Thursday, November 28, 2013

From the skype I learned lots of things about the native culture and how it is different from ours and also how it is the same.  First of all i learned that there laws differ from ours, for example they can drive around with a bunch of kids in the bed of the truck and not think twice about it because that is what they do. Here you can't do that the vehicle has to has enough seatbelts for everybody in it and it is against the law to have a bunch of people in the back of the truck on roads. I also learned they are a lot like us, they play sports like hockey and lacrosse, they have rival towns in these sports, they follow the same curriculum in school and they get there g1 at 16 like us. One thing they do different though is that they are connected with there culture and history and are connected to the earth, they do this by attending powwows and other cultural activities.

I liked the mystery skype. It allowed us to see and talk to kids our age from a different culture and have a conversation with them and learn about how they live what they do and how there lives are. I liked how we had to find out where they live through questions and they had to do the same.

What i didnt like as much was how our camera was on the side of the room and only showed like three students. we could have had the camera at the front of the room and have everybody in the skype and have everybody involved.

Monday, November 11, 2013

ISU: William W. Johnstone

The author of my ISU book Butch Cassidy: the lost years , Willliam W. Johnstone, was an American author who mostly wrote western, horror, and survivalist. He was born October 28, 1938 in Missouri. His father was a minister and his mother was a school teacher. He quit school at fifteen and started working at a carnival and also a deputy sheriff. In 1957 he went back home and finished his high school education. Later, he served in the army. After the army he started a career in radio broadcasting and did that for 16 years. He started writing in 1970 and got his first work published in 1979. He wrote almost 200 books before he died in February of 2004 in Knoxville Tennessee at the age of 65. His death was unconfirmed for almost 3 years but in 2006 it was confirmed on the copyright page of one of his books. Johnstone does not seem like a credible author because he didn't have much experience with the old west except research. He did grow up with a minister as a father and in the book one of the characters is the daughter of a minister which he used to connect the novel to his life. He collected guns and knifes from the era of his books so the details of the weapons in the book would be historically accurate. From his life story he would not be a credible author but because of the multiple other westerns he has wrote and the research he must have done have made him a more credible western author.