€€€THOMAS LEARN TO READ €€€Jo Ellen Bogart, Laura Fernandez & Rick Jacobson, Barcelona, Editorial €€€€€€€€€€€€€€€€€€€€€€€€€€€€€€€Youth, 1998 €€€Thomas

knew how to build a fence of logs and knew how to make an omelette, bu t €€€could not read. Thomas knew how to make a table of a tree and make a fresh kn ew €€€syrup from its sap, but could not read. Thomas knew how to care for tomatoes, €€€cucumbers and corn cobs to grow beautiful, but not €€€could read. He knew the animal tracks and signs of €€€seasons, but did not know the letters and words. €€€I want to learn to read, "he told his brother Joseph. €€€"You're an old man," replied Thomas Joseph. You have children and grandchildr en and €€€you can do almost everything. €€€"But I can not read" said Thomas. €€€"Well," said Joseph. Then learn. €€€"I want to learn to read," I said to Julia, his wife. €€€"You're wonderful as you are," said Julia as she stroked €€€beard. €€€"But it may be even better," he said. €€€"Then learn," said his wife, smiling over his work €€€point. So you can read me to me. €€€"I want to learn to read," Thomas told his old sheepdog. €€€The dog looked at him, and then lay down on the rug at the feet of Thomas. Th omas €€€I thought: "How I can learn to read? My brother can not teach. My €€€woman can not teach. This old dog can not teach. How €€€learn? " €€€Tom thought a long time and finally smiled.

€€€The next morning, Tom got up at sunrise and did the work of €€€the farm. Then he washed his face and hands, combed his hair and beard, and €€€was his favorite shirt. Toast breakfast and prepared a €€€sandwich to take him. Julia then said goodbye and left with a kiss €€€home.

€€€€€€€€€€He found a group of children who also went by the way €€€shaded by trees. When children entered the school, Thomas €€€also entered. Ms. Garcia smiled at him.

€€€"I want to learn to read," he said. €€€She pointed to an empty seat and sat Thomas. €€€"Boys and girls," said the teacher, "today we have a new student.

€€€€€€€€€€Thomas began by learning letters and their sounds. Some children will €€€helped. At break, sat under a tree and taught some children and €€€girls to imitate the song of the coal and the honking of geese, and told them €€€stories.

€€€€€€€€€€Soon Thomas was learning words. Everyday copied the €€€exercises in your book carefully. A Thomas that he loved €€€teacher or older children €€€read aloud in class. Sometimes he drew while listening.

€€€Thomas was learning, but also was teaching. Teach children €€€to make wood carvings with the knife. €€€And the teacher taught him to make apple jam and whistle with €€€teeth.

€€€After a time, Thomas was already writing his gathering words and €€€own stories. He wrote about how he saved a small squirrel. €€€He wrote about bathing in the river. " He wrote about the day he met her €€€women. Julia watched as Thomas did his exercises in the table after €€€dinner. €€€- When are you going to read me something? - He asked. €€€"When the time comes," he said.

€€€One day, Thomas took home a book of poems by the school. Poems €€€are trees and clouds and rivers and deer light. Thomas hid €€€under her pillow. That night, when Julia and he went to bed €€€took the book. €€€"Listen," he said. €€€He read a poem about soft petals and sweet scent of roses. He read a poem €€€waves breaking on the seashore. He read a love poem. Julia €€€looked at her husband's eyes. €€€- Oh, Thomas! "He said. I want to learn to read. €€€"Tomorrow, after breakfast, honey," she said smiling. And put out the €€€light.

€€€THOMAS LEARN TO READ: reading comprehension €€€€ €€€1 Where is the story?

€€€€In €€€€In €€€€At €€€€In €€€€ €€€€

the field. the town of Thomas. school. a suburb.

€€€2. a) What are the characters involved? €€€€ €€€€

€€€€€€€b) Who was Mrs. Garcia?

€€€€The wife of Thomas. €€€€The daughter of Thomas. €€€€The teacher. €€€€Julia's sister. €€€€ €€€€ €€€3. These phrases numbered in the order of the story you've read: €€€€ €€€€€€€€€€He found a group of children. €€€€€€€€€€You're an old man, Thomas. €€€€€€He read a poem about soft petals. €€€Thomas began by learning letters and their sounds. €€€€ €€€€ €€€4. What reasons did Thomas offer to abandon the idea of learning

€€€read? Points correct.

€€€€It is an older man. €€€€There is no place in school. €€€€It is wonderful as it is. €€€€He has not paid tuition. €€€€ €€€5. It lists the things he could do Thomas.

€€€6. Why it is said that Thomas was learning but also teaching?

€€€€Because she taught reading to his brother. €€€€Because he made a school for seniors. €€€€He taught the children things he knew. €€€€Because he spoke with the dogs.

