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Blind Side Project Notes

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Kylie Ewald

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Question 1: What was Michael's biological family like, his upbringing , and how it contributed to his overall personality? Question 2: What was life like for DeeDee when she lived in the orphanage? Question 3: Was Michael better off away from her or with her? Why? Question 4: Does DeeDee's life cycle back around to her children? Kylie-
1.)Poor family, alcoholic mother, no father, lived in western side of Memphis (third poorest zip code)
2.) Poor childhood, little education, not much interaction amongst family
3.) Childhood caused his personality to be shy, in general did not interact with most people, etc. as a student beginning high school Kylie-
1.) Life for Denise (Dee Dee) when she lived in the orphanage was tough. All her life, she grew up with no father. Her mother was an alcoholic during the time that Dee Dee and her brother did live with her and she was not able to care for both her and her half-brother, Robert. The orphanage is that cold, deserted place where Dee Dee was forced to stay for a while. Dee Dee endured many years of feeling unloved, lonely, and uncared for. Kylie-
1.) For Michael, it was better that he grew up away from his mother. During the time that he was around his mother, he did not receive much attention, partly because of drugs and alcohol. Dee Dee still loved Michael though. Having the Tuohy family come into his life benefited him because of the position they were in. Kylie-
1.) For the most part, Michael is quite the opposite of his mother. He started off believing that making connections with others was just a waste of time, with the exception of his one friend, Craig. While Michael was silent (most of the time), his mother was more than friendly to the people in Hurt Village. Michael is also very different because he did not father any children, as the rest of his family did. He often went for days without days and cared for himself. He did not become addicted to drugs like his mother. In general, Dee Dee's life did not cycle back to Michael. Question 5: What were Michael's chances without the Tuohy's? David:
1) They were very violent and inconsiderate. The mother could be either drunk, high, or both. Since there were many children(Since Dee Dee was a "breeder"), Michael didn't get much attention.
2)It was very bad and stressed out. Michael almost never went to school and always worried about essentials, like how he was going to eat or sleep tonight.
3)This makes Michael a very stressed out person. He worried about everything and never interacted much to anyone. This made Michael very insecure about himself. He also had bad habits imbedded in him, like getting a extra serving when he ate. Book website: http://books.google.com/books?id=RIPdMkiKipMC&printsec=frontcover&dq=the+blind+side&source=bl&ots=WZRVxxrXRL&sig=IV8BRiNoCPKsnAN-CCr2r3u07e8&hl=en&sa=X&ei=4sV1UJHBIoOW8gSCvoDYBg&ved=0CDAQ6AEwAA#v=onepage&q=the%20blind%20side&f=false
There is a search bar on the left hand side where you can type in keywords and they will be highlighted in the text. Question 6: Anything about the poverty cycle you can find. Is it easy to break? By: Monday, October 15th
-Read page 293-299 (those are all the pages involving Dee Dee in Micheal's childhood)
-Finish a rough draft of all the questions Sources:
-The Blind Side Book
- http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cycle_of_poverty
that might work for cycle of poverty items, not sure
1.)-moviefone.com
2.)-collider.com
3.)-insidemovies.ew.com
4.)-en.wikipedia.org
5.)-andthewinneris.blog.com
6.)-thevine.com.au
7.)-reeltalkonline.org
8.)-kateb123.wordpress.com
9.)-articles.philly.com
10.)-movies.zap2it.com David: I think Michael had a chance without the Tuohy's. he would not have been recognized or play football, but he would have survived. Michael is a fighter and doesn't giver up. He would not have given up on life easily. I think, without the Tuohy's, Michael would have survived, but just not have been very successful. Kylie: Without the Tuohy's, Michael most likely would not have been recognized for all of his incredible abilities. By staying with this family, Michael eliminated so much stress as far as when food and clothing would be found. It is still likely that Michael would have been able to survive on his own and occasionally with the help of others. David:
Life was very hard for Dee Dee when she was in the orphanage. According to her, nobody cared for her and she never felt love. The orphanage is that cold, deserted place where Dee Dee was forced to stay for a while. All that happened at home, not in the orphanage I think. It's still good information though and we should keep it. However, we may need more stuff on the orphanage.
