Found Poem

I made this by scrolling through emails I was sent by my teachers and chose some words that describe our current situation (being quarantined).


Good morning Gentlemen,


Taking care of yourself?

Let me know


Stay safe

Don’t worry


This time has been rough

Together we will get through this


I hope you are all well and safe

Avoid leaving your house


Until then please be patient

I’m here to help


This situation is new to everyone and we will get through it… together


Please stay safe.

Sea Devil

Why does the man fish by night? How does this lead to the conflict with the ray? What is significant about the fact that he does not fish for a living?

The man liked to fish at night because he liked to fish alone. This leads to the conflict because he is unable to see what he is catching when it’s dark and night. The man fishes as a hobby, not for a job.


Identify 3 examples of foreshadowing?


When the man slipped the knot over his wrists.

When the man said he let the baby porpoise go.

When it says “he looked closely to make sure no stingray was hidden in the mesh.”


Identify the following parts of the story’s plot: The complicating incident, a single crisis, the climax, the resolution and the ending (what kind)?

The complicating incident: The man wasn’t going to cast anything until he saw two or three mullets together.

A single crisis: When the man realized that he had caught a sea devil instead of some mullets.

The climax: When the ray swam quickly and he decided to cut the rope, as his plan worked out in the end.

The resolution: The man decided to let the mullet go and he would never go casting at night alone.

The ending: The ending is happy because he was saved and realized that its harder then he thought.


One of the conflicts is between the civilized and primitive world (define these two words first). What is the purpose of the references made to the plane, the causeway, and the mans wife at home?


Civilized world is where everyone is living and everything’s modern and developed.

Primitive world is where objects are only the natural aspects of earth and nature.


What does the man learn at the end of the story? Why does he release the mullet?

At the end of the story, the man learnt how it feels to not be the fisher/hunter and how to be the man that is trapped. The man had decided to release the mullet because the ray kind of taught the man a lesson of how it felt to be caught up, as the man felt sorry for the mullet.


Find 3 examples of descriptive language – this will lead into a discussion of figurative language.


Personification – “the good, rough, honest wood”

simile – “a great horned thing shot like a huge bat of of the water”

figurative language – “ he saw the mullet he had just caught, gasping its life away on the floor boards of the skiff.”



  1. sullen p.32: bad-tempered and sulky; gloomy.
  2. weltering p.33: to rise and fall or toss about in or with waves
  3. elemental p.33: having the power of a force of nature
  4. sinewy p.33: tough and difficult to cut, stringy
  5. hoisted p.33: to raise something by using ropes or strength
  6. phosphorescence p.34: luminescence that is caused by the absorption of radiations
  7. cordage p.34: the ropes in the rigging of a ship or boat
  8. exhilaration p.34: feeling of great happiness and excitement
  9. atavistic p. 35: a recurrence to a past style, manner, outlook, or activity
  10. centrifugal p. 35: moving away from a center
  11. gauntly p. 35: barren, desolate
  12. impeding p. 37: to slow the movement, progress, or action of something
  13. tenaciously p.37: very determined to do something
  14. respite p. 38: a period of temporary delay
  15. equilibrium p. 38: a state of balance, one force is not stronger than the other
  16. imminent p. 39: happing really soon

A Mountain Journey – Questions & Vocabulary


1. What was Dave Conroy doing out in the wilderness? (motivation)

Dave Conroy was capturing animals for their fur in the wilderness.


2. At what point does the reader know the protagonist is in serious trouble and not likely to make it to MacMoran’s cabin? (plot)

The point where you know Conroy is in trouble is when you know he can’t make it to the cabin.


3 . What three critical mistakes did Conroy make? What are some of the things he could have done to prevent himself from freezing? (plot)

One mistake that Conroy made was having too much confidence of his ability to make it to the cabin after not stopping when he fell in the river and not realizing that he had hypothermia. If he hadn’t he could have rested and not keep walking to the cabin. Also, if he had stopped after he had fallen into the river, he still would be fine. Him not realizing that he had hypothermia was his biggest mistake because that is how he died. If he had realized this sooner, he could have made a fire before his hands became numb.


4. Determine the elements of plot in this story: exposition, complicating incident, 3 crises, climax, and the denouement.

Exposition: Conroy is outside in the wilderness and the only thing stopping him and what was in his way.

