Metacognition

Andrew Blau

Fitz English

FInal Metacognition on All Quiet on the Western Front

 

    My experience reading All Quiet was a roller coaster. I started reading the book thinking it was very dull and just about meaningless. I was not at all excited to read this book and I thought it was just going to be a waste of my time. For rage first fe chapters of reading I thought that the book was just about some kids who went to war and I was sure that I would get nothing out of reading the book. There were no lessons to learn. As I got a decent amount into the book I started to get a sense that the book had a much greater meaning and lots of lessons that I could learn. At this point I started to enjoy the book. Things were getting more exciting and there was much more meaning to me in the story. At this point in the book I realized that the book wasn’t very long at all. When I started reading I thought that it was going to take forever to read and be a super long book, but when I found out it wasn’t my while mindset changed. I started reading the book with more intent and meaning trying to process everything that was happening and all of the lessons that there were. Towards the end of the book I was actually having a pretty good time reading the book. I started to have a better mindset while reading, I was actually understanding what was going on, I was also getting more from the lessons that there were and I was seeing the bigger meaning of the book.


Chapter 8 Metacognition

My experience reading chapter 8 was pretty good. Most chapters in the book are pretty long so I was glad when I saw how short this one was. This chapter was still pretty meaningful regardless of how short it was and I think that it what made it good and enjoyable to read. Overall chapter 8 is short but sweet and a good read.


Friendship Narrative

The Power Of Friendship

By Andrew Blau

 

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“A real friend is one who walks in when the rest of the world walks out.”
– Walter Winchell

 

If everything in you life goes wrong your friends will always be there. My friends are always there for me and I always can rely on them. Friendship has and will shape my life and how I live it. I will always have friends to turn to and they will always be there for me every step of my life. During March break I didn’t have anything to do. I knew that I wanted to spend time with friends. I ended up texting a good friend of mine: Jake Athanasoulas. I was lonely so I spent a lot of time hanging out with Jake having fun and enjoying ourselves. One day over break Jake invited me over to his house for a sleepover. Because I didn’t have anything else to do and I knew that I would have fun I accepted the offer and went over to his house. During the day we had a ton of fun, we watched movies, TV and played video games. By the time it was around 11:00 we were having some of the most fun I’ve ever had. We had just finished a hilarious movie and now we were playing NBA 2k19 which is one of our favorite video games. We ended up playing this until 2 in the morning. Eventually we went to bed and then in the morning I went back home. This is just one example of some of my great friendships that shape my life and what I do. Friendships are some of the most important things in life to me, friendships affect my life in almost every way possible and I love having as many friendships as I do. For me I know that I can always rely on my friendships regardless of what happens in my life.


Chapter 7 Socratic

What To Talk About In Chapter 7 Socratic

 

I think that we should focus on one thing that happened in chapter 7 to talk about. I want to talk about Paul’s experience re-enter into society and daily life. When he got leave and went back home he hard a hard time trying to fit back into society and he couldn’t really figure things out. Concluding, I think that trying to re-enter something after being gone for so long is a good topic to discuss in tomorrow’s socratic.


All Quiet Reflection Paragraph

True Horror Is Unforgettable

By Andrew Blau

 

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“Alone. Yes, that's the key word, the most awful word in the English tongue. Murder doesn't hold a candle to it and hell is only a poor synonym.”

 

 

 

True horror is unforgettable. In Chapter 6 in All Quiet On The Western Front, the sheer horror and terror that is described makes for a gruesome but very memorable chapter. Chapter 6 in All Quiet On The Western Front had an extreme amount of gore and horror filled scenes. All of the horror is unforgettable because of how realistic it is written and it seems. Usually gory things don’t get to me but this chapter did. It is almost unexplainable the amount of horror in just a few pages. I never thought that just reading could actually affect me like this chapter did. This chapter is all about war. Most chapters in this book are about war but what makes this one different is the author takes you through an actual battle. We get to see the germans experience in the trench while they are being attacked by the French. This whole chapter is extremely gory and disgusting. While the French are charging the Germans one soldier gets mowed down, “His body collapses, his hands remain suspended as though he were praying. Then his body drops clean away and only his hands with the stumps of his arms, shot off, now hang in the wire.” This writing is filled with pure gore. My experience reading this chapter made me realize what war was really like and how terrible it is. Before I had read this chapter I had never had an experience where I read part of a book that affected me the way that this one did. The sheer horror and terror expressed in such few words made me feel disgusted. Although I wasn’t in the trenches with the Germans living through a battle I did have to read this chapter knowing that man kind actually did this to each other. Reading Chapter 6 has lead be to believe that tru horror is unforgettable.

