An important step in any project is identifying what the students know about a subject. This often helps us define what they need to know and what interests them most. This week we began a discussion about what we know about stories and books. We revisited this again, on a second day, so that the students had more time to think and to collect data, by having this lens when they listened to stories. Below you can hear that they know a lot! I am excited to see where this leads us, as we set up a field trip to visit a publishing house and connect with other experts in the field!
Have a great night, Jennifer
January 28th, 2013
What Do We Know About Stories and Books?
Rowan: Stories are fun to read. And sometimes I chose harder ones, so I get a challenge.
Amelie: Sometimes books are big, and sometimes they are small.
Brianna: Books let you learn new words.
Lukas: Stories take place somewhere and it is called a setting.
Mathis: You get books in the library.
Mason: It's short, and maybe it's long.
Evelyn: There's an author in every book. An author is someone who thinks up the story.
Lia: There's a main character in a story or a book.
Joshua: Some books have pictures and some don't.
Lukas: Some books are real and some books are make believe.
Jennifer: Do you know the names of those kinds of book?
Lukas: Fiction and Non-fiction. Non-fiction books are real books and Fiction books are make-believe books.
Mathis: Longer books might have chapters.
Haden: Longer books might have more pages.
Joshua: Longer books might have more words.
Kai: Longer books might have more letters.
Kayla: Longer books might have more pictures.
Mathis: Short books have, usually, no chapters.
Demetri: Big books have more pages than little books.
Evelyn: Some books have numbers on the back and then you can find what page that you're looking for.
Mathis: And it's called the index.
Natalie: The dictionary, you can look up stuff, and it's a big book that has a lot of pages.
Amelie: A book has a title.
Haden: A book has a cover.
Lia: Some books and stories can be scary and some can't.
Haden: Some books can be not fair.
Mathis: Books have spines.
Amelie: Sometimes they have real paper and sometimes it's cut in pretty ways. I saw one in the library, just like, not cutted out, but just like scribbly.
Malaya: Sometimes books can have pretty pictures in a book.
Kai: There's always, every book has a title.
Katie: Some books have real characters, like Obama.
Kayla: Books, they sometimes have people that are not real.
Katie: A type of book is a kind of science book, to learn about stuff. A research book.
Lia: The illustrator is the person who draws the pictures and the illustrator helps the author with the book. Or, just one person can write the book and draw the pictures.
Mathis: Sometimes, books have information on the back. Like from the book.
Natalie: It's informaiton for what the book has in it.
Jennifer: It's also sometimes a summary.
Natalie: What's a summary?
Lia: A summary is a short version of something.
Malaya: Some stories write about submarines.
Amelie: Books have pages.
Kayla: Stories sometimes have some parts that you have to fix. Like a problem.
Rachel Lee: Often, in most stories, there is a problem and you find out what happens next and then it gets fix.
Rowan: I think Rachel Lee means it gets solved.
Joshua: Or there can be a problem at the first page, and then at the end the characters figure it out.
Kayla: Like the story that a person copies somebody.
Natalie: It's, “Ruby, The Copycat”.
Jennifer: What was the problem in that book?
Evelyn: Ruby keeps copying people.
Joshua: And she never stops.
Natalie: She did stop.
Joshua: She stopped at the end.
Mathis: So, first she always says the same, and then she said her own idea, what she really did. She said, “I skipped”, and that was true.
Joshua: Then everybody started copying her.
Amelie: And then everyone skipped.
Rachel Lee: And then the way home, the person who she kept copying, she hopped home with her.
This leads us to identifying more parts of a story. Previously, we were looking at setting, character author, illustrator and summary. Now we add the problem, solution and the book's message! Each time we read a story, we will be trying to identify these! More soon!