A Whole New Year!

This year I want to accomplish a lot. I want to be the very best version of myself that I can possibly be. In the next five months that I have in school, I want to become a better reader and writer. I want to finish at least five books this semester, because I struggle with finishing books. I will do this by not only reading in class, but also reading at home. I want to become a better writer by doing all the assignments and blog posts that we have, because I think that if I focus in class and do my very best on everything, I will improve my writing, because that’s what I did last semester, and I improved my writing a lot. Some other things I want to do this year is, I want to do all of my homework the day it’s assigned, not the night before it’s due. I think that if I do that, I will do a better job on it. I also want to eat healthier this year!

Halfway Gone

This semester I feel like I have improved my reading and writing skills a lot. I don’t think that I have become very much faster at reading, but I definitely have increased my reading stamina a lot. When we read in class it used to be hard for me to stay focused on my book for that long, but now I find myself wishing we had more time to read. I also have learned to enjoy reading a lot more than I used to. Along with my reading skills, my writing skills have also improved a lot this semester. I think that the blog posts helped me to learn how to write faster and how to write shorter things, because before we  did the blog posts I was super slow at writing. Along with that, the essay and some of the paper that we wrote helped me to learn how to keep a paper organized and how to write longer things, and take my time on them. Overall, I feel like this English class helped me improve a lot this semester.

The Story I Enjoyed the Most or Disliked the Least

The story that I liked the most is Harrison Burgeron. Harrison Burgeron is about a dystopian society in the future that wants everyone to be equal. If people are talented or special in any way, the government finds a way to destroy that. For example, they make really strong people wear weights all the time, and beautiful people have to wear ugly masks all the time. I really liked this story because as I was reading it I thought that it was absolutely insane to have a society like this, and then I realized that the story is about our society, it’s just a really exaggerated representation of people now days. It made me realize that people now days often make fun of people who are exceptional because they are jealous and want to be like them. This was a big realization for me, and helps me not do that because I’m aware of where that jealous criticism comes from and that it’s pointless and rude.

The Good Stuff

I have so much to be grateful for in my life. The two biggest things that I’m grateful for are the people in my life and the opportunities in my life. First of all, I have so many incredible people in my life. I am grateful for my family. My family does so much for me and they are the most fun and funny people that I know. I always have so much fun when I’m with my family. Another group of people that I am grateful for is my friends. I have the most amazing friends ever and I love being around them. I’m also grateful for my teachers, leaders, and all other people in my life. The people that I am able to be around are what makes my life fun and interesting. Along with the people in my life, I am also grateful for opportunity. I am grateful that I have the opportunity to dance and to go to school. I’m grateful that I have the opportunity to practice my religion freely, and that I’m able to travel and do the things I love. Those are some of the many things I am grateful for.

Everybody Was Finally Equal

The story “Harrison Burgeron” by Kurt Vonnegut is about a society that thinks everyone should be completely equal. This story applies to our society because we create sterio-types for different types of people, and then we expect everyone to fit under those sterio-types and be the way that we expect them to be. An example of this is the difference in the way we veiw smart kids and popular kids. When you think of someone that is really smart, you would imagine them as someone who spends all of their time working on school stuff, and has no friends and no life outside of school. You would basically imagine them as the sterio-typical ‘nerd’. While if you were to think of a really popular kid, you would probably imagine the sterio-typical popular kid. You would probably imagine someone who is super athletic, and who everyone loves and someone who is cool, good looking, not very smart, and super cocky. When thinking of sterio-types we basically think of the basic movie character of that type of person. The problem with sterio-types is that they are completely false and made up. People can be smart and popular at the same time, people are all their own person and have unique strengths and weakness. All people are different and come from a different background, so we can’t put people in categories. That is what makes life so exciting, there are so many different people to meet and become friends with, and none of them are the same.

 

What’s On My Mind?

