Monday, January 9, 2017

A Warrior's Cry Against Child Marriage

1. What Ted Talk/Teen did you choose? Give me a two sentence summary.
I listened to "A Warrior's Cry Against Child Marriage". This teen gives an informational and empowering speech about the camps that children are forced into after being told that they are "grown up". She speaks about the dreams crushed, the trauma caused and the STI's tracted through these marriages.

2. What is this teen trying to overcome or accomplish? Are they being limited or inhibited by adults in their quest?

This teen is trying to end child marriage and speak out against the unfairness of it. They are limited by the families of people in Malawi and other countries that allow child marriage. These families and communities practice/enforce child marriage and beat any children who refuse.

3. We work with creative 'writing' in class - how does this clip show creativity in other areas of life?

This teen proposes the idea of taking all of the wrong things being done in these communities and presenting them to the mother's/parents expressing how wrong it is. She works hard to change these traditional ways of life not just in her community but in other communities along with other girls. She also encourages males to work towards this effort and to offer their support so that women don't work alone.

Monday, December 5, 2016

Because I Could Not Stop for Death

1) The speaker passes by a school, grain fields and the setting sun.
2) I perceived the "house" as a coffin that "swelled" or protruded from the ground waiting for the speaker. The "roof" or the top of the coffin was hard to see because there was snow covering it. I determined this from the 16th line that said there was a mound of cornice.
3) This house represents to me a coffin, and the coffin means more than just what encloses a dead body. A coffin is what holds a person's body, brain, memories, stories, thoughts, and everything that this person was in their lifetime. The speaker of this poem has been dead for centuries as line 17 tells us. Continuing on to line 18, the speaker says the day they died felt like it was just yesterday. This means that their last day alive was very vivid; that they'd never forget it. The last couple lines of the poem tell us how the speaker wasn't expecting to die on this day, that he "first surmised the horses' heads were toward eternity". This means that when he first got into the carriage he thought he'd be riding in it for quite some time but that it lead him directly to Death, to his coffin, to his demise.

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Monday, November 28, 2016

Shakespeare Sonnet

1. What three things does the speaker say can be seen in him or her?
In the beginning he says you can see the season in him; that autumn along with the half naked trees can be found in him. He says you can see the twilight in him, that he is approaching complete darkness(death). He also says you can see a fire in him, barely burning, with many ashes. 

2. Read the last two lines of the poem. In your own words, what do these lines mean? 

These last two lines are significant to the poem because they are very different than the rest of the poem. This sonnet concludes with the speaker saying that since he is dying so soon, his love should be treasured while he is still here.

3. Currently, there are no "line breaks" between different parts of the poem. If you were to insert breaks into the poem to separate it into four parts, where would you place those breaks? Be sure to consider rhyme scheme, the completion of sentences in the poem, and the ideas expressed at different points in the poem. Use evidence from the text to explain your reasons for dividing the poem in the manner you choose.

I'd add a line break each time a new rhyme scheme is introduced. The first stanza would have the rhyme scheme A, B, A, B. The second stanza would be C, D, C, D. The third, E, F, E, F, and the last being G, G. This grouping makes most sense because the poem is notably separated by rhyming schemes. This grouping also makes sense because of what is being said in each stanza. The first stanza introduces the first metaphor the speaker uses to compare his age to the season of autumn. We come to know the speaker as the main topic of the poem in the second stanza and learn the purpose of this poem. Further expressing the passing of time and his old age, Shakespeare elaborates in this stanza with new points, new metaphors and a new rhyme scheme. The last two lines go together because they tie up the story with a proposal and go hand in hand because they rhyme with each other.

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Monday, November 21, 2016


1) This phrase refers to the passions of the man that the statue represents.
2) This sculpture was found broken in a desert, "two vast and trunkless legs of stone stand in the desert". The lines that talk about what the face of this sculpture looks like clearly expresses how the sculptor did a good job accurately sculpting it with precision. I think this poem is an ancient character in Rome who had a sculpture made of him that is now broken in a desert several years later with no hints at the cause of destruction.
3) "Ozymandias" and "king of kings" is inscripted on the sculpture. This hints that whoever he was, he was either well liked and powerful or very arrogant and full of himself. My guess is that he believed he was better than he actually was because of the sneer on his face that the traveller tells us about.

Wednesday, November 16, 2016


1) I think the only reason a school should look on a potential student's social media is if they are suspicious of something in particular. For example, if there's a red flag that sticks up and they have a concern about the student, it is definitely necessary to look on their social media. This would help confirm or deny the issue that was at hand or whatever they suspected and worried about. Other than that, it's wrongful to go on a student's social media accounts because it'll stir up problems that aren't necessary. Not everything a student posts determines whether or not a student is fit to go to a particular school.

