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Thursday, June 4

  1. page Evaluation of Goals edited Evaluation of Goals Course reflectoins Which of our three goals do you feel you improved upon th…
    Evaluation of Goals
    Course reflectoins
    Which of our three goals do you feel you improved upon the most?
    I think that I've become a better reader. Majority of the books that we read in class I enjoyed and it's made me more interested in reading. I feel as if I've also learned many good speaking and listening skills as well! I am much more confident in my speaking.
    How has this course helped me to become a more caring, competent, contributing citizen in an ever-changing global community?
    I am more aware of returning my shopping cart at Wal Mart because of this course. Also reading the book Tuesdays with Morrie helped me value things in life and I took a lot from it that I will apply in my life!
    What will you take away from this class? What will you remember?
    I will take away all of the morals in each of the books we have read and use them in my life. I will remember our class discussions and how to participate in them.
    Self evaluation
    Did I achieve my personal goals for this course?
    I did achieve my personal goals for this course. I have an A and I am very confident for the final. I feel as if i fully comprehend all of the things we went over in class.
    Did you give your personal best?
    I feel as if I did my personal best on each assignment. Especially Tuesdays with Morrie because I was very interested in all of the lessons Morrie discussed. I really enjoy english so I do try to give me best!

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    Huck Finn
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    Hobbies: Adventures, Canoeing, Rafting, Hanging out with Tom Sawyer and the gang
    Age: 14
    Huck's Home Page-
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    Journal 1
    The Widow Douglas took me into her house and now she's tryin to sivilize me. She's makin me wear fancy clothes and be polite. Widow ain't as strict as Miss Watson. I'm not too fond of Miss Watson. She scolds me if I done somethin wrong. I have to pray and go to church. I just can't live this way. I gotta get a outta here and be free! I can't call this place my home! I need a place where I run around like the the little boy I am! I wanna go on adventures and play rough with the gang!
    Journal 2
    I snuck out tonight with Tom Sawyer and the gang. We talked about how we had to take an oath to join the band of Robbers. Theys almost not gonna let me join on oaccount of my not having a family. I offered Miss Watson, cause I figure if someone has to be killed on my half it ought to be her. We was wondering what to do with the women. Do we kill em or keep em? Tom gets all these ideas from his silly pirate and robber books. I can't wait to put our plans into action!
    Journal 3
    I've had just about enough of Tom's foolishness. We are in a band of robbers but we don't rob nothing. We just pretend to. Where's the fun in that? Finally, Tom had mentioned something about an ambuscade on the A rabs and Spaniards. This sounded real and excitin so I agreed to go along with it. Turns out we was just raidin a Sunday School picnic. I had just about had enough of this make believe non-sense. Then Tom mentioned somethin bout a genie who lives in tin lamps and rings. So fer some reason I believed him and i set there rubbin away at a lamp and nothin. Tom Sawyer was all talk and pretend and I didn't want anymore of this!
    Journal 4
    I had spilt salt earlier today which I had feared a bring me bad luck. Later, I believed my bad luck had come about when I'd seen an imprint of the heel of a boot taht looked awful familiar. Kinda like my pap. So I took my money and gave it to Judge Thatcher. There aint no way pap's comin back and robbin me for all I got. I reckon that Jim had this magic hairball and I needed to ask it some questions bout my pap. All it said was to stay away from water. It didn't say nothin specific. When I walked in to my room there pap was. stairing at me right in the eye.
    Journal 5
    After pap had kid-napped me I reckon I had enough. It was nice not havin to be sivilized but the beating weren't so pleasant and I didn't want to deal with his drucken mess. So i go out to the river and find a canoe. I decide d to keep it stead of showin pap and sall it for $10.00. So I thought of a plan that would get rid of pap for sure. So I killed a pig with an ax for blood pulled out some of my hair and made it look like i'd a been murdered. I grabbed the canoe and made my way to Jackson Island where I could finally be free!

