The "Alice Project"

A 10th Grade Honors English Tour of "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland"

“I Wish I Had Done More…” – End of Project Reflections December 7, 2009

Filed under: After the Deadline,Observations,Student Entries — Christian Long @ 11:55 pm

Via SurveyMonkey, all students were asked — on this Monday after the student-submission side of the project has come to an end – to comment on a range of questions.

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Question 9:

What are YOU most FRUSTRATED by in terms of THE WORK YOU DID (or didn’t do) during the “Alice Project” now that the PROJECT HAS ENDED?

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Here were their (unedited) responses:

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1. I am very frustrated that I discovered so many more ideas and topics I could of blogged about after the project was over. 

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2. There was nowhere close to enough time. I spent one or two weeks not publishing blog posts both because of me looking up concepts and interpretations that others had made of them (nihilism,existentialism). If I wanted (not sure whether or not) to continue to write blogs on Alice, they could possibly reach doctoral paper length. 

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3. I wish I would have put more time in to my work and done more for my team. 

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4. That it took me so long to finally “get it.” 

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5. I am frustrated that it ended! I keep seeing something and going, “that would make a great post!” I just wish that all of these ideas had come sooner! 

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6. I wish I had done more blogs, and done them earlier in the project. 

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7. I’m frustradted I didn’t get to go through the entire project as my other classmates did, causing me to finish the project as the others did. 

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8. I could have commented more. 

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9. I am most frustrated the fact that I didn’t come up with different ideas about Alice in the “real” world rather than all analyzing the “text” itself.

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10. I did to much at the end and not enough in the beginning.

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11. I’m frustrated that it took me so long to figure out something to write about. I mean I could analyze and everything, I just didn’t know how to take that and write a blog about it. 

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12. I wanted to do more Cover it Live sessions. 

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13. That it took me a long time to write blogs, and it was hard to find a lot of time to work on them, so I only did twelve(the minimum) instead of more. 

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14. I feel like I did excellent work, but I feel like my grade is going to suffer because technically the quantitative amount is considered minimal. 

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15. I’m frustrated with the length of my blogs, because at first I didn’t necessarily know what I was doing, and if I was doing the right thing.

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16. I said that Technology and I were on speaking terms, perhaps i should have said that i keep my enemies closer than my friends. 

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17. I wish I was not stuck at the beginning of the project. I would have more blogs by now. 

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18. I didn’t think enough. 

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19. I’m frustrated with how long it took to write thoughful blog posts. 

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20. Having a really good idea, then realizing I only can make 10-12 sentences out of it. I then have to ‘stretch’ my blog post out because I want to get it out there, and it doesn’t look as good. This, and teammates changing the site deign without clearing it up with the other members. 

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21. I got all these ideas after the Deadline.

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22. The thing that annoyed me the most was the amount of work I had to tackle and interpret. 

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23. When I was stuck on writing blogs. Mostly in the beginning, I had a hard time knowing what to write about.

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24. I’m really sad that I didn’t have enough time for Alice and the blog, but I plan on analyzing Alice more and there is DEFINITELY more blogging in my future. 

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25. I wish my team had interacted more during the project. I think we could only have made the project better had we collaborated more. 

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26. I’m frustrated that my work slumped during the missled of the project because I could’ve had time for many more posts and work on the website, but I just felt like I had unlimited time, which definitely not true. 

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27. I am frustrated that I waited until the last few weeks of the project to finish my blogs. While I feel that I still ended strong, I think that if I had done perhaps 3 a week each week I would have had a better time. 

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28. I know I could have done more work. 

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29. The fact that I had a “brainfart” and didn’t reallize that blog #13 was actually a blog, and so I only commented on blogs 1 through 12, though I commented multiple times on several of the others. 

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30. I feel as though I could have used a prezi or diigo to augment my understanding. 

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31. I really wanted to do more that what was to be expected. I wanted to do more blog entries and more comments, even though I did what was required. If I had a little more time, I would be able to do at least 20 blog entries and many more comments.

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32. I wish I could have had a lot more blogs and comments. After the project ended, I had so many ideas come to me.

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33. I really did not like how long it took me to realize how my writing needed to improve and how I didn’t realize that until the end of the project. 

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34. Even though I went over the minimum of blogs, I wish I could’ve done more. There is just so much there I’d like to write about. 

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35. I am not frustrated, but sometimes I wish I had done some more extra blogs and comments for a possiblity if a higher grade. 

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36. There is nothing that Im frustrated with. 

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37. I am frustrated with the fact that I didn’t do much at the beginning of the project because of my lack of understanding. Now I have so much more I wish I could have gotten a chance to do. 

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38. I did not have better quality and did not have a greater quantity.

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39. I feel if i had less work in every class I could ahve put more energy into this. It dissapoints me greatly that I was unable to. 

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40. I wish I never procrastinated in the first place

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41. I’m not pleased that I wasn’t able to complete more blog entrie that I had ideas for as the project closed.

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42. I am frustrated with the amount of ideas I had that I wasn’t able to convey through the period of this project. I could easily have done many more weeks. 

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43. The lack of quality that my blogs seem to possess.

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44. I missed one comment because I thought my Diigo would count. 

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45. Computers not logging on.

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46. The fact I could think of many ideas after the project was over to blog about.

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47. I found myself reviewing my work after the process. I feel that I could have had less grammatical errors, as well as a couple more concrete examples in which to further analyze the subject of the post. 

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48. I wish I had worked on not having repeating ideas. 

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49. Waiting until the last minute to finish my work. 

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50. Well the comments and the blogs towards the end of the time started to have less quality. 

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51. I wasn’t really all that frustrated with my work. While I wish I could have come up with more blog ideas, there aren’t any big frustrations about the project. 

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52. I probably could have added a few more entries if I managed my time better; still, my entries were longer than average, so perhaps not many more. 

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53. I didn’t do anything extra, and I’m really upset at myself for that. And for pushing everything into the last few days. But, I did work really hard.

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54. some of my blogs could have been better – more thought out or better organized.

 

“If Only Mr. Long Had…” – End of Project Reflections

Filed under: After the Deadline,Observations,Student Entries — Christian Long @ 11:38 pm

Via SurveyMonkey, all students were asked — on this Monday after the student-submission side of the project has come to an end – to comment on a range of questions.

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Question 7:

What is ONE thing that Mr. Long COULD HAVE DONE to have helped YOU BE SUCCESSFUL with the “Alice Project” now that the PROJECT HAS ENDED?

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Here were their (unedited) responses:

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1. Maybe giving a suggestion on how to manage our time better. 

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2. Given an honest assessment of the top (insert number) blogs every week, instead of posting all of the published ones as “recommendations”. This would help give us an idea of what the “real world” is looking for in an interesting blog, since we, as tenth graders are not our own average audience.

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3. I think that we should have talked about the story as a class more because, I think it would have kept us all on the same page more. 

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4. A beginning dicussion about the start of the book. 

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5. I don’t know. 

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6. It may have been helpful if we had done the “Alice Project” and “Lord of the Flies” project at different times, so that we could focus on each project equally and put our best into each of them. 

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7. During the duration of this project, Mr. long was also learning, so I’m not quite sure what else he may have been able to do.

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8. Explain some of the scenes a little more. I was a little confused about the storyline at some points.

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9. If Mr. Long could have thought about the overall workload and stress this project would bring while also having a LOTF project at the same time. 

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10. Make sure that we were working.

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11. I think that we probably should’ve picked one day out of the week, like a Tuesday after doing vocab quizzes, where we would just discuss as a class rather then be on the laptops that day. In fact it doesn’t even have to be a long conversation, 15 minutes and then we’d go and write. 

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12. Spellcheck and grammer check is always welcome. 

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13. One thing that Mr. Long could have done to help me be successful was to have more than one class discussion about the book, Alice in Wonderland. 

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14. I feel like he did all he could do without interfering too much. 

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15. I feel like I didn’t know whether I was analyzing the story correctly, and it would’ve helped to just have some guidance or a finger to point me in the right direction.

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16. I really apreciated the fact that Mr. Long, for the most part, left us to our own devices. 

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17. Help me to come up with ideas for blogs. 

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18. He’s pretty helpful and swell. 

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19. There wasan’t anything major that would have helped tremendously. He really did everything he could have to help us.

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20. Have a required 2 post per week, and 2-3 comments a week so that slackers don’t get piled up with all that work in the end (especially if they are in your group). Didn’t apply to me, but I’m sure some people feel this way. 

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21. He did all that was necessary. 

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22. I do not believe that Mr. Long could have helped me, and that I was the problem that only I could fix. 

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23. In the beginning, helped us out with the very first blog. Just getting us started. 

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24. I think Mr. Long did everything that he could have done without doing it for us. Multiple all nighters pulling this amazing, now legendary project together is much appreciated. 

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25. I think the fact that Mr. Long was absent for a week of the project and never supplied entry-specific feedback took away some of what the project could have been. 

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26. He could have showed us some helpful skills, hints, and tricks on the technology side of things.

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27. There is very little, but perhaps have demonstrated the behind-the-scenes of some of the Web 2.0 collaberation tools beforehand. 

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28. I think I would had done better with a better day-to-day schedule. 

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29. I would have appreciated a greater degree of motivation to write when I’m not on deadline.

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30. Allow the technology to be optional and allow us to understand them on our own terms. 

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31. Honestly, I think that Mr. Long did his job. He helped me when I was stuck on what to write about next. He gives really good advice!! 

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32. I think he did everything right and everything he could have done because I feel like I did a good job.

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33. I could have understood the editing proccess a little more. 

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34. Not much. Maybe help and motivate OTHERS that I saw who hadn’t done many blogs, who procrastinated. 

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35. For those who were stuck on what they should blog about, he could have posted a couple questions per week to write a response in their opinion. 

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36. There was really nothing he could of done. 

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37. I think that he did what he could to help us be successful. 

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38. I do not know. Honestly, he worked such that everything was edited and posted within hours of publishing. He provided support where needed. He made the project fun. 

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39. Nothing. He was very helpful 

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40. He did his part greatly. No more is needed to be said.

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41. He could have been more hands on in term of motivating us to do work. 

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42. I think that this project was more of a “Do-It-Yourself” type thing. Mr. Long did all he could while still giving us the freedom to discover these ideas on our own. 

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43. A tutorial on technology. 

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44. Nothing he did his job, I just needed to do better. 

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45. Nothing!!!! 

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46. In class Discussions once a week. 

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47. The reminders of the required comment responses on your own posts would be nice to have because I found myself unaware that commenting back on my own posts was part of the requirements. 

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48. Nothing more as far as I know. 

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49. Manuvering around the dashboard.

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50. Well I think that urging us to keep up with the blogs more would have helped. 

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51. Nothing, really. Everything was very clear and understandable. Even with the huge amount of work we had to put in, we were responsible for everything, and that was that. 

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52. He did a solid job. I’m not sure what I could add. 

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53. I’m pretty sure that everything that went wrong was on my on behalf…so yeah. Maybe if he had pushed the little time we had left a little more, but I’m still an epic procrastinator. 

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54. Nothing.

 

“Quality of Writing & Thinking” – End of Project Reflections

Filed under: After the Deadline,Observations,Student Entries — Christian Long @ 5:28 pm

Via SurveyMonkey, all students were asked — on this Monday after the student-submission side of the project has come to an end – to comment on a range of questions.

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Question 4:

Do you feel CONFIDENT about the QUALITY OF WRITING & THINKING that is required of you as you discuss “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland” and “The Annotated Alice” notes now that the PROJECT HAS ENDED?

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Here were their (unedited) responses:

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1. For the most part, although a few things confuse me. I do feel confident about my writting quality. I believe that my first 10 are my best but I also have strong faith in my other 9 blogs. I speant atleast 1 hour on each blog so I know there loaded with my thoughs. My first 10 blogs that were posted were posted over time. The next 9 were done the night before the due date. Like I said before I still have great faith in my last 9. Even though I did the last 9 on the day before the project was due I still spent the same average time on each blog.

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2. Yes. Whatever is the best you have is the only thing that gets published. Nothing lower than highest quality deserves the space it takes up on our blog and your blog. If any sloppy writing is published it is punished through your own consciousness. You feel like you let yourself down, and your team. You think people will come to see this post as representative of all of yours. Since anyone can see what you write, you have to be better than your best. And when you aren’t the best, you feel the need to become better, add more rhetoric or subtract some, recreate the idea flow and change these words over here. The openness encourages you to rewrite, or if you decided that you wouldn’t like me, to rethink and see the weakness of your arguments.

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3. It was made very clear to us from the beginnig that in order to succede in this project we would have to produce high quality work. We were alotted alot of time for this project so, high expectations were understandable. It was also made very clear that what we wrote could not be empty and thoughless, it would require alot of brain work. We were very clearly givin all expectations regarding quality so, there should be no confusion.

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4. I do now. I now undertand that there was not a certain way you had to write your blog entries. They did not have to sound extremely intellectual in the sense of using huge words that you don’t really know, and you didn’t have to only write about philosophies that you have about the book or greater meanings. You could write about anything. You could write obervations, analysis, or just fun facts. This also made the blogs more interesting. There were soundtracks, analysis stuff, and blogs that were just written pointing out places where the author had seen Alice. There were even blogs referencing modern technology. As long as it was a coherent thought, you could write about anything you wanted pertaining to Alice. It took me a long time before I realized this. At first, I thought it had to be all analysis and finding deeper meanings. What made it harder for that was the annotations, which someone wrote a blog about. Even if you had this great idea about another meaning for a certain character or action, you would read the annotations and find out you were wrong in your theory. On the other hand, the annotations provided different ways of thinking. They would explain something in a way that would make you think about something else in that same way. I finally realized not to think really hard about trying to come up with something.

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5. I had some doubts about the quality of thought in my posts at the beginning of the project, but as more outside people left Mr. Long comments about how great they thought our project was, my confidence grew. The attention that adults gave to us “10th graders” told me that we definitely had the quality of writing and thinking needed. I was especially proud when during a Cover-it-Live session, one of the “judges” asked what age group we were. I was even prouder when she said that our ideas were far above the sophomore level. I am very proud of the Alice Project and have no doubts about the quality of thought and writing now that the project has ended.

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6. Sort of. I understand the fact that we were expected to come up with our own ideas about what we read in “Alice” and present our ideas well, but the fact that there wasn’t really a set “bar” to reach quality-wise sometimes made it difficult. I constantly found myself wondering if my pending post had enough analysis, enough research, if it was too tangential, too informal, etc. We were obviously expected to write at a high standard, but that standard varies greatly, probably student-to-student, student-to-teacher, student-to-public, and possibly even teacher-to-public. In that sense, it was rather difficult to know what to do in order to interest and impress everyone who would be reading our entries.

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7. Yes, because my mind can actually manage to obtain the information and understand it. While in the begginging it would take me atleast two times to read a chapter and fully understand Carroll’s meaning. As the project pregressed my mind developed to the project and ‘Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland” to where I could understand and elaberate.

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8. I did feel confident with the quality of writing and thinking that was asked of us in Alice. We were allowed to follow any rabbit we chose but publish a good piece of writing with that. All of us, as honours students have the ability to put together a very good piece of work. Nothing was asked of us that we could not accomplish writing and thinking-wise. Now that the project has ended, I believe as a whole, we have really shown others that we are capable of putting together an amazing piece of work.

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9. I believe my quality of writing and thinking blew my expectations. I also think that the quality of my classmates deffinitly blew my expectations. At the beginning of the process I would have never dreamed of reading and thinking of any of the blog posts that were posted by my classmmates and I. This was truly a “comming of age” experience for my classmmates and I as we journeyed through Wonderland.

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10. I am confident about the quality of writing and thinking for the most part now that it is over. before I didn’t understand much of it, but towards the end of the project, everything clicked. After being confused for most of the project and reading many posts, everything seemed to make sense. I began to make connections with alice that I couldn’t before.

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11. Once again I do feel confident about everything that is required. It’s just a few times I probably didn’t have my best writing on a blog entry. Honestly, it’s hard to go and write the best you ever had for a blog entry 12 times. For people out there that can, great for them. For me though it’s just hard. I may have just gone and thrown in a random sentence here or there just to make it look better. But, honestly again, that’s the way I write. I think while I write, whatever thought comes to my mind I type it down. It may not be the best way of going about things, but it makes the blog entries a little more interesting.

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12. At first I was quite doubtful about writing 12 posts on Alice. I figured there wouldn’t be much to write on at all and I would surely get stuck early on. It turns out 12 is the magic number. Anymore and I would have hit a dead end. One analyses per chapter was what I stuck to throughout the project and that worked out better than I expected. Although at times I did get stuck, overall I can say I am surprised I could have this much to say about Alice. After this project ended Alice has been popping up everywhere. The upside of that is I can now understand the allusions and refrences to Alice that I would not before. In fact I might read Through The Looking Glass, just out of curiosity.

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13. Sort of. To me this is a yes and no question. Most blogs I wrote I felt pretty confident about my writings and some I did not. I think that my writings were best, when I had a good topic and a good amount of time to sit down and write. When my topics are not that strong and I am rushed, I can tell, and I think that the quality of my writing was not as good as it could have been.
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14. Yes, I feel like my insight was more than adequate. That is one thing I feel very confident about. I feel that my blogs/comments may not necessarily be the most in quanitity, but I feel they exhibit excellent consideration and thought.

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15. Yes and no, I feel like my quality of writing has improved drastically because of this project. I aslo feel like I have more confidence in my writing, and I’m a lot more sure of what I write, compared to the beginning of the year. Though, I’m always afraid that an adult will comment on my blogs and contradict, or dis prove me with everything I say. Not saying that any adult would do that, but there are some that might and it scares me to think that.

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16. I feel like in all the madness of wonderland this was the one thing I never encountered any problems with. Writing makes sense to me and Alice never ceased to provide me with plenty of writing prompts. I enjoyed the chance to argue a point from both sides and still have hundreds of others left to choose from.

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17. For the most part, although a few things confuse me. I think I gained ability to understand a story and to question things in the story. I probably could have come up with more blogs. But I became stuck. I feel like my writing improved. I am impressed by my classmates. Everyone wrote amazing blogs. It takes alot of thinking to write one of these blogs.

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18. I’m fairly confident. I see many students whose ideas were scraping the bottom of their minds for blog post ideas, and I’m sure I too was desperate like them. In this way, we are all very successful. I wish I could start over though. I wish I could write more and explore more into Wonderland. I wish I had more time in class to ask questions. I wish I had time to breathe. I wish I had time to STOP thinking so my dad wouldn’t ground me because I wasn’t coming out of my room from the time I got home. But my ideas are what they are, and are everything they are not, which pleases me.

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19. For the most part, although a few things confuse me. I feel that all of my entries are able to meet the minimum for quality if they don’t surpass that markk completely. I believe I analyzed Alice in an in-depth manner. I also feel that my comments were able to provide insightful feedback and allow the student and others to sometimes see a different point of view.

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20. I really liked some of my work, and would have rather fleshed out further on some ideas then have to skim by on 12 separate entries. I’m more of a quality over quantity person, and very much anti-quantity.

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21. I understand that this is an Honors class, and it is necessary to show a higher degree of writing and analysis. (Although My Writings Have Misspellings) I certainly did my best work on some of the blogs. Others could have been better. I had friends give me some ideas, and there were some things that came to me while sitting at home, relaxing. The project demanded more from us students than anything we encountered before, and I think I did “Ok” for a beginner blogger.

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22. Now that I look back, the amount of quality could have been better and that I should have worked harder on iterpreting.

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23. In the beginning I was unsure what to analyze. But I think once I got going with the project it became a lot easier. Also, reading other students blogs helped me think more. I also think my writing improved during this project. And when we go back to the weekly blogs, they will be much easier.

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24. I do feel confident about everything now that the project has ended, however I wish I had more preparation for the project, for example time schedules for myself and my time.

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25. It is interesting to look at the quality of writing and thinking nearly all my classmates have produced with their posts and comments. Some students that are habitually more quiet had a lot to say on the blogs. Additionally, socially adept students seemed to create long chains of comments that mimic social conversation, with a healthy dose of insightful intellect added to the mix. And while some posts were difficult for me to read due to their style, all exuded careful thought.

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26. I’m pretty sure that the word ‘analyze’ is engraved in my brain by now. Now that I’ve analyzed Alice I feel like I can analyze anything in this silly little world! It’s made me think about new things and realize the obvious things that my wandering mind had never took notice of before. Thinking and collaborating with the team would also be good to incorporate in the project in the future maybe, like mandatory group discussions of the text so that struggling members can also feel confident in their work.

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27. My quality of writing, I felt, lived up to the expectations, at least for the most part. I was expected to write blog posts that were thought-provoking and hopefully debate provoking. Due to the comments I have recieved, I feel that I did fulful the expectations. Mr. Long did a very nice job of explaining what was expected of me as well, so I knew I could get working right off the bat and produce quality work. I fully give Mr. Long the credit for my understanding of the expectations.

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28. B: I feel pretty confident about the writing of my blogs and comments. I think my thinking about Alice has been up to par as well. I could have done more, but I put it off, but I still think everything was good.

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29. I think I’ve got a handle on what needs to go on intellectually. When I put pen to paper (or digit to keyboard), there’s a moment when my day’s success hangs in the balance. Either I’ll feel truly inspired, and crank out 5 blogs and 7 comments, or I’ll look dumbly at the screen and feel that malady of inkslingers, writer’s block. I’m just not really sure what a certain day is going to be until I step up to the laptop. My intellect seems to vary greatly, depending on what a certain day might be.

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30. The main thing that I was truly confident about was the quality of my thinking. Often my ideas get bogged down by my writing, however, in these blog posts I was able to fully express my ideas and often spark interesting conversations with other students. I loved the idea that flow through my mind and were brought into the world. This outlet for creativity was INCREDIBLE.

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31. When the project was first started, I wasn’t exactly sure about what to write about. I just thought that I was writing about the most random topics, and I thought my quality of writing was kind of sucky. But, as the prject began to improve, new ideas started coming into my mind. I just wrote about what I thought were good topics of conversation to bring up. This came through for me at the end of the project. People started leaving comments about what I had written, and I knew that I was heading in the right direction.
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32. Yes I feel like I have accomplished this. I did have sometimes where I got “writer’s block” and had nothing to write about. I also had some times when I didn’t think that the quantity of my writing was enough. I think that the quality over quantity helped rule out some of the things I wrote about. My blogs were very good and helped explain how I felt about this whole project. It was good that I could comment on other blogs and help other people understand my point of view on their blog, or vise versa. If I were to go back and do it again at this point I would be very confident that my writing and thinking was very good.
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33. I now feel confident about the quality of writing. At the beginning of the project my writing wasn’t that amazing, but now I realize how my writing has changed because of this project. I knew what was required of me, but I didn’t see how to write it and make my words come out the way they are supposed to. I also now know how to analyze the stories better after this project is over.

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34. I am very proud of myself of the content that I was able to produce and grow upon. There were some concepts that I didn’t even know I was capable of, the amount of creativity there was. The bottom line is that I’m very proud of myself. My group, for the majority, did equally as well of writing, though there were a few times I questioned the writing caliber. Other than that, I am confident about the quality of writing and thinking required.

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35. I feel like this project has made me a much stronger writer. I am also proud of the ideas that I noticed in the book that I wrote about in my blogs.

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36. I am very confident with the quality of writing and thinking that was required. I think that my blog’s entry had very good quality. Also there was a lot of thinking that went into the blog entry.

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37. I feel that If i were to do this project again the quality of my writing would be a lot stronger. I understand the project and what is required a little better now. I have developed strategy for the story so I think that next time it won’t be as hard coming up with ideas and I will be able to focus more on quality. I should have done more research in order to have good quality.

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38. I feel that my work was excellent. I felt that my work had the potential of being stronger. However, I am comfortable with my accomplishments.

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39. I was genuinely surprised by the insights i had while reading Alice in Wonderland. While I had always assumed there was meaning in Alice I was surprised at how easily I was able to find it and drag it out for people to see. Over all I found my quality of writing great.

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40. Since day one, I’ve known that Mr. Long’s expectations were high in the quality of writing and thinking, because it’s just one of things where you know that expectations are already set high when walking through his door. So, in the beginning, we were to analyze Alice and the annotations, and to be able to go an entire class period just discussing themes, symbols, characters, plot, etc. And that’s like any other book we read in here as well. But now, since we’ve finally finished Alice, and also for some who watched “Alice” on Syfy to compare the two, I feel as though the expectations have risen. By now, from thus completing the project, we should all now be considered “experts” on the Lewis Carroll’s novel. And with that, all of us could hold an entire day only discussing “Alice’ Adventues in Wonderland.” So for when we have class days, our period would consist of us coming into classroom, grabing a chair, and talking anything about Alice, or anything that relates to Alice as well.

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41. The project required a lot of thinking but as it went on and your thoughts got tuned to Alice it became very simple.

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42. For the most part, although a few things confuse me. When Mr. Long first assigned the project I thought he was crazy for thinking I could do that much thinking along with all the other classes I have plus sports. As the project progressed I began to see, through the ideas of others, exactly what was expected. I struggled with the length of the blog posts. I had many great ideas, but putting them into words was difficult. My mind doesn’t like to write. It is a difficult concept for me- wirting my thoughts for the whole world to see with my name posted on it. That is basically the only thing I struggled with, though. I did enjoy this project. I like to think, to form ideas and opinions. I am a very opinionated person.

43. Like I said above, my first work was not my best. I talked about the chapters and put hardly any symbolitsic reasoning in to it. That was my problem because of the lack of concentration that the classroom created for me. I really wish I could throw some of my blogs away because a lot of them felt a little far-fetched. I still think that they reflect a good sense of what my work is like, but it is not my best. I actually do not like my writing style all that much. When I look around at all these other blogs that i must comment on, I feel saddened. I do not think I write that well compared ot my classmates. Based on my best work, I would think that my work is up to par, again with regards to my “skill.” I have no duobt that I will ever be laughed at for my work, but there are some blogs that I would really like to have changed for those are definately not my best work. That is why I give myself the “sort of ” ranking for this question-for my writing style.

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44. I think I did my best at writing. My blogs were never about plots, but rather ideas I formulated in my head while reading the story. I was able to link my ideas to real life. I was very excited that a professional was able to take my ideas and apply it to life. I was scared though. I posted a blog as a continuation to a comment thread by that porfessional. I failed to mention Alice until Mr. Long reminded me to. No matter the grade, I was happy to spakr a convesation with a professional, and now it’s two!!

