My mandala is a mixture of things that mean something to me. The deer represents grace, because I've always admired fawns gracefulness, and youth, because I want to enjoy being young while I can. The moon and night sky represents peace, because that is what I'm searching for. And the cherry tree represents beauty and love. It also embodies fire, which destroys everything in it's path but brings new life. Fire cleanses and purifies the earth. That is everything on my mandala. Enjoy.
My winter term goals are:
This essay was a big part of our grade. We did it to explain a quality our favorite character has.
Loyalty is when someone is willing to do anything for what they believe to be right or for
someone they love. A person who is loyal might save his or her friends from danger, not give up on a
cause even if it’s failing, or stand up for his or her friends when they need help. Friends, soldiers,
politicians, parents, and teachers are all loyal. Some loyal people are Barack Obama, Martin Luther King,
Jr., the SPCA, the AFRP, Lassie, and Harry Potter. Soda is loyal to his gang, especially his brothers, in the
book The Outsiders, by S.E. Hinton.
For instance, Soda is loyal when he writes the letter to Ponyboy while Ponyboy is gone. Ponyboy
leaves town with Johnny after Bob, the Soc, dies. Soda writes Pony a letter and gives it to Dally to deliver.
Soda says in the letter, “Well, I guess you got into some trouble, huh?” (pg. 81). He shows loyalty to
Ponyboy by not turning the other way when he gets in trouble and communicating with him instead of
lying low. Ponyboy feels loved and secured by the letter. I think Soda helps them decide to come back
instead of hiding for a longer period of time.
Second, Soda is loyal when he helps and stays with Ponyboy while he is sick. Ponyboy is still
weak from the fire when the big fight with the Soc’s starts. He insists on fighting anyway, and his earlier
injuries hamper him. As a result, he is kicked in the head and gets a serious concussion. Soda carries him
back to the house and puts him in bed. In addition, Soda takes care of Ponyboy while he’s asleep. When
he wakes, he reflects to himself, “Soda must have pulled my shoes and shirt off for me; I was still
wearing my jeans,” (pg. 104). Darry comes in and sees that Pony is awake. Soda follows him and runs
over to Ponyboy. While Darry leaves to get food, Soda and Ponyboy fall asleep.
Lastly, Soda displays loyalty when he yells at his brothers and speaks his mind. Darry and
Ponyboy are arguing about Pony’s schoolwork when Soda walks in. Ponyboy thinks, “His face was white,
and when he looked at me his eyes were wide in a pained expression,” (pg. 174). Soda is sick of hearing
his only family fight and is already stressing out over a personal issue. Also, he is torn between the two
sides of the argument and feels that he can’t choose one over the other. Finally, he is torn apart by
loyalty to his family and runs away. Ponyboy and Darry run after him and tackle him to the ground. He
explains how he feels and tells Ponyboy that he is picking on Darry for every mistake he makes. The
brothers resolve their problems and head back home.
In conclusion, Soda is loyal all the way through The Outsiders. Soda is more loyal than he knows;
he writes a heartfelt letter to Ponyboy, takes care of him and yells at his only family for them to stop
fighting. If Soda hadn’t been loyal, Ponyboy might have come home to more conflict with Darry, which
would make Soda miserable. Sometimes I am loyal, but I’m not constantly loyal like Soda. If one of my
friends is upset, I don’t ignore them; I try to understand what’s wrong, so I can help. I always try to stay
loyal to my family, so if my cousin has an issue, instead of saying ‘Deal with it!’ I help her resolve it.
Sometimes though, if I hear something I disagree with, I don’t speak up against it, because I’m afraid I
will be excluded or maybe a friend will get mad if I disagree. I want to be more loyal to my feelings when
I feel like I can’t speak up. This quality influences my life by making me feel like I can’t refuse a friend if
the offer is reasonable. This offer can be good or bad, because if a friend asks for help, I help, but if I
have one cookie, and my friends ask for some, I feel disloyal if I don’t give some to them. Soda is willing
to do anything for what he believes to be right, and he has that quality.
We wrote these in response to the book The Outsiders. I loved the book, so here are the answers to the questions asked.
I wrote this poem as a free write. I liked it, but not enough to turn in or consider for poetry night. But now it seems like a great poem.
A Forgotten Dream
A dream falls like a teardrop
Once it touches the ground
You can’t catch it
Once it falls
You can only relive the fire
When you drop into
The soft pillows of sleep
My ekphrastic poem was about a wolf getting separated from her pack. She is about ready to die when her pack returns and she realizes she will never be alone. The picture that inspired me was this one, and my poem is also below:
Alone In the World
By Sofia Brown
Looking out on the weather-beaten wasteland,
I feel remorse repeating it’s cycle in me,
My eyes contain secrets buried dangerously deep,
Secrets of why I am alone,
Alone in the world.
My ears are pricked for silent sound,
Silence in the lost pack,
Of me and my thoughts
Wind rustles my fur, reminding me of one thing,
I am alone,
Alone in the world.
Softly sniffing the heather-scented air,
A hare leaps out of a prickly thistle,
I do not chase,
The hunt has lost all joy for me,
It reminds me of how I am alone,
Alone in the world
Black and white pictures,
Flash before my mind,
Running free with the pack,
Tongue hanging from my open mouth,
But now I am alone,
Alone in the world
I cover the last dry-grass covered hill before a dreary desert of sand,
And the sight seizes my heart,
Brown, gray, white, and black shapes
Gallop toward me,
At the speed of liquid lightning,
The feeling of flying floods my heart,
I am never alone