Working with “Why The Best Kids Books Are Written in Blood”
On Friday, you began the Close Reading process by writing Alexie’s thesis in your own words, highlighting three (there are more) statements that support the thesis, and writing the conclusion in your own words, as well as defining difficult vocabulary terms.
- Find one quote that supports one of the main points listed.
- Write an introductory statement for the quote, insert the quote, and then explain the significance of the quote.
Ex: Books can give people the tools to battle challenges in their own lives. Sherman Alexie, who met many challenges growing up said, “I read books about monsters and monstrous things […] because they taught me how to battle the real monsters in my life” (Alexie 3). Alexie believes that the more people read books about tough situations they may face in life, the better equipped they might be to handle these situations in the future. The books themselves are not going to hurt them any more than their life experiences.
Before we read the article on Friday, you responded in your notebooks to 1-3 below. Today:
- Read each statement below and re-read Alexie’s article.
- Put a #1 next to any statement in the article that relate to how or why “Books can save people”.
- NOTE: We did this together in class, so you might check with a classmate or me to be sure you are on the right track.
- Next, do the same for 2, 3, and 4 – find statements in the article that relate to each of 2-4 below, and mark them with the appropriate number.
- You should be able to find at least two statements for each of 1-4.
- Use Statements Below:
- 1. Books can save people.
- 2. Adults should control the lives of teenagers.
- 3. We should let others’ expectations of us influence our future.
- 4. Adults should determine what type of content books should/should not contain.