Reading Reflections



Olivia, who is also known as Via to her family, has had a happy, but sad life. Her parents never had time to pay attention to her, because they were so busy taking care of August, her younger brother who was born with a birth defect, and taking him to and from surgries and speech and physical therapists. Olivia says that nine out of ten times, her parents would miss a soccer game, or a performance of hers. This probably would've effected her life by making her feel a little bit less important around others. That was not right of her parents. Olivia never got to ask for help on her homework, she would just have to study it hard enough and figure it out. Olivia was constantly making sacrifices. For instance, if Via was playing to loudly, and Auggie was taking a nap, she would have to play something else. Olivia never got anyone to talk to, anyone to share her feelings with. Some people in this world can't accept other people being different. However, Via was never bitter and was always playing with August. Via's family is not normal. Via's friends are scared of August, and won't go to her house. Via could lead a normal life if others could accept her being different.

Auggie just met the three other children who are going to take him on a tour of the school. Pretend you are one of those children. Write a paragraph about what you would be thinking as you head out the office door. Be honest!

If I was one of the children that had been selected by the principal, Mr. Tushman, to show August around, I probably would not of have been as rude as Julian had been, but I still wouldn't have been as hyper as Charlotte. I would have given him a shiny smile that Mrs. Garcia gave him, and looked away as fast as possible. I would probably act like Jack Will and stay friendly, but not too friendly. If Julian was acting like a jerk, I would stick up for August. I would try to act like Jack Will. Some of the feelings that might have been going through my head, as truthfully as possible, might have been: eeeewwwww; try to act nice, try to act nice,try to act nice; or other feelings.

When R.J. Palacio meets the little girl with the disease that is very similar to Treacher-Collins syndrome, almost seven years ago, she gets the inspiration to write Wonder. When I try to imagine what I would of have done, I think of a few things that I would have done: I might have walked away; gasped and stared; looked away. All of these choices were rude, and would offend the girl. When the mom said,“Lets go,”; this was the part where R.J. Palacio felt the worst. She could tell by the tone of the woman's voice that the woman was not pleased and that this had happened before. R.J. Palicio had no right to judge that little girl, but she did anyway. Nobody is normal, everyone is different in their own way. She wrote Wonder from the other persons view, so we get what it feels like, to be the world's wonder.

10/01/14 A Long Walk to Water Chapter 15
The orphaned boys of Sudan have come to be called "Lost Boys." This is a reference to the book Peter Pan. In Peter Pan the Lost Boys are a group of young orphans who join in Peter's adventures of fighting pirates and saving Indian princesses. Despite the fun and freedom they enjoy, the lost boys choose to leave Neverland at the end of the story and find families. Why is "Lost Boys" an appropriate name to give to boys like Salva?

In my opinion, the term "Lost Boys" is an apropriate one for Salva and hundreds of thousands of boys just like him, because they are orphans wo have no living family, or cannot find them and they have lost everything that they had. In most of the boys situations, the children's parents are dead. The term "Lost Boys" seems quite derogatory to me, because everyone just assumes that they have no family left, and that crushes the hope for the children/young men. This refers to the movie Peter Pan because there is also a group of orhaned boys. In Peter Pan, the boys have fun and adventure battling Captain Hook and Smee. In A Long Walk to Water, by Linda Sue Park, The lost boys must face hardships, dehydration, and a lack of food. In conclusion, the lost boys is a discriptive term to describe Salva and boys like him.
First, Salva makes his way from the schoolhouse in Southern Sudan to the Itang refugee camp in Ethopia. It take many long hard months of walking. He finds his uncle and after a while, his uncle is killed by Nuer men, who are Salva's tribe's enemies. After 6 long years, the Itang Refugee camp in northern Ethopia is closed down because of the goverment. They are forced to cross the Gilo river by Ethopian armed forces who threaten and shoot people who do not want to leave. After seeing the soldiers brutally murder the other refugees, Salva jumps into the Gilo River which is known for crocodiles. After he jumps into the river, he treks along with 1500 boys who meet up with small groups on the trek. Salva soon becomes the one of the leaders of the group. 1 1/2 years later, 1200 boys arrive safely in a Kenyan refugee camp. Some young men like Salva can't stand this camp so they go to another camp in Kenya called Ifo. 3000 "lost boys" are picked to go to the United States of America. Salva is one of them. He moves in with a family who support him and teach him many things. Later on, He gets news that his father is in the hospital.

