Percy Jackson and the Lack of Emotional Control (Volume One)

It may not be often where you get to your breaking point. No thinking involved, just swinging fists and yelling out curses. Percy is well familiar with the concept. 

Percy consistently shows trouble managing his emotions, from unknowingly shoving Nancy Bobofit into a fountain (P9), to calling his teacher an “old sot” on page seventeen. He has a bad reputation for snapping so often, leading to poor self- confidence and a mind for getting expelled. 

 The Issue 

Percy’s inability to manage his emotions is a huge issue, even leading to other problems (such as poor –relationships with peers). Even little things, like getting mad over Nancy Bobofit’s snickering, can lead to a huge chain effect of poor results. Percy’s anger escalates the problem. Thus, he gets expelled so often as per this lack of control. 

Not many seem willing to do much about this- even Percy, who appears resigned to his feeble mindset. We can infer that he has tried to get help before (from when he says, “I tried to stay cool, the school counselor had told me a million times.”). Unfortunately, it just didn’t work out. But that doesn’t mean you’re to give up. It has, and will, affect him in the long run. When Percy gets frustrated and says something unconventional, he immediately regrets it. We can figure this out from when on page 39, he says ““Because you don’t want me around?” I regretted the words as soon as they were out.” If Percy continues to allow his emotions to control him, more interactions like these will happen, and he will be left friendless. 

His bad attitude also sours his behavior towards school. When he thinks of school, he associates it with getting told off and getting expelled. Now, why is he getting expelled? Because of his poor emotion controlHe’s gotten expelled from many schools, and just got expelled from Yancy, too. He got expelled this time for, again, acting poorly. If he had controlled his emotions and, well, not gotten expelled again, it’d likely lighten his attitude towards school. A good attitude means you feel more eager to do well, and thus, he’d probably get better grades. So many of the issues in Percy’s “short, miserable life” (Page 2) are in relation to the exact topic of his poor emotions.  

 Strategies and Benefits 

The Ted-Ed talk “Tips to Boost Your Self-Confidence” has no biases and offers tips to help alter your mindset. It says, “you can turn your thoughts into actions”. This shows that Percy, if taken the time and dedication, would be able to help himself. He appears to blame all his faults on his ADHD and Dyslexia, and yet the article ‘ADHD and Neurodiversity’, written by Karen Bush Gibson, talks about how it’s not their fault, and perhaps society just needs to change the way they look at ADHD.  

Percy could just remind himself of his need to control emotions. If not him, then maybe a trusted guardian could help, like his mom or Mr. Brunner. A fidget may help him get his anger out as well. Being separated from people who provoke him to snap (such as Nancy Bobofit) would be of benefit, too. 

An upside of Percy learning emotional management would be more positive relationships. As of now, he only has his mom, Grover, and Mr. Brunner. But if he was able to keep his emotions in check, people wouldn’t look down on him. As we’ve seen, Percy is protective of his friends (like on page 24, where he says “All year long, I’d gotten into fights keeping bullies away from him. I’d lost sleep worrying that he’d get beaten up next year without me.”), and if he wasn’t so easily provoked, maybe people would see that as a positive character trait rather than a negative one. Not to mention that, as aforementioned, being well-liked would improve his attitude towards school, thus inspiring him to study and get better grades. All of this would lead to higher self-confidence. And so, we know that if Percy learned emotional management, nearly all his issues would be solved. 

In conclusion, we can assume that Percy’s lack of emotional control is a primary reason as to why his gradual downfall occurred. Overall, if he fixed this singular problem, then he’d have more friends, would even like school, and have higher self-esteem.

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Science Habitat Project

One thing I learned from science this year was about how to make models (something that will probably become very important as I progress in life). I also learned things like how to order procedures, note taking, and how to conduct experiments safely. It was a very fun year overall. Next year I hope to do more experiments and possibly learn more about models.

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Humanities Summative Project

For the ‘Our Stories Make History’ final project, we were asked to compose a primary source, filled with our own experiences and articles we found. However, since I had joined in the middle of the unit, my project was a bit emptier.  

I chose to organize my project in a ThingLink. I like the layout, and it’s not too hard of a website to manage. I made a key (in the top right corner) so it’d be more helpful for people when looking at it. I can group all of the articles into one section and not make it seem too cramped, and the links can be shown in neat little ways. 

