In Language Arts class we are reading the book The Giver. In this book it is a perfect community, with no pain, no war and no choices. In this book each child is given an assignment at the age of twelve; this event is called the Ceremony of Twelve. I think my Assignment would be a Nurturer. I think I would be assigned to a nurturer because I love kids. I love to help them, play with them and help them learn. Little kids are so cute and I definitely show that quality in my daily life. I would definitely think the committee of elders would assign me to that job. I would be really happy if I got to be a Nurturer, but it would be sad to release a child if they are not doing well.
On April 29, 2013 we had a chance to dress up as a Westing Game Character for extra credit. We didn’t know that we could dress up as a character until that Saturday morning. Mrs. Donnelly sent us a email about dressing up and it was on Evernote. I was at a basketball tournament at the time but my mom got the email and she said you better start working on the project. I started working on it that night like wearing a track jacket, two medals, and a track number. And the best part about it was that I got to wear a medal that I just won the day before!
In Language Arts class, we read a mystery called “The Westing Game” by Ellen Raskin. Sixteen heirs with seemingly nothing in common move into a new apartment complex called Sunset Towers, not knowing that it will change their lives. There was a dressmaker, a secretary, an inventor, a doctor, a judge, a bookie, a burglar, a bomber, and a mistake. When the owner of the town that they live in, Westingtown, says in his will that he was murdered, all sixteen of theses are given partners, put into groups, and asked to solve the mystery for 10,000,000 dollars. What will their different solutions be? Is one of them a murderer? And what really happend to Sam Westing?
I absolutely loved this book!!! It is one of the most confusing things I ever read, which made it much more interesting. I loved all the characters, the plots, and I ESPECIALLY loved the end!!!
In Language Arts class we read the book The Westing Game. We recently finished the book and had a test on it. For one extra credit opportunity, we could dress up as one of the characters in The Westing Game. We had to have at least some resemblance to the character or something that is visibly important about them.
I dressed up as Sydelle Pulaski. I wore green glasses and limped on one crutch that had purple stripes on it. It was really fun to see all the different people dressed up as the characters in the book. It was a fun and easy way to earn extra credit! Overall, I really enjoyed this book and I usually would have to really like a book to recommend it, but I would definitely recommend this book! It has an amazing plot and many twist and turns to the novel. I really enjoyed The Westing Games and dressing up!
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Since January we have been writing and making our hero books. It has been a lot of fun, but there were a lot of difficult things too. One difficult thing while doing the hero book was picking a hero. It was tough for me because I really love both of my parents, but I had to choose one. I chose my mom. Also, I loved making the books, and I thought I did a great job on my hero book. The hero books were great. Thank you, Mrs. Donnelly, for all you have done.
In Language Arts, the whole sixth grade made a hero book. A hero book is a book that you basically tell a story about who your hero is and how they have affected your life. Your hero could be almost anyone, but you had to have some type of personal connection with them. My hero is my oldest sister Kara.
When I got the outline for writing our stories I had no problems thinking of things to write about my sister. These books were an amazing way to showcase our writing skills and how much our hero has impacted our life. After writing our actual stories, we had to make our books! We had a lot of help from a famous artist, Peg Gignoux.
Mrs. Gignoux was such a great help! Thanks to her, our books ended up in the Frank Gallery! Everyone was very excited to showcase our books in the gallery. Before we could put our books in the gallery we had to finish them! After finishing them, they were sent off with Mrs. Gignoux. Recently they were put in the Frank Gallery and we had the opportunity to show our parents! I thought the entire experience was fun and very exciting!
In LA class we had to write a ending for the Lady and the Tiger. Here is my ending.
As the woman gestured her hand to the right, the man started walking towards the right door. Then the man quickly changed direction and started walking towards the left door! The crowd gasped in surprise! They couldn’t believe what they had witnessed. The princess was in complete shock. Now the man was in a life or death situation. As the princess was also in shock, she kept trying to motion her hand towards the right. The man stopped in front of the tall, brown door. Eyeing the door knob, he started walking closer and closer to the door. Hand shaking, heart thumping, the man was turning the knob. As he was turning the knob, he looked back once more to the princess and to the crowd. His life with the princess flashed before his eyes. A million things were going through his head. What if he did open the right door and it was the tiger and why would the princess motion to the right door if she knew it was the tiger?
The man slowly opened the left door. Skreechh! The door was opened enough for him to slip in and close the door behind him. The room was so dark that the man couldn’t see his hand in front of him. Once he was in the room, a sudden light appeared. He saw a girl with a long, purple dress, brown hair, and blue eyes holding a lantern. He couldn’t believe his eyes! It was the maiden. The man’s eyes started to adjust to the dim light in the room. He sighed in relief, although he did not understand why the princess wanted him to choose the right door which held the tiger. The crowd saw the doorknob turn, and out came the man and the maiden. The man slowly looked up at the princess and glared, and the princess hung her head in shame. He couldn’t believe the princess. The man started thinking about what was going through the princesses head when he realized that the princess didn’t want him to love anyone else but her. In the end, the man ended up with the maiden, but to this day the man still thinks about the princess.
In the book Cosmic, the main character, Liam, is reading a book called Talk To Your Teen. Talk To Your Teen gives you advice about how to handle situations with your teen. Here is my idea I would add to the book.
If you feel like your teen doesn’t come to you for advice or help, that might mean that they don’t feel comfortable talking to you or they know that you don’t listen to them. A simple but good way to let your teen know that you’re there for them is listening to what their problem is and think about how to help them. When they are being open with you, the last thing they want to hear is their idea being shot down or you not accepting the concept that they are proposing. Another way you can understand your teen is to try to put yourself in the situation they are in, then try to help them out by giving advice that you would want to hear. Once they feel like they can come to you with an open mind and they know that you will listen to everything that they tell you, they will most definitely come to you. What I am am saying is try listening for a change!
If I were a grown up for a day, I would buy a mansion and two new cars. The first car I would buy is a black Range-Rover, the second car I would buy is a customized black and pink Mustang. After I buy the two new cars, I would drive to France for a shopping spring!
On the way to France, I spotted Justin Bieber! As much as I wanted to take him with me, I decided to leave him in peace. Before I leave France I would pick up new furniture for my mansion. Once I return from France, half of my day as a grown up will be over! I must move quickly before the day is over!
I would hop in my black and pink Mustang and rush to the spa! I would get my nails done and get a quick back massage. When I’m done with the spa, I would buy a two dogs for my new mansion. I would buy two golden retrievers. I would name one Cody and the other one Cooper. After picking up my dogs, I would drive home to my mansion and get them settled in. The last thing that I would do before my day is over is take a long nap in my king sized bed. When I wake up, I am no longer a grown up. I realized how much fun I could have as a grown up but being a grown up also comes with more responsibilities. I think I will enjoy my kid years for now!
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In Language Arts I am reading Red Kayak by Priscilla Cummings. I first found out about Red Kayak in a book talk. I have really enjoyed reading it so far. It really keeps my attention thoroughly throughout the book because of the great details. I can easily get an image in my mind by all the details. I can’t wait to read on and see what happens! If you like a good mystery, I think you would really enjoy this book!