Saturday, June 30, 2007

Announcement for all GROUP 8 's members

Your did a good job . I can see all of you post at least 1 post. I hope your people can post more and more posters . I noticed that the other groups already post 20+ posters. I wish we can be the best .
Good luck --GROUP 8
All the best to us!!

Island of the Blue Dolphins

This book is based on the true story of Juana María the "Lone Woman of San Nicolas," a Nicoleño Indian marooned for 18 years on San Nicolas Island off the California coast.
More About Juana María :

In 1811 hunters began scouring the California coast for otters, whose pelts were affectionately referred to as "soft gold". As the intensity of the hunting took its toll the otters nearly became extinct on many islands although San Nicolas was, at the time, mostly untouched. Under contract to the Russian-American Company approximately 30 Aleuts from Russian Alaska were hired to hunt otters for several weeks on San Nicolas Island. Unfortunately, this outing grew into a year, and a bloody conflict among the otter trappers and islanders (who opposed the hunting) drastically reduced the population of the local men. By 1835 the island's Native American population, which had once numbered 300, had shrunk to around 20 individuals. Some sources give the number as 7, all female except for one man named Black Hawk.
When news of the massacre reached mainland the Santa Barbara Mission decided to sponsor a rescue operation. In late November 1835, the schooner [a type of sailing vessel] the remaining Native Americans living on San Nicolas Island. Upon arrival to the island Hubbard's party gathered the Indians on the beach and brought them aboard. Juana María, however, was not among them by the time a strong storm arose, and the Peor es Nada's crew, realizing the imminent danger of being wrecked by the surf and rocks, panicked and sailed toward the mainland, leaving behind María. A more romantic version tells of María diving overboard after realizing her child had been left behind, although archeologist Steven Schwartz notes "The story of her jumping overboard does not show up until the 1880s… By then the Victorian era is well underway, and literature takes on a flowery, even romantic flavor."This version is recorded by María's eventual rescuer, George Nidever, who heard it from a hunter who had been on the Peor es Nada; however, he makes it clear he may be misremembering what he heard.
Hubbard brought the islanders to San Pedro Bay where many chose to live at the San Gabriel Mission. The missions, however, despite their best intentions, had a high fatality rate as the Indians had no immunity to Old World diseases. Black Hawk, the last male islander, reportedly became blind shortly thereafter, and drowned after falling from a steep bank. Hubbard was unable to return for María at the time as he had orders to take a shipment of lumber to Monterey, and unfortunately, within a month the Peor es Nada sank at the entrance to San Francisco Bay after hitting a "heavy board" which caused the schooner to roll "over and over and over" until it sank. A lack of available ships in the mid-1830s delayed any further rescue attempts.

Rescue In 1850, Father Gonzales of the Santa Barbara Mission paid Thomas Jeffries $200 to find María, though he was unsuccessful. However, the tales Jeffries told upon returning managed to capture the imagination of George Nidever, a Santa Barbara fur trapper, who launched several expeditions of his own. He failed to find her at first, but on an attempt in 1853, one of Nidever’s men, a Carl Dittman or Charley Brown, discovered human footprints on the beach and pieces of seal blubber which had been left out to dry. Further investigation lead to María's discovery, who was living on the island in a crude hut partially constructed of whale bones. She was dressed in a skirt made of greenish cormorant feathers.
Afterwards, María was taken to the Santa Barbara Mission, but was unable to communicate with anyone. The local Chumash Indians could not understand her, so the mission sent for a group of Tongva or Gabrieleno who had formerly lived on Santa Catalina Island, but they were unsuccessful as well. Four words and two songs recorded from María suggest she spoke one of the Uto-Aztecan languages native to Southern California, but it is not clear to which branch it is related. A University of California, Los Angeles study by linguist Pamela Munro focusing on the words and songs suggests that María's language was most similar to those of the Luiseños of Northern San Diego County and of the Juaneños near San Juan Capistrano. Both groups traded with the San Nicolas islanders and their languages may have had some influence. This evidence, when taken as a whole, suggests that María was a native Nicoleño. However, other scholars contend that because all attempts to decipher her dialect by local Indians were in vain, María may have been the descendant of an Aleut man and a Nicoleño widow. Life at Santa Barbara Mission María was reportedly fascinated and ecstatic upon arrival, marveling at the sight of horses, along with European clothing and food. She was allowed to stay with Nidever, who described María as a woman of "medium height, but rather thick… She must have been about 50 years old, but she was still strong and active. Her face was pleasing as she was continually smiling. Her teeth were entire but worn to the gums."María apparently enjoyed visits by curious Santa Barbara residents, singing and dancing for her audiences.

One of the songs María sang is popularly called the "Toki Toki" song. Knowledge of this song came from a Chumash man named Malquiares, who heard María sing it, and later recited the words to his friend Fernando Kitsepawit Librado (1839 – 1915). The song's words are as follows:
Toki Toki yahamimena (x 3) weleshkima nishuyahamimena (x 2) Toki Toki…(continue as above)

Librado recited the words to Aravio Talawiyashwit, who translated them as "I live contented because I can see the day when I want to get out of this island"; however, given the lack of any other information on María's language; this translation dubious, or perhaps an intuitive guess. Anthropologist and linguist John P. Harrington recorded Librado singing the song on a wax cylinder in 1913. The following text was published by an anonymous writer in a Sacramento newspaper on October 13, 1853:

“The wild woman who was found on the island of San Nicolas about 70 miles from the coast, west of Santa Barbara, is now at the latter place and is looked upon as a curiosity. It is stated she has been some 18 to 20 years alone on the island. She existed on shell fish and the fat of the seal, and dressed in the skins and feathers of wild ducks, which she sewed together with sinews of the seal. She cannot speak any known language, is good-looking and about middle age. She seems to be contented in her new home among the good people of Santa Barbara.”

Death Just seven weeks after arriving on mainland, María died. Modern analysis suggests she contracted dysentery, but Nidever claimed her fondness for green corn, vegetables and fresh fruit after years of little such nutrient-laden foods caused the severe and ultimately fatal illness. Before she died Father Gonzales baptized her and christened with the Spanish name Juana María. She was buried in a grave on the Nidever family plot at the Santa Barbara Mission cemetery. In 1928 a plaque commemorating her was placed at the site by the Daughters of the American Revolution. Here is a picture of her grave stone:

María's water basket, clothing and various artifacts including bone needles which had been brought back from the island and were part of the collections of the California Academy of Sciences were destroyed in the 1906 San Francisco earthquake and fire. Her cormorant feather dress was apparently sent to the Vatican, but it appears to have been lost.


