Reading

Why do authors write? Perhaps writers want to make meaning of the world. Maybe they want to reflect on personal experiences and connect with readers. Sometimes, they might even hope to change the world. Identifying the purpose for writing a text helps us to understand the text.

Time to Read

People create texts to define and explore who they are.


Step 1: Read "Reading Short Stories" in Reading and Writing for Success on pp. 12-13.


Step 2: Read "Responding to a Story" in Reading and Writing for Success on pp. 25-26.


Step 3: Study and make notes  on the Short Stories tutorial.


Step 4: Read each of the following texts in your Sightlines 10. Apply the reading strategies you've learned thus far.

  • “A Secret Lost in the Water” by Roch Carrier pp. 104-106
  • “My Search for the Friend I Left Behind” by Tony O’Brien pp. 114-117
  • “To Every Thing There is a Season” by Allister MacLeod pp. 300-305




  1. Listen to a recording of “To Every Thing There is a Season”, “A Secret Lost in the Water”, “My Search for the Friend I Left Behind”, and “Mrs. Bertha Flowers.”
      "To Every Thing There is a Season" 
     "A Secret Lost in the Water"
    "My Search for the Friend I Left Behind"  Listen