Before we started RUMP, we read several picture book versions of Rumplestiltskin. (This fabulous advice from Colby Sharp:-) Some of the versions were fun. Others were a bit scary. Some of the movie versions we watched were a bit creepy. The kids loved the conversations around the similarities and differences in this stories. But Rumplestiltskin as a character was pretty much the same--a not so nice, magical creature who is out for himself.
So much of 3rd grade is learning to read complex books, learning to look beyond the surface and to infer a bit more than what is on the page. So much is learning to know characters beyond a few descriptors. What do they do and why do they do what they do? How do they change over time? What do they learn from their problems?
The year has also been about connecting stories in a way that helps you understand better. Noticing the ways that stories connect and characters remind you of other characters. It has been about thinking about what you can expect from a story because of its genre, author or topic. And it's been about the fun in changing your thinking in the midst of reading once you learn more about a character.
So, this book has been perfect t to tie all of our conversations together and to think more deeply about a character we thought we knew well enough. We are learning that perspective matters and the conversations around this book have been such fun!
Before we started the book, we previewed together and listed those things that we expected as readers as well as questions we had: