Project Discussion Board
RE: Chapter Four
Posted by: KelleyG
When: 4/14/2004 12:48:28 AM
My role for this chapter was the Passage Master. On page 42, Violet thanks Justice Strauss for helping the children shop for the items for Count Olaf’s dinner, and says, “I don’t know what we would have done without you” (Snicket). I chose this passage for a couple of reasons. First, I think that as a reader you begin to see the important role that Justice Strauss might play throughout the rest of the book. It seems that Violet is expressing some relief for meeting Justice Strauss and how much this woman already means to her. Second, I think that this is the first of several times that Justice Strauss is going to help the children. On page 44, Justice Strauss tells the three children that they are always welcome in her home. I chose this passage because of its meaning. The passage can mean different things, which ultimately allows the reader to predict what could happen later in the story. First, I think that the children will take every opportunity to go to Justice Strauss’ house to get away from Count Olaf. The children appear to be comfortable and happy in her home. Second, this could potentially be a bad thing that she welcomes them into her home. Count Olaf might find out and do something terrible to the children or to Justice Strauss for being so nice to the children. This statement could mean numerous things and would be great to use for the comprehension strategy of predicting. On page 46 and 47, the author uses a vivid description of the way Count Olaf picked up Sunny. As the reader, I imagined that scene in my head. I chose this passage because of the description, and as a future teacher, I would use the comprehension strategies of prediction and imaging for this passage. The children could imagine this scene and respond to it through an illustration. Also, the students could predict what other kinds of things Count Olaf could do just by the way he picked up Sunny and his reaction to Klaus. On page 54, one of Count Olaf’s friends says that Count Olaf will find a way to get the children’s inheritance, and Count Olaf responds with “we’ll see.” I chose this passage because I feel that it is foreshadowing events that could happen later in the story. Also, I picked it because of the way Lemony Snicket described Count Olaf’s response when his friend said that he will get the children’s money. Count Olaf’s “eyes were shining bright” (Snicket). As a reader, I imagined the look on Count Olaf’s face and the look in his eyes. It reminds me of the Grinch in How the Grinch Stole Christmas. In addition, this passage seems to open a gateway for the rest of the book by saying that Count Olaf already appeared to have an idea for how to get the money. The plan to get the money seems to be the main idea in this book, and I think that students would see this as well. In response to: Please describe your thoughts on this chapter from your literature circle role perspective.
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