Monday, April 25, 2016

Blog - Intro Poetry Reflection

1. Based on our lesson today, what do you think a poem should have?

I think a poem should have a deep meaning and a moral lesson because it is the reason why the story is being told in the first place.

2. What should a poem not have?

A poem should not be told like you are talking to a person.

3. What did you notice that was different about the Bradstreet poem versus the Williams poems?

The Williams poem was not a poem and the Bradstreet poem was. I know this because the Williams poem was exactly what I said a poem should not be and Bradstreet poem was exactly what I said a poem should be.

4. What similarities did you see in these poems?

A similarity I see in The Red Wheelbarrow and To My Dear and Loving Husband is that they both are describing something. Williams is describing a red wheel barrow and Bradstreet is describing her love for her husband.

Blog - About My Father, Jackie Robinson

I believe that Sharon Robinson wrote this article because she probably wanted people to know that you can overcome anything in your life no matter how difficult the situation might be.

The main of this article is how Jackie Robinson changed history because he broke through the "color barrier". I know that this is the main idea of the article because the whole story tells about how things changed when Jackie Robinson came to be the first African American Major League baseball player. In the article it says, "Baseball's "color barrier" signifies the time in American history when black- and brown-skinned ballplayers were kept out of the Majors. In 1947, my father, Jackie Robinson, broke through that barrier and opened the door for others to follow." This tells me the main idea of the article. Another reason why I know that this is the main idea of the article because in the text it says, "Fifty years later, Breaking Barriers: In Sports, In Life was created to help diverse students understand Jackie Robinson's legacy of change." It is telling me that Jackie Robinson made a change and because of that, things are different.

The color barrier prevented black baseball players from playing in the Majors before 1947 because things were segregated. I know this because in the article it said, "American baseball became popular during the Civil War. Briefly in the late 1800's, two black players, Bud Fowler and Moses Fleetwood Walker, played alongside whites. But by 1890, Major League Baseball, like most of America, was "segregated." Until 1947, black- and brown-skinned players were in the Negro Leagues, while whites played in the Majors." This tells me exactly why the color barrier prevented black baseball players from playing in the Majors.

Jackie Robinson's statistics at UCLA and his accomplishments with the Kansas City Monarchs were important information for Branch Rickey because it shows what kind of athlete he was. It shows personality and his important accomplishments as an athlete.

It was important to Mr. Rickey that Jackie Robinson had strength of character because he needed to know that he could handle it as an individual. Mr. Rickey knew that if Jackie fought back, they would criticize him even more. Another reason why I know that it was important to Mr. Rickey is because in the article it said, "Rickey was testing whether my father would have the strength of character to fight back with his bat rather than his fist." This is telling me exactly why it was important to Mr. Rickey.

One piece of evidence in the article that suggests that Jackie Robinson succeeded in breaking barriers in Major League Baseball was at the end of the article. It said, "As predicted, my dad played baseball against amazing odds. He fought back with perfectly times bunts, hard line drives, and stolen bases. On April 15, 1947, Jack Roosevelt Robinson stepped onto the grass of Ebbets Field as a member of the Brooklyn Dodgers. He went on to play 10 seasons, earning such awards as Rookie of the Year and Most Valuable Player. It took 13 long seasons before every Major League Baseball team had at least one African-American player on its roster. Today, Major League Baseball players come from around the world and continue to break barriers of culture, language, race, and religion." Although it is long, it tells me everything about how Jackie Robinson succeeded in breaking barriers in Major League Baseball.

Blog - 42 Reflection

Discrimination is harmful or unfair treatment to different categories of people or things, especially the subject of race, age, or sex. The definition of discrimination to me is when people judge or treat people differently because of their race, age, or sex.

My brother experienced discrimination once when he was at school. He was talking to his friend in spanish because his friend didn't talk very good english. When his teacher heard him talking in spanish, his teacher told him, "If you are going to talk in spanish, then go back to Mexico." My brother was very angry when she said that because he isn't from Mexico. Just because he spoke spanish doesn't mean he was from Mexico. When my mom heard about it she contacted his school because she knew that it wasn't okay for his own teacher to say that to him. This was a time someone I knew experienced discrimination.

