Friday, October 17, 2014

Making Characters Real

Today you all dove into an interactive vocabulary quiz, whereby you pretended to be one of the characters from The Absolute Value of Mike and wrote a letter to another character from the novel. You shared your writing with a partner, and then read the response your partner wrote. And you powerfully used our lovely words: boisterous, despondent, jovial, aspire, and mosaic.

Awesome!

Over the weekend, we are reading through the end of Chapter 12 in The Absolute Value of Mike.

Our word for the day, today, was hyperbole, which means an extreme exaggeration. An example would be: Authors love using hyperbole in their writing because it helps to poetically show character and scene. And, an example of hyperbole would be: Jehoshaphat ran faster than a locomotive in the one-million meter dash!

Share your thoughts, below, regarding this question: In the novel, we see a lot of imperfect people all trying to love and be loved. After reading through Chapter 12, what would you say it means to love another person? What does authentic love look like?

63 comments:

  1. To care about someone to help them when they need it. Authentic love looks like people loving people no matter what gender they are or what they look like but how they act and treat them, they love them for their diffrences.
    Julia Proteau :)

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  2. Authentic love is doing anything to give that person a home where he will be happy.
    --Emily Rypinski :)

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  3. Authentic love is looking out for a person and loving them for who they are. NOT LIKE NUMNUT.
    Charles Carbonell :.(

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  4. Authentic love is caring about someone not by how they look but how they act and treat you.
    -Sara Picariello

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  5. To be there when they need you and to help no matter what/ always believes in you
    --brooke bourgeois

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  6. Real love is when if you have to, you would give up everything you have for them to make there dreams or wishes come true
    -Olivia Gomez

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  7. To accept their faults as well as their good points and don't give up on them no matter what they do.
    -Tessa

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  8. I think true love is caring and making choises to benifit them which you would not normally do to everyone.
    Stefan Scornavacca

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  9. Authentic love is when you care about someone and like what they are on the inside and not just how they look on the outside.
    -Fiona Morrison

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  10. Real love is when you want someone to be happy, and you will do anything to make them happy.
    --Grace Acton

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  11. To have their back and to always know just how they are feeling.
    - Lwiza AitDowd

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  12. Authentic love is to be there when they need you most and believe in them no matter the situation.

    -Lucy Bodtman

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  13. To love another person you don't care about how they look you care about the whole of the person. You show your affection for them and are not embarrassed to tell them you love them. To authentically love someone whether as a friend, a family member, a connection, or a true love you will try your best to help them or want to help when they need it. Authentic love looks like hope. Like if you were to see an old happy couple on a park bench you would know and feel the hope radiating from them. That is true, authentic love.
    -Tia Nye

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  14. Real love is when you would do anything for the other person.

    -David Sampson

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  15. Authentic love is when you care about someone for who they are and what they look like no matter what. When someone will go to the end of the Earth for you.
    -Gwyneth Smedley

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  16. Authentic love is loving someone, no matter what the circumstance. also, it is really caring about a person and being willing to give up anything to help them reach their goals.
    --Riley Neville

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  17. Authentic love is to never give up on somebody, and love them no matter what.

    -Olivia Diodato

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  18. love is when you/someone do/does whatever it takes to help someone in a caring fashion.
    --Isaac Noble

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  19. I think that authentic love is a bond so strong one member would literally take a bullet for another member. I also think that to have authentic love, you have to love someone for their personality, not looks. Love that is raw and real.
    -Magnus Miller

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  20. To love another person means you care what happens and what will happen in that persons life, and will assist them in any way possible. Authentic love looks like the iceberg, you mostly care about the hidden portion, the visible part has little effect.

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  21. Authentic love is not truly just between a man and a woman. It's actually between people of any gender who want what's best for others. Examples of this throughout the book would be Moo and Mike giving Saint John's Wort to Poppy for his depression, Moo watching out for Gladys because she has bad relationships, and Mike's mother buying him Clarks shoes because she wanted what was best for her son. Authentic love can also be seen as remembering people, like how Mike always keeps good memories of his mother.
    -Tommy Wacek

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  22. To authentically love another person means that you do not care about looks, wealth, or how smart or dumb they are. You love them for who they really are; their sense of humor, how compassonate they are towards other people or how beautiful they really are on the inside not the outside
    -Chris Pickreign

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  23. to love another person means to be helpful and not selfish; you have to care even if someone who loves you does something bad you have to make up. if you also love another person you have to stand up for them protect them and always be kind not a jerk. also you always have to know it not on the outside what counts.

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  24. Love is when you care so much about a person that you would rather feel pain than see them feel it. When you care as much about their happiness as you do about yours. It is when you spend your time helping them or just with them.

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  25. Authentic love is when someone cares about someone else so much that they will love them forever and will never forget about them. They are willing to do anything for that person and would die for them. They will love them not by how they look or act as but love them for the person that they truly are.

    - Meili S.

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  26. I think that to love means to stand by that person always not matter what. Even if they get mad at you at times, they will be there for you. They will do whatever you need no matter how dangerous or risky it is. That is what I think authentic love is.

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  27. Authentic love is when you would do anything possible for this person, kind of like your soul mate, you would love them with flaws in all. And looks would not play any factor.
    --Anna Laursen

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  28. love is always being there for someone and knowing they are there for you. Its know what a person really is like on the inside.

    --Sean McNamara

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  29. love is when a woman and a man have feelings about each other. Authentic love is when a couple love one another so much they want to spend the rest of there life together.

