Thursday, September 30, 2010
I paused mid-book to ask where everyone gets their toys. Every kid had an answer except G. She looked at me with the blankest stare I think I've ever seen. I rephrased the question thinking maybe her language barrier was getting in the way.
In a sheepish voice but with an ultra sincere matter-of-fact tone, she looked at me and said, "I don't have any toys." I was startled and said, "None?" She said, "Nope."
I was reminded that you cannot assume anything when trying to access and teach schema to readers. The most basic of assumptions on the part of a teacher can still leave the reader floundering as he/she tries to make connections!
I probed further and asked G if she knew anyone who had toys. She said she did. And THAT's where we began her connecting!
If you haven't read this delightful book by David Shannon, I highly recommend it to you. I laughed out loud the first time I read it...and I was alone sans any children!