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An awesome cover for the cupboards

Posted in critical thinking, Humanities, independent, reading with tags , , , on February 1, 2016 by Angela

As you can see by the cover it is quite a mysterious book, making ‘mystery’ my theme. I chose to use a lot of dark colors, shadows and a set of cat’s eyes to give it a spooky feeling. By looking at the picture I expect a possible reader to understand that the main character is a boy, and if you really start to analyze the picture you might see that the key he is holding is actually a question mark, which is capable of unlocking the mysteries sealed in the cupboards, also found on the cover.  At the upper part of the cover I decided to use a lot of grey, it represents places on the wall where plaster has been scraped (or fallen) off, the reason for me including that can be seen in the introduction of the book. “Henry scrapes the plaster off the wall and discovers doors – ninety-nine cupboards of all different sizes and shapes” (Wilson, introduction of the book inside the jacket).

I hope you liked my cover and that you can relate to the theme of the story by looking at it By the way, see if you can find a cleverly corrected mistake somewhere on the cover. 🙂

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Wilson, Nathan D. 100 Cupboards. New York: Random House, 2007. Print.

Door to Another World

Posted in critical thinking, Humanities, independent, reading with tags , , , , on January 26, 2016 by Angela

Henry’s cousin Henrietta was lost in the cupboard in his grandpa’s room, and Henry went inside of the cupboards and tried to get her back but instead he found a boy who was in a jail and brought him back to his house.

The door was half way open, so Henry could only see a slice of the space. He moved closer to the door, an inch at a time. Nothing, except for some books were on the floor, then, he stepped into the room and saw a cupboard door beneath and beside grandpa’s book shelf, it was open. The opening was just big enough for a person to fit through. “The light from the room didn’t seem to penetrate it. On the floor outside the door was a shoe and half a pair of glasses. They weren’t Henrietta’s.” (Wilson, 176). Henry suddenly knew why someone had been living in the house unseen and he thought that he should tell uncle Frank everything. But, instead, “He dropped onto his hands and knees, took a deep breath, and crawled into  the cupboards.” (Wilson, 176).

Henry went into the cupboards to find Henrietta, after he found Henrietta they tried to escape from the cupboards to back home. Unfortunately, they got in trouble, “Some of the men held wolves on chains, and when the tall man gestured, they released them, snarling, into crowd.” (Wilson 242). The wolves attacked a few then finally came to Henry and Henrietta, “‘Silence!’ The tall man’s voice rose above the din. The men began whistling, and wolves from every corner of the room returned to them.” (Wilson, 242). As the man saved them and lead back the wolves, Henry pushed Henrietta into the cupboard behind them, and they finally came back home.

Sophie and Dex were kidnapped by a secret group of bad guys, and she tried to rescue them several times, finally an unknown guy saved them and sent them to France. He left a note for them to get back home before he left “Dex helped her look, but all they found was a scroll of paper with the words “Alexandre, Lantern, Concentrate.’’ Followed by the word ‘Hurry.’” (Messenger, 432). On the way Sophie and Dex arrived at the place on the note, they got into more trouble, the kidnappers had found them; however, Fitz (on of the main character in Keeper of the lost city) saved them and brought them back to home.

I think both of the texts from different books and different authors were very similar, the main female characters were gone, and the main male characters went to find them, after that they got into troubles again; however, someone saved them and they came back home safely.

 

Wilson, Nathan D. 100 Cupboards. New York: Random House, 2007. Print.

Messenger, Shannon. Keeper of the Lost Cities. New York: Aladdin, 2012. Print.

Invisible Cupboards

Posted in exposition, Humanities, independent, reading, setting, written on January 18, 2016 by Angela

Have you ever felt the need to do something that you are not supposed to do out of curiosity? Like pushing a button with the words “don’t push” or pulling off the sticker on your laptop that says “Do Not Remove”? That is something similar to what the main character, Henry, did in his uncle’s house, and it took him on an adventure during a different time.

100 Cupboards is written by N.D. Wilson, and it’s the first book in a trilogy. The story takes place in our world and possibly another world, in our world it takes place in Henry, Kansas, the former which also happens to be the main character’s name. In the beginning of the book the town is described as “Henry, Kansas, is a hot town. And a cold town. It is a town so still there are times when you can hear a fly trying to get through the window of the locked-up antique store on Main Street.” (Wilson,1) As soon as I read that, I knew it would be full of mysteries.

