All posts by Camila

IR June 1st

In the Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins, the tributes must wait sixty seconds before they are released.  In the Cornucopia, a large structure literally shaped like a cornucopia, she sees a tent pack and a bow and arrows. She thinks she might be able to reach the bow before anyone else but remembers Haymitch’s instructions to get away and find water. She’s preparing to run when she notices Peeta. He is looking at her and shaking his head as if telling her “no.” The gong sounds, and because Katniss was distracted by Peeta, she misses her chance. She grabs the tarp and decides to sprint to an orange backpack further in. She gets there at the same time as another boy, and while they struggle for it, blood sprays Katniss’s face. The boy falls, and Katniss sees a knife in his back. She runs for the woods while putting the backpack on, and a knife hits the pack and lodges firmly in it. Briefly she looks back to see the tributes fighting. Several already lie dead on the ground. She continues into the woods and doesn’t stop for a long time while she looks for water.

During the Games, a cannon sounds to mark the death of a tribute, and once the main battle is over, Katniss hears eleven cannon shots. That means thirteen tributes remain. At night they’ll play the Capitol’s anthem and project the images of the dead into the sky for everyone to see.  Eventually it gets dark, so Katniss makes her bed in a tree and uses her belt to secure herself to a branch. The faces of the dead tributes are projected one after another in the sky, and Katniss is relieved that Peeta is not among them.

Someone starts a fire nearby. Katniss lies in her sleeping bag, and when it’s almost dawn, she hears several people running toward the fire. A girl pleads and then screams, and Katniss realizes several tributes are hunting in a pack.

So they’re fighting in a pack. I’m not really surprised. Often alliances are formed in the early stages of the Games. The strong band together to hunt down the weak then, when the tension becomes too great, begin to turn on one another. I don’t have to wonder too hard who has made this alliance. It’ll be the remaining Career Tributes from Districts 1, 2, and 4. Two boys and three girls. The ones who lunched together. (p. 138)

The Career Tributes, the kids from the rich districts, have teamed up to pick off the weak contestants. This includes the players from the poor districts, including Katniss

They stop a few yards from her tree and discuss why the cannon hasn’t sounded to announce the girl’s death. The voices belong to some of the Career Tributes, but another voice says he’ll go back to make sure she’s dead. It belongs to Peeta.

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IR May 15th

In the Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins, Katniss and Peeta are given the chance to train for the games. When Haymitch asks Katniss and Peeta about their skills,  they soon find themselves arguing over how impressive the other is. Katniss explains that Peeta is strong and is a very talented wrestler. Meanwhile, Peeta states that Katniss is capable of shooting arrows through the eyes of squirrels.  Haymitch tells them to stick together, to act as though they are friends, and to spend their time in the training center learning new skills. The Training Center is open to all the tributes for two days. People from districts 1 and 2 train their entire lives for the games and volunteer to take part in them. In District 12, these voluntary tributes are called “careers.” At the training center, the careers spend time together, excluding everyone else as though the other tributes are no threat.

In District 12, we call them the Career Tributes, or just the Careers. And like as not, the winner will be one of them. (p. 94)

I chose this specific quote because it points out the inequality between rich and poor in Panem. In which children s can have their names entered into the reaping multiple times in exchange for extra rations of food, the poor are already more likely than the wealthy to be chosen as tributes. Since the poor are also ill-prepared for the Games when compared with the Career Tributes, they are at a serious disadvantage. Being chosen as a tribute is a death sentence for the poor, whereas Career Tributes often volunteer to compete since winning for them is an honor.

However, there is a huge exception for Katniss and Peeta. They have more abilities than they think. Katniss is good with knives, throwing spears, and with her bow of course. Peeta turns out had a good hand for camouflage.

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PW MAY 7th

What will the world be like in 50 years? 

Little has been done to combat climate change, and the seas have risen considerably. Numerous cities are either submerged or transformed into a flooded land. Not forgetting that among these casualties, there are other big and powerful disasters occurring.

