Changes of the Monkey King by Sasha

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In this book American Born Chinese , by Gene Luen Yang, there are three main characters.  Each have their own stories.  Jin is a Chinese American who wants to be the “All American Boy,” with blonde hair and blue eyes.  The second character is Chinkee, who is from China and visits his American cousin Danny every year.  When he comes he always messes things up for Danny and is over stereotyped.  The other character is the Monkey King.  He refuses to be called a monkey.  All of these characters try to find their true identity throughout the book. To find your true identity you have through go through some changes.  Change is good.  Change is healthy.  Without it you will always be the same person.  Maybe that person isn’t you, but you don’t know that because you haven’t gone through change.  All the characters had dramatic changes from just their looks all the way to their personality. One of the characters, the Monkey King changed in a numerous amount of ways.  For example, on page 15, after the monkey king was embarrassed he went into hiding.  While he was in hiding he was changing into somebody different.  On page 56 he trained nonstop so that he could become immortal and invincible.  And so on page 59 he came out of hiding and announced that he was not the monkey king anymore and was to be called “The Great Sage Equal of Heaven.”  He changed because he never wanted to be embarrassed again and wanted everyone to respect him.


American Born Chinese Six Word Character Memoirs


Change isn’t as easy as told. By Amari

500 years of rock, I’m alive. By Sasha

Have I really changed that much? By Matthew

500 years with no kung-fu. By Noah

I was being someone I wasn’t. By Shannon

She finally changed me. For good? By Leah

Dogs and cats aren’t my taste. By Elizabeth

It is hard to fit in. By Brendan

My kingdom and I are humans. By Nathan

Practice is the only key to success. By Graham

I am finally a real transformer.  By Gracey

There is nobody greater than me. By Elliot

True form is the only form. By Malik

All the monkeys must wear shoes. By Zach

Does my skin color really matter? By Elsie

Six Word Strength Memoir

As part of Whitfield’s Habits of Heart and Mind program our students recently completed the VIA Institute on Character’s “Youth Strengths Survey.” Based on twenty-four strengths (Appreciation of Beauty and Excellence, Bravery, Creativity, Curiosity, Fairness, Forgiveness, Gratitude, Honesty, Hope, Humility, Humor, Judgment, Kindness, Leadership, Love, Love of Learning, Perseverance, Perspective, Prudence, Self-regulation, Social Intelligence, Spirituality, Teamwork, and Zest), the survey helped the students identify their own, unique strength profiles.

Keeping these self-identified strengths in mind, students wrote the following Six Word Memoirs about one of their strengths.

Made mistakes and now I’m smarter.         –  Cyrus A.

Stepping up to help other people.          – Caitlin A.

Intelligent. Kind. That’s my mind.          – Sean B.

Fit in yet stand out, much.          – Emma B.

Anger strays, forgiveness rules within me.       – Gracie B.

It’s called smart, not sarcastic.          – Luci C.

Playing and exploring my vast imagination.        – Carolyn F.

Stepping up to help other people.          – Melanie G.

Dancing in mirrors, conquering my terrors.          – Abigail K.

Bringing smiles to people is important.          – Madeline M.

Creative percussionist. But drummer at heart.        – Christian S.

Love humor in my life always.           – Drew S.

Reader by heart. Reading is love.          – Rachael W.