There’s kind of a lot on my mind right now, but what I’m usually thinking about is a combination of all the things I need to get done, and also all the things I can do to have fun. I’m thinking about all of the homework I need to do and when I am going to get it done. I am also thinking about the other things I need to get done besides school stuff. I also think a lot about what I can do when I’m done with all of that stuff. I’m thinking about who I want to hang out with this weekend and what fun things we can do. I am also thinking about dance a lot of the time because I love dance, and I spend most of my time at dance. Other than that I just think of kind of random things that come up in my head.

What’s This Got to Do With Me?

The story I chose to read is A Jury of Her Peers, by Susan Glaspell. This story is a murder mystery about a man who got murdered and they don’t know if it was his wife who murdered him or not. One of the main characters in the story is Mrs. Hale, she was close friends with the woman who seemed suspicious of murdering her husband, and she seemed to think that this woman was innocent. I can’t relate to being in a situation where I’m investigating a murder mystery, but I can still find life lessons that apply to my life in this story. In the story Mrs. Hale says that she had not seen the woman whom she thought was innocent for over twenty years. She said that she would think that she should go visit her, but then she would get busy and not really want to, or not have enough time to go visit her. Through out the story, Mrs. Hale says over and over again how she deeply regrets not going to visit the home frequently. She says it makes her so sad that she got too caught up in other things to remember to go visit her friend. I can apply this in my life to make sure to put the important people in my life before other things. I can take this as a lesson to value relationships and not put off spending time with my friends or family for other things that I can save and do later. I am going to make sure to prioritize the important people in my life, because this story helped me understand how important that is.

Suspense and Word Choice

One dark and dreary night a group of three friends decided that they wanted to do something petrifying, because that is what they always did on the night of October 31. They decided they wanted to sneak in to an ancient, abandoned house that many years previous belonged to brain sick, abominable, old hag named Agitha. Everyone in town knew not to go anywhere near her house, and if you saw Agitha somewhere in town, you better hide or other wise be a really fast runner. She was only seen outside her home when she was getting groceries or other neccisary houeshold items at the local grocery store. But a few years ago she stopped coming around, no one ever saw her again. The teenagers built up the courage and came to the house. they walked up to the front porch and slowly opened the rotted, revolting door. it creaked loudly, and then an ear piercing scream. The kids were never seen again.

Free! Body and Soul Free!

There are many things that can make people feel trapped, or locked inside, but I think that one of the main things that make people feel trapped is other people. Most people are great and we benefit from being around them, but there are some people in this world that are not good to be around. When people are not good to be around they are just toxic, toxic people bring a bad vibe with them wherever they go and people can feel that. I think that when people feel attached to toxic people, or have some kind of relationship with them it can make them feel trapped because they love the person and don’t want to ditch them, but they don’t feel good when they are around them. When people have these kind of relationships it is important for them to realize that they usually don’t have to spend a ton of time with this person if they don’t want to. When it comes to people that are not the best to be around, people still need to be kind to them and be a friend to them, but they don’t need to sacrifice their own happiness and well-being for them. Nobody should be mean to them or completely cut them out of their life all at once, but they slowly distance themselves from toxic people and they will be a lot happier. It is also important to find other friend that make you happy and that are fun to be around so you can feel like yourself and not feel trapped or locked inside.

 

Technology: Friend or Foe?

Over the last while, technology has been improving rapidly. Is this a good thing or a bad thing? Is technology harmful or helpful? Although technology does have many good uses, and can be an amazing thing, It can also do very bad things in our lives. So technology is a good thing, but only if were smart about the way we use it. If we do not use technology in a good, healthy way, it will cause problems. Technology has been known to cause several diseases and disorders. In the article, ” 5 New Brain Disorders That Were born out of the Digital Age” written by Tammy Kennon, it talks about many of the issues that can be caused by overuse of technology, and some of them are very serious, and can harm the quality of your life. Another reason why abusing the use of technology is bad is because we can get too attached and addicted to it. In the  fictional story, ” The Veldt” written by Ray Bradbury, It talks about children that are so attached to their technology, that they kill their parents when they try to take it away. That is so sad and most people aren’t that addicted today, but if we don’t stop our problem with technology addiction, that is what our future may be.