Blackout Poem- I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

Blackout Poem

            For my black poem, I did “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings,” by Maya Angelou. The poem’s denotative meaning, is that there is a bird that’s trapped inside of a cage, and sees other birds and wishes it had their freedom. The connotative meaning of this poem, is that black Americans had no freedom, and that they were being discriminated. The speaker basically describes how life was for the African Americans during this time, they felt like they were trapped inside of a jail, because they had so many restrictions. The caged bird, describes the free bird as a dream, every time the caged bird sees the free bird soar through the sky, it wishes that it could be just like it one day. During this time, the African Americans were always treated horribly compared to Caucasian people, making the African Americans feel degraded, and all they can do is try and use their voice to make a difference; because the bird and the African Americans had nothing but their voices to use. The theme of this poem is that, even if you’re trapped your voice and opinion cannot be oppressed. This poem is significant, because it has an allegorical reference, to the time where African Americans had no freedom and rights. This poem portrays the voice of African Americans, and that their voice matters, nothing can stop them from using it even if they’re trapped in a cage. In the third stanza, lines 16 and 18, there’s end rhyme with the words, trill and still. There’s personification, because she describes the tree sighing, and we know that trees can’t sigh. There’s symbols, when describing the free bird and the caged bird, “A free bird leaps on the back of the wind, and dares to claim the sky.” The caged bird, “But the bird that stalks down his narrow cage can seldom see through his bars of rage. The speaker is trying to tell us that these are human’s and not birds, because this is not how birds think.


LOTF- Morality Podcast



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James, Wendy. Personal interview. 8 Nov. 2017.

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The rest of the group, however, shifts its allegiance to Jack because he has given them meat rather than something useless like fire.

Crosser, Sandra. “Emerging morality: How children think about right and wrong.” Excelligence Learning Corporation. http://www. earlychildhood. com/articles/index. cfm (2014).

Gilligan’s point can be seen in children’s free play. When boys are confronted with a conflict involving fairness they tend to argue it out or take their ball and go home. On the other hand, girls faced with conflict over fairness will try to resolve the issue through compromise. But if compromise fails, girls will generally change the activity rather than disband the group (Cyrus, 1993).

Service, Indo-Asian News. “Herd Mentality: Even Kids Know to Agree with the Majority.”

These results indicate that children as young as age three and four are able to recognise and trust a consensus. In addition, young children are good at remembering who was and was not a part of the majority group, said a Harvard release.

Baumrind, Diana. “Parental disciplinary patterns and social competence in children.” Youth & Society 9.3 (1978): 239-267

How Piggy had no parents, so he was really shy and did everything that the other boys did to fit in with the group.

“Peer Pressure in Preschool Children.” Max Planck Society,

Of 18 children 12 conformed to the majority at least once, if they had to say the answer out loud.

Lord of the Flies- Island Description

(The following are quotes based on the setting of Lord of the Flies)

Shape of the island

“It was roughly boat-shaped: humped near this end with behind them the jumbled descent to the shore.”

Physical appearance of the island

“A deep, harsh note boomed under the palms, spread through the intricacies of the forest and echoed back from the pink granite of the mountain.”

Different spots on the island

“Simon turned away from them and went where the just perceptible path led him.”

The home of the “beastie”

“They swarmed across the bridge and soon were climb- ing and shouting.”

Where the shelters are built

“The first thing we ought to have made was shelters down there by the beach.”

Scar on the island

““there were the splintered trunks and then the drag, leaving only a fringe of palm between thescar and the sea.”


