Sunday, June 1, 2014

last week of high school

tomorrow is the last full normal regular day left in my high school career. its also the last Monday. looking back on all the memories and goof times I've really realized that high school is only the beginning and not the end. even though this door is closing a new one with lots more to come is now open and I couldn't be more excited to get started on my new life, career choices, and friendships.

liturature analysis 3

The Night Circus

1.  The Night Circus is about a magical traveling circus that is secretly hosting a competition between two magicians who have to prove who had the better teacher. Their reward? Life. The only way to win is to survive. Celia, a little girl whose mother dies when she is only five years old is taken to live with her father who is also a magician. He is known to be the greatest of his time, when Celia is introduced to him, he immediately doesn't like her. She gets mad at the way he treats her and she uses her 'powers' to break his hot tea cup. This intrigues Prospero, her father. Her father then sets up a meeting with an old friend and it is them that arrange the competition between Celia and Marco (the chosen competetor). The two do not know who they are competing with until Celia catches Marco performing and then everything starts to crumble. The two have fallen in love and now they are refusing to continue the competition knowing one of them will die. The problem with just stopping the competiton? The circus and the people in it will die off and the two lovers won't be the only ones suffering the consequences.Celia figures out a way for the two to live together and keep the circus running without letting anyone else get hurt. Celia and Marco kill themselves, but find a way to stay in spirit and keep the circus alive.
2. The theme of this book is very similar to The Hunger Games themes, anything and everything over love, to die with you would be better to die alone, a competition for survival.
3. The authors tone is bitter and knowing. The author has a lot of sass and you can see that in the main character Celia, the most. She makes it seem as if she were using her story to vent out her hate for someone and her longing for another.
4. Foreshadowing:
In the beginning Marco explains that he loves to love and he loves to be in love and it always happens so quickly, but he doesn't know what being IN LOVE is really like, therefore he'd do anything to be with her. This is setting up his attitude towards how is going to feel about Celia and the situation they get put in having to kill eachother.
Celia grabs the wrong umbrella, but she notices that the umbrella she did grab has some sort of spell on it and this is how she discovers and predicts that Marco is her challenger.

1. Direct characterization
Celia: The author directly explains how she looks feels and acts. There is no asuming or guessing on how she felt towards something, the author is very direct with her.
Marco: The author also explains everything Marco feels directly and we know from the very beginning how he looks and what his morals are.
Indirect characterization
An example of this is a teenager named Bailey who is brought up very little and then at the end becomes the protagonist all with one feeling. The author indirectly tells you that Bailey has this passion and dedication towards the circus that will essentially save everyone. The author then refers to two twins who live in the circus and will be helping Bailey save it. This is dropped by hints such as dreams and fortune tellers.
The indirect characters are all the smaller characters that we don't get to read about directly.
2. The authors syntax changes when she concentrates on a different part of the story. The novel jumps around from character to character and you can tell whose side of the story it is when the sentences get longer or shorter and the it goes from first person to third person.
3. The protagonist is very round and dynamic, he starts off seeming useless to the storyline, but then their is a plottwist and it all starts to make sense. It is part of his destiny to either save or destroy the circus and it all comes down to one decision; does he chase after a circus or give up on it all together. He chooses to chase after it and that is his first step to saving it.
4. I did not feel as if I had just met someone after reading this story. I think that because the storyline was something I was not use to and compeletly unrelatable I had trouble connecting to any of the characters due to the whole "I'm a magician fighting for my life against another magician whom I'm in love with and I can't kill him because I love him" theme. However, I understand what it is like to not want to do something because the decision is too hard to make and it might hurt someone else. Overall I didn't make any easy connections with this book, too ficitonal and unrealistic.

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Journal 5/19 : expectation on masterpiece academy

"What do you expect from the Masterpiece Academy and how can you contribute to making it the experience you envision?"

What I expect from the masterpiece academy  is to see a side of everyone that I've never seen before. We are all in the same class and have been in the same class for the past fee months but there are only a handful of kids that I actually know personally in this class. Everyone else I only know what I see in class.. Witch is not much because it's early and everyone is still tired and don't really say much so I don't know what they are interested in. how can I make it the experience I envision? As for that part I don't think there's anything I can do. What I'm expecting is to see another side if everyone and to have everyone come out of their shell. Not much I can do but sit back and see when happens.


