Weekly Reading Assignment #3

This week, I would like you to share the text connections you found while reading during Friday’s class.  Use the headings down below to share two text connections that you found.  This week we are not using “Twitter” format, and as such you should be explaining your connections in a paragraph length response. 

Once you have posted your 2 text connections, you can spend the remainder of class time working on your blog for my first visit on Wednesday.

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140 thoughts on “Weekly Reading Assignment #3

  1. The Lord of the Rings (266)

    My Text to Text connection is that when Pippin was getting in trouble with being too curious with the black crystal ball when I was reading the book called Zombie blondes. his girl was going to a new school and was trying to make friends but she noticed that everyone had blonde hair and blue eyes they also had the same skin tone and everything. So one day after school she decided that she was going to look around the school and maybe go to the cheerleading try outs but when she found the people turned out to be Zombies and they would do things to their skin and hair and make sure they were the same and make them look like zombies (which I don’t understand how) when she figured out what they were they turned her into one.

  2. The Lord of the Rings (266)

    My Text to Text connection is that when Pippin was getting in trouble with being too curious with the black crystal ball when I was reading the book called Zombie blondes. his girl was going to a new school and was trying to make friends but she noticed that everyone had blonde hair and blue eyes they also had the same skin tone and everything. So one day after school she decided that she was going to look around the school and maybe go to the cheerleading try outs but when she found the people turned out to be Zombies and they would do things to their skin and hair and make sure they were the same and make them look like zombies (which I don’t understand how) when she figured out what they were they turned her into one.

  3. Sinner (121)
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    In Sinner, the character Darcey is very cautious and strong willed. Darcey reminds me a lot of Katniss from The Hunger Games. In Sinner, Darcey is presented with an attractive male that she used to have a crush on. Darcey is intent on not letting her guard down so that she won't get hurt. Katniss also is focused on not letting her guard down when Peeta shows that he likes her.

  4. Sinner (121)
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    In Sinner, the character Darcey is very cautious and strong willed. Darcey reminds me a lot of Katniss from The Hunger Games. In Sinner, Darcey is presented with an attractive male that she used to have a crush on. Darcey is intent on not letting her guard down so that she won't get hurt. Katniss also is focused on not letting her guard down when Peeta shows that he likes her.

  5. Sinner (121)

    A text to world connection that I found was about Washington D. C. Darcey and Billy were taken to D. C. by Kinnard in order to protect them. After finding out that Billy and Darcey had exceptional “powers”, Kinnard was asked to bring them to D. C. to show them to the political leaders that would be in charge of their protection. This reminds me of different situations in which political leaders of the world have had to step in to protect certain individuals.

  6. Sinner (121)

    A text to world connection that I found was about Washington D. C. Darcey and Billy were taken to D. C. by Kinnard in order to protect them. After finding out that Billy and Darcey had exceptional “powers”, Kinnard was asked to bring them to D. C. to show them to the political leaders that would be in charge of their protection. This reminds me of different situations in which political leaders of the world have had to step in to protect certain individuals.

  7. Kellie Jeffery says:

    The Book Thief (117) In this book right now, it is taking place in Germany in 1939. This is the time period where Hilter was in power along with the Nazi government. Hitler has declared war on Poland and this little girl Lisel is having to live in these troubled times. There was a really small part in the book where they are talking about Russia and Stalingrad. This part of the book triggered a Text to Self-connection. In history right now, we are actually learning about Russia and how Stalin is in power. We are learning about Russia in the exact same time period. I find this interesting because the Russians are sensing that there is going to be a war soon and they are trying to prepare and protect themselves. It kind of like learning from 2 different perspectives.

  8. Kellie Jeffery says:

    The Book Thief (117) In this book right now, it is taking place in Germany in 1939. This is the time period where Hilter was in power along with the Nazi government. Hitler has declared war on Poland and this little girl Lisel is having to live in these troubled times. There was a really small part in the book where they are talking about Russia and Stalingrad. This part of the book triggered a Text to Self-connection. In history right now, we are actually learning about Russia and how Stalin is in power. We are learning about Russia in the exact same time period. I find this interesting because the Russians are sensing that there is going to be a war soon and they are trying to prepare and protect themselves. It kind of like learning from 2 different perspectives.

