Monday, November 19, 2012

The Golden Compass, Part III: Svalbard

German Book Cover
Vocabulary: Find and record 3 unfamiliar or interesting English language vocabulary words.  Record the word, definition, and the page number on which it was found.

Reflection: What did you think of the last third of the book?  What did you think of the ending?  What do you now think of the book as a whole?  Are you interested in reading Book II of the series, The Subtle Knife?

Analysis:  What was Lord Asriel trying to accomplish at the end of the book?  Why do you think he was trying to do this?  Was he successful?  Why were Lyra and Pan trying to stop it?  What happened to Roger?

Due Wednesday, November 28.

Thursday, November 15, 2012

The Golden Compass, Part II: Bolvangar

Hebrew Book Cover
Read Part II only.  Do not read ahead!

Vocabulary: Record the definitions of 3 English Language words which were unfamiliar to you.  Record the page number on which you found each word.

Reflection: What did you think of Part II?  How does it compare to Part I?  What is your opinion of Lyra?  What is your favorite part of the book so far?

Due Tuesday, November 20th.

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

The Golden Compass, Part I: Oxford

Read Part I: Oxford by Tuesday, November 13.  DO NOT READ PART 2!!!

Please type or print neatly on a separate sheet of paper.  Due Tuesday, November 13.

Vocabulary: Philip Pullman uses a rich vocabulary.  Record 3 interesting words which are English language words but are not commonly used words.  Record the page number on which you find the word.  Look up the word in a dictionary and record its definition.  Many words have multiple definitions.  Record the definition which best matches the usage used by Pullman.  Note: Pullman uses some words, like daemon, in a context new to the world he has created.  Do not use these words.

Reflection:  Give Part I a score out of 10 (10 being the highest).  Explain in at least one complete paragraph why you gave the book the score which you did.  Explain what worked and/or didn’t work in the book.  Refer to a specific passage from the book to illustrate your point (Do not quote the book—paraphrase what happens in a particular passage).  Be specific and descriptive when explaining why you liked or didn’t like the book.

Friday, November 2, 2012

Sounders Day!

Today was Sounders Day at NOVA.  Teachers and Students wore Sounders jerseys, shirts, and scarves in anticipation of tonight's match.  It was an exciting match.  The Sounders played much more aggessively than Real Salt Lake, but could not quite get the ball to find the back of the net.  The play of the goalkeepers--Michael Gspurning for your Seattle Sounders and Nick Rimando for Real Salt Lake--was outstanding.  The match ended in a 0-0 draw.  Leg 2 of the playoff will take place next Thursday at 6:30 in Salt Lake.  Go Sounders!

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Sounders Day Tomorrow

Tomorrow is Sounders Day at NOVA.  All NOVA students and staff are encouraged to wear their Sounders gear.  Students should meet in Room 4 at Break for our group photo.  Friday night the Sounders take on Real Salt Lake in Game 1 of a 2-game aggregate playoff.