Blogging is a great way to share your learning 24/7. You can blog from home, from class, from anywhere you have access to the internet. Blogging allows all the members of your group to share their thoughts and opinions openly which is great because sometimes some of you are shy to speak up in class. Also, blogging allows others around the world to have a chance to see what deep thinkers you are! Now that you have had some practice with blogging, I would like you think about sharing some quotes from the novel that are meaningful to you. Here is an example of one that I will contribute: p. 5 “I never saw a clean slate, neither mine nor one of my companions.” I chose this quote because it made me feel that the children were so trapped. How could they ever have maintained hope that they would some day work off their parents' debt? They would be making carpets forever, it seems. It is hard for me to understand that they didn't realize that the number of tallies never decreased. They have never seen numbers or been to school so I guess they don't understand the difference between five tallies and three tallies. Why did Hussain Khan bother to have slates and tallies anyways? Why didn't he just tell the children they were working off their parents' debt. Using the above as an example, I would like you to share a quote that really made you think. Give a detailed reason for why you chose it. Make it a goal to leave at least three sentences about your quote. As a reader, can you add some ideas to the quotes of others? Alternatively, you might start by asking a DEEP THINKING question. Here is an example that I will contribute: p. 27 Why does Iqbal want his carpet making talent to be a secret? Why did his previous masters sell him if he was so talented? I think he keeps his talent a secret because he hates being forced to make the carpets. He might be embarrassed, or just modest, so he doesn't want the other children to know about his talent. Maybe the pressure of being really good is too much for him. Maybe he thinks he will never be free if he makes too much money for the master. One last thing - edit before publishing. We want to show our best, most professional thinking which means each post should have few, if any, mistakes.