February 20

To Kill a Mockingbird Review (Book & Movie)

Atticus at Court

To Kill a Mockingbird Book Review

I think To Kill a Mockingbird was a really good book. It teaches us about Racism and how sometimes all you need to do is climb into someone else’s skin.The book starts with telling us about Boo Radley and that Jem breaks his arm. The book is also told by Scouts point of view. Which I really enjoy because Scout is one of those characters that I can connect with. This book has been received really well over the years. When people make a list of books that have changed their life To Kill a Mockingbird is usually always on it. I think that the book lives up to its reputation because it’s a story about real people (who aren’t stupid) and how they change for the better. I recommend this book to everyone

 

To Kill a Mockingbird Movie Review

In English we watched the movie of To Kill a Mockingbird and I think they did a really good job but I feel like they were missing a few things that would have made the movie better and a little more understandable. So at one part in the movie Scout talks to Atticus about her teacher at school but the film doesn’t tell us or show us her teacher so when Atticus gives her the advice about climbing into another’s skin they should have shown more about her school. I think they did a really good job of choosing good actors who you could tell really connected with who they were playing. When the Movie shows us that trial I think they do a really good job of showing it how it was. I recommend the movie to everyone too.

February 13

The Good Stuff (says Mr. Green)

In the book To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee she writes that Dill and Aunt Alexandra in which they say, “Tellin’ the truth’s not cynical is it?” — “The way you tell it, it is,”  but what exactly does she say that. First I looked up the definition of cynical because I didn’t know exactly what it meant and it means: believing that people are motivated by self-interest; distrustful of human sincerity or integrity. I think that is means that sometimes when you are trying to tell the truth like, ” Man I’m a lousy writer.” People think your beating yourself up when you really are just trying to state a fact. So in the case of the book Dill says his Aunt Miss Rachel had said this about Atticus, “If a man like Atticus Finch wants to butt his head against a stone wall it’s his head” So when Dill was just trying to state a fact about what someone had said Aunt Alexandra got mad without even knowing why Dill said what he said. I think that sometimes everyone just needs to stop thinking that when people say something bad about themselves they aren’t trying to put to put themselves down they are just wanting to express there opinion on what they can or can’t do.

February 9

An Authority on Courage – Harry Potter

I was feeling really down as I swung on the porch swing when all of the sudden I saw a person on a broom riding towards my house. As it got closer I realized who it was riding on the broom it was Harry Potter. He landed on the front porch right in front of me and said “I heard you had a problem.” So I explained the predicament I was in and ended my story by saying, ” I don’t think I will be able to make the right choice about what to do.” Harry looked at me and said, ” You know once I had a very similar situation where I didn’t know if I had made the right choice.”

“Will you tell me about it?” I asked

“It all started when I got rid the Elder wand everyone told me I shouldn’t destroy it. But I did so for the next little while I truly thought I had made the wrong choice destroying it. So I decided I was going to go look for it in the ravine.

 

I Still need to finish this post so be patient

February 1

Real Courage

Atticus Finch

What is real courage? Well in To Kill a Mockingbird, Atticus Finch gives us a great definition he says, “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.” This is a really good definition of courage. One part of his definition that I really like is that he says, ” You rarely win but sometimes you do,” to me this meant that even when I am courageous and try my best it won’t always work out but sometimes it will. My definition of courage is, Being able to do something that may scare you but you know is right. I think Atticus and I have the same idea on what courage is because we both know that sometimes you won’t win even when you put your heart and soul into it and even when your right about a situation.

January 26

Persistence

Have you ever given up on a homework assignment because deep down you know you are going to flunk it. Or do you keep trying on that assignment an you may have still flunked it but you know you did a good job because you kept trying on it. This is called persistence. In the book “To Kill a Mockingbird” by Harper Lee Atticus has a discussion with Scout about a case that he has taking on. Scout asks Atticus if he was gonna win the case and he said, “No, honey,” and then explains, “Simply because we were licked a hundred years before we started is no reason for us not to try to win.” He basically told Scout I was doomed to not win that case even before I decided to defend them because no one liked black people. I think Persistence is something everyone needs because even though Atticus knows he won’t win that doesn’t stop him from doing as much as he can to win. We all need to try to be more Persistent.

January 16

Climbing into Another person’s skin

Climbing into another person’s skin may sound gross or illegal but it’s not. Atticus gives this advice to Scout because he wanted to make sure that she understood that Miss Caroline wasn’t necessarily being unreasonable she was just inexperienced with these sort of people. Atticus also wanted to point out that if you do this people will like you better because they will know that you care about how they see things. When you climb into another person’s skin it helps you more than the person you are trying to understand because it is teaching you a life long skill. Atticus in a pretty good dad because he didn’t solve the problem for Scout but he did give her a way to solve the problem. Whenever you think someone is being unreasonable or rude and they may even be from somewhere new but make sure to try to see the world in there eyes so you know why they acted like that. I know this is kind of confusing but whatever.

January 5

Empathy

Empathy is when you feel and understand how someone is feeling that you can relate to. You may think its the same thing as sympathy but it really isn’t sympathy is when you can just relate to people. Empathy is a very important skill to have because if you can’t feel and understand someone else there is something wrong with you just being honest. One experience I have had with empathy was on our Advanced women’s choir tour. We had the opportunity to go and sing at primary children’s hospital for about 30 minutes so we were singing our first song when like 5 of us started crying. The crying I can’t say slowly became more because by the end of the song there were only 6 out of 50 people that were not crying. The reason why was because we were empathizing with each other because we all either knew it was a very special place or had had an experience with a sibling or themselves being there for medical help. The empathy I felt was for my Mom because my little sister had brain surgery in September at primary children’s hospital. All my mom could do was hope for good things and even though she was up there for a week with my crying and recuperating sister. So I felt how my mom did at primary children’s hospital

January 3

2nd Semester Goals and Aspirations

In the 1st Semester of this year I think i was best at interpreting text and finding quotes that help bring points across for my essay’s. These are both good  skills but if I want to get better at English I need to change some things.

Goal #1 I need to not procrastinate on work or be okay with turning it in late.  If I succeed in this my year will already be easier because i wont have to worry about homework I may have forgotten to do or that is a week late.

Goal #2 I need to work on staying with one topic throughout my whole essay instead of just part of my essay. This has been what I am most frequently losing points on. Also on my essays I need to remember to fix all the spelling mistakes before I turn it in and reread my paper so I know it flows right.

 

Those are my 2 main goals for this class for 2nd semester.

 

December 15

Design Thinking

Designed thinking is a process that repeats itself over and over again. Every App that every has an update, every song that gets rewritten has probably gone through this process. In my English class we did a experiment where we had 8 eight groups each analyze a poem using this process.  Some definitely did better than others but in the end it worked out pretty well. The Design Process is a great way to make things better and be as appealing as possible. One step in the process is to gather data about your audience. This step I felt was the most important because then when my group was trying to figure out what format and information we should do our presentation, all we had to do is look at the survey we did as a class and we could figure out what to write. In the end when we tested out our presentation we got a pretty good score and I am so grateful that the design process could help us.