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My Side of the Mountain

31 Jan

My last class of the day is a group of  12 high 4th grader readers. It’s always a little challenging to find a novel for them they no one has read, because they read a lot. And I have to be able to get multiple copies of it that are in decent shape.  Thank goodness for inter-library loans!

Right now, we are reading one of my favorites from childhood: My Side of the Mountain by Jean Craighead George, originally published in 1959. We’ve been having a lot of fun with language, because it is not written the way books are today.

Yesterday, Sam “adopted” Frightful and did some training.  After a training session, they snuggled in Sam’s treehouse. A paragraph ends with a two-word sentence:  “I rocked”. Today, that simple sentence has a different meaning than it did in 1959.  We talked about both meanings and concluded both worked.  Yes, Sam really was rocking Frightful to sleep, but he also rocked in the 21st century meaning.  he was living alone, in a treehouse, living off the land and training a falcon. That totally rocks!

We had a giggle earlier when a very hungry Sam found a shriveled apple in the crotch of a tree.  I admit that I got the giggles first. I looked around to see if anyone else had a silly thought.  A few did so we talked about the word crotch for a while. We all had a few giggles.

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