Tuesday, 14 March 2017

This Took Forever... | Litspiration Challenge #3

Powerpoint, infographic, posters and essays are common ways to convey information, however for this project we’re thinking out of the box. We have made a theme statement for the book House of the Scorpion based off of evidence presented by Nancy Farmer; “All people deserve equity regardless of things beyond their control.” Several pieces of evidence have arisen through the book. An example is how people use “eejit” as insult and how clones are looked down apon is evidence of this theme statement. So with that in mind, have a look!


In this video, we have shown how some people are treated differently, but should be treated the same way as everyone else. Objectification is a common problem, but this takes inequity and inequality to another level. Through “The House of the Scorpion” judgment is made without reason and unequality is without basis. You may notice that the blue person is being treated differently. At the start of the film, we have all normal, dull people walking around. In the background we have quotes about how people treated Matt (The blue person) when he wasn't around. We chose to do this to show how different people are treated and thought about even when they're not around. Next, the blue person walks in. In the background of this scene, the quotes are like the other scene, showing that the inequity follows people everywhere.


However, things starts to shift once the different, blue person starts to show who they are as a person. They are helpful and kind, helping up another person, despite how the other person had treated him in the past. His actions really deeply affect the other character. To show this, that other person changes colour a bit. Now they are significantly stronger as two, just as Maria and Matt work well together in “The House of the Scorpion”.  Together, they tell the others off and enforce their own perspective.

Friday, 10 March 2017

AHHHHH CHILD LABOR | Harkness Discussion #6

We're almost done the book, The House of The Scorpion and the protagonist, Matt was in an orphanage. This orphanage used all the children to work in the agriculture industry. This is child labour. Not only did the children have to work long hours with poor food, they where told that it was okay, brainwashed to follow mantras. Additionally, the punishments where unspeakable. None of these things comply with the rights of a child.


Thursday, 2 March 2017

Connecting with Scorpions | Harkness Discussion #4

The fourth Harkness Discussion had us recalling pages and predicting the future of Matt again and again. Such as all discussions there were those who were less talkative and those who were more. The level at which those who were less talkative was not bad. Everyone contributed almost equally and there was no need to support anyone. All discussions also have their best moments too. Our's was from 3:15- 4:15. The reason this was our best point of discussion was because we used evidence from  the novel to question the morality of characters and their decision making. The goal which I would set for the next discussion is to take more turns and have the moderator ensure everyone has their time to speak.

Wednesday, 1 March 2017

Super Celia!!! | Litspiration Challenge #2





Celia is an incredibly important character in The House of the Scorpion. She cares so much for Matt. Everything that she does, she does with the goodness of her heart. Unfortunately for her, she has had a difficult past. This post represents her life story, as she told Matt. There is a chapter entitled: Celia’s Story.  There are a couple pages with her explaining her background and how she went from being a slave on an assembly line to being a servant for El Patron.  Here’s the first bit:


"When I was a young girl, I lived in Aztl├ín. I worked in a factory. All day I sat on an assembly line and put tiny squares into tiny holes with a pair of tweezers. I thought I'd go blind! We lived in a big gray building with windows so small, you couldn't put your head outside. That was to keep the girls from running away. At night, we climbed to the roof and looked north across the border…. (there’s more but it’s like 7 paragraphs long.) Page 141

With this knowledge and everything we already know about her personality, we know that Celia is a round character.


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Celia got the junior cook to do her cooking so she and Matt go spend time together. This represents Celia’s loving personality and loyalty through her speech. “‘Finish the soup for me, would you?’ she told a junior cook. She took Matt’s hand and said, ‘Let's take the afternoon off, chico. The Alacrans can eat shoes for their dinner for all I care’”(p 122). Unfortunately, the junior cook isn’t great.

Another part of her speech that represents her personality is this: “Maybe you wouldn't get into so much trouble if people explained things to you.’ she said with a sigh. ‘I didn’t poison furball.’ ‘You didn’t mean to, darling. I know your heart is good.’” (p. 140). These quotes represent action and speech.

