My One Paragraph Summary (8th Grade English Assignment #26)

My 1 Paragraph Summary:

A Jewish girl, named Diana Deithelm, gets captured by evil men and betrayed by her best friend all in one day. Despite it all, Diana, one random stranger, and her new best friend, Mitzi Rudolf, all travel through desperate measures to get to freedom. Avoiding an entire Nazi family, and her own family is tough but through it all Diana stays true to herself and her friends.

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Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson (8th Grade History Assignment #25)

Thomas “stonewall” Jackson was born on January 21st, 1824, he passed away on May 10th, 1863. He lived a short life of 39 years. Thomas was a brave man who fought in the Mexican-American war. He also fought as a Confederate soldier in the Civil war.

Thomas was born in Virginia, which is now known as West Virginia. His mom’s name was Julia Beckwith Neale, she had four children in total, Thomas was the third born. When he was two years old his Father and his older sister, Elizabeth, died from Typhoid fever.

Typhoid fever is a rare sickness, but it is still very deadly, especially for children. Typhoid fever spreads through contaminated food and water or through close contact with someone who’s infected.

After the death of his Father, his mom re-married to a man named Blake Woodson. Thomas and his brothers did not like Blake, so they often got into arguments. These arguments caused the boys to go live with their father’s brothers. In 1831 Thomas’s mom died while giving birth to his half-brother. However, ten years later in 1841 his half-brother died from tuberculosis.

In the 1800s adults would have many children. They did this because they knew that most of their kids would die pre-maturely. The children would die because they didn’t have medicine, nor would they have hospitals that could cure their illnesses. Therefore, having more kids meant they would have a higher survival rate in their families.

Later, Thomas graduated from a U.S. Military Academy in West Point, New York. Soon after his graduation he fought in the Mexican-American war. While he was in Mexico he joined the first artillery as a 2nd lieutenant. During his time in the war he met a man named Robert E. Lee. He was a General-in-chief for the Civil war.  After the war he became the president of Washington collage.

By the end of 1846 Thomas had been promoted to the rank Brevet Major and he was considered a war hero. After the war Thomas retired from the military and was offered a professorship at the Virginia Military Institute in Lexington Virginia.

Thomas married a woman named Elinor Junkin, who sadly, died giving birth. In this very unlucky circumstance she gave birth to a stillborn son. Thomas then got re-married to a woman named Mary Anna Morrison who gave birth to a baby girl. This child died not even a month after her birth.  Mary later gave birth to another girl, who they named Julia after Thomas’s mother.

While Thomas was in the Civil war he earned a nickname. His nickname was, Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson. He got his nickname after part of the war. When he got his nickname, he was leaning against a stonewall and someone shouted, “Hey look it is Stonewall Jackson. The nickname stayed and grew to be what he is known as to this day.

Later in the war, Thomas, got shot in his arm. The shot was a friendly fire.  Thomas had to get his arm amputated! This shot did not kill him. He died of Pneumonia on May 10th, 1863. This may have been the day that he died, however his story lives on through our History books!

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Performing Arts (8th Grade Critical Thinking Assignment#23)

There are many types of performances, these performances can impact our daily lives. There are also many places where you can see performances and be in them. Along with these we have many different type of performers. These performers can be live, on a TV show, in a movie, and many other things.

Types of performing arts:

Drama

Drama is a well-known type of performing art! This type of performance can be very entertaining! You can watch a book or even a script just come alive right on the stage. These performances can be heartwarming, sad, happy, or even funny. I have been to many plays, I have seen sad ones and I’ve seen funny ones. They can be from any type of genre.

Dance

Dance is another type of performing art. Dancing is very similar to drama. These dances, depending on the music, can be very sad, like a tragic love story, or they could be a funny “Broadway” dance. Dance can be any genre…and you don’t really have to be super flexible! There are many types of dances, for example, there is contemporary, ballroom, tap, jazz, hip hop, and many others.

Live Art

My final example of a performing art is Live art. This one is a bit tricky because it is open to interpretation. Sometimes it can be seen as weird,  however it can be a beautiful thing. When an artist draws, it usually, comes from the heart. They take what they are feeling from the inside and put it on a canvas. That is why it a beautiful thing.  There are many different types of live art. There is sculpting, animation, photography, painting, and more.  Art is everywhere in our lives, even if we don’t realize it.

From these examples, you can tell that there are a lot of performing arts. You can also tell that each performing art has multiple categories within.

There are many different performers. Some times these people perform in front of random people! In my opinion, they’ve got to be very brave to do this. It is very difficult to go out and sing or act in front of a crowd, I know this from personal experience. Some people have stage fright so back-stage they may be freaking out because they are terrified of messing up. In some cases, the person will end up going on the stage and doing terrifically!

