Monday, December 9, 2013

Between Shades of Gray

I think the book "Between Shades of Gray" is a very touching book, I did not know very much about the Holocaust before reading this book and it was very shocking to hear what all happened during this time in the world. I really like the character in this book who's point of view it comes from. She tells everything that is happening so well you can almost feel and image what is going on. I really like the way the author tells the story in my mind, I think of it this way: When something in some way similar to something that has happened to the character in the book (that is happening now) she relates it back to a happy time. For example if she smells or hears something that reminds her of a special time, the book goes back and tells a short story of that happy or special time. I think the characters in this book make the best out of what is happening, they always remind each other how much they love one another and how important it is to stay together. If I was in the situation they are in I would definitely want their attitude! I think in the end of the book everyone that has been living with each other for so long in the small camps,  will make it back to their original homes or they will all make a place where people can live if their homes have been ruined. In the story so far everyone has grown so close, if everyone does end up living close I don't think anyone would mind living with their new "family". One thing I don't like about this book is how cruel some of the people are. These cruel people are the ones that are taking over everything, (keep in mind this is during the Holocaust.) they don't care about anything or anyone else. It's hard to imagine how terrible it must have been during this time.

Independent Projects

My topic was on Tie-Dye and different methods on how to do it. I chose this topic because I thought it would be interesting on how much I could really learn about Tie-Dye. I wanted a challenge! The most interesting thing I learned was one of the methods, I chose to learn about. This method was West African Tie-Dying. I thought the most interesting part about this method was the way it's done. It is done by dipping fabric into 6 feet deep dye pits and repeating until you get the outcome you want. I had never heard about these dye pits so it made me want to learn more! I thought the best part about my project was the way I displayed it on my trifold. It took me a long time to plan out the best way to make it look very neat and factual, without being to cramped and cluttered. I think one thing I could've done better on my trifold was the speaking part. I wrote on note cards but I wasn't always talking to audience. Fixing this would really improve my project presentation.

Tuesday, November 19, 2013


To be honest when we first started reading Cardturner I hated it! I felt like nothing was happening except for people playing cards. It first got interesting for me, when Toni came into the book. I'm not sure why this is when I started to love it, but it felt like something happened other than cards. My favorite part in the book was when Alton and Toni won Nationals. When Trapp said those last words "Nicely Played," it felt like everything was perfect, Trapp really did end up being Alton's favorite uncle and I feel like Alton was Trapp's favorite Cardturner. (Other than Annabell!) From reading this book I picture the author as a Cardturner. He told the whole story from a cardturners point of view (Alton), how else would he know so much about it if he wasn't one himself? One reason I loved this book is because of the bonds that were formed between different people, it just shows how you can go from barely knowing someone to loving them.

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Improve Myself

I improved my self  a lot this year by speaking more in our discussions. Last year I didn't say very much or tell my opinion when we had debates, arguments, or just anything we were talking about in Goal. I finished my reading contract with less of a hurry this quarter. I wasn't rushing through my books so I could finish for the deadline.

Monday, October 21, 2013

Big Science

    During this project I learned about lots of things that were "big" problems. For example: I had no idea how much pollution 1 person created in one year! Dealing with biotechnology food, I have heard about certain foods with special growth hormones, but never really knew what it meant. I learned more about DNA and ways that could eventually help thousands of very sick people. 
         In this unit we learned about 4 topics: Biotechnology Food, Space, Biotechnology Medicine, and an Environmental car. First we learned about each topic.( Biotech food and medicine both dealt with genetically engineering DNA found in both food and medicine. Space talked about how the U.S hasn't worked with space for a long time and how we need to learn more. Environmental Car focused on the idea of pollution. )
      After we learned about each topic we had to choose which one we believed was the biggest problem in our world. Each group chose a topic and debated for why they thought their idea was the best. (I chose Biotechnology Medicine!) After we all agreed in someway we talked about why this was such a huge problem. At the end of this unit we made a poster to tell about how and why we felt so strongly about what we chose. 
        I think the government should fund for biotechnology medicine. It would help so many people and hopefully find cures for serious diseases so no one will have to struggle. (Cancer, Diabetes, Lukemia, etc.)
But I also think the government has enough on their hands, all of these Big Science issues would be great to explore, but there is other things we need to finish first.

Wednesday, October 2, 2013


 Dear Mrs.Nelson, So far I am really enjoying this book! I love the way the author tells the story. Every 4-5 chapters it switches from one characters point of view to another. The first time this happened I was confused about why Auggie was talking about all these things but then I realized it was his sister telling the story!
       I personally think Auggie handles his "problem" very well most of the time. He knows he's different and accepts it. Auggie's mom and dad are very supportive over him, if there is something he doesn't feel comfortable doing they understand. If I was Auggie in this story I would love to have his sister. She talks to him when no one else does, she doesn't see him the way everyone else does and loves him no matter what. 
           Some of the characters in the story really annoy my they act one way around Auggie and another way when he's gone. When they say something about him and the way he looks it makes me sad because they don't even know him, and according to the book he sounds like a really fun guy! 
             If I met Auggie in real life I would talk to him about how he handles everything, and how he does such a good job. Not in a rude way but I would also ask him about his condition. I don't really think the author does such a good job explaining it. But from what the author does tell it is an extremely rare case, which makes me want to learn more! I can't wait to find out what happens next in this story! I think they should make a second book related to this, but with another interesting character. 

                                                      Sincerely, Jillian Dunlap

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Jillian Dunlap

 The Dead and The Gone

                   I really enjoyed reading this book because it made me think of how lucky certain people are, and how when things get harder we don't appreciate what we have. The characters in this book are in a situation where when they start running out of the things they really need, they have to choose whats best for the family. (To send a member of the family away so everyone can get their needs.)
                  I think the characters in the book handle things pretty well for all thats happened. If it were me I probably wouldn't have made it that far. If my parents disappeared and never came home I don't even know what I would do! 
                   I think this book makes a great point on how we need to take care of our world and appreciate it while we still have it! I don't think anything this dramatic would happen but you never know! 
                  I think the worst part about this book is how the family treats each other in the beginning. The younger sister and older brother are constantly arguing, they all think different things will happen. Bree  (The oldest sister, also the only name I can remember!) won't think any different than the mom and dad will come home. Her believing this causes her and the younger sister to argue. 
                  When Bree gets sent off to a cult things get better and worse at the same time. The younger sister and the older brother learn to get along better, there is more food to spare. But the "world ending problem" gets worse. When Bree eventually comes home everything pretty much goes back to how it did before she left, which seems like the best way for the family.
                    I just finished the 3rd book and can't wait to read the 4th!!
                                                                                       Sincerely, Jillian Dunlap