Grade 8 English Lesson 87

Today I read A Tale of the Western Planes by G.A Henty chapters 3-4. I also wrote a one to two page essay.

Today I wrote an essay on the following topic. Can people have too much enthusiasm? Generally when people are enthusiastic about something, it means they are exited about something or they want it now. So if they are enthusiastic about their work they will work harder, and probably even enjoy their work. However if someone is really enthusiastic about this plan which you know is going to fail, it’s really hard to get that person to change their mind. Have you ever wanted something really bad and found out that it sucks after you have it? Yeah, your parents or whoever tried to say that you wouldn’t want it, but did you care? You probably didn’t. So enthusiasm can be a bad thing. And even when it’s a good thing. Generally too much of a good thing can turn bad. Still enthused about your work? Well you might become a workaholic and become unhealthy due to not eating enough. Too much enthusiasm can be a bad thing, but is too much enthusiasm even possible. Well, I think that there is a limit, to how enthused someone is. If there is a little kid that wants this toy, bad, and you tell him he can’t have it. For one he’s gonna freak out, and two, if you wait long enough he will get over it. You don’t normally see two in America cause parents seem to get babies whatever they want. So when their super cute baby becomes a child that will scream every time he doesn’t get what he wants, know this. If you give a baby everything it want as a baby, what do you think he expects when he turns into a kid? Everything! So that’s why you have kids screaming in supermarkets in America, their parents don’t get him everything they want. Anyways I think there is a limit to enthusiasm.


Grade 8 English Lesson 86

Today I started reading A Tale of the Western Plains by G.A Henty. I also started learning how to write a storybook. Good writing is:

  • Easy to read and understand
  • Follows conventional grammar standards
  • Creative or entertaining to read

I also had to write a 1 to 2 page essay.

Today I wrote an essay on the following topic. Is a perfect society possible or even desirable? A perfect society isn’t possible, as everyone has sinned. From the moment Adam and Eve ate the fruit of knowledge, condemned themselves and all of their offspring to sin. Everyone is a descendant of Adam and Eve, which means we all sin. Also if we all descended from the same people, that means that there are no “higher races” and no “lower races.” Since no one is perfect, a whole bunch of people can’t be perfect. So now the question remains, do we desire a perfect society. Well I don’t know about you but I don’t want a perfect society without God. I’m not saying I wouldn’t want to end suffering and have everyone be happy. But without God there is no purpose to live. If we could accomplish a perfect society without God, then we wouldn’t need him, and everybody would forget about him. Imagine you’ve spent a a lot of time taking care of a pet, and when you’re done it doesn’t believe that you exist or it hates you. Nobody would want that. Yet God still loves us, and the least we can do is love him back. Do I want a world where everybody is perfect, and their creator is forgotten? No! How about a perfect society with God in the center of it? One already exists, it’s called heaven. Just know that we didn’t make it, God made it for those who believed that Jesus died for their sins.

Grade 8 History Lesson 58

The Spanish Civil War and the Rise of Francisco Franco

April 1, 1939

     While the Holocaust was spreading in Europe, Spain was suffering over it’s own problems. You see when Ferdinand and Isabella married in 1496, they united Argon and Castile, the largest kingdoms of Spain, they also started a long line of kings and queens. Now the eventual breakdown of of the monarchy was slow and painful, and it lasted 462 years. After losing the monarchy under Isabella II, it was restored under her son, only to lose it again under her grandson, King Alfonso XIII. Under great pressure from Spain’s growing movement for democracy, Alfonso allowed for free elections. When the people voted for a republican style government, Alfonso fled the country, and in his place, republican leaders took control.

The republican leaders wrote a constitution and elected Spain’s first president, however the people wanted their king back. Why? It was about this time that the Great Depression had hit, and many of the citizens were suffering. This cause a great division in Spain, those who supported the new republican government on the left, and those who wanted a king on the right (In Spain the republicans are on the liberal left, to those in America). Each side grew and attracted other various groups. With the left attracting, liberals, socialists, and communists it became the Popular Front. And the right attracting conservatives, army leaders and generals, the Roman Catholic Church, and Fascists it became the National Front. The beginning of the Spanish Civil War occurred when the right-wing Spanish army declared war on the Popular front, on July 17, 1936. The National Front chose Francisco Franco as their leader, he was a general in the Spanish army.

