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Brown Girl Dreaming: I believe in activity Sarah Roberts

Brown Girl Dreaming: I believe in activity Sarah Roberts

In Woodson’s book Brown Girl Dreaming this quote stood out to me “I believe that there is good in each of us/no matter who we are or what we believe in”

 

My activity: Going off this quote I want my students to write an I believe poem. I would hand them a worksheet that had ten lines each starting with I believe. I would hand this out to them then leave it up to them to write down things they believe in and are passionate about. After they completed the worksheet and wrote the poem I would then have them go around the room and look at each others poems and see what there other classmates wrote. I then would lead a class discussion relating it back to the quote that no matter what we believe in and even if it is different or contradicts the belief of another class mates there is still good to be found in all of us. I think this activity would fit into a larger sequence by giving them an introduction into civil rights and the ideas present in Brown Girl Dreaming.

 

Grade level: Second Grade

 

Common Core standard: This activity would follow the second grade common core standard of integration of knowledge and ideas which is to use information gained from the illustrations and words in a print or digital text to demonstrate understanding of its characters, setting, or plot. By using this quote by the main character Jackie they are understanding the underlying meaning of this quote and how it relates to her life in the book to how it relates to their own life.

 

What part of the school year would this take place: I would plan to conduct this activity in the month of January around Martin Luther King Jr. day because we would be reading Brown Girl dreaming which is tied to civil rights.

 

Materials needed: Paper, pen, the worksheet pre made

Goals for the activity: From this activity I want my students to one understand what they believe in and what is important to them in their own lives. Next I want them to see how by comparing their poems to their classmates that everyone is different but that it is ok to believe different things. Finally I want my students to recognize how this relates to civil rights and the ideas presented in Brown Girl dreaming.

Below is the link for the I believe poem worksheet

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Download (PDF, 17KB)

Brown girl Dreaming- sarah roberts

Brown girl Dreaming- sarah roberts

So far reading Brown Girl Dreaming I have really enjoyed the book. The opening poem touches on civil rights and the movements taking place when Jacqueline was born. The poem is suggesting that the preexisting racial conditions in the US at the time are going to have a lasting effect on her for her entire life. I really enjoyed reading a text with form and structure. Opening with a poem sets an entirely different tone that hooked me as a reader and also was very powerful.

 

So much depends

Upon

 

One choice

Decisions

 

It will effect me

You

 

One change for the

Better

blog 3- late Sarah Roberts King and Kayla

blog 3- late Sarah Roberts King and Kayla

The series book I chose to read was King and Kayla. King and Kayla is an adorable story about a hunt for the missing peanut butter treats Kayla had made for the new puppy down the street. At first Kayla suspects her dog King ate the treats but soon realizes it wasn’t him and they go on a mystery together to solve who took the treats. I really enjoyed the plot and thought it was very entertaining and such a cute story. I think the first grade maybe second grade age group would love this series especially because it involves dogs as well. There are many games and recipes that go off this series that are available to young children. There also are other books to read in the King and Kayla series.

I think this would be a perfect beginner series book to implement into my own classroom. This book could be a class read or even a take home book. Starting a series book is how I learned to love to read and I think it could inspire some of my future students. King ans Kayla is such a perfect beginner series book that keeps its readers hooked with mystery. I will definitely use this book in my future classroom.

Make 4 Are you a Super Hero?

Make 4 Are you a Super Hero?

I created a quiz that asks a series of questions to find out if you have what it takes to be a super hero just like the Squirrel in Flora and Ulysses. Flora sees the neighbor runs over a squirrel with a vacuum cleaner. The squirrel’s brush with death causes him to develop so called superpowers. Flora then named the squirrel Ulysses after the vacuum cleaner accident. Flora explains to Ulysses that he must use his newfound powers to right wrongs, fight injustice, “or something.” The quiz I created is a fun interactive way to find out if you too have powers like Ulysses.

 https://sarahroberts8.typeform.com/to/ZcVYwR

Blog 4 Saving the Super hero Squirrel- Sarah Roberts

Blog 4 Saving the Super hero Squirrel- Sarah Roberts

Flora and ulysses is about Flora  “a natural born cynic” 10-old. She finds herself at odds with her mother after her parents’ divorce. While reading a comic book her mother has asked her not to read, Flora sees the neighbor accidentally vacuum up a squirrel in her backyard. Flora comes to the rescue of the squirrel, who immediately exhibits unusual abilities. Flora believes the squirrel is a superhero and that her mother is its arch-nemesis. For this reason, Flora sets out to save her squirrel from her mother only to find it is the squirrel who saves them.

