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The Unwanteds: Book Review

The Unwanteds by: Lisa McMann  is a book that is focused around two twin brothers and their separate worlds. The two, Alex and Aaron Stowe, are separated due to a form of caste system. In the system, formed by the world of Quill, there are three types of people:

  1. The Wanteds- The “perfect” people. Strong and intelligent and superior to all others.
  2. The Necessaries- The “okay” people. Not quite as strong and intelligent as a wanted, but they serve a purpose required for survival.
  3. The Unwanteds- The “get-rid-of” people. These people are creative and artistic, not at all what the world of Quill wants.

At the age of 13, a ceremony known as The Purge is held. This is where the Wanteds and Necessaries are separated from the Unwanteds. Once the list of Wanteds, and Necessaries are anounced, and the Unwanteds are publicly humiliated, the Unwanteds are sent off to be “eliminated.”

This year, Alex and Aaron Stowe were going through The Purge. Aaron knew that he would at least be a Necessary, but Alex had many problems with living the life required of him. Aaron becomes a Wanted and looks down upon his brother Alex for becoming and Unwanted. However, Alex is brought into a new world known as Artime and he learns that being creative is not something to be looked down upon.

I recommend this book for anyone who feels that creativity is a weakness and for people who have wild imaginations. This is because it will open your eyes to a new world that is creative and fun, and it allows younger readers to embrace their imaginative sides.

Thank you for reading this book review by Homeschooled Hero!

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Business 1 Lesson 110: Irresistible Offers

When working in a business, it is your main job to sell something. Whatever your business happens to be, everything always boils down to selling something to someone and making a profit. In my business class, we have been learning how to do this. This week, the focus has been on Mark Joyner’s book: The Irresistible Offer. Today I have been asked to watch the following advertisements, and determine which one best follows Joyner’s standards on irresistible offers.

M&Ms (1957)

Radio Shack TRS-80 Computer (1980)

Commodore (1987)- Australia

American Express (late 1960’s)

Of these four ads, I thought the Commodore IBM PC commercial followed the standards the best. The ad follows most of the rules that Joyner laid out in the book. For example, Joyner says in his book to make the offer POP, and make sure that people feel that they absolutely need to buy the product.

In the 1960’s, a man named Ron Popeil formed his business Ronco. Ron then coined the phrase, “But Wait! There’s More!” This is important because in an irresistible offer, you want to attract your audience’s attention. One way to do this is to add more to the offer. This is exactly what the Commodore commercial, and people like Ron Popeil did.

Although I thought this was the best ad of the group, that does not mean that it was perfect. For example, Joyner says that an ad should give an easy way to get the product. However, in the commercial, there was only one mention of how to get the product. This  was: go to the store!

There should be more ways to get ahold of the product than simply going to the store. This is especially true since in 1987 most families had home phones. Since that was the case, the company should have had a phone number that customers could call in order to obtain this product.

One intelligent thing that the company DID do was to create a way for people to think that they are saving money. In other words, they told the audience that they could basically save $1,000. People are always more likely to buy a product if they think that they are saving money. However, the company will probably get the original price through warranty and shipping prices.

Commodore also sold the product by telling the audience all of the things that the computer can do. For example, it can do most large programs that other computers can do. However, what made it an easy sell was that it was easy to move, and it was small.

In conclusion, the Commodore IBM PC followed Joyner’s standards more than the other ads in this list. Although the commercial still had some problems, it was a pretty good ad and it most likely sold the product.

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(Which ad did you think was the best? Do you agree with me? Let me know what you thought in the comments!)

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Business 1 Lesson 90: Apprenticeships

Almost everyone in the world has heard of apprenticeships from the 18th and 19th centuries. Almost everybody knows about people who would learn from the best to gain a specific skill, such as sword making. However, most people don’t know that apprenticeships are still used around the world. They may not be for the same jobs, but they are still around to this day. Now the question becomes: which apprenticeship is ideal? Is each apprenticeship unique, even within the same field? Or, are they more universal, taking a “one-size-fits-all” approach?

