Berlin Boxing Club Ending

I did an extra credit assignment for the Berlin Boxing Club book. I rewrote the ending f the book to fit what I thought would be a good ending. The reason I did this is because the actually ending to the book is very disappointing. The book as a whole was really good and I suggest it for anyone who wants to read a good book.

     “NO!”Hildy was being forced away from me when we reached New York. She was walking with our cousins with her head down and she was not looking back. The boat then started to move down the coastline and I saw her wave goodbye. I waved goodbye to and hoped that we would meet again. I went to my room and started crying. I fell asleep and when I woke up the boat was not moving. I started to freak out because I heard footsteps coming to my room. I heard a voice say “Karl, come out here, it is your cousins.”I then collected my things and went our.

 

     When I opened the door, I was greeted with four people hugging me. They were in warm clothes and I suddenly regretted wearing long sleeves. The two adults told me to call them Aunt and Uncle. The two kids there, one boy and one girl, were named Smith and Jenny. My parents did not teach me a lot of English, but I figured out how to say most english from my comic books from America. I started to cry at the thought of my parents and the my Aunt asked me what was wrong. I said nothing and we started to walk to their car. The sky was so beautiful and I started poking around my backpack to look for my sketchbook.

 

     When we started to drive I was amazed to her that America was starting to fight against Germany in the war. They called this World War Two. “So what was it like in Germany?” said Smith. “I would rather not talk about it.” I said. My cousins had the biggest house I have ever seen. “Where am I going to stay?” I asked. My aunt told Smith to take me to my room. Smith lead me upstairs to a large room at the back of the house. “This is your room Karl.” He said. “Danke, I mean thank you.”I shuddered.“ What does danke mean?” asked Smith. “It means thank you in German.” I told him. He then walked off and left me to unpack what little things I had. I unpacked the special books last.

 

     Once everything was unpacked, I re opened the back of the books that held valuable paintings. I hanged the ones of my dad and of Herr Smeling. “I want everyone to know my story.” I thought. I picked up my empty sketchbook and started writing. When I was done I shared the book with my family and they told me it was very good and that I have been through a lot. They told me that they were going to publish the book. I then went to sleep.

Phosphorus

     The element I adopted is called Phosphorus. Its symbol is P. Phosphorus is number fifteen on the periodic table of elements and it is a non-metal. This element is a solid and has a melting point of 44.2 C. It has the boiling point of 536.9F. This element was discovered by Hennig Brand and was discovered in 1669. The name origin is Phosphorescence, It belongs to the pnictogens family. This element can glow, is radioactive, and is essential for life! 

 3-D print of my element!

Privacy or Security

     In class, we chose a topic that we believed strongly in. After we chose this specific topic, we had to narrow it down to which side we were on, “for or against.” I chose “should Americans be ready to give up social media for security.” I was “for” this topic.                                         

Americans Giving up Social Media Protection for Security

      Seventeen percent of people switch their privacy settings to more secure settings because they are paranoid about the government looking at their social media life (LaFrance).  If a terrorist did not answer certain questions, the government would be able to see if the answer is in the terrorist’s messages or social chat. American adults should be prepared to give up social media privacy for security because terrorists plan secretly. Allowing the government the ability to monitor social media would help stop terrorism because the government would be getting information before the terrorist can carry out their plans.

     The first reason that the government should be able to go into American citizens’ social media, is because people who are being tracked by the government could turn their accounts into super secure mode. That mode is on most social media and allows only certain people to view the account. This means that terrorists can secretly talk to other terrorist without being tracked. Fifteen percent of people avoid certain social media apps because the apps track what you do. The apps know who you have had contact with and who you talk to. Another fourteen percent of people opt to talk with people face to face, not on phones. If these people did not do that and if the government was allowed to track people, they could find out if what these people talk about is illegal (LaFrance).

