Last week I tried out for the 9th grade basketball. They tryouts were Wednesday and Thursday. I got on the team and now we practice everyday after school from 3-5, and if he wants he is going to hold practice on Saturdays from 9-11. I always look forward to the end of school so I can go play. I am so excited to start playing again, and especially with the girls on my team. I just got new shoes which are pretty nice, and I also got a new bag. I am so excited for our first game which it is on the 20th which is a blue and white game.
I am reading The Grand Escape. I choose this book because I like action and true stories. I like reading what people have been through. It has meet many of my expectations by having lots of action. I like how it is a true story about how a guy in world war 1 and he gets captured by Germans while flying over into their territory. He tries many times to escape. He gets moved to many different prison camps across Germany. Gets beat and starved to death by the soldiers. Finally one night him and his friends plan the biggest breakout in world war history.
As a reader I am very good at noticing detail, I like to be able to put the picture together and understand what is going on in the book that I am reading and to make predictions. I also can remember what I have read very well. In that case I don’t like to read books more than once because it isn’t as exciting as it was the first time I read it. Also I know what is going to happen. I have been slacking a little bit on my reading this year which I don’t know why because I like reading when I get into a good book. I like the thrill and not knowing what is going to happen.
I feel like I did ok during first term I wish I could’ve gotten an A in the class instead of an A-. I didn’t redo any of my assignments therefor that’s what caused me to get a lower grade. My academic goal that I have is to when I don’t get a very good score on one of the assignments then I am going to redo it to get a better score and therefor it will change my grade. Also another academic goal I have so I will have an A is to make sure everything is clear to me and to make sure I get everything done the right way and to shoot for fours. My personal goal is to read more at home so I can finish
more books this term then last term.
Authors use words to create the stories they are telling. Words make up the whole story which is called a move. There are lots of moves that authors use such as anger, suspense, mystery action, etc. They show those by using figurative language. Dialog also plays a huge part of showing mood, like when the author says “Emily said angrily”. You can tell how the characters are feeling, or how they are saying it. My favorite mood is mystery. It gets you so into the book that you have to keep reading to find out what will happen next, and you can also make a prediction of what will happen in the end. Authors use lots of different words that mean the same thing so you can look at it in different ways.
My strengths as a writer is coming up with authors moves and putting them in my story. To me it is just really simple to figure out will go with my story and having it flow. I have a hard time with trying to get ideas for my stories. Once I have my idea I just can’t start the first paragraph, like it doesn’t really work with the rest of my story. I need to work on having the first part of my story going with the rest of my story, so it flows. I also need to work on having my stories be organized, so they aren’t all over the place.
The first story that I read was “The Sniper”. The most eager thing that I want to discuss with my group is how come he went back to see who he killed, someone could easily shoot him. Just because it is quit doesn’t mean that people aren’t going to be there. And he is still alive, why is he risking his life like it doesn’t matter who he killed. All that matters is that he is still alive. He was wondering who he killed because what if it was someone he knew. He shouldn’t have gone over to see who it was because it was his brother. Because they got split up during the war.
What I look for in a good character is how they are explained. If They are explained we might have things in common with them, or we might even be able to relate to them. They authors try to have real life situations that have happened or can happen. Like in a Distance Prayer a man that lives in Utah gets drafted into world war 11. He is married and has a infant son. His team and him have to complete 50 missions they were on their 49th mission and something happens and he is captured as a prisoner of war then he escapes and gets back to his family. The author made me pay attention to the character because it is a real life situation.
We put so much time into reading stories to our siblings, nieces or nephews, etc. because it teaches them life lessons so they know that there might be a ugly duckling or someone who has a hard life situation that they are going through. It shows them how to handle those situations. It also helps them to know how they could act if they were in a situation like that and that it is ok to be different. We read them to them because it explains in a way for little kids so they can understand what is happening and to get the big picture.
My favorite book that I have read is Beholding Bee. It’s about a girl who lives with her aunt because he parents got in a car crash. They work at the carnival and bee works in the hot dog stand. She has a diamond on her face that everyone stares. She is so self conscious that she always pulls her hair tight to her face so nobody can see it. Pauline who is her aunt goes off with her boyfriend to get a better life and then she will come back and get her. After a few days she runs away with her dog and her pig. She stays at her aunts house which she can only see. They make her go to school and she meets her best friend. Her mom is skeptical because she knows that bee doesn’t have any aunts she is living with and invites her over anytime she wants. Then they decide to go find Pauline when they get there they find her and a guy stops them from leaving.