The saying, "You are what you eat," may help us remember that our food gives our bodies the building material to grow new cells. But it's also interesting (and important) to remember that what we say and do affects not only how others see us but also the kind of person each of us will become.
A few chapters (3) into our novel, Touching Spirit Bear, we have all started to form opinions about what kind of person Cole Matthews is. Some say that it doesn't matter what other people think about you, but it sure seems like what other people think is going to play a part in what happens to Cole (like whether he goes to jail). And what people in the story and in our class think about Cole definitely comes from what he says and does. (And isn't that also true for all of us!)
In class, we started talking about what words we'd use to describe or characterise Cole and why. It seems a shame to limit those thoughts & words to a particular room at a particular time, so I've invited the class to comment here to share 1) a word that describes Cole 2) and example of words or actions from the story that fit that word 3) what do you think should happen to or be done with Cole. It will be interesting to see our ideas all in one place (and to look back on them later in our reading).