We made a poster of a word that we thought descibes the book. Then we looked through the book to find appropriate quotes that relate to the word we chose. Then we'd answer the following questions:
-Why is this the most important word to you?
-How does it relate to Anne Frank?
-How does this word fit into your future? Is it a theme that is valuable to have? A theme that should be abolished? Why? What are the consequences of adopting this theme or abolishing it?
It was difficult to find the appropriate quotes for the word 'strength'. It was difficult for me to keep paper and such organized. It was fun and easy to decorate the page with pictures and colors. I also thought it was easy to speak my mind on this word. I think that I could improve on organization and anotations by keeping detailed notes and a folder for a project. Reading this book and working in other classes has helped me develope note taking skills so next time it will be much easier.
Friday, 12 June, 1942

Dear Kitty,

            Hello, my name is Anne. I have just received you for my thirteenth birthday and I have decided to call you Kitty. I hope that I will be able to share all of my hopes, dreams, and darkest secrets with you. First off, I think that I shall tell you about me. I have one sister named Margot, wonderful parents, and a cat named Moortje. Now I live in Amsterdam, Holland. I love to read, play ping pong, and go to the ice cream parlor.

 I can be a tad cocky sometimes because I say that all of the boys in school and around the neighborhood absolutely adore me; it is true though. The boys are so interested in me. I am scared of what others think of me. I do a lot just to impress people. For instance, I made myself seem smart while with Harry.  I really did like him; it was just hard to tell him where I am hiding out.

            I believe that I can be very sarcastic; I know that it may not be a very good thing, but when I’m about to go into hiding and I don’t have any idea of how long I will be there, I feel like I have a right to be a little sarcastic.  When I was giving you a tour of our Secret Annexe, I told you how beautiful it was and how much I love it. I really meant to say that it was ugly, small, and that I hate it to bits. We had to go into hiding when the Nazi’s started attacking. I hate how small it is, I hate how we only have one small window, and I hate Mrs. Van Daan. I don’t want to be in this small, drab place with the same people. I don’t know how long I’ll be here, and all I want is to get out.

            I do have very good values. Earlier on I told you about what I packed when we left. I told you that I packed the strangest things and that memories mean more to me than dresses. I want to be able to not only make memories, but keep them. I do that by little things that can make the memory appear so vividly in my mind. I like dresses, but if I must pack for my life, I would pack the little things that can remind me who I am when I lose myself. I can look back at those memories and find myself once again. 

I like to say that I was kind when people aren’t kind to me. When Mrs. Van Daan had been so evil, I said that she was healthy in mind and body and that she was cheerful too. I seek the best in everyone, and when I find something, (which took me a while with Mrs. Van Daan) I share it and try to make the best of it. I don’t want to be cocky, but I am a very kind person. You won’t tell anyone that I said that, will you Kitty? No, I don’t think so. Anyways, who would ever want to read a diary of a thirteen year old girl?

I hope that I can share more with you while in the Annexe, and as well as when the war is over. People also say that I am optimistic because I believe that I’m going to get out, but that is no belief. It is a fact. I will get out and live a hiding-free life.  Now that I have told you a little bit about who I am, I think that we will be very close. Until next time, Kitty.


                                                                                                                                    Anne J
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In Language Arts, we read a book called The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton. We had to choose a character and a characteristic that we related to. After studying the character, we wrote five paragraphs. In each paragraph we put a quote from the book that explained what we wrote. I think that I explained every statement I made really well. It was hard to explain each and every quote because I thought that sometimes they were pretty self explanatory, but in the end, I realized that it wasn’t as self explanatory as I thought. As I wrote, I began to understand my ideas better, and it taught me to fight for what I believe in.

                 Toughness is when someone speaks up even if no one else will agree. A tough person will never let a person get in his or her face or hurt them. A tough person fights back. A tough person will stand up when something isn’t right. People who are tough work for what they want. Tough people are people like soldiers, policemen, firemen, people who’ve been through a lot, and people who make a difference in society for the better. Dally is tough in the book The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton.Ponyboy thinks that Dally is tough. Ponyboy observes… “In his hard face there was character, pride, and a savage defiance of the world.” (pg. 59) This shows that he is never afraid to show his toughness. Dally’s not afraid to stand up and share what he believes to get what he wants. He is tough when he helps Ponyboy and Johnny out of the murder problem. It shows that he doesn’t cry. He’s a fighter.

Also, Dally is tough because he doesn’t have a supportive family. He tells Johnny, “Shoot, my old man don’t give a hang whether I’m in jail or dead in a car wreck or drunk in the gutter. That don’t bother me none.” (pg. 88) It shows that he’s been through the same life as Johnny but handles it well. Ponyboy observes, “Dally could take it. Dally was of the breed who could take anything, because he was hard and tough.” (pg. 88) This shows that his friends and gang members recognize his tough attitude. Finally, Dally is tough when he wants out of the hospital; he wants to get out so badly that he has Two-Bit give him his knife so that he can get out of the hospital without a fuss. He wants to fight in the rumble for Johnny. He says, “We gotta win that fight tonight… We gotta get even with the Socs.  For Johnny.” (pg. 125) This shows that he wants to fight back for Johnny. Because he breaks out of the hospital to beat the Socs for Johnny, he shows that he is tough.Being tough is a good and bad quality. Some people who are tough show a lot of other traits too; they show courage, confidence, and loyalty to those whom they like, but sometimes they can be insensitive, harsh, controlling, and strong. Without tough people, we wouldn’t be who we are today. Tough people in the past have changed the way we look at things. Some examples of tough people are Abraham Lincoln, Martin Luther King Jr., Alice Paul, and Susan B. Anthony. Tough people aren’t people who sit around waiting for others to make changes; they do the work. They fight for what they believe in. Dally is tough in The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton. He is tough when he helps Ponyboy and Johnny out of the murder issue, tough when he lives with his unsupportive family, and tough when he wants out of the hospital to go to the rumble for Johnny. I am tough like Dally in good ways and bad ways. I like to stand up for what I believe in; I am confident, but not overconfident. Sometimes I can be unconfident, but I don’t want to be. I don’t let people get to me. I don’t like to be sensitive in front of people. I am strong in non-physical ways. I like to have things my way, and sometimes I don’t think twice which is really bad and is something I’m going to change. I'm like Dally because I don’t let people get in my head, and I never will.

My first assignment was to write three six word sentences descirbing me. What I did really well was I wrote my hobbies and interests at the time. I find that writing the right things at the right time was really hard. I learned that next time I should look deep within before writing something temporary.

Outgoing girl, big world, great outcomes.
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