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Monthly Archives: April 2011
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|4 Kids in 5E & 1 Crazy Year
Virginia Frances Schwartz
Holiday House (P) 2009-01-16
At last I’ve read this book and I found it wonderful.
What a timing! My last entry was about writing, and this is a story of kids who begin to think of their lives and themselves through writing.
The new school year is starting. PS 1 in Queens has a new class for the fifth graders. There are 22 kids in the new class, 5E, and a new teacher, Ms Hill is in charge. Some of them think they are chosen to the class because the other teachers don’t want to have them in their classes. Yes. Each kid has different problems at school. Destiny is always gossiping around and passing notes in class. Max and his mother have run away from his violent father, and he is not interested in anything at school. Some kids from other countries have difficulties in reading and writing English, especially Giovanni is worrying he has to repeat the fifth grade again next year. Willie is not good at spelling, and so on.
But Ms Hill tells them they are chosen to 5E because they are excellent, which the kids doubt.
Ms Hill tries to make the kids think by writing. She says “Don’t think too much. Let your pencil do the talking.”
So the kids start to write what they see and hear around them. And gradually, things are beginning to change….
When I was their age, I was really bad at math. One day my teacher told me to write numbers you need, and draw pictures to solve a math problem. I was surprised when things became clear on my notebook, and I learned how to do area calculating.
Ms Hill’s advice is this: Keep your pencil moving. Don’t erase. Don’t worry about spelling in your first draft.
It is like free writing, isn’t it?
I think this is a good advice for foreign language learners too.
Ms Hill and the 5E kids call their notebooks “Writer’s Notebook” and at the end of the year they are really good writers.
BTW, some tadokists say they don’t understand well what they read and I hear often they are struggling in understanding the books they read. But I think you should not concentrate on it too much when you are reading.
Here’s Giovanni’s words for you: Hey, I don’t get every word but I get enough to go on. Is that reading? I wonder. Reading isn’t just words on a page like I thought. It’s the things that begin to happen in your head. How the words explode, so fire-bright, you feel like jumping up and screaming, “I get it!” You begin to guess what the author really wanted to tell you.
Why don’t we just enjoy reading and writing?
(It took me about 45 minutes to write this first draft.)
A tadokist has always insisted that using English on the web is much easier than speaking, when you want to use English in your daily life. It is partly because you can find new friends, both native and non-native, who welcome you to keep company with, even your English writing is not perfect. On the web, you do not need to tell all about yourself, or rather you should not, and you can take your time to write and read.
You can use these:
lang-8 (I haven’t joined, but I know some of my friends are enjoying it.)
community of some hobbies
facebook (I haven’t joined yet, though!)
Until last December, I had hesitated to follow emmie’s advice because it seemed me to write in English to people I hadn’t met was so scary. I don’t want to be rude to people, but because of my poor English I could offend someone, and if such things happen, I know I would regret and get depressed so badly.
However, I got past of the hurdle smoothly before I noticed it. I wanted to participate the Tadoku Contest, and in order to do so I had to apply for it in English on the contest site.
Emmie said she was surprised to know I did it because she knew me well, and she didn’t expect it. But it was much easier than I thought.
And last month, a certain blog post really touched my heart and I couldn’t do without posting my comment for it to say thank you to the blog author. He replied to it quickly and began to follow my twitter. This experience encouraged me a lot.
Yesterday a lady who is learning Japanese in New York sent me a message “Let’s be friends!”. She writes her blog in Japanese, and I wrote a comment in Japanese on it.
BTW, there are many books for high school students who are going to take SAT, and I found some helpful hints for foreign language learners.
1. Get into the habit of reading
Cereal boxes, Internet pop-up balloons, and 1,000-pages novels –they’re all good, though they’re not all equal. The more you read, and the more difficult the material you read, the more your reading comprehension improves.
＊I suggest reading what interest you most. It is not good to choose reading materials according to the level, I think.(sloppie) ＊
2. Write letters or e-mails to the editor
The editor of anything. Find a point of view and start sending off your prose — to the school or local paper, to national magazines, to radio or television stations. The SAT essay calls upon you to make a case for your point of view. The more you get used to creating a written argument, the easier the essay will be. As a side benefit, you may have a civic impact.
3. Make study-buddy
たとえばJeff Mackさん。 http://www.jeffmack.com/
|The Vampire Bunny (Bunnicula and Friends: Ready-to-Read, Level 3)
James Howe Jeff MackTurtleback Books 2005-08
売り上げランキング :Amazonで詳しく見る by G-Tools
Mo Willemsさん。 http://www.mowillems.com/
|We Are in a Book! (An Elephant and Piggie Book)
Mo WillemsHyperion Book CH 2010-09-14
売り上げランキング : 12057Amazonで詳しく見る by G-Tools
・Paris versus new York a tally of two cities
・Childscapes.com Rare & Wonderful Picture books
さかい@tadoku.orgというひとは まぁ いろいろな逸話の持ち主ですが
「これ読んで、感想を聞かせて！」と よく頼むことのある さかいさん。
|Christmas Stories (Little House-the Laura Years)
Laura Ingalls Wilder
Turtleback Books 1999-10