     Additionally, when immigrants come to the U.S. the immigrants are asked many questions. Allowing border patrols to look into immigrants’ social media would help weed out the terrorist because this would allow the patrols to get more information on the potential terrorist. Some of the immigrants have the right to deny some of these questions. That means that there is no way for immigrants to the answer the questions that border patrols ask them. Certain border agents really like to poke around in the immigrant’s social media accounts. Most border agents really like to try and find something wrong with the immigrant’s account. This makes many immigrants nervous about coming to the U.S. Immigrants could refuse to unlock their phone if asked to by border patrols. If the do not answer the border patrols then they could be detained for hours for “Secondary Inspection.” Many of these border patrols think that doing this is in their right, which it is (Roberts). Still, would be a perversion of privacy for the immigrants. Many people disagree with this because they want their unimportant conversations private. They also disagree with this because they want to keep their secrets that they share with one friend, secret(Henry). The government and border patrols should have this as a right because if immigrants do not answer questions, the government should be able to find out the answer.

     Yet another reason why Americans should do this, is because this will allow police to not need a warrant to get phone information. Right now in the U.S., many police need to get warrants to search phones. If everyone is open to the idea that police can search your phone freely, the police will not need a warrant (roberts). These types of searches are already being used more since Trump is our president.  If the police and the government did not need a warrant, America could have caught a lot of criminals already. There are many cases in court when objects have been thrown out because they were attained without a search warrant.

     In conclusion, Americans should give up their social media privacy for more protection. This will insure that more terrorist are caught, more will be known about our immigrants, and police can search social media for terrorist ideas or conversations. American adults should be ready to give up social media privacy for security so potential dangers are stopped. All of this is to make sure America is as safe as can be!

Work Cited

Henry, Alan. “Why You Should Care About and Defend Your Privacy.” Lifehacker.

  

Lifehacker.com, 25 Apr. 2012. Web. 05 Apr. 2017.

LaFrance, Adrienne. “The Convenience-Surveillance Tradeoff.” The Atlantic. Atlantic Media

Company, 14 Jan. 2016. Web. 05 Apr. 2017.

Roberts, Jeff John. “Can Border Agents Ask for Your Facebook Account?” Can Border Agents

Ask for Your Facebook Feed? The Rules at U.S. CBP | Fortune.com. Fortune, 07 Feb.

  1.   Web. 05 Apr. 2017.

Fragile Things

Fragile Things is a short story book written by Neil Gaiman. Fragile Things has many short stories and poems in the book. One of the first stories is a Sherlock Holmes like story. It is were two guys have to solve a mystery that no one else can solve. The book is a fiction and sy-fy book. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes short stories and fiction. I would also recommend this book for anyone in middle school. I give this book a four out of five stars because it was a pretty interesting book.

Boo Radley

 

   I am so bored. I have been in this house for twenty-five years. I have done everything there is to do in this house. I am sitting at the table looking out the window at some kid staring into my house. I wonder what he is thinking, maybe he is thinking about who is in this house and what they are doing. Every day the boy goes to the pole across from my house and stares into my house like it is some kind of mystery. Sometimes I see him and the two children, who I found out are named Jem and Scout, playing a little game of their own invention. The game reminds me of what my dad told me that everyone thought of me: the story where I “stabbed him” and mom ran out of the house. That really did not happen. It was just gossip. I think Jem is me and Scout is my mom. I also think that the other kid is my dad getting stabbed. Sometimes I want to wander outside of the house in the daytime and talk with Jem and Scout. They seem to have interesting lives.

 

     One night when I could not go to sleep because I heard some movement near the house, I decided to investigate and walked out into the kitchen were my brother was watching TV. The noise seemed to stop for a moment and then I heard some steps on the back porch. I went outside and hid in the shadows so whatever was making the noise would not see me. Not to my surprise, I see the boy who stands at the pole. I then hear Jem and Scout say, “ Dill, come back here.” Dill, I thought, what a nice name. After a few minutes I see the Jem, Scout, and Dill come around the house. They do not see me and climb on each other to look through my window. They then talk about how they cannot see a lot of things. Suddenly, I hear one of the kids gasp and point at me. I was so nervous and I was frozen. The kids then slowly walk around to the other side of the house trying to be sneaky, but I can still see them.

