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Shane Journals

JOURNAL CH. 1-2

 

Things to highlight and label for ch. 1 - 2:


o         The description of Shane: both his clothing and his actions

o         The family’s reaction to Shane

o         Foreshadowing: Shane’s saddlebags

o         Conflict: Ranchers vs. Homesteaders

o         Symbolism: the stump


 

Title: Journal #1: Chapters 1 – 2

 

Summary

1-2. Give each chapter a title that summarizes the main idea of the chapter. Explain why you think the title is appropriate for the chapter. Be specific!

 

Analysis

3. Write down the sentence below, filling in the blanks with your own words. You should make a statement about Shane’s personality. Next, explain how the statement is true. Use textual evidence to support your answer. (Answers are expected to be well-elaborated, but do not need to be as lengthy as your poetry expository paragraphs! One or two supports will suffice. See example below for how to format your answer.)

               

Shane is ________________ because ________________.

 

4. Write down two specific, open-ended discussion questions about chapters 1-2.

 

Sample Answer:

 

Huck is resourceful because he has the ability to look around and use everything he has to complete tasks. For example, when Huck is locked up in his one-room shack, wondering if his father has left for good, he cannot find a way out until he looks closer at the wall and finds “an old rusty saw without any handle; it was laid in between a rafter and the clapboards of the roof) (33). Here Huck uses his keen sense of survival, his ability to find a way out of the house, to create a plan to fake his death to get away from his father.

 

JOURNAL CH. 3-4

 

Things to highlight and label for ch. 3-4:


o         Symbolism: the stump (teamwork between Joe and Shane)

o         Paradox: note the observances about Shane that seem contradictory

o         Symbol: clothing. How does Shane’s change of clothing affect how he is viewed by Bob?

o         Imagery: The Sun. Notice how the author describes the sun in relation to Shane. Think about why he does this.


Title: Journal #2: Chapters 3 - 4

 

Summary

Give each chapter a title that summarizes the main idea of the chapter. Explain why you think the title is appropriate for the chapter. Be specific!

 

Analysis

Choose two quotations that reveal something about Shane’s character.  Put the quotes in a dialectical journal format and explain what method of characterization is used (see characterization notes) and what this reveals about the character. An example has been done for you.

 

EXAMPLE: General Zaroff from “The Most Dangerous Game”

 

Evidence                                                                                                                                     Commentary_______________________

“The weak of the world were                                                                                              Method of characterization: character’s

put here to give the strong                                                                                                 speech

pleasure…I hunt the scum of                                                                                            What this reveals about the character:

the earth…” (26)                                                                                                                     It shows that Gen. Zaroff feels that he is

                                                                                                                                                      superior. He thinks he is better than the

                                                                                                                                                      other human beings he hunts. Because

                                                                                                                                                      he is strong, he feels like he has the right

                                                                                                                                                      to do whatever he wants. The fact that

                                                                                                                                                      he calls the people he hunts the scum

                                                                                                                                                      of the earth shows how arrogant and

                                                                                                                                                      judgmental he is.

 

3 & 4: Now, following the same format, do the same for Shane. You should analyze two quotations.

 

Evidence                                                                                   Commentary_______________________

Put a quotation here. Don’t                                                  Method of characterization:

forget to put the page number!

                                                                                                    What this reveals about the character:

 

5. Write down two open-ended discussion questions.

 

 

JOURNAL CH. 5-7

Things to highlight and label for ch. 5-7:


o         Theme-Destiny: Notice how Shane enjoys an innocent existence but has occasional distant looks when he is reminded of the past. What seems to be Shane’s destiny? Look for passages that make reference to Shane’s past.

o         Shane’s hands and skill with a gun

o         Conflict: the Homesteaders vs. Fletcher

o         Shane’s reputation: how is this linked to his destiny?


 

Title: Journal #3: Chapters 5 - 7

 

#s 1 – 3: Summary

Give each chapter a title that summarizes the main idea of the chapter. Explain why you think the title is appropriate for the chapter. Be specific!

 

#s 4 – 6: Analysis: In a dialectical journal format, do the following:

Choose one:

4. Evidence                                                                               Commentary_______________________

Find a quotation that shows how                                         Explain how the quote shows that

Shane is skilled in an almost                                                    Shane is skilled in an almost

supernatural way.                                                                   supernatural way.

 

5. Evidence                                                                               Commentary_______________________

Find a quotation that shows how                                         Explain how the quote shows that

Shane is haunted by his past.                                               Shane is haunted by his past.

 

 

6. Evidence                                                                               Commentary_______________________

Find a quotation that                                                             Explain how the quote shows that

shows how Shane has restraint.                                            Shane has restraint.

 

 

JOURNAL CH. 8-10

 


Things to highlight and label for ch. 8-10:

          How Shane has changed: Is this linked to destiny/free will?

          Shane’s response: “You’ll not lose this place.”

          Descriptions of Shane that elevate him to a supernatural hero status or show his extraordinary skill.

          Symbolism: How does the weather reflect the conflict?

          Marian: her relationship with Joe and Shane


 

Title: Journal #4: Chapters 8 – 10

 

Summary: Give each chapter a title that summarizes the main idea of the chapter. Explain why you think the title is appropriate for the chapter. Be specific!

 

Analysis:

Paragraph: Write down the sentence below, using it as a topic sentence. Next, explain how the statement is true using textual evidence to support your answer. Use at least two textual supports.

 

             While Shane had been enjoying an innocent life, he changes and becomes restless and full of turmoil. 

 

 

JOURNAL CH. 11-12

 

Things to highlight and label for ch. 11-12:


          Conflict between the forces of civilization and the old Law of the West

          The idea of sacrifice

          Compare the description of Wilson to the description of Shane in ch. 1


 

Title: Journal #5: Chapters 11 - 12

 

Summary: Give each chapter a title that summarizes the main idea of the chapter. Explain why you think the title is appropriate for the chapter. Be specific!

 

Analysis:

Questions: Answer in complete sentences and use textual evidence to support your answer.

 

1.   What does Joe mean when he says, “Shane won his fight before ever he came riding into this valley”?

 

2.         At the end of ch. 11, Marian tells Joe, “We can’t let Shane down.” She goes on to tell him, “We’ve got to be the kind of people Shane thinks we are.” What does she mean by this? Do you agree with her reasoning or Joe’s? Why or why not?

 

3.        Write down two discussion questions for chapters 11-12.