Elisa's Diary by Doris Luisa Oromoz
Comprehension Skill and
Look at the main character's actions and responses to problems to help you determine the story's theme.
How does Elisa respond to the challenges that she faces?
Examine the conversations between the characters. You can learn a great deal about them through these interactions.
+sequence of events
Monitor your comprehension. Can you recall the events of the story in order? If you can’t, you need to reread the story.
What do you picture in your mind as you read the text?
How can overcoming a challenge change someone's life?
Analyze the Text:
1. What can the third-person narrator of this story tell readers about Elisa? How does this point of view affect how events in the story are described?
2. Which sentence in the text signals that the scene with the squirrels took place in the past, before the main action of the story?
3. Elisa enjoyed her first visit to the United States. How does she feel about being in the country now?
4. How are Elisa and Francisco different from each other? think about their personalities and attitudes.
5. Elisa is feeling frustrated. Examine the text and find the words that illustrate this feeling.
6. Make an inference. Francisco suggests that his sister should listen to the radio and watch TV. How will this help her learn English?
7 Contrast Francisco and Elisa. What does Francisco do if he can't express his thoughts in English? What does Elisa do?
8. Why does Elisa call her classmates "opponents"?
9. Why doesn't Elisa want to show her paper to all of her classmates?
10. Why does Elisa decide to show it to Jose`?
11. What does Elisa learn about Jose` in this passage?
12. Elisa experiences some major changes in this story. How does the illustration on page 155 reinforce what you have read about Elisa.? How has she changed?