Chinese Script For Karan

Chinese Project Script:

Intro:

你好。这是我的哥们。他叫 Arjun/Joseph/Karan。我一想到要见到我的哥们了,就高兴极了。我要知道你觉得香港国际学校怎么样。后来,我会给校长写 email 。

Subjects:

我觉得香港国际学校的学生忙极了。你能告诉我你每天从几点到几点做功课吗?我每天做功课做了五个小时。我每天从五点到十点做功课。这让我真忙啊!

我知道很多学生觉得数学课真难啊!你觉得数学课难不难?为什么?我觉得数难极了因为老师给我们很多考试,但是我考得不好。除了很多考试以外,老师给我们太多了功课。

我听说你觉得历史课很有意思。我跟你一样,也很喜欢历史课。为什么你觉得历史课很有意思?我觉得历史课很有意思因为我们玩很多很好玩的游戏。

这个学期,我上中文课,上英文课,也上数学课。这个学期你上什么课?

Student Life:

我知道香港国际学校有很多的课外活动。放学以后,你参加什么课外活动?

我听说香港国际学校的学生有很多功课。可是,周末的时候,除了做工课以外,你还做什么?周末的时候我每天一座功课就一边吃饭一边看电影,让我很高兴。

Teachers:

我觉得香港国际学校有非常好好的老师。 如果你有一个问题,你会做什么?如果我有问题,我就回去老师的办公室或者我会给他写 email。

Facilities:

你告诉我你一有问题就会去老师的办公室找老师。可是,老师的办公室在哪儿?老师的办公室在八楼。法语教室在中文办公室的旁边。从法语教师到汉语办公室走路走了一分钟,很方便。

香港国际学校有一个很大的图书馆。在图书馆你能上网做功课吗?在图书馆除了做工课以外你还可以做什么?我还可以看很多书。

我觉得虽然餐厅的食物很好吃,但是有点贵!你觉得餐厅的食物怎么样?

 

Closing:

谢谢你。虽然时间很长,但是很有意思。 我们说话说了五分钟。我正在给校长写 email 。再见。

 

CNY Project

 

中国人喜欢跟家人一起过中国新年。中国新年的时候,中国人吃饭。比如说: 年糕,鱼,汤圆,萝卜糕, 饺子,和 弹簧卷。汤圆里有米饭。我最喜欢吃汤圆。我觉得汤圆很美味可口。可是我从来没有吃过萝卜糕。

除了吃饭以外,新年的时候中国人还喜欢给家人红包. 我的中国朋友很喜欢红包.中国人也非常喜欢去看烟花。烟花又漂亮又大。中国人还喜欢做书法。可是我觉得书法非常难。中国新年的时候,很多人购物。百货公司和商场有很多人。

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中国新年的时候我的家人去一个中餐饭店。在饭店我们吃了小笼包,面条,饺子,猪肉,西兰花,活鱼,鸡肉,等等。我最喜欢活鱼因为活鱼又美味可口又新鲜。 点心的话,我们吃了年糕。我很喜欢年糕。年糕很甜。 中国新年的时候我的家人还看烟花. 在学校我跟mao老师做书法。

 

我把我的书法放在我家的门。

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(中国新年的音乐)

Digital Citizenship Video Reflection

Collaborative Process

My project was mainly individual, and I did not collaborate much at all. I had to be very independent and rely entirely on my own skills to get the assignment done.

Idea Development Processes

I realized early on that it was absolutely critical and imperative that I go through the proper design process. First, I merely got a large sheet of paper and jotted down whatever came to mind. For example, I was just jotting down sketches of what would happen in my video, how I would communicate the message of my video best, what my message was, etc. Second, I synthesized all this and narrowed it down into what type of a video I wanted to make. I knew wanted to make a video that shows the negative effects of excessive use of hunching over a screen on someone’s back. After that, I did some initial research to give myself a really good picture of what using a screen excessively and hunching over a desk does to your back. Next, I made a story board. In my story board I planned out exactly how I wanted my video would play, and how I would film it. I also wanted to use lots of different shot types to make my movie visually interesting. For example, I said I wanted sad music playing throughout the movie with someone crying in the background in order to give my movie a really sad, sorrowful feel, and to make the dangers really hit the viewer in the heart and make them care.

One thing I would like to make very clear in the idea development process is that when I was jotting down ideas and I had an idea, I would then try my hardest to be creative and advance that idea.

Technical Process

In a way, the first step of my technical process was making my storyboard and knowing exactly what I was going to do for the film. For example, in the storyboard, I had to decide what the music was going to be in different parts of the film and what purpose it would serve. And I had to decide what purpose my different camera angles would serve. For example, I decided that I wanted an ambience track running throughout the length of the film really quietly to really give the film a setting and atmosphere. And when the man was limping across the road, I did a long and high shot to really show how much he was struggling to just cross the small length of the street, and to contrast him to his surroundings. I also decided that I wanted sad and gloomy music playing in my movie to enhance the feeling of sadness the viewers feel while watching the man have a sore back. 

Secondly, in the technical process, I actually had to film the movie. I found this really enjoyable. I absolutely embraced and grabbed with both hands the opportunity to adjust the positioning of the camera to get the perfect clip. All I can hope is that this shines through in my final product. When I was filming, I had to set the camera up in the right position for the right shot for the scene according to the storyboard, and adjust the tripod to suit the shot. I also had to really consider the location of where I was filming. When I was filming I went into rooms that were very quiet and not normal classrooms, so the quality of my film could be improved. I also was very creative with where I filmed my other scenes, so they would be physically interesting and my filming would not be lazy. For example, when the man was limping across the street, I made him walk near the round about, and I set the camera up in the lower primary.

Lastly, in the technical process, I had to edit my film. I also did this according to the storyboard. While I was editing, I put the same transition between clips to give a lot of control to my movie. I decided to use a cross dissolve transition between clips. I was also extraordinarily picky. I had to first look at the storyboard to make sure I understood what I was aiming to do. Next, I had to cut any excess or useless seconds out of the clips, so the whole video would be clear, concise, and to the point. Then, since my clips had background noise, I had to reduce the background noise on i movie and normalize the clip volume to make my film the best quality it could possible be. After that, I added one very quiet and subtle ambience track running throughout the scene to give my movie an atmosphere and clear, consistent setting and mood. I also added a clock ticking to the first scene, so it would give a clear indication that he had spent a lot of time hunched over on the screen. I also played really sad music and a quiet crying sound throughout the whole movie, so that the film would have a really clear sense of sadness. 

Concerns and/or Celebrations

Firstly, what I am really proud about in this project is that I was so much more efficient and managed my time so much better in this project compared to the last one. This was shown when I was in class editing along with everyone else, and completing my filming enough in advance to edit, rather than “strolling” in the high school.

Also, I think when I was working with Phoebus, he (not me) would start to go off track and watch Youtube videos, but I would immediately tell him off and to get back to the task at hand. I was so single-mindedly focused on making the very most of my last media project.

Secondly, my efficiency while working on this project has allowed for much better quality work I believe, because it has given me more time to edit and work on making a really first class film.

I actually had no concerns during the course of this project, except perhaps for the fact that I needed help uploading film clips to i movie from the camera.

What Skill/ Knowledge Can You Transfer? 

If there was one thing I could take out of this excellent engaging course, it would be the design process. And since this was the last project of the class, it really reinforced my understanding of the importance of the design process, and how it is done. I realized that when I got an idea, I couldn’t be lazy and I had to develop my idea and be creative. Then once I had developed my idea fully, I had to put it into a story board and make it a reality. I can transfer this to all subjects, and areas of life. For example, if I have to write a piece in Language Arts, I will know to first sketch ideas down, next develop ideas, and then to put my ideas into a story board.

