I'm now on page 150. Louis has gotten a job at Sam Beavers camp as a bugler. He wants jobs so he can pay off the money from the stolen trumpet. At the camp he became an integral part of its society. Each morning he would play a wake up call and in the night he would play taps to send the kids to sleep. While at camp Louis saved a kid from drowning. This proved how heroic he could be. After the summer was over Louis asked Sam if there were any other jobs that he could think of. Sam told him about the swan boats in Boston. Louis the. Took the long flight out to Boston. When he got there he tried out to see if he could play for the boats company. After Louis got the job he was taken to the Ritz Carlton. I have left Louis in the Ritz about to start his job gaining more money to pay off the debt from the stolen trumpet by playing for the swan boats. This again shows how Nobel Louis is to go to such lengths to be honorable. I look forward to see more of the book. What lengths would you go to to hold up your honor?
Eighth Grade English
Tom Sawyer Essay
"There comes a time in every rightly-constructed boy's life when he has a raging desire to go somewhere and dig for hidden treasure. This desire suddenly came upon Tom one day."
Mark, Twain. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
Nothing compares to adrenaline pumping through you during an adventure. In the book, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, Mark Twain illustrates many heart pounding adventures. Twain is able to make raw emotion come out of his writing It is the thrill of knowing that your life might be in peril that makes the scenes from Tom Sawyer such exemplary pieces of writing. In one scene Tom and Huck set out at noon on a Friday to look for treasure. After deciding that they couldn't go to the dead tree grove Tom and Huck hightail it to an old house that the town has deemed haunted. While there Tom and Huck are searching upstairs when they here strange noises coming from down in the entrance hall. This scene is sure to send shivers down everyone's spines.
Imagine you are knee deep in a hole, a hole that you have spent many ours digging. Your back is burning, you can feel the knots that will most definitely leave you sore tomorrow building up. Your hands are blistered, you're sunburned and you have found nothing. Why would you continue? The answer is simple to Tom Sawyer... because it's an adventure. To him, what could be better than being out in the sun with a friend looking for treasure? Nothing. This is part of Toms youthful soul. It is this aspect that has lead Tom through his entire life; his youthful soul has a need for adventure. That need will need him to many places!
“Sh!" said Tom.
"What is it?" whispered Huck, blanching with fright.
"Sh!... There!... Hear it?"
"Yes!... Oh, my! Let's run!"
"Keep still! Don't you budge! They're coming right toward the door."
The boys stretched themselves upon the floor with their eyes to knotholes in the planking, and lay waiting, in a misery of fear.
"They've stopped.... No—coming.... Here they are. Don't whisper another word, Huck. My goodness, I wish I was out of this!
[The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, Mark Twain, Chapter XVI]
Here Twain gives you a heart pounding experience from one of Toms adventures; he is telling us that Tom has a crazy adventures, and he uses this dialogue between Huck and Tom to get his point across. In this scene we can see why Tom Sawyer has stayed around for so long; it is the way that Twain wraps the reader into the book that makes it so hard to put down. Tom and Huck have a sense of fear and adrenaline as they hear the voices, and twain makes sure that you do to. This adventure that Tom Sawyer goes on not only includes him and Huck, but also the reader. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer is a well written, and is an entertains way to enjoy the thrills of youth
The Adventures Of Tom Sawyer acts as a gateway back ones youth. Tom Sawyer contains the quality of someone who has the rest of his life to figure things out. This can be refreshing to people because he acts as a path to their childhood. Tom has what Mark Twain describes as "the elastic heart of youth". After his engagement to Becky is ruined when she finds out that she is not the first girl he has been a engaged to Tom slips into a sort of melancholy attitude. He seems to be so deep in the pit of despair that he will never be able to pull himself out, but then the most fantastic thing happens. Toms youthful vibes start to seep back into his heart purging it of the darkness he has been nursing. He seems to start to think that there is no reason to let one girl hold down his ambitions, he has the rest of his life laid out in front of him. Tom can't let one girl stop the rest of his life and in Toms opinion his opportunities are endless
"But the elastic heart of youth cannot be compressed into one constrained shape long at a time. Tom presently began to drift insensibly back into the concerns of this life again. What if he turned his back, now, and disappeared mysteriously? What if he went away -- ever so far away, into unknown countries beyond the seas -- and never came back any more!"
