Monday, January 8, 2018

One Word

My word for the year to focus on is breathe. I chose this word because when something goes wrong in my life, I'm very quick to react badly and never take the time to relax and actually fix it. I'd like to be able to relax and figure things out this year in a calm way this year. This word will help me be a better person and make me easier to be around in stressful situations.

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

TKAM Reflection

Now that we are done with the book AND movie, I know for sure which one I like more, the book. The movie left out so many important parts or messed the parts up badly. I know that a movie can't capture all the parts of a book, but the movie barely got anything. Such as, when Tom Robinson died, Atticus delivered the news at night, on the front porch, with Jem, Scout, and Miss Maudie. As in the book, Atticus came home early when there were ladies in the house with Aunt Alexandra, and delivered the news in the kitchen with Cal and Aunt Alexandra. The way Tom died in the movie was different in the book. Also in the movie, Aunt Alexandra wasn't in the movie at all. One thing that was really similar in between the book and movie was Atticus' closing statement in the courtroom. It made me really happy that they got it right because to me that is a really important part. Another thing that was similar is when Scout said,"Hey Boo." I didn't know if they were gonna add that in the movie because it was such a little but also had a lot of meaning. Overall, I personally don't like the movie at all, but love the book.

Thursday, October 19, 2017

DWA Publishing 1st Quarter

   DWA 9/26/17     My worst fear is kidnapper vans. The ones that are usually white, long, and have tinted windows or no windows at all except the driver door. I see them in movies a lot, which scares me because the bad guys are always driving these vans. I will never, ever, ever in my lifetime go near one of those vans. One of the teachers here at FMS sometimes drives one of them and I'm actually scared of him. I don't why I'm so scared of them exactly, besides the movies, but I am. I have another huge fear and it's not being able to keep my friends/family/teachers safe. I know a 13 year shouldn't worry about those kind of things, but I do. It goes through my head constantly,"What's my plan if someone breaks into my house? What can I do if someone came into the school and took someone hostage? Will I sacrifice my life to save someone else?" I know for a fact that, even if it meant giving up my life, I'd save the person in trouble. I know that people will never think of giving up life to save someone as a number one solution, but I do. So I'd be the first person to come up with a plan and go through with it. I just don't want people I love or know to die.    

   DWA 9/28/17     Sometimes when I'm running, I pretend that the longer I run, the farther away my past is. When I run, I feel powerful, fast, weightless. I feel like everything that has happened to me, doesn't even matter now. I sometimes feel dead inside. Like, my heart has no emotion, or my brain is on pause. Running gives my heart emotion. It gives it excitement. It gives it power. Running makes my brain flow. It makes it scream with joy. When I run, I wonder if people ever think,"Wow she's happy or holy cow, look at how energetic she is!" In reality, I'm not. I'm tired. I'm doubtful. I'm hopeless. I'm not happy, but I'm not sad. I'm okay. I'm getting by. I'm getting through it. That's one reason I like school. It distracts my mind from wandering or going to the sad place. When I'm home, everything is confusing and out of place. It's like I don't feel like I belong, but others do.

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

"Words of Wisdom"

From doing this project I learned that older people are definitely more wise than young kids/teenagers. I think the reason this is is because they have been alive longer so they have seen more and experienced more than us young ones have. I also learned that receiving advice from others is super important because sometimes we all get stuck and need a little reminder or advice.

Friday, March 17, 2017

History Day Reflection

We, as in Delaney Breen, Hannah Bergren, and I did a website about Lewis Hine and how he changed the future for children.

     The thing I like most about our project is the information and how it looks because the information in my opinion is really good and will teach a viewer of our website a lot and how it looks because it's in black and white for the "olden times" and it just fits with topic.
     One interesting thing I learned about our topic is that Lewis Hine sometimes disguised himself as a maintenance worker, an employee, etc. so he could get into places where people wouldn't allow photographers. This interests me because he cared so much about the children he risked his job and reputation to "call out" the people who were working performing child labor. Another thing that interested me a lot was that in order to tell a child's' height, he used the buttons on his vest. This is interesting because he improvised and used his resources well.
     The hardest part of this project was DEADLINES! The deadlines scared the crap out of me. The time seemed to just fly by and I was thinking if we don't meet deadlines we are going to fail or get an F on this project.
     I improved by a learner by learning how to use noodle tools a whole lot better and with annotated bibliographies.
      To be honest I don't think there is anything I want to improve on our website because we did our best and it looks great!
    The thing I'm most proud of when it comes to our project is how well we worked together. Hannah, Delaney, and I are close, but we also had some problems that we had to work out and agree to disagree.
    Our topic relates to the history day theme because Lewis stood up for children safety their rights to go to school instead of having to stay home and go to work to help support their family.

Monday, October 3, 2016

Shakespeare Reflection

       When I first heard we were doing a shakespeare unit, my first thought was "Ugh, this guy is so boring and this is going to be a boring unit." I probably thought it like that because I didn't know much about him besides he wrote plays and to me that boring. Now that I've learned more about him, I really enjoy learning about him and reading his plays. One of the reasons that I really like him now is because when we acted out and read Taming of the Shrue I learned his ways of writing and that he was a humorous type of guy and wanted to express that in some way. Another reason that I like him now is because when we went on our field trip and looked at all of the books and the folio I enjoyed listening about the information about him and the books.
        In the end was Kate tamed? I don't think she was "tamed." I feel that she felt no one loved her and had no support from anyone and it just made her sad and she acted out on anger. Then when Petruchio came and she kept telling him no, like when he said they were getting married Sunday and she said, "I'll see you hanged Sunday!" She just wasn't used to feeling of having someone there for her and thought he was playing her, but then later realized that he actually loved her and she loved him, too because when he said "Come on and kiss me Kate" She did it with out hesitation. So I don't think she was tamed or not tamed, but loved in a way she didn't realize in the beginning.
         Shakespeare's first folio is important because all of his plays are in it except Taming of the Shrue. It has a lot of value because it's super old and Shakespeare is famous for all of his plays and only certain people will ever get to own or touch one because they are worth a lot and hold a lot of history between each page.
         Shakespearean insults and death scenes helped my understanding and confidence with shakespeare by being able to know some insults like common-kissing, swag-bellied, or even pignut, and understanding them when there are a lot of people who don't understand them. It gives me a sense of smartness because I spent 4 weeks in class learning this kind of stuff.
          I think it is still important to learn about Shakespeare after 400 years because he has made a lot of history between writing plays and theatre. It's important to know because when we grow up and see something that is from Shakespeare or hinting towards Shakespeare it'd be nice to be able to understand it.