As I walk off, I think to myself, ‘why would I do that?’, and the truth is, I really don’t know. I guess… punching a kid in the face isn’t that bad. Oh actually, I did hit pretty hard, so yeah, it was bad. I remember Billy’s face when my fist connected. And the blood. Lots of blood. The next day my mum forced me to write an apology letter.
This is what I wrote:
I am sorry for punching you. I won’t do it again. One question though; why are you such an idiot?
From me, Dan.
Passage Reflector-Literacy Circles
Passage 1: ‘Zelda is standing by the haystack rigid with fear. Next to her, pointing a machine gun down at her head, is a Nazi soldier.’
Page 60, Paragraph 2?
This passage surprised me because I had no idea that a Nazi would just randomly come out of no- where. I also got scared because I thought Zelda would die here because the Nazi would shoot her.
Passage 2: ‘Also because I’ve got a horrible suspicion I know the answer to the question. Maybe it’s not just our books the Nazis hate. Maybe it’s us.’
Page 65, Paragraph 1.
I learnt something from this passage. The whole time, as well as Felix, I also thought that it was just the books that the Nazis hated. Maybe it actually is the Jewish people themselves.
Why would Felix try to comfort Zelda by not telling her that her parents are dead?
Why do Nazis hate Jews so much that they would kill them?
Why would the locals laugh at the Jews?
It is ice cold. Is that a….- helicopter? It’s time! I have been out in this horrible jungle for a week now and I cannot bear it anymore. I regularly go camping, so I hope this is the last time. The helicopter floats down and I grab the rope. I get in and they give me a lime Icy pole, even though I’m freezing. We get home and they take me to an emergency centre. They sit me in front of a warm flame. I glance at the clock. 4:45! I thought it was still morning! Time flies in the jungle.
Right there: What are the little kids playing?
Right there 2: What is Felix Wearing?
Think + Search- Summarise what happened when Felix went into his old house. What happened?
On My own: What would you do if you lost your parents?
Wow! There is a-? Window…? A blue window? Wait, a handle. It’s a door! I open it and it reveals a jungle on the other side. Cool! I think, stupidly. I jump through the entrance, closing the door behind me. I look back. No door. I’m stuck here!
I walk around for hours. Sweaty. Tired. I am so thirsty. I feel like I am dying. My lips are so dry. I sit down, with my back against a tree. I see glistening of blue. The door. I approach it, legs trembling. I slowly turn the handle. Wait…. Mongolia?
“GOOOOOALLLLL!” yelled the commentator. The whole stadium went up in loud cheers. Half the stadium stood up, screaming. My shoulders dropped. I let out a massive sigh and look down at my can of lemonade. As the ball flew into the net I knew that we would lose 2-1. Play on I guess… The ball was booted into the crowd, when I realised it was coming right at me! I got up and tried to catch it, but the person next to me, a fat man, got in front and snatched it out of my grasp before I could catch it. I slumped back into my seat and took a long, sighing sip of my lemonade.
Word 1: Catholic- including a wide variety of things; all-embracing
Page 12, Paragraph 4.
Word 2: Dormitory- a large bedroom for a number of people in a school or institution
Page 16, Paragraph 4.
Word 3: Nazis- a member of the national socialist German worker’s party
Page 20, Paragraph 3.
Word 4: Singe-burn lightly
Page 19, Paragraph 2.
Word 5: Nuns-a member of a religious community of women
Paragraph 4, Page 25
Why do you think that Felix wants Dodie to have his soup?
Why was Felix leaving?
Extra: Is the carrot really a sign, or just a carrot?
2 families were asked to participate in a drill of some fake natural disasters. The Mathews family had to participate in a pretend bush fire, and the (no name provided) family had to participate in a pretend cyclone. The Mathews do things like fill up the bath and block all open cracks of windows and doors so the smoke does not get inside. The (no name provided) family did things like put tape on the windows, and tried to drive through flood water, which is a really bad mistake and is very dangerous. The kids, however, knew this and saved the family from a very crucial mistake. The Mathews had to put out small fires and wear glasses to make things look dark so it looked like smoke and they also wore earmuffs so they could hear the loud roar of the fire. Their kitchen is on fire, so the family try to escape by moving to the bathroom, which really is not a very good idea because now they are trapped! In the fake cyclone, the (no name provided) family do not know what to do as the fake storm rages outside. The people who are helping with the fake cyclone bang against the door to give a slamming effect as if the wind is blowing hard against the door. Then after all these scary things, the family are let out!
Fact 1: The natural disasters were quite realistic.
Fact 2: The kids coped better than the adults.
Fact 3: The fire was actually real!
Understanding 1: I understand that it would be really scary.
Understanding 2: I understand that not all people would be able to cope with this.
Wondering: I wonder what it would be like to be in a fake or REAL natural disaster.
” …however, she couldn’t believe what she had done…”
“She killed someone?” asked a little girl.
“What?” asked all the boys in unison.
“Why?” they all asked.
“If you let me read on I will tell you,” said the care lady impatiently. ” …however, she couldn’t believe what she had done. She had just murdered someone!” she finished her sentence.
All the kids froze with pale faces.
“Ahhhhh!” they all screamed. The kindergarten turned into a hellhole. Screaming, crying, a total massacre! All the toys and crayons went everywhere and soon, all the kids fell down, tired. They all had a nap.
The 5 BIG Questions
Big Question #1: I think that the twist of them all falling to sleep at the end made the book good.
Big Question # 2: I think that this 100wc would be better if it had more detail or descriptive words or both.
Big Question # 3: Well, I am the author of this 100wc and I don’t really think that there is something I really want the reader to know.
Big Question # 4: I wrote this because it was set for homework.
Big Question # 5: The audience needs to know that the teacher is a bit silly for reading kindergarteners a murder mystery book to enjoy this.
Fact 1: Capetown has been suffering from a very bad drought for several years now.
Fact 2: Water reserves are so low in Capetown that the whole town is at risk of running out.
Fact 3: Authorities predict that the taps could be turned off by June 4, and they are calling this day zero.
Understanding 1: I understand that this would be so scary for them.
Understanding 2: I understand that 50L of water really is not much.
Wondering: I wonder what the authorities will do about the problem.