2) I definitely agree with the observation that a lot of kids, if not all, are more caught up in being a character than actually having character. To me, having character means embodying certain characteristics that are unique to an individual. More often than not, kids' focus is on playing a certain part (character) and updating how other's see them based off of what other's want to see.

3) As we are expected to be on time to class, be well behaved, be present, study and turn our assignments in on time, these are things expected of us after we graduate high school and move on to schools or occupations. These important qualities are taught in high school, and with lots of practice/experience they stick with us while we move on to other things.

Monday, November 7, 2016

Loveliest of Trees

This author is viewing the cherry tree during Winter even though he prefers to see it in Spring, the season he shares his fondest memories with this tree. I was able to come to this conclusion because the speaker describes the cherry tree "wearing white", referring to snow.

The speaker decides to visit this cherry tree in Winter instead of Spring because he is old, seventy years to be exact, and as he recalls his favorite memories with this tree in Spring, he comes to realize that he might not live to see it in the Spring. This is why he visits it while he can in the Winter.

I would describe the speaker as an older gentlemen. He is very reminiscent and values/cherishes his memories that certain seasons have given him. Based on this poem. I'm also able to tell that the speaker values his time here on Earth. I determined this after reading the last stanza where he says that he doesn't have much time left here. With this in mind, he decides to visit the tree earlier than he prefers. This decision of his demonstrates his priorities and gives us an insight to the things he values.

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Monday, October 31, 2016


I've lived most of my life believing that I was a slave to the struggles I faced. Experiencing many tragic, awful things a child or teen should ever have to face, I got to a point where I lost all control over the events occurring in my life. There were times where I ran for days on end, trying to hide from pain, struggle and mental illness, but it'd all catch up to me eventually, tripping me from behind. When I began taking my angst out on myself, my mom got me help and I started seeing a therapist that tried to explain the concept of what goes through an individual who mutilates themselves. From here, I was able to learn that it was a self defense mechanism, I was silently crying for help and attempting to assert control over my life. I may not of been able to choose my circumstances but I could do whatever I wanted to do to my body, cause as much destruction as I wanted until I was satisfied. These unhealthy behaviors continued unravel as my life spun out of control.
There came a point in time when I had a significant, life changing epiphany that allowed me to recognize the full extent of my capabilities. I saw my power to cause destruction, to harm myself, to take my own life and decided that my power doesn't end there. Of course I wanted to be in control of my life and be in control of my happiness. I was able to flip my mindset around until I realized that choosing life over death, and choosing safety over endangerment was still an application of power. From there, I was able to rise above my mental illnesses and rise above my struggles to fight for my life and choose to use my power for good.
I saw the evil that lived inside of me, and the awful things I could do. Somewhere along the way, I looked in the mirror and saw more than just fiery flames behind my eyes. I saw a gleaming light that spoke of positive action and preservation of good. Despite the trials I've faced, I still have enough strength to choose life.
There are a thousand ways the world can and will take an innocent soul's life away from them, stripping them of their breath and cease the beat of their heart. Death is everywhere on the streets and almost unavoidable. With this in mind, I decided that I would wanted to fight the odds and work towards preserving my life instead of getting rid of it.
An enlightenment was born within me as I became familiar with the powers I have just by using manipulation as a technique to control my brain. I have control over my happiness and well being. I have control over allowing friendly supportive people in my life and getting rid of toxic people. I have control over taking care of my health by eating healthy foods and getting lots of sleep at night. I have control over my mental health by reaching out to friends and family when I'm struggling so that I can release any anguish. I may not have control over the awful external conflicts I'm surrounded by, but I do have control over how I react to these situations. I have control over my happiness.
After realizing this, it became possible for me to choose to learn from experiences rather than dwelling in them and letting them dig under my skin. My personal growth is my number one priority. I can choose acceptance of unfortunate situations, and I can choose to treat everyone with kindness despite the treatment I receive from them. I'm not in control of the meanness others emit into the world but I do have control over the kindness I emit into the world to make the world a kinder place. I have control over being the best version of myself. Everyday is about consciousness of the power I carry within and utilizing it to the best of my advantage to unlock my full potential.
I may not have control over affairs that happen overseas and in foreign countries but I can still be of assistance and aid those in need through donation of money and volunteering my time. I can volunteer my time in service group projects at school or local volunteer groups. Sulking in an unfortunate situation is throwing away one's ability and gift of intervention. I have control over making a change in the community and in the world.
Yearning to obtain control over all things is one of the simplest ways to live in dissatisfaction. However, viewing ourselves as incapable humans will limit our capabilities. We have to believe we are able and that is when our power will come forth. Awareness is key to reaching a mastery level of control, asserting control in ways that might've once been foreign to us and becoming familiar with the power surging through our veins.

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