So here is my product of my zip.  Sorry, I meant to post this yesterday but I was occupied with basketball.


Book Review

I have just read a fantastic book about a young girl who has lost everything and has been given up for adoption.  At the start of the book she discovers her new family and friends and throughout the book she dives into many adventures that deal with thievery, keeping a huge secret, and most of all books.  Through the eyes of death itself, Markus Zusak’s incredible story, “The Book Thief”,  Tells the tale of a Liesel Meminger.

Before I started reading this book; countless people told me that it was a great read so I decided to find out for myself.  It amazes me how right they were.  I truly have fallen in love with “The Book Thief”.  I found the book quite intriguing for many reasons.  One of them was how it was written.  Markus Zusak uses Death as the narrator of Liesel’s Life.  Death is a narrator who can easily go off track and spoil a huge part of the book.  Death would quickly go from place to place and person to person.  I really enjoyed this way of viewing a story; I have never read a book written this way.  Another factor of my growing love for the book thief is for its characters.  While reading this book, I quickly fell in love with so many different characters and their open heart.  From Liesel’s curiosity, her mother’s generosity and her father’s wit; the characters really came alive in my mind.  The one setback I had while reading “The Book Thief” was having to constantly reread bits and pieces of the book so I could understand it.  Truth be told, because of the jumpiness of the narrator, sometimes it would become difficult to follow along with the story.

Overall “The Book Thief” is an incredible book that I will never regret reading.  The many trials that young Liesel Meminger had to go through is really astounding and kept me flipping the pages so I could see what happened.  I would totally recommend this book to anyone who is a fan of reading adventures, a bit of mystery and of course anyone who doesn’t mind stealing.  For this book lover I would rate “The Book Thief” 8.5/10.


Movie Review.

I have just watched this beautiful movie telling the tales of an adventurous and curious young girl.  At the start of the movie she discovers her new family and friends and throughout the film she dives into many adventures that deal with thievery, keeping a huge secret, and most of all books.  Through the eyes of death itself, Markus Zusak’s incredible story, “The Book Thief”,  Tells the tale of a Liesel Meminger.

I have to be honest here and my honest opinion is that this movie is not that good.  To start us off the movie would bounce from story plot to story plot without clearly showing the relationship between them.  It was really hard to understand the connection between two different scenes.  I also found the film very dark.  I know that they were difficult times that probably were very dark, but in the original book that this movie was based of off, the characters still found happiness in very difficult situations.  The actors that played these characters, in my opinion, were pretty good.  They portrayed them quite thoroughly.  There were some small details that I would have like to have seen but you can’t get everything you want.  I feel like the director did a good job portraying the dark atmosphere and that was really compelling.

Overall this movie alone is a pretty good movie.  If there was no relation to a book I probably would have enjoyed it more.  Since it was based off a book I was very critical about it and it did not meet my standards of what the movie of “The Book Thief” should be.  So if you love movies but hate reading the books they are based off of, than this is the perfect movie for you.


Romeo and Juliet

Kulich’s argument that Romeo and Juliet should not be viewed as children is very unaffected.  Kulich is very wrong when he states that it was common that people would marry vey young.  It is indeed the opposite.  Even though the common age is quite younger then the common age to marry is now it still is not right to view Romeo and Juliet as mature enough to make this decision on their own.   As far as my research shows the only marriages that took place with people this young, is if they were of the nobility.  But those marriages would only take place because the parents arranged it to be that way.  Most of the time people would marry at 20-25 years of age.   In this case Romeo and Juliet would not be viewed as Children but they also wouldn’t be viewed as Adults.  Most likely they would be treated like teenagers; too young to be adults but to old to be children.

Christmas break D.O.L.

