Monday, April 25, 2016

(20) Intro Poetry Reflection

1. I think a poem should include feelings and in depth details about a subject. If you're talking about a story, I think you should include your feelings towards the situation, details that put together that subject, and just extra things here and there that put the subject together and you're able to understand and be able to picture the subject or situation in your head. I think it should also rhyme just to spice it up a bit. Sometimes I feel like rhyming helps me understand things make because it's entertaining.

2. I don't think that poems should have too many words or phrases because although it's trying to get in depth about what it's about, it gets boring and now it just feels like a whole bunch of words are being thrown at you.

3. The Bradstreet poem didn't have stanzas , it was just a big junk of words and phrases.

4. They both had rhymes here and there that really put them together.

Saturday, April 23, 2016

(19) About My Father, Jackie Robinson

  • Based on the first paragraph, why do you think Sharon Robinson wrote this article?
I think that she wrote this article to prove her point of view and explain the troubles her father had to go through to break the "color barrier."
  • What is the main idea of the article? Provide details from the article to support your answer.
This article is mainly about Jackies break through the "color barrier" that existed in the 1800's. His daughter explains the obstacles he had to face and how he was able to fight back. Although he never fought with his hands, he always had a comeback with the bat and the base. 
  • How did the color barrier prevent black baseball players from playing in the Majors before 1947?
When the color barrier was taking place, it was when black and brown skinned ball players were kept out of the Majors. Then during the 1800's two colored players played alongside whites but by 1890 baseball was segregated. In 1947 there was two teams, one being the Majors which whites could only play in and the other being the Negro Leagues which colored players could only play in. 
  • Why were Jackie Robinson’s college statistics at UCLA and his accomplishments with the Kansas City Monarchs important information for Branch Rickey?
That was important information for Branch Rickey because Jackie was the first athlete to letter in all four sports; basketball, long jump, football, and baseball. 
  • Why was it important to Mr. Rickey that Jackie Robinson had strength of character?
It was important to Mr. Rickey because although Jackie would face racial comments and obstacles he needed to still be able to keep his head up high and fight with his bat towards a base. He wanted to make sure he was mentally prepared and mature to not fight back and make it up higher in baseball and in life. 
  • What evidence in the article suggests that Jackie Robinson succeeded in breaking barriers in Major League Baseball?
In the last two paragraphs Sharon writes "He went on to play 10 seasons, earning such awards as Rookie of the Year and Most Valuable Player." And in the last paragraph she says, "It took 13 long seasons before every Major League Baseball team had at least one African-American player on its roster. Today, Major League Baseball players come from around the world and continue to break barriers of culture, language, race, and religion." This tells me that Jackie went through a rough patch just to make it so that everyone could participate in the sport they loved. He was able to keep himself drowned in positivity and make it through so that he broke the color barrier and made it possible for future colored baseball players able to play. 

Friday, April 22, 2016

(18) 42 Reflection

Discrimination in my own words would have to be when someone is avoiding someone or being rude to another because of their race, religion, and gender. With race it's similar to Jackies situation. They didn't allow him to be on a baseball team because he was a negro and everyone else was white. They didn't allow him to do much because he wasn't "accepted." With religion it's almost similar as well. People get offended and sometimes just hate other religions; Jewish, Catholic, Christian, Muslim and many others. And lastly with gender; girls, and boys. I guess it still happens today but a long time ago  people didn't let girls play boy sports or sports with guys period. Or when they said that girls were only meant for working at the house and not providing because that was a men's job. I think that discrimination is very big especially on these three topics. I'm sure there are many more but in my opinion this is discrimation.

One time I went to the store to go buy groceries with my parents and I was standing by the candy isle looking around and I saw this African African man and he had bought some stuff. He had his hand in his pocket and he was looking at the floor. Then he got close to the door and before he stepped out, a cop that had his eye on him stopped him. The cop was white and he told him to take his hands out of his pockets and the black man asked him why. The cop just started yelling and arguing with him. So finally he took out his pockets, dropped his grocery bags on the floor and the cop searched him. Then the man said, "you only searched me because I'm black." Then he pointed to a white lady that was heading out and said "why don't you search her?" The cop just told him to shut up and leave. I thought it really sad because I mean it's true. People pay more attention to the race you are and then begin to assume unrealistic things.

Monday, April 18, 2016

(17) When is there dignity in silence?

It was about yesterday when I started to talk to my sister about the time I woke up and she woke up. She hasn't been to work in about 9 months and she doesn't wake up until like 1pm and I was talking to her about that because I wake up at 6am everyday and she didn't believe me. The whole situation turned into an argument and she was saying that well she stays up until like 3am doing things but most of the time she's watching movies or shows which she could be doing better things at earlier times. I guess I should've kept myself silent because she got mad and didn't talk to me for a few hours until I splashed water on her. That was funny.

There are times that I wish I did stay silent but I mean things happen. Especially when things don't seem to be going right or something is unfair I find it better to argue but I know that's not the case. Although those things did happen, I think that dignity in a situation is always key.

Thursday, March 17, 2016

(16) Reading/Writing Workshop

I was writing about future goals, or basically my feelings. I don't really feel comfortable talking about it because it's just more personal. Just like about this guy I like and about Hingis I love about him, and things that my future would contain, with him. I also had a whole bunch of them that I read over and ripped out as well. I only ripped them out because he asked for them and of course I want to give them to him.