According to my research, some notable performers who have had stage fright are:

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Megan Fox

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Amanda Seyfried

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Adele

As you can tell, even professionals sometimes have stage fright. It is a very common thing to have. Although, there are ways to reduce your stage fright.

  • You can change your focus to something else, quit scaring yourself about messing up.
  • Visualize your success. Always focus on your strength and ability to handle challenging situations.
  • Prepare your material in advance and read it aloud to hear your voice.

The world is very entertaining, you can never get bored from all the different types of performances you can go see! You might even be in one of these performances. If you are in a performance and you have stage fright, you aren’t alone! Many other performers have stage fright, even those who perform on a regular basis, and remember you can reduce the fright or even get rid of it completely!

I chose this topic because I perform in plays a lot. I also sing karaoke! I also chose this topic because I love to watch performances from all genres. I think that if I can share all about the arts more people will get interested and maybe find their passion in life. While writing this I learned about many actors and actresses who have stage fright. Also, I learned that there are many different types of performances, such as band and live art.

One more type of art is writing, so I hope you enjoyed reading this piece of art on Learning in Pajamas!

Is It Better To Stay Emotionally Detached Or Care Deeply For Something? (8th Grade English Assignment #22)

As sad as it may be, sometimes doctors have to deal with the the death of their patients during an operation or other medical practices. They have to stay strong emotionally when this happens. In such a case, would it be better for the doctor to have made an emotional connection or remain indifferent?

Whenever children get toys from their parents on Christmas day, the children usually forget what they got within the next few months. If these kids cared deeply about their gifts would they remember it for a longer time?

In the career span of a ER doctor, there is a sad certainly that they will have patients that will die. However, this fact doesn’t make it seem any less important to the doctor. Therefore, most ER doctors stay emotionally detached from their patients. I would say that this is a good and bad thing. It is good because if patients parish, the doctors didn’t make that strong of a bond with the patient and they will be able to continue working. Although, if they do make a connection with the patient they might be deviated from the loss and not bet able to do their job. Doctors are not the only occupation that has to face this type of issue, police officers, emergency field medics, and members in the armed forces all must deal with such challenges. These men and women must be capable to see death or else they can’t do their jobs very well.

When children wake up on Christmas morning they head down to tree and have fun with their family opening gifts. Many times the kids can’t remember,ber what they go for Christmas that year. Would it be better if these children didn’t get as many gifts if they won’t even remember what they were? In my opinion, the experience is what counts.  Instead, on Christmas morning maybe their family should go on a family trip or get a family gift. This will potentially allow them to care deeply about each Christmas and make memories to last a lifetime. 

From this you can tell that when it comes to a case of medical reasons it is probably for the best to remain emotionally detached. In other situations that aren’t life threatening it may be better to care deeply. In a situation where a doctor doesn’t show a connection with their patient, that patient may not feel comfortable. Therefore they won’t get the best service.

These are a few examples of circumstances where remaining emotionally detached may for better or for worse. I care deeply about Learning in Pajamas and I hope you do too, so show your love by leaving a like and following.

Pursuing or Attainment of Your Desires? (8th Grade English Assignment#20)

We all experience that rush of joy when we complete and assignment for school, work, or just for fun. However, does this make you feel happier or is pursuing your desires more satisfactory to you? Many people question this, and I think that they each have their own sides to them.

Pursuing of my desires is very exciting, when I was in To Kill a Mocking Bird, I had many adventures and made many friends along the way. I was not looking forward to it all being over. I was having fun and many of these adventures were learning adventures. I learned a lot from the other actors and even from the directors. When you have fun, the time flies by so we wish that we could go back and have that fun again. If this happened to be a homework sheet where I had no idea what I was supposed to be doing I would not be having fun, in fact, I’d be stressing over it. With the right help I could easily finish it and have a good time learning. As you can tell, the pursuing of your desires is mostly fun when you know what you are doing.

On the other hand, I also feel pleasure and satisfaction from the attainment of my desires. One example of this Is completing elementary school. These times can be fun sometimes, but most of the time I was miserable. I didn’t enjoy all elementary school, but when it was over, I felt very accomplished and I was satisfied with myself and my work.  Other example of this are times that finish cleaning the house, doing laundry, and even finishing the kitchen. Doing chores is a great example of this because while you are doing them, life is awful, but when you finished them, you feel great and very proud of yourself!

Most people finish assignments and don’t give it another thought, but what if we gave thanks for being done with it? When we do this, we are very excited for the fact that we are completed  with that assignment. When you are doing an assignment,When you are doing an assignment, and you know your material, you may feel very excited because you understand. Therefore, you are feeling very satisfied with pursuing your desire. That’s all today for Learning in Pajamas, now that I am done I feel very satisfied with the attainment of my essay.