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45. I know exactly the quality of writing and thinking needed for this project. I know the blog posts have to be more than 12 sentences and that our comments have to be more than 7 sentences. We could not just have a blog only about summary. All of our blogs had to be thoughtful and have meaning, even our comments.

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46. Although I understand what you are wanting of us, sometimes I do feel insecure about the quality of my writing. You do expect a lot from the sophomore class ,but I know we can do it. My class is very bright and we can all fulfill what you expect if we simply push ourselves to go further. As far as thinking, we have many bright thinkers as well who often are able to think of many deep ideas that each of us may not have realized if we were reading the book on our own at home. We are an honors class and what you expect of us is completely understandable,but I’m not saying we don’t still have to work. I’m not going to lie, sometimes this class feels harder than my AP Euro class. We work very hard in this class and always have an assignment ,but they are fun and easy to engulf ourselves into them. We are able to easily make each story we read apart of our world. We all discuss our class so much outside of class and school that we are able to almost bring it into our reality, just like the authors wanted.

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47. My response is: For the most part, although a few things confuse me. The quality of writing was definitely understood. The quality of thinking was what confused me. Everyone can develop very reasonable thought processes. Maybe it was the way they displayed them in which the the grade can be given. The quality of writing can be an interesting point of interest as well. Some people thought that quality entailed their number of sentences, but I believe that shorter blogs have a more profound effect on the reader. As long as people used the correct way to show their views, the length of the blog does not correlate to the quality of writing. I found that shorter blogs were more fun to read and allowed me to interpret the idea in my own way. I often was more confused when I read some of the longer posts. I do recognize the fact that the blogs had to be a minimum number of sentences, but I also see that sometimes, the posts could be more effective if they approached a topic and left a few loose ends for people to wonder about.

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48. Like I said in the comment above; it’s all very clear. I really don’t see how it could not be. If you wrote something less than satifactory you knew it and others did too. It is very clear that we were to put a lot of effort into everything and anything pertaining to the story or annotated notes. sometimes the annotated notes annoyed me because I couldn’t form my own opinions of things, but I understood thier significance. writing about the notes was rather fun though, because then I was able to form my own opinions.

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49. I have always understood the quality of writing and thinking required of me. While working on my blogs, I always tried to do my best in getting my point across and opening doors (or maybe digging holes) people could walk (or fall) into. I always left a door open for discussion and debate. The same goes for my comments. I tried my best to give the OP something to think about.

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50. I think that as the project goes on and you have written most of your blogs and comments, it is hard to keep on thinking at the level that you were in the beginning. But because there are so many things to write about in Alice, it is not that hard to keep having more ideas.

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51. Absolutely! I don’t think I’ve ever written as well for a class as I did with this project. Maybe it’s because it was so much more personal than the others, but I really put a lot of effort into making each blog seem professional and understandable, not childish.

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52. Again, I’d LIKE to think my posts were of a fairly high quality of writing in thinking; I’m certainly not the best critic of my own work, however. I felt that when I analyzed the text, I went pretty in-depth, and when I analyzed the film in comparison to the book, I made some relatively interesting discoveries.

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53. I guess I do…I’m rather surprised by the fact that one of my favourite blogs of my own was my very last one; which I wrote while in a rather floaty state of mind. But, well, it kind of works for Alice, doesn’t it?

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54. As the project progressed it became harder to find a topic that I could write a quality blog on.

 

“Day-to-Day Expecations Tasks” – End of the Project Reflections

Filed under: After the Deadline,Observations,Student Entries — Christian Long @ 4:53 pm

Via SurveyMonkey, all students were asked — on this Monday after the student-submission side of the project has come to an end – to comment on a range of questions.

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Question 3:

Do you feel confident about the DAY-TO-DAY EXPECTATIONS & TASKS of the project after the PROJECT HAS ENDED?

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Here were their (unedited) responses:

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1. for or the most part, although a few things confuse me. I feel like if I was to redo this project from the start I would do many things differently. Now that I know that I look back at the whole project I know I could of done some changes such as time management but I am still very pleased with the work I did. I believe I could of done something like 3 comments then one blog. This way I would of got more feed back from the people aroung me. I also believe it would of gave me more ideas to debate about.

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2. Yes and No. I don’t think there are any day-to-day expectations. everything is more in a “relaxed” schedule. This doesn’t mean there is less pressure. The lack of deadlines gives the project a relaxed “I’ll do it when i want to” feel, while still being due at the end. There are deadlines, virtual ones, but we do not directly see them. We get a feeling of flexibility like few other projects allow. The blogs took more time than any other project I have done until now, and yet it felt a lot easier than most others. I spent more time on it because I wanted to. I chose to and that was that. So I would state that less reulations gave me personally a better atmosphere, a better work ethic and less resistance against the “authority” that had given me the work. Well played in more than one way.

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3. Most of the tasks were simple things like making sure that blogs and comments were done but, I did have some trouble with the technology side of things. One thing that really got me was the creating the blog and adding pictures and videos and such however, my teamates were able to help. Over all there were no real major tasks that couldn’t be handled.

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4. The day-to-day expectations and tasks of this project were not so specific to the individual day. The main idea was to work hard each individual day. The expectations and tasks were more specific to the overall project. You had to submit at least 12 blog entries and 15 comments, and comment on each of the other blog sites. As an editor you also had an extra responsibility to read and edit your team’s entries, and to submit them to Mr. Long. There was not a specific assignment each day such as, begin two drafts monday, submit one wednesday, so on and so forth. It was more of what you could get done in that day, as long as you had everything finished by the end of the project.

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5. Absolutely, 100%, No doubt! You gave us practically every day in class for the entire class period. You told us exactly how many posts you wanted and how many comments. You told us how long those posts and comments had to be. I had no confusion over what was expected for quantity.

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6. Sort of. I understand that we were expected to come to class everyday having read up to the point assigned, work on blogs or comments, collaborate with our team, etc, but is that everything? I honestly found it difficult at times to get much done in a 45-minute class period in which other students are talking amongst their teams and sometimes distracting. I feel as if my team possibly should have utilized class time more to collaborate and help each other with ideas as well as our own team projects instead of individually working on our own blogs every single day; however, if not for that, I am not sure what more I could/should have done day-to-day (in class or out of class, really).

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7. Yes, but at some points in the project I could have done a better job with time manangement and devoted atleast a portion of my day to the project. If I would have done this, I believe that most of my work would have had better quality and I would have understood it more in the earlier stages of the project. I feel really confident in exceeding Mr. Long’s expectations not only because I should but because it comes natually now.

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8. We were given roughly 6 weeks to complete this project and I believe that is the perfect amount of time to complete this project. It takes time to complete a good, thought-provoking blog and as students we needed the time to think and not get rushed through it. This blog was completely new to us and we needed the time to learn about the blog, collaborate with our teammates but also work as individuals. If I were to redo this project with another book, my confidence would be alot higher on many different levels because I now have a much better understanding of the blog and what the expectations were.

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9. Absolutely, 100%, No doubt! I believe as long as you, the student, were proud of the work that was completed at the end of the project, it shouldn’t matter what you did day-to-day. Whether you were the one who waited last minute to finish their comments or blogs or you paced yourself, the ending product is what matters. Who knows maybe you learned that time management is a GOOD thing. Yes, the reasonable way is to do a little of the project each day, but if that’s “not how you roll” then who is to say that YOUR way is wrong? As long as the task is done on the day it is due, and the person is happy and content with their work and what they have learned the day-to-day expectations should not matter.

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10. I understand the day to day expectations now that the project is over. Before I thought I kind of understood it, but I didn’t. I spent most of my time messing around the first week, but later into the project. I gradually got better and began understanding the amount of work required more. I discovered that I couldn’t put things of to the last minute, and so i understand it much better now.

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11. Yeah I’m confident that I know what they are. But did I follow through with them. Sometimes it was no. I realize now that I could’ve probably worked a little harder on the days we had in class. This probably would’ve made the project a whole lot easier, and less of a burden. I could’ve actually had fun with it and tried new things with my blogs. But instead, since I didn’t use my time wisely at first, I was forced to stick with the generic blog entry. The expectations I know, it’s just how I went about getting to them that bothers me.

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12. Absolutely, 100%, No doubt! The day to day expectations were pretty clear cut to me from day one. The minimum requirements and number of comments were clearly stated, which allowed me to plan out the pace in with which I wanted to progress. The hardest part was developing the habit to do posts regularly. Finding ideas took time, but it helped to leave comments so we could see what other people were writing and what would inspire us. The minimum requirements for comments wasn’t hard, in fact it was the easy part. Reading what my other classmates had to say naturally made me inclined to leave a response either way. Overall, the brainstorming as well as time management took a while to figure out, but everything else worked out pretty smoothly.

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13. Sort of. When this project started I was very nervous that I would not be able to complete what was required, do to other activities and other homework. As the project progressed I decided to get all my comments out of the way. This helped a lot, because now I just had to focus on my blogs. Though I finished my blogs in time, felt very rushed. So in the end I think that I could have manage my day-to-day tasks better.

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14. For the most part, although a few things confuse me. I feel like my participation wasn’t distributed evenly day to day, but in the end I accomplished what I had intended. So yes, I feel mostly confident about covering the bases in terms of day-to-day expectations & tasks.

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15. For the most part, although a few things confuse me. Well, for day-to-day expectations and tasks, I feel sort of confident, only because there were some days in class where I would darft 3 blogs, and others I would have written one comment. There were days at home where I commented 6 times, and others where I didn’t even open my laptop. I wasn’t necessarily sure of what the exact expectations and tasks were, I just knew the overall ones. I feel as if they were a bit fuzzy and unclear, but for my team as a whole I feel like I completed every tasks they gave me with speed and quality.

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16. Absolutely, 100%, No doubt! I would be forced to admit that it’s one thing to know the expectations that are before you and another to be confident about them. While I feel that I met the expectations set before me I will admit that at times the task proved rather daunting. But in the end taking it all one day at a time proved to be very manageable.

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17. Absolutely, 100%, No doubt! I felt that I did a good job with coming in to class everyday and working. Although the first three weeks were tough for me, I helped out my group. In class I read other blogs. Reading all of the blogs finally sparked something in my brain and I got it. I was soon able to question the story. The first few weeks were slow for me. I eventually understood it and was able to write.

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18. No. I feel lots of regret in this area. Of course, this regret is irrational, because many of the ideas I have tackled with took 5 weeks to come by and therefore those ideas would be immature at 1 week. I had to accumulate as much information from the text as possible in order to write the things I wrote.

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19. For the most part, although a few things confuse me. Now that the Alice Project is over, I feel more confident that the expectations were reasonable. At first, I was a little hesitant as to how I would be able to get all of the entries done on time. My only fear is that some of my entries are somewhat weaker than others due to the time constaint.

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20. I’m lost like Alice. I feel like the day to day expectations & tasks should have been enforced. There was no motivation for procrastinators to do anything other than wait until the last minute and speed through the blogs. Same on the 2.0 tools; because of procrastinators, the whole team has to wait until the end to get these done because nobody actually gets around to doing it.

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21. For the most part, although a few things confuse me. For the first two/three weeks, the project was going well for me. I had plenty of comments and was ahead of the game with the blogs. Somewhere around weeks four and five I started to lose track of the project. I was at the point where I knew enough about “Alice” to write, but I didn’t have any more ideas. I had almost left the blog for two weeks, and needed to really pick up the pace if I wanted to reach the deadline. By the end, I had met the quota, with a little spillage. GoogleDocs had really helped keep me on track, because I could see what I had to do, and by when it should have been done. Some blogs, like “Don’t Come Around Here No More” took more time than neccisary because I got distracted. It did turned out well by the 6th week.

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22. I now know that the amount of work was required to make sure that we begin to dig deeper as we become more interested in the story. This forces us to try and picture what is going on in Wonderland. The expectations were in place to make us get rolling with increasing speed as we begin to relieze that this project is actually quite fun.

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23. Absolutely, 100%, No doubt! Everyday I knew what I was doing coming in. I would pull up wordpress and google docs. I would either begin to comment or work on a blog post. Also, I worked on our team spreadsheet. Our team did really good with our spreadsheet, everyday it was updated. And it made it a lot easier to keep track of what all we had acomplished.

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24. Absolutely, 100%, No doubt! Now that the project has ended, I understand more the time ‘skeleton’ that we should have worked around. Sometimes I just had random BLOG! urges, I would jot down my ideas and go further with it later when I had time. Sadly, I discovered this near the end of the project, with so little time on my hands I just gave the opportunity away at first, but the project is more efficient both time-wise, quality-wise, and grade-wise if you really read Alice. By READING ALICE I mean that YOU should read the story according to your own experience and life. Connections will come to you, its practically inevitable.

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25. Absolutely, 100%, No doubt! The tasks of composing entries, comments, and using web tools were meant to be done in class. However, I don’t think it would have been possible to create the finish project my team created by working solely in class. While it is an in-class project, it requires out-of-class time to make it truly spectacular. I think perhaps it would have been possible to do the minimum solely in class, but I think part of the reason many of my team members (myself included) were hardly able to start and finish a single post in a single class was because we all wanted to make sure they were of superb quality. That superb quality, I think, can hardly be achieved solely in a 45-minute class period.

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26. For the most part, although a few things confuse me. It was really great getting to work with the laptops everyday, although sometimes it was hard to stay focused on my work bu tmy team kept me motivates. It made me feel independent and instead of having someone tell me what to do (I’m a rebellious teenager, I hate forced direction!) I felt comfortable being able to control my work schedule. I also feel like it was a manageable work load to handle over 6 week span of time, but at the same time it was a challenge. I could hit the designated number, but finding something worth while to write about was a bit…difficult to say the least, at times.

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27. “Absolutely, 100%, No doubt!” Yes, I do. I know that my job during the project was to write interesting, thought-provoking blog posts, comment on my fellow classmates’ posts, and help my teammates in any way possible. I also understand now that I was expected to form ideas about AAIW that could be seen as if an adult had written them, and I feel that I did a fairly good job at that. I was expected to make a website that, if any random person in the world stumbled accross it, they would not be able to tell that it was written by a team of 10th grade students unless they were told outright.

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28. Somewhere between A and B: I understood the day to day expectations, but I still would not say 100% no doubt. I pretty much “get it” and I did my blogs and comments and stuff, but I had not put everything off until the end so much I could have done more, but I still got everthing done. I just kinda put all the day to day stuff for a few weeks into a few days.

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29. Absolutely, 100%, No doubt! Yes. I’ve reached the state of knowing, when I walk into the room, exactly what needs to get done, and how it needs to be done. It’s really a good feeling to know exactly what you’re doing. I can’t think of a more evocative way of saying this, except for: Yes, I know what I’m doing when I walk up to my computer, or a school laptop, and I couldn’t be in a better situation.

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30. For the most part, although a few things confuse me. I definitely knew what needed to be done by the end of the project however I did not always know what to do every single day. Often I would pull everything up and realize that I did not want to force another blog that might bring my quality down, and neither did I wish to just sit there, so I would do a comment or two. I realized that these different ways to do things may indeed be what we needed to do. This realization of our free time, being directly porportional to the amount of work we put in was a marvelous discovery.

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31. During the first two weeks of the project, I was a little concerned about everyone’s progress on the project . I was really worried that we wouldn’t get everything done in time, even though we had a lot of time to complete it. I was still trying to figure out how everything worked when we first started the project. As the weeks begaan to go by really fast like speeding cars on a highway, we started to make really good progress. Everyone started to understand how everything worked, and our blog entries were really good. I was even impressed about what others thought about our blogs. It’s nice to know what others think of your blogs, and what you can improve on by reading them.

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32. [Absolutely, 100%, No doubt!] Yes I definitely feel confident with the day-to-day tasks. After reading the rubric a lot and figuring out what you wanted I can say I whole project comes easy. I feel like I’ve completed your tasks and your expectations throughly and can be considered for an A. This became feel good about this. I was struggling a little at first to come up with ideas but now the more clear for me when I became curiouser and curiouser by continuing the project. It really grew on me and became a fun thing to do.

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33. Absolutely, 100%, No doubt! I definitely feel confident on what the day-to-day expectations were. I understand that we were supposed to read the book outside of class and inclass we were supposed to give our oppinions about it and read the other blogs and see what their oppinions of the reading were, even if it was specifically over the chapter we read. Also, coming out of this, I know understand why some people write the way they do and now I can distinguish one person’s writing from another’s. These tasks were understood from day 1 to me.

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34. Absolutely, 100%, No doubt! All of my teammates were constantly on track. We kept in contact throughout the duration of the project and made sure each and every one of us was doing what they were supposed to. However, I don’t think my group even needed the motivation. We all worked very hard and got results. I am completely content with our work.

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35. Absolutely, 100%, No doubt! I feel like I have thoroughly completed my project.

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36. Yes I do. I met all the requirements and tasks. Every day I was working on a new blog or at least thinking of what to say on a blog. So yes i am confident with the day to day expectations of this project.

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37. I feel like I have done a good job of getting everything done. I probably should have managed my time a little better so that I wouldn’t have to do so much in one day. If I wer to do this project again I would schedule what I would need to get done on a day to day basis. I found myself doing a lot of make-up wrtk over the weekends. After the project ended I felt like I did as much as I could do considering all of my other work and the amount of time we had. The overall quality of my work could have been better. I should have taken more time to check over everything that I did to make sure that it was good quality. If I would have done that I would feel absolutly confident about the work that I have done.

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38. Absolutely, 100%, No doubt! I understand the principles of daily work that the project required to survive. I was able to witness the change in human element of my team members and peers. Some enjoyed the project, others did not, others did not care, but at the end of the day we each had work to be done, irregardless of mentality. Sorry to be tangential, but I think this addresses the idea of procrastination as well as Work. Work is the future (and for some current) issue that requires completion every day no matter the worker’s feeling.

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39. For the most part, although a few things confuse me. I have a few questions all of them are fairly simple… One: One thing I had always wondered about this blog is this: lets say I get all your comments done, and I don’t “post” anything until the last day. But then I post this huge eight page analysis of Alice’s journey, It’s beautifully written, and shows a deep understanding for the book. However, it only covers one subject, and it is the only thing I turn into you. How would you grade this blog? Would you grade it for it’s worth or dock them points for not following the blog guide lines? Two: I had this idea early on but I decided not to do it, partially because of work load and partially because of self doubt. Let’s say I once again I do all my comments. I slowly do blogs until I have eleven. Then I turn in a three page alternate ending to Alice… This ending while not analysing anything directly, seems to be written by Lewis Carrol himself, and opens up entirely new characters and questions to debate. How many blogs would that count as? Three: Which is better to have five meaningful blogs? or twenty filler blogs? While these questions are important I over all understand the day to day expectations.

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40. Sort of. Now that we are done, I don’t know what we are going to be doing for the next wee.

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41. 100% As the project went on and I got the hang of it everything that you wanted soon became a reality.

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42. Absolutely, 100%, No doubt! Everyday I came into the classroom with no doubts about what I needed to do. I was confident and that made me work harder. The first few days of the project I was a little apprehensive about what to write about, but after that it just flowed out of me. It became easier and easier to come into class, get my laptop, sit down, and work on the project. I became the editor during the thrid week. By this point I had already seen two of my teammates in this position and they helped me through it. I knew what to expect and that made it simpler. Sometimes coming up with an idea for a blog entry was hard so I would go to other groups’ blogs and look for ideas to expand off of, but I always found something.

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43. Sort of. Like many of my peers, I had to post a great deal of blogs near the end of the assignment. I felt rushed, but in the end it was not bad at all. In the grand scheme, I did NOT do the amount of work that I should have done every day. If I had, I would not have had to ‘cram’ at the end of the project. Even though i did ‘cram,’ I think that my best work came out of those final blogs that I did during the final days. I could not do blogs in class, for it was too loud. I could not concentrate wholly, and resorted to doing blogs in class. This is why I would say my better blogs came out of the ones that I did later. That is when I realized that I could not write well in class. That put a hamper on my productivity because at home there are more ‘silent’ distractions that I would rather do. If I were to go back in time, I would work more every day and figure out a calendar to finish up the work a little ahead of schedule.

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44. For the most part, although a few things confuse me. I understand that day to day that we should post blogs that came to mind, and add comments to others. I felt very rushed the first week. I was the first editor. I didn’t know what to expect, I was so caught up with being editor, that I did not post a blog. I had to catch up the next week, but then it soon turned out that I didn’t “feel” like posting blogs when I did have time. It is easier to blog about something if you understand it more. As editor I felt as if i needed to do more for the team. I felt as if I was a guinea pig. As the weeks progressed, it seemed as if the other editors did not have to fumble with it as much as I did. They knew what to expect. Also I remember that it may have been my fault, becuase I literally sat down and read through that whole blog, walked it over to Mr. Long to have him prrofread it before I posted it. The other editors in the later weeks did not do that, everyone just submitted their blogs for review and they got posted. I think that technology was a little bit difficult the first week so that was why I felt so much more rushed then everyone else.

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45. Absolutely, 100%, No doubt! I knew the day to day expectations from the very beginning. I knew i should of written a couple comments a day and I should of been working on a blog at all times. Although I did not, I knew I should of. The reason I did not do this was because I had soccer and other school work and a life. If i did not have to deal with any of those other things, I would of set my mind to this project 100%. There is no doubt that I was working on this project more than anything else, but I still feel like I could of done more. I did stay up late almost every night and got no sleep at all some nights because of the daily tasks. I feel like it was all worth it though. Being able to expreince what I did, not a lot of people do. Honestly, I like challanges, which would be why I’m in all honors and one AP when I know I really don’t have time for it all, and Mr. Long definantely put me up to a challange by this project.

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46. Yes, although at first I did not. I worked hard on the project the first week or two ,but then began to get caught up in other classes and outer school activities. This caused me to neglect the blog some and get a little behind. I am not one of the people who did ten blogs the nigt before, but I definitaly was struggling to come up with some ideas the last couple days to help put me over the top. I think if I would have somehow made a little more time for English and done a blog every night of something of that habbit it would have been much less stressful. Putting things off ends off biting you in the butt, but somehow we were all able to pull it off.
I think the expectations were completely do-able and almost merciful. 12 blogs is only one per chapter which is very easy to be done when dealing with a fairy tale land such as Wonderland. The expectations were very precise and easy to understand it was just up to us to fulfill the requirements and decide whether or not to go above and beyond.

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47. Yes, the expectations were completely clear to me. They were referenced since the beginning of this project. Those who did not understand the process must not have reviewed the guidelines correctly. While some may have been happy with the minimum, I strived to exceed the expectations. The realtively ‘loose’ guidelines allowed students to develop their ideas in a very complex fashion, as well as to make it genuine. The only part that confused me was the topic of commenting back on our own posts. I was not aware that it was apart of the criteria. This was the only point of confusion in the expectations. The expectations were fairly clear, while also giving us the opportunity to explore our ideas withour restraint. So my response is: Absolutely, 100%, No doubt!

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48. Absolutely, 100%, No doubt! I think the expectations were very clear. We knew what to do when we came into class and what to do when we were at home. We had a deadline to work towards and knew the minimum. We also had constant reminders of what was expected by you, and others who left comments of some of the posts. For instance, when someone really liked how you analyzed something you were reminded of how you should continue to write and what people would like to see. I really don’t understand how it could have been unclear.

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49. For the most part, although a few things confuse me. Now that the project has ended and I can finally look at the bigger picture and the project has a lot more meaning to me now. While I was working on the project I ‘sort of’ understood the expectations, but not as well as I do now.

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50. Do you feel confident about the DAY-TO-DAY EXPECTATIONS & TASKS of the project after the PROJECT HAS ENDED? Absolutely, 100%, No doubt! I think that the expectations were not all that hard to accomplish. If you worked on the project a little bit each day, then it is not hard to finish all that is required.

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51. Easy peasy. We had to get our blogs and comments done, and not goof around. This certainly wasn’t something to take lightly. We had to keep up on our timesheets (which, I’ll admit, often slipped my mind).

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52. Absolutely, 100%, No doubt! Well, I finished with the correct number of blogs/comments, so I suppose that shows I had a good enough grasp of the ‘day-to-day’ expectations to pass. If I was to go back using what I know now, could I have done more? Certainly. I probably would have given the second answer during any period leading up to the last week…after that “push”, I have a MUCH greater understanding of this this issue.

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53. For the most part, although a few things confuse me. I probably could have pushed myself a little harder and gotten a lot more done on some class days, if I had then I probably would have had a few extra blogs. But, in the end I was definately using my time effectively.

 

“Big Picture” – End of Project Reflections

Filed under: After the Deadline,Student Entries,Surveys — Christian Long @ 4:28 pm

Via SurveyMonkey, all students were asked — on this Monday after the student-submission side of the project has come to an end — to comment on a range of questions.

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Question 2.

Do you feel confident about the BIG PICTURE VISION of the project now that the PROJECT HAS ENDED?

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Here were their (unedited) responses:

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1. Absolutely, 100%, no doubt. At the beginning of the project I felt a little lost but as time went on I started to understand better. When I started to read the book I felt disconnected to it. As I looked through people blogs and commented on them I discovered that what I was reading meant so much more than I thought it meant. It influenced me on how to develop my own ideas and go as far as I can with them. As time passed I became more confident in my writings, beliefs of the book and ideas. I tried my best to look at others people views by reading the comments left on my blogs. I do wish I got a little more feedback from my piers though. But overall I believe that I really learned this book. I feel like I know this story better than any other book I read this year.

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2. I think I do see the “BIG PICTURE VISION” of the project. Whether I see all of it or not I cannot answer, nor can I say whether what I see is the actual vision or just a side benefit. These six weeks of blogging have given us students a serious amount of time to completely chew and digest Alice. I think we have easily understood more of the novel than nearly any other group of tenth graders can say of themselves. This is not mainly due to the amount of time given (even though, as you said on friday, it provided the inside experience), but I think it is rather due to the collaboration of ideas. If Alex A. was said to be the first to fully understand to meaning of the hookah, then everyone heads over to his post. Everyone now knows about it. EVERYONE understands the book better, and in this case by a significant margin. Time helps, but the sharing of ideas is what leads to progress. It is not the 300 years of time that separate our sciences from the 17th century, it is the roads, the couriers. The blogs are like the printing press, without them there would be virtually no collaboration. How to teach without these blogs already seems like a mystery.

