Tuesday, May 1, 2012
The Wretched Stone and "Turn Off the TV" Challenge
"It is a rock, approximately two feet across. It is roughly textured, gray in color, but a portion of it is flat and smooth as glass. From this surface comes a glowing light that is quite beautiful and pleasing to look at."
The students discussed the visualizations with their "dicussion partner". I listened as students discussed what they thought the stone might be like in the real-world. At first students, we guessing flashlights, magnetite (lodestone), mirrors. I had to continually re-read and direct their attention to what the item looked like. Finally, someone guessed the symbolism relationship--a TV. While reading we continued to follow and discuss the crew's reaction to the stone during the story. After reading the book, we discussed how sometimes people in the real-world are like the crew in the story making meaningful text-to-world and text-to-self connections. I proposed a "Turn Off the TV Day" Challenge. We expanded the idea to electronic devices. We discussed and made a word splash of other things that we could do. Then, the students created a schedule of times with events for tomorrow WITHOUT television. Last, the students signed the promise.