[The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, Chapter VIII Mark Twain]
In this scene Mark Twain is emphasizing the importance of youth in Tom Sawyer; he is telling us that Tom has a youthful heart, and he uses a metaphor to emphasize that Toms mind is playful, and will repair itself. It is this freeing aspect of Toms personality that we see in this scene that attracts people so strongly. a reader can see their childhood, and, in a way, relive it. Tom Sawyer is a spirit of youth, he embodies what it means to be young. You can see this in how his begrudged mind snaps back into a cheerful one. This makes people drawn to the story, the fact that Tom has been around so long is partially because he acts as a way back to being young. Scenes like the one above provide perfect examples of how to get back to ones childhood. If Tom was a god he would be the god of mischief, innocence, and curiosity. These are the characteristic that make up what it is to be a child. As we see in the scene after the Becky fiasco Tom's mind is the ultimate embodiment of youth.
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer is a book that has captivated people for many years; it is filled with the thrilling adventures of a youthful soul, and explores the characteristics of childhood. These aspects of Tom Sawyer will keep it alive both as you're reading and through the years on the shelf
How far would you go for someone you love? In The Trumpet of the Swan, Louis' father goes to great measures to try to help and protect his son.
Louis' has fallen in love with a young swan names Serena, but can't get her attention because he can't sing. He try's in other ways to get her to notice him. He is the best swimmer, diver, and flyer, but he can't sing or talk. Louis' father is so troubled by this that he literally breaks through walls to get a trumpet for his son.
This is an action packed scene and I liked how the E. B. White describes the robbery. Louis' father goes to great lengths to get Louis the trumpet and it made me think about how hard that would be. After he robs the store the father realizes that he has tarnished his grace and elegance as a Swan. This must be very hard for such a vain bird. How far would you go for someone you love?
In The Trumpet of the Swan there was one quote that I really stood out to me with a good message. The quote was from a part of the chapter when Louis the swan who is mute is its his father, and is being told some important information. The scene is a little bit of a joke because after the fathers tells his advice he goes on to not follow it.
"The world is full of talkers, but it is rare to find anyone who listens. And I assure you that you pick up more information when you are listening than when you are talking."
Except from, The Trumpet of the Swan: E. B. White
As I read this I thought about how true it is. There are plenty of people, me included who will run there mouths trying to sound smart without really listening or trying to understand what is actually going on. This applies very well to school. There are some introverted students who will sit and listen, understanding more than most people, and yet loud annoying people like me are sitting there thinking, Joey Bob never says anything and doesn't understand what we're doing. The funny thing is, is that at this point the loud person who thinks they're so smart has now stopped listening and won't be understanding anything, while Joey Bob will be happy as can be.
I think that this is a great and true quote. In The Trumpet of the Swan there is a boy who writes a diary. He ends every piece of writing with a question. In honor of that I'm going to start ending my classic book posts with a question. Please leave what you think the answer might be in comments. There are no wrong answers. What makes a great quote?
I'm reading the book The Trumpet of the Swan by E. B. White. E. B. White also wrote Charlottes Webb, and Stuart Little. I chose this book because I can sorta remember reading it when I was little, but can't really remember the story. I also remember seeing the movie, but neither is very clear.
The main story line from what I remember and read on the back is about a Swan who can't sign. The story is about the lengths he goes to to be able to recognized by the swan society. This is hard for him because the swan social architecture is made up of who can sing better.
I picked this book for one other reason. I know that I will be able to read it pretty easily so I'm hoping that once I'm done it will have wet my appetite for a more classic style book. I'm hoping that I can use this book as a springboard into reading other more challenging classic books. I look forward to continuing The Trumpet of the Swan.
This afternoon a group of twenty boys drove out to Billerica to help clean up the Albright's house. When I was in fourth grade I was signed up for community service, and it just so happened that on the Tuesday that I was assigned Fenn was going to the Albright's to help with Fall chores. I did not know it then, but that afternoon, would start an annual event that I would end up looking forward to very much.
