Blog 20

My thoughts of “The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County” is that I did not really read/pay attention to it. Yes, I understand this isn’t helpful for this blog, haha, but it’s okay. If I was to assume what it was like I’d say it sounds pretty boring. Like frog jumping and Yeehaw isn’t for me (unless it’s a YEEHAW memeūü§†).¬† I’ll just skip to the second topic of the blog.¬† My anticipatory thoughts on “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn”¬† are that¬† I don’t really know much about the story I could probably assume that it will be very adventurous.¬† I think after reading Twain’s short story it will be like an adventurous and kind of dark or scary tale. Maybe kids with no rules. I’m sure it will be pretty entertaining. My thoughts on the short film “iMom” is that it was REALLY creepy, like very very creepy. Number one thing learn how to be a decent parent like do you really trust a creepy robot to trust to watch your child, no thanks. Every time they degrade that robot in the film don’t you ever think it’s going to turn it’s back on you and kill your whole entire family. like she will come for you lets be honest. Like the way she was acting towards the little boy was very odd and suspicious. Like when he gave her the lipstick my whole being was just cringing like ew no please stop. SHE COOKED THE DANG BABY! Not even the chicken, THE BABY.¬† The way she looked and acted I just found it creepy and odd like I genuinely did not enjoy the short film at all. bleh. It makes me cringe a ton. Overall, I never want to see that again. Just be good parents, don’t waste your money on a creepy and trashy robot. You’re welcome.¬†¬†See the source image

Blog 14

I feel like over the course of this “section” I’ve¬†gotten better with understanding debating and arguing. My arguing/argument, in general, was always too good…¬†Lol just kidding. It changed the way I argue because now I think about things (and research if I have to)¬† and make sure that my argument would be correct (or somewhat correct). Well, the way my peers argue (between the one argument we got to watch) it was really scary, to be honest. Like how can you be able to think of that much information and be able to stand there and argue back and forth like that? They did an awesome job and I’m¬†sure that they would’ve had the best debate¬†out of the whole entire¬†class. The way that they constructed their arguments was fantastic, they did a ton of research (a lot more than I did haha) they used books, they used facts from professors, online facts, etc. It was pretty crazy. The way that adults construct arguments can vary. Like for example, my moms’ arguments are very pointless and I guess you could say one-sided. She always tries to basically tell everyone that she’s right and everyone else is wrong. Now people who are like smart or debate/argue in general always have a good argument and they’re¬†usually logical. But most of the time adults arguing isn’t really great lol. To develop a very logical and valid argument you need to definitely do research, whether it’s with the internet, books, sources, etc. you always need to have correct facts. Then you need to develop your argument¬†and¬†put it into good form on paper or a document. The best way to do that is to follow the guidelines that McGarry gave us. Always do a rough draft, read over it and make sure it sounds logical, well basically¬†not stupid. Then you can go present your argument to whoever else and there ya go, I’m¬†sure you’d be able to pull it off and show your opponent that they definitely are not right and make them sound stupid. And that’s how you do it.

Blog 13

The topic I got for the upcoming debate is Pay-to-Play: cons. I am supposed to debate why it isn’t okay to have Pay-to-Play sports and explain why (that’ll be easy). I know that this topic is about high school sports that some schools students are required to pay money to play sports at their school (I guess it is a lesser¬†price or a deal if you play more than one sport). Doing a basic google search I can see that there is a lot of complaints about the price of it and how it is so expensive. It seems like many people think negatively about this topic, there is no good reason about pay to play sports. My approach to this will probably be that it isn’t fair for people who don’t have much money and that it is like a selection process. There could be very athletic students that aren’t able to play a sport they’re good at because they don’t have the money to do it.¬† What would the money even go to? Would your parents really want to spend over $200 just for you to play a high school sport? think about it. The ethical issue is that it isn’t fair to each person as some people have more money than others, some can’t afford¬†to pay for their children. Many parents, maybe even every parent wouldn’t really approve of this (unless it’s a private school then I could see them doing that) because it’s kinda ridiculous. My opinion on pay to play sports is that I don’t think it is fair.¬† What would the money even go to? It isn’t really fair for parents and children that aren’t that wealthy. And like you’re in high school for four years, is it really worth spending hundreds of dollars every year just to play a sport. Would many people still do it if it was that way? I just do not think it’s a good idea because it is a waste of money to play a sport and maybe not even like it or be good at it.

