To Kill A Mockinbird: Part 1 Reflection

So far, I am enjoying the class novel, To Kill A Mockingbird. I think that although the novel was not recently written, the story is still engaging and somewhat applicable. My favourite character is Dill because of his adventurous personality. While some of the games he plays may be silly, he is a true risk taker. I am upset when I read about Scout in school because I think that she is treated unfairly. In addition, I am also impressed that she has a passion for reading at her age. One question I would ask is: Does Scout care for her maid, Calpurnia, and think of her as a mother figure? My hope for the novel is that Scout begins enjoying school.

Goals Reflection

Reflecting on my goals from first term, I am confident that I have succeeded in achieving them. My first goal was to learn how to write an effective essay and improve my writing skills. As an English assignment, I wrote my first descriptive essay, and learned of the fundamental parts that make up an essay. My second goal was to read more novels; as schoolwork was getting in the way of my free time. I planned to do so by allocating 15 minutes nightly dedicated to reading. Thankfully, I am usually able to manage my time and fit it in, and I’ve even finished the specific book I planned on reading. Lastly, my goal was to practice my reading comprehension and formation of responses to stories and articles. In preparation for the English mid-year exam, I often challenged my comprehension skills and learned key factors that make my responses successful. Overall, I am surprised and proud of myself that I was able to achieve all of my English-related goals. I look forward to setting new ones!

‘Uglies’ is the first book in a series that I have finished and thoroughly enjoyed.


J Crew: XXXS

J Crew recently received criticism for its triple zero women’s clothing size. In my opinion, I think that there is no problem with a store carrying small sizes, as long as it carries large sizes as well. I do not think that there is anything wrong with the idea of a size zero because every woman is a different size, and some are smaller than others. Similarly, I do not think that the idea of a size triple large is wrong because the clothing is made for people of that size.



I think that apps are a waste of time because they are addictive, and often take up my time which I would otherwise use productively. My favourite app is called Instagram. Instagram is an app where you can create an account and post pictures, as well as look at your friends pictures. Many celebrities also have an Instagram account; fans enjoy this very much because they are able to learn about them. I enjoy Instagram because I can choose which accounts I’d like to see, and the pictures which appear on my Instagram feed are of interest to me.

unnamed Instagram’s logo.

Of Mice and Men: Ending Response, Catharsis

Catharsis is a term described by Aristotle as a figurative cleansing of emotions such as pity and fear, having an effect of tragic drama on its audience. The ending of the novel, Of Mice and Men, leaves the reader relieved because Lennie, a dangerous and unpredictable character, dies. Although his best friend is upset by this, I think that he, and the rest of the characters, realize it was necessary. If the novel were to have ended with Lennie and George escaping and starting their lives over again, the book would have come to a full circle with an insignificant end. Ending the book in such manner would frustrate readers because of the uncertainty to come. Thus, I believe that Steinbeck made the right decision in killing Lennie for the reason that representations of death in literature leave the audience feeling relieved rather than depressed because they understand that every story must have a meaningful end.


The picture above shows Lennie and George moments before Lennie’s death.

3 Goals for English

My three goals for English this term include:

1. Learn how to write an effective essay and continue improving my writing skills. I would like to use all of the critique I have received and apply it to my work for the future.

2. Read more! Unfortunately, schoolwork often gets in the way of my free time, and it is hard for me to read for the purpose of expanding my vocabulary. I will try my best to allocate at least 15 minutes of reading every night in order to do so.

3. Practice my reading comprehension and formation of responses to stories, articles, etc. I will use English class assignments to do so.


I have heard good reviews for this novel, and will hopefully start reading it soon. When I find new vocabulary in it, I will write it down along with a definition in my journal.

Reflection: Of Mice and Men ‘chapter 1′

46 pages through the novel Of Mice and Men, I am happily surprised. Having heard negative reviews from friends, I was apprehensive to start reading. However, I think Steinbeck did a great job with grabbing the reader’s attention from the start. I especially enjoy reading the novel while listening to the audio book because it adds more life to the story. I am looking forward to completing the novel and searching for the message of the story.


