My classroom wasn't available today, and so my classes have met in different rooms throughout the building. Unfortunately, I only found out about this a few minutes before school started, so I barely had time to grab my computer, our copies of Lord of the Flies, and head to my first room assignment.
Today we talked about beginnings, and the way writers craft the start of their stories to set up a reader's expectations for what the rest of the story will be like. I used examples from Moby-Dick, Huck Finn, Pride and Prejudice, 1984, and The Graveyard Book.
As they read chapter 1, the students asked some good questions: "what does it mean by 'the scar'?" was one that came up in a couple of classes. So we talked briefly about the context (one boy was standing on the scar, so obviously it wasn't a scar on his face or something) and then by using what they already knew about the story (they're standing on the ground, so the scar is on the ground) the students were able to put together that the scar was the part of the island that was gouged up by the plane crash.