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This is where I will post some of my assignments for English class. The more recent things will be in more recent posts. Hope you enjoy.
 
The 3P goals is something where you set goals for yourself in the next term. Here are mine.
To participate more in class discussion. I have been working at getting into the discussion when I can.
To work on my spelling. I am getting better at using correct spelling in my work.
To ask for help or clarification. I have been asking more questions when I need help. 
 
This is a mandala. A mandala is a place to put images or symbols that mean something, or represent you. In mine I have the Breast Cancer Awareness ribbon, an Italian, English, and American flag. The eye like shape in the bottom is the logo for the television show "Doctor Who." 
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This is an essay we wrote about our favorite characters from "The Outsiders" by S.E. Hinton. I wrote mine on Dally, the rebel of the story. I thought that he would be the most interesting to write about. 


Conflict

            Conflict is when someone has two sides or personalities and has trouble deciding what they really think. Sometimes conflict can cause people to make the wrong decision or act differently then they truly are. People like politicians, doctors, and leaders can be conflicted when trying to make important decisions. Dally Winston, in The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton, is a conflicted character.

            First, Dally is conflicted when he rides horses. When he is younger, Dally rides horses with Darry Pony’s oldest brother. He refuses to cheat on race days and gets mad at anyone who suggests it. Dally brakes any rule he can, but he refused to cheat. “Dally rode the ponies honestly and did his best to win. It was the only thing Dally did honestly,” (page 61) Pony says looking back on it.  The most rebellious of people chooses to do this one thing honestly, revealing his conflicted feeling about right and wrong.

            Then, as the fire licks up the sides of the burning church, Dally is once again conflicted. There are children inside of the burning church, and Ponyboy and Johnny run in to save them. Dally would soon as let the children burn than go in to save them, but now that Ponyboy and Johnny are inside the church, it’s different. Johnny means so much to Dally that he runs in to save them. “Dally was standing there and when he saw me he screamed, “For Pete’s sake get outta there,” (page 93) Dally screams at Pony, trying to keep him safe. Dally gets hurt and is put in the hospital. He cares for Johnny more than he is scared for his own life and safety, betraying his hard exterior.

Lastly, he time when Dally is most conflicted is when he gets himself shot. After Johnny, the only thing he has ever loved dies; Dally loses everything. The one thing he cares for is gone. The police corner him after he steals something from a convenience store, and the rest of his gang is there ready to back him up. He reaches into his jacket and pulls out the unloaded gun he carries with him everywhere. Dally’s gang sees what is going to happen, observing, “And even as the policemen’s guns spit fire into the night, I knew that this is what Dally wanted,” (page 154). Dally is the boy who is scared of nothing and loves no one, but he can’t live with the pain of losing Johnny. To make the pain go away, he gets himself killed.  Anyone who knows him will tell you that he is as tough as nails and that nothing will affect him like this. If they tell you that, they are wrong.

In conclusion, Dally Winston, in The Outsiders is conflicted. He is conflicted when he rides horses as a young boy. Also, he is conflicted when he runs into a burning church to save his friends. When he purposely gets himself shot is another example of his conflict. If Dally is not conflicted, he would be in jail more often, and he would not have any good in him. If Dally isn’t conflicted, Ponyboy and Johnny would burn in the church, and Dally would still be living his lonely life. I am conflicted when someone asks me to make decisions that will affect others. I worry that I will make the wrong decision and hurt the people I am making these decisions for. For example if someone asks me to tell about someone who has done something wrong. Conflict impacts my life in both negative and positive ways. Sometimes it makes me over think and make the wrong decision. Some of the time it helps me to think the possibilities over and make a more affective decision.

 


 
 

What is an outsider? I think that it means many things to be an outsider. I think it means you might be considered out of the group of "popular" people. Or you could be thought of as bad by rich or powerful people.


Nothing gold can stay, is this true? I believe that gold can stay. I think this because to me love is gold, and love follows you everywhere. Even if the person you love or who loves you passes away you will still love them and their love will go with you everywhere with you.  


What did you learn from this book? I learned many things from this book. I learned that no matter where you live it will and can be rough. I also learned that no matter what happens you can get through it, especially if you have amazing freinds and family with you.




 
This is one of my other poems called "Fire Works." It is about how amazing the first time you see fireworks, and how sad it is when the last sparks have disappeared from sight. 

Fire Works

By Charlotte Bairey


The sparks fly,

Through the moonless sky,

Fading quickly,

As if,

They have worn themselves out,

As they crackle,

Into nothing,

I watch them.

They wink goodbye,

To the smoke filled air.

 

A small rumble,

And the sparks,

Light up again,

A thousand lives,

Beginning at once,

And ending just as quickly,

In a wisp of smoke,

Veiling that they were ever there,

 At all.


 
This is my ekphrastic poem. An ekphrastic poem is a poem based on a picture, painting, song or any other kind of art. 


Sea Birds and Sea Boats

By Charlotte Bairey

The bow of the sea craft peers up,

At the gulls,

Longing for the freedom, 

Of being able to soar,

Miles above all worries,

Unbound of troubles.

 

The gulls stare down,

At the boat,

They burn for such a life,

To have no obstacles to hurdle,

Their hearts thirst,

To lounge on the beach,

That lays caressed,

By the pink and purple light,

Of the setting sun.

 

They know nothing of each other’s longing,

For the others carefree lives,

The only one that knows,

Of this need to swap lives,

Is the light air,

That knows no sorrow,

That knows so little,

And so much at once.

 

I got this picture from http://www.liveauctioneers.com/item/8480771

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