Guliver’s Travels Experience

Jack Bretl

Jan 16 2019

FITZ English

Gulivers Travels 

Amazement 

“Imagination is more important than knowledge.”

I feel like the best things to receiver are the ones You can’t expect.. Gulivers Travels, by Jonathan Swift, amazed me with all of the plot twists and fantasizing. The author has pleased me with his fictional writing and at the same time has stuck to a plot. During Gulivers first journey, he encounters people who are the size of his palm and use him for warfare. He the ends up sailing back to England and then soon after on an other ship. On this ship he goes to a remote island where he disembarks but the whole ship leaves him behind. He is then left on an island with huge grass fields with gargantuas monsters, but friendly ones. I did not expect that this story would be any thing like this; I expected it to be a non fiction story regarding Gulivers real travels; instead, it’s an interesting story about fictional voyages and journeys. I used to hate reading fantasy stories, but not with Gulivers Travels. I love when I’m either surprised or amazed by something. I didn’t expect to be amazed by Gulivers Travels, but I am.

 


Potenial



Jack Bretl 

Jan 16

fitz english

blog post

 

POTENIAL

                  “Hockey players have fire in their hearts and ice in their veins.”

 

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Potential, a word that can mean many different things. In my world it means to have the ability to achieve something in the future; and that is exactly what my hockey team has. Being on a youth hockey team might not mean a lot to many people but not for our team. Our team takes it very seriously and takes it upon themselves to be ready to play to their best ability when needed. Our team started off to quite a rough start at zero wins and three losses. There was a lot of blame going around on and off the ice. Our heads were hung low and all our team could think of is here we go again. That night I thought of all things I did wrong and what I needed to do to improve. It was simple to me what the problem was. We were  not working as a team we were all trying to be a hero. The next game had came around and all I remuneration about that game is the look in everyone’s eyes that night. We all knew what needed to happen and how we had to execute. Our team won our first game that night. We won it through passing and working as 1. Our next game was going to be a tough one, it was Dorchester. Dorchester isn’t known to be good but they are known to be rash And unsportsmanlike people. We got off to a quick 2-0 lead in that game, but I was pissed off. Number 13 on Dorchester had been trashing me all day. At the start of the second period I made a mistake. My limit was reached so I hit number 13 in the chest as hard as I could. It was a great hit and he went flying but he did t have the puck so I went to the box for 4 minutes. I knew I had let my team down and I had to redeem myself. During the power-play for Dorchester they scored. That made it a 2-1 going into the 3rd period. Our coach told us during the intermission between periods what needed to happen for our team to win. We came out strong holding our ground on defense keeping them out of the slot and rubbing them out on the boards. The scariest moment was when it was a 1 on 1 with me and a Dorchester kid on a break away. I was skating backwards as fats as I could digging my blade into the scratched up ice, but he was getting to close so I risked it. I made a decision to step up and go full on towards his chest and attempt to lay him out. I got low bit my mouth guard pushed off and knocked the crap out of this Dorchester kid. I then skating over him and passed it up out of our zone. With about 30 seconds left it happened again with same guy, so I said to hip “ayyy you wanna go again”. Without any hesitation he dropped his stick came up to me and punched in the helmet. It didn’t really hurt and it didn’t matter because he fell when it happened and he got ejected from the game. We ended up winning 2-1. The team is now doing well at a record of 12-4 beaming up the standings and ready as ever for the playoffs

 


Gulivers Travels Reading Experience

Jack Bretl

Fitz English 

January 13 2018

Reading Experience 

Gulivers Travels 

Reading Experience

 

