May 17

What I Don’t Know About My Fellow Students

Sometimes we seem to think that we know everything about our classmates, or that there isn’t anything else to know about them, but really there is soo much to learn about anyone in our class. In spanish there is a saying that goes like this”Caras vemos, corazones no sabemos” I like this saying because it explains that a person may seem one way on the outside, but they could be completely different on the inside. This also means that they could be going through a variety of different things and most of the time there is no way that we could know this just by looking at them. I was absent the day we did this so I wasn’t able to interview anyone.

May 17

Love Moderately

I think that Friar Lawrence is trying to tell Romeo and Juliet that they should take things a little bit slower, and try not to exaggerate too much. Also that they should care for each other and be patient, because they are doing things way too fast, and they are exaggerating a lot too.  I think this is good advice because they are very young, and obviously not very mature. I don’t know if they will take his advice because they seem kind of lost in their own world where only the two of them mater, and they don’t seem to be paying attention to anyone or anything else. Honestly I don’t think that they  are very moderate people, they are taking things way too far in a very short amount of time. They need to take things slowly, and think about what they are doing before they go and make such big and life changing choices.

 

May 10

Hatred

To hate is to feel intense or passionate dislike for someone, but some people can take it too far and it may not even be for a good reason. I understand that it can be hard to get along with some people, but I don’t think that anyone should hate anyone as bad as the families in Romeo and Juliet do. In that case it went way too far. I honestly don’t think that I hate anyone, but I did have a friend who after a while I noticed wasn’t as good of a friend as I thought he was, and he began to try to bully me so I came to really dislike him and his family. After all though I knew that it wasn’t good to keep things like that so I did what I could to get him to stop and asked him what his problem was, so he apologized and so did I. Once we had done this, things weren’t exactly back to normal but they definitely got better, so people who are experiencing the same thing should just try to look at the bright side of things and come up with a compromise that will make things better.

 

April 25

Should Schools Still Teach Shakespeare?

Teachers should continue to teach their students about Shakespeare, because he is considered the greatest writer in the english language, and that is pretty big, also it would be helpful for students to know about him and his works in the future. Many might say that his writing is too hard, but that is a good thing because it will help students to strengthen their literature, and reading skills. Others also say that what he wrote is too old and not relevant to the way things are today, but if you really think about it much of the same things that he wrote about still happen today, maybe not in the same ways but close enough that you can recognize them when you see them, and if you know what to look for. After all it would also be cool just to be able to say that you have read his plays and that you understand what they mean, so even though it might seem like it’s just a waste of your time knowing about Shakespeare and the plays he wrote it will actually be more of an advantage for you.  In the meantime you might even come to like his plays, and see that they weren’t all that bad after all.

 

 

March 9

Work Will Work When Wishy Washy Wishing Will Not

I was looking at the blog we wrote at the beginning of the yeat titled “2nd Semester goals and aspirations”, and I read that my goal was to find a good book to read, and to become better at annotating and writing responce paragtaphs. I actually did finally find a good book to read, and I think I did pretty good on the written analysis for to Kill a Mockingbird, so I can see that I did achive my goal, and I did get better at writting. Somethig that I have still been struggling with is annotating, so I want to get better at that before the end of the year. To do this I will pay more attention to the things I read, and I will try to kind of annotate it in my head and think about ROAM+Predict. I will also try to do it faster when ever we have to annotate something.

 

March 2

To Kill a Mockingbird Review

The book- The book starts out by giving us information on maycomb county, and scout’s family. Then it gives reasons to why they think everything happened before it dives into the story. The plot gets complicated when most of the explaning has happened and we have a better understanding on how things work. It begins by giving more details on how bad raisism was back then and how it affected everyone. Sounds like most readers like the book after they have finished it, and I personally think that the book really does live up to it’s reputation, because it really lets you experience the way that things were, and how everything worked back then. Also it allows the reader to see how bad rasism was, and that there were people who did something about it. The way that the book is written is very intersting to me because the children are very polite, and they talk like adults. It also has some words that are written in the same way that people talked back then. This gives the book  a better feeling and it kind of makes you feel as if you were speaking with the characters in the book.I would totally recomend this book to anyone who is looking for something intersting to read, or just something that would increase their knowledge about the South in the 1930s.

The movie-The film did well in representing the book because they did give the feeling of the South at that time, and even though they skipped a lot of  the stuff they kept the most important things. My favorite part is when Scout, Jem, and Dill go into the Radley place, but I think they should have payed more attention to the part where Jem leaves his pants and goes back to get them. The most powerful scene in my oppinion is when Atticus is talking to the jury and tryes to get them to do the right thing by the end of the book. I recomend this book to anyone who would like to have a better understanding of the way that things were back then, and how bad racism really is.

February 28

What Makes a Person Great?

I think that a great person should be trustworthy, respectful, humble, virtuous, prudent, patient, and loyal. These are also some of the attributes a good relationship should be based on. We all might have to improve on some of these and we all need to have them, but we all have the potential to acquire them if we do our best. In the poem it describes as being attributes that a man should have, but I think that they apply to everyone: male or female, young and old. We should also try to teach these important attributes to our little children, because if they grow up with them they will be able to follow them throughout their whole life. This will allow them to become good role models and examples for their friends, and family members.

February 14

Good Stuff

The quote I picked is:”Tellin’ the truth’s not cynical is it?” — “The way you tell it, it is” this quote is found in page (244). I first wanted to find out what “cynical” means so I looked it up and got this:”believing that people are motivated by self-interest; distrustful of human sincerity or integrity.” I think this is interesting because a lot of the time we seem to think that when ever we tell on someone or “snitch” people look at us like we have done something VERY wrong, and I think that that is not so, but that we are helping that person by informing someone who will be able to stop them from doing something they souldn’t. By doing this we help them understand what they did is wrong and the consequences that could have come because of their choices. I relate this to what Dill said because he was informing them of what his aunt does and most little kids tend to do the same about their family members. In the other hand I do think that we should try not to make the person feel bad when we do this, but that we should help them with empathy and love.

February 12

An Authority on Courage

The person  I chose is Henry Ford. If he were talking with my friend in need he would probably say something like this: “If you think you can do a thing or think you can’t do a thing, you’re right Coming together is a beginning, staying together is progress, and working together is success.Failure is simply the opportunity to begin again, this time more intelligently.”  When you choose to follow the right path it will never be easy, but if you continue the outcome will be of great value and importance. ” Quality means doing it right when no one is looking”.

 

February 2

Real Courage

I think that this definition is awesome because it shows that someone with courage is when someone is brave enough to keep going and to show everyone else that event though they might not win they will still stand for what they believe and will not give up. This is similar to what I believe because it’s also talking about how people are courageous when they not only do everything they can in order to win even thoug they won’t, but also that when we do this we are able to be courageous without having to be big and tough as is often depicted in movies or TV shows.