This is the story of how my father and his family
came to America in search for a better life. He and his family decided to
make a change and go somewhere else. They finally ended up in the United
States. One day my father and his family decided that they wanted to live
a better life because their parents wanted the best for their children and
Life in Jamaica was so hard and they did not want to struggle for
the rest of their lives. So eventually they thought about going to the
states. They bought plane tickets and boarded a flight from Jamaica to the
United States. Then they purchased a house in Mattapan, Ma. Since that
time they have all been doing much better than where they were before.
This is the oldest story that my father had told me, which is an
outline of his life and how he changed it. My father’s parents also came
here because they wanted their children to receive good educations. When
they arrived in the U.S. they were happy and searched for educations and
jobs. I like this story a lot because it teaches me what I could have gone
through, but I did not have to because my family chose to get away from
When my father first told me this story I was surprised because I
did not know how they really decided to get here. This is also a good
story because it shows what people go through to have better lives if they
don’t have such good ones. Since this time everyone goes back to Jamaica
and visits once a year with their families.
Open spaces usually don’t receive much attention. In
Randolph where I live my backyard is neglected a lot. There are trees and
bushes surrounding this special place. I spent about two weeks at this
place watching and listening. Thoreau once said, “time is a river I go a
fishin.” For two the two weeks that I watched and listened, then I
eventually caught many beautiful changes that I had never seen before.
When you don’t pay attention to a certain place you never know what could
Not many humans interact with this space because there is not any
reason for people to go back there. I think this space is an American one
because there are many animals and creatures roaming around and it is
really green. The animals are running free to their homes and trees are
blowing in the wind freely. All of the birds are chirping making beautiful
sounds in the day.
There is many trees surrounding this place for privacy. A couple of
changes that took place were the leaves falling from the lonely trees and
the beautiful grass is growing fast. I also noticed that the trees are
starting to grow their color changing leaves back. During the night this
place has many different animals such as raccoons and skunks looking for
food in this special place. When you listen it is really peaceful and
quiet and you can hear the crickets making noise. At night no one ever
goes and visits this place because it is not a place that attracts much
Special places deserve as much attention as other places even if it
isn’t that interesting. Sometimes these places may open up new ways of
life and change your life.
One day two
kids named John and Bill fought each other. They fought over something
In Chemistry class one day John said to Bill "Shut up your stupid"
and Bill got up and said "what!" then they moved the desks aside. The
teacher yelled at the two and yelled "Sit Down" in a loud voice.
When the Chemistry teacher Miss Jackson finally got help and she
was relieved. The teacher she had called was Mr. Jose and he yelled "Hey,
knock it off" to the two kids , but the kept wrestling. When Mr. Jose
finally broke it up he said "both of you are going to report to detention
and be suspended". After the end of the day all of Bill's friends wee
laughing at him when they saw him because he was yelling at the principal.
The two kids learned their lesson and then the whole thing was over.
Most people who read
poetry never realize how important it is until the person who wrote the
poem is not here anymore. Walt Whitman is a really good poet who wrote the
poem “O captain, My Captain” and he was a great American and poet. I like
the poem “O Captain, My Captain because of what he talks about and its
significance to the beloved captain. He also talks about his love for this
country. Older poets can usually tell good poems. I think this poem means
that no matter what happens when you are away you should never leave
someone behind. Whitman emphasizes this love for the captain by trying to
wake him up and hoping he is not dead.
Whitman is a good poet because his poems mean a lot, but they are
usually not that long. Whitman and thingyinson were two of the best poets
in their time. Even though Walt Whitman was older they still seemed to
write good poems. One way Whitman brings meaning to his poems is through
alliteration. For example the “D” sound in the first stanza. An example of
that would be “ Where on the deck, my captain lies, fallen cold and dead.”
The poem “O Captain, My Captain” Walt Whitman finding a body on the deck
of the boat which appears to be dead. He then finds out that it is the
captain of the boat.
This poem also has a lot of different styles to it, which contain a
rhyme scheme. The first two lines of every stanza rhyme with each other
and the poem also has a shape to it. A piece of the front of the boat is
resembled in every stanza also. There is also the shape of a gun as well
as the front of the boat. I feel that Whitman did this because he wanted
the audience to get more into the poem and express it with visuals.
