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Blog 6

  1. After exploring the websites from the link you gave us I came to realize that there was so much information to use as educators. One of the things I liked the most were all these lesson plans that were designed for all ages. I plan to teach the smaller age kids so i think I will definitely be saving this for later in life to have access to all these fun lesson plans for graphic novels. I also love how you could find any answer that a small child could come up with like why we have to read books in which they’re not interested in.
  2. In my graphic novel “Smile” started out with this 11 year old girl who is in 6th grade. One day she running back home with some of her friends when she accidentally trips and falls knocking her two front teeth out. this leads to her facing many challenges in middle school such as bullying and other things related to boys, family, and ect.
    • B. Traditionally you read graphic novels from left to right and then look at the pictures or from top to bottom how ever they are designed but normally I look at the pictures first and then read the context. I don’t really read the text first because I like to get a glimpse first of what is going to happen or what is going on so that when I’m reading it i cal actually process all those pictures in my mind. I had one of my co-worker do this with me and asked him how he would read the graphic novel and what he did was just the opposite of me. He read the text first and then looked at the images. I guess we just all have our own way of reading

Blog 7

This chapter had a lot of good material but one of the things that caught my attention was when she suggested changing Name to Reader on assignments that we hand out. I thought this was a good way to get students into realizing they are all readers. I know that many of them are probably aren’t into reading much but this would be a good step to try and motivating them into reading. Overall this book has made me realize I’m a reader in the inside and that I have always been. I have gotten so lazy and kept telling my self oh your too busy to read and then would sit on my phone and look at videos or other dumb shit when in fact I could be reading a book and learning new things. Miller has motivated me into carrying a book around with me and actually read it while I wait for class or my friends.

In the novel “The hate you give” the main protagonist was Starr Carter. She is a sixteen year old who is an African American. She goes to school at this rich white private school but lives in a black neighborhood which causes her to be two different people at home and at school . Starr witnessed how one of her best friends, Khalil, was killed by a police officer when they were pulled over after going home from a party. In her childhood she had also witnessed another of her friends being shot dead and cause her trauma. Now that she lived all that process again she seems to be lost in 3 different worlds her home, school, and trying to become an activist in response to the unjust shooting of her friend. Overall I am really enjoying this novel and recommend it but I would have loved to see the movie as well. unfortunately I was told it is no longer in theaters.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For my make I decided to make this group discussion with my friends where we each had to discuss our last date with someone. The trick here was that we couldn’t use he or she or any words that describe the gender. Doing this discussion was so hard because you couldn’t use certain words to describe our dates! The whole idea of this make was so that we understand how hard it can be for someone to talk about their prefences to certain people who don’t know you are gay or lesbian. Talking to co-workers or your peers about your dating experiences with others can make you feel uncomfortable if you haven’t came out to them just yet because you don’t know how they will react! In a way I feel that George had this same experience on how to come out to his friends and family. She was scared on how they would react and how they would take the situation.

Be who you are! Paz Martinez

Be who you are! Paz Martinez

In the beginning of the book I really thought George was a girl but then I kept reading and realized that she was a boy. George is a fourth grade boy who is a transgender child. She has a hard time finding an opportunity to open up to her family and friends and letting them know who she really was. She found the perfect time to do it but things didn’t work out how she initially had planned. She wanted to do it by playing Charlotte in Charlottes Web play at her school. She was sad thought because her teacher wouldn’t let her participate as the character since she was a boy.
Alex Gino addresses the struggles of being a transgender youth in this book in such a great way! It’s an intense feeling to be one whole differently person on the outside but feel like someone else on the inside, this book seems to recognize and straightforwardly discusses LGBTQ issues. Along with including family misunderstandings, peer support and public acceptance. Readers going through a similar experience will feel that they are no longer alone in the process of coming out to the world. This book helps readers gain understanding about what others have to go through.

Paz Martinez A series of unfortunate events

Paz Martinez A series of unfortunate events

Series of unfortunate events was a great book after all. I think this book is more for 3rd graders and up. I loved the use of vocabulary in this book as well. I even started watching the series on Netflix. For this make I think I struggled a little more since there weren’t many options do to. At first I thought about making a crossword puzzle but I noticed there was a few made already. I then Decided to make a “wanted” poster for count Olaf. I thought this would be a good activity for kids to be able to create their own poster and write in details of why Count Olaf was wanted. Basically just a small brief description of what he did. The kids would have the opportunity to use their creativity and thoughts. 

