Friday, September 11, 2015

Reading Period 2: September 12 - 18: Watership Down

Did you enjoy the carrots I left for you?
Class meeting: September 18

Long read:

Watership Down, chapters 18-29

Short read:

The Lady and the Tiger by Frank Stockton


"The Pilgrim" by Walter de la Mare (excerpted in the epigraph for chapter 28) Here is a link to just the poem but this page has some ads. Here is a link to the poetry collection where it can be found -- scroll down about a third of the way through the book to find "The Pilgrim."

Creative Assignment:

Choose one:

Many artists have taken on illustrating the rabbits of Watership Down. But what if these characters were people? Draw an illustration of five of the main characters of Watership Down, but draw the characters as if they were humans, not rabbits. What would they wear? Who would be tallest, strongest? How would they wear their hair? Who would have glasses or wear flip flops or have a derpy expression or be carrying a sword? You can draw these characters yourself, or if you are a movie fan, you can cast a movie version of this story, with human actors. Try this list of young actors for ideas -- who could best play your five chosen characters? When you post your assignment to the Google+ Community, try to post once and put additional info in the comments. You can upload multiple drawings/images in one post if needed.


Watership Down is written in third person point of view, meaning the characters are referred to by name by a separate narrator, and called "he" and "she." Choose one of the following characters and situations, and write a short piece from the first person point of view, that is speaking in that character's voice and using the pronoun "I." Tell from that character's perspective how he is feeling and what he is thinking. Here are your choices:
1. Hazel in the ditch after being shot and climbing down the hole. This would could sound very serious, and might even read disjointed and confused. He is in a "dark, ebbing stupor."
2. Kehaar when he is staying underground being fed by rabbits. This one could sound really funny. Try your hand at writing in Kehaar's dialect. It's based on a Norwegian accent -- watch this video to get in the mood. Here's a clip from the animated show -- someone's approximation of Kehaar's accent.

Writing Assignment:

Choose one:

Just another elil behind door #2.
Write a 150 word essay explaining what you think the correct answer is to the question at the end of "The Lady and the Tiger." There are no wrong answers! Just explain the reasoning behind your opinion.


Is the warren called Efrafa an example of a good idea gone too far? Think about the practices and policies of Efrafa. Are any of them wise, or at least based on wisdom? Imagine General Woundwort evaporates into thin air and you are made Chief Rabbit of Efrafa. Write a 150 word essay telling what you would change and what parts of their society you would keep in place.


Use your book and look back over what you read to answer these questions. Send me your quiz in an email with the subject header STICKYBEAK QUIZ. Copy and paste the questions into the email, then write the answers.

1. What rabbit came away from Cowslip's warren with Hazel?
2. What is a hlessi?
3. What is Bluebell's personality like?
4. Who killed Pimpernel?
5. How does the mouse help the rabbits, in exchange for Hazel saving his life?
6. How are Hazel and Kehaar able to communicate with each other, when Kehaar can't speak lapine?
7. Why does Hazel choose Pipkin to go to Nuthanger Farm with him?
8. Why is Hazel okay with letting the men take Laurel back to the hutch?
9. The man in Fiver's dream tells him the difference between men and rabbits, why men kill rabbits when they have a mind to. What's the difference?
10. In Efrafa, what is a "Mark"?
11. What does Kehaar know about being shot with a gun, that the rabbits don't know, that saves Hazel's leg?
12. What is Kehaar eating in chapter 29, and where did it come from?

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