My First Free Summer by Julia Alvarez 8th grade Genre



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My First Free Summer

  • by Julia Alvarez
  • 8th grade

Genre

  • Memoir
    • Writer describes important events in his or her life.

Reading Skill

  • Cause and Effect
  • Cause
  • Effect
  • First event
  • What happens next

Background Knowledge

Background Knowledge

  • From 1930 to 1961, Dominican Republic was ruled by a brutal dictator, Rafael Trujillo. Under his rule, masses of people were killed for even minor crimes.

contradict verb

contradict Example

  • Jose: “That was a great movie.”
  • Samuel contradicts Jose:
  • “I disagree. The plot was slow and boring.”

contradict word relatives

  • contradicted verb
  • contradiction noun
  • contradictory adjective
  • The witnesses in the trial contradicted each others stories. One witness said the man was guilty and the other witness said the man was not guilty. This contradiction was confusing to the jury. Contradictory stories are common in trials.

interrogate verb

  • If someone, especially a police officer, interrogates someone, they question them thoroughly for a long time in order to get some information from them.

interrogate example

  • The policeman interrogates this man by asking him questions.

interrogate Checking understanding

  • When the policeman interrogates this suspect about the stolen car, what questions might the policeman ask?
  • Begin by saying:
  • When the policeman interrogates the suspect, he might ask _________.

interrogate

  • interrogate verb
  • interrogating verb
  • interrogation noun
  • Rafael Trujillo ordered his men to interrogate citizens to learn about potential enemies. When interrogating citizens, Trujillo’s men asked many questions An interrogation often lasted for hours.

summon verb

  • If you summon someone, you order them to come to you.

summon example

  • Trujillo’s men summoned people to be interrogated.

unravel verb

  • If you unravel a mystery, it gradually becomes clearer until you can work out the answer to it.

unravel example

  • If you read a mystery, the mystery would unravel as you were given more and more hints.
  • Your confusion in math class will unravel as you learn more and more.

Check - up

  • contradict
  • interrogate
  • summon
  • unravel

Comprehension page 112e

  • Where does Alvarez live?
  • What kind of school does she attend?
  • What does she have trouble learning?
  • Who rules the Dominican Republic?
  • How is Alvarez’s experience different from that of her friends?

Comprehension page 112

  • What effect does Mr. Alvarez’s political involvement have on Julia’s life?
  • Begin by saying:
  • Mr. Alvarez’s political involvement effected Julia’s life in a number of ways. _______________________________

Comprehension page 114

  • 2. How does the author change in fifth grade?
  • What does she expect will happen in the summer?
  • Why have Americans been advised to return home?

Comprehension page 114

  • B. What does freedom mean to Alvarez at this point in her life?
  • Begin by saying:
  • At this point in Alvarez’s life, freedom means ________________________.

Comprehension page 114

  • What’s causing Alvarez to have a boring summer?
  • Cause Effect
  • Begin by saying:
  • Alvarez is having a boring summer because ________________________.

Comprehension page 114

  • What’s causing Alvarez to have a boring summer?
  • Cause Effect
  • Begin by saying:
  • Alvarez is having a boring summer because ________________________.

Comprehension page 115

  • D. Why is Alvarez’s family leaving for the United States on such short notice?
  • Cause Effect
  • Begin by saying:
  • The Alvarez family is leaving for the United States on short notice because _____________________.

Comprehension page115

  • E. What changes have occurred in Alvarez’s thinking about the Dominican Republic and the United States?
  • Begin by saying:
  • A number of changes occurred in Alvarez’s thinking about the Dominican Republic and the United States. She now thinks ____________

Comprehension

  • Why was Alvarez allowed to attend the American School?
  • What happened at the airport as the Alvarez family waited for the plane?

Literary Analysis

  • What do you think the title of the memoir
  • means?
  • The title of the memoir, My First Free Summer, means a number of things. First, ______________. Next, ____________________________.

Paragraph Writing

  • List
  • Cross out
  • Connect
  • Number
  • Write


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