Thursday, January 8, 2015

Across the Atlantic

Today in class, we read aloud in pairs as Liyana and her family make the trek across the Atlantic and land in Tel Aviv. I loved listening to each pair read their sections aloud, and your melodic voices filled room 340 with a whole band of beauty for me!

Tonight, be sure to read up through page 59 in HABIBI. After reading, share your ideas about the following question in our comment section, below: Would you feel more like Liyana or Rafik if your family told you that you would be making a similar move across the Atlantic? Why?

Our word for the day today is INTREPID which means bold, fearless, or brave. An example of the word in a sentence is: My wife is intrepid in that she went skydiving while I would be shivering in fear unwilling to board the plane!

Our word of the day from yesterday was CREDIBILITY which means trustworthiness or the ability to inspire belief. An example of our word in a line would be: Nelson Mandela is a figure who possesses immense credibility in that he struggled for what he believed in for many years, and made good on his promises once elected president of South Africa.

Our quote of the day for today was "Character, not circumstance, makes the person," from Booker T. Washington.

Have a fabulous evening!

59 comments:

  1. i am more like liyana because i am comfortable where i am and dont want to move
    --isaac noble

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  2. I think i would feel like Rafik because I would feel very adventurous and be amazed by the new culture and way of life.
    Clayton Hanlon

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  3. I would feel like Liyana because i would not that far.


    David Sampson

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  4. I would feel more like both of them because Liyana is missing her friends that she has spent her life with and I would miss my friends so dearly because you might not see them again. Although Rafik is a bit excited and I would be too because I would be seeing my family members that I have never met before and I would get to learn about their culture.
    -Angela Xing

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  5. I would feel more like Liyana because I would miss my friends.

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  6. I would definitely feel more like Liyana. It's a lot to think about, moving to another place, even when it's only a short distance. But across the Atlantic? That would be very hard for me to process. In the end, I would probably agree to it though.
    --Shreya Kumar

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  7. I think I would be more like Liyana when it comes to moving away. I think this because I would miss my house friends country and many other things.
    --Collin B.--

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  8. I would feel more like Liyana because i have friends, family, roots and most of all memories. If I were to leave I would never feel apart of something, i would never feel that place would be my own. I would be an outlier.

    ~~~~Dylan Ashe~~~~

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  9. I would feel like Liyana, because I would be sad that I would have to go away from all my friends, I would think I was staring a new life.

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  10. I would feel more like liyana because I would feel like it was a tragic change in her life --brooke bourgeois

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  11. I would feel more like Liyana because I would also be sad that i would be leaving a place where I have been for most of my life, and never seeing it again.

    --Pasha Sahin

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  12. I think I'd be more like like liyanna because I'd ask a lot of questions in my way there and I also wouldn't be too happy about moving.

    --Lucy bodtman

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  13. Stefan ScornavaccaJanuary 8, 2015 at 5:46 PM

    I would feel more like Liyana. I would miss home and I would not want to move away into a country with tons of people I don't know. I would especialy not like the country if it was Israel or palestine because I wouldn't want to be near tons of violence.
    Stefan Scornavacca

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  14. I would feel more like Rafik because I would be excited to be moving to a new place and I would get to see new things and learn about new cultures. I would miss my friends, but i would still be able to visit.
    -Anna Shlimak

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  15. At first, I think that I would feel more like Rafik because it would feel more like a vacation to me. I don't think that reality of the situation would processes. I think after a week or so, I would start feeling like Liyana, after the reality of staying there my whole life sinks in. But honestly, I am not sure how I would feel because I would have to experience moving myself.

    -- Meili Stanten

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  16. I would probably be more like Liyanna because she is more hesitant about moving. I would not be super excited and easy going like Rafik. Moving wouldn't just be really sad to leave, but also they don't speak the language of where they're moving to. Also, the place they're moving to is very dangerous and especially at this time in the conflict.