over the last couple of days I have been reading Gulivers Travels. I read bout 30 min a day out of school and as much as I can in school. This book is a tough read for me but a good read. I have learned s9 many new vocabulary words and I have also enjoyed the story so far. I have just finished part of the story where I learned of Gulivers childhood and his experience on many voyages. The meat of part one was based around Guliver getting caught in a storm on a ship with many men to then getting on a small life boat which capsizes. Guliver is left alone on an island and wakes to see people called lilputs. During part 1 I experienced the Fantasy of Jonathan Swift’s mind. I’m usually not to fond of fiction and fantasy but for some reason which I have yet to figure out I did enjoy it. Lilliputian are very small people who aren’t afraid of  using violence against Guliver becuase their arrows only feel like pinpricks to Guliver. Guliver also eats more than 1000 Lilliputians. After feeding Guliver they even find themselves on the risk of famine. Guliver is then used for war by the Lilliputians. Because of his size he is their strongest weapon. The Lilliputians are fighting the Blefuscu. I don’t want to get into all the details and spoil it but in the end Guliver finds his way bacl to England and his first travel is over. I’m very excited to read the rest of this sorry and join Guliver on his second adventure.

 


Ccyh Hockey

Jack Bretl

January 13

Blog Post

 

CCYH Hockey

Our Season (so far)

 

This year I’m playing on the Bantom  B team for CCYH. This was my second year involved in CCYH hockey and my first year in Bantom B. Our first team practice was way back in late August. It’s been a long ride so far for our team suffering from a lot of adversity and injuries. CCYH doesn’t t have a home rink so most of our games are filled with away team fans and colors. CCYH has also never been fortunate anought have extremely skilled players on their teams. This season things changed. The Bantom B team started off 0-3 this was not only uninspiring to the players but to the fans. So the week later we had three practices and we talked a out what needed to happen for us to start wining. Soo enough we started winning and we were winning a lot. We went on a hot streak holding off teams to our best ability. We were the hardest hitting, most passionate and sooner enough the number one team in our division standing at 12-3. Our team put in a lot of effort towards the hockey season. Yesterday we played against Cambridge. Cambridge was tied for second place with Melrose. We knew this was going to be an important game for us and we didn’t show up at all. Our defense was sloppy our passing was mediocre and our effort wasn’t there. Our team knew we should have won’t that game and we didn’t. So I, going to assume this week will be filled with some discipline and strenuous drills to get us back into the swing of things. The season is far from over but having momentum going into the post season is very important. Especially in a team sport. I and many other players on the team are expecting a lot out of everyone on the team to perform at their best ability at every game and hopefully that’s what we will receive next week.


To Build A fire Analysis

Jack Bretl

Fitz English

December 16

literary Analysis 

 

 

 

To Build a Fire Literary Analysis

Mother Nature is Always Stronger

than a Man's Strength

Screen Shot 2018-12-16 at 11.36.53 AMPeople need to be cautious because anything built by man can be destroyed by Mother Nature.

~Russel Honore

 

 

Human strength will never over come the strength of Mother Nature. In the short story To Build A fire, By,  Jack London is the story of a man’s trek through the cold snow covered area of Yukon with his dog. This trek, being done in Yukon, is happening during a time where the temperatures are at some times 70 below 0. The conditions are deadly and the ground is covered in snow as far as the eye can see, and things aren’t looking up for this man and his pup. The man knew he had to make steady progress to get to where there was shelter. The conditions were making the progress of his trip delay by a lot. Water and snow has hit his skin and  Mother Nature is striking hard. The man’s attempts to make a fire weren’t strong enough to counter the harsh temperature. His dog is walking slowly and has eyes of defeat. All hope has turned into ash. Beneath the snow that could be 3 inches deep or 3 feet deep there was some ice but then water, and any exposed skin to that water would be deadly. The snow above the water would usually be sunken in but not always, which would make it hard to see. Mother Natures skills were no match for the man and his dog. During the try the dog fall’s through into one of the water traps, here is a quote explaining it.

“Suddenly it broke through, floundered to one side, and got away to firmer footing. It had wet its forefeet and legs, and almost immediately the water that clung to it turned to ice. It made quick efforts to lick the ice off its legs, then dropped down in the snow and began to bite out the ice that had formed between the toes. This was a matter of instinct. To permit the ice to remain would mean sore feet. It did not know this. It merely obeyed the mysterious prompting that arose from the deep crypts of its being. But the man knew, having achieved a judgment on the subject, and he removed the mitten from his right hand and helped tear out the ice-particles. He did not expose his fingers more than a minute, and was astonished at the swift numbness that smote them. It certainly was cold. He pulled on the mitten hastily, and beat the hand savagely across his chest.”

