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Paper Towns Book Talk
Transcript of Paper Towns Book Talk
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This is an Adventure book by John Green that takes place in Orlando Florida . Quentin and Margo were childhood friends that drifted apart between elementary school and high school. Quentin has always loved Margo. One day their senior year, Margo shows up at Quentin's window because she needed a ride. They went on an adventure together and connected in an intimate way. (Or so he thought) After this night spent together, she leaves town. He and his friends go on a huge hunt to find her. Quentin finds clues all over town leading him to her. He thinks that she is wanting him to go through all of this to find her. He finds her, but she is confused as to why he is there. She said she always leaves clues to show she is okay.
This novel was John Green's third young adult novel. He wrote this book because he was tired of people idealizing the people that they were interested in romantically. Also, he grew up in Orlando and wanted to write a story that took place there.
I believe that this book is important to young adults because it helps them to think about life on a deeper level. When I read it, it made me contemplate about my life and really consider if I was chasing my dreams or just going through every day mindlessly. I think this book would be important to young adults to read as they're still in school, because they have endless possibilities waiting for them in college or their future careers.
This book spoke to me in many different ways, and I believe that people could all take different things from it. However, I got that life is an adventure and it's not meant to be lived bored and spent going through that motions. We should engage in activities that bring us joy, and we should dream big. Margo chased after her dreams, and I was left inspired by her willingness to just go because she felt like that's what she was supposed to do. We can't live a life that is spent trying to please people, but we should live a life that we should be proud of fifty years from now, not regretful of.
Why this book spoke to me..
"The nice thing about Paper Towns is it’s as much about the friendship between Quentin, Radar and Ben as it is about Quentin’s love for Margo, and his quest to find her after she disappears yet again." -Chicago Sun-Times
"A satisfying look at young unrequited love, bromances, independence and letting go." -USA Today
One activity that I believe could be really beneficial to young adults is one that would be done during the high school years, preferably senior year though. The students could write a letter to their future selves about where they hope to be five years from then. This activity would be helpful because it would allow them to think about their hopes and dreams, and what it would take to accomplish them. Margo an Quentin went after their hopes and dreams despite the costs, which was one of the several themes illustrated in the book. This became a central idea of the text. This essay would help students to think about the sacrifices their dreams may cause while reinforcing a central idea of the text. Ideally, these letters would actually be sent to the students five years later.
Potential Classroom Activities
Essentials of the
I think one main theme in
is about chasing what you want in life regardless of the cost. Margo leaves her family in Orlando because she doesn't like living there. She leaves what she knows, but chases her dreams by leaving. Quentin also sacrifices a lot during this search for Margo. Being with Margo is his dream, and he will sacrifice almost anything to be able to find her.
Another theme in the book is that people change. Quentin fell in love with who Margo was. He later realized that she was a different person from who she was when she was younger. He was in love with who he thought she was.
Another activity that could be beneficial to young adults would be about John Green's purpose for writing this book. He believes that people "over-romanticize" their romantic interests, just like Quentin did with Margo. An activity that could tie into this would be putting the names of random objects in a hat and letting each student draw one. The students would then write a description about this object without saying what it really is. They would over-romanticize this object, or in other words, "over-sell" it. This would help students understand how they can over-romanticize anything, even an object as simple as a toothpick. At the same time, the students would learn that their view of something as simple as an object can change based on view in the same way that Quentin's view of Margo was skewed This activity could be used for students at any age. If time allowed, the students could come up and read their over-romanticized descriptions and see if that class could guess it correctly.
Green, John. "Questions about Paper Towns." john green. WordPress.
N.d. Web. 20 October 2015.
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: Analyze a case in which grasping point of view requires distinguishing what is directly stated in a text from what is really meant (e.g., satire, sarcasm, irony, or understatement).
Determine two or more themes or central ideas of a text and analyze their development over the course of the text, including how they interact and build on one another to produce a complex account; provide an objective summary of the text.