Friday, December 21, 2007

Week 5. Post B.

This section begins with Jenny, Alexa, and Tate at a mini golf course. You can see that Jenny is starting to get annoyed with her “new” half sister Alexa. In Jenny’s mind, Tate is her guy and she doesn’t like that Alexa keeps flirting with him. Jenny’s parents give her money to treat everyone for ice cream after they play mini golf. Alexa tries to get Jenny to go to her work and create some art she had been thinking about. Jenny tells her that it is closed and she might get in a lot of trouble for going there. Jenny thinks that Alexa is trying to get rid of her to spend some alone time with Tate. She is very jealous because she already thinks that her family likes Alexa better than her and now Tate might too. In the end, they all go down to Jenny’s work and sneak in. Alexa and Tate leave Jenny there to do her artwork and they go off and have ice cream with all of his friends. The next day Jenny and Alexa bond at the beach but all Alexa seems to talk about is Tate. Jenny’s dad really doesn’t seem to like Alexa at all. They were taking their annual family picture where everyone is wearing the same thing. Alexa tied Jenny’s up so it would fit her better. And the whole time Jenny’s dad was complaining about it and refused to take the picture just because Alexa did it and said that it looked good. I think Jenny is going to start to get annoyed with Alexa and want her to go home. I think it will have something to do with Tate.

Week 5. Post A.

awry (149)- away from appropriate, planned, or expected course.

rivulets (157)- a very small stream

Figurative Language:
"He's been dragging equipment down the stairs at all hours of the day and night, sweat running in rivulets from his hairline."
-This is a metaphor because sweat isn't actually running down like actually rivulets. The author is just comparing using figurative language.

"The whole world seems contained in the square blanket we're sitting on."
-I would consider this personification because the world can't really be contained on the blanket the girls are sitting on.

"In my head I talk to Faye as if she were here, but she's not-and besides, it's always hard for me to explain my churning feelings."
-This is a metaphor because she is talking about her feelings churning. Her feelings can't really churn inside her body, therefore it is a metaphor.

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Week 4. Post B.

This section starts with Jenny and her family sitting down to dinner. Her twin sisters announce that they are having their important dance recital on the same night as Jenny’s art fair. Jenny knew that her parents were going to choose her sisters over her. She started to freak out and for the first time told her parents about how she felt about everything. She told them that she felt like she doesn’t fit in and that no one supports her and ever asks to see her artwork. During all of this, Tate walks into the house and asks if they heard Jenny’s good news. Jenny hadn’t told them yet and they all started asking millions of questions and Jenny finally told them that she has a half sister and that she was coming to visit. Her sisters and brother feel so rejected. Her dad is furious and starts yelling at her and saying that she had to cancel. While her mom is trying to be supportive. They all think that Jenny shouldn’t have kept this a secret from them. For days Jenny puts off calling Alexa to cancel. She doesn’t want to hurt her feelings. The day before Alexa is supposed to come she finally gets up the nerve to call her. She is in her room on the phone with her when her family is yelling at her to come to the door. When she gets to the front door a girl is standing in the driveway and she realizes it is Alexa. Her dad is furious at Jenny and yells at her right in front of Alexa. The family isn’t very welcoming to her at all. Jenny even starts to feel a little threatened by her. I think that this would be a hard thing to do. Jenny wanted to obey her dad and she didn’t know that Alexa was going to come early. I think if I met my half sister and she was a lot better than me in many ways, I would start to feel threatened too. I think that this is going to be hard for Jenny.

Week 4. Post A.

euphemism (152)- an indirect word or expression substituted for one considered to be too harsh or blunt when referring to something unpleasant or embarrassing.

infatuated (153)- be inspired with an intense but short-lived passion or admiration for.

Significant Quote:
"When I look in the same direction, I see a girl standing in front of a red taxi, holding a cell phone. I swallow hard and then my hands start shaking. "Alexa?" I say into the phone. The girl in the driveway looks at me and nods (126)."
-This quote is important because it shows how Alexa showed up unexpectedly right when Jenny was trying to call her to cancel. Jenny got in tons of trouble from her dad for this because he thinks she disobeyed him.

Tuesday, December 4, 2007

Week 3. Post B.

