English II Reflection 10-11 Second Semester Name: Mohammed Abu Ali Directions: Please word process and double-space your responses to the following questions directly below the question. Answer in complete and thoughtful sentences. (Each answer should be approximately one paragraph.) 1. Reflecting on your coursework this year, in which areas have you done well? What are you most proud of? 2. Check back to the goals you set for yourself at the end of the first semester; discuss why you feel these goals were or were not accomplished. Were they realistic? Could success or failure truly be measured? 3. Set three new goals for English III. What will it take for you to accomplish the new goals? Please be specific. (Remember, when talking about goals, don’t set ambiguous goals that cannot be assessed— instead, set goals where progress can be measured.) 4. Of all the texts we’ve read this semester (Othello, Maus, Persepolis, Life of Pi, Mountains Beyond Mountains) which was your favorite? Why? Which was your least favorite? Why? 5. Answer five questions from the Mountains Beyond Mountains Discussion Questions handout. (See below) 5. Discuss your experience completing the This I Believe Project or the Human Rights Film Project. Was it meaningful? Was it enjoyable? Did you learn something new? Explain. 6. I think it is so much better that our hero project, reading and learning about human rights was so interesting and meaningful. I am, enjoying working on it right now, got the chance to watch one of my favorite movies again. Moreover, recording my voice over a PowerPoint presentation is more professional than presenting live. 7. Look at your Year-End Reading Record; how many books did you read over the course of the 2010-2011 Academic Year? How many total pages did you read? Are you satisfied with your totals? Why or why not? Explain. 8. If you should have any other questions, comments or concerns, feel free to discuss them here; any constructive criticism or, more importantly, laudatory remarks are welcome. English II Mountains Beyond Mountains Discussion Questions Directions: Answer five of the following twenty questions to complete # 5 1. What do you think the book achieves? For you personally? For society? Do you think that Paul Farmer inspires others to work for the common good? How can global citizenship and civic engagement be empowered on Louisville Collegiate’s campus? Well basically the book is discussing an issue, but the issue is discussed in a way that made me feel that the book does not agree with me, also not respecting me. Why? Because I didn’t agree with it, and If you don’t agree with his book then F YOU. The book might cause troubles if read by dump people. I if I was poor and I read it, it wont inspire me, but it might make me hate. 2. How is Farmer’s medical work related to his sense of self and sense of community? What did you learn about his medical convictions and for the people living in poverty? About faith and medicine? What shaped Farmer’s values and world view? 3. What is Paul Farmer’s view of public policy and health issues? What does he advocate in Haiti, Peru, and Russia where health care is expensive and not accessible to most? What do you think of his ideas? Do you think they are applicable to the United States? How important are utilitarian principles (greatest good for the greatest number of people) to public health? 7. What does Farmer mean to you when he says, “To understand Russia, to understand Cuba, the Dominican Republic, Boston, identity politics, Sri Lanka, and Life Savers, you have to be on top of this hill?” You have to see to believe, if you are on top of the hill you’d be able to see these countries, its hard to believe about something when you just hear about it. 5. Do you think that Paul Farmer’s childhood and family had an influence over the choice he made professionally, or about his way of seeing life in general? What about the factors that influenced your choices in life, your goals, your world view? 6. One of Farmer’s patients describes him as a saint and Kidder suggests that the Zanmi Lasante clinic in Haiti is a miracle. Farmer speaks openly of spirituality and religious belief. What role do you think faith plays in his life and in the projects to which he is connected? 7. Paul Farmer is able to connect with people with very diverse socioeconomic and intellectual backgrounds. He moves people who meet him to look beyond their personal interests and commit to the betterment of the world. Although "lives of service depend on lives of support," what personal and familial sacrifices does this require? Would you feel differently if Farmer were a woman? 8. What do you think of his Farmer’s convergence of his political, medical, and social public positions as a doctor? Do you share his attitude? Do you think this blending is effective? 9. How do you think Tracy Kidder is affected by Farmer? Why does he portray his own feelings towards Farmer? Is Kidder’s use of direct quotes to reveal Farmer's character and his own effective? 10. What does the Haitian proverb “beyond mountains there are mountains” mean in your life? 11. Discuss the implications for “a minor error in one setting of power and privilege could have an enormous impact on the poor in another” (78) by exploring the impact of the eradication of the Creole pig and the building of the Peligre dam had on Haiti. 12. The sister of a pregnant Haitian woman with malaria stated, “You can’t even get a blood transfusion if you’re poor…we’re all human beings” (80). What does that statement mean to you? 13. What does Farmer’s philosophy of “the only real nation is humanity” mean to you? 14. Farmer says, “Clean water and health care and schools and food and tin roofs and cement floors, all of these things should constitute a set of basics that people must have as birthrights (91). Do you agree? 15. Do you agree with Margaret Mead's statement, “never underestimate the ability of a small group of committed individuals to change the world”? I believe every single one can make a change, if more than one individual joins a group, then a group of achieving individuals would achieve. 16. How is Haiti "covered with the fingerprints…of France and the United States?" (73) In what ways are wealthy countries responsible for the poverty of other countries? 17. Farmer believes we should give more of the world's wealth to the poor: the O for the P (the central imperative of liberation theology). Do you agree with the idea that we should have a preferential option for the poor? I am with helping the poor, but not just by giving them money. I believe that if people get something without putting work they won’t appreciate what they gained. Money is not everything. I think the wealthy society should provide jobs for the poor, moreover they should provide food and shelter for them to survive. 18. How do MDRTB and AIDS threaten the health of the world? What role does Farmer take in trying to make countries more involved with the treatment of patients, prisoners and poor people? 19. Consider issues of social justice that are closer to home: Would Farmer’s efforts be more appropriately directed to public health projects in poor communities in the United States? Engage in a discussion of basic rights (political, civic, social, human) and distribution of public health resources (nutrition, transportation, housing, pest control, sanitation, medicine). 20. Look up the website for Partners in Health (www.pih.org). What gets your attention? Would you consider making a donation? Why or why not. Thoroughly explain your answer. By looking at this website, I realized that there is so many people that are in need, I would consider making a donation to this cause every year, so I feel that I am contributing to the cause. These are the qualities I look for before making a donation, actually that’s what my dad looks for and that’s what I am going to do.