With the amount of things we’ve learned about poetry I still don’t wanna write a poem or read a poem, but when i do it makes them a little more interesting and i know how to analyze them better. When we had to start by analyzing the poems from the books i literally had to read them about five times till i could understand them. When you aren’t really interested in poems it’s hard to understand them and take them apart. So i just chose a poem I didn’t like and took all the bad things about it and eventually tried to understand it and it worked. I don’t think you really have to like poems to take them apart and find the meaning. It also helps that we have google and people that actually understand poems around but still. if someone had to find the theme of a really long poem with difficult words they could it would just take a long time. Also because people analyze things in different ways. different people intemperate things differently. Having to write a poem though. that is gonna be bad. I can try to just follow the notes but it’s most likely gonna sound terrible no matter what. I feel like people mostly write poems about pain and dark stuff or things they love. Like Eldorado and how in the end it had a pretty dark meaning, but if you just read through it quick you wouldn’t pick it up at first. But when we discussed it i actually understood it and it makes sense now. not just people but other things too. I had the idea of writing a poem from a different perspective so it’s like the person reading it can relate from the certain perspective. I realize I don’t really have any other ideas besides that because all iv’e read is Dr. Suess and where the sidewalk ends and back in the day those poems were pretty easy to understand considering they came with pictures. Maybe i’ll add a picture with mine because i have a feeling it’s gonna be stupid and confusing.

independent reading 2

Another book i read was to all the boys i’ve loved before. And when you heard the title it sounds pretty terrible and cheesy but it was actually pretty good. It was a little different that your average teenage drama love story. This book also got really popular so when i first started it i though it had to be at least a little bit good. It had more hidden messages and side stories than just two teenagers in love that you just have to take notice a little bit more to see. It had to do with single parents who have lost a loved one or gone through with divorce which i can’t relate and reflect to, and i think many people can who might read or have read the book. It also shows the leader an older sibling has to be to their younger sibling and how they have to help them to make good choices because it can reflect back on to them. Which makes you look past the main character and how she is trying to find love and focus on the relationship of the siblings and each trait they carry that relates to one another and the traditions in the beginning of the book that change in the end.it also shows a little bit of mixed races which really isn’t focused on at all but if you pay attention and pick up on the details you learn that the main character, laura jean’s, mother and father are different races resulting in a family of diversity mixing up your usual stories you may read or see on the movies. Lot’s of kids especially these days have diversified family including myself and it’s a little different sometimes but you learn to accept it and appreciate it eventually. Which in the book laura jean shows nothing but love and appreciation to them the whole time sending a good message. That’s how everyone should feel in my opinion which i feel is mutual to everyone. Which is actually something i can relate to in the other book i read, the hate you give. The main character there has some troubles between her all white school and her black mixed race school. She didn’t know who to be and act around each of them, she felt like she had to act different, but she should be able to act herself around both. Say her opinions and not feel under spoken. Which i can say is one of laura jeans strengths in to all the boys i loved before even though it was different still. It also includes the usual story of finding true friends and being yourself around them, which is good because no one should have to feel uncomfortable at school or around other people. They should be surrounded by people that accept them and can help them through life. Which laura jean finds out. I think readers and students could relate to this even though i may have put a lot of extra thought into which i like to do with books. Just look past them a little bit and pay attention to details, which i definitely don’t do a lot. I also noticed in this she appreciates her friends since her lack of family and sister left and went to college. Which just makes you think and take notice of your personal situation because i fortunately have both of my parents. It was a pretty good book to take and look past to find other meanings in since you already know the normal love stories you hear all the time. I hope to read the sequel next and hopefully it’s good too.Image result for to all the boys i've loved before

independent reading

One of the books i read was the hate you give. an eye opening, informing, and empowering book. I would recommend it to anyone and read it twice. they also recently made a movie based on the book which made me want to read it before the movie came out and i’m glad i did. The issues going on today in modern day U.S are made so real and heavy in the book. If you didn’t know much about the incidents where killing of unarmed colored people by police officers have happened you will went to know and make everyone aware of what is going on. It is a very important book about race relations and law enforcement which has always been a problem. By actually reading a whole story about it the reader is able to know more and get to know each character and what they went through. Which allows the book to tell about the things that go on inside those neighborhoods and to not judge a book by their cover when you seen people on the streets. When you hear about gangs and drugs some people might be scared of that until you hear about the families affected by it and then all you can do is feel sad for them. I also connected to the book because as a young person you hear about drinking and drugs and the trouble people get into. Everyone has a choice whether you want to to do them or not. The hate you give shows clearly the struggle and trouble drugs and alcohol can get you into. so as young people read the book i feel like they can take multiple lesson from it one being not to try drugs or alcohol. the events should make them scared of the outcome. However the book pulls you in and is really good not just telling you about sad events. it makes you think and the author also lightens it up by adding humor which every story needs so you can reflect to the characters and see that they are just like you. one day everything is okay and then the next their whole life changes. the main character Starr’s main struggle is trying to figure out if she should speak up about her friend and risk things or stay hidden in sorrow. as young kids start to develop opinions it’s hard for them to speak out at first. It could be a incident or just an innocent opinion but usually they are afraid of being judged. the author just shows so well of the power and impact one action can make if you just speak up. I know after i read it made me tell everyone about it do they can read it and see how strong the main character Starr is and how one thing changed and affected her community in a good way. When you speak out it doesn’t need to be a as big and bold as star but it can be as little as starting with one person or a club. Like right here at our school. students for social awareness is a good club. we talked about school shootings in it and that was a big event that affects all of us here and people got to know about and be made aware. I don’t think anyone there cared about the consequences because it was such a strong thing to be apart of just like star. I could probably go on about the powerful meaning of the book but in the end it was genuinely a good read and i’m glad i read it.

