Friday, February 10, 2017

Reading Period 16: Feb 10 - 16: Twenty Thousand Leagues

Long Read:

Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Seas by Jules Verne, chapters 1-6

Creative Assignment:

Write a 250 word newspaper article in which you start a completely fantastical rumor that you've spotted a sea monster. Use H.G. Wells' technique of "the plausible impossible" by using very specific details and believable elements in your story.


Claude Monet's "Impression, Sunrise" was painted two years after the publication of Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea. This was the work that gave Impressionism its name. Using crayons, colored pencils, acrylic paint, watercolor, or any other colorful medium you choose, create your own version of this famous painting. You can try to replicate the original as closely as possible, or you can put your own spin on it by changing the colors, the style, the elements of the painting, or whatever else you choose.

Writing Assignment:

At the end of chapter 4, Dr. Arronax explains why people can live with atmospheric pressure, and why fish at the bottom of the ocean would have to be metal plated to withstand the water pressure at great depths. Investigate the validity of this science, and write a 250 word essay in which you give your reader Dr. Arronax's explanation, say whether or not it's correct and why, and then describe the real situation if otherwise. This should lead you to at least three paragraphs. If you are in Ms. Cynthia's physics class, you must explore this option,.


Chapter 1 mentions "the inclination of the human mind to seek the fantastic" and then goes on to describe how the possibility of a "monster" came into fashion in "all the big cities." Do you think if a sea monster was spotted that people would write songs and plays about it? Do you think that the battle over "the monsters subject" should be won by believers or unbelievers? Write an essay of 250 words in which you give your opinion, supported with evidence, on whether people do indeed seek the "fantastic" or want to believe in monsters in the world, and whether or not this is a good thing. If you are in Ms. Maryann's class, you must explore this option.

If you are in Ms. Cynthia's class *AND* Ms. Maryann's class, you can take your pick.


1. Which event is referred to in the first paragraph?
2. Give an example of Jules Verne using H.G. Wells' technique of the plausible impossible.
3. Describe the hole in the Scotia's hull.
4. What does Dr. Arronax suppose the giant creature is?
5. What is a babirusa? Look it up and give me a link to a picture.
6. What is Ned Land's job?
7. What promise did Captain Farragut make to his crew on the second of November?
8. Who was the first to spot the creature?
9. What strange phenomenon did the crew observe about the creature?
10. In what situation does Professor Arronax find himself at the end of chapter 6?

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