However, things aren’t completely bad. There have been significant advances in technology that have led to wide innovations in robotics, cloning, AI, 3D printing, and genetics. This will continue to improve as the years go by.  I don’t know why, but I have a feeling that by 2050 we’ll be able to send memories, emotions, and feelings across the internet. Brain science will have exploded, and it will have revolutionized in great communication.

Going back to climate change, bodies of water will be contaminated, wildlife will have suffered, and the polar ice caps melted. The thing is we’re already in it. Global warming has already caused irreversible changes. The only more significant change will be anything large-scale we, as the inhabitants of the Earth, do to slow its onset. I think once something devastating occurs, then we will finally be engaged in a much-needed global strategy to fix the worst side we brought from the climate. This is really sad because we should’ve done something about it years ago.

 

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“John Anderson, My Jo”

The first thing I noticed that is different from the other poems is that a woman is a speaker. Her tone is expressing her love for her  “jo”.  She compares the journey of life to ascending and then descending a hill. I noticed different language features such as “clamb” which I believe is the past tense of “climb.” The speaker made me clear that she wants an eternal love with him even though they are both dying. This is different from the rest of the poems because usually, the lover tells the beloved that her beauty will fade as well as their love if she is not with him and so on. The speaker is definitely not like the rest of the lovers.

In the second stanza, the speaker states “We clamb the hill thegither; / And mony a cantie day, John,” where the climbing of the hill represents the hard work that their lives together comprised.  Despite having problems, they remained positive. She thinks about the eventual death, easing the moments by reminding him they will face the end together, just as they have the rest of their existence. The speaker states his lover that it is now time for them to “totter down” the hill of life together. Also to reach the bottom, which I believe is death.

The question this poem makes me think about is if both the pains of life and the fear of death can be eased through companionship and love?

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IR MAY 1st

We are in chapter 5 from The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins. Cinna arrives in the room, Katniss is surprised by how natural he looks.  Most stylists in the Capitol dye their hair, skin, or opt for plastic surgery that makes them unrecognizable. The only thing that seems altered on him is the metallic gold eyeliner that he wears. Cinna compliments Katniss’s hairstyle as he takes her in. He reveals that he actually volunteered to take District 12—usually a stylist’s last choice—but he doesn’t say why. They have a short conversation about Prim and he is ready to make her look stunning.

” A few hours later, I am dressed in what will either be the most sensational or the deadliest costume in the opening ceremonies. I’m in a simple black unitard that covers me from ankle to neck. Shiny leather boots lace up to my knees. But it’s the fluttering cape made of streams of orange, yellow, and red and the matching headpiece that defines this costume. Cinna plans to light them on fire just before our chariot rolls into the streets. ” (p. 38) 

Cinna puts together a fabulous costume for the opening ceremonies with “real” flames. Cinna knows this will drag everybody’s attention on her. It is important the crowd’s reactions and Katniss causing a great sensation.“I want the audience to recognize you when you’re in the arena,” says Cinna dreamily. “Katniss, the girl who was on fire.” (p.40) Cinna makes a spectacular fiery outfit for her debut in the opening ceremonies. The question I made in my head once I read this, is: How is the public image that Cinna is crafting for Katniss different from who she really is?

Chapter 6 ends when Peeta and Katniss return indoors and say goodnight. When Katniss enters the room she wants to apologize to the red-haired girl, but she remembers she isn’t allowed to talk to an Avox. The girl avoids Katniss’s eyes, and Katniss feels ashamed that she didn’t try to help the girl in the woods.

“What’s an Avox?” I ask stupidly.

“Someone who committed a crime. They cut her tongue so she can’t speak,” says Haymitch. “She’s probably a traitor of some sort. Not likely you’d know her.” (p. 23-24)

Traitors to the government have their tongues cut out and become servants called Avoxes.

Katniss feels like a hypocrite because she just sat there and watched as the girl was captured, much like the Capitol audience will sit and watch her suffer in the Hunger Games in a couple of days.

 

 

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PW April 21st

What do you see as the biggest problem facing people your age today?

