Blog 14 Independent reading

I used to love reading books, I would sit there and read them all the time. But then the AR tests came and now I hate it. I can’t sit there and read a book and then test on it I won’t remember half the stuff that happened in the book. Most people can remember books they read years ago, but I can’t I don’t comprehend things from books as easy as other people do. I have to read the book twice and then make my self questions that I would think they would have on the test or else I won’t do good on it. Now I hate reading because of the AR tests. I got the book Bruiser, my friend read it and she said it was a really good book so I thought I would read it. After reading the first chapter of my book I think this kids sister is going on a date and he’s going to show up and ruin it or he’s going to their and she won’t be there she will be somewhere else doing something else. My reaction to this book so far is this older brother is a little over protective like all older brothers and he just wants his little sister to be safe and he doesn’t want her to get hurt. My concerns for doing the trailer for this book is getting everything  I think is going to be important all in the trailer. Trailers aren’t as long as people think they are. I think its going to be easy because there will be a lot of good pieces of drama and the higher/more dramatic points in the book.

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My view on Bathroom Laws hasn’t changed one bit. I believe that people shouldn’t be afraid of going to the bathroom. We are trying to stop bullying but making this law is only going to increase it because people are just going to get picked on more which really should be stopped. The way I argue is facts, I put my opinion in there a little but it was mostly facts with as much evidence I could find. I want people to know the truth and to know that none of this is right and it really shouldn’t be happening. My peers state their opinion and what they think is right, they don’t have much evidence when arguing. Then I search it up and show them and they still try to say that I’m wrong when I know I’m not. Adults use the statement your just a kid you don’t know, which isn’t a good argument and then when you try to argue with them more they threaten to ground you or not let you go somewhere because you know there the parents. But they don’t use facts or anything they don’t use anything they just say that and that usually ends the argument. The debate I liked a lot was “Are cops racist?”, the reason I liked it so much is because they used examples of actual people who had racist cops and got in trouble because they are African American. Which is actually really sad we tried to end it and now police are doing it just because they can pretty much, it’s really pathetic in my opinion. My thoughts at the beginning of the unit was why are we doing these this is so stupid, now it’s like I mean I guess this isn’t as stupid as I thought the only thing I really liked was getting all this information on such an important topic. No I don’t think different of the argument now. It was kind of difficult because you wanted it to sound nice and smooth and to make sure everything goes together and make sure everything is in order.

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My opinion on my topic which was the bathroom laws con, still hasn’t changed after doing my research. It will never change because the law is stupid! That law doesn’t need to be a thing it’s going to put a lot more people in risk of getting raped and killed in bathrooms. The fact is this law is going to affect 5.3 million schools and nobody realizes it when it’s a big deal. Most people don’t think it is but their wrong it is a big deal which should be taken a lot more seriously then their taking it. I did not know that fact before I started researching it. It’s extremely depressing though I feel really bad for Transgenders because all they want to do is express themselves and they can’t even do that because people are trying to put this bathroom law into play which can kill people in multiple ways. Which no one realizes either, people will be afraid to go to the bathroom I did my research and read multiple articles on it and saying how many people this will affect weather your Transgender or not. I got most of my information from CNN. Emotional parts is that their is a 7 year old born a boy but now a girl that is testifying against this law because she doesn’t want to get bullied and doesn’t want to go into the boys bathroom because they would be weird and gross. It affects society because their are people out their that are transgender and will have to use the bathroom that is on their birth certificate just because this law. I didn’t have to do anything for this topic to appeal to emotion to the audience because all I did was read the truth about a little girl named Libby. The reason it’s important is because this happens everywhere and is growing very quickly. Freedom? Freedom of speech? Freedom to be what you want to be? Freedom to inspire? And that’s how ethics enters my debate. Parents want their kids to be/ feel safe is the other sides legal argument. FREEDOM! People come here to be free people come from other countries to be free! And now their taking it away! Ethics in my opinion like it said people come to the United States of America to be free and they are just taking that away with this law! The most common argument for both sides is to make sure their kids are safe. Their kids being safe is for pro as an ethical argument and FREEDOM is for the con ethical argument. For pros of the law is the Transgenders won’t care they will still go into the bathroom that they are identified as. For cons it’s people can go into the bathrooms dressed like the opposite and rape or kill someone. It’s a lot of work to make a good debate and make sure that you have good questions to ask your opponent. It’s also really good to know to use your time wisely and make sure you know what the heck your talking about.