Only 9 more school days left. Times flying by so fast!

Journal 5/23 topic: connections 1

Today roman, analyssa, Jon, and Elizabeth and bully presented on their master peice. Roman is an upcoming music producer and is very talented at it. Analyssa is an amazing photographer and is in the process or making photography her major. Jon is in the process of writing a mythological book and billy and Elizabeth are interested in coaching for swim and water polo. I don't feel like I really "connected" with any of the masterpieces today but I feel like I was amazed on how talented some people are in our class and I didn't even know it. Congrats!

Journal 5/27 topic: connection

Today Judith and amparro, Alicia and jonna, dale, and Alex and Joey presented their masterpiece. Judith and amparro presented on compassion and everyone has compassion but there is a difference between compassion and sympathy. Compassion is feeling for someone or something and understanding and sympathy is just feeling sorry for someone or something enstead of understanding. Alicia and honns presented on agriculter, dale presented on freedom, and Alex and Joey presented on army life. Everything was very interesting and informative but I feel like I connected the most with Judith and amparro because we all have compassion whether we know it or not we all connect in that subject.

Monday, May 26, 2014

literature analysis 2

Title: A child called it by Dave Pelzer

 this book is about a mans rough childhood and the different types of abuse he undergoes. David is beaten, stabbed, burned, told to drink different chemicals and neglected. All of this is done to him by the woman who should be saving and protecting him, his mother. His mom makes him sleep in a small closet and if he needs to use the bathroom he is forced to pee himself, then he is sent to school in the same clothes everyday. He thinks he deserves it, he doesn't understand why his mom hates him so much and he is always trying to gain her affection.

-I think Dave Pelzer wrote this book as a form of therapy and a way to let others know it's better to share with someone else if something bad is happening to you or a friend. Don't hide dangerous things from others, reach out for help and make your life a safe place to live. 

- I chose this book based off of what I had heard about it. I have friends who had read it in middle school and they all loved it, so I decided to give it a try and see what everyone was talking about. The story was so intriguing and as soon as you read the first chapter you had to know what happened to this little kid. You have to know if he makes it out okay.

-I did find this book very realistic, it was also sort of a wake up call for me. After reading this book I started to pay more attention to the students around me. He pointed out things that made him different and I looked for those characteristics in other students I see everyday to see if I could find any that might be putting up with abuse. Because I started doing this not only in class, but around everyone, I noticed it was happening to my cousin. 


David is a very fragile, young boy who wears glasses and rarely eats. He's always wearing the same clothes and he doesn't complain. He is an example of indirect characterization. We know what David is thinking and how he responds to other characters. His mom and class mates are direct characterization. They have direct statements being made by them. His mom beats and stabs him, and his classmates pick on him. If I were writing this book as a fictional story, I would have made the mom seem even more ugly and wicked looking then what he described her as. However, all the other characters seem to have the perfect description and I wouldn't write them any other way.

- One example of direct characterization is when David's classmates pick on him for smelling and looking bad. The author states that they were bullies. Another example of direct characterization is when the teacher makes an effort to help David, the author clearly states that she is someone who David will trust and seek help from. 

-I didn't notice any change in syntax when the author would discuss a different character. However the diction would change when talking about his mother. His tone would shift and he became more forward and used descriptive language to express the cruel actions she performed on him.

-The protagonist is David and he is very dynamic. You almost get to experience the abuse with him. He is a very structured character and has a lot of understandable feelings.


- The author has more of a journalist form of writing. He took you day by day or week by week and month by month. I never picked up on any foreshadowing.

-The Author does use lengthy descriptions for the more complex characters and some scenes. The author focuses more on the action rather than on dialogue. I think he does this because the events that he is describing happened such a long time ago, it's probably harder to write in dialogue when you can't remember the entire conversation.

-I think the authors attitude towards this subject is probably very sensitive. He had to relive his  horrible past and talk about his traumatic experiences.

-The author doesn't offer any resources