Journal # 1: Three Active Reading Strategies Not everyone can say that they have had an active conversation with God. This quarter, I have been reading WM. Paul Young’s novel, The Shack, and I am on page 85. Mack Phillips can say that he has had a talk with God or, “Papa,” like what the Phillips family refers to him as. The conversation might not have been as cheery as you might have hoped.
In “Under the Influence”, Scott Russell Sanders uses a variety of sentence lengths. A few of his sentences are very long, while most are medium or short in length. I would describe these sentences as somewhat poetic. They are very descriptive and help paint of picture of what life was like for Sanders and his father.
Teacup Full of Roses was written in 1987 by Sharon Bell Mathis, an author who was a special education teacher in junior high school in Washington, library media specialist and author of several books for young people. Teacup Full of Roses is ALA notable book written completely in inspirational and emotional manner. By using a lot of family discussion to write her novel, Mathis is able to keep her reader’s attention by conveying her ideas descriptively throughout the whole book. Joe, the middle very responsible son who had a plan to hold the family together and give his elder brother the one break he needed.
The short story, "No More Horses" is written by Robert Matt Taylor. The story once became the story of the week on the Narrative Magazine, which is a literature website, where everyone is able to submit and share their own literature with others. "No More Horses" is a story about a kid and his uncle. The kid would always be shipped off to stay with his uncle, somewhere near Seattle, whenever his parents felt like they needed a vacation.
Little House on the Prarie the Ingalls family (Pa, Ma, Laura, Mary and baby Carrie) leaves their small house in the Big Woods of Wisconsin and head for Kansas. Pa has made the decision to relocate to Indian country due to overpopulation of the Big Woods. Pa wants to live where animals roam free and aren't frightened away by loud axes and shotguns. Although Ma wants to put off the move until the warm weather arrives, Pa tells his family that they must cross the Mississippi river before the ice cracks. As the Ingalls move West they make camp in a new place each night.
Pills & Potions Love is not something that can be cured by medicine. It is not something that can be controlled. In, Love Medicine by Louise Erdrich, the story follows five different families that intertwine because of marriages and love affairs. The story contains unanswered mysteries, supernatural mishaps, mournful deaths, and alluring love triangles. The book has very powerful themes but lacks a lot of extremely important parts of a good fiction novel.
For my mystery book talk, I read Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs. This book takes place in Cairnholm which is an island off of the UK. The main character, Jacob, finds a loop that lets him go back in time to September 3, 1940. He uses the loop to go back and forth from the present to the past and back to the present.
Admirable Story The life of a student athlete is a difficult life. It can be a very mind twisting confusing one. There is a lot of hard work involved and some people just cannot take it. In The Outside Shot by Walter Dean Myers, he zooms in on the life of Lonnie Jackson, a student at Montclare College who goes struggles.
The Road: McCarthy’s Masterpiece In recent years, people have started to question the life expectancy of the world. The Mayans predicted the world would end in 2012. Since the world is obviously unharmed, people are left wonder what will happen in the future. Cormac McCarthy explores the mysteries of a post-apocalyptic world in his novel The Road.