A film version of Island of the Blue Dolphins was released on July 3, 1964. It was directed by James B. Clark and starred Celia Kaye as Karana. Jane Klove and Ted Sherdeman adapted the script from O'Dell's novel, and the film was produced by Robert B. Radnitz and Universal Pictures. The film was made on a slight budget and did not receive a wide release, and reviews were mixed.

Who are The Aleuts ?

Aleut Hunter

Aleut men honored the sea mammal spirits by wearing highly decorated hunting costumes. This hunter is dressed in a gut-skin kamleika ornamented with yarn, applique designs, and hair embroidery. Sea lion whiskers on the hat indicate the hunting ability of its owner. Large glass beads, most of Chinese origin, attest to his wealth. In his hands are a sea otter dart and throwing board.

The Aleut, or Unangan, as they call themselves, inhabit the Aleutian archipelago, a 1,300-mile-long volcanic island arc extending from the Alaska Peninsula west nearly to Kamchatka.

conneter(group 5)

This chapter shows that karana's father(Chowig) is very determined.He did not give up easily even he was hurt badly.In real live,If for example if you are the head of the group,and you are badly injured,you will just give up.In this case Karana's father(Chowig) did not give up.He was so determined that even he was badly injured he fought for his man.In real live,it is different to find a man like this.

Friday, June 29, 2007

Breath in excitement( ToonDoo comic)

Ceased( ToonDoo comic)

Thursday, June 28, 2007

Character Analyzer-(Island Of The Blue Dolhins,Chapter 8)

In this Chapter

Karana: Lonely ,Panics when Ramo(her brother) did not return. Frightened,Angry when Karana saw Ramo dead.Enjoyed the company with Ramo. Independent.

Ramo:Enjoyed the company with Karana.Responsible yet defiance .Nothing mush to him as he died a terrible death protecting himself against the wild dogs on the island.

Discussion Director No. 3 ---------- bruce

These questions are from Chapter 8
14. How do you fell when Kamo said "I do not care if the ship never comes"?
15.What kind of boy do you think Ramo is?Is he a brave boy that do not scare anything?Why?
16. What do you think Karana feel when she knows that there are only her little brother and her self on the island?
17.Can someone summarize two or three chapter before chapter 4?
18. Can vocab finder give me what does chief Tanyositlopa mean?
19.Does Kamo fight with those wild dogs?Can you give me your evidence?
20. Do you suprise that Kamo died?Why?
21.What does Karana feelwhen she saw her brother was died ?

Island of the blue dolphin[Storyboard]

Discussion Director Luke (Chap 4)_2


1. If you where an Aleut, how would you feel cheating on a tribe that is less fortunate than you ?
2. How do you think Karana felt when her father did not get up ?
3. How do we know that Karana pays attention to details?
4. If you where one of the tribe women, do you think you would cry in delight when you saw the necklaces ? (Note: Think like a woman in their time, their situation and there life style)
5. What when through your mind as you read the part about the fight between The Aleuts and the Tribe people ?
6. Do you think the author wrote " As Ulape and I ran along the cliff a whirring sound like a great bird in flight passed above our heads ", please express how you feel about this line.

Vocabulary Finder - NuRuL aka IfAh (Chapter 4)

Vocabulary Finder( ToonDoo comic)

Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Entries not labelled

Rebecca, Yuanting, Hidayah and Siyi please label your posts. Do check with your classmates if you are unsure how to do it.

Ceased (chapter 4) Jianting-Vocabulary Finder

Required Readings

Dear 1D,
I need everyone to read Chapt 8, 15, 17 and 19 in preparation for Monday's class.
I expect everyone to read and there is no exceptions to be made.
There will be a pop quiz at the beginning of the lesson and you will be sent out of the class if you fail the quiz. Performance will also affect overall grading for project.
I suggest you take your work seriously. I am considering putting up the first grading this weekend based on your entries done over this week.

role: connecter





Plot Analyzer_JinYang(chapter 4)

The Aleuts dropped the bales of otter. They drew knives from their belts and as our warriors rushed upon them the two lines surged back and forth along the beach. Men fell to the sand and rose to fight again. Others fell and did not get up. My father was one of these.
I choose this paragraph because this is the most exciting scene as the Aleuts draw their knives and fight with the warriors. They keep attack and defense which make them move back and forth. Some are die and some are injure.

Discussion Director-Chapter 4 island of the blue dolphins

1)How did you feel when you have read chapter 4?
2)Does anything in chapter 4 suprised you?
3)What do you think next will happen after reading chapter 4 'Island Of The Blue Dolphins'?
4)Did anything make you more interested to continue on reading the whole book?
5)What makes you think this book is full of actions and is interesting?


1) Captain Orlov had not paid my father for the otters he had killed
-In real life,it is like someone who has not pay their debts.

2) The Aleuts laughed as they worked,as if they were happy to leave the island.
-In the real world,it's like someone's going to be released from prison,feeling happy.

3) I could not hear their words because of the noise the hunters made,but from the way my father shook his head,I knew he was not pleased.
-Like Ms Chia telling off a student,class 1d is making a lot of noise.I could not hear what she is saying,but I can tell that she is not pleased by the way she folds her arms and the expression.

4) "He is angry,"Ulape whispered."Not yet,"I said."When he's really angry,he pulls his ear."
-To the real world,it feels like someone whispering,"Ms Chia's angry..."Another says,"Not yet,when she's really angry,she's gonna shout!"

5)The wind started to blow.Suddenly Captain Orlov and his Aleuts turned and ran to the boat.
-In our world,it feels as if the wind blowing to create an eerie background.Then,a group of people turned and ran off,as if they had murdered someone.They were scared.

Discussion 2 of Group 8

8. How do you fell when you were reading P21 line 14 to 23 ?

9. What was going through your mind when you saw Karana's father died ?

10. Don't you think the father should not be killed ? Why?

11.Can someone summarize this section from chapter4 the first paragraph ?

12.Did anything surprise you about this chapter of the book?

13.Can you immagine what will happen on next chapter ? Write down you mind.

plot analyzer

From the first paragraph we know that the aleuts were packing their things.They did it as fast as they could.The sky was sunless and dark clouds were forming, signaling rain. The scene became chaotic when the aleuts broke their promise & gave jewellery instead of otter pelts.MY father shook his head,he was not pleased.



1. what was going through your mind when you knew that Chief Chowig stood up and fought when he is already injured?

