Thursday, January 04, 2007
"to lift up my life a trifle."
I'd seen the old animated cartoon as a child, and remember Paul Lynde as the rat's voice. I'd never, however, read the book until now. I needed what we call a Listening Comprehension text for a month-long lesson; something for the teacher to read to the class each day and to use to model analytic and language skills for the students before their independent reading tasks.
When I finished it I had to discreetly close my office door and utilize several sub shop napkins in lieu of a hanky.
It will take the most cynical and worn classroom veteran to get through those last two chapters without snuffling in front of the class. I'm a mess trying to type the damn lesson plan.