Section B7 Before Reading Responses, ELA A10

“My heroes are superman, spiderman and iron man. They inspire me by saving peoples lives. Also my dog.”

Response: It is very good that you can look up to these characters and have them as your heros, even if it’s fiction. They are very heroic and good at what they do any always do the right thing an succeed no matter how deep they are in, that is good to teach young kids.

“Mr.Mandelas is a great man it seems like everyone in South Africa looks up to him he must have been like a brother and uncle but mostly a friend to everyone and he was a great rolemodel to the little children and everyone that had knew him. And he was very missed by the South Africa people, friends, and his family. My hero is my Dad he has always been their we would always make stuff one time we built me a play house I still have it but I think I might give to my younger cousins. My other hero’s is all the kids in my grade it’s my second year here and they have been their from me, like my ups and downs, and everyone has been so nice I couldn’t ask for anything eles!!!!!”

Response: These real life heros are very awesome! A hero doesn’t need a cape and suit to do good! Anyone can change the world a little bit for the good, it only takes one smile. Let’s make this world a better place, one smile at a time!

A2- CC (The Listeners Set)

Location- Green sunny forest with a dirt path leading up to a oak wood cabin with cobblestone walkways set in the trees beside a stream

Lighting- It’s fairly shadow filled but thick sun beams shoot down through the green forestry swaying in the light wind above.

Props- Beside the house there’s is neatly stacked pyrimid of logs with a axe in a chopping block and a dusty old lamp hanging from a hook with a pane of glass cracked on the lamp.

Costumes- The traveller wears a old ragged robe with a pointed hood over top dusty grey pants ripped and dirty and a white shirt stained with dirt and hints of blood. Medium height agged leather boots strapped to his feet. And a leather aged sack on his back. Little trinkets and a knife hang from his waist and belts as well as shoulder strap. All his clothing is ripped and old.

Actors- The Traveller is a tall man 6,2 with long brown hair a thick dirty brown beard and brown eyes. He is very muscular, and about 25 years old.  Scars cover his dirty face.

Sound effects- There is birds chirping a river flows and a small howl wind so through the tree branches tapping each other, a quite rustic acoustic song plays in the back.

The Villiage- Response

The techniques and styles of this film are very captivating. The camera always moves in a way that it’s not showing you everything that you need to know, It makes you fill in the blanks with your imagination. Like the scene where Lucius Hunt is in the forest and something runs by him, we do not see what it is we can only spot it for a second. The style is done in such a way that we do not know a lot at the start but they hint the holes in the plot to us, yet it is still hard to piece together.

I feel this type of “creepy” film does not fit in with the typical horror genre, because this film has a message and more of a meaning. The message is about today’s society and people, they create a alternative secret society to get away from the bad of today. The society is generally peaceful but in order to keep people from leaving they create a group of fictional monsters in the woods. Is it really better to live in fear then to live in a world where bad things sometimes happen? I believe it is a very different type of film and it I say set up very differently, there is no classic murderer or demon, it has many secrets and mysteries but is very different.

I think the director didn’t go for blood and and guts in his film, because he was trying to do something new and different. Every horror film is the same yet this one is very different. He goes for the uncertain feeling because it leaves the veiwers to figure it out on their own and to think about it a lot, possibly even to re-watch some of the film to grasp what’s going on. The viewer must figure out a lot for themselves and even imagine some, it is a unsettling film because of that uncertainess.

Overall I really enjoyed this film, I thought it was interesting and it really made me think a lot. I think some people dor. Like this film because it doesn’t tell you what’s happening all of the time but for those reasons I do like it. I would rate it six out of ten, it is not the best film and in my opinion it has a few holes in the plot, like how does sattalite imaging not find the villiage. But it is a fun film all in all.

Blog Activity- History’s Reliability

Is today’s history more reliable than past?

Yes of course, things are very well documented and in much more detail today then in the past. In the future we should be able to be 100 percent sure about what happened because everything is so well documented now. In the past it’s hard to know what happened because a lot of history wasn’t documented, laungages didn’t mesh well making communication difficult. But now the world is all communicated easy and it’s much easier to communicate world wide. We have sattilite imagery and much more ways to document history.

The Majestic- Alternate Ending

The Majestic- Alternate Ending


As Peter just realized he is not really Luke, a shock shot through his frozen body. Everything he thought the last few months was wrong. He wasn’t Luke the town famous war hero. He was Peter Appleton, the Hollywood writer. His heart sank through his empty chest, what was he to say to Harry? What was he to say to Adele? What was he to say to the whole town? Then it came to him, why would he go back to being Peter when he could be Luke? Luke wasn’t coming back anytime soon so he could continue to portray as Luke, he loved being Luke anyways.


Not minutes later Harry’s heart gave out, and he tragically died during The Majestic’s grand re-opening. On his death bed, Peter thought about telling him the truth but he remained Luke to Harry, he couldn’t do that to the poor old man.


Things went well as Peter lived his life in the shoes of the presumably dead Luke Trimble. But soon guilt started to set in Peters cold heart; he wasn’t Luke. So why was he pretending to be him? What gain would he get out of it, he thought to himself. Why was he doing this?  He is Peter, not Luke, Peter. It started to get in his head. People began noticing, Adele and him were fighting, he showed up late to Harry’s funeral. His life began to fall apart as him and Adele drifted apart. Peter began to separate himself from people and began to pour all his time into working on The Majestic. He planned to soon return to Hollywood.