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My topic for the debate is Bathroom Laws and I’m not for it. I myself am also not for the law. I know that the basketball team Duke had to play the finals somewhere else instead of at there home stadium because they had that law and then they ended up loosing and soon after they dropped the law. I also know there are people out there for that law. Obama defended it and freedom of speech. A lot of people in states are angry because it’s not a law. Banners saying “keep our kids safe”, “Trans rights = civil rights”. Other people in other states are trying to protect the trans kids. The Bathroom Laws are taking away freedom from the people. Is that what you want? To give the government even more power than they already have? Because that’s exactly whats happening! If someone that was born a girl but wants to be identified as a boy walks into a girls bathroom there will be major problems and that’s not there fault its the governments and the worlds fault. There’s people out there that don’t leave there house because of this! They can’t even go to the bathroom in public because of these people! Soon they won’t even be able to go to the bathroom in there own house because of this stupid law! They should handle the right way and not even make it a law if they want to be identified as a boy then let them and let them use a males bathroom. Why put them in a more awkward situation than they already are in. It’s just not right for them to do this to people who all they want to do is be who they want to be.

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The article I read was a about a Governor in Wisconsin who is pro the right to bear arms. He made it that babies have the right to carry,but he wanted to do better “protecting the victims and the potential victims of domestic abuse”. In order to do that they were going to make it that people who have restraining orders can not have a gun,which doesn’t make much sense because they can still go and harm and kill people with other weapons. There’s no point of taking away the guns if there are still other weapons out their that people can use to hurt other people. In my opinion I do not believe that the guns are the biggest problem in the world. I feel like it’s the people. You don’t just kill someone for no reason there has to be a background or something that is making you want to physically hurt that person. I also feel that letting babies have weapons is a awful idea too. Kids shouldn’t be aloud to use weapons until a certain age, they should also have to take a certain class before being aloud to use that weapon. You don’t want your kid playing around and then see the gun and think it’s a toy and then the kid will shoot himself or someone else. That kid and parent will get in so much trouble, also someone’s life could be lost in the process either the kid or someone else. They want people that go to jail to wait a certain amount of time before getting a gun depending on what they did so they can cool down before using it. That’s not going to stop them from doing something to the person that put them in jail or to the society. It’s going to make him even more angry and it’s going to be worse than it could be. I feel like they should have people at the gun places like cops to help this situation. At least one or two, they should also have a list or their names and have pictures so they know who they can and can’t sell to. But I also feel like their family or friends can go their and buy a gun for them and no one would know,so trying to stop them isn’t going to work too  well.Image result for wisconsinImage result for wisconsin

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I’m pretty sure I broke a lot of those vertus. For example the one that says “Eat not to dullness; drink not to elevation.”. I broke that one because me and my friend went to Applebee’s Wednesday night and I ate a lot of brew pub pretzels and beer cheese dip. I ate until I couldn’t eat anymore and felt a little sick to my stomach after eating all that. “Speak not but what may benefit others or yourself; avoid trifling conversation.” I speak all the time whether it’s important or not important at all. It’s usually not important at all or i’ll make noises to scare my sister or something. I also always change the subject within seconds. I can’t stay on the same subject for a long period of time or else i will get bored of it. “Let all your things have their places; let each part of your  business have its time”. I am extremely bad with time especially evening out time. I can not do something for a long period of time or else I will get bored too. I can’t sit somewhere without doing something. Me and my sister will pick what we are eating for dinner that night. We don’t care we usually eat out or something. But we usually just end up eating out we never know where we are going to eat until last minute. “Make no expense but to do good to others or yourself; i.e., waste nothing.” I do good for others but i also just sit around and do nothing because their is nothing better to do. I binge watch Grey’s Anatomy on netflix for hours because I have nothing better to do and why not,it’s kind of me time until someone interrupts me. Then I get mad because I’m at the end of season where the drama gets good,then I have to pause it and by the time I get back from that I’m exhausted and end up going to bed then I can’t watch it for a couple of days.

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My first reaction to the poem smile was who wrote this and why. I didn’t understand why someone would name it smile and make it seem so depressing. I didn’t understand it and still don’t understand it and I have read it over 10 times. I do not understand the concept of the poem and I don’t understand why anyone would write a poem like that. When I found out who wrote it I was confused on why he wrote it like that. Why write something so depressing for no apparent reason? Why is it so confusing? Why does it make no sense,even after reading it so many times I do not understand it or why write it? Why not just get one off of the internet instead of writing your own? I feel like it just wants people to think a whole lot but we are never going to get the true answer. Is that the point of the story to never get the right and true answer? I truly do not get this poem at all. And i still don’t get why you are making us do this. What’s the point of this? Why do we need to tell you about this? Do you even know the answer to these questions? If so what are they? Do you write the answers to your questions in paragraphs like we do? I wrote about this kind of in my last blog but all I want is my questions answered. Their not hard questions, I didn’t want to make them to be hard. I just do not get your poem I want to know about it and I want to understand it but I don’t get it at all. I hear people in the hallway talking about how they don’t get it so at least I’m not the only one but I still want to know. The sound and sense questions are hard to answer too because I don’t get the poem. I just wish you would tell us about this poem and help us understand it better.