Blog 12

A current issue that could be up for debate is Social Media usage for teens. Teenagers and children are ALWAYS using social¬†media….¬†like 24/7. I think people shouldn’t have access to that until maybe high school, but like a limited usage. There are many bad effects of teens using social media, such as bullying, to much time on it, depression related issues, etc. It isn’t really healthy for teens to use it constantly, but whatever. That is like one of the most concerning issues to me. 2019 is here and Macie is ready for a change. All my bad grades=Thank you, next sis. I am ready to be out here thriving. and actually, try to get good grades (and surprisingly¬†my grades aren’t horrible rn). The worst month for me this upcoming year will probably be March. I’m going to be so busy that month because I have to take my SATs March 9th, get my license¬† March 6-7 (I don’t remember lol), and I have to somehow figure out how to buy a car lol. My 2019 I’m going to try to get good grades and pay attention¬†and do my homework. The only thing stopping me is my pRocRAsInaTIoN. But I’m fine. Macie is okay. An 11/10.¬† I can do my work, study, tell my procrastination¬†to get away, etc.

Blog 10

Yikes…¬†My first impression of “The Dodo’s Conundrum” was absolutely horrible lol. I honestly don’t even think I read it at all until we had to do the theme essay thing. I basically find everything about that poem confusing. like I do not understand it at all, but like that’s okay because I know what the theme is so I’m¬†fine I guess. Like this¬†poem, you could probably find relatable so I can imagine a lot¬†of people in our class did. I honestly have no questions about it. I didn’t really understand it, and like maybe that would make you want to ask questions but that was definitely not me ( no questions here!!!).¬† The sounds and sense questions were definitely harder (probably because 1. I didn’t know the theme back then and 2. I didn’t really read it that much, maybe a nice skim over it). Honestly reading Eldorado was kinda easier than reading The Dodo’s Conundrum. Writing poetry for me hasn’t changed. It still sucks lol. But my reading and analyzing skills aren’t very sharp either. Asking a friend to explain the poem to me is probably the best bet I have at this point lol. But basically, overall nothing about poetry has processed through my mind. I’ll try harder next time.

Blog 9

My perception of poetry has not changed. I still hate it. It’s so so annoying. Writing poems was absolutely horrible. I never want to do it ever again. Like I’m¬†not the person that can write just anything in general (because everything I write sucks). Poetry just still doesn’t make sense to me, like how do people write about death or feelings¬†in poetry form, like I just can’t.¬† I think poetry is still dumb, like whoever can write poetry good for you, but I definitely can’t so it’s a no from me. Update^ (12/5/18) Wyatt explained to me how to find the theme and I understood a poem for like the first time ever!!!! (go me) It was nice to be able to do the homework for once lol. Adding pictures and visuals to poetry could probably help more people understand it (lol pointing all fingers at me). It could alter how some people see each detail because when there’s no visual then everyone’s¬†minds are interpreting¬†things differently. It could make everyone see a poem more similarly or even help anyone who doesn’t understand it that well. They could help show emotion in the writer’s words or even the mood.

Blog 8

This blog is about poetry, something I hate with a passion. I’ve never found poetry interesting at all, it doesn’t make sense to me and it’s very confusing. It kind of reminds me of a puzzle, you skim over it and try to figure what things mean. Most poems seem like they’re about love, dark, or death (but that’s whatever I guess). I just honestly don’t like poems so I’m going to struggle through this. I decided for my poem I would write about how much I don’t like school. Yeah, I do most of the things to myself such as, get bad grades and procrastinate, but hey I’ve been trying to fix that and I’m putting some effort into my work and things ( yes this blog is late… and yes I did procrastinate¬†while doing it, but hey I did it so… Go me?). Some of the things I bring up in it is procrastination, my bad grades, drama, geometry, and wishing it was 2020 so I could graduate and get out of here. I’ve never really had the mood that “oh I want to get out of high school¬†now” or ” I hate school”¬† as an innocent freshman and sophomore I always thought how I didn’t want any of this to end, how much I love the sports I do, how amazing band is, etc. But you know, I came to my senses and realized that I don’t want to be here anymore (that’ll obviously change when I become a senior). But I realized, I need to get my stuff together because this year is the most important year of my life, I just can’t let my last two years go to waste. I want to go to a good college, so I’m¬†going to get it together. And now I’ll end my rant about school.¬† The Eldorado poem analysis was a big ehhh¬†for me. As you know I am not a poem person, I obviously didn’t understand it ( I asked my table mates to explain what it was about and what it meant¬†(they were no help)).¬†

