Classroom Implications: Students reach back into life in the 1950's and find themselves in an Italian-American family in Brooklyn. This sparks an immediate discussion around setting and time periods. This book also provides the space for much work to be done around the rich characters in the text. The time line of the text tends to be more episode-driven rather than plot-driven, therefore students will use a different set of skills to negotiate the text (i.e. focus on retelling and interpreting skills).
Skills and Strategies
- Retelling--episode driven vs. plot driven