Thursday, October 28, 2010

Reading response #6 "expanding on a note"

A Note to remember!
   One note i remember writing in Bridge to Terabithia was on pages 68-69 where i wrote :" this is kind of reminds me of Charlotte web. Leslie reminds me of Charlotte, i can tell they are a little alike, because of their attitudes.Both of the characters have strong personalities and always like to help the other characters. Also both of them like really don't care about what other people think about them. They are also smart, and both are very good at playing tricks on people. It is also weird how both of the characters die in the book also.

   Both of the characters also helped the characters surrounding them like Charlotte and Wilbur. In bridge to Terabithia its Leslie and Jess who are the main characters who help each other. The people they both helped end up becoming stronger, by their death, because they are learning the ways of the "leaders" as i called them.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Journal entry #8 Response to poem" mother to son"

      I think that this poem is very creative and really relates to realife. I say that, because the way its describing a mother and the things she says to her son is real. Like when the poet/mother says "life for me aint been no glass stair" a mother is telling her son life wasnt easy for her, so be careful out there , because it wont be easy for him. Also how she just repeats that line at the end of the poem. Its like she wants him to get the message.

     This is my moms favorite poem, because i remember once that she spoke and my brothers. i know they got the message, because at the end my mom spoke the poem they started to cry. I like how also my brothers say they got the message by saying that they loved the line " life for me aint been no glass stair" this is also my favorite line, because their is a metaphor and it just makes it stand out more and have lots of meaning to it.

Monday, October 25, 2010

Learsi Rodriguez                                an Appreciation

     This book had many great things I could appreciate about it, but the one that stood out the most to tell you the truth was the relationship between the characters: Jess and Leslie. I could actually feel their emotions and I was able to answer a question I had which was: What is the true meaning of friendship? So while I kept on reading I was able to get three main ideas and evidence from the text to back them up so that I could really show what I appreciated about Bridge to Terabithia. It wasn’t hard trying to look for main ideas about their friendship, because the author does a great job showing the reader how the friendship between the characters is special. So here is what I appreciated about Bridge to Terabithia.
  Jess and Leslie are different in many different ways, but always even each other out somehow. One example is how Jess starts off in the beginning as a shy person who doesn’t say very much and usually just keeps to himself in a quiet way. Then as soon as Leslie comes along and becomes his friend he opens up. It’s like he becomes this new person who now interacts and says more things then before. As I compare the way Jess is further into the book than when he was in the beginning I can say that if it wasn’t for Leslie being his friend, showing jess how it really is to act like a kid and opening his mind he wouldn’t have changed at all. Their friendship is a friendship that has special value, because their friendship has just brought them more happiness and their friendship has just been making them much stronger. An example from the text was on page 76-79 Leslie and Jess were exchanging gifts and they both just gave each other a present that both would appreciate very much. Leslie got a dog from Jess and Jess got water colors From Leslie. Without showing it in a physical way like by a hug you can just see in their emotions and thoughts that both were very grateful, because both knew awww my friend knows me really well so look at what she/he got me.
When it came to their world Terabithia its like they became one person. Their skills combined are the reason Terabithia was created. Jess has his artistic skills and Leslie has her imagination/creative skills with both of these skills combined that is how Terabithia was made. Their world wasn’t just an ordinary world, their world had their minds put together and it’s just like their world was just made up of just them. Its like Leslie was the queen and Jess was the king, they both made up very smart decisions together and mostly did everything together when it came up to Terabithia. It’s very cool how they are very different but when it come to them being together they are the same not different.
A connection I had the book was that I can relate myself to Jess in a way, because both of us really care about friendship. Friendship is important to me, because a friend to me is like a sibling where we can do things together, share things together, support each other and if it wasn’t for friendship between my friends I wouldn’t actually be the person I am today. Just like how if it wasn’t for Leslie helping Jess opens up more. It’s actually like my friend yalenny and I how she really helped me open up and really help me express my self more in creative ways. So that is how I can relate to the characters and the book/topic about friendship.
This topic within the book Bridge to Terabithia really reminds me of the book charlottes web. This topic on friendship reminds me of charlottes web, because in charlottes web there are two characters that are similar to Jess and Leslie. Their names are Wilbur and Charlotte, the only differences is that they are animals. The same events also happen between the characters in the book charlotte dies. In Bridge to Terabithia Leslie dies these two events connect, because the two people that really help the two boys open up die. By this event both of those characters actually grow stronger and learn how to be more like the character who died.
This topic about friendship also goes for real things that happen in everyday life. Like how there is this hippo and turtle named Owen and mzee. They are inseparable friends who are always their for each other. This really reminds me of Leslie and Jess, because they are also inseparable friends! This really shows me that friendship is so important to everyone ,even the animals.
Q: What makes a book worth reading?
A: For a book to be worth reading it has to have real value. What I mean is it really has to have the three things a reader looks for in a book which is:
1. interesting/meaningful story line
2. creative/imaginative details
3. Deep/emotional feelings within the characters
For me as a reader Bridge to Terabithia has these things and that is why it’s a special book and it’s worth reading!!!

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Entry #7 appreciating a book draft: 2

  What i appreciate about Bridge to Terabithia is the Friendship between the characters: Jess and Leslie. While reading i really had to find the things to back up what i appreciated about the book. One out of thee things that really proved to me the appreciation of  Friendship . 
      Jess and Leslie are very different in many ways , but always even each other out somehow. Like how jess is shy and likes keeping to himself. Leslie on the other hand is more outgoing and expresses how she feels in different ways. When the both of them are together its like they both just go together evn though they are so different. Like in a way when it comes to be just them they are unstoppable.
      When it come to their own world Terabithia its like they become one. Their skills combined is the reason Terabithia was made. With Jess is art skills and Leslies open mind i bet is when their whole selfs became just one world which is Terabithia. this is amazing , because if it wasnt for their friendship its like their world would have never existed...
        Text to Self: The connection i have with the Topic in this book about friendship is that it reminds me of my best friend and how we both share the same characteristics of the 2 main characters. Jess reminds me of myself how i would keep to myself about things. If it wasn't for my best friend that took me out of being quiet i wouldnt be loud as i am today.
       Text to Text: This book reminds of Charlotte's web. It reminds me of this book , because Jess and Leslie remind me of Charlotte and Wilbur. Also the events that happend like Leslie dies and Charlotte dies are very much the same. The meaning of Friendship also comes up in Charlotte's web how charlotte was always their for Wilbur and in this case Leslie was there for Jess.
     Text to world: This friendship you see relates to the world , because that is how you see kids theses days with their imagination. Like the two friends who are animals mzee and owen who are bestfriends. They are like jess and Leslie, because its like they are always their for each other and do everything together.

Entry #7 Understanding/apreciating a book better by researching draft: 1

Book: Bridge to Terabithia by : Katherine Patterson
Research : on author and on somethings about the story behing the book.
      The author katherine patterson is a very good writer/story teller. Based on the reasearch i have collected she is a very meaningful down to earth person who enjoys writing. This made me appreciate the book better, because since the characters mostly reflect of her mind which is very creative.
   This story originated from the authors own personal experience with a touch of a little fantasy given with the storyline and book. Her son had just moved into a new house and school , and didnt have many friends. His first friend was a girl named Lisa, soon then became very good friends. While lisa went away for vacation she was struck by lightning and killed. Of course her son was devastated his very true friend passed away.This made me appreciate the book better by the characters how friendship is so real and true and nothing can ever take away that feeling of having a friend.