In this section, Jenny goes over to Tate’s house. Jenny finds out that he does really like her when he kisses her unexpectedly. She starts to feel so comfortable with him and she feels like she can talk to him about anything. He takes her downstairs to his computer room and she logs onto the sibling registry website. She signs in and looks for matches that sound like they could be her father. She comes to a girl who she starts to think could be her half-sister. Tate leaves her alone to see what the match is all about. The girl was from the same hospital and was born in the same year. She sends her an email asking if she had the same donor. Jenny doesn’t tell her family about what she was soon to find out because she thought it would hurt their feelings. One night Jenny is sitting at her computer when an IM pops up. It is a girl named Alexa. The girl from the website. She gets excited as they instantly started talking. They find out that they are a match! And that Alexa had a donor father because she has two moms. Alexa and Jenny start talking all the time. They would stay up all night talking on the phone or spend hours on the computer. It got to the point where Alexa really wanted to meet her. Jenny was afraid of this and she would always avoid the subject when it came up. She thought that if she met Alexa she would realize that they didn’t like each other or that it would be awkward. Everyday Alexa would ask for Jenny to come visit and she would turn her down. I think I would want to meet someone that was related to me but it would also be a very scary thing to do. It would be very nerve-racking.

Sunday, December 2, 2007

Week 3. Post A.

coyly (75)- reluctant to give details about something regarded as sensitive.

paltry (93)- (of an amount) small or meager: petty.

Figurative Language:
"I'm not ready to jump into our shared gene pool and meet her."
-This is a metaphor because the character can't literally jump into her gene pool. It just symbolizes what she feels without using like or as.

""Finding the words to express how you feel about someone is so easy at night, alone in your bed with only the slim blue light from the summer sky as witness."
-This is personification because it is giving human characteristics to something nonhuman. The sky can't actually be a witness.

"As soon as the words are out of his mouth, hovering in the air like monarch butterflies with their vibrant orange-and-black wings, I know he's right."
-This is a simile because it's a comparison of two things using the word like. It's not literal.

Thursday, November 29, 2007


-A son or daughter could have a debate with his or her parents over things such as a curfew. A debate like this would usually occur at your home or at a family time. The purpose would to see each other's side. The child probably wants to be able to stay out longer on the weekends. The parents shares their point of view on why they want them home at a certain time. Sometimes it will arrive at a better decision, depending on the parent's or child's view. This debate would be unstructured cause no one is listening to tell who wins the debate. Since the parents have more power over their kids, it changes the decision making process to be more biased to them.

-Another debate that often comes up in the work place would be over salary. These debates would probably occur during a meeting at work. The debates purpose would be to show the views on whether a person should be able to get a raise or not. Most of the time it will arrive at a better decision. The person might get a raise, making their incentive to work be higher, and them to be more happy. This debate is a little more structured than a debate with parents for example, but still unstructured. The decision making process would more than likely be up to the boss or employer.

-Lastly, friends have debates over things to do on weekends, such as movies. One person may want to see one movie but another person wants to see a different movies, which causes a debate. These debates can occur anywhere. The debate serves the purpose of deciding which movie the people are going to go see. When you debate it will arrive at a better decision because you are probably going to pick the movie that the person made sound the most convincing. This debate in unstructured and no one can really tell who really one the debate. It's all up to the people.

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Week 2. Post B.

In this section a very important event happened. Jenny had to bring her twin sisters to the mall one night. As she was sitting there drawing, Tate walks up to her and sits down. They start talking and he tells her to follow him. They end up in at a Barnes and Noble bookstore and quiz each other about sports and art. They head over to the magazine section and they start talking about Jenny’s brother and how he is only a half brother. Tate asks Jenny about her family and the donor situation. Out of nowhere, Tate is flipping through a magazine. He comes to an article about donor siblings. He wants Jenny to read it. She was hesitant at first but then she let Tate buy her the magazine. She never went on the website when she got home though because she was scared. She called Tate that night and told him. He invited her over after dinner, which she thought, was a big step. If I was Jenny I would’ve gone on the website right away. I would want to know if I have any other brothers and sisters somewhere in the world. I can see how Jenny is a little nervous it would be a very weird thing to discover that you have had siblings after all the years you have been alive. I predict that things with Jenny and Tate are going to go somewhere and that he is going to be the one that is always there for her and helps her through her problems. I think that Jenny will eventually go on the site and find a sibling.

Week 2. Post A.

" I look at the teen vogue article again, studying the facts about the Donor Sibling Registry and how it matches up donor offspring with their sisters and brothers, if possible. I realize now how big the if really is (53)."
This quote is from when Tate gave her the article in a magazine that said you could go to a site and type in information about your donor and it will tell you whether that donor had anybody else. I think she starts to think there isn't a chance and that there is a really big if because she is afraid of what she will find out. She doesn't know if she needs anything to complicate her life anymore.