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3. I think this was a very modern way to look at Alice and it was very trying. This project required alot of thought and as time went on we had to do more and more thinking. We were also able to help others learn about Alice as well as share our ideas. I enjoyed learning in a new way and I think that I learned more than I would have through traditional learning because I had to teach myself and I had to learn from my pears.

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4. This project was supposed to help us understand Alice better, without disecting the book. It allowed us to provide our own explanation of the story instead of the cookie-cutter school answer. This was a great idea to also help us learn how to think outside of the box. As I worked on this project, so many things came into my mind that I never would have thought about any other way. Ideas that my classmates were bringing up made me think about Alice in completely different ways. They made my head hurt, but in a good way, I really needed it. I can now take the thought processes used for this project to approach everything in life, and I know that is a generic answer, but what I mean is that I will now think of other stories or opportunities in my life in different ways. This project has truly opened my eyes to a different way of thinking.

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5. For the most part, although a few things confuse me. I know that the point of this project was so that we could discover Alice for ourselves, without being told the “answer”. However, I am not certain if there was a certain direction we should have aimed ourselves for. Some people wrote summaries, others discussed references in modern culture, and others offered their own interpretations of the story. For a long time I didn’t write any posts because I was sure if I was “doing it right”. I am still not certain if there was a certain aspect of the story we should have focused on. I understand that this was for our benefit, to discover Alice on our own, but I can’t help but feel that the result is a hodgepodge of everyone’s ideas with little focus or direction other than “Alice”.

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6. For the most part, although a few things confuse me. After working on the project for 6 weeks, I have definitely gotten a better sense of what it is about than I had at the beginning. I see how this project challenges us to think in ways we never have before, and write not just for a teacher, but for anyone in the public who happens to stumble across the site. That said, I, personally, do not thoroughly understand why this project has gotten so “huge,” both within the walls of our school and in the “real world”. Is a project in which students individually read and analyze a novel and then write about their findings so innovative? Is it the technology we used that made it so noteworthy?

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7. In the beginging I saw this project being just any other assignment Mr. Long would assign. As I got to research more on the project I learned a great deal of information that sparked my curiousity. By the last few days of the project, everything just seemed to come naturally and I could really type a blog with meaning. I believe as we got further into the project I learned how to get the feel of Word Press and “the Alice Project.” I also think that if I had been participating in the project for the full amount of time, that I may have understood this project better but I really do get the BIG PICTURE now.

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8. Now that the project has ended, I definitely understand the big vision of the Alice Project. Never doing something like this before, at first I was very hesitant and had mixed thoughts on the project. Yet, after the project had ended, I look back on the experience and I think what an amazing project it was. Unlike anything we have ever done before, my classmates and I were able to put our ideas, thoughts, opinions and arguements out there in a way we cannot do in the classroom. This project allowed us to be more open and enabled us to think more in depth about what we were putting on the blog. Having an audience, I put more thought and effort into the project because of audience as opposed to something simply written down on a piece of paper to please a teacher.

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9. Absolutely, 100%, No doubt! I believe this project was to allow us, the student, to discover the most important lessons, points etc. in the text instead of the teacher or “Sparknotes” telling us what is “the most important” or “a good essay question”. This project also allowed us to discover what our peers saw was interesting and a point to think about. Basically we saw a side of our peers that we would have normally never have seen in a regular class project. The fact that people outside of our school walls were reading and commenting also allowed us to get feedback from the “real” world and put our minds in a different mindset (since we would not be writing JUST for our teacher).

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10. I believe got the whole big picture of the project before and now that it is over, I still get the whole project. I understand most of the project now that it is over. I understand that we need to analyze alice and make blogs about it and comment on other blogs. That the condept that I believe I understand.

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11. For the most part, although a few things confuse me. I understand that the basis of this project was to analyze the book. But I don’t really know if we ever got to a conclusion with anything. Our blogs are full of questions and I don’t know if any of them have even gotten answered. I still want to know why he wrote this book. Why he put the things in it that he did. Who represents who. I see that we were suppose to try and figure these things out, but did they ever? I will probably go back and look and see, maybe write a few more, to figure things out.

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12. Absolutely, 100%, No doubt! At first many things confused as far as just getting used to using the tools and the technology related to this project. As I got deeper into the project some things began to clear itself up. It wasn’t until the final day, or even the day after the project finished that I finally got the “big picture”. The meaning of Alice alluded me at times, but I finally figured out that Alice was suppose to be a reflection of yourself. I had been circling that idea for a while but it hadn’t made itself clear until the end. I also see how this project was suppose to tie together into real life experiences. A big part of that was teamwork as well as communicating effectively. I feel the project only started to gain momentum, when it was nearing its end.

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13. Absolutely, 100%, No doubt! In the Beginning and for the first few weeks, I was confused on somethings, Like why are we writing blogs when we can just talk about story in class? Or why are we doing this?, it’s taking so much time and we could be doing other things. But now that the project is over, I definately see the big picture. I think that this was a great way for us, as students, to share ideas and what we thought of Alice in Wonderland, without being to shy to say it in person. I also think that Mr. Long didn’t want to tell us what this story meant because there is truly no right answer.

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14. Absolutely, 100%, No doubt! Of course the point of this project seems crystal clear in hindsight. I feel confident in what my team has done. I feel we really got the big picture in what we achieved, but sometimes I’m worried that it’s not enough by Mr. Long’s standards to just get the big picture.

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15. For the most part, although a few things confuse me. I feel like I sort of grasp the idea of the story and some of the symbolism, though, I’m still somewhat lost. Aside from the annotations, I don’t think that I could have figured out many of the interesting points, or “reading between the lines”. To be frank, I’m not very good at that. With the help of many search engines, I was able to do some research, and attempt to figure things out for myself. Though, I’m not confident in my answers, and I just wish I knew whether it was right or wrong. Yet, I like how we could analyze the story, and there wouldn’t be a right or wrong answer, we could write what we thought.

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16. Absolutely, 100%, No doubt! Now that the project has finally ended I feel like all the pieces have finally fallen into place. And I’m beginning to see the meaning through the fog of wonderland. I also think that we have gone far beyond what was expected. In reading the posts of others and creating my own I feel like out class has reached a whole new type of personal understanding about Alice.

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17. Absolutely, 100%, No doubt! I am amazed by how popular this project has become. I had a hard time at the beginning of the project. It was hard for me to come up with ideas for blogs. I read fellow classmates’ posts and that helped me to come up with ideas. About halfway through the project is when I really became interested in it. I finally realized why we were doing this. I understand the story so much better now. I was also able to question the story. If we had just read Alice without this project, I would probably not be interested in it at all. The fact that we had to write blogs forced me to think and question the story.

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18. 100%. If this project can generate enough from loads of random strangers from around the world who have jobs and families and hungry cats, then this project is a success. It can, however, be questioned if every student came out of this project with a greater mind, a conquering compassion and a burning curiosity that is never satisfied, but majority were shaped for the better. The students succeed in creating intriguing arguments and discoveries, and you (Mr. Long) succeed because we succeeded. There is no end to this project. This project will continue to spark interest to the thousands of weary nomads of the internet, which is another way this project is a success. If we were to write a book report, the paper would be the home to hungry bacteria inhabiting a landfill. The internet can never die. Never.

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19. Absolutely, 100%, No doubt! At the start of the project, I had major doubts as to how the project would come to be. Not anymore! I feel very confident in that the project has surpassed all of its original goals and expectations. The project has taught and will continue to teach Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland for years to come.

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20. I’m lost like Alice. I honestly don’t see the point of doing a project on Alice. The book just isn’t appealing to me, and I understand it is a children’s book with everything hidden inside it… but why? I just don’t get it.

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21. Sort of. When “The Alice Project” began, I was overwhelmingly confused as to what “Alice’s Adventure’s in Wonderland” was talking about. I felt like I understood “Lord of the Flies” more than this story! Around week one of school, I grew tried of listening “Chase Your Own Rabbits.” I went on the internet to find out what the symbolism of a white rabbit actually was. Keep in mind, this was week one of the school year… I didn’t understand what the point of the project was, but did anyone? It started out as just a regular project, and out task was to get our ideas on “Alice” out to the world. After a few weeks it became clear that this was more than just something we had to do for English class. When we found out how many people were actually paying attention to the project, it became a much bigger deal. I worked harder, but I still didn’t understand why… I’m confident about “Alice” but not so with the Project’s Big Picture. I liked the project, but all I knew I needed to do was write about any idea that pops into my head. I was never 100% with the project.

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22. I would want to say yes, but I’m still confused. This project helped us learn much more than learning the information from someone else. Since we had to read and produce information to show that we know what we’re doing makes our brains go into gear.

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23. Absolutely, 100%, No doubt! When we were first told about the project I was a little bit nervous. When we started the project, I knew everything we were suppose to do, but I was just feeling uneasy about the writing part of it. Considering we really had no limits except it had to be about Alice. In the beginning I was too worried on being right or wrong in my blog, and especially since it would have our names on it. Later I realized there are no right and wrong anwers. It can be your own opinion about the story and what you think it means. Then, blogs became much easier to write. Im not saying I didn’t get stuck with ideas at some point, but the overall idea of the blog became easier.

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24. For the most part, although a few things confuse me. I feel that with a little bit more organization among the groups could have benefitted the group with the time we had. I think at the beginning of the project, some of us may have thought that this might be one of those projects where you do it for a few day then realize its not going to work. Soon, we all found out that it wasn’t going to stop, we should either make the best of it or waste the opportunity to shine in front of our peers. Many times we have thoughts or good remarks on stories, but do we ever get credit? No, not really because sometimes we don’t even get to express it. Through our blog, we got to put our names on our thoughts, thoughts that seem to be admired greatly :D

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25.  For the most part, although a few things confuse me. While I am not confused about the ‘BIG PICTURE VISION,’ I do think the vision could be interpreted in different ways for different students. For example, one could say the purpose of the project was to help us understand the intricities of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Lewis Carroll. I would argue, however, that the project was less about the actual story but rather our ability to explore a story, no matter what story it was. Perhaps the project was also meant to take us out of our comfort zones and explore unknown territory as real people in the real worldwide web.

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26. Do you feel confident about the BIG PICTURE VISION of the project now that the PROJECT HAS ENDED? Absolutely, 100%, No doubt! Yes, I do well for the most part. I am very confident of what we did and I’m proud of the work we accomplished and the new things I learned, not just about thinking and analyzing, but about my teammates, the value of thought, and how important feedback and conversation is. What I’m not sure about is the reaction this will have from an outside view. I think the opinions are very divided, so who knows, but either way, no matter how the public evalutes our work and the big picture of this project, I’m very happy with the end result.

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27.”Absolutely, 100%, No doubt!”  Yes, I do feel confident about the ‘big picture vision’. The project was showing us that we can make ideas, form opinions, and talk to other students about them without the teacher’s intervention. I also think that the project made all of us feel more confident about ourselves, as well as build up our selfesteem. We feel more independent now, knowing that we can think on our own. That is what I think is so great about this project. Before, we thought that whatever the teacher said we should go along with, but now, it is the opposite. We are making the discussions, and the teachers (all around the world) are going along with OUR ideas. It really is revolutionary.

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28. Somewhere between For the most part, although a few things confuse and Absolutely, 100%, No doubt!: I don’t think there was any point in the project where I didn’t understand the big picture for the project. The first half or so I understood it, I just kinda put it off. Thats why I tried to make all my blogs and comments related to each other so they formed a big picture themselves within the big picture of Alice project 6 and the even bigger picture of the Alice project.

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29. For the most part, although a few things confuse me. I think that I’m mostly sure of the point here, but I’m not quite sure of the ulterior motive. I think that the objective was to help us develop tech skills that would be useful in the real world, and cultivate our understanding of how peer review works. I am, however, unsure of why we were thrust out into the real world when no other teacher has ever done anything like this. I’m not sure if by “no other teacher” I mean “no other teacher in the world” or “no other teacher to whom I have been a pupil,” but it’s certainly a new experience to me, if nothing else. Overall, I think I do have a grasp of the idea, but I’m not sure it’s that specific.

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30. Absolutely, 100%, No doubt!. Now, I can’t stop seeing allusions and references to Alice throughout the real world. When driving along I bug my family with the amount of connections I can identify. I think what Mr. Long said earlier in the year about not being able to “unthink” an idea really comes into play here. My big picture may be different from the big picture of another student but I think the fundamental ideals are the same. The picture is interesting.

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31. I feel confident for the most part, although I got a little confused along the way. When we first started this project, I was really confused about how this project worked. I was constantly asking for help, and I thought that I was supposed to know this stuff already. But, as we continued to make progress, our project began to improve and look better. Overall, I think that our project turned out great and I am wondering what comments others will leave on our projecct page.

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32. [Absolutely, 100%, No doubt!] I feel completely comfortable with the project and if it continued, I would do a great job. I understand all of the concepts and things needed to get done. It took me awhile, but I eventually figured it out. This was a cool project to express how we feel about the book along with other people’s opinions. The big picture is easy to understand because I’ve done it for a long time now and it just comes to me. I know exactly how to manage my time and come up with new ideas for blogs. At the beginning I wasn’t sure if I could handle all of this or now but I am now completely confident in the whole project. I wish it didn’t have to end!

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33. Absolutely, 100%, No doubt! I know understand what I was supposed to do, but it took me a while to understand how to edit and how to analyze the way i would like to and to get ideas. This project at first was very confusing because we were the first ones to do it and there weren’t any instructions we had to follow except of the number of blogs and comments and the length of the blogs. The big picture actually has come out to me even though it took me until the last week to really understand what we were trying to do and how it affected people. Also I feel more confident on how to write my blogs on when I analyze the book.

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34. Absolutely, 100%, No doubt! All of the blogs were intertwined with many similar goals and concepts proven or discovered. They linked to eachother constantly, reasserting every new idea and working towards a conclusion to the very mad world. I believe visitors will be impressed by the sheer content and creativity of each element of the entire blog.

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35. Absolutely, 100%, No doubt! I feel very confident about the outcome of my project. It wasn’t as bad as I thought it was going to be. I think that Mr. Long should do this over and over again. Not only was it a great way to read and analize the book, but it also was a great experience to learn about wordpress and bloging itself.

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36. In this project at first I didn’t really understand the big picture. As the project gradually went on I then started to figure out what the main point of this project was. Still though there are still things that confuse me. One of the things that confuse me is why is the whole world so interested in this project?

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37. Yes, I feel confident about the big picture vision of the project. While we were doing the project I probably wouldn’t be able to answer this question with confidence. Over the course of the project I was a bit confused on the overall concept of the project. I never fully understood why we were doing Alice. Once the project ended I was able to look back over the course of the project and see what we have all created. Everyone cam up with such great ideas and it made me look at Alice in Wonderland with news eyes. I do not think that it is just a kids story anymore. There is so much more to Alice and I am going to continue analyzing Alice even though the project is done.

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38. Absolutely, 100%, No doubt! I now comprehend Carroll’s work on a much greater level. My understanding and viewpoint have expanded greatly concerning Alice and the technology we used. However, I also see the project in much larger terms as a means. Specifically, as a means to create and explore new possibilities within a new realm of online classwork. We as a whole class synergistically set a paradigm for this new style of project. However, I hope that we are not the paragon and that others will develop even stronger work than this in new and more remarkable ways. Teacher and students, we evolved into editor and writers of a creation unseen and that cannot be unthought.

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39. Absolutely, 100%, No doubt! Of all things that confused me about the blog, The “Big Picture Vision” was never one. I understood from day one what both the purpose and the expectations were for this blog.

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40. For the most part, although a few things confuse me. I say yes, because the quality of work my teamates did is astounding. I’ve never seen anything like what they have done over the past 6 weeks, than over the past couple year that I have known some of them. I’m really proud of their work, and it was pleasure working with each of them. However, the part that makes me worry about our big picture, is that my contribution has brought us all down to some degree. I don’t like the feeling of having carrying this burden and losing the impact of our main idea, just because of me.

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41. Absolutely, 100%, No doubt!: I feel very times infinity plus 1 confident about the vision. As I stuggled through the project for the first 4 weeks and only started doing high quality work at the end, I see the potential that this had from the beginning. When we were assigned the project, I was confused as to how we were going to create an entire blog over a “children’s” story. As it went on others were enjoying succesful blog entries while I still didn’t get it. This continued to be the trend until the last 2 weeks. I hit a stride in my ideas and posts and everything just came to me. This happened with focus and drive and I realized what I could have done from the beginning. The idea from the project soon became a reality and I wish I could have done more.

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42. For the most part, although a few things confuse me. At the beginning of the project I was confused and scared. I couldn’t figure out what to write about, how to write it effectively, and how to use the technology. As the project progressed I became more familiar with the story and the project. I believe that my group’s blog is fantastic. It combines technology with a classic story. I had fun doing this project, even though I was reluctant at first. I didn’t want to ruin the already great story. My thoughts immediately went to “What could I have to say that hasn’t already been said by numerous people who were much smarter than I am?” but now I feel confident that what I discovered is important and great. Coming to these conclusions about the story were so much better done myself than reading what someone else had to say. My Alice Project turned out to be great because of all the confusion and chaos. Without that I wouldn’t have had the same opinions I have today. I believe that if anyone came upon our blog they would be impressed with the quality and quantity of my blog entries. I wanted this to be my best work and I feel like it is.

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43. For the most part, although a few things confuse me. Our page looks nice, clean, and quite professional. We have no picture of Alice, but I think it is a good break from the banal pictures on others’ pages. I, personally, changed a couple of the widgets to mix things up a bit. The movement of the widgets and addition of others helped our page have a distinct ‘personality.’ I feel confident that the topics that my entire group wrote about will never be ‘laughed’ at. The ideas that we presented are both insightful and intellectual. I do not like to say one hundred percent, because there is always room for improvement, but our group’s page is certainly close to that. We have multiple blogs that have received comments from people other than the students in our class. Many of these “outside commentors” are quite smart and insightful themselves. All in all, I would say I am 90% confident about our page.

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44. For the most part, although a few things confuse me. I am fairly sure that I understood the point of this project, but with Mr. Long I could be missing something. All I know is that I post my ideas about Alice. My ideas can be from reading the text, or ideas given to me by other blog posts. I was supposed to comment other blogs, which was difficult for me. I particularly would have fun with my blogs. If I could get one started, I could think of good ideas as I went on. I’m still confused on the meaning of Alice, but I’m starting to think that Alice has its own meaning for everyone.

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45. Absolutely, 100%, No doubt! I feel like I understand this project completely. Going into this project, I had no idea what I was doing or what Mr. Long was expecting. I knew that we were supposed to analyze Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, but that is it. As the project moved on i realized we were meant to be investigators, discoverers, thinkers, and dreamers. We have done what many other people have not. It was not until the project was over that I had realized what we had just accomplised. I took a step back and then I realized we were actually making something that people from all around the world are viewing and actually using. Mr. Long had been saying this throughout the project but I slightly ignored it. Now it all makes sense to me. Not only did i learn so much about the story, I learned teamwork. Working with a team is not always easy and during this five week project I had to learn how to be a part of this team for a long amount of time. I learned how to compromise, disagree and agree, communicate, and collaborate. Experiencing this project is good for me as i progress through life. I feel like I understand this project completely and it will never be forgotten.

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46. At first I was a little confused as to why we did this project and why we did it over this story ,but now I understand much better. This project was a great way to analyze a book in a fun way that also helped us learn about technology, while working on group settings as well. We could have simply read this story in class and discussed it daily without using blogs or anything of that nature, but you took it a step further. I still do not know why you chose Alice to do this project, I personally wish we would have done LOTF. Although Alice was a good story and helped us realize it is not just for children, I believe LOTF had many more issues to discuss and problems to debate. The only problem is that we would not have been able to have had our in class discussions, which is where I personally was opened up to many ideas I had not thought of before. Either way, both books were looked at inside and out just by different approaches, which was a nice change.

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47. I really understand the psychology of the project. I feel like an expert on the book itself now. The entire process has been enjoyable and I would be happy to do this on a different book. I would feel confident talking about the project as well as explaining the effect it has had on me as an individual. This project allowed me to explore the technology required to do this project well. It also allowed me to feel comfortable using technology anywhere. While allowing us to develop our ideas, without strict limitations, The Alice Project gave us the opportunity to create a blog that we are proud of. I am glad to say that I am proud of what we have accomplished as individuals, and even greater, as a class. We have inspired others to do the same. To me, that is the whole mission of the project: to display our knowledge, intellect, and to inspire others. So my response is: Absolutely, 100%, No doubt!

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48. For the most part, although a few things confuse me. I don’t really understand what you mean by the big picture. Hasn’t it always been a big picture? I am confident in the blog itself, I am happy with how it all turned out. It’s your wording that has me thinking I may not understand something. When you say big picture do you mean that we are happy with what other people will see publically without knowing us or our writing styles? If so then yes. I think the team did a good job with the blog and I wouldn’t be embarassed by it. I am confident in the efforts we put into making it and what the public will see.

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49. Absolutely, 100%, No doubt! At first I didn’t understand why we were working on such a large project. Soon, I realized why we were doing it and the importance the project carried. The project helped me, as well as others, understand Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland better.

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50. I do becuase I think that I know the international implications. I am in video production, so I know how we are showing this to conferences in Philadelphia.

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51. While I’m not sure what Mr. Long’s intent with this was, I feel that this hugely helped me with my analytical skills and writing style. I also see Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland in a whole new way, other than the simplistic impression I had had of it before. It’s a good way to show the rest of the world exactly what we can do with a children’s book as well.

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52. Absolutely, 100%, No doubt! To me, the ‘big picture’ vision of the project was to create something that anyone from around the world could venture to, and leave with a substantial grasp of the text and/or its accompanying subjects (Disney’s alice, Carroll’s life, et cetera). I’m confident that my team was successful in this regard.

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53. Absolutely, 100%, No doubt! I feel very confident about the “big picture” of the project, especially now that it’s done. I was a little insecure about some of the things I did, but now that I go back and look, I see that it’s all done pretty well.

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54. Everything worked out quite smoothly. Everybody was able to write great blog posts, thoutful comments, and creative blogs as a whole. Teams collaborated nicely and everybody worked really hard.

 

The Student Deadline Count December 4, 2009

Filed under: Observations,Student Entries,Week 6 of the Project — Christian Long @ 12:19 am

After 6 weeks, the final day has finally arrived.

In a rabbit hole nutshell:  I’m exhausted and beyond impressed by my students.  Beyond impressed.  More on that later.

In the meantime, I have quite a bit of work ahead in terms of

a) putting together every student’s entries/comments in a single printed document (for my reading/review) and

b) sitting down to comment, evaluate, and grade each student and team.

With that in mind, it’s probably worth looking at how many students successfully managed to hit the 12 (or more) individual entries (2 paragraphs minimum; each paragraph 7+ sentences as a rough target) to be guaranteed the “Gentleman’s C”.

Without going into tremendous analytical detail, I wanted to take a look at the #’s with an eye on the fact that each student was challenged to do 12+ individual posts at some point throughout the project.  Here are the # of published entries at the deadline:

Note: if you click the link (i.e. their name), you’ll be able to read everything they wrote (and any comments they received).

Team #13: 56

Team #12: 57

Team #11: 63

Team #10: 42

Team #9: 58

Team #8: 52

Team #7: 57

Team #6: 65

Team #5: 73

Team #4: 60

Team #3: 74

Team #2: 68

Team #1: 56

 

Day 33 Recomendations December 1, 2009

Filed under: Student Entries,Week 6 of the Project — Christian Long @ 6:33 pm

After more than 5 weeks of preparation, research, writing, blogging, linking, commenting, and falling way, way, way down the rabbit hole, here are the latest published entries:

Team #13

  • Welcome to Wonderland… So this would be a poem written by a fellow fan of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. I think it is interesting to see how other people view Wonderland and how the story of Alice can be told through drawings or like such as a poem…
  • Which Are You Looking Forward to More? Poll re: the new TV series and movie versions…
  • Oink, Oink? Stories are so interesting. There are no limits in anything, anybody writes. Like a child turning into a pig? Impossible, right? Not in Wonderland…
  • Law and Disorder The chapter of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland that I find most intriguing is Chapter 11, in which the trial is held…
  • Dinah, Dinah All the Time During Alice’s adventures, she often talks about her beloved cat, Dinah. Especially in the beginning of the story, Alice “was always ready to talk about her pet.” (pg 35)
  • Your Majesty This post is inspired by Scott’s The Third Witness. “Is there any significance to the Queen of Hearts being the first and only person Alice tells her name to?”
  • An Artistic View of the Cheshire Cat Now what do all of these pictures of the Cheshire Cat have in common? The smile. Is the smile of the Cheshire Cat the real thing being judged here? Do you think people would portray the Cheshire Cat differently if it weren’t for his huge grin on his face all the time?
  • Alice If the Alice in the story is anything like the Alice that really existed, then Alice was a child of a wealthy English family. Alice is a confident and adventurous girl. Her need to explore allows her to venture through Wonderland though constantly questioning everything about Wonderland.
  • Clamoring for Chaos In Alex D.’s post, “Growing Pains,” he proposes the idea that maybe the part of the story in which Alice grows to a point that she is stuck inside a house and cannot get out (complete with an illustration that depicts her with an expression of great frustration and discomfort) is Carroll’s representation of the reality of Alice Liddell growing up to the point where she wants and needs to be set free and let out of her home to explore the world on her own.
  • Growing up As I began the book my mind was flooded with questions. The more pages I read the more questions I came up with.  Out of all the questions there was one that attracted my attention the most: What was the meaning for the size change?
  • Have They Ever Told You Too Much Pepper Isn’t Good for You? I believe this is yet another real life reference by Carroll. Think about it. Pepper and temper, they seem to relate so well to each other don’t you think?
  • Questions with No Answers We all know that there are some questions that simply have no answer. I believe that the Hatter’s Riddle is one of those unanswerable questions, right up there with “what is the meaning of life?”
  • Portals and Doorways This post was inspired by Ryan S.’s Alice’s Tumble. After Alice falls down the rabbit-hole, she finds herself in a “metaphorical waiting room” as Ryan called it. While reading Alice, I had hurried through the first pages waiting for Alice to actually get to Wonderland, but after several of my classmates wrote posts about this passage I decided to go back and carefully read it again.
  • Are Children Really So Innocent? Anyone who has finished the book knows that the whole story is a dream. This changes everything because everything that happened in the novel is what Alice’s mind is thinking unconsciously…
  • Analysis of the White Rabbit and the Cheshire Cat The rabbit is a guide who navigates Alice through Wonderland. He brings her down the whole, to his house, to the court, and was also there at the end of her dream.
  • Perhaps it hasn’t one… Yet, none of these morals explain the meaning of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. Of course people could analyze and pick apart every single moral until they made one of the Duchess’ morals explain Alice’s adventure, but that just doesn’t cut it.
  • The Queen’s Croquet-Ground I find the Queen of hearts most interesting. Anyone who read the book would probably quickly agree with me that the queen is not someone you want to hang out with.
  • A Push For Animal Rights I find what Hersh said in his aforementioned blog very interesting. He proposed the idea that maybe Lewis Carroll used the intelligence and power that he gave the animals of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland as a way to sort of present animals as our equals. He gave them their own society in Wonderland, a society in which animals, humans, and objects coexist in equality (granted, in this society there are separate classes as in ours, but it is irrelevant whether one is a person, animal, card, etc.)
  • Where Is the Family? Throughout the book Carroll hardly mentions Alice’s family. In fact the only family member of Alice’s Carroll vaguely talks about in the book is Alice’s sister. In the story Alice’s sister is even given a name.
  • Chase Your Rabbit I believe Alice was in search of adventure and excitement. Her want for adventure and excitement motivated her to explore wonder land instead of hiding or breaking down and crying.
  • Morals “Maybe the quotes are not supposed to make sense” were the exact words I needed to hear. It was all starting to make sense now. I decided to use the quote “everything has a moral” as the Duchess’s moral and say that may be not everything has a moral.
  • Who Are You? Though Alice was able to identify her name what else can she remember about herself? This scene was really weird to me because she had so much trouble figuring out who she was.

