Blog 20

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I guess I could say that I rather enjoyed this story, maybe be because Mark Twain purposely added humor to it. A story with humor in it definitely make it more enjoyable when reading it. If only more teachers realized this, I understand they have a curriculum they have to follow but adding in a few “joke” or humorous stories in between classes would most certainly push more students to want to read and maybe finish their assignments, lol me! I know I speak for a lot of students when I say they enjoyed this story more than many others, or maybe it is just me. I have actually found that as much as I love to read novels and comic books, I love reading stories just as much. The reason being, most of the time the ending is great. One of the main reasons I enjoy reading in general is the ending, especially when there is a huge plot twist. The book trailer was very easy to make, but just like always I wanted till the last minute to throw something together. Not going to lie, I was shocked as hell, but also very grateful when I saw my grade for the book trailer. The only thing I felt the need to complain about was animoto. I hate animoto, I don’t think it is possible for me to express just how much I hate animoto. There is a short, to short, word limit that made my animoto quite vague when explaining the elements of short story. I must say that I would take reading two books and them writing two blogs over making an animoto any day. Well my computer kicked me off when I logged on to read the first chapter, along with many others. Even if I wanted to could not express my opinion based on what we read today because that was not much. However if you still want my opinion ask me tomorrow because you assigned us the next 3 chapters.

Blog 18

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I missed the very beginning of the movie… so yeah, not much to say so far. It seems like a good movie (despite the pun). It is sort of interesting because I always turn in blogs late, well I’m pretty sure half of the grade does as well. But it is interesting because i now know the ending. Obviously I wasn’t suppose know the ending when writing this blog, but in a way it is kind of your fault. It is a long story but we have time right? Lol of course we do! Anyways I missed the very beginning of the movie because I was sick. Therefore I have nothing to write about, so I am sitting in journalism at this very moment trying desperately to full this page. Not that you’re going to read it anyways, are you reading this? Anyways since I saw the ending, I guess I will just talk about that. My and the girls at my table were actually discussing what the hell was going on in the movie and what we each thought would be the outcome. Congrats, throughout the whole year and through all your time and attempts, you have finally got us to discuss a plot and go in depth about a “fine” piece of art (literature). Well as it turns out, Elise was almost right, she was discussing how it was all a plan and the wife never died. Hannah was not even close, she eventually came to the conclusion that scotty had Schizophrenia. Although I am not going to lie, the ending would have been a lot better ( in my opinion ) if it was just his imagination playing all of these scenes in his head. Every move had a purpose, often making the camera switch and/or the main or speaking character. However the focus of the camera isn’t always on the character speaking, and this is what I really like about this movie. The camera is often not on the character speaking, but the certain character that just so happens to show the most emotion. The use of words to verbally announce what is going through the mind of the character, or seeing with your own eye’s and getting the chance to guess and assume what is happening and how the character is going to react. This is why a good movie purposely allows the audience to create a atmosphere based on interpretation.

Civil Disobedience

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I think the idea of the quote “that government is best which governs least?”,  goes along with the idea of Transcendentalism. I think the main point or message Thoreau is trying to make with this line in particular is the people in society are so great and independent that they could depend and rely on each other in order to handle and control the country on their own. This might have been true back then in thoreau’s time when gun control wasn’t a problem, nor murder, and nearly as much crime in as their is in today’s society. If we didn’t have a government today I believe life as we know it would be completely demolished. Believe it or not I am a independent, contrary to the fact that a lot people say I am a hard core liberal, which is not necessarily true. But more often than not my liberal side comes out and starts a fight when the government is gets involved. Just hear me out, our government isn’t that great or even that good, but the government keeps the United States in check. The government has done a lot of bad throughout history, but they have also done a lot of good. The government ended slavery, some people in the gov’ are in the process of ending women’s suffrage, and most importantly they give us our rights. Without the government anything could be possible, and this is not to be interpreted in a good way. Besides the technology, I think things would most likely drift back to the 1800’s and 1900’s where equality was never a thing. When it is a thing but only for wealthy white men, but even then it degrades and dissolves the whole meaning and purpose of equality. What kind of government commands my respect? The kind that believes in equality and peace, not just say there are going to be major changes but a government that works there asses off to stop violence and brutality and pushes for world peace. A government that is willing to talk and convince stores to stop selling weapons, working to reassure teachers, parents, and students that they are safe when they enter a school, because no student should have to worry about safety while they are trying to get an education.

