Monday, January 25, 2016

In the first chapter or so we get to know Byron, Kenny and Joetta and the rest of the Weird Watsons. We also learn about why Bryon is labeled a “juvenile delinquent.” He doesn’t make the best choices in his actions, his words or his friends. If you were Kenny, how would you feel about your brother’s behavior? What would it mean to him and Joetta to have someone like Byron as your big brother?

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  1. I would kind of be ashamed, but also impressed that he has the nerve to openly deny rules. He would make me mad A LOT, but I think that I could get by and I would have mixed feelings for him. It would mean to me to have siblings like Joetta and Byron to be essentially a weird family through and through. I don’t know now how I would feel about it, because I feel like our family is pretty average, so it would definitely be something to get used to.

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  2. Just like Ethan R... I would be ashamed and impressed that he had the nerve to hurt and say those things to others and siblings. And I would be really mad. I don't think that he should go around saying and doing those things. And again have those mixed feelings about him and for him. I think that to him and Joetta it would be hard to find a word to describe Byron. Again just like Ethan I don't know how I would feel about it, because I do feel like our family is pretty average, so it would be something to get used to.

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  3. I would feel ashamed.It would be sad to have a brother like that. It would be weird to have a bigger brother like that. It would take some getting used to. It would be all around sad and bad.

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  4. I believe the book says quite clearly what Kenney thinks of his brother’s behavior, and I would probably feel the same since I can relate to Kenney in a lot of ways. Kenney thinks his brother is sometimes mean, but also really cool and a somewhat good brother. After all, multiple times in the first couple chapters there’s examples of Byron being supportive of Kenney when he’s being teased. As for Joetta, she’s obviously very caring for her brother, but I don’t think she cares much about his behavior. It doesn’t affect her too much.

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  5. I would not like to have someone like Byron as my brother. I would think that just because Kenny and Joetta are Byron’s younger siblings that teachers and friends think that they are just like Byron. Byron is a disgrace to the Watson family but also has problems of his own. Everyone thinks that Byron is just a punk who doesn’t know anything. The Watsons don’t seem very supporting to Byron, which probably doesn’t help his situation

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  6. I would be ashamed and embarrassed to have a brother like that. I wouldn't be happy and I would just stay away from him. The whole family would be sad and mad all the time to have him in the house being negative and all.

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  7. If my brother were to be a “juvenile delinquent" every now and then I would feel embarased about his actions. My brother gets crazy like Byron does; and most of the times that is really fun. If I had a juvenile delinquent as a brother I would also be a little proud of him. He is expressing himself and is actually having the nerves to disrespect the rules. I think having a “juvenile delinquent" brother wouldn't be too bad.

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  8. Yes, I feel like that would be very rude and mean to me and Joetta if I was Kenny. I can kind of already relate to that because I have two older brothers that tease me a lot. They gang up on me and beat me up. I would also feel embarrassed if my brother(s) were acting like that in public. Also, I would feel small and useless because they are so strong and powerful, I guess.

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  9. I think if I were Kenny I would be more influenced to do bad things and that wouldn’t necessarily make me feel good because I know I am doing wrong things. I think it would mean a lot to Kenny’s family that they would be able to make him a better person because they would be happier because there wasn’t so much teasing going on. To have someone like Byron as a big brother would be hard because they would most likely tease you and pull pranks. I would love him but be ashamed at the same time because I don’t think anyone would want to hang out with me because Byron might be around.

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  10. What I would think of his actions as stupid. I would mostly just not say anything unless it was really bad. And if he did the "how to survive a blizzard" I would want to kill him. I would also be ashamed. I would not want to be his brother.

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  11. How would I feel if Byron was my older brother?
    I would feel many different emotions if Byron was my older brother. Such as, joyful, annoyed, and mad. First off, I would feel joyful. I would feel this because my brother would be the “God” of the school and would sometimes stand up for me. (Also, some of his stupid actions would make me laugh!) Secondly, if Byron was my brother I would probably feel a little annoyed. I would feel this because, he does not cooperate with the Watsons and probably wouldn’t cooperate with ours. Also, he is an official “Juvenile Delinquent.” Finally, I would most likely feel mad that he was my brother. For example, he would throw me into snow banks beat me up and punch me. That would probably not be fun for Kenny nor me. As you can see, it would be not the best to have Byron Watson as my brother.

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  12. I would not like to have a brother like byron, but it looks like it has it’s perks for Kenny. Byron has done some mean and dumb things, he has also saved kenny a couple times. Like with his cockeye Byron gave him advice to tilt his head. He also took a little bit of the pressure off of him when the kids were calling him names about his reading skills. Once you get passed the getting held back and bullying the whole school, Byron is basically just a normal older brother, sure he’s mean but he is not a murderer and he is Kenny’s family and he has helped Kenny a little bit.

