I was really curious to see how people have been liking Tom Sawyer so far. I hope everyone in the class votes so we can see what the class really thinks about it. Just click the circle you want to vote for, hit vote, and then you can see the results.
“And he fell asleep at last with Becky's latest words lingering dreamily in his ear--
'Tom, how COULD you be so noble!'”
In chapter 20, Tom tries to apologize to Becky for what he had done, but Becky denies the apology and resumes her anger towards Tom. Since Becky was extremely furious with Tom, she decided to not tell Tom that Alfred Temple had spilled ink on his book. When Becky was looking through their teachers desk, she stumbled upon a page that was inappropriate. Tom, saw her eyeing the page and angered her enough that she ripped the page straight through the middle. As the class started, Tom took his whipping for spilling the ink on his notebook and then went back to his desk. A little bit later, Tom and Becky's teacher took out the book that Becky ripped and asked the class who had done the destruction. As he asked each student individually if it was them, he made his way to Becky. Tom knew he had to have her back, so when she started to turn red, he confessed to it and said it was him. Later, Becky went back to being friends with Tom and they were done with their crazy fighting. I learned that having someone's back can really pay off, so always help someone you are true friends with, because it could definitely have great rewards.
“I could forgive the boy, now, if he'd committed a million sins!”
In this short chapter there was not much that I could relate to myself because it was not an extravagant chapter. I guess the chapter could be relatable if someone accused you of a lie and were furious with you but, you ended up not being the convict, and you actually did something very helpful. This does not often happen in Tom Sawyer because it is unlike Tom's character to really care for another person. It was very surprising because not only is it "un-Tom" like but, it was directed for his Aunt, Polly, who is not his favorite person. So far, The adventures of Tom Sawyer, has been a fascinating book! I really like the language used in the book. The language is powerful because it is a different spin on a western style accent. I hope the book keeps up it's great description and gets even better!
“The drummer at the head of a procession or the elephant leading a menagerie into town”
~Chapter 18, Tom Sawyer
I can relate to chapter 18 in a couple ways. Since there were many different events that occurred during the chapter I am going to only relate to the scene when Tom goes back to school and everyone is looking at him extremely jealously, but they are trying to hide it. When I was in kindergarten through fifth grade, I played on a Sudbury indoor soccer team called the Sudbury Rapids. My dad started the team in first grade with most of my friends that played soccer. We were a very successful team who won most of the sessions we played in. There was another Sudbury team and two Concord teams that we always played that were our hardest competition. Although we normally won, they were by far our hardest challenges. I remember most of the games I would score multiple goals that lead us to victory. In school on Monday, after the past weekend's Saturday games, the word would get around that we won and I had scored a couple of goals. Everyone would look at me with envy, as they were wishing they were me. Although they would try to not show their envy, I could clearly see it in them. I can really relate to the fascinating scene of Tom's first time back in school after returning from the adventure on Jackson Island.
“Poor Huck stood abashed and uncomfortable, not knowing exactly what to do or where to hide from so many unwelcoming eyes. He wavered, and started to slink away, but Tom seized him and said: '“Aunt Polly, it ain't fair. Somebody's got to be glad to see Huck.'”
~Chapter 17, Tom Sawyer
This excerpt from the book Tom Sawyer, by Mark Twain shows one important quality that every good person should have, empathy. Empathy is really important because it branches off into so many other qualities that are very important as well. I can relate to empathy by thinking about Fenn. Empathy is one of the four core values at our school making it one of the most important values to achieve. At school we do a great job of being empathetic which helps everyone have a great time here. I remember when I was a new boy, a lot of kids helped me through my first couple of weeks and eventually made me feel part of the "family". Empathy is not a hugely important quality in the book, but it is reallly important in real life.
"Through perseverance many people win success out of what seemed destined to be certain failure."
I was already scared, when I stepped into line. The day was nice and warm perfect for a waterpark. We walked out of the ten foot waves from the wave pool, and got in line for the scariest slide in the whole park. I was nervous, and rethinking the decision of getting in line. Person after person, the tube opened, someone got in, they dropped and then screamed. The strong Abu Dhabi sun was beating down on everyone's backs and shoulders, and now, My brother and I, were burning hot and extremely frightened. Everyone in the water park was laughing and playing except the long haunting line for the Liwa Loop. "Three, Two, One," The floor dropped out and Zack screamed as he made his way up the loop and around it and splashed into the end. It was my time now, I was freakishly nervous but I knew that I would be rewarded with confidence, and bragging rights! I knew what I needed, Perseverance.
I stepped in, "Three, Two, One," and I dropped.
I was so proud of myself as a walked out of the slide. I realized that the slide was amazing, and perseverance is a key value to have.
Tom and Joe were melancholy, both feeling a dismal purpose in their hearts. They were, “two souls with but a single thought.” They agreed to be companions for life because they felt no one else cares about them. They to think about possible plans for them to do. Joe wanted to become a Hermit, but Tom convinced him that they should be pirates. The two boys decided to go live on Jackson's Island, a small pice of land in the middle of Mississippi. They find Huckleberry Fin and get him to join their crew. That night, Tom, Joe, and Huck met up, each bringing with them some stolen supplies, a boiled ham, some bacon, and various other supplies. When they gathered up all their stuff, they stole a small wood raft and left the town to achieve their new life.
The book, Tom Sawyer, by Mark Twain is a descriptive and very "fun to read" type of book. I really like how it leaves you in suspense and always makes you want to read more. My favorite part so far has probably been Tom and Joe were playing with the Tick. I like the vivid description of both the characters and the scenes. The description of the voyage to Jackson Island was really good and painted a really good picture in your mind. The words in the book are sometimes challenging but I really like the book so far.
