September 11

Blog Post #5: Felix’s Letter

Dear 7D,

My name is Felix and I want to share my story with you so that you can help me and the others like me.

I am a Jewish orphan and the Nazis are after all the Jews. They torture us, feed us no food or water and we are suffering because of this.  I believe that you cannot trust anyone, its every man for himself out there on the battle field. So we need your help to stop this as we are in danger for the future.

The Nazis will do unbelievable things in order to eliminate us. So I have been hiding, that’s the only reason why I am still alive.

If you want to help us then you could raise awareness of this major injustice. Ask yourself if what has been done right…logically right?

If you could tell someone of higher power to help we would be of much gratitude.

Yours hopefully,

Felix

September 11

Blog Post #4: Once by Morris Gleitzman

Once is about a Jewish orphan, Felix. He goes on a journey trying to reunite with his family and along the way he comes to realise that the Nazis are after all Jews . From there he needs to keep his friends and himself alive all by using his imagination.

The major social justice issues in this novel are religious injustice and racial discrimination. This is shown when the Nazis are torturing the Jews because of there religion.

The two different book characters share the same goal-to push boundaries in order to become free and never give up.

Felix strives to overcome many problems, whether if it’s taking risks in order to find his parents or by doing unimaginable things in order keep himself alive.

I want to stand up for this religious injustice and racial discrimination by raising awareness or a fund, as I realise what children my age go through.

 

September 3

Blog Post #3: Plot Part 1

 

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In P1 of the book Trash-Andy Mulligan, the three boys are introduced: Raphael, Gardo and Rat. They describe their lifestyle and the neighbourhood they live in, with their story, showing the social justice issues of poverty and voicelessness. Raphael finds a wallet and he decides to follow the clues found instead of handing it over to the policemen. The police promise to distribute “100 pesos to every family”. But Raphael highlights the dishonesty said when he states “Everyone knows not to trust too far. What if they just took it and drove off laughing?”

There is repetition and change in plot used in P1, for example Raphael continuously says that “no one finds anything other than stupp”, making the dumpsite feel unwelcoming. Change in plot is shown when he finds “a special” therefore the author engages the reader by surprising them. Intertextuality is shown with a code at the end of the part, making the reader continue out of curiosity.

July 29

Blog Task #1: Malala Yousafzai

Malala Yousafzai’s Social Justice Issue

Malala Yousafzai is a girl who fought for the basic rights to the education of women. When she was young the Taliban attacked her school, founded by her father. They also shot her in the head when she was coming back from school. So she decided to make a speech arguing why she can’t have the basic right to her education. She made many more speeches and soon achieved a huge accomplishment, she won the awards for the Children’s Peace Prize in 2011 and for Pakistan’s National Youth Peace Prize.

How Malala Yousafzai Helped Make a Change

  1. With her persuasive and strong words she has helped to encourage other women in the world to stand up for the basic rights that women should have.
  2. She caused to UN to recommit to Millennium Development Goal 2.
  3. She became a global voice for the Nigerian girls abducted by Boko Haram.
  4. She made The Malala Fund which then caused a long-term commitment to girls’ education at CGI (Consulate General of India)
  5. She has won 10 awards of various sorts.

How Others Can Make a Change

Others can make a change by starting to make speeches or change minds about women’s right to education. You can also support the Malala Fund and teach others about it too.

When the whole world is silent, even one voice becomes powerful.”

-Malala Yousafzai

So when the crowd around you gives up, you can be the one who speaks for the less powerful and become heard!”

July 14

Practice Blog Task: Answering Ethical Questions

Is it okay to kill a murderer? I believe it is never okay to kill a murderer as that then makes you one. For example would it be okay to be consistently mean to a bully because they are being mean to someone of less power? No, as it would make you a bully and you would be making the bully feel just like the victim, therefore not helping anyone. You should never kill someone on purpose even if they are a murderer or people you see everyday. There was a man who crashed into another car deliberately. The police have charged him with murder and he is now serving time in jail. This is an example of someone killing another person on purpose which is a crime. So you should never kill a murderer or anyone for that matter, its against the law and your not helping anyone!