Quarter 4 independent Reading Project

Book Discussion

Clockwork Prince by Cassandra Clare


Summary:
In the magical underworld of Victorian London, Tessa Gray has at last found safety with the Shadowhunters. But that safety proves fleeting when a group of people in the Clave (Also known as the government for the Nephilim) longs to see her protector, Charlotte, replaced as head of the Institute. If Charlotte loses her position, Tessa will be out on the street—and easy prey for the mysterious Magister (Mortmain), who wants to use Tessa’s unusual power of turning into anyone, from a dead person to a vampire, for his own dark motives. With the help of the handsome, self-destructive Will and the fiercely devoted Jem, Tessa discovers that the Magister’s war on the Shadowhunters is deeply personal. He blames them for a long-ago tragedy that shattered his life. To unravel the secrets of the past, the three of them journey from Yorkshire to a manor house that holds untold horrors, from the slums of London to an enchanted ballroom where Tessa discovers that the truth of her identity is more sinister than she had imagined it would be. When they encounter a clockwork demon bearing a warning for Will, they realize that the Magister himself knows their every move—and that one of their own has betrayed them. Tessa finds her heart drawn more and more to Jem, but her longing for Will, despite his dark moods, continues to make her uncomfortable. But something is changing in Will—the wall he has built around himself is crumbling. Could finding the Magister free Will from his secrets and give Tessa the answers about who she is and what she was born to do? As their dangerous search for the Magister and the truth leads the friends into peril, Tessa learns that when love and lies are mixed, they can corrupt even the purest heart. Will she turn from them to her brother, Nate, who has been begging her to join him at Mortmain’s side? Where will her loyalties-and love—lie? Tessa alone can choose to save the Shadowhunters of London…or end them forever.


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Romeo and Juliet

For quarter 4, the last term of grade 9, our class is studying the most famous and tragic play, Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare. We're watching the film, produced in 1968, to understand the acts, and we also did several assignments for this unit, such as the prologue recitation, journal writing, oxymoron analytical paragraph and some acting in groups.

JOURNALS


Journal Entry # 1:

Journal Question:
Act I, Scene One
Why do people “take sides” in a quarrel that is not their own? What do people do and say today to begin a quarrel? What are the stages of a modern day quarrel before it reaches the fighting stage?


In life, relationships between people aren’t always so peaceful and perfect. Sometimes, people fight, and people who aren’t involved take sides in a feud that is not their own. In the tragic play, Romeo and Juliet by Shakespeare in Act I Scene I, servants of two feuding families, the Capulets and the Montagues, start a brawl in the street of Verona. The quarrel commences with two people of Capulets mocking at the servants of Montague by “biting” their thumbs. The servants, provoked by their derision, pull out their swords and their skirmish emerges into a dangerous life-threatening fight. The servants of both families are not related to the feud between the families but still, the servants take the side of their master, apprehending themselves involved in a strife that is not their own. In my opinion, the reasons why people take sides in a quarrel, that is not their own, is because of rumors they perceive, prejudices against the enemies and also due to personal feelings they have against the enemies. For example, when a friend of mine bickers with another person, I would take my friend’s side since I am her friend, and because my friend is arguing with that person, my friend would say bad things about that person, which would initiate an angry feeling towards that person because of what my friend would have said. Moreover, due to the reason that what I hear of that person is in a negative and biased perspective, I would not only feel angry, but also harbor prejudice against that person. I think it is natural that people take sides in an argument because people just are not perfect that they all are nonchalant about fights that don’t include them. Nowadays, unlike the brawls in Shakespeare’s plays, fights between people are usually not life-threatening, depending on the causes of the strifes. They usually begin with differences in personalities, and then verbally bickering, then they would swear at each other, not being able to control their anger. Sometimes, their anger bursts out and grow so intensely that violence is used against each other. Overall, I think that although the feuds are not between themselves, people take sides because of rumors, personal feelings and mainly prejudice and I believe that taking sides in quarrels may be unfair and immoral but people aren’t flawless so it is simply in human nature to be unjust in various situations.

