Blog 13: Topic Selection and First Thought

My topic is Ban on Convenience Plastics. I am on the Con side unfortunately. This is not my position on my topic, I believe that convinced plastics should be banned. My first thought when I saw what topic I got was “s***.”. My opponents aren’t ideal either.

Prior to research I already know that the Pro side is backed up with facts and stats about the harm that plastic is doing to our environment. The Con side can most likely only argue about jobs being lost and the convenience of just grabbing a water bottle being lost. Also the plastics would need to be replaced with another material that works almost the same as plastic.

With a basic google search I learned that banning plastics would help the environment but not as much as we think it would. The change would mean a lot but maybe not enough. I also got more facts on countries that reused plastics in roads and other items. The roads was a big one in many countries. India has several hundred miles of plastic roads leading from village to village.

In a logical approach I will most likely start off with how much we over exaggerate the effect that banning plastics would have. Also the many jobs that will be lost in plastic industry would be devastating. My opponent will most likely say that those without a job will go to the other companies that produce materials that will replace plastic but he/she won’t know that the company will most likely just increase production with the same employees.

An ethical issue is obviously that the Earth is going to die, that our environment is going to slowly decay. The emotions is a big one because it can turn into a “do you want your kids to live in a polluted world” debate real quick. The con side doesn’t really have much to attack back with that evolves ethical or emotional factors. The main emotion in this is guilt. The opponent could bring out a guilt trip and start with questions that mostly start with “do you really want…”.

 

Blog 12: Issues and Myself

Part 1:

A current issue that is up for a great debate is Global Warming. There are only 2 positions people could be on for this topic: Either you believe global warming is real or you believe it is a hoax. Our President, Donald J Trump, says “I don’t believe it.”. The side that doesn’t believe in either say the number and facts are fabricated and if they run out of ideas they just say “It’s still cold outside.”. The other side, the side that has the facts and research to prove Global warming is real, can just show NASA images of the Arctic circle shrinking throughout the last few decades. I’m for global warming. It is real and we really need to do something about, make a cleaner energy source. The world is most certainly going to (at least for humanity) unless we take care of it.

Part 2:

I personally think that my school year has gone pretty crappy. There have been some good days but most of them have been disappointing. I want to get more motivation to get better grades. Last school year I was always studying and working hard to get good grades on my test, but this year I feel like I have fell off that horse. I also need to get more sleep. I end up going home and taking a 2 hour nap and then I can’t sleep at night so by the time I am actually asleep it is already midnight. To study better I probably just need to put my phone down for a good hour or so and just look through some notes. To get more sleep I am going to stop taking naps and just try and go to sleep around 10 p.m. or somewhere around there. This week I can work on getting all my homework done on time (oh the irony) and try working on my sleep schedule. The only thing preventing me is myself and my phone. I’m just going to put my phone down for a good 2 hours a day and finish all the work that I have to do around the house and my homework.

Blog 11: Virtues Experiment gone wrong

Keeping track of the Virtues was the harder then actually trying to complete them. Doing multiple virtues at once is literally impossible. Also this being turned in late demonstrates a lack of industry. The virtues that I did not violate were: Chasity (surprised?), Cleanliness, Thankfulness, Justice, Fitness (I did a few push ups), Temperance, Sincerity, and Moderation. The virtues that were violated included: Frugality, Tranquility, Order, Industry, Resolution, Synergy, Humility.

Some of the easier virtues to not violate were the ones that everyone should already have such as Cleanliness, Thankfulness, and Justice. As I was definitely keeping track I noticed that Order seemed like it was easy to keep under control but alas human nature causes us to forget the small things that we had said we would do. Resolution also plays a big part in Order. We say we are going to finish something but then completely forget about it. Another easy one was Chasity, most of the time it is not that we won’t violate Chasity but it is that we CAN’T even if we tried. Enough said on that topic.

