Multiple narrators, parallel stories

7 May

A student in my class started reading  The True Blue Scouts of Sugar Man Swamp by Kathi Appelt recently.

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She came in asking me a lot of questions and I frustrated her because I wouldn’t answer them. I did help her out a bit through. She wasn’t really getting the multiple story line, so we talked about our current class read aloud, Wonder,  and how, having multiple people tell the story gives us more insight.

I told her about reading  All the Light We Cannot See,  in which two stories are told, and, eventually converge.

She finally started to understand what the author was doing. She still had questions I refused to answer, but she felt more confident going forward because she understood what the author was doing and why. She is well into the book now and excited to see how it will all come together.

She had a personal mini lesson in authors craft & structure.

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