A theme that I see emerging in this book is about finding yourself and figuring out who you are. Since the beginning on the book Jenny is trying to figure out what she is good at and what she likes to do. She knows she doesn't fit in with her family because they all love sports and are great athletes, she isn't. She is trying to figure out where she fits in and she talks about how she doesn't think she fits in anywhere and can't even like this boy Tate. She is always down on herself and i think throughout the book she will keep trying to figure these problems out.

Monday, November 19, 2007

Week 1. Post B.

For me it is really easy to make a connection with the main character, Jenny. She talks about how sometimes she feels like she doesn’t belong in her family and there is nothing that she is really talented at. She doesn’t feel like she belongs because all her siblings are from both her parents while Jenny’s dad was a donor. She has never met and knows nothing about the donor, which often leaves her wondering. “When I think of where I came from, I imagine strings connecting me to someone else (25).” Jenny’s parents, twin sisters, and brother are always doing sporting events together and Jenny can never do any of them because she is not athletically talented. This is when she feels the most left out of her family. She gets frustrated because the things that she loves doing, such as painting, she isn’t very good at. “Don’t misunderstand me. You know Dad and I want you to do whatever makes you happy. But maybe…” She gestures at me with a fork. “Maybe painting isn’t your thing (18).” I think everyone has something they really love and wish they were good at but when they try they just can’t succeed. During this section of the book, Jenny talks about how she doesn’t fit in with her family, how she doesn’t fit into any certain group at school, and how she can’t like this boy, Tate, because she feels she is so different from them. I think that at some point in life everyone feels the way Jenny does. People feel like they just don’t belong anywhere. They just have to find what they are good at and what makes them happy. Once they find that self worth, they will start to feel like they fit in places and they aren’t just there for no reason. I think as the book goes on, Jenny might start to figure that out.

Week 1. Post A.

Implement (2)- a tool, utensil, or other piece of equipment used for a particular purpose.

Teeming (3)- to be full of or swarming with.

Significant Quote:

"Mom had me back when she was super work-focused and single and thought she'd be alone forever. Of course, she got pregnant (after choosing 142 from the other donors), met my actual dad, and had me, They got married when I was one, and he legally adopted me and raised me, and here we all are. (24)

I think this is a significant quote because it tells the reader that her father was a donor and that she has never actually met him and she doesn't know anything about him besides that he was number 142. She thinks of her dad as her "real dad" because he has been with her almost her whole life. This quote makes the reader understand why she might feel like she doesn't belong sometimes. Especially since all her brothers and sisters are from both her parents.

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Book Approval

-Title: The Other Half of Me
-Author: Emily Franklin
-Published: 2007
-252 pages
-This book is challenging for me because it was written by an author who writes for adults. In the book there are adult topics like being a donor and a tougher vocabulary. I found out about this book because it was on the new york seller list.
- I chose to read this book because I like reading about things that could of happened. I thought the title and the cover of the book seemed very interesting. When i read the inside cover, the topic of the book really jumped out at me.

Sunday, October 28, 2007

the Sea Inside- Post 3

The director used eye level when showing the setting. This helps you feel like you are really there watching where this is happening. When something is at eye level it is really at your point a view and helps you understand the setting. For example, in the beginning, the director shows the beach and where Ramon lives at eye level. They did a truck when Ramon was being taken away in the car. This added drama and showed that this was a slow and big change for him to be going out. At the end of the movie, it shows Ramon's main lawyer, her husband, and child walking down the beach. They do it at a high angle looking down at them. I think they did this to show life. It contradicts with how Ramon killed himself. The end shows happiness and life by the way they shot the scene. When Ramon is in his bed they do a medium shot to show how sad and uncomfortable Ramon is. You can see it in his fast. Another scene they use a long shot. They show Ramon in his bed and his lawyer in the background callapsing. This adds drama because Ramon can't see what is happening but the viewers can.

