Friday, August 28, 2015

Reading Period 1: August 28 - September 11: Watership Down

Class meeting: September 11, 12:00-1:30 pm, Pretlow Library 2nd Floor Conference Room.

Long read:

Watership Down by Richard Adams, chapters 1-17

Short read:

"The Two Brothers" by Leo Tolstoy

Poetry: 

Silverweed's Poem from Watership Down chapter 16.

Creative Assignment: 

Choose one of the two creative assignments below. When you've finished your assignment, post it to the Google+ Community. If you choose the art option, this will mean scanning in or photographing your project. Part of your assignment is checking out everyone else's work, and commenting on it if you like. Here are your two assignments to choose from!

In Cowslip's warren, Hazel sees a "shape" on the wall, made of stones pressed into the dirt. Although he's unable to understand the concept of art, and how a picture can represent something real, Strawberry explains to him that the picture shows El-arairah stealing the king's lettuce. Create your own picture illustrating the story of the king's lettuce. If you want to make it look like stones in a wall, you can, or you can use whatever style you choose.

OR

Write a poem from the point of view of a rabbit in Hazel's group. You can write about food, or escaping from owls, or crossing a road, a stream, anything in the rabbit's experience. Try to use as many rabbit vocabulary as you can: elil, silflay, hrududu, even hraka.

"Shining Wire" by Lady Fiszi
Writing Assignment:

Choose one of the two writing assignments below. When you've finished your assignment, post it to the Google+ Community. Part of your assignment is checking out everyone else's work, and commenting on it if you like. Here are your two assignments to choose from!

Each chapter in Watership Down begins with an epigraph, or a short quote or saying at the beginning of the chapter, meant to express the chapter's theme in some way. Choose any chapter we've read, and explain how the epigraph connects to the contents of the chapter. This will involve looking up the work from which the quote is excerpted (like the opera Cosi fan Tutte or the novel Le Morte d'Arthur) and for at least one of them it may mean translating the quote to English. Your explanation should be at least 100 words.

OR

In a short essay of at least 100 words, explain why the rabbits of Cowslip's warren were able to make art and poetry, instead of focusing on survival and the old tales of rabbit trickery and wit.

Quiz:

You may use your book to answer the questions in this quiz! There is one question for each chapter you read. Email your answers to me with the subject header STICKYBEAK QUIZ. You can either copy and paste the questions into an email, and answer them there, or you can create another document in Google Drive and copy and paste the questions there to answer. Either way, make sure your questions and answers are in the body of the email you send. I look forward to reading your work!

1. Based on the notice board, what is going to happen to the land around the Sandleford Warren?
2. Where does the chief rabbit get his lettuce?
3. Which rabbit in the Owsla surprises Hazel by wanting to join him and Fiver?
4. What does fu Inle mean?
5. Why is it hard for a rabbit to go at a medium speed for a long time? What are their natural gaits?
6. What blessing does Frith give to El-arairah?
7. Based on the evidence in the story, what animal is a Lendri, do you think?
8. What innovation does Blackberry devise for getting the smaller rabbits across the river?
9. How does Hazel help out Pipkin with a problem in this chapter?
10. Why is the road more dangerous at night?
11. In this chapter, Hazel is compared to a general. What is a general, and why is this a good comparison?
12. Who normally does the digging of burrows, in rabbit culture?
13. Tell one unusual thing the rabbits notice right away about Cowslip's warren.
14. Fiver compares the rabbits in Cowslip's warren to trees in November. What does he mean?
15. El-arairah tricks the king into giving the rabbits lettuce in Dandelion's story. How do the rabbits of Cowslip's warren get lettuce and carrots from the human?
16. Silverweed says that rabbits don't need tricks. What does he say they need?
17. How does Pipkin help out Bigwig with a problem in this chapter? Foreshadowing means when one smaller event in a novel gives a hint about or predicts a bigger event. What smaller event in chapter 9 foreshadowed the big event in chapter 17?