The Power of Choice

The Tough Decision 

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“Out of the Frying Pan Into The Fire.”


We’ve all had to make very tough decisions in our life. I’ve moved several times, and have always had to make a hard decision, but it was Fenn that I really had trouble deciding. When I had just went through the application process; I had to go through it again less than two years later, I loved Fenn, and was ecstatic when I was accepted, but I had to convince my parents that Fenn was the best choice. I’ve never had to make such a hard decision, should I listen to my parents, who know me more than everyone else, or should I follow my gut, and go to Fenn? It was as if I was a frog, hopping out of the frypand and into the fire, and I was scared, but after I visited Fenn in the Spring, I had made my mind, I was definitely going to Fenn, and soon my Mom agreed, but my dad was reluctant. It add me feel like I had let him down, choosing my needs over his, but I new myself more than him, and I wanted to go to Fenn. He eventually obliged, I was going to Fenn. I had made my description, and it was that I was to go to Fenn, my parents only wanted what was best for me, but so did I, and I had decided to go where I thought I should go, and it paid off, the decision was tough, but after I started attending Fenn it became clear that it was the right choice, my parents were happy, and so was I. I have had to make tough decisions, but usually I know which will be the right one for me. I have thrived at Fenn, and don’t regret my choice.

Iambic Poem

Iambic Dimeter


When you combine two iambic feet, (ba-booms) you can create poetry in iambic dimeter.  These poems are relatively rare, but are extremely effective for a short observational poem.


NOTE: sometimes the rhythm is more ba-ba-boom [unstressed-unstressed stressed] This is called an anapaestic foot and can be used in place of a strict iambic beat. I have highlighted the anapaests in red. Don’t be a timid poet who is afraid of messing with rhythm; be a confident poet who recognizes the power of rhythm and meter in poetry and make it work for you, not against you.

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Music in My Life

Music in my Life By Elliot J


“Music Makes the People Come Together”



Music in my life



Music has been a part of Human culture for thousands of years, it is one of the few things that, no matter your background or where you are from, you know and are familiar with. Music has been a part of my life for as long as I remember, (I can guarantee that it’ll be the same for my classmates) but music in my life has mostly been a way to release stress or to pass time. I normally listen to music during study halls, while I’m cooking, or when I feel like it, and it’s been this way for awhile. But songs have a deeper purpose, and this happened upon me while I was traveling through the Sahara desert in Morocco. I spent an afternoon with a group of nomads, and, although nearly six years have passed since that day, I remember the music. All of the humming, singing and dancing, with people who only had a few tents, shocked me. I had always though of people in extreme poverty in Africa as being the sad-looking people asking fro donations that we see in the media. But instead they sang and smiled at us, and had us sit down for tea, even though having tea was a very rare and expensive occasion for them. I think of the singing and dancing when I see the dozens of tea bags that we have in our cabinet. Which is more than the nomads had in a years supply, and we could buy it in an instant. So in conclusion music in my life has been a way to bridge culture gaps and connect with others. So when I think of music, I think of  Aïcha by Khaled, and warm tea in a tent.


Elliot J

WW Fenn Literary Reflection

Why I chose The Chimney Sweeper

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When my mother died I was very young,And my father sold me while yet my tongue Could scarcely cry " 'weep! 'weep! 'weep! 'weep!" So your chimneys I sweep & in soot I sleep.

-William Blake

The Chimney Sweeper is the poem I chose for WW Fenn this year, and I chose it for one primary reason; the reality of the boys who sweeper chimneys. It was a real profession that was prevalent in most cities in Europe from the 14-1800s. It was a terrible job that usually only boys that lived on the streets did. It was not very high paying, but very good money for the boys. But even so, it ad serious health risk, lung cancer and other diseases often killed the boys in their twenties. So, in order to help understand this dead profession, I decided to do The Chimney Sweeper this year.

Classic Book Movie Metacognition



We have all made a film based in some way or another on the classics that we read. But that’s pretty much the only thing the movie’s have in common. In reality we all had very different movies. Some were being filmed real time, and others were recorded with images and clips over them. Connor and I made a recording, and put images over it. This was both a curse and a blessing, because other than our interview, we had the best audio in the class, but we had a very boring visual representation. So in my opinion, we could have done wat John and Jack did, and put clips from the various movie’s of the classics we spoke about. In the end, I was happy with my movie, but thought it could have been better.

How I went from finding them annoying to liking them


Elliot... Elliot” “What?” “...hi”

-Beau, 2016

Until this Christmas, I hadn’t seen my cousins for two years. Considering that they are 8 years old and five years old, that’s a long time for them. In fact, I don’t even think Griffin, the younger one, remembered me. 

When I last saw them during the thanksgiving of 2016, they repeatedly annoyed me by being... well... toddlers. So I was expecting them to be the same when I visited them for Christmas, but instead, I found put that both of them had matured greatly in the two years I hadn’t seen them. In fact, after a few days, I had decided that I got along with them really well.

They seemed to know when and when not to visit me in the basement where I was staying. They also bickered only once, compared to the dozen when I had last seen them. Anyways, my point is, I like my cousins now, and enjoy their company.

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.