[Tian Tian M.] Percy Jackson Final FINAL

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How can Percy Make Better Choices for Himself and his Community? 

“Am I a troubled kid? Yeah. You could say that.” Percy Jackson said in the first pages of the book. Percy doesn’t live a normal life of a god, middle schooler, or demigod. He has his problems with making good decisions that suit his life. Percy can make better choices for himself and his peers if he studies hard, and he tries to refocus more often. 

Percy should study harder because it can impact other’s opinions about him. Percy isn’t the greatest is when it comes to school and getting great grades. Even Percy admits it himself when he complained, “But Mr. Brunner expected me to be as good as everybody else, despite the fact that I have dyslexia and attention deficit disorder and I had never made above a C– in my life. ”. Studying is important because it guides a path in the future. It determines future colleges, universities, and job. And, behaviour. Maybe if Percy studies harder, he wouldn’t have such a negative and fixed mindset, and having an open and positive mindset can open a gate of creativity and without the worries of that he has ADHD and dyslexia. He’s also been kicked out a lot. “A dyslexic, hyperactive boy with a D+ report card, kicked out of school for the sixth time in six years.”, it says. If he studies harder, and not get kicked out so much, maybe people approach him, and Percy could possibly have more friends. And good relationships can lead to a happier, longer life. And his peers could look at him as someone inspiring and motivated that was able to change his school life by just trying hard 

Percy has ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) so Percy has a harder time focusing compared to the other students. Although for this reason he doesn’t have the ability to refocus easily, he doesn’t seem to want to focus either, or Percy just doesn’t know how to get those distractions out of his mind. Percy also seem to think negative thoughts, like how he was always afraid that Grover will get killed by the minotaur. Luckily, one tip to focus easier is to “Reframe Negative Thoughts”. “Negative thoughts make studying all but impossible. If you find yourself frequently repeating self-defeating thoughts, try reframing them into more positive statements” (Both quotes from “How to Focus on Studying” by Kelly Roell). If he tries to focus using advice and tips from others, he can pass the techniques to people who suffer from ADHD or are just struggling to focus and refocus. 

Although Percy continues to fight his struggles with being a demigod, he is still protecting and supporting his peers and the gods. For Percy to make better choices that influence both himself and his community, he should study harder in school to improve his grades and find ways to focus so he can stay on task. This advice can be related to any human (or demigod) who need help with grades and focus. 

 

Percy Jackson C.E.R

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Percy Jackson C.E.R

Claim: 

Percy could try to study harder in order to lower the chance of being kicked out of school 

Evidence: 

On page 53, “I wondered how she could say that. What was so great about me? A dyslexic, hyperactive boy with a D+ report card, kicked out of school for the sixth time in six years” 

 

Excerpt From: Rick Riordan. “Lightning Thief, The (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, Book 1).” Apple Books. 

Reasoning: 

Getting better grades not only impacts your impression on the teacher, but it also can make you feel you accomplished something. Getting good grades and not being kicked out of school will benefit Percy’s future. This includes getting in a university, getting a well-paid job, and other peoples impressions on you. If people think positive thoughts about you, it means better relationships, and good relationships can impact your health (and your life span will increase! (According to an article “Why Personal Relationships Are Important” by Mary Jo Kreitzer, RN, Ph.D.)). 

Paragraph: 

I think Percy could try to study harder in order to lower the chance of being kicked out of school. I think this because on page 53, “I wondered how she could say that. What was so great about me? A dyslexic, hyperactive boy with a D+ report card, kicked out of school for the sixth time in six years” as it was explained in the book, “Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief”. This will benefit him because getting better grades not only impacts your impression on a teacher, it also can make you feel you accomplished something. Getting good grades and not being kicked out of school will benefit Percy’s future. This includes getting in a university, getting a well-paid job, and other peoples impressions on you. If people think positive thoughts about you, it means better relationships, and good relationships can impact your health (and your life span will increase! (According to an article “Why Personal Relationships Are Important” by Mary Jo Kreitzer, RN, Ph.D.)). 

Vocabulary

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02 September 2019

First Word: Pummeling

Definition: Strike repeatedly with the fists

Example: “He lifted her as she struggled, kicking and pummeling in the air” – Percy Jackson

My Example: He won the match solely by just pummeling.

Second Word: Draped

Definition: let (oneself or a part of one’s body) rest somewhere in a casual or relaxed way. (definition according to the book)

Example: “Together, we draped Grover’s arms over our shoulders and started stumbling uphill through wet waist-high grass” – Percy Jackson

My Example: I let myself drape over him since I was exhausted.

