Hi 6th hour!
Today at Writers Week we saw the following student presenters: Julia Dirkes-Jacks/Luke Madden; Esther Shim; Amanda Fleischmann; Erica Machuca; Daniel Classon; Abigail Iuorio; Sofie Palumbo; Emma Albrecht
Choose at least three of these writers and write about what you liked best about their writing/presentation. Give specific details from their presentation to clearly illustrate what you liked/admired. “She was good” is NOT enough of a response here!
Again, read what people ahead of you have already written about and see if you can come up with something new as well as responding directly to what people have already written.
You have until Monday (Feb. 29) at noon to respond to today's discussion post.
1. I think it was Esther's presentation about the child and her father. I really liked this piece because it talked about how even though a person might be looked at differently than others, they are - and should be - loved. Towards the end, she said something along the lines of, "As he enveloped her, they became hope." Despite the words that the father heard from other people, he didn't allow them to change how he thought of her. For many people, myself included, when we hear something about someone, even if we know them well, our opinion will change slightly from what that person has said.
2. I really liked Julia's poem at the end about how girls aren't naturally mean people. From the world girls are brought up, they learn to gossip and say mean things to others through media and from seeing others doing the same. She noted how girls have to bring each other up, not put each other down. The way we live today with constant criticism towards women, girls have to support girls, and they do so naturally.
3. Julia and Luke's presentation touched on a subject that many of us have been conditioned to think about in a certain way. They talked about how in a heterosexual relationship, the male has to be taller than the female in order for it to be considered "normal" and "not awkward." However, they made a point that people are of all different heights, and instead of judging them, we should all learn to appreciate the genes that we were given.
1. I liked Julia Dirkes-Jacks's and Luke Madden's debate a lot. It was very funny and also very true. There are so many ridiculous expectations in the world placed on men and women alike about things nobody has any control over. Why does it matter what height the guy is and what height the girl is? These are the important points they brought up while comically showing examples of their hardships in life to ask who had it worse, making an overall enjoyable presentation that was entertaining and thought provoking.
2. Daniel Classon's short story was another of my favorites today. He took a very creative and interesting view on Christianity, focusing on the good of humanity which is something that is constantly overlooked. People often forget just how kind people can be because we live in a time with so many horrifying stories in the news. He said in his story that if the greater than human aspects of Jesus were taken away, that doesn't take away the incredible things he did for others. While people may like to believe Jesus was so great because he was above mankind, it was the human parts of him that drove him to help others, and I think it was cool of Daniel Classon to point that out.
3. Finally, I loved Emma Albrecht's hilarious account of when she peed her pants in a store. She was a terrific storyteller, and even had some foreshadowing in there when she first started talking about how much water she was drinking. I know that whenever I tell a story like that, I can't make the parts leading up to it as interesting, or create as much suspense. Her voice was very enthusiastic and it was nice how she could stop caring what others would think of her and instead tell all these people about her most embarrassing moment.
1. I loved Julia's and Luke's performance. It was a really unconventional Writers Week presentation, and it was thoroughly enjoyable. I thought they were extremely comfortable and confident on stage, and they were both extremely charismatic as well. My favorite part was how they managed to incorporate discussion about social issues in their humorous speech. I thought their final message of loving the body that you're in was really important too. The issue of men having to be tall and women having to be short to be traditionally masculine or feminine is still a significant one in today's society and they brought it up in one of the best possible ways.
2. I also enjoyed Erica's speech as well. I remember listening to her talking about her depression and being shocked when she stated that she attempted to take her life last summer. I can't even imagine how incredibly brave she had to have been to go up there and share that with everyone in the auditorium. Seeing how she overcame suicidal thoughts and depression was inspiring, and it makes me realize how little I really do know the struggles of the people around me.
3. I liked Abigail's story a lot; I thought it was scatterbrained and random, but that's what made it so enjoyable. She had an extremely cool voice and personality, and I loved her many references to The Bee Movie. To be completely honest, I'm not sure what the point of her speech was, and I'm pretty sure she stated herself that there wasn't some hard point or lesson she was driving at in her story. I just thought that she was a really enjoyable performer and a really cool person. Her humor was relatable (I too have a friend who uses the word "classic" way too often) and her presentation was really well put together.
I really liked Julia Dirkes-Jacks and Luke Madden's presentation because it was very entertaining to watch, especially because it was like a debate. I thought it was interesting to see the different viewpoints of tall women and short men as they go throughout their everyday life. One thing that caught my attention was how they both used quotes from different sources in order to support their point. I think it helped to show the stereotype the society has of masculine men having to be tall and feminine women having to be short. I liked how Julia and Luke broke that stereotype and showed how we should all accept ourselves for who we are.
Another presenter that I liked was Sofie Palumbo. I liked that her topic was something a lot of people could relate to. It was very amusing how she found motivation during her test from a song and actually sang some parts during the story. It seemed a bit random at first but it actually fit really well with her story. I'm sure that at the time, she was very nervous, but I liked how she was able to turn that experience into a humorous story.
I also really liked Emma Albrecht's piece. I liked how she was brave enough to share such an embarrassing story in front of a lot of people. She was very entertaining and interacted well with the audience. I liked how it seemed like she was telling us the story as if she was talking to a close friend. One thing I really enjoyed was when she impersonated the different characters in her story. It gave each character a different personality and it made it easier to tell everyone apart. I think she shared an important message to not care what others think and proved that it is ok to laugh and move on when something embarrassing happens.
1. I really enjoyed Julia Dirkes-Jacks and Luke Madden's presentation. It stood out from the other presenters during Writer's Week because it was more of a skit than a story or speech. Their skit caught my attention by keeping it interesting the whole time. It was funny while also addressing a problem in the society we live in today. They addressed that the society we live needs girls to be short and guys need to be tall. They addressed that we're born with the genes we have and we can't change that, so why judge people when it isn't even their fault.
2. I also liked Abigail Iuorio's random story about "classic Dave." I thought it was cool how she randomly thought of this moment in her life and made that moment into a funny entertaining story to tell. This story also stood out from other things I've heard through the week because of how this one little thing affected her in such a big way.
3. Lastly, I really enjoyed Emma Albrecht's humorous story of how she peed her pants in a store. I thought it was cool how she could admit this embarrassing story and to laugh at herself, because more people need to learn to do that. She seemed very comfortable on the stage and told her story in a fun and interesting way. I admired that she tells us that it's okay to laugh at yourself and not always care what people think of you.