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Cultural Revolution in Plain English

Want to learn the key information about China’s Cultural Revolution in only 5 minutes?

With Nicolas, Justin, Jenny, we created the video above of the “Cultural Revolution” in China. The Cultural Revolution is mainly about Mao ZeDong wanting to gain power and then successfully becoming the most powerful man in China. Hope you enjoy it!

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Life is Confusing

Are there times when you begin to dislike your passion? In my point of view, the conflict of the book Damage is person vs. self because this book is about a high schooler named Austin Reid who started to dislike his life. Except, the problem was he could not figure out what was going wrong.

Austin Reid was a football star in high school, he enjoyed this sport very much, but recently he could not figure out why he even likes this sport. Jenkins writes, “Coach seldom gives compliments, so you should be pleased. But his words skitter on the surface and float away, meaningless” (48). When Austin scores the first touchdown of their first game of the season, it should have been one of the best moments of his life. However, Austin didn’t feel like it was anything great, he thought it was just a typical touchdown. Jenkins writes, “You’re not as focused as you usually are” (9). After several football practices, his best friend, Curtis, notices Austin is not trying as hard as last year. Austin is usually day dreaming in practices and he is usually the slowest to complete drills. I can sort of connect with Austin’s situation in practices because sometimes I will also day dream in the middle of soccer or basketball practices because I have got other things on my mind to worry about.

Through out the exposition, Austin meets a very beautiful girl named Heather. Heather was in the same high school as Austin, she was known as the most beautiful girl in the grade. Austin’s best friend Curtis didn’t really like her, in his mind, he thought of her as a selfish person. However, Austin and Heather happened to really like each other and they moved to the next level (dating). Jenkins writes, “The tape rolls on. The screen becomes a blur of swaying lines battling bodies again. Faceless, like ants. Not one of them is as real as the tickle of Heather’s breath in your ear” (52). After they started dating, in his mind, all Austin could think of was Heather. Austin finally has found something he really cared about and he felt like his life became more interesting. Is Heather what Austin was looking for all along?

 

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Collage Explains: The Wonderful Ending

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Would you forgive your Dad after he has done so many terrible things? In my point of view, the conflict of the book, The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-Time is person vs. person because this book’s conflict is only resolved if Christopher forgives his Father for lying to him about what he has done. To explain how Christopher’s conflict was resolved, I decided to make a collage with key moments that shows how Christopher has forgave his Father and how his life got better.

Now I would be explaining why I chose the specific pictures in his happy collage. Haddon writes, “But it was OK because Sandy slept on my bed so he would bark if anyone came into the room during the night “(220). As you can see there are many pictures of a dog with a boy, the reason I put it in is because the dog was a big reason Christopher is less frightened of his Father. Sandy(dog) lived with his dad so he started to enjoy the times to go to find his Father because he could also play with Sandy. Haddon writes, “Christopher, I would never, ever do anything to hurt you” (219). There are many pictures of his Father hugging him because I found it very important because his Father wanted him to know he loved him very much. Haddon writes, “And I got the results of my maths A level and I got an A grade” (220). I included a few pictures of him with the math test because he always wanted to take it, and because of this test result, he felt very happy. Haddon writes, “We moved into a room in a big house that was made of red bricks” (216). There are a few photos of him with his Mother living together because of course knowing his Mother is still alive is like the greatest thing he will ever know. Haddon writes, “…Father made a vegetable patch in the garden and I helped him. And we planted carrots and peas and spinach and I’m going to pick them and eat them when they’re ready” (220). I put 2 photos of Father and son playing in the garden because this quote shows Christopher decided to forgive his Father and was no longer scared of him. Since this was a fabulous ending, I decided to put a happy face in the middle to express his feeling, happy.

I used Word to create my Collage.
I used Google Images to find the photos.

 

 

Gifs Explains: The Unbelievable Fact

[Spoiler Alert]

What would you do if your Father lied about your Mother’s death and was also a murderer? In the book, The Curious Incident Of The Dog In Night-Time by Mark Haddon, Christopher finds out the most unbelievable secrets he would ever know in his life. Because of this incident, Christopher decides to make the big decision. Below are a series of Gifs that would help explain what happens.

 

“I just thought…I just thought it was better if you didn’t know…that…that…I didn’t mean…I was going to show them to you when you were older” (Haddon114).

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The first Gif is showing Christopher was really shocked and confused when he found out his Father has hid the letters his Mother had wrote to him and told him, she died because of a heart attack when she was actually still alive.

 

“I killed Wellington, Christopher” (120).

The second Gif represents the fear Christopher has for his Father, he not only lied about his Mother’s death, he also killed Mrs. Shear’s Dog, Wellington, just because Mrs.Shears didn’t want to have a relationship with him. Christopher was  even wrote a book about finding the mysterious killer, he could not believe his Father was the killer of the case he was trying to solve. Christopher was afraid, he was scared his dad would also kill him.

 

“…I had to go to London to live with my Mother” (131).

The third Gif represents Christopher not feeling safe so decides to go to London to find his Mother. Christopher stole his Father’s credit card in order to pay for the train tickets to London. Swindon to London was far, he almost gave up in many situations, especially the fact there were many people in the train and he hated being touched. But to not see his Father, the only place he could go was his Mother’s place.

