2008-2009 School Year


Welcome to your 2nd semester ESL class! I'm glad to be back and hope you are too. We'll be using this WIKI to post your journal and discussion entries. Have fun! Be creative! Make connections!!




1/21/09

Please share with the class a little bit about your literacy history. When did you learn to read? In what language did you first learn to read? What did you like to read when you were little? How much did you read when you were little? When did you learn to read English? What do you like to read now? How much do you read now? In what language do you most enjoy reading? Make a connection between your literacy history and how you learn now. What effect did your literacy history have on what kind of learner you are?


Literacy History
By Marelza Bualuay

When I was about five-years old, I learn how to read and write in Chuukese language. In Chuuk only teacher can have a books in English language. In elementary school we don’t have a library or have many English books to read. The only way we read an English language book is when teacher read it to us and translated in Chuukese language. When I was about five-years old I don’t really read books because as I said before we don’ t really have books in English or in Chuukese language. I don’t really spend some time reading books. I learn how to read in English my eight great years which is when I was about fourteen-years old. I learn how to read and write in Chuukese language when I was about six-years old. When I was a baby my mom and my dad don’t read books to me like American parent do to their children. The only Chuukese language that people from chuuk can read is the bible. The bible is the only chuukese language we got in chuuk. Now I really enjoy reading in English language. I like to read sad story and the story that have happy ending.

Literacy History
By Jose Perez

Well I don’t know how to star
I am no sure when I learn to read but I remember to read a book call EL PATIOTO FEO. I just love to read the book o most every night I think I was like 6 or 5 year. as you can see I learn in to read in espanol when I grow up my dad just to buy me comics, for me he was the one of my favorites friends he jus to read me the comics book with so much excitement that when I close my eyes I fell like I was there in the comic and what I love how he just to read me the comics. He jus to have a single voice for heath super hero or a super villain my dad is no here with me no more, I hope he is and a Vetter plaice and I think he was the one who help me the most to learn how to read was my dad and me we just to go to the park and buy some ice cream and seat and read at the park some comics I miss hem so much.
I learn to read in English in North Carolina it tock me like a one year to learn how and I still have some problems lol when I have time I read comics in Spanish. When I move to Atlantic I been reading more then before well I think read with my dad helps me to get in to learn how to read .




1/29/09
Share what learning and interactive reading strategies you have learned about over the past week. Next, share what strategies you were already using here at Atlantic High School (whether you knew your were using them or not and whether or not you were using them all the time). Then, evaluate a new strategy you are going to try to use this semester. How is it different from what you have done in the past? Why do you want to try this strategy? What do you hope you will gain from this new strategy?


Jose Luis Perez Rivas
February 4, 2009

In the last two weeks, we have been learning how we can use the textbook to look for answers and how, if we highlight important information that we need to remember, it will be easy to remember.

We also have learned about brainstorming and how helpful it can be. By the way, I did this journal using the brainstorm method. The brainstorm storm method is working rely well for my partner Malza. And last but not least, we learned how we can use the test to take the test.

I would like to learn more about how I can express myself in words because that is so hard for me.

Melza Bualuay
ESL Period 6th
February 4, 2009

Using strategies

The last couple weeks we have been learning how to use strategies for college preparation. The strategies that I learned are the writing process and text structure and so on. I already know or use the strategies highlighting, making notes, and use your test to take your test. The only thing that I always do is making note for me so I can understand it later and I can ask question either to my teacher or my classmates. I will try to use the SQ3R Plan or strategies throughout this semester. It is different from what I already. This is my first time seeing this method and it’s my first time to use this. I want to try this strategy because I know it will help me with my entire textbook and all my stuff that I don’t understand it.




Wednesday, February 11, 2009
RE: "The Most Dangerous Game"

Something I noticed in our reading was...


Jose P.
Something I noticed in our reading was that Rainsford is not afraid. He knows how to use his skills as a hunter to survive

Marelza
Something I notice about Rainsford is that he is not afraid of the dark. He wants to know what is going on in the dark where her heart the sound of a pistol coming form.




Tuesday, March 10, 2009

It has been a while since we read "The Most Dangerous Game." Summarize for each of us how the story started and what has happened so far in our reading.


Marelza Bualuay
So far in our reading, we have not finished the story yet. But I am going to give the summary of our story. There are two hunters traveling across the sea, and they are going to go to the island where they called it forbidden island. They went, and when they reached the island Rainsford fell into the water and ended up on the land. He tried to look for something to eat, and all of a sudden he saw this big castle sitting on a high cliff. He walked toward it, and there he found two men in the castle dressed like they’re in the Russian army or commander. He was amazed at what he found on the forbidden island.

