Thursday, April 6, 2017

Rain Rain Go Away

     In these chapters Morning Girls sees herself in her dad's eyes and doesn't realize that it is her. Star Boy is caught in a storm outside their house and senses some calmness, and when he reaches a tree to make sure he doesn't get swept away, he talks to his dead grandfather. Some people in their town have to move because their houses moved and they can't stay. Morning Girl realizes that this amount of people only happens when there is a marriage or when someone dies.

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

The Giver, Movie or Book


The Giver, Movie or Book?
Imagine living in a world where you can't be yourself, and you are like everyone else. That is what The Giver by Lois Lowry is about. There is a movie and a book, however, I believe that The Giver movie is better than the book because first, there are a lot more items that show us that they are in the future. Secondly, we see a lot more of Jonas trying to share his feelings and his memories with his friends. Lastly, we see Fiona trying to help Jonas at the end of the movie, and in the movie she is going to be released, but not in the book. These reasons make the movie have more feelings, and you can connect to the characters more, even though they are living in a totally different environment.
The first reason why the movie is better is because there are a lot more items that show us we are in the future. For example, there are more drones and fake trees, and more assignments that all have strange meanings like motorbike drivers and drone controllers. These examples show us that they have stopped letting people choose their jobs/assignments. It also shows us that in the future this might happen and how life would be because of our mistakes. We might have these things taken from us and we should appreciate them now because we might not have them in the future. This really speaks to me unlike the book, because it shows us how different the future is in many ways and how differently people are being treated. Seeing so much more detail made the movie more powerful than the book.
The second reason why the movie is better than the book is because we see a lot more of Jonas trying to share his memories and emotions with Fiona . Examples of this would be when Jonas and Fiona made the makeshift sleigh and rode on it together,  also when he told Fiona to stop taking her injections. This made Fiona have feelings and realize that the elders had taken something away from the community. Jonas also tried to make Fiona see a color by trying to transfer a memory, but it didn’t work. This shows that Jonas is desperate to share his memories and connect with his friends, Fiona and Asher. This made it so we think of Jonas as a real person with feelings and commitments just like us. Having these additional scenes in the movie showed me that the people in the community actually have feelings, however they book didn’t make it as big of a point.
Lastly, the most important reason why the movie is better than the book is because Fiona becomes a bigger character. At the end when she is feeling things, because she stopped taking her injections, she wants to help Jonas, so she runs away with a decoy baby to make the people that are chasing Jonas go a different way than Jonas. This is not even brought up in the book. However, this action made it so that Fiona would have to be released, so at the end of the movie it was a fight for time when Jonas was going through the boundary of memory, and when the needle was almost touching Fiona’s skin. This made you sit on the edge of your seat until Jonas passed the border, but still, when the memories were passing to get to the community, the needle was getting closer. Because Fiona was bigger character in the movie it made it so the movie had more action, and it showed trusting relationship between two friends.
I really connected with Jonas,The Giver, and Fiona by the end of the movie because I felt like they were like us, that they know how we live and what our lives are like. I wish that I was there to talk to the community to tell them how awesome my world and way of living is, and I think that is what Lois Lowry was trying to get to us, that we should be grateful for what  we have. I would have never come to that conclusion if the world wasn’t future like, if Jonas hadn’t tried to share his feelings, and lastly, if Fiona hadn’t helped him. These things made me open my eyes to the fact that the community could become the same as us and free if they knew what our life was like. The movie made Lowry’s story more powerful and interesting.  


What Do I Really Look Like?

In this chapter Morning Girl wants to know what she looks like. She asks her mom what she looks like and so she lets her touch both of their faces and compare them. Morning Girl finally realizes that she looks like a blend of her relatives and that she doesn't need to know what she looks like.

Life as a Rock

In this chapter, Star Boy runs away from home and hears both his mother and father talking about what a great child he is. Star Boy also learns what it is like to be like a rock and he learned more about himself. It shows us that Star Boy was never really interested in himself because he had been doing things that don't involve him or his feelings. Star Boy learns that his family loves him and cares for him

Monday, April 3, 2017

Why Morning Girl, and Star Boy

        The first two chapters of the book, Morning Girl by Michael Dorris, is about how Morning Girl and Star Boy get there name. It shows us what they like to do and what their family is like. This book seems interesting because the chapters started off by switching from Morning Girl's point of view to Star Boy's point of view. I thought that the book would only be about Morning Girl, but it was a nice surprise when they threw in Star Boy's point of view.

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Grandpa’s Life and Memories
I sat down at the dinner table with beautiful red and pink flowers that my dad got my mom for Valentine’s Day sitting in front of me. My parents were talking about me over the sizzling chicken that was frying in the pan for dinner. I picked up the phone and asked my mom for My grandparents’ number, “It is 489-5235.” I dialed the number and waited for him to pick up, “Why hello, Emerson Residence. Who is this?” and our conversation began with Grandpa laughing.


