Monday, April 15, 2013

what shall I do tomorrow?

When something horrible happens, I think that we would be mistaken should we try to ignore it in class.  While this isn't your normal PQA, you definitely can go with questions and answers about it.  If your class takes ownership of the situation, you can get some very good personal discussions going.


Class, who here knows what happened yesterday in Boston?

Where did the bomb explode, on the sidewalk or in the street?

Did many people die?

How many people were hurt?

How many people here have family in Boston?

Julie, who do you know that lives in Boston?  Was s/he at the Marathon(be very careful with this.  Be very sensitive to your students.  If they had people at the event, it might help to talk, but it might not be)?

And so on.

After a while, you can start a story.  Of course, this will not be a wonderfully funny story, but it might be a way to let the students get their feelings out.


John was in Boston.  He was really excited because he was going to run in a marathon.

He runs in the marathon and is very tired.

He comes to the end and is very proud because he is about to finish.

As he is running, he hears a bomb.  He feels _____ (scared, angry, curious)

He looks to the sidewalk and another bomb goes off.

He goes to the sidewalk to try to help.

Suddenly, he doesn't care about winning.  He just wants to help.

The more you talk and repeat, the more you can get not only repetitions but also responses to the horrible event that happened.

Of course, as in all things, use your best judgement.  If it's too raw, don't do it.  We're in AZ, so it didn't affect us, other than making us feel shocked, helpless, and angry, just as most of the US did.

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