In LA class we read The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin. As a extra credit we could dress up as one of the characters. I chose to dress up as Turtle Wexler. Since in the book they don’t talk about what Turtle wears, expect that she is a tom boy, I had to guess at what to wear. We had to bring a prop with the costume, so I carried a striped candle, that lit the bombs. Most of the girls who dressed up, dressed up as Turtle Wexler, too. I had fun dressing up.
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.
In my family we used to always play Horse-opoly. I was always the one who ran out of money half way through the game. My sister was the one who had all of the horses and A LOT of money. My brother somehow had average money and quite a few horses. My mom didn’t really get the game until the end. My dad, well he never played all that much. Horse-opoly was a game that brought my family together.
How Yahtzee connects to my life is you have to quickly make decisions. Once you’ve made the first decision, it leads to more decisions. The second decision will sometimes tell you if you regret making your previous decision. You then have to go with what you chose and continue trying to make decisions. In the end, you’ll realize you made great decisions ending up with many points or a life or you made bad decisions and you learn from your mistakes.
When my family gets together we all play a game called Taboo. Taboo is a game where there are two different teams and one person from the team has a card with a word that they have to describe. Under the word there are five different words relating to the word you have to describe. It sounds harder than it actually is. The catch is that you can’t use any of those five words. If you do use one of them a person from the opposite team has a buzzer in their hand and they buzz you so you have to go on to the next card. For example, if it is my turn and the card I have says crayon on it, the five words under it might be Crayola, wax, paper, coloring, and pictures. That is how you play Taboo.
My favorite family game is Scrabble because I like making the words and only being able to have seven tiles to put down. I always like to instead of making new words, add on to words like: tag=tagged, run=running, bug=bugs because then if I do that I can take credit for their word and also get extra points for them. And that’s why Scrabble is my favorite family game.
If my life where a game it would be “Sorry.” We go all around the neighborhood and try to see who gets in the house first. Sometimes we also race to the trampoline to see who gets on since we are only allowed to have three people at a time on it because we don’t have a net. We also race to see who gets to the X-box or the PS3 the fastest so we can play together in zombies. If you think about it the house, trampoline, X-box, and PS3 are home and we are the game pieces trying to get in our Safe houses the fastest.
Sims connects to my life because in Sims you have to make decisions. You have to lead your family of Sims the place to place to get a job, work out, steal something, see a friend, go swimming, and lots of other things. Sims connects to my life because of the decisions. For example, if you you go to work and work you hardest you get stressed but you get a raise or a promotion. If you play games for too long you get tired. If you let the hot dogs stay out before the party the other Sims get sick along with you. This is a game like my life because it is a life for the Sim. I feel this game represents everyones life.
On family vacations I always have a game of Scrabble with my grandma, my great-aunt who does the New York Times crosswords and plays Sudoku, my Grandma’s friend, an author, my mom, my dad my brothers, my uncle, and my great-uncle all have played Scrabble together, but not in the same game. My word that got me my most points, and a spot in the back of my family’s head that I am pretty good is Jabiru a South American bird that was worth 60+ points. The day I finally won was great. I think that this game defines my family because the words we put down describe who we are. Scrabble if you did not know (you should know) is a game where you create a crossword puzzle by using letters from your hand that are worth points. Other spots on the board are also worth points.
I think of Trivial Pursuit as my study life because you learn so much that helps you in your present school year and beyond. You also learn in every subject, such as history, science, and the progress of actors and movie-making, as well as geography. Every time you play it, you learn a cookie-jarfull of cookies, full of knowledge. And, the more you play, the more you know, and it is not all that complicated or hard! And, it does not take so much time to play it. This game, Trivial Pursuit, has advanced my brain, seedling by seedling, with basic facts.