This week it was the seniors last week so there was a lot of announcements and assemblies. We started writing our copy of our Comparative essays. a comparative essay is when you write about one or more objects and what they have in relation to each other. I am doing my Comparative essay between the book “A long Way Home” and of Mice and Men. Throughout the week I have learned that in both books they have similar relationship in them and both have main characters who depend on a friend or significant other for love and support. By the end of the week I hope to learn more in depth about these stories and the connections they have with each other.
This week is the last full week of School. There a lot of things happening. For our silent sustained reading assignments we are either to read or write a goodbye letter to a teacher who is retiring this year. We also began reading a book called "A raisin in the sun" . Everyday we read it as a class and different people are assigned different parts to read. Along with that we were given music connection sheets , which is a sheet that we fill in with a song and special lyrics that related to "A raisin in the sun". After a couple chapters we stop reading and we listen to a song that relates to what we just read and reflect with our groups on it. So far the story is about how this black family's life is being affected by a ten thousand dollar insurance check from their deceased father. Everyone has their own opinion about the money but they all have different views. Back in the day ten thousand dollars was like a million dollars to them because they were poor and didn't have much money.By the end of this week I hope to understand this book better and end the year off on a good note.
This week the class continued reading October sky. While they were reading i was finishing my book a long way home , i haven't finished it yet but i will soon. The class is also coming close to finishing october sky. So far in my book i just found out that ishmael was separated from his brother junior and their cousins. He soons begins his journey to find his family , hopefully in the next town over. Ishmael gets very lonely on the way and he only eats every two days. He doesn't get much sleep because he spends his nights sleeping in the forest.
This week we are beginning to read October sky and doing a trait chart. I already read october sky so i am reading a book called a long way gone"memories of a boy soldier". This book is basically a collection of memoirs of a boy who fought as a soldier in the government army after he fled the rebels in his home country,Sierra Leone. Through this book he learns that he is capable of very violent things, and eventually gets saved by UNICEF.
This week in class we watched the movie,Of mice and Men. We also worked on a worksheet that taught us how to connect with the story of the movie, with our everyday lives. We learned about how Candy mourned the loss of his dog and that represented amensalism. In the story curly treated his wife like dirt and always wanted to pick a fight. Curley and his wife's relationship represented parasitism along with symbiosis.
This week we finished the book, Of mice and men. The end of the book had a suprising ending . After finishing the book we were asked to look at our big questions that we had written earlier in the trimester. I then thought of some ways that Of mice and men tied together with my big question. My question was "how do relationships give up meaning ". I thought of how Lennie and George had a strong bond and were almost like brothers. George was the boss and Lennie followed him e even thought he was stronger and bigger. I learned that relationships can give us meaning because they serve a specific purpose in our lives and we would be lost without them. I think i still need to work on giving more details and facts in my writing blogs, so then they will make more sense. I am still confident that i have become a more emotion person and this class has caused me to sort of look at life in a different way .
New faces. I walk into class , and all i see is a new and familiar faces . This is my second day in this class and so far i have already learned so much. We learned to create our own websites and publish them. So far i have caught up to everyone relatively quickly. I only know one person in my class and she has helped me adjust to the class well. I admit i still need to work on thinking of ideas but i think i will do well in this class