Finally! A Reading Response.

5 12 2013

FinallyHi! I am so looking forward to reading your responses. I know it’s been quite some time since our last one, but we have practiced it. Remember “A Mountain Legend?”. Here is what I would like you to do today: 1. Read my response. 2. Write the name of your book and its author. 3. Write a BRIEF summary of your book (or what you’ve read so far). 4. Write about a connection you have to your book (a situation, a character).

Here goes mine: I’m reading “Divergent” by Veronica Roth. Although I’ve already read it, I am re-reading it to re-familiarize myself with the characters and plot before reading the third novel in this trilogy.divergent_veronica_roth_a_p So far, Tris, the main character has decided to leave her “faction” (one of five groups you can belong to) and become Dauntless. She made this decision after taking a test to see in which faction she belongs. During the simulation test, Tris lies. There lies my connection.

Sadly, like Tris, I’ve lied. I’m not proud of it. Some little white lies (no, your hair does look good!) and some whoppers, usually  to get out of trouble. However, this usually meant my sister would get in trouble … until my parents figured out the truth and then I’d be punished more severely than if I would have told the truth from the start. For example, I accidentally broke a lamp one day and blamed my sister. Turns out she wasn’t at home when it happened and was able to prove it. So, my parents knew it was me. Grounded. 3 weeks.

Your turn. Remember that you can write about a connection, or a mature opinion about your book. Also, this one counts for marks. I look forward to reading what you have to say.

r6Have a terrific weekend! Just 2 more until Christmas holidays begin!

Love, Mrs. H

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Yipee!!! Your first LA blog of the year!

26 09 2013

-number-clipart-6Finally … it’s time for your very first Reading Response …. on your new blog! I hope you’re as excited as I am! For your first blog … please answer the following questions in a new post (go to your dashboard, under posts click new):

1. Which book are you reading right now? Who is the author?

2. Why did you pick this book?

3. Do you like it? Why or why not?

4. Where do you like to read?

5. What kind of connection do you have with this book? Please describe just 1 connection briefly.

Before you begin .. read through my answers, hopefully they’ll help you. If you require more examples, read through some more of my posts from the last couple of years.

Here I go: I just at the end of a book by one of my favourite authors. It’s called “Blindman’s Bluff” by Faye KellermanBlindman's bluff. I picked this book because I recently bought her latest book but wanted to re-familiarize myself with what has been happening with Peter & Rina (characters who are a regular part of this series). So far, I LOVE it! It is full of mystery and I still have no idea who was the mastermind behind the heinous murder described at the beginning of the book.

I like to read in my living room, pictured below. I love stretching out on the couch or curling up at an end with a blanket. 

Now for my connection: I’m beginning to suspect that the murder victim’s brother, Mace, is behind the gruesome murders (his brother, sister-in-law, nephew and some staff) I think he is mad at his brother for letting him (Mace) take the fall in a embezzlement (stealing money) from their company. I’ve been mad at my kids  for lying about having homework or lying about what they have been doing or where they were. Not in a million years would I consider hiring a hit man to shoot them to death in their bedrooms. Instead, I choose to have conversations with them and taking away their Ipod or phone for a week or two.

Now it is your turn. Remember, answer my questions and write about a connection you have to a situation in the book or a character. Provide plenty of details. This first post will be formative. Good luck! I look forward to reading what you have to write!!

its-fridayHave a terrific weekend!

Love, Mrs. H





Holy moly it’s been a while!!

31 05 2013

 

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Hey! Welcome back .. it’s been a while! We’ve been busy with the novel study and the children’s story. But … it’s time to write another reading response. I’m sorry I can’t be with you today, but I look forward to seeing you monday.

We’ll keep it kinda simple today. Here are some questions for you to answer:

1. What is your favourite book you read this year?

2. Why is it your favourite?

3. Choose three sentence starters (remember you can find them on my teacher page) to use, OR tell me one connection you had with the book. Remember .. your connection cannot be the character had a (sister, brother, dog … etc.) and I have a …….

My favourite book I read this year was “Sunless Sea” by my favourite author, Anne Perry. That’s probably why it’s my favourite book. I LOVE the characters in her stories (the same ones each novel) and I feel like they are my friends. I was eager to see what happened in this story, as the last book there was a marriage breakup, the end was quite suspensful. The book did not dissapoint! The murder was great, the detecting was great, the characters were great. I loved every moment I had to read it!

My sentence starters: I was surprised … that Margaret and Rathbone did not reconcile. I felt really terrible for Rathbone, as I feel he deserves a terrific wife. He works hard at all he does (he’s a lawyer) and I feel he worked hard at their relationship. (Her father was convicted of several murders in the last novel and she believed in his innocence – although he was guilty, Rathbone defended him).

