Me: Today I read aloud to two kids who were starting a book club book. They’re reluctant readers, and I thought that if we did a little bit of a read-along, it might help them to get more invested in the book.
Doubting Me: Yeeeeahhh, and you just wrote about how much you miss reading aloud to a class. Sounds like someone is doing a little rationalizing.
Me: Well, the reason I said I loved read aloud was because I felt like I was inviting kids into the world of a book. That’s what I was doing today.
Doubting Me: Uh huh. And did you even give them a chance to enter that world on their own?
Me: Well, the book was at a level we thought they could navigate, but the print was really small, and I thought it might be a bit daunting.
Doubting Me: Is that why you were stumbling over some words?
Me: Yeah that, and I didn’t have my glasses.
Doubting Me: So, how did it turn out?
Me: I think it went pretty well. P. made a prediction that Nick was going to show his father that he wasn’t a “cripple.” He also said, “I have a few things I’d like to say to that dad.”
Doubting Me: Okay, that’s pretty good. But what about C. How did he do?
Me: When I stopped reading and said I had to head to another class, he said, “Can you PLEASE keep reading?”
Doubting Me: Right. Isn’t that sort of a selective quote?
Me: What do you mean? He really said that.
Doubting Me: Yes, but you’re also leaving out something else that he said.
Me: Selective quotes are a kind of author’s craft. I think I’m allowed to do that.
Doubting Me: Uh huh, but don’t forget, I was there, too. I think you should say what he said right after, “Can you PLEASE keep reading?”
Me: Fine. He said, “Cuz I hate having to read it myself.” But see, that doesn’t make for a very satisfying ending to this conversation.
Doubting Me: Well, then maybe you should just say what all those crafty serial writers say.
Me: What’s that?
Doubting Me: Just say, “To be continued.”