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Point of View. Point of view is the vantage point from which a story is told. If a story is told from the first-person point of view, the narrator uses words such as I and we and is a part of or a witness to the action. When a story is told from the third-person point of view, the narrator stands outside the action; uses words such as he, she, it, and they; and avoids the use of I and we. As you read “A Mother in Mannville,” decide if the story is written in the first-person point of view or the third-person point of view.

Setting. The setting of a literary work is the time and place in which it happens. In fiction, setting is most often revealed by means of description of elements such as landscape, scenery, buildings, furniture, clothing, the weather, and the season. Using such descriptive details, writers create a sense of a particular time and place. As you read, take note of the descriptions used to create setting in “A Mother in Mannville.” Use the graphic organizer as a model for recording this information.

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  • Geography Connection. “A Mother in Mannville” takes place in the Carolina mountains. The Appalachian Mountains run along the western side of North Carolina. Two Appalachian mountain ranges—the Black Mountains and the Great Smoky Mountains—extend into North Carolina. The Great Smoky Mountains region is noted for breathtaking flora. It contains dense forests, flowering shrubs, and many kinds of flowers.
Create a chart like the one shown. As you read “A Mother in Mannville,” look for descriptions of setting. Write words or phrases that describe the time and place in which the story takes place.

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Have you ever avoided saying goodbye to someone for whom you cared deeply? Why did you behave in that manner? How did you feel afterward?

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