Thursday, October 25, 2012

The One and Only Ivan: Our 1st Reflections

We are currently reading The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate, a book that is currently being read by countless other classes worldwide as part of The Global Read Aloud Project. While we began reading the book quite awhile ago, our progress has been a bit slow due to our busy schedule the past few weeks.
This week, however, we have had a chance to read more, so today we made it to page 52.
Afterward, we took some time to reflect on what we had read so far, by choosing from a list of several fictional prompts.

These are a few of the response choices:

♦ Ask questions about things that you're wondering or things that seem confusing to you.
    ♦ Tell about what happened in the story.
      ♦ Describe your feelings about the characters or events.
          ♦ Describe your favorite part.
            ♦ Make a prediction about what will happen next.
              ♦ Tell how you would react if you were one of the
                characters in the story.
                  ♦ Describe a part that surprised you.
                      ♦ Write a letter to the author or a character.

                        Some of us chose to respond to one of the prompts in-depth while others decided to respond to several. When we were though, many of us chose to draw a picture to go along with our reflections.

                          Here are a few of our responses to The One and Only Ivan so far:

                        When we were through reflecting, some of us chose to share our writing with the whole class--and with our blog readers, so feel free to check out the videos below:

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