Valentine’s Poems by Cole

In class a few days ago, we made Valentine’s Day Poems. It is where we take an article from a newspaper or book, then cut it out and choose random words to make a poem. What is cool about this particular kind of “poem”, is you don’t know what it will be like until you are completely finished with the whole thing. Here is what mine looks like:

Stories I Like by Matthew

Hello, I’m back

Over the course of 2011, I read several books I liked. There were four series that I liked. Those were Percy Jackson, Kane Chronicles, Last Dragon Chronicles, and Heroes of Olympus. Here are the books in those series

Percy Jackson by Rick Riordan – The Lightning Thief, The Sea of Monsters, The Titans Curse, The Battle of the Labyrinth, and The Last Olympian.

The Kane Chronicles by Rick Riordan – The Red Pyramid, The Throne of Fire, and more coming out soon!

Last Dragon Chronicles by Chris D’Lacey – The Fire Within, Icefire, Fire Star, The Fire Eternal, Dark Fire, and Fire World, and more coming out soon!

Heroes of Olympus by Rick Riordan – The Lost Hero, The Son of Neptune, The Mark of Athena (Coming out this fall), and maybe more!

I would really recommend reading these books

The Lightning Thief

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My Book by Maggie D

I am reading Murdered My Sweet by Joan Lowery Nixon. It’s about a young girl, Jenny,  and her mom who is a mystery writer. One of her relatives, Arnold Harmony, started the biggest chocolate company, Harmony Chocolates. Arnold invites the whole family to a party. The party is to read his new will in front of everyone so that nobody gets in a fight when he dies. Before he reads his will his son gets murdered. Jenny’s mom thinks that she can solve the murder because she writes mystery novels. This book is really good.

Moon Over Manifest: A Book in the Past by James

I recently finished reading a book called Moon over Manifest by Clare Vanderpool. It takes place in a small town in Kansas. The main character is a girl named Abilene Tucker. Her father sent her to Manifest, the town where he grew up. When she first gets to the town she sees the sign: Manifest, a town with a rich past and a bright future. Abilene was soon to learn that the past was, yes, rich, but rich with secrets, As she is walking the preacher, named Shady, finds her and takes her into town. The town is dry and quiet, but its past is full of secrets and surprises. When she loses her father’s compass she has to work for a pot she broke in retrieving it. Sadly, the place she has to work has a front gate with the word “Perdition” on it. Perdition is a version of hell. As she works for the broken pot the woman who she is working for, Miss Sadie, tells Abilene that Miss Sadie is a diviner. Miss Sadie sends Abilene on strange hunts to find strange items. All the while Miss Sadie tells Abilene a story of the town’s past. It is a very interesting book with a wonderful ending and amazing writing. I would give it more than five stars out of five.

moon

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Reading In LA Class by Ethan G

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My favorite thing about LA class is probably at the beginning of class when Mrs. Donnelly gives us 10-15 minutes of reading time. I really, really like reading. Grammar eh, vocabulary eh, but reading, that I can handle. It’s totally my favorite thing about LA. I mean seriously, reading is amazing. The power of books is awesome. The monks of medieval times decorated them with beautiful illustrations and jewels. I curse the days when we don’t get reading time. Reading can open so many doors that would otherwise be closed. Along with are current technological advancements, with Nooks, and Kindles, kids can read while feeling like they are integrating with the current technologies. This is good because kids love tech, and none more than I, so I know that if kids think that they are using tech they will jump at the first chance to grab it (especially if it is touch screen). These technologies can provide kids the satisfaction of using technology, while at the same time making teachers happy by seeing there students minds grow in all directions. Therefore I would fully promote a pilot for electronic reading devices where students could touch the latest tech and teachers the joy of watching the students minds grow full of knowledge.

Another idea would to be to have our library online so the students would not have to hold  if a book was checked out because everyone would have access to it. And, you could also monitor the library, making sure that no one could take a book without checking it out. It would be an amazing opportunity for our school, to have a pilot for electronic reading devices. I would hope that people at our fine school would be responsible enough to handle such devices with the proper amount of care. This technology will help our school integrate technology into our curriculum and will allow us to take a step that few or no other school has taken in this direction of equipping our students with electronic reading devices and having a library online that is safe from people taking books without checking them out. We as a school could set an example for the city, or the county, or the state, or multiple states, or the whole country! With our fast developing world, it is important to stay up to date with the latest tech with reading as well as computers. Think about it, one school can impact an entire country in a sweeping phenomenon, that one school, could be your school, or my school, or any school at all. The students at my school would all support the chance to get there hands on some new tech to experiment and have fun. This could broaden our horizons and change the course of education for our country and in ten years help us stay on top of China.

I know that education is top priority to parents and teachers, but to students, all we want is a light backpack and not to many books to deal with. This pilot would allow students to have their books all in one place that is very thin and weighs as much as a magazine. Plus the fact that online books cost less than that of  real books. For all you smart people concerned about the environment these books also require no paper in order for you to read them. This pilot could allow us to advance a step forward in the world of technology.

I hope that you all support my ideas and think them worthwhile. I appreciate all of you that have taken the time to read my ideas and comment on my proposition/blog post. I appreciate your feedback and will make edits accordingly. Thank you!