Reader’s Response: The Story of the Milky Way


Posted by Mrs. Wells | Posted in Critical Thinking, Culturally Relevant Teaching, Reader's Response | Posted on 12/15/2015


In this Cherokee tale, a boy is trying to solve a problem that was affecting an elderly couple in the village. When the boy realized what the problem was, he did not know how to solve it.  So he decided to ask the Belowed Woman for help. Luckily, she suggested a solution.

After reading the story, you will be thinking about the following questions:

1-What character traits can you infer about the boy?

2-What’s the theme of the story?

Book Review with a twist!


Posted by Mrs. Wells | Posted in Book Reviews, Reader's Response, Teaching Ideas, Writing | Posted on 03/04/2015

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Reader’s Response: Comparing and contrasting character transformation


Posted by Mrs. Wells | Posted in Critical Thinking, Culturally Relevant Teaching, Global Education, Reader's Response | Posted on 11/13/2014

Amelia'sRubyDuring this unit, we have read and analyzed two different stories about two different girls: Ruby and Amelia. We have also discussed how these two characters changed from the beginning through the end of each of their stories. For this post, you are going to evaluate their actions based on your inferences about their character traits. In order to do that, you will use your notes from class and the paragraph you wrote comparing and contrasting both stories. After you gather all your sources, you will be ready to answeer the following questions:

1) How did both characters (Amelia and Ruby) changed from the beginning through the end? What was the same for both of them? What was different?

2) What actions in the story affected them changing?




Posted by Mrs. Wells | Posted in Book Reviews, Critical Thinking, Culturally Relevant Teaching, Global Education, Reader's Response, Teaching Ideas, Writing | Posted on 07/31/2014


Poetry for Hope is a book of poems written and illustrated by my 4th grade students. It was the product of a unit on poetry at the end of the year in the 4th grade class that I co-teach with another teacher.
We started by analyzing different poems and we soon realized how difficult it was for them to grasp the concept of metaphors. The poem that we were reading was about hope, which they did not know the meaning of, but the poet was comparing it to a bird. When it was time for them to write their own metaphors, they struggled because they did not know what hope was. We were using a metaphor to introduce the concept, but they did not know what the word’s meaning. Until I thought about connecting it to something that almost all of us in that class had in common (including the other teacher)… and that is: Immigration. So, picture this… two immigrant teachers teaching the meaning of hope to immigrant students! It was the most amazing teaching moment ever! So, that is how the book was developed.
We started off by asking: What does hope mean to you? before they wrote their own metaphors. We sat we them, one by one to bring out their personal experiences and feelings that most of them had never dealt with. It was an incredible experience to make them feel successful by sharing their own stories. Then, they started producing their metaphors; hope is…
We ended the unit with a presentation for parents, other teachers and students and school administrators. While we were guiding them in their writing, I immediately thought about a book, but I wanted it to be different, so I recorded their voices and created QR codes so you can scan and listen to them reading their poems too!
After finishing the presentation, I told them that we thought we were teaching them something, but instead they taught us a lot more! We learned not only the meaning of determination, resilience, family, but also why we do what we do!

Reader’s Response: Facebook Blues


Posted by Mrs. Wells | Posted in Critical Thinking, Informational Text, Reader's Response, Research | Posted on 04/25/2014

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According to a new study, emotions spread over social media can create a contagious effect. This week, we have discussed the effect of facebook on people’s moods. We have analyzed this article to open a class discussion. So, for this post you will state whether or not you agree with this finding and why.

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

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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?



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