Talk To Your Teen by Nathan G.

In the book Cosmic by Frank Cottrell Boyce, there is a book called Talk to Your Teen in which the main character, Liam, uses to act as a father to go to a thrill park that was new even though he is only twelve. Here is an article I would write in the book.

Some kids want allowance just because their friends have it, while others want it for money. Whatever the cause, it is a great idea. You get a bunch of tasks done for just a little bit of money. Also, this teaches good life lessons. Some kids go off to college and don’t know how to clean dishes or wash pans! I consider that a failure on the parent’s part. There is a type of allowance that works better than just giving a kid seven dollars at the end of a week. Give your child a jar to put on his or her nightstand. In the jar put 30 dollars. If the chore or whatever you assign to be done isn’t done for that day, then take a dollar out. At the end of the week, tell the child they can spend the money they didn’t lose that week!

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This Picture By Nathan G.

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Whenever I look at this photo that I took on the south beach of Bald Head Island I am in my own world. It calms me in seconds even when I am amped up! I can feel the cool ocean breeze and the sound of waves smacking against the shore in a rhythm. I remember this exact moment when I took this and I thought, “This is MY picture!” It explains my life. The grass swaying in the wind are my friends and family rooted to me but will sway to the world. The waves crashing in the background are the rough times but eventually will be smooth and calm. The sand is what the rough times make stronger and is what the grass is anchored to. The sand is me. Many things that make a whole. Please comment what happens to you when you look at it or what you see in this photo!

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If I Were A Grown Up For A Week By Nathan G.









So this morning I woke up and guess what!? I was a grown up! On my nightstand though was a note saying enjoy it while it lasts! You have one week! I panicked and thought “Oh what to do!? What to do!” I finally figured out a good plan that would be the best week ever!!!!

First, I went to Dick’s Sporting Goods and bought all the supplies I could in preparation! This included a LOT of paper work for purchasing a few hunting rifles and shotguns! The very next thing I did was book a last minute flight up to, in my mind, the best place on earth, but for you people you would know it as the last frontier or Alaska!!!! I left in two hours so for that time I packed everything that would be good for the Alaskan autumn. This included jackets, shorts, (I play ice hockey so low temps don’t really affect me until below 32 degrees) shirts, and finally a holster. Let me just tell you for that last one, I have had enough near death experiences with the wildlife there to last a lifetime (true story!).

Ok so I shipped out of NC with all my hunting and camping gear in one piece and wanted to stay that way once I got there! We landed in Anchorage and if you haven’t been there it looks like any other town except for the mountains, huge moose, and bear! I hightailed it out of there as fast as I could because I only had six days left due to the 10 hour flight. I rented a car and went as far north as 5 hours would take me going off road for the last hour. I finally came to a perfect area. It was a vast valley with lush greenery that would be just crawling with all sorts of wildlife! On the plane ride I had filled out all the hunting licenses and permits I needed and it was now time to get to business. I set up camp in a high area near a flowing creek. The bears wouldn’t be there yet because the salmon weren’t running yet so I was good on that front. Well time to go hunt!

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The Mark of Athena by Nathan

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Okay so first this is a great book!!! If you need a book to read I would read the series, “The Heroes of Olympus”, which this book is in. Now to tell you about the book. Percy is back for those Percy Jackson fans, along with six other demigods in this book!

There is something new in this book, Romans! Three of the demigods are Roman: Frank, Hazel, and Jason. Then there are the Greek’s: Percy, Annabeth, Leo, Piper. These seven have gained each other’s trust earlier in the series doing quests that have saved both the Roman and Greek camps. Gaea is awakening and if she does the world will end. The ultimate test for the seven is stopping her. This includes battling many monsters, sailing on the mare nostrum (Mediterranean sea) which is banned to sail on because of all the sea monsters, and making it to Rome in one piece. Could it be any easier? Joking! Will they save the world or die along with everyone else? This is another great book by Rick Roidan!

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The Wooden Tools By Nathan G.


The Wooden Tools

One day a poor farmer had set out early to start the growing season. When he came to his shed he was shocked to find all his tools had been stolen. He was outraged because he didn’t have enough money to buy new tools. Making some iron tools would be nice but time consuming and hard work. He would have to go buy a tiny bit of iron and make a pickaxe. He would then find and iron vein, smelt the iron, form the tools and then fasten the tools to wooden handles. He thought, “I’ll never make the harvest in time!”

