October 2011 Blog Posts (223)

Fremd Poms vs. English Class

Have you ever set a goal for yourself? Have you ever worked so hard at achieving your goal that you dedicate your life towards your success? Most people’s goals have to do with their grades and studies, while most of my personal goals are not only dedicated to school, but also Fremd Poms. To be on the poms team, one must have dedication, strength, and motivation; the same requirements needed to be in an honors English course. Besides these few basic elements, a pommer also needs…


Added by Kelsey Bechtold on October 30, 2011 at 6:22pm — 6 Comments

Finding Inspiration in Nothing at all.

Thinking of a topic to write about has never been my strong-suit. Anything that I end up coming up with ends up being, well, lacking. So I got to pondering about writer’s block, and how it may affect different people in different ways. It could be the result of the lack of inspiration, a negative external conflict in the writer’s life, or simply a lack of motivation to write at all.

I acquire most of my writing motivation from prompts that my English teacher hands to me, but what…


Added by Nick Fishburn on October 30, 2011 at 3:53pm — 7 Comments

The Catcher In the Rye- Nice!

The way J.D. Salinger wrote the thoughts of consciousness from Holden really captures the inner monologues of the American teenager. He writes in an uncensored way that realistically captures the thoughts and mannerisms of a teenager with problems. How Holden acts, reacts, and thinks is very applicable to many teenagers' lives, even though it was written over  sixty years ago. The vocabulary and setting could be different, but Holden could just as well be a teenager in…


Added by Tyler Raap on October 28, 2011 at 3:54pm — 4 Comments

Mini Rants: The Person Behind You

     Why is it in that in every class the person behind you has to put their feet up on your desk? Not only is it annoying, it's pointless. The person thinks they're putting their feet up in a comfy postition, but they're always moving around and changing where their legs go. Obviously, this solution is not working. Plus, their knees just don't fit under the desk properly half the time, so they lean back irritating two people at once! Then, when their knees are up in an awkward fashion, they…


Added by Cathy Eldredge on October 28, 2011 at 7:30am — 16 Comments

Favorite Authors!

First off I'm sorry if there's another blog post similar to this one, I couldn't seem to find one...

With that out of the way, lets get to the topic! I'd enjoy reading about all your favorite authors and what books they've written and why they're so awesome. Lets do a maximum of three of your favorite authors and please have at least one example of what they've written and maybe a little bit of why you like them so much. Who knows, you could absolutely fall in love with a book you…


Added by Max Provan on October 27, 2011 at 7:41pm — 1 Comment

Boring, Then Beautiful

Some people say that My Antonia is a boring book because there isn't a plot line, suspense, and because they just simply do not want to read about Antonia's life.  The reason they say there isn't a plot line is because the book is an episodic novel.  Since it is an episodic novel, the story is…


Added by Nick Ratajczyk on October 27, 2011 at 7:40pm — 2 Comments

Sick of Vampires

     The Twilight series was a phenomenon that started about two or three years ago. In the book, the story is about a high school aged girl that is madly in love with a vampire. For some reason, this book became very popular and gave authors ideas to feed off of. It sparked a fire to everyone else writing books…


Added by Morgan R. on October 27, 2011 at 7:26pm — 18 Comments

Goo Goo Ga Joob

Goo Goo Ga Joob


       In 1967, a young boy at John Lennon’s old primary school wrote to him saying that that his English teacher was having the boy’s class analyze The Beatles’ songs.  John Lennon and the rest of The Beatles – Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, and George Harrison – took what this boy wrote as a challenge, and a short time later, they released “I am the Walrus.”  The whole point of the song was for it to not make any sense!  Most…


Added by Katie Prochilo on October 27, 2011 at 4:27pm — 2 Comments

Communicating in Different Languages

          There are quite a handful of people in the United States that can fluently communicate in two or more languages.  Being a part of this group, I consider myself to be fortunate. As a young child, I had been exposed to several languages besides English. Before coming to the U.S., I lived in Dubai for almost seven years. This city is located in United Arab Emirates, where the official language is Arabic. While a majority of people around me at that time, including my dad, spoke…


Added by Iqra Mustafa on October 27, 2011 at 1:46pm — 7 Comments

Remembering Steve Jobs

For my quarterly blog post, I thought I would write about a great new book that I just started reading called Steve Jobs by Walter Isaccson.  There have been many books written before about the late iconic visionary, but this particular book is very unique.  This is because Jobs agreed to cooperate with Isacsson in creating the book, with Jobs sitting through over forty one-on-one interviews over the course of two years.  Through this book, Jobs finally gives the world a peek into his…


Added by Michael Betti on October 27, 2011 at 10:52am — 4 Comments

I Thought of English Today When...

