Saturday, March 12, 2011
Gatsby lives on the poorer of the two islands, but he still tries to be a part of the wealthy society by throwing parties every night. Many of the guests that come to his parties do not understand the reasons for the parties, Gatsby's wealth, or anything about his past. For this reason, Gatsby does not have many close friends accept Nick Carraway, his neighbor. Nick knows his former love and Gatsby befriends him, because he wants nothing more than to see her. While his former love lives across the water, to him she seems unreachable, because they have both changed in the years and haven't spoken. Therefore, Gatsby is living with the false idea that he can have wealth and a former love.
1. Does Gatsby only throw the parties in hopes of seeing his former love?
2. Will Gatsby ever come to the realization that some dreams are unreachable or will he achieve his dreams, of living with his former love and being accepted fully by society?
3. Is Gatsby only using Nick to get closer to his former love?
1. If you were Artemis would you capture the fairy just so you could be a Billionaire again?
2. Do you think this was right of him?
However, the next morning, he finds that Margo has disappeared. While this is not the first time she has run away, he becomes uncertain she will return, and he and his friends are soon wrapped up in the clues Margo has left for him. He spends his last few weeks of highschool searching for the paper towns he thinks she may have run to. The chase takes Quentin through a series of new experiences during which he learns that Margo is not who he thinks she is, ultimately leading to the revelation that the true mystery is not only to uncover her whereabouts, but to find the real Margo behind the paper girl.
1. One definition of a paper town addressed in the book is a town marked on a map used as a copyright trap. If another cartographer was to produce a map with the town marked, it would be obvious that the map was plagiarized because the town actually does not exist. Why do you think Margo would want to run to a nonexistent town?
2. Margo believes that there must be strings in people, and when the last one breaks, they fall apart. The thought is very real to both her and Quentin, because they know that when people get hurt, they can feel the strings break inside them. However, Quentin says, "The strings make pain seem more fatal than it is, I think. We're not as frail as the strings would make us believe" (302). He decides that maybe people are vessels. Although they crack and it is then inevitable that they will die, there is so much time before the vessel actually breaks, and in that time the cracks actually reveal the people for who they are and allow them to see into one another. Which metaphor do you agree with?
Friday, March 11, 2011
1.How would you cope with being away from your friends for the first time all summer?
2.How would you react if you were Tibby when Bailey died?
3.If you were Lena and you wanted to make this relationship with Kostos workout, how would you handle this long term relationship when you were separated from him by an entire ocean?
Thursday, March 10, 2011
1. In All Quiet on the Western Front, Paul stresses how close he is to his classmate friends that he fights with alongside in the terrible war conditions. He goes as far as to say that they are closer that lovers. Why do you think that is?
2. Remarque wrote this book to unveil the horror that is war and protest against it. Do you think war can ever be eliminated from human interaction?
Tuesday, March 8, 2011
The book Maximum Ride: The Angel Experiment by James Patterson is a fictional story about six children; Max, Fang, Iggy, Nudge, Angel, and Gasman. Instead of being normal teenagers, they have avian genes mixed in with their human ones. They have wings, can fly, and each have their own special abilities. Despite the fact that they are not blood related, they consider themselves a family and gave themselves the nickname "the flock" with Max as their leader. At the beginning of the story, the flock was escaping from a laboratory called the School. The "whitecoats" of the School, their nickname for the scientists, created them there. They were tortured and locked up in cages. The scientists would also run painful, cruel, and dangerous experiments on them almost daily.
One of the scientists was named Jeb, and he was kind and sympathetic towards the flock. After gaining their trust, he stole them and escaped with them to a deserted cabin in the mountains. They learned how to fight and defend themselves, and were free to be themselves. However, their happiness was short-lived. The School sent out Erasers, which were humans who could morph into wolf-like creatures. Their main purpose was to bring the flock back or destroy them trying. Before they knew it, they were being chased by the Erasers and Jeb disappeared. The youngest member of the flock, Angel, got captured and brought back to the School. Throughout the rest of the book, the children battle evil and try to rescue their younger "sister" Angel, try to find out about their biological parents, and discover why they were created in the first place.
1. During a fight with one of the Erasers, Max gets shot in her wing. A young girl named Ella and her mother take her in and give her aid. If you were Ella or her mother, would you risk helping despite the fact that she might be dangerous?
2. When Angel was captured, the flock knew that she was brought back to the School. If you were a member of the flock, would you try to save her even if it meant returning to the place you fought so hard to get away from?
