Reader’s Response: A Chair For My Mother

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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?

The Cluttered Life

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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?

How do good readers determine solution clues while they read?

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Posted by Mrs. Wells | Posted in Critical Thinking, Reader's Response | Posted on 03/15/2013

After reading Henry’s Freedom Box, we have learned about a true story from the Underground Railroad. In this story, Henry -a slave in Richmond- finds his way to freedom by mailing himself to Pennsylvania. Henry had a problem and figured out a solution to it. We also learned that good readers can identify a problem in a story and determine solution clues as they read. So for this post, you will provide evidence form the text to show how the author is providing solution clues throughout the text that will eventually lead to Henry’s freedom.

Reader’s Response: Ruby’s Wish

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Posted by Mrs. Wells | Posted in Critical Thinking, Reader's Response | Posted on 03/08/2013

Inspired by her grandmother, this author (Shirin Bridges) wrote a story about a girl named Ruby who is unlike any other girl in her family because she wanted to go to college instead of getting married. In this family, the rich grandfather, would pay for a teacher to go into his home to educate his grandchildren. At that time, girls in China were not allowed to learn how to read or write, but her grandfather allowed Ruby to take classes even though she was still expected to cook and take care of the house; just like any other girl.  Ruby eventually spoke up by pointing out her unfair treatment around the house. The story -as we predicted- ends by Ruby being able to attend a university.

In class,  we discussed how to predict and determine solution clues as we read, how to support those clues with evidence and how the problem in a story sometimes creates a conflict between the characters.  But the question that I want you to think about for this post is: How  would this story be different if the grandfather was not rich? Would the ending be the same? Would Ruby go to university?

 

 

How can you combine Repetition and Tone to create a particular Mood when you give a speech?

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Posted by Mrs. Wells | Posted in Critical Thinking, Media Response, Reader's Response | Posted on 02/19/2013

While reading about Martin Luther King and his famous “I Have a Dream” speech, we noticed how he used repetition during his speech when addressing the audience. In the prezi below, we’ll look at more examples to discuss how and why this techniques is used.

So for this post, you will watch this video again, and determine the tone and mood and how this student’s use of repetition contributes to the mood of this particular speech.Remember to provide evidence from the speech when you describe the tone!

You can also go back to review the difference between Tone and Mood by clicking here.

I Have a Dream

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Posted by Mrs. Wells | Posted in Critical Thinking, Media Response, Reader's Response | Posted on 01/15/2013

On August 28, 1963, Martin Luther King Jr. spoke before a crowd of 250,000 people in Washington, D.C. His “I Have a Dream” speech became famous that day. On that speech he mentioned the similarities between his dream and the American dream. After reading, thinking and discussing in class about your personal dream and your dream for the future of this country, your task is to finish the following sentence.

I have a dream that one day…

                                                                                 

The Trail of Tears

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Posted by Mrs. Wells | Posted in Critical Thinking, Media Response, Reader's Response, Writing | Posted on 01/12/2013


Here are the Gloster rubric and the gloster checklist. Make sure you refer to them before publishing your glog.

Coolest Inventions of 2012

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Posted by Mrs. Wells | Posted in Critical Thinking, Media Response, Reader's Response, Tutorials, Writing | Posted on 12/18/2012


In class, we have read and discussed the article from TIME for Kids about the coolest inventions in 2012. For this post, you will watch the “Google Glass” in action by a user wearing them. After watching the video you will combine the information from both sources – the article and the video- to create a “tutorial” describing/explaining how these glasses work. Your audience will be people that never heard, seen or read anything about these glasses.

“Firework” by Katy Perry

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Posted by Mrs. Wells | Posted in Media Response, Reader's Response | Posted on 11/27/2012

Here’s more inspiration for your glog. I created one to model for you the process.

Reader’s Response: Harvesting Hope

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Posted by Mrs. Wells | Posted in Critical Thinking, Reader's Response | Posted on 11/08/2012

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During the last week, we have been using evidence from the text and our schema to infer character traits from the Greensboro Four and Cesar Chavez. “Freedom on the Menu” and “Harvesting Hope” were the two texts that provided the evidence. As a way to show your understanding on how to combine your schema with evidence from the texts to infer character traits, your task will be to use a graphic organizer to compare and contrast those character traits that you have inferred from the texts.

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