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English Central Idea
Updated: 9/17/2020
English Central Idea
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  • Scene 1
  • I'm the best dunker ever!!!
  • We'll see about that...
  • Scene 2
  • How did You-?!
  • I told you!!
  • Scene 3
  • You're a natural!!! But you're gonna get hurt, you're jumping very high!
  • This scene is when Daniel Thomas was bragging to his friends about how high he could jump. His friend then decides to challenge him to a high jump contest as stated in paragraph 1. This is essential to the central idea as it goes to show how sometimes talent is genetic, as Thomas didn't have an interest in high jumping. It also connects to the second idea, that talent is sometimes innate and unexpected. (Epstein).
  • Scene 4
  • NOOOOOO!!!!
  • This is the scene where Daniel Thomas impresses his friend with his jumping skills. After this, his friend "...rushed Thomas over to the office where head track coach Lane Lohr was organizing his roster for the upcoming...Meet and told coach he had a seven-foot high jumper." This is crucial to the development of the central idea, as it shows how Thomas's relatively obscure career began. It illustrates a second central idea by elaborating on the fact that innate talent is sometimes unexpected. (Epstein).
  • Scene 5
  • This scene is when Thomas was with coach Lohr and he is amazed by his jumping skills, and his amateur form. In the text, in paragraph 4, it states," Then he cleared 7'0.25" for a new Lindenwood University record...That's when Coach Lohr forced him to stop out of concern that he might hurt himself." This scene shows his physical prowess, which connects to the main idea. By showing the coach's impression with Thomas, it connects to the second main idea. (Epstein).
  • Scene 6
  • The longer the Achilles tendon, the higher he jumps!!
  • This scene illustrates the Commonwealth Games where Thomas won 4th place. In paragraph 5, it states," Thomas competed at the Commonwealth Games in Australia against some of the best professional jumpers in the world, wearing tennis shoes," He had less than three months of formal training. It supports the second main idea by showing that practice isn't really necessary for those with innate talent. (Epstein).
  • I can believe I won! WITH NO EXPERIENCE!!!!
  • In this scene, it illustrates Thomas beating the reigning Olympic champion, Stefan Holm. In paragraph 12, it states," The guy pole vault shoes who the high jump is 'kind of boring' was crowned the 2007 world champion." This scene is important, as it notes that Thomas really had no interest in jumping. However, in this scene Thomas also doesn't progress far in the competition, showing that innate talent doesn't leave room for progression without talent. (Epstein).
  • The last scene illustrates, Masaki Ishikawa and Gary Hunter discovering what helps Thomas jump so high. In paragraph 15, it says,"... the longer the person's Achilles tendon the faster and harder he was able to fling the weights back in the opposite direction." This scene draws together the main idea that, sometimes genetics trumps training and experience, and it concludes the second main idea by drawing together the fact that innate talent is something you are born with and can't necessarily be taught. (Epstein).
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