 


			

Is Showing Strength or Showing Vulnerabilities more courageous? (8th Grade English Assignment#19)

In many movies they show super heroes showing courageousness, by being strong. However, is this the best way to show them being brave? Possibly not, showing your vulnerability is very difficult to do. This would show how brave you really are, considering how tough that is for somebody to do. This brings us to a very difficult question, is showing strength more courageous than showing your vulnerabilities?

Super heroes are known for beating up bad guys and being strong. They are being brave for standing up to the bad guys. Superman, Batman, wolverine, the hulk. These super heroes show their greatest strengths and are incredibly brave! Everyday they fight their greatest enemies and most of the time, they win. However, in real-life people in the armed forces show their strength and bravery by risking their lives to fight for our country. They are very brave for fighting; three percent of the country is willing to do that. That show strength and bravery. These are examples of how showing strength is courageous.

Many people show their vulnerabilities when they see a therapist. They show their vulnerabilities, so they can get the help they need to solve their problems. When these people go on and tell random people what their problems are they are being super brave! I think that being brave isn’t always about fighting crime, but facing your fears and telling people about your problems, that’s brave. Also, when getting shots at the doctor’s office, that’s very difficult. I always have trouble when it come to shots. When you are terrified of the dentist’s office, but you still go, that’s brave. These are all vulnerabilities that people have denied, they put their fears aside and chose to do it anyway. That is true bravery.

Both are examples of being brave. You have strength bravery and vulnerability bravery. You’ve got to have a lot of courageousness to concur your fears and you’ve got to have a lot of strength to fight for what’s right. In my opinion showing your vulnerabilities is a lot more courageous than showing your strength. With this being said, the next time you go to the dentist be brave! Be sure to come back to Learning in pajamas for more from me!

 

Should our Role-Models Be Famous Or Not? (8th Grade English Assignment #17)

Many of the modern-day celebrities and famous people from all ages, have or had children. Some of these kids end up following in their parent’s footsteps or even going a completely different path. These parents can either influence their children for better or for worse. Most of the population’s parents are not famous. However, they get good influences and bad influences just like those whose families are not famous.

In my opinion, children whose role-models are famous are not always aware that they are doing drugs or other things that they should not be doing. These people are pretty much, setting up a bad influence for those children. This will result with these kids think that drugs are cool or that smoking is cool too. However, there aqre famous people who are good influences and role-models. Even though people like Albert Einstein seem perfect, they all have their own flaws. Nobody is perfect and that’s okay! However, a lot of famous people think that they can do whatever they want to, no matter if it’s against the law or just plain rude. Therefore, they tend to be not-so-good of a role model.

People who aren’t famous, such as most parents and doctors, are also great role-models! These doctors can show kids that you can do whatever you want. That you can help people and feel good about it too. Teachers are good role-models too! They teach children and teach them all about the world and other subjects! Another good role modeling job is being a professional athlete. This is good for both girls and boys. It is showing girls that even though you are a girl you can still be strong and beat some people up. Also, for boys it shows them that with enough practice they can be built up just like these people! Professions that are good for role-modeling. I think they all are. Without the construction workers barely, anything would be built. Without scientists we wouldn’t be able to calculate all types of things with human life. Without doctors we’d all be sick, and the world would be a sickly place. Without teachers, we wouldn’t have our education systems. Think of any job, without them we wouldn’t have as strong of country as we do.

When you think about it you can tell that the occupations that we have are there for a reason. We look up to the people we see the most, but, when we think about every other job we open our minds to different ideas! We set these people as our role models. We take many famous people and make them our idols. However, the people we see every day, just doing their basic jobs, are heroes and are making this world stronger and stronger. I thank everyone for doing their jobs and helping make an amazing country! Thanks for visiting my blog! Be sure to come back to Learning in Pajamas, for more from me!

 

 

The Life Cycle of a Monarch Butterfly (8th Grade English Assignment #16)

Today for my English class I am writing an essay about, The Life Cycle of a Monarch Butterfly!

The Monarch butterfly starts out, like every other butterfly does, as an egg. The Larva is what is inside this egg. The Larva stays in the egg up to 48 hours, the least amount of time is 24 hours. Once the Larva is ready to leave the egg, they eat their way out of the egg. The egg provides them with their first meal and nutrients to go on with their life. Milkweed is the only plant that monarch larvae will eat. Larvae is plural for larva. As the larva gets bigger, it begins to “outgrow” it’s skin, sort of like outgrowing clothes.