Team #12

  • The Wise Guy In Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland the Wise Guy seems to be the Caterpillar that smokes the hookah pipe who guides Alice. He is confusing, mysterious, and kind of wise, however he is most likely not old. If he was old most likely he would be a butterfly, it could be that Wonderland being the crazy place it is caterpillars take forever to grow into butterflies and so the caterpillar may be old, but it really doesn’t matter.
  • What Is The Meaning? There is no common theme behind the hidden meanings, which is kind of strange considering books usually have a common theme or meaning and if they have a hidden meaning it usually comes together.
  • Louis Vuitton’s Wonderland Collection About everyone has read or seen these fairytales come to life and love one if not all of the stories. By incorporating the products of Louis Vuitton, customers can also relate to the beloved story in which the product is associated. Keeping in mind the price range in which these products are in, the display online is one to applaud and admire.
  • No Bounds At first we see Wonderland as a magical dream land were every thing is perfect, when in reality it is a chaotic mad house. I think it is interesting that we as readers can not see the bad in something like Wonderland because, we like Alice are so fascinated by strange things that we see around us. If we take a closer look at Wonderland as a whole we can see that this is one messed up place that has no morals, and no bounds. Rabbits with watches, the craziest guy you will ever meet, smoking caterpillars, and beheading queens (just to name a few), sounds to me like this place could use some cleaning up.
  • Voice Thread I analyzed these pictures and gave some of my thoughts on the caracters and the changes that have taken place in them through out the many renditions of Alice
  • The “Hero’s Journey” of Alice (part 3) I left off observing that one of the significances of Alice’s journey through Wonderland was the lessons she has learned to reach her goals.
  • Returning to Reality Chapter 12 ended in a more predictable manner, but I thought it fit well within a children’s story. What child wouldn’t want to doze off only to find themselves in wonderland? However, there is one thing that baffles me about the way Carroll ended his story. Isn’t it a little ironic that his ending made perfect sense?
  • The Beginning of an End? Following this thought, maybe Wonderland was meant as a experience Alice “never had” and when she wakes up, that is where the beginning of the end starts for her. An end because the line where ordinary and strange intercept are clearly defined. A beginning because now it’s Alice’s turn to integrate the abstract conceptions into her own world’s reality. In a sense, Alice now needs to take charge of what will happen.
  • The “Hero’s Journey” of Alice (part 2) Now, assuming these steps are supposed to go in the order they are represented in, a meeting with the goddess is to be seen. The goddess does not necessarily have to be a woman or a human; it should represent what the hero/heroine loves most completely. I concur that Dinah, Alice’s cat, would be the perfect match for this step. Alice refers to Dinah in many of the beginning chapters until she overcomes her dependence on Dinah and gains confidence in herself.
  • Hidden Meanings, Why? Originally the purpose of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland was to entertain a little girl named Alice Liddell and later on was used to make money, even though it was simply made to entertain a young girl in the beginning. Carroll put many references to things that a child wouldn’t understand such as the caucus race, which most little girls don’t know is a political competition, not just a simple foot race with no winner. Why?
  • Why Is Alice So Popular? It is very strange how Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, a children’s book, has achieved a lot of success due to its story of how a innocent and foolish little girl falls down a rabbit hole into a land with no rules and wonder.

Team #11

  • Even Authors Get Lazy… Or Do They Get Smarter? It seems that the ever so inviting tree of Carroll’s peculiar creation has run out of fruit to bear us as we near the end of our journey. In the beginning of the story, there was symbolism and hidden meaning for us to sink our hungry little teeth into. Now at the end of the book, there is transliteration and cute poem parodies which don’t make for very interesting or relevant blog posts. And I do dare to go far enough to ask, “What’s up with that?”
  • Dealing With My Fascination It’s far out! It’s filled with extensive notes about notes about notes! It’s got laws which defy defying physics! Yes, it’s the mad tea party, and it is jam-packed with places to let our pulsating little minds wander and play.
  • No Explosives, No Interest If there isn’t violence, toilet humor or hunky high school romance then it holds no interest for them. If the plot is not constantly moving at a rapid pace then their attention will wander and drift. I wonder now if Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland would be a story that a parent of modern upbringing could read to their child and captivate them.
  • See the Journey for Yourself! References another web site with a range of Alice/Wonderland games.
  • Sweet Dreams?? I think Carroll is trying to get kids to come back form reality. It would be great if we could all stay in our own wonderland. But that is just not the way things work. I think that is why we dream. When we dream we are able to go back into that state of mind we had as a young child.
  • Alice in….Oz? The Queen in Alice in Wonderland is similar  to the Wicked Witch of the West. Both stories also seem to have strong drug references. In Alice in Wonderland we see the smoking caterpillar, eating cake that makes her change size. Pretty similar to The Wizard of Oz where Dorothy falls asleep in a field of poppies and is woken up by falling snow.
  • The Third Witness So I would like to know: Is there any significance to the White Rabbit being the one to first say her name? What could the White Rabbit Represent here?

Team #10

Team #9

  • Goodbye Wonderland and Hello Reality I found it interesting that Carroll just ended the story. He didn’t have Alice escape from Wonderland; he just had her dream end. I wonder if he was trying to comment on how fragile our dreams are. Then again, Alice’s dream and our dreams are two completely different things. One is a fantasy world and the other is our hopes and aspirations. Although they have two different meanings, Carroll could be using Alice’s dream to symbolize our dreams.
  • Back In Ye Olde Days… Carroll’s jokes and hidden messages lead us to another problem. Even if we are given the context of the joke, we still don’t understand it that well. What was funny hundreds of years ago isn’t necessarily funny now.
  • Alice For Heisman Everyone has their own Wonderland. For some, it is going out and playing football or baseball. For others, it may be playing video games or reading a good book. Really, it doesn’t matter what we do as long as it lets us escape from our lives for any length of time. Having a Wonderland for ourselves is a good thing too.
  • Game Over Alice I have noticed an interesting trend among my fellow classmates in regard to the ending of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. From Hersh’s blog post to individual conversations I have had with other students the response has been almost exactly the same. Most of them absolutely hate how the story ended. Honestly, I have to agree with them.
  • What is Alice Thankful For? Happy Thanksgiving everyone! On a day where everyone gives thanks for the good things in their life, I began wondering what Alice would be thankful for. There certainly are numerous occurrences where Alice narrowly avoided a major predicament. She has changed size many times, been driven crazy by some very interesting characters, and has even been ordered to be beheaded. Alice should be thankful for the fact she is even alive by the end of the story.
  • I Think. But Do I Know Who I Am? In the magical realm that is Wonderland do the same principles that guide our perception of self still apply or has all reason gone out the window?

Team #8

  • It’s All Just Politics When analyzing The Adventures of Alice in Wonderland there are two sides. Some people think that it is a children’s story. Some people oppose that theory and think that it is an adult story with adult humor, and that the author really never meant for it to be for children. Now honestly who’s right?
  • What is it About Alice’s Personality? She is constantly getting herself into trouble, whether she meant to or not. However, while she is going through all of this, she is continuing to mature. At the beginning of the story, she has no idea what is going on, and is lost in this strange world. However, towards the end of the story, she has not fully matured, but has matured enough.
  • Wouldn’t It Be Murder? This brings us back to the situation Alice is put in. I believe that since the child has been beaten, and maltreated, the child should, in fact, be taken away from the Duchess. Thankfully, the Duchess has cast it away herself, where the decision can be more easily made.
  • The Randomness is What Creates the Magic It is the movies like Snow White, Cinderella, and Aladdin that actually have drawn us in because of the magic and the creativity. I think that Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland fall into this category also.
  • Hidden Meaning Is Required I pose the premise that perhaps the opposite is the purpose of Carroll’s novel….hidden meanings are indeed required.  It is possible that Carroll used the idea of using a nonsensical “children’s” book to write a commentary on the social issues of his times.  The annotated discussions are basically a guide to let us, the reader, become aware of what political and moral issues were present in Carroll’s lifetime.  By using these comments, we may then be able to make some sense out of the often “nonsense” found in his writing.
  • Julie & Julia vs. Alice & Wonderland Somehow, I realized that I sounded like an 8-year old refusing to eat his green beans, and got on with the task at hand. And what do you know – it wasn’t that bad. Sure, the first few days were awkward, but as the project gained steam, so did all the students working on it. At this point, I feel capable of doing whatever I need to do to get all of the required material off the ground. I’ve had a coming of age through Alice, and have never been happier to grow up.
  • Is Alice a Children’s Book? I believe that when Carroll first wrote this book, he may not have intended it to be a children’s book. Many of the topics in the book do relate to adult matter in society. Everything seems to be geared in the direction of a fairy tale, but with hidden undertones.
  • Carroll’s Possible Outlook on Society It seems rather ironic to me that Carroll uses a deck of cards to represent the society. As you well know, when you build something out of a deck of cards, it has no strong foundations. It could easily be blown away or torn down. Carroll could have been implying that the society of England was crumbling at the time that he wrote his book. Maybe, he saw the society to be weak
  • Peasantry Resurrected As I understand it, the poem is a metaphor for the archaic feudal system employed by lords and peasants circa the Middle Ages. Although the use of the system goes much further back (and forward), the clearest interpretation, with the maximal use of direct comparison, comes from the system that surfaced at the aforementioned time period.
  • A Book? What’s That? I believe that Carroll, unintentionally obviously, provided us with something to latch onto our once very well read past. When an author writes and absolutely FANTASTIC work the idea of reading is once again introduced into our society. As always, we must now wait for a new author to capture the interest of the people and be able to contribute more that just a petty story that briefly entertains us
  • Third Law of Wonderland Wonderland operates in a manner curiously accordant with Isaac Asimov’s Third Law of Robotics.
  • Does Carroll Know? We can obviously tell that Carroll is leading us somewhere. The only question is where? And, does the journey he is taking us on matter more than the actual place he is taking us? Maybe that realization is the destination itself?
  • Was It Real? When I was reading the story I didn’t know how it was going to end. After all it had been like 8 years sense I had seen the movie. So I was very curious as to how this could end. So when it all ended up being a dream I thought it was kind of funny. I thought it was funny because it would of taken a lot of creativity to keep the story going, and I guess the author lacked that creativity.
  • Dream Ending? Oh, Please. They have weaved a fantastical world and imaginary rules that govern this place, and then at the point where we are finally beginning to question and perceive, end it? The ending of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland irritates me to no end.

Team #7

  • Can You Spot the Difference?If you have seen the Disney movie of Alice in Wonderland or read The Annotated Alice/Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll, then hopefully you can spot some of the differences between the movie and the book.
  • Don’t Come Around Here No More Unlike my other Music Video Blog, White Rabbit, I didn’t find a need to write the lyrics for this song. The importance of this song to The Alice Project is just the video itself, and the fact that “Alice” appears in many unexpected places.
  • Yes We Covered Alice Live Again Below you will find our second Cover it Live of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. This time we all sat together and projected our ideas aloud before hitting the keyboard. It is a bit shorter than the previous, so those of you with a shorter attention span will enjoy it.
  • Ambition, Distraction, Uglification, and Derision: Summary of Chapter Nine (2 of 2)Alice also did not understand how their days went. One the first day they had ten hours of school and it decreased day to day. Alice wanted to know what would happen on the twelfth day, but the Gryphon changed the subject before the Mock Turtle could answer.
  • Off With Their Heads: Analysis of Chapter Nine (1 of 2) The garden itself doesn’t answer Alice’s questions about Wonderland – if anything, it raises more. Alice got used to believing that animals were the leaders of Wonderland, and is surprised that they are subject to “a pack of cards.” Her whole idea of the social system is upside down.
  • How Do You Play? Analysis of Chapter EightWe are all already well aware of these character’s being mad, as well as the rest of Wonderland, so this exchange brings up an interesting concept. Alice, being from the “real” world, has been conditioned to see this kind of world as mad, so she in turn is sane by the standards. Maybe these Wonderland inhabitants are unwelcoming towards Alice, who is sane, therefore different from their world’s standards.
  • It’s a Mad World After All: Analysis of Chapter SevenBelow is the link for our team’s very first Cover It Live Session. We discussed many topics over Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and asked each other questions we had over the book. We also took some Live polls during the chat, and you will be given some questions as well for us to see what you think about the story so far.

Team #6

  • Alice in Wonderland = Dorothy in the Land of Oz?The more I thought about it, the more Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland seemed like virtually the same story. Alice dreams that she is stuck in Wonderland, and encounters many odd creatures and situations as well. She does not understand the new world at all, just as Alice. And, again just like Alice, she seems to accept it without much questioning.
  • Dreams Representing RealitySo, if the dog could come from the real world into Alice’s dream, why couldn’t anything else? Maybe the other animals represented her family and friends, or in some cases, her enemy. The Queen could have been a mean aunt that Alice did not like, or the cat a wise uncle. The same could be true for the situations presented to her.
  • Technology: Man’s Greatest AidHow would technology, such as having a cell phone, have affected Alice and her adventure in Wonderland?
  • Ignorance is BlissI could compare this to Queen Marie Antoinette’s famous words: “Let them eat cake.” Just so everyone is clear, she did not actually say this, but for the sake of this post, let us pretend that she did…
  • Hookah: An Anchor to Reality This is a longer response to Rachel’s post, Alice in DREAM-land.In her post, Rachel says that hookah does not seem at all odd to see in Wonderland. I disagree, however…
  • Society: AKA the DestroyerCould Carroll have written this story as proof of how society’s mind works?
  • Religious SignificancePerhaps Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland symbolizes how a person is born, lives their life, dies, and (if you so believe) goes on to either Heaven or Hell.
  • More On MoralsDoes everything really need a moral? Or, does anything even have a moral?
  • FunbusI like how the lyrics are saying how everyone seems to think that we have to keep doing the same boring thing. Any of the lines could really be applied to something in Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. I don’t even know what some of the lines could mean, but I think all of them could be applied to the story some how. What do you think?
  • Why Kids Love Alice I was inspired by Morgan P’s blog post, “What is it about Alice?” This post really hit me because it is so true. What is it about Alice? That really is the question.
  • Risks: When Should They Be Taken? I was thinking about the risks Alice took while she was in Wonderland, and whether or not she should have taken them.
  • No Right Answer
    I do not think that Carroll wrote Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland with a goal to send a specific message or make the story mean one specific thing. I think Carroll merely hinted at, either accidentally or on purpose, at certain subjects using Alice, Wonderland, and the various characters and situations within the story. There is no single “the meaning of this story is this” moments.
  • Does There Always Have to Be a Meaning? It seems as though every piece of literature always has a meaning. There is always something to look for, always some far reaching idea that the story supposedly represents. Or is there? Why does every piece of writing have something completely different to say then what it actually says? Say you think that Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland means, oh say, childhood innocence (just an example).
  • Just a Girl with Her Toys This entry was inspired by a thought that occurred to me while commenting on Hersh’s post, Who Are We? Yes, mine is another entry about sizes. But instead of thinking about the significance of Alice’s sizes, what of the other characters’?
  • The Queen: An Older Sibling?After finishing Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, I began to think about some of the less major characters that I neglected to pay attention to before. One such character was the Queen.

Team #5

  • Carroll’s Consistency Carroll’s consistency has made it easier for the reader to continue the story without a double take. It causes us as readers to be in Wonderland, it won’t be a surprise when pots, pans, and even noses are flying through the air right? Wrong; talking rabbits, body-morphing cakes and potions, and mock turtles are never going to be completely normal to people of any common intellect or sense. We are all ‘mad’ in the fashion that we each have our own peculiar personalities that shape ourselves.
  • The Choice is Yours.. This blog compares the ending of Lord of the Flies by William Golding and Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll.
  • New CoverItLive Post! This is a CoverItLive session our group did discussing the trailer for the new series on the Syfy network called “Alice.”
  • Be What You Would Seem to Be When Alice enters Wonderland through the rabbit hole, she was locked out of her house, or world rather. She was brought into Wonderland by the white rabbit’s lure, but for why she stayed? Of course we all know she stayed because she couldn’t leave, but she was interested, she was full of who’s, what’s, when’s, and where’s?
  • The Ugly Truth Alice also describes the Duchess as “very ugly” (page 91). Why does the truth always have to be ugly? Is it because it’s human nature to not want to hear the truth? Or is it because the truth is too hard to face?
  • Victorian England Shane Leslie, for instance, writing on “Lewis Carrol and the Oxford Movement” (in  the London Mercury, July 1933), finds Alice a secret history of the religious controversies of Victorian England.
  • Liddell’s Lasting Impression On Us When we’re done and the finishing touches are put on and the final project is being reviewed, it still won’t be over. This website will always be here. People will always have the opportunity to come here and take part in what we did. So this is sort of like a lasting legacy of all of our efforts. This project has been secretly motivating us to question things from now on and find out for ourselves the meaning of things we encounter in life.
  • A Disappointing Ending? Lewis Carroll may have started a trend with his ending to Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. I for one have seen quite a few negative reactions to how Carroll intended his wonderland to all just be a dream. I found it slightly anti-climactic myself. The ending has also been accused of being unoriginal and being a sort of cheap way to get out of finishing the story. These days, quite a few stories end in such a manner, and most are met with a negative reaction. But I think there is a reason that Carroll ended his book the way he did, and Ill try my best to explain it.
  • Dont Blame Us; We Just Can’t Help It! It is to understand and to be able to understand, we first try to dig deeper, dissect it and try to see how Carroll put these pieces together so eventually we can put the pieces together ourselves.
  • The Queen of Hearts Why would Carroll have made the queens attitude to be the opposite of the card type that he choose for her? Perhaps he was trying to show how a woman would sometimes be if placed in a place of power.
  • Your Dream World and the Real World are One and the Same
  • The Big Dream As an interesting aside, it is a scientific fact that the thoughts in your subconscious often lead to what you dream about. If that’s true, then dreaming and reality are not two different worlds, but worlds that go hand in hand, a world within a world.
  • Step 5: The Belly of the Whale
  • his is usually when the person is in their lowest point of their journey. You are most of the time surrounded by unknown qualities and don’t know what is going to happen. This should be the time when Alice’s mind needs to realize what is ahead of her and that there is no turning back and she needs to rely on herself and just go with her instincts.
  • Pat the Apple Digger From what I could find, he did have a little of Irish blood in him, but I have failed to find if he was prejudice. But the British were and still not in some areas not friends with the Irish, so he could have shared that trait and included a Irish farmer that served a timid white Rabbit. This is just another point of how different our culture is today then Carrolls time and how we don’t understand Carrolls writing.

Team #4

  • Peppered Bacon. The Reality of Chapter 6 My focus on this chapter is the effect substances have on people and their moods. When the Duchess is introduced in the presence of pepper she is very rude, whereas in chapter nine she is very sweet and motherly when she is in the absence of pepper. This difference in personalities can be confusing, especially to Alice. It is definitely something to consider how any substance or absence of something can easily influence someone’s personality.
  • The Tale of the Mighty Mocking Turtle His constant contradictions to his story make a quite interesting conversation. While a child may pass of the idea of the Mock Turtle lying and being strange like the rest of the creatures in Wonderland, an adult would notice the words I bolded to show that he was lying. In Wonderland the Mock Turtle is a figure of great envy and awe. Was Carroll making fun of the heroes of the modern day world, saying that they constantly lie to make their story sound more appealing?
  • Sequelitis What remains to be touched upon is the incredibly interesting decision on the screenwriter’s part to synthesize the first book with key sequences of its sequel, Through the Looking Glass. This particular factoid often comes as a shock to most people, who had no idea that Tweedledee, Tweedledum, and the oyster devouring Walrus were not remotely present in the initial story. Who can blame them; Disney’s movie is the primary reason that Alice is still ingrained in popular culture, so it’s understandable that the general populace would have been duped.
  • Carroll on Direction Though Alice is speaking on literal terms, we can assume that this is representative of one of the classic intellectual dilemmas (considering Carroll also briefly dealt with the problem of identity earlier in the story): What is the purpose of my existence? Why am I here, and what do I do?
  • Alice in Wonderland: Rated R? Though I do not possess a copy of their film rating standards from the 1950s, it’d be safe to say that they were a far cry from how they stand at the present time. According to their website, if Alice in Wonderland was to be released tomorrow, it would brandish a PG-13 bullet point.
  • Croquet with a Side of Execution Anyone? There could have been some discrepancies in Carroll’s work because of his close relationship with England due to the fact that he lived there. He also references England in the tea party occurring everyday at the exact same time, showing how the regimented and intolerant society of England works. He makes the point that although they seem to be civilized, England can be tyrannical and irrational.
  • What Ever Happened to the Duchess? But the Question of where the Duchess went is still in my mind. Was the poor lady executed? Is she safe? Did she just disappear like the rabbit only to be found later? Or did the dream end just before the Duchess became of use to Carroll again? The world may never know.
  • The Crazy Caterpillar Is the caterpillar just a wise old man or a crazed character revealing the atrocities that can be committed by influential characters in Carroll’s work?
  • Fantasy Nightmares Hersh has inspired me in his post, Dream Ending? Oh, Please. He brought up the fact of how authors often introduce us to amazing fantasy worlds that later end in the traditional “It was all just a dream.” This frustrates me to no end.
  • Trial of Reason When Alice attends the hearing for the mystery of who stole the tarts, she is looking for some sanity. Wouldn’t it make sense that after all this time in a land of unsolved riddles, mad hatters, and queens obsessed with beheading, that she could possibly find some sanity and reasoning for everything at a court of justice?
  • When You Mix a Cup of Carroll…Part Two. As we established earlier, Disney’s manner of opening the story was more drawn-out and meaty than Carroll’s version; as the story progresses, however, Disney somewhat curiously chooses to edit and greatly shorten the tale’s whimsical ‘episodes.’
  • The Timeless Tea Party This quote perfectly compares the rationality of the real world and utter nonsense of Wonderland. Who has a watch that doesn’t tell the time? The Hatter does because he made time angry. The entire scene of the tea party is complete chaos.
  • Where is the Rabbit Going? Is the rabbit a symbol of people in the real world? people of our world usually have those days or moments when we are late, get lost and get confused about where we are going.

Team #3

  • Talking Well When we take in boring or incomprehensible information, we tend to react with confusion and sometimes continue on to disgust. The Duck exhibited his confusion and questioned for an answer.
  • Out of Place, Out of Mind… There is perhaps one thing that separates this puppy from every other character in wonderland. This Puppy cannot speak. Not only can it not speak but it seems to lack any form of sentiments at all, were this not Wonderland I might have guessed that this puppy was from the real world
  • Boyish Charm… Lewis Carroll’s dislike for little boys was no secret. He not only detested them he may have even despised them. Lewis Carroll while giving this book to Alice Liddell may have been using this scene as a warning. The last thing he would want is for his precious Alice to not only, not love him, but to fall in love with another. He also believed that boys could be untrustworthy so, while he may have wanted Alice as his own. He may also have been sending her a warning as simple as be safe.
  • Lying Serpents My question is, should we not be wholly, and if necessary, brutally honest with ourselves about everything?
  • Emotional Responses I think Alice had added a little bit of venom to her sentence. Why? In order to spite the Duchess for being so rude to her earlier and besides, Alice just did not like her anyway. Alice was also probably annoyed that the Duchess had changed her idea. Alice was respectful and polite in their first conversation, yet was met with threats of death.
  • Off With Her Head: A Queen’s Journey Through Puns I think mood is a choice we make depending on our physical and mental condition, as well as our conditioning of the same. Specifically, we are more apt to become angry if we are tired and hungry.
  • The Rabbit Herald(s)? (VoiceThread) John Tenniel made two illustrations of The Rabbit Herald. The original was taken out of printing and replaced with an entirely disparate version. What were the changes? Why were they made?
  • Complex Simplicity But the inhabitants of Wonderland seem to be on a THIRD side of the argument, one we’re not used to dealing with. They have a different perspective on the ways of society (like table manners) and on getting an answer out of somebody (like who they are).
  • Moral Gratitude? However we do not always return gratitude with graciousness. However, was Alice justified in being bothered with the Duchess’ thanks? Furthermore, when gratitude is due and it is given, what should our responses be? Does this set up a societal limitation?
  • I Mean What I Say….Do I Say What I Mean? It’s already been thoroughly covered that Wonderland is a crazy and mixed up place, where meanings mean little and sayings say a lot. And when one statement is repeated by two totally unrelated characters, it’s bound to have some significance.
  • MLIA During the scene in the court, the Mad Hatter is called to the stand to provide his evidence. He begins his statement multiple times. It usually was a variation of “I’m a poor man, your Majesty.” This entertained me greatly. The Hatter illustrated his own madness by his inability to maintain cogent thought, but more funny than that was his repetition of “MLIA”. For the older crowd reading this, MLIA is a website on which people entertain themselves by reading people’s funny stories they post telling that “My Life Is Average”.
  • Simple Schooling It rather amuses me that even in a mixed-up world like Wonderland, school is still an unpleasant experience. In fact, even if Wonderland is an odd and mixed up place, the characters still seem to be more intelligent that Alice.
  • Curiouser and Curiouser… Why is it when one reads Alice, we get the distinct feeling that we are seeing half the image? As if there was something we are missing?
  • The Caucus Race First the mouse thinks that it has a good idea to get everyone dry. Some people think that the mouse was to represent Miss Prickett, the children’s governess. If this is true, then it says something about Alice’s life.
  • Who are You? At first during their conversation, they both have trouble understanding each other. Alice has the most trouble comprehending what the caterpillar is saying. He asks questions that she has never really had to answer before. When the caterpillar asks “who are you?”, she does not know how to answer it. I think that Carroll is playing with thoughts during this meeting. He takes the most simple questions, but turns them into a more deep question that is hard to answer.
  • Pig BoyBut then I realized that the baby turning into a pig does not contradict his idea at all. The baby turning into a pig is what he says is supposed to happen. So after further analyzing, I had to change my thoughts, and I realized that Carroll had not contradicted his ideas after all.