3 Crisises:

1. Conroy fell into a small river.

2. Conroy got to the cabin and saw that it was all gone.

3. Conroy tried to make a fire, but he couldn’t because his hands were too cold.

Climax: He gets to his cabin once its all gone so he decides to hike to another cabin to spend the night. While he was on the way he got tired and lied down to take a rest then he fell asleep.


5. Describe the setting – how does the setting affect the plot and the theme of the story? What is the theme – write a theme statement for this story.

The setting is in Hoodoo creek, Alberta, in the winter. The setting affects the plot by being the antagonist in the story. It also effects the theme by making Conroy try to be tough out the wilderness.


6. Find one example of symbolic setting (concrete place that represents something abstract) and explain its meaning.

The tree that was calling Conroy’s name was a symbolic setting because that is not a normal occurrence and it was a message to stop going.


7. Quote four images from the story that make effective comparisons (figurative language: simile, metaphor, and personification)

Simile: “At every step too, he had broken tail and his skis had sunk a foot in the new snow, white and soft as flour.

Simile: “That tree, like a strong and lonely woman, called to his weary body to stop.”

Personification: “The wind was rising with the sundown. It whipped snow against his face, cut through the weave of his 2 woolen mitts, set the forest moaning beside him.”

Metaphor: “The cold was an old man’s fingers feeling craftily through his clothes.”



1. eternal p.92: lasting or existing forever; without end or beginning

2. immobility p.93: the state of not moving; motionlessness

3. opaque p.93: not able to be seen through; not transparent

4. reverberation p.93: prolongation of a sound; resonance

5. momentum p.93: the quantity of motion of a moving body

6. cadaverous p.94: resembling a corpse in being very pale, thin, or bony.

7. congregated p.95: gather into a crowd or mass.

8. inundation p.95: an overwhelming abundance of people or things.

9. beggared p.95: reduce (someone) to poverty.

10. filched. P.96: pilfer or steal (something, especially a thing of small value) in a casual way.


Who does it involve?

This article involves the UN’s women’s situation on inequality. The article talks about a declaration that talks about how humans should be equally treated despite gender, race, and others. Even though this declaration was written in 1948, this still should be true today. This article also talks about the Beijing Conference on Woman in 1995, which was a large step for feminism. In the article, though woman want equality and more rights, they do not specify how they are going to achieve this goal of theirs which still leaves a question unanswered.


Why did you choose this article?

I chose this article because it has the opinions of women’s perspective on inequality and it informs me on their situation. This article also was one of the top articles when I searched up “gender equality issues” so this article is very popular and hopefully accurate.


How does this news article relate to the story we are reading- The Friday Everything Changed?

This subject is almost the same as The Friday Everything Changed, equal rights. In the book, the girls in the class wanted equality, and this is a problem for women in the real world. Women want to be equal or more than men, just like the book.

The Friday Everything Changed

  1. Why are the boys so upset about the girls carrying the water bucket?

Carrying the water bucket meant you had strength and power. To the boys, having power meant that they were more important. They don’t want the girls to break this. 

2. What strategies do the boys use to pressure the girls into giving in? How do the girls react?

The boys used violence to try to get the girls to give in. They would bully them and threaten them. They also try to kick them out of the things they love doing or playing. The girls realize that they need them as fielders, so they were patient on coming back in. 

  1. Who is telling the story? What does she think of Ms. Ralston and the conflict over the water? From what point of view is the story told?

The story is told by one of the background girls. She thinks Ms. Ralston doesn’t know what is happening between the two groups. When the teacher comes in and hits the ball out of the park, they get inspiration that they might be able to make a change in the school. The point of view is limited omniscient. The story is told from a character who doesn’t have a main character role in the story and we still have access to her thoughts.

  1. What is the setting? How does the setting intensify the conflict? What kind of conflict is it?

The setting is in a small, one room school. The school is near a railroad station that is used to get the water. They live in Ontario because of the mention of the Toronto Maple Leaves hockey team. The mood is frustration at the start, but hopeful as the story changes. This story could be a person vs society conflict.

  1. Who is the protagonist? How do you know?

The protagonist is Alma Niles. She was the person who asked for the water bucket for girls to carry and forced the change. She also did all the talking and got teased by the boys.

  1. In what way, did everything change on that Friday? What is the significance of what Ms. Ralston did in the last paragraph? What is the message the author is exploring?

In the story, the boys and girls are now more equal. They have more power together from all the events leading up to the change. The boys now don’t have power over the water. When Ms. Ralston hits the ball out of the park, it showed the boys that girls can play baseball too.