  9. Kellie Jeffery says:

    The Book Thief (117) For some reason this book is kind of reminding me of the Hunger Games. This is a Text to Text connection. I find that Lisel, having to live in a time period where her situation isn’t very great, it is almost similar to Katniss’s in the Hunger Games. Lisel is having to live with Hitler in power and times are dangerous for her. She only has her foster family and she misses her brother and mother. Her brother is dead and her mother was taken away. This reminds me of the Hunger Games because the government in control is not a good one either. They are making young children fight to the death for other people’s entertainment. Katniss and her sister are also in danger of participating in these “games.” Katniss is also suffering because her dad is dead and she gets taken away from her mother and her 12 year old sister.

  10. Kellie Jeffery says:

    The Book Thief (117) For some reason this book is kind of reminding me of the Hunger Games. This is a Text to Text connection. I find that Lisel, having to live in a time period where her situation isn’t very great, it is almost similar to Katniss’s in the Hunger Games. Lisel is having to live with Hitler in power and times are dangerous for her. She only has her foster family and she misses her brother and mother. Her brother is dead and her mother was taken away. This reminds me of the Hunger Games because the government in control is not a good one either. They are making young children fight to the death for other people’s entertainment. Katniss and her sister are also in danger of participating in these “games.” Katniss is also suffering because her dad is dead and she gets taken away from her mother and her 12 year old sister.

  11. Time of My Life (117)

    A text to world connection that I had while reading this book, is when Megan has her miscarrage. In the present day of Jill's life we know that after Megan had her miscarrage, she downward spirals into depression and eventually dies in a car accident. This made me think of the real world because this can happen when women lose their babies. They think it's their fault when in reality, those things just happen sometimes.

  12. Time of My Life (117)

    A text to world connection that I had while reading this book, is when Megan has her miscarrage. In the present day of Jill's life we know that after Megan had her miscarrage, she downward spirals into depression and eventually dies in a car accident. This made me think of the real world because this can happen when women lose their babies. They think it's their fault when in reality, those things just happen sometimes.

  13. “Water4Elephants”(89) I wasn't really able to connect to my book at the start. I was wondering when i was going to be able to relate and compare myself to the main character Jacob. Eventually i found a text to self connection. The main character in my novel feels very unwelcome and out of place. Everyone is treating him different. This reminds me of when i moved schools in grade 5. I felt very unwelcome because i had no idea who anyone was. I don't know for sure if this is how he felt but i have an idea and can relate to the character Jacob.

  14. “Water4Elephants”(89) I wasn't really able to connect to my book at the start. I was wondering when i was going to be able to relate and compare myself to the main character Jacob. Eventually i found a text to self connection. The main character in my novel feels very unwelcome and out of place. Everyone is treating him different. This reminds me of when i moved schools in grade 5. I felt very unwelcome because i had no idea who anyone was. I don't know for sure if this is how he felt but i have an idea and can relate to the character Jacob.

  15. “Sticky Fingers” (173) – Jenna is currently super stressed out about going to Harvard after high school and I can totally relate because I'm also in my senior year. She's really stressed about if that's what she actually wants and how hard she has to work to keep her grades up. Right now, I'm so stressed out about school because I need more courses to get into university and I have to get good grades. Everything is just so difficult to balance in my life right now and I have little breakdowns often (like Jenna) so yeah, I guess you could say we're similar in that way.

  16. “Sticky Fingers” (173) – Jenna is currently super stressed out about going to Harvard after high school and I can totally relate because I'm also in my senior year. She's really stressed about if that's what she actually wants and how hard she has to work to keep her grades up. Right now, I'm so stressed out about school because I need more courses to get into university and I have to get good grades. Everything is just so difficult to balance in my life right now and I have little breakdowns often (like Jenna) so yeah, I guess you could say we're similar in that way.

  17. “Sticky Fingers” (173) – Jenna's best friend, Courtney is showing subtle signs of an eating disorder and that reminds me of “Handle with Care” by Jodi Picoult because Anna (one of the main characters) also develops an eating disorder throughout the book. Both Courtney and Anna develop bulimia due to stress and change that happens in their lives. Courtney's parents divorce and Anna's separate, Courtney is trying to get into college, Anna's little sister is constantly in and out of the hospital, they both have boy problems. I just found it interesting that they were quite similar in that way.

