Just before Romeo and Juliet are about to get married, Friar Lawrence is telling Romeo to be moderate. I think he is trying to tell them that they need to not be so extreme when they get married. They think that life will be really easy once they get married, but it won’t. Romeo is really exited about getting married, so Friar Lawrence is telling him to calm down and not be so extreme about stuff, like when he is exited he is really exited but when he is sad he gets really depressed. I think that this is really good advice.
Two people that help answer the question “How can courage change you?” are Yusra Mardini, a refugee from Syria and now an Olympic swimmer, and Vivien Thomas, a Surgeon who helped save thousands of babies from the blue baby syndrome.
Yusra Mardini was born in Damascus, Syria, and she lived in the middle of the Syrian civil war. She and her sister started swimming at a young age, and became very good at it. In her teenage years, Yusra and her sister Sarah fled Syria and got to Lebanon and Turkey. They were going to be smuggled into Greece using a small dinghy that also had about eighteen other refugees on it. They started to cross the Aegean Sea, but the motor stopped working and they small dinghy began to sink. Yusra, her sister, and two other refugees who could swim jumped into the water and pulled it for about three and a half hours until they reached Lesbos. Then they traveled to Berlin, Germany, where they settled in September 2015. Once in Germany, she started swimming again and trained to go into the Olympics. She qualified and was selected for the ROT. She competed in the 100m freestyle and 100m butterfly. She showed courage by leaving her home and traveling across the continent, pulling a boat for three and a half hours, and qualifying for the Olympics. Courage changed her because if she didn’t have courage, she wouldn’t have made it to the Olympics and wouldn’t have made it to Germany.
Vivien Thomas was born in New Iberia, Lousiana, and he had a good childhood. He graduated form Pearl High School with top grades, and planned to go to college and become a doctor, but The Great Depression ruined his plans. He worked as a carpenter, then attended college at Tennessee Agricultural and Industrial College as a premedical student. There was a stock market crash in October, and he decided to put a hold on his schooling. He got a job as a surgical research technician at Vanderbilt University with Dr. Alfred Blalock. Thomas was classified and paid as a janitor, even though he was doing the work of a Postdoctoral researcher. Regardless, he stayed with his job. He got married and had two children. Thomas and Blalock researched crush syndrome and saved many WWII soldiers. Helen Taussig challenged Blalock and Thomas to design a surgical procedure to save blue babies. Over the next few months, Thomas performed the surgery on animals and designed new surgical instruments. He finally learned how to perform heart surgery. Blalock got a call from Taussig saying there was a blue baby, Eileen Saxon, who needed surgery. Blalock didn’t know how to do the surgery very well, so he had Thomas next to his side while he performed the surgery successfully. Vivien Thomas showed courage by staying with his job even though it was minimum wage. Courage changed Thomas because he could have given up on the challenge and let thousands of babies die, but he didn’t, and became a world famous doctor.
I think what Shylock is trying to say is it doesn’t matter what we believe, we are all equal. He says, “Hath not a Jew hands, organs, dimensions, senses, affections, passions? fed with the same food, hurt with the same weapons, subject to the same diseases, healed by the same means, warmed and cooled by the sames winter and summer, as a Christian is?” That means we all are basically the same. He also says that if a Jew wrongs a Christian, his humility is revenge. If a Christian wrong a Jew, what is his sufferance by Christian example? Revenge. Tarzan says that he is different, but Kala says that we are all the same. We all have a nose, two eyes, two hands, and 2 ears. Grover said that even though they are monsters, they shouldn’t be judged and left out. They also have feelings. Martin Luther King Junior gave a speech that said we are all the same and people shouldn’t judge other people because they have a different skin color. He also said that no matter our skin color, we should all be equal and we are all the same.
I am going to write about someone who is on team lead, which means they put other people before themselves.The people I think have a lead personality are my parents. I will start with my dad. He is usually busy but he always makes time to do stuff with me. He helps me with anything I need. One of our favorite things to do together is shoot bows. Another reason I value him is because he is kind and thoughtful. He always comes to things that are important to me. My mom keeps me on track and shows me lots of cool stuff. She lets me choose a dinner or dessert and helps me make it, even if she isn’t going to eat it. I think that’s thoughtful because she is taking 30 minutes or an hour from her life to help me. And even when are not being very nice to her, she always is kind to us.
My dad because he has taught me how to be responsible. He has helped me through a lot of hard things and he is a big person in my life. He spends time with me and helps me out with anything. Our favorite thing to do together is shoot bows at my grandma’s house. He inspires me to work hard and try as hard as I can because he never gives up. He tells me lots of stories from when he was younger. He is a big influence on my life.
Another person I admire is my grandma. She is probably the nicest person I know. Every Sunday we go to her house and she bakes cookies and brownies and all sorts of treats. My favorite thing that she bakes are mint brownies.
Tell Tale Heart by Edgar Allan Poe
This story was a little bit weird, and I didn’t really like it. Here’s why:
The story was about a crazy guy trying to convince you that he isn’t crazy. The guy telling the story was a kind of weird and creepy, and all of the sudden out of nowhere he just started laughing. Overall it was kind of hard to understand to going on. But I liked it because it was suspenseful. It wasn’t funny, but I would give it a 3 or 3.5
One day for scouts we decided to do a service project and we were deciding who to help and in what way. There were lots of options to choose from, but we finally decided on this lady’s house in our neighborhood. Her yard isn’t in very good condition, and pretty much just a mess. So we went up to her house with all kinds of supplies to fix up her yard. The first thing we did was mow her lawn – or what we could because most of the grass was dead. Then, we got all of the dead wood she had in her yard and put it in her truck to be driven down to the dump. Then we trimmed her overgrown bushes and trees. The last thing we did was clean up all the garbage she had in her yard. When we were done, it made me feel really good that we fixed up her yard.
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