I sat on the comfy, blue couch. My kitchen rules was about to start, and I couldn’t miss out on the last episode. I sat there with my popcorn chewing on it noisily, but I mean why couldn’t I my parents weren’t home and my brother was at a friends place. Then suddenly it went dark. The TV shut off and all the lights on in the house stopped working. What?? I thought. Then the lights and the TV switched back on just as quickly as they turned off. Then I saw a shadow in the corner of the living room. Oh my god, I thought.
We walked through the maze, our hearts beating fast. Every corner we turned was with fear, nothing was more scary than this maze. Archie and I were terrified after we saw the gatekeeper of the maze and turned the corner immediately. We made a quick right turn as we saw the gatekeeper running towards us, as it came rushing towards us we noticed that in its left eye, it was blind. This was our chance, a chance to get out of this maze once and for all. Because there it was, at the end of the path, the chance to escape.
Physical: What this story tells us is that the character has big ears, before you find out the character’s a cat then as a person then they would have big ears. The characters physical attributes play a big role in the story because the family wouldn’t have invited him home if he wasn’t cute. I’m not sure how this character feels about their attributes because it was a cat. The character changes physically during the story because at the end the cat gets fitter and eats more food so he becomes healthier. This affects the character because at the start if he never met the family then he might have not lived.
- Intellectual: I think that this character is smart because he is surviving by himself with no one else so he is very independent even though he needs people to help him. I think that this character knows that he likes the family and is happy that they helped him. I think the character was smart enough to survive in his world because he was already doing it but he did need a helping hand. This character learns that the family taking him in are really nice and giving.
- Emotional: I think this character feels curious and hopeful, I think he feel this because he is really curious about the family and hopeful about what is going to happen in their future. I think the cats feelings change when the family takes him in and he feels happy. When the character faced challenges in the story I think that he still tried to stay positive and find another solution.
- Social: This character is a social cat and I think that how the family started to like him so much because he was social. This character chooses his friends and family as people he met at the start of the story, I think that the cat chose them because they seemed like nice and friendly people. I don’t know where the character stands in the social order because it is just a cat and doesn’t really have a place.
- Philosophical: I think that this character believes that life is good, happy and fun. These beliefs might be based on how he used to live a hard life and that suddenly got turned around by a new family. These beliefs change throughout the story because before he got the family his beliefs about life were harder and then after he got happier and healthier. I think that his family share the same beliefs about life that he has.
STELLA: I found it interesting that Stella thought that Laurie and Charles were both main characters. I found it interesting how everything Stella said was different to mine because she said Laurie was the main character. Stella said that the ending affected if Charles got or didn’t get what he wants.
JACK: Jack also said that Laurie and Charles were the two main characters as well. I found it interesting that Jack thought there wasn’t really anything that Laurie really wanted but there were little things in the story. He thinks Laurie didn’t get what he wants because the mum finds out that there is no Charles and he said that lying never works.
BYRON: I thought it was interesting how Byron included the fact that Charles was just a made up character. Byron thought that what Laurie wanted was to tell his parents about Charles but was too scared to. I thought it was interesting how Byron included that he tricked his parents.
The five facts of fiction- Charles
1.Fiction is all about a character: I think the main character in this story is the mother. The personality of this character I think is caring. I think the character came to be this way because of her family. You can tell when reading the story that the mum cares about her family and son.
2.Fiction is all about what your character wants: I think that what this character wants more than anything else is to know and find out more about Charles. I think the character wants this because she’s interested and curious about Charles and wants to find out more about him. I think that what the character wants is important because Charles is a big character in the story and in the end Charles really isn’t who she thinks he is.
3.Fiction is all about if your character gets or doesn’t get what they want: In the end the mum does find out about Charles but he is not the person she thought that he was. What she wants doesn’t change. The mother sort of finds out who Charles is and she finds this out by going to the PTA meeting and finding out that there is no Charles but there is someone else who is Charles. Some obstacles the mum encounters are the fact that Charles’ behaviour keeps on changing and she doesn’t know how she should think of him.
4.Fiction is all about how your character changes: I feel like at different parts in the story the mum changes her view of Charles as his behaviour changes. At the beginning the mum was just casual but as the story went on she became more interested and intrigued by Charles. At the end the mum was confused about how the teacher explained to her that there was no such person as Charles in their class. In the end the mother has learned that Charles was just a made up character that her son Laurie came up with and really Charles was just him. I learnt while reading this story that the mother didn’t know that her son Laurie was Charles and by the end she would probably get a big shock.