 

I follow them into my garden and then my brother comes out with a gun. He aims it at the kids and I wish I could have helped, but I was scared I would have been found. Luckily, the kids make it out safe without being shot.  The whole neighborhood comes to my house and I go inside. After everyone leaves, I walk back outside to see Jem’s pants on the fence. I decided to fix them and I layed them back out neatly by the fence.

 

At the end of the summer, Dill leaves to go home. I was told that there was a trial that involved a black man. Everyday after the trial my brother came home and told me about the trial. He says that Jem and Scout were there and that their dad was helping Tom Robinson, the black man. Near the end of the trial my brother told me that Tom would surely lose. I felt bad for Tom because people are so racist even though Tom did not do anything wrong. I wish I could of be there to cheer on Tom Robinson. At the end of the trial, as I thought, Tom Robinson was sent to be killed. I watch from my window as the Finch family walked home sad. Later in the month I heard that Tom tried to run from where he was being kept and he got shot, thirteen times. That is a very unnecessary amount of bullets.

 

I was so happy it is Halloween. It is the only time I am allowed to walk out of my house at night. I decided to follow Jem and Scout. Scout is wearing some weird costume that looks like pork, but I am not sure what it is. I follow them to the pageant I hear them talk about and then I stop following them because I do not want to be seen. After they go in I hear something in the bushes. I decided to ignore the bush, but make sure Jem and Scout get home safely. After a few hours, Jem and Scout come out. Scout does not have any shoes. I walk a few meters behind them and I see someone else following them. They notice the person to and started to walk faster. The man starts to attack them with a knife and the man breaks something in Jem. I ran up and grabbed the man and take his knife. Then I stabbed him.

 

I carried Jem because he was unconscious and walked to their house. As I walked into the door, Mr. Finch took his son and lied him down in his room. Then Scout came in. She looked at me and then she walked to her brother’s room to check on him. Soon the sheriff and a doctor came in. We all went to the back porch and talk about how I killed the man who was Bob Ewell. Then the adults decided Mr. Ewell fell on his knife. Scout walked me home and we had a nice chat. I went inside and pondered the events that just happened.

Maycomb Gazette

he Maycomb Gazette

January 5th, 1995

Maycomb, Alabama

The Jury Has Spoken

Tom Robinson has been found guilty of raping and abusing Mayle Ewell. Even though Atticus’ defence left a lot of doubt that Tom raped Mrs. Ewell, the Jury still sent Tom to death. Tom Robinson was defended by Mr. Finch. The jury was made up of twelve men.

Mrs. Ewell brought Tom to court because she accused Tom of rape and abuse. After the guilty verdict was reached, some of the locals were interviewed. Alexandra Hancock, Mr. Finch’s sister, said this “Tom Robinson was clearly innocent. The Ewell’s testimony sounded fake and made up. Mayle was studdering and choking on her words the whole time when Tom Robinson was certain of his words.” Another local voice was Atticus Finch “ This trial was a fair, clean trial. Mr. Ewell won and there is nothing I can do about that. One thing I can do though, is make sure Tom stays alive.” Maudie Atkinson said this “ Tom should have been treated with the same respect as all of the white men. The difference in color should not change anything. I strongly believe that Tom Robinson should have won.”

Tom Robinson was sentenced to death.

 

Evidence In Question

Mr. Finch, who was defending Tom Robinson, questioned Mrs. Ewell after the testimonies. He wanted to gather all of his evidence to make a conclusion that would help the Jury come to a decision. Mr. Finch ended with the conclusion that Mr. Ewell abused his daughter.

Mr. Finch, and Mrs. Ewell, said that Mayle was hurt on her right side. The defense said that only a left handed person could have done that to her. The defense showed us Tom’s left arm. Tom said “ I can’t use my left hand at all. I got it caught in a cotton gin when I was twelve years old. All my muscles were torn loose.” The defense then had Bob Ewell write his name, Bob Ewell was writing with his left hand.

The defense then came to the conclusion that Bob Ewell had raped and beaten up his daughter. After four hours of deliberation, the Jury came out and sent Tom Robinson to death.

Tom Robinson Shot to Death

Tom Robinson was shot a few days ago. Tom was the man who was sent to death after being found guilty of raping and abusing Mayle Ewell. Tom’s tried to escape prison and was shot seventeen times.

