Reading is an important thing in life, some people choose not to read at all while others have their nose in a book constantly.The purpose of independent reading is to hone our skills on reading comprehension and to understand the difference in writing and how we can improve ours. Reading can open your mind to a bunch of possibilities like enhance your creativity and being able to think differently with a different perspective.I feel like reading shows us contrasting perspectives compared to other people and teaches us how to understand situations unlike anyone else. We can encourage more reading just by visiting the library more often and just having our librarian talk about the new book he got for us.He is always getting book months before they come out so we can know before anyone else.I choose the book “The girl on the train” by Paula Harkins.I choose this book because ive been waiting forever to read it and ive been recommended this book so much, that I couldn’t just ignore it.After reading the first chapter of this book I can conclude a lot of things and I have many thoughts on it.The book goes in days and a certain perspective of one of the main characters.My initial reaction of Rachel is that she needs to get away from the past and stop putting herself in other people’s shoes and just try and make her life better.In the novel, I think Rachel will confront her old husband tom and find out the reason why he cheated.She is probably going to find out who the clothing by the train tracks belonged to and, maybe meet Jess and James.As well as I think she will have to face her fear of going back to her old house and make peace with her past memories in there.I wasn’t present when you talked about the book trailers so I’m kinda nervous just in general because I don’t know what really happening other than I have to read my book.I just hope I don’t have to video editor learn a whole new program for this assignment.
My initial thoughts on transcendentalism were that it was the way back then of questions what you’ve been believing your whole life.Which is basically going against conformity and standing for what you believe.The big meaning of transcendentalism is to take a different perspective on a certain topic and ask questions about the original perspective.In “nature” the original perspective was from the bible that the earth was specifically created for us but it was truly the earth would be in severe disaster because of us. This original perspective leads to misuse and pollution of the earth.Then Emerson looked at it differently and the whole nature excerpt shows that we coexist and we should be taking care of the earth.This related back to the nature of man because we sometimes get lost and rooted not paying attention to the future.Then in self-reliance, it says that we have paths that are already preexisting and we need to follow them or god would be disappointed.I don’t believe the man is naturally good nor bad we do have the potential to be great it’s just the line between good and bad is hazy and all due to perspective.An example of this thinking is, A man is regarded as a hero in a village and saves his people from attack from another neighboring village.In the man’s village, he is regarded as a hero yet in the other village he is evil because he killed their own villagers. I do not believe man is not naturally evil but society does keep a man in place for norms and morals. Society may not be regarded as a good thing but it does keep us to have similar morals and goals so we are not alone in our society.Society keeps us in place to not do outrageous things but does affect a lot of things.Society can give us a sense of community but societal norms are quite terrible as well as good.One effect of it for being good is that we won’t just start treating people badly for the fear of other people watching and conceiving us as terrible. The bystander effect is when we don’t act on someone in help because other people are around.
Being human we all have opinions based on our life choices and this leads to differing opinions.We all fight about our differing opinions based on our own experiences which cultivate the difference.This realization makes the understanding that most arguments are based purely on emotion and that’s why most people get very one-sided and angry fighting for there opinion.Because their argument is solely based on emotion it’s more easier to poke holes in their side.Yet there are always those kinds of people who can’t even recognize the other side they just solely believe their opinion must be right and anything against this is wrong.Those kinds of people are really nerve-racking because they don’t believe anything from the other side and are blinded by there own mindset which is terrifying because they can’t realize the other side.For some of the debates during class(especially the abortion) had a lot of emotion and the argument is hard to realize the other side because of its such an emotional topic.These debates where very formal and we were prepared for the other side to attack and poke holes in the argument and be prepared to cover them up or prove them wrong.But the normal day to day arguments we aren’t that prepared for a certain argument that could pop up thus we aren’t prepared so our arguments are based only on emotion or faulty evidence.Personally, i try not to start arguments that I know I’m not going to win or I don’t know enough information but ive always been understanding of the other side of an argument, I’m not a close-minded person more along the lines of open.Other than adult constructing arguments based on emotion they use there past as ways to win the argument just based on living.This unit did change some of the ways I perceive argument such as being prepared and to think on your feet.