“Some vague figures approached through the gloom, swinging an old-fashioned tin lantern that freckled the ground with innumerable little spangles of light. Presently Huckleberry whispered with a shudder, "It's the devils sure enough. Three of 'em! Lordy, Tom, we're goners! Can you pray?” The three men were not devils but three humans who were trying to dig up the grave of Hoss Williams. After the body was dug up and wrapped one man, Muff Potter, asked Doctor Robinson, the man he was doing the job for, to give him more money because the Doctor drove him away from the Doctor Robinson's father's kitchen.
A fight broke out that caused the third man, Injun Joe, to kill Doctor Robinson with Muff Potter's knife. After the drunk Muff Potter woke up from his short nap, he saw the bloody, dead body. Injun Joe, the man who stabbed Doctor Robinson, told Muff Potter that he had done it because the Dr. hit him. During the whole fight the two boys, Huck and Tom, were in complete shock, and sprinted all the way back to the town.
The whole scene was very well written and painted a really good picture in your mind. So far, the book has been very good, with great description and a great real like attitude. I really like how the book puts a "southern" accent on both the people and the setting.
ESPN Streak for the Cash is an interesting sports guessing "game". The Idea of the game is to predict 25 straight sports games correctly. If you reach the challenge of getting 25 predictions in a row right, you receive $20,000. The "game" gives you a great knowledge about what is happening in all sports for each day.
In the "game" you sign in to your ESPN account and a list of pretty much all the sports events that are happening that day will pop up. They will be in a box with the game that they are playing in. There will be question about the game like "who do you think will win?" or "Do you think the ___ will win by 2+ goals against___?" There are two sides that either are, "Yes I think ___ will happen" or "No I do not think____ will happen."
Something I really like is that you do not always have to be predicting something. Also, something that is extremely helpful is that below the Yes or No, there is a percentage of what people have predicted. In the top right of the box for each game, it shows if the game is "Hot" or "Cold" and all the in between. They are supposed to tell you how many people have guessed. In the app it also lets you preview the game to make sure you pick what you want. There are a few things I wish were not happening, but then the "game" would be too easy. For example, when the event has started, you can not change your guess. Also, you can only guess at one thing at a time. Streak for the Cash can reach some very intense levels. Shockingly their has been about 30 people that have gotten past 25, ever. The most a single person has ever gotten in the lifetime of the game is 35. The highest current score is 20.
One reason I really enjoy this "game" is because my passion of sports. I love most sports and think it is a very fascinating way to connect with them. I always get really excited when I guess right, but pretty disappointed when I guess wrong. The "game" is an enjoyable way to quickly connect with sports and have a chance of winning $20,000. Imagine that! If you do not particularly enjoy sports than this "game" may not be the best for you, but if you like sports enough, You should definitely try it.
Streak for the Cash is an exciting guessing "game" that connects people to sports as well as giving them a chance at twenty grand. The object of predicting 25 straight questions makes you truly think about your decision. I highly suggest it to any sports fanatics.
RATING: ***** 5/5
These are my predictions for the first four games on the Sunday of week 7.
All the games will begin at 1:00 pm ET
Vikings vs. Bills:
The Bills lost last week, 37-22 against the streaking Patriots. Their quarterback E.J. Manuel is having a fine start to the season with five touchdowns. Their running backs C.J. Spiller and Fred Jackson, have struggled majorly this year with a combined average yards per carry of 3.9 and only one TD. The Vikings quarterback, Teddy Bridgewater, has not had a very good start and does not seem to break out of his struggle. Their star running back Adrian Peterson was suspended indefinitely, so they have played their back up, Matt Asiata. He has played very well so far with three touchdowns since week three. Both teams have star wide receivers that have not shown up this year, which has been a part of why they are struggling. My prediction, 24-17, Vikings.
Falcons vs. Ravens:
Both quarterbacks, Joe Flacco and Matt Ryan, have almost identical stats. They both have 12 touchdowns and roughly 1600 yards. Both teams have many star receivers that help improve the stats of their quarterbacks. The key difference to their opposite seasons, 4-2(Ravens) and 2-4(Falcons), have been the running backs. The Ravens running backs have almost 200 more yards than the Falcons. My prediction, 34-28, Ravens.
Browns vs. Jaguars:
Surprisingly, the Browns are having a great start to the season with a 3-2 record. All though 3-2 does not seem like a great record, for the Browns it is a very good start. Both of these teams have been two of the worst teams in the past couple of years. The Jaguars are still struggling but are seeing a possible future with their quarterback Blake Bortles. Brian Hoyer, the Browns quarterback, has had a pretty good start to the season which has impacted their success greatly. The Browns rushing game has really stepped up this year with Ben Tate and Isaiah Crowell. My prediction, 28-17, Browns.
Panthers vs. Packers:
This game is probably the best game of the week. Both teams have excellent starting quarterbacks, Cam Newton(Panthers) and Aaron Rodgers(Packers). Aaron Rodgers has more passing yards and touchdowns by a fair amount but you can not forget about Cam Newton's ability to run. The Packers running game has been a lot better than the Panthers this year. Eddie Lacy, Packers running back, had an amazing season last year, which set his standards really high. Although he has probably not meet those standards this year, he is still running fairly well. Both teams are coming of wins from last week, and I think that the Packers will get another win this week. My prediction, 31-27, Packers.