Mr. Finch was planning an appeal for Tom Robinson. He believed that Tom Robinson was innocent and that Bob Ewell was guilty of abusing his daughter. He has a wife and a kid.

The Mysterious Death of Bob Ewell

Bob Ewell died last night on Finch’s street. Bob Ewell was found under a light pole with a kitchen knife in his chest. The doctors assessed his body and found out that Mr. Ewell was drunk. The police found many pieces of what looked like a broken costume near Mr. Ewell’s body. Officer Heck Tate stated that this does not need to be taken to court because Mr. Ewell “Fell on his knife.”

Mr. Ewell helped convict Tom Robinson who raped and abused Mayle Ewell. Tom was shot to death trying to escape prison. Many people think Mr. Ewell was going to kill Mr. Finch because Mr. Finch made Mr. Ewell embarrassed at the Trial by implying that he raped his daughter.

Bob Ewell was not well liked by the citizens of Maycomb. He lost a job because of his laziness and inability to hold a job. Mr. Ewell was also a alcoholic and he has about seven kids. He and his family have been scraping by on government subsidies and food stamps.

 

Mitzvah Program

כָּל דִכְפִין יֵיתֵי וְיֵיכֹל, כָּל דִצְרִיךְ יֵיתֵי וְיִפְסַח.Let all who are hungry come and eat

let all who are in need come and make Pesach.
Being at the MJGDS has made me a better person. Thanks to the mitzvah program, I am more compassionate and I help people in need. The mitzvah program has taught me life lessons like give to people in need and always be caring. This impacts my future because I will always remember to give to people in need.

The Book of Esther

     My class and I just read the Book of Esther. We learned a lot about the story that we did not already know. I chose to describe three of the characters and why they are good or bad leaders. Esther, the Queen, is a caring and helpful leader to her kingdom. Achashverosh is also a kind and caring man, but will agree to any deal. Lastly, Haman is a cruel and self-centered leader who only wants to become king.

 

     Esther is the Queen of the kingdom. She starts out being really shy in the beginning of the story, but that quickly changes. How it changes is very interesting, it changes when she boldly stands in the courtyard of the king. If you stand in the courtyard and the king disapproves of that, you die.וַיְהִי֩ כִרְא֨וֹת הַמֶּ֜לֶךְ אֶת־אֶסְתֵּ֣ר הַמַּלְכָּ֗ה עֹמֶ֙דֶת֙ בֶּֽחָצֵ֔ר נָשְׂאָ֥ה חֵ֖ן בְּעֵינָ֑יו וַיּ֨וֹשֶׁט הַמֶּ֜לֶךְ לְאֶסְתֵּ֗ר אֶת־שַׁרְבִ֤יט הַזָּהָב֙ אֲשֶׁ֣ר בְּיָד֔וֹ וַתִּקְרַ֣ב אֶסְתֵּ֔ר וַתִּגַּ֖ע בְּרֹ֥אשׁ הַשַּׁרְבִֽיט׃ As soon as the king saw Queen Esther standing in the court, she won his favor. The king extended to Esther the golden scepter which he had in his hand, and Esther approached and touched the tip of the scepter. Esther is very caring to her subjects and even takes advice from them! In the story Mordechai, her uncle, tells her that Haman is going to kill all of the Jews and Esther takes the information to heart. A few days later, she tells Achashverosh, the king, this and he kills Haman.

 

     Achashverosh is the king of drinking. He really likes drinking and he especially like parties. He is not very smart for many reasons, but one reason why he is not smart is because he agreed to Haman killing the Jews. This was not a very good decision because Esther is Jewish. Achashverosh is also very caring because he said that he would give half of the kingdom to Esther. What troubles you, Queen Esther?” the king asked her. “And what is your request? Even to half the kingdom, it shall be granted you.” וַיֹּ֤אמֶר לָהּ֙ הַמֶּ֔לֶךְ מַה־לָּ֖ךְ אֶסְתֵּ֣ר הַמַּלְכָּ֑ה וּמַה־בַּקָּשָׁתֵ֛ךְ עַד־חֲצִ֥י הַמַּלְכ֖וּת וְיִנָּ֥תֵֽן לָֽךְ This means that he would do almost anything for Esther.

