This is a report a few classmates and I did for English. The group was made up of myself, Vinni, Veshant, and Will. For our project we made a movie. The script is below and we will post the movie later. This project was really fun. We had very little time to film the movie and even though we only had about six hours to film the movie, it came out really well. The hardest part of he movie was editing the shots. It took forever and we were way over due but in the end it was really well done. I think if we did this movie again we would set aside more time to film and edit. All in all though, it was a really fun project.
Lord of the Flies Essay
I believe that this story relates to middle school behavior and parallels a lot of human life because the entire book is really all about relationships and how they affect people. In life if you are rude to someone, usually they try to stay away from you or they are rude back, but on an island with a group of boys and no adults being rude could mean life and death. It’s like talking to a powerful mobster. You wouldn’t insult his face because he could hurt you and on an island with no laws or consequences someone could hurt you and get away with it. In middle school there are always groups of people. There are the leaders, who always fight for power, the followers, who are loyal to their group only, and you have the picked on, the ones who don’t belong to either group and will do whatever it takes to get in them even if it means being ridiculed. And in the Lord of the Flies the model dos not change. You have Jack and Ralph, both leaders fighting for power, you have The Hunters and Piggy, who are both loyal to their leaders, and finally you have the littluns who will go into whatever groups sounds better no matter who is leader. One example is this quote from the book, “Where’s Maurice?” Piggy wiped his glass again. “I expect… no, he wouldn’t go into the forest by himself, would he?’’ “But we’ve got to have a list! There’s you and me and Samneric and-“ “Where’s Bill and Roger?” Piggy leaned forward and put a fragment of wood on the fire. “I expect they’ve gone.” (Pg. 131) This once again shows that there are those who are loyal to each side and there are those who follow. That is why I believe the Lord of the Flies ties directly into middle school and life.
Eighth grade is a drumstick because when you first buy it, it is new, shiny, and unblemished. But the more you use it, the more wrecked it becomes and soon it becomes part of your set. First, second, third grades become a thing of the past as you play more gigs and sticks start to dent. Fourth, fifth, and sixth grades shoot by as the band hits it big, and soon you come to cherish the sticks. Then seventh grade comes, and you realize the drumstick is part of you… the way the grip feels, the sound of the sticks, and even the smell. Eventually the stick is thrashed, but that makes it better. But the inevitable happens, and the sticks break; you realize you must move on to buy a new pair and to head off to high school.
The "In came.." essay was a copy of a Dickens paragraph. We took a paragraph out of The Christmas Carol and made it our own. We kept all the same punctuation and plot but changed the characters and theme. I liked this project but found it difficult to come up with an idea, but once I had one it was really easy. Here it is.
In came the Promoter with his checklist, and went to every roadie, and got in the way like a tree down in the road. In came the Workers, a crew off die hard music fans. In came the three Assistants, making sure the dressing room had everything the band needed. In came the six Groupies who followed the assistants hoping to glimpse the band. In came all the Young Men and Women who set up the stage. In came the Roadie, with his Cousin, the lights guy. In came the Manager, with the lead guitars Wife. In came the Band from across the pond, who were suspected of crimes; trying to hide behind their Lawyer but one, who was suspected of crimes himself. In they all came, one after another, some swiftly, some grandly, some loudly, some arrogantly, some setting, some taking; in they all came anyhow and everyhow.
At the end of the first Trimester we set out goals for the next one. Mine are to contribute more. To look over directions more carefully and to put more effort.
An ode is a form of poetry. It doesn't have to rhyme, or the words don't have to fit well, it can be any length... really it has no rules at all. I had fun writing this ode because it is totally random and doesn't make a lot of sense. I liked it so much that I read this out loud at Poetry Night.
Those poor beanie babies
They don’t have brains
Doomed to go
And watch those “smart animals”
Those poor beanie babies
Waiting to be held
By a person
With a mind of their own
Those poor beanie babies
They don’t age well
Their covered in dust
And thrown away
Take care of your beanie babies
Treat them well
“a message from the foundation for a better life”
In English class we wrote sonnets. Sonnets have a rigid structure. They must have ten syllables per line and three four sentence paragraphs. Every other sentence must rhyme and there must be two sentences at the end that rhyme with one another. I liked doing my sonnet . I found it easy and very fun. I loved being able to chose my own topic. Here is the one I wrote.
The conga drum sang out like a sparrow
The cowbells rang and clanged and sang all day
The beat was driving like a straight arrow
The crowd was happy to see the band play
The guitarist plucked his old steel six string
The amps were old but aged like a fine wine
The funky rhythm had a little sting
Autographs would start to be signed at nine
The pianist banged away on his keys
Ivory pieces were like stars in the sky
He played so well everyone came to see
Made it look like he didn’t even try
The band was on a roll that summer night
The songs made people’s troubles feel alright