Saturday, September 29, 2007

Week #2: The Glass Castle

In this section of the book the family moves again and this time they move to town called Battle Mountain. they life in an old railroad depot. The kids sleep in cardboard boxes in the lower level and the mom and dad sleep in the upstairs. They are going to live there for alot longer than any house they have lived in for a long time. Brain and Jeannette play in the dumpster and do science experiments with the toxic waste. Then they collect animals, and let them live in their house. the kids have to go to school because they living in this town now. Jeannette's dad loses his job and the family doesn't have any food. her mom and dad then get into a huge argument which resorts with dad throughing moms paintings out the window and her mom almost falling out. Her mother ends up beccoming a teacher at the school and teaches lori's class. Her kids help her grade papers and get her orginized.

Loaded Words:
1). U-Haul (Pg.49): This is a loaded word because when you are a kid moving is a big deal. in the book the kids have to drive a 14 hour drive in the back of a u-haul van.
2). smart (Pg.55): This is a loaded word because everyone likes to be called smart. In the book Jeannette's dad says that his kids are the smartest kids in the whole world.
3). Mom (Pg.58): loaded word because becomming a mom is a big responsibility. Her mom enrolled her kids in the school program.
4). dad (Pg.58): This is a loaded word because becomming a dad is a big responsibility. In the book her dad enrolles her and her sibling in the school program.
5). Hospital (Pg.59): This is a loaded word because when you go to a hospital people you see are hurt and it is very sad. In the book Jeannette's mom is telling her that it is not necesary to go to the hospital everytime she gets a little cut.
6). Baby (Pg.66): This is a loaded word because it shows you are little. In the book her dad is teaching her to swim and he calls her baby as a nick name.
7). hungry (Pg.69): This is a loaded word because if you are hungry you will have alot of emotions at one time. In the book Jeannette is telling her mother that she is hungry because ther is no food in the house.
8). ugly (Pg.70): This is a loaded word because no one likes to be called ugly. In the book Jeannette's parents are fighting about if one of her mom's paintings are ugly.
9). mountain goat (Pg.77): This is a loaded word because it is a special nick name. In the book Jeanette's dad calls her the mountain goat because she is a really good climber.
10). dumb (Pg.79: This is a loaded word because nobody likes to be called dumb. In the book Brain was calling one of his dad's friends dumb because she didn't know how to read.

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Week #1: The Glass Castle

so far in "The Glass Castle", in the beginning of the book it starts when Jeannette is an adult living in a nice appartment and is going to a party in a cab when she sees her mom routing through a dumpster. she is to imbarassed to say any thing to her so she goes home. later they have lunch and talk. Next she talks about when she was three and was making hot dogs for herself in a pink tutu dress, she accedentialy bent to far over the stove and burned her whole body. she was in the hospital for about 6 weeks. then one day her dad came to visit and just took her out of the hopital. Jeannette after that still loved fire. the next night the family packed up and left. her family consisting of her mom, dad, sister(lori), and brother(brain) move everytime the billon there house, or the payments they owe to other people get to high they just move.they lived in the middle of Arizona in a shack for a couple of months. during that time her mom got pregnant, their dog died, and on christmas all three kids got there own star because their parents didn't have enough money to buy them gifts. right before their mother was about to give birth they packed up and move to the city of Blythe in California. The kids now had to go to school and jeannette got picked on and beaten up a couple Mexican girls because she was a "teachers pet" the next day her and her brother came to protect her from the other girls but they both got beaten up a little. then once their mom had the baby her dad took her out of the hospital and they left the city.

Loaded Words:
1). Cigarettes-her dad is always smoking
2). flophouse- how her dad describes where they will be staying
3). girl- Mexican girls who beat up Jeannette and her brother
4). Pansy- her dad called her moms mom a pansy
5). Mexican-the girls who beat up Jeannette
6). death- one of there children died
7). doctor- her dad doesn't trust dactors
8). home- the two girls are talking about moving all the time
9). Hospital- her dad snatches them out of hospitals
10). parents- Jeannette is now embarrassed about how her parents live

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

This I Believe

Author: Ying Ying Yu
Title: A duty to a family, heratige, and country
She believes that she needs to be working very hard at school so she can return the favor that her parents did by bringing her to America.
she shows this belief by saying that she cannot get a grade lower than 85%and also she is going to become a lawer so that the years of school that she has gone through has gone to good use.
my favorite passage is when she says that she wanted to be a gardener when she was younger but today since her parents moved from China so she would get a good education she is now wanting to become a lawer.

Wednesday, September 5, 2007

i am most anxious for the softball season to start because i need to show the varsity coach that i am better then what she thinks even though she has never seen me actually pitch. one goal for my sophmore year is to be able to get through the whole year without procrastinating.