Wrestling

Wrestling

 

   I tried wrestling first last year, I went to the first practice and absolutely hated it. I went home and and imedetly knew that I was doing hockey instead. This year I knew I couldnt do hackney again because I would need to make varsity. I really didn’t want to do basketball so I decided to give wrestling another shot. This time I absolutely loved practice, I don’t know what changed but suddenly I knew that I would keep doing wrestling. So far this year I think I have improved and have had a lot of fun. I had my first match on Wednesday and got pinned easily by my opponent. On Friday I had a second match, I was extremely nervous because we were wrestling Fesidin and everyone had told me we were going to get crushed. I got lucky and was able to beat my openent 6-5. I was really happy that I was able to win and I am excited to continue wrestling this year.


Literary Analysis The Hobbit

Reading A Classic

 

 

         Reading has always seemed like something that I have to do. So far The Hobbit has been a book that I want to read and it doesn’t seem like homework to do. As I started reading I was excited because I had loved the movie and was hoping for the book to be the same. Although I know how the story ends I still don’t remember all the details along the way, as I got further into the book I suddenly wanted to read. The Hobbit had sparked some excitement in me that made me want to get further in the book and keep reading. When Fitz my English teacher assigned us with reading a classic I was definitely not overwhelmed with joy. As we went around the table I heard someone say they were reading The Hobbit. I had remembered watching the movies a few years ago and I absolutely loved them I suddenly had a new mindset about this assignment and was ready to start reading. As I read the book on my couch with a bowl of ice cream in my lap I started to enjoy reading. I have really enjoyed reading The Hobbit; subsequently, next time I am challenged with reading a classic a will on my eyes instead of close them, I was not sure if I was going to be able to relate to the characters but to my surprise I found many similarities from our class to the dwarves. Reading The Hobbit has been difficult but has been worth it. I didn’t know tha classic books could be good reads as well. 

 

 

 

 


Fun Post

The Weekend

 

   This weekend I did not really do much. Weekends are the best part of the week, the entire week I look forward to Friday for the weekend. This weekend Iinjured my shoulder more so I went to the doceter and they said it was sprained and the I might have just pulled some muscles. Besides that this weekend has been great. I continued reading the Hobbit which I am enjoying. The book is getting much more interesting and much more fast paced. I practiced lines for my play which is coming up soon. Overall this weekend was great and I am already looking forward to the next one,


The Hobbit

The Hobbit So Far

 

Johnny D

 

 

   While watching the movie of The Hobbit a few years ago, it instantly became one of my favorite movies. When we were assigned to read a classic and my English teacher Fitz said we could read The Hobbit, I was curious to see if the book was going to be as good as the movie. The book started off slow with a long 50 page starting chapter. The description and detail in the book was almost exactly like the movie. By chapter two the book picked up and I started to enjoy reading it. In the book the journey was beginning. Nothing that exciting had happened until the chapter “Riddles In The Dark.” In this chapter the Hobbit Bilbo Baggins got separated from his pack of dwarves. Bilbo gets stuck in a cave with a monstrous creature named Golem. To figure out if Bilbo will live or die they start telling riddles. In my head while reading this I tried to solve each riddle in my head before reading the answer. I was not able to solve any of the riddles but I continued reading. This chapter was one of my favorites because of how similar it was to the movie. The next few days in class reading was a little more difficult because if all the distractions but I still liked the book. Overall I have really enjoyed reading The Hobbit and I am excited to continue reading and see if I end up liking the book more than the movie.


Literary Analysis

To Build A Fire Analysis

Johnny Drapeau

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Endurance isn’t just being able to take hard things,

it’s about turning it into glory.

    The battle of Man vs Nature is a hard fight. In the story, To Build A Fire, by Jack London, a man and his dog fight against the harsh weather and 100 below temperatures. The man and his dog went off into the snowy freezing woods to look for wood. The man was warned not to go but his arrogance got in the way. Together the man and his dog have to survive the harsh conditions. 

   The man first realizes that something might go wrong when he decides to take a rest to eat on a log. The freezing Yukon froze his fingers and it was very difficult to eat his food. To unfreeze his hands and his feet the man decides to make a fire. Once he is able to strike the match the man think hips is saved and is filled with joy. The man realizes that he was wrong and that he shouldn’t have gone in the woods alone. The man tries to head back to camp but he fails and dies. “All of which counted for little. There was the fire, snapping and crackling and promising life with every dancing flame. He started to untie his moccasins. They were coated with ice; the thick German socks were like sheaths of iron halfway to the knees; and the moccasin strings were like rods of steel all twisted and knotted as by some conflagration. For a moment he tugged with his numb fingers, then, realizing the folly of it, he drew his sheath-knife.”

   In this scene the man thinks that he is saved but the fire. After trying multiple times he was finally able to light the fire and he and his dog were relieved that the flame had saved them. This was a story about man vs. nature and how the man endured the pain. The man had to use all of his knowledge to stay alive in the harsh conditions. This story had many lessons that I can learn from. 