The Sea Inside- Post 2

Some of the similarities between The Diving Bell and the Butterfly and The Sea Inside is that both Ramon and Jean-Dominique Bauby are quadriplegics. They both have people who care about them and are always helping and visting them. There are many differences between them though. In the Sea Inside, Ramon became a quadriplegic when he dove into the shallow water and broke his neck. Now he lives with his brother's family and they all look after him. In The Diving Bell and the Butterfly, Jean-Dominique Bauby became quadriplegic because he had a stroke and he got a disease called Locked-In Syndrome. He has to live in the hospital because he can't eat or even speak. Ramon can communicate and Bauby can't. Another major difference is that Ramon doesn't have as much medical problems, so he has a while to live. Bauby on the other hand has a very short time to live before he passes away. I think that The Sea Inside was much more powerful. I think this because there were more conflicts. There wasn't really a conflict that made you connect in The Diving Bell and the Butterfly. In The Sea Inside, there is such a big controversy over whether Ramon should be able to kill himself or not. It gets many people in his life involved and other problems with different people come out. You were able to connect much more with Ramon then you were with Bauby and that makes it so much more powerful.

The Sea Inside- Post 1

I think that it was a sad movie because there are so many emotions and different conflicts that come up during the movie. I think in Ramon's case, he shouldn't be able to kill himself. In ways, he is still healthy and is still able to do things normal people can do. If he really wanted to go outside and go see places around the world, he could. He can still talk to people and write and do some things he wants to do. It would be different if all he could do was lay in bed everyday and not do anything. He has family and people that love and care about him. If he was a complete vegetable and all he was doing was suffering, I think then he should be able to kill himself. But Ramon doesn't really seem to be suffering all that much. I think that his friends that agreed to help him aren't bad people. They agreed to help him because they care about him. They knew that he wanted to die and they just wanted to help him so he could be happy. For example, Rosa told Ramon that she would help him die because she loved him. I think that does show love because Rosa could be sent to jail for something like that. She was basically risking her own life to make Ramon happy. I think that takes a lot of bravery and love. I think the people that didn't want to help him even with the case, like his brother, wasn't showing that he cared about him. Even if he didn't agree with what he was doing, he still should have been there to support him and help his brother. I think Ramon was wrong to trick people into killing him and I think he just took the easy way out. I don't think the way he commited suicide was right. If he didn't win the case and the courts decided he could not kill himself, he should've obeyed.

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

The Cage-Post 6

In the last section of the book Riva is still in the sick room recovering. The girls in the camp need to entertain the commandant and the gaurds for the christmas holiday. The doctor knows that Riva is still sick but she wants her to read a poem. She is now out of the sick room and reading her poem. When she is done, she faints. Later in the day, the commandmant comes and talks to her about the peom and how much she liked it. She gives her a notebook and Riva sees that there is some human in her. Riva has to go to work now. She lines up like she used to with all the other girls and marches to the factory. They tell hre to stay behind. She now has a new job working in the nurse's office. She becomes friends with the nurse and she gives Riva food and let's her take a warm bath. The next day, the girls are walking along and they hear bombs. All the gaurds run away and leave them in the middle of the road, not knowing what was happening. The Russians come and free the Jews from the camp. Riva goes back to her house to see if she can get her family pictures. The ladyy living there said she threw them in the garbage. Riva goes to her brother's grave stone and makes him a tombstone. The book ends with Riva talking to her daughter about her new life.

Wednesday, October 17, 2007


The Cage-Post 5

Riva continues to work in the camp. She meets a new friend there. She asks her if she could borrow the brown paper bag she has. Riva wants to start writing her poetry again. So she can give encouragement and tell her story. Her friend continues to get her paper bags but she has nothing to write with. So her friend steals her a pencil from her gaurd. Riva writes her poetry. She reads it to the other girls in her bunk and it brings hope to the girls. Some cry and they hold eachother close. One day Riva gets a cut in her hand from working. It is getting infected and she is getting blood poisoned. She comes down with a high fever and she is very ill. The doctor must report anyone who is sick more than 3 days cause they will be sent a way. But the doctor tells the gaurd that Riva needs to see a doctor because if she doesn't, she will die. She says that Riva is the only way she will keep her workers cause otherwise they will all become sick with grief and lose their hope. Riva gets taken to many doctors but none will see her because she is a jew. She finally arrives at a doctor that will treat her. She says if the poisoning doesn't stop spreading, that they will have to amputate her arm. Riva gets better and goes back to the camp. I think it was very kind of the doctor to take in a Jew when she wasn't supposed to. She went out of her way to make Riva better. I also think it was very kind of the doctor from camp to risk her job and life to fight with the gaurd to get Riva a doctor. Riva brought hope and encouragement to all the girls in the camp and that takes a lot of strength during times like these.