Paz Martinez Series book and Millers

Paz Martinez Series book and Millers

For my readings I choose to read A series of unfortunate events because it seemed like an interesting book. I have to admit that the book caught my attention because of the way the author describes it to be a misfortunate story for the Baudelaire children. I have never read or heard of this book until now to be honest. The story is about 3 small children who are very intelligent and unique. Violet who is an inventor, Klaus who loves to read, and Sunny who is the youngest of them all. The story starts out by terrible news for the children from Mr. Poe who worked in a bank and was a friend of their parents. Their house had burned down and nothing was left behind for them. They were very shocked to hear the news. They were next placed under Count Olafs watch. And their life there was also miserable. Count Olaf did not care for these children all he could think of was how he could get his hands on the Baudelaire fortune. He tried everything to get away with it. But his theatrical show came down. One thing I loved about this book is that it uses big words for children and then explains them also. I started watching the series of this book and some events are a bit off in the movie but I actually liked it. I think this book would be something that maybe a 4th or 5th grader would enjoy reading.

In Miller textbook there were many great things that caught my attention. One of the first things that sounded intriguing to me was how she mentioned that reading has made her become a better teacher. I thought this was absolutely right because as persons we expand our vocabulary with just reading different books. Something else that I really agreed with was that as teachers we should cut down the time frames that our students should be reading. Perhaps having them read 10 to 15 minutes 3 or 4 times a day instead of trying to get them to read  for 40 minutes straight. We tend to get bored and just keep reading without realizing that we really aren’t understanding what we read. So we often find ourselves going back and rereading a second time.

Paz Make 1

Paz Make 1

For my make I decided to do a map for little red riding hoods story. I thought this was a good idea to incorporate into a classroom as an activity for little kids to do. This will help them create their own map and their own ideas on what they imagine the story to be like. It’s a great way to open up their imagination and express themselves!

Paz Martinez Fairytales

Paz Martinez Fairytales

As we all know Little red ridding hood has been around for many years. It has been a worldwide favorite fairytale for most of us. Although there are many different versions of this story I think they all have a big theme to it which would be not talking or avoiding strangers. These could also have many other interpretations as well aslo which I will mention later on.

In our first story by Charles Perrault we saw how little red riding hood is not precautions and careless because she gives out her grandmas exact address to some stranger she doesn’t know which would be the wolf in this story. This was her first error  because as kids we were always told never to talk to strangers or to give out our personal information like red riding hood did. We have to admit that was something pretty dumb to do right. But moving forward there was something else that caught my attention in this story. When she arrives to her grandmas house the wolf asks her to do something that would defined be inappropriate even now. He asks her to take her clothes off before getting into bed with him! I think we can sense a sexual assault here. Sadly it’s something very common that is happening a lot now a days here in America and in other countries and that is called rape. In conclusion to this story we see how important it is for us to never talk to strangers and to never take your clothes off if some one asks you too. I thought this story was also inappropriate for a child age 3-9 or even for a 10 year old.

Brothers Grimm tale was also one of my other tales that caught my attention as well but again I also thought it was to harsh and violent for a small kid. In this tale her mother asks the little girl to stay on track and to not wander off her path. Well it was something clearly that she did not do after talking to the wolf who convinced her to pick some flowers after telling him where her grandmother lived. As kids we always want to do things our way without realizing that our parents advice are for our own good.

Overall as a lesson for the kids I think the main goal here was to alert these kids that they shouldn’t be wandering alone in woods or in any other places. Secondly they should never be talking to strangers whom they don’t know and to never trust any one by giving their personal information out. Thirdly I think that us as adults should always talk to our kids and make them aware that no one should ask them to take their clothes off!

Paz Martinez

Paz Martinez

1) Hello everyone! My name is Paz Martinez. I’m 22 years old but will be 23 in a couple of weeks. I consider myself a local since I was born and raised near Colusa, Ca. I am the daughter of 4 no brothers just sisters. I will be the first college graduate from my family so that makes me pretty excited! I’m a transfer student from Butte College and I got to say this was a major change for me since Butte was way smaller than this. I looked pretty dumb looking for my classes all over campus! Not to mention I almost got a parking ticket last week for parking somewhere I wasn’t supposed to! Any way I want to teach anywhere from 1st to 5th grade because I definitely don’t think I want to deal with high schoolers or middle school just because I know how rude they can get! At the beginning of my career I was unsure if I really wanted to become a teacher because I always thought I would never have kids. But after becoming an aunt to 2 lovely nephews it all changed! I knew this was where I wanted to be at. So here I am.

2) A reader to me is someone who is passionate of what they read whether it be novels, fiction, nonfiction, etc. Some one mentioned last time in class that readers are also those who read signs, directions, social media, receptors, etc. I never really thought of it that way so it was something new . I usually never read outside of school unless I’m really bored and have nothing else to do. I remember that I always used to read everywhere I went but as I got older I just didn’t have enough time to do so I guess. Although I can spend hours on social media and read many different articles on there that don’t really connect to school I mean some may but other may not. One thing that caught my attention from the article was when the author mentioned that some readers may not understand what they read the first time. I find this to be relating to me at times. I may find my self reading something at the last minuete and just focused on to finishing it but once I’m half way through I realize that I did not understand a word of what I had just read!