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

(15) Thinking

1) I really enjoyed the part when Jonas first found out that the people in his community didn't love. And right after the Giver told him about it Jonas went to ask his parents if they loved him and they said that alive was unmeaningful. I thought that part was very crazy and like WOAH! Love is very important and in this community it isn't. That's crazy to know. I also really enjoyed the last part when the Giver and Jonas make a plan so that Jonas is able to escape and find elsewhere. After many many centuries someone will finally find Elsewhere.

2) n my independent reading book, the most interesting part would have to b the latest situations. Addie's mom deformed and now they live in a trailer and then on day her mom starts seeing this guy for a business and then she starts coming home with work things and she isn't with Addie most of time when Addie needs her and I just think it's crazy becaus when sh comes home she expects Addie to be safe, and happy when she rarely seen her.

3) The last part of the Giver bothered me because I thought the end was going to go more in depth and be more intresting instead of it just ending all blah. I would expect a longer ending, atleast explaining what happens to Jonas or an epilogue.

4) In my independent book what bothered me was when Addie finds out that the lady that works at the gasoline station and lives in the greenhouse has breast cancer. It just really sadden me. She's very nice to her and she cares a lot about her. When Addie's mom left for business meetings, the lady was there to take care of her and it just made me sad. She found out becaus she wanted to show her something tsp he did at school and she wasn't at the front desk so she went up to the greenhouse and it was open and she walked in finding the lady's friend and her. I forgot what was going on but then the lady's fed left and sh told Addi. It's just sad to be fully honest.

Monday, March 14, 2016

(14) Alternate Ending



Chapter 24

        Jonas closed his eyes and fell to his knees on the snow covered ground. Holding Gabriel as tight as possible, and led out a weep of tears. Finally! They had finally reached their destination and they were ready for a new life. He slowly got up trying to ignore the pain and numbness from his legs and Gabe's weight that had finally become nothing but a feeling of a paper resting on his chest and holding on from his shoulders. 
        Every step taken was like new moments of happiness gathering in his mind. 
Then everything went dark.  Jonas fell down towards the snow covered ground unconscious. 

He awakened to the sounds of music, laughter, and warmth. These things seemed confusingly new to Jonas. He felt a very soft and warm blanket on him. He slowly opened his eyes. Curious he looked around the room. There were lights everywhere! Upfront was a tree covered in beautiful decorations and presents. Different shapes, sizes, colors. The memory that he once experienced had seem to become reality. The colors brought the whole place alive. It was like he was living inside a dream. It was beautiful. Finally Jonas turned to his side to find a women with antler ears topped on her short light hair. She picked up a bowl of warm soup from the counter next to her and offered it to Jonas. Of course Jonas accepted. He had been hungry and weak for the past few weeks and needed this. The women brought out a spoon and sunk it in the soup, she brought out the spoon and brought it close to Jonas' mouth, then fed him.        
       This all reminded him of when he was a new child. When mother had to pretend to be his comfort object in order for him to accept his food. It was a good memory, but nothing better than the new life that was beginning.

"Where is Gabe?" Jonas asked while taking his second sip of soup.
"The little child with beautiful light eyes?"
"The people in our community saw him weak, hungry, and very filthy, so they took him to the children's hospital." She pointed to the big building with a white hand and blue background logo outside the snowy window.

"I need to see him! Is he okay? Will he be okay? What will you guys do to him?" Jonas seemed to be getting very angry. Was it the lack of sleep and discomfort he had been living through for the past weeks, months?

"Jonas everything will be okay, he will be okay. You'll be able to see him once you've had enough sleep and strength."
"But I need to see him now" Tears began streaming down Jonas' cheek. Tears of mixed emotions. Happiness, worry, anger.

"Jonas, it's time to rest."
Jonas slowly doze off. He seemed to be drifting into a dream. Not a stirring, not a bad memory, a real dream.

        He was in the sky, floating. There's was nothing but a blue sky and clouds surrounding him. There was a nice breeze that came once in a while. Then he saw something. He wasn't scared, but alerted. It seemed to be a black dot. Curious, he began getting closer and closer. The black dot seem to spread out into a figure. It was the Giver. He was standing with his hands by his sides, one holding a girls hand. He looked happy. The girl had luminous eyes, and a big bright smile across her face. Rosemary, Jonas thought. She the let go of the Givers hand and skipped towards Jonas. She was quite short, so he knelt down.
She whispered into his ear, "you'll be happy, I promise."

Then she turned, skipped towards the Giver and waved goodbye. Jonas slowly got up and watched them slowly disappear into the floating clouds.

He knew he would be happy. This new life had everything. color, feeling, love. Gabe would grow up happily, with all of the great things Jonas fought to have. This made Jonas happy.

He awakened to the sound of birds chirping, a summer breeze, and the sounds of leaves clapping against each other. Gabe lay in a crib motionless with a smile on his face. This was the start of a new, happy life. This was the Elsewhere that no one spoke about, the place where everyone thought nonsense about, the place that seemed galaxies away. This was the Elsewhere of happiness.