Literature Circle Discussion 5

Coyle 1-5
Pitale 2-6
Discussion Director – Your job is to summarize your thoughts about the discussion. What went well? What needs to be improved? What will your group do to improve tomorrow? You will post these ideas here.

Summarizer – Your job is to prepare a brief summary of today’s reading and discussion. You will post your summaries here.
Vocabulary Enricher – Your job is to summarize your thoughts about the vocabulary words you selected. Which were the most important? Post the words, their definitions and why they were important to the discussion here.
Passage Master – Your job is to summarize your thoughts about the passages you shared during the discussion. Which was the most important one and why? Post the passage here and summarize the discussion it sparked.
Discussion Director – Your job is to summarize your thoughts about the discussion. What went well? What needs to be improved? What will your group do to improve tomorrow? You will post these ideas here.

Summarizer – Your job is to prepare a brief summary of today’s reading and discussion. You will post your summaries here.
Vocabulary Enricher – Your job is to summarize your thoughts about the vocabulary words you selected. Which were the most important? Post the words, their definitions and why they were important to the discussion here.
Passage Master – Your job is to summarize your thoughts about the passages you shared during the discussion. Which was the most important one and why? Post the passage here and summarize the discussion it sparked.
Coyle 2-8
Pitale 4-7
Discussion Director – Your job is to summarize your thoughts about the discussion. What went well? What needs to be improved? What will your group do to improve tomorrow? You will post these ideas here.

Summarizer – In this part of the story, Okonkwo is finishing his final year in exile, and he has a large feast with his motherland to thank them for caring for him during his exile. Upon return to his homeland , he expects a large celebration of his arrival, but finds that many people of Umuofia have converted to Christianity. The white missionary, Mr. Brown, comes to understand the culture of Umuofia, but when he falls ill and leaves another man takes his place. With the District Commissioner in charge of law many customs of Umuofia are being broken. Some violence erupts between the Christians and the people of Umuofia. Six village leaders are imprisoned by the white men and treated poorly, breaking the peoples spirit futher. Okonkwo is confronted by a court messenger and he kills the messenger with no hesitation. The white men then find Okonkwo dead by hanging himself.

Vocabulary Enricher
begotten - to recreate or generate
cassava - a starch from the roots... its served in tapioca
sharecroppers - a tenant farmer who gives a share of his crops to a landlord
buoyant - cheering or invigorating
akin - related by blood
sonorous - giving out or capable of giving out a sound (Ex. a loud, deep, resonant sound)

Passage Master – Your job is to summarize your thoughts about the passages you shared during the discussion. Which was the most important one and why? Post the passage here and summarize the discussion it sparked.
Discussion Director – Your job is to summarize your thoughts about the discussion. What went well? What needs to be improved? What will your group do to improve tomorrow? You will post these ideas here.

Summarizer – Your job is to prepare a brief summary of today’s reading and discussion. You will post your summaries here.
Vocabulary Enricher – Your job is to summarize your thoughts about the vocabulary words you selected. Which were the most important? Post the words, their definitions and why they were important to the discussion here.
Passage Master – Your job is to summarize your thoughts about the passages you shared during the discussion. Which was the most important one and why? Post the passage here and summarize the discussion it sparked.

Literature Circle Discussion 4

Coyle 1-5
Pitale 2-6

Discussion Director – Your job is to summarize your thoughts about the discussion. What went well? What needs to be improved? What will your group do to improve tomorrow? You will post these ideas here.