€€€7. What makes the book Thomas take home? Why?

€€€8. In the text are a few words with a hyphen in front. Why are €€€well written?

€€€€Because €€€€Because €€€€Because €€€€Because

they they they they

are are are are

the main ideas. dialogues between the characters. the first words he learned Thomas. part of a poem.

€€€9. How Thomas prepared the first day to go to school? Notes the €€€correct answers.

€€€€It toilet. €€€€She phoned a taxi driver. €€€€It is a sandwich to take him. €€€€A backpack filled with books.

€€€€ €€€10. a) Do you think that the title is suitable reading? Why?

€€€€€€€€b) Women in Thomas changes his mind from beginning to end €€€text. How to change your mind?

€€€11 .- Write two sentences to be repeated in reading. €€€€ €€€_____________________________________________________ €€€€ €€€_____________________________________________________ €€€€ €€€12. Who tells the story?

€€€€The teacher and children. €€€€A narrator. €€€€The wife of Thomas. €€€€The brother of Thomas. €€€13. Does it seem possible that the situation described in the story could €€€really happen? Explain. €€€€ €€€€ €€€€ €€€SOLUTIONS, COMMENTS AND REPORT €€€TOTAL perform the driving test: 162 STUDENTS. 5 CENTERS, 9 CLASSROOMS. €€€€ €€€1 Where is the story? (1punto) €€€€€€€€€€In the field.

€€€€€€X €€€€€€In the town of Thomas. €€€At school. €€€In a suburb. €€€In some cases students have answered "in the field" or "school." €€€Since that is not specified and the argument one can deduce both €€€response as the others, were considered valid. €€€All students except one have responded well. €€€€ €€€2. a) What are the characters involved? €€€Thomas, his wife, his brother Joseph, children, the teacher (Mrs. Smith), the €€€dog. €€€There have been two points to students that specify the most €€€characters, not to mention the children because they are fundamental. There h as been a €€€point to those who have forgotten some (one or two) of the characters €€€important. €€€Students get two points: 99. One point: 63. €€€Zero point: none.

€€€€€€€b) Who was Mrs. Garcia? €€€€€€€€€€The wife of Thomas. €€€€€€€€€€The daughter of Thomas. €€€€€€X €€€€€€The teacher. €€€Julia's sister. €€€It's a relatively easy question, for which they have to make a €€€small inference, since it is not explicit in the text that Mrs. Garcia €€€is the teacher, although it can be easily deduced. €€€One point: 151 students. Zero points: 11 students. €€€€ €€€3. These phrases numbered in the order of the story you've read: €€€€€€2 €€€€€€He found a group of children. €€€1 €€€You're an old man, Thomas. €€€€€€4 €€€€€€He read a poem about soft petals. €€€3

€€€Thomas began by learning letters and their sounds. €€€Generally respond well, even those that are difficult to €€€other questions. There have been two points to those who ordered the four sen tences €€€well. A good point if you have two. €€€Two points: 138 students. One point: 12. Zero points: 12. €€€€ €€€4. What reasons did Thomas offer to abandon the idea of learning €€€read? Points correct. €€€€€€X €€€€€€It is an older man. €€€There is no place in school. €€€X €€€It is wonderful as it is. €€€He has not paid tuition. €€€As in the previous case, there are two points for answering correctly and €€€one point only one reason. The hard part of the question €€€is that they have to realize that more than one answer €€€accurately as possible, and have to point them out. And specified in €€€question: "Points to the right." Probably for the speed with which €€€respond not realize that, for the notices which contains the question €€€(Correct) should seek more than one.

€€€Two points: 115 students. One point: 45. Zero points 2. €€€€ €€€5. It lists the things he could do Thomas.

€€€Knew how to build a fence of logs, make an omelette, make a table €€€a tree, I knew make syrup from the sap of the trees, know how to care €€€tomatoes, cucumbers and corn cobs. €€€The following are more complicated because it is not explicit that €€€Thomas knew how to: distinguish the animal tracks and signs €€€stations, prepare a snack, imitating the songs of birds, €€€telling stories, making wood carvings with a knife, make jam €€€apple, whistling with his teeth. Signal results we have understood €€€While reading, the overall vision of the text. €€€This question makes clear the difficulty that many students €€€to write / copy, which have not yet mastered the ability to "physically" writ e. €€€Virtually none has gone beyond what is stated in the €€€introduction, have not identified other things he could do and that Thomas €€€mentioned in the €€€further reading. Anyway, if you have complete detailed

€€€introduction (what Thomas can do) there have been two points.

€€€Two points: 111 students. One point: 43. Zero points: 6. €€€€ €€€6. Why it is said that Thomas was learning but also teaching? €€€€ €€€€€€€€€€Because she taught reading to his brother. €€€€€€€€€€Because he made a school for seniors. €€€€€€X €€€€€€He taught the children things he knew. €€€Because he spoke with the dogs. €€€This question it is very easy. Only three students did not respond well. €€€One point: 159. Zero points: 3.

