Wednesday, March 20, 2013

English vowels--like my students




If I would need to describe English vowels in comparison to my students, this is what it would look like:

A--with its many sounds is the child who will never sit still. You never know what will come out of his/her mouth. It might be the right word or sound, or it might be song in the middle of testing. A is happy when she is first, but can change her mind often if put in the wrong group to work.

E--definitely not as noisy as A, but still likes to move a lot. E can also be a bit sneaky. You know the child who sits quietly at the table, yet causing all kinds of problems for others under the table. E loves to be the last to give a presentation, that way he can kick everyone down a notch in the grades.

I--think about your students who are easily confused. That is I. Especially if these students come from countries where the English I short sound is actually the E sound. What are you doing for these students? Will you refer them to the social worker or special education?

O--is the dreaming child. Think about the one who is quiet, looks like she is working (maybe even taking notes). But when you ask her a question, even her mouth makes the letter O; she is so surprised that you interrupted her world. She or he is always surprised when it comes time to take a test. They act like they never heard the announcement or read it on the board.

U--is always ready to pass on the responsibility to someone else. U do it. Sometimes I even dream about these phrases at night: "Why can't U do it?" Can't U give me a new copy 'cause I lost mine?" U never told me we were having a test today?" I strongly believe that U and O are kissing cousins. They can both be so surprised every time; and they never want to take responsibility. "Can U write my next blog post?"
    

9 comments:

  1. What a cleverly conceived piece. 'Soundly' constructed. U have nailed it!

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  2. That is the word that came to my mind, too...clever. Vowels can drive us a bit crazy at times but not much gets done without them. They are essential just like out students! :)

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  3. You found a way to capture each vowel perfectly.

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  4. very creative! but what letter is for the quiet, responsible, hardworking student? (I was trying to find myself in your description, and that's who I was!) maybe a consonant? or "y", because they're curious?

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    1. Jennifer, you are right; I need to write an other piece about the quiet, hardworking students!

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  5. I love the qualities you found in each of the vowels. This was fun to attach students to each one.

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  6. Fun to read! Every vowel is recognizable!

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  7. Cool! Creative concept...made me grin and wonder about the ones that "walk together" or "i before e" -- rules and how pairs would be described.

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    1. You have given me more ideas! Thank you!

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