Students then worked in small groups to discuss the central dilemma in the text we read this week. As a group, students considered the issue through the eyes of all stakeholders. Dilemma: "A society does not have enough resources to feed all of its people. There is a proposal to take all people over the age of seventy into the mountains and let them fend for themselves."
Students were very passionate in their conversations!
We then read the thought provoking Japanese folktale entitled "The Old Man and His Affectionate Son". Students discovered the stakeholder group(s) that was impacted in the text by the central dilemma. Our Socratic seminar discussions on Monday and Tuesday explored the ideas of power, change, and wisdom as they related to the text. Students also uncovered ways the narrator expressed and implied their point of view within the text. Examining and interpreting an author's word choices can reveal to readers their opinions and viewpoints.
Consider a conversation with your 4PA student regarding their position for the dilemma. Consider sharing your position, too! Many of our students shifted their perspective regarding the ideas of change, power, and wisdom during our Socratic seminar this week. Ask your student their thinking changed during our conversation.
Next week we will begin our first novel of the school year, The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett!