I missed the POTUS State of the Union address but I heard it was a pretty good one. I was playing Strawberry Shortcake with Frances last night. I was Orange Blossom and she was Strawberry. She's at a fun age where her imagination is huge and she can just play instead of be entertained.
Silent Giant by John Aylesworth
Silent Giant is a quasi-scifi piece about a school or classroom for developmentally challenged learners. Aylesworth gives a humorous take on the system and how these type of children are taught. There were definite parts where I laughed (kids having fetal marijuana syndrome) and one part where I laughed and snorted ("I am ASAO - Attention Surplus Attention Obsessive. I can see the forest for the trees. I can hear the sound of one hand clapping").
Story: 9 of 10
I really liked the piece but I wonder how much of that is because I'm a teacher and I understand all the inside jokes and jabs the authors throws at the audience. I'm anxious for a non-teacher to weigh in on this story. So weigh in!
Teachability: 8 of 10
I would teach this as a satire. The whole piece isn't satirical (the main character just wants to learn how to read) but enough of the setting is that satire would be a good route. Kids would enjoy it because the characters are awesome. Maybe not the most developed, but completely entertaining.