Well this Christmas break I was quite productive with my Zip project.  Because I was a bit behind schedule so I had two weeks to get back on track.  For the first week of break I dedicated that to finishing reading The Book Thief.  It work out perfectly because I had a three hour plane ride just to read.  During the next 6 days I spent every moment I could reading.  Luckily before the flight back I finished the book.  So the whole trip home was the time I worked on the review for it.  I stuck true to my opinions of the book and wrote and edited it on the plane.  I am really proud of my end product.  Yet I was not finished I still had to watch the movie.  As always I think the book is ten times better then the movie, but the movie was still pretty good.  Writing the review was a lot easier then writing the review for the book.  I think it was because I had already written a review of the story so I knew how to go about it.  It was also easier because I only  had to remember 2h 15min movie instead of recalling a book I had been written for over a week.

After I finished I felt a bit of relief wash over me.  Now all I have to do is to make a presentation and I am finished my second Zip project.

D.O.L. #2

Well two weeks have gone bye and I can confidently say that I am doing much better then I was last year with keeping up with my ZIP project.  Although it is a much bigger struggle to work on my ZIP project at home then it is at school; I am still on track.  This last Friday, I read a lot of reviews for The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown.  I thought this would be the right option because I have read the book and watched the movie.  This way I could actually understand the topics they were saying.  While reading the reviews, I took notes on the areas where the review was written and executed really well and the areas were it wasn’t.  I think this will be really helpful for me when I start to write my review because I can go back and make sure that I am doing everything right.

I have also starting reading the book thief.  I am taking notes for every chapter and writing a short analyses and summarization of the chapter.

So at my ZIP project looks like it will turn out fairly well.

D.O.L. numero 1…… This is for ZIP

So this is my first document of learning for this year of zip.  The question I have chosen is:

What is a specific source of information that you have found valuable in answering your inquiry question?  How has it proved valuable?

to first answer this question I need to find a valuable source.  for me that is  It is a great first start in my journey to answering my question.  Right away it told me some differences I have to consider in writing a review about a book compared to writing a review on a movie.  It also told me what to look for in writing a review.  It also showed me how I need to compare the book/movie.  How to decide if it is good or bad.

Overall this cite is a really good first step on the ladder that is my ZIP project, and I look forward to learning more.  Until next time.

My First Log of the Quest


In Chapter 2 of Ursula Le Guin’s A Wizard Of Earthsea, Ged finds himself traveling with Ogion to his home.  He quickly realizes how little Ogion talks and becomes accustomed to it.  Once they arrive at Ogion’s home, Ged learns how he is going to be learning more about his abilities.  After some time, Ogion gives Ged a choice to either stay with him and continue his studies this way or go to a wizarding to school to learn there.  Ged chooses the wizarding school.  Soon after, Ged finds himself on a boat heading toward the wizarding school.  After a lot of rain and rowing, Ged finally made it to the island where the wizarding school is located.


The Significance of the quote “No, sir” in Ursula Le Guin’s A Wizard Of Earthsea, is how it shows how much Ged has learned from Ogion and how much he respect him (35).  Ged says that he will not to magic every time the seamaster asks him if he can to make the travel easier.  By constantly telling the seamaster that he will not use magic he is showing that he understands that Ogion on is right that you only need to use magic when it is certainly necessary.  


For me, this is like how to be a really good player on a team.  You listen to what the coach is saying and you use that advise whenever you can.  Ged is showing that he listened to Ogion’s advise and used it when he could.

Blog Response #3 – Harrison Bergeron

There are two mediums in which Kurt Vonnegut’s story “Harrison Bergeron” is portrayed.  One is Kurt Vonnegut’s short story “Harrison Bergeron”, the other is the film adaption “2081”.  The film did an excellent job depicting the story, but reading the story you can come to a better understand of this dystopian future and the characters within it.  During the film you cannot really understand what the father is thinking about.  The film doesn’t quite show how challenging the handicaps are to deal with.  In the story, you can obviously see how hard it is to deal with the handicaps.  In the story it clearly shows how you cannot continue a thought for more than twenty seconds with a mental handicap.  Also in the movie it did not feel as if everyone was equal.  When watching the ballerina’s in the film they looked graceful and better than the average human.  In the story it tells you that the ballerina’s weren’t better than anyone else who would have tried.  With the film all the masks were the same, rather than the story where there were uglier masks than others.  When comparing these two mediums, I think the story did a better job showing the struggles that people go through with handicaps on then the film. 