Teenagers face real problems on a daily basis. They are exposed to some overwhelming external and internal struggles. Teens go through and are expected to have hormonal changes, puberty, social and parental forces, work and school pressures, as well as encountering many conditions and problems. Many teens feel misunderstood. It is vital that their feelings and thoughts are validated and that the validation comes from their parents.

I would say these are some common problems that teenagers face today:
Self-Esteem and Body Image
Stress
Bullying
Depression
Drinking and Smoking
Teen Pregnancy
Eating Disorders

I would like to focus on one issue that unfortunately is the one I’ve seen the most among my friends and some people I know.

Self-Esteem and Body Image
Teenagers face with numerous body changes. Some teenagers feel too fat, too skinny, too tall, too short, etc. This feeling leads them to spend time wishing they were not too skinny, too short, their hair was not too curly or vice versa. The problem with this feeling is that it affects their self-image. When they do not like something in themselves, they have self-esteem and body image problems. They also perceive others, particularly schoolmates, to view them as they view themselves. Puberty changes tempt teenagers to compare themselves with people around them and when they find they do not match their standards, they feel low. They also compare themselves with those seen on TV, in movies, and in magazines. Teenagers who experience negative comments about their appearances, the way they talk, etc stuff also develop poor self-esteem and body image.

I always try to help everyone (they don’t have to be my friends necessarily) to love and accept their images just as it is. Everyone is different and unique in their own way.

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IR April 15th

The Hunger Games by “Suzane Collins”

The next morning at breakfast, they are once again served an abundance of rich foods. Haymitch continues to drink, and when Katniss asks him for some advice for the Games, he just tells her to stay alive. Peeta knocks the glass from his hand, and Haymitch punches him. Katniss, then, drives her knife into the table, just barely missing Haymitch’s fingers. Haymitch is pleasantly surprised, asking if he’s got some fighters this year. He keeps Peeta from putting ice on his jaw, telling him that the bruise will make others think that he got into a fight with another tribute before the Games, something that is against the rules.

Haymitch makes a deal with them, promising that he will remain sober enough to help them. His next piece of advice is to let their stylists do whatever they want to them, not to resist.

I realize I detest Haymitch. No wonder the District 12 tributes never stand a chance. It isn’t just that we’ve been underfed and lack training. Some of our tributes have still been strong enough to make a go of it. But we rarely get sponsors and he’s a big part of the reason why. The rich people who back tributes—either because they’re betting on them or simply for the bragging rights of picking a winner—expect someone classier than Haymitch to deal with.

The best-looking tributes usually get more sponsors. People in the Capitol have an unrealistic appearance. Their looks have been altered. It’s difficult to see who and what people really are.

When they reach the Capitol, Peeta and Katniss stare out the window at the wealth — the shiny cars, the paved streets, the well-fed people in all of their bright clothes and makeup and hair. As the people turn to look at the tribute train coming in, Katniss is disgusted by their excitement, how eager they are to see them die. Peeta, on the other hand, waves and smiles, and says that some of them may be rich.

There it is. It’s huge! It’s incredible.
[as the train is pulling to a stop they see crowd of people waiting outside cheering them, Peeta smiles and waves at them, he turns to Katniss to join him]

The chapter ends on this note, with Peeta waving and smiling to the people watching their train, hoping to get some sponsors, causing Katniss to distrust him even more and believe that he is doing all that he can to kill her.

Katniss continues to struggle with how she feels about Peeta. She second-guesses everything that he does, worrying that all of his actions are motivated by his desire to win. She thinks that he might be acting out of kindness, which is more dangerous to her since she knows she won’t be able to kill a kind Peeta Mellark.

 

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PW APRIL 7th

Which scientific discovery or invention has changed the world the most, in your opinion? Explain why.

Humans discovered technology. Everyone imagined its purpose was to change the way of life at its best. Some people won’t realize this, but technology is changing our’s lives every second.

I believe these are some examples of technology “devices” that have been a great global impact.

  • Digital media
  • Personal devices ( phones, tablets, computers, video games)
  • Robots and artificial intelligence

Technology plays an important role in society today. It has positive and negative effects on the world and it impacts daily lives.