Is one apprenticeship designed to work for all people?

The answer to this question, simply put, is no. Just like all people are different, all apprenticeships work best for one particular group of people. There is no single apprenticeship that will work for every person on the planet. One apprenticeship may work for my next-door neighbor, but it won’t work for me. That just goes to show that apprenticeships are meant for different people. They are designed to suit people with specific skills and interests. For example, Steve wants to be a wood maker and Joe wants to be a carpenter. They would not go to the same person for an apprenticeship, unless the teacher knows how to do both wood making and carpentry. So, apprenticeships are designed to suit specific people’s interests, and one apprenticeship does not work for everyone.

What is the ideal apprenticeship?

In order to obtain the answer to this question you must ask yourself, “What do I want to do for a living?” Once you have asked yourself that question, you will have your answer. When you know what you want to do with the rest of your life, the apprenticeship that you need suddenly becomes very clear. For example, Tommy doesn’t know what apprenticeship he wants to do. However, he knows the question he must ask himself. Once he answers that question, the apprenticeship he needs to go to will be very clear. Now, if you don’t know what you want to do with your life, then you should try to pick up as many skills as you can. Try to do as many apprenticeships as you can and see which one interests you the most. That way, when it’s all said and done, you know what you want to do.

Do I have to take an apprenticeship job?

The answer, again, is NO! If you don’t want to go into an apprenticeship, you have absolute control over whether you do. In the end, it is your choice on what you want to do with your life. The biggest thing to think about, when considering an apprenticeship is, you are being taught the rules and procedures by a successful individual. This could mean the difference between your own personal success… and failure.

Conclusions

Apprenticeships are great options for learning a new trade. Almost anyone can get an apprenticeship in almost any field of work. These particular jobs allow you to learn anything you might need to know in order to find success, with the added benefit of being paid. Although you aren’t being forced to take an apprenticeship, it is not the worst idea in the world. I think that an apprenticeship is a good idea and should not be overlooked when considering your future. Again, an ideal apprenticeship is the one in which you feel is best for you. So, apprenticeships are not “One-size-fits-all” and it takes real thought to find the right one for yourself.

I hope you enjoyed the essay!

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Business 1 Lesson 85

Over the course of several weeks, I have been reading the book How to Win Friends and Influence People by: Dale Carnegie. Throughout the book, Carnegie gives tips on how to manipulate people into doing what you want, and how to get along with people. Today, I am going to write about my plan to implement one of the tips laid out in this this book.

The chapter that I think would be the best to follow, would be How to Plant Seeds for Ideas. This is important because it gets people to do what you want them to do without them realizing that it wasn’t actually their own idea. That way they do things for themselves that have the added benefit of helping you. Planting a seed is a very important and useful skill. This is because it allows you to “trick” people into doing something for you, while they think they are doing it solely for themselves. This also allows you to manipulate people who have ODD (Oppositional Defiant Disorder) to do what you want them to. (That could be a very useful skill!)

Being able to plant a seed doesn’t only get people to do what you want, as it can also be used to get people to see the benefits of another action. For example: if a person were to try and fish with a spear instead of a fishing pole, you would try to explain why they should use a fishing pole instead. If you utilize the technique of seed planting, you could get that person to see why a fishing pole is better. Then, that person would make their own decision as to whether they use the fishing pole.

As you can see, seed planting can be very useful. My plan is to practice using this technique and learn everything that I can about how to do it. If I can learn how it is done then, with practice, I can get people to see from my point of view and get them to do what I want. Seeing this technique in-action would also be helpful, so I plan to find someone who has mastered it, so I can study them in person!

In conclusion, I think that seed planting is a very useful skill that can be applied in a variety of situations. I think that some people are going to be better at this skill than others however, over time, I think that anyone could develop the skills to successful seed planting. My plan to become successful is to learn from others and try to see what works for me and what doesn’t. Then, I will use the skill in one situation and see if I can do the same thing in another situation, or if it is not a “one size fits all” technique.

