inference Sentence 5Transition + Quote 2 that inspiredinference Sentence 6 & 7Justification of how the quoteillustrates the inference Sentence 8Conclusionrestatement ofinference & transition to inference #3 40. Body Paragraph 3 Sentence 1Inference about character/Topicsentence Sentence 2Quote 1 that inspired inference Sentence 3 & 4Justification of how the quoteillustrates the inference Sentence 5Transition + Quote 2 that inspiredinference Sentence 6 & 7Justification of how the quoteillustrates the inference Sentence 8Conclusionrestatement ofinference 41. Conclusion Paragraph Restate Thesis (in different words) How the character changes Commentaryon what the characterlearned from experiences in the story Concluding thoughtinsightful statement 42. Character AnalysisThank You MaamThe story, Thank You Maam by LangstonHughes takes the reader on a mystifyingencounter with a woman, Luella Bates WashingtonJones, who was almost robbed. Instead ofrunning away from her would-be purse snatcher,she confronted him and taught him a lesson hewont soon forget. Through her bravery,compassion, and desire for reconciliation LuellaBates was able to make a formidable impressionon an adolescent street child, Roger. 43. As the story begins, Ms. Jones shows tremendousbravery when her purse is snatched by Roger. Unfortunatelyfor Roger, he stumbles in his attempt to steal the purse.Then she reached down, picked the boy up by his shirtfront, and shook him until his teeth rattled (pg.1) Mostpeople would be so shaken up by the experience of anattempted robbery, they would run away at the firstopportunity, Ms. Jones didnt run. She courageously staysput and confronts her attacker despite the possibility ofphysical harm. Once she grabs him she asks, Now aint youashamed of yourself? . . . What did you want to do it for?(pg.1) Through her fear and rush of adrenaline, Ms. Joneswants her questions answered. Shes not afraid to usephysical intimidation to get the answers she desires.Ms.Joness bravery and insistence on gaining informationbrings a change in her heart for the young boy, Roger. 44. As Ms. Jones gets to know more about Roger and hismotives for robbery, she begins to build a bridge ofcompassion between herself and the boy. As Ms. Jones isquestioning the boy, she notices his dirty face, Aint you gotnobody to tell you to wash you face . . . Then it will bewashed this evening (pg.2). Through her questioning, Ms.Jones realizes that Roger is not cared for by an adult athome. She understands that he is left to take care ofhimself and know the pain of having to fend for oneself atsuch a young age. She tells him, I were young once andwanted things I could not get (pg.3). Instead of scoldingthe boy and telling him to get a job, she recalls her pain andfeels a change in her heart for the boy knowing the sadnessand struggle he must also endure. Knowing the pain ofanother human led Ms. Jones to understand Rogersmotivation and caused her to remember her own youthfulindiscretions. 45. Once Ms. Jones recalls the tinge of her own pastactions, she want to reconcile. Ms. Jones confesses toRoger, Ive done things too, which I would not tell you, son,neither tell God, if He didnt already know (pg.3). She feelsthe guilt of past bad deeds. She knows she cant take themaway, but perhaps she can take action to make up for thoseprior acts. As Ms. Jones is recalling her past actions, shedoes several surprising things, she no longer watches Roger,she leaves her purse in plain sight of him, feeds him dinner,and most surprisingly when Roger is leaving says, Now heretake this ten dollars and buy yourself some blue suede shoes(pg.4). Ms. Jones gives him money to make up for pastmistakes. Through this act, Ms. Jones hopes to influenceRoger to find better ways to get what he desires and he alsohopes it heals past guilt for poor choices in the past. Ms.Jones sends Roger on his way with much to consider as hegoes to buy his new shoes. 46. The actions of Ms. Luella Bates Washington Jonesmay puzzle readers at first. Why, would a person whowas almost robbed, end up giving her robber money? Itis not the natural tendency in our eye-for-an-eyementality of a world. Through Ms. Joness puzzlingactions, she helps the reader understand the pain ofpoverty, the desire to fit in, and the gift ofcompassion. Through taking the time to understandthe motivation of devilish ways, people can showcompassion. This connection to others can lead to anopportunity to teach them wisdom of their ownmistakes. If people took the opportunity to reach outto others compassionately, imagine the comfort peoplewould feel knowing others have experienced their pain.