Talk To Your Teen by Anna W.

In the book Cosmic, Liam is reading a book called Talk To Your Teen. The book talks about how to get your teens to talk to you and have a relationship with them. If I were to add some advice this is what it would be.

If I really could add something to this book it would be to give your teen some alone time and not always be on their back about stuff. For example, don’t make your teen go to bed very early and let them hang out with friends when they are in the mood.

I would really like it if I didn’t have a bedtime and I could stay up and hang out with friends. Sometimes my parents won’t let me invite a friend over until I clean my room. The problem with that is I might finish cleaning my room like an hour before I wanted my friend to come and then it’s too late to invite them. So maybe if my parents would believe that I will clean my room before my friend gets there it would be much easier to invite them ahead of time.

Also, I’ll go on my phone when I get home from school but then my mom will make me get off it and do homework. Sometimes I like having a break in between school and homework. That is my advice about teens.

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If I Were a Grown Up by Anna W.

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I would love to experience a day of being a grown up but I would definitely want to live my childhood as long as I can. If I was a grown up I would do many things I can’t do now. I would love not having a bed time because I am never tired when I go to bed, but when I wake up I am tired. Another thing I would enjoy would be not having to go to school every day. Although I love school, sometimes I just wake up and don’t want to go at all. Then I would go on vacation as much as I could.

I love going to tropical places like beaches and islands! Also, I want to go to Paris. I think it would be really exciting to drive because I love shopping and I would be able to go wherever I want whenever I want. One thing that would be cool would to live in some place very beautiful and exotic like in the mountains or Hawaii. Another thing I would do would be to collect and wear makeup a lot. Lastly, I would own a variety of pets such as dogs, bunnies, hamsters, and many more. I have always wanted a parrot that would repeat what you say! So hopefully I could own one of those. It would be a fun experience being an adult but I would not want to stay an adult forever!

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A Book Recommendation by Anna W.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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I have always been into shark attack stories! I have seen so many movies and television shows about shark attacks but I have never read a book about it. I finally found one! The book is called Shark Girl by Kelly Bingham. The main reason why I liked it is because it wasn’t just like a movie where you could see everything happening. It was so easy to imagine what was going on!

The story is about a teenage girl who was swimming in the ocean and was attacked by a shark. The result was that she had to get her arm amputated. The author describes her long period of time in the hospital very well. There were many ups and downs while she was in the hospital. She had tough and stressful times and on the other end many people came and gave her company. In my opinion, this book was very good. I think this because I’m into shark attacks and I love reading stories that have to do with people around my age going through something I would never expect my self going through.

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One Chance by Anna W.

 

There was a young man named Jerry. He had a beautiful cat and a not so beautiful dog. Quite often they would get in fights. Most of the time, no one would get hurt but just one time the dog got bit very bad in the ear by the cat. Sooner or later Jerry was very annoyed with the ruckus they would make in the middle of the night so he decided he really needed to get rid of one of his pets. He loved them both very much and he took a long time to decide who would have to leave. He finally decided to get rid of the dog because he was not as cute as the beautiful cat. He didn’t know who to give the dog to. Unfortunately, he ended up kicking him out of the house with no food or water.

 

It was coming into winter and the dog was starving and cold. He wandered every day until he came upon a padded down area of soft hay. He cuddled up all warm in there and went to bed. He was surprised to find out it was a pack of wolves’ home that he was in. Shockingly, he was warmly welcomed by the big wolves and soon he had a new place to live.

 

All that time a small rat was watching Jerry and his pets fighting and how the dog was kicked out. He didn’t say anything at first but eventually he could not hold in the secret much longer. He went to Jerry and started a conversation. He finally got the point through to him that even though the cat was so cute he was really starting all the fights and hogging all the food. Before Jerry actually processed all this he thought he made the right decision of getting rid of the dog. He began to feel a great pain of sadness like he had lost something big. He realized that he missed the dog sooooooo much. His life wasn’t the same.

 

He set out in the forest hoping he could retrieve his beloved dog. He came upon the dog with all the wolves and begged for him to come home.

