My Showcase Portfolio

Literary Essay

The Hero 

Uglies explores the fact that all of the fights you encounter, transform you into the hero that you are today. 

At the age of 16 in Tally’s ordinary world, teenagers get an operation done to become a pretty. Shay who is Tally’s best friend, escaped that theory and ran off to The Smoke, where everyone is operation-free. Special Circumstance found out that Shay had left instructions only Tally can understand to find The Smoke, in case she wanted to join her. Dr. Cable, the leader of Special Circumstance gave Tally no choice but to locate The Smoke and bring Shay back. 

With this intention, Tally’s adventure begins. She was given the essentials that she needed to survive on her way to locate The Smoke, as well as a pendent to activate when she arrives. When Tally had arrived at the pick-up location, she found herself in a field of white flowers. There was a fire growing along the flowers, and Tally nearly burned to death. Luckily, her ride arrived before that could happen. I noticed that the fire was a symbol used to represent Tally’s rebirth/awakening. I knew this because it was right before she arrived at the other world, where her perspective on the operation had changed. 

Furthermore, Tally met David. He knew a lot about the operation because his parents used to help operate. They informed Tally that lesions are put inside of the pretty’s brains to avoid trouble. “Lesions are used to make the pretties think alike and avoid any difficulties” (254). 

Lesions: a region in an organ or tissue that has suffered damage through injury or disease, such as a wound, ulcer, abscess, tumor, etc.. 

It took some time for Tally to process the information but she finally changed her mind about exposing The Smoke. She seen the beauty of the real world and how much this place meant to David and his parents. Tally’s instinct was to burn the pendant to be free of Special Circumstance “She opened her hand and threw the necklace into the center of the fire.” (267). 

Consequently, the only way Tally’s pendant could activate is by destroying the pendant. She awoke to Special Circumstance destroying The Smoke. From there on, she kept the dark side of the operation in mind and fought against Special Circumstance. 

After the destruction, Tally and David made their way to the Special Circumstance location. They found David’s mother who had the cure to the brain damage, aka lesions. That’s when Tally got the idea of sacrificing herself to test the cure, as a pretty of course. At last, Tally turned herself in to Special Circumstance, and got her operation. 

Considering the evidence above, Tally was called to adventure but was reluctant to accept. She crosses a threshold into a new world, gaining a more mature perspective. She experienced resourcefulness and endurance. With everything that Tally learned had changed her internally. Tally then decided to get the operation that she didn’t want, to test the cure for lesions, knowing that there was a 50% chance that she can die. She sacrificed her life to restore humanity. 

Uglies explores the fact that all of the fights you encounter, transform you into the hero that you are today. 

Westerfeld, S. (2012). Uglies. London: Simon and Shuster. 

Concept Map

Journey in Uglies

Remix

Remix

Showcase Portfolio Planning

Emily Sidley

For my Showcase Portfolio, I will be using my third blog post that’s based off an archetypal theory. In my novel Uglies, the protagonist Tally Youngblood fulfils the hero’s journey. Tally is called to adventure but reluctant to accept and returns with a whole new perspective on her “ordinary world”.

My thesis for my showcase portfolio is “Uglies explores the fact that all of the fights you encounter, transform you into the hero that you are today. “.

For my media texts, I decided to use a concept map and a remix. I’ve gotten into the hang of concept maps and I like how they can connect so many ideas beautifully. Using this feature will show how my thesis can connect to other topics other than my novel. I chose to do a remix for my 2nd media text because I know that there other movies that relate to my theme. I already have one in mind and very excited to go on with this project.

My writing has improved a lot this year, especially with essays. I know the features of a blog post, and learned how to engage my reader/audience. Now, whenever I start on a blog post, I’m focusing on the format, hooks, and what my reader/audience would think.

Part 3- The Hero

Image result for UgliesChris Drumm

In the novel Uglies, Tally undergoes many obstacles that prepare her to fulfil her role as a hero. When examining the novel Uglies from an archetypal perspective, it becomes clear that the protagonist, Tally Youngblood, is the hero of the story.

Now you may feel like they’re portions of the story missing, and there is, but please follow along. At the age of 16 in Tally’s ordinary world, you get an operation done to become a pretty. Shay who is Tally’s best friend, escaped that theory and ran off to The Smoke, where everyone is operation-free. Special Circumstance found out that Shay had left instructions only Tally can understand to find The Smoke, in case she wanted to join her. Dr. Cable, the leader of Special Circumstance gave Tally no choice but to locate The Smoke and bring Shay back.

With this intention, Tally’s adventure begins. She was given the essentials that she needed to survive on her way to locate The Smoke, as well as a pendent to activate when she arrives. When Tally had arrived at the pick-up location, she found herself in a field of white flowers. There was a fire growing along the flowers, and Tally nearly burned to death. Luckily, her ride arrived before that could happen. I noticed that the fire was a symbol used to represent Tally’s rebirth/awakening. I knew this because it was right before she arrived at the other world, where her perspective on the operation had changed.

Furthermore, Tally met David. He knew a lot about the operation because his parents used to help operate. They informed Tally that lesions are put inside of the pretty’s brains to avoid trouble. “Lesions are used to make the pretties think alike and avoid any difficulties” (254).

Lesions: a region in an organ or tissue that has suffered damage through injury or disease, such as a wound, ulcer, abscess, tumor, etc..

It took a while for Tally to process the information but she finally changed her mind about exposing The Smoke. She seen the beauty of the real world and how much this place meant to David and his parents. Tally’s instinct was to burn the pendant to be free of Special Circumstance “She opened her hand and threw the necklace into the center of the fire.” (267).

Consequently, the only way Tally’s pendant could activate is by destroying the pendant. She awoke to Special Circumstance destroying The Smoke. From there on, she kept the dark side of the operation in mind and fought against Special Circumstance.

After the destruction, Tally and David made their way to the Special Circumstance location. They found David’s mother who had the cure to the brain damage, aka lesions. That’s when Tally got the idea of sacrificing herself to test the cure, as a pretty of course. At last, Tally turned herself in to Special Circumstance, and got her operation.

Considering the evidence above, Tally was called to adventure but was reluctant to accept. She crosses a threshold into a new world, gaining a more mature perspective. She experienced resourcefulness and endurance. With everything that Tally learned had changed her internally. Tally then decided to get the operation that she didn’t want, to test the cure for lesions, knowing that there was a 50% chance that she can die. She sacrificed her life to restore fertility.

When examining the novel Uglies from an archetypal perspective, it becomes clear that the protagonist, Tally Youngblood, is the hero of the story.

Westerfeld, S. (2012). Uglies. London: Simon and Shuster.

My Response to “Life on a Mobius Strip”

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I really enjoyed the podcast. While I was listening, I got an image in my mind of her point of view throughout her story. It was interesting and pretty relaxing. Before I listened to the podcast, I ignored the title because I didn’t know how it was pronounced or what it meant. Of course, it was a big mistake. My advice to the listener of Janna’s podcast is to read the title and do your best to understand it. Doing this will make you think a lot more and help you realize what you’re supposed to visualize while listening.

Beludise

When reading different perspectives of love this semester, I noticed that the stories mentioned a powerful connection when you love someone. While listening to Janna’s podcast, I realized that the love in her story was found, lost, and found again, just like the powerful connection mentioned in other stories perspectives. Janna and Warren had that connection, so they were looping back and fourth from each other. Janna’s title came into mind as well “Life on a Mobius Strip”, the whole podcast gets you thinking more than you should be.

The thoughts that popped into my head after the podcast was based on my life. If special events like that would repeat. It changed my perspective on life, because of Janna’s amazing story. Janna and Warren met at the same place twice, they had a child and he had a powerful fight. In the end, they both got what they needed and it made them happy. But, Janna mentioned that it definitely was not the end and that there was much more to come.

Listening instead of reading is so much better for me, and I never realized until the podcasts came rolling in. It’s relaxing and gives you a better image than reading ever will.

Creativity Mind Map

Creativity: the use of the imagination or original ideas, especially in the production of an artistic work.

I believe that creativity comes from our own imagination. It’s a mix of our plain idea’s with an artistic point of view.

To be creative, you need to jot down your crazy ideas without thinking too much about them. You then organize them out in a way you want to use them. Being creative is messy, but it’s the most wonderful way you can transform boring things into. Again, use your mind to help you think about what’s more creative about each idea, or merging them into one.

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Nevada

Creativity can be used to express someone’s feelings when they aren’t sure how to speak of them. It can be used to add color to something grey, to go beyond the expectations, and to add fun to something boring. Creativity can be used in everything. Like the chuck wagons at Andy’s or the way clothes are folded in a store. Creativity is everywhere, you just need to look.

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Claus Meyer

I feel like the creative process will be really important for me in my life. This is because my life can get pretty messy, meaning situations I don’t or can’t deal with but they’re thrown at me. I need to think about them all and somehow manage them by using the creative process. Perhaps looking at them differently or changing something about the situation. The creative process can change anything and everything. We just need to use our imagination and who knows what we can discover.

Part 1- Reader Response

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Chris Drumm

When I first opened the book it read “The early summer sky was the color of cat vomit.”(1). I started to imagine what I will be expecting from this book. Perhaps a cat who always got sick, or an artist who uses her cat vomit to paint summer skies. I recall that I thought this book was not going to be as appealing as the summary was written on the back.

As I read the book more, I observed that the protagonist, Tally Youngblood, couldn’t wait for the day of her operation to become a pretty “Time was moving too slow. One week from now is when I’ll be getting the operation I have dreamt about my whole life.” (82) This is where I started to think about myself. I look forward to something and it doesn’t happen, this isn’t true it’s just something I expect. I wasn’t sure what to await, and I got knots in my head from thinking about it.

Shortly after reaching the middle of my book, I was told to determine what the author is trying to get across to the reader. I read between the lines so I don’t have any examples. I feel like the author is trying to show the reader what our generation looks like from their perspective. The author wants the people of our generation to know that we’re beautiful no matter what. In the life of Tally Youngblood, teenagers at the age of 16 got an operation done. This is because Special Circumstances wants everyone to look and think the same. I feel like the author is trying to let everyone know that being different, is beautiful. In The Smoke, everyone is free to be themselves. Nobody has surgery, and they’re all unique because of their different abilities. The Smoke is the world that we have today. New Pretty Town and Uglyville is the world in the future. I ‘m convinced that the author is trying to tell everyone that we’re beautiful no matter what, and that our differences is what makes us unique.

Still thinking of the book’s messages, I also observed that Tally has been put in situations where she was basically the rope in tug-of-war. “Then I’ll make you a promise to, Tally Youngblood. “Until you do help us, to the very best of your ability, you will never be pretty.” (106). Tally really wanted to become a pretty, and if she didn’t help find her bestfriend Shay, she would never get what she had wanted. She knew that Shay wished to be in The Smoke as well. After I read over that, I got upset but there was nothing that I could do because a) it’s in a book b) I was sitting in my English class. I couldn’t believe that the authorities did exactly what I had expected. The book was going really good to, so I guess that was a portion of the rising action.

Without delay, here is my opinion. It may be just a book, but reading it made me feel like I was actually there. Like I got to live another life while living my own. I connected to the protagonist, Tally Youngblood, through her experiences. When she was put in a bad situation I would think of my reaction to it. Like when David and Tally fell for each other. “That’s why I think you’re beautiful Tally…. More beautiful than Shay.” (260). I thought about Shay’s reaction to it because David was Shay’s boyfriend and Tally is her bestfriend. In my head, I was like “oh no, why does this have to happen. Shay’s gonna be even more mad at Tally. What will Shay tell everyone or label Tally as?”. There was many points like this throughout the book, where Tally was like the monkey in the middle. This book always kept me interested, I was finally excited to read. I read every single day and did not fall off of the rails.

I noticed that I read with a voice in my head. I thought that was alright, but it slowed my reading down. I started to read with just my eyes. Meaning, I read the words quickly and understood what the chapters were about. Sometimes, I couldn’t remember what I had just read from moving too fast. I found a new strategy; which is to re-write what I remember after each chapter, without looking back. I thought about this from the study of retrieval practice and an article I read. Those 2 strategies have improved my reading this year in speed and in memory.

Above all, this book, Uglies, will really make you think. You will learn a lot about this generation and how the author uses an extended metaphor to explain that to you.

Westerfeld, S. (2012). Uglies. London: Simon and Shuster.

Uglies: Why I chose to study this novel

For my course summative, I chose the book Uglies. The protagonist, Tally Youngblood, undergoes change throughout the story. Tally was about to turn 16, and the day of her birthday was when she was supposed to get her operation to become a pretty. It was 3 months before that, when she had met Shay, who had changed Tally’s perspective of the operation. Shay left to The Smoke, and left Tally directions only she could understand. She didn’t want to leave, but was forced to bring her back from the smoke by Special Circumstance, in order to get her operation.

Tally travelled with a pendent in her necklace, and if she activated it, Special Circumstance will make their way. When she arrived at her destination, she seen Shay with a group of uglies. She became good friends with all of them, and really close with Shay’s boyfriend, David. He had a special bond with Tally, which he didn’t have with Shay. David got really close that he shared information about what the surgery really does to you. Tally started to change her mind about getting the operation and activating her pendent. So, she burned it in fire. The night she did that, her and David knew they felt something for each other. But, when Tally tried to destroy it, she only activated it.

The next morning, she woke up to screaming and hover cars flying all over The Smoke. When Tally found David, she was afraid to tell him the reason she actually came, in case it was her fault they found The Smoke. They were both free of Special Circumstance, but Tally and David went after them for his parents. After they found Special Circumstance, they realized that Shay got caught, and was a pretty. David’s mother, Az, escaped from her surgery but his father didn’t. It killed him in the process. At that point, Tally told him what she did. David didn’t believe her at first, but he was shocked. Tally was hoping that he would forgive her, if she got the surgery done to test out Az’s cure for bubbliness.

This was a lot longer than it was supposed to be. I hope you see why I chose this novel. It has a lot of change in it, and surprises.

Do Learning Strategies actually help?

The past week, we’ve been looking at six different learning strategies that may help us improve our learning and knowledge. We were separated into groups who were interested in the same strategy. I picked “Retrieval Practice” because it was new to me but I knew that it would really help me remember what I’ve learned. I was in a group of four and we had to show the characteristics of Retrieval Practice to the class.

Retrieval Practice is recreating what you’ve already learned. Doing this helps you improves your memory and knowledge. It’s basically reviewing your progress.

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Retrieval practice will improve our learning and thinking. If you think about it, this strategy does work. Recreating what you’ve learned is reflecting and keeping it in your mind. There’s many different ways to do this. You can either write down what you remember ; you can draw it out and make a sketch note. Using this strategy will help you a lot in the future. You can try it out for yourself, you won’t regret it.