14 May 2014

"The Fault in Our Stars" Chapter 20 Reaction

- - -  What is significant about Hazel's eulogy?

- - -  Is Augustus' prefuneral selfish?  Explain.

- - -  What is the saddest part of the prefuneral?  Explain why?

08 May 2014

"The Fault in Our Stars" Chapters Thirteen & Fourteen Reaction

- - -  Explain how Chapters Thirteen and Fourteen are hinge chapters in the book (remember "hinge" chapters?  Like Chapter 5 in "The Great Gatsby," or Chapter 4 in "Of Mice and Men?)

- - -  What is the significance of the conversation in Chapter Fourteen between Hazel and her father?

06 May 2014

"The Fault in Our Stars" Chapters Eleven and Twelve Reaction

- - -  How does Green use setting in Chapters 11 and 12?  Explain your answer.

************CHAPTER 12 ALERT - CHAPTER 12 IS REALLY TWO CHAPTERS CRAMMED INTO ONE, SO, THERE ARE TWO BLOG ITEMS FOR THE CHAPTER, ONE FOR THE FIRST PART OF THE CHAPTER AND THE SECOND FOR THE, UHM, SECOND************

- - -  What is the significance of the meeting with Van Houten?  How does the encounter develop character, advance theme and what is your general reaction to the meeting?

- - -  Why is it significant that Hazel decides to declare her love for Augustus at the Anne Frank House?  Explain, please.

30 April 2014

"The Fault in Our Stars" Chapter Nine Reaction

- - -  Why doesn't Hazel apologize to Lida after making a very insensitive comment in response to something very nice Lida was saying to Hazel?  Do moments like these (another one occurs in Chapter Nine when Hazel tells Isaac it was, "not nice," to go blind) in the book make you like Hazel less?  Explain this all.

- - -  What is the deal with all the video gaming?  What is the significance of the gaming as it relates to characters or plot or otherwise?

29 April 2014

"The Fault in Our Stars" Chapter Six Reaction

- - -  Explain the connection between Augustus' actions in Chapter Four and Hazel's inner conflict in Chapter Six.

- - -  Is it okay for Hazel to try and push her parents, her friends and Gus further away, or should these people be able to decide for themselves how close to get to Hazel?  Explain.

25 April 2014

"The Fault in Our Stars" Chapter 4 Reaction

- - -  Are Isaac's actions of destroying Gus' basketball trophies justifiable 'because he has cancer,' or should his immaturity have been called out?  Was it even immaturity, or was it warranted?  Explain this all, please.

- - -  Why don't we see Hazel's father?  Explain the significance of why the mother always seems to wait for Hazel 'in her car' or 'reading paperwork.'

20 April 2014

"The Fault in Our Stars" Initial Blog

******Attention Children*****

This blog thread should have been called, "The Fault in Our Blog," because the site would not allow me to post this until today (Sunday).  Therefore, this initial blog is due by the beginning of class on WEDNESDAY.  Have fun :)

- - -  Do you feel like the narrator is projecting a realistic tone considering she is a teenager stricken with a critical illness and is probably terminal?  Explain.

- - -  Is it too early for theme, or has Green planted the seeds for overarching themes in the book?  Explain.

02 April 2014

"The Color of Water" Chapters 19-21 Reaction

- - -  Was Ruth's broken promise to Dee Dee a betrayal?  Explain your response.

- - -  What is the significance of James seeking out the Shilsky store in Chapter 20?

- - -  Does Ruth abandon her mother?  Are her actions in any way justified?  Explain.

27 March 2014

"The Color of Water" Chapters 15 & 16 Reaction

- - -  I thought Ruth/Rachel was a strong, independent, rebellious young woman?  If so, why can't she enter the church for her graduation?  The answer is not as obvious as, 'because her father told her she was forbidden.'

- - -  What is the overall significance of Chapter 16?  Explain.

25 March 2014

"The Color of Water" Chapters 13 and 14 Reaction

- - -  Explain the significance of Ruth's aunts and their attitudes.  What in Ruth's adult life seems to stem from this experience?  Explain.

- - -  Why is Chicken Man important?  Isn't he just a hypocrite?

- - -  Do you agree or disagree with Chicken Man?  Please explain.