Appalachia, 9-12, Week 9

The children had two chapters to read for this class and most of them did! Sadly, my own child was one of the ones who didn’t. We read At the Crossroads Store and Trading with a Christian. Both difficult, both strongly emotional chapters.

In class we talked about the deaths of both Old Ringer and the calf and how Granpa treated the calf. We also talked about how Granpa treated the subject of Little Tree buying the calf and how it might have been different in our families, had the children in class wanted to spend all of their money on a sick animal. It was kind of hilarious. We went through the questions, vocab, etc in our workbooks and moved on to weaving, which most of the kids were very anxious to get back to. This is a strong contrast to the younger class, who were a little stressed out by the dexterity involved in making the cd weavings. The students took these home, so you should have gotten to see them.

They also colored a paper quilt square for the week. They had to pair up in class and choose the role of either preacher or politician and then present a sermon or speech. I made them pair into groups they normally don’t choose. In some cases, this worked out beautifully, in others not so much. How well the kids know one another has a distinct effect on how well they work together. All of the groups chose to be politicians. Benny and Sarah did a puppet show in which they were hand-eels. Stephen and Rachael presented a short campaign speech. Lauren and Martina also presented a campaign speech and theirs was the only one that sounded like a ‘real’ *vote for me I’m lying to you* political cliche. All of them were fabulous and funny.

The kids are all up on what’s happening and participating well in our class discussions.

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Categories: American Folk Tale, Appalachian, Class information, homeschool, ObX, Weekly Summary | 2 Comments

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2 thoughts on “Appalachia, 9-12, Week 9

  1. Great! I have to admit I was really sad reading about the calf. I love Little Tree’s voice though, how stoic he is, and how tough.

  2. I never really thought too much about how difficult his life circumstances are as seen through the filter of kids who are unfamiliar with the cycles of life. It’s been kind of hard seeing how the really sensitive kids in this class (all of them, really) react to reading this novel.
    Little Tree’s voice is amazing though, the language and sort of stilted way of speaking…I find myself saying, ‘and that is right,’ fairly often these days.
    Benny is amazing in class. I let him draw the whole time (and don’t you say a word about it!) and he is engaged and attentive and knows what going on and of all of the kids, he is probably the one most willing to hop up and perform whether it’s a skit or to explain what an adjective is to the rest of us. Often, he’s more focused and better at picking out our parts of speech than I am =)

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