 

      Haman is the main bad guy of this story. Haman, the king’s right hand man, is the guy who wants to kill all of the Jews. He can make people agree to almost anything because he made the king agree to killing the Jews, his own subjects! Haman is also very self-centered because if one person does not bow to him he will order their entire family, in this case the Jews, to die. He can also keep a secret while drunk, and that takes skill! Haman goes to his family after seeing Mordechai at the gate and tells his family as long as Mordechai is there at the gate, everything is meaningless. סַפֵּ֨ר לָהֶ֥ם הָמָ֛ן אֶת־כְּב֥וֹד עָשְׁר֖וֹ וְרֹ֣ב בָּנָ֑יו וְאֵת֩ כָּל־אֲשֶׁ֨ר גִּדְּל֤וֹ הַמֶּ֙לֶךְ֙ וְאֵ֣ת אֲשֶׁ֣ר נִשְּׂא֔וֹ עַל־הַשָּׂרִ֖ים וְעַבְדֵ֥י הַמֶּֽלֶךְ׃וַיֹּאמֶר֮ הָמָן֒ אַ֣ף לֹא־הֵבִיאָה֩ אֶסְתֵּ֨ר הַמַּלְכָּ֧ה עִם־הַמֶּ֛לֶךְ אֶל־הַמִּשְׁתֶּ֥ה אֲשֶׁר־עָשָׂ֖תָה כִּ֣י אִם־אוֹתִ֑י וְגַם־לְמָחָ֛ר אֲנִ֥י קָֽרוּא־לָ֖הּ עִם־הַמֶּֽלֶךְ׃

וְכָל־זֶ֕ה אֵינֶ֥נּוּ שֹׁוֶ֖ה לִ֑י בְּכָל־עֵ֗ת אֲשֶׁ֨ר אֲנִ֤י רֹאֶה֙ אֶת־מָרְדֳּכַ֣י הַיְּהוּדִ֔י יוֹשֵׁ֖ב בְּשַׁ֥עַר הַמֶּֽלֶךְ׃

וַתֹּ֣אמֶר לוֹ֩ זֶ֨רֶשׁ אִשְׁתּ֜וֹ וְכָל־אֹֽהֲבָ֗יו יַֽעֲשׂוּ־עֵץ֮ גָּבֹ֣הַּ חֲמִשִּׁ֣ים אַמָּה֒ וּבַבֹּ֣קֶר ׀ אֱמֹ֣ר לַמֶּ֗לֶךְ וְיִתְל֤וּ אֶֽת־מָרְדֳּכַי֙ עָלָ֔יו וּבֹֽא־עִם־הַמֶּ֥לֶךְ אֶל הַמִּשְׁתֶּ֖ה שָׂמֵ֑חַ וַיִּיטַ֧ב הַדָּבָ֛ר לִפְנֵ֥י הָמָ֖ן וַיַּ֥עַשׂ הָעֵֽץ׃

and Haman told them about his great wealth and his many sons, and all about how the king had promoted him and advanced him above the officials and the king’s courtiers. “What is more,” said Haman, “Queen Esther gave a feast, and besides the king she did not have anyone but me. And tomorrow too I am invited by her along with the king. Yet all this means nothing to me every time I see that Jew Mordecai sitting in the palace gate.” Then his wife Zeresh and all his friends said to him, “Let a stake be put up, fifty cubits high, and in the morning ask the king to have Mordecai impaled on it. Then you can go gaily with the king to the feast.” The proposal pleased Haman, and he had the stake put up.He is really clumsy and stupid because after he got found out that he ordered to kill the jews he fell on Esther’s bed which made it seem like he was sleeping with her. He has really bad luck because everything he has done to kill Mordecai goes to killing him.
     Esther is the best leader out of all of the leaders I chose. Achashverosh is not the best but not the worst leader because he did not do anything really good or really bad. Haman is the worst of them all because he tries to kill a whole nation of people. This story gives us some really good life lessons like always stand up for yourself and to not be afraid of anyone. Overall, this is a very interesting story and I really liked it.

