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					                                    THE LEAP
                                 by Louise Erdrich

PART ONE:

WHAT DO YOU KNOW ABOUT THE ART OF THE TRAPEZE...
?

?

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THAT MUCH HUH!!??!!!

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SO then... let's watch ... (hold your breath)




              This clip is from Cirque Du Soleil’s 25th Anniversary
    This is insane! This guy is literally risking DEATH with every performance! If
      anyone knows his name, or more specific info about this clip please share!

http://onemansblog.com/2007/10/14/13-amazing-cirque-du-soleil-performa
                                nces/
PART TWO:

Did you find this act entertaining????
Take a moment and analyze why!

In your group send the rock around so that each person gives an answer to the
questions below while the rest of the group record responses.

1. What dangers are faced by the performers?
2. How is the drama (psychology) created by the performers?
3. Are there other ways the drama is created beyond the performers
   themselves?
4. What is at work behind these acts that audience’s find so entertaining?
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PART THREE: from the same website watch Alegria’s Aerial High Bar Act
No circus is complete without the trapeze artists!

The Leap...
"My mother is the surviving half of a blindfolded trapeze artist act..."
In the same way that a circus creates and constructs excitement to entertain an audience
so does a writer. In this story Louise Erdrich uses vivid images and sensory detail to
convey emotion and create clear pictures for the reader.
1. READ THE STORY
2. As you read find examples of effective descriptive writing and write them in the table below.
3. Then with one person in your group compare your answers and identify what makes them so
effective.
Find 3 effective “descriptive” passages   Explain why each one was effective




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PART FOUR: Evaluating character & note taking
A) In short stories there are different types of characters identify them and explain
why.
STATIC:
PROTAGONIST:
ANTAGONIST:
(Remember that the antagonist can be a force or a character!!!)

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PART FIVE: Answer the questions following the story.

				
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