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This year has been totally different than any other year in my life. I’ve had brand new experiences, tried new things and done so many different things then I’ve done in years past.
This year I came into the fall not really excited for anything except for soccer and that’s how it went for the rest of the term. I didn’t really do well in any of my classes except for English and Latin. No one really likes doing work or homework in general but if you approach it with a negative attitude then your just not gonna be able to get it done. This is what happened to me with my math homework, I would just sit there for twenty minutes not doing anything complaining about how I couldn’t do any of the work because it was to hard then I would ask my mom for help. In the fall term we read Tom Sawyer which I really liked because it was finally a break from the daily do something in class and then do it for homework. Next year when I get to this time of the year or really any time of the year I need to spend more time on my homework and study for tests had quizzes better.
I came into the winter term hoping to do better than I did in the fall term but that didn’t end up happening. I again was only excited for squad basketball with all my friends but this time I was even more excited for the weekend because I knew I would be going skiing. This term was really hard for me because I was out for a whole week with pneumonia and I had to catch up on a weeks worth of work, quizzes and tests. This term I did probably an even worse of a job on my homework and tests. Once again I really only did good in English and Latin. Next year I really have to work harder in the winter because every year it has been my worst term out of the three terms.
I came into the spring term excited for track with my friends but it didn’t end up really living up to the excitement. Me and my friends were doing an indoor soccer team in the beginning of the spring and it was really fun but then I basically broke my ankle and wasn’t able to do anything active and that’s when my grades finally started to rise up when I started spending more time on my homework’s and studying because there was nothing else I could do. This term I did a much better job on my homework's especially my math homework. This term I did really good in all of my classes but I wish I could’ve done a bit better in science.
The final exams are gonna be hard for me, but I know I need to spend a lot of time studying, but I need to study and I need to pend my time wisely and not start studying the day before my exam.
Determination is what drives you
Determination is what drives people to try something or do something different, in the book “Through the Tunnel” by Doris Lessing this proves to be true. As a young kid you always look up to the older kids and always want to do what their doing. Jerry so desperately wanted to swim through a system of boy all while under water so he could do what everyone else was doing. He was determined to practice holding his breath everyday so he could finally hold his breath for just about two minutes while under water. “In another four days, his mother said casually one morning, they must go home. On the day before they left, he would do it. He would do it if it killed him.”
“Through The Tunnel” tells the story of a young boy named Jerry who is on a trip over the summer with his mom. Everyday they went to the same part of the beach and did the same thing, one day Jerry wanted to swim out to some rocks and he did and that’s where he found a few older boys jumping off a rock and into the water and he did the same, eventually one of the boys jumped and didn’t come out, Jerry started worrying what had happened to him then almost two minutes later up popped the boy next to a rock, “At fifty, he was terrified. They must all be drowning beneath him, in the watery caves of the rock!” He later found out that he had swam through a series of pipes underwater. Jerry really wanted to do this just like the rest of the boys but he was to scared to. Eventually he gained up enough power and really practiced holding his breath for longer “That night, his nose bled badly. For hours he had been under water, learning to hold his breath, and now he felt weak and dizzy.” Eventually he was able to swim through the pipes successfully.
“That day and the next, Jerry exercised his lungs as if everything, the whole of his life, all that he could become, depended upon it. Again his nose bled at night, and his mother insisted on his coming with her the next day. It was a torment to him to waste a day of his careful training, but he stayed with her on that other beach.”
Through The Tunnel
He was determined to swim through the tunnel; he was determined to keep practicing; he was determined to reach his goal and he did. “A hundred, a hundred and one… The water paled. Victory filled him. His lungs were beginning to hurt. A few more strokes and he would be out.” Determination is so important in this book and in real life because it’s what drives you to try new things even if you may not get them perfectly the first you’ll be determined to try again like Jerry kept trying and trying to be able to hold his breath for long enough and he eventually was able to.
Determination is what drives you to try new things.
