June 16, 2008

May 29, 2008
New Discussion Questions

  1. What did you enjoy about this book?
  2. What have you read that is similar to this book?
  3. What are some of the major themes of this book?
  4. What do you think the author was trying to accomplish with this novel?
  5. Who was your favorite character? What did you appreciate about him/her?
  6. Consider the main character: what does he or she believe in? What is he or she willing to figtht for?
  7. At the end of the book, do you feel hope for the characters?
  8. What is stronger in the book: plot or character development? Why? Do you think this was intentional on the part of the author?
  9. Have you ever experienced anything similar to the action of this novel?
  10. Did you find this book a quick read? Why or why not?
  11. What are your concerns about this book?
  12. How did you feel about the main character?
  13. What are the most important relationships in the book?
  14. What makes a minor character memorable?
  15. What are the most revealing scenes?
  16. Are any of the events in the book relevant to your own life?
  17. What did you think of the style of the writer?
  18. Was the story credible? The characters credible?
  19. Did you find any flaws in the book?
  20. Compare the hardcover and paperback covers. Which one do you like better? Why?

  • Did you like the book? If you have read any of the author's other books, how does this compare?
  • What is this book's message?
  • How did you feel about the characters? Whom did you like or not like and why?
  • What did you think of the ending?
  • In a movie version, who would play what parts?
  • How did you feel when the character did or said....How do you think the character felt when she did or said...?
  • If questions...e.g. If the characters had done this instead, how would the story have changed?
  • What do book reviews say about this book or more generally the author, and her past works?
  • What did you think of the plot line development? How credible did the author make it?
  • What moral/ethical choices did the characters make? What did you think of those choices? How would you have chosen?
  • How authentic is the culture or era represented in the book?
  • Why do you think the author wrote this? What is her most important message?
  • How do you think the main character's point of view is similar or different from the author's point of view or background?
  • What is the author's background (her style, stature and focus)?
  • How does the setting figure as a character in the story?
  • Are the characters' actions the result of freedom of choice or of destiny?
  • Is there any moral responsibility that was abdicated?
  • Are there any symbols that may have cultural, political or religious reference? e.g. flag, tree, rose.
  • What type of vision does the author use with her word choice? Is it optimistic, pessimistic, prophetic, cautionary, humourous, satirical, venomous, cathartic?
  • What effects do the events (time, nationality, physicality) have on the character's self or personality?

May 20, 2008


William Butler Yeats

"Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire"

I must say that I am so proud of how my students are taking charge of creating their learning through blog entries and choosing the assignments which best suit their abilities and talents. You are all doing a great job of being independent learners and I'm really enjoying your work, especially the blog entries, but also the assignments that I've seen come in so far, such as posters, postcards, writing, etc. Keep up the awesome work and don't forget to ask for help if you need it.
Miss Krips



May 5, 2008

We will be using this page to help us with our ELA eight unit by making blog entries on this page.


What surprised you about this book or the main character?
What is the mood of the book? Suspenseful? Mysterious? Angry? Adventurous?
What has been the most interesting scene so far?
What have you learned about the time period that the book is set in?
Have you learned anything special about something that the characters are interested in or participate in?
What does this book make you curious about?
Does this book remind you of any time in your life, or special events? Describe them.
What are the main character's most important traits?
How has the main character changed over the course of the book (what you've read so far)?
Is the main character someone that you would be friends with in real life? Why or why not?
Who was your favorite character? What did you appreciate about him or her?
Did you find any flaws in the book? Anything that you think wasn't realistic?
Consider the main character: what does he or she believe in? What is he or she willing to fight for?

Have you ever experienced anything similar to the action of this novel?
Did you find this book a quick read? Why or why not?
Do the characters seem real and believable? Can you relate to their predicaments? To what extent do they remind you of yourself or someone you know?
Did certain parts of the book make you uncomfortable? If so, why did you feel that way? Did this lead to a new understanding or awareness of some aspect of your life you might not have thought about before?
Overall—how did you experience the book while reading it? Were you immediately drawn into the story—or did it take a while? Did the book intrigue, amuse, disturb, alienate, or irritate, you?
Who in this book would you most like to meet? What would you ask—or say?
Consider the ending. Did you expect it or were you surprised? Was it forced? Was it neatly wrapped up—too neatly? Or was it unresolved, ending on an ambiguous note?

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