“Walking on Water” Observation Assessment
Submit your answers to the following questions: article see attachment
1. Were you confused about the time sequence and the relationship among events when you initially read the story? Why or why not? How has the story’s narrative been organized? What effect results from this?
2. Identify the value behind the participation of each family member in the year’s lake-crossing.
3. Explain Gillian’s feelings about James’ leaving home. Also, explain why she feels this way.
4. Explain James’ feelings about Stuart Anderson’s death. Explain why he feels this way.
5. What has James learned? What has his mother learned?
6. The focus of much of the early part of the story is on descriptions of the lake and the climate. What effect does this create?
7. What does the last line mean? How do the last line and the title relate to James’ situation as well as his mother’s?
8. What associations do you have with the words of the title, “Walking on Water”? Do you think it is an effective title? Why or why not?
9. How does this story relate to the following statement surrounding a learning moment as a series of connections:
The focus of any learning moment is a relationship: the relationship between linear thinking and intuition, the relationship between mind and body, the relationship between various types of knowledge, the relationship between the individual and the community, and the relationship between self and soul. Any student who can examine these relationships can gain both awareness and the ability to transform these relationships where it is appropriate.
-John P. Miller (1993)