English 341: It’s Like This

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Author: Lucy Malagon

Brown Girl Dreaming

Brown Girl Dreaming

The book I chose was Brown Girl Dreaming. I think this is such a great book with a lot of emotional value placed into it. It’s about Jacqueline who’s growing up in segregated America. Her poetry describes the hardship you had to go through as a person of color in the 60’s. She provides with the reality of her family but also shows you the sweet moments she had.  One of the moments that really put an impression on me was when her father and mother would fight and finally, her mother left her dad. I feel that during that time things were harder especially for a single mother. I respect her mother’s bravery. I really enjoy the way this book was written. Poetry style but still having the chance to understand what’s going on. Each poem is focused on one certain thing but it continues the story from the poem that came before. I would use this book in the classroom by asking my students to start a journal but write each entry with a poem that tells a story. Over time the collection of poems will eventually form a story.

 

So much depends

Upon

 

Two circular

Lenses

 

Staring not just

At you

 

But

Me

The War That Saved My Life Make

The War That Saved My Life Make

After reading The War that Saved My Life. I felt inspired and realized that if I was a teacher reading this book to my class, I would want to create awareness. Not only to the children in my classroom but to the whole community. I found this wonderful organization called Miracle Feet. Miracle Feet is an organization that is bringing clubfoot treatment to low and middle-income countries where proper treatment for clubfoot is scarce. They also offer help in the United States where they allow people to purchase a clubfoot brace. They have a section in their website where you can help them fundraise for the organization. I thought that a cool idea is to get the children in my classroom involved. We can do a fundraiser for children with clubfoot. We could do an array of things, like a bake sale, a car wash, or we can even do a talent show and charge people to see them perform. When we raise the money I was thinking of not only sending the check over but also letters from all my students. They can write a letter to Miracle feet, and also maybe they can write a letter to the children that are being helped. I think it is very important to stay informed and updated with things that are happening around us and helping those that need it the most. I hope I can actually implement this in the future.

 

https://www.miraclefeet.org/about-miraclefeet/contact-us/     

 

 

The War That Saved My Life thoughts(:

The War That Saved My Life thoughts(:

In the book The War that Saved our Life, we meet our main character, Ada. Ada is a little girl that lives in an abusive home with her little brother Jamie. Ada’s mom treats her very poorly because she crippled and treats her brother Jaime better. She lets Jaime go out to play and go to school. Ada raises Jaime because her mother is never home, she works all night and sleeps all day. Her town soon starts evacuating children to the countryside because Hitler is threatening to bomb them. Ada takes this as her chance to escape the cruel life she is living at home. She had been practicing to walk for a few months and takes her chances with Jaime, leaving their mother behind. When they get to the countryside they are the last children to get picked. In reality, they never get picked but get sent to Miss Smith’s home. Miss Smith is a single woman who is living in a house she inherited by her best friend. She is still filled with sadness over her friend’s passing but does her best to care for the children. At first when she didn’t want to take care of them, but over time she became more loving towards them. She does her best to take care of Ada’s foot and gives them the basic needs, which the children consider luxuries. They have never had so many meals and baths. Ada is enjoying her new found freedom and never wants to go home. Jaime, on the other hand, misses home and wants to go back. Half of the children who escaped to the countryside are returning home even though the bomb danger still prevails. (This is as far as I have gotten)

 

I believe this book wants us to have sympathy for the main character, which she is getting. I feel that it’s a book that can be an outing for a student who is going through a similar situation.  Let me explain that sentence, I feel like there is going to be a few amounts of students that are living in an abusive home and maybe this can push them to speak up about their situation so they can get the help they need. Situations like this can be very difficult for a child, and it’s hard for them to speak against a family member, but if we offer them the help they need they’re going to be better off. This book can also be a great introduction to WWII. The children in your classroom can have an idea of what children of that time were going through and how hard it was for families to separate. They can also see how ignorant people of that time where and can discuss what they would do if they were in that position. Turn it all into an activity  

A Series Of Unfortunate Events Bingo!

A Series Of Unfortunate Events Bingo!

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I thought it would be fun to do a bingo card for the children. This bingo card is meant to be given out after the book is finished, it’s a way to see if the children paid attention to the book and details. I did it based on the characters and important details of the book. For example, I put “roast beef” an option. For them to choose the word I would say something along the lines of ” What did Count Olaf really want for dinner?” I think it’s a fun way to remember events and characters. This can also be viewed as a fun little review later on to refresh the children’s memory.

