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On day two with the story, I have them read up to the second story break, which is about four or five pages in. They still don't know the title yet because I hide it, but here they read and learn some background on the character who had the suitcase in the first scene. A few of the kids--after reading this second part--will probably accurately predict what's in the suitcase, but don't let them spoil it. After talking about the connection between the first story and the second part of it, I say, "We'll learn for sure how these two stories complement each other when we read the last part of the story during our next class session." Before handing the partial copies of the story back to me, they again look at this new section for purposeful paragraphing.

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Maslow studied how successful people, including Albert Einstein, Abraham Lincoln, Martin Luther King Jr., Helen Keller, and Mahatma Gandhi had been able to lead such successful and productive lives. Maslow (1970) believed that self-actualized people are creative, spontaneous, and loving of themselves and others. They tend to have a few deep friendships rather than many superficial ones, and are generally private. He felt that these individuals do not need to conform to the opinions of others because they are very confident and thus free to express unpopular opinions. Self-actualized people are also likely to have , or transcendent moments of tranquility accompanied by a strong sense of connection with others.


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I establish the vocabulary word--metaphor--every school year with the poem "" by Judy Brow. It's a copyrighted poem, but you can usually find someone out there who has posted it at a blog or educational website using a simple Google search. Through our discussion of the poem, we leave class with the metaphor: "Education is a fire that must be equally tended by teachers as well as students." A few months into each school year, I remind them of that first day's discussion by posting that very metaphor as the "Metaphor of the Week." They recognize the idea, and we remember the poem, and I can ask them, "So how have you been doing with the part of the fire you're supposed to be 'tending?'"