8/27/14 Environmental Issue

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Why are we killing our planet? From the average person to a few huge industries. Why are we ruining our world? Why are we chopping down trees? Why aren't we remembering what it felt like to climb a tree? Why aren't we remembering what it was like to sit in the cool shade of a tree? Why aren't we paying attention to the people cutting down all of our trees. Deforestation is devastating our planet. In less than a hundred years our rain forests will likely no longer be forests. No more children will experience the thrill of going camping. Most of our air supply will be gone by then. Over the past five years, Nepal has lost over half of its rain forests. What I am trying to tell you is that this is a bad thing, and we need to help. What will you do to help our enviorment?
Save The Rain Forests

Here is a song about preventing deforestation:
Rain forest
Mist and mystery
Teeming green
Green brain facing labotomy
Climate control centre for the world
Ancient cord of coexistence
Hacked by parasitic greedhead scam -
From Sarawak to Amazonas
Costa Rica to mangy B.C. hills -
Cortege rhythm of falling timber.

What kind of currency grows in these new deserts,
These brand new flood plains?

  • If a tree falls in the forest does anybody hear?

  • If a tree falls in the forest does anybody hear?

  • Anybody hear the forest fall?

Cut and move on
Cut and move on
Take out trees
Take out wildlife at a rate of species every single day
Take out people who've lived with this for 100,000 years -
Inject a billion burgers worth of beef -
Grain eaters - methane dispensers.

Through thinning ozone,
Waves fall on wrinkled earth -
Gravity, light, ancient refuse of stars,
Speak of a drowning -
But this, this is something other.
Busy monster eats dark holes in the spirit world
Where wild things have to go
To disappear

From my view, I see fast food chain workers as hard-working people who try their best to make a living off of what they have. I have seen the managers be extremely rude to the staff, by saying rude comments and getting mad when they make a small mistake on someones order. I feel that the staff should be treated with much more respect and given a raise. They should be given 3 to 4 more dollars per hour or maybe around 5 dollars at the end of the day. In my opinion, fast-food workers are people who try their their best for money. Next time you go to a restaurant, please leave a nice tip to your server.

Dozens of fast-food workers from Los Angeles to Manhattan were arrested as they escalated a fight for better pay Thursday with strikes, rallies and acts of civil disobedience.Police took 10 people into custody after the protesters linked arms and sat down in front of a McDonald’s in downtown Los Angeles. The sit-in capped a midday march through the urban core by hundreds of workers and their supporters. In San Diego, 11 marchers were arrested for blocking an intersection in the blue-collar neighborhood of City Heights. They were cited for unlawful assembly and released. Rallies and sit-ins occurred outside McDonald's restaurants across the country, including Rockford, Ill.; Hartford, Conn.; Boston; Philadelphia; Atlanta; and Miami. Elsewhere, 19 fast-food workers were arrested in New York; 42 in Detroit; 23 in Chicago; 11 in Little Rock, Ark.; and 10 in Las Vegas.
Fast-food workers rally
Fast-food workers rally
Fast-food workers seeking higher pay rally outside a South Los Angeles McDonald on Thursday. (Bob Chamberlin / Los Angeles Times)
In downtown Los Angeles, protesters seeking wages of $15 an hour staged a lunchtime march before converging in front of a McDonald’s on Broadway. To the sounds of a beating drum, they cycled through chants such as “We want 15 and a union!” and “Si se puede!”After police warned the crowd to stop blocking traffic lanes, nine fast food workers and a minister remained seated. They were arrested and led away, their hands bound with plastic zip-ties behind their backs.It was just one of several demonstrations that were planned in the Southland.Before dawn, more than 100 workers converged on a McDonald's in L.A.'s Exposition Park to join the nationwide protests. They went inside the store for 10 minutes as workers stood stone-faced behind the cash registers.The protesters held up signs and chanted slogans like "Get up! Get down! Fast-food workers run this town!" near a scrum of media trucks outside the McDonald's.
Protesters pray before arrests
Protesters pray before arrests
Fanny Velazquez, 36, said she was participating in the protest to fight for better wages to support her family. A single mother with three children, ages 11, 14 and 16, she said she struggles to make her $9.34-an-hour pay cover all the bills.

The South Los Angeles resident has been working at McDonald's for eight years doing a variety of jobs, usually working 20 hours a week, she said. But lately, Velazquez said, the company has often cut her hours to 15 a week. She also qualifies for welfare and food assistance."It's difficult, it's not enough to pay my bills," she said.A series of protests funded in part by the Service Employees International Union and local activist groups have sought to spotlight the plight of low-wage workers and push for higher pay by staging protests and walkouts in more than 100 cities in the one-day demonstration.
Fast-food workers protest in Los Angeles
Fast-food workers protest in Los Angeles

