This week in English class was all about comedy. What is the definition of funny anyways? It all depends on a person’s perspective. Everyone sees things differently so while something might seem funny to someone, it might not be funny to someone else. My English teacher gave us a packet to read about all the different types of comedy and techniques used to create comedy. The most important thing he said though was, “You can’t be mean and funny at the same time.” When something is humorous, you want everybody to be able to laugh together, not make someone feel left out and feel bad. Enjoying the fun moment together is way better than being mean to get the laughs.
In the beginning of English class on most days, we do this activity called Brain Fuel where my class and I would be able to read books, blogs, or do anything that interests us such as drawing or writing, etc. My teacher had us do this activity to allow ourselves to have some quiet time alone each day. It gives us time to relax and relieve stress which in turn allows us to be able to accomplish more and think better or be more creative. During Brain Fuel activity, an idea might pop into our head and it may come occasionally, or a whole bunch of ideas may come at once like a storm. They could come while we’re reading something that inspired us or while we draw. You never know. Maybe someday, one of those ideas could change the world. Having just a little time during class for Brain Fuel could actually make a difference. In those few minutes, it allows us to ponder about things we’ve never had time for since our day is always busy, consisting of school.
During English class, we are currently reading A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens. It is one of those books where you have to reread it over and over again to understand its contents since there are deeper meanings hidden behind the words. Sometimes, I would read it and wonder what the chapter was about. When you read a book repeatedly, you discover new things. You might find out new things that you never caught before in the text or finally understand the message the story was conveying. Rereading the book is helpful since you might not understand the content now, but after a while, if you read it again, you’ll understand it better when you’re able to relate to the book. You will find a new deeper meaning to the words instead of just simply taking it from the context. When reading A Tale of Two Cities, you have to think outside of the box. Once you understand the content, it’s that moment of pride where you feel like you’ve achieved something.
Recently, my class and I were working on our innovation projects in English. Sometimes, projects could get stressful though over things such as getting things done by the deadline and etc. But, for the innovation project, although we have to worry about those things too, we just had to let our imagination run free. If we let our imagination soar, there’s no telling what could be accomplished! Here are some wonderful innovative treat ideas that people have come up with to recreate, and it only took some creativity and imagination. Hopefully you guys enjoy it!
In English class, we are currently reading A Tale of Two Cities. After reading the first chapter, my class had a detailed discussion about what the chapter title (“The Period”) emphasized. We were basically picking the whole thing apart. One suggestion came up, and it was that the title talked about a time of change. Life is always changing, either for “the best of times” or “the worst of times.” During the Age of Discovery, the world was progressing to make a change. This leads to how new desserts are constantly being created and reinvented even if they become the best ones or the worst. The process won’t stop, and the recipes it leaves behind will be kept and improved on for ages.
In my English class this week, we were working on our innovation projects. However, sometimes, we feel the need that in order to make a good project, it should be complicated and elaborate so it seems cool and awesome. That’s not the case though. A project or an idea can be very complex, but if it is not executed thoroughly, the result won’t turn out well. Sometimes, just stick with the basics because it can look simple but turn out amazing.
During class, we watched this documentary called “The Guru of Go.” After watching the film, it leaves this feeling in you, and I’m just like wow…that was amazing. In the documentary film, it talked about Hank Gathers. He was a basketball player and a very inspirational person. Hank pushes himself to the limit and doesn’t give up. When he found out that he had an irregular heartbeat, Hank was determined to conquer the problem when it began to affect his playing skills. The medications he took didn’t allow him to perform as well as he should so he began to cut down on the doses. He was risking his life by doing this, but Hank was set on not letting his heart problem stop him from playing even down to his last dunk. Continue reading
“There are known unknowns. That is to say, there are things we now know we don’t know. But there are also unknown unknowns. These are the things we do not know we don’t know.” -Donald Rumsfeld
The unknown unknowns are like surprises and mysteries. It is unexpected. We never know what it will be or what to make of it. It’s like cutting into a cake, only to find something totally unexpected in it. I mean, who would’ve thought that there would be a bunch of candies inside this cake?
People have their own perspective on everything. We are all unique individuals who see things differently through our own eyes, and our thoughts reflect that. In class, there was this talk about everyone being their own shade of grey. It portrays their range of thoughts. In the color scale ranging from black to white, even though one might think that he is in the color shade of white, he is still in the color shade of grey. Not black. Not white. Grey. Our creative minds allow us to have an infinite number of thoughts in which they may lean toward the dark color of black or just white. However, it all results in a grey area no matter what. So what shade of grey do you find yourself in?
Recently, in my English class, we did this activity called Crow vs. Crop where people would interrogate others about their ideas for their innovation project. This is like crows pecking at the crops. They want to find out the good stuff. This is an important and beneficial process because it helps the “crops” figure out the flaws in their ideas and improve on them. As I was looking through pictures, I came across some blackbird cookies and corn crop cake pop treats that reminded me of the Crow vs. Crop activity. Not only were these treats cute, they are perfect to make for this fall season.