Sunday, April 24, 2016

Blog Challenge - March 31

The first time I went on plane is something that I will never forget. I was going to Texas with my family and my brother and I were nervous. It was his first time on a plane too. It was a fun experience because I was with my family. Another memory I have is when I went on a train for the first time. It was on my 11th birthday and my mom took me to Soldier Field with my brother to watch a soccer game. We had to take a few trains to get there and it was an amazing experience because it meant so much to me. It made me feel happy to spend my birthday with my mom and brother at a place that I've never been to. It felt amazing to spend time with my mom and brother in my birthday. It was an experience and birthday that I will never forget.

Blog Challenge - March 30

Something that someone did that I would never forget was when one of my teammates on my Freedom basketball team made a shot and got fouled when the game was tied 20-20 in the championship. Her name is Nessa. We were playing Gwendolyn Brooks. Brooks was the only team that we lost to during our regular season so we HAD to beat them. There was a girl on Brooks shooting free-throws. She missed her second shot and I got the rebound. I ran as fast as I could down the court and I could hear my coach saying "LOOK UP! LOOK UP!" I saw my teammate Nessa and as soon as I saw her I passed it. She shot a jump-shot and got fouled. She made it. Everyone in the bleachers was going crazy. Everyone on my team that was on the court ran and hugged her. We started yelling like crazy. She shot her free-throw and made it. After that the other team ran down the court and shot a three-pointer at the last second and missed it. We had won the championship! What Nessa did is something that I will NEVER forget.

Blog Challenge - March 29

I believe that if you try your hardest and never give up, you will accomplish things in life and you will succeed. You can achieve your dreams.

Blog Challenge - March 28

Food is great. One of my favorite foods to eat is strawberry yogurt with grapes and granola. There is this ice cream place near my house so my dad always takes me there and I always get a yogurt. I like other foods but this is one of my favorites.

Blog Challenge - March 27

The best advice that I have been told was to "Treat others the way you wanted to be treated". To me, this is the best advice because it is very meaningful. This is something that everyone needs to remember. I get very angry when people are nice to others but they don't get the same respect back. It isn't fair to that person who is always nice to people. That is why I think that this is the best advice.

Blog Challenge - March 26

3 wishes for my family:

- That all of us stay happy.
- That all of us stay healthy.
- That one day a miracle will happen for us.

Blog Challenge - March 25

When playing volleyball, you have to serve. If you don't know how to do an overhand serve then you do a underhand serve. When you do an underhand serve you first have to place the volleyball on your hand that you aren't serving with. Most likely your non-dominate hand. You place the volleyball on your palm and you keep your arm and hand still. Then with your dominate hand or the hand that you feel most comfortable serving with,  you make a fist and you keep your arm straight. You swing your arm back for power and you hit the ball near your hand. The volleyball should go over perfectly. You are finally done! That is you do an underhand serve.

Blog Challenge - March 24

I think that seafood is gross. I think this because I don't like to eat animals from the sea and also because it seems nasty to me.

Blog Challenge - March 23

My sister Nana is someone that I like spending time with. Obviously I LOVE spending time with everyone in my family but this is someone that I would like to talk about. My sister Nana and I always like to joke around with each other. I think that we became much more closer after she had her baby. I always try to help her with the baby and I always ask her how her nights were with her and if she needs help. Nana always goes to my basketball games and I always go to her basketball games. I love spending time with my sister because she always makes me smile and feel happy.

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Blog Challenge - March 22

My closest friend goes to Freedom. I have known her since 5th grade because of basketball. We didn't really talk that much in the beginning but when our team was comfortable around each other we were good friends. When my team used to play her team, Hiawatha, we would be ready to play. Some of my teammates went to Hiawatha too so it was fun playing against her and my other friends. Once we got to middle school, we became much closer friends. We had ELA together in 6th grade and we would always talk to each other. Then when we would have practices we would talk more. This year we have became way better friends. We played on the All-Star team together and we would always joke around. We have ELA and Math together this year so we are always working together. When I go to her house we are always laughing and joking around. I am glad that I met her and that we have become better friends.

