ROSES ARE RED, VIOLETS ARE BLUE, I'M NOT AN EEJIT, BUT ARE YOU?..................................................................Probably

Tuesday, 14 March 2017

The House of the Scorpion | Litspiration Challenge 3 - Theme

Our third Litspiration Challenge is the theme of the book, which we summed up in a theme statement, just because you can do something doesn't mean you should. For this challenge, we decided to do a fake news interview/cast.
 This is the news cast:


This is our theme statement:
'Just because you can do something, doesn’t mean you should.'

This is all of our planning:

Litspiration Challenge 3: Theme
Copy and paste this graphic organizer into your own team Google doc. Then, fill it out with your team, and use it to guide the creation of your challenge. This challenge should be completed, and posted, before class on Wednesday, March 15.

Please include your LINK to the completed planner with your final post on your team blog.

The theme statement we are exploring in this challenge is: Just because you can do something, doesn’t mean you should. Evidence: “I’ll tell you this: El Patrón has his good side and his bad side. Very dark indeed is his majesty when he wants to be. When he was young, he made a choice, like a tree does when it decides to grow one way or another. He grew large and green until he shadowed the whole forest, but most of his branches are twisted….When you’re small, you can choose which way you want to grow.” Pg. 70 “Father decided implants were immoral, and I honored his decision.” Page 106. “MacGregor had created a clone so he could have transplants when he needed them. The thing in the hospital had every reason to howl!” Page 191.

Other stories with this theme include:

Jurassic park


Ender’s Game
The Hunger games

More Than This

We are going to a fake newscast reporting events from the novel in order to deeply explore and powerfully communicate this theme.
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Materials: Wigs, Twigs and Big Rigs
Go see Ms G. before carrying on! OK!


Lucas M: Hello, I’m Allan Sternberg Welcome to Opium News Network. Breaking news. Drug Lord El Patrón has been found dead. We’re going live.

Tom: How did this all exactly happen?

Cooper (Mr. Alacrán): We were taking in his clone for transplants, but sadly, El Patrón didn’t make it in time for the surgery.

Tom (Reporter): Really, because we interviewed one of the doctors, and they said the clone refused to transplant.

Cooper: Those traitors.

Tom: You do realize that if this clone has an unblunted intelligence, El Patrón would have broken some huge laws.

Cooper: Well technically this is his country, so he can make the laws.

Tom: Well, laws aside, it’s not ethical. If you were an unaltered clone and discovered you were being used for spare parts, wouldn’t you feel terrified?

Cooper: It wasn’t my decision. Besides, El Patrón’s done it several times before.

Tom: It doesn’t mean it’s the right thing to do. Wait, what did you say?

Cooper: I mean….

Tom: You just said El Patrón has had more clones. Could you please elaborate on that?

Cooper: El Patrón has always yapped on and on about his childhood and how terrible it was to lose all of his siblings. It makes sense that he’d give his clone the life he never had. If anything, he was sparing him from a dark and terrible fate.

Tom: Then pushing him into another. That clone, who was perfectly aware of everything around him, was just murdered.

Cooper: I’m tired of this. I have a funeral to attend. (Chuckle) That old vampires finally gone!

Lucas M: In related news, the funeral for El Patrón will be held soon. Bring the whole family. We’ll be back after the break.

(Eejit commercial about plankton burritos)

Lucas M: Today, we’re bringing in bodyguard Tam Lin.

Lucas B: Hello Laddie.

Lucas M: Mr. Tam Lin, are you aware of what you did?

Lucas B: What do you mean?

Lucas M: You killed an unblunted clone, under Mr. Alacrans orders.

Lucas B: He won’t be the last I kill if ye keep asking these questions laddie.

Lucas M: There is no denying what you did. Tell me, why did you kill the clone?

Lucas B: I was just following orders.

Lucas M: It is my understanding you developed a close bond with him. Why did you, and did this make it harder for you to kill it?

Lucas B: He needed to know right from wrong. He grew up next to someone who could get whatever he wants, with no moral boundaries! I told him once how El Patron was like a tree. He chose to grow tall and green, until he shadowed the whole forest. In the process however, some of his branches became twisted. All I’m saying is that El Patron took a path to greatness because I could. Though in the process, he made many mistakes, and they haunt him.

