Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Desperate Hope

Thank you for your wonderful reading aloud and discussion today in our class. We have reached the most intense part of THE BREADWINNER, and we now see the desperate hope Parvana has about her family.

After hearing Homa's story about the violence in Mazar, all that Parvana can do is desperately hope that her siblings and her mother are safe. Mrs. Weera encourages Parvana not to think of the worst, and reminds Parvana's that, " 'We must believe they are alive. We must not give up hope!'" (152).

As we think about facing seemingly insurmountable challenges and problems, we wonder if Parvana will find a way to hope.

In your life, when facing challenges, what helps you to hope?

Share your ideas below! Tomorrow, we will find out if Parvana's hope bears fruit.

Our word for the day today is MERCURIAL, which means a rapid, unpredictable change in mood.

64 comments:

  1. when facing challenges what helps me to hope is thinking about good things if my mind is concentrated on something bad then i could only think of the worst outcome possible.

    Henry Hays

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  2. When facing challenges what make me hope is what will happen if you truly continue with the best that you can do. If you can just get through that than the things that come won't be so hard. If you focused on the positive thing the negative ones won't seem so bad.
    -Angela Xing

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  3. Nothing I just hope it's an innate reaction.

    Dwight Childers

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  4. When facing challenges in life it helps me to hope when I forget about the problem or think that everything is all right

    David Sampson

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  5. When I face challenges I think of the worst thing I have ever heard of, and compare it to my situation; telling myself that if I was in that situation, it would be much worse.

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  6. what helps me to hope when facing challenges is to believe in myself, and always stay positive.
    -Anna Shlimak

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  7. When facing challenges what help me hope is to think that bad times never last. What ever kills you makes stronger. Something good always comes out of something bad. For Parvana, it was that she formed a friendship with Shouazia.

    ~Lwiza AitDowd

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  8. When I face challenges, what helps me to hope would be to try to keep believing and and remain positive and not think of the negatives.

    --Meili Stanten

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  9. One main thing that helps me hope is books. Books for me are a portal to another world, where it seems like the characters have worse problems than i do. Also, talking to friends about my problems helps, too.
    --Emily Rypinski

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  10. When facing challenges I like to think about to positive outcomes when I start to loose hope. And I also think about what can happen in the future if the thing I'm loosing hope about works out

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  11. When I'm in a bad place what helps to keep me hopeful is remembering that there are people who will help me through my problems when they get tough.

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  12. When I face challenges in my life I think of the worst possible outcome and the best possible outcome. Then I think of ways to make the best possible outcome happen.
    Fiona Morrison

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  13. I agree with Henry, I also think that when I face challenges, thinking about the good things helps me to hope. When I think of the bad things it just feels like it will end up all worse and nothing will be fixed. This is why I think of the good things and not the bad ones.
    --Pasha Sahin

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  14. What helps me find hope is thinking of what the good things are that could possibly happen. If I think of the bad things, then I start believing that what happened. Only think of the good things.
    - Olivia Gomez

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  15. When I face challenges in life, I look to other people for inspiration. Some examples of inspiration are Rosa Parks or Helen Keller.
    Liza Toll

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  16. When facing challenges in life, I often turn to my friends and family. They always tell me to look on the bright side and give me hope.
    - Rachel Shrives

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  17. When facing challenges I think about happy things and try to think on how I can solve the problem.

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  18. When facing challenges, I like to think about the other challenges that I have been through. This helps me feel more confident,.

    -Vivien J

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  19. When I face challenges, the things that help me the most not to give up hope are focusing on believing in myself. Then I try to find a good outcome by thinking of solutions, then Think about what goes well for me, and everyone else.
    --Tommy Wacek

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  20. What helps me hope is thinking positive and setting my mind.

    --mark goldsher

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  21. What helps me hope is thinking positive and setting my mind to it.

    --mark goldsher

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  22. What helps me hope is thinking positive and setting my mind to it.

    --mark goldsher

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  23. When I have a challenging problem, I think of the positive results after completing it, if I only thought about how long it would take and how difficult it would be to complete it, I would not have much hope for doing it.

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  24. when I am facing challenges what helps me is support or probably self confidence because if you have no confidence in yourself your most likely going to fail.
    -Jacob elliott

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  25. When facing Challenges I like to think of the best outcome instead of the worst possible one that could occur.
    --Brooke bourgeois

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  26. When I'm facing challenges in life I focus on what it will be like once I've overcome my challenge. I think about the other times I've overcome challenges which makes me more positive 😃😊
    -Tessa

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  27. It's easy to stay hopeful if you surround yourself with uplifting and happy people.

    -Olivia Diodato

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  28. Something that helps me to hope is to focus on what it will be like once I finish the challenge, and then keep that image in my head until I finish it.
    -Shreya Kumar

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  29. I find hope by being positive and asking for support from other i trust

    --Sean McNamara

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  30. What helps me stay hopeful the most to stay hopeful is to occupy myself with work in any form. Usually I find something to do outside, or read a book if the weather is bad. Also, I remind myself that I cannot change the past and I have no choice other than to move forward and hope for the best of luck during the journey ahead.

