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  1. May 2018
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    1. Byreflecting on their own connections to place, students startto recognize their own cultural identity, and by envisioningthemselves interacting with the stories’ characters in otherlocales, they start to recognize the many ways their livesintersect with others. More importantly, perhaps they willeven start to recognize the world as their neighbor.

      This point is very important to realistic fiction because it is saying that students can gain cultural knowledge through interacting with the realistic geographic contexts. Students can relate to other cultures and see how they are similar to their own cultural identity. This is an important lesson to teach in students who are in a world full of diversity and interesting cultures. It is also a culturally responsive approach to teaching realistic fiction.

    1. ies. But, most importantly, the boys' initiation and enactment of personal, communal, and civic social action, in re- sponse to the critical reading of contemporary re- alistic fiction, included actions that can make a difference in people's lives

      This was helpful and an important point in this article because through realistic fiction, the boys were empowered to initiate social action in order to make a change. The fact that literature such as realistic fiction had such a powerful impact on students is important to keep in mind in future teaching.

  3. Apr 2018
    1. Another side of Lincoln’s complex personality was a deeply reflective, almost brooding, quality that sometimes descended into serious depression.

      element: information about the person's personality

    2. Lincoln, Abraham (12 February 1809–15 April 1865), sixteenth president of the United States, was born in Hardin County,

      element: chronological order of birth, adulthood, and death

  4. Feb 2018
    1. he time provided for writing grows as the children's ability to write develops. Chil

      I also think it is important to time students at how long they partake in the writing process because they can see how much they have grown over the course of the year. It's important for students to see this because it can give them confidence to push further.

    1. improve literature circles we video recorded group meetings and then watched these with individual members, whole groups, or the whole class to discuss how the conver sations went and what could be improved. T

      I really like this idea of watching the video as a class because it allows not only the teacher to reflect but also the students to reflect on their own behavior. By doing this students can see how they need to change in order to make the literature circle a more positive experience.

    2. here was a pervasive feeling of hostility between the students, and many of their everyday interactions seemed to be punctuated by verbal assaults such as "stupid" and "ugly," as if these words were to be rou tinely attached to the end of a sentence.

      Based on this information and the dialogue at the beginning, I can see that the teacher needs to greatly improve the sense of community in the classroom. Creating a socially safe environment for all students is a necessity for all students to learn. Certain qualities of character need to be addressed to the whole class seeing as this is a huge problem to their learning.

    3. Based on the Vygotskian notion that learning develops through social interaction (Vygotsky, 1934/1978) and the re search that collaboration and group work can lead to positive consequences (

      I agree with vygotski's notion because when given opportunity to share ideas, students can learn more about other ideas and viewpoints from peers. This is how students grow to change, develop, and better their own ideas and thoughts about a particular reading, topic, or issue.

    1. 2). Know your stu- dents' worlds because it is through their stories that you will under- stand the best way to te

      I think teaching is most effective when the teacher finds ways to engage students through personal connections and experiences. Students learn in a variety of different ways and it is important to also incorporate their interests as well as their learning styles.

    2. . I tried many ideas but found that my most powerful lesson came once again from Aaron and his family, who reminded me that the parents and community can become our experts.

      This sentence made me think about an article I read about about funds of knowledge that families can offer to the school and their children. For example, a mother who knows how to sew, crochet, and make clothes can be a fund of knowledge that can be helpful to students. Connecting these funds of knowledge and overall experiences that children are most familiar with to the classroom curriculum will make it more purposeful and meaningful to students. I believe this is something the teacher is realizing.

    3. Questions surfaced about the house that was being demol- ished and rebuilt across from the school. When spring came, it rained and rained and eventually caused major flooding. Nature gave us in- credible reasons to investigate our world.

      Giving into students curiosity is a way to engage them into a topic. Also the teacher connects the curriculum to the outside world. This teaches students more about the environment and community that they live in. They are also able to make a personal connection and become engaged in this way. The discussion about the world around them is a lot more beneficial and though provoking then talking about apple sauce and teddy bears. It is important to remember that children are curious and want to learn about the world around them.

