Sunday, September 30, 2007

Memior Week 2

10 loaded words:
pg. 69- hungry- this word is loaded because when there dad loses his job they don't have any money for food.
pg. 73 teacher- this word is loaded because there mom gets a job as a teacher and hates it because her mother wanted her to be that.
pg. 78 money- this word is loaded because money has always been scare and a big problem with there family
pg. 81 home- this word is loaded because they never really have a home, because they are always on the road moving place to place.
g. 83 delinquent- his word is loaded because Jeannette's mother uses this word for the boy she has been playing with who was involved in bad things.
pg. 83 drunk- this word is loaded because Jeannette's father is a drunk and their family is affected when he drinks, by either running out of money or violence.
pg. 87 rape- this word is loaded because when Jeannette and Billy are playing hide and seek he started kissing her and she didn't want him to. Then he went around and said he raped her.
pg. 88 pistol- this word is loaded because when Billy goes to Jeannette's house and starts shooting them with a BB gun, her sister brings out a gun and starts shooting at Billy but misses and they get in huge trouble.
pg. 92 dead- this word is loaded because after they leave Battle Mountain they are going to their grandma's house and they find out their grandma is dead and know had told them.
pg. 93 inherited- this word is loaded because when they reach Phoenix they received a house and money from their grandmas will.
The have been living in Battle Mountain for about a year now, the longest ever living in a place. Parents have been getting into violent fights, usually after their dad had been drinking. Also they go to this hot spring called "The Hot Pot" where Jeannette learns to swim from her dad. Soon after he loses his job and uses their only money to buy booze and to try to find gold. Her mom had to get a job as a teacher at the school, she used the same values in the classroom as she did at home. She got in trouble for that and almost lost her job, then Lori started to help her by helping her with her lesson plans, correct papers etc. A new kid moves into town named Billy, and he wants to be Jeannette's girlfriend but she won't let him. He trys to sway her by kissing her and giving her presents but nothing works. Also he makes fun of her dad by calling him a drunk. One day Billy came over to Jeannette's with a BB gun and started shooting her. Then Lori got her dad's pistol and shot Billy but missed him. He got scared and ran away. They got in trouble with the police and were to appear in court in the next day, but they left at night and went to Phoenix to live in their late grandma's house.
I think that their mom should leave their dad because he is so screwed up because he drinks all the time and can't provide for them anymore. He just makes their life worse, and doesn't listen to anyone. Also I don't think they should have left and runaway from their problems, they should face them. They are showing examples for the kids that is just ok to run away from everything and not face your consequences.

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Memior Week 1

The Glass Castle by Jeanette Walls.
It starts out in present day in New York City, Jeanette was sitting in a taxi on her way home from work and she sees her homeless mother on the streets. She contacts her mother through a friend and asks her to have lunch. She goes out to lunch and wants to help her but her mother refuses saying she likes the way she lives she always has.
In the first couple of chapters of the book its describing her childhood on the move from place to place. Her first real memory is when she 3 and cooking hot dogs and catches on fire from the stove and is rushed to the hospital, even though her parents are against them. She is lucky to have survived and was there for 6 weeks. Her family is always on the move because they don't pay bills and taxes and the collectors are always after them, so they never stayed in each place too long. She has two siblings Lori who is older and Brain who is younger. In each place they would go her father would get sort of an odd jobs in small towns, and they would stay there until he would get fired or get in trouble again. Also her father was a big drinker, when he drank a lot he would get very violent and angry. He would threat his wife a lot and abuse her sometimes. One of the only things that gave the kids hope was their dream about building a glass castle in the middle of the desert and living there. We also find out that before Lori was born there was a child who was born named Mary Charlene, but she died at a very young age and nobody liked to talk about her. Then when Jeanette was in about 1st grade her mother had another child named Lily Ruth Maureen, but they called her Maureen. Soon after Maureen was born they moved to a city called Battle Mountain, where they lived in abandoned railroad depot. She was in 2nd grade and going to school. In some places they didn't have school so her parents would home school them. Her father got a job as an electrician in this town. In the house they would do many different things including collecting different types of rocks and would look for gold. Also the loved going to dump to look for all sorts of things and would bring them home and do experiments.
My thoughts so far on the book are how the parents actually treat their kids, they barley feed them sometimes, give them no rules or values to live off of and show no good examples whats so ever. Also her mother just sits back and doesn't speak her mind about anything. She goes along with her husband even though she knows he's crazy.

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

This I Believe Assignment

1. A link to the essay
2. Author
Ann Karasinski
3. Title
There Is No Blame; There Is Only Love
4. One sentence of what the belief is
There is no blame.
5. 2 examples from the story that showed their belief
One example from the story that showed her belief is that she still loves her daughter and goes out to lunch with her every Friday despite what her daughter does. A second example is that after all this time she spent looking for someone to blame she realized it wasn't anybody's fault and the best thing to do was hope and love.
–6. 1 favorite passage
My favorite passage from the story was "I don't try to heal her. I just love her. Sometimes there is pain and sorrow, but there is no blame. I believe there is only love." It shows that she cares about her daughter even though all shes been through and still will be there for her.

Wednesday, September 5, 2007

The thing I am most anxious about Edina High School is finding my way around. The school is really big and I don't want to get lost. It's a lot bigger than South View and really confusing. I don't want to be late to any of my classes and don't have to worry. I want to learn my way around the school.

One of my goals for this year is to keep my grades up. I want to work hard and get all of my work done so I deserve a good grade. Also I need to study for tests more and put more effort into studying which will help improve my grades. Also if I keep my grades up then my parents won't always be bugging me about them.