Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Exploration Two from Elianna

Hi guys! My name is Elianna, and my fun fact was that I lived in Puerto Rico for two years, I am under 5 foot, and have 3 younger siblings. To tell you a little more about myself, I come from a big family, therefore family means the world to me. My parents were born and raised in Caracas, Venezuela, as were there parents and way too many generations before them, but I was born and raised in Columbus, Ohio. We moved a lot when I was younger, so I lived in Upper Arlington, Gahanna, Dublin and Westerville before we finally settled down in Dublin. Excuse the mirror selfie, but it was the only picture I found :)

I did my research on Frances E. W. Harper. I think that one of the things that I found the most interesting was that she was able to attend school because her parents were free African Americans. I also thought it was interesting that she became very dedicated to the abolitionist cause when Maryland, her home state, passed a law allowing free slaves to be arrested and once again sold into slavery. I thought it was really cool how her involvement led her to be an in demand lecturer on behalf of the abolitionist movement.

For the two poems that were on the sheet given to us, I really liked Bury Me In a Free Land by Frances E. W. Harper. I like the amount of imagery in the poem and how even though I didn't live through these times, she tried as best as she could to put in words her feelings about this time. I like the in depth detail she gives because it adds to the overall idea of the poem. I noticed that there is a lot of description and a lot of sentiment in the words. I especially noted this in the 4th stanza of the poem. To me, the language stood out in most in the 6th stanza, because I imagined myself being taken away from my mom, and that really hit home.

A literacy event that occurred in my life happened when I read A Child Called It. I read this book in the 7th grade, and I remember feeling every possible emotion that was meant to be felt in the book. The thing I most remember doing, is crying through the majority of the book. The book really opened my eyes to child abuse, and how helpless, but guilty, a child can feel through the abuse, even if it isn't their fault. At the time, my mom's friend had a daughter who was working as a pediatrician, and I really looked up to her because she was helping children who were sick, and I wanted to be exactly like her. As I've gotten older, I've realized that I want to help people too, and that's why I'm studying to become a nurse. I hope that at some point in my life I can really have an effect on someone's life and help them through whatever it is they're going through.


  1. Hi Elianna,
    I really liked how you described how the poem you chose because i too chose this poem and tried to articulate the best way to express how i was feeling and I couldn't do that until I read your description which matched exactly how I felt.

  2. During my senior year, our English class had to write a book report and my friend Taylor chose A Child Called It. I remember her reading it in class and also crying through the book because she said it was so emotional. She made me read through a couple sections and I finally had to put it down because I couldn't handle it! It was very touching!!

  3. My literary moment was "A Man Named Dave", which is the 3rd book in the series of the "Child Called It". The third book really spoke to me because it was someone, who had the worst childhood ever. It gave me so much perspective because his life was so terrible, but he became such a great person through it all. It taught me that my past doesn't define me.


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