Brown’s book was such an interesting non-fiction book. Enjoy this video about the book and hopefully it will help you ruminate over some of your favorite passages. Then, in 5-7 sentences of Standard English, explain what scene, pattern, or theme illuminated this definition of balance. Recall our definition of balance: “Balance is Suffield’s school theme for the 2015-16 academic year. Balance is a noun and a verb, describing a quality of being and an action. It refers to a state of equilibrium and even distribution of weight. It speaks to mental steadiness and emotional stability. A life in balance requires harmony of internal and external elements as we pursue our ambitions and goals. Over the course of the academic year we want to examine how strategies focused on balance can lead to clarity and success” (Community theme).
This was a complex non-fiction history. When you reflect on the inner conflicts and external conflicts that inspired a character–or perhaps in this case the great team in the boat–to find balance, consider a variety of examples before you compose your comment. For instance, reflect on how well Brown captures the weight and the depth of human suffering during the Great Depression. In other ways, there was great tension and class conflicts for these boys because they were from Seattle; note how much snobbery they encountered from east coast institutions as well as their own west coast rivals from California. I do suggest you compose a draft of your ideas in a word document and proof it before you post your comment. Have fun reading what others wrote, too.