This upcoming week in school is annoying. We have some state testing on Tuesday and Wednesday so the classes are only 30 minutes long. Worse than that is THAT WE HAVE STATE TESTING FOR TWO DAYS. I could go on about state testing and I probably will at a later date. For now though, a classic short story.
Thank You, Ma'am by Langston Hughes
It just doesn't get much better than this. I have a few favorite characters in American Literature and Mrs. Luella Bates Washington Jones is one of them. In this lovely short story Mrs. Jones is accosted by a young boy who tries to take her purse. He falls and she picks him up, admonishes him, and eventually takes him back to her apartment where she makes him lunch and teaches him a lesson on kindness.
Story: 10 of 10
Again, it's a classic for a reason. Also, I completely love Langston Hughes.
Teachability: 10 of 10
So much to talk about here. The dialogue is spot on and the word choice perfect. Kids love the story and the character of Mrs. Jones is such a delight. There is a line where she says to the would-be thief, "When I get through with you, sir, you are going to remember Mrs. Luella Bates Washington Jones." She was also speaking to the reader.