In the second installment in this trilogy, the reasons for an entire generation of midinghters going missing comes to light. Something that suprises the teens even more, is some of the missing midnighters are not even dead and they know secrets too horrible to share.
Throughout the novel, one of the characters, Rex, goes missing and there is reason to believe he will be used by the darklings in a fate worse than death. His best friend, Melissa, would do anything to save him, even going as far as to break the trust of one of their other friends. By breaking this trust, she puts other people's lives in danger.
1.) If you could have special powers, but they also came with the dangers of monsters constantly trying to kill you, would you still want the powers. Explain.
2.) Melissa was only trying to save Rex's life when she broke the trust of her other friend. Would you be willing to put someone's life at risk if it was to save someone close to you? Explain.
Sunday, March 6, 2011
In a heavily guarded mansion in a Virginia suburb, a thief by the name of Luther Whitney starts to burglarize the place. But he is trapped in the vault, with a one-way mirror being the only thing separating him from witnessing the murder of a woman. Not only is it any woman, but it is Christine Sullivan, wife of the famous Walter Sullivan. She and the president went to her house, but she ends up trying to kill him. The Secret Service barely saves the president’s life by shooting her. They clean the place up but don’t realize Luther was there the whole time. They clean the place up, but Luther finds on epiece of evidene that they forgot. When the local police find the body, they are baffled at the circumstances surrounding this mysterious case. The reso f the book involves a dangerous game that Luther plays with the Secret Service, trying to reveal the president for who he really is.
The Secret Service acted quickly in doing their jobs and killing Christine Sullivan to protect the president, even while compromising their own ethics. How do people justify doing their jobs while maintaining their ethics?
If you were in the Secret Service agents position would you do your job and kill the woman, or would your morals take precedence?
The Secret Service acted quickly in doing their jobs and killing Christine Sullivan to protect the president, even while compromising their own ethics. How do people justify doing their jobs while maintaing their ethics?
Were you involved in a case like this, would you do your job and kill the woman or stand by and watch the president die?
This is the true story of Ruth Minsky Sender, a holocaust survivor. At the beginning of the story Ruth, her mother and her 6 other siblings are betrayed by their long time family friend who were German and they were sent to a ghetto. After a year in the ghetto their mother gets taken away and most like was sent to a death camp. Ruth is then left to take care of her two brothers after already losing her brother Laibele. She develops malnutrition and calcium deficiency when the ghetto is cleared and their family is separated when they are sent to concentration camps. Ruth makes friends in the camp but her health is questioned when she can not use her glasses so is unsafe using the machinery in the factory. Ruth and the camp were then transferred to another camp where Ruth's health conditions worsened. She probably should have been sent to a death camp by this point but instead was taken into town so she could see a professional doctor to take care of her worsening legs. The camp did this because she wrote poetry that she would read to the other girls in the camp and it kept the girls working and pushing forward. After she was treated the camp got sent to yet another camp where they only spent about three to four months. Then one day, when the camp leaders took all of the girls out to the forest where they were going to all be executed. Except, all of the leaders ran away abandoning the camp for hours until allied forces found them and told them the camp had been liberated. Ruth had survived when her luck did not look good.
Ruth never found her brothers that were sent to camps. To this day she still has nightmares about the horrors of the concentration camps. She says she will never forget anyone that she met or knew from the holocaust, especially the ones that she lost.
1. After WWII would the world ever allow a country to commit something like the holocaust ever again??
2. What would everyday life be like in a concentration camp??
Among these students was Cassie Bernall. She was praying and praying that the students would just leave and do no harm. As they walked around, shooting kids, Cassie was still praying her life would be spared. Unfortunately, one of the shooters slammed on the desk right above Cassie. He bent down in front of her and said, "Do you believe in God?" Cassie, although nervous as can be, said, "Yes." The shooter just looked at her and said, "Why?" But before Cassie could even explain, the shooter shot and killed her immediately. Cassie was a strong girl and willing to stand up for her beliefs. She trusted God and had so much faith that she was willing to give up her life for the sake of God's will. The story of Cassie Bernall is a very unfortunate story. Although very sad and unfortunate, it amazes me how much faith she had as a seventeen year old girl and how much she was willing to stand up for what she believed in, no matter what the cost.
1) What do you think that Cassie Bernall was thinking as the gunman asked her if she believed in God?
2) To what extent do you think you would be willing to stand up for what you believe in?