Walt Whitman’s poems should also use more specific examples of what
is going on in the poem that would catch the reader’s attention. He should
do that because then he could get younger audiences to listen to the poem.
The “D” sound is also repeated throughout the poem to emphasize the change
in the pitch of his voice so that you could tell the tone of voice he was
using as he wrote the poem.
Walt Whitman also describes America, as an easy place to adjust to
which I thought was an important point. Whitman also said that America is
full of many opportunities and that the gates are open to everyone. A
significant example of the poem “ O Captain, My Captain” is they way he
uses the word O in every stanza. I think that he does that because it
expresses more clearly the object he is trying to describe. He also uses
lots of exclamation points throughout the poem to express that the pitch
in his voice changes when he is expressing his love for the captain. Walt
Whitman’s poem is a still a popular poem to many people today because of
how it is written.
Sport is an activity that has competition involved
with it and usually has teams. People then compete for a prize of some
sort or just for victory. Cricket originated in 1653 and fits the
description of a sport because people compete for a victory and it is
organized. People also have scheduled games of when they play different
teams. Cricket is England's national summer sport, now played throughout
the world, particularly in Australia, India, Pakistan, the West Indies,
and the British Isles. Cricket is played by two teams of eleven on a
level, closely cut oval pitch measuring about 525 feet by about 550 feet.
Two wickets are placed sixty-six feet apart near the middle of the field.
A wicket consists of two wooden crosspieces resting on three wooden stumps
Cricket is so inspiring that poets of all ages have scribed paeans to
its glory. An example of one of the poems was for a match between an
one-legged person and a one armed person. It shows that cricket is like a
war and the poem read:
Though bloody deeds by fortress wall
Are parodied when bat and ball
Defend and storm the stubborn wicket.
Thus thought I, when with vision dim,
With feeble step and loss of limb,
Old warriors in the strife contended. (Clementine pg.1)
In this poem we see the poet describing his point of view on cricket
and how most people will do anything for a victory. He is also telling how
the soft contact in cricket can make a difference.
People bringing it from different countries into America and making
it a regular sport has Americanized it. Americans adopted this sport
slowly and it became a good thing for America. The popularity of sport
says that America is a laid back country and not everything is so serious.
America is not really that fond of cricket because nowadays everyone looks
to play contact sports and sports with lots of competition. Cricket does
not really follow such a description as well as other sports like hockey
and football. There is very little serious contact in cricket. I doubt,
though, that if we played more cricket in this country, we would be less
My father and other family members played this sport while in Jamaica and
enjoyed it. He says, “it is a very relaxing sport which can be played by
all ages.” My father loved to play cricket back in Jamaica. They feel that
they have not Americanized cricket because they stopped playing when they
left Jamaica and have not played since. They didn’t know that people
played cricket over here when they came and were not prepared to play when
they got here. When he thinks about it he says that “I wish I could go
back to Jamaica and play it again.” He is not really sad about not playing
cricket anymore but he does miss it. I feel left out, when I don’t here
about his days playing cricket and wish I could here some stories.
Professionals that play cricket say that it is a relaxed sport and does
not involve any physical contact. Most professionals like that idea of no
contact because then they can play until an older age and not have a
physical problem. Robert Croft, one of the professionals who plays
cricket, says “Every player who isn't picked for an England squad is
disappointed, and I'm no different, but I understand the lads who did well
in India deserve another crack in New Zealand.” A fan named Jim Webster
that watches cricket says “it is a sport of many words and cannot be
described because it is such a down to earth sport. It is a down to earth
sport in some countries because everyone plays it and where it is usually
Cricket was Americanized in few ways and is a good sport which few people
love. In different countries it is one of the most popular sports and
people go to watch it being played all the time. Most Americans do not
like the sport of cricket because the competition involved is not that
much of a challenge. The basic point they are trying to make is that it is
a boring sport that no one is really interested in. I feel that it is an
interesting sport which people should get involved in and teach to their
children. Cricket can also become popularized if people come from
different countries to get people involved all over the world. If I had
the chance I would get into it myself because my family once played it and
said that it was a fun activity to do when you are any age.