22 of 31 - SOLSC 2018
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I have read Fox In Socks out loud more times than I can recall. It is so fun to read, so fun to see if you can keep up with yourself.
We had read The Lorax yesterday, which inspired a Grand Conversation where my students discussed movies vs. books, childhood memories vs. current understanding, and how to save the planet.
Fox In Socks is for the fun of it, the appreciation of language, not for deep conversations. Additionally, the kids appreciated the banter between Mr. Fox and Mr. Knox and tried to put a term to it. Smackdown? Pestering? Mic Drop!
With 90+% of my students being ELL, we then started talking about the nuances of the terms that were being suggested. At one point someone mentioned Mr. Knox reaction to something, which then turned into a picture walk. It was fascinating. We went through the book looking only at Mr. Knox's facial expressions, following his journey through his emotions. I knew Dr. Seuss was a creative genius, a word crafter extraordinaire. I had no idea the depth of his character development. The emotional journey Mr. Knox travels in Fox In Socks is rich and powerful.
This is a book I have known and loved for many decades and today I saw it with fresh eyes. Who would have ever guessed there was a deeper meaning to Fox In Socks?!