Master Study Monday #2

the snurtchWelcome to our first official Master Study Monday!  I hope you had a chance to read The Snurtch by Sean Ferrell.  I love this story.  It reminds me that we all have our own Snurtch that rears its head from time to time.

Let’s jump into our study.  I’m not going to insult you by discussing the characters or setting, it’s pretty self-explanatory.    How about the problem in the story?  What did you feel was the problem? Was it Ruthie or the Snurtch causing problems?  Do you think kids can relate to the problem?

Inciting incident-  What started the cause & effect ball rolling?  Did you notice how the illustrator, Charles Santoso, began setting up the story on the beginning end-pages and the copyright and title pages?  You are also hooked on the very first page, “Ruthie has a problem at school.”  You want to read more to find out what the problem is.

The escalation of the story follows the traditional “rule of three.”

  • Throws pencil
  • Makes rude noises
  • Grabs George’s drawing

Do you agree?  Disagree?  Let me know!

Does Ruthie solve her own problem?  Yes!  By drawing her Snurtch she learns to control him.  I almost wonder if the Snurtch is a deeper metaphor for jealousy.  I love how the other kids recognize the Snurtch as the one causing problems and Ruthie sees that the other kids have their own Snurtch.

What do you think the universal theme of the book is?

Here is my Master Study Worksheet.

The Snurtch MS

Please share your thoughts with me in the comments below.

Monday, July 10, we will study Tammi Sauer’s Nugget & Fang.  If you have a title that you would like to study, please share it with me in the comments and we will work it in!

Have a fantastic week and watch your for your Snurtch!


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