The Hate U Give

The book I chose to read is called “The Hate U Give”. I’m not much into reading so I chose this book because it was in the top ten books good for teenagers. I haven’t finished a book that I haven’t needed to read in school in I don’t know how long. So we will see if I like this one.

The book starts with the character Starr Carter, who is the narrator of the book. In the beginning action Starr went to a party with her friend Kenya. Kenya made Starr feel super uncomfortable/out of place at the party because she accused her of being stuck up. Starr attends school at Williamson Prep, which the majority of the students are white (Start is black). Kenya goes to a public school where the majority is black called Garden Heights (Kenya is black). Later in the chapter we come to find out that Kenya and Starr are friends because they share a brother named Seven. They also went to the same elementary school before Starr started going to prep school. At the party Kenya was gossiping, talking behind people’s back, talking about boys, all the teenage girl stuff and she at one point left Starr all alone. Starr kept some conversations going with some of her former classmates from Garden Heights Elementary. She saw her childhood best friend Khalil, which she hadn’t seen in ages. Then all of a sudden everyone at the party heard an outbreak of gunshots. Start runs to Khalil’s car and texts Kenya to see if she’s okay. In Khalil’s car, Khalil explained that they can’t have a party without having a shooting, and that it was most likely a dispute between some local gangs. Khalil played Starr his favorite albums by Tupac called “Thug Life”. Khalil told Starr that thug life stands for “The hate you give little infants f***s everybody”.

I think it’s pretty cool there’s a book about black school culture. I don’t have any experience or knowledge about those types of schools. I also think it’s really good that we already know where the title of the boom came from. Hopefully there’s better stuff to come, there isn’t much of a story now.

Blog 13: Song of Myself

I do not understand this poem, but to be honest I really haven’t put in the time to understand it. I did my lines for my project and I looked up what other people thought they meant and that helped a little bit to understand it better. I think with work like this, I need to be guided a little bit in the beginning to get the right beginning understanding. When I first got my lines for the project I did not understand them. When I play puzzle games, I never figure them out on my own, I never have the patience to figure them out on my own. I always look up the answers, and that’s the fun I have playing the game. I do not have fun figuring out the puzzle, I get frustrated. So I think that’s why i get frustrated trying to decode these pieces of work. But I do like looking up the answers, and learning what they mean, and then understanding it from my own perspective. I don’t really understand why this applies to Transcendentalism. I think I had a few lines that applied to nature and men. My favorite line that I got in the “Song to Myself” project is “Bearing the owner’s name someway in the corners, that we may see and remark, and say Whose?”. I think this is super powerful because it’s saying we need to acknowledge who owns the land we live on. Meaning we need to respect mother nature’s land. I think this applies to noadays greatly. With the amount of plastic we make, fumes we release in the air, trash and waste we put in water, etc (all the terrible stuff we do and make) I think it’s saying we need to start to respect and understand the importance of respecting the earth. The Earth will only be around as long as we let it. I think this is in our control. So we need to stop being greedy humans, and learn to respect and treat things right… Which might be a hard thing to teach humans, but overtime it will get better.

Blog 12: Thoreau’s Attempt

I’m going to put this in question form and write underneath it:

What connections can you make between Thoreau’s thoughts and Emerson’s?
Both Thoreau and Emerson love nature. They both lived at Walden park. They both also believed you should find truths with natures help

What is the main idea of the first portion of the excerpt “Where I Lived and What I Lived For?” What is the main point of “The Conclusion?”
The conclusion of the story talks about his departure from the woods. He explains this as moving from one point in life to another.

What would be the benefits of Thoreau’s leaving behind society to live in the woods experiment? What would you miss? Could you do it?
I think there would be great benefits from living in the woods without technology and away from people. I think it’s important to clear your mind here and there. So it would be extremely good for you to be away from everything and just have free time to think what you want to think, and just keep focus on staying alive and finding food and shelter. After all, humans did it before, so we should be able to do it now. Good for him for doing this modern day as well, I think that makes it much harder. Giving up everything that’s available today, to go on your own… pretty awesome.

