Sunday, October 16, 2011

Why I picked Tuesdays With Morrie, by Mitch Albom.

When I looked at the list of possible book choices for AP Lang,  I immediately recognized Tuesdays With Morrie, by Mitch Albom.  My family loves his books and talk about them all of the time so I thought that I could finally figure out why they loved this book so much.  I loved the teacher to student senario as well.  I love books that I start reading and cannot put down so as soon as I read the first couple pages, I was immediately attatched to the book and wanted to read more. 

Monday, October 10, 2011

Post #2

In the National Writing project, I picked Cj Omololu's "Why I Write." I liked this writing because she writes about how she did not intend to be a writer but ended up writing children's books for her kids and that led to writing more and more.  I really liked how she wrote about high school and how she never liked writing.  It shows readers that you can develop into a better writer even if you dislike it in school.  She writes all of the time now and completely changed her idea on the concept of writing with this example: "I don't allow myself to skip a day no matter what (this includes soccer tournaments, anniversaries, and even Thanksgiving) because once you don't open your file one day, it's much easier to not open it the next day and the next." (Omololu)  I could really connect to her story and I found it interesting to read.

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Post #1

While reading the three texts that were assigned this week, I felt a connection with "Why I Write," by Terry Tempest Williams.  Everyone writes for different reasons and this writing shows a person's opinion.  It also shows many literary elements that go along with writing.  Even though it repeats, "I write," a lot, you can still understand the meaning behind the writing and the context the author is trying to get across to the reader.

In George Orwell's "Why I Write," I do not feel as deep of a connection because I have not shared some of the same things that have happened in his past.  Even though I did write when I was little, I never intended to pursue a career in it.  Orwell knew exactally what he wanted to do and he kept writing all throughout his life.  I understood what he wrote and thought his story was very interesting, but I did not feel as much of a connection as I had earlier with the other reading.

Lastly, in "And then I read," I could really relate it to today's world.  Many kids drop out of high school because of the economy and do not go to college.  I think all children deserve to pursue their dreams and get a chance and becoming who they want to be without money getting in the way.  I was glad when I read that he eventually got to go to college and get a higher education.  I personally like the life stories and writings about the things that people go throught and the mistakes they might have made.  They all help me grow as a person and influence my decisions about school and the future.