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  13. If my brother was like Byron I would feel embarrassed that my brother would make that impression on people. Not just friends and family, but teachers too. I would be mad of my teachers sent me to a different room just because they knew what my brother was like. Also, if my brother was like that kids would treat me better just because of my brother I would feel humiliated. If my brother was the “god” of his grade and was so mean to everyone, who would wouldn’t feel humiliated? I know that Kenny is different from his brother because he helped him when he was stuck first of all and you can just tell that he is a kind person by the two chapters we all read. Lastly, I think I would feel like my parents favorite child. I would feel that way because if my brother was all nasty and mean to everyone, and I was all kind to everyone. I would think I would be my parents favorite child and that would make me feel appreciated by someone because my brother doesn’t appreciate me.
    ~Sutton

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    1. Sutton great job overall I disagree on some parts though including he never got sent to a different room and his brother doesn't completely unappreciated him.

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  14. Mirek
    1/28/16
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    If I was Kenny I would feel very ashamed to have him as my brother. He is really mean to almost everybody. For example, when he did how to survive a blizzard with kenny. Kenny kept on getting shoved into the snowbank. On the other hand, I would like having him as my brother. He got Kenny out of his cockeyed problem. To have Byron as my brother would be sort of satisfying unless I was the one getting beat up. If another school bully was beating me up and Byron was my brother, he would probably beat the other kid up. Byron would be a good brother and a bad brother at the same time.

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    1. Mirek, I like how you noticed that there was an example of Byron giving Kenny some good, older brother advice about his "cockeyed" problem. It shows that he has some empathy and concern for Kenny even if the majority of the time, he is picking on him. Kenny also realizes that even though he gets teased a lot at school, he thinks that "if it hadn't been for Byron, (it) would have happened a whole lot more." In fact, he dreads riding the bus when Byron and Buphead skip school because he gets jumped on. I guess there are some benefits to have a juvenile delinquent for a brother!

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  15. If I was Kenny, I would feel scared because I would not want to live with Byron because if he made a bad choise and he forced me to do it too, I would get in trouble and maybe end up like Byron when I am older. To have Byron as my older brother to me it would mean that I would always have to use my best behavior and choises so I woulds not get in trouble and teach Joetta how to behave good.

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  16. If I where Kenny, I would feel very ashamed and disappointed about my brother’s behavior. I would also be very curious about him. Bryon had skipped so many grades. It would be very weird to have a big brother like Bryon.

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  17. If I was Kenny I would feel like I couldn’t trust my brother. Without feeling like you could trust your older brother you wouldn’t have a role model. This is important because most younger brothers can look up to their older brother but, Kenny can’t look up to His brother. Also without being able to trust your brother you can’t trust him for anything. So what I mean is Kenny always assumes that what is brother is doing isn’t right but, when Byron does do something right Kenny doesn’t know that it was right because, his brother did it. Lastly, without being able to trust your brother you wouldn’t have anyone to play with when you are bored. This is essential because, without being able to play with your brother you wouldn’t have as happy of a live as kids that would be able to play with their brothers. As you can see, Kenny should feel like he can’t trust his brother.

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  18. I would be ashamed and impressed that he had the nerve to hurt and say those things to others and siblings. He is really mean to almost everybody except his best friend Buphead. On the other hand I would like to have a brother like that. If I had a juvenile delinquent as a brother I would also be a little proud of him. He is expressing himself and is actually having the nerves to disrespect the rules and I think that is also being brave.
    -Eden

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    1. I like your perspective about being a "little proud" of having a brother like Byron. He certainly is "well known" around the school even if it is for getting in trouble. Like Mirek noted in his comment above, there might be times where it would be handy to have a brave, tough brother as long as he was on your side.

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  19. Heidi
    1/28/16
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    If I were to have a brother like Byron, I wouldn't be very pleased with the way that he treats me and others. Although, he did make Kenny feel normal about his eye by looking at it from the side and I think that was really sweet. On the other hand, he did throw Kenny in the snow a couple times as a joke. He didn't even say sorry or ask if he was okay. Then again, I would be slightly proud to have a brother who really puts himself out there. He has got a lot of courage to break all those rules. I could never do that, I am too scared. For what it means to Kenny and Joetta, I think that they are kind of scared of him, they think he is really tough. Maybe they want some of his attributes to rub off on them, if all of them, that would be bad. Again, he would make them feel better, at times. Like Kenny almost got into a fight, but Byron stopped it. All in all, if I were Kenny I would probably feel differently about him at times, but I will always remember how he can be good to me.

