The Glass Castle

Jeannette Walls

What was the author's purpose for writing this book? Was the purpose to ee you entertain? Persuade you of something? Inform you? Write down at least one quote to support this idea.

The author's purpose for writing this book is get the message across for people not to judge a book by its cover. The purpose was to inform people. My quote is from the part when the teacher automatically thinks she would know anything about the poor life. The teacher says, "What do you know about the lives of the underprivileged?" on page 25.

Explain three concepts, principles, techniques you learned from reading this book. Label them A, B, and C as you write about them.

A) There were only five chapters to split up the different times of her life.

B) Some chapters lasted longer than half the book, the childhood parts.

C) There were little sections in each of the chapters to split up events.

Write about on chapter of section that made the greatest impression on you. Explain.

The part of the book that made an impression on me was when the dad took all the money the children had saved up all on their own to go buy boos and cigarettes. That just made me very angry.

On a scale of 1-5, what would you rate this book? Explain you rating. Who would enjoy this book?

I would rate this a 3.5 because it has a lot of good stories and events that keep you interested. But at one point the unfortunate stories become overwhelming because of how many there were. People who like books with tragities and good lessons to learn would like this book a lot.

Tag two passages from you book to share with your group.

Pg 40)

"I want that one," i said. Dad grinned. "That's Venus," he said. Venus was only a planet, he went on, and pretty dinky compared to real stars. She looked bigger and brighter because she was much closer than the stars. Poor old Venus didn't even make her own light, Dad said. She shone only from reflected light. He explained to me that planets glowed because reflected light was constant, and stars twinkled because their light pulsed. "I like it anyway," I said. I had admired Venus even before that Christmas. you could see it in the early evening, glowing on the western horizon, and if you got up early, you could still see it in the morning, after all the starts had disappeared. "What the hell," Dad said. "It's Christmas. You can have a planet if you want."

Pg 155)

It was hard work, but after a month we'd dug a hold deep enough for us to disappear in. Even though we hadn't squared the edges or smoothed the floor, we were still pretty darn proud of ourselves. Once Dad had poured the foundation, we could help him on the frame. But since we couldn't afford to pay the town's trash-collection fee, our garbage was really piling up. One day Dad told us to dump it in the hole. "But that's for the Glass Castle," I said.

Make connections between the selection and your own life.

The way that the Walls family lived was very shocking and impressive concidering how well Jeannette turned out. My life isn't on the rich side or the dirt poor, homeless side, and that is all that they ever wanted to have. I feel more grateful now after seing their livestyle. It makes me appreciate the roof over my head and the blankets I have on my warm bed.