Tuesday a.m. Clementine Question!

Posted: June 21, 2011 by merryl in Uncategorized

Good morning DREAMers!  What character(s) in The Talented Clementine do you find compelling?!  And…how so?!

  1. Charles Finn says:

    Clementine is, of course, an extremely compelling character. She is smart, empathetic, and funny. I was also intrigued by her father. I suspect she got a lot of her personality from him. He reminded me a lot of the father in Calvin and Hobbes.

    • Nancy Taylor says:

      Clementine’s Dad is a compelling character. Clementine’s confident and humorous personality surely comes (at least partly) from a dad that so obviouslly loves her unconditionally and accepts her quirkiness as originality. This acceptance and appreciation enables(and encourages) Clementine to develop in the story.

  2. Julie Brackx says:

    I identify with Clementine because of her ability to anticipate the needs of others, and her attention to details. I am a very detail oriented person.

  3. Monica Duenas says:

    I like Clementine. She is funny, knows what she wants, and she is a problem solver. Even though she doubted herself, she proved to be quite the leader.

  4. L.G. says:

    I found Clementine quite compelling. She is so easily distracted, energetic, creative, and cute. I found her simplistic views entertaining and funny.

  5. Lawrence says:

    I liked that she obviously had talents, but wasn’t seeing them.

  6. Jim Chapman says:

    As a father of two daughters I could relate to the dad. He seemed to do a good job of letting Clementine be herself.

  7. Karol Bickel says:

    I was hooked on Clementine right from the get go.. She is so like students I’ve had in class.

  8. Lisa says:

    I think Clementine is adorable, fun and the little girl I remember being in 3rd grade! No visable talents what
    so ever!

  9. Debbie says:

    I found the relationship between the principal and Clementine compelling. The story inferred that Clementine visited the principal in the past for behavior issues, but in the story it was mainly for a sounding board and for some personal attention. I thought it was funny that everytime Clementine went to her she was in her office working, haha I’d like to see that in real life since mine seems to be everywhere all the time. However, I like that the principal took the time to be a listener for Clementine who obviously trusted her.

  10. Jennifer says:

    I identify with Clementine because I also don’t like to be in front of others in a performance.

  11. Kathy Johns says:

    I loved Clementine because she is such a free spirit, which is so different from me, and yet insecure, which is so like me.

  12. rebecca vogel says:

    Clementine! She is a bit cheeky and is simply herself. Two qualities I love in a person. Makes life a lot more fun!

  13. Sarah says:

    I think Clementine is the most compelling character in the book. She has a great sense of humor, and is very entertaining!

  14. Debbie says:

    I find the principal to be an interesting character. She deals well with Clementine and seems to know what Clementine is up to whenever she comes for a visit.

  15. Barbara Jackson says:

    I identify with Clementine because I am like her in the way that I don’t like to perform in front of an audience and would make every excuse not to have to. On the other hand I love for my students to put on plays and performances and I like directing them.

  16. Wes Sechrest says:

    I enjoyed Clementine’s teacher with the beehive hairdo. As a teacher, I can empathize with her on having students who are unique and keep you on your toes. She handled all her quirks quiet well.

  17. mraymond says:

    As a teacher, I was amused by Clementine. She embodies the spirit that makes my job fun and interesting.

  18. Heather says:

    I loved Clementine. I can easily identify with her as I to have “no talents”. I loved her no nonsense personality.

    • L.G. says:

      Don’t feel bad about not having any talents. I too don’t have any talents but like Clementine I can help direct others.

  19. Ramirez says:

    I identify with Clementine because she reminds me of little me =) She is free spirited, energetic, and creative.

  20. Jackie Algazi says:

    clementine is a caring loving character. She is thoughtful and creative.

  21. Diane says:

    I was intrigued with her dad because of the relatioinship he had with her. He didn’t supply her with all the answers but helped her find the answers within herself while still validating her.

