Blog 15

Emerson was an inspiration and a mentor to Thoreau. When Thoreau heard about Emerson and his idea of self reliance, he took it to the next level. He believed that self reliance was a state of mind which could only be achieved in nature. Some people may look at self reliance as chopping their own wood or building your own things but Thoreau went and lived in complete secretion in the middle of the woods to test the idea of  self-reliance that Emerson was so big into. I also see that the both of them believed that you can make anything happen yourself if you put your mind to it and go do it. Emerson talks about bettering religion. Thoreau talk about people building railroads and things like that. The main idea of the first section of Thoreau’s writing, is sort of hard to understand. He describes everything he does like getting a farm and wanting to live by himself. He talk about how he did all of those things but then he goes on to talk about things that are a little more hard complicated. Like how if men put in the work to build railroads it will make the country better. Well I’m going to be honest I don’t see him out there building railroads, just saying. The main point of his conclusion is to sort of explain his situation. He talk about why he left, which was because he had other things he wanted to do and dint want to waste any more time. he also talks about how he fears that other people walk down the same path day after day and they don’t get to experience anything new. He also says that you should walk to the beat of your own drum and not to conform to anybody else’s standards. Some benefits of doing this experiment would be that I wouldn’t have to deal with drama. I would learn more about myself and could think more clearly about my life. Lastly, I would get to experience all of nature first hand. I would miss my friends, my family, sports, my cell phone and all of social media. I would miss doing all of the things that I do today. I definitely could not do this experiment. Out of everything we have read about transcendentalism, a reader should take out the part that everything happens for a reason and things will eventually line up for you and give you a happy life.

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AR Blog

I think AR for honors classes is something that is unnecessary. The honors students are already clearly sufficient in reading because if we weren’t, we wouldn’t be in honors.  Kids in advanced classes already have more homework, classwork, projects, and other schoolwork, than other students do. So by adding not only one but two books into that schedule is a joke. Besides, every single marking period you will have AR tests that are completely cheated on. “Hey I’ll pay you $5 to do my AR test for me.” or “Oh I read this book 3 years ago but i still remember it so ill take an AR test on it.” Kids are cheating on them anyway and its not beneficial in my opinion. But for regular students who may struggle in English, I believe one or two books per marking period may help some students. Not all but some. For the beginning of the third quarter, I chose the book “The Girl Who Was Supposed To Die” by April Henry. I selected this particular book because it is a suspenseful, mystery, type of book which is what I enjoy reading. After reading the first chapter, I read that a girl has found herself laying in immense pain of the floor of a cabin. She realizes she had been tortured but she doesn’t remember anything.  Right now, the girl is being drug outside where she is going to be “finished off” and that is where the chapter ends. I think the girl is going to fight back and end up killing the guy who was going to kill her. My initial reaction is that this book seems pretty good and I’m going to enjoy reading it. Some thoughts that I have regarding us making a trailer for our book is that it should be a lot of work but it will feel very rewarding when your finished and we present them to the class. Especially if you’re me and you are going to create the best book trailer to ever be made. I am a little concerned on what I am going to use to edit it though because I am very bad at video editing.

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Blog 14

My initial thoughts on transcendentalism are total wack. Like I’m pretty sure whoever first came up with this stuff was either drunk, high, or both. I mean just picture it in your head. 5 guys are sitting in a room passing around a joint and one of them goes “yo guys, isn’t it like…crazy that our bodies are like involved with nature and we are just a part of nature that all adds up into like one, big……thing? I mean honestly, that’s probably what happened. But it is actually kind of interesting the way that people did come up with this. Like the example that we feel tired and depressed on rainy days but feel happy and high – spirited on days that are sunny. So maybe we are actually connected to nature somehow. Transcendentalists have a belief that man is naturally good but I would have to disagree with that. I believe man is naturally evil and i think this for a few reasons. First off, think of a lot of high school kids and such. Most of them are very polite and respected because they were taught to be that way but when they are left alone or with a group of other high school kids, sometimes they will make bad decisions which is the evil part of them returning to the surface. If you look at kids with a good home life, most of the time they will still end up doing bad things at some point. And if you look at families with a bad home life, the kids will normally end up doing bad things. Either way, the evil is the dominant gene that shows up more often then good. Good kids will be good and sometimes evil. Bad kids will rarely be good and mostly evil. It shows up either way you look at it. Kids aren’t taught to be bad. Kids are taught to be good but the evil still shows up in almost everyone at some point which proves that it was always there, unlike being naturally good. This proves that all people start out naturally evil and learn to become good. But you can’t influence most people to be 100% good which is when the evil shows up.

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