Monday, January 30, 2012

Friday, January 27, 2012

1st page goal-- p.29

Hey Bookies!
For those of you who didn't attend the meeting yesterday (tsk, tsk), we all decided to set the goal low so that you would have the opportunity to do a little background research on WWII/Holocaust. Post questions you have here, and we will try to help each other out. I'll post discussion questions early next week. And plan on coming to the meeting next Thursday. Hint, hint.
Happy Friday, everyone!
Mrs. P

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Come pick up your copy ASAP-- meeting tomorrow!

I don't know if I have enough copies, guys, but I've got some... first come, first served!

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Moving on... as soon as all books get returned!

We will start reading The Boy in the Striped Pajamas as soon as the books listed below are returned, guys. I've requested copies from around the district that will start arriving tomorrow and definitely by Friday we should have a bunch. You can read more about this book here.
All right, Bookies-- let's get the old stuff turned in so we can start reading and discussing this book!
Mrs. P

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Get Your Books Turned In ASAP!

Just in case you don't know who you are:
I need copies of The Blue Sword from Ray Cruz and Jamie Gerbitz.
I need Phantom Tollbooths from Autumn McW, Taran Suden, Ray C and Patrick Gibbs.
Get those back ASAP, guys! We won't move on to the next book until I get all owed copies turned in. How's that for bribery?
Mrs. P

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Phantom Tollbooth discussion questions, ch. 5-end of book!

I'm really sorry we didn't break this up more for discussion; there's a lot going on in this little book, and it is all pretty cool (sorry you disagree, Jacob--:) )! We'll get in as much conversation about it as we can today. Below are some questions to ponder about the book. If you have your own, please comment and add them to this post!
1. Idioms are used a great deal throughout this book. An idiom is a a phrase with an understood meaning that is different from its actual words (ex. "I'm all ears", "a square meal". Find some examples of idioms in the book and list them here!

2. What does Milo learn in the Land Of Illusions? Why is it important to notice what is going on around us?

3. Chroma- the purity of a color, the saturation of a color or hue. Chromatic- pertaining to color or colors.
~Who is Chroma the Great? Why can’t the instruments stop playing?

4. Definitions:
Discord- lack of harmony, a combination of musical tones that strikes the ear harshly
Dissonance- lack of agreement, inconsistency, a clashing of sounds
Cacophonous (cacophony) - harsh sounding, harsh sounds or words
Din- a loud continued noise
~Discuss why a sound is pleasant or unpleasant. Can a pleasant sound become an unpleasant one?

5. ~Discuss the idiom “jumping to conclusions." How do we sometimes do this?
~Why couldn’t they jump back? Why did they have to swim through the Sea of Knowledge? Discuss how finding out the facts is often times like swimming through a sea, and how it can be difficult and take much effort.

6. Discuss the Subtraction Stew that was fed to Milo, Tock, and Humbug. How can adding leave you with less than you started with?

7. Where did the Everpresent Wordsnatcher (Dirty Bird) really live? Discuss how the bird took what Milo said “out of context”.

8. Discuss what the Terrible Trivium says about meaningless tasks: “There is always something to do that keeps you from what you should be doing.” Is this true? What are some ways we can keep this from happening?

9. Chapter 19 lists several more demons of ignorance:
The Triple Demons of Compromise
The Horrible Hopping Hindsight
The Gorgons of Hate and Malice
The Overbearing Know-it-all
The Gross Exaggeration
The Threadbare Excuse
Which are unknown terms? Define them and describe the negative impacts these things have on wisdom.

10. Pick and discuss from the following ideas and tell what Milo learned about them on his journey: Wisdom (or Common Sense), Time, Ignorance, Fear, Appreciation of Everyday Life, Boredom, Words, or Numbers.

11. What is Milo doing at the end of the book? Do you think he has changed or stayed the same as before he found the Tollbooth?

Okay, that's a lot of questions, but this book is very thought provoking! Let's talk, Bookies.
Mrs. P