Today we read Chapter 3 of The Snow Goose and discussed the questions. We focused on four ideas:
1) apostrophes: we saw how the author uses apostrophes to shorten words so the characters' speech sound more realistic (ex. "Wi' t' fisherfolk" = With the fisherfolk).
2. figures of speech for comparison: a) simile = indirect comparison (like, as, than: ex. he ran like a cheetah); b) metaphor = direct comparison (ex. he is a cheetah).
3. forshadow: a hint of something to come. In 1939, at the end of August, Germany plunged Europe into war. The "storm" that tossed the goose may soon "toss" Europe. (Is storm is a metaphor for war?)
4. symbolism = when something stands for more than itself. The birds fly in a "V" formation - just like Churchill's "V-for-Victory" salute - ie. the "peace sign").
We decided that the lighthouse might symbolize the following:
beacon of hope - literally and metaphorically
lonliness - a place of solitude
trust - the right guidance
sanctuary - safety for sailors/birds
hope - if you're lost it provides hope
birds - the tower is high and the birds fly high
"V" - the bird's formation and the shape of the point the tower is on
evil - the tower is dark and the townspeople fear it and Rhayader.
THIS IS A VERY COMPLETE LIST - IT REPRESENTS SOME GOOD SMALL GROUP WORK!
FOR HOMEWORK, PLEASE WRITE A JOURNAL ENTRY TO OUTLINE A PREDICTION YOU HAVE FOR WHAT WILL HAPPEN NEXT.