Thursday, 2 March 2017

House of the Scorpion- Harkness discussion #4






Reflection question: 
1. How did we support quieter people during the discussion?
We supported the quieter people by taking breaks so the less talkative people could have a chance go talk and we ask the less talkative people for their opinions.

2. How did we support the more talkative people in the group?
We supported the more talkative people by not interrupting them and letting them say all their ideas and by showing them that they should let the other people talk.

3. What is the timestamp of our best moment of discussion, and why?
Our best timestamp of the discussion is from 1 minute to 3 minutes because we we're all talking about what we think is going to happen and everyone was making inferences on the book. Everyone said something and everyone was really engaged in the conversation.

4. What is our main goal for our next discussion?
Our main goal for our next discussion is to ask everyone their opinions, but I also think we should do basically the same thing as this time because we had a really good discussion going and everyone said something. 

HotS challenge 2!


We are doing a project on characterization for the book House of the scorpion. We had a choice of either doing an Instagram account, a twitter feed, or a music playlist. We chose to make an Instagram account. We tried to get into character and be like tom would if he had Instagram. These are all of the things we did that we think to demonstrate our knowledge of characterization.


Tom is always being mean to matt. Whether it’s insulting him, teasing him, or leading him to the hospital so he sees Mcgregor's clone. We simulated this in the project by commenting mean things on Matt’s posts (Our teacher). We tried to be as mean as possible to show that tom hates matt.


My group thinks that tom is a static character because he has spent the entire book so far just kind of being the antagonist. When Tom is introduced he is already teasing matt and making fun of him. Ever since he has been hating on matt and always being a nuisance. We kind of showed this by posting a picture of a peashooter and asking matt for a rematch to show that he hasn’t moved past that and is still in the same frame of mind as when he was first introduced.


Tom likes to gang up on people he doesn't like to attack him or be mean to them. In this situation, Tom is talking to Felicia to plan something against his enemy, Matt. In this Instagram project, we really focused on the ways Tom changes what happens to Matt. We showed this my talking about “bullying” Matt and what we are going to do to him. These parts show some of Tom's thoughts.  We also see that Tom, if possible, could bring other people who hate Matt too to help him.


Tom really likes to make fun of people and to make them cry. In the first like 100 pages, Tom made Maria cry a lot because she was very young and he would take advantage of that and make her cry by hurting her or making fun of her etc...
In this Instagram post, we tried to show the aspects of Tom character and his looks. In the book when Tom is first introduced it said he was a little older than Matt and he had red hair and freckles. What other way is there to demonstrate a character's looks then to post a selfie on Instagram.  
Tom always thinks he is cool and knows everything and thinks he is the best. He is a person who is not afraid of being mean. There are times where he is a very static character then a dynamic he is nice to older people but mean to the young ones.
In this Instagram post, we showed Tom making fun of Matt because he had a stuffed bear and we was purposely showing that he ripped it and Tom wasn't regretting it he intended to show Matt the ripped bear. Then the comments went on about Matt and Tom arguing and being rude to each other. This post was another example of how rude Tom is to people especially Matt.

Thursday, 23 February 2017

House of the scorpion- Harkness discussion #3




1. How did we support quieter people during the discussion?
The louder people would take a break to give the quieter people a chance to say something. 

2. How did we support the more talkative people in the group?
We supported the more talkative people in the group by asking them questions so they can share their opinions on the topic. They also took breaks so the less talkative people can have a chance to talk. 

3. What is the timestamp of our best moment of discussion, and why?
the best moment was at 2 mins and 30 seconds to 4 minutes because everyone was sharing their opinions and thoughts on the book. 

4. What is our main goal for our next discussion?
Our main goal for the next decision is to talk a bit louder so we can hear everything we say and to ask more opinions on the book. And to get very one to say 3-4 of there opinions.


Wednesday, 22 February 2017

House of the scorpion, A map we made.

This is House of the Scorpion, we mad a map of what has happened in the book so far.


Artist statement:

We are exploring setting in the book House of Scorpion. So far we have read pages 0-102. Our first litspiration challenge was based on setting. For this challenge we designed a map of where the story took place. In the map, we included the poppy field, the dead guy, the prison, the oasis, The big house, the small house, and opium. At the top, we showed USA by coloring it the color of the US flag. At the bottom, we showed Aztlan by coloring it the colors of the Aztlan flag.



Annotations for the map:

Big House:
This is where most of the story has taken place and is where we are left off in the first 100 pages. The big house is where Celia works, she works in the kitchen.(p, 6,21)

Oasis:
The place where Tam Lin brings matt to have a picnic. After he starts to talk The family in the big house does not know about this oasis because if they found out they would destroy it. This is also where matt found out about what an eejit is. Tam Lin also talked to matt about the dead body they saw.(p,80)

Small house:
This was Matt's original home at the beginning of the book where he and Celia lived. Matt has stuffies and posters in his room their. He spent most of his life their. Celia nailed the windows closed so Matt couldn’t leave(p,4)

Opium
This is the small strip of land between the USA and Aztlån.  This is also the drug that fuels this country and their leader El Patrón(p,82)

The Prison
The prison is where they took matt and they kept him there for 6 months. He went from a bed to sawdust on the floor. They treated him like an animal. He started to keep food under the sawdust.

Dead guy
This is when Matt and Tam Lin went on a picnic and saw a dead body by the oasis. Tam Lin talked about the dead guy they saw who was an eejit working in the fields. (p,77-78)

Poppy field
There is a little house out in the poppy field that is where Celia and Matt used to live a couple kilometers away from the big house there where field and fields of white poppies.(p,6)



Tuesday, 14 February 2017

House of the Scorpion Harkness Discussion #2



1. How did we support quieter people during the discussion?
More talkative people took breaks in talking to let the quieter people shine.

2. How did we support the more talkative people in the group?

We asked them questions and asked for their opinions so they don't feel left out.


3. What is the timestamp of our best moment of discussion, and why?
0:40 to about 1:20 because we were all sharing our thoughts well and it was a good discussion at that time.


4. What is our main goal for our next discussion?
Ask to make sure everyone got their opinion out there, so no one feels left out.