2012 Looking For Alaska



Looking for Alaska-John Green By Lam0003msc

Discussion Director:
Come up with five open-ended questions about the section of text you have just read. Pp. 1-60
1. How did you feel when Alaska made eyes on Pudge?
2. What were you thinking when you read Pudge was going to boarding school?
3. What do you think the characters were thinking when they were smoking?
4. How did you feel when Pudge was thrown in the lake?
5. What do you think might happen next?

Connector:
In four sentences that use connecting words, explain connections that you can see between the section of text you have just read and the real world. Pp. 60-83

The text I just read was about Pudge going on a three way date with a girl he just met. Pudge got hit with a ball and was given a concussion. He threw up on his date and went to hospital. I can relate to this text because I’ve watched a lot of movies where this situation has occurred.


Artist
Choose five events that take place, in the section of text you have just read, that you think could be illustrated in some way. List your choices in chronological order. Pp. 101- 125
1. First day of vacation, Alaska and Pudge stayed at school.
2. Pudge and Alaska went looking through people’s rooms.
3. They watched porn together.

4. Alaska and Pudge went to the colonel’s house for Thanksgiving.

5. They all planned a pre-prank.
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Literary Luminary
Select three special passages from this section of your reading. Record five words from your selected passages and look up and write down their definitions. Pp. 13- 268
Passage 1: Pg- 13 from one hundred and twenty-eight days before to the end of page 13.
Passage 2: Pg- 71 from ninety-nine days before to the last line.
Passage 3: Pg- 124 from three days before to page 136.
Passage 4: Pg- 268 the whole page.
I chose these passages because I needed to find interesting words so I chose passages that had challenging words to put in this section.

[[#|Word]] list: (Source- www.google.com)
Simultaneously- Happening, existing or done at the same time.
Philosophical- Of or relating to the study of the major nature of knowledge, reality, and existence.
Dilapidated- A building or object in a state of disrepair or ruin as a result of age or neglect.
Pun- Blessed are they who die in the Lord and blessed are they who die wearing a cloak.
Authoritative- Able to be trusted as being accurate or true.

Review- Looking for Alaska- John Green 5/5

This book is about a teenager named Miles Halter looking for a Great Perhaps in his life. Miles never really fit in with the rest of his home town. Miles has two loving parents who support and love him but he is missing something deep inside. He heads off to a boarding school called Culver Creek to fulfil his desire for a new beginning. Miles meets his roommate Chip Martin (The Colonel) and gets the nickname Pudge because Miles is lanky and tall. Pudge meets a beautiful girl named Alaska, Pudge falls in love with her straight away. The Colonel and Takumi most likely have a crush on Alaska too. Alaska has a boyfriend but can't help herself and in the middle of the story ends up kissing Pudge. Alaska has a bad past and dark secrets that changes her moods considerably. Alaska has big mood swings that confuse Pudge. Pudge gets caught up in bad things. Pudge starts to drink alcohol, smoking and doing things that could get you kicked out of school. The three friends become really close and Pudge is introduced to Takumi, the Colonel and Alaska's friend. They become good friends and get up to no good together. There is a major twist in the middle of the story I wasn't expecting. I loved the end part of the book where Pudge writes about his Great Perhaps, it's really heartfelt and meaningful. I didn't really like the twist because it is really sad but it gives a really good ending which made up for it. I would recommend this book to teenagers and young adults because it relates to young people. It has bad influences in the book that I hope doesn't make people do silly things. I really enjoyed this book because it is written from a teenager's view.

By Lam0003msc

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Wordle- Looking for Alaska, John Green, Lam0003msc
Wordle: Looking for Alaska- John Green
Glossary-
Culmination- To reach the highest point or climax ‘the argument culmination into a fight’
Aglow- Glowing
Manifestations- The act of manifesting. A sign or indication ‘his house is a manifestation of his wealth.
Labyrinth- A maze
Enunciation- The speech regarded from the point of view of its intelligibility to the audience.
Simultaneously- Happening, existing or done at the same time.
Philosophical- Of or relating to the study of the major nature of knowledge, reality, and existence.
Dilapidated- A building or object in a state of disrepair or ruin as a result of age or neglect.
Pun- Blessed are they who die in the Lord and blessed are they who die wearing a cloak.
Authoritative- Able to be trusted as being accurate or true.

