Journal Response 2: Choices
In the Story “Choices” by Susan Kerslake she gives off the impression that we are responsible for the things we go through and that life is about choices. The story is about a woman who contemplates going on a trip with a friend she met over the summer. She decides to go on the trip and later gets into an accident. Throughout the story, she describes her feelings of not knowing what she’s going through. This is a very sad story especially when she come to the realization that she is paralyzed and that the man she was with is no longer there for her.
But who is responsible for Peggy’s injuries? Was it Ken’s, or was it Peggy’s? Should Peggy really be responsible for the accident where she was not in control of the vehicle? The answer is yes. Peggy indeed chose to go on the trip with ken and chose to not say anything when she didn’t feel safe. She didn’t say anything when she noticed the condition in which the motor was in. She described it “Some parts were clean and shiny, most were caked with oil and dirt.” (pg.118) which was not safe. She also said “On the street at fifteen miles an hour she felt safe” (pg.118) Which was not the case when ken was driving. The author wrote “He seemed attached to the car at the small of his back, she supposed it was the pressure on the gas pedal” (pg.119). this implies that ken was driving fast and Peggy did not say anything about it. Another thing the author did was include the little fact that Peggy asked ken to stop at the liquor store. Was Ken drinking? If he was why did Peggy not voice herself if she wanted to be safe? It’s because she was to distracted by ken to say anything. And she was probably distracting him too.
Peggy is a good example of a real person. We all have that person inside us that wants to leave things unfinished and not have to worry about them. Peggy analyzed the tasks she needed to get done but didn’t think about the consequences of not finishing them. We need to trust our gut feeling. This will help us make the right decision when we have to make a fast one. We don’t want to end up regretting them at the end of the day which is what Peggy felt at the end of the story.
Journal Response:” The Hockey sweater”
- I liked the first paragraph. The starting sentence was a complete sentence, and the conclusion sentence seemed to finish off the first pargraph well. It also told us a little bit of the background story. The last paragraph was okay. I thought it was kind of flat. Ended very short like and not like you would have expected. The mood created by the opening paragraph is happy.
- The way I can relate to this story is that I was never allowed to wear makeup when all my friends wore makeup. My mom would leave to work before me so I would some of hers on. But after school I would get in trouble. But all I wanted to do is fit in.
This week I struggled with being positive. I wasn’t quite understanding how to convert mixed radicals to simplest form when it has an exponent of 3 or 4. I was getting very frustrated and thought I was going to fail the numbers test. I ended up going in after school and received help from a friend. I now understand it and i’m able to explain it to others.
Radical – The radical is the number under the line Ex.
Coefficient – The Coefficient is the Larger number on the outside Ex.
Index – The index is the little number on the outside. Ex.
How to convert the mixed radical into simplest form you need to:
- Find all the prime factors from the radical, using a factor tree or a factor table.
- Bring the coefficient over to the radical side. *** Any time that you are bringing in something from the outside in, the index should always come with it. There will be two now. One on the outside and one on the inside. (When it is attached to a number it is called an exponent).
- Break down the into its full form.
- Circle any groups of 4 that you see.
- One Group of four = One of that number. Two groups = Two of the number.
- Bring the two 3s outside.
- Multiply the 3s together
- You now have the simplest form of
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Square roots 0o9 with coefficient
q and bar aboce
This week I learned how to find the Lowest Common Multiple of 2 or more numbers. This is something I struggled with earlier this week. While doing my homework, I compared my answers with the real ones and when I got something wrong I retraced my steps and fixed any errors.
To find the Lowest Common Multiple of: Ex. 12, 30, and 105
- Create a factor tree or factor table.
- Sort the prime numbers from lowest to highest for 12, 30 and 105
- make into exponents.
- sort into groups- Notice that there is sometimes a prime number that is not a prime factor of another number. In this case you need to make that prime number to the power of 0 in the group that does not have that prime factor. Ex. 2 is a prime factor of 12 and 30 but not of 105. you need to write it like this- 12= 2 to the power of 2, 30= 2 to the power of 1 and, 105= 2 to the power of 0.
- You have now sorted into groups 🙂
- Chose the highest exponent from each group.
- Multiply the numbers you have chosen
- You should be left with the LCM of 12, 30 and 105. Good Job!
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