Sunday, June 1, 2014

Final Essay

        In all honesty, I have never enjoyed learning in a traditional school setting. Waking up five days a week at 6 A.M. in order to drive to my school 15 miles away and coming home at 3:30 P.M. seemed more like a daunting task than something I should be grateful for. Learning always came easy to me, easy enough that I was able to learn Algebra without the help of anyone besides myself, so when I became ill and was forced to stay at home for days at a time, I was not worried.

Ashley's and My Masterpiece

Our masterpiece focused on creating comics to address certain situations or emotions people these days may be dealing with. They range from hate messages to finding someone who accepts you.

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Masterpiece Presentations Notes

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Seventh Reading

The three poems I read were "Life" by Charlotte Bronte, "Hope" by Emily Dickens, and "Ode to a Nightingale" by John Keats.

At first it seemed to be the stereotypical poem about how dank life is but around my third time reading the passage that didn't seem to be the meaning anymore. The images of dark clouds and rain are contrast against the spring roses and cheerful summer hours. There are trials in life but understand that tough times soon pass like spring breaking through the storm.

Emily Dickens uses a metaphor to give life to the word hope. She calls it a feather which provides the reader with imaginary of what hope is. In this poem, hope give us the strength to try new things and continue on in life, much like feathers provide birds with wings to fly. Hope, which gives comfort to so many, never asks for anything in return, and so we all must continue to hope.

"Ode to a Nightingale"
The speaker finds beauty in his depressing world after hearing a nightingale's song. The song is beautiful and full of light, He describes it as an out of this world sensation and sound. The feeling is short lived, the song having giving him this sense of wonder for a brief moment before he is transport back into his dark world. It seems the speaker is torn between the beauty of nature and the cruel reality of life.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Macbeth: Active Reading Notes


The Crossroads Between Should and Must

To be honest, I don't entirely understand what Elle Luna is getting at. All my life Should was described as a choice while Must is something that has to be done, there is no choice. Luna swaps these definitions and it threw my equilibrium with the words completely off balance. For me, it would have made more sense to choose the words Must and Want.

My choices in life are far better described by these two word rather than the others. I Must live up to expectations, I Must get good grades, I Must succeed while also dealing with the fact that I Want Happiness, I Want to draw, I Want to be healthy. My wants are what drive me and give me a feeling of joy, a reason for living, while my musts are things I just have to do, I feel nothing for them but loathing.

Should and Must are a nice concept but I don't believe that's how people in this world function. While some choices we make because we fear what others may think of us, humans are naturally selfish, thinking mostly of themselves. It all boils down to what we Want and what we Must do, that's how I believe our choices are made.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Reply from our expert

Ashley and I decided to ask Chikuto from tumblr for tips on how to layout comics and make the reader stay interested in the story you're telling. Chikuto is a female artist in her 20's who lives and attends university in the United Kingdom. Her deviantART account is

Our Question:

      Link to her reply!!!

Big thanks to Chikuto for replying!