Literature Circles

In a blog post on your own page, respond to one of the following questions about a character in the book you are reading. For instances, if we were reading The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie, I might answer question one in the following way.

In the book, The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie, the main character Arnold and his family struggles to make ends meet. They live on a reservation and both of his parent make very little money due to their lack of opportunity. Arnold recognizes this, however it is not until his teacher, Mr. P, opens Arnold's eyes to his potential and to the opportunities that lie outside the reservation that he actually does something to change his destiny. In order to improve his future, Arnold must make tough choices. He must leave the reservation and his friends to get a better education. This does not go over well with his Native American friends, especially Rowdy. Arnold is caught in a difficult decision - should he be loyal to his friends and the only people he has ever known, or should he be loyal to himself and his future?

1. Comment on one or more problems that the characters have. How do they solve them?
2. Which characters would make good next door neighbors? Which ones would not? Why?
3. What would the main character be likely to do if s/he visited our classroom?

Why do we read? What do we gain by reading? These are questions that many students struggle with. Reading offers many opportunities to learn, laugh, cry, escape and relate! Don't just take my word for it, check out John Green's video on a crash course in Literature. Why do we read, what's in it for me??

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