Today we finished reading Chapter 1 and 2 of The Hatchet. We got to the part where the pilot had a heart attack. Most of the class believed that a heart attack is when your heart is actually on fire, so I decided it would be beneficial to research the symptoms of a heart attack! I wanted them to understand how the main character, Brian, was in an awful situation.
I allowed the students to choose to write either a letter to the main character or to create a poster about the symptoms of a heart attack. Being the amazing artist I am, I made a quick poster on the board as an example. Look at its beauty below:
I reexplain the instructions once we settled into the computer lab and began walking around to see how everyone’s doing. One student, who chose the poster, took my beautiful example very literal.
I couldn’t help but laugh, which cause 19 curious 6/7th graders to stare at the drawing. One student shouted, “Wow. That’s so stupid.” I told the student that he has made mistakes before and shouldn’t make fun of others. I finished my lecturing by saying, “Y’all need to take a chill pill.” Another student the responses with, “A pill? Pills are bad Ms. Daley.”
Words are hard.