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I do not like writing poems. I am not someone who likes to write about my feelings or someone else’s feelings or thoughts. I can not write a poem to save my life. I am awful at writing poems. I do not care for poems they don’t like me and I don’t care for them. I can not make stanzas and words rhyme. If I write a poem it will most likely be free verse because that’s when you can write it how you want it and don’t have any rules. The two poems you made us write it took me forever to rhyme words together. I don’t care if I’m not good at writing poems I’m not going to use them when I get older. I never liked poems and I never will like them. When you made us write then it was torture. I didn’t know what to write about and how to rhyme the whole thing together and then when you made us add more lines and you added more rules into it made it a lot harder for me and for my writing. I don’t even like writing why I don’t like writing poems. You already know I don’t like writing poems from my poems why do I need to explain again. I feel like it just a waste of time for you to read this blog just being honest. I’m just trying to help you out by telling you that maybe next time you should just not make us write this and instead have us do something more productive and that will help us out a lot better. Not saying these blogs aren’t helping us out but their are so many other things you could have us do in the class than some blog. I’m just stating my opinion. I do not like poems at all. Poems do not come to me as easily as they do to other people and they probably never will. Some people are just really good at writing poems while I am not at all. I am not Edjar Allan Poe.

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Miles decided to leave his parents in Florida to go to a boarding school in Alabama. When he gets there his parents tell him to not smoke and drink and all that. He then goes and meets his roommate,when meeting him all Miles could smell on him was cigarette smoke. His roommate was named Chip,he memorized all the countries on the map in alphabetical order. While on Miles hand he could memorize everyone’s last words that they said to him. Unlike Miles, Chip had a scholarship but both Miles and Chip were juniors. Chip goes to a girl named Alaska for his cigarettes,she has a single room because the girl that was supposed to live with her got kicked out last year, Miles really likes Alaska, he thinks she’s hot! Alaska has a boyfriend but she does think that Miles is cuter and smarter than her boyfriend. Three kids take Miles out of his bed in the middle of the night,they lead him across the soccer field and duct taped his arms and legs. Miles got his arms undone and ripped the duck tape after being thrown in the lake. Then he marches to Alaska’s room unknowing what was going to happen. Alaska laughs at him and about what happened to him, he left and went back to his dorm room extremely mad. Alaska explains to Miles that she smokes to die that’s why she smokes so fast is so she can die. Alaska mentions multiple times about dying but dying smart. Miles,Alaska,Tamika,and the Colonel get caught smoking at the lake by The Eagle. They went in front of a jury, Alaska and the Colonel end up taking all the blame for the situation which meant that Miles didn’t get in trouble. Someone unhooked the water pip and put it through Alaska’s room window and then her room got flooded. Alaska ratted her last roommate out,then Miles found out by the Colonel told him and then Alaska told him she did. The he figured out that is why she took all the blame so her friends could trust her since they didn’t trust her after she did that.  

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Hazel Grace Lancaster was a 16 year old girl who had cancer,her mom and doctor both thought that she had depression so they wanted her to attend a cancer support group weekly. After a couple weeks of being at the support group she noticed a new boy who was “beautiful” in her words,he had lost one eye to cancer and will soon lose his other one to cancer too. Hazel and Augustus end up talking at the support group.He invites her over to his house to watch television,while he was putting a cigarette in his mouth Hazel was grossed out,then he said he never lights them he just put them in his mouth to show that if you smoke it’s going to make your teeth out and a bunch of other stuff. She ends up going over to his house and meeting his family. She noticed that their were basketball trophies and basketball stuff in his bedroom and the basement. He told her before all this happened he would play all the time and loved it but when he got cancer he had to stop. Hazel emails her favorite author all these questions about his book and his ending. He emails her back a couple weeks later and tells her that he can not answer any of the questions over email but if she ever is in Amsterdam to let him know or stop by and they can talk about the book. Augustus gets a free wish kind of thing,that says he can go anywhere and the hospital will pay for it. He chose Amsterdam and took Hazel with so she could meet her favorite author. They get their and go down to where he lives to meet him. He didn’t know they were coming and got extremely mad because his secretary invited them. He ended up being a drunk and hasn’t wrote back to his fans in years. Hazel and Augustus ended up leaving/getting kicked out. A couple months later Augustus died from his cancer. Her favorite author showed up at the funeral drunk/still drinking,trying to talk to her about the book. She wasn’t too happy, he tried getting in the car with her so he could talk to her but she kicked him out.