    4. I am ashamed by my ignorance and judgmental attitude. Aaron has taught me a powerful less

      Here the teacher is reflecting on her experiences which is important to do in order to improve your own teaching. It seems that she wants to shift her pedagogy as she wants to incorporate the world of literacy outside the classroom into the classroom and her lessons. I believe this will help her students she deems as "struggling" if she transfers their knowledge of literacy at home into the classroom.

    5. . Aaron sits on his knee, hang- ing on his every w

      It is clear that Aaron is engaged in the stories the old man is telling him. This made me think about the importance of literacy and how we should be expressing this to students. Aaron is interested in how the old man wrote letters to his mother during the war as a way to communicate. This can be an engaging way for students to think about literacy. It also gives literacy and writing a purpose. What the old man is telling him, reinforces Aaron's purpose to learn how to read and write. This is something that can be taken into the classroom.

    6. om. It is clear that he is totally literate in his world!

      This exemplifies how important it is to get to know the students in your classroom. Here the teacher is seeing the how well the student is participating in literacy in his own vernacular. Now that she sees Aaron's wonderful use of literacy, she can't apply it to the classroom to advance Aaron and other students' knowledge of literacy in different avenues.

    1. Write opinion pieces on topics or texts, supporting a point of view with reasons and information.

      In order to prepare for this standard, class debates can be very useful toward students building their opinions, arguments, evidence, and support. After the debate, students will end up with a strong argument with support.

    2. Know final -e and common vowel team conventions for representing long vowel sounds.

      Common examples for helping students reach this standard is by calling it the silent e or magic e. Also, students need to know that the silent/magic e makes the vowel say its name. Therefore, making the vowel have a long vowel sound.

    3. Determine the main idea of a text and explain how it is supported by key details; summarize the text.

      In order to develop this skill, a story map is an example of a graphic organizer that can be helpful to the student by means of organizing their ideas. Referring back to this story map will help the students when it comes to summarizing the text.

    4. se information gained from the illustrations and words in a print or digital text to demonstrate understanding of its characters, setting, or plot

      In order to gain information from the text students require skill of knowing what events are most important and what details are most important to the story. This will help students with their overall understanding of the story.

    5. Explain major differences between books that tell stories and books that give information, drawing on a wide reading of a range of text types.

      This requires students to have knowledge of various elements of narrative texts and informational texts.

    6. xplain major differences between poems, drama, and prose, and refer to the structural elements of poems (e.g., verse, rhythm, meter) and drama (e.g., casts of characters, settings, descriptions, dialogue, stage directions) when writing or speaking about a text.

      this explanation requires students to have knowledge of various elements of creative text (verse, rhythm, meter)

  5. Jan 2018
    1. material of students’ lived experiences, such as disproportion-ate contact with law enforcement and police brutality, as resources for rich dialogue and theirstruggle to translate the dialogue into writing

      It is important that topics such as these are brought up in conversation in the classroom so that teachers can build good character and strong values. It also brings together the class community as these rich dialogues are at the heart of in depth conversations and important cultural happenings.

    2. My concept of “literocracy” is embedded in an understanding of literacy as asocial practice

      It seems that the group thrives on social interaction and experiences in order for sudents to improve on their literacy compositions. Most importantly, the students are engaged, partly because their interests are being exposed and also because of the social interaction.

    3. single story

      I agree with this thought of an individual being trapped in a single story. In one of my previous classes we watched a TED talk of a women who shared the single story of how people identifies her by. She then explained that we should not limit ourselves or other to one single story, but to encourage and look for all stories that make up an individual.

    4. rban public schools (Gallagher,2007),formal and informal teaching and learning institutions, the juvenile justice system, and mostrecently in restorative justice circles in classrooms and schools

      The author is really showing us the different locations and situations that literacy can be used to heal, support, and guide children.