Team #2

  • Picturing Wonderland: Visual Aid After writing my blog Picturing Wonderland, I thought it would be a good idea to create a presentation showcasing the different images readers have created for this story. The pictures I gathered are from the 1951 animated Alice in Wonderland, the Tim Burton Alice in Wonderland coming out in 2010, and the original illustrations by John Tenniel. By looking at these you can see the fun, cartoon way Wonderland is depicted in the 1951 version, the scary and dark Wonderland from Tim Burton’s mind, and the realistic human version drawn by John Tenniel.
  • Picturing Wonderland With all this media depicting Wonderland THEY want it to be depicted, do we lose the way Carroll wanted it to be imagine. I mean, maybe Carroll wanted it to be different for everybody. But here we are creating this widely used picture of Wonderland so that nobody can imagine it the way they want.
  • Transformation: Child to Adult Is it when an individual gains so much responsibility that they cannot afford to let go of reality? Is it when a person becomes so educated that they know their dream world cannot be real? Or is it that children in a way have a longer attention span when comes to their dreams?
  • A Raven and a Writing Desk After all, Carroll did write the story for children. Maybe the Hatter’s quote was just an excuse to get the real Alice to laugh. Or maybe the quote was just put in the story to provide comic relief and release tension.
  • Remember the Time Another factor that goes into the supposed “inappropriateness” of Alice is the writer himself. Lewis Carroll may be a literary genius  but he has many other issues.
  • I Found the “Porpoise” After seeing Jenna’s post “What’s the “Porpoise?”” , I was determined to find the purpose of Chapter 10 of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.
  • I Wish I was a Kid Again If you wish you were a kid again, this post is partly for you. If you wish you understood Alice better this post for you. And, if both statements are true, this post is definitely for you.
  • Disappointed Is Wonderland as strange as we make it out to be? I mean putting aside the talking animals and the long fall down a rabbit hole, what is so strange about Wonderland that makes it worthy of all this talk and discussion? I mean, there are plenty of fictional stories that have talking animals and strange happenings. Look at Dr. Seuss, you don’t see people going and analyzing his books and his writing is just as witty and confusing as Lewis Carroll’s…and it rhymes!
  • The Queen Isn’t the Only Crazy One Because I have taken a lot of flack for my referencing of The Powerpuff Girls in my earlier post “Alice’s Adventures in the Kitchen” and also had my man-card taken away, I thought to myself, ‘why don’t I blog about something more violent and manly?”.
  • Words To Live By? Maybe. As I’ve read the book, I’ve tried to find connections to the real world and tried to learn lessons that I could apply to my life, like Alice. I found it easy not to drink random drinks that I found and other people’s cake, but this chapter introduced something new. Not just characters who spoke in sentences that made sense, but morals, true words to live by. Or so I thought…
  • The Pink Flamingo Later while having lunch at the Bavarian bakery I was admiring the wood carvings and paintings around me, and I saw a big white rabbit staring back at me! He was made of porcelain, I assume, and had great dark eyes that stared curiously back at me. He had his paws out as if to hold a tray, but to me it looked as if he were holding an imaginary trumpet pretending he was at court. I was surprised that he wasn’t wearing a waistcoat or carrying a watch, but his mere presence was enough to make me feel like Wonderland was sending its own after me.
  • Stages of Mind I was nervous and disbelieving when Mr.  Long first presented us with the book and the project. I thought he had just lost all sanity and decided to drag us down to the insane asylum with him. It was a completely foreign concept to me to take a children’s book and analyze it for a high school class, especially using a blog to do it.
  • Business as Usual Perhaps that is why the presence of a hatter seems strange to me. Then again not all of the characters play active roles in the society so maybe the hatter- even though he is a hatter- doesn’t necessarily have to function as a hatter. I suppose, however, because it is Wonderland that it doesn’t particularly matter what or whom one is. You simply are and act the parts that Carroll assigned you.
  • Finding Yourself I find it ironic, and hypocritical, of Alice to call the jurors stupid for being afraid of forgetting their names when she herself couldn’t figure out who she was in chapter five with the Caterpillar.
  • Is Lewis Carroll Actually Wonderland? We know that Carroll loved Alice and wished to give her this story as a present. We know he loved children and had show sorrow at them growing up and changing. Now thanks to Vivian’s entry, “And Up We Grow”, I have come to adopt her opinion of Wonderland being a place of innocence. If that is so, then it seems  reasonable to me that Carroll would have based Wonderland and its characters off of himself.
  • Alice’s Adventures in the Kitchen? Here we see another part of childhood in the sense that children would believe their parents after they told them that they would become what they were eating if they had too much of it. Your personality is who you are repeatedly. As Aristotle put it, “we are what we repeatedly do.”  Therefore, the temperaments of people are due to eating too much of one thing.
  • Don’t Enter A Land of Wonder Looking for Anything Except Things That Make You WonderI was struck by a sudden thought while reading Gabriella’s entry, “Turning Wisdom on Its Head”, and some of the comments she received, that seems to me so very logical and obvious that I can’t believe I didn’t think about it before!
  • Is Reality Not Good Enough?Throughout the story we are presented with abnormal creatures and places, But why? Is our world not good enough that one must escape it through a dream, or for us; escape through a story about a dream?

Team #1

  • The Process Alice does not grow form her experience, but I know that I have because of her journey. I learned how to better use technology to help out my students and other students out in the world. I grew to easier identify symbolism that is apparent throughout the plot of most books. This will help me out for later books and through me, will help out my other students, peers, and friends. The process was a little daunting at first, but now I feel much better about it, and am ready to ‘tackle ‘ the next book.
  • Wonderland a Heaven? I can’t help but wonder, but I realize it is probably not. Let us think of Alice Lidell as a dying girl. This book would be an amazing story of heaven. Carroll could have been illustrating a nice heaven that Alice would enjoy. Alice is able to do things not humanly possible, such as growing and shrinking. She meets talking animals that she interacts with and has fun with, adventures with.
  • Creepy Crawly As one of my fellow students wrote about, the caterpillar i something that kids will identify drugs with. Alice dislikes the caterpillar and if Alice is a link to kids, while the caterpillar is a link to drugs. If Alice (the kids) does not like the caterpillar (the drugs) then the kids will not like drugs. His mean, and ‘bad’ character is what will hopefully cause less children to take drugs when they grow older. This is why the caterpillar’s role is so vital to the child audience listening to the story.
  • Wonderland a Haven? For those of you can not see Wonderland as a heaven then maybe Wonderland is a haven. A haven may be an easier world to visualize. Now we imagine that Alice Lidell is not dying but maybe depressed. I know strange for a 10 year old, but we can put ourselves in her shoes and pretend we have been given this book when we were depressed. Would you enjoy a book that was written for you when you were depressed?
  • Family Matters On the other hand, Alice gets “lost” in a wonderland and never once thinks of her actual family. She may be in a dream, but in the beginning it is supposed to seem like reality. Wouldn’t most girls around the age we presume Alice to be want their mothers or fathers? I know that I would and I am sixteen, so why wouldn’t Alice?
  • Apathy This book, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, was not one of my favorite books. The book was odd, repetitive, and quite frankly a little annoying. Alice never seemed to grow form her experiences that she had in Wonderland. She kept going and going, continuing her bad habits the whole way. I would think that after seeing what her constant talking and apathy for people’s feelings, that she would stop what she does. The entire book is confusing, and we are supposed to decipher the hidden meaning behind it. I find that hard to do because I, just like Alice, have apathy too when it comes down to books I dislike to read. If I do not enjoy the book, there is no way that i am going to do extra work on it and “annotate” it.
  • Double Shift What intrigues me most about Carroll as a writer is that he is not a writer at all.
  • “Lost, Just Like Alice” After reading the entire book of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, I can not say that I fully understand the book. I could not see, and still can not see, the symbols that Carroll is writing about. I attend a college prepatory school, but I still can not decipher what he is writing about. I am not saying that I am incredibly smart, but there should be some level of understanding. The drug reference with the caterpillar was the only synbol that I caught.
  • The White Rabbit The way he is portrayed in the movie confirms my suspicions because some drugs cause you to be jittery much like the White Rabbit. The White Rabbit may be Alice’s drug, but there is always room for error on my part.
  • A Sequel? How long would it have taken to write this story? After all he is a mathematician, not an English philosopher. I mean how did he know all of those poems? He also used objects that pertained to Alice’s real life. Why did he write this if it would take a while?
  • Animal I instantly see the connection to Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. Alice constantly changes sizes to fit the situation and yet it is always so plainly obvious to everyone in Wonderland that she doesn’t belong there.
  • Finally Believable As I read some of my fellow classmate’s blog entries I began to see a pattern. None of them seem to enjoy the end of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, where Alice wakes up and realizes that the whole thing was a dream. I, on the other hand, loved this ending for so many reasons…
  • Annotations and a Question for the Author So how do you think this book became so popular? What is more interesting is that professors have taken there time out to analyze the book fully. Why did professors pick a book that was written for a little girl? How was this book even discovered? Did Carroll publish for the world, or did he just give it to Alice Liddell?
  • Parallel Personalities If Alice’s time spent in Wonderland is a parallel of her life, what happens when the story ends?
  • In BetweenFor the fictional Alice this is simply a terrible inconvenience, but for Alice Liddell this was her life. She must be able to retain some of her child-like self even as she makes this transition to adulthood. Otherwise she woudl lose it forever. Perhaps Carroll wanted Alice to be able to read this story that way she would never grow old. So that her inner child could live on even after her body gets older.
  • Stories LinkedThey both meet new people while in their “Wonderlands”, but later we know that the creatures in Dorothy’s adventures are her family. Are the people in Alice’s Wonderland her family? I can link the Cheshire cat and Alice’s cat Dinah, but I’m not sure about anyone else. What’s your opinion? Who else is related to Alice in her Wonderland?
  • Hidden Meaning is Not RequiredThe fact of the matter is, this book should have been left alone.
 

3 Days to Go: Adding Up the #’s

Filed under: Student Entries,Week 6 of the Project — Christian Long @ 1:16 am

With only 3 days to go — at 10pm — here’s where we are as far as completed blog entries (both per student + per team):

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Team #1: 28 of 48+ complete (note: no students are yet complete)

  • Student #1:  9 of 12+ complete
  • Student #2:  5 of 12+ complete
  • Student #3:  6 of 12+ complete
  • Student #4:  8 of 12+ complete

Team #2: 42 of 60+ complete (note: 2 students are complete)

  • Student #1:  14 of 12+ complete
  • Student #2:  15 of 12+ complete
  • Student #3:  9 of 12+ complete
  • Student #4:  3 of 12+ complete
  • Student #5:  1 of 12+ complete

Team #3: 38 of 60+ complete (note: 1 student is complete)

  • Student #1:  4 of 12+ complete
  • Student #2:  10 of 12+ complete
  • Student #3:  6 of 12+ complete
  • Student #4:  6 of 12+ complete
  • Student #5:  12 of 12+ complete

Team #4: 27 of 48+ complete (note: no students are complete)

  • Student #1:  6 of 12+ complete
  • Student #2:  7 of 12+ complete
  • Student #3:  4 of 12+ complete
  • Student #4:  10 of 12+ complete

Team #5: 49 of 60+ complete (note: 1 student is complete)

  • Student #1:  5 of 12+ complete
  • Student #2:  9 of 12+ complete
  • Student #3:  7 of 12+ complete
  • Student #4:  11 of 12+ complete
  • Student #5:  17 of 12+ complete

Team #6: 35 of 60+ complete (note: no students are complete)

  • Student #1:  6 of 12+ complete
  • Student #2:  5 of 12+ complete
  • Student #3:  10 of 12+ complete
  • Student #4:  5 of 12+ complete
  • Student #5:  9 of 12+ complete

Team #7: 33 of 48+ complete (note: no students are complete)

  • Student #1:  10 of 12+ complete
  • Student #2:  8 of 12+ complete
  • Student #3:  9 of 12+ complete
  • Student #4:  6 of 12+ complete

Team #8: 37 of 48+ complete (note: 1 student is complete)

  • Student #1:  5 of 12+ complete
  • Student #2:  14 of 12+ complete
  • Student #3:  8 of 12+ complete
  • Student #4:  10 of 12+ complete

Team #9: 48 of 48+ complete (note: 2 students are complete)

  • Student #1:   11 of 12+ complete
  • Student #2:  14 of 12+ complete
  • Student #3:   11 of 12+ complete
  • Student #4:   12 of 12+ complete

Team #10: 13 of 42+ complete (note: no students are complete)

  • Student #1:  7 of 12+ complete
  • Student #2:  0 of 6+ complete (note: student has been sick and is doing a modified schedule to complete project)
  • Student #3:  4 of 12+ complete
  • Student #4:  2 of 12+ complete

Team #11: 32 of 60+ complete (note: 1 student is complete)

  • Student #1:   12 of 12+ complete
  • Student #2:   3 of 12+ complete
  • Student #3:   4 of 12+ complete
  • Student #4:   8 of 12+ complete
  • Student #5:   5 of 12+ complete

Team #12: 36 of 48+ complete (note: 2 students are complete)

  • Student #1:   4 of 12+ complete
  • Student #2:  17 of 12+ complete
  • Student #3:   3 of 12+ complete
  • Student #4:  12 of 12+ complete

Team #13: 33 of 48+ complete (note: no students are complete)

  • Student #1:   6 of 12+ complete
  • Student #2:   10 of 12+ complete
  • Student #3:   9 of 12+ complete
  • Student #4:   8 of 12+ complete
 

Day 26 Recommendations November 24, 2009

Filed under: Student Entries,Week 4 of the Project — Christian Long @ 1:07 am

Team #1:

  • Parallel Personalities - Rachel L. “Suddenly ideas and questions began to rush into my head. Is the entire story a reflection of Alice’s previous life? Are all of the characters a reflection of a portion of Alice’s personality? I know it is a stretch but just think about it.”
  • In Between* - Rachel L. “For the fictional Alice this is simply a terrible inconvenience, but for Alice Liddell this was her life. She must be able to retain some of her child-like self even as she makes this transition to adulthood. Otherwise she would lose it forever. Perhaps Carroll wanted Alice to be able to read this story that way she would never grow old. So that her inner child could live on even after her body gets older.”
  • Stories Linked - Alex C. “Here’s an interesting comparison inspired by Caroline McCarten and her blog post: Daydream or Nightmare? She says that Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland is similar to The Wizard of Oz. I began to think, is The Wizard of Oz based on Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. I mean we can link The Matrix and Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, why can’t we link The Wizard of Oz. Alice falls down the rabbit hole, and Dorothy’s house gets sucked up in a tornado. They both have adventures in their different “Wonderlands.””
  • Hidden Meaning Is Not Required - Erin M. “Carroll said himself that this was intended to have no meaning, yet people continue to attempt to make sense out of a nonsensical writing. The fact of the matter is, this book should have been left alone.”

Team #2:

  • Business as Usual - Meighan A. “Wonderland seems to have a past since the characters seem to have histories and day-to-day lives. You would think, since it is all a dream, that Wonderland would have fresh new characters dreamed up who wouldn’t have been able to know each other before because they didn’t exist until Alice fell asleep.”
  • Finding Yourself - Jenna K. “Perhaps she has regained sanity and now, she finds it odd to forget who one is. Perhaps her journey is about to end because she has found herself. Like the only way to leave Wonderland is by finding yourself”
  • Is Lewis Carroll Actually Wonderland? - Meighan A. “Now thanks to Vivian’s entry, “And Up We Grow”, I have come to adopt her opinion of Wonderland being a place of innocence. If that is so, then it seems  reasonable to me that Carroll would have based Wonderland and its characters off of himself. He didn’t want to see his friends grow up and change and he created a world where Alice literally couldn’t grow up. As Vivian said “Alice also thinks “at least there’s no room to grow up any more here.” this might also imply that she can retain her innocence in this world, while in the world she left, sooner or later she would have to face the realities of growing up.” If he could have, he might have made himself a barrier for their growth. “
  • Alice’s Adventures in the Kitchen? - Miles W. “From the “ORANGE MARMALADE” to the Duchess’s pepper, food makes many important appearances in Alice. First let’s skip the random marmalade she sees on the shelf going down the rabbit hole and start off with the “DRINK ME” bottle. This triggers the story and Alice would not be the same story without it. It’s possibly the most renowned occurrence within the story and the only thing I remembered from seeing the movie when I was in preschool”
  • Don’t Enter a Land of Wonder Looking for Anything Except Things to Make You Wonder More - Meighan A. “We can observe symbolism and bring it to each other’s notice, and formulate opinions on what we read, but in the case of Wonderland itself – not Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland but the place- we cannot rationalize anything for sure because we don’t know what was going on in Carroll’s mind.”
  • Is Reality Not Good Enough? - Meighan A. “Throughout the story we are presented with abnormal creatures and places, But why? Is our world not good enough that one must escape it through a dream, or for us; escape through a story about a dream?”

Team #3:

  • Simple Schooling - Alex F. “It rather amuses me that even in a mixed-up world like Wonderland, school is still an unpleasant experience. In fact, even if Wonderland is an odd and mixed up place, the characters still seem to be more intelligent that Alice. They’re constantly badgering her about being a “simpleton” and snapping at her for asking silly questions. Now, seeing as this is such a strange place, it makes a bit of sense that uglification wouldn’t have the simple, obvious definition that the Gryphon gives. But, since it’s Wonderland, then you might be able to assume that since nothing is as it seems, then everything is as it seems in the most simple and obvious way. And that is why this book is giving me a headache”
  • Curiouser and Curiouser… - Ryan S. “Why is it when one reads Alice, we get the distinct feeling that we are seeing half the image? As if there was something we are missing?”
  • The Caucus Race - Colton C. “A caucus race symbolizes the government of that time. Like the race, the politicians would just run around thinking that they were going to get something done, but never would. Also when the mouse’s idea fails, it can be interpreted that Alice’s governess was hardly ever right. As I was browsing through some website I came across another idea about the caucus race. It said that the race can signify that there is no meaning to life itself.”
  • Who are You? - Colton C. “y having the caterpillars asks short questions but emphasizing you and me allows us to think about it. It makes us take a question like, “who are you?”, and try to really understand who we are. The caterpillar smoking the hookah allows the caterpillar to ask whatever it wants without any question. Like in ancient times, the philosophers would take drugs to get in a dream or trance like state in order to understand the deeper meaning of things.This is probably why the caterpillar is asking “who are you?” and not just “who are you” like what is your name.”
  • Pig Boy - Colton C. “But then I realized that the baby turning into a pig does not contradict his idea at all. The baby turning into a pig is what he says is supposed to happen. So after further analyzing, I had to change my thoughts, and I realized that Carroll had not contradicted his ideas after all.”

Team #4:

  • Fantasy Nightmares -Brittany M. “Hersh has inspired me in his post, Dream Ending? Oh, Please. He brought up the fact of how authors often introduce us to amazing fantasy worlds that later end in the traditional “It was all just a dream.” This frustrates me to no end.”
  • Trial of Reason - Brittany M. “When Alice attends the hearing for the mystery of who stole the tarts, she is looking for some sanity. Wouldn’t it make sense that after all this time in a land of unsolved riddles, mad hatters, and queens obsessed with beheading, that she could possibly find some sanity and reasoning for everything at a court of justice? Wrong.  It is in fact possible that there is no reasoning for anything in the book and there is nothing deeper than what there appears to be; but how many times do we try to find meanings in meaningless things?”
  • When You Mix a Cup of Carroll…Part Two. - Kyle M. “This highlights not only another divide between Carroll and Disney as artists, but the notable distinctions between the two mediums in which they worked. For a blockbuster release, an 80-90 minute run time is ideal, for both profit (More showings can occur each day) and audience satisfaction**. Despite the fact that Alice is rather short by book standards, if a beat for beat, line for line adaptation was to be made, it’d be rather lengthy and, to be frank, utterly dull. While a film does not have to be a skeletal, hollow structure that moves from plot point to plot point without time for emotional development, it needs to maintain a healthy pace to keep the audience engaged and invested in its characters (to give an example, some might say Peter Jackson’s King Kong violated this fundamental tenet***). If one is to consider the notion that Disney held very little interest in painting broad political statements with his Alice movie, it’s understandable that he would leave out an extended Dodo sequence.”
  • The Timeless Tea Party - Derek M. “A tea party is supposed to be formal and relaxing. Not in Wonderland. The dichotomy between the dream and the reality is noticeable by any figment of the imagination. Imaginary worlds entail strange events, which should be expected. Expect the unexpected! A place without time is unexpected, so expect it. Wonderland is an unexpected place to live, so expect the oddities.”
  • Where is the Rabbit Going? - Angela W. “I wonder if it upsets Alice that the rabbit never pays attention to her. The last time we see the rabbit is during court and the rabbit is the person that calls for the next witness to go to the stand. It seems to me that he was never trying to reach the Duchess. Is the rabbit a symbol of people in the real world? people of our world usually have those days or moments when we are late, get lost and get confused about where we are going. What was the rabbit doing out of Wonderland anyway?”

Team #5:

  • Queen of Hearts - Alex E. “Why would Carroll have made the queens attitude to be the opposite of the card type that he choose for her? Prehaps he was trying to show how woman would sometimes be if placed in a place of power. But other than making her be the opposite besides that it is Wonderland that the Queen holds domain over, but what other reasons could be hidden in the story. In the margins Carroll wrote that the Queen was supposed to be a blind and aimless fury, which describes the Queen perfectly. Could the Queen be simliy a funny part for children with a angry Queen, or did the Queen have a darker purpose, or both?”
  • Your Dream World and the Real World are One and the Same - Rivu D. “Many people have brought up different thoughts about dreams and reality and how they are connected, or in some cases how they aren’t connected at all. If you were to ask me however, there is only one world, the real world, and dreams are apart of the real world and not a separate entity entirely. That’s not to say that there isn’t another wonderland somewhere far off in god knows where, but dreams are a part of reality, albeit a rather quirky part of reality.”
  • The Big Dream - Melissa H. “So Daniel Lott wrote a really good blog about the whole concept of this book being a dream, and I am going to feed off of what he wrote. His question at the end of his blog was, ” So is this really all a dream?” I also think that it is very odd that Alice could recite every single thing about her dream and then her sister then had a dream about Alice’s dream. This is a little ironic right? More like very ironic. But do we really know when the actual dream started?”
  • Step 5: The Belly of the Whale - Melissa H. “But I think that Alice’s time in the “belly of the whale” is really when she gets past the point of the curtain. Even though she doesn’t technically get out through that way, but when she cries. Alice cries because she is very confused and doesn’t know what to do anymore. She is sad and misses home. So this is the point when she is very confused but when all the animals come and talk with her she feels better and I think that starts on the point of her feeling more welcome and interested in her journey.”
  • Pat the Apple Digger - Alex E. “There is the Irish brogue, or a strong accent, the Irish slang and Pats status. Was Carroll prejudice against Irish? From what I could find, he did have a little of Irish blood in him, but I have failed to find if he was prejudice. But the British were and still not in some areas not friends with the Irish, so he could have shared that trait and included a Irish farmer that served a timid white Rabbit. This is just another point of how different our culture is today then Carroll’s time and how we don’t understand Carroll’s writing.”

Team #6:

  • More on MoralsHaley M. “In chapter nine “The Mock Turtle’s Story” of The Annotated Alice, the Duchess has many morals that she shares with Alice. She tells Alice, “Every thing’s got a moral, if only you can find it”. As they begin walking the Duchess gives Alice morals for many things. Some of her morals include:”
  • Funbus – Michael P. “I like how the lyrics are saying how everyone seems to think that we have to keep doing the same boring thing. Any of the lines could really be applied to something in Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. I don’t even know what some of the lines could mean, but I think all of them could be applied to the story some how. What do you think?”
  • Why Kids Love Alice – Haley M. “Now that we have finished reading The Annotated Alice, it is quite clear that it is not a book understood by young children. No, there are no princes and princesses in the story and no “happily ever after” but maybe that is why this book became so popular. Sure, it did have few similarities like the Queen of Hearts could be associated with the “big bad wolf” or the “mean step mother”. But overall it is unique, really unlike the others.”
  • Risks: When Should They Be Taken? – Mike N. “I was thinking about the risks Alice took while she was in Wonderland, and whether or not she should have taken them.”
  • No Right Answer – Michael P. “I do not think that Carroll wrote Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland with a goal to send a specific message or make the story mean one specific thing. I think Carroll merely hinted at, either accidentally or on purpose, at certain subjects using Alice, Wonderland, and the various characters and situations within the story. There is no single “the meaning of this story is this” moments. You have to figure it out for yourself.”
  • Does There Always Have to Be a Meaning – Michael P. “Does literature need to be deep and philosophical with hidden themes and meanings to be good? Well it seems so. All of the “classics” that we read in school have other meanings. Well at least, according to our teachers. Why are there no famous “simple” books? Because for whatever reason, we seem to have a need to complicate things.”
  • Just a Girl with Her Toys – Kristen K. “This entry was inspired by a thought that occurred to me while commenting on Hersh’s post, Who Are We? Yes, mine is another entry about sizes. But instead of thinking about the significance of Alice’s sizes, what of the other characters’?”
  • The Queen: An Older Sibling – Kristen K. “The Queen appears to be somewhat of an older sibling. While she acts that way towards Alice, she seems to act the same way towards every other character as well. For example, the Queen is constantly shouting “Off with her head!” to whoever she sees. However, she never acts on those threats. This is reminiscent of an older brother (or in this case, sister) that always raises their arm to hit their younger sibling but never actually hits them. Additionally, the empty threats link up with an angry sibling’s own meaningless bluffs, such as “I’m going to kill you!””

