The Not – So – Jolly Roger Mood and Visualization Activity
MOOD The author develops the mood of the story. It is the author’s job to make the reader feel as if he or she is a part of they story and in doing so creates a mood that the reader becomes part of. Usually there are certain words used that help the author create this mood and make the reader feel a certain way. Read the following passages and think about the mood each once creates. Also look for the words and phrases that help create it. Page 17 – “ He froze. He looked at the hat. Then he looked slowly up, up, up the trunk of my tree. Our eyes met and my heart went as numb as my foot. The black pirate growled, “Arrrrrrgh,” and grinned a crazy smile. I swear I saw his eyes flashing red.” Describe the mood of the characters at this point in the book. _______________________________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________________________ What words or phrases help to create this mood? _______________________________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________________________ Page 22 – “The pirate wasn’t smiling anymore. Sam stepped forward on wobbly legs. “Uh . . . .hi, there, uh . . . .Mr. Blackbeard,” said Sam. The pirate’s dark face went suddenly white. “How do you know my name?” “I read it,” said Sam. “Where’s your crystal ball?” Describe how the mood changes in this selection. _______________________________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________________________
VISUALIZATION It is also important for the author to paint a picture of the setting of the story or the settings of the story. An author must use descriptive language to ensure that the reader can “see” the story as it is read. Page 11 – “The small rowboat landed as I peeked through the leaves. Two guys unloaded a chest. One was tall. The other was short. Both wore ragged pants and striped shirts. They were the ugliest and nastiest-looking guys I’ve ever seen. . . . until I saw the third guy behind them. He was twice as big and twice as nasty-looking.” Draw a picture of how this scene looks in your mind.
Page 27 – “We climbed up the side of the ship so fast we didn’t even have time to be afraid. But there was plenty of time for that once we climbed over the rail and stood on deck. Because there, eyeing us like hungry sharks, were at least a hundred black, white, and every different shade of brown, pirates.” Draw a picture of how this scene looks in your mind.
Find a passage from the story where we can talk about mood. Page #: ________ First Sentence: ________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________ Find a passage where we can visualize the setting or scene. Page #: ________ First Sentence: ________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________