II. LITERATURE READING
GUIDELINES & QUESTIONS
Answer the following
questions with complete sentences. If the answer requires more than one or two sentences, remember to begin with a topic sentence
before you begin your details. Answer on loose-leaf paper (or type).
in your opinion, did Sheila agree to go out with the narrator even though her behavior indicates that she is not interested
in your opinion, didn't Sheila use the extra paddle to help the narrator paddle the canoe upstream? What does this say about
in your opinion, did Sheila mention Eric Caswell?
the connection between the fish and the rod and the relationship between Sheila and the narrator.
at pages five and six of the story. Remember that suspense is the excitement or tension that readers feel as they become involved
in a story and are eager to know the outcome. Find two examples on these pages that help create feelings of suspense.
the end of the story, the narrator says he "never made the same mistake again." What has he learned from his experience? Consider
what he gives up for Sheila Mant, how his date with Sheila ends, and what he says "claimed" him thereafter.
the situation, do you think the narrator did the right thing in cutting the line? Explain your answer.
if the first three paragraphs of the story were left out? Look over the chart you created for the "EXPOSITION" section of
this study guide, and think about how the exposition helped you understand the story.
about the situation of the boy in this story and the situation of the speaker in the poem "since feeling is first" on the
last page. How are the two situations similar? What makes them different?
make himself acceptable to Sheila, the boy conceals an important interest of his. When, if ever, do you think it is right
to put aside part of your own personality--such as your interests--for the sake of a relationship? Give examples to support
In fiction, the structure
of the plot normally begins with the exposition. In the early part of a story, the exposition sets the tone, establishes the
setting, introduces the characters, and gives the reader essential background information. In "The Bass, the River, and Sheila
Mant", the first three paragraphs provide the exposition as they describe the narrator's infatuation. Notice what the exposition
reveals about the setting, the characters, and the general background of the story. Then jot down a fact or two about each
of these categories in the chart below.
IV. MULTIMODAL ACTIVITY
Do you think the boy
and Sheila could have made a good match? Think about ways they are similar and different. Get together with a partner to discuss
this idea. Be sure to use evidence from the story to support your opinion. Write your evidence (direct quotes) on loose-leaf
paper and in complete sentences. You will be sharing your conclusion with the class. If you disagree with your partner, you
may try to convince them with evidence from the story.
Note the narrator's
descriptions of Sheila's moods as he depicts her various poses while sunbathing. Point out to students that these details
give the reader clues about Sheila's personality. Then, note further descriptions of Sheila's words and behavior. In a paragraph,
describe and explain what they express about Sheila's personality. Use loose-leaf paper (or type).
VI. A PROJECT OF YOUR
Choose one (1) of the
following activities to complete. Carefully follow the directions of the specific activity you have chosen.
Your PROJECT IS DUE ON:
Oct. 7, 2008
Tourism is second only
to manufacturing in its importance to New Hampshire's economy. Tourist areas include the White Mountains, Lake Winnipesaukee,
and Lake Sunapee, as well as the Connecticut River Valley described in the story.
and color a map of the New Hampshire and Vermont region. (Make it larger than a standard sheet of paper.)
the map appropriately.
the following areas on the map you created:
Prepare a guide to one
New Hampshire's major tourist areas. Research information in geography books, travel guides, or from other suitable places.
Summarize the information in persuasive text and illustrations that might entice tourists to visit in the form of a pamphlet
Your final product must:
well-written text (complete sentences, etc.)
elements of creativity
presented to the class
that you've researched your topic
CONFLICT AND RESOLUTION
In order to show your
understanding of the narrator's conflict and the resolution of the conflict, compose a diary entry that the narrator might
have written when he got home from the dance.
first-person pronouns to briefly summarize the conflict the narrator faced.
how the narrator resolved his conflict.
what happened at the dance.
how the narrator felt about what happened at the dance.
You all have distinct
writing voices. Writing voice is determined by sentence structure, word choice, and tone. In the passage below, W.D. Wetherell
uses long words and complicated sentences. In the first passage, he creates a humorous tone by contrasting such phrases as
"written off" and "dumped" with "Love's tribute."
the passage in your own voice. Read your work aloud for the class and compare sentence structure, word choice, and tone. Rewrite
on loose-leaf (or type).
E. E. Cummings (1894-1962)
believed that rules--even traditional rules of spelling and capitalization--should not be followed blindly. He insisted that
each individual must struggle to be unique and upheld this belief in his poems and in his life.
Read E. E. Cummings
poem, "since feeling is first" on the last page of the story. Answer the following two questions in paragraph form. Write
your paragraph on loose-leaf paper (or type).
How would you state
the message (theme) of the poem in your own words?
Based on the outcome
of the story you just read, what do you think might be the consequences of following the speaker's advice?
"The Bass, the River,
and Sheila Mant"
by W.D. Wetherell
n. strong dislike
adj. easy to see; obvious
adj. doubtful; hesitating
n. a typical or ideal example of something
n. someone who represents an abstract quality
v. to make more than the necessary adjustment
adj. deeply thoughtful, often in a wistful or dreamy way
adj. having a smooth and polished manner
n. a payment made from gratitude, respect, or admiration