ブック・レポート Book Report

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2週間の冬休み直前、ドラ息子には宿題がありました。「ブック・レポート・ピザ」と言って、本を1冊読んでレポートを書くというもの。3年生になってから初めての大きな宿題です。

ピザが8切りになっているイラストの中に、本の名前・著者、本のテーマ、舞台、登場人物とその役割、あらすじ、好きな場面、感想等をそれぞれ書き込むようになってます。そしてその裏には、雑誌から本のテーマや描写を連想させる写真や言葉を見つけて、切り取って貼付けます。

「いやぁ、こんなことできるのかしら。」と一瞬途方に暮れましたが、本人曰く、本は既に読んだのを選んだので内容もわかっているとのこと。二人の男の子が、悪魔になった担任の先生を、校長先生が変身してなる「キャプテン・アンダーパンツ」というヒーローと一緒にやっつけて、いい先生に戻すというお話。「なるほど単純でいいかも!」

問題はいつやるか。平日は通常の宿題だけで大変なので、週末しかありません。しかしいつものことながら、ドラ息子に鉛筆と消しゴムを用意させて、椅子に座らせるだけで私の体力気力は半分消耗します。始めてからも、鉛筆と消しゴムはすぐに行方不明になるし、文字通り飛んで行くし。読める字を書かせる、意味のある文章を書かせる、もう意識がもうろうとしてきます。一体いつになったら自力で勉強できるようになるのやら。

ともあれ、一番難しかったのは、やはりあらすじ。とにかく長くてもいいからと、話の流れを自分の言葉で全部書かせました。本人は泣きながらもやり遂げたのは驚きです。それを10分の1くらいに凝縮する作業は、かなり私の手が入りました。

雑誌から連想する言葉を探すのも、最初は難しかったけど、やっているうちにコツがわかってきて、「dangerous(危ない)」「tough(タフ)」「amazing(驚くベき)」「problem(問題)」などを見つけることができました。写真は躍動感、恐怖感なんかが伝わるのを選んでは、はさみでチョキチョキ。わりと楽しかったかな。

いやいや親も鍛えられます。次の大きな宿題はどうやら動物レポートのようです。先生、くれぐれもお手柔らかにお願いしますよ(^_^;)。

Right before the two week winter break, my dragon boy had an assignment, “Book Report Pizza,” which was to write a report on a book. It was the first biggest homework in third grade.

There was an illustration of a pizza, cut into eight pieces. Into each piece he was supposed to write: the name and author of the book, book’s theme, setting, characters and their roles, plot, his favorite part, and what he thought of the book. He also had to cut out words and pictures from magazines that could be associated with the story and description of the book, and glue them on the back of the pizza.

“How can we do this?!” I was momentarily at a loss, but according to dragon he had already picked a book that he had read before, which meant he already knew the whole story. The story was something like this: two school boys beat their teacher who has turned evil, with a help of “Captain Underpants,” who is in fact a transformed hero of their principal. Then the evil teacher turns back into a nice person. “Well, simple enough. It may not be so bad after all.”

The question was when we could work on it. Weekdays were already busy enough because of his regular homework, which left us only with weekends. Anyway, as usual, having him sit in a chair with a pencil and eraser in hand is extremely exhausting. Half of my energy is gone by then, physically and mentally. Once we are at work, the pencil and eraser start disappearing or they literally fly away. It makes me almost unconscious just to have him write sentences that make sense with recognizable handwriting. I have no idea when he will start studying on his own.

Anyway, the hardest part was writing the plot. I told dragon to write down the whole story in his own words however long it would be. He was nearly crying but it was pretty amazing that he did it. I did most of the task to summarize it into one-tenth.

It was hard at first to find associated words and pictures from magazines, but as we got the hang of it we spotted quite a few words such as “dangerous,” “tough,” “amazing,“ or “problem.” We picked pictures that could convey dynamism or scary feeling, snip-snapping one after another. I guess it was fun after all.

Homework certainly gives parents tough time. It seems that next assignment will be animal non-fiction report. I hope the teacher won’t be so hard on us (^_^:).
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by danceofdragon | 2008-01-13 13:49