Reader Response Blog for Smoky Night

Part One

  1. Bunting, E., & Diaz, D. (1994). Smoky night. San Diego: Harcourt Brace.
  2. Grades: First Grade- Third Grade

Genre: Non-Fiction Picture Book

Part Two

I actually really liked this book for the classroom. I think it is a great book that discusses conflict and how through tough times, you manage to get closer to people. Although this book was about how cats don’t get along, I think it can relate to many situations in real life where you may dislike someone, but in times of need you need to watch over one another. In the book, both cats did not like each other in the beginning but once they were in danger, they put their differences away and comforted one another until they were saved. I can relate this to my personal life at home with my brother. Now of course, I love him but there are times where we are arguing yet as soon as one of us is getting in trouble, the other is there to help defend. I enjoyed how the author took an “adult situation” but managed to make it very kid-friendly.

Part Three

The setting of the book took place in the apartment of the little boy, the streets outside his window, and the shelter in the church hall. The story is told through the point of view of the little boy because throughout the book he uses words like “I” and “her cat”. The plot of the book happened when the little boy and his mama had to leave the apartment due to an unexpected fire and he couldn’t find his cat.

Part Four

Objective: Students will be able to discuss what causes riots and write a paragraph about how people can avoid them from uprising.

  1. Why didn’t the little boy and his mama ever go to Mrs.Kim’s store?
  2. Where did the firefighter find the cats? What were they doing?
  3. After reading the book, do you think the little boy and his mama will start going to Mrs.Kim’s store? Why or why not?
  4. If you were awaken in the middle of the night to leave because of a fire, what 1 item would you take with you and why?

Activity: The students will be put into groups and will need to create a story that includes conflict between people. The students need to also come up with a problem that rises in the story in which then causes the people in the story to work together.

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