When reading this book it was a little challenging mainly on my part because I had to redo my reading responses which took up a lot of my time and doing the video because there was a lot of technical errors. The easiest part was just reading the book because I really enjoyed it. When making the video I just did voice over and I was a little uncomfortable recording myself. I didn't really get any feed back or give any feed back. Even though this was a very long boo I still was able to finish it by finding spare time throughout the day. I think I deserve an A because I really did my best and took the time to revise my work when I knew it wasn't my best.
Alex MurguiaHumanitiesMrs. Howard27, September 2017
Reading Response/Dialectical Journal 5: The HobbitQuote:"Smaug came hurtling in from the North, licking the mountain-sides with flame, beating his great wings with a noise like a roaring wind. His hot breath shrivelled the grass before the door, and drove in through the crack they had left and scorched them as they hid. Flickering fires leaped up and black rock-shadows danced. The darkness fell as he passed again." Comment: Wow all the time and effort fighting to take back the dwarves homeland, just to have history repeat itself and Smaug remaining the king under the mountain. How are 12 dwarves and a hobbit going to defeat a dragon when armies couldn’t lay a scratch on Smaug. There are only a couple of black arrows that can pierce through Smaug’s scales and they remain unknown. I’m still a little curious to know what happen to all the other dragons when Smaug alone was able to topple an entire empire. What kind of power was able to kill a dragon? I know other than the black arrows the book talked about how the five wizards killed thousands of dragons, so what's stopping them from killing this one. Reading this book I’ve learned that dwarves are nothing but stubborn. Dwarves will fight tooth and nail for what they stand for and since they are fighting to take back their home you sure as hell they aren't going to back down. In flames of death’s eternal reign they ride towards the fight, through the fire and the flames they carry on. Reading Response/Dialectical Journal 4: The Hobbit “Though they were much relieved, they were inclined to be grumpy at being frightened for nothing; but what they would have said, if he had told them at that moment about the Arkenstone, I don't know. Their mere fleeting glimpses of treasure which they had caught as they went along had rekindled all the fire of their dwarfish hearts; and when the heart of a dwarf, even the most respectable, is wakened by gold and by jewels, he grows suddenly bold, and he may become fierce." Habits of heart and mind: Integrity, Evidence Through the book Thorin is a true leader and his ways are selfless, but will the Arkenstone be his downfall? His grandfather suffered a terrible sickness from it, a sickness of the mind where he became obsessed with wealth he forgot about what was right for his people (In the book they called it “Dragon Sickness” because of the greed dragons have). Thorin carried his people through the poverty his people endured due to the dragon's fury and I have some hope that he will not become victim to dragon sickness because of his pure heart and integrity.
Reading Response/Dialectical Journal 3: The Hobbit
Summary/”got”: Bilbo dreams about the cave floor cracking and wakes to see an opening in the wall of the cave. Goblins rush in and grab everyone and begin to carry them deep into the caverns of the mountain. After a long time they come into a large cavern lit by a large fire in the middle. In the center sits a massive goblin which was The Great Goblin and asks what they were doing in the goblins' entrance, thinking they were planning something devious. Thorin introduces himself and tries to tell the Great Goblin that he meant no harm. The Great Goblin has heard his family name and he doesn't believe him. Thorin argues that they are traveling to visit relatives. A goblin gives Thorin's sword Orcrist to the Great Goblin. The Great Goblin freaks out knowing the history behind the sword for it’s nickname is the Goblin Cleaver because the sword killed thousands of goblins in it’s time. The fire goes out and sparks appear everywhere burning holes through some of the goblins. A sword flashes and strikes down the Great Goblin and familiar voice tells the dwarves to follow. They stumble along into a dark tunnel and Gandalf lights his staff after a little while. He gives Thorin back his sword and counts them to make sure all are present. When they hear goblin sounds in the tunnel behind them they begin to run. Didn’t get: I’m a little confused on where Gandalf wasn't there when the goblins dragged the dwarves and Bilbo. It said that he took a horse and left but why? He then later magically comes in to rescue them but where was he? Reading Response/Dialectical Journal 2: The Hobbit Quote: “In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit. Not a nasty, dirty, wet hole, filled with the ends of worms and an oozy smell, nor yet a dry, bare, sandy hole with nothing in it to sit down on or to eat: it was a hobbit-hole, and that means comfort.” Comment: I love how the book starts off with the comforts of the life of our character instead of most adventure books that rush to the action or deeply explain the main character. In this short quote I already imagined the comforts of home and imagined what peaceful lives hobbits lived. Question: I already know that this book is full of adventure and after reading that our hero lives a peaceful comfy life, I wonder if that's going to end up as a problem.
Reading Response/Dialectical Journal 1: Mark of Athena Quote: Down in the valley, the legion reinforcements were halfway to the city. The crowd in the forum was over a hundred strong now. Annabeth scanned the faces and…oh, gods. She saw him. He was walking toward the ship with his arms around two other kids like they were best buddies—a stout boy with a black buzz cut, and a girl wearing a Roman cavalry helmet. Percy looked so at ease, so happy. He wore a purple cape just like Jason’s—the mark of a praetor. (Riordan 15) Response: This is an important part of the story because in the last book Percy was on his way back to camp halfblood and back to Annabeth. She had not seen Percy since the summer of of the previous book series’s last book Titan’s Curse. I predict that things might not go too well between the two camps since their history between the greek and the roman camps hate each other. There might also be some conflict because Percy had been in the roman camp for so long even though he’s greek and they tend to be look down upon with the romans and vis versa with greeks to romans.