Reader's & Writer's Notebook: Reader's Response

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Sample Reader's Response

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Entry Date: September 3, 2017
Focus: Moby Dick by Herman Melville, Chapters 1 – 3 (pages 1 – 24)
 
Chapter 01 "Loomings" (pages 1 - 6)
"Call me Ishmael" (Melville 1). And so it starts, my journey with the longest book I have ever read. I've never even attempted anything this long. It can be a little intimidating.
 
Chapter 03 "The Spouter Inn" (pages 10 - 24) As this chapter starts, Ishmael describes an oil painting and concludes saying: "The picture represents a Cape-Horner in a great hurricane; the half-foundered ship weltering there with its three dismantled masts alone visible; and an exasperated whale, purposing to spring clean over the craft, is in the enormous act of impaling himself upon the three mast-heads" (Melville 11).  This made me wonder about other oil 

As you record your response to a  text, DO NOT  focus on summary.  What should you focus on?  Your personal response to the work. As you read, engage in a dialog with the text - ask questions, make connections and identify passages that are interesting. 

Readers who engage in a dialog with the text write responses to the text which include: 

• observations and insights about the reader's personal reading process and experience

text connections

new vocabulary with definitions

• thinking questions

• research notes

• links to research sources

• images

passages (with parenthetical citations)


I’m surprised that they didn’t stay in the larger ship but seemed to lower down into a row boat to go after the whale.

 
I wonder if whales were always hunted this way. I also wonder how many whaling men died on the job.
 

paintings of whales and whaling so I decided to explore the Library of Congress. I found the picture (on the left) at: http://www.loc.gov/pictures/resource/cph.3b49659/  

I’m surprised that they didn’t stay in the larger ship but seemed to lower down into a row boat to go after the whale.

I wonder if whales were always hunted this way. I also wonder how many whaling men died on the job.
 
As I continued to read this chapter, I began to wonder about the role of New Bedford whaling industry in the US and world economies. Which countries still practice whaling? Why did ours stop? Was whaling ended because of moral/ethical reasons or were the reasons purely economic?

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