The topic I got for the debate is the con side to modifying school days. I don’t really know much about this topic so I am going to have to do a lot of research. Other than it sounding pretty self explanatory, I do not know if they mean instead of 8ish hours of school they want 6 or 4 days a week instead of 5. My assigned position for this topic is the con side. So I am supposed to argue that it is wrong to shorten the school day. I can not really say if this is my personal opinion for the topic yet because I have not done research for it in order to state my opinion. Without information and research I do think I will be agreeing that We should NOT modify school days. I think school days are fine right not. If I would have to change anything it may be the start time. A benefit I could think of may be that we could have more free time to do things and school work could be flexible. when I search this topic into google I get many debate sites talking about the pros and cons for the topic. These sites will be very helpful to use for my debate. I am not very good at debating even on a regular bases so I am interested in seeing how I do for a researched topic. I am planning on having as much information as possible in order to win. My logical approach will be to look at the other side and be prepared for what they may come at me with so that I can attack there argument quickly. I can use how education is very important and if we shorten it then kids can’t learn as much as they would be able to. The emotion part for this topic can be how kids that don’t get education would be lucky and grateful for what we have. Also, what may happen if we don’t learn as much.
Part 1: A current issue that I feel is interesting to me is the talk about if marijuana will be legalized in Pennsylvania or not. The mayor recently said how they are looking into the benefits of legalizing this drug. Some people feel that this drug would cause lots of problems and is worse than alcohol. The people that are for the legalization feel that if the drug can be used for a medication then there is no harm in using it for recreational use. I am on this side 100% because if alcohol can be legalized then there is no reason for marijuana not to be. for example alcohol is SO much worse than weed. It causes to many health problems like liver failure and so many more. when weed does barley anything to you, like I said it is being used as a medication. I am completely for the legalization of marijuana.
Part 2: Now that it is 2019 it still feels like just another day. just another school day, practice, and same old self. but if I had to reflect on how my school year has gone so far I would say it’s been pretty okay. Nothing bad has happened that I can remember or interesting that stands out. I don’t think I would change anything from this past year but I would like to improve some things. I would want to improve my study habits but even though I say that it probably won’t happen. I could change that by start actually trying in school. like for my tests and assignments coming up. One thing that would prevent me from making this change is my lack of motivation.
When I first read Franklin’s virtues and his perspective and challenges with them I instantly thought about how I would do when it came to this project. My group put all the virtues in order based on most relevant to least relevant. The virtue I had the most trouble with was temperance because I never have anything to do on the school days and get very bored which ends up causing me to eat only because i’m bored. The worst part is I do it even though I know I am doing it. On Friday though I ate and broke many virtues and temperance was still one of them. In this case I went out to eat at taco bell and this made me break wellness because taco bell is not healthy at all. I also broke temperance again because I over ate. Frugality was broke because I spent more money than I should’ve. Silence was broken in some classes because I talked too much and ended up getting yelled at for it. Cleanliness was broke on Sunday because when I got home late I was too tired to get a shower and ended up just taking one the next morning. Justice was broke on Tuesday because my mom wanted me to pick up milk and I told her I would have been late for something when I actually just didn’t feel like getting it. I feel that I followed the rest of the virtues pretty well. For example I followed educate, resolution, moderation, selfless, and order. I don’t think I broke these overall but yet again and I can’t even remember what I ate for supper last night. It is also sometimes hard for people to own up to their bad behavior or mistakes. this project helped me take in perspective of how I actually am and What virtues I actually follow.
When I first read the poem ” The Dodo’s Conundrum” I had no idea what to make of it or what it was trying to explain. It sounded like a bunch of random things at first until I thought about each line and stanza individually. Then after I took it apart
I figured out the narrator was trying to describe a perfect world or a utopia in comparison to a train set. This comparison was used to explain how the perfect world would have a perfect little town just like train model sets have with perfect little people in them. Some parts of the poem are still confusing when it comes to talking about the mermaids. I don’t really know how or what that has to do with the poem. The questions asked in sound and sense were very much easier to answer than the ones for “Eldorado”. I would not say that writing poetry has really impacted my way of analyzing poem’s we read but I would say the more we do the better we get because we know what to look for.
My perception of poetry has changed from the beginning of this unit till now because I can actually go through the analyzing faster and without as much help as before. I still don’t like poetry at all and would rather not do it. Now that we have requirements I can understand the poems we read and are better for me to be able to write a poem when they are assigned. Between the first poem I wrote and the second poem I know what exactly I need in the poem to make it sound good. For example, my first poem I didn’t have rhythm and I didn’t have enough syllables but my second poem I did. My second poem is about the morning of Christmas and the excitement kids go through once they wake up the morning of. I chose this topic since Christmas is coming up and I thought it was easy to explain my excitement for the holiday while it’s here. If I added visuals to my second poem I could help with the understanding because I could find pictures of presents and Christmas trees that represent the part of my poem that explain all the gifts under the tree. I could also use pictures of kids happy when they come down the stairs. Other pictures I could use is Christmas decorations for the part of my poem that explain all the red and green they see when they wake up. Some pictures could almost be used as a onomatopoeia in the places that I say “CHEER” or “AMEN”!
Poetry. I hate poetry. It’s boring to me and I personally don’t like to have to think so deeply about something in order to read it. Like why would i read something in order to analyze and take it apart. Don’t get me wrong, some poems that are easy to understand right away and analyze are cool. There are some poems that I have read and thought “wow”. Sometimes certain poems make me think different perspective. The poems we have read are the perfect example of why I would rather not read poetry. For example, when we read these poems I tried to understand them somewhat and got a theme out of them, well at least I did. Then when we analyzed them and took them apart, I was totally wrong. That’s why I don’t like poetry. When we read and went over the analysis for Eldorado that exact thing happened. I thought the theme was one thing and it turned out to be another. But after all I ended up understanding it. Other than reading a professionals poetry, I am gonna have to write a poem myself. The worst thing you could do to a person that HATES poetry is have them write a poem. So for this poem I thought about what I love the most to make it somewhat good. Food, I love food. That is what my poem is going to about and it is going to be amazing. I’m going to include how happy it makes me because nothing else does.
