Tackk By: Pedro Guardado

Song Lyrics For "Folsom Prison Blues"

I hear the train a comin'
It's rollin' 'round the bend,
And I ain't seen the sunshine
Since, I don't know when
I'm stuck in Folsom Prison
And time keeps draggin' on
But that train keeps a-rollin'
On down to San Antone

When I was just a baby
My Mama told me, "Son
Always be a good boy
Don't ever play with guns,"
But I shot a man in Reno
Just to watch him die
When I hear that whistle blowin'
I hang my head and cry

I bet there's rich folks eatin'
In a fancy dining car
They're probably drinkin' coffee
And smokin' big cigars
Well I know I had it comin'
I know I can't be free
But those people keep a-movin'
And that's what tortures me

Well, if they freed me from this prison
If that railroad train was mine
I bet I'd move it on a little
Farther down the line
Far from Folsom Prison
That's where I want to stay
And I'd let that lonesome whistle
Blow my blues away

10 Unknown Vocabulary Words

1. Prosecutor: Found on Page 10: Definition: A person, especially a public official, who institutes legal proceedings against someone.

2. Stenographer: Found on Page 14: Definition: Someone who types what people say. You have to listen carefully and type fast to be a stenographer.

3. Attorney: Found on Page 15: Definition: A person appointed to act for another in business or legal matters.

4. Adjourn: Found on Page 57: Definition: A break off (a meeting, legal case, or game) with intention of resuming it later.

5. Testimony: Found on Page 59: Definition: A formal written or spoken statement g, especially one given in court of law.

6. Perpetrator: Found on Page 74: Definition: Someone who has committed a crime.

7. Grisly: Found on Page 120: Definition: Causing horror or disgust.

8. Dismay: Found on Page 121: Definition: To cause someone to feel consternation or distress.

9. Culprit: Found on Page 122: Definition: A person who is responsible for a crime or other misdeed.

10. Presumably: Found on Page 132: Definition: Used to convoy that what is asserted is very likely though not known for certain

Author Short Biography

Walter Dean Myers was born on August 12, 1937 in Martinsburg, West Virginia. Myers was an American writer of children books best known for young adult literature. He wrote over 100 in his career lasting over 45 years. He wrote books for children of all ages. In his work he has won two Newberry Honor books, three National Book Award Finalist, and six Coretta Scott King Award/Honor-winning books. Some of his books are Fallen Angles, Bad Boy, Sunrise over fallujah, Scorpions, Monster, and many more. He dies on July 1, 2104, in Manhattan, New York City, New York. He dies at age 76.

Reason Why The Author Wrote "Monster"

Walter Dean Myers wrote "Monster". Myers says he has interviewed many young men are similar to Steve Harmon and who's stories were similar to "Monster. He is also wrote of black youth for the young. He doesn't mention a theme, of what I know, but in an interview he want his readers to consider what happened to Steve Harmon also why it happened to Steve. Also for the readers to see that the decisions you make will always have a good consequence or a bad consequence. 

Internal And External Conflict

An internal conflict in the novel is Steve is really stressed that he's wasting his time in jail when he knows that he is innocent. An external conflict in the novel is that Steve may be stuck in jail for probably most of hiss life and it all depends on what the judge will decide.

Dynamic And Static Characters

Dynamic- Someone who undergoes an important, internal because of the action in the plot.

Static- is the opposite of a dynamic character, static characters don't change.

Examples in the novel:

Dynamic Character: Steve Harmon is a dynamic character because he changes during the novel for example in the beginning Steve is just a normal teenager trying to get mints from the  drugstore and now he facing a felony of murder.

Static Character: Sandra Petrocelli is the static character, she really doesn't change at all.

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