What is the TOUGH QUESTIONs? A character stops to ask himself/herself or another character a tough question OR make a wondering statement. TQ's show what characters struggle with throughout a story. They put into words the problem the character faces. Finding the "Tough Question" is just the beginning! 1. Watch the animated short movie, GLUED. What is the TOUGH QUESTION(s)? What does this tell me about the character? How will he or she respond to this question? Does this help me identify the conflict or theme of the story? What is it? 2. Write your response in the attached to this lesson. 3. Don't forget to explain your thoughts and thinking. 4. Remember to restate the questions and give specific examples and evidence from the video. Challenge: Can you find other examples of the signposts in the video?
This video has an example of a TOUGH QUESTION Signpost. Use the video when teaching students the Notice and Note Signposts to help them become more active readers. You could also use this lesson or the lesson ideas when teaching personal narratives or fiction writing. Encourage your students to tough questions that face their characters in their own stories.