Micro Short Stories Reflection Blog Post

Celebrations

Personally, I absolutely loved this micro short stories project! I found coming up and conveying a theme so interesting, and engaging, and I loved how it made me think deeply and push myself. I love identifying the 5 elements of a story and incorporating them in my own writing. Furthermore, I think I did this really well in a creating and interesting way. Also, I tried to convey themes that were relevant to today and were relatable, and that I actually cared about.

 

6 Word Story

In my 6 word story, titles “Actions”, the conflict is Person v Society, because in Person v Society there is a struggle between a person and their customs, society, culture, and laws. In this story, an actor has just received an enormous amount of praise fame and fortune, but has only acted in a film. However the doctor actually saved someone’s life and did a great deed, but didn’t get nearly the same amount of glory, fame, or recognition as the actor even though they morally did something much better. In this story, the struggle is with the doctor and their customs, culture, laws, and society, because they did something much better than the actor but is not getting as much recognition.  I believe this theme is extremely relevant to me, and today’s society, because around the world there are loads of refugees, people in poverty, and marvelous people helping others out. Nevertheless, they don’t get the recognition they deserve, and some people still only get caught up with the Kardashians for example, even though there are people doing much better things out there.

 

In my 6 word story, the plot is about an actor winning an Oscar award, and a doctor saving a life.

 

In my story, I can infer that the doctor has is really kind, has a good heart, and always does the right thing, regardless of what he will gain or lose. I can infer this because the doctor saved someone’s live which shows he is really kind and has a good heart. What shows that he always does the right thing regardless of peer pressure or what he will gain or loose, because he is doing magnificent things even though he never gets praised, rewarded, or glorified like the actor, even though he is doing magnificent things like saving lives.

 

The setting in my story is in a hospital, or operating room, and at the Oscars awards night in Dolby theatre. The time is in the present, because the Oscars are a relatively modern event. The mood of the story is quite bittersweet, because the reader knows the doctor is doing something really amazing by saving someone’s life. Yet, at the same time the reader knows that the doctor is not getting any glory, reward, or recognition for what he is doing, even though the actor is getting heaps of praise, glory, fame, reward, and fortune for just merely acting in a film, which is nothing compared to what the doctor did.

 

In this story, the author believes that people should recognize those that truly do important things, because the doctor did an amazing, great, kind, and wonderful deed by saving someone’s life, but he got not praise, glory, recognition, or reward at all. In contrast, an actor, who merely acted in a movie, and didn’t do nearly as wonderful a deed as the doctor, got fortune, glory, fame, and reward. I think this is extremely relevant to today and us, because we HKIS students can get extremely caught up in what’s going on in our busy lives, and my Aussie Cricket team, and celebrities and actors, but we sometimes forget about the magnificent people fleeing their homes from war, and the wonderful people promoting peace and finding cures for diseases, and saving lives.

 

Micro Short Story With No Word Limit

In my micro short story with no word limit, titled “Fork in the Road”, the conflict is person versus fate, because both men are in the desert and are equally supplied with food and water, but when they come to the fork in the road, by fate one man takes one route and one man takes another. One man ended up in New York and was successful, but the other man perished in the desert. This is a fate conflict, because they were both equally matched, but by fate one choose the right path.

 

The plot is about 2 men wandering in the desert, and coming to a fork in the road. One man takes one way, and the other man takes another way. One man took the right path and ended up in New York, but the other man took the wrong path and perished in the desert.

 

The setting is in the desert, and then New York for one man. The time is present, because New York known as a successful prosperous place is quite recent. The mood is sad, gloomy, and depressing, because the men are walking in a scorching desert, but then they get the opportunity to escape the desert. However, only one man by luck and fate goes down the right path, but the other does not. This is very depressing, gloomy, and sad, because the reader knows they were both equally matched, but then one just happened to be luckier and have a better decided fate than the other.

 

In this story, I can infer that the man who finally perished in the desert is extremely unlucky, because he had the bad luck and unlucky fate of choosing the wrong path and perishing in the desert. I can also infer that the man that eventually perished is quite a deep thinker, because even as he was dying in the desert he managed to think and ponder on how unlucky he was and how he wished he had chosen the same route as the other man. I can also infer that he is extremely determined and hard working, because he was struggling in the burning desert, and was not giving up. This further caused the reader to feel sad when he perished, because we knew how hard he tried and how much escaping the desert meant to him.

 

In this story, the author believes that sometimes luck is the main deciding factor in major life events, because the man that perished was working and persevering a lot in the desert to escape it, but when he reached the fork in the road, he just had the bad luck of choosing the path that continued along in the desert. In this story, I also used symbolism. I used the desert as a symbol or metaphor to a bad period someone is going through in life. I chose to use a desert as a symbol or metaphor to a bad period someone is experiencing in life, because a desert is really painful, hot, unforgiving, harsh, barren, and is all the same. This is just like a bad period in life, which is painful, oppressive, barren, and fruitless, nothing good happens, and it is all the same old bad things happening. I used the fork in the road as a symbol or metaphor for one having to make a major decision in life. I did this, because when you are driving and reach a fork in the road, you have to make a decision that will lead to two very different routes, but one way could lead you to where you don’t want to go. It could also lead you to where you want to go. This is like life where you have to make a major decision, that could ultimately lead you to prosper, or it could harm you and do bad things to you. I also used New York as a symbol or a metaphor of prosperity, and success. I did this, because New York is a very successful city where many people go to achieve success in whatever field imaginable. I used this symbol, because I wanted to further reinforce the idea that one man made it to a really successful place where he can flourish, and to further reinforce the sadness felt for the man that perished because he could be in that really prosperous place right not.

 

 

 

100 Word Drabble

The setting in my one hundred word drabble is in a snowy mountainous land. The time is in the past, or medieval times, because groups of kings don’t rule together over snowy, fantastical, snowy lands anymore. The mood is really sad, gloomy, and depressing, because a group of newcomers struggles really hard up the rough terrain to the mountaintop. However, just because they looked different, the kings built a wall, separating them, and eventually the wall became so wide, they fell of the mountain.

 

The plot in my story is about a group of kings that rule over a snowy mountainous land from a mountaintop. Then, a group of newcomers, that looked different clambered to the mountaintop. However, because the newcomers looked different, the kings built a wall separating them. Eventually, the wall became so wide, that the newcomers had no space left on the mountain, so they fell off.

 

The kings have a really close minded, limited, cruel, and mean character, because they were really cruel and mean to the new comers by building a wall that separated them, and making the wall so wide that the newcomers had no space left on the mountain, so they fell off. They are really limited and close-minded, because they built a wall separating the newcomers just because they wore green and weren’t white. The kings couldn’t tolerate any change at all, or look beyond the basics, such as appearance.

 

The conflict in my story is person(s) vs person(s), because the kings were being mean with the newcomers and struggling to separate them and push them away. Also, the new comers were knocked off the mountaintop by the kings. The conflict was between the newcomers and the kings.

 

In this story, the author believes that people should not discriminate towards another group of people, because in this story the kings discriminated against the newcomers, shown by the building of the wall and separating them which resulted in the new comers falling off the mountain. Also, because of the initial separation and building of the wall, the separation and discrimination just grew and grew, shown by the wall getting wider. As a result of this discrimination, the wall became so wide, that the new comers were pushed off the mountain into a black, bottomless, abyss, never to be seen or heard again.  In this story I used symbolism. I used the bottomless, abyss where the newcomer’s voices couldn’t be heard as a symbol or the minority group of people having their voice unheard and being cut off. I used the wall as a symbol of discrimination and divide.

I chose this as an extremely relevant theme to write about, because there is a lot of discrimination going on in the world today, especially towards Muslims, and Trump making racist comments about them. There has also been a lot of discrimination towards African Americans lately as well, shown in the numerous shootings of blacks by white police officers in the US.

55 Word Flash Fiction

In my flash fiction story, called “Traffic”, the plot is about Steve stuck in traffic in his car, and then loosing his temper and ramming his car into another car. This resulted in him and many others being hurt.