2. How did you feel when you read about the warriors fell and did not stand up?

3. Can someone summarise chapter 4?

4. Did anything surprise you when you are reading chapter 4, paragraph 31 - 37?

5. Predict something about the next part of the book.

6. What was you reaction when you know that Captain Orlov brought more of his aluets for the battle?

leonda-plot analyzer(chapter 4)_2

The Aleuts left on a sunless day.Out of the north deep waves rolled down upon the island.They broke against the rocks and roared into the caves,sending up white spray of water.Before night a storm would certainly strike.

Not long after dawn the Aleuts took down their skin tents and carried them to the beach.

I choose recommend this paragraph because this paragraph described the the sea vividly.It also can predict the next day have storm or not.The sentence ' Not long after dawn the Aleuts took down their skin tents and carried them to the beach. ' and 'The Aleuts left on a sunless day'.I think these sentence means the Aleuts wants to go to the sea before the storm and early because maybe they want to be early to their destination and also advoid storm that day.


In the real world killing of otter was against the law,but in the island of blue dolphins it is not againts the law.spear are also replace by guns in the real world.However guns are not own by people ,only for job that are dangerous like police force.If people that fails to give the things that they paid for,they are not killed but to be taken to the police office.

Sea Otters

Some information taken from wikipedia:

The Great Hunt

Natural re-colonization of Californian coast by Enhydra lutris nereis, the Southern sea otter.In the 1600s to the 1700s, Russia was heavily involved in the sable fur trade. Peter the Great declared that Russia should have the monopoly in sable furs, and that they should find new populations of sable to hunt. The Russians conquered Kamchatka, in the eastern edge of Russia, where they could harvest sable and sea otter fur. The Russians continued to explore the north Pacific, looking for sea routes to Japan and America. Vitus Bering and Alexi I. Chirikov, two Navy officers, were given the task of mapping the Arctic coast and finding a way to America. Chirikov managed to return to Kamchatka in 1741, after much difficulty. Bering's sailors suffered from scurvy, and were marooned on Bering Island, in the Commander Islands, where Bering died. There, the surviving crew spent the winter hunting sea otters and gambling with otter pelts. They finally returned home in 1742 with 900 sea otter pelts, enough to pay for the entire expedition. It was Bering's expedition that set off the Great Hunt that was to continue for another hundred years.

The Russians sent many ships to harvest otter furs, and soon depleted all of the otter populations in the Commander Islands. They moved on to the Aleutian Islands, which were already inhabited by the Aleuts. Since the Aleuts could not repel the Russians, the Russians did everything they could to get their hands on otter fur, even taking hostages and forcing the islanders to hunt for them. It wasn't only otters that were hunted; the Russians wiped out the local fox population, along with the Aleuts. It wasn't until 1776, when Captain James Cook reached the north Pacific that other nations joined in the hunt. Captain Cook was killed in Hawaii by natives, but his crew sailed on to the lively trading port of Guangzhou in China, where they found merchants offering outrageous amounts of money for even the smallest scrap of otter fur. The sailors almost mutinied in their desire to return for more otters. It was then that the English discovered the value of these skins.

The Great Hunt continued, with Russians, Americans, and other Europeans competing amongst each other for that prized commodity. The Alaskas were almost completely depleted of sea otters, causing the Russians to sell it to the United States in 1867. Now, the sea otters were being slaughtered by the Americans. It wasn't until 1911 that an international treaty was signed to stop the hunting of sea otters. So few otters remained, some estimate only 1,000-2,000 in the wild, that many assumed they would become extinct. In 1938, biologists found a group of sea otters along the coast south of Carmel, California. This group and other surviving groups would form the nucleus for the restoration of the sea otters.

Plot Analyzer(Chapter 4)

Not long after dawn the Aleuts took down their skin tents and carried them to the beach. Captain Orlov had not paid my father for the otter he had killed.
so when the news came that the hunters had packed their tents, all of our tribe left the village and hurried towards Coral Cove. The men with their weapons went first and the women followed. The men took the trail that led to the beach, but the women hid themselves among the brush on the cliff. The Aluets lauged while they worked, as if they were happy to leave the island. My father was talking to Captain Orlov. I could not hear their words because of the noise the hunters made, but from the way my father shook his head, I knew that he was not pleased. The men who were working on the cande had stopped and were watching my father and Captain Orlov. The other men of our tribe stood at the foot of the trail. The boat went off to the ship filled with otter. As it reached the ship, Captain Orlov raised his hand and gave a signal. Our men left their places at the foot of the trail and moved forward a few steps and waited, watching my father. Captain Orlov said something to his Aluets that I could not understand, but its meaning was soon clear. There were many hunters in the cove and as soon as he spoke they began to carry the otter pelts to the boat. The hunters had to pass my father to reach the boat, and when the first one approached him, he stepped in his path. The Russian drew himself up stiffly and pointed to the clouds that were blowing in towarcds the island. Cpatain Orlov was silent. He looked at our men standing on the ledge of rock a dozen paces away. I do not know what happened first, whether it was my father who raised his hand against the hunters whose path he barred, whether it was this man who stepped forward with a bale of pelts on his back and shoved my father aside. But as I jumped to my feet and Ulape screamed and other cries sounded along the cliff, I saw a figure lying on the rocks. It was my father and blood was on his face Slowly he got to his feet. With there spears raised our men rushed down across the ledge. A puff of white smoke came from the deck of the ship. A loud noise achoed against the cliff. Five of out warriors fell and lay quiet. Ulape screamed again and flung a rock into the cove. Rocks showered into the cove from many places along the cliff, striking several of the hunters. Then our warriors rushed in upon them and it was hard to tell one from the other. The Aluets had drop the bales of otter. They drew knives from thier belts and as our warriors rushed uapon them the two lines surged back and forth along the beach. Men fell and did not get up. Our warriors were forced backward to the cliffs. There were few of them left, yet they fought at the foot of the trail and would not retreat. Suddenly Captain Orlov and his Aluets turned and ran to the boat. Our men did not pursue them. The hunters reached the ship, the red sails went up, and that ship moved slowly between the two rocks that guard the cove. Once more before it disappeared a white puff of smoke rose from the deck.

Managing Group Discussion

Dear 1D,
Due to the influx of activities on our class blog, there is a need for us to tidy up the way we are posting. I need everyone to go to your previous posts and add your group number in the 'Label'. I have allocated a number for each group so refer to the list below.

