After I finished reading the first chapter of The Outsiders to my 2nd Block, I let the kids work with partners to complete their activity packets. I was instantly impressed by how on task my students were. I approached a couple of boys who appeared to be having a very intense discussion.
Student 1: “Well, I think she was making a good choice because she got fresh before she had her cereal. If she didn’t have cereal, she would have been hungry later. Sometimes I don’t eat breakfast and I always regret it.”
Student 2: “Well, then she gets to bus stop and that car pulls up- I don’t really think those kids even want to give her a ride.”
Student 1: “I know right. There’s two sittin in the front seat and two sittin in the back seat, and she has to think about which seat she can take? There’s only one available. I suppose they could have scooted over so she wouldn’t have to sit in the middle, but it’s not like anyone is going to give up their front seat.”
Student 2: “I like how she pretends it’s a life and death choice. There’s no debate here. There’s only one seat open. There is no choice to make.”
Student 1: “And some times she doesn’t even ride in the seat. That’s not safe. The right choice would have been to wear a seatbelt. Instead she rode on the hump.”
Student: “Yah. hee hee hee… Her friends made her ride bitch.”