Dear Justyce- Next Great Read!

Dear Justyce by Nic Stone is a great read regarding the life of a teenager inside a violent neighborhood. The protagonist, which goes by the name Justyce, struggles to maintain an optimistic life; gang violence and racism is disrupting his living. At one point, he finally tastes pure racism inside his world, which changes him forever. Themes that can be derived from this book make include the fact that judging people without knowing them better often causes people to underestimate and mistreat others.

The book is an absolutely heart-wrenching read: as Justyce faces the onslaught of racist actions, readers will go through a rainbow of emotions, from pure hatred to ineffable joy. The read will not only be addictive, but will also inculcate life advice which we can apply to in our own lives. Check out the author for more information on this book.

Am I Humanist?

I am 55 percent humanist, mainly for two reasons. The first factor is that one of the topics of being a humanist is to balance religious belief with scientific intellect, yet this point does not apply to me because I am not religious, which means I do not have the difficulty of balancing scientific knowledge with religious belief, so I rated this point a 0. The second factor is my correlation with individualism, because I agree that people should be judged on their work and achievement, so I rated this point a 5 out of 5 to represent my agreement with individualism.


I apologize for the bad title. I lack imagination.

A Leg of Lamb: the Ultimate Life Lesson

The found poem I created originated from a short story named “Lamb to the Slaughter”. It shows character versus character conflict between and wife (protagonist) and her husband (antagonist), where it is about the wife’s reaction when she was notified that her husband was to abandon her. The rising action consists of how she cooked and waited for her husband to go back from work, and she seemed to be really happy in waiting for her husband to be back. Then, she saw the nervousness in her husband. She knew something was wrong, and that was when they sat down and the husband told her that he no longer wanted to be with her anymore. Thus, the conflict and my found poem begins there. The husband talks about how he does not want to be with her anymore, and the wife “Sat still, watching with a dazed horror.” The conflict is important as the wife kills the husband and the story is continued in the falling action with her trying to condone her crimes. It is describe in the story of her going to the store in order to get the trust of the shopkeeper and the cops, which were kinder to her after she “justified her innocence” and made the officers eat a lamb leg, which was the exact weapon she used to kill her husband, which I found to be cunning. The story gives us one conclusion: never underestimate the feeling of others when you hurt them for one’s own selfishness. Measures some would take is completely unthinkable, for one thing can mean nothing to you, but the world to them. I chose this picture because it demonstrated the literal definition of the book: a leg of lamb, killing someone. I chose this ironic picture as some may laugh, and then find this story to be so much deeper; the story goes beyond a simple leg of lamb, talking about the emotions and choices people make. The lamb was a weapon, very much, but the symbolism is the actions some may take after they have found something that have deeply impacted their world, and the decisions they consequentially take.


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Percy and His Choices Have Consequences That Cause Great Impacts to Himself and His Community

Choices are made on a regular basis; some healthy, some erroneous, causing consequential impacts. Fixating on Percy Jackson, he determines choices in everyday life that changes his life in numerous ways. ADHD (Fidgeting and blurting), personal relationships (positive and negative relationships), and emotions (controlling his temper) sometimes cause Percy to misbehave, however, these problems can be changed with simple solutions in the following.

ADHD affects a lot of people by pressing them to blurt out and to fidget uncontrollably. Percy is disturbed by ADHD, making him constantly impetuous, such as when written on page two, “I had this accident with this revolutionary war cannon. I wasn’t aiming for the school bus, but of course I got expelled anyway. According to a Newsela article, fidgeting is one of the symptoms of ADHD. Another precedent is when Percy exclaimed, “Will you shut up?!” on page 5. This impulsive statement was when Nancy Bobofit antagonized Percy. Instead of contemplating, Percy immediately blurted out with loud volume. As shown, people with ADHD are affected with these symptoms, however, could be mitigated by the following suggestions: According to the article, “Neurodiversity: A Different View of ADHD” (Cricket media,2018), “People with ADHD also do their best in a stimulating environment.” This means that the system or theme of their learning could affect Percy, one resolution might be to (since Percy likes Greek Mythology) apply Myths to his classes. This could benefit Percy for a better education. Also, “There are many tools and apps to help someone get organized.” This shows that Percy could download apps to help him remind him of his goals and regulate his mood.

