Chapter 1. Directions. Using the front cover and opening lines of your Book Club Selection as your two guides, write what you think will be, or should be, the first chapter of the novel .
Using the front cover and opening lines of your Book Club Selection as your two guides, write what you think will be, or should be, the first chapter of the novel.
Even though you may not know what will happen in the first chapter, or even the second paragraph of the first chapter, you are making a prediction—and predictions can be wrong. But, whether you are right or whether you are wrong, making predictions is a strategy that skilled readers use to keep themselves engaged in what they are reading. And, it is a skill that you are going to further develop with this activity.
For this assignment, you will become the author, so do your best to mimic the author’s writing style. The rewritten chapter should be approximately 150-200 words in length (excluding the opening lines of text).
“Friday, January 4, 1935:
Today I moved to a twelve-acre rock covered with cement, topped with bird turd and surrounded by water.”
“I clasp the flask between my hands even though the warmth from the tea has long since leached into the frozen air. My muscles are clenched tight against the cold. If a pack of wild dogs were to appear at this moment, the odds of scaling a tree before they attacked are not in my favor.”
First of all, let me get something straight: This is a JOURNAL, not a diary. I know what it says on the cover, but when Mom went out to buy this thing I SPECIFICALLY told her to get one that didn’t say ‘diary’ on it. Great. All I need is for some jerk to catch me carrying this book around and get the wrong idea.”
“Look, I didn’t want to be a half-blood. If you’re reading this because you think you might be one, my advise is: close this book right now. Believe whatever lie your mom or dad told you about your birth, and try to lead a normal life.”
“The early summer sky was the color of cat vomit. Of course, Tally thought, you’d have to feed your cat only salmon-flavored cat food for a while, to get the pinks right. The scudding clouds did look a bity fishy, rippled into scales by a high-altitude wind.”