Metacognition 1- Video Project

Metacognition 

day 1 of video project

May 7 2019 

Today I learned of the video project I will be taking part in for my English class. The video will be constructed around what we experienced while reading the book and a short summary of the book. I feel very confident going into this project becuase of how much I enjoyed reading the book. I feel that I have engrossed all the detail and information that will help me make a satisfying video. Today in class arched a example video of a past Fenn graduate. I also started to collect some background images, film, and audio for the video. I found a great abundance of online footage of the war that I’ll be able to use during the video. Tomorrow in class I plan on starting to write my script. I intend on putting a summary of the book in the very beginning to give context to the audience. But for the very first scene I would like to talk about something  that will hook the reader so when they listen to the summary the audience does not become bored.

 

Jack Bretl


All Quiet On The Western Front Final Metacognition

Jack Bretl

Fitz English

Metacognition

Wow, that was one crazy book. The amount of detail I experienced was insane. The story of Paul and his journey on the Western front was not only a great learning experience but a great example of what it was like. From being told that joining the Army was the right thing by his teacher Kantorek to now wing one of the only couple men to survive the whole war. During this time he wished he had gone through school and lived a successful life, but he put that on pause for a while. Being drafted as a teenager was not his plan in life but that’s the deck He got. Paul made so many memories during his time on the front some good but mostly bad. He experienced shelling’s and Bombardment’s to an insane extent. While reading this I experienced a lot of emotion in my mind. I really tried to imagine my self as Paul. This story took me on a route with a series of devastating, dramatic, and lively events. When Paul stabbed the French Man and instantly regretted it, I felt him. I could feel him in agony and devastation. This book taught me a lot about history and daily life as a soldier on the front. This book also widely expanded my vocabulary with words that I wouldn’t necessarily use in my daily life but still worth knowing. The thought that I’m really stuck on is how hard it is to be about to graduate high school and then be sent off to war. You are a 18 year old trying to figure out what to do with your life but you have to pause your regular life and go sere for your country and keep yourself alive. I really like this book and I’m looking forward to making a video about my experience reading the book.

 

Jack Bretl


All Quiet On The Western Front Chapter 7 Literary Analysis

Jack Bretl and Andrew

April 26

 

The horror of modern war separates the good from the bad.   In chapter eight of All Quiet On The Western Front there is a sense of poor treatment and horror. The Russian prisoners of war are forced to dig through the German trash just to find something to eat. The horrible treatment of the Russian prisoners is bringing out another side of Paul where he realizes the commonness of man.The quote below explains and expands our broad theme. It describes Paul’s experience seeing the Russians at their concentration camp.

“They rarely speak and then only a few words. They are more human and more brotherly towards one another, it seems to me, than we are. But perhaps that is merely because they feel themselves to be more unfortunate than us. Anyway the war is over so far as they are concerned. But to wait for dysentery is not much of a life either.”

 The horrors of war changed Paul’s outlook on the enemies of war. Paul’s experience seeing the struggle of the Russians made him think of them less of prisoners and more of victims. What the Russians went through was so in humane that even though Paul knew they were the enemy he struggled to not empathize. Paul’s actions in


The Power Of Friendship

Jack Bretl 

Saturday 4/20

 

 

 

 

The Power That Is
Friendship

8F12EE23-7C06-4226-ABDB-5C18D6A20DBD“I’m no one with out friends”

-Jack Bretl

 

A human life without friends is a life wasted. Friends are literally what I live for and nothing else. Spending time with friends is the most fun thing I can think of doing. Having people in your life that you can trust make inappropriate jokes is the one thing that makes me happy. No matter size, religion, or color of skin you can be my friend. I just require a certain amount of trust. All this made me think WHAT IS THE POWER OF FRIENDSHIP. The power is simple. When you have a friend you’ve got a companion and a person that will always have your back and is as keen as you are for spending time together. My friends and I do all sorts of things together. We work, read, swim, run, bike, play video games, go to movies, go to town, go to the mall, travel, and most importantly we lift each other up. When I’m down and all I can see is the darkness around me it’s not my family that lifts me into the light it’s my friends. All my friends at school and I have such a close knit bond that we can lift each other’s spit is even when the shit hit’s the fan. It’s the true friends that always come back to you even when your in some trouble or just need someone to spend the day with. Living a life with out friends would be, in my book, the hardest thing to do. Let this paragraph be a reminder to hold onto the ones whom you have shared the best of times, the ones you make jokes and play with. Remember you are only friends with people who you know you can trust.

sincerely,

Jack Bretl

 


Chapter 7 Socratic Discussion Idea

Jack Bretl

Chapter 7 Read

Socratic Discussion Ideas

 

After reading this chapter there is only one thing I wish to discuss in our discussion tomorrow. I would like to discuss how hard it is for Men to go back and forth from being on a battle front and home. In this chapter one of the main characters, Paul,  is sent home on a seventeen day leave. This happens during a time when he is not to excited to leave. Him and his soldiers are getting a long well and he even has found himself a woman. He is also told that when he returns he will be going to training camp and will not return to the front. This is disappointing news to Paul because he knows that he may never see his fellow soldiers again. When he gets home his family is ecstatic to see him but unfortunately his mother is ill and bedridden. Time goes by and he receives an abundance of food and satisfactory rest. He visits the mother of one of his fallen soldiers and explains his death. He is then sent off and that is where the chapter ends. Due to the chapters sense of detail on Paul’s return I think it is worth it to discuss how this would be like for many other soldiers.