It has made impacts by making life easier for lots of people.  It has facilitated the resources of education and tools needed to live a better life. Such impacts have greatly affected agriculture, transportation, communication, within societies globally.

The negative side of technology is that it can be addicting and it can hurt communication skills. Extended screen time can result in health issues like insomnia. In severe cases, it can increase anxiety and depression.

No one knows what to expect from technology anymore. It is gaining lots of power every day and it is advancing so much in every aspect.

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April 1st IR

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

This year its the first time Prim Rose Everdeen (Katniss sister) is part of the selection since she just turned 12. Katniss is completely sure her little sister isn’t going to be selected for the Games since there’s just one paper with her name among thousands of them.

The day arrives and its time to know which tributes will represent each district in the arena. Effie Trinket is the escort of the District 12 tributes and she is in charge of taking one paper with the name of the tribute that will fight in the Games. Effie takes a paper for the females, opens it and said the name Prim Rose Everdeen. Prim is selected by the lottery system that decides which children become tributes and that’s the moment Katnisse’s life turned off for a minute until she reacted and makes a really brave action.

“I volunteer!” I gasp. “I volunteer as tribute!” (p.22)

The reason Katniss volunteers to save Prim is that she is just twelve years old. She is a sensitive, caring person who has difficulty with any kind of suffering or violence. She is almost certain to die in the Games. Katniss, meanwhile, is four years older and very protective of Prim. Without any hesitation, she volunteers to take her sister’s place. Moreover, she has years of experience hunting (therefore killing) and is far less sensitive than her sister. This makes her more likely to survive in the Games.

Peeta Mellark is the male that has been selected to fight in the Games. Meanwhile, both tributes are on the train on their way to the Capitol. Katniss relates her first encounter with Peeta once Peeta has been selected as District 12’s male tribute.

“The boy took one look back to the bakery as if checking that the coast was clear, then, his attention back on the pig, he threw a loaf of bread in my direction. The second quickly followed, and he sloshed back to the bakery, closing the kitchen door tightly behind him.” (P. 26 – 27)

Katniss credits Peeta’s actions with essentially saving her life at the time and helping her realize that she would have to act as the provider for her family. When Peeta gave Katniss the bread, Katniss and her family were basically starving.

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Sentimental Poem

GEORGE GORDON, LORD BYRON (1788-1824)

When We Two Parted is a poem about the end of a relationship.

The speaker addresses the poem to an ex-lover. I understood that this poem doesn’t reflect that exes go different ways. Instead, it is characterized by complications, pain, and anger.

I found this poem the most sentimental because I believe there are emotions like disillusionment and frustration. I found it that way because the lover knew that his beloved has moved on, and even wonders how he ever cared about someone who seems to have forgotten him.

The speaker then relates how hearing other people talk about the lover brings him pain. Despite the breakup, he wants the ex to remain his. Hearing rumors about the lover indicates that she may have moved on. She may have given her heart to someone else.

The poem seems to say people move on with their lives,  but this doesn’t mean that they move on completely from past loves. In this case, those feelings remain to be painful as ever, even as they change in other ways.

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March 15th Independent Reading

For my next book, I’ll be reading The Hunger Games. I’ve watched the four movies but I’ve always wanted to read the books. I’ve been told that the story is the same, but some details change. Also, the books have way more stuff and I’m curious to know what these things are in The Hunger Games books.

In The Hunger Games society, an annual event is placed in which one boy and one girl between the ages of 12–18 from each of the twelve districts which are surrounding the Capitol are selected randomly to compete in a televised battle fighting for survival.

The objective of the Hunger Games is to provide entertainment to the Capitol. To remind the districts the failed rebellion of the current competitors’ ancestors.

The person who wins is called a victor. Victors receive income from the Capitol for life. They are given a special status in their districts and are allowed to live in the part of their district called “Victors’ Village”.

 

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Personal Response / Romeo and Juliet

My thoughts toward the characters in Romeo and Juliet are all different. I think every actor and actress made an incredible job in the play. They really transmitted a great vibe and energy. There’s no character I hate. I like them all because they all have good and bad qualities. There is no perfect character.