The ones that were violated weren’t just violated a little. I violated them knowing well that I was violating some virtues. Frugality was a debatable on. I spent some money on clothes but went a little over what I wanted to spend so that was controversial. I will forever violate Tranquility. I heard that small things lead to big things and I think that saying makes a little more sense then Tranquility. Everyone is bound to be out of Order occasionally. For me it is impossible to keep a certain order, I am all over the place throughout the day doing things that I didn’t plan on doing the day before. Industry is virtue that my generation excels at violating. Right now is great example. I am watching TV while writing this and thus wasting time instead of finishing this. I really wasn’t part of anything was bigger or more important than myself over the past week so that goes out the window. Humility is never going to not violated, I have an ego but not a giant one. I just recognize when my ego gets the best of and I know when to stop.

(The irony of this picture)

Blog #10: Why we still on poetry

I thought “The Dodo’s Conundrum” was a messy poem that made no sense whatsoever until one of group members figured out the meaning of structure. After getting insight on why the structure was how it was, I understood the poem a little more and felt that it made more sense.

When it comes to the theme, I am still a little confused. It did not seem like the author had a direct message that he was trying to get across. The only one that even moderately made sense was “Don’t get caught up in your own perfect world”.

I am honestly confused about a lot of stuff with this poem. The main thing is the theme, it is a big part of a poem and this poem does not state it clearly for the reader to understand. Also why was it structured so messy (If it wasn’t for the reason I stated earlier.)? The only connection that I really made was the one with the sirens. Comparing the “mermaid” sirens to the police sirens was pretty clever in my opinion.

Answering the Sound and Sense question for Eldarado was so much more easier then this. The theme was easier to decipher and understand. Finding elements of poetry and preforming a scansion was also much more easier.

Writing poetry had effected the way I read this by making this poem look like a second grader wrote it. A very smart second grader that understands the meaning of life to the point were it’s creepy. If I had not been writing poetry for the last few weeks, this poem would had sounded like nonsense and made no sense whatsoever. But alas, I have been writing poetry for a while now and thus this poem came out to me as very deep in a sense. I would have never thought of this poem to be about living in your own little world while the world around you is in chaos but it makes perfect sense that this what the poem is about. This author really did a nice job making it hard to understand but for those who understood it, it just made us go “ohhhhh”.

Blog on poetry

I still dislike poetry after all the reading and writing we have done in the past 2 weeks. All I have learned is how much work and thinking goes into writing poems. Writing poetry, if anything, has made me dislike poetry even more. The only satisfaction I got out of writing poetry was when I managed to make two words rhyme. Writing with requirements has in fact affected the way I look at poems written by others. Especially for the shorter ones, trying to put a theme and other aspects in a few stanzas was hard enough but for poems that 1 stanza it must be very hard. Not much changed in my understanding or thought process between my first and second poem. I had a little more trouble trying to think of lines for my second poem but that was about it. My second poem is about greed and money. It tells of the hardships one goes through trying to obtain money.

I think the easiest way to incorporate visual elements is the make a good story line within your poem. For me, I visualize the best when I am reading a good story that is easy to follow and interesting. Using words that trigger an image in the readers head is also a great way to help visually present your poem. Also using a word that the reader is not familiar with can cause the reader to think about it and thus visualizing that word with other lines from the poem. You can’t forget to add words that the reader would easily recognize and understand. This will help make up for the more difficult words by adding smaller words to assist the reader. Another way to incorporate images is to trigger childhood senses. Adding words, lines or even characters in the poem that many people have encountered in their childhood and help broaden the understanding of the poem. For example, stating a line or phrase from a Star Wars movie will most likely immediately make the reader understand what the author is getting at. Images can help the readers understanding of the poem boost 10 fold.

Poe was very depressed.

My general reaction to the poems we have read so far is one of mixed emotions. I thought poetry was boring and did not have any meaning but over the last few days, my opinion had changed. The poem that really opened up to me the most was El dorado. The overall theme of the poem is true life lesson (Do not waste your life trying to fulfill your greed.). The Raven didn’t really have any effect of me. It wasn’t a bad poem but it wasn’t a good poem either. I feel that it would have had a better effect on the people of the same time the poem was written. A poem that I read for one of our assignments (Bells by Edgar Allan Poe) was by far my favorite. It didn’t make much sense to me but if you “sing” the poem it sounds amazing. It sounds like something that would be played at an Inn on a cold winter night in the medieval times. It gets that warm Christmas feeling across to the reader or listener.

