Monday, February 6, 2017

Non-Fiction (Absent)

1. Nonfiction is writing that is based on facts, real events, and real people, such as biography or history. An example of nonfiction is a biography on Demi Lovato.

2. English classes have changed the curriculum due to wanting to educate students on how to decipher important text in nonfiction articles, rather than not educating them with reading fictional stories that have no meaning in the real world. 

3. My article that I chose was a how-to for creating a smokey eye (link). I chose this article because I love makeup and I thought it was interesting. It's a step by step video to creating a flawless smokey eye. The title grabbed my eye because it's called the "Smouldering Smokey Eye". It makes me think of a fancy eye makeup look that I'd want to try out.

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Exercise & Romeo and Juliet

I love exercising. There are so many health benefits to exercising, not only does it keep you in shape, it makes you feel good. I've been blessed with a lean body, so if I didn't workout, I wouldn't end up overweight... I really take that for granted. Exercising daily will help increase your "happy" hormones. It will also help you sleep better, and decrease the risk of heart disease naturally. Although too much exercise can strain your muscles, exercising is extremely good for you.

Personally, Romeo would've been a better husband. Not only did Romeo and Juliet share intimate moments, but he died for her. Paris and Juliet's marriage was her parents doing, not hers. It wouldn't make sense to marry someone you don't actually love, even though it's still up for debate on if Romeo truly loved Juliet. Yet he does confess his love for her; "But soft, what light through yonder window breaks?
It is the east and Juliet is the sun!
Arise, fair sun, and kill the envious moon,
Who is already sick and pale with grief
That thou her maid art far more fair than she.
Be not her maid, since she is envious;
Her vestal livery is but sick and green,
And none but fools do wear it. Cast it off.
It is my lady, O, it is my love! (10)
O that she knew she were!
She speaks, yet she says nothing; what of that?
Her eye discourses, I will answer it.
I am too bold: 'tis not to me she speaks.
Two of the fairest stars in all the heaven,
Having some business, do entreat her eyes
To twinkle in their spheres till they return.

What if her eyes were there, they in her head?
The brightness of her cheek would shame those stars,
As daylight doth a lamp. Her eyes in heaven (20)
Would through the airy region stream so bright
That birds would sing and think it were not night.

See how she leans her cheek upon her hand
O that I were a glove upon that hand,
That I might touch that cheek!"

Narrative writings are important because they help teens practice their debate skills. It'll also help them practice supplying facts and information that could be useful later in real life situations. Memoirs are great for showing emotion in an essay since it's based on events that deeply affect the writer. They'll also help you with writing more emotional pieces throughout your writing career.

Monday, January 9, 2017

TED Talks

1. Frederick the Great changed the perceived value of the potato in Prussia by re-branding it. Many people believed potatoes were useless and repulsive. He changed the potato value by starting an underground potato growing operation. Many people caught on that if potatoes are to be guarded, that they're worth stealing. The value of the potato got to the point where some were executed for not growing them. Ataturk used perceived value to discourage women from wearing a veil if they were prostitutes. Rory compares the prostitutes wearing veils, to making all child molesters drive Porsches'. It's a way to weed out a certain group of people from others.

2. The train ride to France is perceived change. France spends tons of money to make the train ride forty minutes shorter, then people complain the train is too fast and wants the trains speed to slow down. So, the train ride ends up taking the same amount of time that it did before the railroad change. They perceive the ride to be shorter by using supermodels to make the train ride more enjoyable. The supermodels will take people's minds off of how fast the train is actually going. This theory reminds me of the quote, 
"Time flies when you're having fun".

3. It's easier to change people's perspective on certain topics rather than changing something altogether because depending on what people want to be changed, it could save a lot of money and time. For instance, instead of spending $6 billion on decreasing the train ride in France, they used supermodels to entertain people while they rode the train. It's used as a way to distract the riders from how long the ride actually is. Personally, I think it's a sneaky way to solve problems, but as long as everyone's happy there shouldn't be a problem.

