English 11 – Year End Review

I learned about how broad and diverse literature can be, from experiencing the American Dream to surviving on an island amongst 12 year old boys, or being stoned to death by your own kids as an outcome of a town lottery. I enjoyed reading the short story “The Lottery”, it was very interesting and I have not heard of it before. At the beginning I thought the story would be boring, but then it turned out to be very interesting. I think the short story unit was my favourite, although I also enjoyed reading “Lord Of The Flies”. I pretty much liked everything except for spoken word. I improved in being able to write and come up with stories faster than before, I used to need a lot of time to bring my words to paper. I could probably improve in meeting deadlines though, I did’t do a very good job this semester.

Needs VS Wants

At the beginning of the school year, I was told it was essential for me to buy a laptop to succeed in my classes. Many people around me recommended to buy an apple product.  So I went and bought a MacBook on the same day, and felt horrible for spending 1500 dollars on it. I mean yes, having a MacBook is great but I could’ve just bought a tablet and attached a keyboard to it. I realized this a couple days into the semester, when I saw a lot of other students working on tablets or other devices. I thought about getting a refund and exchanging it for a tablet, but I already got used to the laptop. Now I have mixed feelings about spending a lot of money on this laptop, I could have spent it on different/more important things.

Character Monologues – “Death of a Salesman”

I am Linda, Willy’s beloved wife of many years. I’m staying at home to care for our boys Biff and Happy, and to make sure Willy comes home to a place of peace, order and tranquility where he can rest after a day of hard work. Catering for Willy’s comfort provides me with immense personal satisfaction as well, making him happy is the only aspect of my life.

During the day, I cook and clean after Biff and Happy. I always make sure dinner is ready on time, so Willy can enjoy his free time after work. I plan every dinner ahead of time, and do all the shopping for the family. I always make sure I look rested and fresh when Willy comes home, and never confront him about any issues or concerns I have.

I’m am Linda, a classic 1950s American housewife.

“Secret Life of Walter Mitty” Narrative

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. His wife’s words: “Walter! Walter listen to me for once!” rang through his ears, and he realized he is blocking the sidewalk as others pedestrians are pushing past him. “WALTER!”, she yells as she starts to move towards him through the crowd. Walter suddenly starts to run, run away from the people gathered in front a butcher shop. Walter’s wife stumbles and almost falls, but proceeds to chase after her husband. Her quick steps give off a clacking sound on the cobblestone. Struggling to keep up she tries to run, but her heels keep her from moving any faster. “Clack, clack, clack” is all Mitty hears as he looks up and finds himself in a wild west setting. “Click, clack, click, clack”, with ever step his wife takes, he becomes more distant.

Dust fills the sky as Mitty races down the gravel road after a horse-carriage full with cash. “Faster, boy faster!”, he shouts at the sweat covered stallion while spurring it to go faster. The once majestic animal makes a tired sigh, foam is covering its mouth from exhaustion. In the distance, the carriage is getting closer with every jump the black stallion makes. Struggling to escape the experienced thief, the carriage slows down. Mitty pulls a long rope with a noose from the horse’s saddles back pocket, and lassoed the carriage at first try. In old times Mitty was a Chuck-line rider, but times have changed. Inflation affected everyone, so now he spends his days chasing carriages across the Badlands. The carriage is coming closer and closer, he can almost taste it. The two horses pulling it are old and haggard looking, and with a bang Mitty the inscrutable thief stropped the wheels from spinning. Out of nowhere, a beautiful young lady steppes out of the carriage and walks towards him.

“Walter I’m done with you!” “What do you mean?” “I mean that I’m done with you and I want a divorce” explains Walter’s now ex-wife calm. “I’ve had enough of these stupid little games you play. For example, just now you ran off like a 5 year old and then tried to steal an old ladies purse for no reason. I just hate how insolent you can be. It’s over Walter.”

My Graduation Plan

  1. Healthy Living
    1. This year, I am walking to school and working out to meet DPA requirements (150 mins/week of moderate to vigorous physical activity).
    2. Next year, I will keep working out and walking to school to meet DPA requirements.
    3. Other than physical activity, I will also need a concrete plan for healthy eating and stress management in order to lead a healthy life after graduation.
  1. Course Credits
    1. I need 80 credits to graduate. A typical course is worth 4 credits.
      1. 48 of them must be from required courses.
      2. 28 of them must be from electives.
      3. 16 of them must be from Grade 12 courses.
    2. At the end of this year, I will have 80 credits.
  1. Community Connections
    1. I need 30 hours of work/volunteer experience. To show I completed this, I must show proof in the form of pay stub or reference letter.
    2. I can start accumulating these hours in Grade 10.
    3. My plan to earn work/volunteer hours is through facilities that have to do with the environment, like parks or educational centres for pollution / waste reduction.
    4. I will also need to complete a reflection that includes a written response, describes what I did, and how the experience benefitted me. It will be 200 typed words minimum.
  1. Career and Life
    1. In addition to updating my resume, I will also create post secondary plans and a financial plan to show that I have a plan in place after graduation.
    2. When I graduate, my current plan is to go to university at UBC.
  2. Interview
    1. To prepare for the interview, I can look at the questions ahead of time. They are found on the GT website.
    2. My interview will be with a Riverside Staff Member.
  3. The 3 people at Riverside who are here to help with this process are:
    1. Mr. Thomson (GT teacher)
    2. Mrs. Chittenden (counselor)
    3. Career Counsellor (Mrs. David)

In Grade 12, I will find all the necessary documents AND submit them (GT website).

I will complete Grad Transitions 12 whenever I have English 12. If I have it in 1st semester, I must complete everything except the interview before Winter Ball. In 2nd semester, everything except the interview must be completed before the end of April.