Team #7:

Team #8:

  • Does Carroll Know? - Hersh T. “We can obviously tell that Carroll is leading us somewhere. The only question is where? And, does the journey he is taking us on matter more than the actual place he is taking us? Maybe that realization is the destination itself? But, he must have known that when written with such wit and character that this book would gain national recognition and fame. And so he must be trying to give the world something to chew on as subtly as he could. This idea of journey versus destination has already been discussed in a previous blog post.”
  • Was It Real? - Daniel L. “I thought it was very odd how Alice could recite everything that had happened in her dream. Then her sister ironically had a dream about Alice’s dream. Which brings me to the question: was it all really a dream?”
  • Dream Ending? Oh, Please. - Hersh T. “Why do authors do that? They have weaved a fantastical world and imaginary rules that govern this place, and then at the point where we are finally beginning to question and perceive, end it? The ending of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland irritates me to no end. Why even begin a book if it is just going to end in, “Oh and she/he woke up, it was all just a dream.” Why?!”

Team #9:

  • To Question Authority - Gabriella B. “On a more meaning based query, what if the cat is questioning authority. To what end does he wish the line of questioning to come to? For arguments sake let us use the generic coming of age theory. As we grow up we are forced to find our own opinions and perceptions in life. Will we follow what our parents believe in? Or will we make a new path? Follow our friends or charter a course on our own?”
  • Are the Rich Getting Richer (or Snobbier)? - Deron M. “Going all the back to chapter 7, one thing that struck me was how much of a brat Alice acted like during the tea party. She rudely planted herself down in an open seat without even asking if it was taken. The March Hare took offense to Alice assuming that the seat was hers. Alice should have kept quite and apologized for her actions but instead became angry when the Hare got back at her by offering wine that really wasn’t there.”
  • Martha Stewart Better Watch Out - Beth A. “In our last CoverItLive session, our group came up with a metaphor for Alice’s entirety. Basically, Carroll does have all of his ingredients laid out for this story, and when he puts them all into the bowl, the batter is lumpy and doesn’t work out so well, yet when you back that lumpy mix, his cupcakes came out to be delicious-but a different type of delicious. A type of deliciousness that no one has ever tasted before, but the overall feedback of his cupcakes are high. So high, to where it puts Carroll on the map, at least amongst London.”
  • The Evolution of the Cheshire-Cat - Gabriella B. “Due to my fascination with the Cheshire-cat I was curious as to what comes to mind when we think of this cat. As we all know the moment an author creates a character, that character is up for the interpretation of the reader or in the Alice in wonderland movies the viewer.  So for your viewing pleasure I created a Prezi presentation (slide show with the amazing ability to make you motion sick) which shows a small collection of the varied metamorphosis our beloved cat has undergone:  Cheshire-Cat presentation”
  • CoverItLive Session #3 - whole team.So, here is our full-team CoverItLive session where we talk about: the morals mentioned by the dutchess in chapter 9; the puns and references made by Carroll, in particular to math and victorian society; and what values Carroll tried to embed in his readers, especially Alice Love to hear what you thought about our conversation.”
  • All Babies Grow Up to Be Pigs - Gabriella B. “What if we assume that Wonderland is only a reflection of the real world? Then perhaps Carroll is insinuating a general statement on the level to which mankind has fallen to. In fact this line could and probably is used by green activists all over the world. They seem so convinced of the general depravity of mankind going so far as to call us “earth pigs”, is it so far of a stretch to say this statement is truly reality?”
  • {nihil} - Benedikt K. “But if we cannot distinguish in between our existence and non-existence, then how can the concept of existence even have any meaning? Existence itself mean nothing, leads to nothing, is … nothing. There is no meaning to Alice’s existence in wonderland. She cannot prove whether she is there or not, thus there is no meaning in her being there. Whether or not she is sleeping or not is irrelevant, since we cannot even prove she exists.”

Team #10:

  • The Fairy-Pillar - Shannon L. “In chapter five Alice meets the Caterpillar. As I read this chapter, I couldn’t help but think that the Caterpillar reminds me of the fairy godmother in Cinderella.”
  • What of the Mock Turtle? – Rachel M. “I also understood that the Mock Turtle was melancholy and forlorn because he used to be a real turtle. It is never revealed to us what caused this change because the Turtle goes off on tangents frequently. The turtle did explain that when he was young he was still a normal turtle. I suppose one could conclude that sometime between his childhood and his current state something caused him to become artificial and false (in other words, “mock”). Perhaps Carroll is suggesting that maturation causes someone to change in upsetting ways, thus favoring the allure of simple childhood?”

Team #11:

  • Now We’re Mad - Darcy S. “But what does a “not mad” person have to do in order to fall down this life-changing rabbit hole? I personally believe that we must simply ask questions. Anybody living in ignorance who lacks a genuine curiosity or thirst for information is “not mad” in my eyes. But gravity doesn’t force one to keep moving through the passage between mad and not mad. It is easy for ignorance to take a peek into the hole and decide not to go through. It’s a choice to accept the seemingly backwards world and learn from it.”
  • What was Alice Thinking? part2 - Morgan P. “I have to give Rivu D. credit for the inspiration of this post…Rivu made a point in his team’s blog that the readers aren’t exactly “attached” to the character of Alice. That really made me think! I agree with him. For some reason I seem to feel unattached to the story and to Alice. The main reason I came up with is that Carroll did not give us much insight on Alice. We barely know anything about the character. The character of Alice does not have any of those qualities that generally draw the readers in. We really have not seen her personality be portrayed in the story. We as readers, don’t have an emotional connection with the character. This was probably a big mistake on Carroll’s part. Why aren’t we attached to the story? Is it because Carroll wrote it for Alice Liddell?”
  • What Is It about Alice? - Morgan P. “In class, Mr Long told us that his son, Beckett, loves to watch the show iCarly. Mr Long thought it was strange because his son is only three-and a half years old. The show iCarly is meant for middle school or high school age kids. It is funny that Beckett loves iCarly even though he does not really understand it. Beckett probably does not get the story of the show or the technology and dialog in it. That made me wonder. What is it that attracts kids to the story of Alice?”
  • Alice the Movie - Scott M. “The other day, before I had finished the book, I was getting curious as to how the story ended, so I whipped out the old VHS player and got the cartoon Disney version of Alice in Wonderland, and started to watch it. I was very anxious to see the movie I watched when I was a kid and see what I thought of it now. I was actually very surprised at what I was watching. I hardly understood what was happening.”
  • Identity Crisis - Devon H. “Now to play a different card of this situation is to say that Alice’s journey in Wonderland actually shows her who she really is, instead of who she acts like. She just thinks she doesn’t know who she is, because she doesn’t recognize this person that is coming out during this adventure.”
  • Who is Carroll? - Morgan P. “If you could, please answer the following questions: What was your first impression of Lewis Carroll? Did your impression change after reading this and learning about him? Did you get a better or worse impression of him?”

Team #12:

  • The Not-So-Heroic Journey - Adam K. “Many people have blogged about Alice’s supposed Hero Journey, I would argue the opposite, not because I agree with the opposite point of view, but because no one has blogged about it.”
  • Meandering Musings - Vivian H. “One other thought that occurred to me was that there is no justification regarding the ideas that have been given to Alice since birth, for instance the invisible rules of society. How do you know, what you know is really true? You might merely think you know the reason for something. I would say overall, Alice has learned to think in a different way, and when she returns back to her world she will begin to question (or even wrestle with) the very idea of what we see as logical.”

Team #13:

  • Life is Just a Game of Cards.. - Amber W. “The quote, ”Life is fair in the way that it is unfair to everyone” relates so well to this part of Alice’s journey. Amongst the real world there are tons of cheaters, liars and thieves. Being young and naive, Alice may not realize this. Carroll does a nice job of showing these little lessons about life through the game of croquet between Alice and the Queen. Through the croquet game, Alice is shown not everything is fair and people aren’t always so nice no matter how nice she is in return. Life is simply just a game of cards, you never know what it might throw at you.”
  • Judgement Day is Every Day - Amber W. “Throughout this project, I had a very bad case of writer’s block. Not knowing what to expect my first time reading Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, I found it difficult to analyze the story. I was told to write about anything I found interesting. Yet, when I read the book I saw it simply as a confusing story with no meaning, written only for entertainment. I found this to be untrue though, as I really started looking into this classic story.”
  • Where in the World Did That Come From? - Susie C. “Was anyone else wondering where in the world the shore came from?”
 

Day 21 Recommendations November 17, 2009

Filed under: Student Entries,Week 3 of the Project — Christian Long @ 2:39 pm

Due to a week-long camping trip (with the entire 9th grade), Mr. Long has fallen slightly behind on offering up recommendations of various student blog entries.  Fortunately, the “Alice Project” 10th graders have continued publishing without interruption.

With that said, enjoy their latest submissions, all 170+of them this week alone. Perhaps I oughta go away more often!

Team 1:

  • The Combination of Two Already Great Beings – Hagen F. “This is Alice’s Wonderland, and she may not have wanted to have a ferocious animal anyway. The Gryphon may also represent Dina because as I mentioned earlier, a lion is just a big cat. As a child, kids always want their animals to be able to speak to them and tell them what they are thinking of. The Gryphon may be that outlet that Alice would be looking for.”
  • Order in Wonderland - Erin M. “It is very amusing how Carroll used playing cards as members of a royal kingdom. It ties so well into the strange happenings of Wonderland. At the same time, playing cards also fit into our own world. They each have their own classes. Spades as gardeners, Clubs as soldiers, Diamonds are coutiers and the Hearts are the royal kingdom. The most interesting thing about is the fact that they remain adequatly with the behaviors of actual playing cards. Such as, they lie flat on their faces, they cannot be identified from their knacks, they are easily turned over, and they bend themselves into croquet arches.”
  • Alice’s Adventures in DREAMland - Rachel L. “The caterpillar speaks in a sleepy, languid voice which we can only assume is an effect of the hookah. Why is hookah present in a children’s story? I believe that maybe in 1865 when the story was written that people did not know the harm in smoking hookah. Perhaps in Carroll’s mind there was nothing wrong with providing knowledge of adult matter to children. He did see children in a different way than most people, therefore he may have seen nothing wrong with the idea.”
  • Childish Minds - Alex C. “When we read a book, how do we know if that book is too young for us, or not “cool” enough for us (teenagers) to read? Is there a limit on how childish a book is when read by a teenager? Why don’t teenagers read children’s books? Why is there a genre called children’s, when you go to the library? Why are books “segregated” between adults, young teens, and children’s?”
  • Meaning - Alex C. “What I am confused by is the story itself. Mr. Long’s in-class essay really stumped me. What is the meaning of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland? I see it only as adventures, but its almost as if its too simple. He has only given us stories with a MUCH deeper meaning then what is seen. What is the plot?”
  • Transforming for the Sake of Transforming by Hagen F. “Alice’s transformations in size seem to come to us fairly often throughout her journey. Her size does not alter her personality, but perhaps alters her understanding; in addition to ours. What do Alice’s transformations mean to the story, to the reader? Alice does it quite often, which can mean one of two things. Either her transformations are highly important, or since they occur regularly, the have little relevance. The latter of the two is ideas is most likely not the answer, but still an option when deciphering the ‘code’ in Alice’s story. While Alice is a dynamic character through her size, the same may not be true for her actual person.”
  • Carroll and Alice Intertwined by Erin M. “Throughout Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland she changes from being extraordinarily small to being massively big. There are twelve occasions in which this change takes place. Richard Ellmann suggests that this could represent the little girl Alice, whom Carroll loved, but with a love transfixed to her youth. The bigger Alice represents the older Alice, which she would soon become. I believe that Carroll was expressing the way he felt about Alice’s growing older through the changes that take place in Alice throughout the story.”
  • A Quote and Italics by Alex C. ““There ought to be a book written about me, that there ought!” -Alice. Its funny that Carroll puts this quote, because he actually did write a book about Alice. This leads me to question that maybe Carroll wrote this book because Alice asked him to. Maybe it was their little secret that she had asked him to write a book about her, and this is his little way to hint at us. What’s your opinion, do you think that Carroll wrote this book because he loved this little girl, or did he write it because she asked him to, and he agreed because he loved her?”
  • Sense and Nonsense by Rachel L. “Yet on another level Alice is simply verifying her own sanity. She is trying to make sense of nonsense. If she can bring some sort of reality into this chaotic universe. We see this theme of making sense of the chaos all throughout the story.”
  • “12 Trials” by Alex C. “Keith gave me interesting idea on one of his blog posts, A Staged Arrival to Wonderland?. He talked about Alice going through trials and being watched over. His idea reminded me of a movie I watched not too long ago. The movie is called 12 Rounds featuring John Cena.”
  • The Race by Hagen F. “In spite of this, Alice has become more comfortable with all the creatures around her and they try to come up with a way to become dry. The animals simply want to be rid of the water, but could it not mean, if we were to embellish this idea, that subconsciously the animals want to be rid of Alice?”
  • Labels by Rachel L. “Is this one of Carroll’s stabs at society? I believe so. Today’s society is so dependent on something warning them of the dangers of their decisions that if left without the flashing warnings they would do whatever they are told to do. We are no longer encouraged to think for ourselves. We have technology and other sources of information to do the thinking for us now. Everything is advertised to make it look good so without the warning labels we would do whatever the marketed item was displaying. Take away the labels and we are lost.”
  • A Mouse Tail? No, a Mouse Tale by Hagen F. “Carroll is telling us that the way we interpret ideas and words change our views. Alice was thinking of long whip-like tails, while the mouse was thinking of stories and histories. These two thoughts are far from the same category of idea. This dichotomy is caused form the seemingly simple words that cause great confusion between two speakers. This, again, mirrors the seemingly simple story of just a girl in a different world. We know, though, that much bigger ideas are being presented and it is up to us to reach out and grab these ideas. Just as Carroll eludes to with the English language. Confusion is just the first part, it can only be followed by abandonment of the confusion through actual abandonment, or through understanding. Understanding is what leads one to the epiphany stages and what ultimately teaches us the overarching meanings being simple ideas.”

Team 2:

  • What’s the “Porpoise?” – Jenna K. “They cause a lot of confusion, and like the Caterpillar make her recite poems. Unlike the other chapters there are all more parodies on early poems in this chapter, I don’t know if there is something important about that. Why does Carroll make fun of some many published writings? Why were there a bulk of parodies in this chapter? I don’t know.”
  • The Duchess is a criminal? – Meighan A. “When I was looking through the illustrations I noticed in the picture where the Duchess is walking with Alice that she had a shaded nose. Now it was one thing for the Queen to have imprisoned her for something silly like talking to loud or some such thing; like her threats to behead her guests that she never carried out. But it is an entirely different thing for the Duchess to be actually guilty of something where she would deserve punishment.”
  • Hero’s Journey Part II – Samuel M. “Okay. I do not know if the Hero’s Journey has to go in order, but I doubt it since all stories do not utilize all the elements listed. That being said, two elements are experienced in the summary. The first of the experiences was the crossing of the first threshold. Sure, I said Alice crossed the first threshold in and earlier plot summary/analysis, but she had not finished the crossing. Even though she couldn’t of had stopped her fall and climbed back up to earth, her decent to Wonderland was not finished.”
  • The Confusion of Dreams and Reality - Jenna K. “I mean it’s very easy to say that you are dreaming when you are in the world where you’re flying from building tops and running on water. But, it’s not so easy to that you are dreaming when your dream world consists of you going to school and seeing your friends everyday. Everybody’s had these realistic dreams. You wake up and you have to think about what just happened. If it weren’t for the fact that you were laying in bed you would think that it was all real.”
  • The Picture of Alice Liddell - Meighan A. “It happened by chance that I was reading The Picture of Dorian Gray and noticed a similarity between Basil and Dorian Gray, and Carroll and Alice Liddell. It is after Basil has painted the magnificent portrait of Dorian that Dorian says to Basil,“I believe you would, Basil. You like your art better than your friends. I am no more to you than a green bronze figure. Hardly as much, I say.”  “Yes,” he continued, “I am less to you than your ivory Hermes or your silver faun. You will like them always. How long will you like me? Till I have my first wrinkle, I suppose…””
  • Curiosity of Roses - Meighan A. “The gardeners accidentally planted a white rose. White roses are just as beautiful as red roses, if not more. The difference is they do not hurt you with cruel thorns. This could reflect on the gardeners being meek and nonviolent. The gardeners and Queen are all cards, and the roses are types of roses, but they have their differences. One kinds doesn’t hurt you, and the other one does.”
  • Alice is Rude? - Meighan A. “When conversing with the Mock turtle she acts rude and questions everything he and the gryphon say. She looks very stupid in their minds; not knowing what to them is logical. She never considers that she may be the rude on asking so many questions when stories are told or explanations are given. It seems like everyone she talks to she ends up arguing with or upsetting, except perhaps the Cheshire Cat.”
  • A Rant on Pigeons and Law - Meighan A. “Once again we see the logic and illogic at play here. Alice having a long neck is deemed illogical in our world, but in wonderland that is ok. Her talking to a pigeon is illogical but logical in wonderland aswell. The pigeon fearing snakes and wanting to protect her eggs is natural logical behavior mixed in with the illogical logic of wonderland.”
  • Er, I Changed My Mind - Jenna K. “Throughout this entire project I have said, and said again, that the mind is what defines us, the mind is who we are, the mind is the important part of us and the body is simply a vessel. But I was mulling over all this over my morning Cheerios and I had a little change in direction with my thoughts. I think it may have something do with all the thoughts about my surgery going through my head. I was trying to imagine what it would be like when I couldn’t use my whole left leg, what it will be like when I have to use crutches and can’t run and jump and go up stairs. What it would be like trying to work my way through the hallways at school. That’s when I realized that the body couldn’t possibly JUST be a vessel for our mind. And I think I  was right in thinking that.”
  • Heartless Irony - Carl K. “With that being said, a particular point is brought up in mind. Does Carroll mean that the English monarchy hasabused some of its given powers? With unlimited control and power, one could easily choose to behead people left and right. From further, of my, analysis I sense that Carroll was using Alice to see the people’s side of view of a ruling tyrannt. And to also point out that ruling in such a way will only lead to calamity. So from what I see, the Queen of Hearts represents a couple of things: 1) an amusing ironic joke 2) how fear spreads when one has limitless power and control and lastly 3) a dictatorship/or tyranny doesn’t win friends and influence people, so it’s important not to rule a kingdom in such a manner.”
  • Representation? - Meighan A. ““Thus, if Alice represents humanity, what could Wonderland represent other than the trials, tribulations, and experiences humans encounter in the real world?” This really struck me from Kristen’s post http://aliceproject6.wordpress.com/2009/11/01/a-new-take-on-a-multi-dimensional-alice/ , and the more I thought about it the more I noticed one could look at it as that and more. Wonderland is like Heaven and Hell on Earth. If you have an optimistic view there are many things that you can see as wonderful experiences and there are also many things that as a pessimist you could see as total hell for a little girl to have to face.”
  • The Mad Hare and March Hatter - Jenna K. “The March Hare and Mad Hatter, most of what they said makes sense. Most of their thoughts are a mixture of ideas purely based on the denotation of a word and ideas purely based on the connotation. Like ’say what you mean and mean what you say’ – that’s all about the denotation of the language. But, ‘beating time’ – that’s all about the connotation and personification of the language.”
  • Do I Really Have To Wait Until I’m 18 - Miles W. “At her young age, she has no idea how to deal with the situations around her and with maturity she would be able to better comprehend what was happening. You could argue that Alice’s new world is crazier than any real-life experience, but the real world is a crazy place and if you’re not ready for it, which the government has set out for you too be, it will get you.”
  • Alice is Messing with my Mind! - Meighan A. “Realizing finally how incredible absurd it all was I shook my head at myself and shocked myself back into reality, and behold! I was still in the office sitting in front of the computer with a half eaten Milky Way bar in the trash beside me and a blank document titled ‘blog’. If this is what happens to me just reading a few chapters of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, I’m worried to see what will happen when I have to stay up really late and then go to bed right after reading some strange occurrence in the story.”
  • Alice and the Moon – Meighan A. “It was fascinating to imagine that because of being a different person or animal, you might find different meanings for general terms and such a simple thing as ‘finding’ something could mean ‘finding’ anything. So, now I wonder, Alice found a bottle that said, “drink me”, but if I were in wonderland…would I have found that same bottle? Would I have found a mouse and a giant puppy? Would I have even found that door leading to the garden? Maybe…I’ll leave that up to my imagination. Now, the really BIG question. What would you find?”
  • The Reality of Dreams – Jenna K. “The whole conversation between Socrates and Theaetetus on page 67 of Annotated Alice has put everything in perspective for me. Or rather, it has put everything out of perspective and left me very confused.”
  • Who Are You? – Jenna K. “What would you answer if you were faced with this question? Would you be like Alice and say you’re not quite sure? Or would you reply with a simple first and last name? How do you define yourself? Do you define yourself by what you do, what you say, your ethnicity or religion, your species and gender, your personality, your likes and dislikes? There are so many different responses to a question like this.”
  • Much Pleasanter at Home – Jenna K. “We all know that curiosity is a big instigator of peoples actions, but how could it possibly overpower a person’s reluctance to do something? How can you not want to do something but your curiosity pushes you do it anyways? Is our human will really that weak? Can we be easily manipulated through our curiosity? It’s like the little magic bottle saying “Drink Me” is a commercial ad to Wonderland and Alice is being sucked in like we get sucked in to the Billy Mays’ commercials.”
  • A Literary Jungle Gym – Jenna K. “To me, it seems that the play on words, such as these, are what makes Wonderland a ‘nonsense’ world. Unlike the ‘real’ world, there is no reasonable thinking going on that comprehends strange metaphors, literary devices, and grammar usage. In fact, I would almost  say that all of Wonderland is practically mocking the English language. That might be going a bit too far, Carroll may just have been trying to get the girls to laugh because he knew they were old enough to catch the play on words. That, I am not sure of.”
  • Hero’s Journey – Samuel M. “If you were to integrate Joseph Cambell’s “Hero’s Journey” into the story, you could say that Alice recieved the call to adventure when White Rabbit appeared. If White Rabbit had never appeared, then there would be no story – no Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland or any of the sequels. You could also say that by quickly following White Rabbit down the rabbit hole, she did not reject the call to adventure, she eagerly and readily embraced it.”

