Questioning and Speculating

<Begin with a freewrite about your book or play. Write non-stop about your book or play. What have you been thinking about your book or play since you read last?>

The <first… second… third… final… chapters/pages/sections/paragraphs> of <Title> by <Author’s First and Last Name> might leave a reader feeling <strong adjectivebecause <Explain what it is in the text that might bring that response.> An example of this is on page <___>.  “<Copy a couple of lines or a paragraph from the book or play.>” This is <adjective> because… <Explain why in 1 or 2 more sentences.>

A reader’s questions might start on page < ____ > where it says: “<Copy another 2 or 3 sentences or a paragraph from the book or play>.” This is important because <Explain the biggest events or conflicts in the story so far, then go on to explain why you think this particular event or conflict is confusing, surprising, unusual, odd, or unclear.> The author seems to be making the point that <Make a guess — speculate — as to what point the author is trying to make with this section of the book or play.>

After this part of the <book/play>, most readers probably <will/will not> be looking forward to reading the rest of this <book/play> because <Add 2 or 3 sentences explaining what it is in the book/play that might bring that response.> What’s probably going to happen next is <Make predictions about what will happen next in your book or play, given what the book or play is about so far>.

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