Francisco Franco was born into a military family,so when he joined the military he quickly rose up in ranks. In honor of his high rank, the best man at his wedding was none other than King Alfonso. So when Alfonso fled Spain, the republicans who had seen Franco’s growing power, ordered him off the mainland to a post on the Canary Islands. As mentioned, this didn’t stop the Spanish army from turning to him and naming him their “Generalissimo.” Though he was not a Fascist throughout his entire career, he was a member of a Fascist party called the Falange. Franco was as persuasive, and full of promises as Hitler, and own his own concentration camps. Speaking of Hitler, he admired Francisco, and offered Nazi assistance to the right-wing.

One main reason he did this was to test out new weapons. Hitler chose the small town of Guernica, to test out his weapons, and as most men were out fighting in the civil war, the bulk of the victims were women and children. On the fateful day of April 26, 1927, German warplanes bombed Guernica killing 1,600, and those not killed by the bomb were shot. In memorial Pablo Picasso expressed his feelings in a black, white, and blue painting simply titled Guernica.

After three years, many battles, thousands of political executions, and the loss of half a million lives, the republican leaders surrendered to Franco on April 1, 1939. After this Franco’s power was unshakable, he abolished the constitution, and allowed only one party which was an extension of Falange. When it came to WWII Hitler and Mussolini happily invited Spain to join them, however it was to spent from it’s own civil war. Franco’s regime lasted 36 years until his death, and really it was both oppressive and successful. Oppressive in that 100,000 to 200,000 of Franco’s political enemies were killed. However it was successful for being the only fascist-style government to survive WWII, and restoring prosperity to Spain. Before his death in 1975, he appointed the grandson of Alfonso XIII, Juan Carlos. Carlos ironically reversed all of Franco’s policies, restoring the Spanish parliament. It remains a democratic monarchy today under their son, Felipe VI who inherited the throne in 2014.

Grade 8 History Lesson 57

The Holocaust: Up Close


     Now often times we determine how bad the Holocaust was by numbers, but we cannot forget that each digit was a person that had a life. Today we will be going over the stories of four people by the names of, Anne Frank, Gerda Wiessmann Klein, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, and Corrie ten Boom. Unfortunately only two of these people survived the Holocaust.

Anne Frank

At thirteen years old, Anne Frank hoped to become a journalist and have the world remember her. Little did she know that her dream would come true. As of then, her Jewish family had moved from Germany to the Netherlands in 1933 to avoid Nazi persecution. Her father Otto Frank owned a company that prospered in Amsterdam, but was forced to sign it over to his non-Jewish partner. After Anne’s sister was given a notice to report to a work camp, the family opted to retreat. They had thought of fleeing to the United States or Cuba, however visas were hard to come by and they resorted to hiding. Their hiding place, a makeshift dwelling above Otto’s business building. They left their house on July 6, 1942, leaving it disheveled so that it might appear that they left the country in a hurry. Relying on Otto’s work associates to bring in groceries and other necessities, and four more resident joined them. However after two years of hiding, they were exposed on August 4, 1944. They were sent to Auschwitz, where Otto was separated from his family. Anne and her sister were assigned to the infirmary, where their mother smuggled her own food to them in hopes to keep them alive. However in October 1944, Anne and her sister were shipped to the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp, while their mother was kept behind at Auschwitz where she died of starvation. In March 1945 a typhus epidemic swept through Bergen-Belsen, sadly killing Anne and her sister, just weeks before Bergen-Belsen was liberated on April 15, 1945. Otto was the only surviving member of the family, and in his daughter’s honor he published her diary, which was the very thing she had dreamt of.

Gerda Weissmann Klein

Gerda Weissmann was 15 years old when the Nazis invaded in 1939. She and her family were Jewish and Polish, a double negative in Hitler’s eyes. Slowly the Nazis took away their normal lives, prohibiting visits to the theater, rationing food, and taking jobs. Soon the family of four were herded into a crowded ghetto, split up, with Gerda being taken to a work camp. Though it was warm her father insisted she wear snow boots, which would one day save her life. Being relatively healthy, she was tossed between concentration camps, not knowing if she would survive. Weeks before the war ended the Nazis started to clear out their concentration camps, lest they be caught committing horrific crimes against humanity. Forcing thousands on death marches towards Germany, many died however Gerda survived, in part to her snow boots. In May 1945, Gerda woke up in an abandoned factory, as the Nazis had fled the day before. Upon hearing that the war was over, she cried. Going outside she met a soldier who had come to liberate the prisoners, and as she showed him the way to the factory entrance, he opened the door for her. The soldier’s name was Kurt Klein, who Gerda later married. Kurt died in 2002, however Gerda continues to share her story.

