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MAKE #3: PLAYLIST OF MY LIFE

MAKE #3: PLAYLIST OF MY LIFE

For this make cycle I chose to create a playlist of my life! The book I chose to read was “Out of my Mind”. The story is about a young girl named Melody who has cerebral palsy. Her disability leaves Melody in a wheelchair and unable to speak. Before Melody got her medi-talker she was unable to communicate with the outside world. Although she couldn’t tell her mother she loved country and hated jazz, all these thoughts were trapped in her mind. This inspired me to create a playlist to my life. From these song choices I can respond to phrases, express my feelings or simply say “You’re a jerk”. I feel that music is an outlet and really is a way of expressing yourself to the outside world!

 

Blog 4: Out Of My Mind

Blog 4: Out Of My Mind

The text I’m reading for this unit is “Out of my Mind” written by Sharon M. Draper. The story is about an eleven year old girl named Melody who has cerebral palsy. Melody can’t move her limbs that well so she is placed in a wheelchair, in addition she cannot speak. The book is written from Melody’s perspective and how she’s dealt with life. Something I love about this book is the perspective change I feel when I read. To see disabled people is one thing but I have never thought of what might go on in their head and how they view life. I feel like this text is so crucial for younger audiences because as a child whenever I viewed persons with disabilities I didn’t know what that meant and how to treat them. This book allows me to read with an open mind and heart to the life Melody faces. I would use this book in my classroom in to teach about disabilities, ways we can communicate without talking (sign language, drawing) and ways to bring awareness of disabilities to others. I would want to challenge my students to do simple tasks with limits  to understand Melody’s perspective and in end grow a deeper understanding of disabilities.

Keena Ford: Interactive Journal for Teachers

Keena Ford: Interactive Journal for Teachers

My series book for this unit was Keena Ford and the Second-Grade Mix-Up. For this make I was really unsure of what to do because creating a reading journal would be awesome but what example would I be able to provide? Thats why I chose to create my very own! I call this “Interactive Journal for Teachers”. With all the books I’ve read and want to read it might be hard to remember the basics of these books, so this is a great option for teachers to refer back to. Some things to add could be the top highlights from the book, favorite quote, classroom uses and writing down some teaching standards. This could be a summary version of the book but it is still an example to show your students. For the students interactive journal I would want them to do this weekly instead of quizzes.

 

 

 

 

Destinee Garcia – Blog 3

Destinee Garcia – Blog 3

For my series book I am reading Keena Ford and the Second-Grade Mix-Up. I love this book, I think that everyone can relate to this in some way. She’s an sassy second grader that doesn’t mean to get in trouble, but her actions sometimes lead to that. I would recommend this book to children who tend to make mistakes and have a hard time telling the truth, it can allow them to relate to Keena Ford and find a way to handle the situation. The central characters are Keena Ford, her teacher Miss Campbell, and best friend Eric. I feel like this book does a good job discussing how children face emotional honesty. Throughout this book Keena deals with trying to figure out how to tell the truth. She tries to come up with lies or something to mask it. Meanwhile this is going on problems arise with her best friend Eric. Overall, this book allows students to see that jealousy, honesty and being a second grader has issues but there are ways to overcome this. The resources that are available include the Keena Ford website (http://www.keenaford.com). I would use this book in my classroom to introduce an interactive reading journal. This journal would be filled out every time the student reads outside of class. Instead of writing a summary, I would encourage the students to write their top takeaway from the reading and draw a corresponding illustration. Some other things they could do include: creating a comic strip, flow chart anything that they can do that shows their creativeness.

So far I am really enjoying Reading in the Wild! I really enjoy the ideas of  a reading itinerary, which components to add to a workshop schedule and stressing that a book should follow you everywhere. As I read this I want to create a reading journal for myself and carry multiple books with me at all times. What seems challenging is observing the students behavior during silent reading time and noting who is fake reading. I would probably be really bad at doing this without drawing their attention. I assume the place I sit or stand will have to do a lot with it. I hope that I can observe this and help the student identify why they aren’t reading and recommend books to them. With that in mind I want to start creating my teacher library with a variety of books. Along with a teacher library I would love to create a library corner in my room with floor cushions and bean bags for children to be comfortable as they read.

