The Choices We Make
I leave and go(a)
Across the land(b)
I will go show(a)
The beach and sand(b)
The water clear(c)
And sun so hot(d)
The trip so near(c)
A dream a thought(d)
I have never really liked poetry and I have always been a bigger fan of just a cool action book. So far this poetry unit hasn’t changed my mind but I did find that making a good line in a poem was really satisfying. I like how these poems have a rhythm to them almost like a song whic makes it much better to listen to. My themes that I am trying to convey is probably a break and dreaming. This poem is supposed to be describing someone dreaming of a vacation in a warm area.
“Music is always being made but only sometimes enjoyed”
I listen to a lot of music, some of it is loud and crazy while other songs are clam and quite. One of the great things about music is you can listen to it or make it anywhere at anytime. Music can set the mood for how the day will go, I personally like more modern music, espeacially the catchy songs. I would not really consider rap as music, I feel like rap is just speaking in rhythm on a beat. I first started listening to a lot of music when I started doing theatre 5 years ago. We had to sing some songs in the shows but I never found the songs in shows that catchy. Sometimes when I get home from school I will just put on my headphones and listen to music. I do this to either calm myself down or to get myself excited for a game. Normally when I listen to music I can trace back a certain set of notes back to a different song. I also used to think that background music and movie soundtracks were pretty cool. All of the different music represents the certain mood of that scene. Different music can affect people in different ways. My dad likes a different type of music and he always plays music from when he was younger really loud when we are in the car. I thought that eventually I would enjoy the older music but I haven’t really gotten to like it. Music is great because you can listen to it to cheer you up or get yourself excited and different songs can make you feel different things. I am a huge fan of music and am interested to see what music I will like as I get older.
If you can keep your head when all about you
Are losing theirs and blaming it on you,
If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,
But make allowance for their doubting too;
If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,
Or being lied about, don’t deal in lies,
Or being hated, don’t give way to hating,
And yet don’t look too good, nor talk too wise:
If you can dream—and not make dreams your master;
If you can think—and not make thoughts your aim;
If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster
And treat those two impostors just the same;
If you can bear to hear the truth you’ve spoken
Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,
Or watch the things you gave your life to, broken,
And stoop and build ’em up with worn-out tools:
If you can make one heap of all your winnings
And risk it on one turn of pitch-and-toss,
And lose, and start again at your beginnings
And never breathe a word about your loss;
If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew
To serve your turn long after they are gone,
And so hold on when there is nothing in you
Except the Will which says to them: ‘Hold on!’
If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,
Or walk with Kings—nor lose the common touch,
If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you,
If all men count with you, but none too much;
If you can fill the unforgiving minute
With sixty seconds’ worth of distance run,
Yours is the Earth and everything that’s in it,
And—which is more—you’ll be a Man, my son!
I have chosen the poem if. As we read it aloud in class I really enjoyed it and thought that I would pick it to memorize. As I have started to memorize it I am still not exactly sure what it means but I am starting to understand the meaning. All of the things the man talks about in the poem is what everyone should strive to be. I am excited to keep memorizing this poem and preform it in front of the class.
I am pretty proud of the video we have created. Although the video took us a while and we needed to plan out what we were going to do it was definetly worth it when we finished. We worked pretty well as a team but Sam, Kimball and I did get distracted some of the time. When we were focused we were able to get a lot done and we really cared how our video turned out in the end, I believe the work was pretty evenly split up. Overall I happy with how our video turned out.
Wrestling is a sport that you either hate or love. I tried wrestling last year and when I went to the first practice and absolutely hated it. I went home and and immediately knew that I was doing hockey instead. This year I knew I could not do hockey 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, fierce and agressive, openent. On Friday I had a second match, I was extremely nervous because we were wrestling our school rivals 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.
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.
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 So Far
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.