To start the week, we'll spend several days engaged in "close reading." This type of reading is called for by the Common Core State Standards, which we are working to implement.
The short story we'll work with is called "The Cat and the Coffee Drinkers" by Max Steele. We introduced this story by writing and talking about our recollections of kindergarten teachers. I promised the students that the teacher in this story, Miss Effie Barr, is unlike the kindergarten teachers that they remember!