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  17. I would feel more like Rafik for a two reasons. One is that I'm a guy, and the other is that I like new places.
    ~Charlie Carbonell~

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  18. I would feel like both of them. Both thought that they would feel different because the were in a new place where nobody new them only there family members.
    - Olivia Gomez

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  19. Your question asks "a similar move across the Atlantic." So i will respond based on that.

    For me, it would depend on where i would be moving to across the Atlantic. Maybe if i was going to move to France, i would be more excited than if i was moving to Western Africa. If we are talking about moving into a war zone where decades of conflict has been going on, like in Palestine, i would probably be more like Liyana.

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  20. Is this the right place to post today's answer to the your blog QUESTION?????

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  21. liyana, because I would be more aware I wouldn't just fall asleep on a plane ride into a new life I would be scared thinking of all the things and memories that they had lost because of moving.
    -jacob

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  22. I think I would feel more like Liyana because I would probably not feel INTREPID at all. I would probably be scared and sad because I would have to kind of give up all of my friends :( and when I get to the new place (the new school) I wouldn't know anyone there yet.

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  23. I would definitely feel more like liyana because I spent my whole life in america and made all my friends there. I would definitely not be happy about it

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  24. I think that I would feel more Liyana because the thought of leaving a home that you grew up in is almost unbearable. Also, I would probably be very insecure about moving to a new place that I have never seen.

    ~ Lwiza AitDowd

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  25. I would feel more like Liyana if I were in that type of situation. I already know that america is the most free country, and I wouldn't want to move. If I were already on the plane I would be stressed about it. About whether I will survive or not, or having friendly people there. How I would keep in touch with all my friends. I would probably even die leaving all my friends, and not knowing wheather or not I will see them again.
    ~Tommy Wacek

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  26. I think I would feel like kind of a mix of both because I would be really excited about the big adventure, but I would never want to leave my friends and the town that I've lived in my entire life and that I love and never want to leave. But any adventure like that would still be pretty exciting!

    -Shea Oldham :)

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  27. I would diffidently be more like Liyana because this would mean that I would be moving extremely far away from my home which is in America to go to some very new place that I didn't know much about even my own family that lived there. Also, I think that it says that Liyana was born in the US and to move from somewhere that you have known for your whole life is really sad but also scary because you are moving to a different place. I have lived in my house since I was born I have never moved and to have to leave the place I know so well would be frightening. My family are travelers, and I have been to Italy which is also over the Atlantic, but at least I know that I will be coming back to the same place every time. Liyana doesn't feel that she knows that she might never go back to the US, and if that was me I wouldn't want to leave at all.
    ~Caroline Mara~

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  28. I would feel more like Liyana because I would not want to go to a place that has boms flying in the air. I also would be scared to leave all the people I know to go to a place that I only know my mom, dad and brother.
    Julia Proteau

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  29. I would feel more like Liyana but a little like her brother because, and I kinda know this from experience, it is really hard leaving your friends and almost everything you know to go to a new place with new people with new ways.
    ~Bri

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  30. I think I would feel like Liyana and Rafik. I would be really sad to leave the school I had been at for all of my life, but, I would be exited to see and explore parts of the world I had never seen before, and see family.
    - Rachel Shrives

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  31. i think i would be more like rafik because i would want to explore new places and not be stuck in one place.
    -GIANNA

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  32. I think I would be more like Liyana because I wouldn't want to leave the place that I new and was near and dear to my heart. Also thing I would be more like Liyana because I would not like to leave my friends, and family. I would be scared and probably think of the worst possible things that could happen, I also think it would be such a change that it would take me the longest time to soak it all in.

    --Anna Laursen

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  33. I would feel more like Liyana because I would miss my house and my friends. also I would miss my family that lives in the U.S. Also i would miss Harvard because all of my childhood memories are here and that would be hard to leave them and start all over with a new life. I also would not like it because it would be hard to make all new friends.

