Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Yes, we're meeting Thursday, 12/13!


 Finish Part Four (which is where this book really starts to pick up steam) and be prepared to share! Does anyone have any questions/confusions/comments/criticisms? If so, post here. Also, here are some discussion questions for you to be pondering tonight:

1. I love some of the word choice, imagery and figurative language in this book. What are some of the language choices that stand out to you? Where have you paused and thought about what was being shown to you?

2. Is Leisel a substitute for Hans and Rosa's children? Why or why not?

3. Death says that Leisel is "a girl with a mountain to climb" (p. 86). What is her mountain? Who is her climbing partner?

4. Hans Jr. calls his father a coward. How does it take courage to oppose Hitler?

5. How does Zusak use the literary device of foreshadowing to pull the reader into the story? Any examples that struck you from this page assignment?

6. Guilt is another recurring theme in the novel. Hans Hubermann’s life was spared in France during World War I, and Erik Vandenburg’s life was taken. Why does Hans feel guilty about Erik's death? Guilt is a powerful emotion that may cause a person to become unhappy and despondent. Discuss how Hans channels his guilt into helping others. Explain Max Vandenburg’s thought, “Living was living. The price was guilt and shame.” (p. 208) Why does he feel guilt and shame?

7. How is the use of Mein Kampf in this story ironic? Look at the description on p. 159 for a quick reference!

8. On p. 189, Death addresses how much he "likes" Max's "stupid gallantry". What insight do we gain into Death's personality? Into Max's?

9. Review p. 198-199. This is a pivotal moment between Leisel and her foster parents. What has happened?

10. "Imagine smiling after a slap in the face. Then think of doing it twenty-four hours a day. That was the business of hiding a Jew" (p. 211).What does this comparison mean to you?

11. "The Standover Man"-- How much do you love this gift from Max to Leisel? :)
Feel free to respond to any of these here in a comment, or just come to the meeting tomorrow focused and ready to chat!
Mrs. P

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Meeting this Thursday @ 12:05 in Thibault's room!

Hey Bookies!
Has everyone hit the easy-breezy reading goal for this week?  Are you prepared to share and discuss?  I see some of you have done as I asked and posted on the blog comments that have info from your reading role... thanks for that!  Please keep up the good work... and comment back to each other.  :)

I will not be there Thursday; I am acutally gone starting tomrrow afternoon through Friday.  However, Mr. Thibault and Mr. Custis will be there to observe and encourage your conversations about the book.  Remember-- you are in charge! 

Well, you are in charge of almost everything.  We set the next reading goal, which the teachers will share with you at the meeting.  And hey, don't forget-- if you need a pass to get to the front of the lunch line, come see me, Mr. Custis or Mr. Thibault ASAP.  We need you to hustle to the meeting so we can get started!

IMPORTANT:  Bring in your copies of BT to renew them!

I think that's it... Anyone have any questions?

Mrs. P