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What you say VS what they hear

5 Mar

We started our Ray Bradbury short story unit yesterday. Because the 6th graders don’t have much familiarity with his work, we begin reading the excellent obituary published in the New York Times on June 6, 2012.

I’ve been doing this lesson for years with no reaction.  For some reason, in both classes, as soon as I said the word “obituary”, I heard gasps and snickers. Apparently, all they had paid attention to was the second syllable. Cue the middle school teacher eye-roll.

I wrote the word on the board to clarify, but it was too late.

What has been heard, cannot be unheard.

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