Yes, a plane crash. Like many many great movies and TV shows- Castaway,Lost, Final Destination, Conair!
In a nutshell, a plane crash strands a bunch of schoolboys on a deserted island, which may or may not contain a monster. The boys struggle with one another and the baser impulses of human nature. If you recognize this as vaguely similar to the plot of TV's LOST, that's because it's exactly the plot of TV's LOST. At least until LOST started to be about things that are ridiculous. :-P
The first chapter begins with our as-yet unnamed protagonist struggling through a rocky forest (SUPER-SPOILER: his name is Ralph). Within a page we are also introduced to a poor kid whose name is not Piggy, but who winds up being called Piggy because that is the absolute last thing he wants to be called. Thus begins a long tradition of people paying attention to Piggy almost exclusively to mock him, so get used to it now.
Ralph and Piggy explore their surroundings a bit, and Golding uses this time to point out that repeatedly OMG GUYS, RALPH IS NOT ONLY JUST THE BEST, BUT SO PRETTY, while Piggy is fat, four-eyed, and asthmatic. Also, within the first three pages, he endures an embarrassing incident involving pooping. So Piggy is not really off to a great start.
From their conversation, in which Ralph is kind of a jerk (more out of childishness than intentionally), it sounds like an atom bomb type of thing was dropped on England, and the kids were being flown to safety when their plane was shot down. Even through all that, Ralph is pretty happy to be free of grownups, and just goofs around while Piggy does all the actual thinking.
And that friends, is all I'm giving ya! Enjoy the reading!
We have arrived!
The last book of the school year!
We will be reading William Golding's best seller, The Lord of the Flies. This novel has been the inspiration behind the tv show Survivor and Lost. It has also influenced quite a few songs by some famous singers and bands! What's it about you ask? The novel is set in 1940’s Europe in the midst of a fictional nuclear war. A plane carrying a group of British school boys being evacuated from England is mistaken for a military craft and shot down. The plane crash lands on an uninhabited island with only the boys (no adults) as sole survivors. The novel is the story of the boys’ attempts to form a society and govern themselves; a descent into chaos, disorder, and evil.
Open your hearts and minds...it is a great read!
When I met Erin Gruwell last year, she made a profound statement that I feel can truly influence all of our lives: "You can't rewrite the story, but you can change the ending." What does this mean to you?
Some of you have voiced (whether directly or indirectly) that you are having a hard time relating to these "kids from the ghetto in California". I totally understand where you are coming from. Try looking at the bigger picture....they're 14 and 15 years old just like you. They are going through experiences that many of you have faced: friendship problems, family issues, school troubles, etc.
We have our Freedom Writers Skype chat TOMORROW! It is an AWESOME experience! You should make every effort to attend! It's at 2:30 in the media center. Get there early to get a seat. Bring friends!!!!
Our speaker is the author of Diary # 24- the real author about the eviction- Narada Comens. Here's a bit about him.
At age 9, Narada Comans moved 3,000 miles away
from his hometown, Pittsburgh, PA. His once subur-
ban neighborhood turned into an urban nightmare.
His father began to abuse drugs fueling the constant
physical abuse against his mother and destroying the
household he once knew.
At the age of 14, Narada again was forced to move due to circumstances be-yond his control. The summer before his sophomore year at Wilson High
School, he was evicted from his single household apartment due to his
mom’s job loss. Too young to get a job and not willing to do anything illegal
to get money, Narada felt defeated, helpless, and ashamed. With the start of
10th grade a few weeks away, he felt more compelled to keep the hardships
of his summer a secret for fear of being made fun of by his peers.
However, soon he would discover his experience as a Freedom Writer al-
lowed him to open up about the hardships of his life. Through the trust and
guidance of Ms. Gruwell and his classmates, Narada would learn through ac-
tivities such as the Line Game and journal writing, and as others began to
share the hardships of their own lives, Narada no longer tried to keep his a
secret. This began the bond between himself, his classmates, and Ms. Gru-
well. The newfound support would allow Narada to finish high school and
go on to college.
Today, Narada speaks about the difficulties of growing up in poverty, sur-
rounded by gang violence, and the lack of a positive male role model in the
household. He is currently pursuing a degree in Creative Writing along with
establishing his own media company. Narada has shared his diary story for
over 10 years now with the hope his story can help and inspire others deal-
ing with their own hardships. Narada also contributed an additional diary
entry to the 10th anniversary edition of the Freedom Writers Diary.
But back to the Freedom Writers....Look beyond the pages and you'll see the bigger picture. I promise.