Climbing into another person’s skin

When Atticus tells Scout to climb into another person’s skin, he’s saying he wants her to try to see how they feel and see things from their point of view. That is really helpful advice. It will help scout understand the other kids and other people in the world. If you don’t understand how someone feels, it’s hard to sympathize with them. I try to do this when someone treats me badly or are just mean in general. I don’t do it all the time and I need to do it more to see why people act a certain way.  I think when I do it, it is helpful for me and I end up being nicer to them and I understand them more. It also makes me like them more if I understand how they feel. I have heard this saying a lot and I think it is really important. Many people need to be reminded that they need to understand how people feel.

Beliefs and actions

In the article that we read about belief windows, I agreed with most of what they said but I don’t agree with some of it. For example, it says that reality is just something that we make up through our belief windows and we just except it as human beings. I think that’s kind of weird because we all have the same reality but we just have different experiences and we think differently. It’s not like our reality isn’t actually reality. The idea seems really far fetched. It is important to know what we believe so we know why we make the decisions we do and where we are in life. Your beliefs are formed by the people you meet and the experiences you have. The people you meet have a big impact because who you hang out with determines how you act and think. Our beliefs shape our actions by us thinking about what we think is right and what we should do. Your actions can also be determined by what you think someone else would do.

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The end is halfway upon us

I am pretty proud of my work this semester. I have gotten all A’s and I’m really happy about that. I have worked really hard in my classes to get a good grade. There are some classes that I could put more effort into to get more out of them.  I really need to consistently study biology so I’m not cramming for tests. I also need to practice violin regularly because I usually don’t. I don’t read a lot at home because I don’t have a lot of time to do it, but when I do, I end up reading for a really long time. Having reading time in class has been really good for me because it encourages me to find a lot of good books to read. The goals I set this year include practicing violin and getting enough sleep. I still need to work on practicing violin. I have not been improving in that area very much. I have gotten a little more sleep than I usually do but I still occasionally have a really late night. I still need to spend my time better as well.

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1% Gain

I need to improve my violin playing and practicing. I don’t practice every day like I should and I need to. I am going to try to find the time to practice every day. I have a lot to do during the day but I could probably find time to do it. I am going to practice every day after school for at least thirty minutes. If I do that, it will pay off by being better at violin and doing better in a orchestra. Even when I stop taking orchestra, learning to make plans to improve will help me in my career and in my later life. I would also be more confident in my violin playing so I will be happier in orchestra. When I do practice, I can see a really big difference in my playing in class. Mr. Beck is also happier with me when I practice because I am better at the songs. Right now, when I’m practicing my solo, I can tell that when I practice, I do way better.

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Writing realizations

From all the writing that we’ve done, I have realized as a writer that I am not as creative as I want to be. I have a hard time getting ideas for stories and what to put in them to make it interesting. My stories often have holes in the plot so it doesn’t make it very interesting or fun to read. I try to put a lot of detail into my stories but I am not good at finding the right describing words to make it actually interesting. I also need to work on describing the characters more in my stories. I don’t have a lot of descriptions of the characters in my stories. I am also not very good at coming up with good figurative language to use so my stories are often a little boring to read. My stories also move way faster than they should and it makes the story really boring and weird.

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Literature review

This story is about a girl who is forced to go to England to stay in a home from the 18th century. Her mom comes home from work one day and tells them to pack their bags. The journey there is very strange and it just continues to get stranger. The author did well describing things in the story. They also did a good job describing how the main character was feeling. You can tell what emotions she has really well. The author could have done better describing everything that was happening in the story. There were some parts where I knew what one character was doing but not the other characters. I think that should be fixed. I saw the author put a couple personifications and a simile. I think people who like action and adventure books would like this story. I also think people who like suspense and surprise endings would like this story. I would give this story 3 1/2 stars out of 5.

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Tell me about it

I went to see Fantastic Beasts, the Crimes of Grindelwald yesterday and it was super good. There were so many plot twists that I want to tell people but I can’t. It was probably the best movie I’ve ever seen. The critics didn’t like it but I have no idea why. It was super good. My mom and my sister went with me and we all loved it. It bugged me at the beginning of the movie though because like half the theater came in late and I couldn’t see the screen because people were in front if it. We were sitting in the very back above the stairs so whenever people would walk up, they would block the screen. It was super annoying. Then there was this one guy who walked up the stairs and then just stood there for like five minutes on his phone. It was so annoying! There were so many people that walked in late but other than that, I loved going to the movie. I really like Harry Potter and J.K. Rowling so it was freaking amazing!

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What I’m reading

I am currently reading The Magnolia Story. It’s about Chip and Joanna Gaines who are on the show, Fixer Upper. The show is about them renovating new homes for people. The book is about their relationship and how they got into renovating houses. I chose this book because I really like their show and they are really cute and I wanted to know more about them. I really like it a lot. The narration goes back and forth between Chip and Joanna so you get to hear both perspectives of their story. They have really funny and cute stories in the book. It sometimes gets a little boring but only occasionally. It’s super fun to read about them and their love story. They also talk a little bit about their childhood and I think it’s super cute. I think mostly everyone would like this book. You would have to watch the show first to understand things more but it’s still cute. I think girls would probably like it a little more because it’s about a love story.

Who am I as a reader?

I feel like when I read, I read kind of slow to make sure I understand things but I can read fast when I’m reading out loud. When I read really fast silently, I have a harder time comprehending the story. I read more if I really like the book I’m reading. I really like reading if I’m reading something interesting, but if I don’t like it very much, I don’t like reading it. I am really good at visualizing the story when I read. I think it makes it more interesting when I do that. Reading slowly also allows me to visualize the story better.  I think I need to improve the skill of reading fast while I can comprehend the story. I think I am a pretty good reader overall. I would also like to improve my reading when I’m reading out loud. I can read kind of fast when I read out loud but I stumble over my words sometimes and I would like to make my reading more fluent.

 

 

 

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What I look for in a good story

To make a story enjoyable, it has to be interesting. I think using a lot of describing words in stories make it really interesting. When authors describe the setting, you have an easier time imagining the story and it feels more real. I also like it when an author describes the characters in the story. I think it tells you more about the character and it makes you like the character more. When an author uses moves in a story, it makes it a lot more interesting. Whenever I’m reading a story with a lot of author’s moves in it, I subconsciously think it’s more interesting to read. I think authors should avoid using the same words in stories a lot. If you’re just reading the same thing over and over, it becomes boring to read. Being repetitive in a book is probably my least favorite thing when I’m reading. I like it when books describe how characters are feeling because the book becomes more realistic if you know what the people are feeling.Image result for reading a book