March 24 Total: 17.4 million words read
Enter the Books you Read in March onto the Student Reading Log
School is out but we are still reading. Can we read 75 million words in the month of March?
The challenge is on! DHMS students and staff are challenged to read 75 million words this month. If we succeed, students will get a free period outside and a DUNK TANK to dunk some teachers in!
Here's how to participate:
Samples of a constructed response
How is the main character like/not like you?
Ralph, the main character in Lord of the Flies, is like me because he is a leader on the island. In Chapter Five, he calls the boys together to set down rules for their safety and rescue. I’m also a leader because I’m the shortstop on my baseball team, and my teammates look to me for direction during games.
The main character in The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, Arnold Spirit, Jr., is not like me because he uses art “to talk to the world.” In Chapter One, he states that “the world is a series of broken dams and floods, and my cartoons are tiny little lifeboats.” I’m different because I’m not artistic, and I use music to express myself.
Explain two interesting things you learned from this book.
I learned two interesting things from Through My Eyes, a book about Ruby Bridges. First, I learned that author John Steinbeck wrote about Ruby Bridges in his book Travels with Charley. I also learned that one of Ruby’s role models was her 1st grade teacher, Barbara Henry, who was from Boston.
Fiction or Nonfiction
Would you recommend this book to others? Why or Why not?
I would recommend The Outsiders to others because the characters deal with issues that teens face today. For example, in Chapter One, Ponyboy gets caught up in gang violence one night when he was walking the streets by himself. In Chapter Three, Cherry Valance buckles under peer pressure when she tells Ponyboy that she can’t be seen with him because of their differences.
I wouldn’t recommend The Fuhrer: Hitler’s Rise to Power because its subject matter is disturbing and historically accurate. For example, the book describes events such as the “’blood purge’ of June 1934, in which Hitler executed his potential rivals in the Nazi Party…” It also talks about how Germans joined with Hilter to commit his violent crimes and the ones who stood by and did nothing.
Why do you think the author chose the title of the book?
The author of The City of Ember might have chosen the title because of the word “ember,” which means “a glowing fragment from a fire.” This is ironic because “the sky is always dark in Ember,” and when the power goes out, the city is left in darkness. In addition, the people who live there don’t know how or where fire comes from.