I just started reading the book “the Omnivore’s Dilemma” by “Michael Pollan, and my first impression is how can this book change my life?
One question I have is how can this book make people lose weight? What I want the author to explain is how the book changes the way people think? This is important because he said the book has made people aware of how their food choices affect the environment and animals.
"Don't judge a book by its cover"
We probably have all heard of this saying, and experienced a time when you judged a "book" by its cover. I have experienced times where I felt that it is very important not to judge something or someone by their "covers". Yet, I still do. I don't know why, but I can't stop judging things by their looks. Maybe I haven't really learned that it is important not to do that.
I recently finished reading the Doomsday Book by Connie Willis. It is a fictional story set in the future and the past at the same time.
A young university student, named Kivrin, wants to go to the past to the 1320s. The person in charge of the drop, named Gilchrist, wanted her to go to the time of the black death. Gilchrist changes the coordinates to the 1340s. Kivrin goes back but becomes ill.
A group of us were talking on TTT on Wed. about Youth Voices and what we'd like to do together next year and how we might collaborate. One idea was to do a periodic newsletter (the first of which you are now reading!) to share ideas, request help, and to spur collaborations.
If you have anything you'd like to share with other YV teachers, email us! In the meantime, here are some items of interest:
Sold by Patricia McCormick is such a heartwarming book the more that I read that more that I felt some kind of connection and sympathy towards Lakshmi. I think that one of the reasons why I felt so many strong feelings towards her is because, she is so young and naive and all those things that are common for me and most of the people like a light bulb is so amazing for her. As a girl I can only imagine how awful she felt and all her innocence was taken away in such a brutal way, it also makes me wonder, did her stepfather knew about the situation?
Should there be more electives ln Oakland schools or are we fine the way we are?
As a high school student ln Oakland, I have noticed a number of different elective classes decreasing over the years. Once upon a time, Oakland students had a mind of their own. There was a huge variety of electives for students that wanted to take them. This led to happier kids and that led to them doing well in school. These were electives such as electronics, plumbing, woodshop, meteorology, specialized geography, other ones, and what is absolutely needed is Drivers Ed.
I really enjoy taking pictures of simple things because by emphasizing them through the angle of the photo or background used, regular objects can seem a lot more interesting and more beautiful. I also enjoy taking pictures of landscapes and of street-life.
I've learned that taking advantage of an object's colors and working to emphasize the colors through plain backgrounds or in contrast to other colors can make a photo more intriguing. I've also learned that the position of the prop or the angle of the camera when taking a photo can also make the picture more interesting.
I read the book “Ten things we did and probably shouldn't have”. The main plot focused on a girl named April, her parents divorced and she ended up moving in with her best friend violet. They have many adventures such as, adopting a kitten, buying a hot tub, hosting parties, skipping school, and of course love interests. April then faces the challenges of living on her own at 16 and dealing with many ups and downs on her own with no parental support. Honestly, most teens could relate with this situation in one way or another.
Chaim Potok's novels The Chosen and The Promise changed me in so many ways. I find Jewish history quite interesting, so inherently I loved the books. Potok was informative without belaboring the point or making the reading dull. What's more than his knowledge on the topic of Judaism, he knows how to hook a reader and blend perfectly religious ideology with real life drama. While reading his books I found myself relating to what the characters felt, understanding them in ways no other book has allowed me.
Books came from a long time ago, so long ago that most of us were not even born yet. People love to read and it is something that has been in our culture for years. They inform us of different topics that are educational but also have a variety of interesting fictional topics. However, are books going to be overthrown by new technology in the future? Technology has expanded a lot over the years and have replaced many things including language; using translation or websites that teach you online. It is possible technology will do the same and replace books.
In this new developing world, technology is becoming more and more prominent in our everyday lives. Including, now in schools. schools all over the US are adopting e-books in an effort to make learning easier for students. This, in many ways is good because there can be easy of access of materials but it does have its drawbacks. Many people do not enjoy e-books because it can be confusing and there is not much flexibility with highlighting and folding papers. It also does not provide the real experience with reading book and studying.
El cuento de “Los cuervos de la Senora Murphy” por Janice Boland me gusta por el protagonista.El protagonista de este cuento es la señora Murphy.
La senora Murphy protagonista es muy amable con los cuervos.
El conflicto de este cuento fue que los cuervos tenían hambre y querían comer pan.Un ejemplo de esto esta en la página 8 donde dice “los cuervos siguieron a la señora Murphy por todo el camino hasta llegar a la escuela, pidiendo pan.”
Recently, I read a book called "Attack OF The Fiend," by Joseph Delaney. In my opinion, it's an amazing book. It has the right amount of horror, action, and adventure, my three favorite genres, mixed into the plot. The author does a really nice job of describing the story as it flows. The protagonist is a thirteen year old boy named Tom(Thomas Ward)and the antagonist is an evil and powerful creature called The Fiend. Before Tom's mom leaves to go back to her old homeland, she gives him three trunks and says that they hold very valuable items in them.
