Tuesday, June 23, 2009
Any Small Goodness
For summer school I just finished reading aloud Any Small Goodness: A Novel of the Barrio by Tony Johnston with my sixth graders. It went along with the unit they are studying in the summer school curriculum that I am teaching, Inside. The novel consists of snapshots of Arturo's life growing up in a barrio in California that is not as safe as his hometown in Mexico, yet still provides opportunities for his family. Through his memories we see the lessons Arturo learns along the way and the people who impact him to make good decisions. The end has a twist that was fun to work out just what was going on. It was fun helping my students visualize different scenes. The novel is quick with a lot to ponder.