During March I'm participating in the Slice of Life Story Challenge sponsored by Two Writing Teachers. This is Day 13.
Once upon a time two students, who were also best friends, named Ashley and Aubrey disagreed about how to read a book.
Aubrey's reading method bugged her friend. Unable to convince Aubrey that she should read her Nicholas Sparks book from front to back instead of peeking at the last page first, Ashley sought the assistance of her noble English teacher, Mrs. Funk.
"Mrs Funk, do you think it's a bad that Aubrey reads the last page of the book before getting to it?"
Mrs. Funk's response that "It's your free reading. You can do what you want. I sometimes read the last page first, too" shocked Ashley.
"I just think it's a spoiler. Why would you do that?" Ashley crossed her arms and awaited a response.
Then Aubrey replied, as her classmates looked on and listened: "It gives you hope and anticipation. Just reading the very last page sometimes doesn't make sense, but it gets you thinking about what will happen."
Continuing her argument for looking back before reading forward, Aubrey said, "I've always done that."
Ashley would have none of Aubrey's analysis: "It's stupid."
I decided to have the last word: "I'm on team Aubrey."
With that, other students responded in a chorus of independent readers. Some chanted, "Team Ashley." Others cheered, "Team Aubrey."
|Aubrey and Ashley "debate" the merits of reading back to front. |
Colton and Savanna look on and decide what team to join.