This book connected to my own life because I can remember being a kid and always feeling that my parents were at odds against me. When you are younger life is all about imaginary play and make believe. Sometimes my parents wouldn’t feed into my imagination and i would look upon them negatively. I think it is important to support the ideas of young young children and let their imagination run free. I think this texts wants readers to talk about the struggles flora has with her family and what she is doing to deal with it and take on this mighty adventure of saving the superhero squirrel.

King and Kayla Dog Treat Recipe – Sarah Roberts

King and Kayla Dog Treat Recipe – Sarah Roberts

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Here is the link to the Peanut Butter dog treat recipe inspired by the novel I read King and Kayla and the mystery of the missing dog treat. This cute story is a great read for students at the first and second grade level. Kayla and her dog King are on a mystery hunt for who ate her special peanut butter dog treats she made for the new puppy down the street. In the end they solve the mystery to find out that it was the sneaky cat in the house. I decided to make my own recipe for the dog treats that King and kayla are on the hunt for. I can’t wait for my own dog Teddy to try these delicious treats.

Sarah Roberts: What if Little Red was a boy?

Sarah Roberts: What if Little Red was a boy?

The Little Red Riding hood stories are all similar but different in their own unique way. Growing up the little red riding hood stories were always told the same way to me. Little Red gets tricked by the wolf and gets eaten. As a kid I never questioned the meaning behind this common tale but after reading the different versions of the story I can see a very common similarity that seems to stick out to me. It is very apparent that the moral in many of the stories is to not wander off and talk to strangers as a little girl. It is a parents biggest fear for their child to be kidnapped and tricked into a dangerous situation. My parents always told me “don’t talk to strangers” and the wolf in this case represents that stranger my parents always told me about.

One other stereotype that seems to be common in many of the Little Red Riding  hood stories is that fact that she is always described as pretty, innocent, and desirable. The Charles Perrault version starts off by saying “Once upon a time there was a village girl the prettiest you can imagine.” In comparison the Brothers Grim version starts off by saying “Once upon a time there was a dear little girl. If you set eyes on her you could not but love her.” Most of these stories and these two in particular all describe Little Red in very similar ways. A pretty innocent girl gets tricked by the wolf. In reality almost anyone can get tricked into a dangerous situation. No matter if you are a boy or a girl. The Wolf is always the antagonist and the little girl is trying to escape. These two stories greater meaning is to teach kids to not listen to strangers. I think it’s important now to tell the story in both perspectives.

 

Each version of the story ends in a different way. I really liked the way that Roald Dahl described the ending and Little Red. In his version Little Red Riding Hood shoots and kills the wolf and becomes very mischievous after doing so. I like this ending because it shows that women are powerful and strong. This ties into Coles quote that “The whole point of stories is not ‘solutions’ or ‘resolutions’ but a broadening and even heightening of our struggles.” Often times as a society we are scared of predators. I really like that Dahl’s story gives a new perspective that women can protect themselves. Just because she’s a girl and innocent doesn’t mean she doesnt have the means to protect herself. If I were to rewrite this story on my own I think I would switch the gender roles of the wolf and Little Red to show that no matter what gender you are talking to strangers can put you in danger.

This is real this is me: Sarah Roberts

This is real this is me: Sarah Roberts

 

Hi, my name is Sarah Roberts and I am a sophomore this year at Chico State. I grew up in Orange County and am the middle child of 3. I love going to concerts and spending time with my friends outdoors. My favorite food in the entire world is suhsi even though most of the time I can’t really afford it. I have always had a love for kids and teaching. I hope to teach second grade one day. One reason why I want to teach second grade is because of how amazing my second grade teacher was. She had such a huge impact on my life and I will never forget her. I hope my future students feel the same way about me one day. I also worked as a surf instructor this summer with kids from first through third grade and fell in love with that age group. I am very outgoing and love making friends and have really enjoyed my time at Chico so far.

 

To be a reader means different things to me. I think this is primarily because I do different types of reading everyday. Outside of school I read for enjoyment and I don’t overanalyze or go in into depth about the books I am reading. When I read for school I am reading to understand the subject and am often underlying and annotating in order to better understand a subject. I think everyone is a “reader” we are all reading all the time everyday from text messages to street signs. Some would classify a “reader” as someone who is reading books all the time on their free time but I disagree. I think everyone is a reader and how much or how you read doesn’t define that term. One thing I took away from Williams article is the idea that as soon as you hit around middle school the seperation between “good” and “bad” readers is formed. I always believed after this age that I wasn’t a good reader but I actually was I just did not read as fast as the others in my class. I found this part of the article very interesting.