List and explain three ways that you have improved your writing from the beginning of the year to now
This year my writning has imropved by the standards of; I am a better speller, I am more creative, and I have learned how to revise my work better.

How has your reading improved this year? Explain.
My reading has also imroved in speed, comprehenssion, and level.

How do you feel about your language arts experience overall this year?
I feel like I havent gotten to write narratives as much as would I have liked, but I did like that I got to read. I hope that we will do more creative writing later in the year.

What is your overall individual goal for this class?
My overall goal is to actually do my spelling and practice it and mantain a 3.0000 GPA so that I can rock climb.




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The Watson's Go to Birmingham, 1963 by Christopher Paul Curtis is a great novel with many literary devices. The book begins in Flint, Michigan, with the Weird Watson
Family including Joey, Kenny, Byron, Daniel and Wilona. Kenny is the one that is always there, but doesn't really do much, but his older brother Byron is always getting
into trouble. Joetta is that annoying little sister that always tattles about Byron and Kenny. Daniel and Wilona are the parents, who decide to go all the way down to Birmingham, Alabama to leave Byron there for the summer to straighten out his manners with Grandma Sands. As soon as the family arrives, By is instantly nicer. Digging deeper, here are some literary devices.
Setting is a major part in this story. In Flint, Byron gets his lips stuck to the cars side mirror, resulting in Kenny doing all of the chores, and showing that Byron is very lazy. The cold also encourages Larry Dunn to steal Kenny's gloves, leaving him crying by the road. More important places include the church that was bombed, and Colliers landing, where Byron saved Kenny from drowning. The setting of the novel is clearly important, and there might not have even been a story if the Weird Watson's weren't in Flint.
There is a great deal of range of the types of character in The Watson's Go To Birmingham. The way that the author integrates different characters is very creative, and the reader learns more and more about the characters throughout the whole book. Kenny doesn't change much, and he doesn't really influence anyone much. Although, on a really hot day, he falls into a whirl pool, but Byron jumps in and saves him, and after the family gets back in Flint, he keeps disappearing and worrying his parents.The only time he acts any different is when he goes into a depression, and By helps home get out of it. Byron is a very dynamic character, and also very interesting. He is the reason that the family went down to Alabama, and he changes so much. Back in Michigan, Byron got in fights, stole money and food, and he was a bully to everyone. But the second the Brown Bomber gets into Birmingham, he is nicer, he does what he is told, and he doesn't even talk back. When he meets Grandma Sands, he is a complete gentleman. Many different characters with many different personalities are all special in their own, and impacts the story in some way.
There are many forms of symbolism in this novel. A big one was the Wool Pooh. The Wool Pooh symbolized death, and Kenny was convinced that he kept seeing it in Birmingham. The Wool Pooh is unconventional because it doesn't really symbolize anything in real life or other books. Byron's conk could also symbolize rebellion, that he doesn't agree with him parents. This is conventional because rebellion is very common in teens. Another important unconventional symbol is the bird that Byron killed, because afterwards he is throwing up, showing that he has a soft side.
The different symbols, characters, and setting are very unique in this book. With flat characters, freezing cold settings, and deep symbols, this novel contains a sad, but true story about four little girls who were killed in a bomb, but also a fun story about a weird family called the Watson's.

40 Book Challenge
1. Wayward
2. Grimm Fairy Tales
3. The Princess Bride
4. UnEnchanted
5. The Giver
6. Ghosts I have been
7. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
8. The One and Only Ivan
9. Song of a Sparrow
10. Divergent
11.Wild Magic
12. Uglies 12. Wild magic
13. Little Mermaid Script
14. The Clique
15. Dial L for Loser
16. Bratfest at Tiffany's
17. Wonder
18. Rowan Hood
19. Witch Catcher
20. Messenger
21. Watson's Go to Birmingham
22. Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince
23. Brilliant
24. Double crossed
25. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
26. The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate
27. The Aurora County All-Stars
29. Gregor the Overlander
30. Wings of Fire
31. Chasing Vermeer
32. In the Hand of the Goddess



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