Reflections

Reflections: 1
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.)
- The most interesting idea and a question was the if a person gets more affected physically or mentally after the war. There was this one character in the book named Kemmrich, and he got a wounded leg and he had to get his leg amputated. And one of my group members say they would get affected more physically, while another member says it affects him more mentally and that he would rather die, then looking at the leg. I think it would affect the person more mentally, because the person saw a person get amputated and I bet it wouldn't be a peaceful scene. But I'll rather see the person get amputated, then myself getting my leg amputated. This was a very good question, because this happens throughout every war and some people might even die from all the blood and the affects of war. And I think that if I saw one of the nasty scenes, I'll probably faint.

Reflections: 2
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.)
- The most interesting fact that came up while the disscussion was about the theme. Some of the members from our group said that the theme was conpanionship. On page 169 and 68, it mentions that each of the soilders care one another. Companionship is very important, because without companionship, the soilders will have a hard time staying alive in war. The members alert each other and tell them when to duck. Also, not only at the battle field, but while they are resting too. The soilders share food and share companionship. But the most troubled one was Himmelstoss, where he didn't get along with the other people. Later, he gets along with them and gives in to his friends.

Reflections: 3
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.)
- The most important thing that my group discussed was the theme. There were several themes, but the one that I thought was the most important theme was scared of death. I think this would be the key thing for the soldiers, when they are fighting in the war. Some of my group members said that it wasn't the real theme, but I think it is. During the book, Paul says that he killed the French soldiers, not because he wanted to, but in order for him to live.

Setting Research:

Topic: Heavy Artillery (like planes, ships, and more)

- http://www.historyonthenet.com/WW1/weapons.htm
- I think that this source is reliable, because it has a good amount of textual evidence, and also illustrations that show actually how the ships or some other weapons look like.
- Many weapons were used during the World War 1, like machine guns, gas, and other types of guns or weapons. But I think that the big artillery, like tanks and planes helped the war greatly and more effectively. There were the zeppelins, tanks, planes, and submarines used. A zeppelin is a blimp, where it carried guns and bombs. This was used by the Germans, but not too long, because the zeppelins were to easy to take out. Since it was like a huge balloon. The next heavy duty artillery is the tanks. It was the first time every, that the tanks were released in a war. The tanks were good for shooting, but it was really slow that went about the speed of 3mph and needed a crew members of 3. Also, couldn't cross trenches. The big artillery of the war is the planes. The planes were also unleashed for the first time. It was used for delivering guns, bombs, and also to spyworking, but later turned out as a tank that fights in the air, that is equipped with machine guns. Dogfights were when two planes, in the air, fought. One of the favored heavy artillery was the submarines called torpedoes. It was a submarine that shot to whatever got in it's way. And it once sunk the American ship called the Lusitania. And the Americans were outraged and joined the war. These were the heavy artilleries used during the WW1 and is still used today.

Notes:

Nationalism:
- Patriotism
- German Nationalism
- People fought with strong nationalism
- The WW1 occurred, because of the nationalism
- It can be good for one country, like Germany
- Nationalism can also a bad thing, because it caused more and wanted wars
Trenches:
- 7ft deep, 6ft wide
- The person that dug it first had more advantage
- Barbed wire in front of the trenches
- Life was digging and do your whole living in the trenches
- A lot of problems, rats, lice, & dead bodies

Reading like a Writer

Word Choice

This paragraph, includes many good words that describe a person's condition and how they are like "bellies are full of beef and haricot beans, mess-tin full for the evening, double ration of sausage and bread, carroty head is begging us to eat, time for coffee." The one phrase that came to my mind and that caught my attention is "bellies are full of beef and haricot beans." This gives a image about how the soilders would be and good they would feel to have something in there stomachs after coming back from a battle.