Below is the link to my Gallery Walk on “The Curious Incident and the Dog in the Night-Time:
Ignoring our Home – By Maya P.
We exist not to overlook earths beautiful nature but to respect its utter power, and see that Mother natures capability to devour us and our intruding cultures is not an allusion; When she thrives, we thrive and when she falters we falter for we are not the first creature that crept the land from the brine.
Society has infested the earth with its overpopulation and consumption of unnecessary objects, so much that we have altered humanities opinion on how we need to love not with our eyes but our mind,
We can only find meaning through the small lens that has opened to show none the less a narrow-minded path, Instead of taking advantage of the natures strength like a strong and lonely woman welcoming us, we decide to depend on the tangible products rather than taking the easy route;
Following this path could lead to a tornado that either knocks our perspective back into place or leaves bittersweet destruction, Also known as a new beginning, to redo our past errors of judgment because this chance is not to be taken for granted
We must make our choice whether we put our trust in nature to protect and shelter us or turn to the robotic, robust future that awaits us.
‘Ignoring our Home’ is a free verse poem by Maya Pawley that explores the bittersweet reality of our actions reflected on Mother nature. She gives deep insight into why we only focus on the tangible or the material in our culture. Maya not only explains how “Society has infested the earth with its overpopulation and consumption” but how we have a choice of how we react to this power. Her explanation on how we must either use our overruling power to respect the superiority of Mother Nature or choose to “turn to the robotic, robust” future that lays ahead, opens a new perspective for society. She uses many devices to emphasize her meaning. For example, when she explains the possible outcomes of the path we have taken, she uses a metaphore of a Tornado “that either knocks our perspective back into place […] or redoes our past errors of judgement”. While she analyses the acts of humankind she refers to the Steve cutts Man video. Cutts video demonstrates how we have continuely consumed all the good and fresh products from mother nature. This has caused our oblivion to see the effects we have put on our home; also known as ‘Ignoring our Home’.
Further analysing this poem, I was able to find several allusions from William Shakespear and two short storys ; The Sea Devil by Arthor Gordon and A Mountain Journey by Howard O’Hagan . When she begins ilistrating our ignornace towards natures aide she uses imagery of “ a strong and lonely woman”. During the story A Mountain Journey this quote was used to represent a tree welcoming him to take a deserved rest. This author has presented poetry filled with several meanings, wheither interpreted differently they all lead to the single coonflict; that we have a choice to make.
Below is a Gallery Walk about the Novel; The Curious Incident of the dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon. I included two Symbolic objects for two separate characters, an Inquiry question, and connections to a classmates novel. Enjoy! (Only the enlarged pictures will have information, all side pictures are for emphasis only)
When I saw this topic I was drawn in not only by the way it was demonstrated but by the topic; Journey of plastics, Where does it go? When the author explained how we don’t properly dispose of our plastics she diverted into explaining the outcome of when we don’t recycle and re-use. She showed us the path of plastic using a story; one bottle traveled through the ocean being eaten by animals causing sea life everywhere to suffocate. Once the fish have eaten the plastic we soon eat the fish then consuming the plastic. This was also one of the most surprising facts but plastic takes over 100 000 years to disintegrate into the earth and it never fully recycles into the earth. The third way was that it can be recycled properly and reused. The bottles and other recyclables become crushed and melted back into their micro plastics/particles to be reformed into an umbrella or a chair! Her description really conveys and proves how our choices to recycle do impact us considering the 5 large collections of plastic throughout the oceans. My main connection to Emma’s point is that I have spent almost two years with my family trying to diminish our use of garbage that cant be used and our family makes sure to reuse and recycle whenever we can.
As I read through the content the author describes how we have severely changed how we as humankind naturally sleep. Since the 1500’s we slept in two segments, one was two get rest and then we had what is called a “the watching”. These hours around midnight were used to chop wood, do chores or to socialize with your neighbors. The last segment of sleep, also known as “morning sleep” occurred after the hours at midnight till morning. In modern times because we drain our bodies into exhaustion we tend not to sleep in two segments because we need to sleep for a full 7-9 hours. As the author conveyed the issues of our past routines he explained how in the 1500’s people died at the age of 40 while now with our full cycle of sleep we die closer to 80. One of the main connections I made was when he stated ” Timothy A. Connolly of Center of Sleep Medicine at St. Luke’s Episcopal Hospital” explained that waking up or sleeping in segments actually harms your body tissue. He establishes that when you disrupt the process of sleep you press “pause” on your rest harming your organs, muscle tissue and cells which can lead to serious health issues such as; heart disease, obesity, and strokes. I have heard many times that people have restless nights out of nowhere and Robby Berman could have found the reason; our ancestral habits. As we continue to grow we still have our inner instincts that could, in the end, be the reason we feel the need to be alert in the hours of midnight.
Here is our poem by Nina and Maya we explained how society has created such a beneficial product that has turned us against each other; also known as technology. We chose to dive into the topic of how we, as humanity are so dependent on technology. We need to open our eyes and have real life experiences to see the destruction happening around us.
When all we see is screens we forget what its like to be seen
With FaceTime we replace time, we look at Facebook but forget to face books
As we Instagram our life we want instant fame, instant gains, all we do is install games
We go through life replacing families with glowing screens but in real life …
Teens addicted to machinery instead of natures beautiful scenery
but all we see is teens on caffeine and nicotine restricted, addicted, conflicted.
Blocked and bruised defined by their notifications
The feeling of sedation because humankind is too reclined
we need to redefine our speed and not force feed and maybe we’ll succeed
But our need to connect, reflect, take the next step
We need to learn how to communicate, get our facts straight
And except that this world isn’t going in the right direction
We need to show affection, to accept our imperfections as we feel real connections
Be bold, don’t be cold and remember to hold, hold onto what you’ve been told
Change, just because its strange
we need to exchange these machines for parents, sentimental, gentle love and care
I know your scared…
We need to give up these controlling screens and by all means..
exclude these news magazines they aren’t helping,
So now its time that we rise and look in their eyes, look outside and enjoy this disguise because its not real,
We can’t conceal we have to heal and new deal, no excuse
It starts with you.
Looking at the tone, this paper was written as the author presented a strong opinion against legalized guns in the United States. When I saw yet another paper on school shootings but from another perspective, I was intrigued by the view he demonstrated through his writing. There are over 140 school shootings in America since 2013 and he describes the irony in the fact that the country with the highest rate of shootings sells guns in everyday stores. Is this a coincidence? Maybe we could add metal detectors or security guards, but why should students suffer when the government has implicated such pointless laws. We see similarities in our everyday lives with TV’s, movies and real life. We joke about fake scenarios while in reality America experiences shootings regularly. Society has become oblivious to the real reason; legalized guns. While we sit in Canada safe only envisioning the possibility, around us, our world can’t see the evident problem and solution. Paul Ratner proves that we have established a mind set where we can’t see the larger world issue and we soon need to realize how society should wake up and change.