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There is only so much chaos
that even a 6th grader can take. At least that is what Mr. Meinert
believes. But then again, a lot of things he used to believe have
proven wrong. He can't believe what he has just done. He has
turned over the planning for the holiday concert to his students!
Sue he probably has a right to feel bitter towards the school. His
job has been eliminated and he won't be back after the holidays.
But he can't believe he has done something so irresponsible as turn the
kids loose. But he may be surprised. The kids have chosen Hart
Evans to be in charge. And Mr. Meinert may just learn something from
Hart after all.
What would you do if you were
the most popular boy in sixth grade and you hated your chorus class?
Would you shoot rubber bands at your teacher? Would you think that
you could get away with doing something like that because you could “charm
the hairnets off the cafeteria ladies”? Well, Hart Evans thinks he
can. But his teacher, Mr. Meinert, has no patience with Hart’s misbehavior
and with the class’s lack of interest. So he gives all the holiday
concert planning and preparation over to the students, and since Hart is
the most popular guy in the class, they elect him as their leader.
Ah, but does popularity equal leadership skills? Will Hart be able
to lead and still be respected and liked by his classmates? Why is
Mr. Meinert giving up his role of teacher to a sixth grade student and
can he stay on the sidelines while the students try to figure out how to
produce a holiday concert? Read “The Last Holiday Concert”
by Andrew Clements to find out. (New
Hampshire Great Stone Face committee, 2005-2006)