My earliest memory of what I wanted to be when I grew up is sitting on my mother's lap and watching her study to become a medical assistant. I told my mother I wanted to become a doctor so I could take care of my her and my father. I remember saying I'll buy her a big house and my father a beautiful ranch with animals. For a long time, making that dream come through was what motivated me to become successful. Overtime, I changed my career goal to something I see myself doing. I tell my parents I'm either going to work in a lab for research or become a pharmacist. I still say I'm going to buy them a big house with a beautiful ranch, but now it might take a little longer because of my career choice.
Friday, May 10, 2013
The AP exam was as expected. I was able to finish my essays with time to spare and thats because of my practice. By looking at promts and doing multiple choice questions I learned to pace myself. I'm pleased with how I answered the questions and expect at least a 3 on the exam.
Wednesday, May 8, 2013
I have to do good tomorrow so I could be exempt from taking summer courses at Cal Poly this summer. With all the practice I've had, I know I'll get at least a 3 on the AP Exam. Tonight I will look over my Lit Analysis one last time, and read over poems that previously been used.
Tuesday, May 7, 2013
JOURNAL TOPIC: Create your own.
Last night I looked over my Lit Analysis to prepare myself for the open prompt question. I used other blogs as a resource and spent most of my night reading about books. It was time well spent and I remembered the tiny details I had forgotten. I suggest everyone do this within the next couple of days because it's a great way to refresh your memory.
I tried to rewrite an essay last night on the Poisonwood Bible and that's what started my night. I revisited my notes because I failed to remember simple details likes names and their backgrounds. Last night helped out and I feel a lot better going into the open prompt question that before.
Sunday, May 5, 2013
You've written a lot this week; is there anything left for you to practice/improve over the weekend? Do you need to practice more multiple choice? Take inventory-- one last time-- and describe how you will address any areas where you feel less than 100% confident.
I had the chance to test myself this Saturday when I went to Cal Poly for my English Placement Test. It was a timed test and this allowed me to prepare for my AP Test this week. I did better on the multiple choice questions and I know it's because of the repeated practice. I wrote an essay in 45 minutes and was proud to find myself with time left to spare. This week and weekend has improved my writing and allowed me to manage my time wisely. I feel more confident going into this upcoming test than before.
I've been helping myself write better by looking at essay topics and doing a prewrite. By writing out my thoughts, I've seen the flow of my essays improve. I need to work on timing and give myself more than 5 minutes to edit my essays. This is something I'll work on within the next few days.
Tuesday, April 30, 2013
Sidney uses poetic devices to convey a negative image towards desire. He changes his diction, uses imagery and restates the meanings behind his ideas. He see's desire as evil and want his reader to understand his suffering.
As you continue to read, you notice his use of diction in every line. Repetition and diction are used together to repeat how damaging desire could be. He has a negative attitude towards this topic, and wants others to see it through his eyes. His beliefs are strong and reinstated throughout the text. By finding a connection between emotion and desire, we feel for his troubling experiences.
One is able to image his troubled attitude towards desire as he states, "With price of mangled mind, thy worthless ware." Desire comes with a price, and a life lesson to be learned. It's meant to destroy someone and we see that as we continue to read. "But then in vain thou hast my ruin sought," this starts a list of tragic outcomes as we enter his mind and learn why he feels this way.
His negative thoughts for desire become a warning label for readers. He allows us into his mind and shows us his experiences with desire. His attitude is strong for he commits to comparing desire and destruction. He uses personal experience to convey his message and ends with, "Desiring naught but how to kill desire."
Saturday, April 27, 2013
In H.D.'s poem, the diction that's describing Helen of Troy is negative but understandable. She displays a negative image of Helen of Troy, as she writes about her many features. She attacks her beauty by saying, "All Greece reviles the wan face when she smiles." H.D. uses diction to show that Helen of Troy's beauty has a dark side. As for Poe, he uses his diction to portray his love for Helen of Troy. His diction is made up of emotions and comparisons. He compares things to show how strong his love is for her. The speaker uses this method to show he fell in love with her beauty.
Unlike H.D., Poe uses imagery to reveal the woman whom he's in-love with. The speaker introduces her beauty and compares it. Poe's tone is romantic, creating an inviting and informal read. He uses this technique to create Helen of Troy's image. "On desperate seas long wont to roam," The speakers tone shifts from happiness to loneliness to prove that his love for Helen of Troy is alive.