He then got an idea that was easy and fast. He would carve to tools out of wood. The farmer set out right away for wood. As soon as he got into the forest he came upon a problem. He couldn’t get all the good branches and wood because he had no axe so he had to do with rotten dry branches. Then came making the tools. The wood was brittle so he had many splinters as he made just one shovel and even worse the shovel broke on the first load of dirt.

It took many days to make tools that would last at least a day or two. He finally made an axe and went to chop some good wood down. He was horrified to find he couldn’t move the axe an inch for his hands were chewed up with thousands of splinters in them, some as big as two inches. He needed the wood so badly he decided to use his teeth to chew the wood down. Of course he got the branch down but with major consequences. His teeth were worn down to the gums so when he tried to eat he couldn’t. He thought, “Oh well who needs to eat when work is to be done!” The farmer skipped meals for a few days putting the time into making the nicer wood tools instead of putting it into making the food mash.

After a week of solid working he hadn’t eaten anything, but finally finished the tools. He was so ravenous he ate half his food and after got very sick. By this time the growing season was halfway over and most farms were just taking care of the crops the poor farmer was sick in his bed. When he got better he worked as hard as he could to get a harvest in time. Working in overdrive, the farmer broke all his tools just as the season ended and the first frost came. He checked what he got in his harvest. All that was in the harvest stockpile was a handful of grain.
The farmer wept for days for he knew he was going to starve in the coming winter. Very depressed the farmer went into the market and found a young beggar. The boy wasn’t more than seven and looked like he was starving with tattered clothes. The farmer gave the boy all he had including his land. The boy hugged the farmer and ran to his mother in glee. He had saved a few cents to buy a rope which he later used in a way no other person should.

The moral is: Procrastination pays off today, hard pays off eventually.

Wisdom Tales Test by Nathan

I thought using the iPad for this open note test was extremely useful because it was all organized and neat plus I have messy handwriting so it would be a problem if I had to use notes from paper but it was typed! Gosh it took a long time learning the wisdom tales and the types of stories but it was a long test so it evens out.
Open note tests, if you have had one you know they are just as hard as closed note tests because there is so much content and a lot more thinking problems instead of just answers from the book. In all, I think it was still a little too much preparing for little things like “which story has the same moral as…” Oh well, I’m just glad to be done with that unit!

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I’m Thankful For… By Nathan G.

I’m thankful for sleep! I love how sleeping passes the time so fast it is like you just blinked. Also dreams are fun doing things you couldn’t do in real life such as flying or walking on the moon. What’s weird about dreams is that if you die in one you wake up instead of feeling pain or if someone is talking to you in real life you hear it in your dream. The thing I hate is getting woken up because I’m not a morning person!

Blackout by Nathan

It all started with being sick. I had a stomach bug that had made me miserable for a week. It was Monday and I was in chorus practicing in Taylor Hall with the rest of our class for the upcoming consert. We were in the middle of the song “Away to America” when I started noticing it. It got extremely hot in the huge room and I could feel beads of sweat crawling down my face. Then I felt sick in my stomach which wasn’t uncommon for that week. What came next was the corners of my vision started to go dark. The darkness made its way closer and closer to the center of my sight. All I could see right before it all went black was the bright light iluminating the stage. You know when you hear that frequency that is really irritating in your ears? Well that was what it was like times three along with not hearing anymore the mellifluous sound of the piano playing. That’s when I realized what was happening and immediately sat down on the stage. Thank goodness I did because right then I was on the brink of passing out. I went home a little later that day feeling miserable.






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How To Use Numbers in a Sentence by Nathan

So for LA we had to do a grammar project! I did how to use numbers in a sentence because I wanted to know how to use them to improve my writing. Here is one rule: if you have two numbers in a row, spell out the first. That means in a sentence like: There were 12 7 year olds in the room, you would change it to: There were twelve 7 year olds in the room. It was fun presenting all of the rules then giving a little quiz to the class (which they passed!).

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Potato Gleaning by Nathan

At our school we have a community service day every so often. What we do are things such as helping at the Ronald McDonald house, making sandwiches for people in need, or what I did, go sweet potato gleaning. Gleaning is where you go into a field and pick up the leftover food that wasn’t harvested by the big machines. The food that would have otherwise gone to waste, goes to hungry people around us. It is quite amazing how much food goes to waste in those fields but also how much we saved was awesome too! Two and a half tons were gleaned. We decided to split up into groups in the beginning and Michael, Keenan, Jack, and Matthew were in my group. All together we harvested 105 bags meaning we each got 21 bags. Each bag weighed ten pounds which means our group alone harvested 1050 pounds of sweet potatoes going to needy people! In the end all of us felt good about what we did during the day.

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