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  31. When I need hope I always anything is possible and have people to remind me of good times.
    ~~~Dylan Ashe~~~

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  32. When I am facing a challenge, I think of how good I will feel if I just get over or past it.

    --Colin McHugh

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  33. When I am going through a challenge in life, I try to look on the bright side of it. And if there is none then I just compare it to the most horrible thing that could happen and that makes me feel better because it makes me realize, that my challenge is not that big of a challenge in the world.
    -Alondra Pacheco- Flores

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  34. ∞◉To stay hopeful, I talk with my parents or friends. When I talk it helps me figure out what to do. ◉∞

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  35. When Im facing challenges in life i think about the future and say "yeah its going to be alright." Think about the future not the past or present.

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  36. When I am faced with a challenge, I try to stay positive and forget about the bad things that could happen because that wouldn't help solve the problem. I also try to think about inspirational people and be around supportive people. I also try to think of other times I have overcome obstacles and solved problems which makes me believe in myself more.
    --Emmalyn Mirarchi

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  37. When facing challenges I focus on the good things. I hope for the best possible outcome.
    Stefan Scornavacca

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  38. When facing challenges in life, my friends and family give me hope and urge me to keep trudging on. They are also there for me when I'm upset. They are the best.

    ~Magnus Miller

    P.S: You made the same typo again today.

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  39. I think in life when you're down you need a change in enviorment and and people, to approach life differently then try again, also to surround yourself with things that make you happy.
    Fiona Nash

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  40. When I'm facing a challenge in life I surround myself with people who will support me and help me get back up if I fall.

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  41. What makes me more hopeful are my friends, who never give-up on bringing out the best in me.
    --Raiya Suliman

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  42. when facing challenges i always stay possitive and helps me through my problems
    -robert arellano

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  43. When I am facing challenges in life it's easy to stay hopeful when you are around people who love and support you<3

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  44. Christopher ClarkMarch 11, 2015 at 6:33 PM

    In my life when I’m facing challenges thinking of other happy things or things I’m proud of helps me. Also saying to myself that I only have to do this; it is kind of like going through the challenge part by part.

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  45. i always look to the positive side of things when a bad scenario is present so we can get through it easily

    Will Armstrong

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  46. When I am going through tough times what I do is try to remove all the the nevative people in my life, and forget about everything that is making me feel bad and focus on the more important things in life.

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  47. I think about what will happen next and if whats happening right now is the worst it can get i know i can only get better from that point on. Going to my happy place also helps me hope.
    ~~Clayton Hanlon~~

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  48. To think that there could always be something worse. That you have to have bad things happen to love the good things.

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  49. When I am facing challenges, I try to tell myself to push through it and think about what my life is like after the challenge

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  50. when I am scared I usually try to breathe and calm myself down. I also like to talk to people who are in my family and they will try to calm me down. It also helps to hug someone that you love.
    ~ Cierra Wilkins

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  51. When I am facing a challenge I like to think about the outcome ahead which is good so that makes me work harder to overcome the challenge.
    -Paul Witmer

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  52. When i'm facing challenges, i like to be around my friends and think of the good that might come out of that situation. I always like to stay positive because being negative will NOT get you anywhere in life.


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  53. When you face a challenge in life, it helps to be with friends that are supportive. It can also help if you talk to somebody else who has gone through a similar challenge.
    --Grace Acton :-)

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  54. I focus on my main goal and nothing else...
    ~Charlie Carbonell~

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  55. When facing challenges, I like to just tell myself I can do it and realize that if I don't figure it out or do it, I'm never going to feel accomplished about that task and I know I'll regret not doing it later. I also turn to family and friends who never fail to help me through a challenge.

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  56. I go to my friends and pets for my problems. Sometimes I need to just be alone and think about what is happening. I can stay hopeful as long as I remember that I have people who care around me.
    ~Brianna Schmoyer

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  57. I like to find ways to stay happy and positive when facing challenges



    Nathaniel Rogers

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  58. When I am facing challenges I always think about all the positive things in my life, and all my friends and family. This helps me because everyone I know is so inspiring to me and pushes me to stay hopeful.

    ---Lucy Bodtman

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  59. When I face challenges in life I usually spend time alone and think about it, also some times I talk to friends. I also think about how a lot of people are going through a lot worse and that I am only 12.

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  60. When I'm facing challenges in life, I think of positive things and hang out with the people who make happy. - Callie Frackiewicz

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  61. When I face challenges I try to think of the positives and find the silver lining
    ~Caroline Mara

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  62. When I face challenges, I usually try to turn the negatives against me as motivation as it works better for me than thinking positively
    ~Ted Justicz

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  63. when I face challenges I try to think of the better things in
    -ben hays

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