Yeah over here. I need to talk to you guys about Lit. Circles. After this short lil' intro, I'll show you the strategies I used
for the book my group is reading (The Homework Machine by Dan Gutman). I like the way Mr. Gutman writes. It is very creative. I
(maybe other student can too) can connect to the characters very well in the story. Enough of my opinion. I will have set up two
paragraphs for the two chunks my group was assigned to read in the past week. If you want to see them look down |/ if you think
this blog entry is stupid or you don't care just close the window or click on a different link or go to a different URL. Whatever. Here
is all the stuff I mentioned earlyer.
Chunk 1: Passage Master and Character Captain. This part was really weird, offensive at first but, funny after I read
over it again. Okay, okay. So the teacher at the Grand Canyon School, Miss Rasmussen, gives out this sheet of paper called "The
Ten Commandments of Homework" for the students to write about. Now, one of the characters, Sam Dawkins (Snikwad by his
friends) makes up his own commandments totally rejecting homework and complaining about how bad it is. It is very creative
though sort of, erm, sickening, I guess to teachers and those who like homework. Though he got a B for creativity. Lucky duck.
Miss R. lets the kids get away from stuff that they shouldn't be getting away from that easily. Which leads me to another point.
Miss Rasmussen can be described by many adjectives, such as childish or immature, considering her first few teaching years.
Letting Snik off the hook when he insulted the academic curriculum and rejecting home. Now that is a good example.
Chunk 2: Summarizer and Question Director. In Chunk 2, three kids, Sam Dawkins, Kelsey Donnelly and Judy Douglas
ride over to this geeky kid's (Brenton Damagatchi) house to use the homework machine to avoid doing it themselves. Brenton's
mom is fool by the fact that the kids are only there to use the machine, not to be friends with Brenton. But still, the kids take her for
granted and she makes them sweets and treats. Brenton opens Snik's yes toward chess, a game he though was a slow, boring,
game for eggheads, to a game of war strategy, in slow motion, of corse. The D Squad starts to part, but only for a short time,
moving their own ways and trying their own new things. That doesn't last long. Then Brenton suddenly gets this strange idea to
tell everyone on the internet and email to wear red socks on Thursday. Though he is the only one not wearing any red socks in the
whole school. Nobody knows it was him who sent the memo, just they way he likes it. Then, when the report cards come out at the
end of the marking period, the parents flip because of the excellent grades, especially the parents of the slackers. Lots of other
stuff happens, little details that if I told you about, you would be here all night reading this. At least, I told you all of the highlights.
On to the questions. I noticed that the school has a lot of clicky students there. Why is that? I don't understand that kind of behavior
in students, most likely many reasons. That is my hypothesis. I always wonder, why does the author (in almost every book by any
author I have read) have to have some person lie in the story. Couldn't they be creative and make up something more interesting?
I'm not against it just a thought you know.
Well, thats it for my blog... Hope you enjoyed it!
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