Grade 8 English Lesson 51

Today I started reading Uncle Tom’s Cabin by Harriett Beecher Stowe chapters 1-4. I also had to write a 1-2 page essay.

Today I will write an essay on the following topic. Are snap judgements better than decisions to which people give a lot of thought. Personally I think that thinking something out is more wise and will most likely end up going well. I was given a prompt that said that when we make snap judgements we make them because they ultimately work out better than if we thought through it. I think he was trying to say the reason we make snap judgments is because we think that it will end up better than if we thought it through. Ultimately I think the reason we make snap judgements is because we don’t want to spend the time planning things out. We think that in the time we spend planning we could actually get something done. My parents never buy something at the full price. They wait for a sale and use coupons to save some money. A dollar here and a nickel there adds up in the long run. Snap judgements are okay in situations like “Shall we buy some cereal?” However think the big things though like buying the car. Try to buy last year’s model to save money. Even better buy a used car. My parents were able to buy a Passat for only ten thousand bucks. And they drove it for 2-3 years and when it started to break down they took all the good stuff off of it and sold the car. When it comes to it snap judgements don’t always work out that well. Think before you make a decision it will save you money and time.

Grade 8 English Lesson 50

Today I finalized my book report.

Today I wrote a 2-3 page book report on Out on the Pampas by G.A Henty. I decided to write this book report on the plot of the book. Out on the Pampas is the story of an English family with two boys and girls that moves to the South American pampas. After they have settled in, Indians start to attack them. However when their daughter gets captured by the Indians they end the conflict once and for all.

The main characters in the story include Mr. Hardy, Mrs Hardy, Charley Hardy, Hubert Hardy, Ethel Hardy and Maud Hardy. The reason the Hardy family moves to the Pampas is because the work opportunities in England weren’t that good for their boys. And the Pampas were determined to offer the greatest advantages.

However upon moving they find the Indians don’t like them one bit. Over the years the Indians attack their house and give some of the Hardys a close brush with death. After one of the many assaults some Indians were barely alive. The Hardys nursed them to health and gave them horses to return to their village. After all it was not the intention of the Hardys to kill the Indians, they just had to defend themselves. One evening Mrs. Mercer persuaded Ethel to stay for the night. However the next morning the boys learn from a supposed lone survivor that the estancia that Ethel was in was attacked by Indians. After going to the estancia they learn that everyone but Ethel and that man were killed. Together with some friends they go on a long journey to the Indian village that is holding her. Meanwhile Ethel’s fate is being decided in the village. And pretty much everyone in the village scorns her because of what her family did them. So they decide to kill her. However the Indians she and her family helped protected her. One of the friendly Indians also helped the rest of the Hardys plan her extraction and defense


The climax is the final fight between the Indians and the Hardys. The Hardys holding the mouth of a canyon, and the Indians assaulting them. However after some time the Indians were in full flight to their village. After firing some rockets over the Indian village the friendly Indians convinced the whole village that fighting against the Hardys was not approved by the Great Spirit. The resolution is the Indians are at peace with the Hardys and their friends. And the Hardys have grown up and began their own families.

In ending this book is a nice story of a family that moves into the wilderness. I enjoyed reading it because of the style and the story.