Up until now, Jack has been something of a violent mystery; he's been involved in the story a lot, but we haven't seen things from his perspective. This chapter begins with a long passage entirely about Jack, establishing him as a violent less-of-a-mystery. We find him crouched in the underbrush, locked in his single-minded pursuit of pigs (yes, still). Evidently some time has passed since the last chapter; he has a sunburn, his hair is longer, and the island is no longer on fire. Jack also seems to have gotten pretty good at tracking wildlife.
Being away from orderly society is probably wearing on everyone by now, but Jack has progressed well past the "forgot table manners" stage and is careening straight into "lunatic blood-crazed beast-man" territory. The narrator compares him to a dog and an ape within the first four paragraphs of the chapter. Jack, frustrated he hasn't killed anything yet, has a frantic madness in his eyes. In the last chapter, Piggy sarcastically remarked that the kids were acting nuts because it was past tea-time. Well, it is way past Jack's tea-time, and Piggy would certainly have something to say about it if he were here now. Except he wouldn't actually say it, because Jack would probably flip out and eat him.
Meanwhile, Ralph as been trying to build shelter. Poor Ralph has gotten no help from anyone but Simon. He laments that if he called a meeting right now, everyone would show up, and they'd be all OMG WE SHOULD BUILD, UM, A SUBMARINE! and then they'd wander off or go hunting. The "or go hunting" remark doesn't sit well with Jack, who twice asserts "we want meat." Ralph shoots right back that nuh-uh, they want shelters, "because of the—" and then does not say "monster," because he's good old rational Ralph, and he doesn't want to entertain the foolish notion of a monster in the jungle. We've had two pretty well-defined sides up until this point: Ralph is civilization; Jack is savagery.
Let's see where this goes, shall we?
P.S. Keep your eyes peeled for vocab quizzes this week!!
This week Eddie is going to encounter his 2nd and 3rd people in heaven. One of which was apart of Eddie's life when he fought in the Philippines. Eddie starts to wonder if he killed this individual like he accidentally caused the death of the Blue Man. He is haunted by the fear that his act of revenge during the war may have caused someone to die.
Why do people have a fear of dying? Is it the wondering of what happens to us after that makes us uneasy??
When we encounter death we go through a series of stages of grief. We'll take a look at them this week to better understand what Eddie is going through.
Have a great week!
P.S. Keep an eye out for Vocab Pop Quizzes!
We have arrived!
The last book of the school year!
We will be reading Mitch Albom's best seller, The Five People You Meet in Heaven. It is an inspiring novel that recounts the life and death of a maintenance man named Eddie. After dying while trying to prevent a fatal accident, Eddie finds himself in the afterlife where he encounters five people who significantly affected his life.
Open your hearts and minds...it is a great read!
William Wordsworth once wrote, " Fill your paper with the breathings of your heart."
Like every creative endeavor, good creative writing is partly art and partly skill. The art comes from within – a talent and ear for composing with words, and a passion for the subject matter at hand. And what would be more passionate than writing about our own experiences?!
Writing is in essence a process that draws on a person mentally, emotionally, and physically. Great talent or inherent gifts are not essential to write well, but more of a willingness to is.
The once piece of advice I can offer to you through this process this week: ambiguity is powerful, clarity essential, and writing unexpected.
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.
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