A large issue arose to his attention altering his opportunity to return to his past life. The government was after Peter ‘’the Communist’’. After the discovery of his car and more importantly his wallet containing is identification, proving he was not Luke. Fear over set him as he didn’t know what to do. He couldn’t go back to Hollywood now; he would be found right away in the busy city. So he ran off and got on a plane as soon as he could, that plane happened to be going to Mexico City.



He could now be free from both those lives and start a new one, the third life. So he found as much work as he could, trying to earn money to live. He completed various jobs to earn small bits of cash. Life was going well for him; he was living in Mexico City away from all his issues.


He eventually got a job at a large farm. Time went on, and life went was going alright for Peter until one day everything changed.


“We have got a new planter; I want you to train him” stated his boss.


Readily he went to meet his new co-worker, to his surprise he looked just like him. Shockingly he stuttered and asked his name,


“All I know is my name is Luke, and I was in the war, I was a prisoner of war, and now I’ve ended up here no money, no memory.”


Peter absolutely shocked stood there unable to speak; he found Luke Trimble. Without words to say he stuttered as his cold body flopped to the hard tile floor.


“Hello, sir? Wake up.”


Peter sprung up from the ground as Luke looked at him. “I know who you are,” mumbled Peter. In shock Luke quickly jolted


“What do you mean!?”


So Peter explained the whole story of him losing his memory and being mistaken for Luke leaving out only the part where he continued to portray him against his morals. Luke would have never believed him but there was something all too similar about The Majestic, and what did he have to lose.


Peter excited about the whole ordeal because he thought he would have a chance at being able to run The Majestic if he could be the hero to bring home the real Luke Trimble. So the two boys pooled all of their cash together and headed on the first flight available back home. The whole ride Peter told Luke all he knew about Luke’s past life, but Peter made sure not to say about the tragic death of Harry, Luke’s father.  It was too much for him to bare taking in all this information.


Arriving home shock ran through Luke’s body as he laid eyes on The Majestic, little memories shot through his brain. Peter pulled the car over in front of The Majestic quickly opening the door yelling


“I found Luke! I found Luke!”


Peter explained to them that he didn’t know he wasn’t Luke until the day he left. People are believing him and embracing him for finding Luke.


Unfortunately, Peter came home to find he was being charged with fleeing the country with criminal charges and for being blacklisted on communist accusations. Luckily he was able to fight off the charges for fleeing due to the memory loss, the whole town rooting for him he miraculously he was able to win the court case and walk out free.


Luke was very disappointed when he realized his father was dead and he would not be able to make new memories with him, but he was able to rekindle his old relationship with Adele, they went on to their wedding as they had planned prior to the war. He loved hearing old stories from his past and seeing how they relate to him now.


Peter went on to manage The Majestic and became a part of the town. Luke and Adele started a family and lived upstairs in The Majestic. So all was good in the town, everyone continued on a little bit happier as now The Majestic was open, Luke had returned for real, and Peter was free from charges and contributing to the town with upgrades to The Majestic. So in the end all was good in the small town.


By: Jackson Firby

Thank you for reading my take on a new ending of the movie: The Majestic -Starring Jim Carey

B7 Romeo and Juliet Reflection

  1. Reflecting on the fact that you studied and did some online research to learn about Shakespeare and specifically the play of Romeo and Juliet before we started reading it together, what are your thoughts on that process or method of beginning this text study?


I really thought it was beneficial to not only my self but the rest of his class. It was definitely helpful in aiding to easily learn and understand the play better. I enjoyed that aspect.  It made it more fluid to understand the play because we didn’t need to stop and start we were able to experience it the way it was meant to be experienced.



  1. How do you think it changed your experience of Romeo and Juliet, having studied it and learned so much about it before reading it together? Give one specific example to help support your perspective.


I think it changed the way I read the play, instead of being confused and trying to          understand what just happened I was just interested in reading it and getting to the next part, since I knew all of the basic aspects and the story line of the play.


  1. Would you recommend for other students in the future to go through the step of studying Shakespeare and the play elements before reading it? Explain the reasoning for your answer. Pick one – yes you’d recommend it or no you wouldn’t.


I would recommend it the the next class, that way they can just read and understand it fluidly and they don’t need to stop and start all the time to understand what’s going on.


  1. You journalled as Romeo immediately after he killed Tybalt and lost his friend Mercutio. Explain how you felt completing that journalling, first person writing: challenging, easy enough, a breeze? Explain what about it made it this way for you?


I thought it was fairly easy for me, since I played Romeo. I just thought knowing the character so well what would he say, putting my self in his vision and I typed away as if I were Romeo.


  1. Our debates: You’ve completed many other debates before, you’d shared. How was this debate any different from the others you’ve done previously, or was it different? If it was, in what way was it different? What parts of the planning work helped prepare you for the actual exchange of the debate?


It was pretty much the same, I didn’t really plan much I mostly just said what I thought. I think it went fairly well. Just like and debate you have to argue your side. I knew the topic so well so it was easy.


  1. How do you feel your performance of your debate related to your preparation of the debate?

(Ex: I prepared a lot but performed poorly; it might have been because….. )

(Ex: I didn’t prepare much, but performed really well; it might have been because….)


I really didn’t prepare much and that wasn’t a huge issue, I was able to argue my topic and side properly and make a good debate.


  1. What new elements of developing a presentation have you learned from preparing your Comparison Project? List two specific elements you tried that were different from what you’ve done before and how you felt they worked for you in the end.


My presentation was good; it was the same as I always make them really. I didn’t use and different special approaches. I do think the ladder outline did help me to include more information.


  1. Are you becoming more comfortable with speaking projects and activities? Explain.



I was always comfortable with that, that is one of my strong points. So no, I think I’m not but I didn’t really need to improve.