Wednesday, January 29, 2014

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Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Semester Reflection

I think my writing for the semester definitely had its strengths and weaknesses. There definitely are things that I still need to improve on such as vocabulary and completeness. I do think that I have progressed in my writing throughout the semester, and I am quite happy with most of what I did.

McMurphy Prompt

There are many possibilities as to why he broke the Nurse's window, but I think it was because he was being careless after hearing that the acutes could leave any time they wanted and that he was standing up for them for nothing. McMurphy started out in the book as a tough looking and cocky character. He made bets with the 'acutes' on how we would get the nurse to lose control. even though the nurse had said that they couldn't watch the World Series, McMurphy still pretended that he could, making the nurse lose control. All he did for the acutes seemed to have been all for nothing since they all had choice to leave anytime they wanted. Yet, I still don't think that

Closing Prompt:
 I think McMurphy is going to continue to challenge the nurse and set an example for the other patients on the ward. I don't think he cares on whether he gets out of the ward or not, just if the patients gain confidence from them

Curious Incident Autism Essay

"You see, but you do not observe." This quote compares the normal mind and the autistic mind. Autism is a disorder that effects the brain's development - people with autism have trouble be social and communicating. There are people out there like Christopher (from Curious Incident of The Dog In The Night-time) who observe all the little details in the room, the patterns, and locations - while the normal mind doesn't. The normal mind only sees things, but does not remember things as if it were important.
Autistic people remember things such as patterns, and pictures. Mainly people remember and visualize things verbally. We remember lyrics to songs, voices, phrases and sensory details. Autistic people like Christopher will remember things in pictures. This quote explains what he remembers of a day he spent with his dad:
1. There are 19 cows in the field, 15 of which are black and white and four of which are brown and white.
2. There is a village in the distance which has 31 visible houses and a church with a square tower and not a spire. (141)
When you look into a room full of kids - what do you see? You probably see a classroom of approximately 20 kids, Autistic people see a classroom of one ginger, seven blondes, and nine kids with brown hair. We all just seem to glance, rather than observe.  Temple Grandin from TED said, "the world needs all kinds of minds." If the whole world thought the same then we wouldn't be as smart as we are today, or live in a world with such advanced technology.

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Writer's Craft

Mr. Ghost's Old House figures of speech prompt

“Do you see that old mansion over there?  A lonely old man once lived there – his name was Mr. Ghost. His house used to look the best on the road, but as the years passed the wood rotted and the lawn overgrown. Mr. Ghost was the type of man that only left his house during the night-time. Every Halloween night, two teenagers disappear. Everyone says it’s him that ­­­­­­–­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­”
 “Oh… don’t you dare suggest we go there!”  Ally anxiously said.
        “Don’t worry ally, we’ll be walking on eggshells the whole way through. It’s just one night, and I'm pretty sure he's long gone. I don’t want to go alone, and tomorrow you can just forget about it. We hardly have any excitement in our lives, right?”
        “Well, isn’t it always best to let sleeping dogs lie? What if there is something in  there. I really don’t want to be the one to find out, Jack. But, I’ll go if that’s what you want! Just let me brush my teeth real quick."
           “Don’t worry, it will all be fine– I'll bring a flashlight," Jack smiled.
Two hours later…
        “Jack, it’s getting late – I really think we should go back. It smells of must and decay. Are you sure ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­–­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­ are you crazy!? Don’t open that door! I­­ ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­– I’m going back.”
        “Are you afraid to let the cat out of the bag? C’mon, it’s just a dirty old house with a bad reputation. Hmm, it feels like someone is walking over my grave. Are you not a bit cold?”
        “Uh, Jack? Of course I’m cold…” Ally sobbed
        “Alright let’s go, we don’t need you to be even more down in the dumps. Besides, there isn’t anything in this rat home except for dust, empty crates… and bones!?” The door slammed shut, and locked.
          "See you later, alligators." Mr. Ghost said in a deep cruel voice.

Reflection 1/14/14

Last week, I continued off of a persuasive dialogue prompt for my writer's craft. Some of the problems I had was length - I kind of ended it short when I should have continued more off of  the topics I brought up to help prove my point. For next time in any of my writing pieces, my goal is to try to improve on details and length.