Core Competencies – English 10

The Sway that I created was about my climb up Grouse Mountain. In that Sway presentation, I was able to talk about it calmly and clearly, and being able to talk about how those experiences taught me certain things. My presentation was very organized, and thought out. I can continue to develop my communication competency by practicing more with it. For developing ideas, I can either continue with an idea I have, and make it work, or think of something else if the first one doesn’t work. I can build on other people’s ideas and generate new ones with it, and use those to add to my project. Ways I can practice developing ideas, is by working harder on projects to find better ideas than others.

House Journal Response


In the story “House” by Jane Rule, the protagonist, Harry, undergoes an epiphany about moving out to another house.


In the story, Harry wanted to be like everybody else, instead of being unconventional. Most people in this world tend to want what everybody else wants. This story shows that in a way that, Harry wants to be like everyone else in the neighborhood, while Anna wants to be unconventional, and live on an island.


At the start of the story, Harry said Anna has a “Case of retarded development” meaning, Harry believes she wasn’t being realistic and wanted crazy things, like a child. Harry believed being realistic and what the right decision would be, is to purchase a house, like everybody else.


By the end of the story, Harry realizes that his belief in being like everyone else was the good idea, was not the right idea. He realized that being like everyone else was what a good and happy life would have to be.


A lot of people today tend to strive for similar things in life, because they’ve heard other people mention it, while only some others strive for things they see as their own goals in life as an individual. If everyone were to want the exact same thing, nobody would be very different, nor would anyone look different, or out of the normal.