IN OUR STARS
By John Green
John Green, born in 1977, is an American author, producer, actor, vlogger and educator.
He has written seven novels for young adults so far. The Fault in our Stars is Greens sixth novel and it debuted as number one on the New York Times best sellers List in 2012.
In 2014 the book was turned into a movie starring Shailene Woodley as Hazel Grace and Ansel Elgort as Augustus. John Green actually appears briefly in the movie playing a little girls father.
John Green also runs VlogBrothers, with his brother Hank. The Youtube channel celebrates nerdiness, educatioon, science and offers a complex view of complex people.
Hazel has lived with terminal cancer for years and has accepted that fact that she will eventually die from it. She is forced by her mother to join a cancer support group for kids and that's where she meets Augustus. A cancer survivalist himself, August has a unique way of looking at life, and Hazel is instantly attracted to him.
Hazel describes herself as a grenade who is going to detonate when she dies and inevitable hurt the people closest to her. She is worried about how her parents will handle it and is also reluctant to let Augustus get close to her for the same reason.
Hazel: A seventeen-year-old girl with thyroid cancer which has spread to her lungs. Hazel is a thoughtful and considerate person with an analytic mind. She does not want to cause harm to the people close to her, but is aware that her death will do so.
Augustus: A seventeen-year-old boy who has survived cancer by amputating one of his legs. In contrast to Hazel, he is convinced that you should leave the world with a bang. But underneath his confident and big personality is a boy who is just as scared as Hazel of what might come.
We read for approximately 15 minutes, then take a short break, then we read for another 15 minutes.
During this time we listen respectfully. If you have to leave to use the bathroom etc, do it quietly. Don't disturb the rest of the Group.
We need to set up a few ground rules.
English is a language with a lot of history!
A cordial reception - A hearty welcome
Vain would I fathom
Thy nature specific?
How I wonder
What you are?
Words have different weight.
I was angry.
I was very angry.
I was super angry.
Words are also situational.
How do you tell this grand mother
that you are angry?
How do you tell your best friend?
How do you tell your boss?
Thesaurus comes from the greek language and means "warehouse, storehouse".
Creative flow Writing exercise
1. Close your Eyes and take a minute or two to listen to the Music. What does it make you FEEL?
(colours, memories, tastes, seasons, people, places?)
2. Write down what you feel or see.
There is no right or wrong here just keep Writing!
Write to the music
Listen to the Music and
write how it makes you feel
Music, like Reading, engages both hemispheres of your brain.
Stimulating parts of your brain so you can
access creativity and imagination.
The Clock ticked sleepily/metallically/eerily
The flower bloomed vibrantly/aggressively/sweetly
The cat stalked its prey happily/clumsily
The dog had a booming, vicious bark
Describe how something is happening
You will look at a Picture next.
This time write what you Think is happening.
Give your text some context and use adjectives!
Where are we?
What happened Before this Picture?
What is happening?
How will this end?
What is happening?
Where? How? When? Use adjectives!
This next text you will send in to Galina
1. Write what you Think is happening or will happen.
What is the context, where is this happening?
2. Use your imagination and use adjectives to describe the situation.
3. Write 300 + Words.
What is happening?
What will happen? Why? How?
Write 300-500 Words.
Cannula = Kanyl
Nubbins = små knölar, kärnor,
An american Soldier and spy who was captured and executed in 1776.
"I regret that I have but one Life to give for my country."
feign = låtsas, simulera, hitta på
narrates = beskriva, berätta
narration = beskrivning, berättelse
from the latin: to tell - narrare
legacy = arv
regimen = kur
perpetuity = ständig, evig, oavbruten
reclusive = tillbakadragen, enslig
pretentious = anspråksfull, förmäten, fodrande, pockande
Sometimes the best way to understand a Word is to look at the antonym to it.
The antonyms of pretentious is genuine, plain, simple, honest, modest
A gentle man and a gentleman!
Measured in his speech
Generous in giving
Sober in eating
Honest in living
Kind in forgivining
Courageousness in fighting
Coy =blyg, modest
To play coy = to pretend to be bashful or shy
Latticed patio chair =
a Story about two giants, Gargantua and Pantagruel
From there we get the Word "Gargantuan" = enormous
Words with two meanings
bereft = unhappy in love, suffering from unrequited love.
or just sad, lonely and missing somebody
taut = spänd, stram
taught = undervisa
Words that sound the same
Nom de guerre
Nom de plume
Words for descriptive/taken names
Ray "Boom boom" Mancini
James "lights out" Toney
Owen "What the heck" Beck
Frank "Chairman of the board" Sinatra
AKA Ol' Blue eyes
Elvis "The Pelvis" Presley
"Triumphantly digitized contemporaneity"
"Entertainment bacchanalia at the disposal of Young men and women"
The e-mail from Van Houten
The youth of Bacchus
Sisyphus the Hamster
Dear Sir or Madam
To Whom it may concern
"She no longer suffers from personhood"
Euphemisms are a polite/funny way of speaking about diffifcult or awkward topics, usually bodily functions, death and sex.
Pushing up daisies
Popped his clogs
He/She kicked his oxygene habit
"Barnacles on the ship of consiousness"
barnacle = havstulpan
tenuous = svag, tunn
consent = samtycka, bejaka
compensate = gottgöra, kompensera
cuticles = nagelband
vaguely condescending = lite nedlåtande
pun = ordlek
cloying = äckligt söt
The Make-a-Wish foundation
Cliché = klyscha
Words from another era
The printing press
Kliché eller klyscha är ett språkligt uttryck som används för att beskriva något som har använts så mycket att det slitits ut och endast används av slentrian eller vana, att ordens innebörd helt förlorat sitt värde.
To play hooky = att skolka
truancy, AWOL, abseenteism, no show,
french leave, non attandence, non appearance
Hoosiers = people who live in Indianapolis
in lieu of = instead of
unadulterated = genuine
smother = suffocate
misnomered = wrongly called, badly named
deflated = punctured, drained, exhausted
Arcs = båge, valv
Words that mean the same thing but can be spelled in different ways, phew!
Archs = båge, valv
Joep Van Lieshout
Let's find out what these Words mean together...
Samhällskunskap, Historia, Psykologi
A metaphor is a figure of speech that describes an object or action in a way that isn't literally true, but helps explain an idea or make a comparison.
Be careful that your metaphor doesn't become a simile
The fault in our stars
By Emma Lindgren