Both poems contrast Helen of Troy using similar methods. Tone, imagery and diction allow a reader to see the good or bad of knowing Helen of Troy. One speaker used these techniques to display Helen of Troy as an unwanted woman. Another speaker displayed Helen of Troy as a sweet and motivating woman. Both speakers described Helen of Troy as they saw her, but they each left a contrasting image in our minds.
Hughes diction is limited to words used in nature. He sets the mood by using detailed diction and it allows a reader to imagine themselves with the lily. "First observe the air's dragonfly That eats meat, that bullets by," he uses this technique to introduce the many creatures that lie within nature. As he changes subjects, his stanza's describe a scene. "Under the trees. There are battle-shouts And death-cries everywhere hereabouts " The poet uses this technique to keep his readers entertained and focused.
The poet creates an active setting as he attempts to paint a lily. Imagery and diction allow a reader to see nature's beauty. By having multiple interactions with nature, the poet demonstrates his attitude towards nature. By not getting frustrated and being inviting, the reader could see his love and patience for nature.
Friday, April 26, 2013
My favorite poem has to be "If You Forget Me" by Pablo Neruda. I chose this poem from the rest, because I'm able to relate to the words. The diction allows a reader to create an image and understand his message. "Well, now, if little by little you stop loving me I shall stop loving you little by little." This text is straight forward. As it shifted, I understood that he went from talking about letting go of his partner to becoming a devoted lover.
Thursday, April 25, 2013
|Meaning||The love someone has for mother nature and her growth over time.|
|He was appreciating what he had in front of him.|
|Structural Parts||The shirt occurs after he describes a delicate flower.|
-It goes from talking about growth/time to features/love.
|Other Parts||The beginning differs from the end because it seems likes he's admiring mother nature. He ends by describing woman features, leaving a lasting impression.|
|Tone||Gentle and admiring.|
|Agency||Mother Nature is the agent throughout the poem.|
|Roads Not Taken||He could have mentioned|
|Outer and Inner Structural|
|Imagination||Your able to imagine mother nature herself, but as a real woman. His references are vivid and connected to a woman's "body".|
― Pablo Neruda
TPCASTT: Poem Analysis Method:
title, paraphrase, connotation, diction,
attitude, tone, shift(s), title revisited and
Title of poem means
|"If You Forget Me" says that if you leave, positive/negative things will come from it.|
Paraphrase parts of the Poem
"if I touch
Connotation of some of the words – changing literal meaning to implied or associated values
Attitude What is the attitude of the author, characters or yourself?
Shift At first we think or feel one way – then there is a shift: identify the shifts and explain them
Title revisited Any new insights on meaning or significance of title?
|The title lets the reader know that a list emotions is about to emerge. You know someone is depending on another's actions, and is about to explain how they feel if left behind.|
|The theme is love and loyalty. If not loved back, the narrator will give up everything. If he is loved back, he will do anything for them because "my love feeds on your love"|
Wednesday, April 24, 2013
|Meaning||A person isn't truly happy until they become as indifferent to their race as this donkey in the poem.|
|The person isn't accepted for who he is, so he expresses himself through the mule.|
|Structural Parts||The mule knows he is a mule, but others may not accept/ see that. He will become who he wants to be as long as he's okay with it.|
|Climax||"I'm like that old mule"|
|Other Parts||The Poet addresses his mule's identity to reflect on his identity.|
|Skeleton||The poet gets ready to announce his identity.|
|Agency||The poet is the fieagent.|
|Roads Not Taken||There should be another stanza in between to create a setting.|
|Outer and Inner Structural|
|There's a change of person. The mule is the agent for the first stanza, then the person is the agent for the ending stanza.|
|Imagination||Freedom and power come to mind as I read this poem. It sets an individual free from judgement and lets them take control of their character.|
Tuesday, April 23, 2013
by Langston Hughes
My old mule,
He's gota grin on his face.
He's been a mule so long
He's forgotten about his race.
I'm like that old mule --
Black -- and don't give a damn!
You got to take me
Like I am.
- This poem expresses how a person isn't truly happy until they become as indifferent to their race as this donkey in the poem.
- As I repeated it, it reminded me of myself.
- The last stanza is powerful!
- Words that pop out are: "old mule", "so long", "forgotten his race", and "take me like I am."
