Non-Fiction writing by: Dylan
Role of Author
Author's purpose: reason for writing.
Entertain: "I was excited. All my life, Mother had told me to use my imagination, but I had never expected to be asked, or even allowed, to use it in school." p. 321
Inform: "Robinson signed with the Dodgers and went to play in the minors in 1946." p. 396
Persuade: "He was the only team owner who believed blacks and whites should play together. Baseball, he felt, would become even more thrilling, and fans of all colors would swarm to his ballpark."
Reflect: "The darkness is behind us; now we're bathed in light lit by good people." p. 360
Author's mood: general atmosphere created by Author's words.
"A terrible day. This has bean the worst, most awful day in my eleven-year-old life" P. 354
Author's influence: include heritages, culture, and personal beliefs.
"Tomorrow we're supposed to go to a classical music concert at the Skenderija Hall. Our teacher says we shouldn't go because there will be 10,000 people, pardon me, children, there, and somebody might take us as hostages or plant a bomb in the concert hall." p. 351
Author's style: the way he/she puts ideas into words.
"I had not loved the doll. In the still, dark world in which I lived there was no strong sentiment or tenderness." P. 380
Types of Details
Anecdotes: a brief story about an interesting, amusing, or strange event
"As he pinned Armstrong's shoulders to the ground, the other Clary's Grove boys dived in to join the scuffle. Lincoln broke away, backed against a cliff, and defiantly offered to take them all on-one at a time."
Opinion: a statement that express a persons judgment or belief.
"Something wonderful happened to baseball-and America-the day Jackie Robinson joined the Dodgers." p.397
Statistics: collecting and analyzing numerical data in large quantities.
"In his first season in the Negro leagues, he hit .387." p.396
Facts: a statement that can be proved.
"He was born near Hodgenville, Kentucky, on February 12, 1809, in a log cabin with one window, one door, a chimney, and a hardpacked dirt floor." p. 410
Cause and Effect: shows the relationship among events.
"Everything had a name, and each name gave birth to a new thought. As we returned to the house every object which I touched seem to quiver with life." p. 380
Chronological: presents details in time order.
"In 1816, Thomas decided to pull up stakes again and move north to Indiana, which was about to join the Union as the nation's nineteenth state." p. 411
Compare and Contrast: Shows the ways in which two or more subjects are similar or different
"For example, the story that West Point cadet Abner Doubleday "invented" baseball in 1839 while at Cooperstown, New York, continues to b widely accepted, even though, according to his diaries, Doubleday never visited Cooperstown." p. 388
Jackie Robinson: Justice at Last
is an important topic for students to know.
"On April 15-Opening Day-26,623 fans came out to Ebbets Field. More than half of them were black-Robinson was already their hero. Now he was making history just by being on the field." p. 396
"Jackie Robinson went on to a glorious career. But he did more than play the game well-his bravery taught Americans a lesson." p. 397
"Yet through it all, he kept his promise to Rickey. No matter who insulted him, he never retaliated." P. 397
He brought change to the world of baseball.