January 2015 archive

Responding to “Thirteen Reasons Why” by Jay Asher

A girl swallowed a handful of pills

She killed herself

Recorded a bunch of tape

That were sent to 13 people

Every tape had a different story


They were twisted suicide notes

This was no joke

If you were to find a little shoebox

You might be part of this story

Just listen

Listen to the tape

Your name will pop up


Have no fear

Just place your fingers and watch

Mini Rational 

“Thirteen reasons why” by Jay Asher is a young- adult fiction book. This book is about a guy called  Clay Jensen returns home from school and  find a mysterious box with his name on it lying on his porch. Inside the box, he discovers cassette tapes recorded by a girl called  Hannah Baker ( his classmate and crush) who committed suicide two weeks earlier. On tape, Hannah explains that there are thirteen reasons why she decided to end her life. Clay is one of them and If he listens, he’ll find out how he made the list. Through Hannah and Clay’s narratives, the author Jay Asher weaves heartrending story of confusion, hopelessness and desperation that will deeply affect the readers especially  teens.   I chose a page that is my favorite from the book and I took notes how I felt when I read it. I made the poem by writing how I felt by using the words from the book and jumbling it up.  This book is full of feeling/ symbols about shameful, guilty, Fear, death, mysterious culpability,  To shows these symbols in my poem, I used the sentence suicide and pills to show death, the part “You might be part of this story”  and “Every tape had a different story” represents the feeling of mysterious and fear.  I think I used the words effectively to tell the audience the tone, massage and the mood.




‘Text for Change: Poems vs. Ads’

In this unit in english class,we are learning about pathos and persuasive techniques For our assessment we made a screencast about how language can change peoples emotions and we compared and contrasted a poem and a Ad. Here is my screencast: