Category Archives: Week 4

Famous Last Words: Keeping Up Good Work

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I know this assignment is for the end of the week, but I have completed all of the assignments for this week except for the blog comments, which will be completed when they’re available. This week has been tough so far, and it’s only Wednesday. Midterms and due dates are quickly coming up, which is enough to stress me out! I will admit that the growth-mindset memes and research that I’ve done some this semester have helped me to maintain a positive mind-set of growth.

In this class, I’m extremely proud of my progress. Thus far, I’ve been pretty good at staying ahead. For instance, after I complete this extra credit option, I will begin week 5 assignments. As far as reading went this week, I learned that fairy tales are really my favorite style that I’ve read this far. I’ve also enjoyed a lot of the different styles that writer’s in this class have been using. I really think it’s cool when they decide to voice a story as told by someone else. That’s something that I want to try and accomplish before the semester is over, at least one time.

Work is settling down to where I work Tuesdays and Thursdays. This is useful for me, because I know exactly when I work, and I have to schedule my time for classes around that. Work actually makes me less of a procrastinator. Sadly, if I didn’t have a job, I’d probably put many assignments off until the last minute.  Hopefully not anymore since I’ve learned from my past, but still. So I’m thankful for a job, and the motivation that it gives me to hurry and finish assignments as soon as possible. For this class, it hasn’t yet been a problem. Again, I really enjoy this class thus far. I enjoy reading different styles, but even more so, I love to create and write my own story. I’m extremely pumped about the story assignment! I can’t wait to see how everyone in the classes stories/portfolios turn out, and of course, I’m excited to see how mine turns out.

Looking forward, next week I have a ton of assignments due and a midterm in my hardest class on Wednesday. This is why I’m so happy that I’ve been keeping up and even staying ahead in this class. This gives me the leniency to only focus on my midterm Wednesday over the weekend. So as far as my goal for this week goes, it’s to finish many of next weeks assignments, especially those due Monday and Tuesday.

Image 1: Axidunce Cartoon. Source: Wikimedia Commons.

Feedback Focus: Reading out Loud

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This week a few techniques were learned in order to help with focus. I found reading out loud the most helpful, using a timer the second, and copy-and-delete the third. Reading out loud definitely has it’s pros of allowing focus, understanding what you’re reading more, and taking time to get through the story. The main con with this technique is that you cannot do this task everywhere. For instance, if you were in a library you’d get tons of stares for randomly reading aloud. Using a timer is very sufficient for me, because in the middle of reading’s I sometimes get distracted and pick up my phone for a “few minutes.” Having a timer really keeps me on track! The copy-and-delete method is cool and can help with the understanding and interpretation of reading; however, it’s not something that I found as enjoyable as the other two.

I actually tried reading out loud with a timer, and that’s what was most successful. If I finished before the timer went off, I’d either skim back over the reading, or read sections that I was either confused on or thought were interesting. This is a strategy that I’ll be using in the future in order to get the best out of each reading. I’ve actually been reading out loud for quite a while now if I don’t understand something. So really putting this technique together with another will allow me to maintain focus while reading better. Next on my agenda, read to my room mate, because I’m SURE he’ll love that!

Image 1: Navy technician listens as elementary scholar reads aloud. Source: Wikimedia Commons.

Week 4 Storytelling: Timmy the Half-Boy’s Rule

Far and near, stretching hundreds and thousands of miles, King Cyrus ruled all of the Persian land. Unto him, everyone fearfully followed. His beautiful wife, Dorothy, was nothing short of admirable, she was the most breathtaking woman known to the Persian’s, known to the entire world. But what lie beneath their flawless facade was something so detrimental that if revealed to public scrutiny, the King’s hierarchy would be immediately stripped beneath the soles of his feet. Was he worthy of leading an entire empire?

Meanwhile, all the way in the North East corner of Russia lived Timmy Boy. Timmy was not your ordinary man you see everyday, he was only half of a man. Now not half as in ego or height, but half as in his body was literally split in the middle. What kind of birth defect this was, no one knew. But Timmy was tough. Though he didn’t appear to be a minute stronger than your average Joe, Timmy was. He was on a mission to find his father and mother. His parents whom abandoned him as soon as he was born in half. His parents who shipped him thousands of miles away by carriage to be on his own, as an infant. Luckily for Timmy, his childhood turned out better than expected as he grew up in an old grandmother’s (Ellen) house who had already raised several kids of her own. She instilled bravery in Timmy, trust in Timmy, and hope in Timmy.
Ellen inquisitively urged Timmy to find his parent’s and prove what an amazing man he turned out to be. She feared that the King of Persia was Timmy’s father, based on the coat that was left with Timmy (along with a note inside), unintentionally it seemed. For this reason, Timmy set off to Persia to complete his mission. His mission was much more powerful than finding his parent’s, he wanted to overtake his father. He wanted to for once put him in his place for horrifying him.

