Sunday, September 30, 2007

10 loaded words

10 Loaded Words
-Rich: For Jeanette's family to be called rich was really special since they didn't have a lot of money are the time pg.48
-Puny: When they moved to a new city, the buildings looked "puny" pg.51
-Huge: They didn't have furniture so for couches they used "huge" stools made out of wood pg.51
-Sweaty: When their family would go out to eat, they'd get milk shakes and the cups would always sweat pg.56
-Fussy: Jeanette's mom wasn't fussy like the others, she never was over dramatic pg.59
-Sissie: Jeanette's mom thought her friends mom was a Sissie because when Jeanette cut her knee, she wanted to take her to the emergency room when really she just needed a bandage pg.59
-Shimmering: Jeanette had a collection of rocks that always shimmered pg.59
-Artistic: Her mom became a teacher and everyone said she was very artistic and great at what she did pg.74
-Ugly: The town that they lived in was considered "one of the ugliest" pg.81
-a Drunk: A boy called Jeanette's dad a drunk because he drank once in awhile pg.83
-Behaved: Jeanette got caught by a cop because she had a gun as self protection from a neighbor shooting a bee bee gun at her, so she tried to act behaved around the cop pg.88

Summary: Jeanette's family found a new town that they enjoyed. Her mom got a job as a teacher and her dad had a steady job as well. She attended school and made friends. They lived there for about a year until one day the neighbor boy came out with a bee bee gun and shot at Jeanette and her siblings. She got out her dads real gun and fired to scare him off and that's when the cops came. Her dad then sent them off to Phoenix to live in their grandmas "mansion" where they started their life, once again, all over.

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Memoir section 1

The Glass Castle by Jeanette Walls
The book starts out when Jeanette is grown up and see's her mom scrummaging through a dumpster in NYC. She then goes out to dinner with her homeless mom and it transitions into the story of her childhood. When she was 3, she was wearing a pink tutu while cooking hot dogs over the stove. Her tutu then caught on fire as well as her whole body. She was rushed to the emergency room where she was lucky to survive. After Jeanette stayed in the hospital for 6 weeks, her dad kidnapped her. She and her family then traveled all over the United States.
Along her adventure, she realized her dad was a alcoholic when he wanted to be. One day when her dad was drinking and driving, they hit a rock and she flew from the car. Her parents didn't realize it and wouldn't listen to their other daughter or son. After traveling for 20 minutes, they realized she was missing. When they finally turned around, they found her. Their family then moved to the desert where many things happened. Their dog got bit by a rattle snake and died and her mom got pregnant. After her dad lost his job, they moved yet again and Jeanette started school. When they were driving to there new location, Jeanette's mom and dad were fighting over how long she'd been pregnant. Her mom got out of the car and started running while her dad sped after her in the car. When Jeanette was in school, she was the smartest girl in class and was called teachers pet by 4 girls in the class. One day when she walked home from school she got beaten up in a alley.
I cannot believe that a mother would let her 3 year old daughter cook hot dogs let alone be by herself while doing it. You'd think that they'd want their daughter to get better and keep her in the hospital, but instead they take her and put her in a car for a long ride. When i read the part where she flew out of the car, i was completely shocked. How could you not hear someone fall out of the car or even notice your child wasn't there. I was shocked when her mother was pregnant with the newest child for 12 months! I couldn't believe that a husband would drive after his pregnant wife while speeding.

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

This I believe


Author: Michael Oatman

Title: Admittance to a better life

Brief Sentence: Education has the power to transform a persons life

2 examples: While he used to hang out with drug dealers, he now is at the library looking for novels thinking about his friends that are dead or in jail. He talks about how he wrote a poem about a girl that got published but he knew nothing about grammar so he went back to school to learn about it.

Favorite Passage: It's odd to educate oneself away from one's past

Wednesday, September 5, 2007

The thing that I am most anxious about at Edina High School is making all my classes on time. Even though there is a seven minute passing time, I still feel like I'm running from one side of the school to the other.
One goal for myself in my sophomore year is to try my best and get good grades. Every quarter I'd like to get the same grade I did the previous quarter or better.