Yesterday we read my all-time favorite Dr. Seuss story:
I read it to my children.
Yesterday, I read it to my students.
It was like coming home. I felt the words in my heart and soul.
I chose this title as a part of my week-long can-you-see-yourself in characters series. Terje’s comment on yesterday’s post inspired and “stretched” my ideas.
With Terje in my head, I asked students if you were a character in this book, who would you be? The Star-bellied or the Plain-bellied Sneetch.
They listened, talked and wrote in their notebooks.
As I sent them off to read, I invited them to look for characters in their club books that they would choose to be. At the end of reader’s workshop, I collected their thoughts.
Some wrote on The Sneetches.
Both of these students reflected on the themes in this story and connected it to their personal journeys.
…I tried to fit in, then I started to be myself and I got lots of friends.
…I thought to myself at the end of the book that we all are the same and we can treat each other kind.
These students attempted to see themselves in their club books. The first jot is from the graphic novel, Amulet.
I think I would be the robot Cogsley because I like to help and he is the assistant and makes everything is order. Or maybe I would be Navin because he also helps but he is brave and is always there for his sister.
The next is from a reader of Upside Down in the Middle of Nowhere.
I will see myself as Armani because I got to take responsibility for by two little sisters still.
This same reader adds her thinking on the Sneetches:
It looks like the slaves…because plain Sneetcehs = slaves. Star sneetches = white people.
Amazing the power of one little prompt. Amazing where one little comment can go.
Thank you, Terje and all who offer feedback and support for my classroom learning.
Today’s read aloud is Mem Fox’s Feathers and Fools.
My question: If you were in this story, what would people see you doing, feeling, saying. What kind of a character would you be?
Thank you, Anna, Beth, Betsy, Dana, Stacey and Tara of Two Writing Teachers blog for hosting the Slice of Life March Story Challenge. Read other bloggers slices here.