An authrority on courage and integrity

When I think of someone who has authrotity on courage and integrity, I think of a few members in my family. If my friend were struggling with finding their authority, I would go straight to my mom for guidance. My mom is the kind of person who gives specific advice and always knows what to say. If she were speaking with my friend I feel as though she would say something along the lines of, “being courageous and having integrity is something that takes a lot of hard work and deterimintation. If you are faced with a difficult decision, take a while to ponder it and think of the pros and cons of each choice. It would be best to go with the decisions that has the most benifits for you.” My mom would also tell my friend, “everyone makes mistakes, in the end if you feel as though you made the wrong decision it’s okay. We are all human and we have our own angency to make the choice we think is the best for us.”

Blind spots

In chapter 16 of  To Kill a Mockingbird there is a lot of tension between Atticus and some members of the town. The mob was planning on hurting Atticus to get into the jail, but when Scout showed up the tension went away as she tried to make conversation with the members of the town. When they got home Scout and Jem were curious about what was going on at the jail, they were telling Atticus that they thought Mr. Cunningham was a good man. Why was he planing on hurting Atticus and Tom Robinson? Atticus explained that Mr. Cunningham was a good man he just had his “blind spots.” I believe that Atticus is right, someone can be a good person but that doesn’t mean they believe the same things as you. Mr. Cunningham may not have fully understood that Tom Robinson was innocent and he was trying to protect his family. Everyone has different beliefs and thoughts, even if you are a good person doesn’t mean you won’t make mistakes.



In chapter 9 of To Kill a Mockingbird Scout is talking to Atticus about the Tom Robinson case. Scout asks Atticus if they are going to win to case, he says no but they still need to try. I like his idea of trying even if you don’t win it shows how strong of a charachter Atticus is. I think that if Atticus keeps trying with the Tom Robinson case he may win, he says that theres no chance of winning but he keeps putting in the effort for the case. I think that since Atticus is really trying to help there may be a miracle and they’ll win the trial. One of the questions we were asked is, “Is it good that he’s willing to put his family through this ordeal when he knows they won’t win?” I do believe that it’s good. Even if they don’t win the case, Atticus is still teaching his children to never give up and to always give others a chance. I think the message that this chapter in the book is spreading, can really teach others what it’s like to never give up.

Climbing into another persons skin

While we were reading To kill a mocking bird  by Harper Lee, we talked about how the book explained different peoples point of view. In a section of the book Atticus is talking to Scout about seeing from anothers persons perspective before you judge what their life is like. On page 33 it says, “First of all,” he said, “if you can learn a simple trick, Scout, you’ll get along a lot better with all kind of folks. You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view–”
“Until you climb into his skin and walk around in it”  I think that Atticus is trying to explain to Scout that others don’t have it as easy as them, so she needs to think about what their life is like before she talks badly about them. For example, in the story there is a kid named Burris Ewell who only shows up on the first day of school. He’s always dirty and doesn’t take care of himself. Scout goes home from school and tells Atticus about Burris and how he only goes to school once a year. Atticus explains the sitautions that Burris might be going through and tells Scout to change her point of view.

Beliefs and actions

In the article “7 laws of wealth” by Ben Benson it says “belief window, a mental construct that is strapped to your forehead sight unseen.” I was confused when I first read this, but after studying the article more I realized that everyone has a “belief window” and it can really affect the decisions we make and the things we believe in. Our beliefs are formed by many things. For example it could be what someone tells us to believe, social media has a big impact on what we believe, and we make up our own scenarios in our head that leads us to believe if something is true or not. With all these beliefs and rules we set for ourselves, our belief window is being filled with false information which can change the way we act. If I were to believe that I was bad at math then that information would be written down on my belief window, making it harder for me to do math. In conclusion we should be careful with what we are writing down in our belief window, so that we don’t change the way we act in the future.



What I look for in a good story

When I read a good story or book, I look for the ways that I can relate to the character. I like certain authors because they show character development very well. In my opinion authors should show a lot of good figurative language and show character development. I like when authors can be realistic and relate the stories to teenagers. Authors should avoid over explaining things. I’ve read a handful of stories where they never get to the point, and the same things just keep happening over and over again. They should also avoid using useless similes and metaphors. I know that sounds interesting but in a lot of stories that I’ve read the similes and metaphors don’t make sense with the story.  I feel like I prefer to read certain stories, just because I like the way the author writes. I’ve decided that I’m going to start reading other stories that I wouldn’t normally read so I can see how the authors write.

Literature Review

As I was re-reading through my story, I changed my point of view and tried to read as if I was seeing it through someone else’s eyes. I noticed that I made a lot of punctuation mistakes which is very common for me. I tend to put commas and periods in the wrong places. I also noticed that I had a couple grammar mistakes that I could easily fix. My story was based around the early 1900’s and it was about a boy who worked on a family’s farm to provide for his mother and sister who were sick. I feel like I could’ve thought of a better story line, but I had to to get it finished as soon as possible so I just tried to write a story with the idea I had in mind. As I was reading throughout the story, I realized I didn’t use very much figurative language and that’s definitely something I need to improve.

1% gain

Improving by 1% sounds like it’s not going to do much. When I first read the article I was thinking, how could it impact you that much, if it’s just one percent different? At the end of our annotating I wrote a question on my page, “Will making bigger choices impact your future as much as small choices and decisions?” I pondered this question and I realized that depending on the choice, making a bigger one will impact you then but a smaller choice may carry through to the future.

When discussing our 1% choices I tried to think of things I could improve while I’m in this class. I’ve decided that I am going to start commenting on people’s blogs more. I mostly get the blogs done, but I never have time to comment. I’m going to make it a goal to get it done no matter what, even if I have to do it at home. Making small goals like this may improve my writing skills in the future, and it will impact the grade I will receive in this class.

Writing Realizations

We’ve done a lot more writing in this class, than I have in any other english class. I personally feel like it’s helping me learn more and it makes it easier for me to understand passages and stories. Writing narritives and essays in this class has helped me understand things in the real world. I didn’t realize how much I loved writing and now that I do it almost everyday I get a real understanding of how much writing means to me.

When I am given a prompt to write about, I find it a lot easier than making up a prompt on my own. I feel like I have better word choice when a prompt is given to me, rather than making up a story on the spot. Writing has helped me in many ways that I didn’t think it could. It helps me with public speaking, if I couldn’t write everything out then I wouldn’t have good word choice or figuritive language when I talk in front of people. Writing has also helped me with how I speak in the real world.

Tell me about it

I have a lot on my mind right now. I feel like this week  is kind of stressful because I have so much stuff going on. I have a lot of tests this week, I have auditions, I have to babysit and this is all happening the week before Thanksgiving. I personally think that tests are a good thing, IF you have them every once in a while. In math we have a test or a quiz almost every week! I feel like we need to space them out more so that we can process everything we’re learning, before we take the test.

This weeks been kind of busy for everyone and I think it’s because we have Thanksgiving break coming up. On monday next week, we are going on a field trip for science and I’m really excited, but I’m afraid I’m going to miss a lot of work and I’ll have to make it up the day before Thanksgiving break. Even though I have a lot on my mind, I’m trying to make the most of it, and make this a good week!