Wednesday, January 29, 2014

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I am a human male at the age of 15 years old. I like to eat ice cream, and am completely unemployed.  I hate kale, and autocorreshd. I'm allergic to accidental alliteration. *sneezes*. If life hands you melons, you may be dyslexic.

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Blog semester reflection.

Dear reader,

     The year so far for me has been alright. There have been many ups and downs to the first semester. I definitely struggled with the reading of some of the books. "One flew over the cuckoo's nest" was my least favorite. By a lot. It was a difficult read, not only content wise, but just the way the story was told. There were plenty of details, I just had trouble figuring out what they were describing. I might read it in college, just to get a better feel for it, if anything. One of my favorite books was "The curious incident of the dog in the nighttime". I liked it because of the way it was written. From the point of view of a child with Asperger's syndrome is a very difficult way to write a book. (At least, I imagine) the level of detail and content in the book was very fun to explore, and the book itself was very grounded on simple ideas. Some of the goals that I set for myself as a reader and writer in the beginning of the year are progressing very smoothly. I made a goal to become a much more visual writer, and I think that I have truly accomplished that goal. I have done it by using more advanced adjectives and descriptive words. Other goals I have are still a work in progress. I wanted to become a much more fluent reader, and I have improved, but not as much as I expected.

                                                                          Sincerely, Liam

     The piece about the boy in the coma was one of my favorite pieces. I loved how when I wrote it, I kept in mind that the reader would not know why the things that are happening are happening. The whole time, one of the boys was in a coma, but the reader does not find that our until the very end. This can be a strength, because it is a very good writing technique, but it could also be a weakness, because it can be very confusing to the reader. I choose this piece because I really enjoyed writing it, and I think it will be very enjoyable to read.

     I chose the opening letter to put in my electronic portfolio because it is a simple message telling the reader a little bit about myself. I simply put the activities I enjoy doing into the piece, and saying a little bit about each one. A strength is that I included many of the things I like to do. A weakness is that I don't offer much detail to each one.

     I chose the critical lens piece to put in my electronic portfolio because I think it is some of my best writing. The process I used to write it was to lay my ideas out in a rough draft, and then organize and tough them up in a final draft. (Of course, I only included the final draft in the portfolio) Some strengths in the piece would be the detail I added to my supported writing. A weakness might be that it was a little bit short of the recommended length.
A little bit about me.

Liam Gallagher
8-9 White
Opening Letter

My name is Liam Gallagher, although you probably already knew that. I had your class last year, and you probably know a lot about me. My goals for English 10 are to become a more fluent reader. I also want to be able to read more. Another goal in this class of mine is to not getting into trouble that I could prevent. I have two sisters, both of which are seniors. Bryn is in college, and Tess is at this school for one more year. My favorite book is either Unwind, or Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. I read Harry Potter when I was about seven years old. I really liked it. I like to run, cross country or track. After high school I will be going to college. I look up to my dad, mom, and Christian Bale. Also Liam Neeson. And Heath Ledger. I could go on for a long time about actors, because I love movies. I love to watch, or hear about them. Even read about them. I am good at math and science. My favorite part of school is running practice afterwards. I am not a "morning" person. I am looking forward to a new start with English, and hopefully not go back to Romeo and Juliet. I like batman, and especially The Dark Knight trilogy. For other entertainment, I play sports. I used to play baseball, but now I just run all year. My least favorite part of school are classes that require you to sit still and read or write the whole period. A lot of time at my house is spent on the Xbox 360. My favorite game is Batman: Arkham City. My brother and I fight over it sometimes. Sometimes when my mom isn't around, I boss him around, but that's only because when she is around, he can get away with bossing me around.
Writer's Craft
Liam Gallagher
English 10
8-9 Maroon