My topic for the debate is lowering the drinking not to a certain age just lowering it under 21.My assigned position for this debate is pro which means that my side is wanting to lower the drinking age.Personally, I’m in between on this debate( even after doing all the research) because both sides have very important a vital opinions.The pro side has very good ethics and emotional appeal and statistics while the con has very important medical statistics.Before the getting this topic I had no idea this was even a debate.On the pro side of this debate when you first search it up on google you mostly get articles but you do get very good statics and ethical points for this side.There was an organization called amethyst organization the was a group of college professors.These professors wanted to lower the drinking age to 19 for a multitude of reasons.One of the major reasons was because if it was 18 these adults could still be in high school which could make a multitude of distractions.Another reason is that money that’s being put towards catching underage drinking on college campuses and citations could be put towards drug abuse or sexual assault.However, this group was made in 2008 and based on my research they have been M.I.A.While looking up for the con side of keeping the drinking age to 21 is mostly medical statics and they are basically all government websites because of the law.As well as you get a certain organization called MADD which is mother against drunk driving they are the ones who really pushed forth to get the drinking age to 21 to “lower the drunk driving incidents”.Ethical issues that are very important towards this topic is being passed or 18 in which you are considered an adult.AT the age of 18 in the US you can buy cigarettes and could develop lung cancer yet you cant drink even though we know the health risks.Emotions that are in play with this topic are equality where you’re considered an adult at 18 yet cant makes the decision of drinking.This topic is very interesting and I look forward to researching it.
My opinion has changed over time to be more sided with the pro but there are still really good con arguments for lowering the drinking age.This section is logos.The most compelling piece of information I got was from Dr.Ruth from Indiana University from Bloomington.He researched that drunk driving related accidents where steady decreasing and a leveling off before the law was put in place.This should be interesting to others because when we didn’t have the law the drunk driving accidents were leveling off they weren’t increasing because there was no law.I didn’t know this information before my research.Dr.Ruth from Indiana University had an amazing research paper which fueled a lot of my main points.This section is Pathos.Emotional elements are the majority part of my topic because one of the major reasons why the law was put in place was because the (MADD) proposed the bill so it could lower the incidents of drunk driving.In PA your allowed to get your permit at 16 then get your license shortly afterward.Underage drinking is an issue and when this is mixed with driving kids can be losing their life.Another emotional element in this debate is when your 18 you are considered an adult which you enter legal contracts and even adopt a child.As well as you can join jobs that save lives such as a firefighter or EMT.But you can even endanger your life majorly by in the military which is proven to kill 10x times more than alcohol.iT was easier to get an emotional relatability because we are at the age where we could decide to enlist in the military.This section is the ethos.This topic is very important ethically because when you turn 18 your considered an adult and are relied on to make very important decisions, so why can’t we make the decision to drink.Ethics are the other half of this topic along emotional appeal because at 18 you’re considered an adult and can enter contracts and do independent things but the government doesn’t believe that young adults are responsible enough to drink safely.One ethic against this topic is that we are too young to handle alcohol but in European countries and even other countries have no minimum drinking age at all. This whole topic is mostly based on ethics and somewhat of emotion.The most commonly used one in favor is ethics because if the legal adult age is 18 shouldn’t we have the right to be treated as one and make our own decisions.But this could lead to the emotional appeal and slippery slope fallacies.The argument against it is based on logic and emotion because medical proof shows that drinking young could lead to brain problems.I’ve learned a lot about just this topic in general and how to back up my own statements with logic and how to interpret in my own way. The most important thing I learned was to listen carefully and apply previous knowledge to think on my feet to stand for my opinion.
The article I choose was very interesting about a debate that’s coming to the mainstream about gene editing.Counter agreeing on with the article that gene editing should be used ( with safety precautions obviously).A tool called CRISPR which is basically a scalpel that can take certain genes and insert desired genes into the strand.There are many genetic diseases that have plagued humanity for centuries such as sickle cell anemia, hemophilia, type 1 diabetes, cystic fibrosis, mitochondrial diseases, polycystic kidney disease, Tay-Sachs disease and Canavan disease. But because they are genetic diseases and are passed down from parents to offspring, The offspring cant just magically stop it.Gene editing could be used to take out the strand and can even be placed with more desirable traits. This could be used to stop inherited diseases and even cure them.This can be used for endangering or extinct animals an example is engineers the west coasts chestnut trees to resist the chestnut blight that devastates the species nearly killing them.Inherited diseases only grow but if we could use the CRISPR we could put a stop to inherited disease. This tool could even cure disease, wouldn’t it be great to have generations of the human race not plagued with disease.CRISPR could be used on extinct animals and endangered species to bring them back. Because when one species become endangered or extinct it throws off the whole food chain and can really mess up everything.But CRISPR could be used to fix the endangered to bring back the food chain to its fullest and where it would have the most stability.One issue that is major throughout around the world is it’s ethically right and when the line is crossed.Altering genes in sperm, eggs or embryos can spread those changes to future generations is called germline engineering.Germline engineering is considered a taboo and a line that shouldn’t be crossed. This is looked down upon by society because removing certain disease or traits “is playing god”. This disagreement in society is another effect of generations after the “experimented one” didn’t agree on having changed DNA. Another effect that could happen down the road is a blip or a mutation could occur messing up the genetics all together for generations.Humans are known to be greedy so this technology could be used to select traits of intellect, athleticism or even appearance, basically design your own baby.CRISPR could change the human race for the better.
