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"We read to know that we are not alone" - C.S. Lewis

Love Moderately

I think that Frair Lawrence gave some good advice. If they take it (hopefully they will, it’s good advice) it will keep them from doing stupid things. They are really young and so their judgment is not good and they are very likely to do stupid things.  I don’t think that Romeo and Juliet will take that advice because they are not very chill people,  Juliet seems to have really bad judgement because 1) She made out with a random guy 2) She wants to marry him after a few hours of knowing him 3) She’s freaking thirteen!

Romeo is not very good either.  In the morning he was swearing he would never love again because he couldn’t have Rosaline and by the next day he has made out with Juliet is set to marry her. Saying that she is the only love he will ever have. I think that Frair Lawrence was very wise in giving them this advice because they are both mentally insane and will most definitely go over the top.  It will also just be harder for them when (spoiler alert) they think the other is dead…(Dun dun duuu)

 

 

Hatred

Hate is a very powerful emotion. Sometimes when people have a conflict of opinions it is just easier to say that you hate that person or that thing or whatever it is.  I hate Spanish with all my heart and soul. The people in my class are all idiots and don’t have enough respect for the teacher, themselves, or anyone else in the class. They just talk the whole time and the teacher doesn’t do anything about it. I also hate the assignments we get in there because they are pointless attempts at love stories that we have to translate and they don’t even go on our grade. I think I have very good reason to hate that class because I have not learned hardly anything that I will remember this year. You memorize a sentence or two for a minute and pass it off and then five minutes later you can’t remember the first word of it. I think I should try to better see how the few assignments we get will help us in daily life (it won’t). If I don’t put it behind myself I won’t learn anything (oh wait I don’t anyway).

 

Should Schools Still Teach Shakespeare?

Before we read the arguments I didn’t really have an opinion on Shakespeare. I haven’t really read or seen any of his works and so I didn’t care one way or the other what we learned. The argument that was countering that of a high school made some really good points. He argued that people still do all the things that Shakespeare wrote about in the name of love, people still make stupid decisions. It has just as much relevance now as it did 402 years ago when Shakespeare wrote about it. The teacher that was saying we shouldn’t teach Shakespeare was arguing that he was a white male and she had different ethnicity in her class and didn’t want it taught. So what lady!? Grow up, it doesn’t matter if the author was White, Black, Hispanic, Japanese, if it is a great work of literature it should be taught. If we all refused to read anything written by someone with a different gender and race or if it didn’t apply directly to you then we might as well all just go live under a rock and write our own stuff so it has exactly to do with us.

 

What I Don’t Know About My Fellow Students

In our world today people tend to hide the real them. We want people to see certain things about our lives. Usually only the best parts of a persons’ life is displayed across social media, bragged about, and recognizable. Just walking down the hall you see people, you judge them on their look. We usually end up categorizing people into groups; preps, jocks, emos, nerd, etc. Most people don’t take the time to get to know a person. They just say “they’re scary I don’t talk to them” or “they’re popular so I don’t like them.” I have been guilty of say each of these things.

I tend to judge people very fast just by the way the look, talk, behave, and who they hang out with. I am making it my goal to try and get to know a person before I decide I don’t like them or am scared of them. Most of the time when you take the time to get know a person your assumption is completely off of who they truly are.

Persistence

I think that you should still try even if you are 99% sure you’re going to lose. It’s like in a soccer game even if by the end of the second half you are down 9-0 you should still try, if you don’t you are just handing the game over to the other team. You should always go out fighting. Never just hand the enemy victory. Atticus was almost positive that they were going to lose the case but when the trail came around he really shook up the jury and made them really question what their verdict was going to be. Atticus gave it his best even though he knew he wouldn’t win but if he hadn’t tried then it would have just been a quick easy trail and he would have to live with the guilt of knowing that because he didn’t give it his best a man may be put to death. I think that even though his children had suffer as well through the trial it is still best that he did what he did because it set a good example for them and they will always be able to look at their father with pride instead of embarrassment because he didn’t try.

