Friday, April 28, 2017

Ignite Talk 

        My big question is that how do people know you are going to be successful in life or is that just what people say. The one thing i did over break was to compare an athlete that is sponsored by under armor and compared it to a athlete in high school. There were a lot of things in common. My question is based on academics and sports. The connection i saw in this course with my big question is the ending of Fahrenheit 451 because it was about how Montag escaped the real world and found his own world and people. i see that as being successful because that means a lot to him about how he escaped the real world and is more at peace. My next move is to do more depth detail in the pyramid of success and ask people what does that mean to them like is it really success. I dont know but its a an idea. 
Prompt: Explain the nature and importance of two or three means by which you keep track of time and discuss how these means reveal your person. 


            Time is a measurement and is measured by using a system. You only have twenty four hours in one day. So thats 1440 precious minutes in one day. Students use seven of the 24 hours for school and 4 hours for extra-curricular activities in all. Adults that work use usually eight hours for work and 3 hours for any errands to do. We all sleep so there goes eight hours of sleep well the recomanded sleep hours. Students are left with a total of nine hours, but it does not seem like it. Adults that work are left with thirteen hours to do whatever they want. Its your choice on what you do with those hours. Time management makes you grow as a person and reveals who you are. 

              There is no such thing as a perfect student or perfect adult. Most of us get stress because there is so much we have to do, but with little time to do it in. Surprisingly, time management is not taught in school. You have to learn on your own and figure it all out. If you do not have time management, it clearly states what kind of person you are. Whether you are a hard working, good grade achieving, ambitious person or a person who rather do fun things instead of putting in work. They live off of that Y.O.L.O acronym. 

               There is no formula for time management well there could be, but everyone is different. I go to school for seven hours, then go to the library after school to work on homework and then two hours later i had over to practice. Practice is usually two hours and possibly fifteen minutes. After practice I go home and talk to my family and eat. Then I do homework and go to sleep. My time management is the life of a student athlete. There is not much of our day left. This reveals me as a busy, but tries to be social person. I have other hobbies i like to do but there is so much more that i do. Time management only reveals that either you are a hardworking person or a person that says "oh i can do that tomorrow instead". I think time management is a key thing to have in your life. 

Monday, April 24, 2017

Living Life

               "The average man does not want to be free. He simply wants to be safe." This quote was quoted from H.L. Mencken. H.L. Mencken was a American essayist and social critic. This quote simply means that he didn't "live life to the fullest". He said this quote back in the 19th century.

                 However , this society is very divided and everyone seems to be different and does their own thing. Most people are outgoing and enjoy taking life risks. They enjoy experiencing new things and getting out of their comfort zone. On the other hand, there are some people that enjoy being in their safe circle and doing the same things over and over every single day. People enjoy it because they have simpler days and feels less stress out when nothing changes. When you are in difficult or foreign situations you actually benefit from those types of situations. You grow as a person by learning life lessons.

                   Although you can learn life lessons by watching someone else making mistakes. It is not the same thing, but it has the same main idea. However, everyone makes mistakes, there is no such thing as a perfect person. If you know someone please let me know because I do not believe in a perfect person. I would side with H.L. Mencken. I think many people prefer to be safe and to follow rules and have a good life.

Monday, April 10, 2017

Prewrite for prompt

American essayist and social critic H. L. Mencken (1880–1956) wrote, “The average man does not want to be free. He simply wants to be safe.” Examine the extent to which Mencken’s observation applies to contemporary society, supporting your position with appropriate evidence.
  • average = normal
  • does not want to be free means doesn't want to go out of their comfort zone
  • wants to stay safe in their circle
  • dislikes risks
  • not living life properly
  • isn't growing as a person
  • simply staying the same timid self
  • society makes everyone want to be the same
  • basically the game follow the leader
  • no one wants to take risks
  • afraid of judgement
  • afraid of being wrong
  • society is like a bully

Sunday, April 9, 2017

We Grow

           Reading helps the mind grow and be open to new ideas. When we were in elementary school the best books to read were "Diary of Wimpy Kid", "Magic Tree House", and "Captain Underpants". If you had those books in ELA class you were considered one of the coolest kids. In Junior high the only reading we had to do was during SSR and in English class. 

           As we grow up, we understand concepts clearer and see things differently as we reread books. Dr. Preston uses diction of describing that we read high level books in school when we are younger and we do not completely catch the main point of the book. We often over look small details that make a huge impact in the book. Dr. Preston uses syntax by stating that in school we are taught that there is only one meaning in the book. In the real world that's totally wrong there is a lot of meanings in books. Pathos appears in Dr. Preston's essay by creating a old emotion when he explained about his first time reading Hamlet. He made a comparison from reading it just for the grade compared to reading it later on in life. Dr. Preston uses logos by stating that he got blown away by reading Fahrenheit 451 when he was not forced to read it. He got so much material out of books by reading for fun instead for a grade.

             Dr. Preston does not only connect to a certain group of people but he connects with everyone by connecting with experiences. Reading is described as a completely different world. You can feel basically everything the character feels. He uses a metaphor by describing that he could smell the kerosene while reading Fahrenheit 451. It is crazy how you get so into the reading world you kind of lose sight of the real world. Many people hate books because in school we are in searching for one answer, but there is so much more books offer us.