I used to be outside all the time when I was younger, I didn’t play with toys or dolls, I was outside. I would build forts out of sticks and leaves… But I don’t think I would be able to do it without my family or being around people. Socializing is very important to me, and I’m very dependent on my family.

What should a modern reader take out of anything we’ve read in regards to Transcendentalism? Why?
Transcendentalism is very prevalent in our modern world today… It basically says that nature is the center of everything. So we need to protect it at all costs. There is great harm we are putting into nature today. I think we need to shape up and understand Transcendentalism.

Blog 11: Argumentative Reflection

In doing this to be in school, and Mr. McGary’s American literature class, it has change my perspective on the way people argue daily. I’m sure everybody argues at least once every day. But sometimes we rarely realize when we are doing it. I think the biggest thing that I learned during this lesson, is the different types of arguments. I think it’s interesting that different arguments have different impacts on an audience. I think in my daily life in high school, most of the kids use insults when arguing. I don’t think this is as affective as the other ways that we learned. I also think I would use insult as my argument, just because that’s what I’m used to hearing. Some people are better at arguing then others, and it was kind of fun to realize why those people were better at arguing. We learned about which tactics they use, unknowingly, to argue daily. Some people are better at arguing then others, and it was kind of fun to realize why those people were better at arguing. We learned about which tactics they use, unknowingly, to argue daily. Which is crazy that there’s a science behind it. We don’t realize on a daily basis that we do the things that we do. I tend to argue a lot, especially with Aaron Williams, kid always gets me going. But his arguing tactics just do not make sense, which makes me wanna argue with him even more.

And during the debates I learned that rebottle is very hard. The rebuttal was supposed to be three minutes long and mine was about 20 seconds. But as students did their debates I learned more about the rebottle and I probably could do a better one now. Since I was one of the first people that went I didn’t really know what to do

Blog 9: Virtues


Judgement.​ judgement is number one during current day because everyone goes through their own problems.

– this is one of my strong points. I always like to look into why somebody is the way that they are, everybody is the way that they are for a reason. BUT talking about people poorly/judging them becomes a easy and comforting conversation starter. That is my weakness here.

2. never know who is around you or what the people around you are going through so speak about certain topics only when they are appropriate.

– I always mean what I say, when I say it. BUT sometimes views change and you might change your opinion on something that could make you look insincere.

3. Frugality.things are getting more expensive so to be able to live you need to be safe with your money and the things you have.

– this is one of my weaknesses. I think everything expensive is better. Whether this be leggings, shampoo, hairbrushes, sheets for your bed, etc. and this is not always the case. I do save my money, and I do have a hard time spending my own money. This sounds terrible but I have a much better job spending other people’s money (Terrible!) :/

4. Understanding.​ people act weird but you have to understand their possible situations before you judge.

– I always look into why people are the way that they are. This goes hand-in-hand with judgment in my opinion. This is definitely one of my strong points, I always want to understand people better. I think humans are more alike than we come off, our brains are all wired the same.

5. Open-minded.with technology and the way we do things changing you have to be open to change.

– this is 50-50 for me. If I have strong opinion about something you’re not going to change my mind. But I will consider your side of the argument, I think that’s important. I really do find myself in the middle of things a lot because I can’t make a decision, I see both sides of things.

6. Cleanliness.​ there’s a lot of diseases and stuff out there so be clean but health has obviously improved also you need to look clean and taken care of to get a job usually.

– This is one of my very very very strong points. The bathroom in my house is probably my favorite room. I love taking baths and washing my face all of that good stuff. I sometimes take three baths a day, if I’m bored.

7. Industry. you need a job to sustain a good life.

– I do have two jobs. I enjoy working. If I didn’t work I won’t have anything to do, I would be lazy… Even more lazy than I am. I currently have two jobs: modeling and working for my dad at Flick Brothers electric Inc.