Sunday, April 21, 2013
Tuesday, April 16, 2013
Sunday, April 14, 2013
· Three Witches for the opening scene
· bloody battle & character Macbeth
· Duncan, King of Scotland
· King of Norway and the previous Thane of Cawdor of Scotland
· A wounded Captain reports about the battle and Macbeth’s bravery
· bloody scene of how Macbeth chops off Macdonwald's head and hangs on the battle field
· Duncan announces that they will execute the traitor (Thane of Cawdor) and give title to Macbeth
· Witches are evil & dark
·“By each at once her choppy finger laying upon her skinny lips. You should be women, and yet that your beards forbid me to interpret....”
· The witches tell Macbeth that he is going to be offered the title of Thane of Cawdor and eventually become king
· Banquo tells Macbeth: you shouldn't be afraid of you future; and he asks the witches for his future
· Witch: “Lesser than Macbeth, and greater. Not so happy, yet much happier.” (Foreshadows); his child will be king. Then the witches refuse to say anything anymore and vanish
· After Ross announces that Macbeth is the Thane of Cawdor
· “...murder yet is but fantastical”
· The traitor—Thane of Cawdor has been executed
· Malcolm, Duncan's elder son-The Prince of Cumberland is on line to be the next King
· Macbeth seems him as another threat and something he needs to “overlap” to become King
· Lady Macbeth reads a letter from Macbeth
· she is going to “poison” Macbeth with her words in his ears
· “The raven himself is hoarse” symbol and foreshadow
·“unsex me” Lady Macbeth wants to be a man mentally and physically
· King, Banquo
· arrive at Macbeth’s castle
· Macbeth is hesitate to follow Lady Macbeth's plan to kill the King
· People honors Macbeth of his success; he doesn't want to give it away
· Lady Macbeth accuses his cowardice
· Macbeth asks “If we should fail?”
· Their plan is to make Duncan and his guards drunk then make his guards felt guilty of Duncan’s death
· Fleance is the son of Banquo
· They talk about the witches and questioning their prophecies
· Macbeth“Is this a dagger which I see before me, the handle toward my hand? Come, let me clutch thee! I have thee not, and yet I see thee still...”
· He made the decision to kill Duncan
· Lady Macbeth drugged the chamberlains of the King
· Lady Macbeth was trying to kill Duncan with dagger, but the way he sleeps look like her father
· Macbeth murdered the King and he refused to go back to put the dagger next to the guards
· Lady Macbeth goes back and put the bloody dagger next to the Chamberlains
· “What hands are here? Ha! They pluck out mine eyes! Will al great Neptune's ocean wash this blood clean from my hand?”—water can wash the blood on his hands, but they can't clean the blood in his mind/heart.
· he feels guilty
· Lennox gives a description the “unusual night”
· Macduff finds that the King has been murdered and he goes out to tell everyone
· Lennox said that those guards had killed King because their hands and faces were full with blood and the dagger was also in their hands too
· Macbeth says that he killed the guards out of his respect
· Malcolm and Donalbain (Duncan’s son) decided to go separate ways to keep themselves safer
· Ross and an Old Man are discussing the strange event
· unusual that King the got killed and his sons fled instead of taking over the crown
· Macduff announces that Macbeth is ready to be officially crowned
· Duncan's body has been carried to Colmekill
· “God’s benison goes with you, and with those that would make good of bad, and friends of foes!”
Thursday, April 11, 2013
Tuesday, April 9, 2013
-Guy wants to become king, they kill many ppl & ghost come back to haunt them... in the end Macbeth and his wife defeated
-distinguished factor of heros we know is they dnt want to be heroes
-evolution of hero is they became antihero
-Claudius is an evil guy in king robes
-king supposed to be good because he's supposed to be the closest thing to God
-Macbeth is evil play
-everything is steaming & dirty & bloody
-1606 play written
-James I fascinated by witchcraft
- banquo & fleance --- inherited thrown through them
-real rein 1040 to 1057 Macbeth
-ducen murder well known
-ruled for 17 yrs
-Scotland & England on good terms
-Shakespeare's Macbeth felt bad for killing king
-Macbeth is an animal
-"fair is fowl & fowl is fair" paradox
-witches were compared to darkness & death
-society telling us " desperate to be good so we'll show you bad"
-why witchcraft was needed
-2 yrs before Macbeth written witchcraft became a capital crime
-banquo realized ability of witchcraft
-witches could do many things
-bodies of unbaptized babies were a prize to witches
-end -- satisfying seeing Macbeth get bad misfortunes
-witches not dishonest
-they dnt deceive Macbeth but they dnt stop him from deceiving himself
Monday, April 8, 2013
- what makes a program dominant
- first thing he did was tell his players to take off his shoes and socks
- wanted to teach them how to put on their socks
- put socks wrong way you get blisters which leads to playing wrong
- every little edge he could find to help them succeed was what he did
- why socks & why haircuts?