Group 1 - Madeleine,Shumin,Sharifah,Marliah,Hidayah
Group 2 - Nurul,Syafiqah,Dasheni,Naimah,Iswarya
Group 3 - Luke, Hakim, Amirul, Syakir, Qhairiq
Group 4 - Vivian,Noel,Kailin,Pearlyn,Angeline
Group 5 - Adelaide, leonda,junkit,Jia huan, Bala
Group 6 - Jianting,weishan,Rebecca,Yuanting,Meipeng
Group 7 - Eleanor,Dayana,Chloe,Elizabeth,Siyi
Group 8 - Zhang zilu (bruce), Goh jin yang,Toh shao wei,Chia mike shen,Hong meng hock

You will realise that Group 7 and 8 are left blank. The reason? I have not received any post from you regarding your group. I want the 10 of you to see me on Thursday regarding your grouping.

Plot Analyzer

Decide on a particular paragraph(s) in Chapter 4 which you think it is worth discussing/re-reading. These can be funny, scary, confusing, interesting, a vivid description, or any other good part you read.
Include a storyboard or cartoon strip of the particular scene you select.

Some useful links

You will find these links useful in your study of the book.

1) Chapter Analysis
2) The lone woman of San Nicholas Island
3) Collection of links

Plot Analyzer(chapter 4)

The tide was low and the rocks and the narrow beach were scattered with bundles of otter pelts. Half of the hunters were on the ship. The rest were wading into the water, tossing the pelts into a boat. The Aluets laughed while they worked, as if they were happy to leave the island. My father was talking to Captain Orlov. I could not hear their words because of the noise the hunters made, but from the way my father shook his head, I knew that he was not pleased.

Response: I think that it is worth discussing about this paragraph is because, it describes well on how the scene is on the island. And it also describes the Aluets feelings, which is, that they are happy to leave the island. And in my opinion, Karana knows her father well as she knew that her father was not pleased.

Vocabulary Finder - NuRuL aka IfAh(Chapter 4)

3) Surged



strong, wavelike, forward movement, rush, or sweep: the onward surge of an angry mob.


a strong, swelling, wavelike volume or body of something: a billowing surge of smoke.


the rolling swell of the sea.

Example: Our warriors rushed upon them the two lines surged.

4) Shoved


1. To push forward or along.

2. To push rudely or roughly.

Example:Shoved my father aside.

5) Retreat


1. The forced or strategic withdrawal of an army or an armed force before an enemy, or the withdrawing of a naval force from action.

Example: They fought at the foot of the trail and would not retreat.



  1. A relatively long, evenly shaped piece of some solid substance, as metal or wood, used as a guard or obstruction or for some mechanical purpose: the bars of a cage.
  2. An oblong piece of any solid material: a bar of soap; a candy bar.
  3. The amount of material in a bar.

Example: My father who raised his hand against the hunter whose path he barred.

Character Analyzer(chatper 4) Meng Hock

Chief Chowig:He was a very responsible and was willing to fight to the end for his tribe.He was a loyal and brave man.

Karana:The main character of the story and she was watching the fight between the aleuts and the villagers from a brush at a cliff.She also knew her father well because she knew her father's temper very well.

A sentence to show that karana knew her father's temper:'Not yet,'I said. 'When he's really angry,he pulls his ear.'

The aleuts:Unreasonable people and would not follow what they promised Chief Chowig.They even faught with Chief Chowig and ran off with the otter after killing and injuring the villagers.

Vocabulary Finder(chapter 4) Meng Hock

1.Ceased:To come or bring to an end

Example:He ceased to be a member of the association

2:stiffly:Body becomes straight and firm

Example:That man stood up stiffly and said:"i want the project by tomorrow."

3.Trail:A long line or a series of marks that have been left by someone or something.

Example:The bus left a trail of black smoke behind it.

Attention to all connectors

I need you to remember that you are to connect (similarities, differences) of theme(s), character(s), key event(s) with your personal life, happenings in school or in the neighbourhood, other stories, other writings on the same theme or even other writings from the same author.

Please take note and make suitable revision during the next session at the lab or preferably in the comfort of your home.

Important annoucement for discussion directors

I noticed that you have mainly posted comprehension questions. I would like you to post questions like the following:

- What was going through your mind when you read this?

- How did you feel when...?

- Can someone summarize this section?

- Did anything surprise you about this section of the book?

- Predict something about the next section of the book.

Please revise your previous entry during the next session at the lab or preferably in the comfort of your home.

Character Analyzer (Chapter 4)

Karana's father (Chief Chowig) - Responsible person , leadership quality , brave , willing to sacrifice his life to fight for his rights , loyal to his village
Specify Sentence that justify my interpretation of the character
He knew that he was a Chief and it is his duty to protect his village so he personally went to have a talk with Captain Orlor.(Responsible person , leadership quality , brave and loyal to his village)
It was my father and blood was on his face. Slowly he got to his feet.( willing to sacrifice his life to fight for his rights)

Captain Orlor ( The Aleuts) - violent , cunning , mean , stingy , dishonest
Specify Sentence that justify my interpretation of the character
He order his men to attack Chief Chowig 's village as he think that fighting can solve the problem.(violent , cunning , mean)
He did not pay for the otter that was killed and one of the men from The Aleuts lied that there were more chests on the ship.(stingy , dishonest)

Vocabulary Wizard (Chapter 4)


1. Sunless - it tells that something bad is going to happen
2. Filled with otter - it tells us that they wanted to take all otters without paying
3. The Aluets laughed - it tells us that they are sure that they can get away without paying
4. Shook his head - he wanted his share
5. Scarcely - feeling scared
6. Excitement - feeling happy to get a treasure chest
7. Gaze - look around his surrounding
8. Harmlessly - it did not injure anybody

Island of the blue dolphin


The tribe was just like a big family, they were very united, all of them decided to leave the village, not leaving anyone behind. They were just like a big family who will stay close together no matter what happened. Also, the warriors do not even gave up when they were forced backwards to the cliffs instead they fought until the end. This kind of spirit are very hard to find nowdays, the people nowdays always give up halfway when they feel that the journey is very diffcult and do not wish to carry on again. After that, they will feel very dishearten and upset. They have never cross their mind that that if they carry on till the end, they may success.

Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Character analayzer-Island of The Blue Dolphins,Chapter 4

In this chapter

Karana : A fainthearted yet brave girl who was looking what was happening on the shore from afar.

Chief Chowig(Karana's father): Held his responsibilities as chief and stood his ground against the Aleuts. He fought till his death.

Aleuts: Cruel and unfair. He is a leader of the Aleuts and not a trustworthy person.

Discussion Director (Chapter 4)

1)What was going through your mind when you read this chapter, chapter 4?
2)How did you feel when Captain Orlov did not want to pay the tribes fo the otters?
3)After all the war between the Aleuts and the tribes, what can be summerised in this chapter?
4)Did you felt surprised when Karana's father died?
5)So, what can you predict in the next chapter?

