The ending of Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry is not a happy one, and many students were angry with Mildred Taylor. Not surprisingly, Edmodo poll results showed that only 59% of them liked the ending. After some often heated debate however, they began to realize that a happy ending would have been incongruent with historical facts. As to whether or not the ending was satisfying, 67% of respondents believe that it was. While there were some tough critics, 14 to be exact, most students felt that the novel's resolution was satisfying, if not agreeable.
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Writing circles, in their current iteration, met for the last time this week. Their focus: the editing conference. After weeks and weeks of selecting topics, drafting, choosing kernels, revising, and illustrating, authors took the final step of the publication process. Each student assumed the role of editor twice and assisted authors in 'finalizing' their pieces. Works will be published next week, new writing circles will be formed, and the process will start all over again. I am anxious for students to reflect on their writing circle experiences in order to make the next undertaking even better!