Lucas M: So why did you kill him?

Lucas B: It was too late for me. My moral boundaries are how much money I could make. I’m what you would call a mercenary. So I did what I was told.

Lucas M: Are you aware of the severity of what you’ve done?

Lucas B: It may have broken a law, but still, it’s nothing compared to what I’ve done in the past. Or what I’m going to do now.

Lucas M: Okay (Suspicious look)... Security! (Tam Lin is dragged out by Tom) Anyway, today we discuss a new breakthrough. It seems some keepers in Aztlan have been found with laudanum. This means El Patron has been breaking his agreement with the government's of Aztlan and America. However, no proof yet exists of abusive care of the orphans.

(Muffled fighting sounds in the background)

Lucas B: Those weevils! They have no right to turn those poor lads and lasses into slaves!

Lucas M: Looks like our special guest is back. Why do you think this is? There is no legal problem with their orphanage. It’s how their economy works. We have eejits, who were illegals. They have lost children, who also were among illegals. It’s productive and easy.

Lucas B: I hate ye more and more everyday laddie. Just because you can do something, doesn’t mean ye should! These poor children have just lost their family and are worked to the bone!

Lucas M: Well, how else would we get cool stuff?

(Lucas B punches his open hand, looking aggressive)

Lucas M: Well, that concludes our show. This is Allan Sternberg, hoping he was anywhere else. Security!

Lucas B leans forward. Film ends by screen showing “Technical Difficulties”

Friday, 10 March 2017

Monday, 6 March 2017

Thursday, 2 March 2017

Harkness 3

For our third Harkness Discussion, we were paired with House Full of Poisonous Creatures group. Please listen to our discussion with lots of talking. Almost all of the discussion is on the pages 178 to 229, except for those people who read past page 299 and spoiled some things. I had to use lots of self control to not read past the suspenseful ending of chapter 22, only to see that others just read past it. Anyway, the best part of the discussion was when Tom asked, "What character are you most attached to?". Everyone said Matt and gave several reasons as to why they picked him. Some reasons were that we know more about him, and that pretty much the whole book is more from his point of view. As for the more talkative individuals, we tried our best to make sure that they, he, wasn't always the one talking, sometimes meaning that we needed to cut him off a bit. For the quieter individuals in the group, well, everyone seemed to be pretty engaged, so we dodged that bullet. For our next discussion, it should be much like this one. This was a very good discussion, better than all of the others, in my opinion. The only problem with this one was that it was about a minute over the time limit of 10 minutes. Talk to you again soon!

Wednesday, 1 March 2017

H.O.T.S Challenge #2!

My favorite part of the House Of The Scorpion is the characters that live in its world. So we decided to create an Instagram account as Felicia. Other people engaging in the House Of The Scorpion study also created Instagram accounts as other characters in the cast. Each character then interacted with each other through posts and comments. Here are our seven best examples of characterization that we used for Felicia:

Thursday, 23 February 2017

Harkness discussion #2


As part of our novel study, we have just engaged in a second Harkness discussion! Please listen and enjoy. Most of the issues we have addressed are part of the second part of the book, middle age. This time, we had to keep our strategies for success that we used last time, in mind, to ensure a successful discussion. We did our best to make the conversation feel open, so the quieter people in the group felt they could add to our conversation. The more talkative people (I am guilty for this), kind of dominated this conversation. However, we gave others the opportunity to add, before we let the talkative people speak. I would say the best moment of our conversation was the end (Ten minutes), when we were all talking about why Matt was cloned, or in other words, what was he here for? Everyone had great points at this timestamp. I would say our main goal for the next discussion is to silence the more talkative people a bit (I am a bit of a wreck when it comes to this). They silenced the quieter people and dominated the conversation. That's a bit sad if you ask me.

That's all for now, have a great day. We'd love to hear your thoughts too. Keep in mind, spoilers or inappropriate posts will not be posted.

Tuesday, 21 February 2017

H.O.T.S challenge #1!

To further immerse ourselves in the world of The House Of The Scorpion, we made a travel brochure for the country, Opium, where most of the book takes place. We decided on the various images, as they best represent the setting we imagined while viewing Matt's journey through his life as a clone. The map describes some of the more scene specific places we have viewed so far, and where they are in relation to everything. Thank you for viewing our work!