Published on April 29, 2014
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Ways to Write about Reading Post-it Entry New Idea Keep It Short: Text It! Sketchbook pages Archetype Jots Magic Triangle Post-it Trail Post-it to Theory Chart Literary Letter Author’s Goals and Techniques Written Conversation
Post-it Entry New Idea Jot: Ms. Albert treats Maya differently than Chloe. Entry: This post-it is upsetting. It’s upsetting because teachers are supposed to be fair and to treat their students fairly. It’s unfair when on Maya’s first day of school Ms. Albert does nothing when most of the class is silent after she says, “Say good morning to our new student.” You could argue that maybe Ms. Albert is an uncaring teacher, but she notices right away when Chloe can’t think of anything kind she’s does during the kindness lessons. She notices and says gently, “Even small things count.” New Idea: Ms. Albert thinks some children, like Chloe, matter more than other children, like Maya.
Keep It Short: Text It!
Post-It Trail Jose, 5th grader at PS 51M Post-it trail: Joey Pigza Swallowed the Key The text says there’s something wrong with Joey. This makes me feel bad for Joey because this makes him feel like he’s dumb. p. 119 I think it was mean for the grandma to make Joey act like a dog. p. 128 I know there are many different dogs for Joey to choose from. Dogs have fur and some are bald. p. 129 I think a bad dog would be good for Joey because it’ll remind him of himself. p. 129 I think Joey is a good person but he doesn’t know right from wrong. p. 133 I think that Joey won’t like his father if he meets him because his mom said that he was in jail and a drunk. His dad might be really mean. p. 137
Post-It to Theory Chart
Literary Letter Dear Cia, I just reread freedom summer by Deborah Wiles. It’s the kind of book that I can return to and read time and time again. This time I am thinking about Joe’s parents. Specifically, that scene in the dining room where: Daddy stirs his ice tea and says, “The town pool opens tomorrow to everybody under the sun, no matter what color.” “That’s the new law,” Mama tells me. Then Joe runs into the kitchen to tell John Henry. Readers, I have to tell you that as many times as I’ve read this book, the actions of the adults do not make sense to me. I cannot believe that Joe’s parents and Annie Mae did not know that the town would somehow find a way to keep “everybody under the sun” from swimming together in the town pool. And, I cannot believe that adults would let their kids witness such a painful, harsh lesson as the lesson John Henry and Joe learn the next day when they are the only ones to arrive to swim at the pool. As a reader and a writer, I know that everything that happens in a book is there for a reason. Still. My heart breaks when I think of John Henry sitting on the diving board of the now-paved-over pool and saying in a shake-y voice, “White folks don’t want colored folks in their pool.” I suppose the adults in the story are trying to be parents and teach their kids a hard lesson about a friendship that cannot survive in this place and time. Oh how I wish the adults made a different decision and tried to help the boys maintain their friendship. But I guess that wouldn’t have been true to the place and time of the story. Your heartbroken reading partner, Shana
Author’s Goals and Techniques
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Slides and Corresponding Texts Slide Text 3 Each Kindness by Jacqueline Woodson 4 (no text) 5 No Monkey, No Chocolate by Melissa Stewart 6 Operation Yes by Sarah Lewis Holmes 7 The Harmonica by Tony Johnston 8 Joey Pigsa Swallowed the Key by Jack Gantos 9 Each Kindness by Jacqueline Woodson 10 freedom summer by Deborah Wiles 11 No Monkey, No Chocolate by Melissa Stewart
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