Wednesday, March 9, 2011

The Giver: Reading Response.

On the first page of "The Giver" by Lois Lowry, an airplane soars over Jonas and his community. We wouldn't even look up, but Jonas is fascinated. Then, A voice orders the citizens to go inside, "Leave your bikes where they are." After several minutes the voice speaks up again explains it had only been a pilot-in-training who took a wrong turn "Needles To Say, He Will Be Released."
"The Giver" is simply the story of people that took to much for granted, were given a choice, and then decided to play it safe. It's safe to say i've been obsessed with "The Giver" for 6 years-since second grade. It makes you think, a lot, maybe too much. It makes you think about how you since things, how your world is, it's eerie, it makes you shiver.
In "The Giver" years before the book takes place, people get fed up. They are sick of the burden of choices, sick of being in control, so, they make one last choice, they trade color, for a "perfect" life. One without choices, without excitement, where they don't need to choose anything at all. Everything is decided for them, and nothing bad ever happens.
That is Jonas's life, it's all that he knows, or will ever know, until two things happen: One, his twelfth birthday, and two he hears of a baby named Gabe. His father who had been chosen to work with babies, speaks of him. Gabe does not sleep well at night and if it doesn't stop he will be released.
Then, on the day of his birthday, he goes to a ceremony, and is chosen for the role of the giver. But, first the reciever. And old man "Giver" to jonas becomes one he sees everyday one, that shows him things that are foriegn. Pain, true happiness, and color. And jonas learns the truth.

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

3 Great Blogs

Today, as i flipped throughout the blogs of my fellow classmates, I realized they are all pretty good, but 3 especially stood out.
Gabrielle Gautier's blog "Read!!!!!!!" Was very good because not only were her assigned post very good and extremely thorough, I believe she also include posts that were not assigned, showing not only that she truly cared but, also a passion for writing which, I think is the most meaning full purpose of ELA in school.
The second blog that stood out was Jadmary Riascos's "It's time to blog" For her creativity and neatness. The first thing I noticed when i first looked at her blog was that it was very neat and organized. She had a title for every post and because of her use of different fonts you could tell exactly where everything was. In entries where they were poems that the entries were about she made them different fonts so if you had not read the poem you could tell which was which.
And finally the third blog was Astrid Asmundsson's "A million and one." First of all, all of her entries were very deep, you can tell from them that she really thinks about what she's writing and doesn't just rush through it. All of her poems have a really nice rhythm to them and kind of get stuck in your head after you read them.