Literature Summary 2/4/2013
The Mosaic Castle
The last class of the semester was indeed a cozy affair! While we had only three of our students in attendance this week, we thoroughly enjoyed assembling the final version of our beautiful Whipping Boy Castle. Kudos to all of our students for their work in summarizing the characters, setting, plot and conflict in the novel. And a special thanks to those of you that helped with the assembly of the pieces this week!
We briefly discussed our final reading selection - Emil's Pranks - and then spent some time decorating our Literature Journals. These are blank books which I encouraged the students to use in several ways: to keep a running list of the books they read; to jot down notes about characters and story lines which they find interesting and fun; or even to write their own stories! It is such a wonderful feeling of accomplishment to look back over the many books you have enjoyed, and by writing down authors, book titles, favorite characters and story summaries, you will also find that you have numerous literary recommendations to pass on to siblings and friends, in addition to a memory book for yourself.
We wrapped up our final Literature class with a classic read aloud - The Magic Thread from William Bennett's The Book of Virtues. In this french tale we are reminded of the irony of impatience - that only by learning to wait, and by the willingness to accept the bad with the good in life, do we usually attain those things that are most worthwhile.
It has truly been a pleasure spending the past 16 weeks with all of you. I hope your enjoyment of stories and books is a lifelong journey!
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