Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Giver Movie is better than Book

    The Giver movie is better than the book because it explains a lot more, it has a lot more conflict, and you can discover a lot more and try to connect the dots on the way.
    One reason why the Giver movie is much better than the book because it explains more. In some ways, it can be a small bit of extra explanation, but in other occasions there could have been a lot more explanation in the book. A part in the movie where it explains more than the book is when Jonas begins to share his training with his friends and Jonas giving Gabriel memories to foreshadow Jonas`s love for Gabriel to save him.
    Another reason why the Giver movie is better than the book is because it has more conflict. When you add more conflict, there is a lot more action in the movie. One way that they added more action is by having Asher being the drone pilot to have a much bigger conflict with friendship and trust. Another way that they added more conflict is by having the Jonas and Fiona relationship to add action toward the end.
    The last reason is that you can have more thinking of signs of foreshadowing. If you have read the book, you will know some of the things that might happen, so once you get to the ceremony, you will begin to foreshadow that there will be an extra conflict with Asher and Jonas. Another sign of foreshadowing is when Fiona got the job of nurturer, so it is extra conflict when they want to save Gabriel.

    The three reasons why I think that The Giver movie is much better than the book is because it explains a lot more, it has a lot more conflict, and you can discover a lot more and try to connect the dots on the way.

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Mi Abuelita

La Vida de mi Abuela

“Mamá Luz, mi tarea de una de mis clases es preguntarle a mi abuela preguntas de cuando eras una niña. Tienes tiempo de responder a unas preguntas?” (Grandma, my homework for one of my class is to do an interview about you in your childhood. Do you have time to answer some questions?) I asked on the phone.
“Ahorita no tengo tiempo, en 3 dias te llamo para responder las preguntas.” (I don’t have time right now, I’ll answer the questions in 3 days.) She answered. So I said OK and handed my mom the phone so she can talk to her.
A few days later, I called her again and asked, “Mama Luz, como estas, tienes tiempo de responder preguntas?” (Grandma, how are you, do you have time to answer a few questions?)
“Si, cuánto te va a durar?” (Yes, how long will this take you?)
“Una media hora a una hora.” (About half an hour to one hour.)

[By this moment I have already translated all of my notes. Also in my point of view.]

Q: What was one ordinary day in your life/What was your routine on an everyday basis?

A: Waking up at 6:00 a.m. everyday, she helped her mom make food for all of the family; her dad, 6 sisters and 5 brothers. When she was little, she had no electricity until the late ‘60s. After making food, she would help her dad hoe to obtain vegetables. She only went to school 2 days a week because she needed to help out in the house a lot. Daily, she would take off kernels from to cob, place all of them in a pot above a fireplace until is was soft enough to grind up into soft, liquid that her family would save for the next day to make tortillas. Before dusk,  because of no electricity, they would have a lantern for a source of light.
Q: What did you do at school?

A: In the town that I live in, back when I was a little girl, there were  a few teachers since they didn't get payed by a government, it was by the parents of the children. This is one another reason that I didn't go to school often. The teacher taught the same as you got taught it is just that instead of English, it was taught in spanish and a spanish class.

Q: Describe what your meals were.

A: For breakfast, we got some eggs from all of the birds which include turkeys and chickens, and we got milk from the cow. At noon, we had some natural flavored water which was usually lemon or orange juice with a lot of water to hydrate all 14 people of the family.We ate beans everyday because we could not refrigerate the already cooked beans. At dinner, it was the same as noon since we didn't have any other food that was available.

Q: How often did you eat chicken or meat? What did you prepare it with?

A:Every 8 days, we killed a chicken mostly on the weekend. There was about 3 pounds of meats for our family and the rest we sold. We combined the little portion of chicken with a lot of vegetables to make it seem like a lot and if any spices were available, we added to give it a little more flavor.

Q: When did you get out of school? Why?

A: When I was 12, I stopped going to school because my parents didn't have enough money for me to go to school any longer and thought that 6 years of learning was enough. So once I stopped going to school, I began to start doing more work at my house. Some of the work that had to be done daily was to milk the cow, get water from the well with a rope and a bucket, make sure it was clean without any bugs eating eating food that would only be enough for us, we had to sweep the dirt floor without and sand going up in the air, and make sure that none of the family had fleas or any disease because they had no healthcare or enough money to afford much medicine.

Q: What did you wear, how did you get it?

A: She only had 2 sets of clothing; a skirt, shirt, and flip flops. We would buy pieces of cloth to weave into clothes that can fit, but not enough to make socks so our feet were pretty cold. We stitched a rag onto the flip flops to make them a little warmer.

Q: What were your parents like?

A: They were nice in by putting their kids before them by giving them extra portions of food so they won't be hungry even if it meant that they won't eat. If one of their children were to be cold or sick, they would give them their blanket so they can feel better for  the next day. The pillows were old rags in a sack for everyone. They couldn’t warm themselves up with the fireplace because there was no way for the gas to leave the house and it created too much smoke that it would hurt their lungs, and it would use up a lot of their wood.

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Why was Dally's death sadder than Johnny's?
             The sad part was that he was not naturally killed, like Johnny had died by saving the kids, but he died because he had nothing to live for. All that he cared about was Johnny, he didn't care about anything else, and he wasn't dying "automatically."

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Think About Yourself Before Someone Else

Dally: “…Crazy for wanting Johnny to stay outa trouble, for not wantin’ him to get hard.  If he’d been like me he’d never have been in this mess.  If he’d got smart like me he’d never have run into that church.  That’s what you get for helpin’ people.  Editorials in the paper and a lot of trouble… You’d better wise up, Pony… you get tough like me and you don’t get hurt.  You look out for yourself and nothin’ can touch you…”  (pssst: irony.)

When Dally says this, what he wants to really say is that if Ponyboy and Johnny wouldn't have gone into the church to save the kids, Johnny would've still been alive. Because of Johnny dying, Dally will be sad, and the fact that Dally really cared about Johnny.