   

 

 


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TRADITIONS

Johnny Drapeau

 

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-Tradition is what brings us together

 

 

     Traditions are what brings the family together. My tradition with my family has been going on for as long as I remember. This tradition brings our whole family together every Sunday morning for breakfast. It is an awesome way to start the day and always makes me laugh. It starts as just a usual Sunday morning. I walk down the stairs sluggishly because I know I have homework to do. I look for my sister but she was just laying in bed watching shows on her laptop.  I sit down on the couch starring off into space, wishing that the homework would just go away. I hear a pop than a sizzle and I look up to see my mom with bacon on the stove. It instantly brightens my mood. After the pancakes and bacon are finished being cooked my mom always tells me to to get everyone to come to the table. I scream at everyone to get downstairs for pancakes. While we are at the table my tad always cracks a funny joke that makes everyone laugh. We end up getting into conversations that you would never expect to happen at breakfast, and when it is all over I  feel better than I did before. This tradition on Sunday morning has been going on for as long as I can remember and every time it makes me happy. This is important because it is a chance for the entire family to get together. Traditions are an important part of everyone’s life and should not be taken for granted.


The Lottery

The Lottery Essay

 

  Death is something that we all try to escape. As I read, The Lottery, by Shirley Jackson, I noticed that it was hard to figure out what was going on, but in the end the short story was completely worth it. Reading The Lottery changed my opinion on short stories. I had thought that short stories were boring and that there was no way the could make a good story out of such few pages. I was proved wrong when I read the lottery, the suspense leading up to the huge twist made me want to keep reading. Now I know how great short stories can be.

 

  When Fitz my English teacher assigned me with this essay, I just thought it was gonna be another one of those assignments that we have to do. I looked through the book of short stories reluctantly and just picked the first one that I saw with low expectations. I started reading and I was waiting for the “awesome twist” that Fitz was talking about. The story starts off in a village with many boys and girls running around. All of the characters in the story were gathering in town for the Lottery. Mr. Summers draws names out of the box and gives them to the families. They villagers are told to not open there paper until everyone has gotten one. Once everyone has gotten there paper they all open there paper and everyone starts throwing rocks that the boys and girls had collected in the beginning at the person that got the paper with the black spot. This wasn’t any normal Lottery, it was a killing Lottery.

 

Short stories are great, they can tell an interesting story in few pages. Short stories can be filled with twists that make the reader want to keep reading. I have never really loved reading but this short story I found interesting. Short stories are an easy read that is just as interesting as a big book.

 

 


Hard Times

How Hard Times Affect Us

 

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    This will be a podcast about hard times, by Johnny Drapeau.  You’ve got to stay strong to be strong in tough times. Tough times are always hard but sometime you just can’t escape them. Sometimes the normal things to do can feel the hardest. I have lived a pretty easy life without many hard times. Although I am glad about that I still believe that you can learn things through tough times. You can learn how to act when times get tough. Even though I haven’t had any tough times, I believe that sometimes things can feel much harder than they are.  An example of when something easier felt much harder is homework. On a Wednesday after school and soccer, I know I have a lot of homework and I just wanna go home and get it all done. I get in the car ready to go home but I see my tenis bag with all of my sports cloths in it. I had forgotten that I had tennis. This was only two hours of tennis but it felt like much longer. Even though this wasn’t the worst thing ever, I was acting like the world was going to end. After tennis had started and I had just accepted that even though I was tired I still had to play tennis, I played multiple matches. Every single match I lost. I was getting more and more angry at myself every time I hit a ball into the net. I felt defeated and mad at myself for loosing.  Looking back on this it doesn’t seem so bad but this just shows how sometimes simple things can feel the hardest. This story shows how even the easier things can feel so hard at a bad time and that hard times can be different for everyone.

 


Giving Thanks

 

 

 

Hi my names Johnny

This will be a podcast about giving thanks

 

Thanks is all about being thankful for what you have. Being thankful is about being able to think about what we have instead of what we don’t. You can be thankful for anything that you have that others wish they could get. This is all important because we have are a lot of the things that we have for granted. Thanksgiving is a Holiday deticated to giving thanks and gratitude.  Being thankful isn’t about be jealous of what other people have. I am thankful for everything I have that others don’t have. I am grateful for my family because they hall me through everything. They give me everything I need that others struggle to get. My family has been helping me for my entire life and guiding me to do the right things. Giving  thanks is very important because it makes other people feel better. When someone at school thanks me for doing something it makes me fell better and makes it feel like helping was worth it.  Thanking somebody can make them  feel better about what they did and makes it more likely that they will do something nice again. An example of this is when one of my friends from school had a broken ankle and they needed help bringing stuff from place to place. I decided to help him. I had been helping him for about a week and than after he got his cast off he was very thankful and it made me feel like helping was all worth it in the end. This was an example about how giving thanks can really make a difference. Overall this podcast is about being thankful for what you have and not taking your things for granted. This thanksgiving try to reflect on all that you have.


ThanksGiving

What My Thanks Giving Is Like

 

 

.  Every Thanksgiving I go to Rochester New York to see my cousins. Thanksgiving is pretty awesome for many reasons including, no school, almost Christmas, seeing my cousins, lots of candy and cake. It couldn’t get much better than that. On Thanksgiving day my family and I always have a big dinner and than watcha movie with my cousins. Last year the day after Thanksgiving my cousins and I all played some mini golf. My cousin Graham who is 19 got a job at staples. On Black Friday we went is on the day he was working and my dad connected his phone to one of the massive speakers in the store. He started blasting music to try to embarrass by cousin. Overall Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays and is always a good time.