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  1. Writing about Literature General Guidelines

  2. Analyze the Prompt How does the mood in the opening setting of “The Treasure of Lemon Brown” reflect the feelings of the main character? Be sure to support your answer by citing evidence directly from the text.

  3. How does the mood in the opening setting of “The Treasure of Lemon Brown” reflect the feelings of the main character? Be sure to support your answer by citing evidence directly from the text.

  4. Figure out your answer…. What is the opening mood? What is the main character’s mood at the beginning? How do you know? Look at your mood chart (or back to the text) to find EXACT words that support your answer.

  5. Figure out your answer….

  6. Begin with a clear topic sentence… • Your topic sentence should • Restate the main question • Answer the main question • If possible, include title and author of the selection the prompt is asking you about In “The Treasure of Lemon Brown” by Walter Dean Myers, the opening setting creates a(n) ______________ mood, which reflects the ________________ mood of the main character, ________.

  7. Now, support it with explanation that includes DIRECT EVIDENCE In “The Treasure of Lemon Brown” by Walter Dean Myers, the opening setting creates an angry, unsettled mood, which reflects the angry mood of the main character, Greg. Greg’s father won’t let him play basketball with the Scorpions unless he brings up his math grade, so of course he is unhappy. The setting reflects this mood with such phrases as “the dark sky, filled with angry, swirling clouds” and “his father’s words, like the distant thunder that now echoed through the streets of Harlem, still rumbled softly in his ears” (17). This description of the setting, filled with figurative language, clearly reflects the angry mood Greg feels.

  8. Now, practice on your own with this prompt (due by the end of the hour) Compare and contrast the moods in the stories “Treasure of Lemon Brown” and “Inn of Lost Time.” Are the moods similar in any way, or mostly different? Support your answer with direct textual evidence. Hint: Think about using a Venn Diagram to organize your ideas.