Term 3 Goals

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Hi Guys,

This Term there are a few reading goals I would like to achieve throughout the rest of the year. These include certain routines to help fit in a good amount of reading, what genres I would like to explore and how I am going about achieving them.

I thought that this term it would be good to use the same routine I have been using all the time. I read before I go to bed for about half an hour to an hour and in my spare time. I like to do this because it works time-wise for me and helps my imagination get working before I go to sleep. This term I am currently reading Harry Potter and the Goblet of fire which is in the fantasy genre. That is what I will be exploring this term because I hardly ever read fantasy novels and I think I will really them.

In Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, there are heaps of interesting and cool words that I have hardly ever seen in books. These include:

 

Surreptitiously

He gathered a fistful of robe from his knee and tried to rub it clean it surreptitiously.

 

Exasperate

The arguement continued to exasperate her and she turned to leave without another remark.

 

Temperamental

I find it makes quite temperamental wands.

 

You can tell that Those lines are from Harry Potter because of the last sentence! I will be striving to achieve the goal of finishing the Harry Potter series by the end of the September holidays because I have 3 books after the one I am reading to go. I would recommend this series to basically anyone because it is such a great book, especially if you love a fantasy novel that you never want to put down!

I will be doing a Reading Rant about Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire soon so if you would like to see what it is about or want some inspiration for the next book to read, then I suggest you head over to my Reading Rant page and check out some of my latest Rants.

I hope this has been useful in teaching you one or more new words and that is has been interesting to read.untitled

 

 

 

 

Poetry

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Hi everyone,

Poetry. It is an art that is used to communicate emotion and thought. Today I would like to share with you a poem that I created inspired by a book I am reading at the moment called War Nurse. War Nurse is about a youngish girl who when there was possibility of a war breaking out, she trained and signed up to become a VAD. A VAD is basically a nurse who works at a hospital that the injured soldiers who have come from war are transported to to be treated and looked after. My poem will be in the style of Verse. With this poem, the name tells you all you need to know about how it works. It is a shortish piece that consists of about 3 or 4 verses of writing conveying strong emotion or great description. Metaphors and similes are mostly what takes up the space of verses as poems are all usually filled with these sorts of writing techniques.

 

This is what I came up with. It is called Soldiers of War.

 

SOLDIERS OF WAR

 

Brother, son, father, husband,                                                                                                                                                                   Burned in the flames of revenge,                                                                                                                                                             Fear still frozen on his grey, lifeless face,                                                                                                                                               Like footprints in pure white snow.

 

Unable to turn back,                                                                                                                                                                                   A man in Moss green felt,                                                                                                                                                                           Fedora atop his head,                                                                                                                                                                                   Thinks of the easy days,                                                                                                                                                                               That lay. Firmly in his past,                                                                                                                                                                         While piercing gun shots fire,                                                                                                                                                                     Exploding from the wooden barrel of the enemy’s death machine.                                                                                                   A single tear rolls down his face,                                                                                                                                                               As he thinks of his wife and children.

 

His sad eyes cut deep,                                                                                                                                                                                   Slicing through my heart                                                                                                                                                                             Like a butcher’s knife,                                                                                                                                                                                 Cutting through rancid meat.

 

Soldiers of war,                                                                                                                                                                                             Knights marching bravely across the chess board,                                                                                                                                Nearing checkmate.

 

The point of no return.

 

Poppies crushed,                                                                                                                                                                                           Under their strong armour,                                                                                                                                                                         Innocent ruby gems,                                                                                                                                                                                     Amongst utter chaos.

 

 

I strongly recommend this book to anyone who likes a great, interesting read or who likes historical fiction books because this book is basically just that. It gives great description which is why I got inspired by this book to create that poem you just read.  You can find it at the library in, like i said before, the historical fiction section or the section on war.

I hope you have enjoyed reading my post and I encourage you to read watch out for any of my new posts on my Passion Project because I have nearly finished it, but for now, Bye!

 

Powerful Sentences

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Hello bloggers,

I found this Powerful sentence in a book I am reading called Wild Wood and thought you would be interested to hear it.