So his journey began…

Day one he hiked hundreds of miles, through thick grass, through rain, through darkness. As night rolled in Timmy took shelter in a beat up old shed. To his surprise, he found a beautiful horse. He immediately connected with this horse, Pete, shared his story, and Pete decided to tag along on the journey.

Then there were two…

As the pair made their way through the deep valley, they met Peter and Piper. These love birds were caroling, when caroling turned into conversation.

Peter, a little nervous spoke “Who are you?”

“I’m Timmy and this is Pete, so very nice to meet you” Sword in hand, he continued. “We’re on a journey to conquer Persia, my dad is King there, and he neglected me as a boy, he doesn’t deserve such hierarchy, for he might abandon his people as well.”

Peter and Piper made quick eye contact, looked away, and immediately jumped aboard. They continued singing carols along the way about the poor Timmy Boy.

Then there were four…

“Oh Timmy Boy, he’s distraught, for he was left never fought. He needs us all to join along and help him to a victory.”
This brought village people along the way, caught hundreds of bird’s attention, wolves and goats alike joined in too.

Then there were hundreds…

By the time they arrived on the sacred ground in Persia where his father resided, he had a full blown army. They arranged so that there was no escape for the King. He must face his son. The commotion immediately sparked the entire land’s attention, and everyone gathered around the crowd.

When out walked King Cyrus…

“I must be a fool to think that could possibly be my son, for it is not so,” he thought.

“FATHER,” Timmy shouted angrily.

“You are terribly mistaken sir, for I am not your father”

Timmy pulled out the jacket engraved with a note containing his information, as he walked towards the King.

“Not my father is correct, but you are my biological father, unfortunately” Timmy said quietly.

Getting louder with each sentence Timmy continued, “You and mom left me, you shipped me far away because I was an embarrassment to you. Just because I’m half a boy does not mean that I’m not special. It does not mean that I’m not smart. For this you will pay. To all who are on this land, I will over rule King Cyrus. He will no longer be your King, for he is libel to out on the empire at any given moment. He is a poser, he is a fake. This is my land”

Without further ado, King Cyrus took off running, swooped Dorothy up, and left far far away, never to be seen again.

Timmy’s dreams came true, as he was able to build and grow an amazing empire that no one was disappointment in. He lead by truth, faith, and bravery, just as Ellen had taught him. For all of those that attended the long journey, he gave a permanent arrangement in the Kingdom to. This indeed made for an excellent life for Timmy, friends, and the Persian Empire.

For those that help and believe in you deserve to be rewarded too.

Author’s Note: 

This was definitely something different than I’ve done previously. I used the Persian Tale “Nim Tanak, or Half-Boy,” and completely changed the entire story line. I left the King (Cyrus) and Half-Boy (Timmy) as characters, but gave them different names. In the original, Nim Tanak (Half-boy)  was the only child of the King’s four that wasn’t “normal,” for he was born as half a child. The King always treated him as if he didn’t matter, as if he had no importance. When the Div took the King’s only daughter far away, the King sent his first son to retrieve her. He failed, so the king sent his second, which again, failed. This inspired Nim to prove his worth. He set both brothers free and returned the daughter to the King. After realizing what a mistake he made, the King made Nim his heir, loving him more than any of his other children. I kept the idea that the King did not want his son, but instead, I had him shipped far away. This lead him to find the King and over take the land, proving his worth to his father in the only way he knew he could. I got the idea of a journey and a continual increase in the number of people along the way from the story, “The Wolf and the Goat.” I thought it was a cool addition to show encouragement of others in Timmy’s journey. Overall, I combined two small ideas in different stories, and created my own story.


Persian Tales translated from Kermani and Bakhtiari by David and Emily Lorimer. This text can be accessed online here.

Image 1: Photo taken from Nim Tanak, or Half-Boy from Persian Tales. This photo can be accessed online here.

