Monday, November 30, 2009

Chapter 3


-Put them into divided groups.
-Separate families
-Shaved heads
-Stripped of clothing
-Start running
-tatooed number
-harsh leaders

Stein of Antwerp

-Relative of Elie
-Wanted to know if they had any information about his family
-Lied to Stein

Monday, November 23, 2009

Foreshadowing in the Book Night

In the book Night, there are many sequences of foreshadowing. Here is the list irchapter 1:

- Moishe the Beadle escaped from the forest and death, but when he came back to Sighet, no one believed him.

- While in the ghettos, no one was praying for the night to end quickly.

- The Germans penetrated the Hungarian territory.

- The Jews of Budapest has anti-Semitic acts committed against them.

- Germans infiltrated their homes, but the soldiers were nice to them.

- The Jews slowly had their rights taken away, and ultimately, the Jews were displaced into the ghettos.

- The Hungarian friend tried to warn Elie's family that danger was imminent.

- Elie's dad refused to leave and start a new life.

- Elie refused to go with family friend into hiding and escape.

- Separating gender in the ghetto.

Monday, November 9, 2009

Contents of a Dead Man's Pocket

Title of Selection: Contents of a Dead Man's Pocket
Author: Jack Finney
Date Read: October 8, 2009

Pre-reading: Top five priorities in my life
1. God
2. Family
3. Friends
4. School
5. Sports

1. The results, of four long Saturday afternoons, of him standing at the supermarket counting the people who passed certain displays.
2. Tom climbs out of the window and stands on the little ledge a yard below the window and he shuffles towards the paper to retrieve it.

1. Why wouldn't Tom go to the neighbors to get back in?
2. Why was the window open in the first place?

Significant Quotes:
"As he saw the the yellow paper, the pencil flying, scooped off the desk and, unimpeded by the glassless window, sail out into the night and out of his life, Tom Benecke burst into laughter and then closed the door behind him."

Harrison Bergeron

Title of Selection: Harrison Bergeron
Author: Kurt Vonnegut
Prereading: I think equality means that everyone is equal and his equal rights.
Plot Reaction:
1. Harrison Bergeron is George and Hazel's son.
2. Harrison takes off his handicaps, earphones, and spectacles. He also makes himself Emperor and calls for an Empress. Harrison takes off the ballerinas handicaps and has the musicians play real music for them to dance to.
1. Why did Diana Moon Glompers do this?
"I forget," she said "Something real sad on television."

There Will Come Soft Rains

Title of Selection: There Will Come Soft Rains
Author: Ray Bradury
Prereading: I think the world will change a little bit with new developments in technologies and such.
Time of Day What is happening in the story?
7:00 getting up
7:45 breakfast time
8:05 go to work/school
9:15 time to clean
10:00 sun came out from behind the rain
10:15 garden sprinklers turned on
12:00 dog whined, shivering, on the front porch
2:00 mice hummed out
2:15 the dog was gone
2:35 tables, cards, martinis, and music appeared but untouched
4:00 the tables folded back into the walls
5:00 bath filled with water
6,7,8.00 dishes were washed
9:00 beds warmed their hidden circuits
9:05 voice spoke from the study ceiling
10:00 the house began to die
Why wasn't their any people in this story?
What is the point of this story?
Quote: "At 10.00 the house began to die."

By the Waters of Babylon

Title of Selection: By The Waters of Babylon
Author: Stephen Vincent Benet
Prereading: I think technological advancements can be good if they are used for the right reasons. They can also be bad if they are not used for good reasons.
Plot/Reaction: John visits: Dead Place, Place of the Gods, great river, dead house
Questions: 1. Is this story supposed to take place in the future?
2. Why did the author pick New York?
Quote: "They were men. I remember the dead man's face. They were men who were here before us. We must build again."
Additional Notes:
People of the Hills:
- spiritual -> rituals, chants
- unsure/cautious
- superstitious
- primitive
- domestic
- hunter/gather

The Lottery Short Story

Title of Selection: The Lottery
Author: Shirley Jackson
1. I think justice means being equal and having moral righteousness.

2. Every Christmas, my moms side of the family goes up to my uncle's house to celebrate. Every Memorial Day, 4th of July, and Labor Day our family gets together with my with both of my sides of the family.
Plot/reaction: The town is small and quaint with a town square, post office, and bank. The families always gather at the town square at 10 o'clock on June 27th for the "lottery". Mrs. Hutchinson has the paper with the black spot on it and got hit with stones.
Questions: 1. What is the "lottery"?
2. Why is Mrs. Hutchinson getting hit with stones?
Quote:"Bill Hutchinson held it up, and there was a stir in the crowd."

Wednesday, October 28, 2009


My voice sounded thin in my ears but that was because of the smoke. He touched me on the breast and on the forehead. He gave me a bow and three arrows. After a long time my father looked up and said, "Take them, it is forbidden to travel east and across the river.


"Take them," he said. It is forbidden to travel east and cross the river.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Quotation Sandwich

Claim: John was curious about the god lives. He was also yearning for more knowledge about them. He wanted to know how they lived before his present society. He can not wait for the time of manhood when he will be able to go to his father and ask to leave for his journey.

Quote: " Nevertheless, my knowledge and my lack of knowledge burned within me- I wished ot know more. When I was a man at last, I came ot my father and said, It is time for me to go on my journey. Give me your leave.

Commentary: John was interested in how the gods lived their lives. He wanted to learn things about them that he could not learn in books. He realized that his people were very different from the gods in the past. At the time that John became a man, he asked his father to give him permission to leave for a journey to the Place of the gods. The purpose of this journey was to bring back new information to his people about the gods and how they lived.

Friday, October 2, 2009

Literary Terms :) 2

Literary Term 2:


Definition- It is the turning point of a story, the point of the highest tension or drama. It is the step after the Rising action and before the Falling Action.

Example: An example of a climax in a story is the death of Caesar in Shakespeare's Julius Caesar play.

Literary Terms :)

Rising Action

The rising action in a story are the parts that lead all the way up to the climax. It's purpose is to build suspense in the story, all the way up to it's climactic finish! However, it is not to be confused with the middle of the story, but is the action right before the climax begins.

Example: An example of the rising action in the story is found in the book Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone. Harry must go through a set of tasks to reach where the Philosopher's Stone is hidden, where he will have the final battle. These are the actions leading up to the climax where Harry must face Voldemort who is trying to get the stone.

Friday, August 28, 2009

Incidents in my Life

Age 8- First Communion

Age 10- Broke my arm playing at recess.

Age 12- Got Dehydrated during Gym.

Age 13- Broke my arm playing basketball.

Age 13- Re-Broke my arm.

Age 14- Broke my foot at library.

Age 15- Hit by a car

Age 15- Leg broken from car accident

Age 15- Leg re-broken

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Strengths and Weaknesses for English Class

One of my many strengths in English class is that I am a good writer. I rarely have problems with expressing my thoughts and feelings onto paper. I love to write about anything that interests me! Another strength in English class is that I am very good at reading comprehension. I can read a book and then describe everything that happened in it.

One of my weaknesses is that I am sometimes unorganized. I know that I have to work on this by organizing my homework and all the papers that I have for English. However, this is just one weakness compared to many strengths that I possess! :)