Summarizer – Your job is to prepare a brief summary of today’s reading and discussion. You will post your summaries here.
Vocabulary Enricher – Your job is to summarize your thoughts about the vocabulary words you selected. Which were the most important? Post the words, their definitions and why they were important to the discussion here.
Passage Master – Your job is to summarize your thoughts about the passages you shared during the discussion. Which was the most important one and why? Post the passage here and summarize the discussion it sparked.
Coyle 2-8
Pitale 4-7
Discussion Director –The discussion did go well, with the topics flowing together. For some questions we didn’t go as deep as I thought we could, so that is something we can work on. Tomorrow I think we should stay on track a bit more, and have everyone contribute. We had a lot of passages and vocab that were relevant to our question, so we didn't have many remaining items to discuss at the end. Overall, it was a very thought provoking discussion.
Summarizer – So far in the book, Ezeudu died, Ezeudu's son died at his funeral, Okonkwo has to move away, and missionaries come to convert people into Christians. Nwoye really likes this new religion and decides to convert. The village is basically outraged when people actually started joining the missionaries and decided to isolate the converts.Iloki then killed the sacred python and dies two days later.
Vocabulary Enricher – Your job is to summarize your thoughts about the vocabulary words you selected. Which were the most important? Post the words, their definitions and why they were important to the discussion here.
Passage Master – Passages from the book helped us to continue questions from the DD even further. For our group one passage helped us a lot. (p. 152) "Okonkwo let go of him, and Nwoye ran away and never returned. He went to the church to tell Mr. Kiaga that he had decided to go to Umuofia where the white missionary had set up a school to teach young christians to read and write" This passage led to much discussion about how this was a major choice for Nwoye to make, what with his father being a strong and traditional man who was well known in the clan. It led to deep discussion about how even though Okonkwo hates his father for who he was, his own son hates him for who he is. This was definitely a thought provoking passage.
Discussion Director – Your job is to summarize your thoughts about the discussion. What went well? What needs to be improved? What will your group do to improve tomorrow? You will post these ideas here.

Summarizer – Your job is to prepare a brief summary of today’s reading and discussion. You will post your summaries here.
Vocabulary Enricher – Your job is to summarize your thoughts about the vocabulary words you selected. Which were the most important? Post the words, their definitions and why they were important to the discussion here.
Passage Master – Your job is to summarize your thoughts about the passages you shared during the discussion. Which was the most important one and why? Post the passage here and summarize the discussion it sparked.

Literature Circle Discussion 3

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Coyle 1-5
Pitale 2-6
Discussion Director – Your job is to summarize your thoughts about the discussion. What went well? What needs to be improved? What will your group do to improve tomorrow? You will post these ideas here.

Summarizer

Vocabulary Enricher
I narrowed it down this time, and the words were good.
My words were:

1. Defiance – A daring or bold resistance to authority or to any opposing force.
2. Pandemonium – wild uproar.
3. Impenetrably – Inaccessible to ideas.
4. Voluble – Talkative.
5. Eloquent – Forceful speech
6. Benumbed – To make numb, especially by cold.

Passage Master
I think I still have to but more thought into the passages…They were ok.
The one I’m going to post is maybe a bit thought provoking, and it’s pretty well written…I guess

“She broke off because at that very moment a loud high-pitched voice broke the outer silence of the night. It was Chielo, the priestess of Agbala, prophesying. It was nothing new in that. Once in a while Chielo was possessed by the spirit of her god and she began to prophesy. But tonight she was addressing her prophecy and greetings to Okonkwo,
And so everyone in his family listened. The folk stories stopped.
“Agbala do-o-o-o! Agbala ekeneo-o-o-o-o,” came the voice like a sharp knife cutting through the night. “Okonkwo! Aagbala ekene gio-o-o-o! Agbala cholu ifu ada ya Ezinmao-o-o-o!”
At the mention of Ezinma’s name Ekwefi jerked her head sharply like an animal that had sniffed death in the air. Her heart jumped painfully within her.
Discussion Director – I thought the discussion went exeptionally well. We had a lot of deep conversations that led to more questions. WE had a very good method of piecing everything together. I think we could try talking more about different things instead of stayingon one topic for a very long time. I think that we could do more guessing what vocab means.

Summarizer – Your job is to prepare a brief summary of today’s reading and discussion. You will post your summaries here.
Vocabulary Enricher – Your job is to summarize your thoughts about the vocabulary words you selected. Which were the most important? Post the words, their definitions and why they were important to the discussion here.
Passage Master – Your job is to summarize your thoughts about the passages you shared during the discussion. Which was the most important one and why? Post the passage here and summarize the discussion it sparked.
Coyle 2-8
Pitale 4-7
Discussion Director – Your job is to summarize your thoughts about the discussion. What went well? What needs to be improved? What will your group do to improve tomorrow? You will post these ideas here.

Summarizer – The chapter opens with the trial between Uzowulu and his wife. The egwugwu spirits turn up, to judge the case. Once the judgment is decided on, they all disperse. Later on, that night, Chielo, the priestess of the oracle, comes to Okonkwo’s compound and carries Ezinma off. Ekwefi, frightened for her child, follows them throughout the whole of Umuofia in the midst of the darkness. They get back just before dawn, and the following day was the wedding of Obierika’s daughter. All the ladies go help cook, and that is when the cow escapes. After that, the suitor’s family comes, bringing with them pots of wine, and the merrymaking begins.

