In Language Arts class, we made a figurative picture of our brain. One of the other things we did in Language Arts class was write stories. Technically, we had a choice between writing a story or writing sentences with our Vocabulary words, but I chose to write stories. Here are two stories that I wrote.
It was another calm day at Equestrian Farm and Track. Avery Apple was catching up on the latest Saw movies when he heard a scream. A monolith had fallen on Old Bob Banana, pinning the nadir of his peel to the ground. “Oh no, a monolith has fallen on me and pinned the nadir of my peel to the ground!” He shouted.
Avery Apple languidly strolled over and tried to pick the monolith up. He was distracted by the spectrum of colors on the monolith. “What variety!” He exclaimed.
“Just get this darned monolith of the nadir of my peel!” Shrieked Bob Banana.
“No worries.” Avery Apple said, “I’ll get the titanic progeny of that pugilist who lives down that tortuous road.
“Are you talking about Tortuous Lane?” Bob Banana asked.
“Yep.” Avery Apple answered.
“But I hear that lane is filled with the truculent offspring in the lineage of the great Scrooge himself!” Bob Banana exclaimed, then added: “I really hate that penurious fellow.”
“Yep, I would do anything for you Bob” Avery Apple said while kowtowing. “Well, I should be off. goodbye!!”
Hear what happens next in the following episode of The Adventures in Equestrian Farm and Track!!
While Avery Apple was walking down Tortuous Lane, he pondered the strange purple nodule that appeared on every third tree he saw. On every fourth tree; an oscillating pendulum, swinging back and forth. It was so soporific, that Avery fell down, lying prostrate, with his right arm tucked under his body, and fell asleep. Avery awoke to a lugubrious tune. He shifted position, so that he could see who was making the sound. All Avery saw was a whirling maelstrom. Avery immediately jumped up, and looked at his surroundings. Someone had moved him to the edge of a vast lake. His destination was past the maelstrom, twenty feet away. Avery felt as though it was trying to tantalize him. Avery realized that he would never get help for Bob Banana, so he walked back home; a saturnine expression on his face. When he got back, Avery saw Bob Banana, waiting to greet him. Ever since he saw Bob Banana, Avery Apple wouldn’t talk; not when watching Saw III, not when playing catch with his sister, not even when in school.
What was wrong with Avery Apple? Find out in the next episode of Equestrian Farm and Track
This year at Durham Academy, every middle school student received an iPad. I think one of the ultimate goals of the school was to go completely paperless. This goal was not met. I am not saying that the iPads were a bad thing; they were amazing; a great help in studying and checking homework. It’s just that the iPads didn’t lessen the weight of our books, it increased it. The Otter Box that the iPads are in weighed too much. Not all textbooks were online, and those that were required Adobe Flash.
Despite all of these complaints, the good outweighs the bad (as it always should). I use the iPad in every class. I use it to check homework, and to study for quizzes. The iPad is much lighter than a computer (even with the Otter Box), and much easier to carry. Even though Adobe and Apple don’t agree (no Flash), most Internet things can still be done, with the exception of blocked sites. Looking back on the year, I realize that he iPads were a wonderful gift, and that we are lucky to have them
I think that Membean is a wonderful program. Membean teaches us new words, and strengthens them, before adding new words to our vocabulary. It does this with multiple choice questions, word maps, and pictures. Event though Membean has its flaws, I think that it is still better than memorizing vocabulary lists. Vocabulary lists just make you memorize the words for one week, then you can forget them. Membean revisits old words, so that you can’t just forget them. Every once in a while, one of your very first words might pop up. Because of this, you remember more words, and your vocabulary grows. In conclusion, Membean is amazing. Try it out, and share your opinions on it with a comment.
In Language Arts class we are reading a book called The Giver. In The Giver, the Giver gives memories to the main character Jonas, as part of his training. The memory then disappears, or fades to almost nothing.
I would give away the memory of the beach in Peru. I would give this memory away because it is one of the best I have. The community in The Giver probably doesn’t know what a beach is, so I want to give them that memory. The beach is fun, beautiful, and not always crowded. The residents of the town in The Giver would, most certainly enjoy a memory of the beach.
For me, an ideal teacher would be a person who listens; a person who doesn’t think that they are superior to the students because of their age. A ideal teacher would be a person who understands kids, and helps them with their problems.
These days, teachers aren’t always open to suggestions. They have their lessons already in their head, and they don’t listen to new ideas. There will always be teachers like that. Then there are some teachers who are close, if not already ideal. They are open, listen to their students, and treat their students as equals; no matter if they are young or old, big or small, or the same religion or race. They treat their students as if they were fully fledged adults; with respect and kindness. That, is an ideal teacher.
For the second community service of the year, I went strawberry picking. We picked the strawberries so that we could donate them to the Ronald McDonald House of Durham. We traveled ten minutes from the school to a strawberry patch were you could pick your own strawberries. We picked strawberries until the container we had was full, then we were done. I tried to pack them neatly, so that I could get the most strawberries. We then went to the Ronald McDonald House to drop off the strawberries. It was amazing to see how big the house was, and how much things it had.
I decided to do this blog post instead of my quarterly What Is Your Favorite Book post. I am going to put chambers and categories below. At the beginning of course comment, put the number of the genre your answering about, then the name of the movie. Thanks!
I think that my assignment would be author. I would be an author because I love to read and write. I read whenever possible. Even though I am a very picky reader, I always find something to read that interests me. Writing is something that interests me greatly. I write with my friends Ryan and David, during LA class, recess, tutorial, and even French class. Writing is my passion, and I think that I would be a great author. That is why I think that the Elders would assign me the job of author.
When I first started reading The Westing Game, I thought it was just going to be another mystery, where you know who committed the crime halfway through the book. As my class progressed through the book, I started to realize that The Westing Game was much more complicated than I thought. Ellen Raskin, the author, writes so many clues; some are hidden, and some are put right under your nose, but you don’t notice them. Simple words such as rose (don’t worry, this is not a spoiler) suddenly become blaring clues. It’s amazing how such a simple book can be so complex. The Westing Game may seem like just another mystery book, but I strongly recommend that you read it.
My hero is my uncle Dan Astrinsky. Dan was born in Lima, Peru and still lives there today. He lives in an apartment with his wife Ghila, his daughters Orit and Noah, and his dogs Chami, Chami’s seven puppies, and Facundo. Dan is my hero because he managed to quit smoking. Even though he started again, I hope that he can find the will to stop. Dan loves to participate in Extreme Sports, especially dirt bike racing. I admire him for this, because I think that dirt bike racing is pretty dangerous. In conclusion, I think that Dan is a great person, and that he can quit smoking once more.