On Sunday Denise revealed this week’s Six Sentence Story prompt word: “CODE”. Come Thursday she will, via her blog, GirlieOntheEdge, open up the link for sharing stories told in six sentences, no more, no less. Here I pick up from a recent episode featuring a recurring character, Telling.
Cracking the Code
Sofie and Marlie played while their moms had coffee and got caught up, for they all saw less of each other since Marlie started home schooling with her dad.
“Maybe I should just leave Sofie off here mornings instead of school; she’s been having a tough time in second grade, I thought it was because she was missing Marlie even though Marlie’s in first grade, but after that conference I think it’s more. Her teacher was talking in code- ‘decodes with multiple strategies, strong comprehension, reads above grade level norms’- telling me what I’ve always known about Sofie and her love of reading, but then she went into all Sofie’s problems with encoding; ‘inconsistent application of phonetic strategies, resistant to employing graphic organizers, minimal and stilted prose with assigned tasks’- finally came out and just said it- Sofie sucks at writing.”
“She did not say that I hope, and my gosh, Sofie writes beautifully, always has.”
“Well, Sofie is now convinced that writing means perfect spelling and a set number of sentences forced into cookie cutter paragraphs, and she no longer comes home excited about her day at school and she hates to write.”
As the girls galloped by, expertly lassoing wild mustangs for the ranch they’d started in the living room, one mom told the other that she thought her work at home husband might have room for one more student.