Dietrich Bonhoeffer

Dietrich Bonhoeffer was not persecuted for being a Jew, instead he was a Christian German. Born in 1906, Bonhoeffer pursued the study of theology in 1923, and in ten years became a Lutheran minister. He gained early fame for writing numerous publications including The Cost of Discipleship which warned Christians against “cheap grace. When the Nazis took over the church, Dietrich and some other pastors had already caught on to Hitler’s evil intentions. Believing that it was his duty to help plot the death of Hitler, he once pretended to join the Nazi ranks. In a bizarre twist of events Bonhoeffer was arrested and detained for minor offense. In prison, he was treated far better as he was related to a high ranking Nazi, and he gathered prisoners for Bible study. He was also engaged to be married after leaving prison. Unfortunately Bonhoeffer was identified to be one of the men involved in a plan to assassinate Hitler. At 39 years old Dietrich died by hanging on April 9, 1945.

Corrie ten Boom

Born in the Netherlands, Corrie found great joy in serving others and helper her father with the family business. When the Nazis invaded in 1940, her father who was a deeply religious man in the Christian faith, protested against the oppression of Jews. Looking for creative ways to help their Jewish friends the ten Booms slowly built a hiding place for the persecuted. They put themselves in danger to hide Jews. However on February 28, 1944 they were betrayed, and Corrie’s whole family was arrested. Miraculously, during the raid on the ten Boom’s home six Jews remained hidden and the hiding spot was never found. Corrie, then 52 years old, her sister, and her father were thrown into the local jail. And in time the ten Boom sisters were shipped by train to the Ravensbrück concentration camp, where she was released on New Years Eve in 1944, due to a clerical error. According to her it was all the Lord’s work. Living to the age of 91, Corrie wrote several books about her life and faith.


Grade 8 English Lesson 83

Today I reviewed lessons 41-60. I also had to turn my mind-map into an outline.

  • Introduction
    • Introductory paragraph
  • Body
    • Writing assignments and general knowledge learned from:
      • Week 1
      • Week 2
      • Week 3
      • Week 4
      • Week 5
      • Week 6
      • Week 7
      • Week 8
      • Week 9
      • Week 10
      • Week 11
      • Week 12
      • Week 13
      • Week 14
      • Week 15
      • Week 16
  • Conclusion
    • Summary of information
    • What I found most useful
    • Concluding statement

Grade 8 History Lesson 56

The Holocaust: From Afar


    There’s no easy way to look at the Holocaust, even from afar. Up to 11-17 million died in the Holocaust. Though those mainly persecuted were Jews, however Hitler destroyed anyone else he even considered to be a threat. Hitler didn’t do it alone, with the help of Heinrich Himmler, the SS, the Gestapo, Nazi loyalists, and gas chamber engineers. Hitler built his first concentration camp in March of 1933, it was named Dachau. Built to house five thousand of his opponents, they also served as labor camps. At Hitler’s career went on, 16,000 more camps were built to house Hitlers enemies. For identification, each prisoner had a badge on their sleeves or garments. Jehovah’s witnesses were given purple triangle badges; Communists, red; homosexuals, pink; Romani, black; common criminals, green; and Jews, yellow. Conditions were harsh, the survival rate was 50%, and if you did survive you could be used in one of the ludicrous experiments performed by Nazi physicians.

In 1942 Hitler allowed Heinrich Himmler to begin construction on extermination camps. So Himmler built six in Poland. By the names of Aushwitz II, Chelmno, Belzec, Sobibór, and Treblinka. The most common method for the killings were gas chambers. Prisoners were handed bars of soap, stripped, and herded into rooms with the signs “bath” and “sauna” to soothe the fear of the unknown. The Nazi Ideology is hard to explain. It’s basically a bizarre mesh of ideas thrown together, mainly evolution, that led some Germans to believe that they were the highest examples of the Aryan race. And that Jews were of a lesser offshoot that were to be considered animals. Though Hitler sought to destroy Christianity, he boasted that it was “God’s will” that the Aryan race survive. The way Hitler spread his twisted ideologies, was when he established himself as the Führer, he took control of the courts, the media, the church, and education. He infiltrated the schools with the German Youth Movement, a club that brainwashed children. So much so that those children grew up to defend National Socialism with their lives in WWII.

Sadly many well-meaning citizens fell for Hitler’s propaganda. Many did not know that Hitler killed or worked 5 to 11 million non-Jews to death. Many did not even know that 6 to 9 million Jews were to be killed. The destruction of 2/3 of Europe’s Jews happened without the vote of the average European.