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blog 6

my first initial thought when i started my story was pretty close to what i ended with but with more events put in order to lead up top the ending. i had to write down thoughts and go back and add them into specific parts of my story until they made sense and fit well. i strayed away from my story board a little and my plot diagram but i remembered to keep all of my characters and give them an important roll but not stray away from the climax. if i had more time i would go back and add more about the minor characters and give them longer flashbacks about themselves. i also had a very hard time introducing my characters and starting off my story at first so i just did something random. i tried to add more detail and dialogue in my story to keep it interesting because it was really boring and lifeless. but i think i did well adding more in even though i could of added more. i really changed my story the most by making it more realistic and also still eventful. i also just really tried to let myself write and not stay along the story line at first but then go back and fix it. which my story is pretty terrible but from what it started out as trust me it came a long way. i also tried to add some humor and realistic funny conversations because i love that in books, movies, and plays. i also tried to switch up some common words but still had said and there a lot i found it hard not to use those words. i also planned on using my six word short story sentence at the end of the story but ended up using it right at the beginning to get it out of the way and introduce what my story was gonna be like and allow to reader to guess just like how we had to do to write our stories even though they don’t initially know that. i was also able to write more by thinking about stuff i already knew and relating it to the real world.

short story writing

I chose the sentence music came from the abandoned house. I had two thoughts that I got from the sentence, either the music could be haunted music coming from a haunted house, or a story about teenage kids playing music from the house. My story is about two kids. One is quiet and want’s to doe something more than what his parents want him to do after high school. The other is a trouble maker who has no plans with his life and lives off his parents money. They have a dream of starting a band inspired by their classic music inspirations. However its 2018 and no one thinks their band will be good because every one likes pop music and rap. So from all the pressure and negativity the protagonist Freddie they bad one of the two friends has the great idea to leave and go out west with no money, no plan, and just trying to get famous. Which the percentage of that happening is very small and charlie the main character knows that but’s hes so bored with everything and fed up with his parents he leaves. Which ends up sparking a series of adventures and them getting into some trouble. they really wanna find some people that appreciate bands like zeppelin and black sabbath to help them boost their careers. But along the way they meet a lot more interesting people who each have a story to tell that helps charlie learn different lessons. ill tell each of their stories by adding flashback about each person they meet. I thought it would be a cool way to make the story interesting and actually be realistic instead of something like they find a time machine and get to travel back in time but get stuck and have to figure out how to get back. Which I might have to end up doing if my story ends up not being interesting which it’s probably gonna be pretty terrible, we’ll see. The things we’ve been doing have just helped me develop the characters and how they interact with each other through the story. I also realized how much the conflict is important and shapes the whole story.

independent reading

When i first got the book tell me three things i thought it was gonna be a relatable book cause it’s about a girl who is a junior and talks to someone online which seems pretty similar to today. Then I started reading more of it and it wasn’t quite what i expected. It’s more about this girl being herself and trusting one person to guide her through high school. Which is pretty common in other stories and movies. I still think it’s different and good though, because it’s really important to have that one friend that helps you get through high school and that’s kind of what she’s trying to let happen but she’s having trust issues at first which actually can be relatable. Even in our school gossip can get around and you need that one person that you rely on and now that you can trust them and get help from at bad times. I can already predict that something is going to happen between her and the anonymous person that is trying to help her and be her friend that will make him show his true self and she is going to have to learn to forgive him, the anonymous person might even be someone she has a crush on in real life. However this book would definitely take a turn being that it’s not the predictable book i thought it is going to be i feel that it has a good amount of mystery. Although i haven’t read to much of it yet so far though i really like how the book is set up in the way the main character is telling it. On some of the pages it’s her sending back and forth emails with the anonymous person and the interesting conversations they have with a little bit of humor here and there. It makes the book a lot more interesting and adds foreshadowing on different events that may or may not happen at her new high school. The book has an overall good mix of comedy and the tragedies of life and high school.Image result for tell me three things