    I'm also surprised I even remember those details since I haven't read “Handle with Care” in years..

  18. “Sticky Fingers” (173) – Jenna's best friend, Courtney is showing subtle signs of an eating disorder and that reminds me of “Handle with Care” by Jodi Picoult because Anna (one of the main characters) also develops an eating disorder throughout the book. Both Courtney and Anna develop bulimia due to stress and change that happens in their lives. Courtney's parents divorce and Anna's separate, Courtney is trying to get into college, Anna's little sister is constantly in and out of the hospital, they both have boy problems. I just found it interesting that they were quite similar in that way.

    I'm also surprised I even remember those details since I haven't read “Handle with Care” in years..

  19. The Best of me (115). One of the text to self connections I had while reading this book was to do with Amanda and her mother. Amanda’s mother was getting very worried because Amanda had not shown up at her house on the night she’d said she would and she had no way of contacting her. She had started to over- think everything and get very worried. In this part of the book Amanda’s mother reminded me of myself. I have a tendency to over-think things too and get very worried. My brain immediately goes to worst-case scenario.

  20. The Best of me (115). One of the text to self connections I had while reading this book was to do with Amanda and her mother. Amanda’s mother was getting very worried because Amanda had not shown up at her house on the night she’d said she would and she had no way of contacting her. She had started to over- think everything and get very worried. In this part of the book Amanda’s mother reminded me of myself. I have a tendency to over-think things too and get very worried. My brain immediately goes to worst-case scenario.

  21. The Night Circus, I'm not particularly far into the book and there are still a lot of unanswered questions but it seems to be that two children with special “powers” are going to compete against each other when they're older in some kind of “game”. They however do not seem to have the choice of whether they want to participate or not. This reminded me of the Hunger Games. I had this text to text connection because I remembered that in the Hunger Games there were also children forced to participate in a sort of “game”.

  22. The Night Circus, I'm not particularly far into the book and there are still a lot of unanswered questions but it seems to be that two children with special “powers” are going to compete against each other when they're older in some kind of “game”. They however do not seem to have the choice of whether they want to participate or not. This reminded me of the Hunger Games. I had this text to text connection because I remembered that in the Hunger Games there were also children forced to participate in a sort of “game”.

  23. Text to self connection:
    The book that I'm reading is The Chain Letter by Christopher Pike and I can relate to the main character because she's ambitious and has set goals for herself (university etc.). She also only has a couple close friends like me and we both enjoy shopping and reading. She is also very independant and likes to handle things by herself and in her own way nobody elses. We are also both stubborn and think we are always right. We are both the leader of our groups of friends and we don't really have an interest with sports. We are both brave and trustworthy.

  24. Text to self connection:
    The book that I'm reading is The Chain Letter by Christopher Pike and I can relate to the main character because she's ambitious and has set goals for herself (university etc.). She also only has a couple close friends like me and we both enjoy shopping and reading. She is also very independant and likes to handle things by herself and in her own way nobody elses. We are also both stubborn and think we are always right. We are both the leader of our groups of friends and we don't really have an interest with sports. We are both brave and trustworthy.

  25. Huck Finn (260)

    A text to world connection I found was when Huck attended a dinner hosted by a family, and the girls were saying bad things about the food so other people would disagree to make them feel better. I thought this was a perfect text-world example, as theres a little thing called “fishing for compliments”. I thought this was a great relation to people these days who post photos saying things like “i'm ugly” and wait for people to disagree.

  26. Huck Finn (260)

    A text to world connection I found was when Huck attended a dinner hosted by a family, and the girls were saying bad things about the food so other people would disagree to make them feel better. I thought this was a perfect text-world example, as theres a little thing called “fishing for compliments”. I thought this was a great relation to people these days who post photos saying things like “i'm ugly” and wait for people to disagree.

