Tuesday, May 10, 2016

My Professional Opinion

     The Giver movie and the book are both really good. They both have a great plot, and interesting characters. I really liked the book and the movie, and I would read or watch them both again. However, The Giver movie is better than the book because it has more of a conflict, there are more characters, and there is a more understandable ending.

     The first reason I had was that the movie has more of a conflict. The first thing that increases the conflict is Asher. Instead of being a recreational officer like he was in the book, Aher was a drone pilot in the movie. Throughout the whole movie, the conflict between Jonas and Asher was rising. It first started at the ceremony. Then, there was the part where Asher didn't want to ride the "sled" with Jonas and Fiona because he wanted to follow the rules. After that, there's the talk between them when the kids are playing a game of war. Much later in the movie, when Jonas is trying to escape, he punches Asher. The final big conflict between them was when Asher was told to hunt out Jonas and finish him by dropping him into the waterfall. However, that conflict was kind of resolved when Asher hoped Jonas would survive and when he did, Asher told the Cheif Elder that Jonas had been killed. Another conflict was with Fiona and the community when she went along with Jonas's plan to stop taking the pill.

     The second reason I think the book is better than the movie is because of the characters. There are more of them. Some of the characters have bigger roles in the movie, too. One of these people is Fiona. She doesn't ever really love Jonas in the book. In the movie, there is a much bigger romance between them. That definitely made the plot stronger, especially when she agreed to stop taking the pills, like I've already mentioned. Then there is Asher, who I already talked about. The person who's character is the most different is the Cheif Elder. She is very creepy in the movie, and definitely meaner. I actually really liked that.

     The last reason why the movie is better than the book is because the ending is a little clearer, but still not crystal clear, so the director leaves you to come up with your own ending. Does Jonas come back for Fiona? Does he survive? Does he ever find a home? Those things, we don't know. Yet. However, what we do know is that the town gets filled will color and emotion, and everything that they'd lost before. Furthermore, I'm pretty sure they don't end up releasing Fiona. I definitely liked the movie ending better that the one in the book.

     Overall, I like the Giver movie better than the book, because it has more of a conflict, better characters, and a clearer ending. One thing that made the movie better were that it was in third person, so it was easier to understand because it was told from Jonas's point of view. That way, we got to change from black and white to color, like he did. Also, it was more believable when he was sixteen years old. That being said, I would like to imagine a twelve year old being so powerful!! I would definitely recommend both the Giver movie and the book!

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

The 6 Day Survey

The article I read was "Kids and Screen Time: What does the Research Say?" URL:  http://www.npr.org/sections/ed/2014/08/28/343735856/kids-and-screen-time-what-does-the-research-say

The author said kids at camp who were not exposed to screens for 6 days and kids who were at school exposed to screens for 6 days had to do a test at the beginning and end of the week. They had to look at 50 faces and point out human emotions and feelings. The kids who were not exposed to screens scored much higher than the others.

I think this shows that kids are much more addicted to screens than they should be, but this survey was still a bit confusing.

Thursday, March 10, 2016

Growing up in World War Ⅱ

    “Welcome!” Evy Justensen exclaimed as we arrived at her house. It was 4 o’clock in the afternoon, and my mom and I had pulled in the driveway. Evy owns a big house with a smaller house in the back, and a studio behind that. She lives alone in the smaller house, and her kids and grandkids sometimes stay in the bigger house. Evy is an artist, and a good one too. She uses the studio in the back for her artwork. She has a big backyard with a garden and, and she maintains it very well. She likes to grow plants, fruits, and vegetables in her garden.
My mom is editing a local documentary called Lives Well Lived. It’s about people 75 and older who have lived their lives to the fullest, Evy’s in the film and lives super close to us, so she was able to hook me up with her. I chose Evy because she grew up in Denmark during World War Ⅱ, so I thought she would have an interesting story. This was my first time meeting Evy, and she was very nice. She invited me back into her art studio for the interview. Evy is 83, but you would never know it. She has whitish blonde hair and a big smile, and doesn't need special help to get things done. She is an incredible artist, and told me all about her paintings. She has a few of her mom and one of her dad, and many others too. Some are abstract and some aren’t.
We sat down in two chairs in her beautiful studio for the interview, while my mom walked around looking at her paintings. She engaged Evy while I got out my notebook, phone for recording, and a pencil to write with. I started to write while she was talking, but stopped after the first question because she talks A LOT!!
Q = “What are some of the most important lessons you feel you have learned over the course of your life?”
    A = “I’ve learned a lot. I guess the most important thing would be that there’s only one thing you have control of in your life and that’s your attitude to whatever happens all around you. Everything else you can’t control. You might make it better, you might make it worse , but you can’t control it. How you view your life and attitude is the single most important thing. Another thing I’ve learned is not to get in a rut, because life is to be lived fully.”