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  20. Jazzy
    1/28/16
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    I would not like to have a brother like Byron, if I were Kenny, because he is always mean and is never nice to anyone. I also would not like him as my brother because he pranks you in a mean way and he is always hurting you. Another reason I would not want Byron as a big brother is because he makes fun of you and calls you mean names. I hate when people call me mean names so I would hate to have a brother like Byron say mean names to me everyday of my life. I don’t think Byron means a lot to Kenny and Joetta because anytime Kenny and Joetta try and be nice to Byron he just acts mean back and never says anything nice to Kenny and Joetta.

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  21. If I was Kenny I would not like to have Byron as a brother. First off He is mean to everyone. For example, when Byron's lips were stuck to the mirror and Kenny tried to help Byron Punched him in the face. I would also like to have him as a brother because as Kenny said it helped him out through school. In the text it said that Larry Dunn took 50 cents instead of one dollar because Kenny was brothers with Byron. All and all I would like to have Byron as a brother and I wouldn’t.

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  22. If I had Byron as my brother, I think I would be a little upset with him. Kenny works really hard to try to do the right thing, and Byron doesn’t. The most annoying part is that Kenny can't really do anything about it. He still has to go to school. He still had to scrape off the car. He still has to do everything. What I like about Kenny, is that he still tries to work hard and keep at it. Most people would just turn into Byron after a while. Sibling really do follow their older example, and to me, Kenny doesn’t have an older example. I would probably have a nervous breakdown after two minutes with Byron as my older brother. My only question is, does Byron not see this? Does he not know that he is the worst example possible for his younger siblings? But, I guess everyone thinks differently, and Byron is just one of those people who thinks weird. If Byron was my brother [and I didn’t already have my nervous breakdown,] I would have to really take some time to understand him.

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  23. If I were Kenny I would feel embarrassed and ashamed of Byron's behavior. I would also be a little happy because it would be cool having the "God of the school" as my big brother. I would have mixed emotions. sometimes I would feel happy, mad, or annoyed. Byron also threw Kenny into a snowbank and spit snow on him, that would make me angry. I think Kenny and Joetta are used to Byron's behavior, him not being very friendly. I also think they are a little ashamed of his behavior. Who would't be?

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  24. I would feel embarrassed to have Byron as my brother. I feel that younger sibling should look up to older siblings and I know I wouldn't be looking up to Byron. I think that his behaviors are horrible. Having him a brother would take some time to get used to. Especially if he was that difficult to handle. If would be frustrating and hard!

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  25. I would be scared and embarrassed to have Byron as my brother. He could do something bad and make your family embarrassed. Joey wouldn't be much of a factor for Byron being her big brother.

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  26. (from Stephanie Blackford) I undertand Kenny's fear of his brother; Byron seems to be a live wire and it would be difficult to know what to expect - and when! I interested to see if Kenny will try to downplay his intellect and talent as the book continues. I see the Kenny is kind even though Byron is not; this seems typical, but sad, of a sibling relationship when the younger sibling is perhaps smarter or better behaved than the older. I get so nervous reading this type of story! I can handle a lot of things but cruelty is not one of them! Thinking that someone would make fun of Kenny because of his eye or that people think it is okay to humiliate and physically hurt others makes me so unsettled. Will keep pushing through!

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  27. If I was Kenny I would feel angry about my brother's behavior because he would always be mean to me and I wouldn't like it but I would also feel confident because my brother would be tough and stand up for me. I think Kenny and Joeta are used to him but also can feel small when he is mean to them.

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  28. If I was Kenny,I would feel many different things about Byron. One think I would feel is annoyed. I would feel this because I wouldn't be strong enough to fight back. Another feeling I would feel is sad, because I would rather have a brother that would protect me from bullies than picking on me. Also, I would feel angry, because Byron and buphead pick on him once or twice a day and you can't do anything about it. It would mean to Kenny and Joetta that they have to do anything that Byron says, or there are big consequences if they didn't. If you tried to stand up to someone like Byron you would end up in big trouble with them. Telling a parent would not be helpful at all, they would beat you up behind your parent's back.

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  29. As you can see, if I were Kenny and my older brother was Byron, I would try to do many things to get along with Byron.

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  30. Personally, I think it’s never okay to bully others, no matter what they do to you. Sometimes it is better to just not show any signs of annoyance or weakness and they might just get bored. Also, if you tell a teacher (which you should) the bully has no right to say you were doing it too. In a life threatening situation, Byron’s is the better solution, because you should never let a criminal throw you around. I am personally more likely to use Kenny’s solution than Byron’s, because I don’t like to purposely be mean to others.

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  31. I think that in general, Kenny’s strategy is better because only one person gets hurt, not both. Kenny’s strategy is also best because you don’t get in trouble if you act helpless. However, you need to confront people if they take it across the line. If they try and hurt you really bad or something, you have to defend you.

    -James

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