A powerful Sentence is just a bunch of words that convey a message to the readers or stands out from the rest of a book. It was hard to pick between these sentences because the paragraph was filled with powerful sentences so I will write the paragraph and highlight the one sentence.

 

The Individual birds were now indiscernible from the mass, and the murder coalesced into a single, convulsive shape, blotting out the flat light of the afternoon sun. The shape swung and bowed in the air, and the noise of their beating wings and screeching cries became deafening. Prue cast about, to see if anyone else was witnessing this bizarre event, but she was terrified to see that she was alone. And then the crows dove. Their cry became a single unified scream as the cloud of crows feinted skyward before diving at a ferocious speed toward her baby brother.

 

 

I think this sentence is so powerful because of the way the author described the crows and the similes and metaphors they used made it really strong. The words they used put a really good picture in my mind

I know I left you on a cliff hanger on that paragraph but if you want to know what happened, get the book!

READING GOALS

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Everybody’s reading routine is different. Some read before bed like me, some read in the mornings, some read anytime really and some don’t read at all.

This term I am going to follow reading before bed. It relaxes me and gets my imagination going.

What genres do you want to explore this term and why?

When I read, I don’t always read the same genre. I get inspiration from friends or they recommend me books. I nearly always enjoy them. Right now I am reading the Tom Gates series because Samantha recommended them to me. I am finding them really entertaining. The types of genres I want to explore are humour and Graphic Novels. Humour because I never read funny books and Graphic Novels because Mikayla recommended them to me.

Goals For the Term

When we finish our books, we are encouraged to do a Reading rant. A reading rant is a post that has all the info you need about the book you just finished,

This term I hope to complete at least 5 reading rants so that would be 1 each fortnight. I already have one so I think I will get there. I also want to finish the Tom Gates series because I am onto the second one and I am really enjoying them.

 

HOW CAN I IMPROVE AS A BLOGGER ABOUT YOUR READING?

 

I think I can improve by doing my Reading Rants a bit earlier because I always leave it a little later than when I finish the book.

I think I could also put a little more detail into my regular reading blog posts and to read My books more quickly so I have more to blog about.

 

 

 

Watching Words

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This week, I’ve read a couple of different books but haven’t finished any of them yet. They are Cleo, a biography about a lady called Helen brown and her cat Cleo, camp Nightmoon, a book from the Goosebumps series, and Nancy Drew and the Ivory charm on my kindle. Even though I have read all these books, the one I found with the most challenging words is The man from snowy river. I will choose 10 interesting words from the book that either describe something really well or I found challenging, and write their definition.

 

1. TORS

I had to google this one two because I had no idea what it was. I found out that it is a rocky peak or ledge thing that you would find in the you yangs or something, like a mini cliff. – The sound of the wind in the granite tors.

2. WHITHER

Whither is an old fashioned way of saying where to. EG Whither away? – from book.

3. SHIED

Shied is when a horse jumps or darts in fright. – A small snake peered from the bushes so the herd leapt and shied.

4. KNOLL

A mound or small hill is called a Knoll.  – The stallion stopped on a high knoll where the snow gums had long ago been killed by fire.

5. CLEAVE

To split or divide something especially along a natural line or grain. – He had seen lightening cleave the sky and forests set ablaze.

6. HEED

To obey or take notice of something. – Any mare who had heard his neigh ring out from that high knoll, would heed his call and follow him.

7.PHALANGER

This is a type of tree dwelling lemur like creature which is native to Australia and Papa New Guinea. – a giant flying phalanger, near the top of a smooth ribbon gum, stopped climbing and sat and listened to the sound.

8. VENEER

A thin decorative covering of fine wood applied to a coarser type of wood or other material – He stood up, a fair boy of about 18 , and gently ran his work-scarred but sensitive hands over the veneer surface of the instrument.

9. LEDGER

A book or other collection of financial accounts. – Ledgers and notebooks lay open on a desk.

10. DISCORDENCE

Conflicting or disagreeing. – the wheezing and discordance was even worse.

 

I hope all these definitions will help you to understand some words better. I certainly do now.

