Salt In His Shoes Analysis

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This Contemporary Realistic Fiction analysis will be over the books Salt in His Shoes and Firebird. In Deloris Jordan and Roslyn Jordan’s book, Salt in His Shoes, Michael dreams to be taller so he will be a better basketball player. At this point in Michael’s life, he is the youngest and smallest of his brothers and neighborhood friends. It takes place in Michael’s home and neighborhood basketball court. His mother tells him the way to get taller is to put salt in his shoes and pray every night. In Misty Copeland’s book, Firebird, a young ballerina aspires to be as talented as the professional ballerina. The young ballerina was inspired to be a professional ballerina. This story takes place in an urban city with a large stage and ballet studio.…show more content…
Michael’s dedication is a characteristic each individual would like to obtain. This book shows that with dedication and belief you can do what you set your mind too. In comparison of the translational criticism, Misty Copeland shares the different stages of her life that are similar to the life of any dancer. She shows that dancers must aspire to become better to go anywhere. She shows that a dancer must start from somewhere to capture the goal in sight. By the end of the book, the characters are dancing together, young and professional, creating a beautiful piece of art. As far as the social cultural criticism, Salt in His Shoes has is set in an African American family. Michael’s family is extremely supportive and each family member plays a role in Michael’s success. Without his mother praying over him or his brothers teaching him how to play street ball, he would not have had the supportive community fostering him into a great basketball…show more content…
As each individual has different goals, realizing that work will have happen is what creates success. For the teaching application for the Salt in His Shoes, I would use the idea of family values to create a lesson. This book highlights the support from each family member and the importance of each individual. To apply this concept for my student I would have each student use a basketball drawing to create an individual ball of values. The students would write in each open area an important family value, such as love, support, thoughtfulness, and honesty. I would then have the students discuss in small groups what values they notice that were similar. Applying Firebird to my classroom, I would use the idea of mentors of role models. I would partner with high school seniors to come in and talk one-on-one to my students. This would allow my students to interview the senior of what made them successful in the areas of academics, personal life, and hobbies. My students would then take what they learn from their mentor and create a drawing of what they would need to be
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