Everyone needs a certain amount of control in themselves and parents need to know how much they need to control their children because control do have long-term effects. One of them that I think affect children most in the future is in making decisions. When they grow up, they need to make decisions on their own however their parents never let them since their parents controlled their child too much. And I think making decisions are very important in our lives and since we make decisions every day. This doesn’t mean that parents should let their children have their freedom and not control them. What I think parents should do is direct their children but not control them too much or maybe teach their children their limits so they would be able to learn what’s right and wrong and the children will be able to make the right decisions.
I honestly thought that this chapter was a bit different compared to the other chapters and I think the part when Brian nodded at the wolves were very weird and unrealistic. How Brian was so devastated by with plane that passed above and to the point when he actually wanted to kill himself. It was so unbelievable and it makes me wonder if I would actually be in a simliar condition as Brian. I hope not. I thought that it took a lot for a boy to actually be able to get over something like that. I wouldn’t be able to get over it however I don’t think I would suicide either. The chapter also talked about his first day of actually tasting fish; I didn’t find this part that interesting.
This chapter is about his mistakes; how small mistakes can turn into disasters. I sometimes think that the repetitive words that the author keeps on throwing such as The Secret, Divorce, and Mistakes are very annoying. About the story, there is one thing that I agree about that usually mistakes come from you being lazy. Just like Brian and what happened with the skunk.
This chapter is about his first meat day when he actually succeed in taking and roasting a ‘foolbird’. I think in this chapter the author is trying to tell us about how Brian is a person that never gives up which can already be seen in the previous chapters. This chapter also describes how much Brian appreciated the meat and how it was his first bite and it was better than anything.
I thought both the moose attacks and the tornado was very unexpected. Especially how Brian reacted to it. He was so much more optimistic than what he used to be. I was very shocked at all of the events that is in this chapter and wondered how Brian survived. “..: I hope the tornado hit the moose.” I chuckled when I was reading that paragraph because I thought it was funny to think about that during a misfortune.
Hope is the thing with feathers
That perches in the soul,
And sings the tune–without the words,
And never stops at all,
And sweetest in the gale is heard;
And sore must be the storm
That could abash the little bird
That kept so many warm.
I’ve heard it in the chillest land,
And on the strangest sea;
Yet, never, in extremity,
It asked a crumb of me.
As you can read above, the poem is about hope. And in the book we are reading, Hatchet I think it sort of has a connection. However I think the connection is actually between the context of hope itself and Brian’s actions. I personally thought that the poem was a bit difficult to understand without the link that Ms. Jackie gave us. The second stanza means that hope is ‘sweetest’ during bad events or misfortunes. And in Hatchet, in one of the chapters before chapter 12 it says that he prepared signal fire just in case a rescue plane will fly over him. This action was caused by hope. Hopes that a plane would actually rescue him.
I thought it was a bit weird to call a fire friend since they are not really a friend. For a second I thought that he was experiencing hallucinations that makes him think that the fire can talk or something. However I then understand his condition. He was alone and the fire was the only one that was there. So maybe he can call him ‘friend’.
So far in the book I see two IB learner profiles being applied by Brian. The two IB learner profiles are Thinker and Risk-Taker. There are maybe other IB learner profiles being applied but the most obvious ones are the two. I didn’t really think that Brian was going to actually eat the egg because a city boy wouldn’t eat a raw egg. Nevertheless, we are talking about survival and we have to look at Brian’s conditions. He had to eat the egg in order to survive.
I thought this chapter was a bit boring, since it’s only talking about what he’s going to do and a new thing that he’s going to do to fill up his stomach. So I don’t really have that much to say from this chapter.
He seems very smart about these types of skills. I wouldn’t have the same idea as he does to catch the fish. I think this chapter is very intense. I couldn’t believe that a plane was actually around but didn’t save Brian. If I was in that situation I would definitely be super frustrated since I’d be very tired already. And of course this is the point where I would probably have thoughts of giving up; like Brian.
I think this chapter is realistic. The author described how hungry Brian was and how he has doubts too. I thought that this chapter is realistic because if I was put in the same situation, I would imagine the same thing; such as a hamburger. If I was in the situation I would also be thinking about how long it is going to take rescuers to save me. However in the end of this chapter is very important. Because in my opinion when we are in any type of condition we always have to stay positive especially to survive.
I think that even though I would actually do the same (eating the berries) I would definitely think further about whether the berries are poisonous or not. I think the decision that Brian made wasn’t that smart. How Brian was able to build the shelter was brilliant although I think it wasn’t that realistic unless Brian did some survival lessons before or something like that. I noticed that how Brian’s mind work is really different compared to mine. In this chapter the author wrote about how Brian was able to calm himself in one situation. I would not be able to do that since I am the type of person that would always have lots of thoughts going on in their mind and can easily panic.
For our novel unit in English class, we are reading a book called Hatchet written by Gary Paulsen. We were assigned into groups so we can respond on each other’s posts. My first response will include chapter 1 to 4 of the book.
I think the first chapter of this novel was surprisingly interesting. After reading the first chapter the book succeed in making me curious about what is going to happen next. It is very surprising to me because often times it is the first chapter that makes me stop reading the book. As for the events in this chapter, I think there was a lot happening at once. Right after the introduction there were already some big problems facing him.
In this chapter the author wrote about what happened inside the plane after the pilot died. I honestly don’t know what to say about this chapter. I didn’t really feel the tension that was going on inside Brian. And there were a lot of things that Brian should’ve done that could save his life. Though I learned that Brian is a very brave person through this chapter. In this chapter Brian was actually brave enough to try fly the plane and I think it also takes a lot of courage to touch the dead body.
Chapter 3 was a short chapter about what happened before, during, and after the landing. I think this chapter wasn’t significant though the events in the chapter has to be explained. And about the event itself, if I was put in a situation like that, I would never thought about landing on water.
I think the author described the situation and Brian’s thoughts pretty well. Chapter 4 is actually the point where the story of survival start. This chapter tells us how Brian physical and mental condition was. It also tells us about what Brian’s surroundings were. And through this chapter I can see that most of the events that is going to happen are going to happen in the setting that was described in this chapter.
In Humanities class, we’ve been watching a documentary about North Korea called ‘Inside Undercover North Korea’. Before watching this documentary, I actually didn’t know much about North Korea. I was excited about watching this movie because I rarely heard things from North Korea. This documentary was by a brave reporter called Lisa Ling. She went inside North Korea with an eye doctor and went undercover. There, they were acting as a documenter for the doctor’s eye surgery so Lisa Ling was only allowed to record the eye doctor’s surgery.
After watching this documentary I found out how much the North Koreans praise their ‘great leader’ or ‘father’ which is only their own leader, Kim Jong-Il. I have learned how difficult life must be for North Koreans but they didn’t even blame their leader instead they praise him like he is their own god. I think this is unbelievable because Kim Jong-Il had isolated his country, banning cellphones, internet, and other types of media. Impacting North Koreans having limited communication and knowledge about the outside world. However North Koreans still praise him and bow to him.
During the documentary, they also showed the eyes surgeries that the doctor did. The doctor did 1000 cataract surgeries each day for 10 days and after the surgeries, the moment when they finally are able to open their eyes, instead of thanking the doctor they bowed and praised as loud as they can to the picture of the great leader. The reason of this ‘over-praising’ might be because they had brainwashing schools for kids in a young age. They have taught kids that Kim Jong-il is their father, their god, and everything they say is right.
Personally, I think living in a country like that will be really scary and since he is building a really big army, I think the world will collapse just because how much power Kim Jong-Il has right now and how big the army he’s building is.
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