My grandpa was born in 1936, which means he is 80 years old right now. When he was little, he lived in Pennsylvania. Now he lives in Arroyo Grande. We are very close and I usually spend the night there when my parents are on a date. He plays pool and sometimes he takes my dad and brother shooting. He was probably wearing a polo shirt that was yellow and brown pants, and he was also probably wearing a pair of brown leather shoes; grandpa is classy. He laughed and his voice was raspy and seemed happy. I could barely hear him, and he kept asking what I had said again. However, I do sometimes talk quietly.    


I started off my conversation with a quick and simple question, “So Grandpa, what did you do for fun when you were my age?”
It took him a little while to remember, and then he answered, “Ohh, we played baseball, and went fishing, and explored the hills around the town. Me and my friends think that we explored a cave that the Indians might have lived in.”
“That is sooo cool, I wish that I had caves by my house that I could climb and play in. So can you tell me what it was like up by the cave and around it, like were there many trees?”
“Oh yes, there were many trees. It was like halfway up a hillside, and there was a meadow, and then on the other side of the meadow there was a cave”

That was very interesting to me, and it reminds me of the mountain behind my house although there are no caves. I continued on with the questions. “Do you remember your favorite movies from when you were my age?”
“Ohh my goodness sakes, no. I used to go to the movies with my friends and see cowboy movies.”
“So I want to bring the conversation back to the cowboy movies. Did they play anything else?”
“Oh yes, we had 2 movie houses in our town. They payed other movies too. It cost 10 cents to go and see a movie. We usually went on Saturdays and saw western movies. One theater was called Ford, F-O-R-D, and the other one was called Ritz, R-I-T-Z, like the Cracker. We usually had a western film on Saturday.” I was surprised that he went to the movies very often because I barely ever go.


I asked, “Did you have any special family trips when you were my age, like did you go to an amusement park or national park?”
Grandpa answered, “No, you know, you know, we didn’t have a car so we couldn’t go on long trips like that.”
“Really? Did many people not have cars that lived by you?” I said surprised.
“Not really, we didn’t have car and I am trying to think if my uncle had a car, and I think, I think he did. No, not many people had cars back then.” Now everyone has cars. It is hard to find someone who doesn’t have a car.


Then I was wondering if he did any sports like me. “Did you do any clubs or sports for your school? And what were they?”
He answered enthusiastically, “Yes, I played football for the school team. I also ran track races like the 100 yard dash and the 220 yard dash. However, I wasn’t good enough for the basketball team. And there was no swim team because most of us didn’t know how to swim.”
I was surprised at the fact that they didn’t know how to swim. “Really? Did you have any public pools or lakes around your town?”
“Well, we had a river that flowed right past our town. It was called the Allegheny River, A-L-L-E-G-H-E-N-Y. Do you want to know why it was called that? Well, it was because the Allegheny flowed past my town and met the  Monongahela River, M-O-N-O-N-G-A-H-E-L-A, and when they met, they started the Ohio River that flows down to the Mississippi River.” I thought that this was strange because if they have a river right by their town, why didn’t they know how to swim.  


I knew that I might start a job soon, and I was wondering when he started a job. “So, at what age did you get your first job, and what was it?”
He answered, “Oh, well, I think I delivered newspapers at the age of 14,”
I interrupted him, “Oh that is so cool. Right now We only have mail carriers.”
“Yeah but there were only paperboys. They were all boys and they had a certain part of town that they delivered paper to. Several of my friends delivered paper too. One of my friends worked at the movie theater, and you know what his job was, he had to scrape the gum from under the seats. It was pretty expensive to go to the movies. Here let me make it easier, I delivered paper 6 days a week, and for one month I got 4 dollars.” I was astonished how much he worked and how little money he earned.


“Thank you, Grandpa, for your time and I really enjoyed talking to you.”
“Oh, no problem, and if you have anymore questions, just call me.” And that was the end to Grandpa explaing his cool and interesting background to me. I know that I can always count on him when I need answers to any other questions, and I love talking to him. Overall, his background is way different than mine, but he is the best grandpa that I could ask for because he is supporting and caring.  




Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Don't Wake Me Up, I Was Dreaming!

 Dreaming still stumps scientists today and why do we dream?  Dreaming can still be many thing because we still don't know for sure. One of the things it can be is just a story our mind makes up from events that had happened during the time that you were awake, it can also be your brain sorting the information out that you had learned that day. A lot of time when you dream it has different things that you had learned that day all mushed together to make a strange story. It is very important to dream and scientists say that you dream about 4 to 6 times every night even though you might not be able to remember it, when they did a study they saw that people who were kept from dreaming ended up with or having increased tension, anxiety, depression, difficulty concentrating, lack of coordination, weight gain, and tendency to hallucinate.

http://www.webmd.com/sleep-disorders/guide/dreaming-overview#1
http://science.howstuffworks.com/life/inside-the-mind/human-brain/why-do-we-dream.htm