As you probably know by now, I LOVE the Hunger Games series. I read a little bit to my classes a couple of times a week, and we have almost made our way through the first book. My first period class, however, is alway complaining because they are so far behind my other classes. They like to ask questions when I read which often lead so some pretty interesting discussions. Other times, they ask questions that get us completely off task which cuts down on our reading time.
Yesterday, my first period begged to read from the book because we were so far behind. I agreed to read for the first fifteen but reminded them that they needed to be good listeners and stay focused so we could get through more pages. They all nod in assent, and we begin.
Me: Where we left off, Katniss was nursing a very sick Peeta back to health in the cave. She has just stepped out to grab some air, when a gift from their sponsors falls from the sky.
(I reread the last couple of sentences to set up the scene.)
Me: Katniss opens the parachute to find what inside? Any guesses as to what her gift is? (The correct answer is a pot of broth.)
A student right up front quickly responds.
Me: (Closing the book and quickly switching to my teacher voice…) You see! This is exactly what I’m talking about. You guys complain about being so far behind, yet when I read the book, this is why happens. If you guys are not going to pay attention when I read, then we are not going to mess with this. You complain about being behind the other classes, yet I’ve read less than a paragraph and we’re already wasting time with this. Katniss is in a cave, Peeta is at death’s door, they literally fighting for their lives. This is a matter of life or death. Why on earth would Katniss need a bathing suit?
Same Student: I said a bowl of soup.
Second Student: Geez Miss Lewis. No wonder why we’re so far behind.
Third Student: No kidding. Here we are, trying to get on with the story and you’re the one who’s distracting us.
Fourth Student: If you would just read and not asks us your “thinking question things” all the time-
Me: All right, all right, simmer down you crazies. My bad. Let’s just read.
Student Five: Finally!