Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Week 5, Post B

What this week is about is the second period intermission of the game between the Soviets and the U.S.A. Jim Craig, the goalie, has an entire chapter on him about "the puck stops here." He was pretty poor growing up, so he was fortunate to be playing hockey. He grew up a great goaltender, and a great person. During the 1980 olympics, his dad was very poor, and Jim was doing this for his dad to make him proud. The second period was a glorifying period for the U.S.A, but the Soviets would stick with them.

Week 5, Post A

1.) Vocabulary
Concocting- To prepare by mixing ingredients, as in cooking (page 165).
Instantaneous- occurring, done, or completed in an instant (page 172).

2.) Figurative Language

Simile- "...Marakov was as mad as a tiger that didn't get his food for dinner..." this is a simile because of the comparison between the 2 things. It's also funny too.
Onomatopeoia- "...and all of a sudden, Brooks statred to yell 'Ahhh!' in an excited way, since he and the team were so pumped up and had all the momentum..." This is an onomatopeoia because of the "ahhh!" since it's a sound.
Quote- "Whether I had a good period or a bad period, that was my signal that it was time to start over," (page 179). This is a significant quote because Jim Craig actually lived up to his word in this quote by actually doing better like he said.
One Emerging Theme- An emerging theme is the 3rd period of the Gold Medal game.

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Week 4, Post B

What this section was about was the second period of the gold medal game between the Soviets and the U.S. Their coach (of the soviets) was really upset. He started ranting on the U.S. t3eam about how much they changed from the previous time the Soviets played the U.S. He said, "What is going on with these American guys? How can they be so different from games in Madison Square Garden?" Marakov (the coach) was very upset with the Soviets performance in that first period, so that blew his fuse. Although on the other side, the U.S. was pleased with their performance. Brooks was pleased and told them to keep up the performance, because at that rate, they'll win.

Week 4, Post A

1.) Vocabulary:

Fastidious- excessively particular, critical, or demanding; hard to please. Page 114

Eclectic- not following any one system, as of philosophy, medicine, etc., but selecting and using what are considered the best elements of all systems. Page 114

2.) Figurative Language:

Simile- "...his legs as thick as his arms were thin, getting him around the ice as fast as just about anyone," (page 114). This is a Simile because it's comparing two different things, with like attributes.

Onomatopeoia- "...and a sudden 'zoom!' was heard from the blistering shot of Ramsey..." (Page 121). This is an Onomatopeoia because it's a sound being described from a shot by Ramsey.

Quote- "You went to High School and hoped to get a job in the factory and then 25 years later, you would be counting down the days to retirement," (page 123). This is significant because it's a reaction of a player to another player.
One Emerging Theme- An emerging theme is the rest of the Gold Medal game between U.S.A. and the Soviets.

Tuesday, December 4, 2007

Week 3, Post B

My reaction to this weeks r4eading was nothing at all. There really isn't much to say, since it was so short. But basically what happened, was the reader was given historical background once again, about Herb Brooks, how he grew up in St. Paul, and played hockey at Johnson High School, then went on to play at the U, and eventually the coach of the Gophers. Then there was alot of talk about how the Americans played that first period, considering that this chapter was called "first intermission." This summary is short, but that's the real big points of this section.

Week 3, Post A

1.) Vocabulary

Exodus- a going out; a departure or emigration, usually of a large number of people (Page 106).

Discotheque- a nightclub for dancing to live or recorded music and often featuring sophisticated sound systems, elaborate lighting, and other effects (page 107).

2.) Figurative Language-

Simile- "......gain a financial foothold, Smith gave away over 400 plots of 40 acres like it was his own land to give away," (page 106). This is a Simile because it shows that Smith was generous, and wanted to help the black people at the time.
Onomatopoeia- "The walls weren't exactly soundproof.....they made a 'bang!' noise as something hit it..." (page 109). This is an Onomatopeoia because it describes a sound being made.
Quote- "It was almost like he was having a midlife crisis for the last 20 years. It was like he wanted to be doing something, but didn't know what it was. He was searching for something, but didn't know what it should be," (page 105). The quote's significance is that it's describing Herb Brooks, and how Nanne (the man who said the quote) feels about the way Herb is acting.
One Emerging Theme- An emerging theme, is the 2nd period of the Gold Medal Game versus the U.S.A. and the Soviets.

About Me

my name is zack. I am 15, born January 20, 1992. My favorite subject is Math, in general. My favorite food is Chipotle, which would be a steak burrito. My #1 passion is music and guitar, which I've been playing for 7 years. My favorite sport is hockey. I have 2 cats, Ozzie and Bella, who are both 2 years old.