I would recommend the Man from snowy river to allot of people. Basically anyone who is into great books about horses and the wilderness.

 

 

Setting Analysis

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My setting analysis will be about the book based on the poem by Banjo Paterson, The Man from Snowy River.

It is set in a bush type of area in my opinion, kind of like the You Yangs or the Otway from the way it describes the trees, wind and granite rocks and mountains. It seems to be untouched by the modern world because the way the author has put it, it sounds as if it is ruled by native animals and stallions.

I will write out a section from the first page because like in a film, the first page or scene is usually used to tell you where the book is set. I will also make the adjectives Bold and clear and write what they mean below.

 

The cold autumn wind blew over the mountain peaks. It touched the
hides of the wild horses, lifted the jet black and silver manes
that shone in the sunset light. The sound of the wind in the
granite tors, high above them, filled the
mob with urgent disquiet. The great black stallion
tossed his head, gathered his herd, and set off at a wild gallop
along the snowgrass ridge.

1: COLD- A feeling to describe your body getting affected by the weather.
2: JET BLACK- A really dark, rich, pure type of black with no intertwining colours
3: SHONE- when a source of light gives a bright glow.
4: TORS- a rocky peak/hill.
5: URGENT- with great rush or stimulance.
6: GREAT BLACK- something that’s strong and more of a leader than the rest. Black, 7: just telling the colour.

8: WILD- Un tamed or feral.

I find this book really interesting and entertaining because it is so descriptive. I always have a really clear picture in my mind and a really good time reading it.

This is a beautiful piece of writing and I recommend it to anyone who likes an enjoyable, relaxing book.

Plot Analysis – Ice Dragon by George R.R. Martin

FROM ANCIENT TIMES, THE ICE DRAGON WAS A CRETURE OF LEGEND AND FEAR. WHEN IT FLEW OVERHEAD, IT LEFT IN ITS WAKE DESOLATE, FROZEN LAND. NO MAN HAD EVER TAMED ONE.

Storyline/Plot:

This story starts with a girl named Adara. She was born in the worst freeze/storm that anyone could remember. She had first glimpsed the ice dragon when playing in the snow, long after other children had fled the cold. She was not afraid, for she was a winter child. Due to her time of birth, she had a certain connection with the ice, snow, rain and most certainly the Ice dragon. In the fourth year she had seen it, Adara touched the dragon. in her fifth year, she followed it. in the sixth year, she rode the ice dragon.

War was brought to Adara’s home village and was forced to make the decision. Leave her father and go with her uncle to a safer place, stay and most likely die.
Unable to decide at this age, She ran to the forest in hope of safety and time to relax and clear her mind.

While there, she was saved by the ice dragon. With it’s wings of steel, it flew her over the village. Fire and smoke covered the sky. It took her to a safer place, far away from the war.

My Thoughts

I think that this book is very strong on emotions and is a great book to read. When I read it I picked up the book, read it till the end, and put it on my shelf and just thought about it for a second. My dad did the same thing when he read The Ice dragon.

It is a very touching piece and I recommend it to anyone who likes the genre fantasy because it fits into that category very well.

Over all this is a great book. If you ever get the chance to read this, I strongly recommend you to.

My Character Analysis

My Character Analysis will be on a popular book which has recently been made into a movie. Snoopy. Snoopy was written by Charles M. Schulz and I have picked one of the books from the Peanuts Series to base the events and storyline on. It is called Man’s Best friend. I have chosen the main character Charlie Brown. Charlie brown is a kid with low self esteem and cares very much for his dog Snoopy. He has many friends although they kind of ignore his opinions sometimes. He feels as though every thing is going wrong for him. I like him because I think he can relate to people in the real world and he is really funny. I kind of feel sympathy for him when I read of his misfortunes because I imagine if I was in that same position. He enjoys flying a kite but no matter how hard he tries, it is never the right time to fly it. He still keeps persisting. Charlie Brown is always trying even though he almost never wins.

I think snoopy is a really creative cartoon/book series and if you haven’t read or seen one of the books yet, I think you should go down to the library and grab a book right now.

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