 

The setting in this story is on a road. The time is in the present, or it could be any time period that has cars. The mood is quite regretful, wistful, and sad and gloomy, because the reader regrets, and wistfully wishes that Steve didn’t ram the car in front of him, because it hurt himself and many others around him. The reader is very sad that Steve, a character who the they can relate to because he is stuck in a traffic jam, got hurt and others got hurt.

 

The conflict is person versus self, because Steve was tempted by himself to lose his temper and ram the car in front of him. He was having an internal conflict of whether or not to ram the car in front of him.

 

I can infer that Steve has a short temper, and is very impatient, because when he was stuck in traffic, he lost his temper easily and rammed into the car in front of him. I can also infer that Steve doesn’t think before he acts, he acts impulsively, because he didn’t stop to think and consider the consequences of him ramming the car in front of him. It lead to him, the person in the car in front of him, and others around him to get hurt as well.

 

In this story, the author believes that we should not give in to temptation. The author believes this, because in the story Steve was angry, frustrated, and loosing his temper, but he gave in to his temptation of wanting to just ram the car in front of him. He did just that, and it resulted in him and many others getting hurt. By him giving into temptation, he committed a bad act of ramming into the car, that had terrible consequences of him and others getting hurt. By showing Steve giving into temptation and hurting himself and others, the author wants us to not give in to temptation.

 

Collaborative Process

While I was writing my micro short stories, I mainly collaborated with Felix Yeung. I showed him my writing, and he showed me mine. He told me I should focus on making imagery, and symbolism stand out more and be bolder. I told him that he needs to be much more clear and concise with his writing. He didn’t cut to the chase and get to the point, which is extremely important in micro story writing.

Idea Development Process

To come up with an idea for one of my micro short stories, I first identified the theme I wanted to convey, so that I would know the clear goal and purpose of my piece. For example, for my in my story of “Fork in the Road”, I, the author believed that sometimes luck is the major factor in important life events. Second, I created a brain frame of the story. Lastly, I identified the other 5 elements of a story and wrote them down, so I would know how I would incorporate them or hint at them. The 5 elements include plot, setting, character, conflict, theme. Also, for my “Fork in the Road”, I identified the conflict as person vs. fate. When I began making my presentation, firstly, I created a story board, so that I would know exactly what I was aiming to do. Next, I then gathered many pictures, videos, and music clips off the internet to put in my video. Lastly, using the story board as guidance, and my collection of media, I put my presentation together.

Technical Process

While I was making the presentation in iMovie, I had to use lots of technical knowledge and know how. Unluckily, this isn’t my strongest area. First, I had to gather a plethora of images, videos, and music clips off the internet. Moreover, I had to remember to cite them, and I copied and pasted the links and names onto a document. Secondly, I had to put all the content into an iMovie film. This was very challenging, because I had to make sure the sequence of everything followed the story board, and I had to make sure that the music I had used didn’t drown out the recording of me talking. While putting the media in, I had to make sure it aligned with what I was saying. For example, I didn’t want a picture of the Himalayas when I was talking about Steve in a car crash! I also had to cut videos, photos, music clips etc., so that only the important parts would be presented, and bad parts, such as where you see my mouse clicking, wouldn’t be presented. Lastly, another challenging part of making the video was finding the right music for the right time, and then putting it into my video. Similar to the photos, I had to make sure the right music was playing at the right time.

Celebrations

Personally,

Prompt Reflective Blog Post

Collaborative Process

In my partnership with Phoebus while making the video, I thought we collaborated really well. The main bulk of our quality collaboration happened while we were planning our film, and making the story board. We recognized the story board was imperative to making the film. We both wanted to make an excellent story board, so our film could follow it, thus our film would be excellent as well. We demonstrated good collaboration by sharing our ideas with one another, and not holding back. Once an idea was brought up, we would debate it it and constructively criticise it to make refine and make it better. We would also listen and respect one anothers opinions as well as share our own. By communicating our ideas, and listening respectfully to one another we created a story board that was well done and made by quality collaboration. Phoebus and I worked really well together and collaborated really well to. However, the downside of this collaboration was that we got hung up on talking over ideas, thus we took longer on the project. We possibly could have been slightly more efficient in our planning and creative process.

Idea Development Process

Phoebus and I had a really good idea development process going on between us. For this to happen, we first had to pay close attention in class to what our media teacher, Mr. Lea was telling us, so we could have a through understanding of the topic. We both payed really close attention when he was explaining camera angles, and we both wanted to incorporate what he was teaching us into our video.

As mentioned earlier, the first step do our idea development process was paying attention to what we were learning in class. The second step to our idea development was getting a large sheet of paper, and just scribbling down our ideas, and brainstorm. We didn’t get hung up on how neat organized or legible it was. We merely sketched, scribbled, and jotted down whatever was in our head. The benefit of this was just to get our minds running, and not to forget any good ideas in our head. When we started making more of a formal story board we had this sheet of paper to fall back to and look at.

The third stage of the design process was making our more formal story board. In this stage we used what we had brainstormed earlier, and our ideas, to put it into a story board. In the story board we strived to do a really through and detailed job, because we both understood the importance of doing a good job on it, so our filming could be a smooth process. We realized this was where the hard work thinking work was to be done. In the story board, we thought very carefully such as how we were going to make our film. We considered scene length, camera angle, and the purpose of the camera angle and what we wanted to achieve through it.

 

Technical Process

In a way, the first step of our technical process was making our story board and knowing exactly what we were going to do in the film as mentioned earlier. We included prior knowledge in our story board, for example what the music was going to be and what purpose it would serve, and camera angles, and what purpose the camera angle would serve. For example, we included an establishing shot that went on for a long time, compared to our other scenes to make sure we established a setting and situation really well and to ensure the viewer understood that the main character was in a bad situation and lived in a rough area.

The second step in the technical process was actually filming. Personally, I really enjoyed this, and thought it was great fun and incredibly interesting. In this stage we had to execute what we had planned in our story board, which we soon found out, is easier said than done! It was difficult, because we had to set up the camera correctly to film the correct shot. And it was especially hard when we were both acting and couldn’t see the camera. To film, we had to set the camera up the right position to film the various type of shot. We also had to attach it to the top of the tripod. And, we also had to set the tripod itself up.

The last stage in the technical process was taking the recorded film, editing it, and putting it into a refined video. While doing this, I was extraordinarily picky. I had to first look at the story board to make sure I understood what I was aiming to do. Next, I had to cut the length of the clips, so the whole video would be under 45 seconds. Then, since where we filmed had a lot of background noise, I had to reduce the background noise on i movie and normalize the clip volume to enhance the quality of audio in our film. After that, I added ambience noise to our clips and used the same ambience noise for each place, to ensure that I develop a clear setting and mood for each place. I also added some suspension music when the character was waiting to see if he won the lottery.

 

Concerns and/or Celebrations

For Phoebus and I, I think our concern was our celebration at the same time. We made such an excellent and well thought out story board, but the downside to this was when we were filming we strove really hard to comply with the story board because we valued our good ideas a lot. Since we worked hard to film according to the board, and since we spent such a long time planning, we were a bit slow in our completion of the project. Our time management was not poor, but we needed to be more efficient and fast in our conversation and filming.

 

What Skill or Knowledge Can You Transfer? 

For me, a skill and knowledge I can transfer is: the skill or making a good story board and understanding the importance of it. In this project, I learnt how to make a really good story board. I learned that to do that, you must pay attention in class and try to learn things, so you can incorporate them into whatever your making. I also understand the importance of it, because it was what guided us through the whole process of the project, and we followed it exactly. It was very thorough and guided us. Without it, we would have been lost at sea.

G8 A/ SA Reading Blog

 

Book Equivalent #         2                               Words:    80,633                                       Date: Around 1st of September

Title:       Eagle Day                                                           Author:    Robert Muchamore

Genre ~ Non-Fiction / Fiction Type:   Historical Fiction

  • Opening Sentence:

It was eleven at night, but the port of Bordeax crackled with life.

