Your blog today is to be written in proper paragraph form. Today we discussed the idea of school uniforms and the positives and negatives about them. You can follow the sample paragraph format that we did for school uniforms, to do your opinion paragraph. You can write about one of the other topics discussed in class, or another topic that you feel strongly about. Be sure that the content of your opinion paragraph is acceptable for posting on the internet! Try to include a graphic in your blog post and comment on other people's opinion paragraphs.
We have been doing silent reading in the morning for a while now. The book that I just finished is Winter of the World by Ken Follett. It is book two of the Century Trilogy. This book follows the very successful first instalment, Fall of Giants. The books follows the lives of families in England, Germany, The Soviet Union, and the United States. The story lines of the families become inter-related over time. The lives of people and nations, are changed by war, love, and politics. The novels intertwine real historical figures with fictional characters, and makes the history come alive. Winter of the World explores the rise of fascism and communism during the Great Depression. This leads to the horror of war in Europe and the Pacific.
I love reading historical fiction, and Ken Follett is my favourite author. I can't wait for the third instalment in the trilogy to hit the bookshelves!
I am currently reading Lakeland, by Alan Casey. This is a work of non-fiction. Lakeland was previously a "One Book, One Community" choice for the Region of Waterloo. Lakeland is a tribute to the freshwater lakes of Canada, how they were formed, and how they shape the lives of Canadians who live on them.The story begins at Emma Lake, Saskatchewan, site of writer Allan Casey’s family cabin, built by his parents in 1960 for $2,500. From there, he embarks on a journey to explore lakes across Canada and their increasing fragility.
More than 60 percent of the world’s five million lakes are crammed into this one northern country. This freshwater makes us the envy of the world. Casey goes from Emma Lake to Lake Winnipeg, to Bras D'Or on Cape Breton Island. Currently I am reading about Gros Morne National Park in Newfoundland and its beautiful "ponds", as lakes are called there.
Many people may not find this interesting, but as a Geography teacher I find this book enjoyable. I find it interesting to learn what shapes our country, and in turn how the landscape shapes the people. This is the essence of the study of geography. Also, I have been to many of the locations Casey writes about, so it is interesting to get another person's impressions of that place.
So, your task is to discuss the book you are reading. What is the book's title and how many pages is it? What page are you on? Who is the author? What is the genre of the book? Give a brief oultine of the plot so far. What have you enjoyed about the book? What have you disliked about your book? If you could change one thing that has happened so far, what would it be? Why? *Put in spoiler alerts if you are giving away key information that would spoil the book for other potential readers.