Discussion Director (Chapter 4)

1)What make the tribe fought with Captain Orlov and his Aleut hunters?
2)How did Karana knew that he father was angry?
3)What makes Karana's father asking for more chests?
4)If Captain Orlov were to call more of his Aleuts, what will happened to the tribe?

Discussion Director-Hidayah

1)Why the author wrote that the day was sunless?
2)Why Captain Orlov had not paid the person that has killed the otter?
3)Why they seemed happy when they were about to leave the island?
4)What was found in the boat when it came back?
5)Did the warriors gave up in the fight at last?

(Character Analyzer) Group 7

Role:Character Analyzer

Island of the blue dolphins(Chapter four)

Character:Captain Orlov

His personality:He is not honest.
Why:He did not want to give the author's father the chests as he want the author's
father to hand over the pelts first.
Age:Not mention in the story.
Strength:The Aleuts whom were his men fought with the author's father and had injured or had
killed their warriors and the author's father was seriously injured.
Weakness:Captain Orlov did not have fairness during his arguement.


His personailty:She is a very obedient daughter.
Why:He always takes care of his brother and cares about his father.
Age:Not mention in the story.
Strength:Not mention in chapter four.
Weakness:Not mention in chapter four.



1. Why did they use "sunless" to describe the day?
2. Why did the men bring their weapons to the coral cove?
3. Why did the women have to hide under the bushes?
4. How did karana know that her father was not please?
5. Why Karana heard cries of delight from the women?
6. Why Karana told Ulape that she do not trust captain Orlov?
7. What made the Aluets and the villages fight?
8. Why they seemed to win the battle?
9. Why captain Orlov and his Aluets ran to the boat when the wind began to blow?
10. What does it mean when "a great bird in flight" is used for running?

Connecter(chapter 4)

They are so close and they fight as a village and they did not give up even when their tribe was getting leser and lesser .They are so united.Its so hard to see this kind of attitude among us this days.We don't even help our friends when help are needed.Some of us gave up easily when work are given and we don't know what to do with it.This kind of people does not have the initiative to find a way to solve a problem .They would run away from them or leave it for others to solve it for them.This kind of attitude is very different from the kind of attitude the villagers have .I think that we this days must follow the good attitude that the villagers have in the story.

island of the blue dolphin(chapter 4)

weishan* discusion director

Q1)Why do Captain Orlov had not paid Karana's father for the otter he had killed?

Q2)What do the black chest inside contained?

Q3)Why would the Aleuts would want to kill the men on the island?

Q4)What do the author mean by"others fell and do not get up"?

Q5)Why do the warriors continued to fight instead of reatreating?

Q6)Why do the men do not pursue them when they set sail on the ship?

Q7)Why were Karana and Ulape scared of using the rocks to attack the Aleuts?

Q8)How do you feel by Captain Orlov cruelty act?

Q9)Can someone summarize this section?

Q10) Did anything surprise you about this section of the book?

Q11) Predict something about the next section of the book.

DASHENI - Character Analyzer (chapter 4)

The character i choose is karana's father.

karana's father:
very responsible ,couragess,great warrior:even though he was being stabbed by Captain Orlov karana's father still got up to fight till his last breath......
strict: even after the Captain offered him three trunks of jewellery he did not accept it
justice going and loyal to his village people:he still fought back for the otter pelts as he knew that the village must have treasured them.
very good leadreship

plot analyzer(chapter 4)

Something terrible is going to happen.The trible were very untied, they leave the village together. Karana father was not pleased to have 1 lotter plelt exchange for 1 string of beads. The women were happy to see the the beads. Captain Orlov gaze moved around the cove and spoke to Aleuts, Karana father died in the war. The five warriors were shocked. The battle started, men fell to the sand and rose to fight again while other died.

Discussion Director------------ zi lu (bruce)

1. What the Aleuts wanted the otter for?
2. Did the Aleuts already think that they do not want to paid the full money before they killed the otter?
3. Why the women hid themselves among the brush on the cliff?
4. Why didn't Karana know her father died?
5.How would Karana and other people feel if they knew their relatives died?
6. Why the men that were alived did not pursue Captin Orlow and his Aleuts?
7. Why the author wrote the weather first?

discussion director(group 5)

questions:1.Did Karana's father died in the end?
2.Why did Ulape and the woman in the brush cry in delight?
3. Why were the Aluets laughing when they were packing up?
4. How did Karana know that her father was not pleased?
5. What did Captain Orlov planned to trade for the pelts?
6.Why was Ulape so nervous?
7.Did the tribe win the battle in the end?
8. Did the tribe pursue the Aluets when they were running to their ship?

Vocabulary Finder - NuRuL aka IfAh(Chapter 4)

3) Surged


1.A strong, wavelike, forward movement, rush, or sweep: the onward surge of an angry mob.

2.A strong, swelling, wavelike volume or body of something: a billowing surge of smoke.

3.The rolling swell of the sea.

Example: As our warriors rushed upon them the two lines surged back.



1.The forced or strategic withdrawal of an army or an armed force before an enemy, or the withdrawing of a naval force from action.

2.The act of withdrawing, as into safety or privacy; retirement; seclusion.

3.A place of refuge, seclusion, or privacy

Example:There were forched backward to them left,yet they fought at the foot of trail and would not retreat.



1.To push forward or along.
2.To push rudely or roughly.

Example:Shoved my father aside.

Connector(Chapter 4)

Captain Orlov is like people who did not keep the promise so Karana father and all of the people on the island fight for their purpose because the Aleuts hunt animals on their land and didn't return what they had promise like the real life people fight for the country,rights,position.Some fight for other people but they didn't get anything in return.


In chapter 4, paragraph 3, we can see that the tribe are united as one. Nowadays, the spirit is lost among youths. Everyone should stay with their family(tribes) through good or bad times. As everyone says united we stand divided we fall.

In chapter 7,the whole chapter was on Karana boarding the ship to start a new beginning but instead, sacrificed her personal belongings just to save Ramo, who was left at the shore just to take his spear. Again, such love cannot be find right now. Siblings would rather fight amongst each other than to spend time and talk, to settle the problem by talking not by fighting.

