Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Code Talker By: Joseph Bruchac

Questions for the Week of April 25th-April 29th:

What happened in the exposition of your novel?

How can you connect with this novel thus far? (Characters, conflict, setting, theme etc.)

Questions for the Week of May 2nd-May 6th:

Choose TWO questions to answer. You must use specific support and detail from the book to earn full credit.

-Why do you think the author wrote this book? Give examples from the book. Write in complete sentences.

-Write a poem about characters, plot events, and the theme of the book. Your poem should demonstrate comprehension of the novel. Poems should not be in complete sentences.

-Is your book realistic (true to life)? Give examples of why or why not. Give specific examples from the book. Write in complete sentences.

-Make up 5 interview questions that you would like to ask the main character in the book. Create higher level thinking questions.

-List some of the conflicts in the book. Explain the type of conflict and how it was resolved. Write in complete sentences.

-Make a timeline of events in the life of the main character. Start at the beginning and continue to your next role. You can use bulleted events for this entry.

Questions for the Week of May 9-13th (Due Friday, May 13th)

Choose one of the following:

-Write a poem about the plot of the novel. This poem should include information about conflict resolution and/ or the ending of the book. (Include exposition, rising action, climax, falling action, resolution-directly or indirectly.)

-Create a plot line of about 10 main events from the novel. Include exposition (with characters, setting, conflict) rising action events, climax, falling action, and resolution. Label each part of the plot map.

-Other option-Due Friday as well. Create an Animoto advertisement to share with the class about your book.

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Everyone Must Respond to this Question:

In paragraph form, answer the following questions after finishing your book.

Rate your book from 1-10 with 10 being the highest possible rating. What did you like best about the book? What did you dislike? What kind of reader would you recommend this book to? Do you think it should be on the literature circle list next year? Why/ Why not? Give specific examples from the book to support your opinions.


  1. In the Exposition of Code Talker, the boy is on her way to becomeing a grown boy in a white school. I cant really connect to the character in the book, besides the theme. Which is when you get sent away, you just have to live through it.

  2. The expositon of Code Talker has been full of drama and hardships of the Navajo people.A Navajo named Kii Yazhi (Ned Begay) had to attend a boarding School that not only disliked Navajo people but tried to erase the culture and language from the children there. As Kii got older he came up with the conclusion that he wanted to become a marine. When he finally became one, something tragic happened. The japanese had bombed Pearl Harbor.

    I can connect with this novel thus far because just like in everyday life, it creates the idea that even though something is rightfully yours it can still be taken away.

  3. In the expostiong Ned was transferred to an all white school to get a better education. I cant really connect because ive never been sent away.

  4. Hello Everyone!

    Please remember the exposition includes characters, setting, central conflict, theme and background. You should have enough detail to demonstrate comprehension of the exposition.

  5. The exopisition of this novel is that has been full of drama in school. About disrespecting there languange in school and eventually to know that one day it is going to be important to the american. I connect with this because i went to boarding school and it was sad that i left my family but i knew it was for a good reason.

  6. Damarcus Hogan

    I believe the novels exposittion is a boy carrying on his life becomiming a part of the u.s as a navajo marine; I can't connect in most cases but i can connect through thought as a new expierience.but a good one

  7. In the expostion, the navajo people was going through hard times with the U.S.A.Ned who was a navajo had to moved to a bording school which did not like the navajo.After the he moved up and close to becoming a marine, had to relocate.

    In this story, I relate t it because its about marines and the army and stuff in which i really like and want to become.

  8. Students!
    Please remember that all of your connections don’t have to be personal and direct. For example, you can just tell how this book relates to another book, movie, TV show, or court case. You can reflect on how your goals are similar or different than a character’s goals or actions. You can compare/ contrast the theme, setting, character struggles, or character interests. The list goes on and on…the point is to make an aspect of your post unique from your peers’.

    In addition, please check over your work for spelling errors, conventions errors, and unclear thoughts. Your classmates are going to be responding to what you say as well, so please make your postings clear! Some of these are a mess to read!

    Keep posting!

  9. In the exposition of Code Talker, a young Navajo boy named Ned Begay is sent off to a mission school. Where he has to stay for a while. His first couple of days were rough for him because he had military instructors screaming at him, having his long beautiful hair cut straight off his head, and when ever he spoke in Navajo he had his mouth washed out with soap and water. Soon after he got used to the school and, he tried to never talk in Navajo near teachers and other non-students.

    I don't relate to this character because, I have never been sent off to a military school nor have been treated so badly.

  10. The Poem: In relation to Ned Begay getting his blessing before getting shipped out.
    I stand here, waiting for my blessing.
    I find a way, to make it through my days.
    "I want to be, part of the marines."
    So give me my blessing, i'll see it through.
    I'll fight to stay alive, so I can see you.