Blog Response #1 and #2

Blog Response #1

What I took away from this past week is how it’s hard to see the good in the world when you are looking at a single story.  After listening to Stuart Mclean’s “Safe Places,” and Chamimanda Ngozi Adichie’s “The Danger of a Single Story,” I could see where these two wonderful works of art related to one another.  With “The Danger of a Single Story,” you notice that to really get to know something or someone you will have to hear all of their stories related to it.  In that sense if you want to understand the world you will have to learn all of it’s stories.  I think the reason people are afraid of the world is because the sheer vastness in the amount of stories out there is incomprehensible.  There is simply too many stories in the world therefore we usually see the world with one story.  People rarely see the good in the world because to learn what is happening around us we turn to the news.  The news reports stories people will pay attention to.  They report grief and misery, which is sadly the common single story of the world.  Seeing the grief and misery in the world can make you afraid of it, yet once you look past that veil of despair, you can start to see the beauty and wonder all around us.  Once you have started looking past the single story you can find the creativity and the kindness that’s all around us.  

Blog Response #2

The thesis statement of David Suzuki’s “Racism,” in my opinion is, you learn your beliefs from the people around you.  “It’s funny how when we are kids, we don’t see the difference that adults do.  We learn what to fear or hate from our parents or others around us”(page 17).  I think the reason why we learn what to fear from the people closest to us is because we have spent the most time listening to their story and their experiences.  When you hear that one story over and over again you are then able to interpret it and understand their point of view more.  It is hard to go against what you were told to fear, especially when that is how you were raised and no one told you a different side of the story.  When you are a child you haven’t had many experiences in the world, so you base your opinions on what other people have told you.  When you are a kid you haven’t experienced moments that can determine your personality and how you act.  You learn how to act in social situation by learning how your parents act.  So much of your personality is determined by your parents when you are a kid.  When you grow up, you have to choose whether to keep that opinion you were taught or use the experiences you have to come up with a different opinion.  Though when you are a kid, the way you act is just a reflection of what you were taught by the closest people around you; the producers of the story you hear the most.

Blog Response – Emil

How do you know when you are influenced by someone?  In the story “Emil”, Stuart Mclean shows us how the smallest event can influence us the most.  It is truly amazing how Morley’s life changed once she got to know Emil.  “Will you show me your garden tomorrow”(116).  After catching Emil in her neighbor’s garden, Morley asked Emil this.  A simple conversation with Emil led her to see his garden the next day.  From then on she would not only give him money and food, but she would also get him flowers for his garden.  From this discovery it leads her to plant flowers in his garden without him knowing; next summer he will be surprised when they bloom.  It’s amazing that from one conversation, Morley was changed forever.  She will now think to buy him things for his garden.  An exchange between two people, caused one to influence the other to change.

Scene # 1 of IDNS –

“Let’s have a vote.”(page 23)  The four words that decided how everyone was going to view Ralph, yet they weren’t even said by him.  “I’m chief then.”(page 24)  It was decided then, after a vote, he was going to lead this group of boys until rescue came.  I feel Ralph handled this scene extremely well.  He didn’t really get to say if he wanted to lead or not.  He did want to be the chief, but he didn’t really show it.  He tried to remain impartial; for he was not the only one who wanted to be chief.  Instead of making a huge deal over it he left it up to the group to decide who they wanted.  It also shows how his outside appearance made people look up to him more.  The group of boys only knew him for a couple of minutes and yet they trusted him to lead the group.  This shows that people do judge a book by it’s cover; who knows whether or not Ralph is a good leader.  What I think shows that he might make a great leader is how he let the group decide who was going to be chief.  I feel this is a very admirable thing to do, I probably would have done the same thing.  Letting the group decide is way better then forcing yourself to be leader.  When you become leader because of a majority vote then you know you have earned there trust.  In my eyes it was the responsible thing to do in that situation.  Hopefully he keeps being responsible and can be a good chief.