Romeo and Juliet Film 1968

I think by watching this film, it allowed us to understand the play much better. Because the play was in old English and in difficult Shakespearean language, it was really hard for us to understand what was happening, and the meanings but by watching this film, it allowed us to visualize what was happening in the scenes. I enjoyed watching this film. :)
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The Most beautiful scene, "The Balcony Scene"
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Romeo & Juliet Prologue Recitation

In our english classes, before we started to study the play of Romeo and Juliet, our homework during the spring break was to memorize the prologue and we had to recite them infront of the whole class. So here it is, my recitation of the Prologue.

QT3 IRP Eugean Chang


Book: Incarceron
Author: Catherine Fisher

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Summary:
A living prison that watches your every move, your every thought with red eyes that follow you everywhere... It gives life. It deals death. It watches all. This prison is alive.

“Have you ever talked to Incarceron, Maestra? In the darkest night when everyone else is asleep? Prayed and whispered to it? Begged it to end the nightmare of nothingness? That’s what the cell-born do. Because there is no one else in the world. It is the world. I had no one but the Prison, and the Prison has a heart of stone. But gradually I began to understand that it was huge and that I lived inside it, that I was a tiny lost creature, that it had eaten me. I was its child and it was my father, vast beyond understanding. And when I was sure of that, so sure that I was numb with silence, the door opened...”

That was an excerpt from the book Incarceron written by a famous UK author, Catherine Fisher. Finn, a teenager boy, can’t remember his past before Incarceron ( a prison that has been cealed for centuries) but a single memory of candles burning and laughter, and cake on the table that comes up to the surface of his mind from time to time, he wants to find out about who he is, and figure out his past life before Incarceron. He has been stuck in the prison of Incarceron for years. No one has ever escaped, but he wants to change that by becoming the first one to escape the prison in history, after the legendary sapphique. One day, he finds a key, the same one as the image of it on his wrist, which he believes as the key to open up the malevolent prison of Incarceron. Claudia, living in the outside world Finn desperately desires for, has a perfect life. Well, a life others would see as perfect. Claudia, daughter of the Warden of Incarceron, is about to become a prisoner herself, being forced into an arranged marriage. Struggling to get away from her world, she finds a key, that might lead her to Incarceron, to a new life. Both seeking for a new life, through the identical key, they learn to know more about each other, building a special bond between them. Their adventure to seek for a new world goes on. You can find out more by reading this book!

TO KILL A MOCKING BIRD

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Starting of the 2nd semester of our english class, we began to read the infamous classic novel, "To Kill a Mockingbird" written by Harper Lee, and deeply understand deeply about the importance of setting in plot, use of characterization, about the characters of the book, and how the author uses different literary devices to emphasize her message. We also did various activities, such as doing the open mind posters about a character, a presentation on a character poster we did in groups, biopoems about the character, the character analysis, newspaper project and also the theme essay, which was probably the most challenging essay I did this year.

To Kill A Mockingbird Film
We also watched the movie based on this book, and by watching this movie, we could understand more of the plot of the book and also about the characters of the book, and helped us see the setting.

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To Kill a Mockingbird, Theme Essay



Newspaper Project :)

In a group of four, we made newspaper as if it were the time of the Great Depression, during 1930's like in the book "To Kill a Mockingbird" and we wrote articles about the incidents that happened in the book. So here's our group's newspaper:



Character Analysis of Scout


The infamous classic novel of 1960, To Kill a Mockingbird, written by Harper Lee, uses dialogue combined with monologue to portray an immature young girl, Scout Finch, growing up during a time of Great Depression, who is irresponsible, caring and sometimes even rude. When Francis insults Atticus by calling him a ‘nigger-lover’, Scout tries to hold up her anger but fails. “I split my knuckle to the bone on his front teeth. My left impaired, I sailed in with my right, but not for long.” (84) Scout’s monologue describing her action of punching him, implies her character, how she can be sometimes irresponsible, and that she cares a lot about her father, Atticus, and when someone talks badly of someone she cares about, she is bold enough to punish that person. Later on in the book, when Jem decides to go back for his pants at the Radley’s place, Scout, worried about her brother, attempts to stop him. “You don’t have to go. Remember--” (68) Since Boo Radley to Scout is a maniac, Scout worries that something bad might happen to Jem, and because Jem is important to her, she begs him not to go. From her dialogue, the readers can learn another side of Scout’s character, how she cares a lot about her brother, Jem. Another side of Scout is shown when Walter Cunningham visits their house, responding to Jem’s invitatation, Scout comments on how Walter’s eating habits are disgusting, and she looks down on him, just because he’s a Cunningham. “But he’s gone and drowned his dinner in syrup. He’s poured it all over--” (32) Scout, too young and irresponsible to think about others before her, mocks someone else, not thinking about how others might feel and how they might get hurt by something she says so easily. Because she is too young to understand that in life, she has to think about her action before she acts upon it, she acts rude in front of Walter, not realizing that she was being impolite to a guest. Through Lee’s use of clear dialogue and monologue, the readers can learn about Scout’s diverse character, how she is sometimes rude, and irresponsible, but she is mature enough to care for her loved ones deeply.

