Author: costasrisopoulos

Where I am From Poem

Based on Poem George Ella Lyon Poem link:

 

http://teacher.scholastic.com/writeit/PDF/lyon.pdf

 

 

 

I am from Guatemala, the land of eternal spring

From  more  a small country with more than 365 different types of bears and

from the Swiss Alps

I am from the heart of the Mayan civilization, Tikal

impressive pyramids, remarkable beauty ,

surrounded by sound of Toucans and smell of trees

I am from La Ceiba tree

firm,powerful and tall

I’m from  fireworks on the Christmas eve

family gathering on the Christmas day all of us  are happy  

From  Abuelo Byron  and  Abuelita Gloria

I’m from the exploring and travelling all over the world learning new languages

From Should be proud to be Chapin (from Guatemala)

I’m from a catholic baptism,but not really practising any religion

I’m from Guatemala the place of Tamales and family

From My Great grandfather  from  Island of Symi in Greece, to Belgium to look for a better life

From My Grandmother Frances, born in the UK during the second world war lived in Italy, Belgium and now in Switzerland

From photo albums in the bookshelf, hiding my identity

 

Image result for guatemala symbol

 

 

 

 

Letter to Cathy

Dear Cathy,

 

I did not like  the things you said to me earlier. In the neighborhood.  I found it very

offensive the way you express about the area where we live and the people who live here and are my friends.Your comments were not very pleasant to hear. You did not introduce me to anyone in the downloadneighborhood.  When you told me that mango street was bad and that the people were not

 

not nice that was not nice  to hear from you. The things you said about mango street and how it

 

is getting bad  I did not like to hear that from you because I have just moved to mango street and I thought it

 

Was  going to be a pleasant neighborhood.  I did not like the thing you said about the

 

neighborhood getting bad and that you want to move out. Imagine someone who just moved

 

In into the neighborhood that’s not something really nice to say because that does not make me

 

feel that I should stay on mango street.

 

What also bothered me what also bothered me is that

 

you said that the people in mango street where no nice and that does not make me feel like

 

staying in mango street because I want to have friends. And now that you want to move from

 

mango street because you said that the neighborhood was getting bad did not make me feel

 

that well and made me think about moving from my old house to mango street.I was filled with

 

joy but then when I heard the comments about what you said made regret my decision.

 

what also bothered me is that you think you are above everyone in the neighborhood.

 

when you told me that you were related to the great queen of France did not make

 

me feel well. You said you could be my friend only until next tuesday. That is not

 

showing true friendship.

 

What also really bothered me was how you described girls raggedy as

 

rats.Those girls are my friends and they are loyal friends. This comment bothered my feelings

 

more than anything.

 

You said the neighborhood is getting bad because of the latinos .

 

that comment was really offensive because I am a Latino but that does not mean we are all

 

bad people. Those were some of the comments that really offended me.

 

Best Regards,
Esperanza

Collective Identity: We Have Brains Too

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We Have Brains Too

Questions We Considered During Our Research:

Research Questions

When did the group arrive, and why?

Why did they come?

Where are they located geographically on the isthmus, and why?

How were they treated, and by whom?

Why were they treated this way?

What were their living conditions?

What conflicts ensued?

How did they contribute to society?

How did they become part of the Panamanian society?

How are they viewed today?

Things to research and consider for your article:

1.How does geography aid in the development of Panama?

2.What is the importance of immigrants and migration in Panama in 19th century?

3.How has religion influenced Panamanian values?

4.To what extent was Panama a land of: opportunity, liberty, ordeal, and/or oppression]? (Choose one)

5.Discrimination and Rights of citizens

Border Crossing Review

  1. How did you experience the book?  I found it Were you engaged immediately, or did it take you a while to

“get into it”?   How did you feel reading it—amused,

sad, disturbed, confused, bored…?

 

I experienced the book well because I could imagine  what was going on i the book.  I was not engaged in the book immediately but after reading it a bit I was interested . I found the reading normal I did not like it a lot neither did I dislike it.

 

  1. Describe the main character’s—personality traits, motivations, and inner qualities.
  • Why do characters do what they do?
  • Are their actions justified?
  • Describe the dynamics between characters (in a

  marriage, family, or friendship).