Sunday, October 14, 2007

The Cage-Post 4

They arrive at the camp. They are ordered to go different directions, separating almost everyone in their group. Riva loses her brothers. They are told to take off all their clothes and leave their beloingings. Riva has to take off her glasses and is now almost blind. Then all the women must have their heads shaven and put into a cold shower. They are giving random articles of clothes..some too big, some too small for the women. They are brought into bunks with some people near death. They are marched and ordered around like animals. They work all day and hardly get any water. Some just pass out on the ground. There is talk about "the smoke" where they believe that the dead bodies are burned. Riva and her friends are moved to another camp. They work on machines but Riva was too skinny and small to work on them so she is working in the underground shelter.

The Cage-Post 4 (Quotes)

In the book, The Cage, by Ruth Minsky Sender, a quote that i found really compelling was...

"My eyes are blurred from burning tears. My head is spinning. And through it all come the voices of strangers calling, commanding: "You must live! You must hope!"(151)

I found this compelling because through all the horrible things that were happening at the moment, some people still found the strength to tell other people to not give up and to hope.

"With tears in her eyes she says, "We are not animals yet. We still have our pride."(153)

This also shoes hope to me. The jews are being treated like animals and like they are not human beings. But inside these women find a way to still have their pride.

Monday, October 8, 2007

Diving Bell and the Butterfly

After reading The Diving Bell and the Butterfly I realized how hard it must be for people that have locked-in syndrome. They can't eat, communicate, go on with everyday life, and they really have to have everything done for them. I didn't like the book because I thought there were way too many details. The stories that he told made no sense to me and I couldn't see a point in why he was telling them. The chapters were random and they didn't go in order. You couldn't tell whether he was talking in the past or in the present. A lot of people probably wonder why he would write a book about this. In the book, he talks about how he was going to write a book one day. Everyone has something that they want to accomplish in their life. I think that writing a book was his. He knew that he probably was going to die soon and this was his last chance to achieve his goal. I think that he wrote about this subject because at the time, it's all he new. It's all he lived everyday. I couldn't imagine how he must feel, spending time with his kids and not even being able to talk to them, ever again. It would be so hard doing the same thing day after day and having everything you do be done by someone else like you are a baby. I would probably go insane and have no hope. You could kind of see that happening with him toward the end of the book, when he finishes the book by saying "I'm off now..." I didn't like the ending because it left you hanging. You had no idea what was going to happen to him and what his purpose was in writing The Diving Bell and the Butterfly. Overall, I didn't like the book, mostly because it wasn't very interesting and I didn't like the style or the way that he wrote it.

Wednesday, October 3, 2007

The Cage-Post 3

Riva's brother, the one who had tuburculosis, died. They meet a new friend named Yulek. His father died at a labor camp and his mom went insane and was taken away with the sick people. He taught Riva to never give up hope and to keep writing her letters. Riva and her two brothers were moved into an old grocery store. They kept the secret library there but if they got caught they would be in huge trouble. When Riva went to work at the tailor's everyone was silent. Riva was on the list of teenagers to be deported but Mr. Berkenwald put someone in her place. He said she was a mother to her two brothers now and he couldn't bear to ruin 3 lives. Riva's two brothers use their bread to buy her new clothes for Pesach. Yulek is put on the list to be deported. It was a very hard goodbye for Riva, as they have become more than friends. The nazi's are telling the people that if they come on their own to work at labor camps, the families will get to stay together. Riva and her brothers don't believe this and so they hid in the cellar. Awhile later they decide that if they stay and hide they are just going to die. But if they go to the labor camps they may have a chance at living and staying together as a family. They go with their family friends and stay together as a family as they get on the train. They end up in Auschwitz.

I can't imagine having as much hope and strength as these people. They know that they have a huge chance of dying, yet they remain calm. During the searches, they don't cry and give up hope. They stay silent and patient until the Nazi's leave. I could never do that. It would be so hard to get on a crowded train for three days and not know where you are going and what is going to happen once you get there. The Jews show such courage and hope. I would never be able to handle the situation like Riva and her brothers are.

The Cage-biography of author

Ruth Minsky Sender was a survivor of the halocaust. She survived the death camps of Auschwitz from 1940-1945. Ruth was born in 1927 and by the time she was 16 she adopted her 3 brothers. At the camp she was seperated from the rest of her family. At Camp Mittelstein, Ruth became deathly ill. She was the only one from her family to survive, other than her older siblings that were already in Russia. She now works at a school in New York teaching Jewish history and her time during the halocaust.