I think that, from my experiences, people from the future will be able to see what it was like while constantly inside. How we exercised, entertained, etc. They might learn about what we’ve had to do during corona (e.g. staying inside) to prevent it from spreading.  

In this unit, I think what went well for me was the journal entries. I was able to write a lot, and it was fun to do. I think that writing them was a productive use of time for me. Plus, I was able to showcase a lot of my lifestyle through the journal entries. 

One thing I found challenging was that I came into the unit while it was halfway done and had no idea what to do. Since the final assessment relied a lot on former projects, mine looked weird. Everyone else’s has so much material and mine only has journal entries and articles. 

Overall, this was a pretty fun project! I enjoyed doing it.  

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Humanities Reflection

I felt like something that went well in my Early Humans project was the initial research. I had all my sources and was able to find a decent amount of stuff regarding my question. However, I struggled to find a primary source and even then was only able to find one with more cons than pros to it. If I could start over, I’d probably change my question to something related to hunting instead of the fire itself- the question I ended up with wasn’t the most interesting. 

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Early Humans and Us

In Humanities, we were assigned a project where we came up with a research question (based off of early humans and us) and used the resources given to answer it. My question was ‘How does our use of fire today differ from how we used it as early humans?’ My ThingLink (shown below) answers that question, accompanied by some audio.

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Continent I – My Metaphor Map

My emotions are a volcano- calm, but ready to burst at any moment.

My books is a plain. Easy, calm, and relaxing.

My music is a river; never ending and soft.

My art and writing is an oasis. It provides comfort, and is always there. I can always look to it when I need it.

Social interaction is a mountain that’s difficult to climb. If I make one wrong move, I slip and fall.

My math is an island that I’m stranded on. I don’t know how to get back to mainland.

My thoughts are an ocean. Normally calm, but will become extremely angry.

Dreams are a lake. Comforting and I can easily come across one.

My imagination is a forest because every one can be different. It can be dark or kind.

My fears are a desert. Barren land with nobody to count on.

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I am from Stray Cats and Mechanical Hands

My poem is a bunch of memories that I jumbled together into a poem. The first paragraph references my time I spent living in Costa Rica, whereas the second paragraph is more related to recent times. We jotted down a bunch of memories with a variety of differences (e.g. memories outside, phrases, memories around the house, etc), and wrote a poem using them with figurative language. It was pretty swell! I tried to include quite a bit of figurative language, but if there’s not much, then I apologize.

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I am from Stray Cats and Mechanical Hands 

By: Ivy Sand 

 

I am from adventures in the rainforest 

Tall, lush trees looming over us 

Sweet berries and poison frogs 

Critters darting into the foliage 

All of them hiding from me 

 

I am from Pokémon at midnight 

A dim candle flickering 

The room struggling 

To stay seen 

Velvet blankets bundle me up 

As I sip on my Cola 

 

I am from my favorite songs 

Art during rainy afternoons 

Luxury I never needed  

The turning of delicate pages 

And shredded art nobody ever saw 

 

I am from stray cats that eye me incredulously  

Like two wild creatures 

I am the prey 

Campfires dancing, grasping marshmallows 

Flowers blooming in the fields  

Chimes in the breeze, begging to be heard 

 

I am from ripe peach picking 

Mechanical hands dictating my every move 

Popsicles that drip onto the sizzling sidewalk 

Hoodies, even though it’s the middle of summer 

Sparrows singing up a storm 

And a fresh breeze that ruffles up my hair 

 

Forgotten memories and entertaining conversations. that is where I’m from.  

 

 

 

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How do I Feel About Middle School?

Middle School has been okay. It’s been exciting, but definitely different from what I imagined. Anyways, I like cats (all cats. Cats are pretty swell), and I guess Middle School’s been pretty swell as well, so here’s a picture of a cat to make your day pretty swell.

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Welcome to Your New Blog!

When you blog you create posts and posts are categorised according to your subject. Some categories have already been set up for you. If you need more categories you can add them as needed. It’s important that your posts have the following:

  • An engaging title – this should not include the name of the subject since this is referenced in the category.
  • Body – this is where you share your learning. This can include text, images, embedded videos from Dragons’ Tube or elsewhere. You should always consider how your post looks to your audience. Is it engaging? Do they want to keep reading?
  • Category – select one that has been set for you or add a new category. Posts can have more than one category e.g. Humanities and Myself as a Learner

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