Well, summer is quickly coming to an end. So, too, is my binge reading. I have enjoyed it whole-heartedly, and I will miss it dearly. My schedule will get crazy once school starts, so I don't sadly anticipate having much time for enjoyment reading.
I loved all the examples taken directly from successful TED talks. This is definitely a book I will be incorporating into my honors class and into my own presentation opportunities.
I am going to confess something to you: I went to Sparknotes to get a summary of the rest of the book. I'M SORRY! Actually, I went with the intent of reading the basic summary and then going back to the book to finish it, but I was horrified to hear how the book ended. It turned me off to reading the rest of it, so I determined that I was already satisfied with what I had read and I had no desire to continue. You may think that makes me a lazy reader (maybe it does), but I believe it's just part of my reading process. Anyway, those are my feelings about George Orwell's 1984.
FYI: Jeff Anderson is also a fabulous speaker. If you have the chance to see him present, don't miss out! I've seen him present twice.
At 16 years of age, the book's main character, Hiram, returns to Greenwood, Mississippi to visit his aging grandfather. Hiram tries to reconcile his beloved (albeit naive) memories of his childhood in Mississippi with the senseless hatred and violence towards Negros that he now notices on his return. He battles with the choices between defending what he knows is right or going along with what is popular and supported by his grandfather and the white community.
This book was an easy read, but it gave you a little glimpse into an important event of the civil rights movement. I would recommend this book to teens who want to learn about the battle for civil rights in the South. It gave some simple yet important insights into varying beliefs and arguments people had about segregation.
And thus ends my summer vacation. School starts again this week and I know I will have a limited time for enjoyment reading. Still, I want to try and finish at least 1 book a month and report on it (to my blog and to my students).
Andrew and Maichael
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