8. Resolution. it’s always a good thing to get stuff done as early as you can but nobody really does.

– Terrible. Here I am doing my blog two days late. But in my defense I wanted to sit down and really reflect on this virtue project since I didn’t do the chart as well as I should’ve. And plus I think it’s good to reflect on yourself here in there, for improvement. terrible. Here I am doing my blog two days late. But in my defense I wanted to sit down and really reflect on this virtual project since I didn’t do the chart as well as I should’ve. And plus I think it’s good to reflect on yourself here and there, for improvement

9. Order.​ having a plan for your day is good to do but anything can happen so it would get screwed up.

– I never have a plan, I wing everything. I’m scattered I can’t help but I’ve always been. My mom used to yell at me when I was younger to get my homework done right after school “so it would be done” but I do it all over the night some days I do it after school some days I do it before bed some days I would do it the next morning. I never have a plan, I wing everything. I’m scattered I can’t help but I’ve always been. My mom used to yell at me when I was younger to get my homework done right after school “so it would be done”. But I Would do it all over the night, some days I do it after school, some days I do it before bed, some days I would do it the next morning. I’m a still this way, maybe not as bad. I don’t think I’ll ever be an organized, orderly person, and if I ever am I’ll be surprised.

10. Humility.​ there are a lot of people who try to put themselves above others but being humble is still better and more respected.

– I never put myself in front of anybody because I think I’m better than them. It’s more the opposite I put people in front of myself because I think they’re better than me. I think this is just as unhealthy as thinking you’re better than other people.

11. Temperance.​ its good to stay healthy but being obese and overweight is becoming the new normal.

– I am a fat person in a skinny person body. It’s like my soul is a fat person. I eat just about to breakfast every day two lunches and I gorge myself at dinner time most of the time. I enjoy food I love trying new things, I love feeling full. But I do understand that’s not helping for me. And I’ve been trying to eat healthier foods if I’m going to eat more.

12. Tranquility. stressing over little things is unnecessary.

– I recently watched a video of a woman talking about side effects of birth control. The birth-control I am on actually hinders the hormone that’s supposed to release when you’re stressed. This hormone boost memory so this stressful situation doesn’t happen in the future. I find myself stressed over things I wouldn’t be stressed about before. Stupid shit like, the party I wasn’t invited to, or if my boyfriend still likes me. Things I don’t need to be stressed about. This is a weakness that needs to be worked upon.

13. Justice. purposely hurting someone is never okay to do.

– I will never hurt somebody purposely, unless they really got me going.

14. Silence. about certain topics these days is this good to follow.

– ha ha. This is a weak point! I love making people laugh and talking and telling stories. It’s who I am, it’s part of my personality. But I do find myself talking when it’s not needed, or I get in trouble for saying something I shouldn’t have said. But I always learn from my mistakes.

15. Moderation. it’s always annoying when someone over exaggerates things.

– I am the biggest exaggerator. I think it adds character. My sister hates when I exaggerate stuff, she’s always calling me out on it. And sometimes it’s embarrassing. So I would say this is a weak point I am the biggest exaggerator. I think it adds character. My sister hates when I exaggerate stuff, she’s always calling me out on it. And sometimes it’s embarrassing. So I would say this is a weak point.

16. Chastity. (taken out) do not use sex for purposes other than health and reproduction. Never have sex to the point where you are weakened as a person, sex becomes boring or you start to have a reputation for having to much sex.

