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9th Grade English

English 1, Lesson 175: The Importance of “So What?” In an Autobiography

One of the biggest mistakes that writers of autobiographies make is not asking the question "so what?" when writing their book. This is one of the most important things to ask yourself when writing an autobiography because it helps to pick out and separate the relevant information from the irrelevant information. So, what do I… Continue reading English 1, Lesson 175: The Importance of “So What?” In an Autobiography

9th Grade English

English 1, Lesson 170: Equiano’s Attitude Toward the British Navy

In Olaudah Equiano's autobiography, The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano, Equiano writes about his life. Olaudah Equiano (1745-1797) was born into an African tribe and lived there until he was kidnapped and sold into slavery. When he was eleven, he was kidnapped and sold as a slave, along with his sister. They… Continue reading English 1, Lesson 170: Equiano’s Attitude Toward the British Navy

9th Grade Science

Physical Science Lesson 141: Seismic Waves and Seismographs

A seismograph is a device used to measure and record details about seismic waves. Before learning more about seismographs, though, we will have a little look at seismic waves themselves. Seismic waves are waves within the earth, that come in two major types: body waves and surface waves. Body waves travel under the surface of… Continue reading Physical Science Lesson 141: Seismic Waves and Seismographs

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English 1, Lesson 165: Taking Notes For Your Autobiography

To write an effective autobiography, it is important to have a good method for taking notes. While some people can remember small details, such as dates or feelings associated with certain events, this is not the case for most people. Without notes, an autobiography would have to be written solely out of the author's memory,… Continue reading English 1, Lesson 165: Taking Notes For Your Autobiography

9th Grade English

English 1, Lesson 160: Has Any Event in My Life Had the Same Impact as Learning to Read Had on Douglass?

This week, I've begun a new autobiography called "Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, An American Slave", Frederick Douglass's autobiography. It was published in 1845, and reviews Douglass's life as a young slave, as he was sold to different plantations, and eventually escaped. Douglass was born into slavery in Maryland. He was separated from… Continue reading English 1, Lesson 160: Has Any Event in My Life Had the Same Impact as Learning to Read Had on Douglass?

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English 1, Lesson 150: Descriptions of Ant Wars or Loons?

In Walden, Henry Thoreau's autobiography, he speaks of his experiences while living in a shack by Walden Pond for twenty-six months. He did this, attempting to separate himself from society. In my opinion, this autobiography is poorly written. Thoreau's arguments don't make sense, and the book contains long descriptions of things that aren't important or… Continue reading English 1, Lesson 150: Descriptions of Ant Wars or Loons?

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English 1, Lesson 145: Is it Important For the Author of an Autobiography to Summarize Their Philosophy in an Early Chapter?

I continue to read Henry Thoreau's autobiography, Walden, this week in English 1. As I stated in previous essays, I find many of Thoreau's arguments confusing, and the book is slightly hard to read. Walden describes what Thoreau's life was like living on Walden pond for twenty-six months, all the while trying to persuade his… Continue reading English 1, Lesson 145: Is it Important For the Author of an Autobiography to Summarize Their Philosophy in an Early Chapter?

9th Grade Science

Physical Science Lesson 122: How Do Oceans Take Carbon Dioxide Out of the Air?

There are multiple ways that the ocean takes carbon dioxide out of the air, but this essay will cover how it takes carbon dioxide out of the air using the acid-base reaction. When carbon dioxide in the atmosphere is mixed with water, this forms carbonic acid, also known as acidic rain. Because oceans have lots… Continue reading Physical Science Lesson 122: How Do Oceans Take Carbon Dioxide Out of the Air?

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English 1, Lesson 140: Would Walden Have Been Better if Thoreau Provided More Background on His Life?

Walden is a very popular autobiography, covering what Thoreau's life was like while he lived in a small shack by Walden pond, where he stayed for twenty-six months. So far, I have found the book very boring, confusing, and hard to read. One of the reasons for this is because Thoreau spends paragraphs, if not pages,… Continue reading English 1, Lesson 140: Would Walden Have Been Better if Thoreau Provided More Background on His Life?