I believe Juliet is a passionate girl. Her willingness to die for Romeo made me believe it. She also demonstrates great courage by defying her father’s decision that she will marry Paris. She is a brave character by accepting Friar’s plan.

At first, I thought Romeo was really weak because he always spoke about how sad he was that Rosaline didn’t love him. Now I found Romeo as the most loyal character in Romeo & Juliet. Romeo was truly loyal to Mercutio. When Tybalt kills Mercutio, Romeo was determined to fight his death. Proving that even his great love for Juliet, it did not overshadow the loyalty he had to his friend.

I found Romeo & Juliet a tragic love story. The two main characters, Romeo and Juliet, are supposed to be enemies but they fall in love. This leads to a tragic and unexpected ending. What I liked about it was that there was no happy ending. Most plays finish when the boy and the girl end up living happily ever after. Shakespeare made a great twist which I believe that’s a reason why it is a really known play.

I found that Shakespeare uses figurative language in Romeo and Juliet. For example, I could observe constantly the use of metaphors and personifications. Romeo frequently uses them to describe Juliet’s beauty.

The first time I read the prologue I couldn’t understand the meaning of most of the words nor its context. When the play ended, I understood that the prologue its a “summary” of Romeo and Juliet. Every time I read it, I’m able to visualize the entire play.

For me,  the organization of the events was easy to understand. I did not get lost at any time, so I believe that is a good thing. The play was definitely easier to understand because you could actually see what was going on.

I believe there are different moods in Romeo and Juliet. The first mood I’m able to detect is their love. It is bright, happy, romantic but at the same time conflictive. Another one may be what Verona transmits to me which is a harsh, old, conflictive, cruel mood.

I believe most teenagers including myself can feel a connection towards Romeo and Juliet in terms of love. We may feel connected when we do stupid things for the person we believe we love the most.

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Personal Writing March 7th

If you found a treasure chest buried in your garden, what would you most like to discover inside?

Many people question themselves about what happens after death. Some people believe there’s a heaven. Others that there is simply nothing or that reincarnation occurs. No one knows the answer and if there was one, we must have evidence to support it.

I would like to discover the answer to the afterlife.  It intrigues me in such a way that this is the answer I would like to discover in a buried treasure chest. I hope someday there’s a concrete answer to this universal question. I don’t want to lose hope, but I must say that I don’t think there’s ever going to be an answer. Maybe someday there will be one.

 

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Independent Reading March 1st

Catcher in the Rye

For the last chapter, D.B visits Holden quite often. He asked how Holden about everything that has happened to him in the past months, but Holden didn’t know what to say.  He is sure that he wishes he hadn’t told so many people about what happened to him once he left Pencey.

“Don’t tell anybody anything. if you do, you start missing everybody.”

He finds himself missing the people in the story he’s just told even Ackley and Stadtler. This is what Holden means why people shouldn’t talk so much about their lives.

Holden says that he doesn’t know whether or not he’ll apply himself when he returns to school, implying that he may not have learned much from what happened to him after his expulsion from Pencey. I believe Holden will continue to struggle through life, whether or not he decides to apply himself in school.

It shouldn’t be all that surprising that Holden suddenly finds himself missing people he previously disliked. He doesn’t like talking about his life which suggests he finds trouble expressing himself and talking about his emotions. He’s so used to evading his feelings by focusing on things like whether or not people are “phony,” it makes sense that he may feel uncomfortable speaking about his own experience as he moves through life.

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Personal Writing Feb 21

“If you could live inside any video game, which would you choose?  Why?”

I don’t know if this is considered a real video game, but I would choose “Sugar Rush”. This game first came out on the “Wreck-it Ralph” movie. It is a place where everything is made out of different candy and sweet things. Even some characters are real-life candies. The fact that everything is eatable, is really eye-catching for me. Especially since everything is sweet. It makes me actually wanna live there. Some spots that appear in the movie are the following: Nesquiks sands and a Diet Cola Mountain.

