Barnes provides a visual and auditory narrative of a young man’s visit to the barber shop. He provides details and vocabulary words that makes the story true to the story. When reading stories such as Crown an Ode to the Fresh Cut, here are some tips on how to engage with the story. This story lends itself to multiple skills. Below is a brief discussion guide.
1. Asking Questions
Keeping questions open-ended using “How, When, What, and Why. These questions can build dialouge.
Example Questions: What was your favorite part? What was your least favorite? How did you feel when the boy described his experience? Describe 3 important experiences that the boy described. Why was the barber shop important to the boy?
2. Identifying Details
There are many ways to identify details. Since this story is a sequential experience. You can start by listing examples such as important words in the story.
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Examples lend to thinking about what else happens in the real-world.
What did [this scene] remind you of?
Who is a tech CEO that you know?
What else would you use x for?
What makes you feel like a Hollywood star?
The images and words rely on one another. Using the images to build understanding is a fun way to read the text in a different way.
Review the colors and the images and read how you feel.
Why some backgrounds have scenes and others don’t.
What kind of artistic medium was used. (Watercolors, paint, crayon, etc)
What mood were in on pages with the use of color. How did this page help you understand the meaning?
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