             In all, Dr. Preston made me think differently of how books are. Whether it be just for the grade or just for fun. We should all consider reading books for the heck of it. It is like watching a movie twice just to see if we missed something the first time we watched it. Why can't we do the same for books? I look forward to reading Fahrenheit 451 when I am 30 years old. Maybe I will gain a different understanding of the book.

Essay Prewrite Option 3

  • stating facts
  • relates to the reader
  • main point: should read the same books more than once because as years pass we change how we understand things
  • personal experiences
  • ethos
  • pathos
  • logos
  • formal diction
  • syntax
  • we read higher level books when we are young but don't understand
  • we grow  

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Fahrenheit 451 Questions 1-15

1)   Why does Ray Bradbury start the novel in this way? Why might it be more pleasurable to burn books rather than read them?

Ray Bradbury starts the novel with this line because the main character in the book starts off with burning books and Montag was trying to keep society safe by burning them. It was more pleasurable to burn the books than read them because in the book books are somewhat danger to society and Montag's job is to save people in society.

2) In the opening scene, why are the books compared to birds?

I think books are getting compared to birds because books are a nonliving thing and he's comparing it to something that is a living thing.

3) Discuss the difference between Montag and Clarisse’s lives.
Clarisse's life isn't explained much in the beginning of the book. She has a different point of view of life compared to Montag. She's more carefree and "crazy". She doesn't care what everyone thinks of her. On the other hand, Montag isn't carefree, he worries too much. Montag's relationship with his wife is really sad. Its kind of depressing honestly. Montag tries to give his wife everything but to him all she wants is more and more. He doesn't go with the flow. All he does is go to work and come home and watches over his wife. He isn't living life, he is draining his life.

4) Montag’s television includes headphones called “seashells.”  The “wall to wall circuit” allows Mildred to enter the “play” and, therefore, the television programming. How does the technology within the novel compare to our current technology? In the first pages of the novel,does technology improve the quality of life for Montag and his wife, Mildred? Why or why not?

The technology in the novel isn't that great. The technology in the novel were only radios, cameras, televisions with black and white screenings. Today's technology is extradinary because we have smartphones, laptops, apps, televisions with colored screenings.
Unfortunately, technology was bad for Montag's marriage. Mildred wouldn't listen to Montag because all of her attention would be on technology. It wasn't healthy.

5) Why does the narrator introduce us to Montag at this time of his life, when he encounters Clarisse and confronts Mildred’s overdose?

Montag is introduced at this time of his life when he encountered Clarisee because he was dreading life. If he was a color he would be black and Clarisse is yellow. Just by meeting Clarisee, Montag has realized that life can be more and different for him.

6) Why does the author introduce the character of Clarisse before Mildred?

I think the author introduced Clarisse first because the author was trying to make the reader think. The author wanted to make the reader want to read more by trying to figure out the main character's background.

7) Why are all the houses fireproof in this society?

All houses are fireproof in this society because only the inside burns immediately and the outside of the house crashes down a couple of days later.

8) Why does Mildred require emergency service? What service is provided?

Mildred requires emergency service because of the time she overdosed. She felt like that was a close one because she wasn't breathing and Montag had barely found her. She was close to being dead. So she got technicians to watch over her. 

9) What is the mechanical hound and what is its purpose?

The mechanical hound is a mechanical dog. The mechanical hound's job is to kill criminals who violated one of the laws of society.

10)  Why does the society consider Clarisse “anti-social”?

Society sees Clarisse as "anti-social" because she is carefree and crazy. Society sees that as a threat and dangerous.

11)  When the woman’s house is raided, why does she light the match?

The woman lights the match because she rather burn with her books. Instead of watching them burn. She couldn't see a clear picture of life without her books.

12)  Describe the relationship between Montag and Mildred

The relationship between Montag and Mildred is sad. They are a married couple, but they cannot remember the first time they met. That's sad especially when they have been together for ten years. Mildred has a pill problem, but doesn't realize it. Montag has to keep an eye on her because she almost died because she overdosed. They are a depressing couple and I think Montag deserves better.

13) What is the purpose of Beatty's visit? 

The purpose of Beatty's visit is because Montag wanted to call in sick for work. I think Beatty didn't believe him so Beatty wanted to see if he was truly and honestly sick.

14)  Reread Captain Beatty’s monologue (pp.57-59). Discuss his view that school cultivates anti-intellectual sentiment (p.58). In your opinion does it accurately depict your high school? Do books violate the idea that ”everyone is made equal” (p.58)?

Beatty discusses school has been more demanding and controlling. School teaches students other knowledge that should be irrevalant for everyday life. School doesn't stuff the students' minds with facts so they can finally think on their own. I think this accurately depicts my high school. I feel like a robot every time I step onto campus. School doesn't teach us about how life is going to be like teach us how to have good credit and how to cook. Instead of teaching us things we wont ever use in our lives. School should be more than that. It should be more than focusing on getting good grades. 

15) Why does Montag feel “fat”?

Montag feels fat because he feels guilty and ashamed. He is feeling the weight of the world slowly come onto his shoulders because he is hiding books!