Class novel: The Wave


Posted by pbakes | Posted in Class novel | Posted on June 22, 2012

Here are some thought provoking quotes about books from some famous authors.

Taken from the website: › Art

1. The man who does not read books has no advantage over the man that can not read them.
Mark Twain (1835-1910) U.S. humorist, writer, and lecturer.

2. All good books are alike in that they are truer than if they had really happened and after you are finished reading one you will feel that all that happened to you and afterwards it all belongs to you; the good and the bad, the ecstasy, the remorse, and sorrow, the people and the places and how the weather was.
Ernest Hemingway (1898-1961) American Writer.

3. Of all the diversions of life, there is none so proper to fill up its empty spaces as the reading of useful and entertaining authors.
Joseph Addison (1672-1719) English essayist, poet, and dramatist.

4. Reading makes a full man, meditation a profound man, discourse a clear man.
Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790) American statesman, scientist and philosopher.

Task. Post a comment here describing what makes a good story for you.

This term we are reading a novel by Todd Strasser called “The Wave” which is based on a true story. What can we learn about life and about ourselves by reading this novel??

The real story occurred in America, at a school called Cubberley High School where one of the History teachers was Mr Ron Jones. He decided to try and explain to his class what fascism was and how it occurred and decided to do this through a game. However the dramatically rising power of the game – called The wave – led to him stopping the experiment well before it created true chaos. Mr Jones and his experiment became a topic of national debate. It was not a good experience for the school or for the students

On his own website Ron Jones said this:

“I’m not proud of The Wave but I can’t escape it! It is like a calling that just gets louder! For me The Wave is a story of ghosts. What we can be. The allure of good and evil. Choices…”

The story we are going to read is a dramatisation of the account written by Ron Jones which was called The Third Wave. The story also became a movie made in Germany called Die Welle which was listed as one of the best foreign films in 2008.

You can read more about this at the-third-wave-1967-account-ron-jones

Work to be completed after reading each chapter is found on the page called ‘Novel chapter tasks’

Novel assignment work is found on the page called “Novel assignment tasks”

Comments (1)

I love reading books especially fiction books. Non Fiction requires me to engage my brain and tackle hard ideas and I just don’t find it enjoyable to read, but fiction is different because it allows me to engage my senses and my imagination. A good story is one that I believe could happen. It is full of characters who are real, who could actually exist. To be part of their life experiences, even if only vicariously, is fascinating.

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