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Reading: Tuesday, December 11, Post A


Natty(166): (esp. of a person or an article of clothing) smart and fashionable
Fundamentally(201): in central or primary respects


Symbol:Tiger represented strength, skill, and blood
Irony: It is ironic that Anansi and Bird didn’t get along well but that Anansi’s son (Fat Charlie) has done business with Brid.

Imagery: There was, he noticed, blood on his shirt, his hand, and on the sole of one shoe. He took off his shirt, wiped down his shoe with it and put the shirt in the bin under his desk.


Quote: “Last time Anansi offered me water, I wound up trying to drink the moon out of a pond and drowned.” -Tiger

Significance: This quote shows how the people of this other world think of Anansi, and exactly how willing they are to help (not at all). Tiger ends up chasing chasing Charlie away because of his hat to Anansi. Many of the people of this world were fooled by Anansi at one point or another and thus will not help his ‘blood’.

Theme: The theme has started to shift again … there is now a murder by Mr. Coats (the one that had the illegal off shore accounts and blamed them on Fat Charlie), and he has fled the country. So currently, we have the Evil, take over your life, brother … the murdering- money obsessed boss … and the normal guy that just wants his old life back. In the background there is also a smaller plot with Daisy, because she was investigating Fat Charlie, but her role has become more unclear to me in the last couple of chapters.

Reading: Tuesday, December 4th, 2007 Post A


Hypothetical(127): Of, based on, or serving as a hypothesis.

Prominent(146): Important; famous


Onomonopeia: Rosie’s phone gave a high trill as is rang.

Imagery: He saw some white things and he thought they might be sheep until he realized clouds; large; white, fluffy clouds, a very long way below him.

Personification: The candles were shaped like penguins and began to dance in the light


Quote: Fat Charlie wanted to scream, but his mouth was filled with spiders. They covered his eyes and his world went dark.

Significance: This is a quote from a dream Fat Charlie is having. Currently, he is having major trouble with his brother spider, and getting him leave Charlie and his fiancée alone.

Theme: Thus far the book has taken a new direction (again) and it’s now geared to Fat Charlie trying to get his life back. Spider, Fat Charlie’s brother has decided he likes the world Fat Charlie lives in, so he has begun to take over Fat Charlie’s life.

Reading: Tuesday, December 4, Post B

My Response through page 157

This book has changes so much in the last 4 chapters, i don’t know how to respond. I think that the book is still starting off *judging by the # of pages left…* and doesn’t the full plot exposed yet. I find it odd that the author keeps jumping back and forth between the characters, but this is the style he tends to use (which i like i guess..). The book has an interesting issue that is about to come up, where Charlie’s boss has blamed charlie for illegal off shore accounts he had been using to hold stolen money. While charlie has no idea of what’s going on, he finds out that on hie “vacation” he got from work he is being investigated. Because I do a lot of computer software and hardware stuff, i know that this book has some inaccuracies as to how this investigation process is beginning, but so far the process is irrelevant to the basic point that he is under investigation. As Fat Charlie decided to go to florida (where his old neighbors live who can help get rid of Spider), Spider has decided to keep doing stuff with Charlie’s fiancée. Another interesting thing is that Spider feels untouchable. He doesn’t feel bad or guilty about any of his actions. After Charlie has a very heated discussion with him, he has an odd sickening feeling he has never had before that is a bit of the guilt he’s never felt. I left off now where Charlie has let Florida and is in some strange place, trying to receive help from the people-things there. I have a feeling that much of the book is going to be spent with Fat Charlie trying to get his real life back from his brother.

Debate Ideas

We should make the school year longer
These debates occur often within schools and outside of them (where they make the real decisions). This debate can serve the purpose of creating a longer, more educational school year, or to keep the peace with students and not extend the school year.

Cell Phones in Class
This debate occurs everyday in almost every class. The idea is that either the student will have to put away their phone or give it to the teacher … but the debate could be that it isn’t a distraction to others. Honestly, this would be a pretty unstructured debate … being that you’d have a bit of students vs. government, which could get unruly.

Reading: Tuesday, November 27, Post B

My response through page 111:
In the last 50 pages, this book has gone from a slow start to a very fast paced story where everything is different. Fat Charlie has learned he has a brother, and everyone likes his brother. On the night that Spider (Fat Charlie’s brother) realized that there father was dead and that he had not know, they went out to a pub and had a bottle of wine that had not been made for a very long time. What’s interesting is that the tone here has changed completely. Instead of describing Fat Charlie’s generally unlucky life, to having events happen every few minutes with the introduction of Spider. I am starting to see where this is going, like the fact that at some point someone will notice Fat Charlie in two places at once… and that will change plans for Fat Charlie. When Fat Charlie got paid 2000 pounds to take 2 weeks off (from his normally terrible boss), it’s kinda obvious the boss is hiding something. Earlier that day Spider had taken Charlie’s place at work and seen that Fat Charlie’s boss had several off shore accounts, while some of their clients are scared about the fact that their money never made it to them. Spider doesn’t seem to care much as long as it’s not illegal (which it is …), so while Fat Charlie took the next two weeks off, his boss sat at the computer and deleted/changed files about that stuff all night. In my opinion, this boss is worried that Fat Charlie is on to something, because as stated earlier, he paid him full pay to leave for two weeks for no apparent reason.