The main objective of this video game is to win a race. The cars are made out of desserts, but they work as if they were real cars. There are 12 competitors and only 1 can win. There are lots of obstacles that appear throughout the race and of course, the racetracks change as well. I love car racings. I like to watch them, but I adore being part of the race.

I think this video game is the best for me.

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Independent Reading February 15th

Catcher in the Rye by J.D Salinger

Throughout The Catcher in the Rye, Holden’s emotions change continuously. These depend on the situations he is in. Phoebe is Holden’s little sister, whom he cares about. She has always been there for Holden. She understands him most than other people.  She makes a great impact on Holden’s emotions.  In chapter 25, Holden watches Phoebe riding the Central Park carousel. Making it feel peacefulness and happiness.

 “I was damn near bawling, I felt so damn happy.” (p. 232)

Holden isn’t really sure about whether his happiness is real or not. He states he doesn’t know why he feels so happy, or why he’s about to break into tears. The chapter ends with Holden feeling a great relief after a stage of depression. He overcomes a strong part of his life and that makes him feel good about himself.

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Personal Writing Feb 7th

Inventing a new holiday or celebration.

I believe it would pretty awesome inventing a whole new holiday or celebration. The fact of creating your own “rules” about it, it’s something really fun to think of.

I would call it ThanksChristIt’sWeen. I took the words Christmas, Thanksgiving, and Halloween, and created a new different word.

I chose these holidays because they’ve been my favorites since I was a little kid. What I love the most about them is definitely the food. At Christmas, we get to eat: gingerbread cookies, hot chocolate, pudding, etc.  Thanksgiving dinner is the best for me, there’s just so many options from where to eat. For example turkey with or without gravy, stuffing/dressing, mashed potatoes, corn, candied yams, pumpkin or apple pie, etc. Last but not least, Halloween. This holiday is best for eating candy and sweets. The best part is that people take a dessert and turn it into a spooky confection. There are pumpkin rice Krispie treats, candy corn cakes, worms in dirt, monster apple caramel bites, Halloween popcorn balls, ghost cupcakes, etc.

My new celebration would happen on March 18 till March 25. It would be the same date every year.

 

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Independent Reading Feb 1st

The CATCHER in the Rye by J.D Salinger

Robert Burns is a famous poet who create a poem named  “Comin’ Thro the Rye”. It can be explained that this is intended to be a symbol for Holden Caulfield; the main character of the novel.  What Holden desires is longing to preserve the innocence of childhood.

The novel narrates two days of Holden’s life after he has been expelled from prep school. Different emotions are going through his head like confusion and disillusion. Caulfield will search for the truth against the adult world falseness.

Throughout the novel, it can be noticed that Holden always describes his sibling as a nice, responsible, smart kid. This is actually giving the reader a reason to believe Holden’s obsession with preserving his innocence. He sees innocence through his siblings.

In chapter 5, Holden describes his dead young brother, as “fifty times as intelligent” (p.38) than him. He exaggerates that Allies is so smart. Why would he do that?

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Personal Writing

“Imagine a future in which we each have a personalized robot servant. What would yours be like? What would it do? ” 

My robot would have arms that would move in every angle and they would enlarge for reaching stuff. It wouldn’t have legs, its surface would be flat and would float. It would move by itself. It would also have hands for making things so much easier. It would be 5’2 ft approximately. It would be rose gold, no mouth nor nose, just two eyes. It would definitely speak. The voice would be a woman who speaks English and Spanish.

Sensing its a really important thing the robot needs to have. It needs to be able to sense its surroundings so it doesn’t crash.

It’ll be electrically powered and it would power by itself. The moment the robot is running out of battery, it would automatically charge again.

My robot would be designed mainly for cooking anything. There would be a big recipe book installed in its software that would cook anything that I ask for. It would also help cleaning, doing my homework, etc.

 

 

 

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Independent Writing Jan 14

The Crown by Kierra Cass
The competition for finding the future king/Eadlyn’s husband begins.
She spent the first few weeks of the competition counting down the days until she could send them all home. But as events at the palace force Eadlyn even further into the spotlight, she realizes that she might not be content remaining alone.
Eadlyn still isn’t sure she’ll find the fairytale ending her parents did twenty years ago. Eadlyn must make a choice by that feels impossible for her. Yet, this decision is way more important than she ever imagined.

