20000 Leagues Under the Sea, Full Reading log

20000 Leagues under the sea

 

1. 30 minutes at one on Friday January 4th.

I read thirty pages in class, and I don’t think I’ll ever be able to swim again.

2. 60 minutes on Monday January 7th at nine thirty.

I read sixty pages, and have been exposed to the wonderful vessel of captain Nemo.

3. 45 minutes in class on Tuesday January 8th at nine thirty AM

The more I have been introduced to the submarine world, the more I 

have liked this book, and I have a feeling Jules Vern is just warming up.

 

4. 30 minutes at home on Wednesday

I have come to actually enjoy the realism of the submarine.

 

5. 45 minutes in class on Thursday.

I Have decided I like the character of captain Nemo, his name and how much he hates solid land.

6. 30 minutes on Friday

I think I understand th entitle now, it puzzled me before, but now I understand.

7. 30 minutes on Saturday 

The crew of the nautilus have reached the Indian Ocean, I wonder if the characters I’m following will ever escape?

8. 30 minutes on Sunday 

Captain Nemo has let them stay on dry land, but he’s still hellbent on remaining in the sea.

8. Monday-45 minutes

The crew of the Nautilus Narrowly escaped a native islander attack, but they managed to escape by electrocuting the natives on the Nautilus and in the water around it. That was a fairly tense scene.

9. Tuesday-30 Minutes

Captain Nemo brought them past Sri-Lanka and to the Red Sea, where Jukes Vern somehow predicted THE SUEZ CANAL, but even so, the Nautilus only used an undersea passage to the Mediterranean. The whole undersea passageway made me squirm in my seat with satisfaction.

10. Wednesday, 30 Minutes

They traveled for the entirety of the mediteanean, and Ned Land and Consei ad well as Arronax tried to escape, but were instructed by a spontaneous dive. I sincerely hope they can escape.

11. Thursday. 30 Minutes

The Nautilus headed down South on the Atlantic and ended up at Antarctica. Their destination is the South Pole

12. Friday, 30 Minutes, They go under a massive ice sheet, and Captain Nemo ACTUALLY GOES ON LAND, as they travel towards the South Pole

13. Saturday.45 minutes

They reach the South Pole, but are trapped under an iceberg for a harrowing 10 pages, they narrowly escape in the tensest scene yet.

14. Sunday. 45 minutes

They depart towards Antarctica, and head to the North Atlantic, where the companions are about to once again, attempt an escape to “civilized countries” in this case it is the United States.

15. Monday 45 minutes

I finished the book, now I am ready to start the next book, that’s 50 points down. I will state my thoughts in a full essay, and not here.

 


Metacognition For 2000 Leagues Under the Sea.

20000 Leagues metacognition

 

We may brave human laws, but we cannot resist natural ones.”
Jules Verne, 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea

I started “20000 Leagues under the Sea” By Jules Vern, in order to get to the 100 point goal the fastest, but I quickly got hooked by the book. Once this happened, I found myself regularly reading extra time, I found it really easy to just read 60 minutes instead of 30, and eventually I reached the halfway point. I did some math at the beginning of reading the book, and calculated that the diameter of the planet isn’t 20000 leagues, so I was going to call out Jules Vern for being scientifically inaccurate, but he quickly proved me wrong, he scientifically predicted how to run a submarine perfectly, explaining how the air locks and electricity worked, I think a submarine from the modern day actually might have been inspired by Jules Vern, that’s how actually he created the submarine. In the meantime, captain Nero wins the award for the most mysterious character. He’s filthy rich, hates the land, and owns a submarine in the 19th century. Not only this, but his name means nothing. I hope to learn more about captain Nero, his crew and the rest of the Nautilus, while I’m reading in class or my bedroom.


Week in Reveiw of 20000 Leagues under the sea

20000 Leagues under the sea

 

1. 30 minutes at one on Friday January 4th.

I read thirty pages in class, and I don’t think I’ll ever be able to swim again.

2. 60 minutes on Monday January 7th at nine thirty.

I read sixty pages, and have been exposed to the wonderful vessel of captain Nemo.

3. 45 minutes in class on Tuesday January 8th at nine thirty AM

The more I have been introduced to the submarine world, the more I 

have liked this book, and I have a feeling Jules Vern is just warming up.

 

4. 30 minutes at home on Wednesday

I have come to actually enjoy the realism of the submarine.

 

5. 45 minutes in class on Thursday.

I Have decided I like the character of captain Nemo, his name and how much he hates solid land.

6. 30 minutes on Friday

I think I understand the title now, it puzzled me before, but now I understand, they travel 20000 Leagues under the sea.

7. 30 minutes on Saturday 

The crew of the nautilus have reached the Indian Ocean, I wonder if the characters I’m following will ever escape?

8. 30 minutes on Sunday 

Captain Nemo has let them stay on dry land, but he’s still hellbent on remaining in the sea.

