After all, he really was not ugly, just different from the others.
We concluded the central message was
It's OK to be different.
Now, after CLOSE READING, thinking, discussing,
My students decided that the story REALLY should be called.
The Baby Cygnet
The Ducklings and the Cygnet.
Close reading has us all
Looking at word choice, pictures, and characters
In a reflective and critical light.