Monday, March 21, 2016

Blog Challenge - March 21

There aren't any words that make me laugh. People make me laugh.

Blog Challenge - March 20

My favorite subject is math.

My least favorite subject is science.

Blog Challenge - March 19

If I could choose a time to live, it would be during the 80's. I would choose the 80's because my parents grew up around that time. My parents always tell me stories about their childhood and I always tell them that I wish I grew up in their time. It sounds like so much fun. I want to grow up without technology the way my parents did. I want to play outside inside of being inside using a phone, computer, TV, etc. Also I love the music from that time. I LOVE 80's MUSIC!!! That is my favorite type of music. I know way more 80's music than I know today's modern music. That is what I grew up listening to. Why couldn't I grow up during the 80's? Or why couldn't it be like that today? I wish I could grow up during the 80's so badly!

Blog Challenge - March 18

This weekend I am planning to win my last Rec game. I am also planning to go to my uncle's house for my grandma's birthday.

Blog Challenge - March 17



This is my favorite quote because it relates to sports and life. I fail so many times in basketball and that is okay. No one is perfect at anything. I just have to get back up and try harder. Learn to not make that same mistake again. I make mistakes in life, too. What I always remember is to learn from my mistakes. This quote reminds me to do that all of the time. Another reason why I love this quote is because it is said by one of my favorite players. I have always looked up to him. You need to fail in order to succeed. That is the biggest thing I will ever learn from Michael Jordan.

Blog Challenge - March 16

3 things I DEFINITELY can't live without:

- My family
- Air
- Water

Blog Challenge - March 15

3 things I can't live without:

- My family
- Basketball
- Hope

Blog Fifteen: Thinking...

The thing that I found most interesting about The Giver was Jonas' community. This is the most interesting thing to me because it shows me how things would be if our community was that way. I think that it is weird that nobody in Jonas' community questions why things were that way. Why they needed a Ceremony, why they need jobs at 12, etc. I think it is interesting to learn about other communities that are completely different from ours.

The thing I find most interesting about my book, Summer Ball, was the main character, Danny. He is a very interesting character to read about because of his attitude. There is times where I just want to be like, what? Then again there is times where I completely agree with him. He is confusing, too. He is a confusing character because sometimes he doesn't make sense. That is okay with me, though. I just like learning more about complex characters.

Something that DEFINITELY bothers me in The Giver is how they release people. Especially newchildren. This bothers me a lot because of the way the people react to release. They think of it as no big deal when really it is crazy. Another thing I don't like about The Giver was the ending. The author gave us so much information but left us hanging at the end. It was a very bad ending. Also, the characters. The author brought in some characters and didn't let us get to know them. For example, Jonas's mom, Fiona, and Asher. We learned small things about all of those characters but we didn't really know them. Those things really bother me about The Giver.

Something that bothers in my book, Summer Ball, was the way Danny treated his friend/crush, Tess. He acted very immature and although he was right, he shouldn't have acted the way he did. He was very mean to her. Danny got really mad because Tess stopped hanging out with him and his friends. He almost made her cry. I just wanted to tell him to leave her alone. But, she stopped hanging out with them because of some other guy, Scott. I would've been mad too but he could've been a little bit nicer. That is a major thing that bothered me about my book.

Thursday, March 17, 2016

Blog Sixteen: Workshop (Reading/Writing)

What I was writing was a story. It was a story about the day I won the championship for Freedom. "We walked inside of Unity with our heads held high. We were confident. We. We as a team. Not I. Not me. We. Us. We were a team," At this part, we were arriving at Unity. I don't need any ideas because I remember everything from that day.

Monday, March 14, 2016

Blog Fourteen: Alternate Ending

The sled was starting to slow down. Jonas's vision started to get blurry but he could still see the colorful lights ahead of him. He could still hear the music. As soon as the sled stopped, Jonas lost consciousness.

