- Give your students four random categories. (I used type of food, type of clothing, type of electronic, and type of furniture.)
- Have the students list one answer for each of the four categories. (I had the students work in groups of 3-4 and gave them less than five minutes to complete this portion of the assignment.)
- Explain to the students that they must compare the items they listed to the main character in the text. (We were reading "My Favorite Chaperone" by Jean Davies Okimoto.)
- My students used the RACE strategy (R-restate the question, A- answer the question, C- cite textual evidence, E- explain the evidence) to complete step three.
Maya, from "My Favorite Chaperone", is like a dining room table because everyone depends on her to support them. Maya not only has to help her family by watching out for her brother she also has to translate for her father when Nurzhan, her brother, gets in a fight and when her mom's employers call. Maya also must give up her love of gymnastics when her mother hurts her ankle. During this time she has to go to school, do her mother's cleaning jobs, and cook dinner for the family. These examples prove the extent to which Maya's family places things on her shoulders and depends on her to help carry the families burdens, just as each day we depend on a dining room table to hold whatever we may place upon it.