Changing my world
A good teacher can change your world. In fifth grade I had Mr. Bryd as my advisor, science teacher and English teacher and that really changed my life as a student. Every class I had with him I came in excited hoping that we would get to free write in English or go to the woods in science. Although, I knew every class we wouldn’t always get to do these thing, but I knew it would still be a fun class. What really changed me as a student was our English class. Back our English class was our whole advisor and our advisor was crazy, but Mr. Byrd found a way to calm us down and get us to do work. He figured out that all he had to do was let us write. And that’s were I learned that I like to free write and make up stories on any topic. Near the end of the school year was when our whole class really got into free writing, but not just any writing, everyone loved to write scary stories. Right when English started everyone would go into their separate groups and make up stories with their friends. Sam, Liam and I would go into the corner and write on a document we had created earlier in the year of about 10 pages of what we though were amazing and well written stories. These English classes really changed the way I went into all of my classes. These English classes changed the way I wrote and told stories. These English classes changed me as a student. A teacher is someone who can truly change your world.
Dealing with an injury
Getting injured is a terrible thing. Getting injured doing what you love is even worse. To those that have never seriously injured themself it may not seem that bad, but trust me it is. Depending on your injury, whether it’s a broken arm and you can only use one arm for weeks or it’s a broken ankle or leg and you have to use crutches for weeks then walk in a boot for a few more weeks. When I injured my ankle the worst part was the doctors didn’t know whether it was a break or a really bad sprain, so I had to wait a week hoping that I hadn’t broken my ankle and just sprained it. The official diagnosis was I had badly sprained my ankle and bruised my tibia. Since I sprained my ankle I’ve had to use crutches for three weeks, a boot for two weeks, a brace for about a week and weeks of physical therapy. All of this has kept me from going outside and doing sports but I have still found ways whether it’s playing lacrosse when I was in a boot or running around playing soccer when I was told not to do any running at all. Ty thing that has disappointed me the most about this injury is that I’ve missed well over half my lacrosse season, missed my soccer tryouts and missed over half my track season at school. Although I’m still not officially cleared by the doctor there has been emails back and forth and I’m hoping to start sports back up this week. Although these past couple of weeks have been hard and annoying I’m really excited to get back to sports.
Chapter eight literary anylsis
War is waged by humans and dehumanized by humans. In the book All Quiet On the Western Front Chapter eight the Russian prisoners are treated horribly and unfairly. The Russians are war prisoners and the German soldiers can watch them through a fence. They are extremely malnourished because they don’t get fed enough and are not treated well. Everyday Paul sees more dying and getting buried because of this. In the first couple of days when Paul arrived at his new training he saw how little food they had and how unfairly treated they were. Over the next couple of days he started talking with some of the of Russians and even shared some of his food and cigars.
“They have dysentery; furtively many of them display the blood-stained tails of their shirts. Their backs, their necks are bent, their knees sag, their heads droop as they stretch out their hands and beg in the few words of German that they know—beg with those soft, deep, musical voices, that are like warm stoves and cosy rooms at home.”
All Quiet On the Western Front Chapter VIII
These Russians are treated so badly that they literally die. All they would really need is to have a bit more food so that they could survive. But alas the leaders obviously don’t care enough and do not even give them enough food to survive. Since the Russians are going to be prisoners for a while maybe they should at least make their life a bit less miserable. They have to do labor and don’t get enough food to even live so it’s really just cruel.
The power of friendship
Friendship is the most powerful thing in the world. My friends are always there for me when I need them to back me up. I have found through the years that my friends are always in for a good time and that’s why we decided to do Fenn Flames. Fenn Flames is a soccer team that a few kids from eighth or ninth grade make and play at Teamwork’s. This year we weren’t exactly the best team, we didn’t have many players with real experience on the pitch. We were playing a double header one night it was one of our last games of the regular season. Our first game was against the CC Bombers. When we heard we were playing a bunch of seventh graders from Carlisle we laughed. There is one thing you need to know about our team is that we were probably the most hated team in the league and by far the leading team in penalty minutes and cards. Back to the game, the first half wasn’t really that bad we had only let in two goals. Then the second half is where it got bad. There were a lot of fouls back and forth and there was one sequence where we got three cards within five minutes. When there was about five minutes left in the game there was a big blob right in front of the other teams net, everyone was trying to pick the ball out of the blob then I pulled it out and right as I was about to turn and shoot the biggest player on their team—our nickname for him was man child—kicked completely missed the ball and kicked right through my left ankle. Right when I got kicked I knew something was wrong, I had been playing soccer for a long time and had been kicked in the ankle hard many times but never had I not been able to walk to the bench or even put any pressure on my foot. Thought this whole process of recovering from a really badly sprained ankle and a bruised bone I’ve had friends helping me with whatever I need help with at school and always asking me when I’d be able to run around and do the things I most enjoy, and of course there was always someone willing to go in the elevator with me when I was on crutches. Friendship has the power to change someone’s life.
