Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Journal 6 by Hunter

After finishing long narratives about Esperanza and Ishmael, my biggest takeaway from these books is to not forgot where you came from the experiences you've endured as a child because despite how far apart Esperanza's and Ishamel's lives may seem, they both have gone through a lot, mentally and physically. One thing I don't want to forget is how hard these kids fought for better lives for themselves. Esperanza never stopped dreaming of a life outside of Mango Street and Ishmael held onto the smallest edge of hope of a better life but like said in A House on Mango Street; "You can't erase what you know. You can't forget who you are". Ishmael and Esperanza will definitely never forget where they came from.

I really enjoyed The Hobart Shakespearians documentary. I loved how unique and out there the teachers teaching style was and how he treated his students. He knows they come from some vastly different backgrounds and are often thought of as kids who never will succeed but he doesn't see them that way. He generally wants them to be the best that they can be. I liked the idea of money system and paying rent on your desk, as it teaches kids the importance of money and how he gets to take his class on trips out of state, it really shows these children how far they can go, like the teacher says "I want these kids to be Americans" and he truly shows it by his actions. Also, reading Shakespeare in 5th grade is crazy considering most high school graduates couldn't even begin to understand Shakespeare when they had to read it in high school!


  1. Shortly after my post and so close to mine you wonder if it is a copy. Par for the course.

  2. I agree as well, it is very surprising how these kids understand and read Shakespear.


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