I’ve always struggled a bit with English and it’s just been hard for me to write and do anything basically that involves English, but I really wanted to try my best this year to understand how to do it and what I need to do to be at least a little bit good at so my goal was just to be better and listening to what were learning and to actually get help when I need it. I think this year so far I actually did good with English, Mr. Green did a really good job at making things as easy as possible but also helping to understand how to do it. The thing I struggled with the most is annotating and I think I got better as the year went on. I still want to work on writing paragraphs and essays cause I’m still not very good with those. I’m going to try to work on those still and hopefully by the end of the year I can do it without struggling that much and not needing so much help.
Ms. Maudie says “We’re making a step.” It’s just a baby-step, but it’s a step” (246). she’s saying that they are making progress, even though it’s not all happening at once and it’s not a big step but they’re making small progress and it’s getting them somewhere. I really like this because she’s happy and she’s staying positive about things, she’s happy that even something small is happening and it’s kind of motivating. It keeps the book up lifting and it doesn’t get sad even though bad events have happened. I picked it because I really like how up lifting it is to the people in the books.
I know you’re in a tough situation right now and you might not have any courage to deal with it. I know how it feels to deal with that, I’ve been in the same spot, but I handled it well and I grew courage and figured it out. I can help you to gain courage as well and help you for when you need to gain some. 1- Don’t let anyone tell you what you can and can’t do. 2- Don’t let them get you down as well or drag you down and stop you. 3- Stick up for what you believe is right. If you do these things it can help you a lot to become courageous!
“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 Atticus definition of courage. I think its a good way of explaining what courage is and I think it’s saying that the most courageous people aren’t always going to be the ones that have like a weapon or who seem like they could hurt you but it’s the ones who have self control and can make a decision while fully knowing that something could go wrong and still go through with it and not give up on it. I’d say this is pretty similar to my definition because I also think it’s not always the ones who seem the strongest and all that who are most courageous and it’s the people who can stick with something they believe no matter what others say.
I think this is a good idea that Atticus is trying to help this black man with this case even if he knows there isn’t a chance of winning it. I think that it is worth trying to help the man out because maybe there could be some kind of miracle and maybe Atticus could win this but really I think it’s worth it because 1st, it shows how good of a man Atticus is and it helps for people to see what the man really did and not just accuse him and see both sides of the story. I think if Atticus is going to take this case, he is already sacrificing basically everything so I think if he starts the case he shouldn’t stop because doing all this hard work then giving up just because of like a reputation or something is kind of selfish I guess BUT if it came to serious situations like his kids are put into danger because of it then I think that should be really the only reason he should stop. This really shows that Atticus is a hard working man and is willing to take any case but also shows hes caring and is really just a good man all around.
My thoughts on to kill a mocking bird are, I think it is an interesting book, it’s definitely a lot more interesting than i expected but it is a slow kind of book, at least it is to me. I get super interested but then every once in a while I will lose train of thought and zone out and start thinking of other things but it’s really not a bad book and I really think it is worth the all the hype that there is for it. I like how it is based on things going on in this time period and how it is placed in the south. I also like all the different characters there are, I think they’re really funny, cool and just really interesting. There is really anything that I dislike about it I really think that the book is good and nothing is bad about it. I’m just really excited to see how this book will end and also what will happen as we keep reading.
climbing into other peoples skin is a metaphor, it means you’re seeing things in their point of view and understanding their thoughts on situations. It’s kind of like walking in someone else shoes. It would help to get along with others because if you really understood what they are thinking and whats going on with them then situations wouldn’t get so out of hand when people have disagreements. I do this sometimes. Not always because sometimes you just really want to be right about something and don’t want to let the other person be right or anything like that, but I do think it is a good thing to do. It helps conversations be more calm and so it is really helpful. I think it’d be great if everyone could do this because everyone probably would be more calm.
Empathy is the ability to understand and share the same feelings as another person. That means like if someone is crying you would start crying too because you are feeling the same emotions. I think that it is good to have empathy, I feel like if you don’t then you kind of come off as heartless I guess and it just shows that you really do care about the situation. If you don’t have empathy I’m not really sure what you could do to get it. Just try to be more sensitive I guess. One time I remember I showed empathy for my friends. They were having a really hard time at the moment because they’re grandma was in the hospital and had just gotten heart surgery and it didn’t go well so she had passed away and I remember them crying so much and just being so sad and I felt so sad for them and I was also sad about it and I started crying too and it was a pretty sad situation.
I’ve never really been good at English but I think I did get better this last semester and my writing skills increased. I think that I did pretty good when it came to writing informative essays and it was pretty easy for me to write them. I wasn’t so good at writing my argumentative essay, that one was pretty hard for me and I struggled to kinda get my point across, But I got help and understood what I needed to do and I got better with it. This upcoming semester though, I want to work on reading because I’ve never been a fan of reading and so I’ve only read like one book this year so I want to start getting into reading and try to get on the 50 book challenge and read at least 5 books.
Every year is kind of hectic when my family plans for Thanksgiving cause we have a huuuge family on my dads side which is the side we always do thanksgiving with so sometimes trying to get everyone together doesn’t always work out. We are always welcomed at my grandparents house on my moms side but we never go since we always do it with my dads side but I remember this one year when I was younger we just didn’t have any plans at all so we went to my moms parents house and I am not super close with that side of the family like I am my dads side so I just didn’t talk a whole lot and I would kind of try to avoid being social with any of my aunts and uncles. I would just be super reclusive while I was there and only stay with my brother and dad but when we were eating was definitely the best part cause I absolutely live for Thanksgiving food, except for cranberry sauce. I really hated it when I was younger and I found it so Repugnant and wouldn’t even want to look at it, but not anymore I love it now.