In the last few lessons, you have learned to make inferences about how the novel you are reading was designed. You have learned about theme, setting, mood, tone, character, point of view, and conflict. You have also learned how to use quotation marks. In the discussion area, teach your classmates something about your novel. Pick one or more of the ideas you have learned and show how it works in your novel. To help people understand what you are saying, include a quotation from the story. Then look at something someone else has written and ask a question about what was written. Be sure to answer any questions people ask about your novel. The whole discussion can take all week, but be sure to make your first post immediately.
Here is a sample of what someone might write:
The Old Man and the Sea, by Ernest Hemingway, has two important conflicts. The obvious one is person against nature. A poor, old fisherman who has not caught fish in many days is fishing from a tiny boat. He has no helpers, and he hooks a giant marlin on a simple hand fishing line. He doesn't even have a fishing pole to help him. He fights the fish for three days before the fish finally tires enough for him to bring it in. The fish is bigger than his boat, so he has to tie it to the side. Sadly, sharks come along and eat the fish, so he has no food to bring back with him. He won the battle with the marlin, but he lost the battle with the sharks. There is another conflict, though. It would be smart for him to give up and let the fish go, but he won't do that. No matter how hard it is, he refuses to give up. This is a person against self conflict. The old man says to himself, "You did not kill the fish only to keep alive and to sell for food. You killed him for pride and because you are a fisherman." .Even though he lost the great fish to the sharks, the fact that he never gave up means he won the conflict with himself.