Sunday, April 29, 2012
I am reading Gooseberry Park by Cynthia Rylant to second graders this month. This is a snippet from a recent chapter and the ensuing discussion:
"Professor Albert had never been an amateur when it came to sleeping. Years of standing beside philosophy majors trying to label the insides of frogs had taught him the fine art of turning off his brain whenever he wished. So he turned it off and went back to sleep."
A hand raises.
Why would someone label the insides of frogs?
Well, in biology class, you will dissect frogs to understand how body parts work.
So, do you have to cut them open?
Are they alive?
Another hand raises. In my sister's class [this is grade 10], they dissected pigs. Groans all around.
A different student raises his hand. I don't think I can digest that.