The West Side from How Juan Got Home by Bob Dorsey. powerpoint presentation by Carol Harms, JSD 171, Orofino, ID.
The West Side
from How Juan Got Home
by Bob Dorsey
powerpoint presentation by Carol Harms, JSD 171, Orofino, ID
“The West Side” is from the final chapters of the book How Juan Got Home. Juan Morales wants to go home to Puerto Rico. Although he likes his uncle’s comfortable New York City apartment, he fears he’ll never find friends. None of the boys in the East Side neighborhood where his uncle lives speaks Spanish.
Then, on a search for Puerto Rican food,
he goes to the West Side. Here he finds some
reminders of Puerto Rico, and here, for the first
time since being in New York, he finds a friend.
Have you ever moved to
a new place and wondered
if you would have friends?
Genre: Realistic Fiction
Characters behave as people or animals do in real life.
The setting is a real place or could be a real place.
The events of the story are based on a conflict or problem that could occur in real life.
Juan = /whon/
Morales = /more-all-ace/
New York City
Make sure you can
pronounce Juan’s name
and the name
Puerto Rico correctly.
It is okay to guess on the
rest of the Spanish words
in this story.
talking a lot and very fast
a person who takes care of
or organizes something like an
office or sports team
She manages a business
He manages a sports team
feeling bad or silly about something you’ve done
describes someone who thinks
another person is good at
Everyone was impressed by the job the
workers had done building the roof.
I was impressed by the quarterback’s skill.
Homophones have the same sound as another word, but have a different meaning and spelling.
“homo” means same “phon” means sound- by word analysis, a
homophone is a word with the same sound.
These words start with consonant blends. What letters form
the blends at the beginning of these words?
Can you think of at least one other word that begins with each
Readers can draw conclusions about what a character is like based on information in the story. In order to draw these conclusions, readers consider what a character says, what a character does, and what other characters say about him or her.
Mrs. Jones scowled at the children.
They always made so much noise as
they passed her window. Didn’t they know
how important it was that she have quiet?
She was not impressed with their manners.
The children looked up and saw Mrs.
Jones looking at them with her scrunched
up face and burning eyes. They wondered
if Mrs. Jones would feel embarrassed if she
could see how frightful her expression was.
What does Mrs. Jones
do, say or think that tells
you about her character?
What do the children say or think
that tells you about Mrs. Jones’