Thursday, February 23, 2017

Harkness Discussion #2: Middle Ages: 7 to 11

Hello all you opium poppies, yes we went there.


Welcome to our Second Harkness discussion!! WOW!!! And if you’re sitting here like
“Ummmmm… what the eejit is a Harkness discussion??!”, it is explained in our first Harkness discussion, and I would highly recommend checking that out before this one.


Since our last Harkness discussion, we have continued reading from page 52 to 145. And *breathe in* boooi has it been a blast!
*!!!SPOILER ALERT!!!* if you haven't read the book “ The House Of The Scorpion”. STOP, DROP, AND ROLL TO YOUR LOCAL BOOKSTORE! (maybe don't roll all the way, you may get some looks that aren't positive) Seriously, it’s amazing!!


Nonetheless, enjoy this Harkness discussion!

Below are our recording and a reflection for this discussion. Hope you enjoy listening :)




During this discussion, when quieter people were going to talk, we made sure to wait until they were done talking and didn’t interrupt them. This allowed those people to share their ideas.
To support the louder (*cough* Lucas B *cough* ) people in the group, we made sure to listen to what they were saying, and reply if we had ideas. This allowed us to be sure everyone was included in the conversation and was able to have a satisfying reaction from the others.
The timestamp that we found was most intriguing and engaging was from 6:08- 7:08 minutes.
This seemed most appropriate because we were discussing the origins of Mexico and how they made a toll on this amazing story. Shorty after, we began to discuss theories and ideas with evidence, on why the clone is there in the first place, and who El Patron really is. This was a juicy part of the discussion because everyone had something to share about it, even if it was just their opinions.


Our goal for the next Harkness discussion is to is to talk clearer. A lot of people were too quiet, some were too loud, and some people were just plain-old-hard-to-understand. We should also stop and ask the quieter people next time if they have anything to say about it, so people like the cartographer can share if they haven’t yet.


I hope you enjoyed episode 2 of our ongoing Harkness discussions, and tune in for episode 3 :)

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

The Land Of Opium

Hello y’all!


If you’re not already aware, we are Operation Scorpio! (As you can see from the name of our blog). We are a group of people investigating the incredible work of Nancy Farmer herself, The House Of The Scorpion. We have officially reached page 101! And let me tell you, stuff’s going down!


A big factor of any novel is setting, so we made a map. This map shows the geography and the time period of this book, of what we know/believe from the first 100 pages!


We really hope you enjoy looking at this map as much as we did making it.


And therefore;
Welcome to the land of The House Of The Scorpion!

–Operation Scorpio






Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Operation Scorpio take #1

Sooooooo... Welcome to Operation Scorpio, a place where we will be breaking apart the literature in the book "The House Of The Scorpion" by Nancy Farmer to see its true colors shining throughhhhhhhh *pun intended*

Stay tuned for Harkness discussions, assignments, blog posts, etc...
- Operation Scorpio


ps. this introduction is late but it's better late than never :)

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Harkness discussion #1: Youth 0 to 6

Hey everybody!

So today we took part in something called a harkness discussion. It is when a group of people sit around a table and talk. BUT THERE'S MORE. We also prepare questions to ask the people around this table, and specifically discussions that involve everyone's thoughts. For example:


person 1: "what is your opinion on the new president?'

person 2: "NOT MY PRESIDENT"
person 3: " I personally think he is a great president that will make America great again"
blah blah blah.....

Sooo. We got the opportunity to take part in a harkness discussion about the book "the house of the scorpion" with another group of people. We also took the time to reflect on this conversation.


Here's how it went:


1. How did we support quieter people during the discussion?
We supported quieter people by agreeing with everyone’s ideas and added on to each other making for a very welcoming discussion. We tried to let everyone talk when they had something to say so that we could have a variety of perspectives. When louder people got off topic we made sure to lead them back to the discussion questions, so that the quieter people could speak too.

2. How did we support the more talkative people in the group?
Everyone was talking, some people talked a little more than others but no one dominated the discussion or was dominated.


3. What is the timestamp of our best moment of discussion, and why?
1:00-2:00
Because we were discussing possible endings, how the story might turn out. We all wanted to talk and had clever ideas of how the symbolism and overall storyline so far may affect the future.


4. What is our main goal for our next discussion?
Our main goal for the next Harkness discussion is to make sure that we are not talking over each other so that everyone’s opinions can be heard in the recording of it. This is important because everybody’s opinion is different and worth hearing.


we also mapped our contributions to the group to make sure everyone gets their ideas out.


here it is :)





We had lots of fun conversing with each other about this book. Amazing book by the way! looking forward to part 2.
This is not the last harkness discussion we will be posting. Be expecting lots more to come!

Thank you!

-Malcolm, Cherry, Sarah, and Hannah