Vocabulary Enricher
Machete - A long and heacy knife used for warfare and clearin brush. This word was important because they use machetes very commonly in this story.
Eaves - The low overhanging edge of a roof. This helped us to know what the huts were like in this village.
Voluble - To br happy and talkative. This helped our group to understand a folk story that was told in Umuofia.

Passage Master – “Go to your inlaws with a pot of wine and beg your wife to return to you. It is not bravery when a man fights with a woman” - pg 93
---I think that it is so incredible that you can buy your wife back for a pot of wine, and he nearly killed her, and he did kill the unborn baby. Nowadays, someone would have gone to jail because of that. That paragraph shows how man dominant the village was. Men were everything. They had so much more right than woman. I don’t doubt that the wife would have been looked down on if she didn’t go back after her husband came to bed her back with a pot of wine. It really made me think how different our culture is to theirs.
Discussion Director – Your job is to summarize your thoughts about the discussion. What went well? What needs to be improved? What will your group do to improve tomorrow? You will post these ideas here.

Summarizer – Your job is to prepare a brief summary of today’s reading and discussion. You will post your summaries here.
Vocabulary Enricher – Your job is to summarize your thoughts about the vocabulary words you selected. Which were the most important? Post the words, their definitions and why they were important to the discussion here.
Passage Master – Your job is to summarize your thoughts about the passages you shared during the discussion. Which was the most important one and why? Post the passage here and summarize the discussion it sparked.

Literature Circle Discussion 2

Coyle 1-5
Pitale 2-6
Discussion Director
We talked and we went through things that were good. We might need to spend more time on each question or passage or other, instead of rushing through everything. We had some evidence form the book. The passages were ok.

Summarizer
“Ikemefuna has now stayed at Okonkwo’s place for 3 years, and he is very happy. Ikemefuna and Nwoye, Okonkwo’s first son, are very close. But one day the clan’s oldest member, Ogbuefi, tells Okonkwo that the Oracel has said Ikemefuna must be killed.

After Ikemefunas death Okonkwo is depressed. Finally when Okonkwo starts feeling better, one of his daughters, Ezinma, gets very sick. It his is second wife’s only daughter and Ezinma is very close to dying.

Vocabulary Enricher – * Feign: To imitate, to invent, to put in an appearance of.
  • Harbingers: Someone/something who indicates or FORESHADOWS what is to come.Warnings……..
  • Valor: Boldness or determination in facing great danger.
  • Pandemonium: Wild uproar or unrestrained disorder, chaos.
  • Impenetrably: Cannot be penetrated, inaccessible. The most important words we discussed were probably Harbingers and Valor. Both Ikemefuna and Ezinma have valor. When Ikemefuna was walking ‘to his death’ he had a faint feeling or knowledge about what was going to happen but he didn’t try to fight or run away, he faced his death with determination and boldness so he would not die in shame. When Ezinma fell seriously ill, just after Ikemefuna’s death, she fought for her life and was in great danger but faced it and she lived. There are a lot of harbingers in this story. Just before Ikemefuna died, the leader of the village, Ogbuefi Ezeudu, came to Okonkwo and told him, “do not take part in your ‘son’s’ death.” He calls you a father, he has only just come to trust you, do not do anything that will make him hate you, even in the afterlife. Okonkwo then learned of the oracle’s advice and going against it, he participated in the killing of his son. He did not want to look weak. The most important words we discussed were probably Harbingers and Valor. Both Ikemefuna and Ezinma have valor. When Ikemefuna was walking ‘to his death’ he had a faint feeling or knowledge about what was going to happen but he didn’t try to fight or run away, he faced his death with determination and boldness so he would not die in shame. When Ezinma fell seriously ill, just after Ikemefuna’s death, she fought for her life and was in great danger but faced it and she lived.There are a lot of harbingers in this story. Just before Ikemefuna died, the leader of the village, Ogbuefi Ezeudu, came to Okonkwo and told him, “do not take part in your ‘son’s’ death.” He calls you a father, he has only just come to trust you, do not do anything that will make him hate you, even in the afterlife. Okonkwo then learned of the oracle’s advice and going against it, he participated in the killing of his son. He did not want to look weak
  • Passage Master “That boy calls you father. Do not bear a hand in his death.” Okonkwo was surprised, and was about to say something when the old man continued: “Yes, Umuofia has decided to kill him. The Oracle of the Hills and the Caves has pronounced it. They will take him outside Umuofia, as is the custom, and kill him there. But I want you to have nothing to do with it. He calls you his father.”This is a part of the book that I do not understand. Why did Ogbuefi Ezeudu, one of the most important leaders in the clan, tell Okonkwo this? Why did he warn him of what was to happen? Why was Okonkwo taken on the trip to kill him, but expected by the village leader not to kill him? We think that maybe because Ikemefuna had just come to trust his ‘father’ and to feel happier in his new home, if Okonkwo had killed him, then he would have haunted Okonkwo in the afterlife.
Discussion Director – Your job is to summarize your thoughts about the discussion. What went well? What needs to be improved? What will your group do to improve tomorrow? You will post these ideas here

