Sara LaBarbera is teaching 6th graders at Walker Middle School near Tampa how to research poets using an online library.
One student, working on a series of questions about a Lewis Carroll poem, asks LaBarbera for help. He has the pieces, but doesn’t quite know how to put them together.
LaBarbera knows how to ask the right questions.
“Alice seems, like, sad or depressed and the White Knight tries to cheer her up by singing her a song,” the student says of the poem.
“OK, so is it a poem that is telling you a story?” LaBarbera asks.