Third Word: Faltered

Definition: Lose strength or momentum

Example: “”Percy,” my mother said, “we have to…” Her voice faltered” – Percy Jackson

My Example: He was faltered after the whole day of practice

Fourth Word: Lumbering

Definition: moving in a slow, heavy, awkward way

Example: “In a flash of lightning, through the mud-spattered rear windshield, I saw a figure lumbering toward us on the shoulder of the road.” – Percy Jackson

My Example: While hiking with my friends, my best friends said: “You’ve been lumbering for a while now, you tired?”

Fifth Word: Silhouette

Definition: the dark shape and outline of someone or something visible in restricted light against a brighter background

Example: It was a dark silhouette of a huge guy, like a football player.

My example: My old friend is a professional photographer that specializes in taking pictures of silhouettes.

08th of September

First Word: Smokestacks

Definition: A chimney or funnel for discharging smoke from a locomotive, ship, factory, etc.

Example: Number nine had smokestacks, like a tiny factory

My example: Any place with smokestacks give my friend horrible memories.

Second Word: Pounded

Definition: Strike or hit heavily and repeatedly

Example: When everybody returned to their seats and finished eating their meals, Chiron pounded his hoof again for our attention.

My example: My heart pounded hard against my chest when those words came out of my own mother’s mouth.

Third Word: Suppressing

Definition: Prevent the development, action, or expression of (a feeling, impulse, idea, etc.); restrain (according to the book, it looks like it’s this definition)

Example: They were suppressing smiles.

My example: I could tell that those suppressing smirks of people were all a lie.

Fourth Word: Threshold

Definition: A strip of wood or stone forming the bottom of a doorway and crossed in entering a house or room

Example: I heard a chopping sound at the door, a hoof knocking on the threshold.

My example: I was so angry I kicked the threshold out of its place.

Fifth Word: Meldrop

Definition: A drop of mucus at the end of the nose, whether produced by cold weather, sickness, or otherwise.

Example: As if having just acquired these blasted chilblains wasn’t bad enough, I now had to take care of this disdaining flow of meldrops.

My example: I always seem to have meldrops dripping every now and then.

12th September 2019

First Word: Vague

Definition: Lacking clarity or distinctness

Example: She rolled her eyes at the vague response

My example: The teacher was teaching us how to identify vague words and replacing them with interesting words.

Second: Nostalgic

Definition: Unhappy about being away and longing for familiar things

Example: When the old song came on the radio, Harold suddenly felt nostalgic for his high school years

My example: I felt so nostalgic when remember the loss of my parents.

Third Example: Karma

Definition: Effects of one’s actions that determine his or her destiny

Example: This is totally karma, she told herself angrily

My example: “What does karma mean?”, my friend asked.

Fourth Word: Irony

Definition: Incongruity between what might be expected and what occurs

Example: I failed to detect any irony in his tone.

My example:

Fifth Word: Corpulent

Definition: (of a person) fat.

Example: After overeating for months, the skinny girl became somewhat corpulent.

My example: “Am I getting more corpulent???”, my friends asked each other like idiots.

One Day ~ Rock Climbing ~ Safety and Technique ~ Tian Tian Ma 6.6

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On One Day, 31st of January, I did rock climbing. Our group had to make a poster had to make a poster about Safety and Technique. We used the ISB design cycle. 

Define And Inquire:

We found out what A, B, C, D, E, F meant for rock climbing. And we learned a phrase that the belayer

and the climber say to each other to make sure both the belayer and the climber are both ready. And we learned how to tie a knot (kinda). We also learned some rock climbing jargon like sloper.

 

Design and Improve:

We made a poster to explain what we learned in the ‘Define and Inquire’ section.  We were each assigned to a part that we learned earlier. I did F, which was Fun an Friends. We drew pictures to represent the stuff we learned about Safety and Technique.

Reflection

I did well in being a risk-taker. I took a risk by actually getting on the wall and not being scared. And being on an auto-belay wasn’t too scary when jumping down after a while. Every-now-and-then I sometimes look down and kinda get scared, like, I get butterflies in my stomach.

 I discovered many climbing skills, such as smear, which is having a foot on a flat wall, and some holds (I think). I learn how to be safe and be safe for others. I learned how to tie knots and how to belay (couldn’t actually belay though). And the most important thing I learned is to trust my feet.

Sometimes some of the rock was loose and weren’t screwed on properly, so I almost slipped. But I usually try to find another rock, even though it makes it harder. And when I can’t find a place to put my foot somewhere, sometimes I just lift myself up with my hands and arms.

One day is important because it allows people to learn skills they wouldn’t learn that much in normal lessons, and let’s different people to communicate with others who have similar interests.

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