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Text Structure- Chronological/Sequential
"First the Germans would sing one of their carols" (58).
Finally, the interchanging of singing ended, and the Germans and British joined in together to sing the song 'O Come All Ye Faithful'.
"then we would sing of ours" (58).
Signpost- Extreme or Absolute Language
"From all sides birds seemed to arrive" (64).
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Mindset- Inspired By Others Success
"Soldiers from both sides got out and cautiously walked into No Man's Land. Meeting in the middle, they would shake hands" (61). Before Christmas, if opposing soldiers and walked out peacefully, they would've been shot down, but since the soldiers saw, all across No Man's Land, enemies meeting together, unharmed, they knew they would be ok.
Infinitive Phrase To go from constant rifle fire at each other, to singing, it must've been a glorious sight.
Summary- If/then & $2.00
If the truce on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day never occurred, the soldiers might've never gotten another truce because they didn't get to see the good in their enemies that they saw during the meetings, then the war would've had many more casualties.
Restate and answer red anchor question The writer uses this language to show how quiet it was, causing birds to actually fly to that direction.
How did you react when the majority of the soldiers met with opposing forces and enjoyed their Christmas together?
Participial Phrase Rattled from previous fights, the soldiers tentatively stepped out to No Man's Land to be greeted with peaceful handshakes and conversation.
5 topics and/or themes Reconciliation, Sanguineness, Welcome, Vigilance, "Even in the darkest times, a new friend can be made. (As long as you don't commit treason because of the friendship).
Soldiers from both sides gathered together, sung carols and shared food, the truce on Christmas was truly a magical event.