• Craft Analysis - 

    A Corner of the Universe

    TEACHERS!!!  Use the passage below to get your students to analyze craft in Ann M. Martin's masterful writing in A Corner of the Universe.
    Copy and paste the passage and questions below to make your own worksheet.
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    Craft Analysis of Ann M. Martin’s A Corner of the Universe

    The passage below is from the last page of this novel. However two sentences have been altered.  One sentence eliminated two words where the author had done an "Immediate Repeat". (SEE BELOW FOR A WORKSHEET ON HOW TO TEACH IMMEDIATE REPEAT!) 

    Immediate Repeat Worksheet

    The other sentence has eliminated the word "And" at the beginning.  Have your students go into the passage and try to insert an "And" at the beginning of a sentence - choosing one that will add voice.  For the "Immediate Repeat", try to have your students find a sentence where they can stop at an important word, add a comma and then repeat that word to add voice. 

     

              I am smiling and tears are running down my cheeks and I don’t think I can watch any more of the film.  I don’t know how to stop it in the middle, though, so I let it play out silently in the parlor while I sit in the kitchen.

              I pick at what’s left of the popcorn and think about the summer that was both awful and wonderful. I thank Adam, as I have thanked him almost every night since August, for showing me that it’s possible to lift the corners of our universe.  Adam told me about lifting the corners the second time I met him, but I had no idea what he meant.  Now I think I do.  It’s all about poking around a little, lifting the corners, seeing what’s underneath, poking that.  Sometimes things work out, sometimes they don’t, but at least you’re exploring.  Life is always more interesting that way.

     

    Find a spot, a spot in a sentence where you can do an immediate repeat.&n, bsp; Change it.  Copy and paste the place you did it and tell why you picked that spot to do it.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Find a sentence that would sound better starting with “And”.  Change it.

    Why did you pick that sentence?

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Talk about where the author uses a really good example of varying sentence lengths.

     

     

     

     

     

    &nb, sp;

    Which sentence is a seesaw sentence?

     

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    Answer key:

    The first sentence (in the book) in the 2nd paragraph reads like this: I pick at what’s lef, t of the popcorn and think about the summer, the summer that was both awful and wonderful.

     So, when your students insert their own immediate repeat they can compare and see if they did the same as the author did.
     
    Likewise, the last sentence in the book reads like this: And life is always more interesting that way.  A perfectly perfect place to artfully use "And" in the beginning of the last sentence.  The purpose? You want your reader to remember, remember this last & most important line. 
     
    The best section of this passage that showcases varying sentence length is with three sentences.  Two longer sentences bookend a really short one!

    "Adam told me about lifting the corners the second time I met him, but I had no idea what he meant.  Now I think I do.  It’s all about poking around a little, lifting the corners, seeing what’s underneath, poking that." Notice how short the underlined sentence above is - right in the middle of two sophsticated, longer sentences!

     

    The Seesaw Sentence?  Here it is:

     

                            "Sometimes things work out, sometimes they don’t..."