May 19

Love Moderatly

These violent delights have violent ends, 
And in their triumph die; like fire and powder, 
Which, as they kiss, consume. The sweetest honey
Is loathsome is his own deliciousness,
And in the taste confounds the appetite. 
Therefore love moderately: long love doth so;
Too swift arrives as tardy as too slow. 

-Friar Lawrence

I think what Friar Lawrence was trying to tell Romeo and Juliet was that they should take their time. So already that day Romeo has sworn to love Rosalind and about 6 hours later he is now declaring his love to Juliet who he has know for literally 5 minutes. Then Juliet who is 13 years old has decided Romeo is her only love. I know that sounds like a typical 13 year-old but still the first guy you meet is not always your soul mate! I also feel like he was trying to tell them to be carful. When we first meet Friar Lawrence he is talking about poisons. Which I feel is definitely fore-shadowing for something bad. So if they are not carful and take things to quickly then I think poison will come into play. Basically Friar Lawrence is giving them a huge CAUTION LOVE CAN BE DANGEROUS sign.

May 8

Hatred

I think that the reason we hate someone so much is because they remind you of something that you hate about yourself and because you hate it about yourself what is the reason to like it in someone else. Hating people is a thing we do so often for what we believe are valid reasons even when they are not. There is a person that I hate mostly because she doesn’t show respect to people always takes charge and never gives others chances to explain there opinion on something. I hate this person because they have a lot of pride. I think that the reason I hate this person so much is because I sometimes have way to much pride and I am trying to change that. I also usually hate people because they treat me like nothing. So whenever I feel like pushing someone down I try to think about how that person made me feel. So hatred when you use it in negative ways is not good, but sometimes hatred can be helpful and help you progress because you are trying to make yourself better.

April 24

Should School’s Still Teach Shakespeare?

I think that schools should still teach Shakespeare because it teaches us a lot. It teaches how people would do thing and saw things back when Shakespeare wrote them. Like in The Merchant of Venice, when Shylock bargained for a pound of flesh before he gave someone money. Shakespeare should also be taught in school for the point that it teaches real life lessons. In Romeo and Juliet, he gives us an example of a family feud that causes a forbidden romance that ends in a terrible way. Students of this time need to learn these lessons to help them become better. There are many schools in which I know do not think it is important to teach Shakespeare, but I think is they made Shakespeare easier to learn and teach then they would change there minds. Many people to not like Shakespeare because it is hard to understand, and I agree that it is hard to understand. All you need to do is give it a chance though and it will be a lot better of an experience.

March 8

Work Will Work When Wishy Washy Wishing Will Not

My goals that I have had this year I think I did a good job of accomplishing them. I have and A in this class all my assignments are turned in and I feel like I put my best self into this class. I also have actually done some good writing to this term that I couldn’t have done earlier this year. I think I could work on staying on task better in class so I don’t have to do as much at home. I think I also should work on my proof reading skills, so before I turn in the assignment I check and see my mistakes and fix them so Mr. Green doesn’t have to suffer reading my stuff more then he already does. Just kidding but I really do need to work on proof reading. This year I have done things I never thought I would do like the 50 book challenge I challenged myself to do in every year but I finally did it this year. I feel like I have done a good job so far this year and once I get better at proof reading I will do even better.

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.