  • Favourite word / phrase / sentence:

My favourite sentence is “Pale skinned, slender, and whose accent had more in common with a wealthy Frenchman than a North African.”

The effect of this sentence on the reader is that it creates a good image in their head of what the character looks like. Also, readers feel they can relate to it by relating his accent to a wealthy Frenchman, rather than a North African. Also this sentence uses alliteration when the author writes, “pale skinned and slender”. The effect of using alliteration in this sentence is it makes the sentence sound nicer and flow more.

  • Vocabulary and new terms (with part of speech) and definition:

Traipse (verb) -To walk around tiredly and reluctantly.

  • Reflection, Connection & Personal Response:

I really enjoyed this book. It was very well written. The author masterfully manipulated the story and the minds of the reader, often through use of foreshadowing.. An example of foreshadowing in the story was when the author wrote “All I want is a quiet life,” said PT. This is foreshadowing when PT is going to try and leave Henderson’s group. The reason for him trying leave Henderson’s group was that he only wanted a quiet life. The author also includes lots of imagery. An example of this is when Robert Muchamore wrote “Since running away from the orphanage two weeks earlier, Marc had trained himself to block out the horrible things he saw all around: from mumbling old dears suffering heat stroke to escaped pigs lapping the blood around corpses at the road side.” The effect of this sentence on the reader is that it gives the reader a really vivid and concrete image of the situation and the world the characters are living in. It also gives the reader, a really good idea of the horrors of war and what the characters are dealing with.

I can connect to this book because all the kids helping out Henderson had to choose between leaving him and going to somewhere safe away from the war, or staying to help him sabotage and spy on the Nazis. I can connect to this because I have had to make important decisions in my life before where I did not know what the right decision was and have had to think about it for a long time, just like what the kids in the story had to do.

In Eagle Day, the author believes that you should always do the right thing. He shows this by Charles Henderson, sneaking into a top Nazi officer’s office to steal plans for an invasion of Britain, so that he can stop the invasion. (This actually happened. Germany was going to invade Britain by land, but the plot was foiled by secret agents!). There was an extremely high chance that Henderson would be caught, and if he got caught, he would be killed. Despite this, he carried on and did the right thing and got the plans. Another time the author reinforced this was when Henderson’s group of spies (They were recruited orphans, not technically spies), had to break into the docks to blow it up, so the German’s supply of ships would be destroyed. This operation was also extremely risky, but the group did it anyway, because they knew it was the right thing to do. Another example the author gave to support the theme was when PT tried to steal gold and money from Charles Henderson , who had cared, looked after, and been good to PT so long. PT then tried to run away from the group with the stolen items to himself. Luckily, he was stopped, and the whole group got extremely mad at him for betraying them after everything they had done for him. This shows that PT did the wrong thing, and for the rest of the book nobody trusted him, or valued him. No one paid much attention to him when he was shot in leg even by a big machine gun. Another time the author tried to reinforce the idea of always doing the right thing was at the beginning of the story, when a young boy shot a police officer so his dad wouldn’t be arrested, and caught for his crimes. This shows that the boy was only doing what he believed to be right(even if it wasn’t necessarily the right thing to do).

Throughout this story, I felt incredibly hopeless, because all the characters had no say in what their fate was. For example, the kids in the story were totally dependent on Charles Henderson for survival. Also, to rely on him, that meant they had to perform dangerous undercover tasks for him where they could be killed. Throughout the story, the kids just went wherever and did whatever Henderson wanted them to do, which involved dangerous missions. Also, when nazis attacked, swarms of people would helplessly fall like flies. At any moment, it could be one of the main characters. In addition to this, it also made me feel hopeless that once the kids even made it through a mission, they wouldn’t have a family or life to go back to. There life is now a miserable one full of violence and danger.

Paul reminds me of myself, because he is always questioning and thinking clearly about what he is doing. He asks questions over whether or not what he is about to is the right thing. For example, when he has to shoot nazis, he always aims for their legs. In contrast, Henderson always justs gets a machine gun and willy nill shoots them up.

This author uses many literary devices. One of these devices is symbolism. The author uses symbolism intelligently to support the second main theme; think before you act. Robert Muchamore believes we should think before we act. Often times in the story, someone will shoot someone, and afterwards they feel really sick, gutted, and disgusted. As this is quite a violent book, the author makes a lot of reference to blood. In this story, I believe blood is a major symbol. I think blood represents the consequences of actions, because in this book when someone is bleeding it is because another has performed an action that inflicts pain upon another. The consequence of the action of inlficting pain is that blood is drawn, and blood being drawn isn’t a good thing. The author uses blood to represent the negative consequences of one’s actions. This further reinforces the theme; think before you act, because the author wants us to consider the consequences of our actions beforehand.

Book Equivalent #   2                                     Words:    Around 109,200

Title:     Who Wants to Be a Batsman                                                 Author:      Simon Hughes

Genre ~ Non-Fiction / Fiction Type:     Non-Fiction

  • Opening Sentence:

I haven’t scored any hundreds, but I’ve given away a few.

  • Favourite word / phrase / sentence:

The Sri Lankan’s brush strokes are delicate, careful, silky. There is a beautiful evenness about his movements, he has a steady hand as he guides, steers, caresses the ball across the green canvas.

  • Vocabulary and new terms (with part of speech) and definition:

Conformism (noun) – abiding by the rules, customs or styles or a group.

Auld (adjective) – A Scottish form of “old”.

 

  • Reflection, Connection & Personal Response:

Anyone interested in cricket should read this book because it explains how to become a better batsman. It discusses the range of batting styles and personalities. This book covers the temperament required to be a good batsman. Witty, and cynical, this book taps into the mind and hearts of any avid cricketer. In addition to appealing to cricketers, anyone interested in 1980’s to early 90’s culture in England, because Simon Hughes recalls on his own experiences in dressing rooms during that time period, and gives a snapshot of what the culture was like back then.

The most important thing I learned in this book was that to be a good batsman you have to do what feels right for you. This means you have to play the way you want to, and have the technique that feels right for you, but there is a common mindset required for all good batsman. The author proved this to me by giving me the example of Steve Smith, whose technique is ungainly, and hard on the eye, but Steve Smith scores a lot of runs. The author says the common mindset required among all good batsmen is to be harsh, tough, uncompromising, yet calm and stable. The author also uses the example of Donald Bradman to support this point, whose technique was traditionally “wrong”, but he still was an excellent batsman and had the right mindset.

This information greatly conflicted with what I already know. Before reading this story, I thought there was a “correct way” to bat. For example, I thought I had to follow all the traditional ideology about batting, such as having the right stance, backlift, grip, shot selection, technique, stroke play, etc. However, this book came out and boldy said that there is no correct way to bat.

This book greatly changes how I view the world of elite cricketers. Watching them on television, and in the stands, the cricketers look really rough, tough, invincible, alpha-male, and cocky sometimes. However, this book includes interviews with really top players and goes inside their minds and thought process. I was surprised to find out that many of the players weren’t actually that confident, and they were mentally unstable and shaky. For example, the book included a private interview with Shane Watson and it revealed that he was constantly unsure of himself and he was struggling to feel confident, and he was confused and didn’t know his role in the team. The book also revealed Ian Bell, a free-flowing, elegant batsman, was really unsure of himself and he was constantly doubting his ability. The book also revealed how cricketers, such as Mark Ramprakash, would sometimes break down in their bedroom after losing a match, or performing badly.