“Trees, forced by the damp heat, found too little soil for full growth, fell early and decayed: creepers cra- dled them, and new saplings searched a way up.”

what covers the island

“On either side rocks, cliffs, treetops and a steep slope: forward there, the length of the boat, a tamer descent, tree-clad, with hints of pink: and then the jungly flat of the island, dense green, but drawn at the end to a pink tail” (38)

Where Piggy  and Ralph find the conch

“Ralph had stopped smiling and was pointing into the lagoon. Something
creamy lay among the ferny weeds.” (Pg. 18)

The reef

“The reef enclosed more than one side of the island, lying perhaps a mile out and parallel to what they now thought of as their beach” (38)

The Secret Life of Walter Mitty

Calvin Ng

3, October 2017

English 11

Mr. Barazzuol

Walter Fighting his Dreams

“He took one last drag on his cigarette and snapped it away. Then with that faint, fleeting smile playing about his lips, he faced the firing squad; erect and motionless, proud and disdainful, Walter Mitty the Undefeated, inscrutable to the last.”

Although Walter Mitty smokes cigarettes, he knows it is bad for his health. Walter Mitty is trying to quit smoking, his morals are exploding; screaming at him to quit.

Walter knows that if he doesn’t quit, all his dreams, future and his charming wife will be gone right before his eyes. He worries he will lose his family the most, “If my wife leaves me, no one will stop me from smoking”.

“WALTER! When will you stop smoking, for heavens sake!” Said Mrs. Mitty anxiously.

“Honey, just give me some time” Walter sounded unconvincing.

Walter was inscrutable, never understanding why it was so hard for him to quit smoking; he tries his hardest but it just isn’t good enough. Hesitantly, but surely, he cuts down on the cigarettes; day by day he thinks less about smoking. His dreams started to become more realistic, with characteristics he has never imagined himself having were appearing in his dreams. Walter was thinking about the future; how dark and scary it was, he decided it was too much for one day. Anxiously pulling out a cigarette, sparking it took many tries like flint and steel. As he’s about to take the first drag…

“Walter! You there?… Come join us, we’re working on your brand-new house right now! We’ve come so far!” Said a contractor Mitty had hired.

“Glad to hear, you guys have impressed with this beautiful house, it is outstanding. Thank you all so much” Mitty said sympathetically.

Mitty had always dreamt of having a new house, living with his wife, and always dreaming about the day he quits smoking. Mitty was tired, stressed so like usual he takes his cigarette while sitting down outside of the new house. Mitty’s lighter wasn’t working, even after 4 strikes; something wasn’t right the cigarette light and he began to dream. In the midst of Mitty’s dream, he hears a loud shriek. “What’s all this ruckus for!” Mitty shouted at his wife.

“MITTY, HELP ME” Mrs. Mitty screaming for her life.

All the ruckus, and debris surrounding her just wasn’t reachable for Mitty. Mitty was in distraught. Mitty had tried everything he could, he had enough it; instead of deeply sorrowing over his wife he wanted to get out and save his own life, not willing to lose his own.

The houses uproars through the fierce and firey house, pandemonium broke loose my mind was deteriorating; feeling like my lungs were about to explode, “If only I had quit smoking, I’ve lost my beautiful wife and house for this” Mitty thought to himself. The fire making his house lungs crumble, making him collapse. As the fires got closer and closer, Mitty had woken up in agony. Before Mitty could even smoke, he dropped his cigarette running towards his wife and house.



Can you imagine losing your mom at a very young age, what would you feel? Lost yet hopeless is what this son feels, affected by drugs and gangs, losing connection with father this short story, “Father and Son” by Bernard Maclaverty has it all. The son is involved with bad people, and drugs; in a rough neighbourhood in Belfast, Ireland. His father wants to know what is going on in his life, but his son will not talk to him. The hardships of the father and his son shown in this story lead to a tragic ending. The, “Plot Point Photo Compilation,” is a project based on matching the various plot points in the story to different quotes, and photos. This post shows the general premise of the story through photos, and quotes.

1) Exposition

Quote: “This is my son who let me down. I love him so much it hurts but he won’t talk to me” (165).

Explanation: The father just wants to love his son throughout the whole story, and his son wants nothing to do with him. This sets up the events to come, and the setting of the story. It also reveals the characters to the reader.









