Friday, May 19, 2017

Incident at Hawk's Hill: Possible Theme

One possible theme from Incident at Hawk's Hill is that a loss can bring people closer together.
One example of this from the novel is that during the final chapter, the badger that has been taking care of Ben dies, but when his father asks Ben if he could help to bury the badger, Ben allows him to. This shows that the badger dying has strengthened their relationship, because before Ben had wandered away, Ben would never talk to his father, but now, he's allowing him to help to bury the badger, the same badger who helped Ben to survive for a few months.

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Incident at Hawk's Hill: Character Trait

One character trait of a character that I would like to implement into my life from Incident at Hawk's Hill is the determination of William MacDonald. I would like this trait because, while he does search night and day, exhausting himself in the process, he remains more determined than anyone else out of the thirty other people he had search (excluding John MacDonald), working for a few months to find Benjamin MacDonald, while other people gave up after a week or so.

Friday, May 5, 2017

My Career Letter to Jerome Friedman

Tristian Moeller
Oak Harbor Middle School
315 North Church Street
Oak Harbor, Ohio 43449
May 5, 2017

Jerome H. Friedman
Department of Statistics
Sequoia Hall 390 Serra Mall
Stanford University
Stanford, CA 94305-4065

Dear Professor Friedman,

I’m a seventh grade student at Oak Harbor Middle School, and I want to be a statistician when I'm an adult. If you could take the time to answer a few questions about the occupation, I would be very grateful.

My first few questions are about the schooling needed for the job:
  • What would type of degree (Bachelor, Master’s, or Ph.D) would you recommend to have as a statistician?
  • Are there any classes/courses I can take in high school that would help me adjust more easily to college?
  • Which colleges would you recommend to become a statistician?

My second set of questions have to do with the job as a whole:
  • What would you describe your everyday job as?
  • What salary range would you say is typical as a statistician?
  • What would you say the job outlook of statisticians currently is?

My last set of questions are miscellaneous questions:
  • What skills would you say are necessary to become a statistician?
  • How long of hours do you work?
  • What careers would you say are similar to a statistician?

Thank you for reading my letter, and I hope that you can answer some of my questions.


Tristian Moeller


Friday, April 21, 2017

Fake News NewsELA Article Reflections

Hello everyone, I recently finished reading the NewsELA article, "Opinion: The spread of fake news can stop in the classroom", so I thought I'd share my thoughts about the article. There have been many cases of fake news in the past few years, so I feel that the article could be used to help those who can't tell real news from fake news. T. Millis Kelly had his students create fake websites about Edward Owens, a made up Virginia fisherman who attacked ships in the Chesapeake Bay in the 1870s, which I thought was a very unique and interesting way to teach his students how easy it was to create fake news. I 

Thursday, April 20, 2017

"The Tempest" Reflections

Hello Everyone, we finished reading/watching "The Tempest" yesterday, and I thought that I would share my final thoughts on the play. The play was difficult to understand, some scenes were strange and seemed to have no meaning, but others seemed very important to the play, for example, the scene in which Prospero gathers together Alonso, Sebastian, Gonzalo, Antonio, and everyone else, and forgives his brother for taking away his position of power in Milan. I think that one takeaway of "The Tempest" is that forgiveness should be favored over revenge. For most of the play, Prospero plots his revenge against his brother for taking away his power in Milan, even going so far as to conjure a storm to bring his Antonio and everyone else to the island Prospero was on, but at the end, Prospero forgives his brother and regains his power as the Duke of Milan.

The Tempest Act 1: Scene 1, Lines 45-55

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Boatswain. A plague upon this howling!                   The wind is louder than the storm!
they are louder than the weather or our office.            Again! Why are you here? Shall we
[Re-enter Sebastian, Antonio, and Gonzalo]               give up and drown? Do you want to sink?
Yet again! what do you here? shall we give
o'er and drown? Have you a mind to sink?

Sebastian. A pox o' your throat, you bawling,            Cat got your tongue you crying non-sensical
blasphemous incharitable dog!                                    poor man!

Boatswain. Work you then.                                         You work then.

Antonio. Hang, cur! hang, you whoreson,                  Hang, beast! Hang you unlikable incessant
insolent noisemaker! We are less afraid to be             loudness! We are less afraid to be drowned than
drowned than thou art.                                                you are.

Gonzalo. I'll warrant him for drowning; though        I'll curse him for drowning; even though the ship
the ship were no stronger than a nutshell...                isn't any stronger than a nutshell...