Jose Perez
This story is about a guy that got lost on an island. The island had a very bad reputation and it looked very evil. When he got lost on the evil island, he used all his skills as a hunter to survive. Then he found a big castle that was on a cliff. It was very big. It looked like no one had ever visited the castle because he knocked on the door and a guy opened the door with revolver pointing to his heart. Then Rainford asked for some help.



Wednesday, March 11, 2009
RE: "The Most Dangerous Game" pages 13 & 14

General Zaroff keeps ignoring, or answering in a roundabout way, Rainsford's question about what his new quarry is. Justify the general's choice not to answer a direct question with a direct answer.


Marelza Bualuay
Mrs. Hartwig
ESL
Period 6th

I think because he do something bad and he don’t want to answer the questions Rainsford ask him. I think the general once know all about the big games and maybe he get tired of it and that’s why he don’t want to answer Rainsford’s question directly to him.



Thursday, 4/9/09

This period in Richard Wright's life was full of conflict. Would you say his biggest challenge was overcoming an external conflict or an internal conflict? Write a well-developed paragraph giving your opinion and supporting it with details from the text.

Jose Luis Perez

I think the biggest conflict in the story of “The Rights to the Streets of Memphis” is that Richard Wright learned the hard way how to stand up for himself in life. I believe that was an internal conflict caused by external factors, like he didn’t have any food, and his mom didn’t want him home until he got some food. You can see this when she says, “I’m going to teach you this to stand up and fight for yourself.” This caused him to say, “She went into the house and I waited, terrified.” Then because of this, he had to fight a gang to get to the store. As a result he had to make a decision. If he stayed at home, his mom would beat him and there was absolutely nothing that he could do about it. But if he were beaten in the streets, he had a chance to fight and defend himself. These external factors made him struggle inside. So that’s why I believe his biggest challenge was internal.


Marelza Bualuay
Mrs. Hartwig
ESL, period 6

Richard Wright’s life full of conflict.

In the story of The Rights To The Streets Of Memphis, I believe that Wright’s biggest conflict is to stand up to defend himself, which is an external conflict. Wright grew up in the town of Memphis, Tennessee, and his childhood was not pleasant. His father disappeared all of a sudden. As a result, he had to buy food for the family. One day “his mother took him to the corner store to show him the way.” When Wright went out to buy food for the family, he walked right into some gang members. The gang members beat him up and got his money from his hand, and they sent him home crying. When he reached his home, his mother sent him back and gave him more money and a note to go buy food again. Wright said that he was scared because the gang had just beaten him up. In spite of this, his mother made him go out again and said, if the boys bother him, then fight back. His mother gave him a stick to carry with him while going to go buy some food. While walking, he reached the gang of boys. The boys started to surround him and grab his hand. All of a sudden he flung the stick around the air and hit a boy’s skull, then hit another again and again, dropping the money and the note his mother gave to him. The boys started to run for their homes. For first time in Wright’s life, he told the boys that, if they bother him again, he would do the same thing that he just did. On that night, Wright won the right to the street of Memphis. I think no more boys will bother him anymore because he knows how to stand up to defend himself.




Thursday, 04/16/09

Share with the class what you read. Do you read newspapers, magazines, textbooks, on-line materials, novels, informational texts, poetry, etc.? What genres do you read (biographies, historical non-fiction, fantasy, realistic fiction, science fiction, informational texts, poetry, mystery, romance, etc.)? Also share what your criteria is (what helps you decide) to select your reading material. Lastly, rate your enjoyment of reading between 1 and 4, 1 being I don't enjoy reading at all, 2 being I enjoy it only a little, 3 being I enjoy reading quite a bit, and 4 being I enjoy reading very much.


Jose

When I have time to read I like to read on-line materials, textbooks and magazines, but in general fantasy and mystery. And when I have to select a book I like to read that blurb or ask some of my friends a bout some of the best books they read but I don’t LIKE THEM IF THEY ARE TO LONG! . And if I have to grade myself on how much I like to read, it will be a number 2 (I enjoy it only a little).

Marelza Bualuay
What do I read?

I like to read newspapers, magazines, sometimes textbooks when I have to, and book series. The kind of genres I really like are biographies, mystery, romance series, and historical nonfictions when I have to. I like some things that grab my attention, are easy to read, don’t have too many difficult words to read, and books that are not going to have too many pages. I would rate my enjoyment of reading at a 3.




