March 9

Work Will Work When Wishy Washy Wishing Will Not

Some stuff that I have done well this year in English was the essays we wrote. Specifically the Harrison Bergeon essay. I wrote really well on that essay. I got large paragraphs and a bunch of quotes and background. What I struggled with is the To Kill a Mockingbird question at the beginning of class. I didn’t do a lot of them because I was gone for a week for having the flu. That really killed my grade in this class and it took a while to do all the homework and to catch up on reading and to come in to do the questions. My goal for last term is to first not miss any school because it really sucks for my grades. But also to read more. I want to read at least every other day for at least 30 minutes. That will also help me to finish my books.

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February 21

To Kill a Mockingbird Review

The book is about Jem and Scout who have a dad named Atticus. They live in Maycombm, Alabama. Then Atticus defends Tom Robison who is accused of raping Mayella. They grow up and learn the truth about Boo Radley. It starts with it all started when Jem broke his arm. Then it starts to lead of Jem and Scout’s life. The plot starts to get complicated when they introduce the Tom Robison case. I have heard of this book by my mom and she has enjoyed it. I have never read it because I remember that I read the first page and it was really boring. I think this book was well written and it’s one of those books that everyone should at least read.

I also really enjoyed the movie. They got most of the important stuff that the book had. They did leave out Aunt Alexandra, and there was no Miss Rachel, Mrs. Dubose’s house did not burn down, and there was little things that the book left out. I don’t think these things would of have been needed in the movie anyways. It would of have made the movie way longer than it already is. And honesty it’s not that important. I would recommend this movie to everyone but only after they read the book first.

February 14

Good Stuff

The quote that I picked was-“Don’t fool yourselves–it’s all adding up and one of these days we’re going to pay the bill for it” (252). I thought that was well said. After all the years and even today of racism it’s all going to add up one day. Basically what it was saying is that the more we do it the more of a consequence it’s going to be. I like how Atticus is speaking up for the black people. Most of the white people are taking advantage of them. And it’s important that Atticus knows it’s wrong to do that.

February 12

An Authority on Courage-My Dad

Whenever I think of someone who is courageous I think of my dad. When he doesn’t know what the right thing is, he just kind of knows. “I’m not sure what’s the right thing to do.” Well whenever I don’t know what’s the right thing to do I just think what feels right. Whatever thing you are trying to decide on, I would pick what my gut is telling me what’s right. If you were deciding what college to go to or something I would pick the one that just feels like the right one. You will figure it out when you know.

January 29


I think it’s worth trying even if you know you are going to lose. If I knew I was going to lose I would at least try because there can be that lucky chance or something. And I think that’s really unfair. A white man shouldn’t always win if a black man was a part of this case. They should be treated equal no matter what color they are. I think that it’s good that Atticus is going to put his family through this ordeal even though he knows he isn’t ¬†going to win. He just needs to at least try.

January 25

To Kill a Mockingbird–So Far

So far I have liked the book. At the start I though this book was trash. It was so lame and boring. Then when we get to the tree part when they find the stuff in it it’s very interesting and I really like it. I have my own book of “To Kill a Mocking Bird” that I brought from home and on the cover there’s a pocket watch on it. And in the book they find a pocket watch. I really want to find out what it is. And that keeps me reading for stuff like that. I hope to see more stuff like that in the book. And I think this book is popular because of how the story goes. It’s boring at first. Then you really get into it.


January 17

Climbing Into Other People’s Skin

When Atticus says to climb into another person’s skin he means to see someone else’s point of view. That’s not illegal. Because you are not actually climbing into another person’s skin. It can get her to get along with other people because if she climbs into another person’s skin and see’s their point of view it will be easier to get along with other people. I do this because I want to see someone else’s point of view sometimes so I understand them better. I think it is helpful. You can get to know someone better and see what they are going through if you see their point of view by climbing into another person’s skin.

January 8


Empathy is basically to care for people’s feelings and to share your own. I think people do need it because you feel pretty good if someone cares and someone shares their feelings. If you don’t have it you get it if you have a similar experience or something and you care for the person. I know that I have felt empathy for someone but I forgot what it was about. I know I was going through something before and one of my friends felt empathy towards me. I felt a lot better after hearing I wasn’t the only one going through it.