At this point in the Larva’s life, he is in the molting part of it’s life. This is where the old skin splits, revealing the new skin underneath. The larva wriggles free of the too-tight skin. After freeing itself, the molted larva often eats its old skin before moving on to more milkweed leaves. Much like eating the egg, the old skin is very nutritious. They do this about 4 times in their life cycle. The fourth time is different from the others, because at this stage they eat more, and they get bigger and bigger. Then, they move away from the milkweed and seek for a place where they can make their pupa, also known as a cocoon. When the larva finds the right spot, they go into a J shape and their skin molts for the last time. The skin on the had splits open and the skin splits behind the head, and the larva wiggles while it hangs upside down to remove the old skin. This final molt is the trickiest, because the larva must shed its old skin and still hang onto the silk button. Once the larva embeds a hook-like structure at its rear end into the button, the rest of the skin can slip off.

When the skin fall off, the larva becomes a pupa. The monarch has no eyes and no antennae. It has no legs, and it cannot move. All the major changes in body shape, size, and arrangement happen. In monarchs, this stage can last up to a week. At the end of this stage, an adult butterfly will emerge from the chrysalis.

A newly emerged butterfly will wait two or more hours before it can fly. New wings are small and shriveled, so the butterfly pumps body fluid through its wing veins to make them get bigger. Then, the monarch must wait for air to replace some of the fluid. Until this happens, the monarch cannot fly, and its wings are easily damaged.

After the wings have hardened, the butterfly flies away to find its first meal. From this point on, the monarch drinks all of its food. The butterfly will visit several different kinds of flowers to get its nectar dinner.

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Should we act quickly or think carefully about out responses? (8th grade assignment #15)

Welcome to Learning in Pajamas, today’s topic is, is it true that acting quickly and instinctively is the best response to a crisis? Or are there times when an urgent situation requires a more careful consideration and a slower response?

In my opinion, it is better to give thought to your response, rather than just giving an answer right away. The reason I feel this way is because if you just give an answer right away, you might say something that isn’t the right one or is a very bad idea. Plus, you might be very frustrated at that moment so you’d say something out of anger, and you might end up without a friend. Also, if you are in an argument you will be very angry with your friends, so you will say whatever pops up in your mind, without a second thought. Therefore, you should give yourself to “cool down” and think about the situation. This will let you keep a friend, and maybe even form a stronger bond with your friend.

Although there are times when you need to think quickly. For instance, if you are in trouble in the outdoors. If you just stood there blankly thinking about what to do, you could get killed. However, if you come across a bear, you should see it and immediately slowly back up. If you stand there he might come closer while you think, “What do I do!? What do I do!?”, when you could be thinking, “Okay, slowly back up.”, this is an example where think quickly is a better choice.

As you can tell there are places where it is better to think through your response and there are places where you need to think quickly! There is an appropriate time for everything, you just need to know when those times are.

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No More Complaining! (8th Grade English Assignment #14)

Today’s English essay topic is: If we complain do we get what we want?

In my family, if we complain we do not get what we want.  If we are in a store and we start complaining about we don’t get something, my parents would walk us out of the store. My parents do not tolerate us complaining, especially in a public area. Some families do allow their kids to complain. In some families, if their child started to complain they’d just get the item the child wanted. Parents 0 children 1. Therefore, you need to take charge! You shouldn’t allow your child to win. Never fall into their tricks. Now, I know that I am talking about myself by saying children, but I’m just stating what I’ve noticed and learned from my family and other families.

If you allow your child to complain that will make them pretty much un-likeable to other parents. I have learned that if you act on your best behavior at all times people will be impressed. How could you allow your child to embarrass you un front of your friends? You cannot allow them to do that.

When a child is screaming and complaining in a restraint, my parents, and myself, get pretty much annoyed. It is annoying to hear that! You must teach your kids that complaining doesn’t do anything but make it worse! Let’s, say you have a baby in your cart and a, seven-year-old, girl looking at all the toys. You’ve already told her she’s not getting anything but she can still look. She eventually finds a Barbie doll that she now, really wants. She starts by politely asking “mommy may I have this?” you say no, like you did before. You know she won’t give up there so you start to walk away. She grabs the doll and starts screaming and yelling at you asking if she could get it. You start to give in but you remember you can’t let your child win! As you stroll along with your daughter following behind, with the doll, everybody is looking at you.  You start to feel very embarrassed. You finally give up and yell “FINE YOU CAN GET THE DOLL!” You are now very angry. Your child has now learned that if she tries hard enough she can get whatever she wants. This is not the right way to do this.

What should have happened is, you are shopping and your daughter is looking through the toys. She finds an American girl doll. At the time you know she has enough toys at home, so she doesn’t need anymore, you say “no”. She starts complaining. Because of this you walk away from the cart take the doll from her, put it back on the isle. You take her hand, pick up your baby, and walk right out of the store. At least this is how my parents would do it.

As you can tell, if you complain, your parents just get frustrated. If you ask and they say no, try again the next time you are in the store. People need to get used to hearing no! No means no and we must accept that. It’s a lot more responsible to not complain when you are told no. When your parents see that you are being responsible they will then re-consider the next time!

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