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John Green- Biography- By Lam0003msc
John Michael Green is the author of Looking for Alaska. He is an American author of young adult fiction and a YouTube vlogger. He is also on the list of the number one bestselling authors in New York. John was born on the 24th of August 1977 and grew up in Orlando, Florida. John attended a boarding school and graduated from Kenyon College in 2000. He took with him a double major in English and Religious Studies. John’s first book was Looking for Alaska and was inspired by his time at boarding school.
When John left high school he spent five months working as a student priest in a children’s hospital. He was also enrolled at a university in Chicago. John was working with children with life threatening diseases and was inspired to write The Fault in Our Stars. John has written several books including Looking for Alaska, An Abundance of Katherines, Paper Towns and The Fault in Our Stars.
John worked as a publishing assistant and production editor while living in Chicago for a couple of years. John spent his time reviewing hundreds of books particularly literary fiction. John is married to Sarah Urist Green and lived for two years in New York with her. John and Sarah had a child named Henry. The family now live in Indianapolis Indiana, USA with their dog a West Highland Terrier named Willy. John spends his time making videos about his life and books then uploads them on YouTube.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Green_(author)
http://johngreenbooks.com/bio-contact/


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Text Response Essay- Looking for Alaska, John Green, Lam0003msc



Looking For Alaska


By ram0005

Discussion Director: -
Come up with 5 open-ended questions about the section of text you have just read. Pp: 54-88

  1. Who flooded Alaska’s room and why?The Weekday Warriors flooded Alaska’s room because they believed she was the reason that one of their friends was expelled from school.
  2. Why did Alaska and the Colonel take the whole blame when they got caught by the Eagle?Alaska and the Colonel took the blame when a group of the characters got caught smoking because they knew that they wouldn’t get expelled.
  3. Why do you think the Colonel told the Beast that Takumi was with the Beast’s mother?I believe that the Colonel said things about the Beast’s mum to get under his skin. The Colonel was only trying to maintain his streak of getting kicked out at basketball games, and that was his way to do so.
  4. Alaska says she smokes to die. Why do you believe she said that?I believe that Alaska said this because she had been hurt deeply at a young age with the death of her mother. I also think that knowing she could have done something to help her mum, only makes it harder for her to feel happy within her own life.
  5. Why did Alaska become anti-social when the rain started?Alaska became antisocial once the rain started because of things that had happened in her past. It didn’t talk very much about it in the book as to why she wasn’t being social.
Questions answered by COR0082

Connector:
4 sentences that use connecting words, explain connections that you can see between the section of text you have just read and the real world.Pp: 190-210
  1. The in book, Miles smokes and started smoking in school with his friends. A friend of mine smokes and started smoking because of their friends.
  2. In ‘Looking for Alaska’, Alaska died and my grandmother passed in the middle of this year.
  3. Last year, Mooroopna and the towns around it were flooded because of the heavy rain. This was similar to what happened in the book where it rain for days without stopping and Alaska’s room was flooded.
  4. In the book, there are a lot of pranks pulled just like in the movie ‘Home Alone.’


Artist:
Choose 5 events that take place, in the sections of the text you have just read, that you think could be illustrated in some way.
Pp: 1-54
  1. Miles’ parents organized a going away party for Miles because he was leaving for boarding school.
  2. Miles had his first smoke.
  3. Miles got tapped up and thrown into water –he almost drowned.
  4. Miles’ friend, Alaska got herself kicked out of class with Miles. Miles got kicked out of class because he was staring out the window instead of listening to the teacher.
  5. Alaska glared at the Colonel for not getting kicked out along with herself and Miles.


