Thoughtful Thursday… 16 days and counting :)

Take advantage of today’s Grade Boost!!! Once again… if you comment on the blog in regards to the daily heading, I will give you e.c. so here we go. Also, if you look under your grade level, there are some other options for E.C. Take advantage of the opportunities!  Please comment below-

For Thoughtful Thursday, post a quote from a book or movie that really made you think! Maybe it was a phrase that now you tell everyone, but it is something that stuck with you making you ponder life and the way you do things. For example, this summer I read The Perks of Being A Wallflower and when the narrator Charlie said, “You accept the love you think you deserve,” I just about stopped breathing.  How incredibly true!  If we all  realized that we deserve the best and ONLY accepted that, can you imagine how wonderful our lives would be.  If we just purged ourselves of people and the things that hold us back because we are waiting for it to turn into something we hope is deserving of us, but is really not, just think about how different your life would be.  Aw.. love it… also, my 2 favorite poems make me think, think, think!!! You can tell me what you think and I’ll give you e.c. but they always made me think. Ok, comment or share, it’s your turn!!!

[i carry your heart with me(i carry it in]


i carry your heart with me(i carry it in
my heart)i am never without it(anywhere
i go you go,my dear;and whatever is done
by only me is your doing,my darling)
                                                      i fear
no fate(for you are my fate,my sweet)i want
no world(for beautiful you are my world,my true)
and it’s you are whatever a moon has always meant
and whatever a sun will always sing is you
here is the deepest secret nobody knows
(here is the root of the root and the bud of the bud
and the sky of the sky of a tree called life;which grows
higher than soul can hope or mind can hide)
and this is the wonder that’s keeping the stars apart
i carry your heart(i carry it in my heart)
“[i carry your heart with me(i carry it in]” Copyright 1952, © 1980, 1991 by the Trustees for the E. E. Cummings Trust, from Complete Poems: 1904-1962 by E. E. Cummings, edited by George J. Firmage. Used by permission of Liveright Publishing Corporation.

By Sylvia Plathe

“I shut my eyes and all the world drops dead;
I lift my lids and all is born again.
(I think I made you up inside my head.)

The stars go waltzing out in blue and red,
And arbitrary blackness gallops in:
I shut my eyes and all the world drops dead.

I dreamed that you bewitched me into bed
And sung me moon-struck, kissed me quite insane.
(I think I made you up inside my head.)

God topples from the sky, hell’s fires fade:
Exit seraphim and Satan’s men:
I shut my eyes and all the world drops dead.

I fancied you’d return the way you said,
But I grow old and I forget your name.
(I think I made you up inside my head.)

I should have loved a thunderbird instead;
At least when spring comes they roar back again.
I shut my eyes and all the world drops dead.
(I think I made you up inside my head.)”

As we reach the END, please keep working diligently towards our end of the year goals! Please see me if there are any assignments you are missing or grades that you feel need improvement. Continue the hard work as we reach the final stretch towards SUMMER.


Finish your FINAL DRAFTS of the blog! They are due TOMORROW!!!

Bring your Independent Read Book and To Kill A Mockingbird to class.

Don’t forget to turn in any LATE work!!!

 Extra E.C. Best quote from TKAM!


Click here for the In the Time of the Butterflies Calendar In the Time of the Butterflies Reading Calendar (1)

Finish reading Ch.11 and complete your Literature Circle Roles.

Extra E.C. Best quote from ITTOTB!


  • CHECK YOUR GRADES AS OFTEN AS POSSIBLE!!! You can always raise your grade by going to lunch tutoring or Scholar Hour. See me for more details and a pass. Then, I will send you down during lunch or after school.
  • Build On Meeting Tuesday!
  • Culinary Club meeting on June 4 after school!!!

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Here's a little info about your teacher. I worked really hard to become your teacher. I went to UIC to get a degree in English, but decided to work as a writer in California. While I was there I realized I would rather work with kids than work in an office all day, so I decided to come back to Chicago and become a licensed, fully certified teacher. I earned a Masters Degree in Teaching and Education from Dominican University and got my first job at Hancock. During my 4 years at Hancock, I have taught English at every grade level. I started the Culinary Club and also sponsor BuildOn, both clubs do community service projects all over the city. I also have a cat named Duke that I rescued during one of our BuildOn service learning projects and a dog named Duchess.

43 responses to “Thoughtful Thursday… 16 days and counting :)

  1. Jeanette R.

    FUNNY QUOTE: “Life is too short to be organized!” ~Kendall Schmidt
    SERIOUS QUOTE: “You dont wait for your dreams to happen, you make them happen.” ~Kendall Schmidt😊❤

  2. Linda Martinez

    “Some people are worth melting for.”
    -Olaf from the movie Frozen
    I love this quote because i believe this is true; some people are worth it. 🙂

  3. Liliann Rosas

    My favorite quote is from The Fault In Our Stars. “I can’t talk about our love story, so I will talk about math… There are infinite numbers between 0 and 1. There’s .1 and .12 and .112 and an infinite collection of others. Of course, there is a bigger infinite set of numbers between 0 and 2, or between 0 and a million. Some infinities are bigger than other infinities. There are days when I resent my unbounded set. I want more numbers than I’m likely to get…” I LOVE this quote because it really made me think about life and how short it is. I want to take advantage of every day now.

    • That is sooo good! Yes! I am not a numbers person so when I read the book I kind of just read it quickly, but wow. So true, we don’t know when our number is up. John Greene is such an amazing writer- read everything by him this summer and you will have a truly adventurous summer! Thank you for sharing Lil!

