September 11,2017-Reading Log #1
Topic Choice 1-Characters
By: Nicola Yoon
There are three main characters so far and their names are Madeline Whittier, Pauline Whittier, and Carla. Madeline is 18 year old girl who has a sickness called SCID and can't go outside because of it. With this sickness she is basically allergic to the outside world. Pauline Whittier is Madeline's mom and she is a doctor who takes sometimes takes care of Madeline as her favorite patient. Carla is Madeline's full-time nurse and she makes sure that Madeline's heart pressure is good and that Madeline is breathing every second. Carla also has to make sure that everything that belongs to Madeline is clean. I would describe Madeline as shy but at the same time outgoing. But I also think that Madeline would like to have a regular teenager life. According to the book, it states, " Another year of missing all the normal teenager y things- learner's permit, first kiss, first heartbreak, first fender bender. " Madeline just wants a normal teenage life like most teenagers. Pauline... I would describe Pauline as nice mom who takes care of her daughter. Pauline is a doctor who tends for her daughter at all times. Pauline gives the day off to Carla so that on Madeline's birthday, they could be together and have a nice day. " Perfect. My mom peers over my shoulder as I finish up. Just like you. I turn to face her. She's smiling a wide, proud smile at me, but her eyes are bright with tears," the text states. Carla. I still don't have enough information on Carla all I know is that she is Madeline's full-time nurse. I'm still not finished with the book but I think that Carla is going to stay static because according to the text it states, " There's no one else here except my mother, who never reads, and my nurse, Carla, who has no time to read because she spends all her time watching me breathe." In other words all Carla does is her job, nothing more, nothing less. Both Madeline and the mom might stay the same but I think that they are going to change a lot throughout the story.
September 25,2017-Reading Log #2
Topic Choice 5 - Gate depth & Complexity Icons + Content Imperatives
By: Nicola Yoon
For everything I have so far, I can come up to a conclusion that contributes to Madeline. I have a cousin who is sick and whenever we see each other which is like every Saturday, she tells me what it is to have a disease. She has a leukemia since she was born. Whenever I don't see her, she is at the hospital trying to find a a bone marrow identical to hers. Sometimes, like Madeline, she feels like losing hope but I try to cheer her up in every way I can. For example, according to the text, it states, " Really there's only one thing to wish for - a magical cure that will allow me to run outside like a wild animal. But I never make that wish because it's impossible. It's like wishing that mermaids and dragons and unicorns were real. Instead I wish for something more likely than a cure." So the big idea of this paragraph is that she doesn't wish for a cure for her sickness because she believes that there is never going to be cure for her. Over time, Madeline and my cousin don't feel so bad about being sick but that is until Madeline has new neighbors. " His mom and sister call him Olly. His dad calls him Oliver. He is the one I watch the most. His bedroom is on he second floor, almost directly across from mine." This concludes that Madeline is really bored and is finding something to do. This connects to my cousin, who just sits around all day watching other people trying not to get any weaker.
October 19, 2017 - Reading Log #3
Topic Choice 4 - Literary Elements and devices
My Sister's Keeper
By: Jodi Picoult
The literary device that is more convenient right now is flashback. A flashback is when an author depicts the occurrence of specific events to the reader, which have taken place before the present time the narration is following, or events that have happened before and are currently unfolding in the story. In the story, it states, " When Kate as born, I used to imagine how beautiful she would be on her wedding day. Then she was diagnosed with APL ( acute promyelocytic lukemia ), and instead, I'd imagine her walking across a stage to get her high school diploma. When she relapsed, all this went out the window: I picture her fifth birthday party. Nowadays, I don't have expectations, and this way she beats them all." The author uses this literary device because Picoult wants us to know how the character feels toward to what has happened over the years to her daughter. The character used to believe that she would die first er than her daughter but now she has lost faith. The author knows that she made this like this because she did it on purpose so that the reader would become more interested into what happened to the so called Kate.