“My mother can make me feel good just by walking into the room” or “I was really glad to see her” introduces Percy’s relationships. Percy and his Mother have a healthy relationship, and according to an article by the University of Minnesota, having good, positive relationships allow you to live longer and be healthier. Percy also has a good friend Grover, and constantly makes choices because of him, such as on page 3, “Grover tried to calm me down” which shows how friends interact with each other to recommend the best choices with their friends. Grover made Percy feel better. “I started choking up, thinking about Grover” establishes to the reader of a healthy relationship with Grover. On the other side of relationships, a lot of choices are influenced by unhealthy relationships, such as with Nancy Bobofit when Percy’s “Mind went blank” after Nancy Bobofit taunted him, and this leads to a lot of impulsive actions that cause stress and anger. One endorsement could be to help Percy develop more genuine relationships, in other words, having more friends. Another quote in the article previously mentioned shows that having more relationships help you “deal with stress”. Anxiety would no longer be a problem for Percy since his friends would always be there to help them.

One other major factor that influences Percy’s decisions is how he regulates his mood and emotions. Sometimes, Percy is overwhelmed by his feeling causing him to act without thinking. “I’m going to kill her” (Page 3) was gritted out by Percy when he got mad at Nancy Bobofit or when “I tried to stay cool. The school counselor had told me a million times, count to ten, get control of your temper” but I was so mad my mind went blank. A wave roared in my ears”(page 9) and willed Nancy Bobofit into the fountain. He was constantly annoyed, such as when he “threw the Cambridge Guide to Greek Mythology” across his dorm room. The choices mentioned above are how his emotions pestered him to do things he would later regret. Some strategies Percy could implement to could be to, according to, try for regulation, not repression. Some ways of calming down could be to look at the main source of what you are feeling; perhaps not enough sleep, something you are anxious about and this might find a reason why you are angry that even you are not aware of. Another way could be to express yourself and let your thoughts flow into a mood journal. Writing a mood journal not only lets you reflect on your feelings, moreover, it also helps people express themselves and this might help to clear up any pessimism.

In conclusion, the ADHD, Negative relationships, Bad emotions can cause Percy to misbehave at certain times. Notwithstanding, the problems can be fixed by such as applying a stimulation environment, inviting more people to be their friend, or accepting their emotions, and not neglecting them could make a real difference between being impetuous and depressed to optimistic and calm.

Our Stories Make History

Our Stories Make History was a project where we show what it is like living in a global pandemic, and reflecting on our emotions and we are talking from a perspective when there is history to be made.

I organized my project by doing a scrapbook. I think that doing a scrap book will be better for a primary source, and not an online thing. I also organized my project to have pictures and words divided “uniformly to make the reader get an idea from both word and pictures.

My scrapbook will be important because I described what it was like in the pandemic and lots of ways, and it summarizes and helps historians analyze what it was like.

I am most proud of my performance project, which was a poem, for how I brainstormed and had to get lots of inspirations from everyday life.

I think the most difficult was the diary entry because I know there is a lot happening right now, but I cannot find lots of things to write about.


My Favourite

The Dreamer has been deeply embedded into my life. It altered and changed my way behaviour after looking at this book. It reminded me to be thankful of everything around me; not all people have a good life. It also taught me to do beyond what is expected and follow my own beliefs and dreams. a compelling and emotional look at a lonely and fanciful boy who grew up to be an important and visionary artist. Evocative, sensual and moving, it is now my #1 children’s book. It taught me to love, to imagine, to do the unexpected, burn your biographies and keep dreaming.


A new book

I notice that my second narrative has more description and has more powerful vocabulary compared to my first one. I tried to use a dash in my writing, showing how I had interrupted someone:

“What’s wrong—”


Where is your—”

“Didn’t think of anything yet.”

“How about I help—”

“It’s okay.”

“I have an idea. Write about—”

Onomatopoeia was also used in my introduction. I started with the sounds of a clock ticking to show that I was really bored and time had “slowed down” for me. I also used italics to represent that the first sentence is a prologue, and that was something different in my writing. I like my final piece, one of the highlights from my writing is the descriptive language.