  4. Ayelen Acevedo

    I seriously love that quote too. I fell in love because it makes you think what love
    we should accept & which we shouldn’t. We want to feel the love so when anyone gives it to us, we think that’s what we deserve.

  5. gabino garcia

    the enemy of my enemy is my friend (mind blowing)

  6. Santiago Huizar

    “Water: 35 liters, Carbon: 20 kg, Ammonia: 4 liters, Lime:1.5 kg, Phosphrus: 800 g, salt: 250g, saltpeter:100g, Sulfer: 80g, Fluorine: 7.5 g, iron: 5.6 g, Silicon: 3g, and 15 other elements in small quantities…. thats the total chemical makeup of the average adult body. Modern science knows all of this, but there has never been a single example of succesful human trasmutation. It’s like there’s some missing ingredient….. Scientists have been trying to find it for hundreds of years, pouring tons of money into research, and to this day they don’t have a theory. For that matter, the elements found in a human being is all junk that you can buy in any market with a child’s allowence. Humans are pretty cheaply made.”

  7. Jesus Nuno

    My WCW is Angelina Jolie because she is a good actor and a good role model. I feel in live with her since I was 13. She’s a cutie.

  8. yuritzi sanchez

    “It’s our choices, Harry , that show us what we truly are, far more then our abilities. ” I love this qoute because it shows that we are defined by many ways not just what we can do. The choices we make can tell much about a person.

    “that’s the pathetic thing about high school. Everyone tries so hard to be something they arn’t . It’s gotten so i don’t know who I am , so how can I even try to be who i am , much less someone I not ?(bad girls don’t die) i love this book ….. this qoute is what i see in sooo many girls in highschool. They turn into somthing they arnt well they think they are but they really arnt they think thats them but it’s not them they have so much to go for they stop and makethemself think that thats really them and thats all they can do so much more.

  9. David De La Luz

    “Stay gold, Ponyboy, stay gold.” The outsiders.

  10. Jesus Nuno

    My favorite quote is from the movie Pain and Gain.” My names mark Jesus and I believe in fitness” I love this quote because I love to work out !

  11. Mandi ♡

    “Its too far.” -Jeannette Rodriguez

  12. Anthony Partida

    There are some things you don’t come back from. You either live with them, or you don’t.
    -the walking dead ❤

  13. Sara Palomo

    Finished reading The Fault In Our Stars a few days ago and my favorite quotes are “Without pain, we would not know joy.” And also “The world is not a wish-granting factory.”

  14. Maria martinez

    “Don’t have sex, because you’ll get pregnant and die.” -mean girls😅

    “My pain may be the reason for somebody’s laugh. But my laugh must never be the reason for somebody’s pain”-Charlie chaplin

    • Maria, I literally LOL at your Mean Girls quote. The Charlie Chaplin quote is GREAT! Reminds me of the interview we saw with Ellen. Thank you for sharing!

  15. Joshua Bembenek

    That’s deep, I think I caught the feelings. “Bud of the bud,” really spoke to me. Lol

  16. Maranda Enriquez

    Ok, so this isn’t really from a movie or book, but this is my all time favorite quote..
    “The impossible is always possible” -Selena Quintanilla ❤️

  17. Cesar Hernandez

    I like shooting, and I like hunting, But I never did enjoy killing anybody. It’s my job. If I don’t get those b*******, then they’re gonna kill a lot of those kids dressed up as marines. -Sergeant Carlos Hathcock

  18. Omar De La Torre

    “All it takes is one bad day to reduce the sanest man alive to lunacy. That’s how far the world is from where I am. Just one bad day.” The Joker – The Killing Joke

  19. gerardo

    My favorite quote is by will smith in the movie after earth .Fear is not real. The only place that fear can exist is in our thoughts of the future. It is a product of our imagination, causing us to fear things that do not at present and may not ever exist. That is near insanity. Do not misunderstand me danger is very real but fear is a choice.

  20. salina

    My favorite quote is from Hitch “Life is not the amount of breaths you take, it’s the moments that take your breath away.”

  21. Yasmin

    “You do not immortalize the lost by writing about them. Language buries, but does not resurrect.”

  22. Melissa Barrera

    The quote isn’t from a book or movie but i think many can relate.
    “You can’t force people to stay in your life. Staying is a choice, so be thankful foe the people who choose you.” & “An Eye for an Eye Will Make the Whole World Blind”

    Best quote from ITTOTB
    “And that’s how I got free. I don’t mean just going to sleepaway school on a train with a trunkful of new things. I mean in my head after I got to Inmaculada and met Sinita and saw what happened to Lina and realized that I’d just left a small cage to go into a bigger one, the size of our whole country.” She begins to realize what really goes on in her country.

  23. Julia Rivas

    Best quote: “Be who you are and say what you feel because those who matter dont mind and those who mind dont matter” Dr.Seus
    I really like this quote because it inspires me to be myself and realize that the only true friends you have is the ones that accept you for who you really are.

  24. Julie Flores

    … and she loved a boy very, very much– even more than she loved herself- Shell Silverstein, The Giving Tree

  25. Carlos Hernandez

    “Entrepreneurship is living a few years of your life like most people won’t so that you can spend the rest of your life like most people can’t.”- Coco Chanel book “life in a different Chanel”

  26. leslie

    My Favorite Q Is ” If every word I said Could make you laugh I’d talk forever . “

  27. Perla Sahagun

    “You don’t get to choose if you get hurt in this world…but you do have some say in who hurts you.”fault in our stars♥

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