Housekeeping: Wrapping up The Moon Is Down

I finished the book!     First, it's good that we did not read the introduction first, or I think that is the lens that we would be looking through as we read the story. We would know that people did not consider the work to be a stellar piece of writing, or even one of Steinbeck's best efforts. We would not know how it affected the people of the occupied areas, either, nor how it...

The Moon Is Down, Day Three

Discussion   As students enter the classroom on Day Three, they would find a discussion prompt on the whiteboard:   What were you thinking yesterday while we read?  Be honest and share it with your neighbor.     After five minutes, I would open the floor so students could share their discussion.  In my classroom, I would like to encourage students to be honest and forthright...

Teaching the Novel – Post # 1

Teachers: Have you ever tried to teach a novel without reading it first? Well, I'm going to try to, but since I'm not teaching at the moment, I will have to pretend. Visualization exercises are always good for lesson planning, right?     The Novel   The novel I have chosen is The Moon is Down by John Steinbeck. I heard about this novel as I was listening to the audio version of the...