When I think about a death in a family, I picture relatives not speaking, grief expressed through every action, and a wave of reality that hits. These are all things I noticed when I read the book I Was Here. this book shows what it’s like for a group of people to go through a unexpected death and having to make sense of why this event happened. The challenge throughout the story is trying to find ways to move on and finding forgiveness. The one person that shows most of this anger and emotion is Cody, she survives her best friends death. She experiences confusion, anger, and depression. One thing i really loved about this book is to see how she overcame all of those feelings. I read this book to see what it’s like to go through something so terrible and to see different ways people overcome it. I felt that it was a great life lesson book. It is god for advice and comfort, especially if you are currently going through a situation like Cody’s. Going into reading this book i wasn’t excited because i looked at it as just another book to read for AR but afterwards i came out of it enjoying it. There was some things about the book i did not enjoy. For example, i did not like how the narrator dragged for most parts of the book. During Cody’s mission to avenge her friends death the feeling throughout was lost. This affected other characters as well and made it hard to tell what kind of person they were and what they felt about their friends death. Although i enjoyed this book, i feel that not everybody else will also. This book was very heavy in feeling and sad. Other than that it is a good, educated book to show suicide and how to stop or help people that may be going that direction.
The difference between my first initial thought my story and now is pretty different. when I first wrote my story I had little to no details and then as I moved further along I actually created a story you can follow along to. I created more characters that are involved, for example I added minor characters that I didn’t have before. I also added more dialogue instead of having paragraphs to explain the story. parts of the story that were too hard to follow along where I added dialogue to show emotion. I added more action any motion to follow along with. I added more action any motion to follow along with. I changed most of the story because I felt it was not very good. I feel that my final story came out and lot better than my first draft. even though I think my final story came out better I feel bad I could’ve sat a better mood and added even more detail than I did. It was frustrating to me because I don’t exactly know how to write a short story no matter how much we go over. It was frustrating me because I don’t exactly know how to write a short story no matter how much we go over it. Now onto my independent reading, I am not completely done with my book yet but so far I have enjoyed it. I personally feel that the mood of the story is upsetting considering it is about a suicide. I am not sure what book I am going to read for my Second book for this quarter. I do enjoy this author so I imagine I will be picking a book by her. but in all honesty I hate reading and I am dreading this independent reading.
The six word story I chose was “For sale:baby shoes. never worn”. I chose this one because I felt it was the easiest one to get an idea from. the idea I got from this six word short story isn’t a very happy idea. In my story it will start off with the wife, Emily, telling the husband, Ryan, about antique baby shoes she wanted to get for their baby girl, Penelope. Ryan continues to argue with Emily explaining how the shoes are not in their budget, being antiques. Ryan leaves for work mad and upset after the argument feeling regret the rest of his day at work. this regret gets to him to the point he decides to buy the shoes for Penelope because he knows how important it is to her. After finding and buying the baby shoes he is heading home when he sees off towards the area of his house a huge black smoke cloud. As he arrives home seeing his house in flames he shortly after gets word that his daughter and wife never made it out. Months later ahead the story explains how police find out it was arson. This makes Ryan eager to find out who it was. With past history of hating his wife, he instantly thinks of his mother, Nancy. After court hearings and investigations there was still no proof of it being her. Ryan refuses to let her getting away with it even if she is his mom. Ryan decides to cut the brakes on his own mothers car leading her to loose control and drive off a bank and dying. Getting life in prison, Ryan’s house is being sold. once new people move into the house, they look in the attic to find boxes left over with a pair a old antique baby shoes with the tag still on them. Having to not be their things the new couple have a yard sale selling the baby shoes. I got this idea just after advice from my peers and notes from in class. I now having a better understanding on how to write a story then I did before.
Ever since I watched the great movie rendition of If I Stay, written by Gayle Forman, I was excited to hear about I Was Here. Just like Gayle’s previous work, I loved how she takes a touching and sad topic and makes in into a loving mood. Right in the first sentence of the book it starts off with Meg’s suicide letter. In her letter she shortly explains how this is her decision alone and apologizes for the pain it will cause. I was surprised along after reading that how she continued to email the letter to friends and family. Meg also had another letter saying what motel she was in, room number, and what poison she ingested. I felt she was very blunt for also having a note instructing the maid to call the police along with a fifty-dollar tip. This made me confused right off the start of reading this book. A way I feel Gayle Forman likes to write her books is with flashbacks was like in If I Stay, she starts off by talking about the death while flash backing to how it lead up to it. Even thought I enjoy this type of writing, it can make me confused having to jump back and forth. It did make me upset when Cody explains writing her eulogy and including memories of them from kindergarten. Also the way she explained certain details she noticed about her and this made me try to relate but I couldn’t even imagine. My favorite character so far is Cody obviously. She is the main character and after all shes been through she doesn’t give off a sympathetic feeling which makes you want to feel bad for her. Meg is my least favorite character because although she committed suicide I
feel it was completely selfish of her. I feel it is selfish for anyone that commits suicide because in the end it hurts more people around them worse then they hurt themselves. I can almost relate to Cody because two years ago I had a family friend that decided to take his own life instead of reaching out and till this day I still have so many questions I wish I could ask him. Cody feels the same way for Meg, wanting to just get another chance to be with her. So far I like this book but I can not tell what the resolution will be, too early to tell.