Plot Analyzer ( Chapter 4 )

From the start of the first paragraph, we can tell that the weather is going to be nasty. " when the news came that the hunter had packed their tents, all of our tribe left the village", this shows how united this people are, unlike some of us who does not even bother to care and thinks that it is just a waste of time. if we could have that spirit within us, it would be great! karana seems to know her dad very well. As she can tell that when her dad is really angry, he pulls his ears. We can tell that Captain Orlow is not a man of his word as he agreed to give karana's father a few more chest but failed to do so in the end. Karana's father was injured later on as the hunter or him started the fight ( it all happened so fast no one knew what happened). Blood was all over his face but he still got up and continue fighting, for the right of his people. When his man saw this, they quickly went to help, they fought till the end without giving out. karana and her sister helped too by throwing rocks at the hunters but stopped after their people and the hunters were fighting together to prevent their people from getting hurt. They were like a big family who sticks togther through thick and thin. We should learn from them as you do not see this among us which is kind of sad

character analyser( chapter4)

captain orlov: A man that are not promising in what he say or agreed
evidence: captain orlov had not paid my father for the otter he had kill and he was prepared to leave the island.

warriors in the village: determination and courage shown. knowing that they will lose to aleut, they never retreat.
evidence: our warriors were forced backward to the cliffs. There were few of them left, yet they fought at the foot of the trail and would not retreat.

Character Analyzer (chapter 4)

1. Captain Orlov

His personality: Stingy
- He did not pay for the otters that Chief Chowig(father) had killed.
Age: Unknown
Race: Russian
Strength: know how to control the ship
- He can turn swiftly across the sea.
Weakness: Dishonest
- He promise to give the money but he did not.

2. Chief Chowig(father)
His personality: calm
- He wasn't pleased but he didn't start any fight or quarrel.
Age: unknown
Race: Indian
Strength: Responsible
- He faced all the difficulties for the village.
: Helpful
- He help the villagers.
Weakness: too serious

Plot Analyser - Nurul Naimah (Chapter 4)

1) Captain Orlov and Karana's father(the chief of Ghalas-at) had an argument for thier right. Captain Orlov had not paid for the otter that Chowig had killed. Captain Orlow wanted to give several necklaces but Chowig wanted the other part of the sea otter as promised. So then Captain Orlow need to keep his promise but he was not satisfied somehow.

2) A few moments later, the tribe(Chowig's) just found out that their chief was hurt. He got blood on his face.

3) Then a short war started. Ulape and Karana tried to help their father by throwing rocks at the Aluets but stopped as they were afraid that the rocks would hit
at their own tribe. Captain Orlow had rowed off his ship but returned with more of his aleyts.

4) Some people of the tribe fell and did not get up, including Chowig.

5) The aleuts left when the wing began to blow.


group members

1.Character Analyzer-jiahuan
2.Disscusion Director-adelaide
3.Plot Analyzer-leonda
5.Vocabulary Finder-junkit

Connecter-Mike Shen

In the real world killing of otter was against the law ,but in the island of the blue dolphins ,killing of otter was not against the law.Things are often buy from others than to be trade from others in the real world.If the other party fail to give what he/her thing they will be taken to the police.Spear are also being replace into guns ,as they are more easy to use than to use a spear.However, in the real world guns are not own by people only for job like a police can own a gun with them.

character analyse(chapter 4 done by shao wei)

Island of the blue dolphin

chapter 4

karana: karana is a timid person who hides in the bush when the fight was going on, and watch helplessly.

karana's dad:karana's dad is a brave person who is willing to face the aleuts for his right, even with blood on his face he stood up to fight

captain orlov:captain orlov is not a thrustworthy person he refused to pay what he took and broke his promise

done by shao wei

Plot Analyzer (Chapter 4)

Paragraph:It all happened so quickly that I could not tell one act from the other. But as I jumped to my feet and Ulape screamed and other cries sounded along the cliff , I saw a figure lying on the rocks. It was my father and blood was on his face. Slowly he got to his feet.

Response : It is worth discussing because this paragraph is full of actions and there are alot of things that we can discuss and write about.

Connector (Chapter 4)

I found the connection between the people in the island and people nowadays. The people living in the island fought for their island even though they knew they might sacrifice themselves just for the island. They show that they are not going to give up their island. They are not like people nowadays.

People nowadays give up easily when they doubt their strengths,therefore they don't try anything. We can see people in the island didn't give up on page 22 line 23-24. You can see people nowadays giving up almost everywhere. I think that people nowadays shouldn't give up without even trying.

Vocabulary Finder - NuRuL aka IfAh (Chapter 4)

1) Sunless

1.Lacking sun or sunlight; dark: a sunless room.

2.Dismal; gloomy; cheerless: a sunless smile.

Example: The Aleuts left onm a sunless day.


1.The skin of an animal with the fur or hair still on it.

2.A stripped animal skin ready for tanning.

Example: The narrow beach were scattered with bundless of otter pelts.

Vocabulary Finder(chapter 4)

Vocabulary finder- Chloe

word: kelp
meaning: a bed or mass of such seaweeds
example:The wide kelp that encloses our island and between the two rocks that guard coral cove.

meaning:the skin of an animal with the fur or hair on it.
example:This man who stepped forward with a bale of pelts on his back and shoved my father aside.

meaning:a ridge of rocks or sand,often of cobra debris,at or near the surface of the water
example:But i had been watching the reef and waiting for the right time to harvest.

Vocabulary Finder (chapter 4) Jianting~

Words from chapter 4

1. Ceased = a. to stop; discontinue: Not all medieval beliefs have ceased to exist.
b. to come to an end: At last the war had ceased.
c .Obsolete. to pass away; die out.

2. Bales = large bundle of paper, straw, goods, etc pressed together and tied with rope or wire ready to be moved or sold.

3. Surged = a. a strong, wavelike, forward movement, rush, or sweep: the onward surge of an angry mob.
b. a strong, swelling, wavelike volume or body of something: a billowing surge of smoke.
c. the rolling swell of the sea.
d. the swelling and rolling sea: The surge crashed against the rocky coast.
e. a swelling wave; billow.

f. (of a ship) to rise and fall, toss about, or move along on the waves: to surge at anchor.
g. to rise, roll, move, or swell forward in or like waves: The sea surged against the shore. The crowd surged back and forth.
h. to rise as if by a heaving or swelling force: Blood surged to his face.

4. Barred = a. preventing entry or exit or a course of action; "a barricaded street"; "barred doors"; "the blockaded harbor"
b. marked with stripes or bands.

Vocabulary Finder ( Chapter 4)

1)White sprays of water:

Meaning: Drops of water

Sentence: When John dived into the sea, white sprays of water were send up.

Why did you choose this idiom?:I thought that this word can be used in writing compositions and score marks.

2)Drew breath in excitement:

Meaning: Very excited; an excitable manner.

Sentence: When jenifer saw the beautiful horses in the meadow, she drwew her breath in excitement.

why did you choose this idiom?: The word seems very much interesting.