Chapter Seven Socratic Idea
I think that we should talk about one thing during Paul’s transition back into society. After Paul got back from his leave h had a really hard time transitioning back into his daily life in the war. It was really hard for him to do the everyday things he had to do. These are just a few of the reasons I think we should talk about Paul’s transition back into society.
Chapter six literary reflection
True horror can never be forgotten. While reading All Quiet on the Western Front, I experienced complete horror while reading. Reading this chapter made me feel I like I was there and experiencing all the horror they were experiencing. I felt like when a shell was shot into their trenches I was thinking about everything that would be going trough their heads at the time. I could feel the complete horror of after the shell lands and they see not everyone made it. The chapter opens with Paul and his friends in trenches preparing for the shelling to begin. Fast forward a bit and the shelling has begun, slowly the new recruits began to loose their minds, one recruit tried to escape but then boom. “I start after one who escapes and wonder whether to shoot him in the leg—then it shrieks again, I fling myself down and when I stand up the wall of the trench is plastered with smoking splinters, lumps of flesh, and bits of uniform. I scramble back.” At last the bombardment stops, but every soldier knows that doesn’t mean that the fight is over. In the distance they see hundreds of French soldiers running towards their trenches. Then the violence and horror starts back up. This chapter him me like a freight train. Compared to the rest of the chapters this one had so much more action, adrenaline and violence. But even in all of the action it was still easy to find the main theme from this chapter, horror. This chapter really showed me the true horror of war and the thoughts and expressions of an unexperienced and experienced soldier. This chapter really gave me a new perception on war and the horror of it.
Chapter four paragraph
“To live is to suffer, to sirvive is to find some meaning in the suffering.”
Writing this piece was really easy considering me and Andrew work pretty well together. We both did an even amount of work and if we were to right one of these again later in the year I would probably work with Andrew again. Even when we got a little bit unfocused during class we pulled it back together and started writing again. Overall I think this process went really well. Man's greatest instinct is survival. In chapter four of All Quiet on the Western Front, by Erich Maria Remarque, all the soldiers face many challenges, but the most difficult of them all is survival. Surviving the trenches in near impossible but for Paul, Kantorek, Kat, Tjaden and Müller they manage to find their way through with the help of each other, survival and a little bit of luck. Everyone is near the front line placing barbed wire. They were just about finished when Kat’ s instinct to survive kicked in. He got a bad feeling that was telling him that there was going to be a bombardment because the English usually attack at 10pm but they had attacked at 9pm. Kat shared this with everyone right before the bombardments and they all ran back towards the barracks.
“At the sound of the first droning of the shells we rush back, in one part of our being, a thousand years. By the animal instinct that is awakened in us we are led and protected. It is not conscious; it is far quicker, much more sure, less fallible, then conscious. One cannot explain it...it is this other, this second sight in us, that has...saved us, without our knowing how.”
Kat’s sixth sense and his will for survival help him and the rest of the soldiers survive in all types of situations. It is nearly impossible to survive the trenches and because everyone’s common goal is survival. Survival guides the lifestyle in day to day life in the trenches, no matter who you are or who you were the only thing that matters to you is survival. Everyone in the trenches has the same question, will I survive? Survival is what drives everyone to get through any type of situation. The feeling of wanting to survive is man's greatest instinct and without it we wouldn’t be here today.
Writing this piece was really easy considering me and Andrew work pretty well together. We both did an even amount of work and if we were to right one of these again later in the year I would probably work with Andrew again. Even when we got a little bit unfocused during class we pulled it back together and started writing again. Overall I think this process went really well.