Mrs. Carol LaRow's 7th Grade English Classes

Student Reactions to an "All Class" Novel

As students read and discuss the novel, they write discussion questions. Students write questions as they read each chapter. Questions must be "discussion" not "recall." The students are encouraged to write questions they would like to see discussed in class. They may include ideas or content they have true queries about and address any topic that will help them arrive at the meaning of the novel.

In this blog, students have written their thoughts about particular chapters. Other students are invited to react to any of the reflections students have posted.

The class blog can be used to augment class discussions. As students discuss the novel, they come to understand characters' actions, author intent, theme, plot, etc. They arrive at the meaning of the novel as they listen to and interact with each other's opinions.

Saturday, June 21, 2008

Chapter 1:

As I read this chapter, I wondered how Sam made up his mind to be a Patriot? It seems as if Redding is a Tory town. Sam seems to have a different opinion about the King and being a Tory than his father does. How did his opinion become so different from his fathers? I wondered if he listened to his friends at Yale who may have been Patriots.


student 2 said...

It seems to me that Sam had to be influenced by his classmates at Yale. As it neared 1775 in the colonies, there was a lot of unrest. The British were taxing the colonists for the war they had with the French, and King George was making rules for the Americans from thousands of miles away. Many people in the colonies were interested in governing themselves, and it seems to me that a college is a place where they would do a lot of talking about it.

Susie Smart said...

I agree that Sam was probably influenced by his friends at Yale. But I also think since he was at college he probably was able to see both sides of the issue. As he got older, he probably made up his own mind.