Thursday, December 17, 2009

God Grew Tired Of A Boy Soldier

After watching a movie called "God Grew Tired of Us" and reading the book "a long way gone, memoirs of a boy soldier" I realized that our world really isn't as we hope it is or as we would like it to be. In the movie the country of Sudan comes under a civil war between the northern and southern half's, the refugee boys who leave for freedom call them selves "the lost boys" of Sudan start with 28,000 boys and end with 12,000. The numbers dropped so much because as they were leaving they came under fire at separate times by soldiers and fighter planes.

In the book the country of Sierra Leone, at the same time, came under a civil war between groups of rebels and the government army and the main character Ishmael Beah's village gets attacked by rebels and is split up from his family, as he runs from the fighting he is haunted by the memories of the dead dieing bodies he saw as he ran. He continues to travel with a group of friends he finds along his way until he is brought in by the Government Army and forced to fight, kill and take drugs.

The similarities between the two of the stories is the the fact that the two different groups of boys had to run from the war there own country was waging on the people and on many time they had to fight to survive.

Monday, December 7, 2009

"a long way gone" Text To The Movie "Lord of War"

"smoking marijuana and sniffing brown brown, cocaine mixed with gunpowder"
I made this connection to the movie Lord Of War because in the movie an Arms Dealer walked into a bar in Africa after making a deal and gets "brown brown" ordered for him by a soldier who is smoking weed behind him.

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Summary of The Absolutely True Diary of A Part-Time Indian

This story is about a boy named Arnold Spirit who lives on an Indian reservation and is fed up with his crappy life on the rez, with his 20 year old math books and the missionary teachers. Arnold chooses to go to a school outside of the rez. and finds that it is the hardest move of his life. He finds himself trying to cope with the hardships of his family members dying and the PURE! white school he needs to navigate.
In this book, I liked the fact that it showed how persistent Arnold was to get a better education and to fit in with his new world. I also liked how the book had cartoons to show a brighter side of the hardships Arnold had to go through.
I learned that it pays of the know who you are no matter how hard it is to get there. It also showed me that there are actually so many choices we have to live with every day.

Friday, June 12, 2009

Thank you Mrs.Deraps

This year was actually very influential to me because I learned a lot about how I can get better grades on my writing projects. Mrs.Deraps made this year very fun with all her creative "artsy" projects, her humor that would make the most in depth "emo" kid laugh. I am very grateful that she was patient with my slow ability to comprehend why my papers were never 100% perfect, BUT now I know why. I will never forget this year and all the good, bad, funny, and especialy the ugly moments in Mrs.Deraps English class.

Favorite Play

My favorite play that we read this year was Merchant Of Venice because we were able to act it out (and acting is fun) I rely got into the character I was playing and found that I rely could be creative with the script.

My Writeing Projects

This year I stretched my thinking AND creativity this year was the vingette project where we were FORCED to use every ounce of creative thinking. I was an alright THINKER but writing wasn't rely a strong point but since we had to write AT LEAST 9 vingettes my writing got even better(especialy with the spelling) and setting up the words in INSANELY cool forms.