Boo Radley

In class we read To Kill a Mockingbird. After we read it we had to do projects about the book. I chose to do Boo Radley’s point of view on everything that happened in the book.

Noah

     I am so bored. I have been in this house for twenty-five years. I have done everything there is to do in this house. I am sitting at the table looking out the window at some kid staring into my house. I wonder what he is thinking, maybe he is thinking about who is in this house and what they are doing. Every day the boy goes to the pole across from my house and stares into my house like it is some kind of mystery. Sometimes I see him and the two children, who I found out are named Jem and Scout, playing a little game of their own invention. The game reminds me of what my dad told me that everyone thought of me: the story where I “stabbed him” and mom ran out of the house. That really did not happen. It was just gossip. I think Jem is me and Scout is my mom. I also think that the other kid is my dad getting stabbed. Sometimes I want to wander outside of the house in the daytime and talk with Jem and Scout. They seem to have interesting lives.

     One night when I could not go to sleep because I heard some movement near the house, I decided to investigate and walked out into the kitchen were my brother was watching TV. The noise seemed to stop for a moment and then I heard some steps on the back porch. I went outside and hid in the shadows so whatever was making the noise would not see me. Not to my surprise, I see the boy who stands at the pole. I then hear Jem and Scout say, “ Dill, come back here.” Dill, I thought, what a nice name. After a few minutes I see the Jem, Scout, and Dill come around the house. They do not see me and climb on each other to look through my window. They then talk about how they cannot see a lot of things. Suddenly, I hear one of the kids gasp and point at me. I was so nervous and I was frozen. The kids then slowly walk around to the other side of the house trying to be sneaky, but I can still see them.

     I follow them into my garden and then my brother comes out with a gun. He aims it at the kids and I wish I could have helped, but I was scared I would have been found. Luckily, the kids make it out safe without being shot.  The whole neighborhood comes to my house and I go inside. After everyone leaves, I walk back outside to see Jem’s pants on the fence. I decided to fix them and I laid them back out neatly by the fence.

     At the end of the summer, Dill leaves to go home. I was told that there was a trial that involved a black man. Everyday after the trial my brother came home and told me about the trial. He says that Jem and Scout were there and that their dad was helping Tom Robinson, the black man. Near the end of the trial my brother told me that Tom would surely lose. I felt bad for Tom because people are so racist even though Tom did not do anything wrong. I wish I could of be there to cheer on Tom Robinson. At the end of the trial, as I thought, Tom Robinson was sent to be killed. I watch from my window as the Finch family walked home sad. Later in the month I heard that Tom tried to run from where he was being kept and he got shot, thirteen times. That is a very unnecessary amount of bullets.

     I was so happy it is Halloween. It is the only time I am allowed to walk out of my house at night. I decided to follow Jem and Scout. Scout is wearing some weird costume that looks like pork, but I am not sure what it is. I follow them to the pageant I hear them talk about and then I stop following them because I do not want to be seen. After they go in I hear something in the bushes. I decided to ignore the bush, but make sure Jem and Scout get home safely. After a few hours, Jem and Scout come out. Scout does not have any shoes. I walk a few meters behind them and I see someone else following them. They notice the person to and started to walk faster. The man starts to attack them with a knife and the man breaks something in Jem. I ran up and grabbed the man and take his knife. Then I stabbed him.

     I carried Jem because he was unconscious and walked to their house. As I walked into the door, Mr. Finch took his son and lied him down in his room. Then Scout came in. She looked at me and then she walked to her brother’s room to check on him. Soon the sheriff and a doctor came in. We all went to the back porch and talk about how I killed the man who was Bob Ewell. Then the adults decided Mr. Ewell fell on his knife. Scout walked me home and we had a nice chat. I went inside and pondered the events that just happened.

Press Start to Play

Press Start to Play by Daniel H. Wilson, and many other great writers, is a amazing book. The book is a book of short stories that all have something to do with video games. The stories vary from being able to respawn in the real world, from being a NPC. The genre is all non-fiction. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes video games, no matter of their age. This is an amazing book and I loved it!