9th Grade Book Project
IF WORKING WITH A PARTNER
Divide book into 5 sections. Come up with 5 questions and answers for each section. Partners should rotate (every other section) between who is providing the questions and answers.

IF READING ALONE
Divide book into 5 sections. Create a blog discussing each section of the book.

Due Dates
4/1 – Setting/Plot
4/8 – Characterization/Conflict
4/21 – Symbolism/Irony
4/27 – Theme
5/1 – Reaction/Recommendation

**You will also be creating a presentation for class. We will be scheduling them to begin in class the first week in May.**

Link to the Blog: http://muldowney.edublogs.org

5 Responses to “Looking for Alaska by John Green (Eng 9 2BD – 2009)”
  1. Kaitlyn says:

    Setting/Plot:

    “Looking For Alaska” is a book by John Green. This book is based around the life of Miles Halter, a 16 year old junior who is fed up with his life in Florida. So to start over, he decides to go to boarding school in Alabama called Culver Creek, the same school his father went to at his age. When his going-away party turns into a 3-person get together, his parents finally realize why he’s leaving. With his weird fascination with people’s last words, he quotes Francois Rabelais, a famous poet, last words. “I go to seek a Great Perhaps.” were his last words, so Miles says hes going to find his.

    Once he arrives to Culver Creek, he’s in a totally different world. With only a towel on, Miles meets his new roommate. A short but burly guy named Chip Martin, aka the Colonel. They both are total opposites, but they get alone just fine. The Colonel tells him about the school, and the type of people that attend the school. There are the regular borders like them, and the Weekday Warriors. Given a new nickname, Pudge, Miles is introduced to a few of Chip’s friends. The first one he met, Alaska Young. As described, “the hottest girl in all of human history.” From the moment they met, he knew she would be different then all the other girls. With his three new friends, Alaska, the Colonel, and Takumi, Pudge is introduced to a world of pranks, drinking, smoking, strict rules, being patrolled by the Eagle, and his love for Alaska are all just something he has to deal with on a daily basis.

  2. Kaitlyn says:

    Characterization/Conflict:

    Miles is the main character of this story, but it would not be the same without the three other protagonist’s.

    Alaska Young: is a very smart, and hysterical friend of Miles. Even with Alaska’s life messed-up, she still keeps her head up and stays out-going. She knows her way around, and stays strong in any kind of situation. Not to mention, shes drop dead gorgeous. She has a great boyfriend and friends that always have her back. Miles enters Alaska’s“labyrinth” and finally starts to find his Great Perhaps. Little by little, Alaska tells Miles about her life. He finds our her mom died while she was young, and she blames herself for her death.

    Chip Martin: Miles small but strong room-mate. Being clever and smart, the Colonel comes off as the leader of the pack, but when it comes to his mother and his friends, he is a very sensitive guy. His life is messed up, like Alaska’s, but he is totally content with himself. As a full scholarship student, he knows what he wants in life.

    Takumi Hikohito: A thin, Japanese guy who was only a bit taller then the Colonel. Very smart like the others, but not much is ever said about him.

    The antagonist:
    The Eagle, the dean of all the students that go to Culver Creek. He is very strict, and is said that he can smell alcohol and smoke from five miles away. He catches the four of them in many bad situations, but he seems like Pudge. His house is located on the campus, so he is never far from the students.

    Conflict:
    There is a wide range of different kind of drama that happens in this story. Being caught smoking on school grounds got them all many hours of work in the kitchen. Pulling pranks and almost getting caught for it, and sneaking around are only the beginning of it all. After Pudge is on campus for on hundred and thirty-six days, something tragic happens. After hooking up with Pudge the night before, Alaska realizes she missed the anniversary of the 8th year since her mother had died. Drunk out of her mind, she decides to leave. With no idea if it was suicide or because she was drunk, she crashes into a police car that was on the side of the road dealing with a jackknifed truck and passes away. This leaves it up to Miles, the Colonel and Takumi to try and figure out what happened, while dealing with the lose of there good friend.

  3. Kaitlyn says:

    Symbolism/Irony:

    Symbolism:
    The one main symbolism that I picked up while reading this were the white flowers. Miles had found white flowers in Alaska’s room once and she said it was for Alaska and her boyfriends anniversery. They did not say much about them, but they come up again in the story after Alaska’s death. When Alaska had gotten into the car accident, she had white flowers in the back seat. Then, the boys start to remember stories of Alaska jumping into the creek and picking white flowers. Then at the very end, Takumi tells them he saw her before she got into her car left. She had gone out to pick white flowers, because every year on the day of her mothers death, she put white flowers onto her grave. That solved the question on where she was going, she was going to put the flowers on her grave.

    Irony:
    Through out the story there is a lot of verbal irony because they are very sarcastic. There is also dramatic irony, with Alaska’s death. The one minute, Miles and Alaska hooked up and then the next she gets into a car accident. It was unexpected and not what I wanted to happen, but it was the big turinng point and it needed to happen.

  4. Kaitlyn says:

    Theme-

    I think that there could be a few different themes to this story, depending on the point of view. But the theme that stood out to me and that I understood was that not all teenagers can be like the Weekday Warriors. Not everyone has a big house to go to on the weekends, nice cars, and enough money to pay for a spot in Culver Creek. You get to see the other side, the side that sometimes can go unnoticed and over looked by just being labeled as “average” or even “under average.” Even without all that money, Alaska, the Colonel, Takumi, and Miles are happy, though mommy and daddy may not be there. They don’t have all the riches and they can’t get whatever they want But they have each other, and there loving families to support them through all the hard times. The Weekday Warriors may have big wallets, but these teenagers have big hearts. They’re smart, kind, and caring towards one an another. Even with the lose of a close friend and even the arguments that they have, they learn to stay close, stay together and be strong together because there friends are what they need most at that time.

  5. Kaitlyn says:

    Reaction/Recommendation:

    “Looking For Alaska” is now one of my favorite books. This story held my attention from the first page. It has many interesting twists to it, and you always want to know whats going to happen next. Being close in age to these characters help relate and understand it better as well. It also gives you a point of view from other teenagers eyes with different problems, which I think is very interesting. The unexpected happens in “Looking For Alaska.”While reading this book there are parts where you laugh so hard, and then there are parts where you want to cry. I would recommend this book to someone who likes a very funny, but realistic story. I give John Green a million thanks for writing this book.

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