Wednesday, November 19, 2008

WATCH! This is the film we will be viewing this Friday at the Cyprus International Children's Film Festival. We will discuss themes in class prior, so please have at least two in mind when we get together next.

Don't forget, THEME = a central and dominating idea in a literary work.... The main idea...In addition, the term means a message or moral implicit in any work of art.

The term is from the Greek thema, meaning “proposition,” which was derived from tithenai, meaning “to put.”

Themes in A Taste of Salt - Overcoming poverty and adversity
- Fighting for justice/a good cause

Themes in The Hobbit- Taking risks
- battling one's insecurities

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Sith Seeking Sith

Sixty something responsible mature businessman, looking for someone to spend quality time on my dark, cold, Deathstar. Tall, strong, and with an unmatchable invisible grip, I like fencing (light sabers) and dog-fighting in my Tie-fighter. You must be willing to deal with my asthma and deviated septum (not to mention random acts of violence- space rage!) Not much of a family man, not looking to have kids (been there-done that!). I like movies and music, Cheaper By the Dozen- The Jonas Brothers! Jedi Night, or even some force being with you is a plus. No short green chicks or Wookies please! Definitely no HUTTS! Masks are optional.

Digits- VADER DA STH 977-867-4356

Bilbo needs a date...really.

You must pick a character from our novel, The Hobbit. Use the character sketch graphic organizer to detail his characteristics. These need to be both physical and emotional.

What might be a trait of Bilbo? Supply where in the story we can see this.
Then add likes and dislikes, also supplying support from the story. If you state that Bilbo likes a certain activity, where do we see his in the book?

Your personal add needs:
- title of add
- Both physical and emotional characteristics
- Likes and dislikes
- Characteristics that he would like in a significant other
- One exert of sheer silliness, or irony (Must play basketball, dumb but ironic for Bilbo- diminutive)
- contact information
- am image
* needs to be 80 words minimum

In order to avoid being repetitive, use a thesaurus-

For example, I want to say that someone is nice. The thesaurus gives me the following alternatives for saying nice:
admirable, amiable, approved, attractive, becoming, charming, commendable, considerate, copacetic, cordial, courteous, decorous, delightful, ducky, fair, favorable, fine and dandy, friendly, genial, gentle, good, gracious, helpful, ingratiating, inviting, kind, kindly, lovely, nifty*, obliging, okay*, peachy*, pleasant, pleasurable, polite, prepossessing, seemly, simpatico, superior, swell, unpresumptuous, welcome, well-mannered, winning, winsome