Chapter 6 Literary Reflection

Jack Bretl

Chapter Six Literary Analysis 

Sunday April 14

Fitzsimmons English

 

All Quiet On The Western Front Chapter 6 Literary Reflection Paragraph

A3995EBA-BDDF-49F8-BDE1-208A48B2F4FBThe art of war is simple enough. Find out where your enemy is. Get at him as soon as you can. Strike him as hard as you can, and keep moving on. -Ulysses S. Grant

Horror is the child of fear. While reading chapter six of All Quiet On The Western Front, I became petrified with the horror that is the battle on the Western Front. Reading chapter six made me feel so petrified and scared I thought I was going to throw up. I don’t think I ever realized the horror that is war. I could have never imagined how gory the battle was without reading this chapter. This chapter to me was just another chapter until about 20 words in. You could tell the mood was set and the smell of fear was in the air. A battle was upon the soldiers and they knew it. I as the reader experienced nothing but fear. For some reason I felt fear for the soldiers. The author hooked my emotions in a way that made me feel like it could be me out there in one day and I should experience it. What stroke me as the most horrible was that men would be firing their gun and their fellow soldier whom they may have know for years just died. There is no time for emotion. If your fellow soldier gets hit you scream for a medic but you can’t break down you must keep firing like your life is depending on it because it is. Reading this chapter gave me some perspective on what War is like from a soldiers review. The quote that moved me the most was this.

 

 “It is just as much a matter of chance that I am still alive as that I might have been hit. In a bombproof dug-out I may be smashed to atoms and in the open may survive ten hours' bombardment unscathed. No soldier outlives a thousand chances. But every soldier believes in Chance and trusts his luck”. 

 

That line exemplified exactly how I felt while reading this chapter. Reading this quote made me feel a kinship with Paul who said it. I felt like I was right there with him preparing myself for what would be the worst battle of my life. Before I read this chapter I had no fear, but surely did that change. This chapter gave me a sense of knowledge for the future. I now feel much  more comfortable reading the rest of the book.

 

Jack Bretl

 

 


All Quiet On The Western Front Chapter 4 Theme Of Instinct

Jack Brerl, Evan Lanzendorf, Conner Soukup

April 3

Fitz English

Chapter Four Literary Analysis

 

C5BED76A-CA86-4747-B45E-62A65C90970C“Trust instinct to the end, even though you can give no reason.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Instinct In All Quiet On The Western Front

 

    Instincts have been what has kept the human race alive from the dawn of time. If not for instincts in All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque, almost everyone would be dead. In chapter four, during the assault from the British and French, the main characters use their instincts to save their lives, and the lives of others through the first couple chapters times.

 

   For instance, when the bombs start dropping on them while they travel back to the lorries, their instincts tell them that the graveyard is their only cover, even though from a different perspective you might think the graveyard would be too dangerous. They also use their instincts while the bombing is happening, like when the main character rolls into a fresh crater from a shell, or when he climbs out of the hole when the gas comes around. These decisions made when under a lot of stress and pressure; their instincts keep them alive.

 

    I feel that the authors use of instinct reflects quite a few things in this book. It shows how in war every second is a battle and if not for our very own instinct many more people in war would end up dead or worse. The other thing the authors use of instincts reflects how war turns men into their most primal state.

 

   In its most basic state, this book provides an interesting a thought, provoking and stimulating chance to think about the instincts of man and if they ever change.

 

 

 

 

Metacognition: I wrote this with Evan and Conner. I have never worked with these two Men but I sure did enjoy it. They not only had good ideas but were cooperative and hard working. Writing this was good way to learn a little bit more about the book. I enjoy writing about certain themes, it gives me a sense of knowledge of the book. This was a very fun little perfect and I look forward to more.


All Quiet On The Western Front Socratic Metacognition.

Jack Bretl

Monday April 1st

Metacognition Review Material

 

Today in English class I read chapter 3 of All Quiet On The Western Front while reading I annotated and made note of vocabulary words. Tomorrow in class we will be having a Socratic seminar based around chapter 3. This is a Metacognition on what I would like to be boroughs up tomorrow. In chapter 3 I learned a lot about a character named Kat. Now Kat isn’t special in any way but he has been around the war for a very long time so he knows his way around. He also teaches the young soldiers how to be and how to find certain things they could need. Tomorrow I’d like to learn talk about or ponder the though of how Kat a grasp on all of this knowledge. I think this would be mice to learn becuase we would then have some background information on some of the older soldiers. I also learned how some of the more important platoon members taught the younger ones. Joining up is only the first step and I would like to think about what the younger soldiers did to prepare themselves for war. This Socratic will be a great example of a time to famine some more background information and detail on some characters in the story so when can better comprehend the story.