Independent Reading Selection #1

My reaction to The Lovely Bones¬†is that I think this is a very good book, it’s mysterious, thrilling, sad, and so much more. I really like that it’s set in like a high school setting because I enjoy reading books that I share a common age with the characters, and that it had flashbacks throughout the book as well (of how her life was before her death in high school).¬† I thought it was a mysterious¬†book because of Mr. Harvey, he dug up a den under the cornfield and waited for Susie to walk her usual route home from school so he could tell her a that¬†he made this for all the neighborhood kids to get her to go down there. It was thrilling because when she got down there she said she had to leave because her mother had dinner ready for her, so she started climbing up the ladder to leave and he quickly grabbed her¬† and he raped her, murdered her, and chopped her body parts up and put her into a bag (which is super scary by the way) and threw her in the back of his truck bed, it was also thrilling when her sister snuck into Mr. Harvey’s house and tried to find evidence, he then came home when she was upstairs and she had to quickly find a way out of his house so she jumped out of the window. It was a very sad book because her parents started drifting apart later into her death (because they still haven’t figured out her murderer which was one reason why) and her mom moved away and left them (she eventually came back), it was also super sad as she narrated the story even after she was dead (her point of view was up in heaven after she died). I watched the movie before when I was much younger (maybe when I was in middle school) and someone brought up the book so I decided to read it and I really liked it. My thoughts before reading the book was¬†it was probably going to be like the movie (it wasn’t, but it was similar). After reading the book I liked how it was somewhat different, it was more detailed and more interesting. I shared negative feelings with Mr. Harvey because he’s an absolute¬†terrible person, like what makes it okay to decide to murder someone (in this case multiple young teenage girls)? Nothing!!! like he’s super creepy and odd, he’s just an all-around weird guy. I didn’t like him at all. I shared positive feelings with Susie because she was a young, smart, and talented girl. She was very positive (even after she died) and she was also very innocent. I liked how she still tried to help her family solve her murder and it showed her “life” up in heaven. There was a lot of symbols in her heaven including the boat in the bottle (she made them with her father). The ending basically was that she finally let go and was ready to go to heaven. I think people should read this book because it’s very interesting and it’s such a good book. It really gets you hooked if you want me to be honest. I’m pretty sure it is based off a true story (he has actually killed many young women from Pennsylvania in real life).¬† The movie is very popular so if you have ever watched it, I’m sure you’ll like the book just as much. And this was my reaction to¬†The Lovely Bones, it was very mysterious, thrilling, sad, and many more emotions included.

Blog/Vlog 7

I understand that our Blog/Vlog 7 was supposed to be a video, but I’m not a fan of being on camera or hearing my voice on camera. So I hope this is okay and I understand that I may not get any points for any of this… “The Veldt” by Ray Bradbury was an interesting story, so interesting that I’m not sure if I would say that I liked it.¬† I thought it was kind of weird and I just couldn’t follow along with the story.¬† I liked that it visualized the future, but I didn’t like the dialogue or how things “played” out or ended. It just really didn’t appeal¬†to me, I just couldn’t pay attention to it while I tried reading it. I didn’t like how the parents let things get so out of control. Also, I don’t think I really liked the dude that came¬†to their house (he was really odd). The warning for the audience in this story is don’t let things get out of hand. They let the children use the nursery whenever they felt like it. They always claimed that they’ll lock it up or they’ll get rid of it and that bothered me because they procrastinated so much to the point that they ended up dead because they didn’t put a stop to anything.¬† This relates to society today because so many people procrastinate¬†and nothing good ever happens to them. For example, I am one of those people. I procrastinated¬†so much to the point I didn’t do my homework and now my consequences are that I have to work to bring my grades up in the next two weeks so I pass the first quarter. If I actually did my homework and paid attention in class, I wouldn’t be in the boat I am now.

Blog 6

The first initial¬†concept on my short story and final draft is that¬† I put more effort into my second one and put more detail into to it.¬† I changed how some of the details about the wife and how she acts/reacts to things (like her emotion and attitude). I wanted to make it more interesting because when I wrote my¬†rough draft it seemed kind of boring and bland.¬† I don’t know if I really like my short story because I had better thoughts in my head about it, but then writing it down it wasn’t really the way I wanted it, but it will do. It just doesn’t seem like me writing about it and it isn’t really that good. I do like that it still shows what “theme” (I guess you could say) that I wanted to go for.¬† But anyways, I finished book 1 and I really enjoyed it. I read The Lovely Bones¬†by¬†Alice Sebold (and I also watched the¬†movie!!¬†it¬†was¬†great).¬†I like reading books that are like set in high school or about people around my¬†age. I love how the book is so mysterious and kind of scary. It’s just a super interesting book and I’d definitely recommend¬†it to anyone. The only bad thing was that the book and the movie are a little different, but it’s whatever. For the next quarter I’m not entirely sure what I’m going to read yet so if anyone wants to give me suggestions then go ahead. As I said earlier I like books like set in high school. I really enjoy books like Harry Potter, The Divergent series, and I like some of the newer more popular up to date books too. The picture I inserted is my mood for this school year so far.¬†