the devil and tom walker

The devil and tom walk was a very unusual and hard to understand at sometimes kind of book. but when you break it down and read through over and over it’s very interesting and makes sense. I’ve never read anything like it before but there’s lots of stories about learning lessons and not getting over taken by money. Also how it got tom and his wife killed by the devil. There’s a lot of interesting twists and turns in the story not just about tom and the devil but also the colony. The people aren’t even phased by the scary setting of the swamp and the devil killing tom and his wife. Usually in normal stories the towns people are all scared or chasing the bad guy with a pitch fork. In the beginning however it was interesting when it talked about Kidd being a pirate and having treasure which I’ve heard of before.Which kinda tells you It’s not a good society and maybe they are all crazy. The only point you really get out of the story is mostly to not let money over take you and if the author is trying to be religious not let the devil tempt you. If I could change or modify the story I would definitely add more about the wife and continue her interaction with the devil a little bit to make it more interesting. Add some detail and action to spice it up because even tho you know she died it drops little hints like there were foot prints and clumps of the devils hair was pulled out. I would also juts modernize some of the terms and words used so that way people could understand it better cause I know personally I had to read it a couple times to get the full theme of the story. I would also maybe add a little more about the people in the colony and make them react more the events in the story and more about the trees. Other than that it was a very interesting story that I’ve never heard of before and it makes you think and read it a little different than normally to process the different terms used and interactions between the devil and tom.Image result for the devil and tom walker

a week of notes

To see which terms i took interest in, I thought about the movie i chose and which things that just fly over my head while I’m watching it. The term i really took notice of was stock character. It’s a pretty easy term to learn and once you learn about it you’re like ooooh that makes complete sense. However I have never actually watched a movie and been aware of these characters. I’m doing my short story paper on the dark knight  and i tried to pick out the damsel in distress and the wise old man, because I’ve never specifically tried to pick them out of a movie or book. It was really easy to find them. the wise old man in the dark knight is Alfred the butler because hes always throwing words of wisdom to Bruce Wain trying to get him to be more careful and always is there to help him in all the batman movies. Then picking out the damsel in distress was even easier. All though her part in the movie doesn’t end well, its like batman would risk anything for her. Since picking those characters out in the Dark Knight movie I’ve found myself thinking of other movies I’ve watched in the past and picking out the stock characters in them. I’ll probably continue to pick out the stock characters as i read books and watch movies (mostly movies), but it’s cool too see you actually learned something and can spot it out. I would also say I thought about theme and if it was universal or topical to the story. Sometimes one can get so caught up in movies and books you don’t think about to the end if its actually realistic and could apply every where or just the specific topic of the movie/book. thinking about weather the theme is universal or topical can also just help you relate to the theme more, because if it’s more realistic it’s easier to have similarities with. In the dark night Bruce Wayne’s parents died. I can’t personally relate to that but it’s realistic enough that other people that watch the movie might have had that happen and might like the movie more because they have something in common.Image result for notes

first week of school

First day of school started off pretty plain just getting mentally ready to wake up that early everyday and study all the time. Then we met Mr. Manly and he introduced himself, that was pretty interesting. He read 8500 birthdays over the announcements and was extremely enthusiastic. He seems like he’ll be very involved. I have some pretty good classes besides changes that were made and new teachers. Unfortunately because I’m a little behind my geometry and Spanish classes are full of freshman and sophomore. I also have five lunch but i filled my backpack with snacks for the rest of the day so I am going to be okay. Gym is pretty easy and we have Mr. Perkins instead of Charles this year so he can kind of be int eh new teacher category even tho he’s been here before. I also have Mrs. Zwalkuski for american cultures since Stetts left. the classes i am really looking froward to are publications and advanced art at the end of the day. I really like taking pictures so hopefully i can take good ones to contribute to the year book. I have expectations that anatomy and physiology will be challenging but I am interested in science so I have high hopes that the class will be interesting. I did like chem the best so far though gonna miss Todd Davis’ class. The feeling about having to take my SAT’s are the thing haunting me at the moment. And the Junior year struggle of thinking about college. I’ve received some college letters but none of them are making things easier or convincing me to visit the colleges really. However right now soccer is keeping me busy. The new soccer coach, coach Flook, is a really good and aware coach that is good about keeping things fair and giving everyone a chance to show their potential. So hopefully it will be a good and successful season I have faith in my team. On the topic of sports the new football season is coming up. It’ll be interesting to know if they will be good this year or just better than last year which that’s expected. Which goes for this school year as well. Hopefully It’ll be a good one.Image result for first week of school meme