Team 3:

  • A Tale of Morality… - Ryan S. “Look at what we are doing, here and now, sitting at our desks, either reading this blog, making your own, or scanning through your copy of The Annotated Alice. We are all finding a moral in everything around us. The entire point of these “Alice Projects” is to find morals in every action Alice takes.”
  • “Nine in the Afternoon” -Panic (!) At The Disco - Abbie P. “For me, Wonderland is like “a room where it’s nine in the afternoon,” because it’s a place where the impossible is possible. It’s either 9 in the morning or 9 at night in the real world, but in Wonderland, it could very well be 9 in the afternoon. Animals can talk, cards can paint, and hatters have tea parties with hares! This aspect of the story almost reminds me of “The Veldt,” where the children have a room that would become anything that they wanted it to become.”
  • Magical Madness - Alex F. “As the Cheshire Cat most wisely put it, “You must be mad, or you wouldn’t have come here.” Certainly it seems that nothing can exist in Wonderland with out being mad, or heading in that direction rather quickly.”
  • Tea for Three (Plus a Rodent) - Alex F. “One has to wonder why these characters were introduced. Was it simply for entertainment, or was there some underlying reason that the Hatter and Hare were added? There’s certainly enough madness in Wonderland that they could have done without these characters.”
  • A Taste of Frank Philosophy - Alex F. “I’d like to stop a minute and think about how many different ways that question can be taken. There’s the obvious and most used “Who’re you?” Just asking who this person is that interrupted a caterpillars smoke break. Or there’s the more surprised and angry “Who ARE you?” which is more of an expression of surprise at something that is strange and unusual. But the Caterpillar puts the emphasis on “you”, so we can safely assume that he meant the third way of taking the question; as an eternal question on who is a person? What is I? And the rest of that headache-inducing mess.”
  • VoiceThread of Ch2 Pictures - Vance L. “This is another VoiceThread of The Annotated Alice. We have posted and verbally commented on John Tenniel’s illustrations in Chapter 2. Feel free to add comments of your own.”
  • “It’s hard to say that I’d rather stay awake when I’m asleep” -Owl City (Fireflies) - Abbie P. “Just a few lines from the song “Fireflies” by Owl City, but I feel that it really relates to this, (you should really listen to it if you haven’t before, it’s amazing). Dreams are anything we want them to be, and despite the fact that nothing is normal, it feels so real. In Alice’s “Wonderland,” everything is queer, as Alice puts it. Nothing is as it usually is, and yet now she can’t seem to look back at reality. Now that she’s been exposed to this “wonderland,” nothing back at home is going to be normal anymore. No more talking rabbits, no more cats that smile, and no more footmen with fish heads. Reality has now become something very unreal. So, my last question is…does that mean that Alice’s reality has become unreal, and her dream real, or is Alice insane?”
  • “In the Beginning, I tried to warn you. You play with fire, It’s gonna burn you” -Good Charlotte (Victims of Love) - Abbie P. “If you recall Snow White and The Seven Dwarves, the protagonist was given an apple. No one suspects anything bad to come of an apple, especially from an elderly woman, so she eats it. This apple is not just any apple, though. It stops her heart. Not everything is as it seems, so “the wise little Alice” still isn’t really being safe by checking it for a distinct label. It’s very trusting of her to drink from this strange bottle.”
  • VoiceThread of Ch1 Pictures - Vance L. “This is our first VoiceThread of The Annotated Alice. We commented on the three illustrations by John Tenniel in Chapter 1. Feel free to view/listen to our comments or even add your own.”
  • A Sense of Blue… - Ryan S. “Throughout history and pop culture, whenever there is a profit figure they use drugs to either get a spiritual “high”, or else to enter a dream or trance like state, that allows a better understanding. Examples, are everywhere from, Native American Indian warriors, to Kobala form “Battlestar Galactica”. One thing Alice is famous for is its political and spiritual humor through the use of wonderlandian characters. By accepting that the Caterpillar and its hookah are a part of that we get a better understanding of why Lewis Carroll would have this character, “under the influence””

Team 4:

  • Hookah for the Soul - Brittany M. “Although everyone may have their own opinion of whether he is or not we simply do not know. I do not think he is advertising hookah for children but  putting in a little piece of reality. Alice never smokes the hookah and is never offered a smoke but simply watches the catipiller smoke. It is still a good children’s book although it refers to drugs but honestly, drugs are a big part of life.”
  • “Birds of a Feather Flock Together” - Derek M. “Not only does outward appearance affect the groups, but state of mind can also be found in creatures of similar stature. If anything, just try to find these subtle innuendos in Alice and you will be surprised on how much it mimics the real world. Birds of a feather always flock together.”
  • All You Need is Love, Love, Love is All You Need - Brittany M. “In the words of the notorious Beatles, “Love is all you need,”. In Alice in Wonderland the Duchess lists off morals to Alice and proclaims that the world is filled with morals, you just have to find them. Although the Duchess may seem a little on the insane side she says,” ‘Oh, ’tis love, ’tis love, that makes the world go round!’ ” All during life we are constantly hearing people say to follow your heart and to love one another,and although it may seem sappy to the non romantics, I think love really is what makes the world go round,aside from gravity.”
  • Size Matters - Brittany M. ““I do hope it’ll make me grow large again, for really I’m quite tired of being such a tiny little thing.” This is something Alice is constantly battling during her wild adventure in Wonderland. She is either too big or too small to partake in events or to be able to fit through doors. She changes size constantly and is always wanting to be what she is not. It is very similar to in life how we are always wanting to be what we are not. When we are younger we are so eager to become older and drive and have freedom,but why is it once we reach our age of  what should bring joy to us, we wish our youth back.”
  • From Child to Pig - Angela W. “All of the lines Alice says to the child are very motherly, just like Carroll wanted her to be. This is another example of Carroll giving Alice an adult like figure. Anyways, Alice desides to get rid of the child just because it is a pig now. Before it was a child that had charachtoristics of a pig and when it took phyisical characthoristics, Alice wanted it no more. Throughout Alice’s adventure in Wonderland, Alice is showing more signs of maturity.”
  • A Very Merry Unbirthday to You! (yes, you) - Derek M. “When I read chapter seven, I was very disappointed to not see the Unbirthday Song in the book. I assume that the song was a Disney alteration to reach out towards the kids, but I believe that is one, if not the most, influential and memorable scenes in the entire movie of Alice in Wonderland. The Unbirthday song has an obvious significance to the visual innuendos of the story. Although the song seems to be Disney’s interpretation, The Unbirthday Song ties into the theme of the dichotomy between the real world and the fantastical wonderland.”
  • Is Alice Still Relevant? - Kyle M. “Perhaps the book is indeed more than an artifact after all; on a rare occasion, a work is created that transcends any and all cultural and historical boundaries. Does Alice fall into that category? That’s too broad of a question for my purposes; regardless, it has retained a healthy amount of its wit and charm over the years, which is no easy feat.”
  • Transformation from Hookah - Angela W. “As I was reading Melissa H.’s blog entry titled, Hookah for everyone, i came to realize that Carroll is using a caterpillar to smoke hookah, which is odd because when the caterpillar is done smoking hookah, he transforms into a butterfly, but only in the movie.If you watch the Disney movie, the caterpillar transforms into a butterfly, but it is odd that the transformation is in the movie and not the book. Usually children would understand and accept concepts more if they visualize it and that could be the reasoning.”
  • “Of Mice and [Wo]men” part two - Derek M. “Alice’s relationships with animals in this world may prove to be strong for a few short minutes, but they soon fade away. The mouse tried to give Alice the benefit of the doubt and tried to assert his authority, but due to the fact that Alice was not receptive to this, thus leaving Alice alone. Carroll uses Alice’s innocence and inability to rationalize because she is a child, to advance his story. He would not be able to make a story about any person older than Alice, because thought processes become more advanced with age. This idea of innocence allows Alice to explore the world without skepticism.”

Team 5:

  • Mature and Dark Subjects in a Children’s Book? – Alex E. “But there is also when she is falling down the Rabbit-hole and she says that she would tell nobody about her falling, even if she fell off the top of the house, on which she thinks that this is probably true. Alice also has a habit of talking about how great her cat(Dinah) is good at killing animals. Why would Alice continue in bring Dinah into a conversations with the creatures of Wonderland if she knew that they feared and hated cats? Dinah is Alice’s several connections to the real world in Wonderland and that killing of animals was a sport during these time before animal rights becomes a reality.”
  • Wonderland’s Issues vs. Government - Katherine H. “In Wonderland, animals have exemplified their authority over humans. Though humans seem to be rarely seen in Wonderland, who is to say the government is not as warped as the positions of Wonderland’ society?”
  • Alice Definitely Got Ripped Off - Sylvia A. “It seems like this is no wonderland after all. For one, all the sweet talking animals, such as the white rabbit and mouse, portray older figures of authority for Alice. They talk down to her and are not necessarily her friends even though they help, directly and indirectly, guide her through Wonderland. These animals aren’t the imaginary friends Alice , as a little girl, would have dreamed of having, so why are they in her ‘wonderland’?”
  • Step 4: Crossing The First Threshold - Melissa H. “So… if you say that the supernatural aid is the white rabbit, then entering the first threshold could either her falling down the hole or going through the tiny door. But, if you say the drink/food is the supernatural aid it would only make sense to say that crossing the first threshold would have to be after, which in that case would be going through the door behind the curtain. Maybe I’m wrong, but this is my opinion. What is yours?”
  • Step 3: Supernatural Aid - Melissa H. “I’ve written two blogs earlier about Joseph Cambell’s “Hero’s Journey” you might want to read those blogs so you can catch on quicker.  Step 3 of the “Hero’s Journey” is meeting the Supernatural Aid. This is usually after the “hero” has committed to their journey. Like I said before, I did not think Alice really ever committed to her adventure. So how do I make the connection with the supernatural aid, and get that to fit in the story? Well I guess I don’t really have to make the connection sense it is my opinion. But I find the supernatural aid as the white rabbit. He is the one who guides her through the hole and becomes her guide. Well we do know he mysteriously keeps disappearing and keeps mumbling about being late and talks about the Duchess.”
  • Leave the Little Guy Alone! - Sylvia A. “This sort of hierarchy exists in the real world as well. Your status is what determines what happens to you in life and looking at poor Bill, I can tell he got the short end of the stick. With Bill being the socially weakest amongst the animals with his “little feeble squeaking voice” (page 43) how do you think this is reflected upon society? Why does society always pick on the little guy? From the little boy with glasses at the school playground to the quiet guy at work who never seems to get ahead- its universal. The strong pick on the weak and the little guy never has a voice. Carroll may be trying to let us know about this unfair side of human nature and gets us thinking about how we treat other people.”
  • Congratulations Disney, You Failed. - Rivu D. “I am certain that many a Disney fan boy or fan girl only opened this post to disagree with me based on the title of the post, but you should keep in mind that this post is more factually oriented than the title suggests and is not simply my ridiculous opinion on why Disney failed in making a decent reproduction of Lewis Carroll’s beloved Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. Keep reading fan boys and fan girls, you may find out some surprising things about that movie you loved so very much as a little child.”
  • Forcing an Answer - Rivu D. “When reading many of the annotations in The Annotated Alice, it always manages to shock me as to how obscure some of the symbolism and hidden meanings in the annotations are. It doesn’t feel as though Lewis Carroll actually intended for there to be a connection between some of the events in the book and some of the events in his own personal life as many of the annotations say, but it seems more as if  though scholars and analysts merely found vague and obscure connections between Carroll’s life and what he was writing and then decided that Carroll was being symbolic and referencing his own personal life in his story.”
  • A Little Less Insane - Rivu D. “It’s interesting to see how when Alice comes to the realization that the Queen is merely a playing card, her adventure finishes. It’s as if once she sees that her logic can actually be applied in wonderland, her illogical world disappears, as she proceeds to wake up from her rather curious dream after realizing that wonderland “doesn’t matter a bit”. Perhaps Carroll is insinuating that dreams are a way of equalizing our existence, as we live one life embodied by logic, the “real” one, and we live another embodied by what our mind creates, or our own personal wonderland.”
  • Morals. Morals. Morals. - Melissa H. “I have been criticizing this book a lot, but this made Alice learn more by the “mistake” she made. It may have not been a mistake but done on purpose for her to go through new things in life. You know what they say… “Everything happens for a reason.” As for the Duchess’ morals, I think that those were very random. I didn’t really see how they related to the things that Alice was saying. But maybe they mean something that I don’t see.”
  • The Hatters Riddle - Alex E. “In this party the Hatter told his curious, unanswerable riddle, “Why is a raven like a writing-desk?”. To what purpose does Carroll make this riddle? Many, including Carroll himself, have tried to find answers to this riddle that will fit. This riddle, in my opinion, is simply a mind twister that shows the insanity of Wonderland and the Hatter himself.”
  • If a Mushroom Was a Mushroom. - Katherine H. “These annotations really caught my attention. The whole story thus far is based on Alice’s strange encounters. In the beginning, she had difficulty gripping what was going on in this strange place. Wouldn’t eating a poisonous mushroom make it difficult for someone to decipher normality? The annotation states that Carroll may have in fact read books that describe the effects of certain mushrooms if ingested. This may mean that he wrote into the story Alice’s mushroom predicament in order to subtly justify just a fraction of her peculiarity. Throughout the story there has been multiple hints as to why Alice is experiencing these strange situations, or ‘normal’ considering she is in Wonderland.”
  • It’s Creepy, but Why? Rivu D. “Finally, to the point. Many people say that there are many things that would be considered too mature or inappropriate for children in Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. However, maybe that is only true for the children of today. Children back then were not treated with the same protection as they are today, and perhaps Carroll was not concerned with putting in references to drugs or death when he knew perfectly well that his audience, the children, were themselves working in factories and possibly being mistreated and that they were more than likely mature enough to handle the references if they even understood them in the first place.”
  • “Wonderland”= Drug Reference? - Melissa H. “What do you think Carroll means when he says “wonderland”? It’s obviously NOT an innocent title. Could it possibly be stating that she has been on drugs and got “high” so she is feeling good and different. This could be a story of her life on drugs and how she feels and what she goes through. Wonderland could be her own world that she is experiencing while on these drugs and she doesn’t know what is really going on, because this is usually a side effect when people get on drugs. Will Alice ever wake up from this, or will she permanently be like this forever?”
  • Illogical Logic, Irrational Rationalization. - Katherine H. “To think of reason for the day’s peculiarity would be logical. However to be changed into a different person over night? Not so much. This entire story thus far seems like a story of illogical logic, the reason for the rabbit’s rush versus the reason he is even speaking, the solution to Alice’s size issues versus the reason for her changing so radically and Alice’s social inclination to worry about offending someone versus the fact that she has offended a mouse are only a few examples.
  • Poison, Death, and Drugs: The Unholy Trinity - Rivu D. “There are also many subtle references to death in Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. According to The Annotated Alice, when Alice falls down the rabbit hole and compares it to falling down the stairs in her house,  a “death joke” is being made. It may be a bit extreme to say this, but perhaps falling down the rabbit hole itself is a metaphor for death. Another subtle reference to death is where Alice claims that she will drown in her own tears. This could possibly be symbolic of how the lack of control of ones own emotions can lead to ones ultimate downfall. However, the most obvious thing in Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland that can be related with death is a key plot point itself, the plot point being the actions and statements of the queen of hearts. The queen is known to issue death sentences oh her own personal whims if something displeases her, possibly a reference to the “Reign of Terror” in France, as it is assumed by many that Lewis Carroll made many references to the French and their language in his tale. Her catch phrase is “Off with their heads!”, a line implying the intent to kill. Notably, the king of hearts often gives pardons and the queens sentences have a tendency to not get carried out. Perhaps this is a nod to both of Carroll’s audiences, the mature and the young.”
  • Anthropomorphism: Banned - Rivu D. “This blog entry is a reaction to this post by Melissa H. *** Sometimes, due to political, cultural, or social reasons, things such as books, poems, and other forms of literature, get banned or ordered out of print, no matter what time period or era. However sometimes, there are other, more ludicrous reasons for the banning of literature, such as a persons own pride. In the instance of the banning of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, a harmless book originally written for a little girl, this pride belonged to the Chinese governor of the Hunan province all the way back in 1931, about 70 years after the book was published.”

Team 6:

  • “For legs good, 2 legs bad” – Haley M. “First, I named this post “Four legs good, two legs bad” because throughout the time we have been reading The Annotated Alice, I keep thinking back to Animal Farm and how similar these two stories are.Just like Animal Farm, the story is using animals to represent people, and they are acting out situations from their lifetime. Just like in Animal FarmThe Annotated Alice has lessons to be learned throughout the plot.”
  • The Ease of a Dream – Caroline M. “I was slightly disappointed to find that the end was not really an ending at all. Someone once told me that to finish a book with “it was all a dream” is the easy way out. I believe that Carroll took the easy way out. However, if I was a child reading this book, the age it seems intended for, then I would be more than happy to find out that mopey turtles and queens who wish to behead me are only real in my dreams. Alice was pleased to learn that all of what happened to her did not really exist,and it was just a part of her peaceful rest.”
  • Are You Angry?  I Can See Why… – Mike N. “I would recommend reading my partner Kristen’s post, as it covers the same topic as my post: A Malapropos Ending. But I hold a slightly different viewpoint. At first, I was somewhat angry when I read the end of the story, finding out that it was only a dream.  Wouldn’t you be?”
  • Do Annotations Ruin A Reader’s Own Discovery Process? – Kristen K. “Just like watching a movie before reading the book it was based on, I feel that reading The Annotated Alice without reading Carroll’s original, unannotated story first spoils the latter. Upon completion of The Annotated Alice, I found it difficult to, as Mr. Long would say, ‘discover’ anything that had not already been noted in the annotations. It seems just when I would get an idea for an interesting argument or I read something that would prompt further research, I looked at the next note and the thing I hoped to ‘explore’ or ‘discover’ already had been–and in extreme detail.”
  • A Malapropos Ending - Kristen K. “But what of his unintended audience? What of the audience of adults that read the story to their kids, the same adults Carroll left hidden jokes and messages for earlier in the story? As an adult, a dream ending seems overdone and unfitting for Alice. Perhaps the dream ending is meant to put the story in perspective for young wondering minds and save an adult some explaining after the book is closed. While the dream conclusion has its merits, when coupled with Carroll’s style it seems malapropos, or unsuitable.”
  • Analyzing the Madness: Part 2 – Kristen K. “If this is true, it seems plausible that everything Alice has drunk or eaten could have been laced with a bit of absurdity, with a dash of impossibility. Perhaps that is the reason why Alice “had got so much into the way of expecting nothing but out-of-the-way things to happen,” (p. 19) so early in her journey through Wonderland.”
  • Analyzing the Madness: Part 1 – Kristen K. “It’s possible Carroll felt that time stopped when he was with Alice Liddell, thus the clock at the tea party stayed still. As for switching hours with years? Perhaps Carroll wished that in mere hours Alice Liddell could grow up to marry him rather than years. I also believe it is plausible that Carroll wished his age differed by solely hours rather than years.”
  • Daydream or Nightmare? – Caroline M. “Alice’s story reminds me of The Wizard of Oz in that characters can be related to people in Alice Liddell’s life. So in a far-fetched way Carroll may have written about real people and events in ’ life through the fictional adventure of Alice in Wonderland. This does not explain the above question, but in fact poses more. Could Carroll and Miss Liddell have had a wonderland of their own, and played a game that involved funny creatures and “queer” situations? Was Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland entirely made up from Carroll’s eccentric brain with Liddell on mind, or was it fully based most peculiarly on Alice Liddell’s life.”
  • The Dangers of Habit – Kristen K. “Could Alice become addicted to the thrill of changing size? Or, perhaps a more plausible question, could Alice become so enthralled with the excitement of her own curiosity that she ends up becoming the source of her own ruin? What worries me is the fact that Alice deduced after only one success that all would be successful. What other perilous habits could Alice develop? And what would have happened had she not developed said habits?”
  • Alice’s: Child or Adult? – Michael P. “Does Alice herself represent something, or is she just a little girl in a strange land? Maybe she represents the transition between childhood and adulthood, or maybe a child’s reluctance to grow up. Her growing and shrinking could parallel becoming more mature, then reverting back to immature, childish tendencies. She switches between logical, mature actions, and childish ones.”
  • Wonderland:  A Figment of Alice’s Imagination? – Mike N. “If this is the case, it could be explanatory of how, like Keith said, everything seems setup for Alice. If it really is in her own mind, everything in the story can be explained. For example, her mind would set things up for her so that she would be able to accomplish her goals, like (again, as Keith said) how the bottle just happened to be waiting for her to drink it.”
  • Alice vs. Wonderland – Haley M. “As Mr. Long pointed out, everything in Wonderland is abnormal to Alice, but now, maybe, she is the one that is abnormal in their everyday world. This really stood out to me because I have never thought of this. In some way I think this relates back to real life: Along with lessons being learned, maybe this is a lesson for people reading the book. It might be saying Alice is used to her own world, which she knows as “normal”, but now that she has come into this new Wonderland, everything seems so unreal and strange to her. The moment she is in the house with her arm out of the window, it seems strange to the White Rabbit and to Pat. So the lesson is..”

Team 7:

  • Cover Alice Live – Whole team. “We discussed many topics over Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and asked each other questions we had over the book. We also took some Live polls during the chat, and you will be given some questions as well for us to see what you think about the story so far.”
  • What About Alice’s Family? – Keith C. “Throughout Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, little has been said about her family. In the beginning Alice is sitting with her sister. That is all that mentions any of Alice’s human family members. Although, from time to time Alice talks about her cat, Dinah. Why has Carroll kept us in the dark about her family? Is this because he is trying to form a whole other world for Alice and doesn’t want her looking back at her old one? Wouldn’t a girl Alice’s age get homesick and want to be back with her parents? It’s not like Carroll set it up to be a story like so many others where the child has a rough home life and their parents don’t treat them very well, so where ever they run off to is better than home. As far as we know Alice’s home life is normal.”
  • Growing Pains – Alex D. “Part of growing up is new beginnings and more freedoms, but once you have experienced those things, you miss how you used to live as a whole family. After that line, Alice talked about how it would still be interesting to live in Wonderland; she is curious about becoming more mature, but still talks about how maybe in Wonderland she won’t have to age and become an old woman. This is paradoxical, how Alice wishes to experience the grown up life, but wished to remain a child. My point is, Alice is stuck in a house.”
  • Is Alice Enjoying Wonderland? – Keith C. “Later on Alice is told to eat a mushroom to adjust her size. After she grows so high that she can see the tops of the trees beneath her, she is attacked by a bird. The bird continues to attack her because it mistakes her for snake. All these events would certainly frighten Alice. If all this is true, why is she still there and not looking for a way out?”
  • The Cheshire Cat Has Spoken: Analysis of Chapter Six (2 of 2) – Connor M. “Alice understandably finds this to prove nothing at all. She’s not even convinced that the Cat is mad, himself. Maybe nobody’s mad. Maybe everyone’s mad. There really is no way to tell, but these remarks open up to the possibility that the Wonderland dwellers are aware of the “real world.” This connects to the question of why the Rabbit was even in the “real world” to begin with, which I inquired in another of my entries. However, it is clear the two worlds differ in every way.”
  • The Footman, the Duchess, and the Pig: Analysis of Chapter Six (1 of 2) – Lindsay R. “Alice first notices that the soup has a lot of pepper and that she believes that there is too much pepper. In the side notes it says the pepper is symbolizing the Duchess’ peppery ill temper. Also in Victorian England it was custom to use excessive pepper to mask the taste of slightly spoiled meat and vegetables. The Duchess’ baby did not like the pepper because it continuously cried and sneezed.”
  • Serpent!: Analysis of Chapter Five (2 of 2) – Keith C. “Then Alice takes a bite out of the other piece of mushroom and grows extremely tall. However, the text describes the growing to mainly occur in her neck region. This also seems to be the case when she grows the first time in the hall with the door leading to the garden. In Sylvia’s Blog, A Picture Says a Thousands Words, she associates the majority of growth in Alice’s neck with the fact that she is losing her mind. Could this be the same scenario when she is peering over all the treetops?
  • Advice from a Student: Analysis of Chapter Five (1 of 2) – Alex D. “In the annotations, Gardner says that the caterpillar has read Alice’s mind. I’m thinking this may be because her mind has changed so much since she fell into Wonderland, that her thoughts are no longer her own. Is Alice just being influenced by the world around her, because her mind has become so weak?”
  • A Pinch of the Real World: Analysis of Chapter Four (2 of 2) – Keith C. “In fact this dog acts quite natural. I didn’t think I would ever say this about anything in Wonderland. This is also ironic because that is the same phrase used by Alice when she describes the Rabbit in the beginning of the story, which isn’t natural at all. Why didn’t Alice think that this was natural, a regular barking dog that played fetch? I think that this dog is a little pinch of reality or memory from the real world. Alice runs away from this dog, reality, and travels deeper into the Wonderland.”
  • Deja Vu All Over Again: Analysis of Chapter Four (1 of 2) – Connor M. “Well, first of all, I’m surprised about the Wonderland inhabitants’ reactions to the changes Alice goes through throughout the story. Now I’m not saying that these shrinking and growing results are a regular sight in Wonderland. So far there hasn’t been any other shrunken or grown beings roaming about. However, we must consider the fact that the Rabbit and the others tossed cakes at Alice. Obviously, no one just goes and throws cakes at dangerous-looking giants and expecting everything to be alright. They shrunk her. This establishes that they in fact have knowledge of the possibility of growing and shrinking in Wonderland. This opens the possibilities to why the Rabbit was surprised at first sight of the first-enlarged Alice, which I discussed in another of my posts.”
  • Alice? It’s Me, Dinah. – Alex D. “In Alice’s situation, reaching the garden has become her priority. Whenever there is a place in the book after Alice escapes a sticky situation, I expect her to say “… Now if there was only a way back up,” but instead all I see is her desire to get to the garden. My question to you is… Do you think Alice will ever get to the garden? Or is it just an unreachable thought pushing her through the story.”
  • Here You Go, Alice – Keith C. “After thinking about the multiple times Alice has changed in size it seems as if someone is tricking her. At first I though that someone was watching her and guiding her through stages, but now it seems like they are trying to trick her. When Alice first drank the liquid and ate the cake, the liquid made her shrink and the cake made her grow. However the second she came across a bottle it effects were the opposite if the first and it made her grow. Like us, the readers, Alice probably thought that it would make her shrink, like before. Then the cakes also had the opposite effect and made her shrink. Does this mean that someone is setting Alice up for failure now that they have her in Wonderland?”
  • Mouse Tails and Tales: Analysis of Chapter 3 (2 of 2) – Lindsay R. “Alice thinks the Mouse is actually talking about his tail. Then we read the mouse’s tale shaped as his tail on the page 34 which, in the side notes, is called an emblematic verse. This tale is supposed to explain how he dislikes cats and dogs, but the tale doesn’t even mention a cat.”
  • The Circle of Life Isn’t Always Round: Analysis of Chapter 3 (1 of 2) – Alex D. “First of all, notice that the animal with the idea for the race was a Dodo bird. The Dodo has been extinct for hundreds of years, so why did Lewis Carroll chose this animal to suggest the race? He may have been pointing out that this crazy method of living, (simply attempting anything to achieve a goal) doesn’t always turn out well. In this case, he shows the results with the bird that had gone extinct by living with this mentality.”
  • Take a Walk in Wonderland’s Shoes – Keith C. “Have you ever thought of what Alice looks like to the inhabitants of Wonderland? Have you ever thought of how she might be the weird random one to them. Imagine some girls comes falling into your world constantly changing size. She makes a pool out of her tears. Then runs into your cottage and grows to fill up the whole room. When you read it like this it is a completely different story. It makes you ask, Who does this Alice girl think she is, barging into Wonderland?”
  • The Death Threats – Lindsay R. “After reading Gabriella B.’s The Morbidity of Moral, I was thinking about all the dangers that Alice has in this story. First, Alice keeps drinking and eating these random drinks and food. She doesn’t know if they are poison or not.”
  • What Happened to the Hall? – Connor M. “This was yet another random occurrence in the story so far next to the fan (as I discussed in my analysis of Chapter Two). What I mean by random is not “Wonderland random,” but rather a random hole in the plot that goes unexplained, and frankly, leaves me a bit disappointed. Soon after, Alice is able to travel to the White Rabbit’s home. Clearly she is somewhere else than the hall after the little transportation. Or is she? The White Rabbit is also where she is, and was also in the hall with her at one point. Were they both “teleported?” Did the room change? If the room did in fact “change,” (which is a random hole in the plot) then this would eliminate the theory I had in my other entry in which the hall is depicted as a sort of security for Wonderland.”
  • Too Many (Bizarre) Characters – Connor M. “To sum up some of the things that have played out so far here is a list: Talking rabbit, growing and shrinking, pool of tears, and more talking animals such as a mouse, a dodo, a lizard, as well as some other animals. To go even further, what we have to come is a smiling cat that disappears, a caterpillar smoking a hookah, more talking animals than you can count, and much more illogical talk. This is one story that packs a lot of nonsense. More than most other stories, I might add.”

