Monday, January 25, 2016

Journal 3- Charles White

My reading so far is not very good. I can not seem to get into the book A Long Way Gone at all. I have done active reading but I think that stopping and highlighting or underlining just gets my attention away from the reading and it is harder for me to get reading it again. With the book The House on Mango Street, I am following that one a lot better. I don't know if it because of the shorter chapters or the different style that the author used, but I seem to be able to follow it better. My active reading has been a struggle like I said earlier. I find it hard to stop reading and highlight or underline different things then start reading again.

I chose to do Chapter 7 in A Long Way Gone. The title I chose was "Survival".  A nutshell for this chapter is, When the rebels attacked he had to fear for his own life. He lost his brother and most of his village. He is walking on his own now in the jungle with barely and food or water. When he finally found people they did not trust him at all and he felt rejected because he was only 12, yet no one trusted him.

Vocabulary I chose was Verandah which is a noun and is by definition "A roofed platform along the outside of a house, level with the ground floor".

The theme or challenge in this chapter I thought was survival. Ishmael had to think about his life before anyone else and he ended up having to leave his village quickly so he didn't get hurt. When he left the village and was on his own no one trusted him, he is a 12 year-old boy and no one trust him because of where he lives.


  1. Your title for this chapter fits in well with survival, Thanks for the word though.

  2. It took me a while to find think of a title for it, I thought it was the right choice.


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