blog 10

My topic for debate is man influences climate change. My assigned position is con. This is not my personal position on this topic, I believe climate change is man influenced. I don’t really know what it is, I know a general idea, but at this moment I wouldn’t know how to argue it. Everything that came up when I googled man influenced climate change was saying that it is true. “Why 100% of scientists think climate change is man influenced” and “10 ways we know man influences climate change” and many more like that. A lot of websites say things like this “The Earth’s climate has changed throughout history. Just in the last 650,000 years, there have been seven cycles of glacial advance and retreat, with the abrupt end of the last ice age about 11,700 years ago marking the beginning of the modern climate era — and of human civilization. Most of these climate changes are attributed to very small variations in Earth’s orbit that changing the amount of solar energy our planet receives”. I know that climate change is man influenced so basically I can’t debate on facts because scientists have proven its man influenced. I think I will go more on the side that it is not only man influenced. I am going to talk about the ice age because hot did human influence that when we weren’t even there. Also, I can go on the fact that everything is way out of our knowledge. We don’t even know how we got here for sure let alone what we do to the earth. The world could’ve had climate change with us here or not. The ethical issues are how to balance the rights and responsibilities of the developed and developing world; how to evaluate geoengineering schemes designed to reverse or slow climate change; and how to assess our responsibility to future generations who must live with a climate we are shaping today. Also, the emotions involved in this are anger and worry. A lot of young people are worried about the rest of their life and their kids, but mostly they are angry because older people seem to not care so much or they overlook the young people because they are young.


Not gonna lie, I completely forgot about this assignment all week. But looking back I think I did well at the start of the week. With an expectation of Saturday because its Saturday gotta have fun right. Temperance was the easiest to stay away from since I’m vegan and don’t eat anything anyway. Expect Saturday because you have to have fun on Saturdays and Fridays but I forgot to put that on the chart, oh well. Silence, I would say I followed only because I don’t really talk a lot and I’m not one for dumb conversations. Order was probably the most used. I like to put everything in each place not only with the organization but in my mind too. First with organization, during the start of the week my room was a little messy with friends sleeping over and Christmas, nothing was in its place. Later on, though I cleaned it and hung everything up. Now my room looks very nice.  My head is for the most part always in order, with little bumps here and there I’m pretty much good on that end. I was good without breaking resolution all week. Frugality, I always try to do my best to treat everyone good and myself good. Of course, no one is perfect though so I had a bump here or there. Industry I did very bad at. I’m one to waste time, a lot. Sincerity I did well at because I care about people. I might of not be sincere here and there to my parents but hey that’s their fault. Justice, you know how Saturdays are, they get crazy and I might have hit people without justice, oh well. For moderation, I did not avoid extremes on Christmas or the days after, I ate too much and did too much of stuff, but it doesn’t matter because it’s over now. Cleanliness was the easiest by far, I always shower every day and take care of myself. It’s not hard to be clean. Tranquility is hard for me because I do get upset over what one would call “stupid things”. It’s hard for me not to if somethings not right I’m gonna get mad over it.  Humility is the easiest to obtain, there is no need to brag about yourself like no one cares. I am not very good at awareness, I don’t really pay attention much. Especially on Saturday, I didn’t really feel like I knew what was going on at all, like most days. Competence to me was easy to stay away because I’m not dumb and I can do things successfully. Lastly was authenticity, I am normally a real like straight up to you, but on Christmas, you have to be a little fake to all your cousins. You have to do and say what you can to get along with people. Overall the whole virtues thing was dumb to me like there’s no point. If we are all just gonna die anyway, why not have fun in your life and not be fake to be “good”.

blog 8

My first thought of the poem “The Dodo’s Conundrum” was that it was bad. No offense because we know you wrote it but I didn’t like it, and it is my American right to have my own opinion. It was very confusing and just seemed stupid to me.  I still am very confused and have no idea what is going on in the poem. I have not started the essay because I don’t know where to start. I don’t even know what the poem is about, let alone the theme of it. I have a question on the whole thing. I might just be dumb but I know no one else knows what is going on either. The questions asked were not easy on any of the poems. The questions were confusing and I didn’t know what to write about. I swear I read the poem 7 times and I just don’t know what is happening. I have never been so confused in my life. I really did like writing poems though. It didn’t change the way I read poems. It just changed my idea of writing them. I still think poetry is awful to read. I don’t like it at all. I liked my poems though. Going back to the topic before I have no idea how I’m going to write my essay. Especially not 700 words about it. I can barely finish a 250-word blog. As you can tell by this blog I really don’t know what is going on in this poem or with this essay, due to the fact I used the word “confused” many many times.