Jonas woke up to see a family sitting in a living room talking and laughing. Jonas saw that there was a tree in the corner. It was neatly decorated with colorful lights and other beautiful objects. It also had a bright yellow star on the top of the tree. The floor was surrounded by presents. He could feel the warmth. The love.
"Where am I?" Jonas asked. His body was exhausted. He forced himself to slowly sit up.
"No, no, no, no, no. Lay back down. You are going to be just fine." The woman said. She seemed very nice.
"Where is Gabriel?"
"The baby? He is sleeping in another room. Do you want me to bring him?"
"Yes, please." Jonas was very confused. He didn't remember anything. The last thing he remembered was when the sled stopped. The woman came back with Gabriel in her arms.
"Here you go," she said kindly. "Oh, and my name is Larissa." Jonas was in complete shock. Was this really Larissa? The Larissa he knew? The one who got released?
"Uh, thank you." Gabriel was sound asleep. He was clean too. "Thank you for bathing him." Jonas said.
"No problem." Jonas looked at himself and he, too, had been bathed. He was no longer bleeding and he was in clean clothes.
"And me too," Jonas looked at the family. They seemed so caring.
"Would you like to join us?" Larissa asked.
"Sure," Jonas said happily.
"Let me introduce you to my family," Larissa pointed at the man sitting on the couch. "This is my husband Arthur. We like to call him The Giver." Jonas was confused. "This is my daughter Fiona, and my son Asher." Both children looked like they were the same age as Jonas. "My other daughter Rosemary is in the bathroom," she said. "This is my mother and father," she pointed at the old couple. "You can just call them Mother and Father." Jonas was apprehensive. He couldn't understand what was going on. Jonas sat on the couch and stared at the family. Suddenly, everything started getting dark. He could see that back in his community it was chaos. Nobody could handle the memories. The Giver tried to help the community but there was too many bad memories. Everything at his community went crashing down. He didn't want go back, but the place he was in was starting to slip away from him.
"Noooooooooo!" Jonas screamed. He woke up to find himself in his room. It was all a dream.

Blog Challenge - March 14

I would like to learn how to play soccer. I want to learn because I am not good at it.

Sunday, March 13, 2016

Blog Challenge - March 13

Something that bothers me a lot is when people sweep. I just don't like the noise of it. It makes me feel weird.

Blog Challenge - March 12

Currently I'm...

Reading Summer Ball.
Eating Cocoa Pebbles.
Loving basketball.
Hating waking up early in the morning.
Smelling nothing.
Thinking about basketball.

Blog Challenge - March 11

My favorite article of clothing is my Stephen Curry jersey. It is gray with their logo in the front. It has his number (#30) inside the circle where the logo is. On the back it says Curry with his number in the center. It is my favorite article of clothing because it is super nice and it reminds me of one of my favorite players. It is also special because I got it for Christmas from my parents. It means a lot to me.

Thursday, March 10, 2016

Blog Thirteen - Famous

If I had to choose, I would rather be famous during my life. I would want to be famous during my life because I could keep doing good things instead of just being remembered for one thing. That is why I would rather be famous during my life.

Blog Challenge - March 10

I ran the world, I would do everything I could to make everyone happy and safe. I would make sure that nobody was homeless or struggling financially. I would want everything equal and fair. I just want everyone in this world to be happy and safe.

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Blog Twelve: Legacy

After I'm gone I want to be known for being a great person. I want people to remember my kindness and how I always made people smile. I also want to be known for being a great basketball player. I want people to remember my name and want to be just like me. I hope people forget about the times I was ever angry or sad because I don't want people to feel that way. I want someone to say my name and it will make someone smile. A change that I want to do is help homeless people and people that are sick. I want to do that because people don't deserve to live that way. I think I am doing pretty good so far, and I hope that later in my life, I can make a big difference.

Blog Challenge - March 9

I don't lie. I probably did once in my life but that was a long time ago. I don't remember.

Blog Challenge - March 8

My cure for sadness is music.