Ryan Lenahan was in my dream last night. We were out trick or treating, having the time of our lives when we suddenly got tired so we decided after one more house that we were going to go home. When we rang the doorbell, a pack of wolves julted out of the door! Without thought, we sprinted as fast as we could. While our attention was on escaping the wolves, I could also see some children in the distance. We could hear their high pitched shrieks from the neighbors trying to scare them. I…


Added by Jalon Roundy on October 27, 2011 at 10:25am — 1 Comment

New Found Interest! #swag

While trying to fit in my last couple of contributions to the Ning, I realized that it's not such a bad thing. People actually have somewhat important things to say. For instance, i was scrolling through the recent blog posts, and I came upon Andrew Tham's "Technology in Today's World." It was about how upset he was that his headphones broke. I could relate because we all have found ourselves in need of technology. But it's not so bad once we pick up a good book.

Added by Jalon Roundy on October 27, 2011 at 9:59am — No Comments

Mr. Shimerda Plays a Significant Role in his Family's Adaptation

     Most people argue that Mr. Shimerda neglects his family by not protecting his family from the harshness of the winter. He also commits suicide, leaving his family to deal with adaptation of a new community. From his irresponsible action, a majority of readers would think that he only cares about himself.  I disagree with this idea. Mr. Shimerda shows his care for his family by introducing them into the American society. He provides his families with opportunities to interact with their…


Added by shiori asada on October 27, 2011 at 8:30am — No Comments

Quarter Blog #1: I Should Probably Be Asleep Right Now

If the past few weeks of school have taught me anything, it's that sleep is great. Really, really great. It might very well be the best thing ever.

Better than this even. Yes, it's a double rainbow joke, but I'm tired, give me a…


Added by Mike Bramer on October 27, 2011 at 12:17am — 3 Comments

How Should Spelling Be Taught in School?

  Recently, I started tutoring 4th grade students at Paddock elementary school. I walked into their classroom excited to help them and learn more myself about teaching. The teacher assigned me to a student, an adorable girl who was clearly eager to get started. When we started working on her homework, she pulled out a spelling textbook. I was immediately reminded of the books we used when I was in elementary school.

  Up until 6th grade,…


Added by Alaina McCaffrey on October 27, 2011 at 12:00am — 8 Comments

Hollywood's Baby Mania

                  In English today, someone brought up a question about babies and it reminded me of an article I had read in child development class. It was about the the world's obsession over babies.

                  Current issues of celebrity magazines portray images of pregnant women, babies, and families. The image of a pregnant woman has become something of a beauty and the beginning of a new era. There are even "maternity photographers" that specifically specializes in…


Added by Jenny Ji Hyun Kim on October 26, 2011 at 11:30pm — 1 Comment

College Funds

So last week as I was sitting in my house deciding which college's I might want to look at during college night I realized something, college tuition cost are at ridiculous amounts at the moment. This has the potential to thoroughly destroy America's lead in education. The good ol' U S of A has placed great importance in equality of rights and opportunity to all of its citizens, but this is a step in the wrong direction. College education is quickly becoming something that is impossible to…


Added by Alec Stadler on October 26, 2011 at 11:08pm — 1 Comment

In the Heights!


After reading Willa Cather's novel My Antonia, I've been thinking more about immigration than I usually do. What effect does being an immigrant have on someone? Are there common feelings that are shared by most immigrants? Are there common traits of an immigrant? Antonia leaves her country of Bohemia in search of a new life and prosperity, and when she arrives in America, she faces challenges. There are cultural barriers, such as her…


Added by Amelia West on October 26, 2011 at 10:30pm — 1 Comment

I Always Hated Pioneers...

Though the title may sound bitter, I promise that this blog post will not be completely dark and dreary with me moaning about how The Little House on the Prairie ruined my childhood (although it probably did).

No, I would like to discuss why people find the pioneers so fascinating. When I think of pioneers,…


Added by Meg Ramsland on October 26, 2011 at 10:30pm — 7 Comments

The Inheritance Cycle: Finally Coming to a Close

Some of you may remember reading Eragon a long, long time ago. It was first released in 2002 and was instantly one of my favorite reads in elementary school. Eldest, the second installment of the series, was released in 2005 and Brisingr followed in 2008. Now, after nearly four years of anticipation, the fourth and final installment will be released on November 8, 2011. I must say that I am very excited to see the story resolved and can't wait to see the surprises…


Added by Anders Dinterman on October 26, 2011 at 10:15pm — 3 Comments

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