Civil War Reconstruction Era

Response to Ku Klux Kontraction. An article by Brian Palmer. 

In December 1865 a legion of white ex-Confederate soldiers formed a group called the Ku Klux Clan. Their whole point was to discriminate the blacks from the community and they did so by wearing all white and putting hoods over their head to hide their faces. The point of the all-white dress attire was to scare the blacks and say that they were the ghosts of the dead confederate soldiers. The Klan would come out at night with fiery torches and beat or murder anyone who was opposed. They commonly hung people and left them in front of their families houses. 

Now, present day, the Ku Klux Klan (or KKK for short) is teetering between 4,000 to 5,000 members but is slowly shrinking. “Klan-watchers, however, suspect that the nation’s oldest domestic terrorist organization is indeed struggling to keep pace with other racist hate groups. Young racists tend to think of the Klan as their grandfathers’ hate group, and of its members as rural, uneducated, and technologically unsophisticated” (Palmer 1). Nevertheless, the modern day KKK members still keep to the same old tactics from before. They are commonly known to be lynching and torturing African Americans from all over the world. “The KKK is also suffering from a proliferation of competitors. People who wanted to join a white supremacist movement back in the 1920s didn’t have a lot of choices. Today, there are countless options, enabling an extremist to find a group that matches his personal brand of intolerance” (Palmer 2). Palmer states in his article that the KKK doesn’t only discriminate against blacks but also against gays and other non-white races. “Former KKK Grand Wizard Don Black in 1995 launched the website Stormfront, which enables individuals in the white supremacist movement to share ideas and read news stories reported from a racist perspective. The community-building site, and others like it, lessens the need for racists to socialize at Klan barbecues or introduce their children to Klanta Klaus at the KKK Christmas rally” (Palmer 5). By estimation, the KKK probable won’t even be around in a couple of years. That’s not to say all racist supremacy’s will be gone, but the main ones will probably go under due to not having enough control of the situations at hand. There isn’t any clear leaders of the KKK and their website is clunky and not helpful at all. In the modern age we live in, you’d think even the fear-mongering, fascistic, terrorist groups would be able to decently communicate with each other. 

Active and Passive Voice
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Active and Passive Voice

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P.O.V

First Person: First person means you see the story through the main subject or character’s eyes. You follow them along in their journey and get to know and understand them better throughout. You feel more in tune with the characters life and you get the feeling that whatever is happening to the subject, is also happening to you. You, however, only get to know the main characters perspectives and no one else’s. 

Example: I walked into the cheese store to purchase an owl. I immediately got scared because the lady working the cashier told me that the owl’s life to eat humans. Being that I am actually an alien, things should work out just fine. 

Second Person: Second person is basically the book talking directly to you. It tells you what you are doing and thinking on your journey or some other type of story. A perfect example of second person point of view is the Choose Your Own Adventure books. 

Example: You walk into a cheese shop to purchase an owl. You immediately get frightened because Joey Von Trinkernaughter is siting on a barstool ordering some cheese. However, you are an alien. 

Third Person: Third person is when you are following along a character in a journey but not directly. It refers to the character as “he”, “she”, or even “it”. You don’t get to be as close with the main character but you still know most of what he/she thinks or feels as well as some basic understanding of how other characters feel. This is by far the most common P.O.V and an example would be Harry Potter

Example: Mary walked into the cheese shop with extreme gusto. She immediately saw a little owl fledgling perched on the shopkeepers head. She knew she had to have him from that moment on. The shopkeeper, however, felt differently. 

Third Person Limited: Third person limited is pretty much exactly like third person but you only get to know the thoughts and feelings of the main character and no one else. An example would be For Whom the Bell Tolls

Third Person Omniscient: Third Person Omniscient is a style of writing when the narrater knows the thoughts and feelings of all characters. The benefit would be that the writer brings to life not only the main characters thoughts but all the characters thoughts. It adds an interesting element to the story. An example of third person omniscient would be Anna Karenina. 

Example: The man walked into the cheese shop for some waffles. He immediately felt scared by an angry looking man dressed in a tiger suit. The man in the tiger suit knew that he had to fight this man.

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Greek and Latin Roots Quizlet
I used context clues to help me find the needed word! For example: There was a question where we had to define the word that the greek/latin root pertains to. The root was “lumen”. I didn’t know the exact work but i thought of the word “illuminate”, so then i realized that lumen probably means light. I got that question right! I used context clues many more times on the quiz to help me better understand what I was doing.

Greek and Latin Roots Quizlet

I used context clues to help me find the needed word! For example: There was a question where we had to define the word that the greek/latin root pertains to. The root was “lumen”. I didn’t know the exact work but i thought of the word “illuminate”, so then i realized that lumen probably means light. I got that question right! I used context clues many more times on the quiz to help me better understand what I was doing.

How to Talk to Girls at Parties

Summary

The theme if the story is basically about two British boys named Enn and Vic who decide to go to a party in a wealthy neighborhood. The story follows Enn and his motive to “make a move” on the girls at the party. As he continues to attempt conversation with the girls, he begins to notice something off about them. The story is told in a humorous and interesting way. 

Theme

I guess you can say the theme  of the book is insecurity. Insecurity can make you overlook many key things. In this case, that the girls are aliens. The theme doesn’t necessarily grow into a moral, so to speak, but into a better understanding of what is happening. If there was a moral I assume it would be something along the lines of “don’t let your insecurities get in the way of your task”. This short story is Man vs. Self. Enn, the main character, is competing with himself to overcome his nervous tendencies. In order to do so he has to talk to the various female figures at the party. 

P.O.V - The story is mostly first-person bet at the end it kind of goes into third-person. It starts in first-person so the readers can get to know Enn on a more personal level. They get to understand his feelings and thoughts about where he is going and what he is doing. It goes into third person at the end so readers can get an overall view of the storyline. 

Characters

Enn - Enn is the main character of the story. He is shy and awkward when is comes to girls and is also very credulous. He is much different from Vic in a lot of ways but you can tell in the way they talk, they don’t mind. Enn knows that he is lacking courage to talk to girls but he follows Vic because he promises “a grand night”. Enn doesn’t want to go but he knows Vic will get mad so I guess you can say he is kind of a follower. 

Vic - Vic has always been rather smooth with the ladies. When he goes to the party with Enn he immediately scores the most attractive girl there. In that sense, he can be kind of conceited and dramatic. He is an excellent contrast to Enn. They play off each other with humor and wit. He is confident with himself and loves when people compliment him on his abilities.