The analysis or El Dorado went somewhat smoothly, there were a few questions that were hard to answer. Most of it, like the theme, was pretty easy to analyze. Some of it, like finding the metaphors, was a little tricky. The stanza with the lines “Over the Mountains, Of the Moon, Down the Valley of the Shadow, Ride, boldly ride,” was the hardest to analyze. I had no idea what “over the mountain” meant. “Down the Valley of the Shadow”, was a pretty easy phrase to understand.

My poem is going to be on food. One of the most essential things for any living being. I intend on making whoever reads it very hungry. I myself get very hungry when I am just sitting around and think about food. Fruits mostly have that affect on the most. A image of a juicy watermelon or mango could randomly pop into my mind and I would instantly having a craving. I am going to try and have an A,B,A,B pattern for my poem.

 

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Independent reading Blog 2 of 2

My second book for this independent reading stuff is “The Icebound Land”. This is the third book in the Ranger Apprentice series.

My general reaction to the book was one with mixed emotions. Along with the Scandinavians to betraying each other just to help Will and the Princess get away to fighting for the “throne”.  One of the things that really messed with my mind was when Will got addicted to warmweed. That is drug that the slaves used because it made them feel full and warm up in the cold and harsh climate. When Will was in a zombie state and all he wanted was warmweed was when I really thought that the end was near for Will.

I mostly read this book because the previous books were extraordinary and this could have only been better. Also because it was next in the series. I also knew this book would put me in its own world and I really like winter and snow, so all that stuff just got me hooked. I read a quick summary of it online and the plot itself was good enough to get anyone hooked.

I really liked the booked throughout the time I was reading it. There are really no dull or boring parts in this book. Even the side conversations between the character are interesting. There wasn’t anything negative about the book. The author did a great job with keeping the reader engaged and committed to the book. It is one of those books where you tell yourself “one more page” and then next thing you know its 2 a.m.

After the book I was a little shaken up. The events that unfolded throughout the chapters really kept me on edge and by the end I was legitimately worried about the characters well beings. I immediately went out to try and find the next book in the series.

I emphasized with the Princess in this book (sounds weird but hear me out). She went out of her way to help her friend (Will) and herself escape and survive. She did everything she could do and more, she cared more about his well being than her own. I feel as if I do that sometimes, during football if I knocked someone down or tackled them, I would immediately be helping them get back and asking if they’re good. That is definitely a weakness of mine. I am to nice.

I negatively emphasized with the Scandinavian trying to take over the Throne. He went out of his way to help the enemy take over his peoples land just so he could be in charge. Luckily he was caught in time. I just hate people that would harm others in any way to get what they want.

People should definitely  read this book. It literally puts you in a situation where you are forced to just keep reading to find out what happens next because you know you will not be able to sleep until you know. It is also a huge time passer. Over the winter break if you have nothing to do all then reading this will be so worth it. A new experience plus a boring day well spent. This book will make the reader want to read the other books and that means even more experiences and anxiety attacks.

This book was one of the best books I have ever read. It easily comes close to first (I do not know what my favorite book is). I read this during winter break and looking out and seeing the snow and imaging myself pushing a cart through that and doing all these other things really made me want to read more.

 

Independent reading Blog 1 of 2

My first book for independent reading was the second book in the Rangers Apprentice series, The Burning Bridge. This book was honestly one of the more boring ones up until when things got wild. When I say this one was boring, I mean to say not as interesting. It is still a really good but compared to the rest of the series, this book doesn’t hold up in the beginning. The ending is where all the action is at though. I was a little surprised in beginning when Will found the bridge that they were building because I didn’t think the Wargal’s were smart enough to think of that. I got really nervous and anxious when Will was creeping into the cave to spy on them. The slightest sound would have meant a horrifying death for the young ranger. It also would have been embarrassing considering the Rangers are considered the elite of the elite.  Another thing that really surprised me was when Will got kidnapped by the Scandinavians. Halt was shooting arrows at them at like 5 arrows per second and with a deadly amount of accuracy. I can’t even explain how accurate Halt is. The Scandinavians barely got away.

