Reader’s Response: The Secret to Freedom


Posted by Mrs. Wells | Posted in Civil Rights, Critical Thinking, Culturally Relevant Teaching, Reader's Response | Posted on 01/24/2014




In this text, Lucy was just a little girl when her parents were sold off the plantation where her family lives.  With no family other than her siblings, Lucy learned from his older brother Albert that their lives could be different thanks to a secret code displayed on a number of quilts. The code  was part of the Underground Railroad: a system to help slaves be free. Using the information from the quilts, Albert escapes leaving Lucy behind.  Lucy was afraid that he would be caught and she would never see him again. Until one day…things changed.


In this story, we learned through these characters about how important family bonding is,  how difficult it could be to make some decisions and the importance of never giving up.

This secret code was created by the slaves to find freedom. For this post, I want you to think about what code would yu create if you were in a situation like that? Would you use a quilt or something different? Provide a brief description of your code and how you would use it.


Reader’s Response: How Santa Lost His Job


Posted by Mrs. Wells | Posted in Critical Thinking, Reader's Response | Posted on 12/17/2013

In this story, Santa lost his job due to his lack of planning skills. From the elves’ point of view, Santa wasted a lot of time and energy. Surprisingly, one of the elves had an idea to solve the problem. He created the “Deliverator” to replace Santa. This machine looked -at first- very promising until there was a problem…
After comparing and contrasting Santa versus the “Deliverator”, we discussed the pros and cons about replacing people by machines in the world we live in. So for this post, I want you to evaluate about the advantages and disadvantages about having Santa or the Deliverator.

Reader’s Response: If the Shoe Fits


Posted by Mrs. Wells | Posted in Critical Thinking, Reader's Response | Posted on 10/08/2013

if the shoe fits

If the Shoe Fits“, is a story about Rigo, his family, and the brand-new-shoes he got for his birthday. While working with this text, we were able to infer character traits from Rigo and his uncle Celso. We also discussed how the events of the story can affect characters’ feelings and actions. So, for this post I want to think about the specific event where Rigo was being bullied by Angel.

1-How did this particular event change Rigo’s feelings and actions?

2- What could have been different about this event? Did Rigo do the right thing by ignoring Angel?

Reader’s Response: A Bad Case of Stripes


Posted by Mrs. Wells | Posted in Critical Thinking, Reader's Response | Posted on 09/14/2013


Camilla Cream loves lima beans, but she never eats them because other kids in the school don’t like them. And Camilla is extremely worried about what other people think about her. While reading this book, we were able to determine character traits by combining evidence from the text with your own inferring. So in this post, you will answer the following:

1) How did Camilla change from the beginning to the end of the story?

2) Provide at least three quotes from the story and the character traits that you infer from them.




Reader’s Response: Beatrice’s Goat


Posted by Mrs. Wells | Posted in Critical Thinking, Reader's Response | Posted on 06/03/2013

Beatrice's Goat

Beatrice’s Goat is a  true story about an Ugandan girl who was able to fulfill her dream thanks to a goat. Beatrice eventually was able to receive an education in Uganda and was able to earn a Master’s degree here in U.S.A. While reading the story, we were able to compare and contrast this text with A Chair for my Mother.

1-What differences and similarities were you able to point out across the two texts?



Reader’s Response: A Chair For My Mother


Posted by Mrs. Wells | Posted in Book Reviews, Critical Thinking, Reader's Response | Posted on 05/16/2013

“A Chair For My Mother” is a wonderful story about a girl, her mom, her grandma and a jar full of coins. The girl lives with her mom, a waitress, and her grandma in a small apartment. One day, on their way back to their apartment, they discovered it had caught on fire and they have lost everything they had. They moved to a new aparment, but since they had no furniture at all, they start saving up money to buy a new chair.
After reading the book, we discussed what it would feel like to lose everything you had. So, for this post you will think about the following:
1-What lesson do we learn from the characters in the story? 2– What context clues did you use to understand the expression ” There’s no good place for me to take a load off my feet”?
3-If you lost everything you had, what would you miss the most?

Beyond the Bubble


Posted by Mrs. Wells | Posted in Critical Thinking, Media Response | Posted on 05/16/2013

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As the end of the year is soon approaching, testing is even closer! After reading about what the test will look like in the future, we have compared and contrast current questions with future ones.
Based on that, do you think the changes to the tests are an improvement or not? Why?

The Cluttered Life


Posted by Mrs. Wells | Posted in Critical Thinking, Reader's Response, Research | Posted on 05/02/2013

This week, we have been reading and analyzing the UCLA research report about American kids and their abundance of toys. The researchers went into 32 American homes and obtained the numbers behind the stuff. We interpreted the data, we identified main reasons the researchers listed for this problem, and we looked at other countries and their consumption habits. After processing all this information, we concluded that all this stuff does not necessarily make a person happier.

So, after evaluating all the interesting facts we learned, which one was the most interesting to you and why?
How do you compare yourself to the average family in this study?

Earth Day: Save the Elephants!


Posted by Mrs. Wells | Posted in Critical Thinking, Media Response, Writing | Posted on 04/25/2013

During this week, we have been celebrating Earth Day by reading, speaking, listening and writing about things we can do to help our planet.
In response to this video about the ivory trade in China, you will write to persuade your audience not to buy ivory so we can give elephants a voice like Celia Ho is doing it in China.

Media Response: A Bright Idea


Posted by Mrs. Wells | Posted in Critical Thinking, Media Response | Posted on 04/16/2013

During the last couple of weeks, we have been reading closely different texts to find solution clues. We have read to analyze how to identify the main problem in the text, how the character tried to solve it and the resolution to each of the problems.
Afeter reading about and watching this video, what kind of connections can you make?
What kind of character traits do all of these problem-solvers have in common?

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