The Cinder-Eyed Cats

posted Jan 13, 2015, 4:56 PM by Patrick Johnson   [ updated Jan 13, 2015, 5:09 PM ]
Today we discussed the story: The Cinder-Eyed Cats by Eric Rohmann

Yesterday students listened to the story and wrote their wonderings on stickies. Today we went through their questions and sorted them according to where they could find the answer.

Interestingly, many of the wonderings students had went beyond the text. For example:
Why were the cats sleeping?
Why were the cats protective of the boy?
Where was the boy going in the boat at the end of the story?
Where did the whales disappear to?
Why is the story called The Cinder-Eyed Cats?
How can the boat be flying?
Why is the story written as a poem?

We then tried to answer these questions.

To answer these questions, we had to make interpretations of the text. We had to make inferences.

For example, we discussed why the boat was flying. Students suggested that this was because it represented a dream and being asleep. When the boat goes away, it means the boy is about to wake up. 

We looked for evidence in the text to support these interpretations. How do we know this about dreaming and sleeping? 

Our wonderings made us go deeper into the text.