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Literature circles: What do you think Feezal?

During the processes of literature circles I read ‘What do you think Feezal?’ by Elizabeth Honey. For those of you that don’t know literature circles is a program similar to a book club. Each week the group reads a certain amount of chapters each week. This way everyone’s on the same page. (Literally)

In this program there are 6 roles for the students to play. One for each student. The first role is the ‘Discussion Director’. The ‘Discussion Director’ is pretty much the leader of the group. They set the home work and they come prepared with 6 questions for the group to answer. These questions are based on the section of reading the group has just done. In my group Tom was our discussion director. You can visit his blog through this link: http://tomc2012.global2.vic.edu.au/

The second role is the ‘Telly master’. The ‘Telly master’ keeps track of everyone’s homework and weather people participated in group discussions or not. The ‘Telly master’ is always the on to report to the teacher if people are not cooperating. In my group Angelica was the ‘Telly Master’ in my group. You can visit her blog through this link:  http://angelicam2012.global2.vic.edu.au/

Captain/Contessa of comprehension is the next role. The Captain/Contessa come up with 4 questions about what the group has just read. There are 4 types of questions: Think and Search, Right there, Author and me, On my own. I was the Contessa in my group.

Fourth is the ‘Connector’. The ‘Connector’ finds four passages that they can connect to. They then share these connections with the group. In my group Luca was the connector. You can visit his blog using this link:

http://luca2012.global2.vic.edu.au/

The penultimate role is the ‘Passage master’. The ‘Passage master’ finds  4 passages in the book that they found interesting or weird to share with the group. They have to tell the group why they chose that passage. In my group Cian was the ‘Passage Master’ in my group. You can visit his blog through this link:

http://cian2012.global2.vic.edu.au/

The last role is the ‘Word watcher’. The ‘Word watcher’ finds 5 new or interesting words to share with the group. They also have to share the meaning of the word. In my group Deanne. You can visit her blog through this link:    http://deanne2012.global2.vic.edu.au/

This is my groups reflection podcast on the unit:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Read like a Writer – What do you think Feezal?

Today my class revisited ‘Reading like a Writer’. When we read from the perspective of a author, we focus on the techniques the author is using to tell the story and not so much about the story itself. This is ‘Reading like a Writer’. There are 6 points we focus on. Here is a example that I wrote based on the book ‘What do you think Feezal?’:

 Ideas:

The main idea in the last chapter of ‘What do you think Feezal’ is to give something to Bean (The main character) so she can remember the amazing journey she went through the book.

Organization:

The organization in this book is pretty good. But there is one part where its morning and it jumps strait into being night time.

Voice: 

Elizabeth’s voice to me me seems playful yet realistic. Not all of this stuff would happen to one person but all the little things could go there separate ways and effect a lot of different people

Word Choice:

In this chapter and through the entire book the word choice is not great and could be a lot better.

Sentence Fluency:

The sentence fluency in this book is OK. There was just one part where it jumped from being to night.

Conventions: 

In this book I saw nothing but regular punctuation like talking marks and full stops. There was the occasional explanation mark.

 

Those were the 6 topics. And for this lesson this was my goal reflection.

Goal Reflection: 

One technique I will take away from ‘What do you think Feezal?’ would probably be the short sentences if I was writing a book for younger children.      

 

 

 

Read like a reader

Why did Sophie turn into a witch? Why were Sophie and Agatha friends in the first place? Why did Tedros love Agatha? Why did Agatha have no friends?

I want to know where Sophie and Agatha poofed to in the end. Where did they go? That’s what I want to know.

I visualized things obviously the writer didn’t because it was not on the page. She described how Sophie was turning evil but never said it.

Sophie reminded me of me because she has long blonde hair and I have short blonde hair. She is also determent to get what she wants just like me.

I felt sad when Sophie changed. I liked her at the start but she scared me towards the end. I felt happy for Agatha when Tedros asked her to the ball.

I love this book. I never got bored and it was so hard to put it down. It had a bit of everything: fantasy, action, romance, ect. There was lots of spells, boy drama, running scenes and so much more!school for g and e

 

The 5 big questions- the school for good and evil

Big question #1- What makes this book good?

The thing that makes this book is the difference between the main characters. Sophie is so positive, beautiful and has so much self confidence but on the other had Agatha does not believe in her self and thinks shes ugly. I also like all the magic. It really makes you visualize.

Big question #2- What would make this book better?

It don’t know what would make this book better since its probably the most action filled, lovey dovey story I have read. Its a perfect book and a 10/10. There so much that happens in this book so there’s a bit of everything. There’s action, magic, romance, suspense. EVERYTHING!

Big question #3-  Whats the 1 most important thing the author wants you to know?

I think there are 2 things that the Soman Chainani wants us to know. Number 1: we need friends to get through life. You wont get any where without a friend to cheer you on. The other message is that sometimes princesses don’t always look like they do in fairy tales.school for g and e

Big question #4- Why did the writer write this?

Soman wrote this to inform us that our friends are important and that nothing should break a friendship. Not a boy, not a school. Nothing. It also was to do with the fact that she wanted to entertain us. All the magic, spells and romance were to tell us a good story.

Big question # 5- What does the audience need to know to enjoy this book?

The readers need to know that Sophie and Agatha come from a small village and that their parents don’t care for them all that much. All they have is each other. Agatha takes their friendship very seriously but for Sophie  kind of uses Agatha towards the end.

The 5 facts of fiction- the school for good and evil

Fact number #1- Fiction is all about the character.

Sophie, the main character has beautiful long blonde hair. Her skin is so soft and is a peachy colour. Her eyes blue, but not just any blue, sea blue. Her eyes are the colour of the sea. And she wears this beautiful light purple ball gown.

Fact number #2- Fiction is all about what your character wants.

Sophie has waited all her life to be kidnaped and taken to the school for good but when she gets there things don’t go quite to her plan and she finds her at the school for evil. All she wants is to go to the school for good and to have her true love take her to the evers snow ball.

Fact number #3- Fiction is all about how your character gets or does not get what he or she wants.

Sophie gets her prince at first and he always told her he would prove her good in the trial. But when Tedros finds out Sophie is a witch. The she tries to win her prince back but he has a new love interest.

Fact number #4- Fiction is all about how you character changes.

At the end of the book Sophie learns she is a witch. She has vainy skin, Black warts and a bald head.