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English Term Report

In this essay, or really a term paper report, I’m going to be telling you what I have done so far this year in my 7th Grade English class.

At the start of the year we started by reading different books and then learning about the writing styles used in those books. Then at the end of every week, or every fifth lesson, we would have a review of the the chapters we had read that week, (or if we had finished the book we would give a summary about the last chapters) then we would be given a writing assignment. The topics of these assignments were based off of the book, sometimes we would give a summary of the book, what we learned about the book, or what we sometimes did, was we would do a “fun essay”. For instance during this year we read the book: Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe and instead of doing the essay about what we read from the book, we wrote the essay about: If you got into a shipwreck and you could only bring two things what would they be? (the two things had to be small enough that you could drag or carry them) This was one of my favorite essays because I was able to use my imagination more.

 

Later into the year we talked about different writing styles, and here is a list of the types we talked about, each of these are a type of specific writing style called Genre: Allegory, Fantasy, Mythology, Fables/ Parables, Comedy, Historical fiction, Science fiction/ Horror, and Satire. Now to make it so you understand what each of those are, I’m going to give a small summary of each one.

 

Genre: is the term for any category of literature or other forms of art; entertainment based on some sort of stylistic criteria

 

Allegory: often uses fictional characters or stories to present non fictional truths

 

Fantasy: fiction with strange or other worldly settings or characters; fiction which invites suspension of reality

 

Mythology: legend or traditional narrative, often based in part on history events, that reveals human behavior and natural phenomena by its symbolism; often pertaining to the actions of the gods

 

Fables/ Parables: narration demonstrating useful truth especially in which animals speak as humans; legendary, supernatural tales

 

Comedy: any discourse or work generally intended to funny or to amuse by including laughter especially in theatre, television, film, and stand-up comedy

 

Historical fiction: any piece of literature written about an actual event/ time period in history

 

Science fiction-Horror: Science fiction: uses science and technology to imagine a story- Horror: uses crime, violence, or fear to create emotion in a story

 

Satire: can be polite, social, or generally incontinent.it should, “first make the people, or person, laugh then think”

 

One of the things that I thought was interesting and cool too, was that our teacher for History was the same for English, so we sometimes read books that even went with our history time period we were learning about in class, the first couple of books we read that went along with our history were:  

 

  1. The Dragon and the Raven by G. A. Henty
  2. A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court by Mark Twain
  3. Wulf the Saxon by G. A. Henty
  4. A Knight of the White Cross by G. A. Henty
  5. The Adventures of Robin Hood by Howard Pyle

 

These books were set in the same time period as we learned in history class, and so our teacher was like, “What the heck, why don’t I have them read these books at the same time were learning about the time period in history.  Brilliant!” 

 

Another thing we do that is combined with history and English, is we will sometimes have lessons that talk just about the economy and lifestyle of the people and time in our books, and what we’re learning in history.

 

By far, English this year, has been my favorite class! I love reading and writing so the books and weekly essays are perfect for me. Even though sometimes the books feel long and they’re not exactly what I would choose to read willingly, it’s good for our minds to read, and it’s fun to imagine yourself as part of the world that you’re reading about. Reading is one of the best ways to get out of your shell, forget about your problems, and find yourself in an imaginary world.  

The last thing I would like to do is list every book I have read so far this year. Stopping at the one I just barely finished.

  1. The Dragon and the Raven by G. A. Henty
  2. A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court by Mark Twain
  3. Wulf the Saxon by G. A. Henty
  4. Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson
  5. White Fang by Jack London
  6. A Knight of the White Cross by G. A. Henty
  7. The Adventures of Robin Hood by Howard Pyle
  8. Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe
  9. Select Stories from Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle
  10. A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
  11. Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll

This has been a great year in English for me and I’m glad that I’m home schooled and able to do such amazing classes!  

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Michelangelo

Michelangelo di Lodovico Buonarroti Simoni, or more commonly known by his first name, Michelangelo, was born on March 6, 1475 and died on February 18 1564. He was an Italian sculptor, painter, architect and poet of the High Renaissance born in the Republic of Florence. He was the man who exerted an unparalleled influence on the development of Western Art. Considered by many the greatest artist of his lifetime, and by some the greatest artist of all time, his artistic versatility was of such a high order that he is often considered a contender for the title of the archetypal Renaissance man, along with his rival, the fellow Florentine and client of the Medici, Leonardo da Vinci.

A number of Michelangelo’s works of painting, sculpture and architecture rank among the most famous in existence, but two of his best known works, Pieta, and David, were done before he was even thirty! Which is a big deal. One of his biggest known works is the painting of the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel.

Michelangelo was the first Western artist whose biography was published while he was still alive. In fact, two biographies were published during his lifetime. One of them, by Giorgio Vasari , proposed that Michelangelo’s work transcended that of any artist living or dead, and was “supreme in not one art alone but in all three”.

In his lifetime, Michelangelo was often called Il Divino (“the divine one”). His contemporaries often admired his terribilità—his ability to instill a sense of awe. Attempts by subsequent artists to imitate Michelangelo’s impassioned, highly personal style resulted in Mannerism, the next major movement in western art after the High Renaissance.

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The Inquisition

The Inquisition was a time when the Jews and Muslims were forced out of many different places. It started in the Holy Roman Empire. The Holy Roman Catholic church wasn’t happy with all the heretics. So they forbid certain teaching styles, hoping to calm things down. But this didn’t work as planned. So they forced all the heretics to leave Rome. Not long after that Isabella and Ferdinand II, who ruled Spain, had their own inquisition, but this was done differently than most inquisitions because it was completely separate from the Holy Roman Catholic church and was targeted only towards the Muslims and Jews. They did however let some of them stay, but only if they became catholic. This forced all the Jews and Muslims to leave Spain. Sadly when they got to their next destination they were kicked out of there too. This went on during the 19-20 centuries.

 

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The Black Death

The Black Death, also known as the Great Plague, the Black Plague, or simply the Plague, was one of the most devastating pandemics in human history resulting in the deaths of an estimated 75 to 200 million people in Eurasia and peaking in Europe from 1347 to 1351.

The Way Some People Saw the Black Death

Some people saw the black death as punishment from God, so to show that they were sorry for whatever offended God, they publicly whipped and hurt themselves. Which almost made things worse because they were going outside around people and then spreading some of the germs that they already had. So while they were, “saying sorry” They were really spreading more germs, spreading the Plague to more people.

This was a terrible time for Europe. Most of its population died, and it took years to get things back to a normal life. After the Plague struck and left, there were not a lot of strong, capable of working men left. So all the crops died and the flocks weren’t taken  care of well.

Finally though, after a couple of years, Europe was able to repopulate its homes making it the Europe we know today.