  27. Huck Finn (260)

    A text to self connection I found while reading was when Huck plays a prank on Jim. Jim is obviously very upset by this prank, and Huck feels a bit of guilt afterwards. This is a text to self as I feel bad if I do something that makes someone upset. Huck didn't mean to make Jim upset, and I have sometimes found myself in situations where I didn't mean to upset someone. It's incredibly easy for me to feel bad about hurting someones feelings, because I know that if it was me, I'd feel bad as well.

  28. Huck Finn (260)

    A text to self connection I found while reading was when Huck plays a prank on Jim. Jim is obviously very upset by this prank, and Huck feels a bit of guilt afterwards. This is a text to self as I feel bad if I do something that makes someone upset. Huck didn't mean to make Jim upset, and I have sometimes found myself in situations where I didn't mean to upset someone. It's incredibly easy for me to feel bad about hurting someones feelings, because I know that if it was me, I'd feel bad as well.

  29. “Divergent” (415)

    One text to self connection that I had while reading was when the initiates had to get needles to go through the simulations. It happened a lot during the book since that was a main part of the story, and each time I kept thinking how if I was in that position it would be so hard for me to go through it since I don't like thinking about getting needles.

    Another text to self connection I had was when Christina got the flag when they were playing Capture the Flag, and she kind of took credit for it and smirked at Tris. My connection isn't 100% exactly like this, with the whole capture the flag thing, but I had this old friend who would sometimes take credit for things that I did, which was annoying.

  30. “Divergent” (415)

    One text to self connection that I had while reading was when the initiates had to get needles to go through the simulations. It happened a lot during the book since that was a main part of the story, and each time I kept thinking how if I was in that position it would be so hard for me to go through it since I don't like thinking about getting needles.

    Another text to self connection I had was when Christina got the flag when they were playing Capture the Flag, and she kind of took credit for it and smirked at Tris. My connection isn't 100% exactly like this, with the whole capture the flag thing, but I had this old friend who would sometimes take credit for things that I did, which was annoying.

  31. The book that I'm reading (The Chain Letter 2) connects to the world because murders happen everyday in our world. People also get threatened everyday mostly through social network sites but the book was published in the 1900's. So people were still threatened but with letters back then. Alison and her friends got threatened by letters and some of her friends got murdered. This book also connects to the world because miracles happen everyday. Alison looks to be dead but she comes back alive. People are lucky to survive from many accidents just like Alison's death was an accident.

  32. The book that I'm reading (The Chain Letter 2) connects to the world because murders happen everyday in our world. People also get threatened everyday mostly through social network sites but the book was published in the 1900's. So people were still threatened but with letters back then. Alison and her friends got threatened by letters and some of her friends got murdered. This book also connects to the world because miracles happen everyday. Alison looks to be dead but she comes back alive. People are lucky to survive from many accidents just like Alison's death was an accident.

  33. Leavingdirtyjersey(130) a text to self connection i had while reading this book is the fact that James seems to be very independent , does not enjoy help from any one else and me ? i don't have the extra help , everything i have, i have to work for myself and also he is easy to get a long with which iv'e been told i am as well .

  34. Leavingdirtyjersey(130) a text to self connection i had while reading this book is the fact that James seems to be very independent , does not enjoy help from any one else and me ? i don't have the extra help , everything i have, i have to work for myself and also he is easy to get a long with which iv'e been told i am as well .

  35. Tweak (157) – I found myself really relating to the main character Nic in the novel. Although he is addicted to Meth and numerous other drugs I find to be able to relate to his witty sense of wisdom and deep thought process. I agree with a lot things Nic says throughout the novel, at one point he is having an internal debate on whether being an addict is really worth all the trouble or is getting clean worth all the trouble. I have never been in his position but i get what he is saying.. numerous times i find myself really wondering if a lifestyle choice I am pursuing is going to be worth it in the end. Nic also tends to keep friends for long periods of time no matter what he has gone through, I also am i exactly like this. I have had the same friend for 14 years now and through everything in both of our lives we have managed to stay as close as we have been and our friendship is growing stronger everyday. Nic has a lot of wisdom and although he puts himself in crappy situations he tries his best to not change himself as a person completely and I think that's a value many can take from.

