Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Alice in Urban Wonderland

I'm reading Alice's Adventures in Wonderland with my fourth grade class. We're on Chapter 6. 

Today, one of my students showed me a picture he had drawn. It had a teeny tiny Alice in the lower left hand corner, and the rest of the page was white. 

When I asked what he was going to do with all of the negative space, he said that he was going to color it black. 

I told him that he needed to do something other than color it all black, and he argued, "But sewers are black." 

"Alice didn't fall into a sewer."

"But holes go to the sewer," he said.

"But she's not a Ninja Turtle."

"But-"

Curiouser and curiouser, thought the teacher, as she watched a white rabbit lift a maintenance hole cover and jump feet first into the Los Angeles sewer system.

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