Summarizer – Your job is to prepare a brief summary of today’s reading and discussion. You will post your summaries here.
Vocabulary Enricher – Your job is to summarize your thoughts about the vocabulary words you selected. Which were the most important? Post the words, their definitions and why they were important to the discussion here.
Passage Master – Your job is to summarize your thoughts about the passages you shared during the discussion. Which was the most important one and why? Post the passage here and summarize the discussion it sparked.
Coyle 2-8
Pitale 4-7
Discussion Director – Our group really got into the discussion today, and there were many passages that were relevant to the discussion. We could expand on questions even more even though we had a great discussion. We unconvered even more about our main character and the issure going on in the book. Tomorrow we will continue to explore more questions about the story and hopefully go on to have a great discussion.
SummarizerA basic summary is that the whole village came to watch the wrestling and everyone really enjoyed it. Okonkwo's good friend's son won the wrestling and there was a lot of celebration. But then the oracle decided to kill Okonkwo's adopted son. Everybody really likes him, and even Okonkwo likes him in his inward way. So when they pretend to take him home, they kill him, and Okonkwo ends up giving the final blow. For days, he goes into a deep depression, not eating or speaking. Then finally his daughter gives him some food and he realizes that he was being really "stupid" and "unmanly". So he visits his friend, who is going to have a wedding for his daughter.
Vocabulary Enricher
foo foo - pounded yam/cassava/plantain
This word was important because its their staple food, and all gained insight into what their day to day life was like.
harmattan - a cold dry wind that blows across North West Africa
oracle - a priest or priestess who makes predictions or says the " truth" about things
The people honor the oracle priestess Chielo greatly, and its a deep part of their culture
mutilate - to violently destroy something
malevolence - being evil, or selfish
locusts - insects that fly in huge clouds and that damage crops
We were wondering why they would be happy that " crop damaging locusts" would be welcomed, but then we realized that that was the period when all the harvest was over.
Passage Master – I chose two passages which showed that the village was sexist and treated women lower than men. I chose one passage that had a was like a note-to-world thing. It was that Okonkwo was bottling up all these feelings which made him feel like he might be turning into his father.
My favorite passage was when Nwoye tried to bottle up his feelings. Passage (pg. 61, paragraph 3):
“As soon as his father walked in, that night, Nwoye knew that Ikemefuna had been killed, and something seemed to give way inside him, like the snapping of a tightened bow. He did not cry. He just hung limp. He had had the same kind of feeling not so long ago, during the last harvest season.”
Discussion Director – Your job is to summarize your thoughts about the discussion. What went well? What needs to be improved? What will your group do to improve tomorrow? You will post these ideas here.

Summarizer – Your job is to prepare a brief summary of today’s reading and discussion. You will post your summaries here.
Vocabulary Enricher – Your job is to summarize your thoughts about the vocabulary words you selected. Which were the most important? Post the words, their definitions and why they were important to the discussion here.
Passage Master – Your job is to summarize your thoughts about the passages you shared during the discussion. Which was the most important one and why? Post the passage here and summarize the discussion it sparked.

Literature Circle Discussion 1

Coyle 1-5
Pitale 2-6
Summarizer:

Okonkwo has a lazy father who does nothing but drinks palm wine. He left no money for his son, and did nothing to prepare his son for the future. Okonkwo wanted to be everything but his dad. His dad was lazy, so Okonkwo was not. Okonkwo was strict, and he was respected in the village. He became successful and strong. He took 3 wives and had many children, but most of them died. Okonkwo’s father died and sometimes we wonder, my group, if Okonkwo was happier after his father died, or if he wasn’t.

