September 2014 Blog Posts (164)

Overcoming the Greatest Challenge Drew Nowak If you have no home, is every place your home? In Ghost of Spirit Bear by Ben Mikealsen, Cole Matthews is a high school bully that one day nearly beats…

Overcoming the Greatest Challenge

Drew Nowak

If you have no home, is every place your home? In Ghost of Spirit Bear by Ben Mikealsen, Cole Matthews is a high school bully that one day nearly beats a kid to death. After that, he is sentenced to an island in Alaska to serve a year of banishment. He was attacked by a spirit bear, but he survived and finished his sentence. And now he has learned to be a better person, and he can go home, but he returns to find that his… Continue

Added by Drew Nowak on September 28, 2014 at 7:14pm — No Comments

Meet Victoria Frankenstein

A couple of years ago, two producers by the name of Hank Green (yes, John Green’s brother) and Bernie Su had a novel idea: take the classic Jane Austen novel Pride and Prejudice and create a modern vlog…


Added by Soumyaa Mazumder on September 19, 2014 at 11:51pm — 2 Comments

Slang in the Dictionary

          One of the reasons I took Spanish at Fremd was in hope to be able to pick up on side conversations between Spanish-speaking people because there had been so many instances where I would hear a conversation in Spanish, and wonder what the heck they are talking about. Now after taking 5 years plus of Spanish, I still cannot manage to understand these side conversations in Spanish. I find this a little bit weird because I have learned a decent amount of words and…


Added by Alex Wang on September 19, 2014 at 11:30pm — 7 Comments

The Beginning of The Next Reading Evolution

The way literature has been distributed has evolved from hieroglyphs to ink on paper. In this new world ebooks are becoming a common way to sell novels, but is it the newest format of reading? The answer to that is no, and it involves the author David Mitchell and social media. First a little background on…


Added by Brett Veitch on September 19, 2014 at 11:30pm — No Comments

Literary Tattoos

Have you ever been in the process of reading a book when suddenly, while reading, you stop and do a reread on the last two lines and think holy cow those are some good words. Have you ever been so in love with a line/s from a book that you went and tattooed them on your body? Literary tattoos are very common and most of the time very meaningful and beautiful. But there are some guidelines about tattooing a quote from your favorite book onto your skin

  1. Like every tattoo, IT IS…

Added by Maddy Moscinski on September 19, 2014 at 11:30pm — 1 Comment

Why is the Argument Against Movie Adaptations of Books So One Sided?

Books are sacred ground to readers and movies become taboo to the average book worm. Movies never live up to the impractically high standards set my die-hard fans of the book. They will walk, live, and breathe the many stories bound in paper and ink. When people give up so much of themselves in exchange for the muchness that is gained by reading, it is hard to let the story go on to the big screen. These book activists…


Added by Emily Schulz on September 19, 2014 at 11:30pm — 7 Comments

The Illuminati sees all...

          My first independent reading book for the year was Angels and Demons by Dan Brown. The book is about a terrorist threat on Vatican City by the Illuminati. While this might sound completely absurd, the author did a wonderful job making the whole situation seem eerily possible. In the novel, the Illuminati's main purpose of the attack was to send a strong message to the world that they were alive and kicking. The Swiss guard of the Vatican did their best to keep the situation under…


Added by Alex Bazil on September 19, 2014 at 11:00pm — 1 Comment

The Key to Getting into College

     "I hate college essays, they are so annoying." This just about what every senior in high school talks about. And I am not going to lie, I am guilty of this to. However, if you really think about it, the essay is one of the…

Added by Sai Musunuru on September 19, 2014 at 11:00pm — No Comments

All Homework, No Play

          In my Calculus class on Mondays, we will discuss what we did over the weekend before delving into the world of mathematics. Unfortunately, the most common response from students is "homework," followed by "sleep." Though these entities of school are important, by the time the third person responded by saying, "I started to write my…


Added by Timothy Chin on September 19, 2014 at 11:00pm — 10 Comments

"Your elusive inner genius"

When I sat down to write my first college essay, I knew I had to mention somewhere, somehow, my connection with and adoration of poetry - but creativity was escaping me, as it often does with writing for me. After I'd sat down and tried to form what I finally thought was the perfect essay, I met with Ms. Marsh (considered an editing queen by most who know her) who was reminded of a TED talk while reading my essay. It was entitled "Your elusive inner genius," given by Elizabeth Gilbert,…


