BC: This Pay It Forward book may be over, but the movement will live on forever. Please help the Pay It Forward Movement by paying it forward to anybody you see that needs help. Then, tell them to please Pay It Forward.
FC: Pay It Forward By Nicholas Sparks
1: Prologue This whole project started one day when my teacher began reading the novel Pay It Forward. We had been having problems with social skills in my class and she wanted to teach us how to handle our problems in a peaceful manner. She told us we had the power to make this a better world. She asked us this one simple question,"Who are you going to be in this situation? The hero or the person who helps make it worse?" As we began reading deeper into the story, we realized how much power a child really does have in changing the world.
2: The Story Trevor McKinney was a 13 year old boy, who was challenged by his social studies teacher, Rueben St. Clair, to "think of an idea to change the world and put it into action." The boy decides he will do a
3: good deed for three people, something they can't do for them-selves, and then ask each of them to "pay it forward" by doing similarly difficult big favors for three others. Trevor begins by helping a homeless man. He gives him lodging for the night,
4: a chance to take a shower, and some money so the fellow can get it together and look for a job. Trevor's second mission is to try to "hook up" his teacher, Rueben with his mom. The only problem is both of them must deal
5: with thier personal pasts, fears, self-doubts, and self-esteem. The boy's third project is to help out a weak, old lady in his nieghborhood by making her garden beautiful again-for free. Trevor put his heart and soul into this project
6: only to find out that the homeless man lost his job and is back on the street, his teacher and mom could never work things out, and the elderly neighbor passed away. He didn't think any of the three could "pay it forward." Little to his knowledge, they did. Through the network people kept the
7: movement going. A reporter, through many investigations, tracked Trevor down and instantly made him a national celebrity and popularized the "Pay It Forward" movement we now know today.
8: Service My first impression on Trevor was that he was just a normal kid. But, then I realized he was a guy that wanted to change the world and would do anything for it to happen. My second impression on Reuben is that he is a normal teacher that was happy with his life. At first this was wrong, but at the end of the story it was right. Trevor's personal qualities are that he gives a poor man one hundred dollars to start a good life. He gives a teacher another chance for love. And does an old lady's garden so it doesn't get ruined. Reuben helps Trevor with his project by being the 2nd person for Trevor to help. The world means everything to me. It is where all humans live. It is where billions of people have a life.
9: I really don't think of anything that happens outside of town. I know I should, but I don't. I'm going to make some time to watch the news. The world expects me to take care of it. Not to pollute it. For me to do everything I can to protect it. That is what it expects of me. I was never taught of Paying It Forward until Ms. Lytle read the book Pay It Forward. Yes, a group in our school called "The Green Team" is a service that is trying to make our neighborhood a greener place. The things that get in my way of helping out the world are all the things I get involved in like sports and work.
10: Kindness The last time I was surprised by what someone did for me was when I was sad and two of the people that I was playing with came over and told me it was okay. I accepted this deed with grace and went back and played. The ways that people can tarnish the good of society is by either being mean, annoying that person, or just plain out not caring about what you did for them. Those are the ways that they can tarnish society.
11: Transformation From a scale from one to five on my ability to change, one being the best, I would rate myself a one because it is not impossible to change your life from bad to good. I have started to resist bad food, stop most of my emotional habits, and supported more people than I did before.
12: Love In Little Things The acts of kindness that touch me the most are when Trevor started his Pay It Forward project, Jerry stopped Arlene from jumping into the deep, murky water, Trevor saved a guy from being mugged and people started celebrating Pay It Forward Day and Trevor's 14th birthday.
13: The love that touched me the most was the love between Arlene and Reuben. The forgiveness that touched me the most was between Arlene and Ricky. The love because it gave two people love with each other. The foregivness because it was very funny and it was my favorite part of the book. The acts of kindness because it saved people, made love happen, and changed America. The way I would begin my Pay It Forward project is by making three circles, choosing three
14: people to Pay It Forward to, and then make an action plan for each person. The acts of kindness, compassion, and love I have done are...I have been a perfect student, do what anyone has told me to do, and I have done anything I can for my parents. The things I do turn out to be great for me and the person I help, but it is not about me, but about Paying It Forward.
15: Not knowing the consequences does not matter. It doesn't matter because you are only Paying It Forward, there are no bad consequences for Paying It Forward!!!!!
16: Listening I think Trevor is a wonderful guy that is cool, brave, and amazing. You can not tell if someone is in need unless they show that they are in need. The difference between listening to somebody and serving them with love is that you are either hearing what they say, or you are doing what they say and after it is done, you forget it. If someone said that you can't fix a person, I would agree with them because you can't fix them, they have to fix themselves by doing the right thing.
17: Your Good Work This story has made me feel like some people will care and some won't. It makes me feel like there is hope somewhere in the world. It makes me feel like there is kindness in everyone, but they don't show it. It makes me feel that not everyone loves. Like some people can and can't forgive. But definitely, everyone can transform.
19: About the Author The author: Nicholas E. Sparks Books He Wrote: Nicholas' Pay It Forward and Bob's Bad Day 9 Age: 11 Place of Birth: San Diego, CA Where He Is Now: Waddell, AZ Now you know some of Nicholas' info.
21: This is the actor who played Trevor McKinney who created the Pay It Forward Project. He is known all over the world.