3) Ceased:

Meaning To put an end to it; discontinue

Sentence: The factory ceased production.

Why did you choose this word?: We can replace the word "stop" with this word.

4) Cries of delight:

Meaning: Very excited.

Sentence: The villagers gave cries of delight when the war was finally over.

Why did you choose this word?: I thought this was a very interesting word and could be used in writing compositons.

5) Sarcely breathing:

Meaning: Almost stop breathing.

Sentence: When Chicken Little saw the aliens, he was scarcely breathing.

Why did you choose this word?: I thought this was a perfect word to write this word instead of writing" almost stop breathing".

6) Surged:

Meaning: To sudddenly move very quickly in a particular direction.

Sentence: The crowd surged through the gates.

Why did you choose this word?: I felt that it can replace the word " rush".

Disscusion Director (Chap 4)


1. Why did the men from the tribe bring their weapons ?
2. Why did the women hide in the bushes ?
3. How do we know that Karana roughly understand what her father was talking about ?
4. Why did the women cry in delight when they saw saw the necklaces ?
5. How did Karana felt when her father did not get up ?
6. Did the tribe win the battle ?
7. Why did some of the tribe male tribe members stay at the foot of the trail and not retreat ?

discussion directer (Chapter four)

1) why did Karana's father stand up to fight again?
2) what were the villagers reaction when Ulape threw a rock at Captain Orlov's direction?
3) why didn't Karana's father accept the chests of beads from Captain Orlov?

our roles

Group members: zhang zilu (bruce)
Goh jin yang
Toh shao wei
Chia mike shen
Hong meng hock

1: Disscusion Director - zilu
: Plot Analyzer -Jin Yang
3: Vocabulary Finder - meng hock
'4: Connecter - mike shen
5: Character Analyzer - shao wei

discussion dircetor-------- zi lu (bruce)

1. What kind of game dowe want to choose?
2. What is our purpous?
3. What tools do we need to use??

leonda-plot analyzer(chapter 4 &7)

Chapter 4 and 7 leave me an impression on me.In chapter 4,the village of Ghalas-at are prepare for the war with Aleuts as they don't trust them.Many brave warriors died,one of them is Karana's father.Before the war,Karana's father,have a fight with Captain Orlov because the Aleuts didin't pay the money for the otters and fleet because of the weather is going to change.I believe Karana,Ulape andRamo wll be very sad.

In chapter 7,I got to praised Karana's bravery.Because of her younger brother,she jump into the sea,did not care about her danger,although peoples in the ship comforted her.I saw kindship between her and her brother,it also prove that she loves her brother so much that she willing to sacrifices her 'new life' in other country.

Monday, June 25, 2007

Vocabulary Finder - NuRul aka IfAh



1. To stoop, especially with the knees bent: crouched over the grate, searching for his keys.

2.To press the entire body close to the ground with the limbs bent: a cat crouching near its prey.

3.To bend servilely or timidly; cringe.

Example: There I crouched on my hands and knees.

Vocabulary Finder - NuRuL aka IfAh

1) Swiftly



moving or capable of moving with great speed or velocity; fleet; rapid: a swift ship.


coming, happening, or performed quickly or without delay: a swift decision.

Example : I’m moving swiftly ,down the ravine until I came to the sea cliffs.

Vocabulary Finder - NuRuL aka IfAh



1.An area of high land with a flat top and two or more steep, cliff like sides.

Example: Our women were gathering at the edge of the mesa.

Vocabulary Finder - NuRuL aka IfAh




any large, brown, cold-water seaweed of the family Laminariaceae, used as food and in various manufacturing processes.


a bed or mass of such seaweeds.

Example: The wide kelp that encloses our island and between the two rocks that guard Coral Cove.

Vocabulary Finder - NuRuL aka IfAh




to look steadily and intently, as with great curiosity, interest, pleasure, or wonder.


a steady or intent look.


at gaze, Heraldry. (of a deer or deer like animal) represented as seen from the side with the head looking toward the spectator: a stag at gaze.

Example: ‘While you gaze at the sea.’

Vocabulary Finder - NuRuL aka IfAh



1. Any of several large, widely distributed marine diving birds of the genus Phalacrocorax, having dark plumage, webbed feet, a slender hooked bill, and a distensible pouch.

2.A greedy, rapacious person.


‘Dolphins sit there, and gulls, and cormorants ,and otter,and whales too,but not clouds.’

Discussion Director - Syarifah Syafiqah

1)What makes you think that Karana have a long hair?

2)Why the people of Ghalas-at have 2 names-common and secret?

3)What is the purpose of Captain Orlov and his Aleuts hunters came to Ghalas-at?

Saturday, June 23, 2007

Plot analyzer-Leonda(Island of the blue dolphins)

Karana is brave and clever.Bit by bit she build the house by herself and shot the wild dogs.It is very difficult to survive in the island with dangers and face the dangers all by herself.

Response-She really very brave!I can't believe that she manage to survive in th wild.If it was me,it is really very difficult to survive in the island.

Chicken Little -Sharifah

Chicken Little-Sharifah

Chicken Little-Sharifah

Chicken little- Sharifah

Thursday, June 21, 2007


Paragraph: On the first day of spring I went down to Coral Cove with my new spear. I knew it was spring because that morning at dawn the sky was filled with flocks of darting birds. They were small and black and came only at this time of year. They came out of the south and stayed for two suns, hunting food in the ravines, and then flew off in one great flight towards the north.

Response - It is worth discussing because it is interesting as we never knew this types of birds will only stay for 2 suns during spring. We also never knew the darting birds are small and black and only came at spring.


1) How did you feel when Karana managed to survive in the island all by herself ?
2) How did you feel when Chief Chowig and Ramo died and left Karana alone ?
3) Do you feel that this story is inspiring? Explain.


I admire Karana for her bravery and independence. She is very brave to survive in face of all sorts of dangers being trapped alone in a island all by herself.

