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

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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?"
"Yes!"
"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. 

Thursday, March 10, 2016

(13) Famous

I would like to be famous while living. I don't know something about just being remembered gets me thinking like, no one would ever know me while I was living except for the closest people. Then while I'm famous, people do know me, not all of me, but they know me and I find that very great! I would like to be famous and not remembered after death, than unknown and remembered.

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

(12) Legacy

I want to be known for my great inspiration. I want to be known and remembered for dedication and motivation for fitnes. I want to love myself and I want others to love themselves too! I want to be remembered for dedicating myself to lose weight and to be fit. I want to be the motivation for others to love themselves. I don't want to be known as the lazy, unfit, unispirational person. I want to be something. I want to be known and remembered for something good and inspirational.

Friday, March 4, 2016

(11) Reaction to release

I think that these chapters were extremely crazy and mind-blowing. It's crazy how and why Rosemary got released. Like how? I'm just mind blown. What really had me thinking was when Jonas' dad released the new child. That was crazy. I thought that the releases were much more painful and dramatic. I think it's good that they aren't that dramatic, like they aren't making the people freak out or suffocate. I also think that it's crazy how they just shove you inside the black room. What's in there ? Why do thy put you in there ? Are there people inside there or on the other side that are going to take you, like from elsewhere ? There are so many questions that I have and hopefully they get answered.

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

(10) Understanding

I really don't feel some type of way towards Jonas' community. I just think that it's so unrealistic. I really don't understand. Like first of all its crazy how your life is basically planned out. You're not able to experience new things because everything must be put in an orderly way.

I feel that I understand it more in Jonas' perpective because everything is happening to him, and if it was from someone else's perspective it would be different because you wouldn't know what Jonas' was doing or thinking. Everything would just be blah, because we wouldn't know too much. Then again everyone has a different perspective of things and instead of learning about Jonas we would be learning about that other person.

Monday, February 29, 2016

(9) Imagen

The song Imagen, by John Lennon is about having no worries. Not worrying about other things that affect the work be live in.

The Giver relates to this song because there are no worries, everything is planned out the right way. A way were no one has to worry about anything, everything that must happen, happens. There's no worrying about jobs, or family or anything. Things happen in order and in a peaceful way.

Thursday, February 25, 2016

(8) Freedom



The freedom in the Preamble is granted by making sure everyone is safe with their surroundings and the things that they do and use in everyday life. I think that freedom is a very important concept to our country and life because without it no one would no the real you, what religion you are, what you enjoy, who you like, what you like. Everyone has a different opinion on things and without freedom no one would be able to express themselves in a good way. 

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

(7) Jonas' POV Change

Jonas' point of view changes from everyone else's point of view because he's being able to see and recognize different memories from various passes. His point of view changes because no one else knows about the memories he is receiving from the Giver. Because no one else knows about these powerful memories, and no one can know, he's able to see various perspectives of past generations and no one else can.

(6) New Chapter Tiltle

Chapter Five

The Fear of Telling

In chapter five Jonas must tell his dream to his family in the early morning, but is afraid of what they'll think because it's his very first one. To be fully honest, I would be afraid as well. So, I named this untitled chapter, the fear of telling based on his fear of telling his first stirring.

Friday, February 19, 2016

(4) Unity Through Comformaty?

Unity would come after comformity because comformity means that everyone is the same, everyone does the same things, wears the same things, etc. Unity comes in because no one really cares. No one is jealous, we all wear the same things, so what's there to be jealous of? Everyone comes together as a hig group and no one has jealousy over one another. That's why I think that because everyone is the same, everyone is also United to each other. If Jonas' community was all different like ours, then there wouldn't be any United groups. So with comformanity everything is united, no one is jealous over one another, no one is unhappy with one another. Everything is much more calm. :))

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

(3) What if?



I honestly don't think that history is very important to the present time. I say this because I mean they're all dead anyway. It's not like they can come back alive and tell you the future situations. Yes, I do understand that they do help our future and the historical event that happened, that's why it's important. And yes, they can help us out in the future, but I just don't think they're important. The most important is now, the present, not the past. We learn from the past, and we can make the future better with the past, but I just don't think that it's important. It happened, yes it happened, but is it still as important as it was, no. 

I honestly did disagree with the argument, well half and half. Like, yes I do understand and I do agree that history is important, but yet again this is the present. I really don't know how to explain it, but I don't think it's important. Things will happen, then and now. Not everything can be fixed by the past and even if things are better now because of the past historical events, the future is just getting better by the second and everything isn't just based on the past. In the future there are going to be better people like the ones in the past and they're going to keep making better improvements and they're not getting them from the past.

Friday, February 12, 2016

(2) Two Worlds Colliding

8 personally feel like we barely have similar things between both communities/worlds. We do, do volunteer hours especially for school like for NJHS. We do get jobs that suit ourselves. 

I think that there is a lot more differences;
        -We don't call each other by our age numbers.
        -We keep track of our age no matter how old we are.
        -We don't have Nurturing Centers.
        -Babies and older people don't get released.
        -We don't get assignments/careers at the age of 12.
        -We don't have big celebrations or ceremonies for our age or "release"
There are many more things that are different in Jonas' world and in our world. In my opinion.

I wouldn't really want to live in Jonas' world because I wouldn't really want to have my job chosen at such a young age, what if I don't like it or it really doesn't suit me. I wouldn't want to have family feeling time after dinner. I feel like if your family knew about certain things, they would be upset, and it's dinner, so that would be upsetting! Overall, I wouldn't want to live or exist in Jonas' world. Even though our world isn't perfect, I would chose the one I'm in, over Jonas'.

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

(1) The Giver - Lois Lowry

The Giver
Lois Lowry

I wouldn't like for someone to chose my career because what if I don't like it? Or I change my mind? Or perhaps, I change my mind and don't want that specific career or profession.  The fact that I wouldn't really be able to chose what I want to exceed on, would be something that I wouldn't really agree to. One good thing though, is that I wouldn't have to really worry about what I want. I wouldn't spend so much time deciding, it would just be a 1, 2, 3 process, which is better.

Having this desiscion made form me at just 12 years old would be a bit rushing because I'm barely 12 and I'm still not in the stage of pure responsibility and maturity. Yes, it would be nice to have a job at 12 and have something distracting to do, something you enjoy. Yet again, we're still not in that correct stage.