The Scene: Journal-writing time. The schmoopies are all writing. In fact, they all started writing early–before the bell rang (!!!). Schmoopie T. has a question. Typically, there is no question-asking or question-answering during writing time, but since they started early I oblige…
T: Um, does the Tower of Pisa lean?
Me: Well, yes.
T: Okay… so… is it called the Leaning Tower of Pisa?
Me: Yes it is.
T: Thanks (starts writing)
Why does this make the Quote of the Week? Let’s break it down. I infer from the question that T. is intending to use a reference to the Leaning Tower of Pisa in his writing. I also know that T. knows parts of things, has heard things, and is trying to put it together. He doesn’t have very much mental stimulation going on at home,* and has to figure these things out himself or at school. My guess here is that he knew there was something with a name similar to the Leaning Tower of Pisa. He wasn’t positive that the word was “leaning”, so he organized his questions to check his facts. I LOVE it.
I’m not going to be sad that in his writing he spelled it Leaning Tower of Pizza, because A). That’s cute, B). I know what he meant to do, and C). He used it SO well! The line he used is excellent! It’s posted in his journal entries here, and quoted for your perusal below.
“…I was trying to run away but he ramed me and stood over me like the Leaning Tower of Pizza, grunting like a pig, and staring deep into my soul.”
Rock on T. Keep asking questions and getting the information you need!
*Note–In the most positive way I can say it, I was blessed with a family that was intelligent and valued literacy, conversation, and thought. Many of my lovies don’t have this in their lives.