I wonder how Anne Perry is able to come up with such intricate murder stories, with detailed dectecting and then weave through the relationships between the characters. A possible answer is that this is her job. I’m sure it involves a lot of research on her part. Plus she must love it, and perhaps really like her characters as well.

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 I’m looking forward to what you have to write! This needs to be done by Sunday 12:00 if you do not finish during class today. See you Monday!!!!

Love, Mrs. H





Music in My Life

14 03 2013

Music in My Life 

Music causes many emotions in people. Emotions that vary from joy to extreme sadness depending on the type of music and the situation it is listened to. I listen to a variety of music, depending on my mood. My favorite types of music include rock and pop, music that I find unappealing are rap and country. I listen to music at different times for different reasons. Music definitely causes different reactions in me. Music affects most, if not all, people in some way.

I like rock (a variety of) and pop music. I enjoy listening to music that has a strong beat or a catchy tune. I find that this type of music usually makes me feel more upbeat and puts a hop in my stride. I like listening to Great Big Sea, Bare Naked Ladies, Bryan Adams, ACDC, Fleetwood Mac and ABBA. My favorite song is “Ordinary Day” by Great Big Sea. The song has a fantastic message that I try to apply to my life each day. The melody is also pretty catchy. Rap and Country music are two genres of music that I dislike. Rap, in my opinion, isn’t music .. it’s talking – more often than not about not nice things. Country music, with its twanging about a dog, love and its descriptions of how terrible life is, is depressing to me.

Each morning I am forced to listen to music. My kids listen to their iPods, in their docking stations, as they get ready for school. The music is loud. Some songs I like others I could do without. We sing along to Michael Jackson as we brush our teeth (we try not to dribble on the floor) or we dance around the house poking each other’s faces as we listen to Lady Gaga’s “Poker Face” (poke her face .. get it??) Some Sundays, as I put away laundry, I’ll listen to some music just to take away the boredom of making beds (I love “Soul Sister by Train).. music makes the time pass by quicker. When I drive I like to listen to music. If you pull up beside me, I may be one of those people whose mouth you see moving because I’m singing along to a song. Sometimes my music listening comes in the form of playing Guitar Hero World Tour with my daughter.

Different songs cause different reactions in me. There are a lot of songs that trigger memories, some that make me smile, some that make me sad. For example, any ABBA song makes me think of when I was 12 and went back to Holland to visit. My sister and I saw the ABBA movies and loved their songs. I still know most of the words to most of the songs. These are great memories! Whenever I hear the song “Unchained Melodies” by the Righteous Brothers I smile big because that was the first song my husband and I danced to at our wedding reception. The song “Amazing Love” brings tears to my eyes each time I hear it because it was my deceased dad’s favorite song. Sometimes when I’m angry or frustrated I like to listen to hard rock, like ACDC, because of the beat. Somehow it makes me feel better, and less angry.

Life without music would be very dull. Music enhances life. Rock and Pop music brings energy into my life whenever & wherever I listen to it. Some songs bring positive energy, some songs are entertaining and some songs bring me to tears. Regardless of my reaction to music, there is no doubt that life would be a little less interesting if we didn’t have music.





Finally … a reading response

8 03 2013

 It's%20About%20Time%20logo%20for%20STWelcome back to blogging! It’s been a while .. I look forward to reading about what you’ve been reading. This week I’ve been reading a book by my very favourite author of all time: Anne Perry. sunless seaShe has not disappointed!

William & Hester Monk & Oliver Rathbone are back solving a gruesome murder. This time Opium is involved.

Here’s what you need to do today: 1. Write a short blurb about your book,

2. List one big idea that your book makes you think about (a theme),

3. Find a cool picture for each idea that represents it and write a few sentences to explain why you chose the picture.

Check out the rest of my post … then get started on your own.

Love

 This pictures represents love that’s been lost. The character, Dinah, who has been arrested for murder, believed in and loved her husband more than anything in the world. She allowed herself to be arrested so she can clear his name (he “apparently” committed suicide – I think he’s been murdered.) She lost her husband, she lost the life she loved, she’s lost her freedom (for now, I haven’t finished the book). Her daughters lost their father and potentially now their mother.

Have fun with this assignment! I can’t wait to see what you come up with. friday yet

Have a terrific weekend! I look forward to seeing you Monday.

Love, Mrs. H





One of my favourites .. so far it doesn’t dissapoint!

6 12 2012

It’s Friday!!! That means blogging !!! I’m guessing that I am probably way more excited about that than you .. let me know if I”m wrong. This week I’ve been reading a mystery by one of my favourite authors, Kathy Reichs. Do you watch the TV show “Bones”? It is based on her character, Tempe Brennan. Bones are forever

I’ve selected a few sentence starters for you to respond to as you think of YOUR book.  Scan the list below and choose 4 of these to answer.  Please write at least 3 sentences for each one.  When you’re done, find a cool picture to add to your post.  Choose something that goes with one of the questions you answered.

