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					     Sing to the Stars

                                     Mary Brigid Barrett
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                                       Sandra Speidel
               Meet the Author
Mary Brigid Barrett says that no
one taught her how to write, but
she adds, "I got my love of
literature from my father and
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Her father told her stories "from
Shakespeare to Charlotte's
Web," and Barrett retold the
stories to her younger siblings.
She wrote her first story in high
school and won a prize for it.
         Author’s Inspiration

Sing to the Stars grew out of experiences Ms. Barrett
   had as a child and as an arts and crafts director
        in the Cleveland, Ohio, parks system.

    For one festival in the park, Barrett convinced
         a boy named John to play the piano.
The relationship between Ephram and Mr. Washington
           is based on Barrett's relationship
                     with her own father. advises young
             writers to "write about inside you."
           Author’s Advice

Mary Brigid Barrett advises young writers to

"write about something you absolutely love
 or absolutely hate. Passion is important,
 whether it's railroads or baseball or
 fingernail polish.
 Risk letting other people see inside you."
       Selection Summary
Young Ephram loves to play the violin -
 but not in public. When he discovers
 that a blind neighbor was once a
 musician, Ephram encourages the man
 to return to his music. Each encourages
 the other, and they perform together at
 a community concert.
Realistic Fiction
 Realistic characters
 Events come to life in a fictional plot
          Realistic Fiction
• The story problem is true-to-life. The
  plot could have really happened, even
  though the author created it.
• The characters are believable. They
  look, think, feel, and act like people we
  may know.
• The setting is realistic. Readers can
  identify with the time and place.
             Key Vocabulary
amplifiers (noun)
  devices that make sounds stronger or louder

blaring (adjective)
  making a loud, harsh noise

classical (adjective)
  relating to a musical style from 18th century
              Key Vocabulary
debut (noun) - the final t is silent
  a first performance in public

jazz (noun)
  a style of music with a strong pattern of beats

murmur (noun) - word contains identical syllables
  a low, constant sound
             Key Vocabulary
rhythm (noun)
  movement or beats that repeat in a regular

strides (verb)
  walks with long steps
       Additional Vocabulary
• sprightly - lively
• broadly - widely
• fundraiser - a way to make money for
• open mike - a microphone that anyone can
  use to show their talent
• stammers - speaks with pauses and
  repeated words
• glaring - very bright
• squalls - cries
          Additional Vocabulary
•   sultry - very hot and humid
•   hubbub - noise, turmoil
•   clasping - holding
•   beam - ray of light
•   pulsating - beating
•   brownout - when the electricity goes out
•   grasps - takes hold of
•   forearm - lower part of the arm
          Story Structure
• Characters: The main people or animals
  in the story
• Setting: Where and when the story
  takes place
• Problem: What the main character sets
  out to do
• Plot: the sequence of story events
 Sense                 Image
               Neighbors greet each other
Seeing         Suddenly, the lights go out

                  Parents tap their feet
Hearing             Some shouting

Touching              It’s this heat


        Making Judgments
• Evaluate, or make judgments, about a
  character’s actions, opinions, motives,
  or values.
• Consider all the facts before making a
        Making Judgments
• Think about the good and bad points or
  different sides of the issue. Include both
  facts from the story and personal
  experience and beliefs.
• Weigh both sides to arrive at the best
       Making Judgments
• What judgment did Mr. Washington
  make? Locate details on page 497.
• What was the outcome of this
• What might have happened if Mr.
  Washington had decided to tell Ephram
  about his musical career?
       Making Judgments
• Reread page 497
• What do you think about Grandma’s
  decision to tell Ephram about Mr.
  Washington’s past?
• Make a Pro (advantages) & Con
  (disadvantages) Chart to help you make
  a valid judgment.

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