I’ve been reading aloud to my classes Heartbeat, Sharon Creech’s wonderful coming-of-age tale, written in poetic format. I began today’s reading with the chapter titled “Footnotes.”
“Anybody know what a footnote is?” I asked.
“They’re words that you have to step on,” said M-Boy.
Later in the day, I was reading aloud to students in my reading intervention class. The subject was jellyfish and how their polyps clone themselves. “That means,” I said, “that the polyp makes an exact replica of itself over and over again.”
I turned to D-Boy and said, “Can you imagine having two D-Boys exactly alike?”
“Hey!” exclaimed D-Boy, “That’d be cool! I could send the other one to school and I could stay home.”