There are 13 sections in Seedfolks, representing 13 main characters, 13 points of view. Fleischman could have selected any number, but he selected 13. I have no idea why, although I will be making my own guesses (sharing "Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackboard", the power of the prime number, the power of the shape of the number itself). The point is: We should celebrate these questions and their answers. Why NOT 13?
With the 1LQ sessions (5-8 minutes, group-work), we will begin to use my Question Matrix as the core tool for LA 7. As we move beyond tomorrow's discussion into a focused reading of the book (Reader's Workshop model - we will begin by reading for Characterization and How It is Developed), the matrix will be used to develop questions that will make our reading deeper. This upcoming week is for practice, so although we have already crossed out "Who is...", we will leave the other cells untouched until next week. After this, students will be generating, and answering, questions for HW and during class, "using up" cells as they do so. It is my anticipation that comprehension and deep-reading skills will develop, as will the ability to recognize, highlight, and discuss pertinent supporting detail.