This week the 8th graders are illustrating their knowledge of the plot of the novel, Now is the Time for Running, by creating a board game that is similar to the board game Candyland. The novel is a story of two boy’s journey from Zimbabwe to South Africa, and all the dangerous places and people they face. I thought a simple path board game that shows the specific cities and places they stay would help them follow the plot. There are many African names of characters and cities, so I thought this would help clarify th plot for them. They chose 3 people for their groups and are working with little interference from me. They have a rubric to follow, but the rest is on their own to figure out. It is hard for me to sit back and not help them, but I want to assess: how well they know the novel, what they perceive as the biggest dangers, how will they decide what different paths the players can choose, what are the consequences for choices.
Our field trip was all about the Outsiders. They were each assigned to either be in the Socials or the Greasers based on an essay they wrote about what group they saw themselves in. Their assignment for the day was to see the world as either a Greaser or a Social and record their thoughts. We got on the light rail at University and Lexington and traveled to downtown Saint Paul. We traveled to the Ramsey County Court House to see the Vision of Peace Sculpture. We then journeyed on to the library, Xcel Center, and then had lunch at Cosetta’s. It was a wonderful afternoon full of a lot of fun and insights. I was very proud of the 8th grade and the way they handle their selves with such maturity and decorum.
I’m gonna talk about how the Socs and the Greasers would adapt to where we went for our field trip. I feel that the Greasers neighborhood would be by our school. The Soc’s neighborhood would be Downtown St.Paul. I think Darry would work at O’Reilly. Cherry and Marcia would work at Cossetta’s. Dally would hang out at BP. Dally usually goes downtown to the courthouse because he stays in and out of trouble. Randy would work at the Excel Energy Center. Since I would be a Soc, I would want to work at a clothing store downtown. I would hang out in downtown. I feel that none of the Greasers would fit in at St.Peter Claver, maybe some of the Socs. Ponyboy would love the library and so would I. The Greasers would probably take the green line if they didn’t have a car. Also, my favorite part of the field trip was when we went to the court house.