Can you survive the African veldt?

Class began the usual way today. Students completed a WA that had them practicing the new grammar concepts and reviewing a couple others. I reminded students about getting make-up work completed on or before 3/23 unless other arrangements are made. Also, the school is doing a March Madness book bracket, and we will be voting on the Sweet 16 tomorrow, so students should checkout the bracket on the wall by Ms. Vinyard and Mrs. Ward’s classrooms.

Today was CNN10 day, so we watched that for our Notebook Thinking prompt, and afterwards, I talked students through my thinking when it came to their POV work from Tuesday (Ms. Fairchild’s POV from “Hearts and Hands”).

There were actually TWO points of view that could have worked for Ms. Fairchild (bolded), but the other didn’t based on the evidence we had in the text. See my explanations below.

  • ….believes the more money someone has, the more important they are: This POV doesn’t work because she actually says in the text that “money isn’t everything.”
  • .…believes it is still important to show compassion to someone who has made mistakes: This doesn’t work because Ms. Fairchild DOESN’T show compassion to the person she thinks is the criminal; she’s horrified by it and doesn’t respond to anything he says.
  • ….believes criminals should be shunned completely from society
  • ….believes that it’s better to lie than to let yourself be embarrassed: Ms. Fairchild doesn’t lie at all, and she isn’t aware of the lie that is told.
  • ….believes high social status is important
  • ….believes people who judge others deserve to be embarrassed: Ms. Fairchild is the person who is judging someone else in this story, and she doesn’t do anything to embarrass herself, so this wouldn’t fit. You could also say that the glum-faced man is judging HER for being judgmental of the prisoner, but she doesn’t know that he is and doesn’t try to embarrass him.

It is so important when looking at POV that you really think about the evidence you have in front of you and what it shows before making the decision.

We also talked through the second question: HOW does the author develop Ms. Fairchild’s POV? This should have been answered by using the STEAL techniques, so if students didn’t do that, I asked them to make corrections on their paper.

Next, we traveled to the African veldt in order to analyze point of view in Ray Bradbury’s story “The Veldt.” Students partnered up, and used this activity that is linked on their google classroom to travel through the veldtland and see if they could survive its many obstacles. The journey took us through the rest of class, and all students were able to make it out on the exit transport. Hooray!

Students ended the class by beginning to read Part 2 of “The Veldt,” something we will finish tomorrow after book talks.


  1. Read for 25 minutes.
  2. Plan/prepare your book talk if that applies to you.