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Blog Eleven: Reaction to Release

I was absolutely shocked after reading these two chapters. It answered many of my questions. I can't believe that Rosemary applied for release! I wonder what specific memory made her want to be released. I also can't believe that Jonas's dad killed the newchild! I was expecting for Jonas's dad to see which baby weighed less, clean them up, and then send them off to some random place outside of their community. Everything I read these last two chapters surprised me. I wasn't expecting any of this. I wonder what the community's reaction would be if they really knew what "release" meant. I wonder if they would have the same reaction as Jonas. I have many questions running through my head right now. I can't wait for the next chapter!

Monday, March 7, 2016

Blog Challenge - March 7

1. Propuesta Indecente - Romeo Santos

2. Hilito - Romeo Santos

3. Cancioncitas de Amor - Romeo Santos

4. Dreaming of You - Selena Quintanilla

5. Como la Flor - Selena Quintanilla


Currently I am interested in basketball and volleyball.

Blog Challenge - March 6

5 places I want to visit:

- Florida
- Hawaii
- California
- An NBA Finals game
- The Oracle Arena

Blog Challenge - March 5

I wish I understood why people judge others for their differences.

Blog Challenge - March 4

The two people that fascinate me are Stephen Curry and Michael Jordan. They fascinate me because of their skills. I look up to them and the way they play basketball helps me improve in my skills. I am always watching games and videos of Stephen Curry. I pay attention to everything because he is a point guard just like me. I look at his form when he shoots, his moves, etc. It makes me want to be just like him. Michael Jordan fascinates me because he was an amazing NBA player. When he was in high school, he got cut from his basketball team. Instead of giving up, he practiced until he got better. He is now known today as one of the best NBA players of all time. If you really want it, then you will do whatever it takes to become the best player you can be. Thats why he fascinates me.

Blog Challenge - March 3

Things that scare me:

- Scary movies
- Pitbulls
- Snakes
- Spiders
- Losing my family

Friday, March 4, 2016

Blog Challenge - March 2

5 ways that anyone can win my heart:

1. Has to be kind with a great personality.
2. Has to be athletic (preferably basketball).
3. Has to have a good sense of humor.
4. Can't be a troublemaker.
5. Can't be embarrassed around me.

Blog Challenge - March 1

1. I have been playing basketball for 6 or 7 years.
2. I love 80's music. I think I know more 80's music than today's modern music.
3. I am very crazy around certain people. If I am around people that I don't really talk to then I act very shy.
4. One time in fifth grade I was playing a basketball game at Pershing against Hiawatha and the ball fell on the floor. I went to go get the ball and I was pushed from behind and I fell on the ball on my stomach. That was the first time I cried in basketball.
5. When I was a baby, I used to have a mohawk. My parents would try to bathe me and it would never go down. Then they shaved my head but not completely.

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Blog Ten: Understanding

If this book was told in a different character's point of view, this book would not be as interesting. It would not be as interesting because we, as readers, would not know about the memories, Jonas' feelings, The Giver, colors, the seeing beyond thing Jonas has, etc. I would not know as much about the society because the memories are a big part of understanding his community. In the book it says, "They have never known pain, he thought." If we didn't have the ability to read in Jonas' point of view, we would not know what he was feeling, thinking, and or experiencing. This book would be a lot more confusing if the book was not told in Jonas' point of view.

Blog Nine: Imagine

In the song "Imagine" by John Lennon it is trying to say to appreciate the things you have in life because you never know when all of those things can be taken away. Things could be worse.

This song relates to The Giver because the parts that talk about the world be different is how Jonas' world is. There is no countries and there is no religion. It is kind of like Jonas wants all of the good things that John Lennon is saying in the song. A sky and everyone living in peace. This is how I think the song relates to The Giver.

Friday, February 26, 2016

Blog Eight: Freedom

One of the freedoms granted by the Preamble was to promote the general Welfare. It is supported in today's society because of hospitals, doctors, convenient pharmacies, Obamacare, etc.

My answer to the general Welfare being supported by today's society reinforces my belief in this freedom. It reinforces my belief because it gives me good details of how our society supports the general Welfare.

