Reflection: Joy Follow Up with Fishbowl on Close Reading of Superman and Me - Section 1: Preparing Questions for Discussion


This essay by Sherman Alexie is on my list of beloved readings.  It's well constructed, no doubt.  And it has a great message and wonderful extended metaphor.  But that's not what gets me.  It's his voice that reaches out of the words and grabs you.  You can't avoid it.  The author is in control.

Whenever I read this essay to my classes (or they read it to me,) I get a little choked up at the end when he says, "I am smart. I am arrogant. I am lucky. I am trying to save our lives."  Weird, right?  I guess, I am responding to the passion that Alexie expresses for reading and the idealistic notion, expressed without reserve, that books can save lives.  I love that.

Though I am probably the only person in the room at this point who is a little emotional, the room is always quiet after those words.  There is a feeling of "wow."  And, for me, that's pretty cool.

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Follow Up with Fishbowl on Close Reading of Superman and Me

Unit 12: Close Reading
Lesson 2 of 3

Objective: SWBAT use the annotated texts that they developed during close reading to tackle complex questions about author's style and narrative choices.

Big Idea: Reading --> Close Reading ---> Marking Text, Annotating, Thinking ---> Questioning, Reflecting, Relating, Analyzing

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English / Language Arts, discussions, close reading
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