Franklin wanted to become a better person so he came up with this list of virtues and abided by them and change himself for the better.The work that we read listed his virtues and which ones he struggles with.So my group got rid of chastity because we are only high schoolers and it really doesn’t apply to us in franklins sense only other than loyalty, in a relationship and that’s not really what Franklin was trying to convey. The virtues we came up with was empathy, adaptation, and socialization. Empathy is trying to understand someone’s position or place and respecting it or even understanding it.Adaptation is being open to change and willing to let it happen.Socialization is defined as not being absorbed in social media and being present in the moment by communicating and socialize with others not just using your phone as are to ignore people.With our new virtues, we had to begin our own experiment by trying to live by these virtues.Cleanliness was the easiest because it basically taking care of your own body and that is not hard (unless you’re a middle schooler).Empathy wasn’t hard because caring and having respect for other people is just my personality.I could imagine frugality being way harder if we were in college and more independent and living on our own, but because we aren’t it’s not that hard other than just watching what we are buying.Sincerity was another of the ones that had no dot next to it because it’s not right if you’re trying to really hurt someone.Temperance had a couple of dots next to it because when I haven’t eaten all day and I eat way more to fill myself so I basically overcompensate for not eating earlier on which isn’t the healthiest thing.Moderation was easy because I’m just not going to physically hurt someone for my gain.Justice is not hurting someone for anything or anyone and that’s not that hard.Silence had to be one of the hardest because with my friends I just tend to have very “creative” conversations that are super childish.Humility was an interesting one because being modest inst hard it just accepting it was weird.Socialization was a super hard one for me because being introverted makes it a challenge. Order was one of the hardest because becoming stressed out leads to becoming unorganized and it turns into a whole cycle.The hardest one that had all the dots was industry because whenever I thought I was being productive another assignment would happen which would lead me to procrastinate a lot.This project was interesting because I got to physically see my habits and what I could change.
Personally, I think poetry was created to torture highschoolers.I’ve never really found poetry appealing plus by the way we are introduced to it and how we had to interpret made it even worse.Writing poetry too is very complicated and for all the famous poets they have all of my respect for being able to do what they do.Coming up with an idea to write isn’t hard it’s just translating those thoughts into a certain form and how each and every word has meaning behind it. Poetry is basically writing about your personal feelings or just something very comedic.Forcing your thoughts and words into a certain form or pattern is very difficult.Free verse is easier because you can basically do whatever you want and your thoughts can just be put on paper in an emotional format and your done.Compared to stanzaic you have you get the idea across in a couple of lines before going to the next one. Having the poem rhyme and or make it have a pattern is so challenging because your thought may not translate correctly or words.If they don’t properly go together you have to completely rework everything which could make your idea or theme not come across as easily as it used to.Nothing has changed about my feelings towards poetry because it’s still its weird evasive words that are supposed to make a deep meaningful story that we are supposed to learn something from.For myself, I really hate it a lot because I can come up with a creative idea its just translating that into a certain form is really brain racking because your entail thoughts or words won’t work and you have to reword everything. Rewording everything is challenging because it would make what I was trying initially try to convey not what I was trying to actually say. So I could be trying to convey one theme but all of the rewordings could make my poem sound darker than I initially intended.Personally, I’m not very great about explaining my feelings so poetry is everything I’m terrible at wrapped up in one.As well as I don’t really have enough teenage angst to come up with a soul-crushing poem apparently.
Fair week in a major thing in our town to getting off school for a week to our whole town being backed up because of all of the traffic.I was gonna have a friend come up but family issues stopped him but I had my friend Jasmin text me a couple of days saying her bosses stand needed help and she thought id be good with the animals.Since I couldn’t play soccer I was able to get a lot more hours compared to if I actually had to go to games. Having a job during the fair week was a completely a different experience but I did have a fun job watching animals.My job was at a fawn and pig petting stand, I gave people cups of carrots and bottle but sometimes I would be in charge of the gate whenever my boss was tired of wanted to leave the pen.But my story I wanted to tell was when my best friend since 6th grade came back in town I call her K.K moved with her dad a couple of hours away but she comes to visit her mom and whenever she does i hang out with her for that time span.After the fair I slept over at her house. In the middle of the night K and I always go on walks just to talk about everything bothering us.We walked down this road and we found a traffic cone in a bush completely flipped upside down with nothing on it.Out of the blue we decided to take this cone and run for it. But we were terrified about what her mom would say and make us put back the kidnapped traffic cone. We came back into her house and acted really shady by her making me distract her mom so K could go upstairs and put it up in her room.Her mom did notice the giant reflective traffic cone and didn’t care what so ever. Its still in her room to this day and we always text each other about how its a great memory and we will never forget about it.My fair week was very fun and eventful.