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Term 2 – Hunger Games Review

One of my favorite genres is dystopian literature and this is the second time I have read ‘The Hunger Games’.

I love Katniss! She is a strong female character who lives in a very grim corrupt world set in the future. Young people from each of the twelve districts are selected and expected to participate in a violent sport to the death until one person remains standing alive at the end. I’m buoyed by the fact that Katniss, even though she is sixteen, never despairs or loses her humanity.  She is not superficial or concerned with outward appearances, unlike the people from the Capitol who control the games as a sign of their power over the other districts.

Katniss volunteers during the reaping to protect her younger sister from harm and willingly sacrifices her own safety.

Peeta is the boy selected from her district and her feelings towards him become complicated.

The odds are not in the favor of competitors who come from poorer districts but Katniss is a survivor who demonstrates great intelligence and skill.

In the arena, she transfers her feelings for her sister towards a younger girl, Rue, also from a poor district who she tries to protect.

This is a great book for those who love stories that contain a lot of action but the book also challenges our values so I would certainly recommend it to students who enjoy an action book with some depth and substance.

If you have read or watched the movie come to our Hunger Games Trivia Lunchtime Event on Tuesday 16th June.  Come with your friends and make a table.  Winning tables will receive great prizes.  BYO lunch but there will be yummy treats to share.

Please comment and tell me about a book you love!

 

Getting Organised

 

 

Getting Organised

Getting Organised

 

Year 7

In this session you will get to watch a very inspiring film The Fantastic Flying Books of Morris Lessmore.  This film is inspired by Hurricane Katrina and the disaster felt by that community in New Orleans.  It also takes literary and artistic inspiration from the Wizard of Oz and Buster Keaton, a celebrated silent movie comedic actor.

How does this film speak to you about perhaps…

  • stories?
  • reading?
  • readers?
  • writing?
  • writers?
  • books?
  • life and being human?
  • coping with disaster?
  • anything else?

Task:

To get to know you and your reading interests a little better we will ask you to complete a reading survey.  Please complete both sides and hand it in to your teacher with your name clearly written.

Year 8

In this session we will have an introduction to Evernote.  Evernote helps you keep your notes and documents organised.  It is a free program and available across all platforms.  You can download an app on your phone or ipad and keep everything synced (updated) across devices as long as you have internet access. The program works with windows too. It means if your laptop is not working, or with the techs etc. you can always use the computers in the LRC and continue where you left off because everything is stored in the cloud. No excuses. You can register for a free online account and also download a desktop client to your own device which really is more beautiful to look at.  Why are we using Evernote?  We would like you to use this excellent program to help you stay organised and  for all the work you do in the LRC.

Task:

We may rotate this task over a number of weeks so that the Teacher Librarian can help you in small groups.  This is not an activity that can be done in huge numbers.

After signing up, create a notebook (like a folder) and call it 2014 Info Lit.

Create your first note (like a document).  Call it Reading Wish List.

You can have a notebook for every subject if you want to.

Type up your Reading Wish List in your new note.  You can even attach a word document. Please don’t include personal info here such as your name.

Next, make your notebook public. To do that go to your notebook and click on the arrow.  Copy the public link.

Then visit the LRC website.  Go to the year 8 Info Lit page.  Send me the public link via the Evernote survey form.  Paste the internet address (public link) into the form.

Only people who have the link can visit your page and that will be teachers only but still take care that you do not put personal information into this space such as your full name, address or any other identifying information.