Chris and John are very good friends. They have known each other for their whole lives. They were such good friends that they seemed to know what the other was thinking, even when they weren't talking. But not today. Their relationship has had some unexpected turns, and was sometimes unstable, but they always worked it out in the end. But this time, Chris wasn't sure if that was going to happen. Sometimes, when they fought, they would not speak to each other for hours. Sometimes it was even days. They always became friends again, though. But not this time. Not yet. Maybe never. This is what Chris is worried about. John was not talking to him. He kept it up for a very long time, their record, actually. 10 days. They went 10 days without having a conversation. Earlier, Chis asked Josh if they wanted to break into the town skateboarding park after dark. At 9:30, they got in. It was so much fun, but John was sure that they were going to get caught. Chris kept telling him to stop worrying about it. They did get caught. Chris is afraid that Josh is blaming him. John was acting like Chris was not even there. Every time Chris had asked him something, he didn't respond. Chris asked him what he was thinking, but he didn't respond. He asked him if he was mad at him, but he didn't respond. Chris asked him if he was thinking anything at all. John did not answer him. Chris kept saying that he was sorry about the incident at the skate park. He told John that he didn't mean for it to happen. Chris was furious with himself, but he couldn't convey it to John. He didn't know how. It was hard to communicate with John. Chris fully understood that. He still kept trying, though. Chris wasn't lying. He didn't mean for it to happen. But it did. There was nothing he could do about that now. The truth is, John doesn't know what Chris is thinking. Chris doesn't know what John is thinking. There was a good chance they would never speak to each other again. However, John is not angry at Chris. He does not blame Chris. There was no other option at the skate park. Chris did what he had to do. He had a choice, to run and leave John. But he didn't. So, Chris got caught, too. John doesn't know that though. Chris is trying to tell John what he did for him, but still, John is not talking to him. Chris thinks it is over. Then, John speaks to Chris. He only says one word, but he still speaks. "Chris." Is all he says. Chris says to John that he's so happy he's finally talking to him. Just then, a man came into the room, and told Chris that he needed to leave. Chris did not care, though. He left with a smile on his face, and he was almost crying from joy. He, after 10 days, finally completed his mission. To get John to talk to him. Their friendship was saved. The next day, Chris did something he does not usually do. He picks up the daily newspaper, and reads the top story. "Local Teenager Wakes From 10 Day Coma"
This is a critical lens essay. Liam Gallagher
Critical Lens Final Draft

The quote from Sherlock Holmes in the Hound of the Baskerville that says: "You see, but you do not observe" relates to the book The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime very well. I like this quote because it takes two things, "seeing" and "observing", things that people think of as the same, and puts them in direct contrast to one another. This is bound to raise critical thinking from the reader.

People see things, like a wall, or a picture, or a ball, and take no note of it if it is not outstanding. The main character of the book, Christopher, observes things very well, and in great detail, even if they do not catch his immediate attention. Christopher saw cows in a field one day while taking a piss. Most people would think "Hey, I see cows in those fields". Christopher actually observes what the cows are doing, how many there are, what color each one was, how far away they were, what field they were in, and how big they were. He even remembers exactly what day it was, years later. He then stores that information in his brain, and can easily access it whenever he wants. Other people would have simply seen the cows. Christopher, on the other hand, has truly observed them.

Sherlock Holmes observes things as well. He sees things on a much better level of detail than other people. When Sherlock Holmes walks into a room in Sherlock Holmes in the Hound of the Baskerville he observes that the room contains a dog. He then uses that observation to find out that the owner of the house has a dog, because the dog is in the room. He then proceeds to say: "I didn't know he had a dog". When Watson asks how he knew about a dog, Sherlock simply notifies him of the dog in the room. This make Watson feel quite stupid. Watson looked at the room, not thinking about it, scanning over important details because he is not very interested in the room. Sherlock Holmes takes in the detail that he sees, analyzes clues in his mind, and uses them to his advantage. Watson saw the room. Holmes truly observed the detail that the room contained.

The man from Rain Man  observes things in great detail, too. When he saw large group of toothpicks on the ground, he observes exactly how many there are. This is a very powerful skill that most people look over. Many people would see the toothpicks, and say "There are many toothpicks on the ground". They would not even think about counting them. They might wonder how many there were, but would stop there. This man, however, takes in more than the simple details. He takes even further. He analyzes the data right in front of him, and reaches the conclusion that there are exactly "x" amount of toothpicks. He could do this simply because of his magnificent power of processing information. He processed the information that he observed to reach a true fact about the toothpicks in a matter of seconds, something that it would take an average person minutes to do. People see the toothpick pile, but this man truly observed it.

Many people think that "see" and "observe" are the same thing. They are really not, actually. Seeing is taking in information that is right in front of you, and doing nothing else with it. Observing is taking that information and making something more out of it. Observing also recognizes a much larger amount of detail. Therefore the quote "You see, but you do not observe" makes perfect sense.

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

I have made progress toward a writing goal, to become a better visual writer. I have been using well placed adjectives and descriptive details in my recent writings. I still have work to do, however, but I think that I've made some significant progress.