Day 29: Preparing to read aloud

Here’s a picture of Homer Plessy, whose case, Plessy v. Ferguson in 1896 further opened the doors to Jim Crow Laws. He was 7/8 white, but was considered “colored.”

Today we discussed the fact that the ability to read aloud fluently directly corresponds to your understanding of what you read. We will be practicing reading aloud in class tomorrow and then later with To Kill a Mockingbird.

1. Finishing RIVET story. Students finished writing the story, newspaper article, or diary entry they had started yesterday using these words (that will appear in a real newspaper article they read tomorrow):

  • Yankees (people from the northeast; derogatory in present day usage); n.
  • maligned (spoken about in a mean way; disrespected; slurred), v.
  • reverence (deep respect), n.
  • red-stater (republican), n. [Check out a red state/blue state map of presidential elections]
  • bible belt (area of South with a large number of Baptists), n. [See a map of the bible belt]
  • Jim Crow Laws (separate but “equal” laws), n.
  • agrarian (relatedto farming; “agrarian society”), adj.

2. Review rules for reading fluently on L14 (download here: Oral Reading Fluency).

HW: None. If you want your own personal copy of To Kill a Mockingbird, you should buy one (you can write in it!). If you want to be challenged extra, you can elect to read both TKAM and Truman Capote’s Other Voices, Other Rooms. Feel free to buy your own copy of OVOR as well (though I will have some, too).