1. I was surprised when… because… (Here’s mine: I was surprised when I realized that this book is about baby bones. So far Tempe has found 4 dead infants, all killed by their mother (same mother for each baby). As a mother myself, I cannot begin to imagine hurting my own child, yet alone kill it. Although the first few weeks of having a baby are a HUGE adjustment, every day gets better.)

2. I was confused about… because…

3. I learned the most about the main character (choose one) from:

-dialogue

-events

-other characters

-his/her thoughts

Explain your answer :)

4. This book reminds me of _____________(another book/movie) because…

5. I learned… (something about life or how people get along)

6. Something I learned about how to write is…   l learned this from…

7. I didn’t like… because… (I didn’t like when the author described, in detail, what the state of the bodies were. For some reason I find reading about dead adults much easier than dead babies. Probably because a baby is so innocent and has no way of protecting themselves. Emotionally it was very difficult to read.)

8.  The setting makes me feel… because… (Here’s mine: The setting makes me feel comfortable, because I’ve been there.  Reich’s books are usually set in Montreal, which is a city I love. I’ve been to the downtown area where Tempe works. This time Tempe has travelled to Edmonton. It is neat to read about places where you’ve been – like West Edmonton Mall – which is described in the book. It’s also neat that such a famous author would set her book in Alberta. It almost makes you feel like you’re walking along with the characters because you’ve been on those streets.)

9. I now understand…

10. If I were __________(character), I would… because…

11. A question I have is…   A possible answer is…

12.  My favorite section of the book is… because…

13.  A question I have for the author is…

14. I would/would not recommend this book  because… (I would recommend this book for any adult who likes shows like CSI, Criminal Minds or any other type of mystery. It’s well written, detailed and the mystery is always interesting. Tempe is an excellent main character, because she is a professional woman and has realistic feelings. I really enjoy that the author throws “real life” things in the book that Tempe has to deal with. )

Note: I will mark you for how you explain your answers, so be sure to give examples and details.  There is no wrong answer here, but you need to take time to EXPLAIN yourself :)

cartoon-christmas-dancing-santaEnjoy your weekend!!

Love, Mrs. H





A mystery ….

29 11 2012

It is yet another bloggin Friday … I’m guessing that I am more excited than you about this. Let me know if I am wrong. I picked this title because right now I am reading a book from this, my favourite, genre.

I am reading “1st To Die” by James Patterson. Yup, same author who writes the Maximum Ride series for teens. This is not a teen series. This book is the first in a series. It starts of with a gruesome murder of a newlywed couple as they arrive in their honeymoon suite at the hotel. A group of four professional women and friends, a homicide inspector, a medical examiner, an assistant DA and a reporter, work together to solve this mystery.

I’ve selected a few sentence starters for you to respond to as you think of YOUR book.  Scan the list below and choose 4 of these to answer.  Please write at least 3 sentences for each one.  When you’re done, find a cool picture to add to your post.  Choose something that goes with one of the questions you answered.

1. I was surprised when… because… (Here’s mine: I was surprised when the opening paragraph stated that one of the main characters was standing on her balcony with her service revolver pointed to her head. What a way to start a story! I admit, thought, that it intrigued me immediately and I wanted to find out what would possess her to do that.)

2. I was confused about… because…

3. I learned the most about the main character (choose one) from: (Mrs. H: from her thoughts. The book is written from the first person point of view so I, as the reader, get to listen to her thoughts as well as hear her dialogue with other characters. It is in Lindsey’s thoughts that you learn about her feelings and how she goes about solving this gruesome crime)

-dialogue

-events

-other characters

-his/her thoughts

Explain your answer :)

4. This book reminds me of _____________(another book/movie) because…

5. I learned… (something about life or how people get along)

6. Something I learned about how to write is…   l learned this from… (Mrs. H: I learned that it is important to grab the reader’s attention at the beginning. Having an interesting opening makes the reader want to read more to find out what is going to happen. I learned this from the opening few paragraphs of this book. I was totally hooked and wanted to know why Lindsay would have this reaction.)

7. I didn’t like… because…

8.  The setting makes me feel… because…

9. I now understand…

10. If I were __________(character), I would… because…

11. A question I have is…   A possible answer is…

12.  My favorite section of the book is… because…

13.  A question I have for the author is… (Mrs. H: How on earth did you come up with this story line? Newlywed murders isn’t something that is in everyone’s thoughts. On that note, murder isn’t on everyone’s mind. )

14. I would/would not recommend this book  because…

Note: I will mark you for how you explain your answers, so be sure to give examples and details.  There is no wrong answer here, but you need to take time to EXPLAIN yourself :)

 Can’t wait to read your blog!!

Love, Mrs. H