Backstory:
This is from the web page: http://cainesarcade.com/about/
Caine Monroy is a 9-year old boy who spent his summer vacation building an elaborate DIY cardboard arcade in his dad’s used auto parts store.
Caine dreamed of the day he would have lots of customers visit his arcade, and he spent months preparing everything, perfecting the game design, making displays for the prizes, designing elaborate security systems, and hand labeling paper-lunch-gift-bags. However, his dad’s autoparts store (located in an industrial part of East LA) gets almost zero foot traffic, so Caine’s chances of getting a customer were very small, and the few walk in customers that came through were always in too much of a hurry to get their auto part to play Caine’s Arcade. But Caine never gave up.


One day, by chance, I walked into Smart Parts Auto looking for a used door handle for my ’96 Corolla. What I found was an elaborate handmade cardboard arcade manned by a young boy who asked if I would like to play. I asked Caine how it worked and he told me that for $1 I could get two turns, or for $2 I could get a Fun Pass with 500 turns. I got the Fun Pass.

Comprehension Questions:

How old is Caine?

What was Caine’s Dream?

Why was it difficult for Caine to get customers?

Would you purchase a Fun Pass? Why?




Name Poem/Song Exercise

In the short Film Caine’s Arcade there was a song about Caine. Each letter of his name described something about who he is as a person or his arcade. Here is what the songwriter, Juli Crockett, came up with for each letter of Caine’s name:


C is for Cardboard
A is for Arcade (or Auto Parts!)
I is for Imagination
N is for Noggin
E is for Everybody!
Now you get to make a name poem for your name. Write your name from top to bottom. Then think of one word for each letter that describes you or your creation.