Added by Madisen Hursey on September 19, 2014 at 11:00pm — 7 Comments

Room 237

Room 237

           Room 237 is an astonishing look into the deeper meanings hidden in the classic horror film "The Shining" by Stanley Kubrick. "The Shining" follows Jack Torrence, his wife Wendy and their son Danny as they decide to live in an isolated hotel in the mountains for a winter. Jack…


Added by Erik N on September 19, 2014 at 11:00pm — No Comments

We Were Liars: A Book That Will Never Be Forgotten

 Have you ever wondered what would happen if you were to lose your memory? How would your life be? What mysteries would remain? What would you do? We Were Liars answers these questions in the most creative of ways. Emily Lockhart instills these…


Added by Daaniya Mazhar on September 19, 2014 at 10:30pm — No Comments

More than it Seems

For those of you who don't know, my sister's an English teacher. Because of this, I have many outside of the classroom discussions with her about English and literature in general. My conversations with her help me engage more in the classroom setting. We often talk about how a certain book relates to our lives or society around us. As my sister and I discuss the many things of the English language, I always remember that she is one of the reasons that I have always enjoyed English…


Added by Mackenzie Cox on September 19, 2014 at 10:00pm — 3 Comments

"Reading? Nah"

"Read the book? No thanks, I'll just go see the movie when it comes out."

"Reading gives me a headache so I just don't do it."

... and so on and so on.

How many teenagers can you stop in the hall, ask them how much they read, and have them say "Oh I read a couple books a month in my free time!" Probably not a lot. I even admit that I almost never read unless…


Added by Samantha Enault on September 19, 2014 at 9:30pm — 2 Comments

Can 'Harry Potter' Change The World?

For those of you who were wondering, I'm a Ravenclaw. I guess this seems like a relevant thing to open a discussion with "Harry Potter" in the title, but the thing is, I don't need Harry Potter to be mentioned. Ask one thing about me, and I'll tell you that I'm a Ravenclaw. My mom always laughs and rolls her eyes when I mention that to her, but oddly enough, I know people who feel the same way. The house assignment that they might have had at some imaginary school in the middle of Scotland-…


Added by Rachel Lucas on September 19, 2014 at 9:30pm — No Comments

College Confusion

Seniors; the rulers of the school. We know all the ins and outs of Fremd. It practically feels like home at this point. As a senior who has been holed up in high school for four years, it's hard to picture the prior educational life I had before entering this building and even harder to imagine the one awaiting afterwards.

Predictions and questions swirl through my mind as early decision college deadlines creep up. Now that everyone is beginning to get past the questions of "where to"…


Added by Carly Roberts on September 19, 2014 at 9:30pm — 6 Comments

The Perks of Being a Wallflower Movie vs. Book

        The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky is a story following the life of a lonely, troubled freshman, Charlie. I read the book near the end of this summer and loved it. I proceeded to watch the…


Added by Emily McHugh on September 19, 2014 at 9:30pm — No Comments

〰 ・Diary ・〰

When I was in fourth grade, I desperately wanted an iPod for myself. My mom offered a deal. Knowing that I needed to improve my writing skills, she said that if I wrote a diary everyday for 6 months, I could get the iPod that I wanted so badly. I never enjoyed writing, but I willingly started writing a diary. After six months of successfully documenting my life events in my…


Added by Hazuki Okuda on September 19, 2014 at 9:08pm — 5 Comments

Scottish Independence

A lot of countries have English as their primary language, however, at the same time, while this is true, in and among these countries, there are massive variations in several things like politics, culture, and slang. For example, an American might say "cookie" while the British denizen might say "biscuit." A Midwestern person might begin a conversation with the…


Added by Vignesh Karthikeyan on September 19, 2014 at 9:00pm — 2 Comments

The Reality of Words

What makes a word "real"?

Who came up with the different words that we commonly use today? What makes a word real? These questions and many more have haunted my brain since I was a little kid, and I finally began to critically question the parts of the English language that we so often take for granted. Language has always been something interesting to me, and in my passion lies the…


Added by Allison M. Cochran on September 19, 2014 at 8:30pm — No Comments

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