This is an extract from Struck by Lightning, a rewriting of the movie of the same name by Chris Colfer, a 22-year-old actor and singer (and writer) best known for his role as Kurt on Glee. I read this book when it came out after seeing the movie, and although I didn’t enjoy it, it was relatable and had some really mature and sensitive points.
Purpose: to entertain
Text Type: novel adaption of a movie
“In English,” Professor Austin said, “a double negative forms a positive. However, in some languages, such as Russian, a double negative remains a negative. But there isn’t a single language, not one, in which a double positive can express a negative.”
A voice from the back of the room piped up, “Yeah, right.”
Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
Fahrenheit 451 is a dystopian novel in which books are outlawed, and ‘fireman’ have the jobs of burning any they find. It was written in 1953 and has a similar feel to 1984 by George Orwell.
Purpose: to entertain
Text Type: novel
I found this book amazing. The concept, as well as the writing, were so captivating, and for a short book, it made me think and had incredible undertones and hidden messages.
Hurt people hurt people. That’s how pain patterns gets passed on, generation after generation after generation. Break the chain today. Meet anger with sympathy, contempt with compassion, cruelty with kindness. Greet grimaces with smiles. Forgive and forget about finding fault. Love is the weapon of the future.
This link is to an online debating website. I was researching the topic of if money makes us happy for my Pre-U course presentation, and I found this website particularly interesting because it had hundreds of opinions from different people. so it’s a very unique research source.
Purpose: to argue, to persuade, to provoke
Text Type: Forum
This is possibly my favourite post on the internet. It’s a list of the 100 most beautiful words in the English Language, and I have learnt most of the words on here, just because I love words.
Purpose: to educate
Text Type: list
This is a blog post from HelloGiggles.com about words that describe incredibly specific things.
Purpose: to entertain, to inform
Audience: 16 - 35 yrs, women
Text Type: blog post
I have an obsession with learning new words, so when I saw this post of my favourite blog, HelloGiggles.com I read it immediately. Fair enough, I probably won’t remember any of these words!