The First Story I Read

The story that I’m reading is “The Lottery” by Shirley Jackson. It is about a small town that does a ritual once every year. Every father or mother of the household picks a piece of paper from a box. If the paper you chose has a black dot on it, then something happens to you. I won’t tell you what happens, but I personally think it is awful. I will tell you that you don’t want to pick the paper with the dot on it. One of the questions that I have is, why do they keep doing the ritual if they don’t remember how it goes? And why would they do it if the town is already really small and there aren’t that many people in it? Also, why do the children have to gather all of the rocks that are used later in the ritual and how do they act so casual about it?

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What I’ve Been Reading

At the beginning of the school year, I was reading the first Hunger Games. I read the first and second books of the series so fast. I thought they were very interesting and I really enjoyed reading them. I am now on the third one. It is kind of boring, not gonna lie, so it’s been harder for me to get through. I want to finish it soon though, because I got a new book from the Pleasant Grove Library that I want to read before it’s due. It is called The Secret Language of Sisters. I’m excited to read it. I hope it is good because I probably won’t read it all if it’s a boring book. After I finish Mockingjay¬† (which is the third Hunger Games) and The Secret Language of Sisters, I’m not sure what I am going to read. My sister wants me to read the Children of the Promise series. But I’m not sure if that’s what I’m going to read.

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I Can Use Figurative Language!

Do you ever feel like people are being kind of mean to you even if they are trying to be funny? I think we all need to try and be kinder to everyone who is around us by watching what we do and say. I think sarcasm can sometimes make a conversation funny, but I also think that people can totally take it the wrong way. What if you tell someone they look like a tired dog or something to try and be funny, and I don’t know about you, but I wouldn’t want to be called a tired dog. And the person who you called a tired dog, probably wouldn’t appreciate it either. How would it make you feel if your little brother or sister told you that you were a train wreck? I can guess that you wouldn’t like that very much. I hope that we can all try and be nicer to everyone and make sure we are thinking about what we are saying before we say it, and if we do this, we will all be way happier!

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2095: What Will the Future Be Like?

I think that in 2095, the world will gave so much technology and it will be so advanced. Recently, the iPhone 11 was released. It has three cameras on it so that the pictures that are taken on it, will look really good and realistic. So, in 75 years, I feel like the phones will be crazy! They will probably be way expensive but, the pictures and features on it will be unreal! I don’t know if there will be magic houses like there was in the poem “August 2026: There Will Come Soft Rains.” I think it would be way cool if there were houses that reminded us of everything that we had to do, what time it is, makes us food, does the dishes, etc. But I think that people now, struggle with laziness and don’t want to clean, do dishes, make food for themselves, etc. anyways, so if we had houses that did everything for us, we would be more lazy.Image result for future pictures

There Will Come Soft Rain Poetry Analysis

When I read this the first time, I was so confused. I had no idea what the author was talking about. Then, when we talked about it as a class, I then realized it is about World War 1. Even thought this poem was written almost 100 years ago, I think it is still applicable to people today. I think it can tell us that wars are not helpful, no matter how bad the circumstances are. In her poem There Will Come Soft Rains by Sara Teasdale she says, “Not one will care at last when it is done.” And I think that this means¬† that if there is another war, no one will care when it is done because so many people will be dead and a lot of people would probably wish that they were dead so that they wouldn’t have to be alone. I also think that the world has hear Sara’s message, but they need to hear it again. When I say this, I mean that I think we learned our lesson after World War II, but there is so much contention in the world right now, that I don’t want another war to strike out.

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What I’m Doing Right and What I Can Do Better

I feel like I am good at coming to school, being prepared for my classes, and coming on time. But, I feel like I can be better at coming with a good attitude. I also, always do my homework and get it turned in, but I put it off and wait for the last minute to do it. So I need to get better at just doing my homework the night I get it, and making sure I did it the best way that I could have done it and make sure that I really tried on it. I have never failed a class and I feel like my grades have always been pretty good. But, I could always do the extra credit do make sure that my grade is as high as I could get it. I have never been a very good test taker, I usually do okay on tests, but I know I could to get better at studying for them.

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Who am I as a Writer

I feel like I am an okay writer. I don’t really like to write, but I do when I have to for school or something like that. I went through a phase in I think fourth grade, and I loved to write. I would write every night. I started to write a bunch of different stories. But, I never finished writing any of my books. In my stories, the same things would happen, so they were never interesting and I didn’t really like to read or write them. So I stopped writing in my free time. I do writing in my journal sometimes, but I don’t let anyone read it because it’s personal and I don’t want people to read it. In eighth grade, we had to write a short story. I wrote one called Blood on my Window. It was a horror story, and I really liked writing it. But, I haven’t written much sense then. I’m not sure if it’s considered having a hard time with it, but I just don’t really have the desire to write…like ever. Although, I am capable of writing, but I would like to get better at it.

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My Reading Journey

I started reading in Kindergarten. The first book I finished was one of The Magic Tree House books. I loved those books. But in second grade I found out I had a lazy eye, and that made it hard for me to read. I mostly read picture books. My mom did make me read some chapter books though. Then in third grade, I found a book at my school book fair and I loved it! I read it at least ten times. But, I can’t remember what it is called. After I read that book a lot, I stopped loving to read. I thought it was boring. In fifth grade I read Wonder. I also loved that book and I read it about three times. And my sister got me to read a series called Whatever After. I read the first three or four books. Then in sixth grade, I was finally old enough to read the Harry Potter books! I read up until the fifth one because that book is boring to me. Then I read all three of The Maze Runner books. And now, I am read the Hunger Games series. I am on Catching Fire. I really like it, and now I enjoy reading.

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