I personally, really enjoy playing cricket, and love when I score runs or take wickets, etc. But, I also know the gloom, and hopelessness of scoring a duck, or playing badly. Whenever I go through a dry patch, I start fiddling with my technique, and style in order to get better. I always thought this was the right way to go about things, always looking to improve and persevere. However, I  became extremely excited and intrigued when I read this was the wrong way to go about things. Simon Hughes said to be a good batsman, you need to find a method that suits you, and stick to it always. In an interview with Kumar Sangakarra, Sangakarra said he had a difficult start to his career. He only averaged 26 in his first 4 years of first-class cricket, but he stuck to his style, and did what he felt was best, and eventually finished his career with a Test match batting average of 57. This shows that if you stick to what feels right to you, you will be a successful batsman, as an average of 57 suggests!

In this book the writer made the information very interesting. First of all, he did this by really tapping into the hearts of cricketers, and connecting and relating to them. He did this especially well when he would perfectly, vividly, and eloquently describe the feeling of failure and scoring a duck. All cricketers knows the extreme sadness and down in the dumps feeling of scoring a duck. This caused me to really relate to him. Secondly, he wrote in a very entertaining manner, he used lots of quips, jokes, and wrote in a witty, cynical manner. The author used lots of hyperboles and imagery. Another thing the author did to make the book interesting was that he kept challenging lots of traditional cricketing ideology, such as having a correct way to play. The author also kept subtly posing questions in the text to get the reader to read on the find the answer. An example of this was when he said there was no correct way to play, and then he started talking about the mindset needed to bat. He posed the question whether or not there was a correct mindset.

The first main idea in this informational text is that you should bat in whatever manner feels most comfortable, even if you are going through bad patches. One time the author proves this is when he mentions how Kumar Sangakarra averaged only 26 in his first 4 years of first class cricket, but how he stuck to his game and ended up with a test average of 57. The second main idea in this informational text is to stay calm. The author wants the batsman to always stay calm out on the pitch when playing, and take their innings one ball at a time. The author also wants the reader to stay calm when they are going through a bad period. To support this claim, the author uses the example of the failure of Mark Ramprakash at Test level. The author explains how he was a good cricketer at first class level, but he wasn’t calm and mentally stable, so when he started playing test cricket, he failed. His failure was shown in only averaging 27 in test cricket. The third main idea in this text is to enjoy batting and playing cricket, even when everything is going against you. The author shows this by calling on his own experiences when batting and describes how he didn’t enjoy it, and dreaded it. As a result of this, he failed and got out quickly, and couldn’t win the game for his team, the author said.

The author wants me to know that being batting requires someone to be very tough, hard, and uncompromising. He shows this by explaining how when he was facing Malcolm Marshall, he wanted to get out of there for fear of getting hurt. Then, when he nicked one behind and the umpire gave it not out, he walked because he didn’t want to be out there. In contrast, he showed how batsman such as Allan Border, and Javed Miandad, always strived to keep their wicket, regardless of the damages it could do to their health. They broke jaws, bones, and fingers. He also said good batsmen would never give in. He also said that it was useless arguing with a good batsman because they would never give in.

The author organized the information this way to keep the reader engaged. In the beginning of the book, the author gave inklings and hints of what is to come later in the story, and posed questions in the mind of the reader, so that they would read on. Throughout the chapters in the book, the author went about answering those questions.

The writer told the story in third person omniscient. The writer used third person pronouns in the story such as he, she, and they. The author knew everything that was going on in the story, and the reader knew things that the characters didn’t. Will didn’t now the tsunami was going to hit, but the author foreshadowed it, so the readers knew it was going to hit. He foreshadowed it by mentioning how the elephant did not go in the water today, and was afraid of it. It was also foreshadowed by the description of the really low tide, and the weird looking ocean.

The author uses symbolism in this story as well. At the end of the story, Will was standing on a jetty by a river when he had decided to spend his life in the jungle, and while the author was describing his thought process. Throughout the story, Will was struggling internally and his choice to stay marked the end of his internal struggles. As a result of this, I think the water symbolizes purity.

Book Equivalent#      2                              # Words:        100,572

Title:  Running Wild                                                               Author:  Michael Morpurgo

Genre ~ Non-Fiction / Fiction Type:     Fiction

  • Opening Sentence:
  • The sea murmured onto the beach.
  • Favourite word / phrase / sentence:
  • He was a withered, diminutive man, his skin stretched thin over his hollow cheeks, as if life was draining out of him with every passing minute.
  • Vocabulary (with part of speech) and new terms with definition:
  • Crook(noun)-A bend in something, usually at the elbow in someone’s arm.
  • Mahout(noun)-A person who works with elephants in the south-east Asia region.
  • Reflection, Connection & Personal Response:

In “Running Wild”, the author believes that we should always help eachother, because in this book there are many examples of others helping others out, even if it will negatively affect the one helping. An example of this is when the tsunami hits Indonesia, and Oona, the elephant carries Will into the jungle and saves him. A second example of this is when Will rescues 3 baby orangutans who have lost their mothers and he carries them throughout the jungle, caring for them, and giving them food. A third example of this is when “Other One”, an orangutan, is guiding Oona, another Orangutan, the baby orangutans and Will through the forest to the wildlife sancutary to get help. In all of these circumstances, one is helping others just for the sake of it, even if it will negatively impact them, or not benefit them at all.

The beginning of the book made my feel really sad. The tone and mood was very gloomy, miserable, depressed, and forlorn. This was because Will’s father died fighting in the Iraq war. After that, Will’s mum also died in the Tsunami. During the middle of the book, when Will was roaming the jungle, I felt happy, because Will was enjoying his time in the jungle with his good friend the elephant, Oona. I felt happy until poachers started shooting orangutans, and Will & the orangutans were captured, then had to escape. At the end of the book, when Will was waiting in the wildlife sanctuary for his grandparents to pick him up and take him back to England, I felt bittersweet and conflicted, because I knew how much Will loved the jungle now, but I also knew how much he loved his grandparents. The end of the book also made me feel curious and tense to find out if Will will choose to stay in the jungle, or if he will go with his grandparents.

This book is a lot like my life, because it involves Will having to make lots of choices that will determing life or death for him. In my life, I haven’t been in any life or death situation, but I have had to make important choices. Will had to choose if he was going to leave Oona and survive on his own, he had to choose if he was going to follow “Other One”, and he had to choose if he was going to care for the baby orangutans. Ultimately, he had to choose if he was going to stay in the jungle or go to his grandparent’s house. I have also hd to make decisions in my life as well.

The best part of the book was when Will was captured by the poachers and he had to escape. This was the best part of the book, because Will was going to be sold as a slave as part of a human traficking business, and he had to escape. The author conveyed the Will’s enjoyment, and pleasure he got out of roaming freely in the wild earlier, so when he was locked up in a cage, I understood the enormity of the sadness he was feeling. It was also the best part, because it was very tense, and kept me on the edge of my seat, wondering if he would make it. This was also the best part of the book, because the poaching business’ chef, helped them. He gave him food while he was in the cage, even though he wasn’t meant to, and he got tools to help Will escape from the cage. This act by the chef further reinforces the theme of helping others out.

The title does fit the book, becuase throughout most of the story, Wil was running wild throughout the jungle with Oona and the baby orangutans, Bart, Tonk, and Charlie. Since the author described and conveyed how much Will enjoyed running wild throughout the jungle, I think the title does fit the book.

The single most important sentence in this book is, “Oona swung round, and before the mahout could stop her, she was running towards the trees.” This is the most important sentence, because it is the start of Will’s journey running wild in the jungle, as Oona heads towards the trees. It is also the most important sentence, because it is really further reinforcing the theme of to always help others, because Oona is carrying Will on her back to safety. Also, because of the author’s word choice in this sentence, I know she did it instinctively, because the author used the word choice of “swung round” which shows she did it quickly and without thinking a lot. This shows that helping people is part of Oona’s nature.

