Here is my Digital Autobiography for planning 10.
Here is my Digital Autobiography for planning 10.
To keep me safe at work, I will…
To keep others safe at work, I will…
Mark’s story was the one that had the most affect on me because he was in person, but he also permanently lost the ability to use his left arm, which is not something I could live with. Although I may not have to work at a sawmill or anything with that level of machines, I think I can learn to always stay as safe as possible, think before I do, and also think of the worst that could happen so I can prepare for it.
Many people are living with rough conditions but how does one cope with hardship? The book, Indian Horse, is written by Richard Wagamese, and is a story set in the 1960s, Ontario, Canada. Sugar Falls, written by David Robertson, is set somewhere in Canada in the 1960s. Both stories are set in a time when Canada wanted to assimilate the First Nations so many First Nation children aged 5+ were sent to residential schools in order to be assimilated but also faced many different kinds of abuse while they were attending these schools. Similarly, the main characters in both stories find a way to deal with being in a residential school. In Sugar Falls, Betty’s relationships with her family remind her that no matter how bad her situation is, she can always use the strength in her relationships to cope with her hardship. However, in Indian Horse, Saul uses hockey to deal with his hardship. His love for hockey and happiness he gets from playing temporary distracts Saul from the reality that he is in. Ultimately, one learns that you could deal with hard times by having something meaningful to temporary escape from reality.
Saul and Betty unfortunately experienced types of abuse while attending the residential schools. Betty experiences sexual abuse from the residential school: “Flora told me once how she got through the abuse… she would numb her body so she couldn’t feel it… when it was my turn, I did the same… he called them happy rides when he came for us and made us sit on his lap” (Robertson, 27-28). On the other hand, after Saul witnesses many kids “die of tuberculosis, influenza, pneumonia, and broken hearts at St. Jerome’s” (Wagamese, 55), Saul completely retreats into himself: “That’s how I survived. Alone… I ached in solitude.” (Wagamese, 55). Saul knew that he couldn’t do anything to change his situation, so he stayed quiet and suffered alone. Not being able to resist or run away, both characters need something important to them in order to cope with their hardships.
Saul plays hockey to distract himself from the horrible reality he’s in. Ever since he was 8 and wasn’t old enough to play on the team, practicing individually early in the morning after cleaning the ice became Saul’s highlight of the day: “For the rest of the day, I’d walk through the dim hallways of the school warmed by my secret. I no longer felt the hopeless, chill air around me because I had… the ice, the mornings and the promise of a game that I would soon be old enough to play” (Wagamese, 66). Although Saul witnessed many kids suicide and get beaten, playing hockey gave him an escape from that: “When I hit the ice, I left all of that behind me” (Wagamese, 83). Through hockey, Saul can temporarily escape from the horrors of the residential school.
Betty copes with her hardship by remembering the words her father told her. Betty’s “promise to be good” (Robertson, 16) to her father and the strength in the relationships between herself and her family gives her a way to cope with her hardship. For example, when Flora asked if Betty wanted to run away with her, Betty rejects her: “I want to, believe me I do, I just can’t, I made a promise to my father” (Robertson, 31). The promise was important to her, so she stayed. Furthermore, when she finally had enough and was about to leave, she remembered her relationships with her family: “And as quickly as I forgot, I remembered everything… I remembered Sugar Falls… I remembered the words of my father” (Robertson, 36). The strength in the relationships gave her a way to cope and to stay strong.
In conclusion, one learns that you could deal with hard times by using something important to themselves to escape from reality. In the book Indian Horse, Saul uses hockey to cope with his hardship. Playing hockey for Saul has become a way to deal with being in a residential school. On the other hand, In Sugar Falls, Betty’s relationships with her family remind her that no matter how bad her situation is, she can always use the strength in her relationships to cope with her hardship. Although Saul may have been able to cope better than Betty, an individual still learns that having something meaningful to temporary escape from reality can cope with hardship no matter how bad their current situation is.