– Strong point! I’ll leave this here. Ha ha.

and that’s how I did on this virtue project 🙂

End of Poetry

The “Dodos Conundrum” poem was very interesting. At first I really didn’t understand it, but then Mr. McGarry kind of laid it out to us while reading it. I thought it was creative how the author explained things using different words. He gave his ideas different characteristics, to make it more of a puzzle. I don’t think the author wanted his poem to be easy to figure out. I think the author purposely made it hard to figure out. Doing the sound and sense question were much easier with this poem because we were given that head start by McGarry. It was super helpful in getting us to understand the story a little faster and better in the long run. He also kind of pointed out important parts that would help us with a sound and sense question in our google classroom. Poetry has changed dramatically changed the way I look at things. I think there is many things in life that aren’t just going to come out and give us the answer. So I truly think poetry helps us get practice in being able to figure stuff in life out on our own. Life is kinda like your own poem… you have to figure it out as you go. I feel like this poetry unit was much shorter than it has been in previously years. I was like holy crap that went by super super fast. I feel as though we have only been studying poetry for 2 weeks. Overall, I had a good experience with this unit.


Sometimes I hate poetry, sometimes I love it. I like being the one writing the poem and making everyone else figure it out. I can sit down and dissect a poem if I really want to, but I need to be motivated.

I find myself wanting to create a combination of words that mean something powerful. It sounds perfect in my head and I type it out or write it out, and it’s just not what I imagined. So I get frustrated. I hate the part of poetry where there’s rhyme or a pattern. I like the ones that are that person ideas splatted on a piece of paper/document. It really comes from the heart then. There’s no time to make it rhyme, because you have to get it off your chest fast.

The only time I like poetry being organized and with rhythm or rhyme is about something funny. Like Dr. Suess books. The whole book is one poem and it amazes me about how he had the idea to come up with these amazing books with such creativity.

I hated the poem “Eldorado” at first because I didn’t understand it. I just needed to see how somebody else viewed it to realize how I view it myself. I have trouble finding meaning in words or meaning in the line. I just don’t understand that. And that why I really enjoy free verse from the heart.

Mrs. Schultz told us in 9th grade that most rap songs or pop songs that we listen to everyday is a poem. They use rhythm and rhyme and patterns and we didn’t even know it. Ever since that day I listen to the lyrics of songs that catch my ear, and I imagine the lyrics on a piece of paper in my head.

I wouldn’t say I love poetry, but I don’t hate it.

The evolution of my short story

My story when I initially thought it out was much different than it is now. I think my initial thought for the story would’ve been too long. I had to leave out some details or my story would’ve been a book. When I first started writing my story I wanted the main character to be really money obsessed, probably inspired from “the Devil and Tom Walker”, When I was writing my story I couldn’t quite figure out how to add details that would say that he’s money obsessed. He’s kind of just a normal man in my story now. I also wanted Steve to be interacting with the mafia, but in my story it’s more like he’s interacting with maybe some drug lords. I really don’t like my story right now, I feel everything is really rushed and very expected. I feel like you already know what’s coming as a reader. I also feel like I’m much better at writing upbeat, funny stories for kids. I think I settled on a six word story that I really didn’t have a vision for. I also don’t really know much about drug lords or the mafia so I didn’t know what they hire people to do. I didn’t really research what they either. When I start really finishing up my story I’m going to change some things around. I really stuck to what i originally planned things out to be because I thought we weren’t really supposed to change things up. But I realized everyone’s stories are going to change ways once you begin writing and changing things up. Some things don’t work the way you want them to or some things don’t make sense, or you can’t add the right details to make that detail make sense. I enjoy writing, I’m pretty good at it. But that is the part I hate. When I have a vision and can’t put it down on paper.