I do like the ending, even though it was bitter sweet. I think it flowed naturally, and the author used the ending to excellently reinforce the theme, sum it up, and show that he really wanted people int he world to help others out more. At the end of the story, Peter was taken to a wild life sanctuary by “Other One”. At the sanctuary, Peter was treated for his sickness, and once he recovered he began helping out with the orphaned orangutans in the sanctuary. Will also discovered his grandparents were coming from England to pick him up, this caused him to feel really conflicted because he loved his grandparents, but he also loved the jungle and helping the baby orangutans. Ultimately, Will choose to stay in the sanctuary and help out the orangutans, which perfectly reinforces the theme of to always help others, because he decided to spend the rest of his life helping orangutans.

I think I am like Will in this story, because when he has his mind set on something he does it. For example, he really enjoyed running wild in the jungle, so he decided to spend the rest of his life running wild in the jungle and help to rescue baby orangutans. I am like this as well, because when I have my mind set on something, or really enjoy doing something I do it. For example, I really enjoy playing cricket, and always try my best and do it often, because it is something I love to do.

Oona, the elpehant that was always looking after Will in the jungle, remind me of my mum, because my mum is also always caring for me, and making sure I’m ok. Since I am a Roman Catholic, Other One reminds me of my guardian angel, because he was always looking out over Oona and Will from above, and gave them warning signals when danger was coming, and guided them away from danger. For example, Other One, high in the trees, guided Oona and Will who were walking on the ground out of the bush fire to safety, and eventually to the wildlife sanctuary. I think Other One always high in the trees and never actually directly interacting with the other characters represents a guardian angel, or a higher being in heaven. I think by always guiding and watching out for Oona and Will from afar represents a guardian angel always looking out for me from Heaven.

In this story, I would most like to have Will for a friend, because Will is very perseverant and will stop at nothing to get something done. He shows this when he is escaping from the cage guarded by the poachers and human trafickers, and he runs into the jungle, and doesn’t stop running until he is positiveley sure the bad guys won’t catch him. In addition to not only running as fast as he could for a long time, he had multiple orangutans clinging on to him, so they to could escape. I would also like to be friends with Will, because he is always looking to help others and he is extremely caring. Will shows this when Oona and he have separated, but he met up with three orphaned orangutans and he caries them through the jungle, and cares, and looks after them. Finally, Will is very resourceful. He shows this by building nests high up in the trees for him, a human, to sleep on in the jungle.

In this story, personally, I would most like to live in the wildlife sanctuary that specializes in helping orphaned orangutans, because it is a very nice place. Cheerful, caring, it helps orphaned orangutans. Also, the people that help the orangutans are really nice, and the sanctuary is really caring and is very helpful. It shows this by caring for Will when he is sick in bed for 3 weeks, and rescuing and rehabilitating orphaned orangutans.The facilities in the orphanage are also really nice. There is a great big bamboo bungalow for the head of the sanctuary, surrounded by lush green grass, on a steamy island in the middle of the jungle.

What interested my in this story was the second theme the author implied. The author also believed that we should move on from things, but never forget them. The author showed this by the grandparents of Will organizing a vacation for him and his mum to go to Indonesia on holiday to move on from the passing of Will’s father. But, the author showed that we should not forget by writing about how Will remembered happy times with his father and remembering a joke his fathe used to tell him all the time. The author wrote, ” Usually I can’t remember jokes, but I always remembered this one, maybe because Dad told it so often.” The second time the author wanted to convey this theme was when the author wrote about how Will wanted to forget all about the poachers, human trafickers, and the shooting of the orangutans. Once Will escaped, he moved on from them and wanted to “forget them forever”. However, as the author doesn’t want us to forget, he showed this by the poachers and bad guys coming back with guns in the forest to find Will and the escaped orangutans. This shows and highlights the flaw of Will completely forgetting about them. Another time the author further reinforced this theme was when Will was running wild in the jungle, he forgot completely about England and his grandparents. As a result of this, when they were coming back to pick him up, he didn’t want to go with them, even though he loved them so much before. Also, it came to him as a brutal shock that he was ebing picked up and he couldn’t cope with it.

I know the Tsunami in Indonesia is fact and not imagined, because it is part of the 2004 Boxing Day Tsunami, because the author talked about it in a post script. The epicentre of the Tsunami was off the west coast of Sumatra in Indonesia. I also know the Oona, an elephant, detecting the tsunami was also not imagined. In the post script, the author mentioned how Sri Lankan media reports said elephants detected the Tsunami before it hit, and began to stampede inland. This was like Oona detecting it before it hit and also racing inland. I also know the Iraq War was not imagined. In the post script, the author talked about it. In the post script the author said deforestation and the burning of forests in Indonesia for palm oil, and to clear land is also a real problem, not imagined. Lastly, orangutans losing their habitat and being sold is pets is also a real problem, as mentioned in the post script.

I know that this a Michael Morpurgo book, and from experience, I know his endings are always totally unexpected and there is always a last minute twist in the end. While reading this book, and nearing the ending I was expecting a twist or something unexpected, and I got it. At the end of everyone of his books, he plays with the mind of the reader, and this was no exception. In this story, nearing the end, everyone was content, and Peter was planning on spending the rest of his life in the jungle. All of a sudden however, there was a huge bush fire, and Other One had to lead them to safety. Other One eventually took them to a wildlife sanctuary, where the person running it recognized Peter as the missing boy and phoned his grandparents in England to come pick him up. Then, as Peter was boarding the boat with his grandparents to take him down river to the airport, he decided he wanted to stay in the jungle and help the sanctuary.

Although this book has many external conflicts, such as the poachers, his parents dying, the Tsunami, and struggling to survive in the jungle, the core conflict in this book is person versus self. Throughout the story, Will was struggling inside himself and was struggling with his emotions, and feelings. In the beginning of the story, Will’s father died. Inside himself, he was battling with his emotions. Will felt extremely pained, sad, depressed, and agonized by his father’s passing. Will would try to move on from the pain he felt from his father’s death, but when he tried to forget about the pain and his father’s death, he just couldn’t and the memories came back. It made peter feel disgusted and gutted that he tried to forget about his father and his death, and it made him feel even sadder when he tried to forget because the memories would just come flooding back. Also, to show that Will was more internally affected by the death, rather than externally, the author spent a lot of time using vivid imagery to eloquently describe Will’s feelings.

The second internal struggle Peter experienced was when he left his mum swimming in the ocean, when the tsunami struck. While he was in the jungle, he kept hoping in vain that his mum would be alive, even though she was swimming in the ocean when the tsunami struck and the whole coast was destroyed. He felt extremely pained, upset, and sad because of his mum’s passing. Like dealing with his father’s death, he tried to forget about his mum completely, but that just made him feel even sadder, and caused more memories to come flooding back. While in the jungle, Will tried to deny truth of his mum’s death, and constantly told himself that he would someday find her and she would be alive.

The third internal struggle Peter experienced was whether he should stay or leave the jungle. What further invigorated this struggle was the fact that his grandparents arrived at the end of the story to come pick him up and take him to England. Will had bonded with the jungle after living in it for 2 years, he loved and had a deep connection to it. The idea of wheter or not he should leave or stay kept tossing and turning in his head.

To interest me in the story, the writer had an ongoing train of throught and internal struggle in Will’s head, which kept asking questions of Will and his future. I read on in the story, because I wanted to find out how Will was going to cope with the internal struggle, and I wanted to find out the answers to the questions he was asking of himself.

The author writes in third person omniscient. The author uses third person pronouns such as he, she and they. The author and the readers know things that the character do not. For example, the readers knew the tsunami was going to hit, because the author foreshadowed it. The author foreshadowed it by mentioning how the elephant was acting strangely around the water, and how the tide was really low, and the ocean looked peculiar.

