How to Comment Appropriately

Not to put the pressure on, but this blog IS the first time I will view you as a student, so put your best foot forward!  HINT HINT: CHECK YOUR SPELLING! You may have never commented on a blog before, so I want to make sure you know what you are doing.  If you click on the comments (click on the quotation box at the top right), you can see examples of good comments and bad comments that I have posted to give you a sense of what they should look like.

Imagine that the question I am answering is: Did you enjoy The Book Thief

As always, if you have any questions, email me:

Remember that each comment and each reply should have at least four sentences!

Please avoid putting your full last name when commenting!


13 thoughts on “How to Comment Appropriately

  1. Example of a GOOD Comment: I really enjoyed The Book Thief, and despite the fact that it was long, I found myself excited to get back to reading it every time I picked it up. At first, I found the writing style difficult to get used to, but then really began to appreciate the humor of “Death,” the narrator. I have read a lot of Holocaust books but I don’t think I have read one from this perspective or even read many where the focus of the book was not on Jewish people. This really gave a good perspective of what it was like to live in Germany as a German, and especially as part of a family who did not agree with the way Germany was headed. Good choice!

    At four strong sentences, this would be a valid response. Opinion is backed up with information.

    • Example of a BAD Reply: I agree completely! Very nicely said.

      This is a bad reply for two reasons. One – it did not meet the requirement of four sentences. Two – there is no additional information here. Simply agreeing is not enough. Explain why you agree or disagree. Add on to the conversation. Build to make a discussion.

    • Example of a GOOD Reply: I agree that this book was written from a unique perspective. I also really liked the narrator “Death, and in particular, enjoyed his sarcasm. If you didn’t understand his sarcasm too well, you might think that the author or narrator of the book enjoyed rescuing all the dead people from the war. The reality was though that Death was exhausted and very much perturbed by what was happening. His sarcasm allows us to see how ridiculous this war actually was.

      This response contains 5 sentences and directly builds off something the previous person had said, thus making it a strong reply.

    • Example of a GOOD Response: I disagree with you, as I did not really enjoy reading The Book Thief. I had a really hard time following the way that the story was written. I don’t thin I really got the hang of it until halfway through the book. Once I figured out that the narrator was Death, that helped, but I didn’t really like his tone and the way he would talk randomly about events. Perhaps if I read it again, I would understand it better, but the first time through was a bit annoying, to be honest.

      You are perfectly okay to disagree, as long as you do so respectively. You must also explain why you disagree and should try to connect to what the previous commenter said. In this case, I talked about the way the book was written, just like the previous commenter. This also meets the sentence requirement.

    • Example of a BAD Reply: Ms. Iaccarino, you are an idiot! How could you possibly think this was a good book. Ridiculous!

      This is obviously NOT the way to disagree with someone. Name Calling or harsh language is never acceptable, especially when published on a blog. Plus, there aren’t enough sentences!

    • Dear Ms. Iaccarino,
      I agree that The Book Thief has a very unique style of writing, and at first I had trouble understanding it. However, after checking the blog and seeing your post, I realized that the narrator of the book was acting as death! Before it made no sense when the narrator was talking about carrying away Lisle’s dead brother, but now that I found out the narrator was death himself I think the whole book made a lot more sense to me. One thing I found useful about the book was the little side notes under almost every paragraph that would depict what the German words meant, or a characteristic about one of the new people in the book.

      • Dear Ms. Iaccarino,
        I agree that the wording chosen by the Author was semi-difficult to understand, but also at the very beginning of the book, it was sort of a drag(personally to me). The farther into the book I got, the more it picked up. I also agree with Ben, not realizing at first that the book was being written from death’s perspective, but I also picked that up around 100 pages into the book. In conclusion, I thought the book was well written, and a page turner.

        • Dear Dan,
          I agree with you on the fact that the book was very hard to comprehend at the beginning. The farther you get into the book, the easier it is to understand. When I started to read the comments for the book, everyone thought that the reason they could not understand it was because they did not know that Death itself was the one narrating the story. But, as I kept reading the novel, before I even realized that it was Death narrating, I apprehended that the narrator was not the reason that I was not understanding it; the reason I didn’t understand it was because I didn’t know how the narrator was trying to convey the message. When I first started to read the book, I was wondering if maybe there was a prequel to the story that I did not have knowledge about, because I couldn’t understand what the narrator was trying to communicate. But, as I kept reading, I realized that the book wasn’t a sequel, but Death was actually talking about when he takes the souls of the people after they die; that he studied the colors of the sky as he was taking their souls away. To sum things up, while knowing the narrator was contributive, what was really helpful to me is knowing that he was talking about taking the souls away (which I learned at the very beginning of the novel). The only way to understand what a writer tries to communicate, is to stop and think about what he writes (to read in between the lines).

      • Hi Ben,
        I agree with you about not realizing that the book was written in death’s perspective, but I did ultimately end up picking that up along the way. I also found the bolded notes under each paragraph useful, but some of them I found weren’t actually needed, but were there. It was useful having the notes, because it is sort of cool being able to understand some of the basic words in German! All in all, I thought that the book thief was a great book, with an ending that completely astounded me.

        • Dear Dan,
          In order to really comprehend the book, you had to know that it was from the perspective of Death. So, I am glad that you could pick up that fact while reading the book. I did not actually realize that there were notes under each paragraph until after I had already looked up the words, but better late than never. Knowing a few words in German was pretty cool; like you’re learning part of the language. I have never read a book that told you the ending before it happened. The ending was something I really didn’t expect. I thought that Liesel and Rudy were going to be a couple and after time, get married. They seemed to be a perfect match to me, so the ending disappointed me a bit. But, The Book Thief was a really mind-blowing book, and I would recommend it to anyone that asked.

  2. Dear Ms.Iaccarino,
    I found The Book Thief rather interesting mostly because the narrator was Death. Like many other people, I have never read a story in where death is the narrator and I was also confused when I started reading the book. However, I finally understood that this was none other than death when he stated, “your soul will be in my arms” on page 4. I also agree with you about Death’s sarcasm because I found it rather entertaining. Throughout the story, I learned that death is also sympathetic to humans and that he does not like destruction and war which taught me that Death is not like what many people think. Overall, this novel was amazing and just like Dan, the ending left me surprised.

    • Dear Snigdha,
      I agree with you that having Death as the narrator made the book very interesting. As you know, perspectives can change a book completely. When you read a book from only one persons perspective, you only get part of the story. The part that we get is from Deaths perspective, so we know how Death felt during all of this; as opposed if we were to hear it from Rudy’s perspective. Rudy has different feelings and emotions than Death would have during this whole thing. Rudy was actually experiencing the tragedy instead of just watching it, like Death was doing. I feel like we only got to hear part of the story, which angered me very much. For example, say that two of you friends got into a fight. Wouldn’t you want to talk to both of them to get both of they’re perspectives on what happened? Overall, I did enjoy the book, but I feel like there is more of the story that we did not get to see.

  3. Dear Ms.Iaccarino,
    I agree with Ben; the writing was definitely something I had not seen before. At first, it was very difficult for me to comprehend what exactly the reader was trying to explain to me. He kept talking about how people didn’t notice the colors of the sky and what the colors would look like when he came for me. After he said that, I knew he had to be death. I figured that the only time a supernatural creature were ever to come to you in a book, that isn’t based around fantasy, is when you die. In the book, when death said that he somehow knew Liesel Meminger could see him, it made me wonder if some people could see death. Maybe people just knew when they or someone they know or love was going to die; like they could see the Angel of Death beside the person that’s going to die. In conclusion, this book made me stop and think about what the writer keeps trying to tell us.

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