This week we primarily worked on essays that compared our summer reading books to each other. We were broken up into small groups with people that read the same books, and were told to write a group essay. This helped us to learn how to connect events from one story to the other. It also taught us to learn teamwork in writing.
By comparing our summer reading books, we were able to understand what we read more. That was because one of the books we read, How to Read Literature Like a Professor by Thomas C. Foster, explained that there is usually a meaning to every little detail in a book. From this book we learned that in a story, there's almost always a reason as to why it is snowing, raining, or sunny. Rain for instance, could demonstrate more of a sad and somber feeling in the story. Usually when it is sunny, the mood is more joyful. There is also a reason why people become ill, and there is a reason why people die in a story. In one of the summer reading books I read, the main character lost her uncle. But that lead to her becoming closer to her aunt, and discovering what happened to her mom.
By learning these things, we were able to dig deeper into our books and uncover new meanings to certain events or conditions that we have not seen before. When it comes to literature, everything has a special meaning.