Our journey through the book has been a wonderful experience. We have been reading the book as a whole class. The class is separated into 5 groups, since we have five books to share. Each day we read together and enter in our interactive journal. Each night, a specific group creates a comment based on their journal. Some times, the group has two prompts to choose from. So far, our prompts have been:
Group 1: Summarize pages 1-5/ write a caption for page 3
Group 2: How did Ms. Edinger use powerful language to make the story "come alive"? /What new experiences did she have?
Group 3: Why was it fair/unfair for Cinque to go on trial?
Group 4: Describe her pleasant experiences
Group 5: After the court announced its decision, she probably felt...
Make a prediction about her return home.
If you haven't heard already, our class has been selected to preview a book called, Africa is My Home, A Child of the Amistad. The book is written by Monica Edinger, she is a New York teacher who I am in communication with. Our class will be reading the book and giving feedback to Monica before it is officially published. This is very exciting and we are lucky to have been selected for the job! We will be using the blog to post comments about the book and share our unique experience with the book. When students add a comment, please use their first name and last letter of their last name. You may use my e-mail address also...firstname.lastname@example.org.