- value system: goal is more important than anyone's identity
- starting tonight-- start getting more than 6 hrs of sleep at night / 7-9 hrs of sleep
- eat right-- 3 balanced meals a day / stay away from sugary drinks / lean protein & avocado & apple carbohydrates / 3 hours apart
- exercise-- atleast 30 minutes of it
- practice & work
Monday, March 25, 2013
Tuesday, March 19, 2013
-Bernard stabs the director in the back
-Bernard was the guardian of a Savage (John)
-people revered him
-talks of someone giving Bernard alcohol in his embryo development were silent
-Bernard's job is to look out for the John
-he take notes on John thoughts as if he were an experiment
-Bernard brags to Helmholtz about the attention he is getting from being the guardian John
-Helmholtz does not share the enthusiasm that Bernard shares for this feat so Bernard gets upset and decides to leave him
-Lenina might be developing feelings for John
-She liked Bernard because he was different and initially denied her, but eventually (with the help of soma) slept with her
-John refuses to sleep with Lenina because that is childish
-Since Lenina helped "discover" John, she gets to run errands with John when Bernard is busy
-Lenina and John are together in this scene
-The machine is designed to give you sensations and hear noises that are provocative
-During the process, you watch a movie called Three Weeks in a Helicopter
-a dark man and a woman are together
-the dark man develops feelings for her and the woman declines those feelings
-the dark man stalks her and kidnaps her on a helicopter for three weeks
-Three Alphas manage to rescue her and in gratitude she becomes their woman in a polygamy relationship
-John doesn't like the film
-Lenina hopes that her & John might sleep together
-instead John steps into a different cab and says "Good night"
-Bernard sets up an extravagant party to host the savage (John) and show him off
-Arch Community-Songster of Canterbury, a celebrity, is invited to the party
-After the day with Lenina John does not want to see anyone
-Bernard's shouting outside John's room
-he refuses to leave his room
-John's reading Romeo & Juliet
-Bernard begs him to come out because this is his opportunity to shine in the community
-Everyone uses sex & drug to escape everything
-Everyone, including the songster, gets angry because they were denied to see John
-People began to ridicule Bernard
-“I knew it the whole time that someone accidentally slipped alcohol in his embryo-state.”
-People left the party
-Bernard’s fame as well as his ego got reduced to below average.
-Bernard goes to Helmholtz to reconcile because of his bad behavior
-Helmholtz is more than happy to reconcile
-Lenina is a bit down because she has obviously developed feelings for John who denies her. --Henry asks Lenina out but she declines
-shes upset about something
-doesn't want to go out with anyone
-Lenina asks her friend Fanny for aid
-Fanny can't believe Lenina couldn't get John
-Fanny basically says to take charge
-Lenina visits John
-John told Lenina that he loved her
-Lenina starts stripping
-John yells at her and calls her a "strumpet" which is basically a prostitute
-He pushes her and yells to leave
-She grabs some of her clothes and runs in the restroom to redress
-While she is changing, John gets a call from the hospital
-his mother is ill
-Linda is near to death
-Park Lane Hospital
-John flies to the hospital and weeps by his mother's bed
-asks if there's anything to save her "No''
-"Hug me till you drug me honey."
-She momentarily wakes up and says "Pope'' at the sight of her son
-John is obviously mad because she is so "high" she can barely recognize him
-Some kids (twins) enter the room to see her
-they talk about her appearance
-John yells at them to leave
-A nurse comes in and says the kids are being conditioned to accept death.
-She threatens to kick out John but John eventually leaves
-Linda dies in this chapter
-the person tells him the old things have been burned
-John dislikes new things and expresses that
-everyone is okay with how the new world is
-soma causes liberty
-they have to sacrifice a lot because of what they chose
-they can't replace a persons passion for something
-John doesn't like Delta
-they say that Delta do so much for them
-civil war broke out and thousands of men lost their lives
-world controller took over the island
-Controller asks to take Bernard out
-Iceland is where ppl have a self concious
-he choice to be a world director instead of going to Iceland
-knowledge was highest good
-truth was supreme valley
-mass productions triggers changes
-they emphasis the truth
-ppl are interested in beauty and health
-Controller asks Helmhortz where he wants to go
-he said somewhere with bad weather "winds & storms"