Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Similarities to Your Nonfiction Book


What is similar to your nonfiction book?

What movie? What art? What song(s)? What other books or stories? And in what ways?

What other life experiences?

What makes you care about this nonfiction book over others?


Type 200+ words of your own to respond fully. Also, respond to others' comments, adding to what they wrote and giving compliments.


SAMPLE OF WHAT TO DO:

My book, Hello, I'm Special, is similar to the movie Gran Torino, because they both look at and expose problems in America. Hello, I'm Special looks at selfishness, "fame," power, greed, lust, depression, anorexia--big problems in our culture that we have created for ourselves. Gran Torino looks at prejudices like ageism, racism, sexism, and classism. Both Hello, I'm Special and Gran Torino want us to rethink our behavior so that we can live better, richer, longer lives.

Isn't it sad when people think they can get/be/have anything they want in America, just by working harder? Hard work unquestionably helps and can get you a better existences, but some opportunity, luck, chance, skill can make a big difference for some and not for others.
Isn't it sad when people prejudge you? Or when you prejudge others? We should judge people for what they can control, not for what they cannot control, right?

23 comments:

Mr. Christensen said...

A book about Jeff Foxworthy makes me reconsider a lot of things in our culture. He criticizes, kindly and humorously, the way(s) people function and behave. He makes me aware of things that are problematic and other things that are not at all troublesome. If we can find humor in what we are, we can live more richly--we will always be amused if we can be humored by ourselves. I love laughing at myself and my faults and tendencies. Sometimes, I can be an absolute child/baby. Sometimes, I cannot control my "hunger" (I use quotes becuase when I eat uncontrollably/infant-like, I am not hungry; I am just stuffing my face to satisfy caveman-like needs. Jeff Foxworthy is witty and aware, making him among my favorite comedians. He examines reality and does not have to use all kinds of profanity. His humor is like my book, Hello, I'm Special because he exposes a lot of things that some people will never think about in their entire existences. Sad that some people never think, never become aware. Books like Danny's and mine make me think really, deeply, truly hard about myself and my world.

christian said...

my book The game of my life is silimar to the movie Men of Honor. they both represet hope, determintion, and self-trusted. the big problem that both of them conquer is standing what they belive what is right. i am an autistic person who wants to belive i can become an basketball player. i have a dream that someone will see who really i am. i also belive i am the best person to be friends with. Jason mcelwain is my hero. he reprents the charcter who will not remove himself on what he stands on.

Joey G said...

My book is similar to the rap of nanking by showing what happend after that happend. My book is similar to the movie pearl habbor by showing what lead to the drop of the bombs and the book Gost Soilders is also like my book by show what happend at some of the prisoner camps.

Shannon K said...

My book is similar to 50Cents book because in 50Cents lifetime he has been on the streets doing his dirty stuff and also being homeless and trying to survive. 50Cent was a gangbanger killing people and stuff like that. He used drugs and alcohol and had problems in his life. The only person he could look out for was himself because their wasn’t alot of people he could trust on the streets and while doing these things he has experience homelessness in his lifetime and it has not always been pretty for him, it has been tough. Some of the reasons why I care so much about this is because it relates to what I’m reading right now about homelessness and the effects it has on society. It tells in my book how and why homelessness happens and what are some reasons we can do in society to help stop that problem from get worse and worse everyday. Because in 50Cents book it relates a lot because it talks about his life and how and why he became homelessness and how he got out of being homelessness and to what he is today. Today 50Cent is a very wealthy, powerful individual today and has everything he has, but he has done so much to get to that point.

Shannon K said...

