Sunday, January 7, 2018

One Word

        The word I've chosen to focus on this year is "happiness". When we were assigned this project it was the first thing that I thought of, but I immediately thought it was too simple so I tried a few other words. The others that I tested didn't have the same the importance to me. Mental health has always been really meaningful to me, but I undervalued it last year and there were times that I just wasn't happy. This year I want to be genuinely pleased and to find positivity in everything. I want to worry less and to be in a constant state of wellness. I want to spend time doing things that I love and being with people that make me laugh. I not only want this for myself, but I also want others to be happy.

Thursday, December 21, 2017

TKAM Compare/Contrast

        The To Kill A Mockingbird movie to left out parts from the book, as I expected. But, there were even more important things forgotten than expected and I was kind of disappointed.
        I would change the movie to include Ms. Maudie's house fire because I felt like it was really important to the story as it was one of the first encounters with Boo Radley. I understand that it is nearly impossible to transfer an entire book into a film, but I also wish the school scene and the pageant were added. Also, some lines that I wanted to hear were skipped. Including, "Son, where are your pants" and how Atticus announced Tom's death. However, I think the trial was accurate and was up to my expectations.
      Another thing that I would change would be the perspective. In the book it's Scout's story, but in the movie it seems to be all about Jem.
        Even though there were some things forgotten, some of the characters were presented really well. Scout's personality and appearance was even better than the image I had in my mind. I think Mayella and Calpurnia were accurately played as well.
       Overall I found the book better than the movie mainly because of detail. But, it was fun actually seeing the characters.

Friday, October 20, 2017

DWA Publishing 1st Quater

        I'm afraid of a lot of things; falling, sharks, knives, home invasion, deep sea, stray cats, and I'm a little claustrophobic. BUT, I am absolutely terrified of being kidnapped. One winter when I was in elementary school I actually experienced someone asking me to get in their car. I remember it vividly and I think it could be the fuel for this phobia. From reading books and watching movies, it definitely seems like the worst to thing to possibly happen.You could end up there forever and who knows where "there" is, they could take you anywhere. You could be killed or just suffer, and no one else knows that it's happening. Also, from what I've seen/heard, kidnappings go unknown or unsolved more often than they are solved. Even if it is solved (which could take years), it would be so traumatic and it would stay with you forever.
       Isn't it strange that everyone learns the same letters, but we all write them in a our special way? The fact that people are recognized by the shaped of these letters is fascinating to me. Whether you dot your "i's" a tad to the left, loop your "y's", fluently connect your letters, or if they fill wide ruled lines from top to bottom. your letters can be small and close together or wide and tall. But, on the printed worksheets in a kindergarten class, they look the same to everyone. They've always been the same, but the unique ways our hands move making it more interesting.

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Words of Wisdom

I have concluded that everyone has different views on life. While some value humor and not taking things seriously, others find importance in success and being yourself. Some of these quotes relate to my personal life, while others just give me a glimpse of what goes on in someone's head. I've learned a lot of different aspects of people's lives, and I will remember what they've learned. I loved seeing different varieties of thoughts and knowledge, so I really enjoyed this project.

Saturday, March 18, 2017

History Day Reflection

     I worked with Ellie Anderson and Dakota Wages on an exhibit about Susan B. Anthony and her determination for equal rights. While we conducted research for this project I learned a lot about how important she is and thought about women's rights in a new way. I never knew how much time she dedicated to this cause and that she didn't even live to see her biggest accomplishment, the passage of the 19th amendment. We not only learned a lot of important facts (and even had a little fun along the way), but also came across obstacles. I personally, had a hard time getting things done in class and had to resort to working on it at home every night. But as a group Ellie and I struggled with annotations while Dakota had difficulties with the title board. There were also issues beyond explanation.
     At home I had discussions with my parents about the problems we had, I kept hearing the same thing, "You're becoming a better learner." I honestly didn't believe them, I just wanted the project to be over. But I now realize that while we learned a lot about the women's rights movement, we were also learning about becoming better researchers, learners, and group members. Research for a specific topic seemed simple at thought, but while researching I learned about importance of organization and finding reliable sources. Working together for a long time has bonded us in ways good and bad, but I've learned a lot about working with others.
     This project has been a long process, but there is still plenty of room for improvements. We plan on editing annotations and improving organization of our display board. Through this long process, a lot has happened. Of all the things that happened, I'm proud of the time I dedicated to our project.
     Our project shows relation to the theme because Anthony stood up to all the people who valued men more than women. She was targeted for abuse and even arrested because of her determination. She took a stand for everyone on behalf of the women's rights movement.  

Monday, October 3, 2016

Shakespeare Reflection

       When I looked at the chalkboard and saw "Shakespeare" written on it, I was kinda excited to learn about this famous author that I hear about all the time. It seemed like everyone knew who he was and I had a very small knowledge of him. Once we got started on the reading the excitement kinda drained out. Eventually, around the time that we visited the museum, I got excited again. I finally realized why he was so important to literature. Then, when we began watching the Taming of the Shrew even more excited. It was great seeing his work come together.
      I think that The Taming of the Shrew was a great place to start while learning about Shakespeare. It was a love story, but not the "gushy" kind we're used to. It had action and humor mixed in. The main reason it was different is because of the shrew, Kate. She definitely changed throughout the movie, but in a good way. I think that at the end, they successfully tamed her. Or, Kate was just pretending to be kind and gentle to give everyone what they wanted...
      Next step to learning about this "master author" is when we went to the museum. I learned a lot about Shakespeare while there. This is probably the point where I realized how important he (and his work) is. I also learned a lot about him and his life. The fact that he didn't have a full education amazed me. I think his First Folio is a very important piece. This is kinda where everyone figured out how "special" he was. It's important for us to know about this because Shakespeare altered a lot of literature. He created his own words and type of writing, changing the art of writing that has been used to this day.
     His words were very unique...these words that he created were great accents to his writing. Especially insults. While we learned about his insults (and death scenes) it really helped me understand why everyone thinks he's amazing. It also helped me understand his writing. For example, what his words mean and how to read them.
     Now that we've come to the end of this unit, I've learned to really appreciate Shakespeare.