I sat down at a desk for a while and thought about the things I enjoyed when I was in middle school, and it hit me. Children rave when they play bingo, it’s such a simple thing but yet so fun. They don’t mind learning that way. Another way I would’ve approached this is with a good game of jeopardy, but I think I would recommend that for older kids and make the questions a bit harder.  Overall I think this would be a great activity for my future teaching career :)

Thoughts on A Series of Unfortunate Events and Miller’s Text (:

Thoughts on A Series of Unfortunate Events and Miller’s Text (:

I am currently reading A Series of Unfortunate Events. The book is depressing, these two kids were out playing on the bach and all of a sudden they get the news that their parents are dead. They get handed off to this uncle that came out of nowhere and he treats them badly. He doesn’t appreciate a single thing that they do for him. Count Olaf (the uncle) is a nasty old man who lives in a disgusting home. Not only does he treat them badly, but he is out for the children’s money. Violet is the oldest child, she is interested in engineering. She likes to invent and build new inventions. Klaus is the middle child, he likes to gain knowledge through books. Lastly, we have Sunny, the baby. She likes to mumble words and bite things. Everything about this book is sad, but the plot isn’t as bad, it’s actually quite interesting. So many unfortunate events happen one after another. The kids are definitely trying to make the best out of every situation they are put in. A part of the book that really upset me was when Count Olaf demanded the children to cook him dinner for him and his friends. The children asked the neighbor for a cookbook and went grocery shopping, they ended up making a puttanesca sauce. They were really proud of their creation but when count Olaf got home he was very upset that they didn’t make roast beef, even his rude guest were upset. That just shows you how vile the man is and what kind of people he surrounds himself with.

I have never read these books before but my friends who have told me that the books get sadder as you read. So far I have noticed that these books aren’t that hard to read and it doesn’t have that many difficult words. I’m sure a sixth grader would greatly enjoy these books. It is a pretty intense series so as long as their guardian is okay with it.

An interesting take away from the Miller text was when she stated that we should let children read so they can enjoy it and feel comfortable in their reading personalities. She stated that readers to her are “children who incorporate reading into their personal identities to the degree that it weaves into their lives along with everything else that interests them.” I find it so interesting because growing up I realized that children were forced to read whatever parents or adults thought was right for them to read, when in reality if they read what they want they can flourish either way. This is a great statement because it makes you realize that when you become a teacher you have an opportunity to make your children gain good reading behavior by offering them something they like. I am sure they will become excellent readers who can continue to read through adulthood.  

 

Happy Faces and Stories

Happy Faces and Stories

My little project was insired by the kinder children I work with. I wanted to be able to explore children’s imagination and see what they could come up with. My plan is for me to lay out arts and crafts and ask the children to come up with a character of their own personal fairytale. When they are finish with their little paper plate they can all take turns and share their character and their fairytale story. The downside of this project is this can take up a lot of time. Good time managemnet would have to be avaliable.

 

Views in Little Red Riding Hood

Views in Little Red Riding Hood

Little Red Riding Hood is a story we all grew up listening and reading about. It is a classic story about a little girl who gets tricked and eaten at the end because she can’t follow directions that her mother gave her. Stories like Little Riding Hood are meant to teach you resolutions by giving you lessons and morals. At least that’s what we believe. Reading stories from other authors and other cultures has given me an insight that people have different ideas of what moral of the story should be.  Even some that I wouldn’t likely agree with. Different cultures make stories with morals for outcomes that are going to benefit them.

In Little Red Riding Hood by Charles Peralta, at first, he portrays the wolf as an intelligent creature who knows what he is doing. He knows he can’t eat little red riding hood because the woodcutters are nearby and could kill him afterwards. He outsmarted her by running and taking the shortest path to grandma. The author showed how easily a little (GIRL) could be fooled by giving the wolf personal information and falling into his trap. When the fox gets to grandma’s house, he tricks grandma as well and ends up eating her. When little red riding hood gets there he convinces her that he’s her grandma and gets her to go in bed with him. The thing that disturbed me about this scene is the fact that little red riding hood took her clothes off before getting in bed. It doesn’t sound like a normal thing a little girl would do. Besides that the story ends like most little red riding hood story. The wolf ends up eating her as well. At the end of the story the author explains that the moral of the story was “ 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.” It is obvious this story was mostly directed to young ladies or young girls. My question is why not young boys as well? There is predators out there that harm young boys as well, and I believe these morals should not have double standards.  At Least that’s my opinion (:

 

An opposite take was Little Red Cap by Grimm. In this story the same events happened, little red riding hood gets tricked into getting distracted, the wolf eats grandma and then eats little red riding hood. The turn of events in this story is that a huntsman saves both grandma and little red riding hood by cutting them out of the wolf’s stomach and filling it with rocks. The huntsman saving them was a very heroic thing, but  I also likes how Grimm offered a different ending where grandma was the hero. Little red riding hood did not get distracted by the wolf and went home to tell grandma what happened. By the time the wolf came to eat grandma, she was ready. She knew he was going to eat little red riding hood when she left so she asked little red to fetch water for the trough. She then tricked the wolf with the smell of sausages and he fell into the hot trough and died. Grandma outsmarted the wolf. That ultimately became the resolution.

 

Both of these stories provided different points of views and resolutions. Each story could have been written differently but the authors ultimately felt like they had to be written that way they were because of the morals they were trying to get across. It makes you realize that people have different points of view and different ideas towards certain things.