The boys who are going to the house will get in the Fenn mini buses and drive out to the oldest house in Billerica. Once there we rake leaves, stack fire wood, and do other things that are needed around the house. There are lots of leaves to be raked and so we usually end up making eight to twelve huge leaf piles. Once the leaves are all piled up we put them on huge blue tarps and drag them off into the woods. Once all the piles have been cleared we go in with the leaf blower, and spray any extra leaves into one or two more piles. While most of us rake some boys will help stack firewood.
I have found it really great to be able to help, and am always left feeling a little warmer and lighter in my soul than when I came. It is a little strange to be the oldest one there, and it really made me think about trying to cherish the traditions that we have in our class, because for some of us they will be the last time that we will get to do them. This is true for our Albright trip. For the first time we went Jon Gong and I were some of the fourth graders there. It occurred to me that this will be the last year that I will do it with him. I always think how strange and kinda annoying it is when people will say how fast Fenn will fly by. I always think no not really. This is true for most aspects of what has happened at Fenn, I feel like I have put my time into it, but there are others like the Albright trip that have flown by.
I think that being able to have an open mind to experiences that you have, or can have is important, because you never know if they will turn into traditions, or how fast they might be gone.
As a song comes over the radio you seem to flash back to a different time or place for a second. You might sit there wondering what it was you just thought about or you might have a perfect grasp on what it was. This happens to me sometimes.
The music that I'm listening to will remind me of a past time. I think that this is really interesting. Stuff like this happens with my other senses, but when I hear something it's the only sense that is linked to time. If I smell, see, taste, or feel something it usually reminds me of what that something was, or something like it.
Songs remind me of specific times and how that time of year was for me. For instance whenever I hear the song Just Give Me A Reason by Pink I immediately think of sixth grade spring and I sort of get antsy for a second. This is because I couldn't wait for school to end it sixth grade.
This is just one example of how songs dictate a timeline for how I remember my life. I am curious to know if any of you have ever experienced anything like this. In the comments please say if you have.
The player in red steps up to the line. The crowd goes silent. Then in a blur of movement, then the ball is sailing through the air. The goalie dives but it won't matter the ball is going wide. The Lawrence team stress toward the goal as do the fans. At last LA has one the NEPSAC soccer title.
Last year the Lawrence Academy boys soccer team took the one and a half hour drive to the Loomis Chaffee school just out side of Hartford Connecticut to compete in the New England finals against South Kent. Last years team went into the game with an undefeated record and high hopes. The game went back and forth but after double overtime no one had scored. The game went into a penalty kick shootout. The penalty kicks went on for what seemed like forever, only to end in a heartbreaking loss for LA. This year was going to be different.
The boys team this year played the same exact teams in playoffs as last years team. The first team they played was Cushing. It started off intense with Lawrence dropping down to one nothing at half, but LA would not be so easily defeated. They came back in the second half blazing and scored five goals for a five one victory. Yesterday Lawrence played Nobles and won three to one. That would bring them to the finals which were today.
Again LA would play South Kent. The first half went back and forth but Lawrence was able to put one in low and to the left with two minuets left in the half. Now all LA had to do was hold onto their lead, it would not be that easy. South Kent ended up scoring a pretty lame goal that bopped around in the box for a while before dribbling into the net. The second half ended and both teams got ready for a golden goal overtime. Both teams had chances but neither was able to but one in. It was going to PKs just like last year. LA's best player stepped up to the line and put one in. It was South Kents turn to shoot. Our goalie made a great diving save. South Kent scored, LA scored, South Kent scored, LA scored, South Kent scored, and then LA put one more in. Now all we needed was a save or a goal and we would win. The south Kent player stepped up to the line and blasted it wide. The players swarmed the goal. The victory was sweet.
Everyone has something that relaxes them. For me I really like it when my hands are working on something. It could be anything from drawing to cleaning the kitchen while listening to music. today I had some free time and decided to draw. Check it out !
When I'm doing something like drawing this picture i can just let my mind go. I don't really have to think about what I'm doing and it is a time for me to reset. In the comments please say anything that has this effect on you.
Winter, Spring, Summer, and Fall. Four Seasons, Four Wonders
Harsh wind through bare trees
Creates a howling
Sent of wood smoke swirling around me
Dew drops on grass blades
swaying small flowers
The idea is is much better than reality
A fake month up north
Filled with precious few
Maples burst color
Crickets stop singing
A brisk wind comes calling