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Friday, May 22

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    Summary:
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    Summary:
    The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn contains a story about a care-free, little boy named Huck Finn. Huck is constantly living in different places and hasn't really found a place where he can call home. At first, he lives with Widow Douglas and Miss Watson. These two woman are constantly trying to conform Huck into a civilized person. They make him pray, wear nice clothing, and go to school. Huck does not prefer this way of life. While at the Widow Douglas's house, he sneaks out and carries on with his friend named Tom Sawyer. Tom Sawyer is a little kid with quite the imagination. He reads books about pirates and robbers and all of his friends look to him as the leader. One thing that Huck realizes about Tom is that all he has is imagination; he doesn't make his ideas reality. This is a huge difference between Tom and Huck. After a little while, Huck's Pap comes into town. Pap, a drunken abuser, decides he wants custody of Huck. Pap is less than impressed with Huck's new civilized life and doesn't approve. Pap wants Huck to end up just like him. So Pap kidnaps Huck and takes him to the forest. Huck feels more free in this environment but can't stand the beatings from Pap any longer. Huck then fakes his death and runs away to Jackson's Island. Everyone thinks that Huck, Pap, or Jim, Miss Watson's slave, could be possible suspects. Jim and Pap both mysteriously disappeared after the night of Huck's death. Huck, at Jackson's Island, is in charge of himself. He makes himself food and cares for himself, but one day he finds Jim! Jim and Huck team up and watch out for each other. Together they endure many adventures. This all occurs in the Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.
    Likes:
    The character of Huck. He is a care-free little kid just looking for a place that he can call and feel like home.
    The character of Tom. He is a dreamer with a huge imagination. He acts tough but really means well.
    Throughout the book Huck gains more respect for Jim.
    The use of imagery and other figurative language.
    Dislikes:
    Pap being so mean and hurtful to Huck.
    The dialect. At times it can get really confusing and almost can't understand what they're trying to say.
    Early in the book, when Huck and Tom fool Jim. I felt really bad for Jim because he didn't do anything to deserve being tricked.
    What can we learn from reading this book?
    We can learn what freedom means to each of us and where we feel the most free. Huck felt free in the forest where he could run wild and be true to himself. Huck was forced to adapt to his surroundings. He couldn't ever be himself unless he was in a place where he felt free. We can learn to always be ourselves and not let anybody tell us it's wrong or we should change.
    Essential Questions:
    What role does society play in shaping who we are?
    Society plays a huge role in shaping who we are. If you were born on a form in a little part of Lancaster you'll act differently than you would if you were born in a big city in New York City. You have to adapt to your surroundings in some ways. Society also tells us what is wrong and what is right. Some side with society and follow the rules. Some go against society and break the rules.
    What does freedom mean to you?
    Freedom means you being yourself and doing what you want without anyone telling you that you can't. Also, you saying what you want without any penalty or cost.
    How do you go about making important desicions?
    Personally, I'm very indecisive. It takes me a while to decide on the smallest things. So when I have to make a big desicion I ask other people for their imput and I make a very detailed Pro and Con list. I think very long and very carefully about what I'm going to do.
    What does Huck Finn tach us about what it means to be human?
    Huck Finn teaches us that everyone has struggles in your life that they must overcome. Huck endured many struggles and he overcame most of them and always kept going. No matter what you go through you can always get through it!

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Wednesday, May 6

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    Summary:
    This book describes the events and struggles that Lennie Smalls and George Milton endure. Lennie is mentally ill and loves to pet small soft things. He is always in his own little world. George takes care of Lennie and looks out for his best interest. Ever since Lennie's Aunt Clara passed away George began to watch over Lennie. In the beginning, you see them running away from trouble that took place in their old town called Weed. So they go to this ranch where they interact with the other guys there. Throughout the book George describes this dream ranch mainly to motivate Lennie. Lennie fantasizes over tending to the rabbits. Later, this dream seems possible to become a reality. George and Lennie go through many ups and downs that lead to unexpected outcomes throughout the book.
    Likes:
    The irony in the book. Example: Lennie Smalls being a big guy but loving small soft things.
    The character George. George took care of Lennie and always looked out for his best interest.
    The characterSlim. He was a genuine guy that didn't need fancy boots like Curley.
    The friendship between George and Lennie. They both have each other's backs.
    The message that life brings some very unexpected turns. Life doesn't always end up the way its planned.\
    Dislikes:
    The sad ending with George and Lennie.
    Carlson shooting Candy's dog.
    Curley's character.
    Lennie always getting in trouble.
    What can we learn from reading this book?
    You learn that life never really ends up quite the way you plan it to. Life brings many unexpected turns. Another thing you can learn is that even when you think you are completely alone someone is there to listen. Even when you feel completely isolated.
    Why are derams important to live successful and fulfilling lives?
    Dreams are like goals. You try to reach them and if you have the ambition and drive you can reach them. Dreams also keep you motivated.
    How important is it for human beings to have a place where they belong?
    I think it's very important to feel like you belong. No one likes being segregated and alone and if you have a group of friends that accept you, you feel the sense of belonging.
    What constitutes a genuine friendship?
    A genuine frienship consists of equal caring and respect for one another. Also, being able to rely and confide in each other. Friends should be people that make you feel better and is completely honest with you.
    Does our current society encourage or discourage loneliness or isolation?
    I think our current society encourages loneliness and isolation. When people see people that are different from them they can't put their differences aside, instead they make them feel left out and alone. I think especially when people don't agree on something they try to make each other feel isolated.

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Thursday, April 16

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    Summary:
    This book is about Elie Wiesel's personal experiences in concentration camps during the Holocaust. In the beginning, it shows Elie and his family living an everyday life, no big worries. Then, Moishe the Beadle is transported to a concentration camp and then escapes. He tells all the Jews the troubles he has seen. No one believes him and they continue to be optimistic. After that, German officers come and later begin piling the Jews into small ghettos. Their optimism is slowly fading. Before they know it, they are being shovejd onto trains and deported to these concentration camps. Little do they know, this would be where most of them would die. As the book progresses, it demonstrates how the roles of father and son become altered. Elie deals with numerous struggles and hardships throughout the book that he must deal with. His father's presence was the only thing motivating him. They soon grow to have a peer-like relationship where they both rely on each other. Later on in the book, Elie's father becomes more childlike in his ways and depends on Elie to take care of him. Read Night to hear pesonal tragedies about what happened in the concentratoin camps, especially how bonds are broken and relationships are altered.
    What we can learn from reading this book:
    We can learn that no matter what we will have our families to support us. Elie and his father had each other's backs throughout the entire book. We can also learn to never give up because it could result and great things if you stick through it.
    Likes:
    The descriptions. It helped me really see what happened in the concentration camps, not sugar coated.
    To see the transformation of father and son from the beginning to the end of the book.
    The comparisons. It helped explain things better for me.
    That Elie made it out alive.
    Dislikes:
    The descriptions. It made it more realistic, which is scarey and really upsetting.
    Elie's father dying.
    The reality of it. This book gave me much more insight than any of the text books do.

