Blog 16: Civil Disobedience

Thoreau stated in his piece “Civil Disobedience” that “that government is best which governs least.”. I, personally, would tend to agree with this. On the political spectrum I would consider myself far more libertarian than authoritarian. I strongly believe that the government should try to maintain fairly disconnected with the day to day life of its citizens, as this helps to ensure that the government is controlled by the people…

Blog 15: Thoreau’s attempt

(me several pages into Thoreau’s writings)   After reading both Thoreau and Emerson’s transcendentalist pieces, I felt it was pretty clear that both writers had very similar views and opinions on the transcendentalism and how a person should attempt to live their life. The most obvious similarity between the two is that they both believe that people should be more recluse and generally avoid the troubles that society brings. Thoreau spent…

Blog 14: End of Argument

  I believe that my general understanding of argument has improved. When we began this unit, I would pretty much just wing any argument that I was in; I wouldn’t plan a “strategy” of ways to convince someone else. I also wouldn’t listen very intensely to the other person’s argument for fallacies. However, learning different logical fallacies, argumentative strategies, and practicing good research has greatly developed my persuasive speech.  The…

Blog: 13 Topic Selection and First Thoughts

For our classroom debate, I received the topic of Universal Health care. I was assigned to argue against universal health care. Coincidentally, this happens to be the side of the argument that I agree with. I don’t pretend to be an expert on the subject, however, I feel that I have a decent, base- level understanding of the health care argument. Some of the main reasons I don’t like universal…

Blog 12: Changes

For our American literature class, we were tasked to think of certain subjects for debates. The first issue that came to my mind was the debate over free speech and whether “Hate Speech” should be outlawed. This has already happened in countries outside of the US, such as Canada. One side of the argument claims that speech that is offensive to others incites violence and creates a toxic society, whereas…

Blog 11: virtues experiment

Over this last week, our class has learned about Franklin’s list of life virtues and what we think should be added to them. During this week I have kept track of my transgressions in a list, and which virtues they broke. After totaling up my sins, I was rather unsurprised to find that they virtue I had broken was industry. I find when I am at school that I don’t…

Blog 10: Back to Analysis

The other day in our class, we were reading “The Dodo’s Conundrum”. My very first reaction to it was pure confusion. I had to read through it several times before my table and I realized that the speaker was comparing his own “train world” to the real world. The speaker alternates stanzas talking about his train set and reality. The stanzas that detail the real world follow no specific rhythm…

Blog 9: No More Poetry

My perception of poetry has changed in several ways since we began our Poetry unit. For one, I have a much better understanding of how much thought goes into analyzing a poem. There is more to analyzing a poem than just finding a few literary devices and just taking “your best guess” as to what the meaning of the poem is. Taking all of these factors in mind, my opinion…

Blog 8: Poetry

In American Literature, we have been studying poetry. Although I have worked with poetry and analyzing poems in past literature classes, REAL scansion was pretty new to me. In the past, all we had to do was find a symbol or two and then simply state what we believed to be the theme/ meaning of the poem. Recently, we studied and analyzed Eldorado by Edgar Allen Poe. I actually liked…

Independent Reading

The books I chose to read independently this quarter were the novels The Last Full Measure by Jeff Shaara and And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie. First I am going to share my reaction to The Last Full Measure. I chose to read this novel by Jeff Shaara because I had recently read his other book, Gods and Generals, which is a prequel to The Last Full Measure. I highly enjoyed Gods and Generals, so I figured…