5. Fiction is all about a world an author creates: I think the author created the world of this book by maybe basing it on her past experience or something that happened to her. The author included everyday people so people that other people could relate to them. Some bad things that happened in this story was Charles and how bad Charles acted. Some of the good things in this world are the mum’s family. Some bad things in this story is how Laurie was acting at the start of the story. I think that the the author uses the setting to emphasise the theme because the places such as the home represent family and caring and I thought that caring was one of the traits of the mum. This is a world where I think its set in the past because the teachers did things that people used to do like wash your mouth out with soap, or spank kids when they did naughty things.
I have this really annoying sister Scarlet. She’s so annoying that today when I was still asleep she threw a cushion on my face. And she likes to play the violin at 5:00 am every morning in my room. Just because she wants too. She says she needs to practice, but really, at 5:00 am!! And one day, you won’t be able to believe this but I was just being casual, watering the plants and she comes around with a bucket of water and tips it on me. Then says it was an accident. I remember my reaction:
“YOU’RE SO ANNOYING” I screamed dripping in water.
Themes are abstract nouns: I think the themes in this story were loss and love. There were many moments in this story where they show these two themes. Some examples of where they’re shown are when Joseph had passed away, e.g. “I would not ever cry more than I did that night. Loving someone that is gone forever is one of the hardest things you can do. You can still love them, but you can never hear their laugh again or see their smile or hold their hand. You can just try and remember how everything felt with them to the best of your ability but everyone knows it won’t ever be the same. Nothing will be the same, ever.” You can tell in this that she’s mourning Joseph, meaning she’s experiencing loss and it’s about someone she really cared about, so love. An abstract noun is an idea or emotion. For example you can’t see love or loss but they are strong emotions that people most people feel at a certain time in their lives. Love and loss are emotions that most people can relate to because they have experienced something relating to them.
Themes are important human issues: Like I just said love and loss are important human issues that people can all relate to. Also in this story the theme of loss links to how Joseph had cancer. “But I soon snapped back into reality once Joseph told me that he had cancer.” I think that the author wrote this story for people to be aware about cancer and how it affects people. The author used these themes in the story to make people become more aware about cancer and how it connects to loss because everyone has experienced loss in their lives like Charlotte when she lost Joseph Bryant.
Stories apply to many readers: I think the type of people who would get the most from this story would be people who have experienced loss or the loss of a loved one. Even if some people haven’t I still think that this story would make them feel something and be able to relate to something in their own personal way. I think a few different people who this story would have an important message to them would be people who have just lost someone that they deeply cared about. Since Joseph Bryant was based on a true story then Charlotte would still be sad about his death but over time would just become happy about his life.
Events represent ideas: when I was reading this story I couldn’t find any parts where the events had a figurative meaning but at one point when Joseph told her he had cancer, “I jumped up and screamed and shouted and said “Oh my goodness, congratulations Joey!” but soon after my exclamation, I realized my reaction was inappropriate.” I can tell by this that she wasn’t aware of what cancer was and that it’s meaning would shock her.
Experience evolves in patterns: There are some moments in the story where the author repeats things, this means that the author is trying to emphasise something important in the story. For example the author kept on repeating the fact that Joseph had cancer showing it was an important aspect in the story, in the end Joseph passes away from cancer when it repeats that she was his “Fifth Grade sweetheart” which links back to the theme of love. Other parts of the story that weren’t repeated didn’t stand out as much in the text and didn’t affect the characters as much. The reasons why cancer and “Fifth grade sweetheart” were emphasised was because that showed the themes of love and loss.
Fiction is instructional: I think the message of this story is (like Ella) to not take things for granted. It starts as a normal story of two young happy kids and suddenly everything changed because Joseph got cancer. All of a sudden he couldn’t do normal things anymore and his whole life just crumbled away. I think that this story is trying to tell us how lucky we are to be healthy and happy. Joseph’s condition also affected Charlotte who was his best friend. Her life is also flipped upside down when she finds out about his condition, the message from her side is to also not taker things for granted because one day you might not have everything you want.
“Miss, could you just sit there please, thank you.” It was school photo day, and more specifically, year 6 photo day. Every year my school photos have been so bad, so this year I was determined to make it good. I did my hair up in a nice way and made sure that my face was clean. I sat down on the stool and sat in the position the photographer had told me to do. This was it, my year 6 photo. I smiled broadly as the photographer clicked the flash. But, the flash made me blink. Damn it, I thought. Another year, another disappointment.