Transcendentalism

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What connections can you make between Thoreau’s thoughts and Emerson’s?

They are both intelligent, strong writers. For some reason they both can’t speak like a normal person. I’m just pulling your leg, I just don’t apply myself as much as I should in school given I hate it and almost everyone in it. Anyways as you know, I don’t understand much of their writing. However I do understand that they are very much alike in multiple ways. Like their speeches, the way they view things in general. What is the main idea of the first portion of the excerpt “Where I Lived and What I Lived For?” What is the main point of “The Conclusion?What would be the benefits of Thoreau’s leaving behind society to live in the woods experiment? What would you miss? Could you do it? To find yourself, I didn’t know what I what to do after high school. I think some nice time alone would be good for me to think about me and what I want in life without falling to the pressure of society. I know I have felt the pressure, I know my fellow peers have felt the pressure. As soon as we are in high school we are expected to know what we want to do for the rest of our lives. Not only will I be able to find myself, I will be able to relax. I consider myself a semi peaceful person, I don’t like to stress over the little things. Often I will take time out of my day to relax and have some me time. However lately I haven’t had this luxury, I have been extremely tense, which effects me and everyone surrounding me. I also consider myself one with nature so I would love to go away in the woods by myself for a while. What should a modern reader take out of anything we’ve read in regards to Transcendentalism? Why? Transcendentalism is a very formal word that describes a very simple idea. It is god’s word and spirit that pushes and inspires everyday life for Transcendentalist.

Blog 14 again I guess

The more you read, the easier and better it gets. Reseach studies in past years, like really really really really really in the past, have shown reading improves activity in your brain I guess. The possibities of independent reading improving brain activity range from changing the way you speak, the way you read whether it is just a slight change, or my amazing writing skills ( note the sarcasm ). Independent reading really isn’t as bad as some students say. Throughout high school I constantly hear, and I’m sure you do to, students complaining about independent reading. Whether it is picking out a book, reading it, writing it or taking the test, somehow students find the whole process of independent reading challenging, which is beyond me why for I think independent reading is an easy 30 points. As a student, I must say that one of the only cons about AR reading I actually have a problem with is taking the test on my book. This is why I think completing a blog rather than taking the test is a great alternative. Doing more with interesting books in class, like activities that students enjoy. I get that reading old literature is important now in schools, but it is also important that students read something they care about. Something that grabs attentions of the students therefore make them want to read without having to push or shove them. I think getting students more involved in class readings and discussions in which we actually look foward to could be a major solution for helping students. If student learned that fun and reading go together, some would read more often than not. Little side note: students typically end up doing more work in classes that they have fun in and feel like they can let loose. I wanted to choose the third book in The Mafia and His Angel series for my next independent reading book, but since we have to choose a book from the library I was forced to choose a different AR book. For now anyways! Anyhow I chose Jurassic Park for my next AR book.

Blog 14, just another ordinary blog

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Personally I believe that all people are born good. No one comes out of the their mothers woom being evil. Babies minds are very innocent and delicate when being properly taken care of and when spoken to. It’s the way that children these days are brought up and what they are being taught as a child. I’ve taken many, many psychology classes and throughout those classes we’ve learned that children watch their parents and other people surrounding them and they take that information and they absorb it like sponges. If everyone in the world was pure and innocent in obeyed by the rules and laws that we have set today there would be no need for jails and policeman and eventually we wouldn’t need laws anymore or Republicans LOL. The  reason those laws have them put in place there is because of all those children who went through a tragic and heartbreaking childhood, statistically speaking these children are most likely to end up breaking a law or multiples ones. These laws were put in place because of those people who went through so much that they are now scarred for life and they take that out on other people, places, or things. Everyone knows that the main reason for laws to keep criminals from breaking the law but what the law doesn’t do is help these people over come their issues. You know what America should do, we should just start over, start over with no laws. Laws don’t help anything, they don’t take criminals out of the world they just make repercussions that most criminalsend up breaking anyways. I truly and honestly do not think we need laws and need the help of society to keep people from doing bad things. Like I said earlier it is either one of the two. A bad childhood or just something that scars them to make them evil. I don’t believe that you should just throw evil people in jail, I believe that they need to be sat down and they need help instead of just throwing them in jail. that’s what the law does and I am completely against the law when it comes to evil and punishment in ‘merica. Quick note: while  we’re on the topic of evil, why in the mother of all gooses do we have do we have to post a picture relating to our blogs. Lately I’ve been having a ton fun with a blogs, isn’t that what you wanted? For students to have fun writing. You took that little sliver of joy away that I had left for American Lit.from me. I mean seriously you ripped that opportunity out of my hands long before I could even get to Chewbacca or Obi-Wan, what the 4311 McGarry.

