Games at Twilight
A boy tries to win a game of hide-and-seek by hiding in a dark shed.
Conflict: a struggle between two opposing forces; a conflict may be external or internal
Resolution: the stage of a plot in which a conflict is settled or resolved
Suspense: a feeling of intense anticipation about the outcome of events
Cause: an event, an action, or a situation that leads to a particular event or circumstance
Effect: the result of an event or circumstance
1. Respond: Put yourself in Ravi’s place. What would you have done after Raghu left the shed area? Explain your answer.
2. (a) Recall: What does Ravi think it would feel like to be “the winner in a circle of older, bigger, luckier children”? (b) Draw Conclusions: What do his feelings show about his view of the other children and his view of himself?
3. (a) Infer: Why do the other children stop searching for Ravi? (b) Draw Conclusions: What do the other children think of Ravi?
4. (a) Interpret: What bitter lesson does Ravi learn at the end of the story? (b) Apply: Do you think that Ravi’s sense of “insignificance” will remain strong? Explain.
5. (a) Evaluate: Do you think the story accurately portrays the relations between older and younger children? Explain. (b) Generalize: Why might older children treat younger children this way? (c) Discuss: Share your response with a partner. Then, discuss whether your partner’s response has changed or expanded your own thinking.
6. (a) What is the main external conflict in this story? Explain. (b) What is the main internal conflict in the story? Explain.
7. (a) Identify a moment in the story that had great suspense. (b) Which conflict helps to create this suspense? Why?
8. (a) Are Ravi’s conflicts settled by the end of the story? Explain. (b) Describe an alternative resolution the story might have had.
9. (a) In your opinion, which cause sets the story’s cause-and-effect chain in motion? (b) Identify two effects that depend on this event. Use a diagram like this one to record your answer.
10. (a) Identify a key detail about the shed that is linked to later events. (b) Explain the causes and effects to which this detail is linked.
Practice Answer each question. Explain your responses.
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Adding Words to Your Vocabulary An antonym of a word is a word that means the opposite. Use a thesaurus to find one antonym for each of the vocabulary words. Then, use each antonym correctly in a sentence.
“Games at Twilight” has an ironic, or unexpected, ending: Ravi tries to be invisible during the game but is devastated to learn how invisible he actually is. Write an anecdote, or brief story, with an ironic ending.
Pick a character, a conflict, an expected end and a twist.
As you draft, include details to set up the expected outcome, but include hints that could explain an unexpected one.
Finally, resolve the conflict with your twist ending.
Ask a classmate to read a draft and tell you how effective your ending is. Consider revising based on your reader’s feedback.
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With others form a problem-solving group to find solutions to Ravi’s problem.
Discuss strategies, supporting your ideas with reasons and examples.
Respond to one another respectfully, and ask for clarification of any points you do not understand.
Share the results of your discussion with the rest of the class.
Create an outline for a multimedia report on the history of a children’s game such as hide-and-seek. Present your outline to a small group. Watch for confusion in your audience and clarify points as needed. Afterward, summarize your plan for a report. Ask for questions or comments from the group.