Our Multicultural Month Project was to find information about the culture of the characters in the books we read. Some students presented theirs in Power Point form.
Praise for Echo :
* "Ryan has created three contemporary characters who, through faith and perseverance, write their own happy endings, inspiring readers to believe they can do the same." -- School Library Journal, starred review
* “A grand narrative that examines the power of music to inspire beauty in a world overrun with fear and intolerance, it's worth every moment of readers' time.” -- Kirkus Reviews, starred review
* "The book’s thematic underpinnings poignantly reveal what Friedrich, Mike, and Ivy truly have in common: not just a love of music, but resourcefulness in the face of change, and a refusal to accept injustice." -- Publishers Weekly, starred review
* "Ryan’s ingenious plotting harmonizes as sweetly as the famed mouth harp itself, and her eloquent prose breathes life and energy into likable characters whose stories are individually compelling and historically resonant." -- Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books, starred review
"A satisfyingly multilayered tale of music, self-sacrifice and redemption." -- Wall Street Journal
“After reading Pam Munoz Ryan’s enchanting new novel, you’ll never see the harmonica the same way again….Start to finish the book is a joy to read….
The music swells, the book sings.” -- New York Times
our book about many Cultures
REALISTIC HISTORICAL FICTION WITH A FRAME OF FANTASY
told from several different points of View - Otto's, Friedrich's, Ivy's and Mike's
Skill – Point of View
* Every story has a narrator, or a person who tells the story. The narrator’s point of view tells how the narrator feels or thinks about the characters or events. When the narrator uses pronouns such as he, she or they, the story has a third-person narrator. When the narrator is telling the story about him or herself, it is first-person narration.
While reading a story, ask the following questions:
* What pronouns are used in the story?
* Is the narrator describing someone else’s story or their own?
* What is the narrator’s point of view about the subject he or she is sharing?
If first person is someone telling you his or her story
and second person
is you being told how you should do something,then third person
is more like a camera recording events
That's not to say it's necessarily an objective point of view. A third person narrator can be highly subjective
ECHO by Pam Munoz Ryan A Newberry Honor Book
intrigue eclipse serenade heir euphoric jovial harmonica apprehensive audience ethereal disparage
fanatic prudent boycotts conservatory feigning aptitude stigma repertoire deteriorate premonition
unscathed jeopardize delicacies adieu heritage
The Music Part 1
Brahm's Lullaby on harmonica:
Beethoven Fur Elise
Tchaikovsky Sleeping Beauty
Bach's Cello Suite Number 1
Vocabulary Part 2
The Music Part 2
America the Beautiful
The Harmonica Wizard March
Chopin Nocturne No.20