 

 

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Mother Nature is a beautiful thing but it is also a very dangerous thing. Sadly this man and his dog were on the bad side and suffered a rather harsh time. The man’s mind wonders and he started to think of what would happen if he died and if the boys would find him the next day. He then nestles in to one of the most comfortable sleeps he has ever been in. The dog was surprised to see the man sitting in the snow without making a fire. The dog got up close to the man but scent death so it backed away. It then left the man and trotted long to where it knew the camp was, and where the boys where. Through out the whole story Mother Nature’s strength was striking hard on the man and his dog. It took the live of a man and almost the dogs. The mans perseverance and strength was strong but no match for Mother Nature’s. For the dog and the man, their bond and strength together was there but in the end were split. So, the next time you want to go out in sub degree temperatures I suggest going with more than just a dog or not going at all. 


Tradition

Jack Bretl

Saturday December 15

Fitz English

Mid Year Narrative Paragraph

    Tradition

The Tradition Of Tripping

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"Our son has been singing all week, and is now trying to teach me his favorites from the Keewaydin songbook. I could go on and on about how much he loves camp, about his positive experience at Keewaydin. An example: He went on a canoe trip to Bog River, a tough trip for a little kid. Usually, Luke has to be the best at something or he doesn’t want anything to do with it. And being from Brooklyn, at first, he wasn’t the best in a canoe. But the trip leaders tell me that he dug in, stuck with it, and was paddling stern by the end of the trip. He says it was hard work, but when it was over, he thought every minute of it was amazing. He’s a changed man.”,

 Paul Braverman,  Keewaydin Dunmore Parent

 

 

Traditions last for a reason. The tradition of tripping at my sleep away camp is something I fell fortunate to be a part of. At Keewaydin Dunmore, the camp I go to, everyone goes on trips, both Canoeing and Hiking. This has been a tradition at my camp since 1910 when the camp first started. Going on a trip is a great opportunity to bond with some of your best friends, and encounter some of the most beautiful wildlife. I have gone on five trips during my tenure at Keewaydin and every single one has been a dream. During my most recent trip which was a 6 day canoeing trip in the Adirondacks I experienced one of the best feelings in the world. It wasn’t just one feeling it was everything around me on this trip. On almost every day we would sit in our canoe and lie our heads back on the hard plastic and just reflect on what was going on around us. When we did this it felt like all of my senses were turned up to maximum sensitivity. I could here every bird, feel every ripple in the water, and smell the clean, crisp mountain air. It didn’t matter if we were sitting in the rain, we would take this moment of reflection to absorb everything around us, because I think we all knew we were going to be back in a classroom pretty quickly. These  trips were all special in their own way and thats what made them a tradition. You could be hiking the tallest mountain in the North East or white water canoeing down a river in Canada. Every camp has traditions but Keewaydin’s tradition was with out doubt tripping. This tradition has created endless friendships, stories, and long lasting memories. So, the next time you are participating in a tradition remember to think about has this tradition was started and respects that and don’t forget, It’s the memories made from traditions that are remembered.


Short Story Literary Reflection Essay

Jack Bretl

Fitz English

8th Grade

December 5th

 

A&P Literary Reflection Essay

Using Anger as Fuel

 

Speak when you are angry - and you'll make the best speech you'll ever regret.

Laurence J. Pete

 

    Anger is something you can use either against you or with you. In The Story A&P by: John Updike the Main Character, Sammy gets fired from his job as a cashier at an A&P in North Eastern Massachusetts. He does this because of his manager kicking out 3 girls for their attire. Sammy didn’t think this was a reasonable accusation and definitely expressed that to the manager. During this part of the story The author is trying to exemplify that if you dint agree with something use anger as your partner, not your enemy. John Updike wrote a whole story about 3 girls who showed up to a grocery store and ended up getting someone to quit and getting themselves kicked out, the author must have had a strong opinion to let this happen.

