Thursday, May 10, 2012
Thoughtful Read Aloud
"The television got three channels: the striped channel, the channel that showed what you could watch if you had a better TV, and the French channel.
'Where's the English channel?' my brother asked.
'Between England and France,' said our grandfather.
Our mother explained how this was a joke." (for some classes, we also have to explain why this is funny)
When the rain finally stops, the family plans to go swimming. But the route to the lake provided some challenges.
"The secret path was even more secret than our dad remembered." (love the overhead view of the family through the leaves as they trudge in pursuit of the lake)
Memories and images form of playtime, conversations, and togetherness, as well as of things observed, like the electric towers that appear to walk down the road, passing power along in their hands. "It's probably hard to take a picture that shows that, even with a really good camera. And it's hard to take a picture of a story someone tells, or what it feels like when you're rolling down a hill or falling asleep in a house full of cousins and uncles and aunts. There are lots of things like that."