Response - If i were to be trapped in a island all by myself, I would feel very scared and hopeless.

our roles

1: Disscusion Director - eleanor
2: Plot Analyzer - dayana
3: Vocabulary Finder - Chloe
4: Connecter - elizabeth
5: Character Analyzer - siyi


The main character: Karana( also known as won-a-pa-lei)
Age: 12 years old.
Race: Indian
Her personalities: Brave, independent, adventurous, courageous, poor, belligerent(war-like character)
Strengths: Daring, curious, prudent, unselfish, mellow
Weaknesses: Shy, vain

The main character's brother: Ramo
Age: 6 years old.
Race: Indian
His personalities: Mischievous, small, lazy, active
Strengths: Friendly, happy, energetic
Weaknesses: Foolish, nosy

The main character's father: Chief Chowig(also the chief of Ghalas-at)
Age: Unknown
Race: Indian
His personalities: Tall, a leader, proud, witty
Strengths: Responsible, helpful
Weaknesses: Too serious

Wednesday, June 20, 2007

WORD WIZARD(Words for the whole book)

Word: Glistening(Found in page 14)
Meaning: A sparkling, lustrous shine.
Sentence: As father and me walked along the sandy beach beside the blue ocean, the beautiful waters glistened brightly back at us.
Why is this word chosen: It is a better word to describe shiny and this word gives a very sparkling feel.

Word: Carcasses(Found in page 16)
Meaning: The dead body of an animal, especially one slaughtered for food.
Sentence: After the tsunami tragedy, many carcasses are found near the shores.
Why is this word chosen: It can be used in more ways like on animals, human bodies.

Word: Scattered(Found in page 19)
Meaning: Thrown about ; disperse.
Sentence: Winds blew the leaves of the soft lalang and the leaves were scattered around the plant.
Why this word is chosen: This word can describe many kinds of scenes.

Word: Scarcely(Found in page 21)
Meaning: Hardly, only just.
Sentence: "The car knocked down that man! He is scarcely breathing now."
Why this word is chosen: It is a better word to describe barely or hardly.

Word: Barred(Found in page 21)
Meaning: Keep in or out; obstruct.
Sentence: Linny was barred from using the computer because she did not do her homework.
Why is this word chosen: This word can be used to describe some one or something being locked up and also can describe not being allowed to.

Word: Shoved(Found in page 22)
Meaning: To push roughly or rudely; jostle.
Sentence: Being in a crowded market, Mother was shoved by many people and was terribly furious.
Why is this word chosen: It is another word for push, but this word means it was pushed even more roughly.

Word: Ceased(Found in page 63)
Meaning: Obsolete. to pass away; die out.
Sentence: After raining non-stop for four days, it finally ceased but floods are everywhere.
Why is this word chosen: It is a better word than using went down or die out.

Word: Crouching(Found in page 95)
Meaning: To stoop, especially with the knees bent.
Sentence: After being kicked in the stomach, Jeril crouched on the ground in pain.
Why is this word chosen: It is a better word to use than squat.

Saturday, June 16, 2007

Squealing( ToonDoo comic)

Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Straning ( ToonDoo comic)

Chuckles ( ToonDoo comic)

Stammering( ToonDoo comic)

Monday, June 11, 2007

A turn for the worse ( Toon Doo comic )

Vocabulary Finder- Madeleine

1) A turn for the worse :

Meaning : A turn for the worse means that if a situation or an ill person takes a turn for the worse, they become worse or more ill.

Sentence: Their relationship took a turn for the worse when he lost his job.

Why did you choose this word or idiom?: I think that this idiom is useful and we can use it in our composition.


Meaning: To speak with a lot of pauses and repeated sounds, either because you have a speech problem, or because you are nervous, excited etc.

Sentence: Whenever he was angry he would begin stammering slightly.

Why did you choose this word?: Because this word can help to describe the sound when we want to say words but always afraid to say it.


Meaning: To laugh quietly.

Sentence: Bettty gave a little chuckle when her admirer fell in front of her.

Why did you choose this word?: This is one of the many words which can describe laugh.


Meaning: If you rattle something, or if it rattles, it shakes and makes a quick series of short sounds.

Sentence: Danny banged on his sister's door and rattled the handle.

Why did you choose this word?: This word can desciribe a particular sound made.


Meaning: Worry that is caused by having to deal with a problem or work too hard over a long period of time or stress.

Sentence: I don't babysit anyone any more,the strain was too much for me.

Why did you choose this word?: This word can be replaced with the word "stress".


Meaning: Sounds cannot be heard clearly, for example because they come from behind a door or wall.

Sentence: I could hear muffled voices in the next room.

Why did you choose this word?: This word can be replaced with the word" quiet "


Meaning: The act of weeping or crying noisily.

Sentence: He spake well save that his blubbering interrupted him.

Why did you choose this word?: This word can be used instead of always saying or writing weeping or crying noisily.


Meaning: To show in an annoying way that you are proud of your own success or happy about someone else's failure.

Sentence: When you score number 1 in the class don't gloat over others failure.

Why did you choose this word?: I find this word very interesting.


Meaning: To utter or express with a deep guttural sound.

Sentence:He merely grunted his approval.

Why did you choose this word?: This word can use to describe sounds.It is also very helpful in writing composition.

Meaning: To give forth a loud shrill cry or sound or having or making a high-pitched sound such as that made by a mouse or a rusty hinge.

Sentence:When Mrs Tan heard something squeal, she immediately jumped to a nearest chair.

Why did you choose this word?: This word can represent mouse squeaks or rusty hinge.It can also be used in writing compositions.


Meaning: Risk of loss or injury; peril or danger.

Sentence: When you take drugs, not only it will affect your health, you are also putting your life in danger.

When did you choose this word?: This word can replace the word" danger".

12)Only a matter of time:

Meaning: sure to happen at some time in the future.

Sentence: If she wins next year's olympic race, it seems only a matter of time before she meets her target of getting 4 golds.

Why did you choose this idiom?: I thought it was a pretty good idiom and it can be very useful in writing composition.

13)Rubbing in it:

Meaning: If someone rubs it in, they keep talking about something that makes you feel embarrassed or upset.

Sentence:I know I made a mistake, but you don't have to rub it in.

Why did you choose this idiom ?: This idiom is useful and can be used in writing compositions.


Meaning: Reproach in a mocking, insulting manner or aggravation by mocking or criticizing.

Sentence: The other children taunted him about his weight.

Why did you choose this word?:This word can be used instead of "making fun of".


Meaning: To breathe with difficulty, producing a hoarse whistling sound or to make a sound resembling laborious breathing.

Sentence: If John runs non-stop for 2.4 KM, he will start to wheeze because he has asthma.

Why did you choose this word ?: I find this word very interesting.

16)Gust of wind:

Meaning: A strong, abrupt rush of wind.

Sentence: When it was raining cats and dogs yesterday, a strong gust of wind blew and a tree by the roadside fell, causing traffic jam.

Why did you choose this idiom ?: This word can be used instead of"the wind blowing very hard".

17)Piece of cake:

Meaning: Something very easy.

Sentence: Our team is strong, but it won't be a piece of cake to make it to the finals.

Why did you choose this idiom ?: We can use this idiom instead of always using " this is very easy".