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7th-graders look for a resolution

“Why does the character want to know who he has shot?” Emily asks her 7th-graders.
“Because it's his brother.”

“But before he knows it's his brother - why does he want to know?”
“Because he passes by the body, and why not look?” “He might be curious or scared that it might be someone he knew.” “Or maybe someone he loved.” “If I had shot my brother I would probably jump off a bridge.”

“This table,” Emily points at Alex, Allegra and Signe. “Have a look at whether you think there is a resolution. Is there a resolution, is there a climax?”

“I think the climax is when the sniper and him start shooting.” “So early on? The climax is like the BIG part of the story.” “I think the climax is at the paragraph ‘Suddenly, from the other roof, …’” “It could be two things: It could be when they shoot back and forth. Or it could be when he finds out that it's his brother.“ “But in the end, his brother is dead and nothing really happens except that it’s his brother.”

“I don't think there's a resolution in this story.” “Most resolutions give an ending. In ‘Rikki-Tikki-Tavi’ it said ‘From then on, he protected the garden’, but here, it just says ‘It was his brother,’ but it doesn't say what happens next.” “I think it may have a little resolution, but definitely not a good one. Because it does end and you know everything that happens.” “But no movies or books ever end with you killing your brother!” “Well, there is a movie that kind of ends with somebody that just dies.” “I only know one movie that ends in a terrible thing, but there's a second part.” “I think the resolution is when he finds out it's his brother.“ “But I wouldn't want my story to end with me killing my brother.”

What’s it like to think about stories this way?
“I really like figuring out what each part is because it makes you think about the story more.” “Reading it the second time, you see more detail. The first time, you're kind of just wanting to know what the story is, but when you read it again, you see more details.” “And you notice what kind of vocabulary they use, and all the actions, and what the story is about.”

What is the story about?
“The story is telling you that war isn't good.”