group discuss and answer the following questions.
- Julia is a “round
character” (we know many things about her). Describe her
character (her personality). Use three of her actions as
support for your ideas—one from the beginning, one from the
middle, and one from the end of the story.
- Julia is a “dynamic
character” (a character who learns something). What does she
learn? How does she learn it?
- In this story, the setting
(where the story happens, the characteristics of the place
itself) is important. The setting of The Dark Walk affects
Julia in at least two different ways. Describe the two
- Julia has a strong opinion
about her parents’ stories. Explain what this conflict
(difference of opinion) shows about her. Also, how are her
father and mother’s stories different? What do their stories
show about them?
(Draft is due on March 9):
Write a very
short story about a child who learns something important. Follow
O’Failain’s example, using an important setting, a brother (or
sister), and two parents.
that you show the child’s way of looking at the world. We should
know very little about the parents’ thinking.
dialogue in your story.
story that is as long as you wish but no more than one thousand
stories written by former students for
Allen's Ordinary Saturday
The Rice Wine
Answers to the Four Questions:
She is adventurous (brave). We can see it from
this action: She goes through The Dark Walk even at night time.
She is sympathetic (imaginative). Her action:
She spends a lot of time thinking about the trout and how it
might be doing or feeling.
She is thoughtful. Her action: she releases
the fish into the river. Not only that, but she worries that
perhaps it will be caught.
She learns in twelve years that life is real
and she has an influence in it by taking some actions.
She learns about nature and so she feels
happiness when she releases. It's like she feels a personal
responsibility towards nature.
She learns this by thinking about, planning,
and doing something. She releases the trout into the river.
The dark walk scares Julia at first.
Then, later, the same setting makes her feel
excited, interested, fascinated.
The strong opinion that Julia has about her
parents' stories shows us she is maturing and has started to
have grown up feelings. She doesn't like the pretend stuff
She also understands the parents'
reasons for telling such stories and why her brother would like
Mother tells fairy stories; father tells
practical ones. It only shows the difference between men and
women as parents.
Student Answers to Questions in 2002
Index of Winter 2005 Lessons
Index of Fall 2004 Lessons
Spring 2004 Lessons
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