Literary Luminary:
Select at 3 special passages from this section of your reading.
Pp: 124-161
Passage 1: Pp: 160-161, from 6th paragraph to the end of page 161.
I like this part of the book because it shows the trust shown between the three main characters –Alaska says she needs to leave and Miles and the Colonel and they don’t care whether they get in trouble for helping her leave –they just do it. Passage 2: Pp: 127-129, from the second paragraph to the end of page 129.
I like this part of the book because it is humorous and interesting to see how the group’s prank would work out. I also liked how Takumi wears his ‘fox hat’ because ‘no-one can catch the fox.
’Passage 3: Pp: 130-131, from 3rd paragraph to the end of the first paragraph on page 131.
I like this small part of the book because it very funny because Miles gets bitten by a swan. Capture.PNG

Word List:
Synchronicity:-The simultaneous occurrence of events appear significantly related but have no discernible causal connection.
Retaliatory: - Relating to or having the nature of retribution.
Adorned:-Make more beautiful or attractive.
Haphazard:-Lacking any obvious principle of organization.
Wading:-Walk through water or a liquid or soft substance.

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Review;
Looking for Alaska is a book written by John Green from the point of view from Miles Halter. Miles is a young man that decides to leave his home-town of Florida for a boarding school in Birmingham, Alabama –seeking his ‘great perhaps.’ The first person Miles meets at Culver Creek Preparatory School is Chip Martin –his new roommate, with a very different view of the world to Miles. Miles is quickly told to call Chip the Colonel instead of Chip and is in return nicknamed Pudge –a joke considering is extremely skinny stature. The Colonel then takes Pudge to meet another interesting character by the name of Alaska Young –a captivating young female who quickly captures Pudge’s heart.
What I liked most about ‘Looking for Alaska’ is the way John wrote Alaska and Miles’ relationship –it’s like fire and ice. One moment, Alaska is Miles’ best friend and they get so close to each other and then the next moment she acts if she barely knows him.

Alaska’s character itself is very fascinating and mysterious –and because of this is why the end of the book is such a quizzical thing. Alaska is such a huge part of the book and between her friends –she’s the glue that holds them together, though they hardly really know who Alaska is.

The concept of the labyrinth is another thing I really enjoyed about the book –and how once it’s said it isn’t forgotten. It keeps coming up and coming up –everything in the ‘After’ section of the book is connected to the labyrinth.

One thing I detested about ‘Looking for Alaska’ is that John hardly describes his characters. You come to know their personalities rather well, but you barely know any other their physical traits. I enjoy it when writers describe what their characters look like –as if they’re friends and he’s just saying what he is seeing in a photograph.

Over all, I enjoyed this book and would recommend people to read it.


John Green Biography

John Green was born on the 24th of August 1977 in Indianapolis, Indiana, USA. He is an American author of young adult fiction and is a bestselling author on the New York Times Bestseller list. John grew up in Orlando, Florida and attended Indian Springs School –a boarding & day school outside of Birmingham, Alabama. He graduated from Kenyon College with a double major in English and Religious Studies in 2000. John’s first book ‘Looking For Alaska’ was largely inspired by the time he spent at Indian Springs School while his second book ‘The Fault in Our Stars’ was inspired by the time John spent as student in a children’s hospital. John was a student at the children’s hospital for five months and afterwards he lived in Chicago for seven years where he spent most of his time reviewing hundreds of books for the book review journal Booklist. John lived in New York for two years while his wife attended graduate school –the two now have a child together, Henry Green.



