Book Creator

(copy) A new book

by Joshua Barbag


Me and Uncle Romie
By: Joshie
Essential Question
How do an artist's experiences affect his or her art?
Predictive Writing:
What do you think this story is going to be about?
I think Me and Uncle Romie is going to be about the boy has to get Uncle Romie a birthday and there are hard obstacles.
Think about using your senses to see, hear, taste, smell, and feel the author’s words. Try to see a picture in your own mind.

Reread this paragraph and try to explain how you visualize this part of the story. How do you picture Uncle Romie?

Lying in the dark, I heard heavy footsteps in the hall. A giant stared at me from the doorway. "Hello there, James." Uncle Romie's voice was deep and loud, like thunder. "Thanks for the pepper jelly," he boomed.
I visualize uncle Romie with a very tiny amount of hair, deep voice, big, and loud feet.
The theme of a story is the main message the author wants readers to understand. Think about what happens in the story and what the characters learn. What does the author want you to learn by reading the story?

What is the theme of Me and Uncle Romie? 
First impressions are not always right.
Much better Joshie. I am glad you came to ask for help on this one. Please remember to always come to me to clarify when you don't understand something we are doing.
Point of View
All stories are told from a certain point of view, or perspective. When a story is written in first person, it is told by a narrator who is also one of the story characters. They use words like I, me and they don't usually know the thoughts of the other characters. When a story is written in the third person, it is told from an outside observer's point of view.

Who is telling the story? How do you know?
I know James is telling the story because he says I said all the time and he also said as the days went by, Aunt Nanette took me all over the place.
Pick one of these events in the story to summarize and write 3-5 sentences that retells this part in the story.

When Aunt Nannette got the phone call and James had to spend his birthday with Uncle Romie (pages 236-238)
Aunt Nanette got a call and her aunt has died so she had to go to a funeral. James went to the art studio and it was a glorious mess. He saw paintings, saxophones, and birds. Uncle Romie thought that Carolina had the best pepper jelly.