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(Blocked Tom)
By blocking Tom we’re demonstrating Celia’s loyalty and love to Matt. From p.5 when Celia was introduced to Matt to when she saw him through the prison bars, Celia has been on Matt’s side.  “‘Tom is Benito times ten! He can melt anyone’s heart with those wide, innocent eyes. Everyone falls for it, but not me. He gave Maria a bottle of lemon soda today. ‘It’s the last one,’ He said, ‘It’s really cold and I saved it especially for you,’ he said. Do you know what was in it?’ ‘No’ said Matt, wriggling with anticipation, ‘Pee! Can you believe it?’” (p 13)  Through the course of the story, Celia is unwavering in her support for Matt and dislike of Tom. She doesn’t really change throughout the story. Thus, she is a static character.
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By creating a cooking blog we demonstrate Celia’s actions as her role as a chef at the Big House. Cooking is a part of Celia’s life and an important part of her character. Through the story there have been multiple occurrences of Celia’s cooking such as  “Even when she was asleep-and she fell asleep after long hours of cooking at the Big House” p. 6 or “Matt helped himself to Sushi, tamales, pakoras, blintzes-whatever the people in the Big House were eating.”

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We posted supportive comments towards the people who Celia thinks is ‘good’. This shows Celia’s effect on others. She is ever the calm and encouraging presence that can help any of the characters. “Don’t cry, mi Vida. I love you more than anything in the world” -p. 6 or “‘I love you, Celia.’ Matt said impulsively, putting his arms around her. ‘And I love you,’ she said softly, hugging him back. It felt so safe then. Matt wished he could hide in her apartment forever and forget about the Alacrans.” (p 143)

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This shows the people that Celia likes. Some of them include Matt, Maria and Tam lin. We also followed people or companies that Celia would of liked for example: Nutella, Gordon Ramsay and Jamie Oliver! As you can see, there Tom or Felicia aren't on here because they don’t like each other. This shows effect on others since some people like her because of her actions, and some people don’t. (Who like her, Who doesn't)


Some evidence about who she likes and who she dosen’t is here:
“‘I love you, Celia.’ Matt said impulsively, putting his arms around her. ‘And I love you,’ she said softly, hugging him back. It felt so safe then. Matt wished he could hide in her apartment forever and forget about the Alacrans.” (p 143)


‘Tom is Benito times ten! He can melt anyone’s heart with those wide, innocent eyes. Everyone falls for it, but not me. He gave Maria a bottle of lemon soda today. ‘It’s the last one,’ He said, ‘It’s really cold and I saved it especially for you,’ he said. Do you know what was in it?’ ‘No’ said Matt, wriggling with anticipation, ‘Pee! Can you believe it?’” (p 13)

Thoughts of others about Celia have quite a range. Felicia doesn’t particularly like her, as you can see here.  But Matt really loves her. Tom has no particular interest in Celia because his mother is Felica.. El Patron likes Celia enough. He lets her stay because of her skills. He also sets Matt in her charge. “He laughed and asked if I had any skills. From that moment on, I belonged to El Patron. He’ll never let me go.” (p 143)



To see Celia's Cooking Blog, press this link: hfopc2-celia.blogspot.ca






Thursday, 23 February 2017

"House of the Scorpion" Teenage Crisis! | Harkness Discussion #3

As we continue to read the House of the Scorpion, numerous new things have come up. The characters are getting more round and detailed. There are even more problems. The main character, Matt is a clone of a drug lord. People don't like him much and he's constantly shunned. We discussed our thoughts on the first 150 pages. 
The best part of this discussion occurred from 4-5 minutes. This is because we're talking about human nature. Human nature and clones, comparing and contrasting Matt and the drug lord, El Patron.

This group, you'll notice is very even, as the chart shows. Everyone talked an even amount so we didn't have much of a problem supporting quieter people.


It is very even, despite the more talkative people. Often, they held back a second in order to let someone else talk and give their thoughts.
This is a pretty successful strategy but you'll notice, there are still parts with people interrupting each other. To solve this problem, we need to take turns. Perhaps, we could have something that we pass around the circle to show who is talking at a given point.

Tuesday, 21 February 2017

The Land of the Rising Drug! | Litspiration Challenge #1

After reading 100 pages into this mesmerizing novel we attempt to represent the setting presented by Nancy Farmer and the landscape of Opium.

We found the Setting to drive the narrative, an example of this is when Matt was
in a Prison Cell when he gets out, the setting changes dramatically. As well as this,
this takes place in a Drug Lords territory that's just South of the US near the
Chiricahua Mountains. This presents problems of climate and other hardships that come with Geographic location.
We hope you enjoy!