The author also uses symbolism in the story. At the end of the story, Will stood by a river on a jetty, when he had decided to spend the rest of his life in the jungle, and this marked the end of his internal struggles. In this scene, I think the river symbolizes purity. Firstly, because water is a common symbol for purity. Secondly, I think it symbolizes purity because his mind is no longer clouded and confused. His mind is clear, set, and knows exactly what Will wants to do for the rest of his life. Another symbol the author uses is the orangutan, “Other One”. I think Other One represents a higher being watching over the humans, because, like a higher being, he never directly interacts with people, and is always guiding us from above. Other One is guided Will and Oona to safety out of the fire.

The author used words really well in this story. He used similes. An example of a simile in this story is when the author writes “I felt like a king up there, or an emperor maybe, or a sultan..” The author was describing how Will felt on top of the elephant. The impact on the reader of this similes is that it uses concrete imagery to really show how Will feels on the elephant, by comparing it to something. This further reinforces the theme of the story, because a king, emperor or sultan, is always being cared, looked after, and pampered for.

Book Equivalent #  2                                  # Words:     104,598

Title:            The Fall                                                     Author:        Robert Muchamore

Genre ~ Non-Fiction / Fiction Type:    The Escape

  • Opening Sentence:
  • As a baby, Marc Kilgour had been abandoned between two stone flower pots on the platform at Beauvais station.
  • Favourite word / phrase / sentence:
  • Vocabulary (with part of speech) and new terms with definition:
  • Boche(noun)-A german soldier.
  • Reflection, Connection & Personal Response:
  • In this story, the author believes that we should take risks,

    because

    in this story, Marc escapes from the orphanage. In the orphanage, kids would be whipped, and thrashed if they did anything wrong. Also, there was a hierarchy in the orphanage, and kids would get teased and bullied. Marc had a rival, and they would always fight. If Marc got caught after trying to escape, he would be bullied and humiliated by the other orphans, and he would be mercilessly whipped by the man running the orphanage. The author shows us we should take risks here because Marc took a huge risk escaping from the orphanage, and the consequences of getting caught were huge, but he did it anyway because he wanted better opportunity in life. Another time the author shows this is when Marc and Charles Henderson charge into a hotel crawling with nazis and shoot some high-ranking people, but because they fired their guns, it brought a lot of attention to them, and they had to escape out of a hotel with masses of nazis chasing them. The author shows we should take risks here because they took a massive risk by charging into a building of Nazis and shooting some people, but they did it anyway because they knew they had to do it to help win World War 2.

    Book Equivalent: 3                                   # Words:         171, 912                           

    Title: Michael Clarke – My Story                                                                 Author:  Michael Clarke                          

    Genre ~ Non-Fiction / Fiction Type:        Non Fiction                                                                         

    • Opening Sentence: It’s a beautiful morning for cricket: today is the semifinal of the 2007 World Cup and we are in St. Lucia to play South Africa. 
    • Favourite word / phrase / sentence: My job is to stick around at one end so my teammates can score runs at the other.
    • Vocabulary (with part of speech) and new terms with definition:
    • Introspective – (adj) characterized by or given to introspection.
    • Introspection – The examination of one’s own mental and emotional processes.
    • Reflection, Connection & Personal Response: Anyone interested in cricket should read this book because it gives a fabulous insight into the life of Michael Clarke, a terrific cricketer. Also, it gives extremely informative pieces of advice to anyone who wants to improve their cricket. The most important thing I learnt while reading this book was; if you want to succeed at cricket you have to really enjoy playing cricket. Clarke explained this by describing his love for the game, and how his enthusiasm to play helped him be successful. This book has enormously changed my view of Michael Clarke. Initially, while watching him on TV and in person, I saw him as quite a grumpy and unfriendly man (quite different to most cricketers on his team). However, after reading his book, I realized that his dad had cancer for many years during Clarke’s playing career. Additionally, Michael Clarke had  excruciating, chronic back pain that required loads of treatment. While reading this book, I was really interested and surprised to find out that me and the child/teenager Clarke had so much in common. Constantly, he talked about his eternal desire to just play cricket, and how much he enjoyed the game. The words he used to describe his love for cricket were exactly how I feel. Also, I could really relate to how he felt playing in the Under 17’s competition as a 13-year-old and facing much bigger, and older bowlers, because I am playing in the HK U17 competition right now. He always described how he would struggle and just try to stick around at the other end, something I feel and can relate to exactly.

The writer made the information interesting because he would sometimes use narrative writing techniques to share stories or insights into his career. He would use descriptive language, and metaphors, etc. This made the reading much more story-like, and made it easier to connect to Clarke as the main character.

The three most important ideas from this informational text are to firstly, fight against unjust power. Secondly, to enjoy cricket very much. And third, to value family and friends over anything. To always fight against power is a main idea because during Clarke’s career the hierarchy of the Australian Cricket Board was not working well and making Clarke’s job very difficult. For example, they would not let him have any say in selection meetings even though he was meant to. Moreover, they would never listen to him orrespectt his views regarding his own personal fiteness as well. However, Clarke constantly fought this throughout his career. To enjoy cricket t is a main idea because Michael Clarke talks about how his love of the game helped him be so successful not only in cricket, but socially and emotionally as well. He talked about how his undying love for cricket carried him through to play for Australia. Whats more, he talked about how he became friends with so many people through cricket, and how cricket helped him maintain a confidence and happiness during his teenage years. To always value family and friends over everything is a main idea because Michael Clarke always put his family ahead of cricket. For example, when his Dad had cancer, he took time away from cricket to help him. Furthermore, Clarke lost numerous good friends while playing for Australia because he put work ahead of them. But afterwards, he deeply regretted it.

Reading Response #1

 

Book Equivalent:    1                             # Words:        48,000                        

Title: Ivanhoe (Adapted)                                                                     Author: Sir Walter Scott                              

Genre ~ Non-Fiction / Fiction Type:   Historical Fiction                                                                              

 

 

                                                   

  • Opening Sentence: In the year 1192, the people of England feared for the life of their beloved king, Richard I, also called Richard the Lion Heart.
  • Favourite word / phrase / sentence: “There is only one man in all of England who can fight like that!” cried Ivanhoe.
  • Vocabulary (with part of speech) and new terms with definition:
  • Parapet (noun) – a low, protective wall along the edge of a roof, bridge or balcony.
  • Reflection, Connection & Personal Response:

While reading the book, I felt in awe of Ivanhoe’s resilience, bravery, and truth to power. He was incredibly brave to fight in the joust against the best night, Bois-Guilbert. He also courageously showed truth to power by standing up against Prince John and his reign by challenging his knights.

 

In a way, Ivanhoe reminds me of myself. But not because I go around as a knight in shining armor fighting for my true love! Ivanhoe reminds me of myself because of his traits of resilience and courage. He showed resilience and courage while carrying on fighting in a joust against one of the best nights in England, even though he was wounded. He didn’t back down from the challenge. This relates to me because I am resilient and courageous as well. I am prepared to take risks. And I never back down from a challenge, and will fight to the end, just like Ivanhoe.

 

During a fight to the death in a joust, I was enormously surprised when Ivanhoe disarmed his opponent and had him pinned underneath his sword. Yet, Ivanhoe did not kill him. By doing so, the author showed that people must show mercy, and treat others how you want to be treated.

 

Throughout the story, I noticed that the writer used a lot of descriptive language to describe the setting. For example, Scott wrote, “On the eastern and western sides, galleries had been erected and covered with carpets. Here, knights, nobles, and town officials, all with their ladies would be seated from the center to the end, according to their rank and wealth. The poor masses, however, used the slopes of the surrounding hills and branches if the trees from which to view the tournament. ” In the excerpt above, Scott spends a lot of time setting the scene of the joust. Scott does this in many other parts of the book as well.

 

I notice that the writer used symbolism to help tell the story. For example, I noticed that disguise is a major motif throughout the story. For instance, Ivanhoe returned to England in disguise as he rode through the Sherlock Forest. Also, after winning a joust, Ivanhoe did not remove his helmet, because he wanted to remain unknown and disguised. In addition, Gurth disguised himself as a monk to enter Front-de-Bouef’s castle. In the story, Whenever someone used a disguise in the story to do something it was because they weren’t as powerful or strong as their opponents, thus they needed to resort to more clever means of getting things done. Here, the author believes that when someone doesn’t have as much power as another person, they need to use their brains, rather than muscle and strength to beat their opponents.

