Current Events

Last week a large group of Central Americans migrants was waiting at the American border with Mexico.  A group of the foreigners were tired of waiting and charged the gate.  The group included adults and children.  The American border guards threw tear gas into the group to separate them.

 

This is a very touchy subject.  The Central Americans brought their children into that dangerous situation, but the American Border Guards still threw tear gas into the crowd.  They said it was the least harmful thing that they could have done.  Tear Gas is a more friendly name for a chemical gas that is very painful.  It should not be used on children.  On the other hand, what other option did the guards have?  It would be illegal for the migrants to enter the country without permission.

 

Questions:

  1. What would you have done if you were a border guard?
  2. Why do you think the migrants brought their children with them into that situation?

Thinglink

The Boxer’s do not deserve a bad rap, because they were trying to keep Western influence out of their country.  After all, it was the Westerners who took Hong Kong in the first place, the Boxer’s were merely trying to defend their country and culture.

Children’s Book

Children’s book by Lily Upite- Lord of the Flies by William Golding

I chose most of the images based on either the symbols that were mentioned on that page or images that represented different groups of boys.  For example, the conch shell representing democracy, the soldier a higher form of authority, and Simon as a bridge between Ralph and Jack.

 

 

Hermia

I included the features “Monster as a dad? How does Hermia deal with it?” and “Marry Demetrius or die?” because in the text the Egeus is portrayed as a very controlling father, and although he may have good intentions for Hermia and may only want the “best” man for his daughter, but what about Hermia’s feelings? Should not Hermia be the only who decides who she marries? Or loves? Not only does Egeus want his daughter to marry Demetrius, whom Hermia does not love, but if she does not choose to wed Demetrius she will become a nun or executed.

 

Fake Obituary

The young protagonist Lyra, in the novel The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman, heroically died on the battlefield saving many innocent children’s lives.  Lyra was the catalyst for good in the fight between good and evil in the battle for the possession of the children.  The evil side had plans to keep the children captive and continue to run experiments in an attempt to learn and harness powerful “magic dust”.  Whereas the good side fought to free the children and take them back to their families.  Lyra, through her many adventures leading up to the battle, had dynamic changes to her character from being selfish to being selfless; and lacking empowerment to being empowered.

Lyra changed her character from being selfish to selfless.  During her early school years, Lyra was a selfish rebel without a cause, living without a purpose, trying to find her place in society.  She often dragged her innocent friend, Roger, into her fights against authority.  The young protagonist did not care about the consequences of her actions and what they did to her or her friend.  Lyra’s character begins to change upon meeting an exiled armored bear named Iorek Byrnison.  Byrnison was tricked out of his high ranking and in anger took the life of another bear, not caring about the consequences.  This led to his exile.  Page 196 states, “’Anger. There are ways among bears of turning away anger with each other, but I got out of control. So I killed him and I was justly punished.’”  Lyra could see herself in the bear and the similarities in how they lived their lives.  Lyra soon came to the realization that her actions did have consequences and she too could have a great effect on someone else, especially when other lives were at stake including her own.

Lyra changed her character from lacking empowerment to being empowered.  Lyra was always under strict rules when she was being mentored by her mother also known as Ms. Coulter.  Ms. Coulter is a scholar charged with experimenting with children to learn more about the powerful “magic dust.”  As a mentor, she had no patience for Lyra when she did not do as she was told.  For example, page 76 states, “’Lyra, if you behave in this course and vulgar way, we shall have a confrontation, which I will win. Take off that bag this instant. Control that unpleasant frown. Never slam a door again in my hearing or out of it.’”.  Lyra never had empowerment until she met the Gyptians, who ultimately took her in as one of their own.  Gyptians are a clan whose children were kidnapped and subjected to Ms. Coulter’s experiments.  The Gyptians knew Lyra possessed a very rare and valuable item, the alethiometer (a truth-seeking device).  Instead of taking it away from her because she was merely just a child, they let Lyra keep it and gave her the freedom to learn how to use it.  This gave Lyra a sense of importance and a feeling of empowerment.

Lyra’s dynamic character changes led her to her final character traits of selflessness and empowerment, which were ultimately reflected on the battlefield when she died for the greater cause of saving innocent children.  Lyra will always be remembered as a hero.

The Golden Compass

 

The initial setting for The Golden Compass portrays a young female rebel pushing against a sexist, elitist, school.  This setting provides the foundation for her future conflicts in the story.  The protagonist Lyra, attends Jordan College, which is a boarding school for kids with wealth and prestigious parents.  Lyra’s parents were prestigious but have died.  And she rarely sees her Uncle, the only remaining close relative.  Not having family members to hold her responsible or discipline her, allows her to push boundaries.  The only check in her rebellious behavior is her demon.  Everyone human in The Golden Compass has their own personal demon.   Lyra’s demon often tries to discourage her rebellious behavior.  For example, page 7 states “ We’re going to have to stay here now. Why don’t you listen to me?”.  Nevertheless, Lyra ignores her demon’s pleas for her to stop, but she likes to explore and push boundaries.  For example, Lyra would go to areas that are forbidden in the school.  Page 4 states, “She had lived most of her life in the College, but had never seen the Retiring Room before: only Scholars and their guests were allowed in here, and never females. Even the maidservants didn’t clean in here. That was the Butler’s job alone.”  Not only does Lyra like to push physical boundaries, she likes to push social ones too.  Many of the students at Jordan College refuse to socialize with the workers and their kids who are generally of lower social-economic class.  This initial setting of the novel establishes Lyra as a young female rebel, foreshadowing of adventures to come.

Humanism

Found Poem

This found poem was created with the words of William W. Jacobs. In the story, “The Monkey’s Paw”. I chose to take words from the climax of the story because I thought it showed how Ms. White (one of the main characters) changed drastically. Ms. White at the beginning of the story started off as a nice old lady “sat knitting by the fire”, however, towards the end she becomes almost mad, scaring her husband, causing him to cry “Good God, you are mad!” The left side of the page shows how Ms. White was scaring her husband, and on the right of the page shows how Mr. White is desperately trying to find the monkey’s paw before the thing outside was let in the house. My background for my poem is a hand reaching to knock on the door, I chose this image because I thought it fit the theme of horror and in the story, there was a lot of knocking during the climax of the story.

Thirty Word Poem

Exploring the unknown,
Adventures,
Love going outside, but my body doesn’t… Allergies,
Music,
Hanging out with Beiya, she welcomed me home,
Sammy smile,
Shy when not confident, loud with friends,
Crafty,
Confidence gives me courage

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