Reading Like a writer

Ideas and Content: From the first page, the idea / theme is very chilling. When I mean chilling, it seems as if the characters are having a good time relaxing. Most of the information is explained in a sofisticated detail which makes the information even interesting. For example : "Each man has another mess-tin full for the evening; and, what is more, there is a double ration of sausage and bread." This section gives the readers the interest that almost pulls the reader into the book. Also, because the word choices are even sofisticated to each genre, it keeps our head continuosly thinking about what is happening. Even though the setting may seem as if it is five miles behind the front, the author changes what we're thinking to a fantastic scenery. This is what makes the section even more fabulous. Thus, if I would rate the opening ideas and content of this book, I would give it a six out of six.


After each world literature circle discussion, please complete the following reflection in complete sentences on your page. (Clearly label each discussion reflection.) What was the most interesting idea or insight that was discussed in your group meeting today? Describe the discussion in as much detail as you can, noting the ideas various members came up with as well as any follow-up questions that were asked. (This reflection needs to be a paragraph in length.)

Why? Actively pursuing additional background knowledge can make a book more enjoyable and multiply the avenues of conversation when literature circles meet.

Reflection #1
I was not here on the day. Even though I was not present at the day, I had many ideas that I wanted to discuss. Some of the discussion ideas that I wanted to tell was how much war can be cold. For example, when Kemmerich was dying because of his amputated leg, his friends were continuosly asking if they could take his possessions once he dies. Also, once Kemmeric does die, his friends takes all his belongings and forget about Kemmerich's existence. These were my major points that I wanted to tell to my group.

Reflection #2
The most interesting idea that we discussed during our conversation was probably whether war is about companionship or yourself. For example, we read that Paul was willing to cover-up a recruit when there was a bombardment. Also, there were times when Paul and Kat stole the goose and saved some for their friends. However, there were also times when war was all about survival. For example, Himmelstoss was hiding and covering himself when there was an attack from the enemy. In the end, we concluded to ourselves that there was more companionship and bonding of each characters.

Reflection #3
This discussion was a bit vague. The fact that we discussed information based on the book, not on our assumptions, it made our discussion boring. If there was one thing that I could explain to be interesting, is probably the question why the title is All Quiet on the Western Front. As this question was one of our main question, we asked each other why it was so. Some of the ideas that we had were because to survive in no-man's land, you must be silent. Also, one of our group members said that it was because once a bombardment was over, the battle field was silent with dead bodies. Even though the discussion today was not as intimidating as other group members, I think that what we mainly discussed about was fairly interesting.

Reflection #4
Our last discussion was bit different compared to our previous ones. Because we only had a couple of chapters to read, we based our discussion on what our theme was. The reason that we discussed our theme was because our group really didn't choose our major theme. Some of the themes that our group members based the discussion was moralality, phyiscal and mental disorders, and companionship. From these three, I thought that companionship in the book was the most biggest theme. The reasons for that is probably because the story is bas

1. With your world lit. group, list the time period, location, and as many historical details and figures as you can identify from the first section of your book.
2. Each group member needs to select one item on the list to research. It could be the time period, location, or a historical detail.
3. You need to find one reliable source (an article or web page) that provides interesting / relevant information on your topic.
4. You may not use Wikipedia as your source, but you can always check the links at the bottom of the relevant page.
3. By the next class you need to post the following on your world lit. wikipage: (on the Block B or Block G page)
  • your topic of research
  • a URL link to your reliable source
  • state why you think the source is reliable
  • write a one paragraph summary of your source (5-8 complete sentences)
  • be prepared to share with your group and the class
This site is a reliable source because it is an org. (non-profitable site) that explains thoroughly about the medications that were used during the first world war.

Medical advancements during WWI

The great war was one of the most extreme wars that the world saw. In fact, this was because both sides of the war were experimenting their new weapons. As weapons started from guns to poison-gas, there was the necesity to create medication over these artillery. However, as we all know, not everything can be cured by simple pills and surgeries. When a man was shot in joints or areas in the body that had ligaments, it was highly possible that the person would have to amputate the certain body part. Because armies couldn't help individuals to their problem, the most common way was to lose a leg or arm or eye. Instances such as facial shots were critical. There were many experimental facial surgeries that scarred people for life. Luckily, doctors describe this 'gargoyle' face to be better than what it would have looked without surgery. Medical systems that platoons provided during the world war was very poorly facilitated. Thus, those who were severely injured seemed hopeless.

What is Nationalism in WWI by Hoon-ho

1. Triggered WWI
2. Can be positive : Keeps a society united
3. Can be negative : Can conclude to conflicts

What were technologies used during WWI

1. Tanks
2. Plane : Planes were first used to carry luggage, however soon attached machine guns on them
3. Torpedo
4. Zeppelis


1. Trenches were very shallow
2. Used to be a shelter
3. Needed to be wired
4. Army who first dug their trenches had high possibilities of victory
5. Conditions in trenches were horrible
6. Rats, lice : ate dead bodies