ELA
Wit and Wisdom
Thank You, Mr. Falker

‚Äč“[Honey is sweet] and so is knowledge, but knowledge is like the bee that made that sweet honey, you have to chase it through the pages of a book.” ~Patricia Polacco, Thank You, Mr. Falker

    We started the year reading one of the best beginning-of-school books ever—Thank You, Mr. Falker by Patricia Polacco. While immersed in this text, we thought deeply about what it means to truly read a text and why reading is so very, very important. This gave us an opportunity to sample some of the routines we will be engaging in as part of our Wit and Wisdom curriculum, including Think-Pair-Share, Chalk Talk, and Socratic Seminar.  Students were challenged to think deeply and support their written responses to questions about the text with text evidence.  We emphasized the importance of repeated readings of a text to deepen our understanding and appreciation of characters by noticing and wondering about how they change throughout the story. All of this allows us to make meaning from a text so that we walk away from the experience with new or improved understanding and skills. 
“[Honey is sweet] and so is knowledge, but knowledge is like the bee that made that sweet honey, you have to chase it through the pages of a book.”