Blog 7

I still do not like poetry. I just think it is very boring to read. Also, poetry is very hard to understand. I know the whole point of poetry is to learn how to analyze it but to do that is very bring. I don’t think many people like poetry and when no one enjoys it, it is hard to work with people on stuff involving it. Poetry just reminds me of middle school PSSA’s and other standardized tests. A poem was always the last story to read for English and it was also short so I wouldn’t even read it. Along with that, in 8th grade, Ms. O’Brien was very strict with poetry. She made us look up every word in every line of the poems and it just made everyone hate it more than normal.

I didn’t really like any of the poems we have read. Poems are just so long and boring. On top of that, I hate reading in the first place, so that could be apart of it. Eldorado wasn’t that bad I guess. Only because it was short and every other line was basically the same. This poem though was kinda hard to understand. With the least amount of syllables possible per line, it was hard to understand it.

Poetry is still awful. I do not think it will ever be not awful. If you hate something, hatred does not just go away. Especially if it keeps getting forced on you. Ever since we are little it always taught in English class. Just like reading. When you are forced to do something for such a long time it makes you not want to and therefore you do not like doing it. If we could pick what and when we wanted to read poems or anything for that matter, people would like it a lot more. I think poetry wouldn’t be that bad if we just started it in high school and not have to do it every year. Kinda like math, each year is a different thing so it makes it more tolerable but English class is always the same every year.

Blog 6

My story isn’t really different at all from when we first thought of the ideas at lunch. My table all have English before me and they were talking about their stories. This is when I looked at their lists and saw With Bloody Hands I Saw Goodbye, I kind of knew what I was going to do. The obvious thing is murder and I wanted to make it different then just someone killing someone else. I knew a lot about mental health so wanted to have to do something with that. I came up with my exact idea at lunch. The only thing different was he was going to kill a girl who didn’t mean anything. I did change that at the end to have her mean something to her. I made it seem more emotional he if killed himself to at the end. The story would be very sad if he would of just killed himself without anything about it. You seemed more sad knowing he killed himself because he felt bad for her. I feel very proud of my story. I think I showed a new way of opening up to mental illness and show that people aren’t crazy but they can’t help how they are, also they don’t want to be that way themselves sometimes.  Most importantly that mental illness isn’t something to be ashamed off. I like that my story isn’t just another story we are forced to do in school that I don’t care about. I like making stories and I put in a lot of effort to them so I feel they have a real meaning. I don’t like that I didn’t have as much time as I needed to write it considering it is a long process. I wish I would of had more time develop the girl character.


For my short story, I used my own idea. I didn’t really base it off or anything in my book. I guess if you could say I imitated anything it would be the mind of a crazy person. In This Is Where It Ends, the shooter is most definitely crazy. For any murderer especially a school shooter there is definitely something wrong in their mind. My main character in the story has a lot wrong in his mind but he is just trying to understand.
the element I chose to “copy” from my book is the first person journal type of way to tell the story. To write my story I want to tell it in my main character perspective and I’m going to go back and forth from talking as a narrator to being him writing in a journal. I really liked the way the author my my book showed the characters personally through telling it 1st person. I want to reveal character through him talking about not feeling. He will come off as crazy through not being able to feel anything. The book I’m reading shows character in the same way, by how they are displayed in the book.
I don’t want to just reveal setting the way the author of the books I’m ready did. She just said flat out they are in a school. I want to drag on how he hates going there but you don’t really know where, about the hospital. Also the main conflict in This Is Where It Ends is man vs man but in my story it’s going to be man vs himself. Which will have to be displayed in a completely different way. Man vs man is quit obvious two people are causing conflict on each other but man vs himself has to be shown with his mental perspective.

Setting in This is Where It Ends

The setting is used in This Is Where It Ends, to give background. The setting in the book l am reading is a highschool. The Setting gives background of the story because everyone has gone to high school (for the most part), and you will have background on what it looks like and how things are.for example, the students are trapped in the auditorium,we most likely know what that looks like and why It would be so frantic.

The setting also helps with understanding through current issues. This Is Where It Ends, is based on a school shooting. Because of the setting being at a school we have a better understanding, considering school shootings are a major role in today’s world.

Characters are influenced in the book, since they are in school, through school procedures. Since a school shooting occurs, the actions of the characters are affected because of where they are and what they are told to do. They are told to hide so they try that, but because of the doors being locked they caused panic. One of the main characters is revealed because of breaking into the principal’s office and stealing papers, because of the background of the principal’s office and the meaning of breaking into it we can tell it’s not a good thing.

