Grade 9 English Lesson 180

Today I learned about My Autobiography, Part 5. This is the last lesson for grade 9 English so today was just wrapping things up. Reasons Why

  1. Division of labor
    1. Specialization: You are the #1 expert on you.
    2. Responsibility: Identify your calling and your job.
    3. Output: Find your niche and exploit it.
    4. Goal: Become good enough to imitate.
    5. Means: Learn from your mistakes.
  2. Extend your influence
    1. Become a role model.
    2. Provide guidelines for personal success.
    3. Illustrate these guidelines from your experience.
    4. Save the other person from needless pain.
    5. Promote your worldview.
    6. Create a how-to website.

Life stories worth knowing

  1. Ernst Winter (Because he’s Austrian pronounce the W in Winter like a V)
  2. JoAnn X

Procrastination kills.


Grade 9 English Lesson 179

Today I learned about My Autobiography, Part 4. I lied last time, I was told to go back to another ABC lesson. This time it was on screen casts, and I got to listen to Bradley Fish again.

Grade 9 English Lesson 178

Today I learned about My Autobiography, Part 3. My teacher gave me a link to ABC lesson 37, which is on Evernote. I’ve already downloaded Evernote. It also gave me one final chance to say goodbye to Bradley Fish. I’ve seen all eight videos, but I was instructed to watch them again.

Grade 9 English Lesson 176

Today I learned about My Autobiography, Part 1. Why study autobiographies?

  1. They reveal the era in which they were written.
    1. What specific people thought
    2. How specific people lived
    3. Problems that faced specific groups
    4. How specific people dealt with their problems
  2. How the author achieved something important
  3. How the author communicated
    1. Style of writing
    2. Economy of writing
    3. The ability to create mental images
    4. The clarity of the arguments
    5. Generating the sympathy of the reader
    6. Pulling the reader into the narrative
    7. Making the reader care what happened
    8. Persuading the reader to change
    9. Leaving a legacy
  4. Providing a model autobiography
    1. How to collect facts, day by day
    2. How to file and retrieve these facts
    3. How to be a good observer
      1. How to identify the broader context (macro)
      2. How to identify the specific context (micro)
    4. How to identify what is relevant (“so what?”)
      1. For the narrative
      2. For the reader

Now, for my writing assignment. Identify four events in your life that would just have to be in your autobiography so far. Then apply the five W’s to each of them: what, where, when, who, and why. Then add this: how?

I was born on August 11th, 2004 and named Connor Daniel Sin. My parents at the time lived in Fresno, but before I can recall we moved to Union City, where I spent most of my childhood.

At the end of my second grade school year, I was pulled out of the public school system. Part of which was due to the fact that our school got a pretty low score, or rank. Not only that but our school acted like it was great and allowed one of its students to smash a pie into the principal’s face. At first, we tried out many different curriculum for math and English. While things were still changing I recall that in my first grade class my teacher gave me a math test every Wednesday. Ten minutes for one hundred simple addition questions. I remember doing fairly well on them. However we once tried out a math curriculum that started off almost every day with a math test. It still contained one hundred questions, but it only gave me five minutes. I found out that I could do equally as well on the test with less time, and eventually could do them in two minutes while getting over 90% of the questions correct. I hope that story illustrated how much homeschooling has changed things for me. We eventually came up with a consistent curriculum, the Ron Paul Curriculum.

In the September of 2016, we moved. Our rent had risen to unreasonable amounts, and we were paying monthly what could be used to own a house. It wasn’t the first time in my life that I had moved, but it was the only time I remembered it. It was also the first time I actually had to help out in the process. My family and I worked all day quickly cramming everything we owned into boxes, and moving them into the truck. And then we made the hour long commute to Stockton. It was now late, so for the second time ever I stepped into our new giant house, got my mattress, and enjoyed my own room. The square footage of our house in Union City could fit into our new house’s garage.

On January 21, 2017 I accepted Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior. I was with my dad on a trip to Sacramento when I decided that I wanted to devote my life to Jesus.

Grade 9 English Lesson 175

Today I assessed Equiano. I also had to write a 500 word essay.

Today I will write an essay on the following topic. How important are the words ‘So What?’ in an autobiography? According to Dr. North, they are one of the two most important questions that an author of an autobiography must keep in mind while writing the book. The other being ‘Who Says?’ But how about me?

So what are the words ‘So What?’ talking about? What are they referring to? Well they are a tool an author of an autobiography must use often while writing his or her autobiography. The question ‘So What?’ is tool for measuring how relative what you are writing is. You see, while writing an autobiography, you don’t just need to tell the reader what is going on. You also need to tell the reader why it’s important. Not just for the sake of telling them, but it also helps to make the reader more interested. I mean why read something, heck why do anything if you feel like it’s wasting your time.

I mean, if you’re writing about your vacation in your autobiography, ask yourself, “So What?” Because if you’ve got a smart reader, or a reader that’s being forced to read your book because of his curriculum, they’ll most likely be asking themselves that question. I would be asking myself, “Why is this person’s vacation so important in the frame of his or her life that it’s in his or her autobiography?” If you can’t come up with a sufficient answer besides, “Because I think it’s important.” you probably shouldn’t put it in. Besides when you were a kid, did you think your parent’s answer of, “Because I said so.” was sufficient? Nope. Well nothing was ever sufficient enough for you to go off to bed with a smile on your face. Anyways.

Let’s say you went on a vacation to Africa to help feed starving children. If you ask yourself ‘So What?’ you probably will be able to come with an answer such as, “Because this trip to Africa was eye opening and led me to start an organization.” Now if you’re having trouble discerning what is a sufficient reason for putting something into your autobiography. I would say that if it changed your life in some manner, you’ve got a green light.

Basically the words ‘So What?’ are important, if not vital for gauging what to put in your book. Because as well as telling the reader what, you’ve got to tell them why, so that they don’t get disinterested. Time is the most valuable resource, so you owe it to the reader to make it worthwhile to read your book.

Grade 9 English Lesson 174

Today I learned about Equiano, Part 9. Chapter 8

  1. His stories ended in 1777.
  2. He went back into household service.
  3. He offered only a few new stories.
  4. He served a former Governor of the African coast in 1779.
  5. The Governor suggested that he become a missionary to Africa.
  6. The Bishop of London refused to ordain him.
  7. In 1784, he visited New York City.
  8. He visited Philadelphia in 1785.
  9. He and other Africans presented this to Quakers in London.
  10. He was picked in 1786 to be a government agent to take ex-slaves to Sierra Leone.
  11. The number of ex-slave who decided to go was lower than expected.
  12. He was required to provide an accounting.
  13. The ship arrived at the rainy season: no crops could be planted.
  14. Some of the immigrants died.
  15. In 1788, he present a petition to Queen Victoria.

What to conclude from this?

  1. He offered no account of his domestic service.
  2. He offered only a few observations of New York City and Philadelphia.
  3. He offered insights into government-managed efforts to export ex-slaves to Africa.
  4. He ended the book with an appeal to end the slave trade and abolish slavery.
  5. He hoped that this was close at hand.