All throughout middle school when we were assigned to read a novel I would dread it. My perspective of reading for enjoyment soon changed when I was in eighth grade. Mrs. Benavides, my eighth grade language arts teacher, assigned our class to read The Outsiders, and I coursed I was complained in my head, I don’t want to read (actually pretend to read and then use Sparknotes) another lame book. The first day we got the book we were all told to read chapters 1 through 3, and this time all of the kids in my class complained and I wasn’t the only one. So, there I was at home in front of my computer typing in “the outsiders by S.E Hinton”, into Google, and the top search that popped up was a link to the movie on Youtube.
In 1974 Ronald Clark O’Bryan did the unthinkable and killed his own child. He drugged his Halloween candy, and since that year, Halloween has never been the same. There is now an ever-present fear of children being poisoned at random on Halloween night. I wanted to write this Op-ed to show parents that they do not have to be so fearful. My hope is that I can de-bunk some of the urban legends surrounding one of the best holidays of the year.
Arthur “Boo” Radley is a seemingly minor but subtly impactful character in Lee’s book. According to rumor, he joined a gang, was convicted of some relatively minor crime, and was supposed to be sent to a state boarding school, but his father refused. Boo once, while cutting up newspapers, stabbed his mother in the leg with scissors and continued calmly scanning the papers. His father convinced a judge not to send Boo to an asylum, so he was kept in his house, never seen again by the community, and became the source of horror stories for children. The flames of gossip are, as usual, fueled thoroughly by Miss Stephanie Crawford and tend to be ridiculously twisted: “Boo was about six-and-a-half feet tall, judging from his tracks; he dined on raw squirrels and any cats he could catch, that’s why his hands were bloodstained” (16).
Doug lying next to his wife with children of his own sleeping in the other room woke up and decided that he “will arise and go now and kill Ralph Underhill” (Bradbury 1). The reason this thought came about was because of the horrible things Ralph did to him when they were twelve. These memories were so vivid that the only seemingly just thing to do was to kill Ralph. Doug was not sure why it took so long to seek revenge and it had Doug questioning, “Why it hadn't come to [him] when [he] was thirty or forty”
On page three the dad says ”That sun. He could feel it on his neck, still, like a hot paw”. Bradbury uses this as a way to show the dad 's fear of the nursery in the growing darkness of the room. Another simile Ray Bradbury uses in The Veldt is when the children return from the Plastic Carnival. “Wendy and Peter were coming in the front door, cheeks like peppermint candy, I was like bright blue Agate marbles, a smell of ozone on their jumpers from their trip in the helicopter.” He uses this to develop the innocence of the children on the outside, to later show the darkness growing in the children.
In addition, Turner was punished to read books to Ms. Cobb every day since he threw rocks at her house. As for Turner’s father who always had the impassive visage, felt ashamed of his son. Summary of section two Turner met Lizzie Bright, an African-American girl living with her grandpa on Malaga
According to Mrs.Stephanie, “Boo drove the scissors into his parent’s leg, pulled them out, wiped them on his pants, and resumed his activities. Mrs. Radley ran screaming into the street that Arthur was killing them all, but when the sheriff arrived he found Boo still sitting in the living room, cutting up the Tribune. He was thirty-three years old then”(13). We can see how Boo was taken advantage of when he was young, he was weak and defenseless against the people around him which makes him the biggest mockingbird in the book, also with the best living example for Scout to learn with. The reader notices that Scout learns this life lesson mostly through examples Harper Lee puts in her
Holden’s red hunting hat represents Holden intense, raw feelings that he conceals within himself. At the beginning of the book, Holden’s roommate, Stradlater, asks him to write a descriptive composition for him for English class while he is on a date with Holden’s old neighbor, Jane. Holden thinks that Stradlater is handsome and charming. Yet, Stradlater is a “secret slob” which is why Holden doesn’t like him. Despite his personal feelings about Stradlater, “After he left, I put on my pajamas and bathrobe and my old hunting hat, and started writing the composition” (Salinger 43.)
He always seemed to get himself in trouble. He probably saw more time in the hallway, in the classroom. Everytime Pilkey was sent to the hallway he would fantasize about a made up character, who later becomes Captain Underpants. When his first book was publicized, he robbed the hearts of many children. The book was filled with comedy, adventure, and catchy phrases.
I remember trying to paint my nails for school and they looked so bad I remember drinking strawberry pop, which is hard to find nowadays I remember when I got my first camera. It was a big bulky camera that required film. I took random pictures of my house and my dogs. I remember eating animal crackers form snack at
In The Crucible, Martha Corey is accused of placing an imprecation on Mr. Walcott’s pigs, causing all of them to die. At award shows, celebrities receive panegyrics and trophies upon winning a category. My teacher’s nebulous explanation in class caused me to be confused on my homework. It was my job to bowdlerize the book so that I could read it to the kindergarteners. I could tell that my neighbor was a fop when his crocodile-skin shoes matched his fedora.
According to the majority of Americans, the history of the United States begins with the Pilgrims and their voyage on the Mayflower. Author and history teacher James W. Loewen perfectly recreates many of these people’s childhoods in his book “Lies My History Teacher Told Me: Everything Your American History Textbook Got Wrong” when he talks about little kids making hand turkeys and construction paper Pilgrim hats and putting on Thanksgiving plays every November (399). His books goes much deeper than simply giving the reader a sense of nostalgia for their younger years, he actually tells them everything they know, or think they know rather, is wrong. He talks about the Spanish, French, Dutch, and English settlers that arrived in the Americas
He was born in pittsburgh, pennsylvania in 1983 to him, an Egyptian engineer, and a loving American mother and grade school teacher, who together tried their best to create a happy childhood for him. After his father’s incarceration, Ebrahim’s family moved over 20 times, haunted by and persecuted for his father’s crimes. The older he got, the move he grasped the horror of this father acts. when Ebrahim was 7 years old, his father shot and killed Rabbi Meir Kahane, the then-leader of the Jewish Defense League. He and his mother both changed their names in an effort to separate themselves from his father.
Stereotypically, they decided I would become a doctor and expected me to get good grades. They simply expected me to do well in school. In third grade, I was consistently scoring perfect on my spelling tests, however, once I scored a measly 3/5 and my parents spent a whole hour yelling at me, telling me that I had to stop playing video games and read more books. Everyday, I feel the pressure radiating from my parents. This is similar to the narrator’s situation, he’s being pressured
Do you have a great friend that is always there for you? Matthew Moss is a great friend and someone who has my back. I originally met Matthew in second grade at Vanderlyn Elementary School. Although I didn 't start being his close friend till around halfway through 7th grade, we have grown into a great pair of amigos. He is as ripped as a torn piece of paper, he 's as funny as a dank meme compilation, he 's as serious as he is hilarious, and he has hair like he gets a haircut every day.