    My book is realistic. It is realistic because it is based off of a true event in history. WWII is an actual event that started out with the U.S not being in it, until the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor. The Navajo code talkers also helped play a role in the war by successfully sending and receiving messages from one another to tell what was going on in combat, and confuse the Japanese.

  11. Is your book realistic (true to real life)?
    Yes, my book is realistic, because it uses historical facts. In one of the chapters it said that the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor, and that happened in real life. Another thing that is real in my book are the Code Talkers, they were actually real they encoded their Navajo language into messages through their military radios. The Code Talkers were important, because encoded messages meant the Japanese would have to take more time to decipher their conversations, plus it was in Navajo, so even after the Japanese decoded it they still didn't know what they meant.

    The conflict in my book is violent conflict (war) with the Japanese and the Americans; it is external conflict. The conflict was never resolved until the Americans Nuked Japan two times to weaken their country. Another conflict in my book is that the Americans stopped moving before the Navajos have while in most training (preferably a desert environment), meaning that the Navajos keep going while the Americans just sat there and passed out; this conflict external, because the American men have ran out of water, they were way too hot, and they were walking for almost two days straight.

  12. Sedriana BoltonMay 6, 2011 at 7:21 AM

    I think the author wrote this book to inform people about Navajos and what part they played during World War 2.

    Code Talker is realistic. It is realistic because it is taking place in World War 2 and is talking about what the U.S had to do in order to be successful during the war.

  13. Hello Mr. Joseph Bruhac.
    I have a couple of questions about the book for you.
    1-Why did you write the book code talker?
    2- Did this really happen to you or a close family memember?
    3-Would you turn this book into a movie?If so how do you think it would turn out?
    4-What exactly is a code talker
    5-Is this during our time or else?
    Thank you for your time:)
    The conflict in this movie i think would be learning all the languages. Is the language a tribe language or just something made up?


    Oh code talker how i never know waht you say.
    From boarning school
    to home i will always be navjo boy
    Oh code talker please help me
    For i am lost with no thought
    please help me oh Navajo code takling boy

  15. Exposition- Ned Begay is introduced to the book as a Navajo Indian. He is taken to a white school 200 miles away to learn.
    Rising Action- Ned is taught English. He wants join the army. He also gets his parents blessing to go into army.
    Climax- Ned is aboard his ship in the Pacific on his way to captured Japanese islands. He is shot and wounded in the shoulder.
    Falling Action- Ned is sent to Guam, Pavuvu, and Iwo Jima. He on his way to Japan when they surrender.
    Resolution- Ned is sent back home and reunited with his parents.

    I would give my book a 9 out of 10 rating. I personally like the book because it is about history and I like history. The best parts for me are in the battle scenes because I like history. I dislike the fact that I cannot relate to the main character and feel and see what he saw. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes either WWII, history, or fending for themselves. Yes, because it is a great book to read and lots of people can relate to it if they have a brother or sister in the army. Like when the younger brother writes to Ned, you can do that, or having the feeling that you might never see your loved ones again.

  16. Rate your book from 1-10. I rate my book about an 8 out of 10. What did you like best about your book? I liked how the book is about WWII and I like WWII learning about it and stuff. What did you dislike? I didn't like how one of the medics in the USMC shot Harry Tsosie, one of the Navajo Code Talkers. What kind of reader would you recommend this book to? I would recommend this book to someone who likes history enough, WWII, action, and adventure. Do you think your book should be on the literature circle list next year? Yes, I do think Code Talkers should be on literature circles list next year too, because it is a good book that people would enjoy.

  17. Damarcus Hogan said...
    I would rate my book out of a 1-10 I would give this book a 7.5-8. what i like best about the book is that it keeps you intersted with more events occuring.What I disliked was the fact that he had to be forced out of his normal life and language.I would reccommend this to anyone interested in 'thriller' or 'sequence of events' books.Yes,this book should be on the literature circles list because it gives students more options on the type books they can read and also takes into the different aspects of history.

  18. Ben Franco said...

    I rate this book as a 10. My favorite part about this book is the traveling and the bazai attacks. The thing I didn't like was the many deaths throughout and innocent citizens gave their live for the sake of the emperor. I recommend this book to the people that like fighting and adventure. I really think that this book should be in the literature circle. I this because this book is interesting and people can learn a lot from this. Also, this is based on a true story and can help in a future social studies project.

  19. Jesus &quot;Hey!sus&quot; RiveraMay 12, 2011 at 11:22 AM


    Oh code talker how i never know what you say.
    From boarding school
    to home i will always be Navajo boy
    Oh code talker please help me
    For i am lost with no thought
    please help me oh Navajo code talking boy
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