  • How has the past shaped their lives?
  • Do you admire or disapprove of them?
  • Do they remind you of people you know?

 

Ceci dos what she does because she wants to find out about her family on her dad’s side and she is a brave young girl that embarks on a journey from San Diego to Tijuana Mexico to find out about her family’s heritage and about her dad’s family side. She is so interested in this because she has never been told about her family’s story. The reason why she wants to find out is because she feels that she needs to know more about it.

 

The past has shaped their lives because ceci does not know anything about her mexican culture so the past has shaped her life a lot because she was never really informed about it and the she feels that she needs to know this because it is part of her family’s identity and that she wants to know more about it.Her motivation is that she wants to go to Mexico and she wants to find out more about her family’s culture

 

  1. Are the main characters dynamic—changing or maturing by the end of the book? Do they learn about themselves, how the world works and their role in it?

 

At the end of the book she finds out a lot about her family and she learns a lot of things she learns and she finds her role in the family and how the world works.

 

  1. Discuss the plot:
  • Is it engaging—do you find the story interesting?
  • Is this a plot-driven book—a fast-paced page-turner?
  • Does the plot unfold slowly with a focus on character?
  • Were you surprised by complications, twists & turns?
  • Did you find the plot predictable, even formulaic?

 

The story was a little bit engaging for me because they were a lot interesting parts of the story one interesting part of the story was when she got mugged in the water fountain in Mexico because she gets into an arguement with tony about how she was calling all of the Mexican people robbers.   

 

This is a fast paced book because it is short and a lot of interesting things happen in this book and the book move by for me really quickly because they explain a lot of things into a short amount of time.

 

  1. Talk about the book’s structure.
  • Is it a continuous story…or interlocking short stories?
  • Does the timeline move forward chronologically?
  • Does time shift back & forth from past to present?
  • Is there a single viewpoint or shifting viewpoints?
  • Why might the author have chosen to tell the story

  the way he or she did?

  • What difference does the structure make in the way

  you read or understand the book?

 

The date shifts back from present and past a lot because in the story she always have some flashbacks like in every second chapter so the story really goes from past to the present. Because when one chapter on the train ends she goes back to the past about her family

 

The book is broken up into little short stories stories because her flashbacks are little stories she tell when she is young so the story is broken up into a lot of different parts so the book for me is an interlocking stories

 

  1. What main ideas—themes—does the author explore? (Consider the title, often a clue to a theme.) Does the author use symbols to reinforce the main ideas? (See our free List Courses on both Symbol and Theme.)

 

I would say one of the theme of the story would be adventure because the girl in the book she has a really cool adventure by going into Mexico that would be my theme. Another theme I would have for my story would be courage because ceci is a very courageous girl traveling to Mexico all alone.

 

  1. What passages strike you as insightful, even profound? Perhaps a bit of dialog that’s funny or poignant or that encapsulates a character? Maybe there’s a particular comment that states the book’s thematic concerns?

 

 

A passage that I found interesting in the book is when she goes back home with her dad and that her dad apologizes to her about him not telling her about her Mexican culture .

 

  1. Is the ending satisfying? If so, why? If not, why not…and how would you change it?

 

The ending for me was satisfying because she learns more about her family and she learns a lot about her dad so for me the end of the book is satisfying. She learns that her family moved location really quickly to another city in the us.

 

  1. If you could ask the author a question, what would you ask? Have you read other books by the same author? If so how does this book compare. If not, does this book inspire you to read others?

 

I would ask the author where he got the idea for the name Ceci because I find it interesting because I have never read a book with the main character called Ceci so I would ask that.

I would also ask her if it is related to her personal life.

 

I have not read any other book by the author from border crossing.

 

This book does not inspire me enough to read another of her books so I would not read another one of her books. I did not like her technique using flashbacks.

 

  1. Has this novel changed you—broadened your perspective? Have you learned something new or been exposed to different ideas about people or a certain part of the world?

This novel has not changed me a lot but it has broadened my perspective about my identity because it shows by how much people want to know about their identity. It inspired me to learn more about my identity.