Wow! Has it already been a whole semester of learning?! We are so thrilled with the learning and growth articulated by students at Roundtables. This is a major milestone in their East Side careers and an invaluable life skill.
We began our Short Fiction unit last week and students have been immersed in the world of No Guitar Blues, a short story written by Gary Soto. Soto is a well known Mexican-American author and poet whose stories center around kids and young adults from from his own culture and background. In this story, students have been analyzing for issues of social class and complicated internal conflict. They have been using the story arc to track conflict, realizations, choices and changes to dig deep in their understanding of characters, mainly protagonists. See below for some of the posters and annotation codes from our week so far.
We are very excited for the weeks following February break to see how students use their imaginations to create stories with complex social issues and three dimensional characters.
We will post and email a publishing date soon!
Erica, Sherry & Dakota