I don’t know very much about Shakespeare. I know that he wrote a ton of plays, comedies, and dramas. I know there was a long period of time where he kind of disappeared and we have no idea where he was or what he was up to. I know he wrote one of his plays based off of his son. I learned some stuff about Shakespeare last year in drama. We also performed a little bit of Shakespeare but I haven’t done much with Shakespeare. I have seen A Midsummer Night’s Dream at the junior high and I have also seen Comedy of Errors. I think that learning about the life of Shakespeare is really interesting because he had a very interesting life. Reading some of his stuff is kind of hard because we don’t talk that way at all now so it’s really hard to understand. I hope I can understand Shakespeare better by reading it more because it is really confusing and to be honest, I have no idea what I’m saying when I’m performing it.
I think self assessment is a really important skill to have because when you are working on anything, you need to decide if you have done a good job. In your school work, you need to assess your work to see if it reaches a good standard to turn it in. Self assessment is even more important in your job. If you do sloppy work all the time in your job, you are not likely to keep it. Looking over and analyzing your work is very important if you want to go to good places in your future. Self assessment is important from the beginning. If you make a habit in your early education to do sloppy work and not check anything that you have done, that will bring you down a lot in your later education and especially in college. When I decide to look over my work for school before I turn it in, I usually find at least a few things I need to fix or add. If you don’t do any self assessment, you won’t get very far and you won’t grow at all.
I read The Help for my book group. First of all, I thought it was a super well written book along with To Kill a Mockingbird. They both have very similar lessons and themes in them. In The Help, it mentions To Kill a Mockingbird a few times. One question I have for The help is why aren’t people more accepting of black people in the help if To Kill a Mockingbird was already written. It has so many great lessons in it and I think if people had read it, the people in the time of The Help would have been way more accepting of everyone. I think there are connections with people’s names in both books. In To Kill a Mockingbird, it was Tom Robinson and Tim Johnson. In The Help, there are a lot of people’s names that are very similar. All the ladies that are friends for example all of very similar names. I think Skeeter has a very different name than the others to set her apart from her friends because she doesn’t believe all the things that do. She disagrees with a lot of what she says. I think there is a lot of things to take away from both of the books. They were both written very well and with a lot of thought.
In the previous terms, I have gotten all A’s so I am really proud of that. I did well with completing my homework and I have done really well with attendance. I need to improve on completing my homework earlier so I’m not doing it the night before and staying up really late. I need to manage my time better so I can do my homework earlier. I also need to study for tests earlier because I usually just study the night before the test and I don’t study as well as I could. I want to improve my determination with my school work. I sometimes just do my homework and my assignments because I want to get an A, but I should be doing it because I want to learn. One of my big goals for this year is to manage my time better. I am really bad at doing important things first, and then doing things that I want to do. I am planning to do my homework and my important stuff before I watch Netflix and YouTube in 4th term.
The quote I chose was “They’ve done it before and they did it tonight and they’ll do it again and when they do it-seems that only children weep.” Atticus says this to Jem when he asks Atticus how could they find Tom Robinson guilty. I think this is a really powerful quote. It shows that racism is a really big problem in Maycomb. I think it also tells you a lot about the people there. It shows that they don’t care about what’s right or wrong. They just don’t want to look bad in front of everybody and they don’t want to be embarrassed. They just care about themselves and how they look to people. I think when people read this part of they book, they realize how sad Atticus is that they lost the case. He obviously hates that they lost and that it is so common that they convict black people just because they’re black. I really like the part that says “only children weep” because it shows that not very many people in the town care that Tom was found guilty and the kids are really sad that he’s not free. I think this quote tells a lot about Atticus and the story.
I think of my mom when I think of people with integrity. She always stands up for what she believes and what is right. If my friend who needed help with being courageous talked to my mom, she would tell her, “It’s really important to have integrity. If you know what is right, then you shouldn’t hesitate to do the right thing. It is hard to be courageous but you feel really good after you do something that was really hard. Take for example, a really hard workout. When you are doing the workout, in the moment, you feel like you are going to collapse. However, after you are done, you feel really good. You might feel sore, but you have the great feeling of accomplishment. You will feel so much better after you do the right thing. If you make a wrong choice just because it is easy, you will feel horrible later knowing that you did something wrong. It is never the right time to make a bad choice and it is never the wrong time to make a good choice.”
I think Atticus didn’t really describe the people coming to the jailhouse very well. It was super messed up that they came to lynch Tom Robinson. I don’t think they just have blind spots. I think they really have something wrong with them. I think Atticus might have just told Jem and Scout that they were good people so they wouldn’t think really bad things about them. I think it could still be possible to be a good man even though you want to do something bad. I think maybe some people in the group just had a spur of recklessness but they probably wouldn’t do that normally. However, I think there were still some people at the jailhouse that are just bad people so they would do something like that for their own gain. I think it really depends on the person that they are talking about. Some people might be a genuine bad person but others might have been forced to be there or wouldn’t ever do that normally.
I think Atticus is really noble to still try to win the case. It shows that he cares about what happens to Tom Robinson. I think it is still worth trying even though he knows he is going to lose. Even if they do lose, Atticus still tried to win and Tom Robinson would be really grateful that he tried. I think he should sacrifice everything he can to help him including his pride and dignity. I think he should still care about his family and make sure he doesn’t do anything too extreme that would hurt his family. I think Atticus is a really good person because of this. He doesn’t care that he’s going to lose. He just wants to help Tom Robinson. I think there are ups and downs to working the case and putting his family through that. It could be bad because a lot of people get mad at them and it could put all of them in danger. It is a good thing though because Atticus working the case teaches Jem and Scout to do good things and care about everyone.
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.
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.