School Students Read Deeper, Learn More

School Students Read Deeper, Learn More

MAKING READING AN INTERACTIVE EXERCISE – Students in the fifth grade class of teacher Kate Conaron at Schwenksville Elementary School have spent a portion of their month reading “The Black Pearl,” a 1967 novel by author Scott O’Dell. To better understand the book, Conaron asked them to create so-called survival kits for its characters. Students like Jake Stewart (left) and Jacqueline Negron (right) secretly selected a character of their choice, and then used the writer’s details, text evidence and inference to determine five items they believe the character “could not live without,” according to the teacher. Next, they hand-made representations of each item and paired them with evidence that proved why the items were necessary in the character’s life. Once completed, they’ll challenge classmates to guess the character they chose.

Photo by Wendy Ledford from Schwenksville Elementary School