    Q = “What would you say you know now about living a happy successful life that you didn’t know when you were 20?”
    A = “Oh, I didn’t know much when I was 20 (laugh). Maybe the fact that I wanted some kind of security when I was 20, because we lived in Denmark during World War Ⅱ, and my dad had been arrested and put in concentration camp for helping Jews escape from the war. It was a hard time. So when we came to the U.S., I was only 14. I was kind of looking for security, I wanted something stable.”

    Q = “Some people say that they have difficult or stressful experiences, but they have learned important lessons from them. Is that true for you? Can you give some examples of what you’ve learned?”
    A = “I’m by nature a real optimist, which I was born with. I think that’s a real blessing, because optimists tend to look at things better than if you’re a pessimist. My dad was in concentration camp for helping Jews escape, so it was a very stressful time in my life- we didn’t know if he was going to come out of it, and he did. My view on that was, ‘Oh my god! It ended so well!’ you know, ‘Wasn’t that wonderful?!’ I learned to be a real optimist, and I also learned from my parents to treat my children with a real lattitude, give them a lot of room, freedom, because that’s what I had growing up.”

    Q = “As you look back over your life, do you see any key turning points, that is, an event or experience that changed over the course of your life of set you on a different track?”
    A = “Yes, I got married at age 20, had my two children, and divorced at 42. It was a big turning point in my life. My husband and I are still nice friends, we see each other. I never remarried, didn’t want to. I wanted to be able to make my own decisions. At 20 years old, I had only been in America for 5 years. When I divorced, my first thought was, ‘FREEDOM!!’ Another big turning point in my life was when I got in a car accident and lost all of my front teeth! I survived, but that was a big event/change in my life.”

    Q = “What would you say are the major values or principles that you live by?”
    A = “Attitude. Like I said before, having control of how I view life around me. I’m also really lucky, because I have a very wonderful family who were mostly always positive. But attitude is the main thing.

I thought the interview went really well. Evy even told me a hilarious story:

    “We were driving through Nuremberg one day, and we got stuck in a parade for Hitler. I’m only two or three. Everyone around us is shouting ‘Heil Hitler!’ I thought that was so much fun! I leaned out of the car window and started yelling ‘Heil, Heil!’ (laugh) My mom grabbed me and said ‘NO!’ I redeemed myself later though a German officer needed a ride, and my dad had to say yes. He was trying to be nice and make conversation, and my sister and I were in the backseat. She was 3 years older than me. The officer took me and put me on his lap and he was trying to make jokes with me, and I peed on his lap (laugh). My dad said he was very nice about it but my dad was really thinking That a girl!

    I learned a lot from Evy, and I couldn't stop laughing when she told me the story about Hitler and the German officer! At the end of the interview, she let me take a selfie with her, and a picture of her holding her favorite painting. It is of her mom.

Thursday, February 4, 2016

The Sudden Death

Iona  got very sick from an illness, and died overnight after Callum went to see her.  However, before she died Iona told to call him to watch over the Osprey.  I think Iona's death was very sudden, and it was very unexpected to everyone.  I predict that Callum will be devastated that Iona's dead and he will be too sad to watch the Osprey like Iona told him to.

The Treehouse

Callum's brother built a new treehouse for Callum and Iona, because it was Iona's birthday.  I think this new treehouse will come in handy, because it is great for watching the Osprey.  I think Rob is going to discover and ruined the treehouse because he is always up to no good.

Iona's Party

Callum  and his family through Iona a birthday party, and she was very surprised and thankful about all the presents they gave her.  I think Iona was thankful for the party, because her granddad is so crazy he probably forgot it was her birthday. I think Callum will be just fine having Iona as a friend  instead of Rob because Iona and Callum have a lot of fun together.

The Fight and The Computer

Rob and call him got into a fight about Iona, and Callum accidentally broke Rob's new bike's computer.  I think Rob deserved it, because he is always saying bad things about Iona. I don't think Rob will forgive Callum because Rob is not one of those people.