Literary Reflection

Finley Stevens 

8th grade English

November 1, 2018 


A literary reflection on Tom Sawyer


"Often, the less there is to justify a traditional custom, the harder it is to get rid of it."



    A classic but at the same time an adventurous read. While reading the book, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, by Mark Twain although it was written in 1875 there were still many similarities between the book and what many kids do nowadays. Essentially what Mark Twain is trying to do when he wrote this novel he was trying to show the perspective of an eleven year old boy growing up in a poor town in Missouri. He really wanted to show what kids at that time went through and most likely used thing s that he did in his childhood and brought that into the book.


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The Adventures Of Tom Sawyer

Finley Stevens and Jack Moscow

Tom Sawyer literary analysis #1

8th grade English, Fenn School

October 23, 2018


A literary analysis of boyhood in Tom Sawyer 


“Adolescence is like having only enough light to see the step right in front of you.”

-Sarah Addison Allen



     You will never be a man without being a boy.In the book, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, by Mark Twain,  boyhood and rebellion fuels the fire for Tom’s adventures. Boyhood has played a key role in Toms life, one example of this was in chapter seven. Tom overcomes a key part of boyhood, Tom had his first kiss like many boys will in adolescence. This was one of the first steps of becoming a man. Tom has always been the rebellious type of person. In chapter seven Tom has his first kiss, with Becky. The classroom was silent and the mood was calm.  


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Reflection On Tom Sawyer

A Reflection on chapters 5-10 of The Advetures Of Tom Sawyer




A book is a dream that you hold in your hands.

-Neil Gaiman


In the book The Adventures Of Tom Sawyer, by Mark Twain, in chapters 5-10 In these past chapters the book has been very interesting and intriguing. I really like all the descriptive words they use, all the similes, all the metaphors and all the details that are used. One of the coolest parts about this book is that it was written in 1875 so there are lots of different phrases and words that people wouldn’t use nowadays. Since there are lots of old time phrases and words it can make the book really confusing at times.


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Some Kids Are Playing Zombie Tag

Reflection of “some kids are playing zombie tag”





“Poetry is when an emotion has found its thought and the thought has found words.”

-Robert Frost


In the book Crows and Swallows I read a poem named “Some Kids Are Playing Zombie Tag.” In this poem the author talks about people playing zombie tag at night at Pit her Mountain.

     “In a field under the stars, charging
      And attacking Harley
      Who gutters ghastly
      Moans, his arms dancing
      A mockery of menace and mayhem
      Surrounded in a swirling sea
      of flashlights darting and retreating”

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Short And Scary Stories

Two short and scary stories





The truth is scary, but knowing nothing is crippling.

- Anonymous



     Last night I couldn’t find my phone, I looked all over my house, in every room then I decided that I’d just look for it in the morning. The next morning I woke up and looked around my room then I noticed my phone sitting on my dresser. I thought to myself that wasn’t there this morning but whatever. I picked it up I saw that I had a text from someone named Watkins. I went into my messages and saw the text and it read “Did you find your phone James.”

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Windsor Mountain Adventures

 The excitement and fun of Windsor mountain





“It’s exciting to think that some of the best moments of our life haven’t even happened yet.”



  All  sixty eight graders arrived at school on Wednesday morning at 7:45 ready for the team building trip ahead at Windsor Mountain. We piled onto two busses filled with excitement and energy, an hour and a half later we take a turn onto a dirt road and thats how we knew we were there. There were towering trees on both sides of the road with the occasional house. We pulled up to a small entrance then we were lead down a root filled dirt path which lead to the cabins. The cabin that my advisor had there was ten bunks plus a dirty bathroom and right away I thought this is gonna be a terrible trip.



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Recess At Fenn

The excitement and craziness of recess




I am so excited for the good things to come.



     Although on a normal day you only get fifteen minutes of recess it is still the most exciting part of the school day. After everyone’s done talking during all school meeting the fourth, fifth, sixth and seventh graders get to have recess. The eighth and ninth graders have to go to one more class before they get to go to recess. There are so many things to do during recess plus you don’t have to learn anything during that time.

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