Biopoems

A biopoem is a poem that describes a person in 11 lines.
How to write a 'Biopoem'
(First name)-(Four adjectives that describe the person)Son or Daughter of (your parents names)Lover of (three different things that the person loves)Who feels (three different feelings and when or where they are felt)Who gives (three different things the person gives)Who fears (three different fears the person has)Who would like to see (three different things the person would like to see)Who lives (a brief description of where the person lives)-(last name)
Biopoem about myself:
Eugean
loud enthusiastic jealous amusing
daughter of my parents
lover of music movies sleeping
who feels lonely angry shy
who gives
who fears loneliness bugs
who would like to see her friends in Korea
who lives in Pondok Indah of Jakarta
Chang


Biopoem about Jem:
Jeremy
magnanimous caring adventurous benevolent
son of Atticus Finch
lover of his sister, Scout
who feels calm disappointed excited
who gives comfort advice
who fears getting in trouble
who would like to see Boo Radley
who lives in the small town of Maycomb
Finch

Unfinished Biopoem about Scout:
Jean Louise
insubordinate persistent quarrelsome smart
daughter of Atticus Finch
lover of reading writing books
who feels embarrassed confused ashamed
who gives
who fears
who would like to see
who lives in the small town of Maycomb
Finch


Character Posters


In class, we made character posters on a character, by working in pairs.
With my partner, we did a poster on the character, Calpurnia.
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Character Poster of Calpurnia


Open Mind Posters

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We worked in pairs to share knowledge of the character, and for the open mind poster, I did it for Aunt Alexandria (Aunt of Scout and Jem).






TRAVEL ARTICLE: CHINA "A Taste Of China"

For my 2011 project week, I went to Beijing and Xian, the capital cities of China for a week, and experienced and visited places I have never been to, and this trip was very fun and interesting for me. I hope you enjoy my travel article! :)


Quarter 2 Independent Reading


Title: The Hunger Games

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Author: Suzanne Collins

Short Summary:
Katness Everdeen, from district 12 is a girl who loves her sister, Primrose and would do anything for her. When Prim's name is chosen for the year's hunger game (a game that includes two people from each district and the tribute chosen has to fight until death, and if he or she wins, he or she gets money and food for their whole district), Katness volunteers to go instead of Primrose, knowing the fact that she has only very slight chance of winning, and that most likely, she might die during the hunger game. The boy chosen from her district is Peter Mellark, who she has this weird connection, and Katness's adventure starts from the moment when she volunteers as a tribute...

Scence We acted out:
My group and I decided to act out a scene where Primrose's name is picked out and Katness volunteers instead of Primrose. We thought this scene was important because this is the actual beginning of the story and is the whole point of the story.

VIDEO OF OUR PRESENTATION:


Quarter 1 Independent Reading


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Title: Book Thief


Author: Markus Zusak



Short Summary:
Liesel Meminger, a jewish girl, is sent to a German family by her mother, and starts a new life with a proper family she always longed for. And in the beginning, getting used to a new life without her irresponsible mother, and without her cute little brother who dies in front of her eyes, is not so easy and smooth, and every night she has nightmares about her little brother stuck under a train, blood everywhere. but as her step dad comforts her, reading bedtime stories to her, and as her step mom, even though she seems mean, shows motherly-love for her, she is soon a normal girl with a normal family. One day, she meets a jewish man...