Thursday, November 29, 2007

Hornet league debate post

Australia-Asia debating, British Parliamentary Style, Classic debate, Comedy debate, Duo Interpretation, Humorous Interpretation, Impromptu debate, Leaders debate, Lincoln-Douglas debate, NFA-LD , Parliamentary debate, Policy debate, Public debate, Public forum debate, Socratic method, and Spontaneous argument are all the forms of debate i found. They all take place in some sort of room and their purposes are either to prove something, change something, or critique something.

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Outside reading week 2, part B

I'm starting to enjoy this book allot more than i did before. Partly because the author has brought in other fairy tales that have been slightly modified, but mostly because it's overall just more interesting than the first section. Also I believe somethings going on with my quote from part A. Either David's going to have to find the hidden meaning in the book or the reader, me in this case, is going to see a hidden meaning in this book.

Outside reading week 2, part A

  • Crooked (pg 34): Not straight; Bending; or Not straightforward; Dishonest; or Askew; Awry
  • Ill-fitting (pg 33): Not fitting well
Figurative speech
  • "His smile was mocking." this is a personification because a smile cant really mock.
  • "If he said something of which they disapproved, they would mutter insults at him." this is another personification because they is referring to the books on a shelf.
  • "They tasted wrong." this is imagery because it refers to the sense taste.
  • "You know how sometimes a story seems to be about one thing, but in fact it's about another thing entirely? there's a meaning hidden in it, and that meaning has to be teased out." this quote is by David's dad and i think it's important because it might be foreshadowing something to come. Also it might be stating that there's a hidden meaning in this book.

A theme in this book i think is emerging is that it's fairy tale-ish.

Monday, November 19, 2007

Outside reading week 1, post B

Something i find odd about this book is that right away the kids mom dies, and then three months later his dad goes and meets some other girl. In the real world wouldn't you still be a little sad that your wife just died so you'd want to wait a while? Plus it would be a little weird explaining to your kid that even though his mom just died that your gonna date some new person. Idono thats just what i think.

Pgs 1-25

Outside reading week 1, post A

Transform(pg 3): To change in condition, nature, or character; convert.
Solemnly(pg 4): Grave, sober, or mirthless, as a person, the face, speech, tone, or mood

Figurative language
  • "His mind filled with dactyls and pentameters, the names of those like strange dinosaurs inhabiting a lost prehistoric landscape.
  • " this is a simile because it uses "like"."Stories were different though, they came alive in the telling." this is a personification because it is giving stories the ability to come alive.
  • "Death had made her small." this is a metaphor because the writer didn't use like or as.
"They could take root in the imagination, and transform the reader. Stories wanted to be read,"(pg 3)

A theme I see in this book right now is that its sort of gloomy.

Sunday, November 11, 2007

Second quarter outside reading

The Book of Lost Things by John Connolly
  • Published in 2006
  • Fiction
  • 352 pages
  • My evidence that this book is challenging enough for a high school sophomore is that it wouldn't be on the list of recommended books if it wasn't.
  • I chose this book because to me it was the most interesting one out of the recommended books list.