 

“Please come home. I made a big mistake by getting rid of you,” said Jerry.

 

“I feel like I am in a better place here and I am treated better here!” exclaimed the dog.

 

Jerry was very sad to hear that and wished he could start over. He heard a quiet voice in the distance that was saying that you only get one chance in life.

 

“Please just let me start over!” he thought to himself. He suddenly fell into a deep sleep and dreamed of the things he could have done differently and better in his life. When he woke up he had not clue where he was. Standing right next to him was his dog and cat together and not fighting for there first time.

 

“I should never pick things for their looks ever again!” mentioned Jerry.

 

They both made a deal that they would get together and visit at least once a week. From now on they live their separate lives but meet up each week to bond.

 

Moral: Don’t judge a book by its cover. Looks don’t matter.

 

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The Useless Tree Comic By Anna W.

In language arts we made comics on one of the wisdom tales we read. I chose The Useless Tree as my wisdom tale. I really enjoyed making it because I love drawing and it was a chance to be creative. I made my comic in Comic Life 2 and it was my first time using it. It was a great experience and I thought it was really cool that I could design everything on my own. I love drawing so it was fun that we actually got to draw the pictures for the comic.

The moral of my story was to not judge a book by its cover. Also, the other moral was that everything has a use. The Useless Tree is about a tree that is very crooked and ugly. It never gets cut down and is left all alone on the hill. Even though every day kids come and play under the tree, there is one man who thinks the tree had a use one day. I chose this story because I thought it would be fun to draw and because it would be easy to explain. I can wait to make another comic like this!

Open Note Test by Anna W.

For the last couple months in Language arts class we have been reading and taking notes on many wisdom tales. We have learned the different types of wisdom tales and all of the wisdom tales are from different countries.

After taking all those notes we had about a week to prepare our notes and study for a big open note test. To prepare for the test, I underlined important things, inserted my MindMeister map of all the types of wisdom tales, and made an extra credit MindMeister map of all the morals from all the wisdom tales. I spent a lot of time preparing and it really paid off.

On the day of the test I was nervous because I knew it was going to be really long. I came to start the test early during tutorial just so I could have some extra time. It was very long but not that hard. There was a section of writing summaries, fill in the blank, read and take nots on a wisdom tale, matching, etc. I even had to stay after school because it was so long, but I feel really confident that I got a good grade.

I thought the test was a good way to test us on how well of notes we took and if we payed attention in class. Although, I do feel the test was unnecessarily long. I don’t think we really needed to write six essays. Also most of the other tests I have taken only took one period not two plus tutorial plus a little bit of time after school. I do like that it was open notes because if it wasn’t, that would be a lot of stuff to remember. I hope I never have a test that long again!

I’m Thankful For… By Anna W.

I am thankful for many things. I am very thankful for having pets, mainly my dogs. I love them a lot and I really think they cheer people up. I mean I don’t think I would have such a happy life without them. Sometimes I will come home from school sad, and guess what? The first thing I see when I walk into my house is my dogs coming to greet me. This same thing happens when I come home from trips, come out for breakfast in the morning, etc. it seems like they just stick by your side. If you say ” Walky” they jump up and start barking because they love going on walks.

The minute I sit down to eat a meal they sit at my feet waiting for me to drop food. I’m not kidding I’ll see them sound asleep in their bed then seconds later they will be running around and tackling each other. One of my dogs is the runt and well I guess I wouldn’t say she is ugly but you know she is not that attractive. That doesn’t mean anything to me. I love her so much and just seeing her sleep or roll over on her back makes me smile immediately. Most of my friends have big dogs but I am so glad I have a dog that can sit on my lap hide under the chairs, climb over fences, let me carry her like a baby, and most of all make me laugh all the time. I feel like I have company 24/7. I don’t know what I would do if I didn’t have a dog.

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Candy By Anna W.

 

Candy oh candy,

You taste like sugar melting in my mouth.

I love to hear the sound of your wrapper crinkle and crack while you open.

I feel the tingle of you tickling against my tongue.

Just when I smell you my heart skips a beat.

You bring me such a great sweet treat.

I see you most during Halloween fun.