€€€7. What makes the book Thomas take home? Why? €€€He hid under his pillow to read poems to his wife before €€€sleep. So his wife showed him how much he had learned and the interesting thi ng €€€I was able to read. €€€If the student answers correctly to do, evidenced by its ability €€€interpretation, global understanding, and that has captured the intent of €€€author.

€€€Many students meet for what? But forget what does? It seems that no €€€are accustomed to responding to an orderly, who are not yet €€€strategies for dealing with discipline their tasks. If they respond €€€to both questions, they are given two points.

€€€Two points: 88 students. One point: 61. Zero points: 13.

€€€8. In the text are a few words with a hyphen in front. Why are €€€well written? €€€€€€€€€€Because they are the main ideas. €€€€€€X €€€€€€Because they are dialogues between the characters. €€€Because they are the first words he learned Thomas. €€€Because they are part of a poem.

€€€In most cases students have recognized the use of €€€scripts, or because they knew because they were eliminated from the text. €€€€ €€€One point: 134. Zero points: 28. €€€9. How Thomas prepared the first day to go to school? Notes the €€€correct answers. €€€€ €€€X is a toilet. €€€€€She phoned a taxi driver. €€€X is a sandwich to take him. €€€€€A backpack filled with books. €€€In some cases students have reported only one answer, although €€€warns that there may be more of a "Notes replies €€€correct. "As already mentioned, need to be more rigorous, more €€€disciplined when facing their tasks.

€€€Students who answer correctly and earn 2 points: 94 €€€1 point: 58, 0 Points: 10

€€€10. a) Do you think that the title is suitable reading? Why? €€€Yes, because the most important of the story-read-history is that €€€protagonist learns to read. €€€Also, if enough reason your answer, you can accept other €€€possibilities. Other interpretations are possible.

€€€The question worth two points. In general have responded well, €€€explaining that the title is appropriate because it captures the main idea, w hich is €€€Tomas learns to read. When it was sufficiently clear that €€€have understood, there has been a point.

€€€Two points: 143 students. One point: 12. Zero points: 7.

€€€€€€€€b) Women in Thomas changes his mind from beginning to end €€€text. What changed your mind?

€€€Above all changes of opinion which does not conform, at the end, you know €€€Read Thomas, she also wants to learn. It also seems that more shows €€€importance of knowing how to read.

€€€If the candidate responds appropriately, show that knows how to integrate ide as and €€€information.

€€€In general the question has proved more complicated than the previous €€€As is clear from the results. Not all students feel that women €€€Thomas also wants, at the end of the work, learning to read, because what €€€considered a value, something relevant. €€€Two points: 82 students. One point: 52. Zero points: 28. €€€11 .- Write two sentences to be repeated in reading. €€€"I want to learn to read." "But could not read." €€€€ €€€There are also grammatical structures and ideas that are repeated, but not so €€€clearly as in the cases reported.

€€€Some students have understood "words" in the sense of phrase, or some €€€even word.€Was accepted when students indicated at least three €€€repeated words. On the other hand, some students have understood that €€€had to repeat the same phrase twice, and have done so ("Well €€€learn. " "Well, learn.") Shall not be considered valid, but funny €€€and some logic. €€€€ €€€Two points: 82 students. One point: 63. Zero points: 17. €€€€ €€€12. Who tells the story? €€€€€The teacher and children. €€€X A narrator. €€€€€The wife of Thomas. €€€€€The brother of Thomas. €€€It's an easy question, and most have responded correctly.

€€€One point: 147. Zero 15. €€€€ €€€13. Does it seem possible that the situation described in the story could €€€really happen? Explain. €€€€ €€€Yes, it is possible that an older person who has not gone to school because t

heir €€€children had no opportunity to learn to read more. Other things are possible €€€listed on the site. But it is a little strange that an older man will €€€school with children. €€€If you argue your answers, you can accept some other possibilities.

€€€Some say that all older read because it learns €€€small school. Others who are poor, or living in €€€mountain, or who have to work for small ... and therefore it is possible €€€higher than not read. If you have been sufficiently substantiated, they €€€given two points. €€€Two points: 121 students. One point: 26. Zero points: 15. €€€N º STUDENT SCORES €€€LEARNED TO GET THIS SCORE €€€€ €€€25 13 €€€24 25 €€€23 26 €€€22 16 €€€21 15 €€€20 17 €€€October 19 €€€18 13 €€€June 17 €€€April 16 €€€May 15 €€€March 14 €€€January 13 €€€12 €€€April 11th €€€10 €€€9 €€€August 1 €€€7 -

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