Thursday, February 9, 2012

The Best Thing I Learned Last Semester is....

There were many important tools and elements that I learned last semester in Mrs. West's AP Language and Composition class. The most important key that I learned was how to form different types of essays and being able to identify them. Each essay was unique in its own way, having different purposes and structures. Learning the difference between essays will positively benefit me as well as my classmates for the AP test we will all take in this coming May.

Thursday, December 15, 2011

            By three methods we may learn wisdom: First, by reflection, which is noblest; second, by imitation, which is easiest; and third by experience, which is the bitterest.” (Confucius) Wisdom can be defined as many things; the amount of intelligence ones brain sustains, by somebody’s experiences in life, or just simply by good judgment. Others responses to what they considered wisdom to be were received with multiple views like: “It’s like a smarter way of saying knowledge but having more of it,” or “Wisdom is something that gives people character.” But is that what today’s society considers wisdom to be symbolizes? There are 2 main categories in which many of today’s people place people in for wisdom. These include the “book smart” population and the “street smart” population.

            Book smart people may be the 4.0 students; however they are confined on the amount of wisdom they can apply. Instead, they focus on sticking with the facts rather than experiencing it for themselves. “You don’t know good until you’ve seen bad,” as some say it. This population of book smart people also center themselves mainly on the quantity of knowledge they absorb rather than the quality of it. In the modern world this can have many set backs. Book smart people may know the facts but can they usefully engage it?

            Under the definition of knowledge shows a word that defines street smarts completely; experience. Street smart people get a sense of the world themselves instead of blunt facts given by the mind-numbing white pages of books. By gaining experience, they get to learn from mistakes and improve from them which can be tremendously important in the world today. The street smart population is one of the most independently grouped people in society. They have the wisdom to know what works and what doesn’t. Experience can also teach many useful life lessons which only makes a man wiser. “A mind that is stretched by a new experience can never go back to its old dimensions.
            Wisdom is many things put in one no matter if someone is placed in the book smart people or the street smart people. Knowing the facts can only get you so far. The “hands-on” approach gives people a feel of the world for themselves and with experience comes wisdom. Life in general and how one learns from it is wisdom. It isn’t just about being what society today considers “intelligent” or “smart”. A wise man had seen it all, done it all, and has lived to tell a tale. “Who is wise? He that learns from everyone.” (Benjamin Franklin)

Sunday, November 27, 2011

The Guy With the Fro

Under all of that fro lies an intelligent man named Malcolm Gladwell. Born in England and growing up in Ontario, Gladwell currently lives in New York City with a degree in history from the University of Toronto. He started off as a reporter with the Washington Post covering both business and science and moving on to serve as the newspaper's New York City bureau chief from 1987 to 1996. Since 1996, Gladwell has been a staff writer with The New Yorker magazine. In 2005 he was named one of Time Magazine's 100 Most Influential People. Gladwell has successfully written 4 books, all of which were number one New York Times bestsellers. These include "The Tipping Point: How Little Things Make a Big Difference,"  "Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking," "Outliers: The Story of Success," and his most recent in 2009 "What the Dog Saw".

"The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference"

Gladwell, Malcolm. The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference. New York: Little, Brown and Company, 2000. Print.

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Non-fiction book

I decided to read "Outliers" because of Mrs.West's description given. I like the idea that this book is gonna make you critically think about life itself. How do we become successful and where does our intelligence come from? are 2 huge questions discussed in the book and they already get your brain fueling to learn more. Additionally, I'm really interested in learning weird statistical facts and knowing more so I am trusting Mrs.West's judgement!

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Reaction to "Why I Write" by Williams

My first reaction to "Why I Write" by Williams was surprising. Williams easily captured so many emotions. I really liked how she used repetition. By using repetition, I had a better feel of her writing and understood it. Not only was she just writing about how she writes but Williams expressed many emotions towards the feelings of writing that many readers can have a connection to. "Why I Write" really got readers to think "Well why do I write?" and that is why i especially liked this reading the best.