If you where not there life would be so glum,

And I would be one of the most bummed people of all.


Baltimore Lacrosse Tournament by Anna W.

This weekend I went to Baltimore for a lacrosse tournament. We left on Friday morning and got there in the afternoon. Soon after we got there we went on a walk to see all the cool things down at the harbor. We went on a submarine to see the inside and it was very interesting. Probably the most fascinating room was the kitchen because there was an ice cream machine. Later that night when two of my friends arrived we all went out to dinner at this restaurant named Phillips.

That was only the start. We woke up very early the next morning and had breakfast before we went to the lacrosse tournament. We won our first game, tied our second game and won our third game. It was very cold but fun. Then we went out to lunch. We came back to the hotel and rested a little before our next adventure.

A couple friends and I went on a dragon shaped paddle boat in the harbor. I was in charge of stearing but it didn’t work out so well. Let’s just say we almost hit a bouwy and a lot of boats. I say it was the other boats’ fault for getting in my way.

After that we went to Ripley’s Belive it or Not museum. There were many cool things like Justin Bieber made out of all candy, a penny made of thousands of pennies, a mirror tunnel, etc. After that we went to Noodles and Company for dinner. That’s not it, we also went to a candy shop that had Chacolate bars the size of my head, two foot long boxes of nerds, giant candy canes, and lots more stuff. My friends and I all got a bag and picked all the flavored of jelly beans they had.

We went back to the hotel and went to sleep thinking we were leaving first thing in the morning, but actually we went to the Baltimore Aquarium. My favorite part of the aquarium was the dolphins and the parrot that repeated what you said. Finally, we packed up the car and headed home. That was a grat trip! My favorite part was definitely the lacrosse tournament.

 

In For a Surprise! By Anna W.

 

Last weekend I went to a farm with Some friends. At the farm we did a corn maze. It was pretty tricky because everywhere you went looked exactly the same. So we found our way out by just keep going straight even if it wasn’t on a path. That was a challenge but at the same time it was very exciting.

After that the fun wasn’t done. We had some pizza and played with the baby goats, and donkeys. When the sun went down, to get in the Halloween spirit, we went on a handed trail. Well, I can’t really say I did the trail because everyone but one of my friends, my mom, and brother were the only ones who did it. I was going to do it until we were waiting in line and a man with red eyes and a chain saw came out. He started chasing us because we were the most scared and he went to the people who were terrified. Many people including me chickened out at that time except for a few people who went in but came right back out.

As my mom, my brother, and one of my friends were still in the trail, all of us were waiting at the exit for them to come out. When we were waiting, suddenly a corn stalk fell down. Uh oh, I was the only one who saw it, and out came the guy with the chain saw again. This time he started chasing me. He was chasing me everywhere and I had no clue what to do. I had this idea to run to the middle of a crowd of people who were in line to buy tickets. At that point I was 99 percent sure I was safe so I stopped to take a breath. Well I guess I was wrong, because he just acted like there was nobody surrounding me. He charged right into the crowd, going for me and I ran behind the ticket booth. Not the best plan, because if he came back there with me I would be cornered. Of course he did, so I just stood there terrified as he was standing behindind me. I didn’t hear anything but the sound of his chain saw buzzing.

About 30 seconds later he stopped his chain saw and took his mask off. There he was standing with a big bloody cut on his face, and this was not a fake mask it was a real cut. It turns out when he chased me into the big crowd, someone got so scared they hit him. Well now I was safe and I just went back out to my friends who were watching me the whole time. It was probably very amusing to them. I was still shaking even when I was around my parents and friends.

A few minutes later all of us were in a huddle talking and suddenly a werewolf stuck their head in our conversation. I saw it but not many others did. Then when one of my friends turned around they saw the face and freaked out. Everyone was laughing because the werewolf just put its head right on her shoulder and she didn’t even notice.

Soon after that we packed up the cars and went home. The whole ride home was a long trip through the pitch dark country side, and I had this strange feeling that two red eyes were going to pop out next to my window. That night was very fun and scary and I don’t think I would have survived it if my friends were not there!

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