A narrative from the girl who is highly against the act of hunting acts upon her emotions, through as she calls it her magical finger. Dahl brings a social issue into the life of a child in this humorous adventure. The main character and narrator, a highly opinionated eight- year old girl and the antagonists’ two neighborhood brothers. Supporting characters; Mr. & Mrs. Gregg's and the ducks. The theme is the rights of people to own guns and make game out of shooting innocent animals.
Alexander Kwame uses rhyme and rap to entice and engage the reader. The poems in this collection are medium in length, entertaining and speak to children in a way they are likely to relate. Most of the passages in The Crossover are about events that can happen in a child’s life; such as relationships with friends and family, basketball action on the court, middle school, race, sickness, and death.
I have always had an answer, for why I want to be a teacher, but I have never considered the why behind teaching English and literature. I mean, I know that I want to to teach English, as I have a passion for reading and writing. But why?
I absolutely love the simplicity of an organized lunch menu as well as one with variety so I do not get bored. So I created 15 different Bento Box varieties for me and my family to rotate every three weeks
Character, a dual purpose conceptual unit addressing student abilities to analyze characters of a novel; as well as, build their own individual characters. The first year of middle school, is an appropriate time to discover each of these skills; developing a greater understanding of the literary concept of character and creating a deeper understanding of one’s own self. Peter Smagorinsky states in his book entitled, Teaching English by Design, “Literature often deals with common human experiences about the pressures, changes, dilemmas, aspirations, conflicts … that make growing up such a challenge” (p. 141). I believe, joining these two concepts of character together allows us to see a purpose in reading literature and allowing it to shape our self, family, community, and/or world. In my experience, I have found that choosing kindness, in middle school or in the real world, is not always a first choice. This conceptual unit, will develop an understanding of what kindness is and how it can become the first choice in any given situation. R.J. Palacio writes, “If every person in this room made it a rule that wherever you are, whenever you can, you will try to act a little kinder than is necessary - the world really would be a better place (2012).”