‘Looking For Alaska’ written by John GreenBy COR0082

Discussion Director:
Come up with 5 open-ended questions about a section of the text you have just read.
Pages 1-63
  1. How do you think Miles (nicknamed Pudge) felt about going to boarding school?
    I think that Miles was feeling in need to seek something more in his life.
  2. Why do you think Miles memorises people’s last words?
    I think Miles memorised people's last words words because he finds them interesting.
  3. Why do you think Miles gives into peer pressure and smokes?
    I think Miles was thinking that why not smoke and he did it.
  4. Why do you think the Colonel continues to date Sara even though they don’t get along?
    The Colonel lost his virginity to Sara that's why they stayed together.
  5. Why do you think the Colonel continues to get in trouble at basketball games, other than to maintain his streak of getting kicked out of the stadium?
    I think The Colonel did it for fun.
Questions above answered by Lam0003

Connector:
In 4 sentences that use connecting words, explain connections that you can see between the section of text you have just read and the real world:
Text to Text- Another book you’ve read or a text by the same author.
Text to Self- A similar event or experience in your life.
Text to World- A time, place, person, problem or something that has happened at school or home.
Pages 105-135
During the section of text I just read, the Colonel and Alaska organised a ‘pre-prank’ -a prank to confuse people before they create a large prank- which Pudge, Lara and Takumi took part in. The pre-prank involved; firecrackers, blue hair dye and fake letters to be sent to students parents.
I can relate to this because it connects with other books I have read where they have pulled pranks. Although, in the other books I have read the characters didn’t put as much thought into the pranks as they do in ‘Looking For Alaska.’

Artist:
Choose 5 events that take place in the section of text you have just read, that you think could be illustrated in some way. List your choices in chronological order.
Pages 63-88
  1. Alaska organises a day to study at McDonald’s where Pudge meets Lara.
  2. Trying to get Pudge a girlfriend Alaska organises a group date to the school basketball game; Alaska going with her boyfriend Jake, the Colonel and Sara, Takumi alone and Lara as Pudge’s date.
  3. At the basketball game one of the players on the opposing school’s team hit Pudge in the head with a basketball after the Colonel was saying rude remarks.
  4. Pudge got a concussion from the ball resulting in him vomiting on Lara.
  5. The Colonel and Sara break up.
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Literary Luminary
Select at least 3 passages from a section of your reading. You might select a passage because it is; humorous, well written, important, surprising, thought-provoking, informative, confusing, controversial or other.
Pages 224-263
Passage 1: Pages 224-225 from Thirty-seven Days After to Forty-five Days After.
I chose this section of the text because it was the first time Pudge had talked to Lara after avoiding her for a long time since Alaska’s death.
Passage 2: Pages 237-238 from Sixty-nine Days After to Eighty-three Days After.
I thought this piece of the book was important because during this time the Colonel and Pudge decided to do a memorial prank for Alaska. To make the prank truly for her, the plan was to use a prank Alaska had come up with. She was saving it for their last year of school to be their senior prank which she had named ‘Subverting the Patriarchal Paradigm.’
Passage 3: Pages 242-249 from One Hundred and Two Days After to One Hundred and Fourteen Days After.
This section of text was the day of the memorial prank. It was both well written and funny.
Passage 4: Pages 257-263 from One Hundred and Thirty-six Days After to The End.
I chose this section of the book because it sums up the whole story. I liked that it leaves you with a few questions such as; ‘Was Alaska’s death suicide or an accident?’ and ‘Was Alaska on her way to her Mum’s grave?’

Record 5 words from your selected passages and look up and write down their definitions.
Simultaneously-
Occurring or operating at the same time.
Culmination-
To reach the highest or final point- ‘the argument culminated into a fight.’
Aglow-
Glowing.
Manifestations-
1) The act of manifesting (manifest- clear or obvious to the eye or mind).
2) A sign or indication- ‘his house is a manifestation of his wealth.’
Labyrinth-
1) Complicated network of passages. E.g. A maze.
2) Any confusing entanglement of things or events.

Meanings taken from- The Australian Pocket Oxford Dictionary: Fourth Edition.