I did very well on the conclusion and the thesis statement because of the new things I learned to do that was important to a conclusion.
I need to improve on adding more background info and information from the story next time. I also forgot to add a hook so I will remember to do that next time.
Racism has made different races feel shame for being different. From What do you remember about the evacuation, Joy Kogawa says, “and I prayed to the God who loves all the children in sight that I might be white” (Kogawa line 31-37). She is ashamed of being Japanese because of the racism that happened after she returned home from the evacuation. Another example is in Sugar Falls when Sister Marie catches Betty speak Cree to her friend, she knocks her down and says, “You are to speak only English, not your shameful language” (Robertson, 29). Sister Marie is trying to make Betty feel ashamed of her language. Finally, in Indian Horse, Saul and the Moose were at a restaurant but got kicked out for being First Nation, then they each got beaten up and peed on one by one, which is the most humiliating and disrespecting thing anyone could do. Even though racism is not as serious as before, some of the shame still lingers in some people today.
Even if one is losing, they may succeed if they keep fighting for what they feel is right. The meaning of this theme statement is that you should keep on fighting and believing for what you think is right, and not what others think. In the song “Fight Song,” the writer says the regret she has for not speaking up, and that she will now shout out the things that she kept to herself.
Test days for math are usually the most stressful days for me. I would prefer doing 10 projects to describe my learning rather than doing a simple one-hour test. Sadly, that’s not the way it works for math. There simply isn’t any other way to demonstrate your learning other than a test. The fear of losing, the anxiety of being worse, and the horror of my reputation being crushed by an 8.5 x 11 piece of paper is too devastating for a simple mouse like me to handle. My friends may admire me for being smart, but I admire them because they don’t have to care about their results.
So, it’s the day of the math test but thankfully it’s in my 3rd block. As I venture through the big, pale doors of the school, it’s as if time flew faster than the speed of light, and there I was, in math class, in the 3rd block. I sat there, thinking of what kind of thing just happened: my arch nemesis, rival, competitor, who is also my best friend, just happened to pop into the class. There he is, Mr. Genius. Doesn’t do homework, doesn’t prepare, and sleeps in class, but when he does anything, literally, anything, he never loses.
As he hits the seat, he draws out his small dagger, is ready to slay the big beast without any proper preparation or weapons, but you really don’t need those when you got a hell of a brain. Tests were being distributed and the room immediately was stormed with silence. Unfortunately, the silence just made enough room for my nervousness to scold me.
After silently scribbling down answers for about 5 minutes, Mr. Genius decides to rise and swipe in his test. Gee, at least he could’ve waited a bit before handing in, show off! I thought to myself. But then again, who wouldn’t want to show off that inhuman ability?
I concentrated. My mind was working fast, but was it correct? Should I double check? Triple check? No, I’ll quad triple check. Wait, stop. Look at the time. 10 minutes left? People started to whisper, phones were being tapped, the clock was ticking. My brain was slowly being shut down by the most annoying sounds of all which were screaming like a tiger. tick, tock, tick tock. Tap, tap, tap, tap. Whisper, whisper, whisper. I’m not sure what happened after that, but I was glad to have made it out of the classroom alive, with both feet, both hands, and a functioning brain.
Fast forward about a week, the tests finally distributed back, and I was either going to brag for 2 minutes, or let my status burn in hell. I was eager to lift the heavy weight that had been on me once and for all. Mr. Genius got his test back, with a whopping 77%. Not bad, not good, but I’m probably not doing any better. Who am I to judge if I wasn’t as good as him? As my test was revealed to me, I was eager, uneasy, terrified to retrieve what may determine the rest of my future. I got a hold on the double-paged, 9 grams of paper, turned it around, and took a short glance.