Tech Tip: Google Timer

Taking breaks during school work is a very important part of it. If it weren’t for breaks, our brains would just be so overloaded, they’d finally hold up a “do not disturb” sign, not grasping any information that’s put into it. Not really, but that’s how I feel sometimes.
Anyways, when working on school work or studying I don’t really watch the clock unless I’m in a hurry. I look at my phone and surf the internet when I feel like it, then get into the mode of “ok at 10:05 I’ll start studying again.” But in my reality, this doesn’t generally work. Why you ask? My OCD kicks in, and if the clock hits 10:06 I MUST wait another 4 minutes, until the clock is at a number divisible by 5, 10:10. Anyways, these are probably all excuses, and just a way that I let myself get away with surfing for sometimes even an hour longer than I originally planned.
That brings me to the Google Timer. I had no idea that this existed, and though I have a timer on my phone, I feel that it would be much more sufficient for my laptop to scream at me when it was time to work on school work again, rather than my already distracting phone.

So yes, I do think that I will use the timer. I will probably use it most for personal time breaks. But, I also think that it would be useful to time myself doing school work. For example, if I want to study for each class a little each day, this would be a good way to allot certain times for each class to ensure they all get done.

Reading Notes: Persian Tales, Part B

The Hemp-Smoker’s Dream was comical. It reminded me of the Wizard of OZ how the crew just kept getting bigger and bigger on their journey to China. This gives me the idea to have a story-line where one character meets many other characters along the way, and together they head to find something great. From reading Part A, I really liked the character of the poor half boy. I could use the theme of this story, and definitely bring in a story line for half-boy here. He could be on a mission to find his dad (whoms King) who abandoned him when he was younger because he was only half of a normal human being. These two stories could sort of tie together, and the half-boy could end up overthrowing his dad in the kingdom. Not sure what exactly I’d want the plot to be, but I’d love having a big travel group that is kinda found along the way to a big journey!

The Apparition of the Prophet Khizr was an interesting read. In the end, the King kept the Wazir that spoke of mercy and generosity. Isn’t this what everyone deserves? When the Wazir’s were suggesting such awful things to this old, poor man, my heart sunk. Suggesting things worse than having his head cut off, why? I did like how it was relayed back to their profession. That was cool. But as I said, they were punished for their foul ideas and wants. This gave me an idea for tying it back into my first idea of a story with half-boy. The King could have grown up like this poor man did, so he felt that when he had power, he couldn’t do anything to jeopardize it. Maybe the idea of having half a son made him feel threatened that he would somehow lose the thrown because of it? The plot and story line of some of these stories is a bit confusing. In writing my own, I will try to make it more clear to the reader who each character is, and evident what their purpose is/was.

Bibliography: Persian Tales translated from Kermani and Bakhtiari by David and Emily Lorimer. This text can be accessed online here.

Image 1: Found in The Hem-Smoker’s Dream from Persian Tales. This photo can be accessed here.


Reading Notes: Persian Tales, Part A

These stories start out with “Once upon a time there was a time when there was no one but God…” as the opening statement. They end with “And now my story has come to an end, but the sparrow never got home.” To rewrite from any of these, I’d like to incorporate that as well, but change the opening and closing statements or phrases. The Wolf and the Goat definitely reminds me of The Little Red Riding Hood at the beginning. I love the style used here. The rhymes make the story more interesting, as well as appealing. What a plot line this story had! The goat ended up saving the kidnapped children by sabotaging the wolf (who stole the children). I like the writing style here, though I don’t really want to use this story line as a reference, just the style. Nim Tanak, or Half-Boy had a really interesting plot. The king who had four wives, that later had children, ended up with one son as a “half-boy” (Nim Tanak). A div took the King’s daughter away, and so the King set out to get her back with building an army. Two times he tried, both failing, with his sons in the lead. The third time, the time that was actually successful, was began by Nim Tanak. He saved the day! How dare his father belittle him. I was kind of confused at the rhymes made when the Div saw an army headed that way, but overall, I understood the story. The King’s love changed for Nim whenever he brought back his two brothers and daughter, he was then made the heir. This story plot could be changed, with maybe beginning from Nim Tanak’s view. I could talk about the “after math” of this act, and go into how his life was. I would include a similar plot at the beginning, with not as much detail, then focus on Nim’s outcome and his character progression. It would actually be really fun, and I could come up with some creative ending that changes everything! Hmmmmm….. maybe something that affects the King, and instead of the King making him his heir and him accepting, he declines because he gets a better offer somewhere else. Or something that makes the King have consequence for treating him so badly all those years.


Persian Tales translated from Kermani and Bakhtiari by David and Emily Lorimer. This text can be accessed online here.

Image 1: Photo taken from Nim Tanak, or Half-Boy from Persian Tales. This photo can be accessed online here.