-David David:
Specifically for Michael, I think he was better off away from his mother. He got very lucky and got the Tuohy to take care of him. The Tuohy are much better at taking care of Michael. This isn't saying Dee Dee didn't love Michael, but the Tuohy are in a much better position to take care of Michael the Dee Dee was. David:
I think that Dee Dee's life does cycle back to her children. When you are a children, you are influenced greatly because you think your parents are perfect. All of Dee Dee's children though that Dee Dee was just a normal mother and that whatever she did was absolutely correct. This would have greatly scared the children because Dee Dee was not the role model parent. She did drugs, hung out with the wrong people, and didn't take care of the children much. I think Michael was influenced less because he got a new beginning. The Tuohy let Michael see waht a normal parent does. David:
The poverty cycle is basically the pattern people have found on people in poverty. It has been noticed that people who are in or are born in poverty usually stays in poverty. They have limited resources and has a huge disadvantage from the start. The cycles are very hard to break, usually impossible for and individual by themselves to break. The disadvantage usually has a too strong affect for anyone to break without help. However, if help is given, it can be easily broken. The disadvantage just needs to be countered. Okay, thanks. Have you found any other places in the book that the orphanage is mentioned in?
-Kylie Kylie:
It is said that the poverty cycle is extremely hard to stop, but it is still possible. The actual definition for this state of being is for a family becomes trapped in poverty for at least three consecutive generation. It makes it very difficult to get out of the cycle because the destitute have little resources, if at all. These resources may include education or capital. Usually, an outside intervention is the only thing that can stop the cycles of poverty, but can do so quit easily. These look good. You should list the sources. Also, do you have anyway to contact Jordan? She hasn't answered one question yet. We should have it donetomorrow. That's the hard part. I don't think it is mentioned anywhere else. For now, we'll just go with my part. We might need to use the internet later, but not yet.
-David Sounds good :)
-Kylie Jordan's computer does not work with Prezi. What should we do? 1.) 2.) 3.) 4.) 6.) 7.) 8.) 9.) 5.) 10.) Can you tell Jordan she needs to give one of us a printed copy of her answers. Meanwhile, we should start working on our actual presentation and essay. A huge thing I found out about the group that presented is that they didn't really know their slides. One person basically made it and others just read off of it. We can't do that. Each of us will make two slides and we will present those two slides. We can assign those later. If we make it themselves, we know what we are talking about. We are going to have to start working our our presentation soon, so keep that in mind.
-David Presentation:
David: Last two questions
Jordan: First two questions
Kylie: Middle two questions PRACTICE PRACTICE PRACTICE ALL YOUR SLIDES. WE NEED TO NOT READ OFF THE POWERPOINTS AND STILL GIVE INFO!!! We believe that without the Tuohy's, Michael would have still survived, but may not be recognized. Michael is a survivor in the world. Michael's chances Extra stuff to speak:
-Just not recognized
-Would be hindered by looking for food and shelter
-Not successful
-Not recognized
-Occasional help from others Discussion question:
-Where do you think Michael would be right now without the Tuohy's The poverty cycle is known to be the pattern found about people in poverty. The actual definition for this state of being is for a family becomes trapped in poverty for at least three consecutive generation. It is hard to break, but not impossible. Poverty cycle Other stuff to say:
-Limited resources (education or capital)
-Outer intervention
-Hard to break by themselves Michael's biological family was very violent and poor, with a alcoholic mother and many fathers, a lot dead or in jail. Even then, the parents were almost never home. There were many kids and they weren't all well treated. Michael's Biological Family We can't have a lot of stuff on slides, so there is a slide with minimal info on it, but you still have to say other information. I put that all on the extra slides. Discussion question:
-How would you act now if you had Michael's parents? What to say:
