Discovering Myself as a Writer

There are a lot of things I could say about writing. I’ve been writing almost as long as I’ve been reading, yet before this year I never really thought about what my writing meant to me. I just wrote. In that way it’s similar to [...]

Still Just Reading

I’ve always been a big reader; anyone who’s known me for a while (or not even a while) would know that about me. Having to read for class hasn’t exactly made me read more than I used to, only it’s made me pay more attention [...]

Journal - The Hobbit

The Hobbit, by J. R. R. Tolkien (310 pages)

I like Bilbo. Right from his introduction I think he’s a very well-written character. We see him wanting to be a good, respectable hobbit who “never had [...]

Journal - The Lord of the Rings (again)

The Lord of the Rings, by J. R. R. Tolkien (1518 pages)

There’s so many characters that it’s hard to talk about just one, but I think out of all of them the very best character [...]

We Need More Than “Names & Faces”

I don’t know what I learned from the Names & Faces project. I thought it was a good idea, but I didn’t like how mine turned out, since I didn’t get much of anything interesting to report in my article from the questions we asked. [...]

Journal - One Hundred Years of Solitude

One Hundred Years of Solitude, by Gabriel García Márquez (256 pages read)

Honestly, I think this book is the hardest one to respond to that I’ve read this year. So much happens on so few pages, [...]

Where is the good love poetry?

I admit that I’ve spent the last few classes arguing against the love poems, but I don’t hate them. I understand why we read them: to learn about poetic and social conventions. I just don’t agree with what they’re saying (or more specifically what the [...]

Journal - The Time Machine

The Time Machine, by H. G. Wells (103 pages)

There are many things in this story that I think are unrealistic, but nonetheless, I still found it to be a very entertaining, well-written story with some [...]

Journal - Monstrous Regiment

Monstrous Regiment, by Terry Pratchett (353 pages)

Polly is in many ways what I think a great role model is. She initially pretends to be a boy and joins the army only to find her brother, [...]

Journal - A Hat Full of Sky

A Hat Full of Sky, by Terry Pratchett (278 pages)

The theme of A Hat Full of Sky is recognizing and appreciating your talents and who you already are, rather than trying to pretend to be [...]

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Have a look at our Names & Faces project, where we introduce members of the SSIS support staff to the school community.

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