Tuesday, 4 June 2013

Our Most Awesome Litspiration Challenge Is....

Which of our three litspiration challenges is "the most awesome"?
We chose our third challenge that was on theme. In this challenge we created an interactive poster which you can see by clicking here.



Why does it stand out from the others?
It's easiest to tell what is going on due to the multiple photos, in-depth inquiry, and neat organization put all in one place. It's also visually appealing to the eye with lots of colour and nice drawings. You can also interact with it, which makes it more alluring to viewers.

Why do we think it's our best challenge?
It's well organized and neat. We can read the writing and tell what the drawings were. It was also well thought out --> there was much more planning that took place. This challenge's labour was split equally between all of our group members. Cutting, drawing, gluing, writing, et-cetera.

What could've been improved?
The colours were a bit off sometimes. The white house in the book was green on the poster, and we could've included some more brighter colours such as yellow or orange. Not only were the colours a bit inaccurate sometimes, so was a drawing - the scorpion. It was a bit hard to tell what is was exactly. Also, some people were doing off-task things at times, although once they got back on task, we all worked equally.

Thanks for reading and visiting our blog! I hope you enjoyed our Scorpion Project blog. For more literature studies, visit our separate blogs on the top bar. Again, thanks so much, and happy reading.

Tuesday, 7 May 2013

Litspiration Challenge #3: Theme

Hey everyone! Today we are going to share with you our poster that we created for our third litspiration challenge on theme. I hope you like it.

Also, if the poster wasn't clear enough, the purple clouds are about friendship, and the red ones are about equality.



Theme statement: A corrupt world is a world without friendship and equality. Corruption will bring us down, but peace will build us up.


When Matt was with the Keepers, Matt starts to bond with a few characters. They go through tough moments together, which shows the importance of friendship. pg. 287


When Matt is with the Keepers he gets accepted like a normal kid because they don't know that he's a clone. pg. 266


After Matt becomes friends with Chaco and Fidelito they begin to trust each other. When Jorge accuses Matt of being a zombie, Matt's friends refuse to believe him (what Jorge says). pg. 321, 357


In the book, Tam Lin and Matt develop a father-like-son relationship This proves to be a large portion of the book. Because of the bond between the two, Matt has the knowledge he needs to escape, which is a big plot-point. Without friendship, many things aren't possible. pg. 149


There was some inequality in The Big House. If you weren’t treated well, it was because you didn’t belong to El Patrón. That being said if you were his you never left. No one was of the same value as El Patrón. – Page 274, 169 and 170



When Matt is in the plankton factory he is treated as an equal to the other boys. To the Keepers though Matt and the boys are like dust under a bed. – Page 286 and 287

Have you read The House of The Scorpion? What did you think that the theme was? Leave a comment below. ~Brianna, Ivana, Omar, Darren, Curtis

Thursday, 2 May 2013

Sunday, 28 April 2013

Litspiration Challenge #2: Character Playlist

Hello everyone! Today we are here to share with you our character playlist of Maria from our novel study book, The House of The Scorpion. Click here to listen to our round-table that we had when choosing the character. Also, be sure to check out http://thescorpionproject.blogspot.ca for our full project requirements. Another thing to note is that Curtis was absent in our final class that we had in making this playlist, so he didn't have the opportunity to come up with any of the songs. Therefore, Ivana came up with two extra songs to include in this post, but every individual was contributing equally to brainstorming. It just so happened that Ivana's songs got included. Anyways, enough chatter. Enjoy!



1. Misery by Maroon 5 - Ivana





I chose this song because it talks about how they are in misery and Maria seems to be in misery a lot (Farmer 109, 110, 163, 164). The song says, "Why do you do what you do to me?" and "I am in misery and there ain't nobody who can comfort me".


2. Just Give Me A Reason by P!NK - Darren




I chose this song because Maria feels that Matt does not have a good enough reason to talk to her. She needed a reason to let Matt talk to her and on several occasions maria will ignore Matt. (farmer chapter 12) Then Maria was tricked into talking with Matt at the hospital.In the song they (pink and fun) talk about learning to love again.

3. Far Away by Nickelback - Omar


I picked this song because this song relates to Matt and Maria being far away from each other especially in the song when they said “Too long Too late Who Was I To Make You Wait” when they say this I can relate that to when Matt tries to talk to Maria but Maria keeps ignoring Matt but in the end Maria forgives Matt.

4. When I Was Your Man by Bruno Mars - Brianna



I chose this song because when Maria found out the truth about Furball (Farmer 163) she realizes that she was wrong about Matt. I think that she felt a bit depressed and realized that she should have appreciated Matt a bit more when she had the chance.

5. I Knew You Were Trouble by Taylor Swift - Ivana


I chose this song Maria is told that Matt is trouble (Farmer 27) but she still is a friend to Matt, but she still gets hurt in many cases (Most cases are because of Tom but is blamed on Matt).

6. Even If It Breaks Your Heart by Eli Young Band - Darren

I chose this song because Maria knew that it would break Matt's heart even if she were to stop talking to him and ignore him. But she still did it even if it were to Break his heart. This song is very sad and emotional just like Maria.


7. Ice by Lights - Ivana








I chose this song it talks about how she just wants to see some emotion and something nice from the other person but all she feels is cold, like when Matt made Maria kiss him on page 109-110, she was made and felt as if Matt was really mean and cold.

8. Here Without You by Doors Down - Omar


I chose this song because Matt and Maria miss each other and are waiting for both of their arrivals to come, “Maria threw her arms around him and gave him a big kiss then said that she missed him.” (Farmer 155) They love each other and they care for each other, and this song expresses the songs says that “all the miles they separate” that means that they separated for a long time and barely saw each other much.

9. Fool That I Am by Adele - Brianna


I chose this song because it’s about being a fool for falling in love. I think that Maria feels that way about Matt. She began to fall in love with him shortly after she meets him. It goes on and off after that, but she especially didn’t like Matt when all evidence pointed to him. When he was thought to have been murdered by Matt, she avoided him. I think she would be feeling like a fool in this situation for falling for him earlier on in life.

There is no link to the song from this photo. Adele didn't officially upload it on YouTube so there is no way to share it. Sorry for any inconvenience.

10. Part of Me by Katy Perry - Ivana



I chose this song because in the book when “Matt” upset her she walks away and avoids him at all costs, just as the song says “Days like this I want to drive away, pack my bags and watch your shadow fade. Although she can’t leave on her own but  she wants to when she doesn’t want to see Matt.

I hope you enjoyed listening to our character playlist for Maria from The House of the Scorpion by Nancy Farmer. Happy reading!

P.S. We do not own ANY of the photos in this post. Below is where we have gotten these photos.
http://apaixonada162008.blogspot.ca/2010/07/far-away.html - Far Away


Wednesday, 24 April 2013

Round Table Discussion #4: Character Playlist

Hey guys this is our fourth roundtable were we are deciding on which character we are going to use for our character playlist.

Tuesday, 23 April 2013

Round Table Discussion #3: Middle Ages

Hello everybody here is our round table discussion #3. Hope you guys like it, we will try to cut down the time a lot