Disscussion Director:

Our discussion went okay today. We discussed the vocabulary and the passages and we answered a few questions. We were sort of confused about what to do since it was our first time having one of these discussions and we needed a little help connecting the words and passages and questions. We both understand the story so far and we are learning about how a single character deals with the problems of life.

Vocabulary Enricher
I think I needed to take out the most important words, I had too many words. So I’m only going to post the first 6 words.

1. Improvident – Neglecting to provide future needs.
2. Harmattan – A dry, parching land breeze, charged with dust.
3. Impending – About to happen.
4. Mirth – Amusement or laughter.
5. Perpendicular – Vertical.
6. Discerned – Detected.

Passage Master
I might need to put more thought into my passages….The one that I think is most important was on page 16,17 where it showed how Okonkwo really was, and why he was so strict and mean.

“Okonkwo ruled his household with a heavy hand. His wives, especially the youngest, lived in perpetual fear of his fiery temper, and so did his little children. Perhaps down in his heart Okonkwo was not a cruel man. But his whole life was dominated by fear, the fear of failure and of weakness. It was deeper and more intimate than fear of evil and capricious gods and of magic, the fear of the forest, and of the force of nature, malevolent, red in tooth and claw. Okonkwo’s fear was greater than these. It was fear of himself, least he should be found to resemble his father.”
Discussion Director – Your job is to summarize your thoughts about the discussion. What went well? What needs to be improved? What will your group do to improve tomorrow? You will post these ideas here.

Summarizer – Your job is to prepare a brief summary of today’s reading and discussion. You will post your summaries here.
Vocabulary Enricher – Your job is to summarize your thoughts about the vocabulary words you selected. Which were the most important? Post the words, their definitions and why they were important to the discussion here.
Passage Master – Your job is to summarize your thoughts about the passages you shared during the discussion. Which was the most important one and why? Post the passage here and summarize the discussion it sparked.
Coyle 2-8
Pitale 4-7
Discussion Director – I think that we really broke it all down and went through it all really well. We talked about our impression of Okonkwo. If he was a good/bad man. And that he's obsessed about being the complete opposite of his father. I think that we need to hear from the passage master more, because they don't have much to talk about. So they don't really add to the discussion. Tomorrow, I would like to see everyone giving equal amounts of input. But overall, we did this first L.C. really well.
Summarizer – In the beginning of this story we learn about the main character, Okonkwo. Okonkwo is a very important figure in his village. After a woman from Umuofia is killed he is selected to look after a boy who was offered as a sacrifice from another village. Okonkwo's father was a very weak and lazy man who was in debt with many people. Okonkwo has since devoted himself to being the exact opposite of his father, and he rules his family very firmly and strictly, even beating his children and wives when they make errors. The story also talks about a year of failing crops. Now, in the book the Feast of the New Yam is about to start.
Vocabulary Enricher
wily - crafty, cunning
kola - an african evergreen plant
kola is mentioned a lot in the book and it was nice to know it was something to be eaten.
mirth - amusement or jollity
There wasn't much of mirth in the book so far
idleness - not active [not being active]
Okonkwo was not very idle, in fact he was always active
dregs - the sediment of liquids
Passage Master – " "It has not always been so", he said. " My father told me that he had been told that in the past a man who broke the peace was dragged on the ground through the village until he died. But after a while this custom was stopped because it spoiled the peace it was meant to preserve." - pg 31
---I marked out this passage because it struck me that, during a week of peace, how could someone who violated it be punished. An this discussion was very interesting, as we also pointed out that a goat was sacrificed by Okonkwo, thereby shedding blood. Then it was said that better a goat die that you die.
Discussion Director – Your job is to summarize your thoughts about the discussion. What went well? What needs to be improved? What will your group do to improve tomorrow? You will post these ideas here.

Summarizer – Your job is to prepare a brief summary of today’s reading and discussion. You will post your summaries here.
Vocabulary Enricher – Your job is to summarize your thoughts about the vocabulary words you selected. Which were the most important? Post the words, their definitions and why they were important to the discussion here.
Passage Master – Your job is to summarize your thoughts about the passages you shared during the discussion. Which was the most important one and why? Post the passage here and summarize the discussion it sparked.