“Finding a prince might mean kissing a lot of frogs.”

We clearly see how Eadlyn is against marrying someone just because she is involved in a contest.

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Personal Writing Jan 7

“If a wizard could tell you anything about your future, what would you most like to know?”

I’m sure there’s lots of thing I would like to know about my life and about the world. I this would be a real thing, it would take time for me to answer this big opportunity of knowing anything I want. I know this is only a piece of writing, so I’m gonna go with, “What am I going to be when I grow up?” “What’s going to be my career?”

I would ask this because at this moment of my life, I have no idea of what I like or what I want to be when I grow up. I sort of have ideas, but none of them are clear thoughts.

I’m so intrigued of what will my life be like. I think what you study really affects the way people live.

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Independent Reading Jan 1

The Crown, by Kiera Cass

This book is the fourth one of the sequel “The Selection”.

A little bit of context is that in this world, society is divided by castes from 12 to 1. Number 1 represents royalty, and number 12 represents the poorness.

For a new princess to be selected, there would be a “contest” in which the prince would pick her future wife. The royalty would pick around 20 girls from all castes, then they would be taken to the palace for the prince to meet them. Little by little, the prince would start to get rid of the girls until he would finally pick the girl he falls in love with. In this case America Singer from caste 11, became the new queen.

The Crown starts by introducing a new narrator. In the past three books, America was the narrator. In this book, her daughter Eadlyn, takes her place.

A new selection has began, Eadlyn would now have to pick her future husband. The problem is, Eadlyn is against the way the selection is being run. She hates the idea of having to send away guys she doesn’t like.

I felt a sudden flutter of worry. But why? I stopped myself and rearranged my thoughts. I didn’t want this. (3.88-90)

Although Eadlyn claims that she doesn’t care about the Selection, her internal dialogue tells a different story. Unfortunately for her, this is only going to become more conflicted as the competition rolls on.

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Personal Writing

Where would you go, if you could go anywhere in the world? Who would you want to go there with?

 

If I could go anywhere in the world, even though it’s for a few days, it would be Fiji. I would take my best friend with me. Her name is Maria and she is 17 years old. I met her when we were 7 years old, and since day 1, she became my best companion.

The reason why I chose Fiji is because when I was 13 years old, I saw Fiji Islands on a movie. I didn’t knew where it was, but what I did knew is that I wanted to visit them. I research a bit about them, and the thing that was eye catching to me, where the views. For me, Fiji is an absolute paradise. The white sand, the crystal clear water, how the ocean has different tones of blue, the bright sun, etc. The great amount nature is impressive.

I would love to stay in †he beautiful “Fiji Marriot Resort Momi Bay” hotel. They are lots of cabins that are on top of the ocean connected one with each other by a bridge. Every time you wake up the first thing you see, its the beautiful beach.

There’re lots of activities that can be done, so I’m pretty sure my best friend and I wouldn’t get bored.

Hopefully, this trip can become true.

 

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Independent Reading

Brave New World by Aldous Huxley 

This book is basically about a type of  government which retains control by making its citizens so happy and superficially fulfilled that they don’t care about their personal freedom. In Brave New World the consequences of state control are a loss of dignity, morals, values, and emotions, meaning a loss of humanity.

Every one works for every one else. We can’t do without any one. Even Epsilons are useful. We couldn’t do without Epsilons. Every one works for every one else. We can’t do without any one. . . .

This quotation comes from Chapter 5, when Lenina remembers waking up as a small girl and, for the first time, hearing hypnopaedic messages whispered into her ear. She is reminded of the quote by a discussion with Henry Foster about the fact that all humans, regardless of caste, become equal after death. This quote illustrates the power of mind-numbing repetitiveness of the hypnopaedic rules and beliefs that form the basis of World State society. The message also highlights the hypocrisy of the conditioning: it may be true that “every one works for every one else,” but it is also true that certain castes have a much better time of it than others.

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