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How Coyote Stole Fire

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Coyote stayed on the mountaintop for two days and nights. He watched during the night, as each Fire Being took a turn guarding the fire while the other two slept. When his turn was over, the Fire Being would go to the tent to sleep, signaling another to take his place. Coyote noticed that the third Fire Being was always the slowest to wake, her head still foggy and spinning with dreams.

After the second night, Coyote retreated down the mountain and gathered a group of animals. At that time, these animals looked different than they do today. They did not have colorful marks and stripes. For instance, Coyote had golden fur from head to tail. Chipmunk was tan Resources all over and Robin had only chocolate brown feathers.

Coyote told the animals about how so many men, women, and children were dying in the cold winters because they did not have fire. He also told them that the Fire Beings' would not share fire with the Humans. Coyote persuaded the animals to help him steal some fire from the Fire Beings so that the Humans could live more easily.

Stop and Think! Under the black cover of night , Literary Device the animals gathered and crept silently up the mountain. They feared that any noise would make the Fire Beings suspicious. When they finally neared the mountaintop, Coyote told the animals that he would go on alone. The rest of the animals waited anxiously on the mountainside as Coyote snuck towards the Fire Beings' campground.

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When I looked for the author's foreshadowing, I really focused on words like 'crept silently,' 'feared,' and 'anxiously.' These words filled me with suspense and made me wonder what was going to happen next!

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When you are trying to understand foreshadowing, study the words that suggest something in the future or describe a change in the situation.

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Are there phrases about the future?

Is there a change happening in the weather, the setting, or the mood?

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I chose to change the foreshadowing to suggest something very sad. It was interesting to see how much the mood of the paragraph shifted just by changing a few words!

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When you are creating foreshadowing, try describing something that the main character does not know about.

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Pedro's Self Check

Ask yourself these questions:

Are there phrases about the future?

Is there a change happening in the weather, the setting, or the mood?

Are there objects, sounds, lighting, or scenic elements that suggest a feeling of happiness, sadness, danger, excitement, or another emotion?

Do charactors or the narrator make an observation that might be a hint about something to come later?

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Monty's Thoughts

When I looked for the author's foreshadowing, I really focused on words like 'crept silently,' 'feared,' and 'anxiously.' These words filled me with suspense and made me wonder what was going to happen next!

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Hali's Thoughts

When you are trying to understand foreshadowing, study the words that suggest something in the future or describe a change in the situation.