Elements to add to my story

Comparing “the hate U give“, to the story that I’m going to write will be interesting. I don’t think the two stories are really going to vibe together. I think I’m gonna go for a different tone in my story. The characters are going to have way different personalities. In “the hate U give“ the characters are all children/young adults/teenagers, and I think my story is going to be more about adults, to give it more of a mature theme. I’m still thinking everything through and I don’t really know the character traits that I’m going to give my characters yet. I’m a much better writer when I just wing it, and then go through and add details. I’m not sure which six word story I’m going to use for my story yet so I’m not really sure which conflict I’m going to use. The 6 word story I used was “for sale; baby shoes, never worn“. I think this would be a great one to have kind of an emotional appeal to the story. The reader might have an attachment/have an emotional feel because in my story I was planning on the baby dying. So that story I might write might be extremely sad, and I might develop the characters for when they were younger. Maybe the baby died because of karma. Maybe the mom or dad did something awful when they were younger and God wants them to pay. Something that could have detail like, that I don’t necessarily need to believe in. The other one Would also have an emotional appeal the six word story at that I chose was “please this is everything I have“. I was planning on basing it around a family whose dad got involved in the mafia, and he made a mistake and they came after him. They wanted everything the family had or they were going to take the kids away.They couldn’t involve the police either because then the dad would be going to jail for something that he didn’t do. If anyone has an attachment to their family, and their family means a lot to them this will be emotional.

Setting in “The Devil and Tom Walker”

In “The Devil and Tom Walker” it is very important that Washington Irving uses setting to utilize the hypocrisy of the Puritans at the time. There are characters that are revealed throughout the story that are important to the setting. In the story the devil is it name because Tom thinks that it will give him power. Tom called the devil “Old Scratch”, and other names he was given were “ Black huntsman“, “ The black miner”, and “ The wild huntsman“. In the story Tom lives in a swamp, and this adds to the spooky feeling of the devil. The setting is also super important because at the time (1727), people were incredibly religious. So it’s kind of ironic that Tom is making a deal with the person everyone around him hates or despises. Tom is so greedy he doesn’t care about What anyone else thinks of him. He doesn’t care that he’s making a deal with the devil, he only cares that he’s making money off for himself. The story takes place in Boston. Kid the pirate buried his money near Boston, and Tom wanted it. So that’s why he made the deal with the devil, because of his greed. If Tom wasnt looking for kid the Pirates treasure, then maybe we won’t realize how greedy he was. The whole reason he ran into the devil was because he took the shortcut, and started digging for treasure. He found a skull and a hatchet. And the devil came out and offered him a deal. Tom questioned what he was doing on this land, because it belong to Deacon Peabody. The devil explain to him that the trees represented people that he had made deals with. Tom didn’t realize that the devil also had a wood burner, and he used the trees to create heat for himself. Which is a metaphor of using people. This was a Porten setting because it was foreshadowing what would later happen to Tom after he made the deal with the devil. The reader is knew no good was going to happen after Tom made the deal with the devil.

Comedy in The Hate U Give

In the book “The Hate U Give”, There isn’t much comedy yet… I don’t know if there will be. In the book there was a shooting at one of the school parties the main character went to, named Starr. I really don’t think it would be appropriate to add humor in the book when this is happening. Shootings are such a big thing nowadays, I think people would be offended if the author added a sense of humor after a shooting just happened. In the beginning of the book there was my mild humor. Here and there at find myself smiling over something I related to when I was at a party. There was a few moments where Starr was awkward because she didn’t have people to talk to and the author kind of made it humorous. I think that would be an example of farce comedy. I think this because Starr is put in a situation, awkwardness, and she does her best to make it not awkward. I also kind of found it funny relating to the mean girls that we’re treating Starr poorly at the beginning of the book. They were so cringe it was hilarious. This is almost an example of comedy of manners because these girls think they’re better than everyone, and find it OK to treat Starr poorly because she doesn’t go to their school or dress like they do or hang out with the people that they hang out with. There is also some references about drugs and gangs and I think could be kind of considered humorous to the right person. This would be an example of low comedy due to the fact that they are almost like “dirty jokes“ but drug related… But other than that there is no comedy yet in the book “The Hate U Give”. I think the author is going to try to add a few ideas of comedy later on in the book. The book is so popular for teenagers, I think it would need to have more sense of comedy/humor. Teenagers love to laugh in my opinion

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