Yeah Christian your book has alot of meaning to it. It says that you can do anything if you set your mind to and yes Christian that is true you just need determination and will and you know what, anything is possible at that point. Your book is a really good learning tool and teaches you alot about pushing yourself and accomplishing anything even when people tell you that you can't. My advice to you Christian is to not give up and keep trying no matter what happens.

christian said...

i love my book. it represent the love of God. He has love for baketball. so do i. i want be an basketball player. i am the loveable guy that everyone that want to be with,. i am a man of God. i represent the Lord with all my heart. i am the guy to be helpful. i just want to be friends with everyone. i just want be loveable. i just want 2 know someone that loves me. what do people hate autistic. i we want to have a fulling live. we have promblems our own. we have to be aware of who we have in common. liveing with autistism is like going throught beatings. i have been throuth that . my mom wanted my life to be completed

Mr. Christensen said...

Excellent, Christian--so nice to see how wise and aware you are, at such a young age.

Mr. Christensen said...

You're right, Shannon. I wonder how many people who are homeless 50 Cent could make "unhomeless" or "homed." Does he give to charity? I bet he does, right?

Kelsey A. said...

My book lights and siren, is similar to the movie CRASH, because there are different stories in the book that link together but they don't link together all at the same time. Lights and siren when I see and read the words I hear sirens and see the lights that might mean something happened to someone or it is going to the hospital for someone that needs to go. I have been in a hospital for surgery but never for an emergency. Think of people that are in the ambulance if they are scared or they don’t know they are going to the hospital and if they find out they are will they freak out or stay calm with no worries. A show that I have watched called ER is close to this book but the book is more at the scene then in the hospital. The good thing about this is people are helping even if they are not on the job at the time.

Steve H said...

Well my book is like a tutorial because it shows and tells you everything you need to know about a small engine. It shows how to overhaul or rebuild a small engine like tutorials do. It describes and puts it into terms that anybody can understand. This makes it a very easy book to learn from and teach. Most people think this book would be too hard for them but everything is put in easy terms. This book has taught me the correct way to repair and build small engines. This book relates to me because i've always liked engines and when I first started all I had were small engines to tear apart and look at. I care about this book more because it relates to my interests. This is why I am actually reading a book, because we got to choose what we wanted to read instead of just having to read a book. I believe reading about what you like will likely get you to read more then if you were assigned to read a book that you didn’t really like. I think that if somebody wanted to deal with engines they would be set if they started with a small engines. They are simple and easy to remember.

Mr. Christensen said...

Joey--superb connections to other historical events. Fascinating to read the connections, isn't it?

Mr. Christensen said...

To the film Crash, eh, Kelsey?! You're just right: imagine the emotions that come into people's minds and hearts when accidents like these occur!!!

DJ H said...

My book, The Hindenburg is Burning is similar to the Titanic because my book is about this big hot air balloon kind of thing that Explodes from some dude lighting his cigarette. Also it go’s down like a brick and everyone was like screaming and what not. Also my book is similar to the Twin Towers of when they went down because they were important to us as the Hindenburg was important to the Germans. Also when this went down it was because of the United States because they filled the tank with Hydrogen not Helium so when anyone would light a match or light a cigar the whole thing would be DONE FOR. Also when the Twin Towers went down lots of people died also the same with the Hindenburg. The Hindenburg is also the same as the Bismarck since the Germans had created the Hindenburg as well and both of those went like a ton of thunder. Also with the Bismarck and Hindenburg it was not just an explosion it was an explosion with so much fire that it went up five degrees for like 5mins.

Mr. Christensen said...

Thank goodness, Steve, you found something you like. Your book is also like The Giver, because Lois Lowry's book is a "tuturial" about what the future could hold, isn't it?

Mr. Christensen said...

DJ--well done, buddy. Two major events, two huge transportation devices. Two truly sad events. Do we people sometimes "bite off more than we can chew" in regards to our inventions?

Brock B said...