  22. Nickie Rail says:

    All the characters are great! Obviously Clementine is hilarious. I also really like the principal. She seems very patient and really there for her students (especially Clementine). I like how interactive with the students she is and how she really seems to get to know the students.

  23. Liz says:

    I thought Mrs. Rice, the teacher was the most compelling in the way that she was able to empower Clementine by using her talent as director.

  24. Sara says:

    Clementine…I love her thinking throughout the story-she is funny and very talented, yet she is not confident in those talents. I am sure there are many students who can relate to her.

  25. Liliana Gonzalez says:

    Clementine’s empathy stands out to me, although she sees herself as a troublemaker.

  26. Jean Morris says:

    Clementine reminds me so much of who I see when I look in the mirror.

  27. sandra craig says:

    Clementine’s little brother. I found it interesting how throughout the story Clementine kept changing his name to fit hers.

  28. Clementine was a very compelling character. She exhibited so many of the traits I see in my classroom and reminded me as a teacher to appreciate them all!

  29. Christy says:

    I loved Clementine’s character. She is quirky and funny. She’s is like one of those students who say and do things on a daily basis that make you laugh and then you go share her stories with others. I love how even though she thinks she doesn’t have a talent and doesn’t want to participate in the talent show, she never gives up trying to find one.

  30. Lilly says:

    I identify with Clementine because of her vivid imagination, spasiness, and distractibility.

  31. Myrna Gonzalez says:

    I enjoyed Clamentine’s personalilty and how she problem solved all the problems that she encountered.
    She thought she did not have any talents, but she had many hidden talents. It was interesting to see how she unintentionally she discovered her talent.

  32. Rosa M. Venegas says:

    Clementine ends up being the “Super Hero” (comes to the rescue) of the story, at home and at school. She ends up being the main character behind the scenes.

  33. ap says:

    I loved the relationship between Clementine and the principal.

  34. Liz Henderson says:

    I enjoyed the principal’s attitude and actions with Clementine. I wish that prncipals really had enough time to spend with each child. Principal Rice is a great model of accepting each child’s uniqueness and empowering each child to find and use his/her strengths.

  35. Julie Romero says:

    Clementine’s principal and her dad were both encouraging adults in this story. They cared for her, appreciated her strengths and chose to overlook her weaknesses most of the time. What great examples of nurturing adults.

  36. Kathleen says:

    I enjoyed the principal’s attitude and actions with Clementine. I wish that prncipals really had enough time to spend with each child. Principal Rice is a great model of accepting each child’s uniqueness and empowering each child to find and use his/her strengths.

  37. norma wales says:

    I liked Clementine of course. I also like the relationship between the principal and her. I liked the was she affirmed her ability to be observant as her dad also did. I loved how the principal made her the director.

  38. Patricia Johnson says:

    I think Margaret is a compelling character. I think everyone has “known” a Margaret in their life- that person who seems to be able to do everything and have everything.

  39. Kelly Crouthamel says:

    I found Clementine to be the most compelling character, as I could identify with her insecurities which I felt a lot of as an elementary student. Also, all her quirks made her a compelling character for me from a teacher’s perspective.

  40. Rosa M. Venegas says:

    I would have the students act out the problem and solution in the story as a group. Then have them act out other possible solutions to the problem.

    Use the Sun and Raisin theatrecal warmup, instead of stretching exercises (after an hour of llearning).

  41. Elaine says:

    If Margaret ever finds her true passion, she will be a powerhouse! She exudes confidence and risk-taking. (I fear I am Margaret-too many lessons, so few talents)

  42. Norma Rathgaber says:

    I loved Clementine! It gave a good idea of what students think when they are interacting with their teacher. I have a couple of students like Clementine every year. This story helps me understand them a little better.

  43. bc says:

    Clementine’s father clearly does his best to help his daughter through her challenges. He is a patient and loving father…But we all need to come to terms with the “Margarets” in our lives who always seem to be better than us in some way. I think dealing with our jealousies is a constant life-skill.

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