2) Rising Action

Quote: “I had to go and collect you, like a dog” (168).

Explanation: The reader learns that the son has been involved with gangs, or drugs before. The father has also had to save his son before. Tension rises between the son and his father.









3) Rising Action

Quote: “Why do you always spy on me, you nosey old bastard?” (169).

Explanation: At this point, the father is very concerned about his son’s safety. He fears every night that something bad will happen to him. The son is overly annoyed with his father, abusing him, name calling and completely ignoring his dad.









4) Rising Action

Quote: “Today I thought you were dead” (168).

Explanation: The dad is so worried, and stressed about his son. He knows if his son does not change his ways something bad will happen to him. This foreshadowing makes the reader very anxious.









5) Rising Action

Quote: “Your fingers, are orange with nicotine” (166).

Explanation: The father understands his son is completely disobedient, and still abuses drugs. The son does not care what his dad thinks of him and completely ignores him. Their relationship is now completely broken.









6) Climax

Quote: “There is a bang … My son is lying on the floor” (169).

Explanation: Confusion is brought to the father, and the reader. His son’s life flashes before his eyes. This is the most intense part the story; the son is badly hurt almost dead. The father has no idea what had just happened, his son went from happy with his friends to dead in his father’s arms.









7) Falling Action

Quote: “I take my son’s limp head in my hands and see a hole in his nose that should not be there” (169).

Explanation: The father realizes of his son’s death. All the stress, and tension has turned to pain, and the father has lost the only thing he had left. There’s no getting his son back now.









8) Denouement

Quote: “My son, let me put my arms around you” (169).

Explanation: The story is resolved in a bad way. The son’s bad lifestyle has ended his life. All the father wants to do is hug his son for the last time.





Two fishermen sketch

Character sketch
In the short story Two Fishermen, written by Marley Callaghan “K. Smith”, who is also known as Smitty is a character which, Michael Foster the protagonist is investigating him. Smitty’s job is a hangman, which may seem like his personality would be toxic, but it’s not. Smitty is a genuine person, he has 5 kids and a wife. His smile is so bright; he cares about everyone but his job portrays him as a bad person. Smitty spends his spare time with his kids, and fishing. Working all day is tiring and fishing is a good way for him to relax. He is an independent person, so he enjoys fishing by himself even when there are no fish caught. Michael Foster the protagonist of this short story, is writing a newspaper and needs something to write about; he wanted an interesting story so he chose the hangman. They both went fishing and although they didn’t catch any fish, “I promised my wife I’d bring her back some fish”. Smitty is a caring person that he was catching fish for his wife and not even for himself. Smitty has many features about himself, he knows how to kill of course, hunt and fish. Smitty believes in Capital Punishment hence why he is the hangman. Smitty wants to make new friends, so he decides to give Michael 2 fish after their first unsuccessful fishing trip. Michael takes the fish and gets stopped because Michael is “friends” with the hangman. Michael denies everything and continues running away; he eventually gets the fish snagged out of his hands, and gets thrown at Smitty. “The expression on Smitty’s face as he saw the fish on the road made Michael hot with shame and he tried to get out of the crowd”. Smitty was heartbroken so he felt nothing but hopelessness because he thought he made a friend that evening.

Capital Punishment in Two Fishermen


Capital punishment is when you get executed for doing crimes that are under the categories of murder, rape and treason. Capital punishment had many different ways of execution, one being shot. Based on what I know about capital punishment, I think that the story took place in 1865-1961 because, Thomas Delaney was sentenced to capital punishment for raping a woman which after in 1962 the only way to get capital punishment was by killing a parol or police officer.

Personally, I don’t think he should’ve been killed for his actions, because there are murders who kill people and don’t get sentenced to life or anything close to death. Although I don’t support murder at all, I don’t think it’s fair I think a life sentence is appropriate because he was protecting his wife.