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Business 1 Lesson 70: Spreeder

When I attended public school, I met many kids who showed no interest in picking up a book. They were not interested, because they could not quickly read and comprehend what they were reading. In fact, some of them may have been on the verge of not knowing how to read. What if this could change? What if there was a program that would allow kids to increase the amount of words per minute they could read and comprehend? Well, there is such a program it is called Spreeder. My business teacher, Dr. North, highly recommends this program because, if used for only 10 minutes every day, it could increase your reading speed exponentially. Dr. North has asked what it would take to get me to use Spreeder for 10 minutes per day.

Quite simply, it would require Dr. North to give me a list of benefits.

Obviously the first benefit would be faster reading. Being able to read fast is important when it comes to school. Schools typically require you to read a set number of pages or words every quarter, or 9 weeks. So, if you were able to read that amount in less time than required, that would leave you with more time to do with as you’d like.

Another benefit would be improved comprehension. This is obviously extremely important because what is the point of being able to read fast, if you don’t understand what you just read? Comprehension is extremely important whether you are the Usain Bolt of reading or the slowest turtle. If you don’t understand what you just read, it doesn’t matter if you are fast or slow. That is why, if you use Spreeder, you will be able to increase your reading speed and still understand everything you read.

One other benefit is that you could finish your personal books faster. This is a benefit, because it allows you to move on to other books that you have wanted to read for quite some time. It also allows you to read a school book and a personal book and understand both. My favorite part of being able to read personal books faster, is that I can read as many books as I want because I can finish them quickly.

Another benefit is the fact that your vocabulary would increase because of Spreeder. Now, this isn’t a direct benefit of using Spreeder. However, Spreeder teaches you how to read faster and, with that, you can read many more books. Since you can read so many books, your vocabulary would increase exponentially. When I was little, I would read so much that my vocabulary was not typical for a student my age.

In conclusion, it would take Dr. North giving me a list of benefits (like what I have given above) to get me to use Spreeder for 10 minutes every day. As I shown above, Spreeder has a lot of benefits. There should be no reason for me NOT to use Spreeder. That means that I should start using Spreeder to increase my vocabulary, free time, reading speed, and comprehension, etc., otherwise I am just being flat out lazy.

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Over the Past Few Weeks

Hey guys, I wanted to give a quick check-up for what’s going on in my life right now! All-in-all I haven’t been up to much since To Kill a Mockingbird. However, I did realize that you guys might want to know about something special that my sister and i have been doing! So, without further ado, let’s get into this!!

Over the past two weeks my sister and I have been working tech(backstage) for the musical: High School Musical, out in Baker County. My sister has been working the spotlight for the same show. Well, I was under the impression that I was just going to be doing tech backstage. Unfortunately, one of the basketball players dislocated her knee. So, I was put in to replace her at the last minute. (I’m not complaining one bit, in fact I am really having fun, I just feel really bad for her.) Anyway, I am now playing TWO roles. Instead of just tech… I play the Wildcat Mascot, and Benny La Shootier (La shootie-air) and running tech in the back. I am in tech/actor Heaven! I love this so much, I never thought I would get the chance to do two things that I love about plays at the same time!

Another awesome thing, that I found out about yesterday, is that I have been nominated for Best Actor in a Play! My sister has also been nominated for Best Actress in a Play! We now have our names out there! This could lead to giant possibilities! This could lead to major opportunities! This… Could… Lead… To… A career in acting!! This could be a step in the right direction for me! This could lead to movies or even Television shows! (I don’t really know if this will really do that) Anyway, click here to vote for us! (Caleb and Caitlyn Fennell).

In conclusion, I have had a lot of stuff going on in my life. Hopefully this stuff has the potential to either put myself on the map or Baker County. If you enjoyed this short summary of the past couple of weeks, leave a like! Hit that subscribe button for more from Homeschooled Hero! Also, be sure to vote for Caleb and Caitlyn Fennell!

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