Today in Literature Circles, we talked about chapters 4 through 5 of the Graveyard Book.
The first thing we talked about how the author made Bod age really fast throughout the book, as he was a toddler in the first chapter and 10 on chapter 5. I concluded that this was due to the author, Neil Gaiman, being unable to incorporate his entire life into the book and that he only included major parts of his life.
The second thing we talked about was about how Abanezer reminded us of Ebenezer Scrooge from the Christmas Carol movie. This was due to their similarity of greed for money and power, plus misunderstandings of Bod, who has the card of the man Jack, a murderer.
The third thing we talked about was Jack’s card that could supposedly summon him to the location of the card if burned. Then I wondered why they couldn’t just toss the card into a hazardous environment where Jack would die if he appeared at the location. It brought up the questions “is it ok to murder someone under any circumstance?” and “is there a point where murder is ok?”
I think our literature circle groups should stay as they are, run by the students in small groups. This allows everyone’s voice to be heard since their are few people while also controlling the topics in the book that you want to talk about, instead of the teacher controlling the conversation. I believe that the students making their own topics is more effective, however I understand that if the teacher is not there, it can lead to off-topic conversations, which is a risk in that situation. In my opinion, this is the biggest problem with student lead literature circles.
In our Literature circle groups, the first thing I would like to discuss is the relationship between Lennie and George. It seems as if they are opposites of each other. One is smart, but lacks physical ability (George), while the other, Lennie, has physical ability but lacks mental power. The second thing I would like to discuss is predictions. For example: when George told Lennie to meet at the river if they got in to trouble, it suggested that they were join in trouble.
The man Jack was determined to kill the Owens family, his knife at the ready. He killed the entire family except for the little boy who escaped to the graveyard. The man Jack, determined to kill the little boy, pursued him to the graveyard, however he discovered he was being surrounded by a community of ghosts, so he decided to quit on the boy, for now. Meanwhile, Silus, a ghost from the community decided to protect him from then on because he was aware that the little boy was in trouble.
Jimmy, Age 13, Mark Day School, Marin, California
The biggest thing that has ever happened to me is winning the Junior Varsity California State Chess Championship. It changed my life because it showed me that anything is possible.
My earliest memory as a child was watching my siblings play “Zelda Ocarina of Time” before I could even read or right.
What makes me the happiest is my dogs because they are really funny, they sit on each other, bite each other and roll over on each other, etc.
My biggest fear is getting lyme disease because it is really scary to think about having spirochetes hiding in your blood cells. It is also said that they burrow into the weakest point of your body. That also scares me.
My most frequent emotion is happiness because I like to do a lot of different things, especially chess and Zelda, and a few other things.
What I like most about myself is how I can entertain myself in any situation, and therefore I am never bored.