    -- Mark Goldsher

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  30. I think Authentic love is when someone cares and wants the best for the other person or living thing like an animal.
    -Alondra Pacheco Flores

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  31. Authentic love is when someone cares for someone else they would to anything for them. Examples in the book is that Moo has authentic love for Poppy; she will do anything for him like not pushing him to get back on his feel and getting him scrapple. Mike has authentic love for Poppy too, just he his trying to get Poppy on his feet. The town has authentic love for the boy on the poster because they are raising the money to adopt him instead of paying bills and everything else.
    -Brianna

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  32. Authentic love is when you care about a person enough to make sure that they are safe and happy at all times of life, no matter what.

    --Colin McHugh

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  33. Love is when you put others before yourself because you care for them. Love is caring for people no matter what they do.

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  34. Authentic love is to care and love for someone even if they are different, and to have a big bond with that person that you wouldn't even let them go.
    -Pasha Sahin

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  35. Love is when you do something to help someone. It's also when you care about someone and what they do.
    -George Earnest

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  36. Authentic love is when someone will do anything and everything for someone else, and excepts them for who they are. They love each other no matter what happens.
    - Rachel Shrives

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  37. Authentic love is always looking out for the person you love, and putting their needs before yours. Also, always being there for them and helping them be the best person they can be.
    -Colleen Guerriero

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  38. I think authentic love is stick to someone even when they don't have it all. It is to love someone for who they are on the inside not on the outside. It is to help them through bad times and congratulate them through good times. It's to give someone motivation when they think all hop is lost.
    -Angela Xing

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  39. I think that to love someone is to feel like you will take a bullet for them. Like if they are in distress then you will help them and reassure them that everything is alright. That is what I think it means to love someone.

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  40. I think that to love someone is feeling like you would take a bullet for them. Authentic love is love in a way that isn't just married couples. It is like being best friends with someone or being close to someone because you have known them for a long time.
    -The Max Trabulsi

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  41. Love is both a Noun and a Verb. To love means to really care about what happens and what WILL happen.

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  42. authentic love is when you love somebody no matter what. this means caring for them and doing things to help them. Moo cares for Gladys in this way because she wants what is best for her.
    - cierra wilkins

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  43. To really love someone, you don't need it to be a perfect relationship. You will go through ups and downs, but what proves your love and affection is sticking with the other person. Having struggles is normal, as long as at the end of the day you have each other's shoulders to lean on. This is authentic love.
    --Raiya Suliman

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  44. When you love another person, you try to help them, or make their life better in any way possible because you care about what happens and what will happen to them. You want the best for that person even if it means you can't have it, because knowing they will is enough for you.
    -Shreya Kumar

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  45. authentic love/love is when u will/ would do anything for that person in a caring and nice way, its also a really strong bond and when you are willing to spend the rest on your life with them


    -will armstromng;)

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  46. Authentic love is loving some not for whats on the outside but who they truly are on the inside kind of like Mike and Gladys she might look scary on the outside but she is a truly caring person on the inside.
    -Paul Witmer

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  47. Authentic love is when you truly care about someone else. When you'll do anything for that person if it means helping them –– most of the time, you can't help but take care of them. But, it also means that you feel that person loves you back. You can trust THAT person with your life, with all your secrets and know for a fact that they have your back. Just like you have theirs.

    –– Allie Hunter

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  48. Loving someone is knowing they will never give up on you while never giving up on them. And people can't just love a man or woman boy or girl, They can love who they want. They can let their heart guide them and not others do it for them,
    - Ainsley jones

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  49. I think that authentic love means that you really care about someone. Also you just want to make them happy. So you would do anything for them. You will always be there for them.

    --Natalie L'Ecuyer

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  50. I think authentic love is when one person would sacrifice their time/money for the other person, even if they didn't want to.

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  51. Love is when you care for the person and never give up on them, when yo do anything for them, and loving whats in the inside, not the outside.

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  52. Callie FrackiewiczOctober 19, 2014 at 8:23 PM

    Authentic love is like the iceberg, you care about the portion thats underwater, not what's above.

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  53. I think authentic love is loveing someone for whothey are and doing any thing you can for them no matter what. Also caring about their needs and being honest and truthful with them. I also think authentic love is not judging someone from one thing.

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  54. I think that authentic love is when you care so much about someone that you are willing to do anything for them. Just like Karen is trying to do for Misha. (in a way) It is also not judging a person but actually getting to know them for who they are and excepting them for them.
    ~Caroline Mara :)

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  55. Authentic love is when you except a person, love, and care for them no matter what they look like or how they act. You would be able to take their side if they were in trouble, but also show them that they were wrong and be able to teach them what to do differently next time.

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  56. Authentic love is caring about someone nomatter how they look or what they where but loving them for their personallity and inner beauty.

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  57. I think that authentic love is caring for a particular person so much that you would do anything in the world for them. I also think that you love them so much that you learn to look past anything in the way so you could be with them. For example, you don' t even think about judging someone whatever it might be.
    --Kellie Sundeen

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  58. My opinion is that authentic love is shown by kind gestures and little things combined with big things like flowers on valentines day, authentic love is helping each other accomplish goals together. However there are other quirky ways to show love, Like Poppy shows his love towards Doug by staring at Felix and holding the yellow yardstick, not authentic love but still love.
    -Fiona Nash

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  59. Collin burns Love is is doing almost anything for the person and want the best for them and care what they do.

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  60. Authentic love is people showing kind affection for each other in a special way.

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  61. Authentic love is that you would do anything for the person that you love, no matter if they upset you sometimes or look differently or are not smart you still love them a lot.

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  62. Authentic love is when you love someone so much, you would do anything for that person. You don't judge them or their decisions, you just love them for who they are.

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  63. To love another person means to care for them and to do almost anything for them unselfishly. Authentic love looks like when someone cares for someone as much as or more than they do themselves. It also is when you stay true to yourself.

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