 

In this short story John Updike explains the story of a young man quoting from his perfectly fine job as a cashier at an A&P in north east Massachusetts. You would never realize how much a cashier observes but they do and thats what there author explains throughout the beginning of the story. About mid way through the story 3 girls walk into the store and Sammy instantly notices them. They’re all wearing w piece bikini’s, and Sammy knows that thats nit allowed but he is so attracted to them he decides to not tell them to leave, and go on with his business. Shortly after that the manager comes out and embarrass’s the girls and tells them to leave because of their attire. Sammy feels this is unnecessary as they are only buying 1 thing. Sammy ends up getting in an argument with his manager and becomes so angry he quits, and walks right out.

Anger can be used against yourself or with you. In this story Sammy uses it with him. He does what I think everyone in the world should be able to do. He took something that wasn’t a big deal and stood up for his opinion and proved his point. This story made me go deeper in my thinking of what the word anger can be used for. I always thought of being angry as a weakness but the way Sammy did it was extraordinary. During my life I have become angry a lot and I have never been good at channeling it. After reading this short story I now have a better understanding on how to channel it. Reading this made me feel excited in that I had learned something valuable. I can not only use this lesson in my athletic life but in my social life. This story has changed how I look at the world when I wake up. I now can use criticism as fuel instead of a put down. This whole piece gave me a sense of control of my life. When Sammy decided to quit because of a strong opinion it’s saying to me that you should only do something you believe in.  

 

Anger, something to be used as fuel or a weakness its your decision. You decide how you use the word. So I suggest to you that the next time you become angry to use as how you would like to but pick wisely.

 

-Jack Bretl

 

 

 


Short Story Literary Reflection Essay

Jack Bretl

Fitz English

8th Grade

December 5th

 

A&P Literary Reflection Essay

Using Anger as Fuel

 

Speak when you are angry - and you'll make the best speech you'll ever regret.

Laurence J. Pete

 

    Anger is something you can use either against you or with you. In The Story A&P by: John Updike the Main Character, Sammy gets fired from his job as a cashier at an A&P in North Eastern Massachusetts. He does this because of his manager kicking out 3 girls for their attire. Sammy didn’t think this was a reasonable accusation and definitely expressed that to the manager. During this part of the story The author is trying to exemplify that if you dint agree with something use anger as your partner, not your enemy. John Updike wrote a whole story about 3 girls who showed up to a grocery store and ended up getting someone to quit and getting themselves kicked out, the author must have had a strong opinion to let this happen.

 

In this short story John Updike explains the story of a young man quoting from his perfectly fine job as a cashier at an A&P in north east Massachusetts. You would never realize how much a cashier observes but they do and thats what there author explains throughout the beginning of the story. About mid way through the story 3 girls walk into the store and Sammy instantly notices them. They’re all wearing w piece bikini’s, and Sammy knows that thats nit allowed but he is so attracted to them he decides to not tell them to leave, and go on with his business. Shortly after that the manager comes out and embarrass’s the girls and tells them to leave because of their attire. Sammy feels this is unnecessary as they are only buying 1 thing. Sammy ends up getting in an argument with his manager and becomes so angry he quits, and walks right out.

Anger can be used against yourself or with you. In this story Sammy uses it with him. He does what I think everyone in the world should be able to do. He took something that wasn’t a big deal and stood up for his opinion and proved his point. This story made me go deeper in my thinking of what the word anger can be used for. I always thought of being angry as a weakness but the way Sammy did it was extraordinary. During my life I have become angry a lot and I have never been good at channeling it. After reading this short story I now have a better understanding on how to channel it. Reading this made me feel excited in that I had learned something valuable. I can not only use this lesson in my athletic life but in my social life. This story has changed how I look at the world when I wake up. I now can use criticism as fuel instead of a put down. This whole piece gave me a sense of control of my life. When Sammy decided to quit because of a strong opinion it’s saying to me that you should only do something you believe in.  

 

Anger, something to be used as fuel or a weakness its your decision. You decide how you use the word. So I suggest to you that the next time you become angry to use as how you would like to but pick wisely.