This freedom is not really portrayed in The Giver. It is, but it is not like our society. In Jonas' society, they have Audiologist, Occupational Therapist, Optometrist, Physical Therapist, Chiropractor, Speech Pathologist, Physiologist, etc. Most of the jobs are doctors. There are some pharmacists, but that is pretty much it. They don't have insurances from what I have read so far. Their society supports general Welfare but not like our society.

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Blog Seven: Jonas' Point of View

Jonas' point of view is changing because of his Assignment. He now understands what is going on and what the Chief Elder meant when she was talking about the effects of being a Receiver. For example, the Chief Elder said, "The training required of you involves pain. Physical pain." When the Chief Elder said this, Jonas was afraid that he wan't brave enough to tackle the challenge of being the Receiver of Memory. "The Giver", though, made Jonas feel comfortable so now he kind of enjoys being the Receiver. He is experiencing and learning new things that he never even knew existed.

Blog Six: New Chapter Title

Chapter 5: Mysteries Evolving

I chose chapter 5 because I think that this chapter gives a lot of important information and it helps us understand a little bit more about Jonas. I chose the title "Mysteries Evolving" because the mystery to Jonas is his dream and Stirrings. At the beginning, he never really thought of Stirrings as this big important thing until he actually got them. On page 36 Jonas says, "Stirrings. He had heard the word before. He remembered that there was a reference to the Stirrings in the Book of Rules, though he didn't remember what it said... He had always ignored that announcement because he didn't understand it and it had never seemed to apply to him in any way." His dream was a mystery that had evolved after he figured out why he got it in the first place. At first he thought his dream was just a strange dream that he didn't quite understand. After he talked with his mother about it, it wasn't much of a mystery anymore. It went from a strange dream to a more complicated reasoning for it.

Monday, February 22, 2016

Blog Five: Choices, Choices

Imagine, living in a society where all choices are made for you. Your future is already planned out for you and you don’t have to worry about anything. The rules that follow, though, are set strict so that no one makes the wrong choices. Would you rather live in that society or would you rather live in a society where you have the freedom to make your choices? If I had to choose, I would definitely, without a doubt, choose the society where I could make my own choices.


I believe that having the freedom to make your own choices is better than having your choices made for you because you get to experience the good outcomes, you get to plan your future out, and you get to live the life you want to have. Although it sounds like a good thing, there can be some negative outcomes as well. When you get to make your own choices, there will be a time where you make a bad one. You are responsible for that choice and you have to face the negative consequences. When your choices are made for you, you don’t have to worry about that. A positive from making bad choices, though, is that you learn from your mistakes. It shapes you into a better person.

Blog Four: Unity Through Conformity?


The community’s enforcement of conformity creates unity because it makes everyone know that they aren’t different so there shouldn’t be any bad things said about one another. Plus, if you mention a difference that someone has, you get in trouble. They force the community to be nice to each another. They set strict rules so that no one gets hurt. This results in all being nice so it brings everyone together in a positive way.

Thursday, February 18, 2016

Blog Three: "What If?"


I think my life would be completely different without the knowledge of historical events. It sounds like a small thing that doesn’t really make a big impact in a person’s life but it actually changes a lot. Without historical events in my life, I would not have a social studies class, I would not have done projects about famous people in the past, and I wouldn’t have been able to do the Wax Museum that I did in 5th grade. The list can go on and on but these are just a few things that would have been different in my life. Without historical events, our world would not have been what it is like today. It would have been a lot worse. If the general public had no background knowledge of historical events, a lot of bad things could have happened. We learn from our mistakes so without knowledge of historical events, we would have made the same mistakes over and over again. I think that history is important because we can learn new things of things that happened before our time.

During the discussion, a lot of people said many things that brought up good points. It made me ask questions in my head about some of my own thoughts. I agreed with most of the things that everyone said because it was pretty much exactly what I was thinking. Some people said the same things I was thinking but it was just a different situation. After I started hearing different situations, I started thinking of more in my head. The discussion helped add to my thoughts.