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.