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May 20, 2013


Call of the Wild - 4th Quarter Writing Assessment:

"Far more potent were the memories of his heredity that gave things he had never seen before a seeming familiarity; the instincts (which were but the memories of his ancestors become habits) which had lapsed in later days, and still later, in him, quickened and became alive again." - The Call of the Wild, Chapter 4, page 61.  


In The Call of the Wild, Buck sees primitive instincts and urges come out of him, and he sort of "hears" the "call of the wild" calling out to him, pulling him into the wild.  In The Call of the Wild, written by Jack London, Buck's howlings and primitive urges happen because all living things have natural instincts and he can "hear" the "call of the wild" calling out to him.


In The Call of the Wild, Buck changes changes a lot throughout the story to become more wild, listen to his instincts, and survive in the wild, due to his primitive urges, his ability to learn from the other dogs, and his hearing of the "call of the wild".  Buck changes a lot by listening to his primitive urges and instincts.  As Jack London stated in chapter 2, Buck's instincts "quickened the old life within him, the old tricks which they had stamped into the heredity of the breed were his tricks".  Buck was also able to change a lot by learning from the other dogs and people he was with.  Like Francois said in chapter 2, ""Wot I say?", "Dat Buck for sure learn queek as anyt'ing."".  Lastly, Buck is able to change throughout the story by hearing the "call of the wild" and letting himself be pulled into that "wilder side" of life.  Jack London said in chapter three that the "dominant primordial beast was strong in Buck", which is something that wasn't strong in him before he was brought to Alaska.  Buck really changes a lot throughout the story by listening to his instincts, learning from the other dogs, and "hearing" the "call of the wild".


Throughout the story, The Call of the Wild, Buck reacts to all of the changes around him by adapting to the environment around him and using his primitive urges and instincts to bring himself to the "wild" side.  Buck reacts to all of the changes around him by adapting to the environment around him.  In the story, The Call of the Wild, Buck learns to dig himself a hole to sleep in, steal food from his owners when they're not looking, and so on.  Buck also reacts to all of the changes around him by using his primitive urges and instincts to bring himself to the same level of everyone around him (more of a "wild side").  As Jack London stated in chapter 4, Buck learned that "the memories of his heredity gave things he had never seen before a seeming familiarity".  Buck reacts to reacts to the changes around him by adapting to the environment around him and learning to use his primitive instincts and urges.


In The Call of the Wild, written by Jack London, Buck's howlings and primitive urges happen because all living things have natural instincts and he can "hear" the "call of the wild" calling out to him.  Buck also changes a lot throughout the story by learning to follow his instincts, learn from others around him, and "hear" the "call of the wild".  Buck reacts to all of these changes around him by adapting to the environment around him and listening to his primitive urges and instincts.  "And when, on the still cold nights, he pointed his nose at a star and howled long and wolflike, it was his ancestors, dead and dust, pointing nose at star and howling down through the centuries and through him." - The Call of the Wild, Chapter 2.


Reflection: 

1. I really liked writing this paper.  The Call of the Wild was an interesting story and I thought it was fun to write about.  

2. I wonder if I would have done better or worse on my other writing assessments if I had done the pre-planning like we did this time.  

3. How might it have affected how I wrote compared to when I just write on the fly, making it all up as I go?  Also, how might planning ahead for papers change how I write?

4. What if I tried pre-planning before I write all of my papers?




April 18, 2013


   My first reactions to this recent tragedy in Boston were surprise, shock, confusion, and sadness.  I was surprised because I had never expected anything as terrible as this to happen on such a great day.  What kind of person would do such a terrible thing?  The most surprising part for me is that someone would do something like this to people who are trying to support yet another tragedy, like the Sandy Hook shooting.  I was very surprised by this tragic event that took place in Boston.  I was also very shocked by what had happened in Boston.  I thought, Who could do such a terrible thing on such a great day?  I was very surprised and shocked by the tragedy in Boston.
   I was also very confused by what had happened in Boston.  There were so many question just racing through my mind.  How could this happen?  Who would do something like this?  Is everyone okay?  WHAT IS HAPPENING?  I was very confused by the events that had happened in Boston.  I was also very sad about the tragedy in Boston.  It was so upsetting, hearing about all of these people getting hurt, some even killed.  It is so sad to think that people who are just trying to support another recent tragedy are getting hurt on a day like this.  I was very, sad about the recent tragedy in Boston. 
    Recently, there was an article posted about the Boston Marathon bombing, specifically the good things that have come out of it.  It was a very heart-warming article about how kindness complete strangers can be to each other when in time of need.  At the end of the article, there was a quote about the day of the Boston bombing, and what good has come out of it.  The article read, "There's more good people out there than bad people," Zuker says.  "He's right. There were perhaps one or two evildoers on Monday. And the list of good people goes on and on, growing by the minute, lined up in rows, ready to do anything to help."  My first reaction to this quote was happiness and relief.  I was happy about this quote because it was nice to hear that some good can come out of such a terrible tragedy.  It was just heart-warming to hear these kind of things happening in the world we live in.  I was also relieved by this quote.  I was relieved to hear this quote because it is nice to hear about good in our world, and how people are working together to fix this terrible tragedy.  Good things are coming out of this terrible tragedy.  My first reaction to this quote was relief and happiness, because it is nice to hear that there are good people out there in our world and some good is coming from this terrible tragedy.  
   I can really see this tragedy in Boston being tied to our study of survival. In this tragedy, there are people trying to survive the blast, survive the aftermath, and just survive the overall tragedy. I can most definitely see this event being tied to our study of survival. I also think that this real-life situation could fall under the category of naturalism. The theme, determination and survival, is similar as well as the conflict, which is "struggle for survival". In the article, they described people being determined to help the people who survived this tragedy, trying to help them stay well and survive. It is also the same conflict, with people struggling to keep themselves and others alive and well. The entire philosophy is also the same; Life is determined by chance, heredity, and environment. The chance of this event happening was small, but it still happened. We stay true to our family and heredity, trying to stick together and survive. The environment can cause some difficulties, with pollution, debris, and other nasty things left over from the bombs. I can definitely see this real-life situation falling under the category of Naturalism.

 
 Link to article: http://sports.yahoo.com/news/spt--boston-marathon-explosions-attract-an-outpouring-of-help-from-city-s-residents-022321905.html




January 28, 2013


   I learned a lot of new interesting words during chapter 1, but I would have to say that my four favorites were wheedle, palpable, jeering, and prominent.  I liked them all because they were really interesting and fun to say.  I liked the word wheedle because it is just a fun way of saying persuade.  I also liked it because it sounds funny.  It kind of sounds like weasel, like the animal.  I also liked the word palpable.  I liked the word palpable because it is big and impressive sounding.  I also liked that word because it is just another, funner way of saying obvious or easily perceived.  I also liked the word jeering.  I liked the word jeering because it is fun to say and sounds kind of funny.  I also liked it because it is a fancy and special way of saying mock or taunt.  Lastly, I liked the word prominent.  I liked the word prominent because it sounds very impressive and important.  I liked all of these words a lot and I can't wait to start learning more new ones to share with you.

  What are some of your favorite words?  Why do you liked them so much?  Leave a comment!

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