Blog 13, FINALLY! I’m caught up… for now.

“One day… robots will take over…” – Megan Troup

And here Thou was thinking that this year’s English major would be completely useless. I’m only joking, because trust me I don’t need another lecture about how these high school classes will help students later in life. Although we do get that talk at least once a year, thought so far this year no teacher has given us the “Career breaking speech”, so you better get on it while the gettings still good. No I’m gust messing around, I’ve learned a lot this year, at least more than last year’s class English class with Mosers or the year before. I’ve learned not to admit defeat, I also learned to not tell your opponent that your side is wrong. This is something I have always done in my arguments, regardless of what it was. This year in literature I learned that the whole part of a debate is to prove your side right, by admitting that your side is wrong your helping your opponent win. Just by saying your side is wrong means you lost the point of an argument. I never knew how much questions help an argument, my questions were terrible in the debate but at least I got my opponent to admit that cyber school was the best option which was my point. I tried my best make questions at my opponent just couldn’t answer, obviously I now know that I’m not great at that. Debating is a lot harder than I initially thought, not only do you have to look at the pros, the good side, but you also have to look at all the cons, of the bad side. You have to come up with a comeback for every single con. However by looking at both the positives and negatives you can say your speech and respond to your debate opponents questions with a strong and confident answer. I did my research and when my opponent asked me negative I replied with a semi good answer because I looked up all the negatives of cyber school and came up with replies before the debate. = . I feel like when I listen or watch to adults conversations they’re not as intelligent and high-level as people think they would be. At least half of the arguments I’ve seen online are more on the cringy side than anything else. Having to listening to another couple have a debate can be very painful sometimes, though more often than not, especially in my family. Hearing a 46 year-old man say “what do you know you’re only 16”  is one of the most frustrating things I’ve ever been through. What age has to do with a conversation or debate is truely beyond me. Honestly it’s just a easy way of changing the subject or blaming someone intelligent on irrelevant facts. Now my mother on the other hand, she is a very, very intelligent person. Having a conversation with her it’s extremely frustrating because she will always ask me questions that I can not answer, though that is point of a debate so I will give her credit for that.

Blog 12… Yes I know it’s late

My feeling for American Lit… and all the other classes.

My stance on my topic ( Cyber school vs. Public School ) hasn’t changed. Some may disagree, but personally I think cyber schools can provide a better education than public schools can for students. I like public school, but feel like I don’t receive a great education. Theres not much to know cyber or public school, not anything interesting anyways. When researching about cyber school, very few things stuck out to me. This is the reason I picked out the most common and obvious points to debate about… blah, blah, blah. However one of the cons of cyber school, that even my opponent brought up, was how some say cyber school students don’t get as much social interaction as public school students do. Honestly I believe there are very few negatives about cyber school, but this reason that some would is a negative is truely laughable and completely idiotic. A quote from my debate states, “One of which is how people say students who attend a cyber school don’t get as much social Interaction as a typical public school student would. This logic isn’t necessary always true. Some say in traditional public schools, students have access to peers before school, between classes in the hallways and after school. Though people think cyber school students typically don’t get as much social interaction in the regular class setup, most instructors encourage online discussions or group chats. Additionally, some cyber school programs provide students with field trip experiences where they can meet other online students. Not all cyber school students attend these field trip because it would be defeating the purpose of getting away from other students. Therefore some cyber students like less social Interaction seeing as they left the traditional school setting because of social anxieties or bullying.”

