Friday, October 17, 2008

Bridging from Day of Tears to Witness

Though the first book we read together this year, Day of Tears, and the one we'll start next class, Witness, take place almost sixty years apart, they do have a lot of similarities. In fact, you may find that many of the themes, situations, and the experiences of the characters are closely related.

To construct a bridge between the two books and the two distinct time periods, we are going to complete a word sort. This word sort works off of the word bank contained in the above picture.

You are going to use a chart I've constructed for you to sort these words in a way that makes sense to you. When you're all done, we'll work to go through each of the words in the bank and explain where we placed them and give a rationale as to why you placed them where you did. You can do this by drawing connections to the characters and situations in Day of Tears and predicting as to whether or not the same situations and types of characters will occur in our next book, Witness.

After this activity, you'll each work toward making three predictions about the book Witness based on your word sorts. It will be interesting to see whether or not your predictions come true!

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