4/21/09

In "The Rights to the Streets of Memphis," Richard Wright described a defining moment in his life, a moment that changed who he was or how he acted and thought from that point on. That defining moment was when he stood up to a violent gang. What childhood event was your defining moment? Was it moving to America? Was it something you worked hard for that you didn't know you could do? Was it something to do with friends or classmates or neighbors? Was it something that happened between you and your parent(s)? Write an essay in which you describe your defining moment and explain the effect it had on you. You have one class period to brainstorm and draft your essay, so budget your time wisely. Use the test-taker's toolkit on page 49 of your textbook to analyze this prompt, plan your response, and begin your draft. You MUST POST YOUR DRAFT by the END OF CLASS today to get credit for this wiki assignment. We will then work on revising and editing your drafts in our next writer's workshop.


Marelza Bualuay
Mrs. Hartwig
ESL Period 6th

Defining Moment Of My Life.
My defining moment was when I first came to America, without Knowing that I will be able to speak in English and live without my parents. When I came I didn’t know what to do and I didn’t even want to came to school the first day, because I was afraid that students would make fun of me just because I didn’t know any English words or understand what they were saying. But my aunt convince me to came to school so I can finish school and work so I can help my parents back home. And she said that if I came to school, my parents will be happy and they will come to visit me soon. Those thoughts I kept in mind to remind me of my parents and to work hard on my school and to learn more English as possible as I can. For me, speaking in English is the most important step in my life, because without speaking in English I will not be able to make it this far. For example, I am almost done high school year and I will battle to go to another step of life going to college. I can interact with people and not to worry anymore. I am so thankful that I make it this far in life and I will do whatever it takes to do a good job.



Jose Perez

The Defining Moment of My Life

The defining moment of my life was when I toke the decision to come to the U.S. To see my mom, but I did not though about my family and friends who love me. I feel like I lost them they are not the same way that they just to be with me. And that make me feel like I live them down. Especially my sister she toll me no to let her alone. But I toll her that I was going to help mom to come back. So that way mom doesn’t take to long at the U.S. I toll her that I will do my best for her and my mom. So I start my trip to the U.S. but I didn’t how hard it will be to learn a new language, go to school and work. An this trip make me more responsible and make me realized. what my mom will do for her kids




Monday, 4/27/09

Now that you have spent time revising and editing your "Defining Moment" essay, it is now time to publish your final product to the Wiki. Please also compose a short summary of the main items you worked on during your revision and editing process (e.g. tense, more vivid word choice, organization, ideas, etc.).


Marelza Bualuay
Mrs. Hartwig
ESL Period 6th

Defining Moment Of My Life.
My defining moment was when I first came to America, without knowing that I would be able to speak in English and live without my parents. When I came, I didn’t know what to do. I didn’t even want to come to school the first day because I was afraid that studen
ts would make fun of me just because I didn’t know any English words or understand what they were saying. Imagine going to another country not knowing the language and leaving your parents behind. That’s what I did; I left all I had behind and started a new life in another country.

It all started because my aunt convinced me to come to school so I could finish school and work so I could help my parents back home. She said that if I came to school, my parents would be happy and they would come to visit me soon. Those thoughts I kept in mind to remind me of my parents and to work hard on my school and to learn as much English as I possibly could.

For me, learning to speak in English has been the most important step in my life, because without speaking in English I would not have been able to make it this far. For example, I am almost done with high school, and an even bigger challenge is that I will battle to go another step of life by going to college. I can interact with people and not worry anymore because I know what to say. But before, I was afraid to go anywhere or meet new people because I didn’t know what to say. However, now I know what to say and want to meet new people.

I am so thankful for being in America and going to school here in Atlantic. This defining moment of my life has helped me in so many ways. Moving to America has strengthened my determination so that I will do whatever it takes to do a good job in the future.


Jose Perez
The Defining Moment of My Life

The defining moment of my life was when I made the decision to come to the U.S. to see my mom. My sister told me no to leave her alone, but I told her that I was going to help mom to come back so that mom didn’t take too long in the U.S. I told her that I would do my best for her and my mom.

So I started my trip to the U.S., but I didn’t how hard it would be to learn a new language, go to school, and work. When my mom explained to me how hard it was for her to go shopping or ask for help in the U.S. it made me realize that I would have to do my best to learn English.

When my mom told me that I needed to go to school and that Monday would be my first day of school, I was really scared. When the bus came to get me, I never felt so retarded in my life. I did not know where to sit or what to say. One girl told me something that I did not know, so I did not give her any feedback. When I got to the school, everyone looked at me weird. Then I realized that it wouldn’t be easy to be at school. When I got back to my house, my mom told me that I would have to be ready in 5 minutes to go to work with her. I told her that I had to do homework, but she told me that I would do it when I got back from work.

Then I really realized how big of a change I was in to. I was really happy because I was with my mom, but I was also very sad because I did not think about my family and friends who love me. I feel like I lost them and that they are not the same way that they used to be with me. That makes me feel like I let them down.

These experiences made me stronger as a person and as a son
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