The most noticeable qualities of Michael's biological family it is big and poor. There are, according to Michael, 14 children in the single family. It is extremely hard to take care of one child but with 14, it makes it almost impossible. Most of the time, there is no dad. There were at least 5 fathers, all who came and left. The mother is an alcoholic and also on rehab. Even then, she was almost never home. This made the family a very dysfunctional family. There was no parents in the family to lead them. To make it worse, they lived on the western side of Memphis. Most of the time, they couldn't get help. Most of the people there couldn't help them. Michael's upbringing was rough. The children had little education, with nobody to push them to go to school. The children mostly just skipped school. They felt there was not need to go. Also, there were little to no interaction with others. Most interactions when we are children happen at school. Since the children of Dee Dee didn't go to school, they never talked with anyone. They just stayed with each other. They also had struggles with just the basic needs of life, food and shelter. Michael had no idea if he was going to eat 3 meals a day and even some days where he was going to sleep. These basic things are required by people. This things made Michael's upbringing very harsh. Michael's upbringing was rough. With no parents, Michael had a lot of disadvantages. He almost never went to school or interacted with others. He also didn't know if he was going to eat or sleep that night. It made life very tough. Upbringing Slides: Michael's family made Michael stressed out and insecure. As seen in high school, Michael could ever just open up freely. It took a lot of work just to get Michael to talk. All the experiences he had with his family inclined to him that he shouldn't talk with others often. He never actually interacted with people and he thought it was normal. His whole family only talked with themselves. This inclined Michael to believe that was correct. Also, bad habits were created in Michael. Now, he always gets a second serving whenever he is eating. Being with an uneducated family causes that. You believe that your family is always right. So, when a family with bad habits has a child, the child would also obtain those bad habits. These little things would created by his family. Michael's family did have an effect on Michael's overall personality. It made him more stressed out all the time. Also, as another effect, Michael obtained many bad habits. He looked up to his siblings, who weren't that educated. Contribution to Michael's overall personality Life for Denise (Dee Dee) when she lived in the orphanage was tough. All her life, she grew up with no father. The orphanage is that cold, deserted place where Dee Dee was forced to stay for a while. Dee Dee endured many years of feeling unloved, lonely, and uncared for. Life for DeeDee in the Orphanage Sorry I didn't get your script yesterday. I found out I had to he school before 9 am and then I left at 11 pm. I had not time!!! I'm doing it right now! The orphanage is almost never the "happy little place" for anyone. For Dee Dee, it is the cold, deserted place that she was forced to live in. All her life, she grew up with no father. Her mother was an alcoholic during the time that Dee Dee and her brother did live with her and she was not able to care for both her and her half-brother, Robert. Because of that, she was forced to go to orphanage, where she felt unloved, lonely, and uncared for For Michael, it was better that he grew up away from his mother. During the time that he was around his mother, he did not receive much attention, partly because of drugs and alcohol. Dee Dee still loved Michael though. Having the Tuohy family come into his life benefited him because of the position they were in. Michael's Benefits With or Without His Mother We believe that Michael was better without his mother. That has nothing to do with how much Dee Dee loved Michael, but more with the position Dee Dee was in. She did not have the supply to care for Michael or the other kids. Also, Dee Dee was an alcoholic and used drugs. When the Tuohy family took Michael in, it made Michael better. They had enough stuff to supply for Michael. That's okay So the words to the right of the circles are the scripts? The Blind Side Discussion Questions

Jordan:
1.Where would you be if you had Michael’s biological family?
2.What characteristic of Michael allowed him to survive so long?
Kylie:
1.Would you have a different personality if you had Michael’s family?
2.Do you think Michael was better or worse without his real parents?
David:
1.Where do you think Michael would be without the Tuohy’s?
2.Do you think you could break the poverty cycle if you were in it?
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