  36. Tweak (157) – I found myself really relating to the main character Nic in the novel. Although he is addicted to Meth and numerous other drugs I find to be able to relate to his witty sense of wisdom and deep thought process. I agree with a lot things Nic says throughout the novel, at one point he is having an internal debate on whether being an addict is really worth all the trouble or is getting clean worth all the trouble. I have never been in his position but i get what he is saying.. numerous times i find myself really wondering if a lifestyle choice I am pursuing is going to be worth it in the end. Nic also tends to keep friends for long periods of time no matter what he has gone through, I also am i exactly like this. I have had the same friend for 14 years now and through everything in both of our lives we have managed to stay as close as we have been and our friendship is growing stronger everyday. Nic has a lot of wisdom and although he puts himself in crappy situations he tries his best to not change himself as a person completely and I think that's a value many can take from.

  37. Tweak (157) – A text to world connection I found in tweak is that no matter what you put yourself through its good to stick to your morals and not change yourself for others. Nic is a young drug addict and although living on the streets and spending his free time thinking about when he is going to get his next fix is not anyones ideal situation it also doesnt make him a “bad” person. Throughout the book Nic basically stays the same person, although always growing and expanding his mindset he doesn't completely change what he is actually about. I think that's something everyone can learn from, it's great to always be learning and forming new opinions but you shouldn't be changing what you initially believe in. Many people say “Stick to your guns” and I agree, everyone is entitled to their own opinion and changing yours just to be like someone else isn't staying true to yourself.

  38. Tweak (157) – A text to world connection I found in tweak is that no matter what you put yourself through its good to stick to your morals and not change yourself for others. Nic is a young drug addict and although living on the streets and spending his free time thinking about when he is going to get his next fix is not anyones ideal situation it also doesnt make him a “bad” person. Throughout the book Nic basically stays the same person, although always growing and expanding his mindset he doesn't completely change what he is actually about. I think that's something everyone can learn from, it's great to always be learning and forming new opinions but you shouldn't be changing what you initially believe in. Many people say “Stick to your guns” and I agree, everyone is entitled to their own opinion and changing yours just to be like someone else isn't staying true to yourself.

  39. Text to world

    “Freshieing” or “hazing” has become a much larger problem in our world than it was in previous years. What happened to Myles is a pretty good example of that. He was taken from his room in the middle of the night, striped down, taped up and thrown into the lake. What may have started as a harmless “joke” could have ended very badly, which is something I don't think young people now a days really take into consideration. Like they say it's all fun and games until someone gets hurt, but really is it fun for everyone? Would you wanted to be hazed? Have you been? A simple prank is one thing, but putting someone's life at risk is a whole nother story.

    Text to self

    I can relate to Myles on the fact that I also went to a new school that I didn't know a single person. It was scary but unlike him I at least got to leave at the end of the day and go home to people I did know. Myles decided he wanted to leave his school and go to a boarding school for pretty unclear reasons. A boarding school that didn't know a single person, hundreds of miles from home. Starting at a new school is a nerve racking thing to do even when you are going with a group a friends, but doing it alone is a completely different story. But like him, I found that it really isn't all that bad, you just have to keep an open mind and be open to new friends.

  40. Text to world

    “Freshieing” or “hazing” has become a much larger problem in our world than it was in previous years. What happened to Myles is a pretty good example of that. He was taken from his room in the middle of the night, striped down, taped up and thrown into the lake. What may have started as a harmless “joke” could have ended very badly, which is something I don't think young people now a days really take into consideration. Like they say it's all fun and games until someone gets hurt, but really is it fun for everyone? Would you wanted to be hazed? Have you been? A simple prank is one thing, but putting someone's life at risk is a whole nother story.

    Text to self

    I can relate to Myles on the fact that I also went to a new school that I didn't know a single person. It was scary but unlike him I at least got to leave at the end of the day and go home to people I did know. Myles decided he wanted to leave his school and go to a boarding school for pretty unclear reasons. A boarding school that didn't know a single person, hundreds of miles from home. Starting at a new school is a nerve racking thing to do even when you are going with a group a friends, but doing it alone is a completely different story. But like him, I found that it really isn't all that bad, you just have to keep an open mind and be open to new friends.

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