    Essential Questions:
    1. What are the root causes of persecution?
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    3. How does Elie us figurative language to enhance the vividness of his experience?
    Instead of just flat out saying this happened and that happened, he compares some of his experiences so we can get a full understanding of what really happened. He can be very detailed in his language which opens our eyes a little more to the full extent of the events that occured.
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    What did I learn from writing this essay?
    I learned about how a relationship is altered enduring certain events. I really understood in-depth about Elie and his father's relationship. I also learned that Elie and his father switched roles and positions numerous times due to specific situations.
    What did I do well in this unit?
    I think I did pretty well in this unit. I feel like I grasped the transformation of Elie and his father's relationship very well. Also, I really understood what was going on in the book, so there wasn't a lot of confusion.
    What areas could I improve on?
    There aren't a lot of things that I can think of that I could improve on in this unit. However, this book has taught me to really value the things that I have in life and always honor and love my parents because a tragedy could happen. It was so unexpected how Elie was taken away from his home, friends, and evenually his family. I never want that to happen to me but the only thing I can do now is treasure the things that I have in life.

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Tuesday, April 7

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    are being shovedshovejd onto trains
    Essential Questions:
    1. What are the root causes of persecution?
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    can believe.
    2. What are some current exapmles of persecution that take place in today's world?
    An example of current prosecutions that take place in the world today is the genocide of Cambodia. Pol Pot lead a communist guerilla group that took power and forced everyone into labor camps. Everyone with a successful job, as well as their families, were killed. Children were separated from their families and thrown into camps. You could be shot for anything and everything that you did. It is an estimated 2 million people were killed.
    3. What does Night teach us about what it means to be human?
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    and vicious.
    Unit Questions:
    1. How does Elie's relationship with his father change?
    Elie’s relationship with his father changes throughout the book. At first, Elie obtains a child-like dependency for his father. His father is the only thing he has left so he clings to him and tries not to be separated from him. In the middle, they develop a peer-like relationship. They both rely on each other for support. Later, Elie plays the fatherly role and his father slides down to a needy child. His father depends on Elie to look after him.
    2. How does Elie's experience in the concentration camp affect his spirituality?
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    the power.
    3. How does Elie us figurative language to enhance the vividness of his experience?
    Instead of just flat out saying this happened and that happened, he compares some of his experiences so we can get a full understanding of what really happened. He can be very detailed in his language which opens our eyes a little more to the full extent of the events that occured.
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Thursday, April 2

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    of him. Read Night to hear pesonal tragedies about what happened in the concentratoin camps, especially how bonds are broken and relationships are altered.
    Essential Questions:
    1. What are the root causes of persecution?
    The root causes of persecution are hatred and feeling inferior. If someone is threatened by someone or something they will try to eliminate it. They want what they think to be the right and the only thing that you can believe.
    2. What are some current exapmles of persecution that take place in today's world?
    An example of current prosecutions that take place in the world today is the genocide of Cambodia. Pol Pot lead a communist guerilla group that took power and forced everyone into labor camps. Everyone with a successful job, as well as their families, were killed. Children were separated from their families and thrown into camps. You could be shot for anything and everything that you did. It is an estimated 2 million people were killed.
    3. What does Night teach us about what it means to be human?
    Night teaches us that as soon as you aren’t treated like a human you aren’t one anymore. The people in the concentration camps were treated like dogs, sometimes worse than dogs. Because of the way they were being treated, they were stripped of their title of being a human began to act vulgar and vicious.
    Unit Questions:
    1. How does Elie's relationship with his father change?
    Elie’s relationship with his father changes throughout the book. At first, Elie obtains a child-like dependency for his father. His father is the only thing he has left so he clings to him and tries not to be separated from him. In the middle, they develop a peer-like relationship. They both rely on each other for support. Later, Elie plays the fatherly role and his father slides down to a needy child. His father depends on Elie to look after him.
    2. How does Elie's experience in the concentration camp affect his spirituality?
    Elie’s time in the concentration camp affects his spirituality greatly. Because of the unfortuanate events that are happening to him and the people around him he believes there is not God and that man is greater than God. He wonders why God isn’t doing anything about all of the pain and suffering that is occurring. He thinks that if man can make all of this suffering happen and God is doing nothing, man must have the power.
    3. How does Elie us figurative language to enhance the vividness of his experience?

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Friday, March 27

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    CVHS-grade 10
    I like to hang out with friends, shop, and sleep.
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