Work Will Work When Wishy Washy Wishing Will Not

At the beginning of the year my goal was to get better at writing essays. Over the last years in junior high I have not done very well in my essay writing, last year I never got an A on an essay I averaged around a B-. So this year I made it my goal to put in more time and thought into my essays so that I could get most A’s on the essays. This year my essay writing has greatly improved I have never got below an A- on any writing assignment this year.

I feel like I could still improve in my annotating. I haven’t really found a love for annotating and so it makes it hard to get into it. I am going to try to really engage in the articles we are annotating and add lots of ROAM+ Predict. I am hoping that by the end of this year I will average an A on all my annotating assignments.

To Kill a Mockingbird Review

I really liked this book. It started out kind of dull and I was thinking ” oh boy another required English book. Whoopee. 🙁 ” but as the book got going it got pretty interesting. It was entertaining to see the kids trying to get Boo Radley to come out. I also liked watching Scout grow as a character, she started out as a bit of a terrorist child but as she goes through more stuff she begins to grow up a little bit. I think it kind of got over exaggerated in how amazing and life changing it is. I didn’t receive any outstanding personal revelation about the meaning of life while I was reading like I was expecting but it was definitely a good, well written book.

I didn’t get the chance to watch the whole movie because I was gone but the parts that I did see where very well done. Most movies screw up the story but I felt like this one was a very good, accurate representation of the book. The actors did a very good job of showing the characters. I really liked the trial, Atticus was excellent. The actor who played him did a really good job, that is exactly like I pictured the trial going in the book.

I would advise all junior high and older kids to read the book and watch the movie. I wouldn’t give it to younger kids because they would have a harder time understanding. It really illustrates how the South was back then and how it still is in some parts.

 

Good Stuff

“We’re making a step. It’s just a baby step, but it’s a step.”

Miss Maudie is talking about Atticus and the trial. I thought this was cool because it’s like the quote “One small step for man, one large step for mankind.” I think she is saying that it wasn’t that big of a deal in Maycomb that the jury was out for so long. Atticus really made them debate about it, which has never happened before, according to him.  He may have put in motion something bigger, the thought that a black man maybe could be proven innocent. That never happened back then, a black man would never win in a trial against a white man. Tom and Atticus didn’t win but they sure did make people think about the fairness of it all. Miss Maudie is saying with this sentence that even though they didn’t win they may have made it possible for others to win in the future.

 

An Authority on Courage – Lily Potter

As you probably know, thanks to my good friend Ms. Rowling, I had a tough decision to make when He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named was rising to power. He tried to recruit James and I many times for his cause, we said no many times. He threatened us so much. We denied him three times before he came after us that fateful night. He came to the house for some reason the charm that kept us hidden had broke. My dear James told me to take Harry and run and so I did. I didn’t want to leave him there, I knew this would be his death but I had to try to save Harry. I ran to the nursery and blocked the door but he came in and told me to get out of the way so he could kill Harry. I pleaded with him but in the end there was no other way. He summoned Avada Kadavra and I would not move, you know the rest of the story. Sometimes when making a hard choice you need to let your heart make the choice not your head. Do what feels right.

Real Courage

“I wanted you to see what real courage is, instead of getting the idea that courage is a man with a gun in his hand. It’s when you know you’re licked before you begin but you begin anyway and you see it through no matter what. You rarely win, but sometimes you do”

I haven’t ever really thought of courage in that sense. I had always just though of it as being brave and doing daring stuff or standing up to the big bad bully. I like this definition it makes it more realistic and it makes it easier to apply into your own life. This version makes it seem like any old Joe can have courage instead of only superheros being able to, which is how it should be. Anyone can, by Atticus’s definition, have courage. I think that Atticus might have been explaining to Jem why he is saying with the case for Tom Robinson without really telling him directly.

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