**There are TWO readers for The Jungle on iTunes. One is reading a podcast from LibraVoxand seems to have a slow and diliberate voice; the other is from iTunes U and seems to be reading faster and with more emotion. To get to the first reader, CLICK HERE.
To download the book from the second reader, click here.
True Love Forever!
So we are at Jurgis and Ona's wedding reception where the speeches are given and the people are drinking and eating their fill. What a party! Marija is scurrying around making sure nobody gets bored and the food doesn't spoil. But the problem is that some of the young boys don't honor the idea of a Lithuanian Festival. They are leaving without paying. Upton Sinclair starts off telling about the exciting and lively party, but it can't stay that way for long. Tomorrow we'll hear the hard part of their lives. Get ready.
**Make sure you know that you can download the book onto your own MP3 player with iTunes. I searched under "Jungle Sinclair" and found most of the chapters right there.
Today I received the rules to the Chittenango Annual Writers' Chair Contest!! If you submit a well-written piece for this contest, I will add a 200 point quiz grade to your grade as EXTRA CREDIT! Click here for the official rules and check in with Mrs. Klucznik and Mrs. Pitoniak in the LMC for further clarification.
If you are considering doing this, please leave a comment on this blog.
Have a great weekend!
Today in class we looked at an article that our boy, Upton Sinclair, had put in the newspaper after his book was banned from city libraries around the country. Boy, was he angry! Tomorrow we'll start reading the book and getting an idea about what Jurgis and Ona's wedding was like. Remember, this first chapter happens, then the next several chapters are a FLASHBACK until J&O actually get married.
Have a great night of no homework. Enjoy it while it lasts!
Hello, all!! I am back in the classroom after being "gone" for six weeks while my wonderful student teacher held down the fort. If you ever read this, you may know that I occasionally give extra credit on this website if you look and reply to my comments in time. (Today is not one of these extra credit days.)
Today in class, we began talking about the American Dream, using the Jungle/American Dreamers path on this website. Tomorrow, before you hand this in for a homework grade, you'll get into groups to discuss your chosen character and what you think about his/her journey to find the American Dream.
Have great night.
We discussed Jefferson's diary today, and I'm really pleased with how you guys handled it. I know it's not easy to read, but you guys knew what Jefferson was trying to say and at least got the gist of it.
The chair arrived at the courthouse and everyone responded differently. Some were scared and others were worried about how the white children would react.
Grant and Vivian consoled Miss Emma. Everyone in the quarter was there as well. Tante Lou and Irene both give Vivian a look that says they don't want her interfering with their lives, meaning with Grant. After saying goodbye to Miss Emma Grant and Vivian go to the Rainbow. Vivian tells Grant that Irene is in love with him. He says that so is his aunt and all the other young girls and old ladies. They love him for the same reason Miss Emma wants Jefferson to die a man. No black man has ever stood up for a black woman in the South. They all run away. The burden of being a man is too much for them and they have to leave. Every black male represents hope and the women hope that he will be the one to break the cycle, but that is too much pressure for one man. Miss Emma wants Jefferson to stand up and walk, so that she can say that he did something for her; she's never had that. It's the same with Grant and his aunt and Irene. No black man has done anything for them, and
Grant's class puts on their Christmas Program and almost everyone in the quarter is present. At the end Grant realizes that nothing has changed. The same carols are sung, there were the same mistakes in grammar, the same people came and sat in the same places, and the same prayers were said as always. Grant wants to know where the change is that Vivian spoke of. He doesn't realize that change has come to the quarter. More people showed up to see the program because it was dedicated to Jefferson, the kids sang better than they ever have, and pooled their money together and bought a gift for Jefferson. Jefferson has caused the change, and if Grant realizes this then maybe he can help Jefferson and maybe
We discussed why Jefferson acts the way he does when he has visitors. How he interacts with people is the only thing he can control. He attempts to make Grant angry as a way of showing he has power and control. He acts a lot like Crooks when Lennie is in his bunkhouse. Neither of them have ever had power and when they are given the opportunity they take it. Jefferson is in jail and has no control over his life, he can only control how he acts and treats people. Continue reading.