Saturday, September 29, 2007

The Cage-Post 2

Loaded Words:
1) crazy pg.44-it can either mean like insane or a good way like fun and happy.
2) child pg.45-some people think of children in a negative way. They think they can't do anything on their own.
3) strength pg. 47-it can be emoitional strength or it can be physical strength.
4) healthy pg.47-it could be mentally, physically, in spirit. Being healthy comes in many ways.
5) ghetto pg.46-to some people it is a home. To other people they see it as a dangerous place.
6) adoption pg.55-people see it as a bad thing, like no one wants the child, while others see it as a positive impact.
7) free pg.61-you can be free from many things and people may see freedom differently.
8) Jews pg.65-some people take pride in being a Jew. While others hated them and wanted them eliminated.
9) love pg. 57-everyone doesn't feel love the same way, it is viewed differently.
10) normal pg.61-i don't think anyone really knows what normal is, it can be interpreted as people see.

Moishe takes Refikele (RIva) to see the doctor. Her brothers get her vitamins to get her strength back. Riva starts writing lettters even though she can't mail them. She is secretly thinking that if they don't make it out alive, that someone will find her story. They go back to the adoption lady and she tells them that Riva can adopt her own brothers but she has to give up all her rights of being a child. Now she is legally an adult at age 16. Their friend Shmulek comes back from the labor camp. He was sent back because the soldier was drunk. But now they are collecting them back again so he has to hide by living with Henry's friend. It was very cold in their house and Riva's brother stole wood. The police came to their house and because they had compassion, he was not sent to a camp.

I think it's so sad that they have to live most of their life as a lie. Most of them are becoming sick and there is nothing they can do about it. I think it's really good that Riva could adopt her brothers though. Because in hard times they need to stick together and be a family.

Thursday, September 27, 2007

The Cage-Post 1

The beginning of the book is about Rifkele when she is an adult. She often has nightmares about growing up a Jew when the Nazi's were trying to take over. She oftens talks to her daughter about this and she doesn't understand how the Nazi's could kill her grandparents. The book goes back to the past when Rifkele is growing up. They lived in an apartment and their landlady, Mrs. Gruber, is not a Jew. But she still loved them and treated them as family. Mrs. Gruber's son Harry was like a brother to her. One day they were playing outside andan angry mob surronded them. They said that Harry was a spy and was sending messages to the Germans, so he should be killed. In September 1939, the Germans invaded Poland. Mrs. Gruber who has always been their friend came to their home and started taking all their belingings. Leaving them wth no stove in the middle of winter. All over Jewish families were being killed, robbed of their belongings and thrown out of their homes. Rifkele's brother comes down with Tuberculosis. All the Jews are poor and they have little food. Rifkele and her mom work in a tailor shop. They only get a little bread and soup everyday but they bring it home mostly for her brother. One day Rifkele and her cousin were out walking. They got seperated and the Germans started marching them. They marched them all day until they finally seperated the men and women and children. The women and children got to go home that night. The German soldiers were coming to search their home. They hid her brother in a cellar so they would not find him and take him away for being sick. But that day their mom was taken away because she was ill. The children were all on their own. And now Rifkele is getting sick too.


I couldn't believe the way that the German's treated the Jews. The pushed a pregnant lady on the ground so she landed on her stomach. Then a man tried to help her and he got a rifle bashed through his skull. I couldn't believe that this was real reading it. I couldn't see how someone could do these horrible things to another.

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

This I Believe Assignment..

1. A link to the essay

2. Author
Judith Jamison

3. Title
To Thine Own Self Be True

4. On sentence of what the belief is
I believe that there is sanctity in the fact that we are only on this earth for a short period of time. And I believe that with that time, we'd better be doing something good.

5. 2 examples from the story that shows their belief
-A good performance on stage should take the audience on a journey where they learn something about themselves.
-In my life and work, I've found that honesty comes with goodness.

6. 1 favorite passage
I believe that to "be good," as my father instructed, we must be true to ourselves.

Wednesday, September 5, 2007

Assignment 1

The thing I am most anxious for about high school is being treated more as an adult. I think that when you get into high school you get a lot more freedom and people trust you to make decisions on your own. I'm also pretty excited to meet new people and have classes with not the people you have probably been with for years. Football games and dances and stuff will be fun too. Ther's just a lot more fun things going on in high school.

One goal that I have for my sophmore year is to try hard to get good grades even with sports and other activites going on. I want to try to get all A's and a few B's. I also just want to be able to find my way around the school better and not get lost. But I'm sure I will get used to it soon.