Reading: Tuesday, November 27, Post A


Dexterity(82): Great skill in preforming tasks

Comprehensible(101): Able to be understood, intelligible


Irony: It’s ironic that Fat Charlie’s fiancée’s mother came to do wedding planning the day after Fat Charlie had met his bother who had left “Daisy” at his apartment to help him.

Symbol: Spider could walk on a pool, which was a bit of a symbol that he was a god

Onomatopoeia: There were gentle plinks coming from the bathroom as Daisy had conquered it.


“She’s my fiancée’s mother”
“She’s a real bundle of joy, isn’t she?”

This is a quote from where his fiancée’s mother comes to do wedding planing, un announced, and sees Daisy. Since she is determined to hate Fat Charlie, this is one more of the things he is going to have to over come.

Theme: Thus far the theme has moved to being more a story of the two brothers meeting again and what they are going to do about the death of their father, Anansi. Fat Charlie thinks most everything is a dream, and Spider keeps trading places with Fat Charlie.

Reading: Tuesday, November 20th, Post A

2 vocabulary words that you found in the book (with page numbers). Define them in the blog.

3 examples of figurative language (irony, personification, imagery, metaphor, symbol, simile, onomatopoeia, etc.) and how you know it is that literary element.
Pick a quote from the reading and explain its significance (include page number).
Write a sentence in which you describe one emerging theme of the book.

My 2 Vocabulary words:
All definitions courtesy of, with resources of the Oxford American Dictionary

Oncology (11): the study and treatment of tumors.

Skittish (56): lively and unpredictable; playful.

3 examples of figurative language:

Irony: When Fat Charlie calls his old neighbor, to have her call his father and invite him to his wedding, he finds out she had been trying to call him to tell him that his father was dead.

Onomatopoeia: …and there was a gentle *click* as he hung up the phone. — I know that’s an onomatopoeia because it is a sound being named.

Imagery: The casket was a glorious thing, made of what looked like heavy-duty, reinforced steel, gunmetal grey.

Quote from the book: In the event of the glorious resurrection, thought Fat Charlie, when Gabriel blows his mighty horn and the dead escape from their coffins, his father was going to be stuck in his grave, banging away futilely at the lid, wishing that he had been buried with a crowbar and possibly an oxyacetylene torch. (25)

Significance: This is how Fat Charlie thought of his dad. He never liked his dad much because he did things to humiliate him (like call him Fat Charlie, which everyone then called him even though he was thin)

Theme so far: Charlie is going to get married in the next few months, and he no longer has any direct family.

Why I Chose My Outside Reading Book…

The following is a blog post related to Q2 outside reading.

Book Name = Anansi Boys
Author = Neil Gaiman
Year Published = May 2006

Copyright = ©2005 by Neil Gaiman


Evidence it’s challenging = Well… It’s thick (moderately)… It’s supposed to be a great book, and the last book I read from Neil Gaiman was incredible, but long. I have read most of Neverwhere (also by Neil, completely different book, though), and have found it to be one of those books that’s hard to put down. It has smaller print because it’s paper back, and the actual page length is 404 pages.

Why did you choose this book? I chose this book because I have enjoyed a couple of Neil Gaiman’s other books. After this book, I plan to read Stardust (now a movie), finish reading Neverwhere (also going to be a movie), and Good Omens, a book that is a comedy of the Apocalypse. I have read two other books by Neil, Coraline (a long time ago), and most of Neverwhere (we started school outside reading before I could finish the 404 page book).

The Sea Inside ..: Post 3 :.. Camera Angles / Notes

One of the most notable scenes was he first time Ramon went “flying” out of the window. There were two or three main shot types used.  When you saw Ramon at the end of the hallway, gearing up to run, he was at a medium shot. They then went from his point of view, running with some slight bounciness as if you were seeing that through him. As Ramon goes flying out the window, you are still seeing his POV until he pulls up from the ground, where you are still seeing from his POV, but the shot becomes an extreme long shot as you are able to see the entire lands around him from the height. This shot created a very real sense of what was around him that he was missing and could only imagine. The thing is that he wanted to do that. He wanted to just get up and flyaway; but he couldn’t and he knew it.

Diving Bell vs. The Sea Inside ..:at a glance:..

The Diving Bell and the Butterfly had many similarities and differences with The Sea Inside. Both memoirs are about quadriplegics. Jean-Dominique Bauby is a French writer for Elle, and naturally he goes about doing the one thing that he can do sitting there (with someone), write. Ramon Sampedro, a spanish man, lives in a similar way. Ramon Sampedro can’t walk or move any limbs, but he can talk and use his neck/ mouth. What does he do to help pass the time he is “tortured” by staying alive? He writes poems. He never realized that they could be made into a book until the lawyer (who’s name I don’t remember–how ironic…) told him how beautiful they were. Jean-Dominique wants to live life the way he used to, but he understands that it will never happen like that. That’s why he accepts the help Ramon refuses. Ramon doesn’t want to live in a lie. He doesn’t want to try to grasp his old life that he will never be able to relive. Ramon is in a battle for the right to die. He spent 30 years trapped, asking to be permitted to die, until finally he was able to have enough people help him die. These men are very alike in their condition, but the more able Ramon wants to die, and the less able Bauby wants to live. Yes, Bauby would have preferred to die originally, but after he learned to do some things and began writing he was in a more neutral state. In my opinion, Ramon’s memoir is more powerful. Ramon really talks about what it is like when you don’t have anything to look foreword to or you don’t want to have any help. Ramon’s death was not one made to be a statement, but one of his choice that happened to make a statement after it happened.

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