K Fell Silent: Not speaking; being heard

During school-visit interactive readings of May I Have a Word? I ask students to act out the character of the letter K, who is jealous and frustrated with the letter C for taking all the “good words.” I feed them their lines and encourage them to muster up as much melodrama as possible. “I don’t want to talk about it,” they quote and then let out a collective and wonderfully pitiful sigh. “In fact, I— don’t—want—to—talk—at—all!” I narrate the next line, “K fell silent.” The students take the cue; fling their hands over their mouths, slump, and slide into their chairs, shake their heads back and forth, as they create a dramatic moment of silence. Then N enters into the book, to ask K, “May I

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