Monday, 28 October 2013

GINS: Round Table #1

Saturday, 26 October 2013

Global Issues Novel Study

So as I mentioned earlier, this year I'm doing a novel study on the book The Flying Carpet of Small Miracles by Hala Jaber. After reading the first 20% of our novels we were asked to answer the following questions:

-What is the main issue being addressed in your novel?
I would say the main issue of the novel is war orphans. As a journalist Jaber travels to Bagdad to cover the coming war and on an assignment she meets Zahra a three year old girl. Also on the front cover of the novel the words "A woman's fight to save two orphans" leads me to believe that the main issue is orphans of war. 
-Why did you choose this piece for your project?

I wanted to read The Flying Carpet of Small Miracles because unlike some of the novels it seemed less graphic as I would image some of the choices such as A Long Way Gone by Ishmael Beah would be. I also thought that it would be a heart warming story despite the fact that so far in the novel there's been a lot of war. 
-What background knowledge do you already possess on this issue?
Absolutely none. 
-What questions do you have as you begin to read?

There were several times throughout the first twenty percent of the novel that Jaber mentioned little pieces of her Arab culture and I would be interested in learning more about it. 
-What characters/players have been introduced so far?

In the first three pages I was introduced to Zahra and Hawra and learned of how they became orphans. After that they were mentioned very little and the focus of the novel turned to Hala Jaber as she struggled to have a child and as she worked as a journalist in the war raved country. 

That's all for now,

Wednesday, 23 October 2013

Anne of Green Gables-Tea Party

    For the first challenge of the 2013/14 year I read the classic novel Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery. For those of you who have read the novel you know that Anne is a wild character who often finds herself in amusing situations.
     Upon looking through the novel I noticed that many of her predicaments were related to food. For this reason, and also because Anne seemed to have a particular love of tea ("'I can just imagine myself sitting down at the head of the table and pouring the tea,' said Anne, shutting her eyes ecstatically." pg. 122) I chose to have a tea party and make a couple of Anne's dishes. To begin I brought up the can of "cherry preserves", as Anne would say, from the day Diana was invited to tea. "But you can open the little yellow crock of cherry preserves." pg. 121.  From this day, also, I decided to included a bottle of currant wine as it what sends Diana home drunk. "'That's awful nice raspberry cordial, Anne," she said. "I didn't know raspberry cordial was so nice." pg. 124 and "Anne you certainly have a genius for getting into trouble. You went and gave Diana currant wine instead of raspberry cordial. Didn't you know the difference yourself?" pg. 128.
     The second item of food I added to the tea party was pudding sauce. "Diana, fancy if you can my extreme horror at finding a mouse drowned in the pudding sauce!" pg. 125. Final at my mini tea party I decided to make homemade ice cream because of Anne's sheer delight of the it. "And Mrs. Superintendent Bell and Mrs. Rachel Lynde are going to make ice cream -- think of it Marilla -- ice cream!" pg. 90 and "And we had the ice cream. Words fail me to describe that ice cream. Marilla, I assure it was sublime." pg. 104. 
     For those of you who have yet to read Anne's tale I would highly recommend this classic.

Monday, 21 October 2013

Global Issues Novel Study

     This year everyone in the class chose a global issues novel from the extensive list provided by our teachers. I chose to read The Flying Carpet of Small Miracles by Hala Jaber. The various projects and assignments I complete will be posted here. Enjoy,

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