 

I also believe the siege and burning of Torquilstone castle is a symbol of everything that happened in the story and is happening in England at the time. The castle represents everything that is wrong about England, and what Ivanhoe and others are fighting against. Cruel Normans run the castle. This is just like England being run by cruel, lawless Normans. The castle is also the place where Cedric, Ivanhoe, and Lady Rowena, all Saxons were imprisoned. This is exactly like the Normans oppressing Saxons all over England at the time. The siege of Torquilstone represents the conflict in the story, the noble Saxons against the cruel Normans.

 

I noticed that Scott used used lots of imagery in Ivanhoe. This evoked my senses and enabled me to feel and experience the story. Scott did this especially well in battle scenes, which I especially enjoyed. For example, Scott wrote, ” … the trumpets blared as the knights sped towards each other. Lances were thrust at shields, sending shocks through both men. Their horses recoiled back-wards but recovered their balance…the Templar struck first, his lance crashing into the Disinherited Knight’s shield with such force that the wooden pole shattered to pieces. But… the disinherited knight thrust his lance into the templar’s visor. ” Here, and in other places throughout the story, the author uses imagery to describe scenes so the reader can feel engaged in the story. Moreover, Scott used lots of similes and metaphors to help readers understand what was going on, and so readers could relate to what was being said.

 

Reading Response #2

 

Book Equivalent:            3                      # Words:        158,100                                   

 

 

 

 

Title:  AB de Villiers – The Autobiography                                                         Author: AB de Villiers                                 

Genre ~ Non-Fiction / Fiction Type:   Non-Fiction    

  • Opening Sentence: Someone else should bat.
  • Favourite word / phrase / sentence: Focus, I told myself. Concentrate. Get into line. Fight. Don’t give it away…don’t get out to the oke who trampled your cap.
  • Vocabulary (with part of speech) and new terms with definition:
  • LED (noun) –  a light that glows when voltage is applied. (light emitting diode)
  • Reflection, Connection & Personal Response:

Anyone who is interested in cricket, or South African culture should read this book. If you are interested in cricket, you should read this book because it provides an excellent insight into the life of AB de Villiers, one of the world’s superstar cricketers. It talks about his cricketing career, and how he reached the top level. If you are interested in South African culture, you should read this book because it provides a terrific, first-hand, on the ground experience of South African culture, and the troubles that embroil their society.

 

The most important thing I learnt while reading this book was to never get to big more my boots. Throughout the story, AB shares his experiences and extraordinary feats from the modest point of view of the young boy he once was. He always reminds the reader how grateful he is for everything he has in his life, whether it be his family, friends, school, or cricket career. He respects opposition players in his book. And he doesn’t view himself as a superstar, but merely a young boy fortunate enough to be playing cricket for a living.

 

I have always thought AB de Villiers would be ignorant, spoilt, and unappreciative because of all the money he is paid, especially in India. However, after reading this book, I realized he is a really down to earth, and grateful guy. He shows this by always writing about how appreciative he is for everything he has. Moreover, I was really surprised about how religious AB de Villiers is. He talked about faith and what he believed in his book a lot, and how he tried to keep God in his life.

The first main idea in this text is to never give up. AB de Villiers had to practice very hard to succeed at Test cricket. He had to work on his defensive play, something he wasn’t used to. The second main idea in this text is to always be grateful, no matter how much you have. AB de Villiers is one of the world’s richest cricketers, but he always talks about how grateful he is for everything. The third main idea in this text is to show respect. In the text, AB de Villiers always praises other players, and never makes it seem like he is better than them.

 

The writer used lots of metaphors and similes throughout the story. This helped the reader understand the emotions, feeling, and adrenalin of playing international cricket. He also used lots of onomatopoeia, such as boom, crack, crash. By using onomatopoeia, he helped the reader really engage in the story and feel it.

This book changed my understanding of the South African society. Before reading this, I thought most of the racial issues were over now. However, after reading the story, I realize that race is still a big issue in South Africa. For example, AB reveals that a white bowler was dropped so a coloured bowler could play. Furthermore, AB reveals how some of his teammates as a boy had to leave South Africa due to racial prejudice to pursue their cricket careers. Whats more, some even played cricket for other countries. Take Doug Bracewell, for instance, who plays for New Zealand.

 

 

Book Equivalent:   2                         # Words: 74,074                                           

Title:    Biggles Defends the Desert                                                              Author: Captain W.E. Johns

Genre ~ Non-Fiction / Fiction Type:       Historical Fiction

  • Opening Sentence: 
  • So slowly as to be almost imperceptible the stars began to fade.
  • Favourite word / phrase / sentence:
  • … Biggles could see his shells and bullets streaming like living sparks into the blue nose, and ripping splinters off the slim fuselage.
  • Vocabulary (with part of speech) and new terms with definition:
  • Enfilade (verb) – to shoot down the length of a target.
  • Reflection, Connection & Personal Response: 
  • During the book, I felt very excited and exhilarated by all of Biggles’ courageous and daring exploits. However, at the end of the book, I felt more sober because Biggles nearly lost the final battle against the Germans and was nearly killed. His squadron also suffered casualties.

This book is like my life in some ways. Firstly, when Biggles is disadvantaged against the Germans, he has to come up with clever ways to defeat them. For example, he disguised himself as an Arab and blew up the Germans radio station himself. In my life, when I am slightly disadvantaged at something, I have to be clever to find ways to succeed.

In Biggles, the author wants everyone to live life to the fullest attitude. Biggles is always enjoying life, having fun with fellow officers, and approaches flying with a carefree attitude. But, when the time comes, he gives it his all while fighting against the Germans and is prepared to die. By Biggles doing this, the author believes we should live life to the fullest.

I was very surprised when Biggles decided to warn the enemy that there was a sandstorm coming. Biggles did this because he thought it was inhumane to leave any man in the middle of a sandstorm. I think this represented a big character change for Biggles. Before this, he would use things like sandstorms to his advantage, and to attack the enemy while they were trapped in one. Later, Biggles said he didn’t want to use any of the Germans torture methods on their own German prisoner. Therefore, this event has shown that Biggles has become more compassionate. He is fighting more morals and values, rather than just to kill the Germans.

I noticed that Johns used lots of onomatopoeia, such as bang, boom, crash, smash, whizz, and clang, especially in fight scenes. This really helps to engage the reader in the story and the fight, and helps them to feel like they are there. As mentioned earlier, I also noticed AB de Villiers used lots of onomatopoeia as well. He also used it to engage the reader in the story and the cricket game. I also noticed that Johns used a lot of dialogue. This helped to show the story, not tell it. It revealed more directly what characters think than speech and thoughts reported indirectly by a narrator. It also made the book more engaging, and helped us to connect with the characters and their thoughts. Finally, I noticed Johns used a lot of similes and metaphors. Using metaphors helped the readers relate to something they wouldn’t normally have been able to, in this case war.

 

 

Six Pix Mute Published Slides

I really enjoyed working on this project for many reasons. Firstly, because I learnt many useful messages about communication and media, such as how a picture communicates a message and how to convey messages through media. Also, I learnt many new technical skills such as how to use google slides much better and editing photos.

However, I think I struggled with this project because I felt too confined by what I could do. I felt too structured, so when we were choosing photos I felt limited by what photos I could use. However, I eventually overcame this by changing my images, and  for the new images I used, I felt I could unleash my creativity much more.

Overall, I am proud with what I have been able to achieve, however I would like to start off more creative next time, and not feel so confined. I felt I learned a lot from this project and am excited to build on these skills in the next project.