Read like a Reader

Author: William Hugel

Title: Little Ania

Predict:

I predicted that Little Ania was going to be a very difficult child. To me there was definitely many different things in that story that surprised me. For example

“She opened up a tall closet door. Inside was chock full of lampshades and flower pots. Her mother ate up two lampshades and two flower pots, then got on her broomstick. She flew towards the window- and came face to face with Little Ania.” 

I did not expect that Little Ania’s Mum was like her.

Connect:

This book reminded me of another book I am reading called “The Bubble Boy”. Because there both based in a hospital. When I was reading this story I was visualizing it in my parents room and in the same hospital as “The Bubble Boy”.

Infer:

In this story, I inferred that Ania at some stages in her life got annoyed and even some days hated her Mum. I also feel like Ania never wanted to do anything unless she wanted to do it.

Question:

When I was reading this story, I personally did not have many questions although I was wondering what caused Ania to be the way she is. I also had another question even though I know that it is just a story how was that man still alive after so many years.

Feel:

When reading this I felt very connected to the story and the language was very good as I felt like I was a part of the story and I was just standing there watching the entire story watching what was going on. The part of the story that I felt most connected to was when Ania said

“I’m never going to be a normal little girl so I’m just going to die now.”

I felt connected to the story because it was sad.

Evaluate:

I thought that “Little Ania” was a well written story. Although I personally didn’t really like it as I am more interested in books about animals, adventure and sad stories not so much books like “Little Ania”. To me the concept of the story was a little bit childish for my liking.

Read like a Writer

Author: Sandra Cisneros

Title: Eleven

Ideas:

The writer clearly revels the main idea by getting strait to the point in the first sentence.

“What they don’t understand about birthdays and what they never tell you is that when you’re eleven, you’re also ten, and nine, and eight, and seven, and six, and five, and four, and three, and two, and one.”

Organization:

The author uses many different leads and wants to engage us more so that we keep reading e.g.

“But when the sick feeling goes away and I open my eyes, the red sweater’s still sitting there like a big red mountain.”

The writer gives us something to think about so that we do not just go away saying, “I finished the story”. The reader goes away and says, “I really enjoyed this story it gave me something to think about”. For example

“I wish I was anything but eleven, because I want today to be far away already, far away like a runaway balloon, like a tiny o in the sky, so tiny-tiny you have to close your eyes to see it.”

The writer handles transitions well and makes sure that everything makes sense e.g.

“But when the sick feeling goes away and I open my eyes, the red sweater’s still sitting there like a big red mountain. I move the red sweater to the corner of my desk with my ruler. I move my pencil, books, and eraser as far from it as possible. I even move my chair a little to the right.”

Voice:

The author demonstrates passion for the topic by unpacking it and using passionate and strong words to show her passion for the topic “ages”.

The author uses lots of emotion in a story she reveals it when she describes the way and how the author feels. For example

“That’s when everything I’ve been holding in since this morning, since when Mrs. Price put the sweater on my desk, finally let’s go, and all of a sudden I’m crying in front of everybody.”

Word Choice:

The author uses many techniques in this short story like too fast, sitting and shaking. The writer also uses lots of different writing techniques but that’s just a few.

Sentence Fluency:

The author usually starts the paragraph with a long sentence and then the sentences got shorter and shorter the once they were four to five words they went back to longer sentences. The author does not use much sound, alliteration, rhythm and rhythm. Although the characters in the story do speak in the story. For example