From that day on, I learned that It may be good to have some confidence in myself. I leisurely sat back down, and it may have seemed that pride had completely devoured me at the moment. An incredible 92% did not deserve to be kept a secret. Lips were moving, arms were shaking, and my throat was completely filled with crap nobody wanted to hear and it felt good.
In the midst of my enjoyment and boasting attitude, our teacher declared, “Be sure to study for the test next Tuesday on trigonometry!”
I think I did super well on the 3rd to last paragraph with all the short sentences. It was something I never thought of before, and learned through reading short stories in class. To do better next time, I will double check my grammar mistakes and use better wording for some parts.
The point of view I chose was limited omniscient
Sergeant Josh went and knocked on the door. He was grumpy, tired, and sleepy. “Who the hell on earth would cause such a commotion at 1:00 am in the morning?” He thought to himself. The door was finally answered after another minute. The owner looked very awake, as if he had worked all night. He had slim body, big head, and a bright shiny smile. He eagerly welcomed the 3 officers into his house and urged them to search his house. “Sounds legit, I guess it is common to have a bad nightmare once in a while” thought Josh. He wanted to leave, but he had to finish his job. The 3 officers quickly scanned the house for anything, but didn’t look too deeply. After all, they usually get many complaints, but none of them involved anything suspicious. The owner invited the officers to have a cup of tea before they leave. Sergeant Josh was satisfied. “This guy wasn’t anything bad, he looks like a nice, welcoming person.” Josh decided to leave, and get some sleep. Just as he was about to step out, the owner decided to give a little entertainment. He shook his body, smashed his chair, and screamed out loud. He then revealed that the body had been hidden in the plank underneath his chair with guilt, and then Josh arrested him.
“First they came for the Jews” is a poem written by Martin Niemoller in 1946, after he was in a concentration camp during WW II due to him being a Christian. He wrote this poem to say how selfish he was to not speak up for the other people that Hitler targeted and then when he was the target, there was no one left to speak up for him since he did not speak up for others. The author writes, “They came for the Jews/ and I did not speak up/ because I was not a Jew” (Line 1-3) which is him saying he doesn’t care that the Jews were being targeted because he wasn’t a Jew himself, and he didn’t need to worry about being taken away, but when he says that “they came for me/ and there was no one left/ to speak up for me” (Line 10-12), it means that he couldn’t fight injustice because he didn’t speak up for the others that were also in the same situation as him. “First they came for the Jews” indicates that one can fight injustice by first speaking up and caring for others who are also dealing with injustice.
Going to eat at Sushi Oyama is riding a teleportation device to Japan. From the moment you stride into the restaurant, the atmosphere which has a calm Japanese vibe that will sooth your mind on a stressful day. The cleanliness and, cozy seating area, combined with the scent of brand-new ingredients makes a very welcoming experience for friends and family. For starters, you’re going to want to order their mouth-watering miso soup, which is a lake of steamy water and miso with tofu and green onions sprinkled in the soup to add a little extra flavour. The gleaming rolls are made with fresh fish ingredients, carefully warped around rice and surrounded by crispy, firm seaweed. All the fish sashimi is cut precisely with caution and neatly organized into two columns which make the food easy to grab and devour. The spicy rolls or sashimi’s are mild at first, but contains a little smack in the face, and a kick in your stomach after you think it’s gone. Their udon contains consistent smooth textured noodles enveloped by a sizzling bowl of soup with a combination of side ingredients to enhance the flavour. If you’re more into crunchy foods to munch on, I suggest taking a moment (and a few dollars) to try out their takoyaki. Takoyaki is a fried ball shaped Japanese snack made of a wheat flour-based batter and cooked in a special pan with a small piece of octopus inside. From the moment of my first bite into the crunchy exterior to the moment I nibbled on the chewy octopus, I knew I had to stop my family from taking any, and I usually fail, since my family really enjoys the takoyaki. My family and I come here around once a month and are stunned by the amazing service and food provided to us each time. Can’t wait to see you there! But be quick, as this teleportation device won’t last forever!