The Phantom Tollbooth:A Lesson About Life Denise Reyes-Guieb June 21, 2005 Language Arts – 1st Period
Have You Ever Been Bored? Over-excited fan???
Milo • wastes time • bored with life • finds purpose and a goal • learns lessons along his journey
Theme “How you use your time determines how fast it goes.”
“And then of course, there’s Milo. Who never knows what to do with himself – not just sometimes, but always. Wherever he is, he wants to be somewhere else – and when he gets there, so what. Everything is too much trouble or a waste of time.”
“Seems like a long time when you’re waiting for something to happen, doesn’t it? …time can pass very slowly or very fast, and sometimes even both at once. …Time is important, but it’s what you do with it that makes it so.”
“An hour. Sixty minutes. How long it really lasts depends on what you do with it. For some people, an hour seems to last forever. For others, just a moment, and so full of things to do.”
Fun Facts … • More than a third of all adults hit their alarm clock's "snooze" button each morning — an average of three times before they get up. • Adults spend an average of 16 times as many hours selecting clothes (145.6 hours a year) as they do on planning their retirement. • The average person blinks 25 times per minute, which works out to about 13,140,000 blinks each year.
… Useless Knowledge … • The Bureau of Engraving produces $4,095 in paper currency each minute. • A one-minute kiss burns 26 calories. • Americans pay over $30,000 in federal, state and local taxes every second.
…Random Info • Banging your head against a wall can burn up to 150 calories per hour. • It is estimated that the average person living in North America opens the fridge 22 times daily. • Executives work an average 57 hours a week, but just 22 percent say their hours are a major cause of stress. • The longest recorded Monopoly game was 1,680 hours. That's over 70 days.
Comprehension Questions What theme is presented? How does Milo change throughout the story? Who helps Milo learn this lesson about life?
Works Cited • McDougal Littell. (2002). The Language of Literature. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company • Cool Quiz! – Retrieved June 21, 2005 from www.coolquiz.com