 

-Jack Bretl

 

 

 


Short Story Literary Reflection Essay

Jack Bretl

Fitz English

8th Grade

December 5th

 

A&P Literary Reflection Essay

Using Anger as Fuel

 

Speak when you are angry - and you'll make the best speech you'll ever regret.

Laurence J. Pete

 

    Anger is something you can use either against you or with you. In The Story A&P by: John Updike the Main Character, Sammy gets fired from his job as a cashier at an A&P in North Eastern Massachusetts. He does this because of his manager kicking out 3 girls for their attire. Sammy didn’t think this was a reasonable accusation and definitely expressed that to the manager. During this part of the story The author is trying to exemplify that if you dint agree with something use anger as your partner, not your enemy. John Updike wrote a whole story about 3 girls who showed up to a grocery store and ended up getting someone to quit and getting themselves kicked out, the author must have had a strong opinion to let this happen.

 

In this short story John Updike explains the story of a young man quoting from his perfectly fine job as a cashier at an A&P in north east Massachusetts. You would never realize how much a cashier observes but they do and thats what there author explains throughout the beginning of the story. About mid way through the story 3 girls walk into the store and Sammy instantly notices them. They’re all wearing w piece bikini’s, and Sammy knows that thats nit allowed but he is so attracted to them he decides to not tell them to leave, and go on with his business. Shortly after that the manager comes out and embarrass’s the girls and tells them to leave because of their attire. Sammy feels this is unnecessary as they are only buying 1 thing. Sammy ends up getting in an argument with his manager and becomes so angry he quits, and walks right out.

Anger can be used against yourself or with you. In this story Sammy uses it with him. He does what I think everyone in the world should be able to do. He took something that wasn’t a big deal and stood up for his opinion and proved his point. This story made me go deeper in my thinking of what the word anger can be used for. I always thought of being angry as a weakness but the way Sammy did it was extraordinary. During my life I have become angry a lot and I have never been good at channeling it. After reading this short story I now have a better understanding on how to channel it. Reading this made me feel excited in that I had learned something valuable. I can not only use this lesson in my athletic life but in my social life. This story has changed how I look at the world when I wake up. I now can use criticism as fuel instead of a put down. This whole piece gave me a sense of control of my life. When Sammy decided to quit because of a strong opinion it’s saying to me that you should only do something you believe in.  

 

Anger, something to be used as fuel or a weakness its your decision. You decide how you use the word. So I suggest to you that the next time you become angry to use as how you would like to but pick wisely.

 

-Jack Bretl

 

 

 


Tough Times

Jack Bretl

Power Of Hard Times

Fitz 8th Grade English

December 2 2018 

 

Tough Times

 

Tough Times On The Portage Trail

 

 



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Tough times never last, but tough people do.

~ Robert H. Schuller

 

 

 

Going through tough times is what makes a boy a man. Over the summer I went through one of the most physically tough time. I was on a Canoeing trip in the Adirondack’s and a ahead of me was a 2 mile portage. I was on this Canoeing trip through a summer camp located in Salisbury Vermont. This was my 5th year at the camp and my first portage. Portage is a French word from the root porter. It means to carry boats or cargo from one water source to another. This was by far out hardest portage on the trip. I was there with 6 camp friends and 2 staff-men. I was in charge of carrying two 30-40 pound boxes for two miles. I made three trips because I was also in charge of getting two river bags. This was probably the most strenuous and physically hard time I’ve be through. I was one of the most efficient carriers in my group so I was told to go back and help my friend who was portaging a canoe. This was a a 16 foot Penobscot canoe that had to be moved  2 miles through a hiking trail. My friend and I got low grabbed the gunnels and threw It up over our heads. We started to move pretty fast but we kept getting slower but before we knew it we had sight of the water and off we where. This experience was one of the toughest times of my life. It was also one of the most rewarding things I’ve ever done. My friend and I after that became best friends and are still in contact. When you go through something as tough and strenuous you instantly create a bond with whoever you do it with. Going through a tough time wether it’s the death of a loved one or a 2 mile portage it all counts.

 

Jack Bretl