Destinee Garcia – Once Upon A Time: Snack Edition

Destinee Garcia – Once Upon A Time: Snack Edition

If you ask anyone they are most likely able to summarize “Little Red Riding Hood”. This fairy tale deals with bad consequences from a naive girl befriending a wolf and resulting in him eating her. The message that surrounds the story is to not talk to strangers. Many parents or elders share this story to warn children from the danger that strangers can impose on us. Besides the obvious “Stranger Danger” warning there are many other mixed messages.

In Little Red Riding Cap by Grimm, after the girl and the grandmother were eaten they were found by a huntsman. After the huntsman cut open the wolf he was hunting, he found both ladies were alive in the wolves belly. Since they were free. they decided to plot revenge on the wolf. I think this ending of the story portrays the ideal of karma. Karma is defined as “the sum of a person’s actions in this and previous states of existence, viewed as deciding their fate in future existences.” That since the wolf ate them, he must face the same consequence or worse. Today, most time when we are hurt mentally and physically by people we hope that “karma gets them”. It implies that forgiveness is not the way to respond to actions but to hope karma finishes the work. Sometimes taking that manner into your own hands is evident too. The story ends with “He slid off the roof, fell into the trough, and drowned. And Little Red Cap returned home happily and safely.”, by Little Red Riding Cap returning home happily just shows that we are not truly happy until the person hurting us is hurt as well.

Little Red Riding Hood by Charles Perrault posts this footnote after the story to give the reader some more depth on the stories message. “Moral: Children, especially attractive, well bred young ladies, should never talk to strangers, for if they should do so, they may well provide dinner for a wolf. I say “wolf,” but there are various kinds of wolves. There are also those who are charming, quiet, polite, unassuming, complacent, and sweet, who pursue young women at home and in the streets. And unfortunately, it is these gentle wolves who are the most dangerous ones of all.” As I read this I am very surprised to see how a young lady who is on her way to take her grandmother some goods is over sexualized and deemed prey for the wolves in this world. Because she is an attractive person she’s automatically a males dinner. In this society, that is very evident in terms of rape culture. Some people blame rape on the victim and the clothes they were wearing or because they were sexy they had it coming. This story just broadens the light on how women are looked at as a snack ready to be eaten up.

In closing, I think these fairy tales give a form of entertainment with messages for the listener to learn from. In terms of Little Red Riding Hood I can take home that many versions of the story can imply different things. From karma to over sexualizing females, we can learn a lot from Little Red Riding Hood and the Big Bad Wolf.

Destinee Garcia – Welcome to my Ted talk

Destinee Garcia – Welcome to my Ted talk

Hey everybody! My name is Destinee Garcia. I am a 3rd year student here at Chico State but this is my 1st semester as a Liberal Studies major! I switched my major 3 times so I’m finally at home in this department. I am originally from Santa Maria, California. In high school I did not see myself going to college and pursuing a degree. But when my high school boyfriend got accepted into Chico State I chose to follow him. Now we’re going on four years and both majoring in liberal studies. Since being a student I’ve been involved with Christian Challenge where I’ve committed my life to follow Christ and serve people. As a student leader I was given the privilege of being a Sunday school teacher at a local church. This experience as well as being a CARD employee has opened my eyes to the beautiful occupation of teaching! I’m so excited to love and serve children, as well as build meaningful relationships with them. In my free time I love to hammock, scrapbook and quote vines. You can also catch me working at Jamba Juice and volunteering with Reading Pals.

2. To me a good “reader” is someone who reads to exercise their mind. By exercising your mind I mean to ask questions, make connections, apply that into your life and so forth. A good reader is someone who can analyze what they read. Outside of school I enjoy reading spiritual books and using that material to help my growth. The best part of reading is being able to tell a friend “In this book I read…” and using that material to help them in some way. No, my out of school reading doesn’t really connect to what I read for school. My top takeaway from the Williams article is that children do not need to read fast to be a good reader. I grew up taking speed reading assessments and feeling better then other students. But that was not the case, just because I was fast did not mean I was retaining anything. From this article I would love to implement reading habits with my future students and instill that into them early on. It would be great to give my students questions to ponder and send them home thinking.