One book that I have recently discovered and started reading is Slaughter House 5. This novel written by Kurt Vonnegut is truly admirable and I'm saying this as I am only 43 pages into the book. So far the story of "Billy Pilgrim" has captured my imagination and made me want to not put the book down. In class I am given 10-30 minute periods of reading a day, and let me tell you first that it is not enough time. POW in World War II, abducted human to aliens, and a prisoner of time travel is just a couple of interesting things in this book.
I am currently reading The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald, and it is fast becoming one of my favorite reads. It is truly magnificent how Fitzgerald creates images of his characters not only through description, but in the way they speak and act. For example, Nick Caraway's role in the book is to be the man that connects Gatsby and Daisy, so he spends time with them and is the observer. He is "within and without." In my opinion, most writers wouldn't have a character like Nick to connect the two parties; it would most likely be the point of view from Gatsby or Daisy.
Right now I am about halfway through J. D. Salinger's The Catcher in the Rye. A now-classic novel, this book is told by Holden Caulfield, a seventeen year-old boy in New York City. I am enchanted by his charismatic, unique way of telling events, and Salinger seems to perfectly encapsulate the thoughts of your average teenage boy. The story opens with Holden Caulfield discussing the fact that he has just been throw out of his school, Pencey Prep because he is failing all but one of his classes.
Inferno is a book that I have been reading on and off for a number of months. I mostly like to to read on vacations or when I have no homework and just feel like reading a good book! I've always loved Dan Brown's writing, he's one of the few authors that allows me to picture everything in my mind as I read along. His descriptive words allow me to feel as if I'm right alongside Dr. Langdon and his new hottie partner running from someone new this time.
I recently started reading Animal Farm by George Orwell. I have been meaning to read the book for years, but I've never actually followed through on my wish. I've wanted to read this book because I'm fascinated with the infamous Soviet Union and its leaders' ability to seize compete control over it. About a week ago I began to read the famous novel. The book is an extended metaphor about the Soviet Union's rise to power (or, rather, the Bolsheviks' rise to power), and it describes an English farm that is taken over by the overworked and underfed animals.
The Catcher in the Rye is a book written by the esteemed J.D Salinger and I have the honor of reading this book in my english class. The story is about a teenage boy, Holden, who attends an all boys boarding school. Unfortunately for Holden he has been kicked out of school and has yet to inform his parents.
In The Back Door of Midnight, by Elizabeth Chandler Anna receives a letter from her Uncle Will. When Anna’s mother was pregnant with Anna, her mother Joanna had stayed with Uncle Will and Aunt Iris. One night, the house was broken into and Joanna was killed. Anna was then adopted and occasionally returned to visit. Upon her arrival, she learned that Uncle Will had been found dead in the back of his truck’s trunk, half burned. She deals with her aunt who is psychic and thought to be crazy.
Children's books often teach life lessons that can be applied to individuals across a wide age range. Children’s literature is not limited to one message or moral, but should be open to a variety of interpretations. The importance of this concept is emphasized when, according to the article titled “Wild Thing, you make the artists sing with the joys of childhood inspiration,” Linda Morris explains “Each of us connect with different parts of children’s books and we connect with their different aspects at different times of our lives. That’s the power of children’s literature” (Morris 2).
There is a saying that there are no good books that are only for children. The same concept simply cannot be applied to adult books. Good children’s books evoke an emotional response that can be the same for both children and adults. Children’s literature is essentially a simplified medium into which relatable themes are conveyed.
I think in order to improve the world around you and to make a positive change, you must do many things first. I believe you should improve yourself and your own skills before you can even think about making the world better. Then, you can do many things to make a change. You can start small, for example, you could volunteer at charities and do community service. Or, you could also go hardcore. For example, you could make new inventions that would make life easier for everybody across the world.
I think the book Divergent is very similar to something that I recently saw in the news. Just last week was the 50th anniversary of the case of Brown vs. Board of Education. Many black parents argued that schools should no longer be segregated, and eventually brought the issue to Supreme Court. In the end, segregated schools were ended, and the black parents involved made a huge change in our country’s education system. This is similar to Divergent because in the book, Tris and Four manage to overthrow the Erudite faction, which was planning to take over the other 4 factions.
The Doomsday Book is chock full of different themes. From coming of age to the dangers of ignorance, this book deals with the lives of people in modern day society as well as the Middle Ages. Connie Willis sometimes goes too into detail.
After reading some sections of this book, I felt thoroughly confused, wondering what she was trying to say. All 578 pages of this book only covers 1-2 weeks in real time. The plot is really simple once you cut through the filler details.
I have been reading The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon. So far, I have really enjoyed it. The story is narrated by a boy named Chris who suffers from Asperger's Syndrome. He is trying to solve the mystery of who killed his neighbor’s dog, but in the process he ends up finding out about his family’s past. The unique point of view offers an interesting perspective for the reader in the sense of both culture and understanding people with special needs.