Thursday, November 29, 2007

Types of Debates Post

Political Debate: occur on T.V, helps decide which candidate to vote for, it does help arrive at a better decision, the debate is structured and because of that it makes the decision making fair and un-biased.

Padaeia Seminar: Occurs in the class room, helps a better understanding of the topic, it does help arrive at a better decision, it is structured and because of that it makes the decision clearer and easier to make.

A Sales debate: occurs at carnivals or fairs, helps a better understanding of what to buy, it helps arrive at the best option, it is unstructured in that one person could be talking a lot longer, therefore making their product look better.

Harry Potter-Section 3-Post B

In this section in the book, a lot of key conflicts and exciting things have happened. Many of these things I am sure are important to the novel in whole, and the conflicts will shape the characters as a result. In the first chapter of section 3, Remus Lupin comes in the scene and offers Harry his assistance (p. 211). If the Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows is like any of the other six books, I am sure that this will not be the first person vs. person conflicts Harry has with someone else. But he denies Lupin and another key conflict occurs. Harry and the gang break into the ministry of magic to steal a Horcrux from Dolores Umbridge, now because the whole wizarding government is after Harry; this is an example of a person vs. society conflict when they get discovered and the ministry puts a price on his head so now the whole wizarding world is after him. Then later on in the section, the group is faced with their biggest conflict of all. After an argument and long lasting tempers, Ron leaves the group and storms out on Harry and Hermione (p. 310). This was mainly due to the person vs. person conflict between Harry and Ron, but also Ron threw Hermione in this mix due to false accusations. All of these conflicts and occurrences will in time shape these characters and change their course of events, but I hope it is some time in the near future because the book is sad enough without the friendship breaking between Harry, Ron, and Hermione. I predict though, that later on in the book, Ron will redeem himself somehow, whether with a self realization thing or somebody ushering him on.

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Harry Potter-Section 3-Post A

3 Examples of Figurative Language:
Irony: When they found out Dumbledore left them clues and a tool to destroy the Horcruxes they were extatic, but then Ron left the group to go home. It is ironic in that something so bad happened when something so good happened.
Symbol: The rain and the gloomy downpour started to come right when an angry and nasty conversation was approaching. The rain is a symbol of bad things happening.
Onomatopoeia: When a spell was cast by the death eater Yaxley, the sound described was BANG.

I believe that one emerging theme in the book is determination. Determination is a thing that is being challenged right now for the group, and if they prevail and stay determined rather than give up, it will be a moral of the story if all works out.

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Harry Potter-Section 2-Post B

I am writing a letter to Harry Potter, the protagonist:
Dear Harry Potter,
I first off would like to give you some advice; no matter where you are do not lose your head, always stay focused, and be prepared. So far you can tell that Hermione has not lost her head in some life or death situations, and as the group’s unofficial “leader” you need to do the same. So follow her example like in the chapter A Place to Hide, where instinctively she grabbed you and Ron and disapperated away from the Weasley house after Kingsley’s warning at the wedding. On my second piece of advice, you always need to stay focused. This kind of goes hand in hand with my first piece of advice, but it is crucial nonetheless. Finally for my third piece of advice, you always need to be prepared; you could take a page out of Hermione’s and even Ron’s book. For they both demonstrated this vital bit of advice; Hermione packed all of yours and Ron’s things and stuff you will need for your mission in case of a quick getaway, and it turned out you needed it, and that will not be the first time, so always be prepared. I would also say Ron has been prepared too. In the chapter The Ghoul in Pajamas, Ron showed signs of preparedness by dressing up his ghoul in pajamas, and giving him red hair to throw off the death eaters of his whereabouts by telling them his story that he is sick at home with spattergoit. In conclusion Harry, as the leader of you group, follow my advice, because as you’re the one with the power to end Voldemort’s reign of terror, you need to succeed your mission, and my advice will help that.
Tommy Tyson

Harry Potter-Section 2-Post A

Tantamount:equivalent, as in value, force, effect, or signification.
Dilapidated:to cause or allow (a building, automobile, etc.) to fall into a state of disrepair, as by misuse or neglect.

"The ministry has fallen, Scrimgeour is dead. They are coming."(p. 159)
This quote is significant because it is the line that gets Harry, Ron, and Hermione to start their mission. Rather than putting it off or leaving with a grand exit with many tears and goodbyes, they leave the wedding they are at in a hurry due to this quote, which was a warning by Kingsley.

Sunday, November 18, 2007

Harry Potter-Section 1-Post B

“He had thought he knew Dumbledore quite well, but ever since reading this obituary he had been forced to recognize that he had barely known him at all.”(p.21). This quote occurs in the second chapter, I believe it is significant for a few reasons. One being that in the previous Harry Potter books, the first couple chapters really set the scene and mood for the book, which means that this is not the last time that something about Harry’s and Dumbledore’s relationship will be mentioned. Another reason is that at the end of the previous book, the author did not really wrap up the Harry-Dumbledore situation, which means it will be important in this book. The last reason is that in that chapter, not only is the obituary mentioned, but a look into a biography in the near future, which will be mentioned later. Now on a change of subject, this book so far jumped right off into action and suspense, and in the chapters The Seven Potters and Fallen Warrior grief and sadness was experienced. The plot has been wonderful and this book is a ten out of ten so far. I hope that the book keeps up the pace of getting better and better. On another change of subject matter, I believe Harry Potter will undergo changes and experiences never before seen in the other books. I think these experiences will definitely include grief and sorrow, but I also think his feelings will increase in loyalty and trust of his friends, as well as even love. In the final book of the Harry Potter series, anything can happen.

Harry Potter-Section 1-Post A

Sumptuously: Entailing great expense as from fine workmanship, choice materials, luxuriously fine, splendid, or superbly.

Impunity: Exemption from punishment.

I believe that one emerging theme in the book is trust. Many characters so far have discussed the importance of trust and who to trust.

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Explanation of Choosing Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K Rowling

Published 2007

A fiction novel

759 pages long

This book is sufficiently challenging for a high school sophomore for many reasons. Some of the main reasons are: The very long length of the book and the fact that this most recent Harry Potter book has been read by numerous adults, some of which whom I know personally and they are very gifted readers and have said, “this is no book for kids”. Another reason is the difficulty of the vocabulary in this novel. Just dappling through the first chapter I saw five words that I did not know the meaning of. And the last main reason is there are dark and some adult themes in the previous books and I have been assured by friends that this book is even more so filled with themes that younger kids and students can not grasp. In conclusion, this is no book “just for kids”. It is sufficiently challenging for a high school sophomore.

I chose this book because I spent the months leading up to, and during the summer that this book came out re-reading the series preparing myself for the final novel. I enjoyed the first six, and the last is supposed to be the best.