Appeal to emotion and appeal to pity were basically used as a weapon in my debate. Why? Emotion and pity are the most important appeals when it comes to an argument. Why you ask again? Not that I have much experiance with debates or at least wining them, but it is quite obvious that in order to sway an audience, they havve to feel something, maybe a connection or maybe just pity. So I would diffinally agree that I did indeed appeal to emotion and pity a lot in my debate, like a fuck-ton of times. All I had to do was bring up bullying, and the horrors of public school.

 

The Mafia and His Angel: Part 2

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The infamous book series The Mafia and His Angel is not as bad as it sounds. You know the quote, don’t judge a book by it’s cover. Well that quote is perfect for this book, and despite how much McGarry makes fun of me for reading this book series, it will not sway my liking or overall opinion of the book. In order to get through all three books, you need to have thick skin, unless you are like me and end up crying through the whole book.

The second book is not completely terrible, but the first book was tremendously better then the second book. The first book was simple and the theme was strong and clear. The second book is a combination that mostly consist of horror, romance, and a smidge of comety. This book is pretty good if you don’t mind all the gore within the story and all the flaws that continuously pop up throughout the series. The Mafia and His Angel is not my favorite book for many reasons. One of the few reasons that I’m not a huge fan of this book is because of how unrealistic it can be at times. An example, everyone (literally everyone) in this book falls in love at one point or another. Sometimes there are so many “relationships” going on I can’t keep up with what is currently happening in the book. Don’t get me wrong I like those dumb tacky love stories as much as the next girl (or guy), but trying to keep track of all the names, especially new or rising characters, and who each character is with actually gave me a headache. Someone told me you don’t actually read our blogs, but instead you just look at the date and the number of words we have. So if you have actually read my blog or at least this part of it, let me know because I’m interested to see I should actually have to try on my blogs. So if you have read this and let me know I will buy you any candy bar of you’re choice. PS is overworked and worked up the same thing?Another reason why I semi dislike the second book is because of all the heartache that happens throughout the story. In the book there is at least three heartbreaking miscarriages, and loses of loved spouses. On top of all that, one of the men in charge is a brutal rapist and murder. The most disturbing thing about this book series and the mafia in general, is how woman get treated and tossed aside as if they are nothing but trash. One of the mafia men in the book is scum and deserves to be treated as such. His name is Alberto, and he is ruthless. He is engaged to a woman he beats and rapes on a daily basis, not to mention all the other woman he has abused. Alberto runs a prostitution ring, and many other brothels. Alberto’s actions throughout the book made me sick to my stomach. Ayla’s father is definitely another reason it is so hard to read this book series. He watched Alberto beat and threatened is daughter on a daily basis, and didn’t say a word. Eventually they both die in the end, yay.The author uses such descriptive words that make you feel like you are watching a movie while reading. You would think this is a good thing right? Well no, it actually makes the book harder to read. Like I said above some of the women in this book were raped, making some of the readers like me struggle to get throught those scences. 

Blog 11

My topic is Cyber vs Public school, I will be debating the fact that cyber school is just as good as public if not better. Sometimes cyber schools are the only opinion because of military families, bullying, and learning disabilities. One of the positives are homeschooled kid can easily make the transition to cyber school. Some parents would like to homeschool their children, but they are not teachers, aren’t sure where to start or how to do it, or aren’t terribly structured or organized themselves. Doing a cyber program might help these parents to homeschool more easily. Students can learn in their own time, around work, activities, appointments, or other responsibilities. Cyberschool may be the best or only option in these instances – but then again, most students don’t end up staying in cyber school because of the low graduation rate. For students, learning to balance school, activities, family, and a social life is a critical life skill, and allowing your child to go through a traditional school environment can perhaps give him or her a false sense of what things are going to be like as an adult. Many adults, most of whom attended a regular school program, tend to struggle with work/life balance, so getting more practice with this while growing up can be very important. If it’s necessary for your whole family to move around this often, cyberschool may be your only option at having some continuity in your child’s education. If a child has a learning disability, the cyber school they are taking classes at are required to offer extra help and support to help him or her to succeed. Avoiding this, or giving up too easily sets your child up not to be challenged, which is a mistake in terms of helping your child to get the best education possible. Having your child work at home through a cyber program may also make things more difficult, taking away necessary structure and opportunities for assistance.