My book is similar to holocaust in how the Germans mistreated and killed a lot of prisoners; in ghost soldiers Japanese kill tons of American prisoners. The Germans and Japanese were allies in world war two. My book is also similar to Shindler’s list in how they both show the horrible things that happened in history. They both show the evils of misguided armies. The movie brave heart can also be related because they both show how another human can so easily kill another human with no second thoughts about it or anything at all, basically a huge disregard of human life. The movie lord of the rings can also be related due to they both show the fight of good and evils of life. This book makes me care more about it then other books because it is entertaining and some good action parts, hits my interests of guns, fighting, and war. It helps people to relies that there life’s are not that bad, and could be way worse.

christian said...

thanks i want to be always awre of of others

Kelsey A. said...

yes very true. i think that we should pass the books around to see what other people think of it then have them do a review on the book. who thinks it is a good idea?

chaz said...

My non-fiction book is similar to a lot of rap songs. Selling crack and cocaine, trying to become a major drug kingpin, doing whatever possible to get by, are some things in my book that are in a lot of rap songs. Pure Cocaine, a song by Yo Gotti is a song that’s similar to my book because it talks about everything that has to deal with cocaine from snorting to selling it. “Either you gotta crack rock or you gotta wicked jump shot” is part of a Notorious B.I.G. song that talks about if you don’t have a skill to get you out of the hood, then you better start selling crack or other drugs to get by, and that’s what a lot of people do. The movie Get Rich or Die Tryin’ is a movie that was made about 50 cent that’s very similar to this book. What really makes me care about this book is that fact that its 50 cent’s life and he was one of my first favorite rappers. His old music, in my eyes, is a lot better than his new stuff. I like it better because he was fresh out of the hood and you could tell he was putting everything into it to try to get heard and make a better life for himself.

Andrew S said...

My book Physician-Assisted Suicide is similar to the holocaust because the Nazis killed people with out them wanting to die. And involuntary physician-assisted suicide the physician kills the patient with out the patient knowing. It’s also similar to when someone has a family member in the hospital on life support and the family has to decide weather to take them off and let them go or keep them on it. If they take them off it, it is a form out physician-assisted suicide. I don’t care about my book over other books its just that I have to read a book and this is the one I got from Mr. C so I just decided to read this one. And I didn’t want to get another one because it would have made no different to which one I read because I don’t like reading period.

Justin R said...

I think that my non-fiction book is a lot like when the twin towers collapsed in 2001. It was a devastating tragedy that 2,223 people lost there lives that clear, cold night. As did 2,974 people lost there lives that day the planes crashed into the twin towers. They were obviously different in there own ways but they had also shared a lot of similarities. They were both tragic events where innocent people lost their lives. They differ because the titanic was totally an accident of lack of judgment. The Twin Tower attack was just that, an attack. It was planned out by whoever and executed there was no accident about it. Another thing that could be similar in my eyes is that they both could have been avoided in one sort of way or another. I feel I care more about this book more than others is because I have always boon intrigued by the great size and amazing architectural design of a ship like that in that time period. I’m sure there could be more books out there that would catch my eye but this is why I chose the one I did.

chad said...

My Book is The Captain's Dog. It like the movie "Homeward bound". they go through lat of the same thigs that Liws and Claker.

Danny S said...

My book reminds me of the hilarious movie Caddy shack because the movie makes fun of the perfect game of golf and so does Jeff Foxworthy's book How to Really Stink at Golf. In one way that they are both the same is that in the movie Judge Smells gets angry cause this guy is dancing to some loud music that he has a built in radio in his golf bag which really ticks Smells off so he breaks his club in anger, as in the book to get a really high score break your clubs so that your teeing off with your ball retriever. Also in the movie the rude golfer drives up to the first hole in his red car, well so does in my book in the section called Don't Warm Up. Another one is that This old guy wanted to play golf but the greens keeper said no cause its going to rain, but they do it anyway the old guy was playing golf in the blistering wind and down poring rain in a thunder storm getting birdies and eagles like crazy, just like the book EXCEPT the guy in the book is playing in the rain with a tornado behind him and while he is putting there is a duck in his way.