There are many different cover illustrations for the novel Of Mice and Men… This is my favourite!

Book Recommendations

I would recommend the following books to my friends as an Independent Reading Novel:

1. The Fault in Our Stars
The Fault in Our Stars is one of my favourite books of all-time. The genre of the novel is young-adult fiction. In my opinion, the level of difficulty is medium to medium-hard. I enjoyed it because the characters in the novel were around my age, but facing struggles that most teenagers are not.

2. The Lonely Hearts Club
The Lonely Hearts Club is a book that I read this past summer. The genre is young-adult fiction. In my opinion, the level of difficulty is easy. I liked this novel because it took me a short amount of time to finish, and had an original plot.

faultmovie The Fault in Our Stars was developed into an incredible movie!

Advertisement Responses

Ad 1:

I think that this ad is very effective. It makes me want to buy the product mainly because when Sofia Vegara is thirsty, and expresses how delicious the can of Pepsi looks, she makes the viewer feel the same way. I also noticed that Sofia’s dress is dark blue, and her lips are dark red. By glamorously dressing in Pepsi’s logo colours, Sofia is further attracting the consumers to the product. On a scale of 1-10 of how appealing I find this ad, I would rate it a 9 because it is funny, and there is not too much going on. Sometimes when there are many ideas in an ad, it is confusing and makes the product less desirable. The target audience for this ad would be young adults because the setting is at a wedding, and the actors are all young adults. The obvious message of this ad is that Pepsi is delicious. The hidden message of this ad is that beautiful people like Sofia Vegara drink Pepsi and still stay beautiful; so if you drink Pepsi, you will look like her. *This ad would be most effective in a women’s fashion magazine because most women would like to look like Sofia Vegara. The ad doesn’t necessarily take advantage of any trends, but does feature an expensive wedding; which is what most young adults would like for themselves.

*If it were a picture or physical ad

Ad 2:

This ad is effective because it shows that Facebook is fun even for older people with uneventful lives. I would use Facebook especially after watching the ad because it shows that Facebook brings people together. On a scale of 1-10 of how appealing I find this ad, I would rate it a 7, because it is does not really explain what Facebook is. Instead, the majority of the ad shows an older man reminiscing about his past; and the viewer is clueless as to what the ad is about until the end. The target audience for this ad are older people who are alone and want to connect with others. The obvious message of this ad is that Facebook will change your life and make you feel happy. The hidden message is that you will stop feeling lonely or bored if you use Facebook. *This ad would be most effective in an elderly home magazine, or a magazine for elderly living. The advertiser took advantage of the current technological trend, by displaying a computer.

*If it were a picture or physical ad

Ad 3:


This ad is not very effective for me because I prefer spending my money on healthy foods. However, on a scale of 1-10 of how appealing I find this ad, I would rate it an 8. Although I do not like MacDonald’s food, the ad is simple and attractive. The target audience for this ad would most-likely be male adults. I find this ad rather masculine because of the dark red background, and gigantic sized burgers. Such qualities are not typically found in ads targeted for a female audience. The obvious message of this ad is that MacDonald’s burgers are delicious. The hidden message is that eating the burgers will give you a great satisfaction because MacDonald’s burgers are exciting, just as the red background. This ad would be effective in food magazines, or mens magazines. The advertiser did not take advantage of any trends or current events.

Ad 4:


This ad is not effective for me because I am not an elderly woman, and I do not enjoy yoga. On a scale of 1-10 of how appealing it is, I would rate it a 6. It is an interesting ad because it shows a woman at an older age who is still active; however it is not appealing to a young adult like myself. The target audience for this ad would be older women because the ad is simple, and shows an older woman. The obvious message of this ad is that Gap makes you happy and healthy. The hidden message is that if you use Gap clothing you will live longer. This ad would be effective in fitness magazines or old age magazines. The advertisement took advantage of the modern trend of getting into shape, by displaying a woman doing yoga.

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