Once Upon an Ordinary School Day

posted Sep 22, 2016, 4:44 PM by Patrick Johnson
This week we read and listened to the book: Once Upon an Ordinary School Day by Colin McNaughton.

The book is about a boy who goes through the ordinary routines of his day until he meets his new teacher. In the teacher's first lesson, he tells the students to listen to the music and let the music fill their minds with pictures. They all think he is crazy until they find their imaginations are swept away by the music. They end up writing wonderful stories about those images and all the stories were very different.

Our big thinking question was: When the music played, what pictures filled your mind? Although we (and the class) listened to the same piece of music, all of the pictures in our minds were different. Why was this the case?

This led to a discussion that the music interacted with each of our own life stories and produced different images according to our memories, feelings and connections. We discussed that when we read, it interacts with our own life stories sparking images, feelings, memories and connections. This helps (and frankly is crucial) in understanding what we read.
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