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Monthly Archives: February 2015
I recently discovered a way to get students to become more responsible. Or at least more resourceful. It wasn’t intentional, it just sort of happened. A student showed up to class without a pen or pencil. Shortly after the assignment was given I heard, “Can I borrow a pencil?”
The only one I had available was a stubby, eraser-less pencil with teeth marks (not mine) all over it that I had picked up off the floor a few days ago. I said, “Don’t put it in your mouth, somebody else has already been chewing on it.” The student was, of course, grossed out and refused to use it. So I said, “Time to find out who your real friends are.” In other words, hopefully you can find someone nice enough to let you use one.
So, if you’re getting tired of the question, “Can I borrow a pencil?”, you know what to do. And…just for fun, you may want to put the teeth marks on the pencils while your class watches and say, “From now on, anyone wishing to borrow a pencil from me will need to use one of these.”
For twelve-year old Elwood Evans, the bombing of Pearl Harbor is a day he’ll never forget. His older brother, Benjamin, was killed in the attack. Several months later, just as his life is getting back to normal, Elwood learns of a Japanese internment camp located at Heart Mountain, about fifteen miles from his home in Cody, Wyoming. He and his best friend, Skeeter Hill, decide to investigate, convincing themselves that even President Roosevelt needs their help. But for Elwood, the journey to Heart Mountain turns into a deeply personal mission as sharp, jagged words, like hatred and revenge, take over his mind. He realizes that the only way to deal with his rising resentment is to go to Heart Mountain by himself and do something about it, but the long solitary walk is not without its challenges and unexpected surprises. The Light on Heart Mountain portrays the ugliness of racism and one boy’s struggle to rise above it.
(My goal is to have The Light on Heart Mountain available on Kindle by March 1st, 2015.)