 


Survival

By Andrew Blau and Finley Stevens

“Temper us in fire, and we grow stronger. When we suffer, we survive.”

 

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Man's greatest instinct is survival. In chapter four of All Quiet on the Western Front, by Erich Maria Remarque, all the soldiers face many challenges, but the most difficult of them all is survival. Surviving the trenches in near impossible but for Paul, Kantorek, Kat, Tjaden and Müller they manage to find their way through with the help of each other, survival and a little bit of luck. Everyone is near the front line placing barbed wire. They were just about finished when Kat’ s instinct to survive kicked in.  He got a bad feeling that was telling him that there was going to be a bombardment because the English usually attack at 10pm but they had attacked at 9pm. Kat shared this with everyone right before the bombardments and they all ran back towards the barracks.

“At the sound of the  first droning of the shells we rush back, in one part of our being, a thousand years. By the animal instinct that is awakened in us we are led and protected. It is not conscious; it is far quicker, much more sure, less fallible, then conscious. One cannot explain it...it is this other, this second sight in us, that has...saved us, without our knowing how.”

Kat’s sixth sense and his will for survival help him and the rest of the soldiers survive in all types of situations. It is nearly impossible to survive the trenches and because everyone’s common goal is survival. Survival guides the lifestyle in day to day life in the trenches, no matter who you are or who you were the only thing that matters to you is survival. Everyone in the trenches has the same question, will I survive? Survival is what drives everyone to get through any type of situation. The feeling of wanting to survive is man's greatest instinct and without it we wouldn’t be here today.



This process of writing was fairly easy. Me and Finley were fairly efficient both in class and after school working on our paragraph. Finley was a great partner who pulled his weight and split the work even. Finley also has great ideas and was great to collaborate with. Overall this process went very well and I had a good time.

 


Before

Before Socratic

 

In the Socratic tomorrow there are 2 specific things I would like to talk about. One is abusing power. I want to talk about abusive power because Himmelstoss really abuses all of the power he has because his life outside of the War was disappointing and not important. I think this would be a really good topic to dive into because of how controversial abusing his power is. I also think this would be good to discuss because abusing power is also very relevant in our world and it would be cool to share opinions and examples of it right now. Also to see if we could come to a conclusion on if it’s his fault or if it’s because of his past or both. Two is Comradery and how important it is. Comradery is a huge theme in the book and so far it has been extremely relevant. I think that the main characters in the story obviously have the war in common so they kind of have to be friendly with each other but I really think it is so cool how they take just being in the same war one step further to becoming really close to each other and probably life long friends. I also think that this would be good to discuss because of how relevant it is in our lives. We all have close friends and we all have Comradery and I think that talking about this might be a good way to realize this. Overall I think that these two topics would be great to talk about because of their relevance in the book and in our lives.


Choices

Choices

 

 

 

Choices shape everyone’s life and what they do, I have choices everyday, some good, some bad. There are always a lot of choices to make, some are good some are bad. But as a 14 year old it’s hard to see the line between the 2. Some choices are easier to make than others and some have an outcome you may no have wanted, but the real challenge is living with the choices you make. It was an average day at the Fenn School, When Mrs McCarthy called my name. I realized the choice I had made was a bad one when I ended up in Mrs McCarthy’s office with a Tuesday Afternoon. When Liam, Luke, Kevin and I got to sports study, we knew we wanted to have some fun. We found a box of markers on Mrs Stiga’s shelf we knew we had a choice to make. Snapping those markers was like stepping on bubble wrap, satisfying. We knew the choice we had made has a bad one, but as 13 year olds, we didn’t care. Because we didn’t care we thought it would be even better to film ourselves doing it and post it on Instagram. A few days later when Mrs McCarthy called my name the first thing that came to my mind is that bad choice I had made, I was right. I ended up in her office the next Tuesday ready to serve my Tuesday Afternoon. Breaking markers was fun; breaking markers was also bad; but life is all about living with the choices you make. I had to think of it as a learning experience and something that had taught me more about me. Everyone in life has so many choices that can change their lives, it’s all about living with the choices you make and learning from them.