    --Natalie L'Ecuyer

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  34. I would feel more like Liyana because I would not want to start over again if I already had a good life.
    -Tessa

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  35. I would probably feel like Rafik and Liyana. I would feel all energetic and happy on the plane because I would be excited to go to the new place but then I would start to feel sad about leaving my friends and family behind.
    ~ Cierra Wilkins

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  36. I would feel like Liyanna I like where I am and I would not want to leave especially somewhere overseas.
    -Paul Witmer

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  37. Personally I would feel like both I would be excited to explore a new place especially in a place that far away. although i would still be scared and sad to leave everything behind ,all familiarity but it's a leap of faith and people move all the time even though it's a greater distance. Dwight Childers

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  38. I think I would feel more like Liyanna because I would not want to leave my friends who are really important to me. I would also be scared because it's such a big change and their is a war going on there, so I would be very scared.

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  39. In this day and age, I would feel more like Rafik because, I would be very energetic and happy to meet new people and see new places. I wold be happy to move, but sad to leave my friends; but with the technology today I could Skype them or talk with them over the phone so I wouldn't loose contact with them.
    ~Magnus Miller

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  40. I think I'd be more like Rafik because I'd like to see and live in the different places of the world, experiencing the cultures.

    ~ Allie Hunter

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  41. I would be more like Liyana, but also seem a little like Rafik. I would feel very uncomfortable leaving everything I am familiar with, and going to a new land where I don't even speak the same language. On the other hand, going to a whole other continent, and meeting part of my family I have never seen is an amazing opportunity I couldn't let pass by.

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  42. Depending on where we were going I would probably feel like Lyana. This is because I would find it hard to bear with leaving my friends again after already leaving my family in Nova Scotia. I would feel out of place and not sure how to react to anything.
    -Gwyneth Smedley

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  43. I would feel like Liyana because I would be upset about uprooting my life and starting over ima. new country with a different culture and day to day life.
    -Colleen Guerriero

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  44. Since I have already kind of done that , I felt like I would have to start over again in a place where i knew no one and didn't even have any family in. Luckily, I did just fine.
    --Emily Rypinski

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  45. I would most likely feel like Lyana because it would be hard to leave my friends and home behind. I would feel like everyone disappeared.
    ~~ Julia Hawes

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  46. I think I would be more like Liyana because I have never been out of the continent. I wouldn't want all my friends to be so far away.
    - Vivien J

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  47. I would feel like Liyana since i don't want to put my previous things I know and love behind me and i also feel Rafik is the same way. He is just dealing with it in a different way and trying to act as though it's not a big deal. -Ted Justicz

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  48. I would be more like Liyana because I would not want to go to a new country but I would rather stay in the USA.

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  49. I think that I would be more like Rafik because I have moved alot.
    Max Trabulsi

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  50. I would feel like Lyanna because I wouldn't want to leave all my friends behind

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  51. i would feel more like Liyanna because so many great memories i have had are here and having tlo move so far away from my friends would be so upseting.
    -Ainsley Jones

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  52. i woould be like lyana because i would not want to go back to palestine if i already had something going on here

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  53. I'd feel more like Liyana because entering a war torn country would seem rather scary to me, even if I have family there. I would be too frightened to even step onto the plane if my father or mother told me we were moving away without warning. It doesn't seem logical to move to a developing nation when I already live in a firm nation like America.

    - Nick Joe Lewis

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  54. I would be more like Lyana because i would not want want to leave my friends and home behind.

    --Mark Goldsher

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  55. I would feel more like Liyana because I would not like to leave all my friends and everything I am familiar with to live some place I know nothing about.
    Fiona Morrison

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  56. I would feel more like Liyana because moving to a whole new place comes with fears that you won't fit in, and you loose your friends and belongings. I can only imagine this is hard and would take a long time for you to adjust.
    --Raiya Suliman

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  57. I would feel more like Rafik because I like to travel and I'm interested in heritage also living in a foreign country where customs and culture is different.
    -Fiona Nash

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  58. I would feel like Liyana because I wouldn't like to leave more than half of my child hood behind, all my friends.

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  59. I think i would be like rafik because as much as i love small towns with nothing happening in them, i still would love to start my life over and see new things ad experience different things than im used to. but actually i would miss my friends her a lot

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