Quiet Power: The Secret Strength of Introverted Kids

Do you have a quiet friend or two? Are you the type of person who just reclines party invitations? Don’t worry, you are not alone. The book quiet power, written by Susan Cain, talks about introverts and introversion from multiple dimensions. It sheds a whole new light on both personality types (extroversion and introversion). This book is all about the kids’ world—school, extracurriculars, family life, and friendship. You’ll read about actual kids who have tackled the challenges of not being extroverted and who have made a mark in their quiet way. It teaches us how the extraordinarily complex characters that make introverts who they are and can help them become exceptionally brilliant and urge all personality types to learn from individual introverts’ traits for their benefit. so if you’re interested, please check the video below.

The best thing I have learned in this unit is re-reading.  Non-fiction often takes me more time than fiction to read because there is more background knowledge. Sometimes, I stop in between my reading to go back to re-read an earlier paragraph or page for further details. I enjoyed thinking actively while reading. I love how I am able to read thoroughly, deeply, and see things from a different perspective.





There was a drought in the Shandong province, things were not the way they used to be, and many Chinese believed it was the foreigner’s doings. The Boxers didn’t want the foreigners to change their cultural beliefs and religions. However, violence was not the best way to resolve that problem, therefore, the Boxers did deserve a bad rap for their brutality and intolerance against a foreign power. The Boxers blew up the French legation and killed 44 missionaries while they were trapped, they have killed many people both foreigners and Chinese Christians. but violence was not the best way to solve problems. there is another historical event that could prove that your goals could also be achieved without killing. the movement is called the suffragette movement was a member of an activist women’s organization in the early 20th century who, under the banner “Votes for Women”, fought for the right to vote in public elections, they also achieved their goal with violence but they didn’t kill anyone so their violence could be justified. After protests from the foreigners, the Empress was still supporting the boxers which gave them even more power. So, the boxers were very superstitious and blamed the foreigners. Which made the boxers to do what they thought was right in the wrong way. And caused this tragedy.






Miss Marple tells a story

When you fully trust someone without any doubt, you get to two points: a person for life or a lesson for life. The theme of the short story miss Marple tells a story is, don’t trust people fully. Even though they look innocuous, they can still be harmful. In the story, Miss Marple was asked for help from an old friend who was about to be indicted for his wife’s murder. She was stabbed to death in a hotel room, but he swears that he is innocent. No one thought of an ordinary middle-aged chambermaid would have been the murderer.
“Out of the tail of your eye, you saw chambermaid come in, go into your wife’s room, come back, and go out. It was the same dress—but not the same woman. That’s what the people were having coffee saw—a chambermaid goes in, and a chambermaid comes out. The electrician did the same. I dare say if a chambermaid were very pretty, a gentleman might notice her face—human nature being what it is—but if she were just an ordinary middle-aged woman—well—it would be the chambermaid’s dress you would see—not the woman herself” (Christie 5-6).
In this paragraph, we found out that there were two chambermaids in the story. At first, everyone thought that the chambermaid wouldn’t do such calamity thing because never thought of what if someone uses that innocent impression that we all have for the chambermaid and turn it into a murderer.
“Mary Hill is a local woman. She had been chambermaid at the Crown for ten years. There seems absolutely no reason why she should commit a sudden assault on a guest. She is, in any case, extraordinarily stupid, almost half-witted. She brought Mrs. Rhodes her hot-water bottle and said the lady was drowsy—just dropping off to sleep. Frankly, I cannot believe, and I am sure no jury would believe that she committed the crime” (Christie 3).
Even though the author didn’t tell us directly that not to trust people fully, even though they look innocuous, they can still be harmful. Nevertheless, From the author’s description, we can see that Mary Hill (the chambermaid) is under suspicion, where others think that she won’t do such thing as murder. But the fact is she is the murderer. So, this is why we should not judge people in the first place.

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