SOL 9: Normal?

March 9, 2011

I entered a first grade class today to work with one of my students. E is a little squirrelly and often does not pay attention in class.  Well at least E is not paying attention to the teacher instructing. He’s usually paying attention to the laces on his shoes or the curls in his neighbor’s hair or the pencil rolling on his desk.

When we were walking to my room, I asked, “How are you today?”

E promptly answered, “I’m mostly normal.”

Enough said.


Uncle Jed

March 9, 2011

The first time I read this book, I was awed by the love Jed had for his great-niece, Sarah Jean.  Jed’s character is blessed.  Margaree King Mitchell brings out the bucket filling attitude Uncle Jed shared.  In the end, I was cheering for Uncle Jed’s accomplishments.  The scene at the hospital is a great discussion starter about segregation.  James Ransome pictures evoked my emotions as much as the words in Uncle Jed’s Barbershop.Uncle Jed's Barbershop   [UNCLE JEDS BARBERSHOP] [Paperback]

“Even though I was unconscious, the doctors wouldn’t look at me until they had finished with all the white patients.”

Uncle Jed had a dream.  He believed in his dream so much he shared it.  Uncle Jed believed in and planned for the dream barbershop he wanted.  It seems that by sharing his thoughts, his dream was true.

Set backs hit him hard.  My heart sank when I read the Great Depression hit and Uncle Jed lost all his money, over $3000.  But Jed continued his optimism and determination.  I would like to meet Uncle Jed.  he was kind, a servant with a giving attitude.  People were more important than his financial ambition.

Narrated through a young girl’s heart, Sarah Jean shares the stories of her favorite relative, Uncle Jedediah.  This book will connect all children to the past and inspire them to dream.

Savorings for reading and in writing for Uncle Jed’s Barbershop:

  • Invoking emotion
  • Scene connection – one page had “Nobody had much money.”  Turn the page, next scene:  “But Uncle Jed kept going around to his customers cutting their hair.”
  • Character sketch –
  • Goal Setting
  • Vignettes
  • (P.S.  I love the dog that is painted in many of the scenes.  He seems so real.)