Team 8:

  • Alice Was Just Dreaming? – Katie R. “It seems very odd that the story would end with Alice waking up from a dream. Either Alice has a very good imagination, or her boredom is what caused her to doze off. This is where the reader starts to ask questions. Did Alice really think that what happened to her was real, or was it just make believe? Did any of the characters that she meet real, or were they just dreamed up by her?”
  • Is Alice Still Alice? – Katie R. “It’s like she’s treating her feet as if they were a human being. By now, it is made clear to the reader that Alice has gone absolutely crazy. Could her sort of “second person” still be coming into play here? If so, is it still there, or is Alice still acting like she’s herself?
  • Why Reading Guides Should Be Banned - Jackson H. “When a book with ambiguous meaning hits the shelves, critics swarm to be the first to pick all the nits. Within days, all aspects of the pristine novel are being looked at with a microscope. When you look at the analysis themselves, you see almost nothing to do with the real text of the book, and merely a few randomly drawn conclusions. Over-analysis is one of the major enemies of a good book.”
  • The Gryphon’s Confusing Language - Katie R. “You may notice that the word “nobody” is in italics. Doesn’t it seem rather confusing that the Gryphon doesn’t just say that they never execute anybody? This is sort of a multiple negative in a way. Some may think that he is supposed to say anybody instead of nobody. I am sort of confused at this myself.”
  • Who Are We to Decide? - Hersh T. “What really struck me is that maybe Carroll is simply challenging us. As we read Lord of the Flies in class, we analyzed it thoroughly and at first I questioned whether even the author, Golding, had thought of everything we had come up with and I realized that it was a challenge. Now the same thought is occurring.”
  • What Children are “Supposed” to Like - Jackson H. “On page 98 in The Annotated Alice, the annotator, Martin Gardner, notes that “Children find puns very funny, but most contemporary authorities on what children are supposed to like believe that puns lower the literary quality of juvenile books.” In this, he notes that the real judge of entertainment is those who the material is pitched to. Why should I care if the entire audience roars at…”
  • Morals Have Their Own Morals - Hersh T. “It is easy to see why people can easily become obsessed with morals and want to use them in any situation. The duchess is an example of an overzealous person trying to attribute each situation with a rather transcendent moral. Morals have their own morals. We must follow them.”
  • “Everything’s got a moral, if only you can find it” - Daniel L. “In Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, the Dutchess told her that “everything’s got a moral you just have to find it”. This is something that I disagree with because there were times where the Dutchess would contradict herself.”
  • Alice’s Long Journey - Katie R. “However, helping Alice can sometimes be costly to Alice. In the croquet game, the King is the first person to notice the Cheshire Cat, and immediately orders him to be beheaded. The Cheshire Cat got out of trouble by disappearing, but he learned to be cautious when coming to Alice’s aid.”
  • Who Are We? - Hersh T. “Who are we, to force our ideas upon the nonsensical world of Alice? Who are we, to allow the idea of a nonsensical world to even exist? Who are we, to question whether we have to right to question other people. And of course, who are we to question the right to question? Humans have automatically placed themselves to the forefront of the world and of common day practices and rituals. What happened to the watering hole? To circle of trees the watering hole was in? To the circle of trees around that circle? And overall to the overall forest? Why do we think that we are so much better than our “peers”, our “colleagues”?”
  • “high” - Daniel L. “Am I the only one that is noticing how creepy this story is? I know that everyone wants to talk about how this is not really a childrens story and stuff like that. Well that’s not the point. The point is this story is extremely creepy but extremely creative.”
  • Will Alice Live to See the Present Day? - Katie R. “It always seems that no matter where Alice goes in this strange world, she will always meet some form of a character, and then go on forever about her situation. When she meets the blue caterpillar, the first thing that she notices is its appearance. The “thing” has a hookah in its mouth, and doesn’t seem to notice her at first. But, the caterpillar seems to notice her in maybe 10 or so minutes, and asks her, “Who are you?””
  • Self-Realization - Hersh T. “Throughout the book, the idea of the “self” is continually brought up. What are we? Alice does not remember who she is, she doesn’t know where she is going, she doesn’t know why, where, how, or even what. Are we that important? Is Carroll showing us that it truly does not matter where we are, creatures will always act in the same way, out of selfish, arrogant, and egotistical greed. In wonderland and here at home. If we could simply take a step back and see what we are we could realize ourselves. What is “you”?”
  • Nevar - Hersh T. “At first glance it seems as thought the answer is even more confusing then the question. However, if we think for a second, raven spelled backward is nevar. The idea that he purposely misspelled a word comes to us now, but the editor who butchered this unique answer who thought he caught a mistake of the great Lewis Carroll clouds the ingenuity. The ego search that the editor was on ruined a very different style of answer that now will “nevar” be as well known.”
  • ESP – A Personal Stance - Jackson H. “The Caterpillar instructs Alice that “One side will make you grow taller, and one side will make you grow smaller.” Alice is confused as to what object the Caterpillar is referring to, but does not vocalize her befuddlement. Nevertheless, the Caterpillar replies “Of the mushroom.” The commentary reveals an interesting viewpoint on the matter: the Caterpillar has read Alice’s mind.”
  • The Democratic Dodo - Jackson H. “As I look at this passage, I can’t help but think that this is a quite literal commentary on the American system of politics. From the start, there is chaos, as people attempt to shout, wave their hands, and dominate the conversation. All this gesturing, however, doesn’t really matter, as no one gets anywhere. The only determining factor is when someone finally cries for a halt, and the madness can wind down. And, after all is said and done, no one, or maybe perhaps everyone has won. And, of course, prizes must be awarded.”
  • A Mask? - Hersh T. “However, in the book Lord of the Flies, the boys use paint to help mask themselves. Not to not get caught, but simply to lose themselves and not be responsible for their actions. In the ancient ballroom tradition of having the mask over your face so you do not know who you are with is an innocent example of masks and rather heartwarming. However, the idea of a mask often has a negative connotation. As an experienced writer, Carroll was most likely aware of this.”

Team 9:

  • “Lewis” the Ripper – Beth A. “I don’t believe that Carroll could have committed such horrendous murders. He was too preoccupied in pleasing Alice or something of that sort, and he was a somewhat celebrity, how could have he have done these things without being caught? The idea itself is rather intriguing and eerie. The thought of the author of a beloved children’s story being a serial killer?”
  • Truth and Opposition – Beth A. “I think the deeper meaning is rather harder to find, and it took me a great deal of time to figure out. Opposition and speaking the truth can either be seen together or separate. Sometimes opposing someone/something means speaking the truth, other times stopping opposition means speaking the truth. In this case, opposition and truth are joined at the hip. Taking a stand and opposing a person, or force, or some sort of authority to cause an uprising against them, requires some sort of truth to help back up that opposition.”
  • Guilty Until Proven Innocent – Beth A. “The predetermination basically shatters the whole meaning of the legal system, innocent until proven guilty, so why does Carroll use it this way? The evidence against the Knave is pretty much nothing, just witnesses cracking under pressure, or giving no evidentiary support towards the Queen. Notice that Alice does take a stand more, and speaks out against the Queen and her very odd rules. Not only the rules, but the questioning in general. She has grown up and is more of a lady now, than in the beginning of the story.”
  • Turning Wisdom on Its Head - Gabriella B. “I would have to hypothesize that Carroll planned the griffin to be exactly the opposite of what most would expect the wise mythical creature to be. He represents the absence of wisdom and order in Wonderland. It seems as if as the story progresses things become less and less clear. The story itself seems to become rather haphazard losing even the slight remnants of purpose that Alice possessed at the beginning. So by turning the personality of this majestic creature on its head he erases any remnants of reality from wonderland, removing any still clinging thoughts of normalcy from the reader’s mind.”
  • The Moral of Having a Moral - Deron M. “After the Cheshire Cat’s appearance on the Queen’s croquet ground. Alice talks to the Duchess. The Duchess tells Alice many morals that have very confusing meanings. The most interesting one is that there is always a moral if you look hard enough for it.”
  • A Cat May… - Gabriella B. ““A cat may look upon a king” Such an interesting statement, no? Although the Cheshire-Cat itself does not voice this particular thought it seems to apply to him admirably well. Originally a proverb implied that “inferiors have certain privileges in the presence of superiors.” I feel that in the context of Alice it can take on a whole new level of meaning.”
  • Love is a Battlefield - Beth A. “So, love makes people go crazy and act out. Love can change people. Love definatley did for Carroll, love changed his life. He was a somebody and a celebrity (though, for only a while) because of his love for a 10 year old child. Love can affect our lives for the better, or worse, or it could do nothing to us at all. There are some that are impervious to love, and they save themselves from hurt and perhaps the best feeling ever.”
  • When Pigs Fly - Beth A. “So, in Alice’s world anything can happen. So, Alice does have a right to think, and Alice can change anything and manipulate anyone. Alice does have the power to control and have a reign over Wonderland, though she doesn’t have a clue to that. So I care to wonder, what might happen if Alice manipulated everyone to her own power, and eventually was able to control Wonderland? How would she as a person be different and how would the people surrounding her be different?”
  • Isolation - Benedikt K. “So what if we, as social animals, are our own downfall? Alice, while in Wonderland, talks to everyone she sees, but never actually forms a group. She remains sane, but all the characters around her are parts of groups, and they are undoubtedly insane. How would humans develop as solitary beings, or beings that have no permanent ties?”
  • Off With Our Heads - Deron M. “In our society, we generally condemn such violent punishments for minor crimes. Could you imagine how the world would react to someone having their head cut off for planting the wrong type of rose bush? Thankfully society as a whole has advanced out of the strict and often murderous political structure of monarchies.”
  • A Hundred Different Roads and No Destination - Gabriella B. “So in truth for Alice it matter’s not which way she goes for she has no objective toward which she wishes to move towards. I feel that Alice only questions the Cheshire-Cat out of ingrained habit. As children we assume that if we are unsure or befuddled someone older, bigger, or more experienced obviously knows better than us and will tell us what we aught to do. And this assumption is generally correct in the real world, however in wonderland, where each person seems to follow a path unto themselves.”
  • Those Old Hags - Beth A. “So far, I have noticed that all the “older” women have been very unattractive. Carroll may have told Tenniel to draw the women a certain way-to make them look old and ugly. Alice, on the other hand, looks older than only 7 (we are told that she is 7 in an annotation in Chapter 7). So, did Tenniel have no creative direction from Carroll? Or did Carroll tell Tenniel specifically to make the older woman just dreadful looking? Yes, we know that Carroll had an obsession with Alice, so did this contribute and spew over in the illustrations?”
  • Warning: This Post Will Give You a Major Headache - Deron M. “Alice experiences two worlds in the story: the “real” world and a fantasy dreamland known as Wonderland. The real world is influenced by logic and physics. Wonderland is different. Those concepts that we take for granted do not apply there. For example you have babies turning into pigs and cats that can grin from ear to ear. You can grow (or shrink) to any size at anytime. Wonderland is a world where the practical is illogical and the impossible is possible.”
  • Sanity is Relative - Gabriella B. “For the sake of argument let us say we mean the more innocent form of madness. If that is true then of course, we are all mad. For how boring would one be if they were normal. Plain, boring, white bread indistinguishable from the multitude, but very happy within our sphere of normalcy. Furthermore, if one was “sane” how could we possibly survive surrounded by the delightfully strange people we meet everyday? We couldn’t, to live surrounded by the harmless eccentricities of today we must learn to accept these quirks much the way Alice has accepted the strange realm of Wonderland.”
  • Gaming Life - Benedikt K. “By taking life as a game, as one big fall down a rabbit hole, we are able to make better decisions based off a bigger perspective. If we resist our impulses, oftentimes we can achieve more over the long run. But we are also quicker to decide if we see it as a game, because we are bound to look at it within the terms of the game and recognizing that while sometimes a single moment can ruin a plan completely, oftentimes these moments, while embarrassing, have no impact after all.”
  • Size Does Matter - Benedikt K. “Poor Alice. Poor us. We, like her, are expected to grow as fast as possible. But somewhere along the way we will loose our innocence and our childhood. So it is up to us and those who try to help us with this to retain some youth within us. For us it is too late. The fact that I am writing a blog post, voluntarily, which is over 500 words long and am doing it on a nice Wednesday night is proof enough that I am too far gone already, along with at least a large portion of my classmates. But we can try to prevent others from falling into the same trap, and maybe reagin some of our inner child.”
  • This is Madness - Deron M. “We view Wonderland as a crazy, imaginary world. What would the inhabitants of Wonderland think of our world? Would they view us as a sane and stable society? Of course not! They would see us as insane beings that try to over-think everything while ignoring our creative voice inside of our head.”

Team 10:

  • The Peppery Pig - Brendon O-L. “In chapter 6, Alice wanders up to the Duchess’ house. When she walks in she see the Duchess, a cook, the Cheshire Cat, and a baby (which the Duchess is holding). Later in the chapter, the baby turns in a pig. To many people, this just seems to be some random event, but it is much more. Carroll is again making a subtle remark about man. Pigs are unsanitary and often represent ignorance, sloth,  greed, and evil. Babies are the opposite. They are regarded as innocent and pure.”
  • A Game of Cat and Mouse – Rachel M. “Interestingly, the cat is  an ancient symbolic animal that was considered the guardian of the Other-world. Similarly, cats embody mystery and it is said that cats are symbolic of magic, reincarnation, and independence as well as sensuality and detachment. Some big lights start flashing there. These implications are very appropriate considering the cat’s role in wonderland, giving Alice a sort of friendship as well as direction (in a roundabout way) and acting as an improvised sort of guardian to her and to Wonderland.”
  • Freudian Psychoanalysis - Brendon O-L. “With Freudian slips in mind, I would like to point out all of the scenes in Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland where Alice continues to offend the characters and her tongue continues to ’slip.’ There are many directions one could take using Freudian slips and Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. “

Team 11:

  • Hypercritical Much? - Devon H. “As Alice goes through Wonderland she becomes less of the well-mannered, well-behaved girl she started off being. As she starts her adventure she is thinking everything instead of saying it out loud. At the tea party she first slips up and speaks her thought out loud.”
  • Are These Really Annotations? - Scott M. “I’ve noticed that some of the annotations are just some obvious things that Martin Gardner may have noticed. These “analyses” are things any person could have seen. I’m starting to not really see some of the annotations as good analysis just obvious explanations for some of the happenings in wonderland. After all, it’s already been noted that the Wonderland is an “opposite world” so it’s not that hard to see how some things in this world are playoffs of things in the real world.”
  • Faith in Imagination - Darcy S. “Modern day media has diminished our faith in true imagination. We are brought up now with machine and media being creative for us, not allowing our imagination and inspiration to bloom naturally. It is customary to believe that true literary or artistic genius is meager among today’s society now, because we often witness musicians who don’t write their own songs and movie stars who have a series of other people who do almost everything for them. But is it so hard to believe that love and childhood can inspire such a innovative masterpiece such as Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland?”
  • Faith in the Protagonist - Darcy S. “As a child follows Alice to the point where she meets a rather malicious drug-using caterpillar, the child will certainly not feel encouraged to immediately try this drug. The drug is presented by the naturally disliked Caterpillar. From that point on, anything associated with that character will be disliked as well. If Alice displays any sort of aversion to the Caterpillar, which she does, then the child certainly will too.”
  • Supreme Motives - Darcy S. “As discussed in my previous blog post, Brutal Hostility of Adventure, there has been an unusual level of aversion expressed towards Alice as she journeys through the mysteries of Wonderland. Although, she is never discouraged by sour words or confusing logic. She is indeed a very tough cookie.”
  • Lessons Learned - Morgan P. “As I was reading chapter five, I began thinking about the strangeness behind childrens’ stories.  Most children stories are focused around death. Why? Then, when I thought about it, every story we hear or read teaches us a life lesson. Maybe there is a point behind these deep, twisted stories.”
  • Out of Place - Connor S. “Alice is starting to realize that Wonderland is a dog-eat-dog world, or in this case, a dog-eat-Alice world. Nobody goes out of their way to be nice to her like the real world. The book is essentially exposing children to the fact that in the real world, people aren’t always going to be nice to you.”
  • Alice and Freddy Mercury - Devon H. “The other day I was listening to some of my favorite songs. “Bohemian Rhapsody” by Queen came on, and the verey first line caught my attention.“Is this the real life, is it just fantasy?” Freddy poses an interesting question. As we are reading Alice in Wonderland we need to think if what we are reading was real life, or was it just the imagination of Alice? I”
  • Brutal Hostility of Adventure - Darcy S. “Every single chapter thus far, theres been a disturbing level of antipathy towards this curious innocent little girl. She seems so normal to we readers, for she has the same thought process that we do. Whereas the ever so insightful characters in Wonderland analyze and process life in a different way than young Alice. It could be in this way that Alice seems to keep insulting them: she just doesn’t function like the atypical inhabitants of Wonderland, so they are offended by her questions. After all, nobody in an insane world would question the insane.”
  • Hello Again Alice - Scott M. “It seems to me that everyone in this wonderland somehow recognizes Alice. It’s obvious that there aren’t any other normal looking young girls running around the wonderland but still no one makes a big deal out of it. It’s like they’re all used to it. Almost like they know Alice from the past, or have seen her before. Perhaps there is an explanation for this.”
  • I’m Going MAD. - Darcy S. “As it happens, the word “chortle” originates from Lewis Carroll’s Through the Looking Glass. Coincidence that we are reading Carroll’s book, and I happened to use this word in a previous blog entry? Entirely. While conducting a deep investigation upon this word, I chortled when I discovered it’s origin. Indeed, the word “chortle” is a mad word, and it comes from the mind of a mad man.”
  • Good Guys Wear White - Connor S. “This contradicts the image that Carroll seems to be giving off by making the White Rabbit seem like an innocent little rabbit wearing a white jacket. I feel like this builds up the element of surprise that someone experiences when the rabbit suggests burning the house down and killing Alice.”
  • Perplexing Correlations - Darcy S. “But, whilst chortling, I began to question how/why Carroll would have this mouse knowing the things of the outside world that he knows. Supposing that the information the mouse knows of the outside world is supplied by the White Rabbit’s trips in and out of Wonderland, there is a one way flow of information between the two worlds. He ventures outside, takes care of whatever business he desires to take care of, perhaps learns something from a German squirrel on holiday which is then carried back into Wonderland and shared with the other characters. This system (or flow, if you will) of education intrigues me. The real world plays teacher to Wonderworld via a speedy, curious rabbit.”
  • The Real Alice - Scott M. “She also seems concerned about what other people think of her or how what she does affects other people. This occurs first when she is scared of dropping the marmalade and is scared of hitting someone. Or how she might offend someone by asking what country she’s in. I believe that Alice L. may be mature in the way where she is concerned about other people’s feelings and is like a person who always says sorry when they might have not done anything at all.”
  • What Was Alice Thinking? - Morgan P. “As I was reading chapter one, there were a few things that really stood out to me. The thing I questioned the most was the character of Alice. I don’t know Alice’s exact age, but to me she seems very immature. Alice handles these strange situations differently than most people I know would. When Alice saw the rabbit, it seems as though she wasn’t too shocked by what she had just seen. If I had seen the rabbit I probably would have run to my mom. I can not help but to wonder why she seems so curious.”

Team 12:

  • Permission to Reason – Vivian H. “The moral “Be what you would seem to be” also makes one wonder. How do you know what you ’seem’ to be? Is that referring to the way others perceive you, or the way you see yourself? Or perhaps this can be taken as a suggestion to protect one’s own individuality? This quote can, once again, tie back to Alice discovering identity. A possible  implication of wonderland functioning like a mirror, where Alice meets the reflection of herself through her experiences.”
  • Unjustly Bizarre – Vivian H. “We think ’sensible’ in terms of fairness quite a bit more than we realize, and if one takes a step back to observe the way we work, we may some to the conclusion that our regular coherent customs are far from the normal we think. In this way, the world Alice is in may be a closer reflection of our own world than we thought. The rules that make no sense, the irregular impulses of the characters, are we really that far from it?”
  • Is Alice Becoming Smarter? - Adam K. “One thing that caught my attention in chapter 10 was when The Mock Turtle asks Alice if she’s seen the whiting, and she responds by saying “yes, I’ve often seen them at dinn-.” Notice how she doesn’t finish her sentence and say dinner, most likely to not offend the mock turtle. This reminds of when she’s swimming with the mouse in her pool of tears and talks about cats to the mouse, which offends him.”
  • First Thought? Of Course I Ought! (Ch.12) - Emma L. “By the way…What ever happened to Dinah? Carroll never says that Alice picked up her cat and ran off to drink tea. Could Dinah have fell down the Rabbit Hole and become the Cheshire cat? Was Dinah ever real? She was a major thought of Alice in the beginning although as the story progressed she never mentioned Dinah. Any ideas?”
  • First Thought? Of Course I Ought! (Ch.11) - Emma L. “I wonder why when the Rabbit presented the case at the beginning he said that the Queen baked some tarts, although at the end of the chapter it was the Duchess’s tarts that were questioned. Did Carroll mean for this to happen? & why did Alice grow when she did not eat nor drink anything? Could this be a sign that it was not the “Drink Me” or the “Eat Me” objects did not change Alice’s growth, it twas what she was thinking and feeling that made her grow either larger or smaller.”
  • First Thought? Of Course I Ought! (Ch.10) - Emma L. “I also noticed the several times Alice actually checked herself when talking to the Gryphon and the Mock Turtle. She is learning how to control her thoughts and start becoming patient with herself. I believe this is a perfect example of how Alice is transforming through Wonderland.”
  • First Thought? Of Course I Ought! (Ch.9) - Emma L. “In the beginning of this chapter, we see the Duchess again, yet her personality has changed dramatically. She shows affection, kindness, and sympathy unlike her grouchy, violent, selfish attitude when Alice first met her in Chapter 6. I agree with Alice’s assumption with “perhaps it was only the pepper that had made her so savage when they met in the kitchen” (pg. 90). Could other object/elements change other personalities of the creatures and Alice throughout Wonderland?”
  • Turn It Inside Out - Vivian H. “For instance,saying what we mean is not the same thing as meaning what we say. When we contemplate the ideas in our head, they always morph into a different idea by the time it comes out of our mouth. This implies we do not truly understand what we are saying most of the time. Seeing how the nature of words themselves are tricky to grasp, one needs to possess the ability to wield them correctly.”
  • Going Somewhere? - Vivian H. “A little madness is also what makes us unique, what defines us. For instance, one persons’ interpretation of “mad” is different from another’s interpretation. This is just like the way a person views the world in terms of their own perspective. Our perspectives affect our actions that take us on a path we are traveling. Therefore madness may be one vessel through which we discover a new route.”
  • First Thought? Of Course I Ought! (Ch.8) - Emma L. “By the way, what a weird ladder the cards are using. I don’t think I have ever seen a ladder with one of the legs a straight poll/stick. Anything can happen in Wonderland I guess.”
  • First Thought? Of Course I Ought! (Ch.7) - Emma L. “By the look of the title I have a pretty good feeling we will be saying “cheerio!” and putting our pinkies out while sipping cups of tea with the Mad Hatter and March Hare. I was disappointed that the Disneyfide “Happy Un-birthday!” was not originally in Carroll’s story although the ongoing conversation of Time did entertain me throughout this chapter.”
  • First Thought? Of Course I Ought! (Ch.6) - Emma L. “One of the things I like about Carroll’s writing style is that he describes the scene in detail that allows the reader to picture the scenery and have a thought on how the voices of the characters are suppose to sound like.
  • First Thought? Of Course I Ought! (Ch.5) - Emma L. “One of the aspects of this chapter that interested me was how the Caterpillar never really explained any of his answers to Alice. He either asked more questions or replied succinctly to Alice’s questions. Could this be because the Caterpillar wanted Alice to discover the answers to her own questions by herself?”
  • First Thought? Of Course I Ought! (Ch.3) - Emma L. “I find it odd that Alice keeps referring to things in Wonderland as “queer”. I could understand if she just entered Wonderland, yet she keeps emphasizing the fact that everything is not what it seems. Although, for me, its just annoying. I can’t help wondering if Carroll is symbolizing the mouse and the other animals as people in the “real” world. I know from the annotations, it says the Mouse represents Miss Prickett the children’s governess, yet could the Mouse be more than that?”
  • First Thought? Of Course I Ought! (Ch.4) - Emma L. “Was there anyone else who was confused on Alice’s comment on trying to find the lovely garden she saw through the key hole of the door? Is Alice still in the room of doors but just keeps adjusting her size to her surroundings? That is an interesting thought though. What could be a giant in the W. Rabbits house could be very tiny, perhaps even microscopic, in the room of doors. The transition from the doors to the sea of tears and then to the bank was so smooth and unnoticeable that one can just accept Alice is somewhere else other than where she started.”
  • Multiple Me’s - Vivian H. “Alice has also been quite easy going given all the odd situations she has been in. She is quite accepting of the queer ordeals. Not only do the characters seem to be a part of Alice, but also the events that occur. Alice can not seem to recall the exact words of the verses she memorized, but instead makes the verses her own. This could mean her experiences now are her own, and not what she was taught by other people. The distortion in her size also relates back to Alice herself. Her body grows, shrinks, and stretches representing the her own experiences in her journey.”
  • And Up We Grow -Vivian H. “The “lessons to learn” Alice refers to, once again reflects her naivety towards thinking there is always a set way to experience life, and a definite answer for every experience.”

Team 13:

  • Risky Business – Kathy B. “Similarly, when Alice plunged down the rabbit hole, she did not consider the consequences of her actions. Anything could have been at the bottom of that hole, but her only focus was to follow the curious rabbit. Then, when things started to go haywire, she says that she almost wishes that she didn’t go down the hole, but, at the same time, she is glad she did. Why is this? Why do people always regret something, but never enough to push that metaphorical reset button?”
  • The Origin – Edward C. “Charles was a mathematician, logician and a clergyman. Though he was a logician, his work, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, is full of unreal moments. It is hard to understand how someone who is so logical can write something so illogical.”
  • Is Wonderland the Island?-The Duchess’ Baby - Kathy B. “The Duchess’ baby is another character of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland that reminds me greatly of Lord of the Flies. The baby reminds me of all of the boys that embraced their surroundings on the island to the point that they greatly resembled the pigs that they hunted. Recall that we are first introduced to the baby when it is being terribly mistreated by the duchess. This, in a way, is similar to the boys’ misadventures on the island.”
  • Is Wonderland the Island?-The Cheshire Cat - Kathy B. “I have noticed many similarities in characters of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and those of Lord of the Flies, especially in Chapter 6. This will be my first blog entry for “Is Wonderland the Island”, focusing on the Cheshire Cat.”
  • The Late Rabbit - Susie C. “During Mr. Long’s quiz, he mentioned that if the Rabbit were late then he would be dead. As I thought about this statement, I realized, “It is a pun!” If the Rabbit is late then he shall become the “late” White Rabbit, as in the deceased White Rabbit. I am not sure if this is one of Lewis Carroll’s many word plays, but I thought it was worth sharing.”
 

 
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