Book Review- 'Looking For Alaska' written by John Green. By COR0082
‘Looking For Alaska’ is a story written by John Green from the point of view of Miles Halter.
At the start of the book Miles is getting ready to make a change in his life; move to boarding school and look for the “Great Perhaps.”
The first student Miles meets is his roommate Chip Martin. One of the first things Miles notices about Chip is that he smells of stale cigarette smoke. Chip gives Miles the nickname of Pudge because it was ironic as Miles was very skinny. Chip also informed Miles that he must not call him Chip, instead call him the Colonel.
During his first day at the school the Colonel took Pudge to meet Alaska. She was a good friend of the Colonel’s and Pudge was very impressed by her.
Pudge straight away noticed that she was not only beautiful, but hot too and instantly fell in love with her.
John Green has written his descriptions of Alaska very well in that, he hasn’t talked much about how she looks leaving you thinking of the effect she has on people. This also allows the readers to imagine the characters appearance, but if this book was ever made into a movie, readers may be disappointed that the characters don’t match what they imagined.
The Colonel and Alaska introduce Pudge to a world of friends, pranks, fun, girls and risk-taking.
Personally I thought the book was very interesting but at times confusing. I liked that the book had a major unexpected twist and many unanswered questions that you continued to ponder on. The way in which John wrote it, left me wanting to know what happens next, what do the characters do with their lives, what really happened in the final sections of the book?
The book is written for young adults and I wouldn’t recommend children reading it due to some of the interesting things the characters take part in.
Over all I think that ‘Looking for Alaska’ was a very good book and would be highly enjoyed by other teenagers and I would rate it five out of five.

Character Analysis- 'Looking For Alaska' written by John Greeen. By COR0082



Trivia Quiz- 'Looking For Alaska' written by John Green. By COR0082
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Wordle- 'Looking For Alaska' written by John Green. By COR0082
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Monotone- a series of sounds in the same tone or pitch. A lack of variety in sound, style, etc.
Encroached- to introduce or go beyond set limits.
Engulf- to swallow or surround completely.
Cacophonous- having a harsh, discordant sound.
Acquiring- to get or obtain.
Philosophical- of or relating to philosophy. Calm and rational.
Objectification- to disapprove of, dislike, feel or argue against.
Absentmindedly- vague or forgetful.
Asphyxiating- to produce difficulty in breathing.
Labyrinth- any confusing entanglement of things or events.
Extolled- to praise highly.

Meanings from: Heinemann Australian Dictionary.

My Interpretations- ‘Looking For Alaska’ written by John Green. By COR0082
These are the three setting in the book that I thought to be the most improtant. They were also the places where most of the book was written in.

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This is how I thought of what was mentioned in the book as ‘The Smoking Hole’. From the book I knew that it was by the water, had three chairs and was blocked off so teachers couldn’t see them. Although it was never mentioned in the book, I always thought of the smoking hole being something that only the Colonel, Alaska, Takumi and Pudge knew about. The three chairs were there for Takumi, Alaska and the Colonel but even after Pudge arrived at the school I never imagined a fourth chair.

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This is how I assumed room 43 –the Colonel and Pudge’s room- would be set out. I hadn’t imagined it to be overly crowded, and had thought of the couch and television being the most important part of the room. In my mind I pictured the bathroom door being opposite the bed and the desk to the right hand side when you walked in the room. In the book it talked about the draws where Pudge kept his clothes but it mostly wasn’t in my view of the room. As I read about them, the draws would appear in my mind sitting in the same spot as the desk, but once they were no longer being mentioned, the desk would reappear. Like the draws, the Colonel’s gaming consoles didn’t get much thought other than when it was stated on the page that the console was being used.

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For me Alaska’s room was the one setting that wasn’t clear in my mind and always changed. Inside my imagination there was no bathroom linked to Alaska’s room, there was also no cupboard or draws and a lot of the time the bed wasn’t featured either. Her room always had a large space cleared on the floor, and there were books all around the room. The window didn’t appear until the Weekday Warriors flooded Alaska’s room with the water pipe outside her window.

Text Response Essay- 'Looking For Alaska' written by John Green. By COR0082


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