Friday, April 22, 2016

Reading Period 25: April 23 - 29: A Tree Grows in Brooklyn

Class meeting: May 3, 5

Long read:

A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith, Book 1 (chapters 1-6)

Short read:

"The Fly" by Katherine Mansfield

Poem:

Molly Malone (Traditional)

In Dublin's fair city, where the girls are so pretty
I first set my eyes on sweet Molly Malone
As she wheeled her wheelbarrow through streets broad and narrow
Crying cockles and mussels alive a-live O!

A-live a-live O! A-live a-live O!
Crying cockles and mussels alive a-live O!

She was a fishmonger and sure it was no wonder
For so were her father and mother before
And they both wheeled their barrows through streets broad and narrow
Crying cockles and mussels alive a-live O!

A-live a-live O! A-live a-live O!
Crying cockles and mussels alive a-live O!

She died of a fever and no one could save her
And that was the end of sweet Molly Malone
Now her ghost wheels her barrow through streets broad and narrow
Crying cockles and mussels alive a-live O!

A-live a-live O! A-live a-live O!
Crying cockles and mussels alive a-live O!
A-live a-live O! A-live a-live O!
Crying cockles and mussels alive a-live O!



Creative Assignment:

Draw a picture of Francie in a setting from the story. You can choose any scene you like, but you must use unlined paper and some sort of color.

OR

Write a strongly-worded letter to the librarian that recommends the same two books to Francie again and again. Without being disrespectful, let her know where she's failing this kid who needs her help, and suggest a new course of action.

Writing Assignment:

In an essay of at least two hundred words, describe Francie's mother and father with specific details from the story, and then answer the following question: Why does Francie like her father more? Your essay should have three paragraphs with an extra space between paragraphs.

OR

Brooklyn used to be its own city in the state of New York. Now it is part of New York City, one of the five boroughs. Do some internet research to answer the question: When and why and how did this happen? You could start with this web site.

Quiz:

1. How do Francie and Neeley make extra money?
2. How do Francie and Neeley divide up their money?
3. Give an example from the story to show that Francie has a vivid imagination.
4. What is Francie's reading goal?
5. The story tells us that the librarian hates children. Give an example of something she does or says that shows this is true.
6. Who are Bob and Frank? (Hint: Not bandits or guards!)
7. Why does Francie get coffee even though she doesn't like to drink it?
8. Give an example of one way Francie's mother transforms stale bread to make dinner.
9. What food does Francie go for when nothing else tastes good?
10. Why do the kids eat the leftover wedding food even though they don't like it? 

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