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Timelines

In the past few weeks our class created timelines for worldwide crises, such as: The Syrian Uprising, The Ukrainian Clashes, Turkey’s Protests, The Afghan Civil War, and the Egyptian Uprising. Our group was contemplated of: Me, Deni, Ayla, and Lorenzo; we got Syria and we gave everyone a separate year. It is sometimes difficult working in a group because (for me at least,) I don’t want to rely on other people to do something for me, I want to rely on myself to do the work because at least than I can be sure of myself and not make sure that others are doing the work they’re supposed to.

 

I guess that most people feel this way about groups but then again it can still be fun. Overall I believe that being in a group can be stressful but also a lot of fun.

Where The Red Fern Grows

Dear Ms.Wachowiak,

 

I have finally started reading the book that you recommended to me quite a while ago called, “Where The Red Fern Grows,” which I have only started two days ago and has already become a very interesting and captivating book. I like that it is about a poor southern boy who just wants two hunting hounds but can’t because he and his family can’t afford it. Also I am not sure what time this story is set in, but I assume it is somewhere in the early nineties or late eighteen hundreds because in the book it states that two hunting hounds cost seventy-five dollars and after the father says that if he had that kind of money he would buy another mule or two.

 

In this book I believe my favorite character would be Billy Colman the main protagonist who is so determined to get a dog that in some way it is inspiring, (kind of like  one of those posters that say if you put your mind to something you can achieve what you want.) But its so spectacular that he worked so hard for an entire two years to achieve what he wanted to get. As the story goes on you start to grow attached to the two little puppies “Old Dan” who is the strong and straight forward and “Little Ann” who is the smarter and more adaptable.

 

Since this is the last response of the year I just want to say have a good summer holiday and have a great time. “Where the Red Fern Grows” is a very good book and it lets you really look at human endurance and determination.

 

The Orchestra Assembly

Yesterday our orchestra had an assembly, and the winds (brass and woodwinds) and the strings (violins) played many songs, and in the end we played the song Finlandia all together and as synchronized as a flock of birds in formation. Overall I believe that both groups made an excellent performance in front of the audience. The saxophones, (including me, Josh, and Ayla) sat in the very back with the trombones and the euphonium (baritone.) The concert made me  partially anxious in two different ways, one out of frustration and enjoyment  and the second to just get it over with, but to still savour it.
A few of the songs that we played were: London Bridge (Duet,) Split Decision (Duet,) Oh Susanna followed by Skip To My Lou, Up The D Scale and Down The D Scale, Old Macdonald followed by Mozart Melody, Jingle Bells, and finally Finlandia. It gave me a sense of fulfillment to do this.

Not The End Of The World

Dear Ms. Wachowiak,

 

You know the saying, “It’s not the end of the world,” Well in my book, “It’s Not The End Of The World,” the author Geraldine McCaughrean, generally uses normal stories and fairy tales such as: Moby Dick, The White Whale, One Thousand and One Arabian Nights, The Odyssey, and so on. This retelling is about the story of “Noah’s Ark” which uses a first person view to portrays the story from the voice of Timna,  Noah’s only daughter.

 

As most know in the original and this retell they have to bring two of each animal (one male and one female,)  the sad thing is that the eldest brother Shem sacrifices newborn animals on the ship 5 seconds after they are born. You see, Shem is both controlling and obnoxious which mixed equals someone who you would not want to be around. Japheth, the youngest and most caring and generous man in the arc is downed upon because he is cowardly and clumsy, however he was forced to marry a girl named Zillah on the arc. And guess what, everyone on the arc (except for Noah and the mother) aren’t even in their twenties yet, and Japheth, well he is only 12 and a half and Zillah is only 13. The whole family except for Shem and Noah,watched hundreds of thousands of lives lost in The Flood, all screaming and yelling for help, (it must have been so demoralizing.)

 

This book is great version of a retell, which can be used as a role model for other retells.

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