The setting of the doors in the auditorium being locked influences the story a lot. If the doors weren’t locked they kids could’ve gotten out, but they couldn’t so it led to tragic events. Next, if the story wasn’t taking place in a school to begin with the whole conflict of the book wouldn’t have happened. The whole idea of a school shooting makes the book. If the book didn’t take place in a school the whole story is ruined.

Blog 3

In the book Where It Ends, there is no humor at all. They are not going through the normal high school experience in this book so they are not talking about funny things and they are not adding in comedy to lighten the mood because you can not lighten the mood in this book. Where It Ends is about a school shooting, so it would be wrong to have humor. If there is any humor it is low comedy in the very beginning before the action. The four main characters are going through their normal day so they might have had some low comedy here and there but nothing that catches your eye or makes you laugh. For example, Tomas and his friend are sneaking into the principals office before the shooting, they make some inside jokes but not many. This book doesn’t have humor because it is a very serious concept and there is nothing humorous about masses of people dying.  Humor should not be added, if it were to be added it would be in the beginning of the book before anything happens. It could’ve been normal high school jokes kids say in the hallways and stuff like that. A hypothetical situation where humor would be added is if the whole topic of the  book is different and the book would be changed to another high school love story. The humor would be something dumb like they are both in love with each other but think the other one does not like them. Another hypothetical situation would be if the topic of the book was completely different. Where It Ends is more of an action and suspenseful book. There is no room for comedy in it. The last hypothetical situation where comedy could be involved in the book Where It Ends would be if they are all sociopaths who don’t care about people dying or think it’s funny, even though a sociopath has no emotions so they would not find it funny either. Overall, this book has no humor or comedy in it and there is not a right way or place for it to fit into the book.


The character I chose was Tomas. he is one of the 4 protagonists of the story. The author reveals him through if actions and the things he says. He is revealed by his actions because, in this chapter, he is in the principal’s office going through files. This reveals that he is not a rule follower. He is also revealed by what he says, you can tell he is very caring especially toward his sister. While going through the files, he continuously stated he is doing it for his sister. Some guy must have stalked or hurt her in the past year and left school, but he is coming back during the current school year. Also, you can tell Tomas tries to act almost cool by his word choice and sentence length compared to the other characters.
I like Tomas more than most of the main characters because he doesn’t try to be something he’s not. Autumn talks herself up so much and tries to seem like everyone loves her and shes above everyone and everything. Even though Tomas tries to act cool he tells it how it is and doesn’t try to talk himself up.
In the book, he is one of the kids not in the auditorium. He is very important in the story because you find the most information from him, that’s how his personality affects the conflict.
He is a very caring person. You can tell by all of his actions that his sister is a very important part of his life. Also, he is very protective of her. His sister is Sylv, she is the 2nd of the 4 protagonists. she is revealed by what she says. She is very intelligent and she is the second-best character. She is very kind and also cares about her brother. She is friends with Autumn but hangs out with her brother a lot of the book. She is also very emotional. She seems to be the most affected with everything going on in the book. She is also very hopeful, she believes that her brother will save them and get them out of their current situation.

Reading Log 1

The book I am reading is called this is where it ends. My book is about a school shooting all talking place within 54 minutes. I choose this book based off of the title and the font the title is in on the cover. Everyone says you should judge a book by its cover, but sometimes that is how you get the best understanding. I found it very interesting how the title was all in lower case letters and looked like something a teacher would write on the chalkboard. Also the sentence “Everyone has a reason to fear the boy with the gun” really makes you want to know what the book is about.

The other reason I picked the book was from reading the back. The back of the book isn’t your normal authors summary to try and you get you to read the book. On the back of this is where it ends there is a timeline of 5 minutes. It was very interesting that the whole story took place in 54 minutes, but the main action takes just 5 minutes to start. The book is set from 10:01 am -11:59 am in a high school in Alabama, the shooting takes place in the auditorium.

After reading the first chapter, I really enjoy the format of the book. The book starts at 10:01 am and is put into 4 different students’ perspectives: Claire, Tomas, Autumn, and Sylv. Also, the book reaches out to teen readers but putting in a section of the student’s social media posts, at the end of every chapter. This way you know the main four characters’ points of view as well as what everyone is saying about it. Right now, I like 3 out of the 4 main characters. I don’t like Claire, she seems to me to be the type who thinks everyone likes her.