Tuesday, December 13, 2011

ORR #7: Lord of the Flies

This week I have read chapter one of the book we are reading in class, alongside many other articles, newspapers, etc.
A fair-haired boy lowers himself down some rocks toward a lagoon on a beach. At the lagoon, he encounters another boy, who is chubby, intellectual, and wears thick glasses. The fair-haired boy introduces himself as Ralph and the chubby one introduces himself as Piggy. Through their conversation, we learn that in the midst of a war, a transport plane carrying a group of English boys was shot down over the ocean. It crashed in thick jungle on a deserted island. Scattered by the wreck, the surviving boys lost each other and cannot find the pilot. Ralph and Piggy look around the beach, wondering what has become of the other boys from the plane. They discover a large pink and cream-colored conch shell, which Piggy realizes could be used as a kind of makeshift trumpet. He convinces Ralph to blow through the shell to find the other boys. Summoned by the blast of sound from the shell, boys start to straggle onto the beach. The oldest among them are around twelve; the youngest are around six. Among the group is a boys’ choir, dressed in black gowns and led by an older boy named Jack. They march to the beach in two parallel lines, and Jack snaps at them to stand at attention. The boys taunt Piggy and mock his appearance and nickname.
In this first chapter, Golding establishes the parameters within which this civilization functions. To begin with, it is populated solely with boys—the group of young English schoolboys shot down over the tropical island where the novel takes place. The fact that the characters are only boys is significant: the young boys are only half formed, perched between civilization and savagery and thus embodying the novel’s central conflict. Throughout the novel, Golding’s foundation is the idea that moral and societal constraints are learned rather than innate—that the human tendency to obey rules, behave peacefully, and follow orders is imposed by a system that is not in itself a fundamental part of human nature. Young boys are a fitting illustration of this premise, for they live in a constant state of tension with regard to the rules and regulations they are expected to follow. Left to their own devices, they often behave with instinctive cruelty and violence. In this regard, the civilization established in Lord of the Flies—a product of preadolescent boys’ social instincts—seems endangered from the beginning.
I enjoyed reading this first chapter, and thought the language usage, and the way the beginning of the story (which is a classic) is put together, was pretty intriguing and definitely interesting for the reader. I would definitely reccommend this book by only reading the beginning of it to anyone in between high-level readers of 8th grade to the 11th grade students, if not for older people.

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Crispin: The Cross of Lead

Title: Crispin: The Cross of Lead
Author: Avi
Genre: Historic Fiction

This week, I finished reading the book called Crispin: The Cross of Lead. From where I left off last time, Cripsin, a peasant boy, ran away from his home-village, because he was being accused of a crime he did not commit. On his way, he sees many gruesome things, including rotting bodies of other wolf heads - or people who were proclaimed animals, meaning that anyone could kill them. Those scenes, even though they seemes quite disgusting, were actually quite important, in my opinion. They showed what life was actually life during the Middle Ages, and the torture some people had to go through, because they were of a lower rank or status. On his way, Crispin travels throughout the abandoned villages, that were struck by the Plague. On his journey, he meets a travelling juggler. At first, Bear behaves very strictly towards Crispin, making him swear that he would remain his slave for life. However, over the course of their travels, Bear makes Crispin his apprentice, and teaches him about music. In my opinion, this shows that everyone has two sides to their personalities. They might appear mean and cruel at first sight, but if you get to know them, they might turn out to be really considerate and nice. I personally loved the whole veil of mystery that surrounded this novel. Crispin's enemies were constantly following him, without the reader knowing why, until the very end. Also, it was quite amusing to read about Crispin seeing new things, such as tall buildings with windows, meat dishes, etc. and his perceptions of everything he learns about. The references to religion in this book could be quite boring tor ead about for some people, but I thought that the author really cleverly used them. In my opinion, they reflected the time period perfectly, because many people were religious back in Medieval England.


Title: Pastels
For Beginners

Author: Francisco Asensio Cerver

Genre: Non-Fiction


During this week I've been reading a very interesting book about how to make art with pastels. I can't wait to tell Mrs. Jovovic!
Pastels were first made in the 18th century, however, many earlier artisans have used similar methods for drawing.
Pastels can be used in many different ways. Depending on the artist's intention, it can be used with techniques totally related to drawing or alternatively using the pictorial method. Nobody knows how a pastel is realistically defined. At least I don't. But according to the book, it looks like there is a correct term! A pastel is a pictorial medium which can be treated like any other normal drawing procedure.
In the beginning of the book the author included some things we need to know before using pastels in our work of art. For example, he explains how you have to clean up the pastel after finishing your artwork, how to make pastels by ourselves, the different kinds of pastels, and what we use them for! But I will not go through this because it's too long. After the author's creative way of making this introduction about pastels, he has shown us some pictures that artists drew using pastels; and of course, there are explanations of those images.
The main thing related to english that I've learned (which is what I'm supposed to be focusing on in this Blog Post) is the fact that the author used very rich vocabulary in his sentences + the fact that he divided the introduction, body conclusion perfectly so that I could use his creative technique in the near future.
To conclude, this week was awesome! I not only just read a fiction/fantasy/historic fiction novel, but I got out of my comfort zone to read something more informative! I'm so thrilled!


Olivia Larsen feels lost and lonely after the death of her twin sister, Violet. To start over, she and her parents move to San Francisco where she attends a new school with a new challenge in making .Olivia then needs a dress to attend a function with her parents. Having given up finding something suitable in her own closet, she searches Violet’s stuff only to find a beautiful dress with a tear in it. She brings it to Posey, a dressmaker, for mending but Posey drops off a completely different dress the next day.
Not knowing that it’s a magical dress, Olivia simply wishes for her sister again. Lo and behold, Violet turns up in the middle of the night and Olivia’s life is almost back to normal again. They find out that Olivia has two wishes left and she has to use them carefully.Olivia feels quite happy again now that she has her sister with her. She is also making friends with the popular and gorgeous Calla from school. Even Calla’s cute boyfriend, Soren, is taking an interest in her.

Double Cross

Double Cross
Patrick Woodrow

This book is about a Marine photographer who works for National Geographic. His job is to dive underwater and take pictures of rare fish. In this book, he has traveled all the way around the world after an attempted murder because of a riddle drilled in to him by his father, who is now resting under several feet of dirt. Supposedly, this riddle will lead to his inheritance, in the form of a ship full of gold. All he has to do it stop everyone that's trying to kill him, raise a couple ton tank, and catch a rat.

I think this book is good for anyone who likes a mystery. It is very detailed and well written. However I think it is too long and the plot is too complicated.

Lord of the Flies

Jacob Wallman


Ms. Hancock


                                                                        The Lord of the Flies

The lord of the flies is about how these kids get in a plane crash and there are no adults so they are left to protect them selves. The main characters are a boy named Ralph how is a strong boy that was one of the first people to find the beach and becomes the chief. Then there is Piggy who is a fat boy that has asthma and is smarter than the boys they just don't know it. Then there is Jack who is the head in a choir and on the island him and the choir are the hunters. Later on the set a fire to try get ships but they end up burning a large part of the forest and also a kid.  I think that that the story is very interesting it talks about how these kids are all alone and have to find a way to get off  this island.