Here is some of what I have noticed and heard:
- There has been some very interesting discussion about what the story is really about.
- One of my most airheaded male students said, "I think that the driver caused the accident purposely. He is lonely and wants attention." Say what!
- A female student referred to the driver of the car as she. That was the first time it was mentioned all day, and it led to some very spontaneous and interesting discussion.
- The kids actually know quite a bit about point of view. I was impressed to hear the word omniscient being thrown around in group discussions. I am glad I chose to have them write down what they know first, rather than simply throwing a full lesson at them of things they already know. Now I know what I can skim over.
- "I knew there was a second point of view!"
- I had a student ask why this would not have been presented to them when they were younger.
- In two classes I have heard, "Class is already over? That went too fast!"
I love when my own lessons surprise me. I expected much more moaning and groaning. We haven't gotten to any of the rewriting yet, so maybe that is coming tomorrow.