Monday, May 25, 2009
Happy Happy Summer, Everyone! What are we all reading? I am halfway through The Last Olympian, and it is not letting me down. Very fun! I am reading for the same YA Lit class I took last summer, so I will update you guys on the books that I am working on as it happens. I would love to hear what you are reading, too, so comment and let's chat!
Bookies-- a special note to you! I just checked on Netflix, and Inkheart comes out on June 23rd. I still feel horrible that we didn't make it to the theater, but maybe we could plan a day to get together and watch it at the library? I'll bring popcorn and sodas... :) What do you think? I can't make that weekend-- we'll be at a wedding in Delaware-- but maybe later the following week if you guys are interested. Let me know!
Friday, May 8, 2009
We had a lively discussion today about a pivotal section of the book! We discussed:
1. Why the author has Scout save Atticus and Tom Robinson when the Cunninghams show up at the jail
2. Whether or not Mayella is like her father
3. What Atticus meant when he says the length of the jury's deliberation might be "the shadow of a beginning"
4. The conversation Dill, Scout and Jem have with Mr. Dolphus Raymond outside the courthouse (starting p. 199)
Plus more, I think. :) If anyone has anything they would like to share about these conversations (whether you were at the meeting or not), go ahead and comment here.
Also, we decided to try to finish the book by Friday so that we will have time to watch the movie. We had originally thought to use ch. 29 and a backup (at least get to this point), but the more I think about it, the more essential it is that we get finished ASAP and get these books back to their home libraries. They are way overdue! Could you guys sally forth and finish by Friday, please? Otherwise, we may have to skip reading to the end and just watch the movie. As I recall, it's very faithful to the end of the book.
Here we go!
Sunday, May 3, 2009
If you missed the meeting last Friday, we had a good discussion about the book up to chapter 18. We decided not to add too many chapters this time, so we're only reading up to chapter 22-- to clarify, not chapter 22 itself. A great deal happens in this small section, so please take your time and really chew on it. I will tell you that the last lines of chapter 21 are easily some of my favorites and make me cry every time I read them. :)
I never promised you guys that this would be an easy book to read. The language, the situations, and the plain hatred detailed are hard for us in this place and this time to really understand. Some of you have made connections to the Holocaust unit you are doing in Mr. Thibault's class; I believe this is excellent thinking on your part, and I want you to continue to assess this story in that way-- while just enjoying Scout's stories, as well!
I hate to crack the whip, but I want everyone caught up by our meeting time this Friday. If we're going to have time to watch the movie before school lets out, we've got to get a move on. It would also be great if everyone could be at the next meeting so we can debrief about Tom Robinson's trial and all that went on together. As Analie alluded to in an earlier comment, I encouraged everyone at the last meeting to use sticky notes or some such thing to mark passages that you have questions or comments about so that we can discuss them either here on the blog or in person on Friday. If you need stickies, come find me this week and I'll throw you a free pack!
I think that's it for now. On Wednesday, I'll do another post with questions for you to think about and comment on as we approach the next meeting Friday.
Hope everyone had a great weekend!