I mostly read the book because I love books that take place in Medieval times. All the King Arthur stuff and other things such as that. This is a great series to read during the winter. It just adds a different feel when you are reading. This book is also very engaging, there were multiple times where I forgot which world I lived in. I felt as if I was in the middle of the final fight and I felt the tension and anxiety that the characters were feeling.

I felt connected to Will the most out of everyone (but only at certain parts in the stories). He doesn’t like to disappoint others and feels the need to succeed at everything. He doesn’t stop until he gets the task the done and I could say that I am somewhat like that. If it is something that I know will benefit me or will help me in the future then I don’t stop until it is done. Tug (Will’s pony) is practically my spirit animal. He is just there along for the ride and steps in every once in a while to get some action. I really empathized negatively with the Scandinavians until I read further into the book and found out that they are in fact not a bad people. They respect Will due to his skill yet being just a young boy.

If you are the type of person that does not like to read entire series or books that take up a lot of time then this is not for you. This book is for someone who wants to go into an entirely different world. This book makes you feel exactly like the characters feel. If it is in the heat of the mines or a cold night you are guaranteed to get chills down your spine.

My overall reaction was kinda mad. The book ended in a massive cliff-hanger and some other kid had the next book in the series checked out so I had to wait a whole two weeks before I could read it. I would 10/10 recommend this book to anyone that likes reading about medieval things such as knights, kings, kingdoms and conquests. I have re-read this series many times and every time I read it again something new pops up to me, something I did not notice before and it also gives me a getaway from the real world.

Finishing my story

 

Well I started my first story then gave up on it and then changed literally everything. There really is no difference in my concepts besides a few small details being changed.The one I have right no has not changed much from the first to the initial copy. I have added another symbol into my story to add more tension in Mike’s mind so he would feel as if something was going to go terribly wrong. There are still a few more things being changed up due to the fact that they simply add no meaning to the story or don’t need to be there.

I think very highly of my story, if I wanted to and wasn’t occupied with other things, I would make my story a novel/script and sell it to Netflix. I personally think this could be turned into a wonderful movie that teens would watch at approximately 11 p.m. on a Friday night. There are few mistakes to it but those can be fixed easily but might not be because no story is good without a few mistakes.

There isn’t really anything that I don’t like about the story. The only thing would be Jonathan being killed off to quick.

I finished book 1 and it honestly changed me for the better. I really enjoyed the book even though I felt like it was judging me through every turn of the page. I am going to be reading a part of the Ranger’s Apprentice series, probably one of the later books in the series.

I liked my first book but also hated it so I am going to be reading something fiction to have a getaway for a while. I am also picking this book because a lot of my friends say it is a good book to read.

Short Story Writing

First off, this a lot of work due over fair week and it is kind of hard when most people work all fair.

I developed the idea of my story by looking back on previous stories I have read. This story is inspired from those stories and has different aspects of those stories in it. A lot of scenes in my story were thought of just by observing everyday things and recalling different parts of different movies. My table did not have a big influence but I took some of their ideas and modified them a little to fit my story.

The different activities we did helped influence the story in way and I changed a few small details here and there. They were not that big of help as I thought they would be. I feel as if the activities will come more in use during the end of my story.

My view on how to write a story has changed by a lot. There are a lot more things that go into writing a short story than I thought there were. Having to create a conflict that is short enough but also interesting enough so the reader does not get bored of it is a very hard thing to do. Trying to keep it a “short” story is the hardest part. Once you get writing, I feel like I could keep it going for pages on pages with different dialogue but with short stories the conflict has to end very quick.

My view was changed because after our assignment was assigned, I read a few more short stories and I noticed a lot more things involved in them. The climax was what I noticed the most out all the parts because not a=only is the easiest to find, but it is easier to notice when the main part of the starts to slowly die down. The first conflict is also very easy to find and analyze. After I learned about all the aspects that go into short story writing, my view on how they are made has been changed forever.