Fast-food workers protest at a McDonald's in Exposition Park.
In San Diego, several hundred fast-food workers and their supporters marched past McDonald’s, Burger King and Jack in the Box restaurants. The protesters are “fighting for what we believe is right,” said the Rev. Lee Hill of the United Church of Christ.The San Diego protest comes as business leaders there are attempting to qualify a measure for the ballot to overturn the City Council’s recent decision to raise the local minimum wage to $11.50 by 2017.In New York, a crowd of about 300 converged outside a McDonald's near Times Square at the height of morning rush hour, briefly blocking West 42nd Street. Police arrested about two dozen of the protesters.And in Chicago, almost two dozen protesters were arrested near a McDonald's where 150 gathered. McDonald’s said in a statement that it respected “everyone’s rights to peacefully protest” and supported “paying our valued employees fair wages.”The fast-food chain said the minimum wage discussion affects the entire country, not just one company, and should be considered within a broader context of issues, including the effects of the Affordable Care Act.“We believe that any minimum wage increase should be implemented over time so that the impact on owners of small- and medium-sized businesses -- like the ones who own and operate the majority of our restaurants -- is manageable,” the company said.McDonald’s pointed out that it does not set wages for its more than 3,000 franchisees in the U.S. Burger King also said it does not make wage or scheduling decisions for its franchisees, which operate nearly all of its restaurants.Sue Hensley, spokeswoman for the National Restaurant Assn., said the Thursday job actions were part of a “multimillion-dollar campaign” orchestrated by labor groups that are trying to boost their “dwindling membership.”
Fast-food workers protest
Fast-food workers protest
Fast-food workers block the driveway to a McDonald's on Martin Luther King Boulevard in Los Angeles as part of a nationwide protest for higher wages. (Bob Chamberlin / Los Angeles Times)
“The activities have proven to be orchestrated union PR events where the vast majority of participants are activists and paid demonstrators,” she wrote in an email. “Restaurants continue to be a critical employer that trains America’s workforce and provides a pathway towards upward mobility and success.”Many fast-food chains and independent restaurants have said that a $15 hourly wage would lead to big price increases on their menus or make it impossible to eke out a profit. Some industry watchers say that restaurants may try to cut costs by slashing hours for employees or reducing their workforces, ultimately hurting the same people who are fighting for better pay. Edgar Gonzalez, 22, of Inglewood is hopeful that the protests will help ensure a better future for his family. He and his girlfriend both work at McDonald's -- she is a manager, while he works in maintenance. Together, they can still barely afford to cover all their expenses, especially with a 4-month-old daughter, he said."Sometimes we find whatever change there is to buy formula, wipes, diapers," Gonzalez said. He said they often make the choice between paying rent and buying healthy food to eat. Workers at Burger King and other fast-food eateries in Los Angeles were also planning to walk out Thursday to demand the $15-an-hour wage, organizers said."Fast food is an industry that is doing exceedingly well, and workers feel they are in a good position to bargain for $15 an hour," said Marqueece Harris-Dawson, president of Community Coalition, a local advocacy group in South L.A. that is participating in the local protests. "Workers of different stripes have been pressing to raise the conversation about the low end of the wage scale."Home-care workers are also joining in some Thursday protests in an effort to widen the movement, although none are participating in Los Angeles.Hours after the morning protest in Manhattan, marchers gathered again on the busy corner of 8th Avenue and 56th Street, where several were swiftly arrested and taken away in a police van after they lay down on the pavement and blocked traffic.
Naquashia LeGrand, a KFC employee in Brooklyn, said she works 12 hours a week and earns $8 an hour. In three years on the job she has gotten one raise, she said, from $7.25 an hour, which was the previous state minimum wage, to the current $8."Full-time or part-time, we deserve a livable wage," said LeGrand, who added that she would love to work more hours. "I'm here today, honestly, to better the future for the next generation," she said, accusing big corporations of taking advantage of workers like herself.
Lunchtime diners at a nearby open-air bar watched the protest and arrests, which lasted no more than half an hour. "Good for them," one man in a business suit said who was weaving his way through protesters as they chanted and disrupted traffic. "Everyone deserves to make a living. "The fight for a living wage and higher minimum pay has gained steam this year as rallies, sit-ins and strikes have raised awareness of the issue.In June, Seattle leaders voted to raise the city's minimum wage to $15 an hour, thehighest minimum of any metropolis in the country. The Los Angeles Unified School District signed a contract in July to raise its minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2016, which will boost the earnings of its lowest-paid employees, including custodians and cafeteria workers.Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti is pushing for a $13.25 minimum wage for all workers in L.A. by 2017. California's current minimum wage is $9 an hour.On Labor Day, President Obama touched on the fast-food movement during a speech in Milwaukee.
"All across the country right now there's a national movement going on made up of fast-food workers organizing to lift wages so they can provide for their families with pride and dignity," he said Monday. "There is no denying a simple truth. America deserves a raise.

10/01/14 A Long Walk to Water Chapter 15
The orphaned boys of Sudan have come to be called "Lost Boys." This is a reference to the book
Peter Pan. In Peter Pan the Lost Boys are a group of young orphans who join in Peter's adventures of fighting pirates and saving Indian princesses. Despite the fun and freedom they enjoy, the lost boys choose to leave Neverland at the end of the story and find families. Why is "Lost Boys" an appropriate name to give to boys like Salva?