Reading Blog #6

Name: Thomas Lyons Date: 2/2/17

Reading Blog Post - Justify a claim about character or setting.

Clear and Effective communication
  1. Adjust communication to suit the purpose, context, and audience
I can organize my ideas on a topic and communicate them.
I can communicate in a format that is appropriate for my context and audience.
I can communicate with purpose to clearly convey my thinking to the targeted audience.
I can empathize with the needs of my audience and adjust my communication to best fit the context and purpose.

Informed and Integrative Thinking:
A. Use evidence and reasoning to effectively support ideas or solutions.
I can make a claim.
I can support a claim with evidence.
I can use reasoning to show how my evidence supports my claim and inferences.
My reasoning logically and convincingly connects my evidence to my claim, in support of a generalizable truth.  

Claim: Alex Rider is a very brave person and is very heroic

In Alex Rider Scorpia, Anthony Horowitz introduces us to Alex Rider, a teenager growing up in England. He is near the ocean where he likes to spend his time. His school is near his house and he walks to school every day. His uncle died and he has to take his place. His uncle was the father figure in his life and to lose him was crushing. He was very sad until at his uncle's funeral the MI6 recruits him to be a special agent. His caretaker, Jackie doesn't  know if she wants him to do it. He decides to even though this will cause him to miss a lot of school and put his life in danger. Alex Rider is a very brave person and is very heroic.

The first time he shows his bravery is on page 23 when he is biking and he sees his uncle's car being stolen and he says “I won't let them get away!”. He follows these mysterious people in his uncle's car to the junkyard where they try and crumple the car and he gets into the car right as the giant magnet picks it up, so he grabs as many things as possible and gets out. Even though he put himself in immense danger he still did it for his uncle's car. This moment definitely demonstrates his bravery and his heroism.

Throughout the story Alex continually shows his bravery as a new MI6 agent. Even after being warned about the danger he is assigned to go. He goes to a secret lair on top of a remote mountain to a dangerous super villain school where there is a corrupt science laboratory under the school . Alex knows all of this and still goes on the mission. While on his mission he free climbs to the roof from his twenty story room, confronts the villain, almost dies, and then sneaks into the underground laboratory. When he reaches the villain he says “I know you killed my uncle” and he says “you won't get away”. Even when the villain calls his servant over to put Alex in a glass case with the most dangerous animal in it, the jellyfish that with one sting kills you pg 274, Alex escapes and still manages to get away without being killed.

This evidence supports my claim because it shows how brave he is even in the face of danger, Alex still manages to survive and be heroic. The examples above shows the immense bravery required to work for the MI6, and Alex always chose to be brave even when he knew the danger.

This map shows the land occupied and annexed by Nazi Germany. This is important because in Mein Kampf Hitler doesn't yet know the horrors he will cause and almost conquer the world. It is relevant to the book Mein Kampf because Hitler is writing future plans for Germany and this map shows the places he conquered.

I think that this is scary because this could easily happen again if this were too happen we wouldn't have many measures of defense.

Signpost



Date
12/09
Evidence
(Excerpt)
"If I buy holiday inn everyone buys holiday inn"
Signpost
Identify signpost and explain how you recognize it.
Aha Moment, because he realizes that he has influence in the stock market
Anchor Question
And Answer
This changes things because he now has major control over the stock market. And can now be influence on business'
Inference
Connection you made, beyond what you read in the book.
This is true with many other people like Warren Buffet because all of them are financial mougles in the stock market. 

Signpost



Date
10/20
Evidence
(Excerpt)
"I thought of what Mommy had told me the night before: Be thoughtful and kind, Seema, and friends will follow as clouds follow wind."
Signpost
Identify signpost and explain how you recognize it.
Words of The Wiser
Anchor Question
And Answer
Whats the life lesson, and how might it affect the character?

This affects Seema because she now knows how to make friends by being nice, I think the life lesson is be nice and people will want to be friends with you.
Inference
Connection you made, beyond what you read in the book.
I think she is having trouble making friends and this advice is trying to help her make more friends.

Date
10/20
Evidence
(Excerpt)
"Reminded me of the flame of the diya, a prayer lamp that Dadima lighted every day."
Signpost
Identify signpost and explain how you recognize it.
Memory Moment
Anchor Question
And Answer
Why might this memory be important?

I think this memory is important because it helps her remeber parts of where she came from, this is good for her because she is wishing she was back where she came from and now she can connect to back where she came from.
Inference
Connection you made, beyond what you read in the book.
I she misses her home because she says she wants to be home, this is also why she is making connections home because she wants to be home.

Date
10/20
Evidence
(Excerpt)
"Raju"
Signpost
Identify signpost and explain how you recognize it.
Again And Again
Anchor Question
And Answer
Why does this keep showing up again and again?

I think this keeps showing up because she really misses her home and her best friend Raju, I think this is because she is moving her and dosen't have many friends compared to back home.
Inference
Connection you made, beyond what you read in the book.
I really think that Raju is a huge part in her life and because of her leaving him she misses him and wants to go back to him and be with her friends.

Reading Log

Reading Log
TL reading log
Name of book
Author
Date
Pages read
Genre
How to invest for kids
Steve Rutherford
8/29/15
133
Info
Start your own business
Steve Rutherford
9/24
733
Info
Lawn boy
Gary paulsen
10/01-10/01
88
Fiction
Lawn boy returns
Gary paulsen
10/01-10/02
101
Fiction
Steve Jobs

10/13-11/27
745
Non Fiction
Biography
Eleventh Plague

11/27-12/27
146
Fiction
Why You Want To Be Rich
Donald Trump
12/27-1/14
265
Info
A Quick Lesson For Investors And Managers
Warren Buffett
12/29-1/10
135
Non-Fiction
The Fourth Stall

1/10-2/1
355
Fiction
The Fourth Stall 2

2/3-3/1
405
Fiction
The Fourth Stall 3

3/5-3/30
399
Fiction
Jack Blank

4/1-4/30
500
Fiction
The terrible two

9/20-9/25
200
Fiction
Paper Towns

9/25-10/01
300
Fiction
Reloading Manual

10/01-10/15
500
Non-Fiction
Tin Man

10/15-11/15
400
Fiction
Mein Kampf (PDF)

11/15-12/30
500
Auto-Biography
Seal Team Six

12/30-1/29
300
Non-Fiction
Scorpion

1/29-3/1
400
Fiction
Decision Points

3/1-4/2
600
Auto-Biography