This link is the TED Talk I just viewed: 

Tuesday, December 13, 2016


1. When polls and surveys are cited in a study, I don't feel as if they're reliable. The whole purpose of doing surveys and polls is to persuade others to believe in your way of thinking. Polls and surveys are usually opinionated and biased instead of being factual. Then when people use them in a study, it's not very reliable.

2. The biggest struggle that I've had to deal with is understanding the values of the ads. It hasn't clicked yet, which makes me upset because it never takes this long for me to understand a topic. This unit isn't difficult either, it's easy actually. Hopefully, with a few hours of studying the notes, I might be able to get a hang of the ads.

3. The ad that I used has alliteration to hook the reader. Personally, I believe the reason they used alliteration is to catch the readers eye. One of the values it uses is the badge value. If you buy this wallet you'll be better than people who don't own it. It also uses messaging value to make people more concious of what they have, or what they don't have. 

Friday, December 9, 2016


1. It's very important to support an argument with data and facts because it adds validity and truth to your claim. It isn't only embarrassing, but it's frustrating when you get caught in an argument without any information to back it up. If you're in a debate class, you cannot get anywhere in an argument if you don't have data to back up the point you're trying to prove. 

2. It would be very helpful in an argument to have more than one claim to back up your evidence. The reason being is the more facts you have about your argument, the more you have to offer to researchers and advertising firms. If you only state one or two facts about your argument, that doesn't always catch somebody's attention over a topic.

3. My audience is my fellow peers. Teenagers lives are influenced by what they see on TV and social media. Advertisements are everywhere, and since many teenagers are manipulated so easily, I feel as if I can explain to my peers why my two hooks are the best, and make them believe so.

Monday, November 28, 2016

What Influences My Choices?

1. The perceived value is badging value. It is badging value because it talks about luxurious items, which could elevate a person's social status if they were to own a yacht. Badging value is when a person sees themselves higher than another because of owned items. 

2. Personally, I believe the unfinished claim would make the biggest impact on my buying choices. I always review items that I want and see what this has and what this one doesn't have. For example, I'll look at the iPhone 7 Plus, and the iPhone 6s Plus. I'll look at the specs of each product to see which one is "better". I want the best of the best! 

3. Many marketing companies would use messaging value over branding value because so many people are socially conscious; consciousness shared by individuals within a society. What they're trying to appeal to people, is how you can be just like everyone else if you buy this product. In today's society, people can't be different from others, it's unacceptable. So that's where these popular businesses, such as Apple, Hollister, and Victoria's Secret, come hand in hand to get people to buy the "cool" stuff. If you're like me, you'd just shop at Walmart and Meijer because their clothes are a steal, cute and cheap. 

Monday, October 24, 2016

True Love?

1. The love that Romeo and Juliet shared, wasn't true love. It was a selfish love. Romeo found Juliet attractive, he lusted for her. Juliet, only being thirteen, had no idea how to handle feelings similar to love. Her hormones were out of control, so how could she decipher romantic love for true, realistic love. She was in love with the thought of being loved

2. Personally, true/compassionate love is the greatest, but also the worst type of love. It's when you share a soul with another person. You want what's best for your partner, and sometimes you cannot be the best. It's the love that feels the best and hurts the worst. You feel crappy when someone uses you for pleasure and then leaves, but you feel broken when your other half decides they don't want you anymore. Love is a mysterious thing, but someday I hope I can be fully and truly in love with someone. I'm willing to take the risk of ruining myself for another person.

3. Juliet is able to handle her emotions a tad bit better than Romeo. At first, she goes head first into a relationship with him, but she also knows when things are getting out of control and how to handle them better than Romeo. Truly they're both irresponsible with their feelings, but one eventually falls in true love with the other, which leads to personal sacrifices for the other partner.   

Here's a link to read about true love.