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.