Hey Ning-ers! I know that I am super lame to still be posting on the Ning as a junior, but I just really like blogging and books, so the Ning is fun for me in a nerdy, lame kind of way. It's totally fine. You'll miss this next year when you're writing research papers instead of blog posts!! For me, the AP tests this week mark the end of the hard part of school, and the beginning of that exhausting stretch until summer is upon us. And summer, of course, means more time; and more time means…Continue
I blame Mr. (R) Anderson. I really do. I used to be able to just read books and be done with them, but through all the books I've read this summer, there has been a little part of my brain thinking, "How will I blog about this? What adjectives describe the characters? Who else would enjoy this book?" Thank you, sophomore English class. So, here I am on a Saturday morning in July, blogging about the books I've read so far just because I want to.
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This month, I was going through my family's extensive library in an attempt to find a book that would be a meaningful, yet somewhat light read. I wanted a book that would touch me without having to completely dissect each word to find the author's meaning. I found this in an old copy of a book that stil had my mother's maiden name scribbled onto the front cover. The Bean Trees, by Barbara Kingsolver, follows the story of Taylor Greer, a country girl who has two goals in life: 1 not to get…Continue
As we continue on through our identity unit, I can't help but notice that everyone defines themselves in very similar ways. For one class assignment, we were instructed to create a pie chart showing the various aspects of our identity and then briefly describe what each aspect meant. Mr. Anderson pointed out after the activity that nearly every student wrote down "friends" as one of their primary categories that shaped their identity. And that's fine-- I believe that as teenagers, friends do…Continue