 

 

“Christopher, Christopher, Christopher” (191).

The fourth Gif happens when Christopher finally met his Mother, his Mother tried to hug him but he did not like being touched so they used the finger to finger way. Christopher explains why he never replied to any of the letters and why he came. Haddon writes, “I’m going to live with you because Father killed Wellington with a garden fork and I’m frightened of him” (192). Christopher decides to live with his Mother and Mr. Shears because he thinks of his Father as a murderer.

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Manny Just Got Trolled

Rai writes, “I’ll go…” (114). Manny finally makes the decision and agrees to go to Punjab for 2 months with his family for vacation. There, India, is where his old man claims is the most amazing place he will ever go to. Manny, not thinking too much, believes what his old man said and will be traveling to India for the first time.

When Manny and his family arrived at Punjab, it was much hotter than England. The heat was getting him frustrated and he desperately needed a pack of  cigarettes. Meeting his uncles, cousins, and aunts wasn’t too bad, they were all very kind to him. Staying for about 2 weeks, he gets closer with his cousin, Inderjit. “This is what I smoke. English cigarettes” (140). This quote explains how Manny gets closer with Inderjit, they both smoke cigarettes. Living there for about 6 weeks, his oldest brother, Rajit and his wife, had to leave because Rajit had to work. Rai writes, “Two more weeks of Warm cola and dodgy fags. Two more weeks, man” (148). Manny could not wait any longer to meet his best friend Ady and girl friend Lisa in England.

Rai writes, “That agent, Manjit, the one that has our tickets and passports. He had a problem at his office and they have been stolen…” (150). Manny was in total shock when he heard this, because of this he cannot go to his, real home. Manny’s old man tells him he and his mother will be going to Jullundur to fix this problem. While they fix this problem, Harry and his wife will be visiting her family. Now, Manny was left alone with his cousins and other relatives. In my perspective, living without parents telling you what to do is really fun. Getting to do whatever you want, sleep late, play video games, watch TV, etc. But to Manny, Manny has to live with the people who live in the culture where you have to marry who your parents choose, which is his total nightmare.

Rai writes, “They were all liars, all of them. In it together from the beginning and they had tricked me” (164). Manny was brought to another place in India for a day in order to give time for all of his family members to leave back to England. Manny was trolled to come to India, he knew his family wanted him to marry another girl other than Lisa, just like his cousins and other relatives. Rai writes, “You think you’re so clever, hey? Try laughing next month when you’re still here, innit” (152). Manny finally realizes what Harry meant. His entire family knew this plan, that he would be left behind alone. All the things his dad was talking about, how beautiful India is, were all lies. Rai writes, “Bad people. Druggies and whores. It’s not good” (145). Manny’s old man was such a hypocrite going on about the ‘drug society’ and black people all the time. Here, right here in the village he called home, there were drugs and prostitutes and people have affairs, yet Manny hadn’t even seen a single white or black person in this village. Manny could not believe what his family had done to him. Now he has made the decision to revenge, he must have to find a way to ruin his old man’s image.

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The Unexpected Ending

Many of you might think the conflict of “The Defender” is Ian and his father running for their lives(a.k.a person vs society), but what I think is way different. Gibbons writes, “For his secrets, for his past, Ian still hates him”, (123).What I think the conflict of the book is will Ian forgive what his dad have done(a.k.a person vs person). The reason I think that is the conflict of the book is because as a child myself, if my dad was a thief and was running away for his life. First, it would be hard for me to adapt to what he has done. Secondly,what my life will be like in the past years. Although Ian’s dad was a big thief, and Ian could not believe any of his dad’s past. I feel like after the truth was given to Ian, and the two of them running for their lives, Ian and his dad got to know each other better and they were much closer than before.

Gibbons writes, “Don’t argue, Ian. We’ve got this one chance. I don’t care how you do it, but find a first-floor balcony and jump. I’ll be there with the car”, (152). This quote explains when Ian was captured by the Irish people, his dad came to rescue him even though they were after his dad instead of him. During the situation, Ian and his dad were like partners, on the phone and telling each other what to do. Ian’s father coming back for Ian shows how much his dad loves him and does not want to lose him. “Dad, this is crazy”, (164). This quote happened when the two of them were running while people were shooting them from the back, his dad did not give up easily, he would try anything to keep his son safe from the Irish people. They didn’t only gain a better relationship while they are running. “The answer is yes”, (167). There were multiple times when they were safe, and in those times, his dad tries his best to tell Ian as much as possible. He tells Ian about him killing the person who hurt his friend and her family. After all these different sort of situations Ian and his dad had gone through, Ian forgives him. “All that time you were feeling bad, I never even knew. I was to busy having a happy childhood. So we had to move a few times? Big deal. It never did me any harm”, (187). Ian’s dad tells Ian that life would have been better if he didn’t do these bad things, but Ian claims that he was a good father and gave him everything he wanted. As a reader, I really liked what Allan Gibbons wrote for the last sentence of the book. “Time doesn’t take away the pain, but it can heal”

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