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“The Man That Was Almost A Man”

Three qualities that make a person a man are ___________________________________________ ,

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Dave Saunders, the main character in “The Man That Was Almost A Man,” is / is not a man
because he

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Using your three reasons from above, explain why Dave is or is not a man.

Tell – state your opinion, reason, idea, point, argument, etc.


Show – use evidence from the text to support your idea (quote the text)
Mean – explain how your quote supports your opinion, idea, argument, ect. (how does
the show support the tell)

Example:

Tell: One reason Dave is not a man is because he is not yet eighteen.

Show: Very early on in the story Dave states, “Ahm seventeen. Almost a man” (1).

Mean: It is clear that Dave does not consider himself a man. He obviously feels that a boy does
not become a man until he is eighteen. In this case manhood is not defined by Dave’s actions,
but simply by his age.

Reason #1

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Reason #2

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Reason #3

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Summary:

Combine what you’ve written above to write a short paragraph explaining why Dave is or is not a
man.

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