 


Jack London’s “To Build a Fire”

To Build a Fire

Then the dog trotted back to the camp, where it knew the fire-givers were”

-Jack London, “To build a Fire”

 

We have all imagined something at once, whether it be a fantasy in a moment of boredom, or a fictional world whilst writing a piece, whatever it is, everyone has imagined something. However some folk in the world imagine less than others, and a  fictional man walking through the Yukon Territory in 1902 was one of these people. This becomes blatantly obvious, in fact, Jack London practically throws it at the reader on the first page of To Build a Fire: “ The trouble with him was that he was without imagination. ” This truly does return later in the story to bite the man in the back. Making sure that the reader realizes the importance of imagination. Since protagonist of the story, while trekking through the Yukon Territory alone in the middle of the winter, while it is dark.  This was obviously a bad idea, but it gets even worse when the reader finds out that he could have gone with “the boys” (who are his buddies that are never named) instead. He only did this because he wanted to check the area for possible kindling in the spring. So he goes the long way, alone, with only his dog. He soon realizes that it’s cold, but it’s too late then, he already went the long way, and the temperature is 107 below freezing. After traveling for several hours, eating lunch, and then resuming his journey, the man falls through ice and gets soaked up to his knees in fridgid water, and realizes he needs to make a fire, attempt after attempt fails,“It grew like an avalanche, and it descended without warning upon the man and the fire, and the fire was blotted out!”until he stumbles for a few hundred feet, before dropping down dead, the story ends with the dog moving along down the trail towards the camp where “the boys” are.

 

“Then the man drowsed off into what seemed to him the most comfortable and satisfying sleep he had ever known. The dog sat facing him and waiting.”

 

In the end, if the man had been able to vividly imagine his death before he had made the decision do go without “the boys”, then he probably wouldn’t have gone in the first place, saving his life. So, if someone has a good imagination, and thinks before they act, then they can survive decisions like this. Jack London showed us perfectly in To Build a Fire, the sheer importance of a good imagination.


Christmas, Merriment, and most of all, Family

Elliot Johnson 

Fenn school

December 17th 2018

Fitz’s class

Christmas Tradition Writing

“I watch them leave with a smile on my face.”

-Elliot Johnson

 

We have all felt our happiest at times, for me this usually comes on December 24th and December 25th of every year.When I either receive relatives in my house, or I travel to family in Minnesota. Then, on the night of the 24th I lay down and fall asleep in anticipation for the following day. I have never been a religious person, but some in my Lutheran family like to be able to pray to Jesus beforehand, and often enough they thank god for bringing us together. Although I personally can’t relate, this doesn’t mean that I’m not grateful for the holiday, it brings family together, most importantly. But a close second is that it also brings loads of presents, especially to the children. Christmas is arguably the largest holiday of the year, and it’s a national holiday in most predominantly Christian nations. It brings family that haven’t seen one another in a while together, so they can enjoy one another’s company. Usually on the 26th we separate and in most cases in my family, I won’t see them for another year, it’s sad, but it was nice to see them, and I either board my plane home, or watch them leave with a smile on my face.

 

 

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Rip Van Winkle and His Escape From “Opression”

Rip Van Winkle

 

“Rip ... was one of those happy mortals of foolish, well-oiled dispositions, who ... would rather starve on a penny than work for a pound.”

-Narrator

 

All of us have felt that a situation has been unfair against us. We have felt bound and controlled by a tyrannical dictator. Even though in some cases it is no less than our mom telling us to do the dishes. In Rip Van Winkle’s case, in the short story Rip Van Winkle, he is bounded by marriage, and is depressed, especially when it comes to his wife. Washington Irving, creates a sad and depressing mood in the first half of the story. Rip’s only solace from the discomfort of his marriage is his walking to the Kaatskill mountains with his dog. Irving shows this in scrutinizing detail, so from the very beginning it is clear that Rip doesn’t have a very good life.

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The Adventures of Edton Goldheart pt 3


The adventures of Edton Goldheart part three: Trolls ahead
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Edton was weary, he had been riding towards his allies to the west for six weeks now. He had watched as he had been betrayed by his won brother, and then had had to hastily begin his journey West, towards Gamlin Stonefist. Gamlin and Edton had served in the battle of Rhovanost together and had also occupied their own respective seats on the Northern Alliance, Gamlin and the other dwarves of Nogrand had left the Alliance shortly after the battle of Rhovanost, but Edton was sure that Gamlin would help. Edton had passed the gap of Rohan, but he was sure he had been recognized and dozens of mercenaries and bounty hunters were searching for him, he doubted they were very far behind him... But For now all he could do was push on, but what lay ahead of him couldn’t help but make him worry. The Troll Warens... 


Thanks Mom and Dad

 

Thanks Mom and Dad


I learned long ago the importance of family, and quite frankly, since them I feel like nearly all of my gratitude in my life goes to them, specifically my parents. We’ve been through what feels like hell and back, although it’s only been a couple moves. But every thanksgiving since 2010 I’ve made sure t think them the most. At the age of six I moved to Switzerland, which would be my home for the next 5 years. I left most things behind in Minnesota, but my parents came with me, and as long as they were by my side, I could be happy. Switzerland ended up being one of the best experiences of my life. When I had to move to Connecticut when I was 11, it was hard, I had gotten so used to European life, that I had a bit of a culture shock after returning to my home country. The move to Connecticut was the hardest few months of my life, and it hurt, but I had my family by my side and as long as I had them, I was happy. After only being in Connecticut for two years we had to move again, and although the Connecticut/Massachusetts move was the easiest, it was still hard, and I still hated it, but my family was with me, and I got through it, in the end, when someone asks me where I’m from, I still can’t answer that question, but is I could say one thing, it’s wherever my family is.