The author also does a great job of adapting different kinds of moods by using the moon or other kinds of natural environments, for example “Leaving behind the moonlit attic was like stepping into a hole, and the steep stairs squealed at him as he went.” (Wilson,15) Just the idea of going from a moonlit room in to a hole made me think about all the scary stuff that might be down there, and in the end, Henry did find a scary surprise — an old, short and bald man walking from the bathroom towards Henry’s dead grandfather’s room, which has been impossible to open since his death, “Before he touches the door, he looked back over his shoulder. His deep black eyes settled on Henry in the darkness.” (Wilson,16)

A few nights later, while Henry was trying to fall asleep, some plaster fall down on his face and that’s when he started going on his cupboards adventure. Each cupboard represents a door to another world, Henry figured out the combinations of those cupboards, he went through them and even brought back a poor boy from another world back to Earth.

All in all, I think the book is really great, the mood in this book always keeps you thinking, wondering what is going to happen next.

Colourful Songs

Posted in Humanities, independent, reading on November 9, 2015 by Angela

I found these songs really match to the book I read:

Stitches (By Shawn Mendes) – I choose this one because near the end mostly everyone thought the main character was dead, but later on they found her still alive, and the MV of this song represent their mood very well.

Believe (By Shawn Mendes) – The theme of this song shows Suphie’s best friend, Biana, still Believe in she is alive.

Best song ever & Best day of my life (By One Direction) – These songs’ melody shows how people exciting about they found Sophie.

Midnight memories (By One Direction) & Never be along (By Shawn Mendes)- These two songs shows what Sophie feels about when she came to home at the end.

Rock me (By One Direction) & Roller coaster (By Justin Bieber) – These two songs shows the very exciting plot of the story.

A Mail To A Friend

Posted in Humanities, independent, reading on October 31, 2015 by Angela

“I’m not dead—yet. Please, they’re going to kill us.” (Messenger, 425) the transmit to Fitz is Sophie’s last chance to seek for help, she tried to transmit to everyone but no one believed she is still alive. Sophie and Dex were kidnaped by a secret group few days before she sent the message, after that, people thought they were dead, so they even conducted them a funeral.

The postcard I made below is what I think Sophie would send to Biana (one of her best friend) after she and Dex escaped from the bad guys. And from the postcard, it explained how did they escaped and came back to the lost cities. 

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This Post card I made showed all the main character’s face and the magical plot of the rising action.

Accept Changes

Posted in Humanities, independent, reading on October 27, 2015 by Angela

Did you ever want to have a super power that can let you hear what people around you are thinking? And have you ever thought about how much trouble it can bring to you? Here, the book “Keeper of the lost cities” brings you an almost perfect girl, Sophie Foster, who has the super power of telepathy, infliction, photographic memory, telekinesis, teleportation and polyglot, but, even though she has so many powers, she is not content, not because she wants more, it’s because she never wanted these powers.

The book’s setting takes place in several places but mostly modern San Diego and one of the lost cities, Eternalia. Even though the environment is similar to our world, it’s still a book full of magical devices, fantasy action and great inventive minds.

Sophie Foster is an elf, who is different from other elves, besides her, all of her peers got blue or green eyes but for some reason she was born with brown eyes which mades her very unique. other than that she looks like a typical girl, she’s of average height and weight with golden blond hair. We get to follow her from when she is a lonely and shy twelve year old girl and watch her develop into a strong and brave teenager.

She got her telepathic abilities at the age of five, when she hit her head. She woke up in the hospital and suddenly she was able to hear everyone’s thoughts, and her elven neighbour somehow taught her how to use that power in secret. Because of having the super special ability and her photographic memory, she skipped many grades, eventually became a twelve-year-old high school senior, at that time no one liked her in her school, therefore she had no friends. But, one day everything changed for her. On a field trip to the National History Museum, she met another mind reading elf named Fitz, who later brought her to Eternalia, one of the lost cities, and that was her real home.

After Sophie went to the lost city she learnt from Fitz that she was not a human being “Okay—there’s no easy way to explain this, so I’m just going to say it. We’re not human, Sophie.” (Messenger, 15) and that’s when her struggles began, because she is such a curious girl she wants to figure out who she is and why she exists. 

The Butterfly Effect, Time Travelling with a Twist

Posted in Humanities, reading on August 27, 2015 by Angela

If you could go back in time, where would you go and what would you do? Eckels, a “thrill hunter”, who is the main character in this story decided to try something completely new – hunting a dinosaur. You might be asking yourself “How is that possible? Dinosaurs have been extinct for a long time.”, with a time machine of course.

“TIME SAFARI, INC. SAFARIS TO ANY YEAR IN THE PAST. YOU NAME THE ANIMAL.

WE TAKE YOU THERE. YOU SHOOT IT.”

Eckels had gone hunting before, he had shot many animals, including tiger, wild boar, buffalo and elephant, but this time things didn’t go so smoothly. In “The Sound of Thunder” written by Ray Bradbury, we get to follow Eckels as he tries for his biggest prey yet, possibly ever – a T-rex! From the very beginning it’s a very interesting story but it also has a hidden meaning, to follow instructions given to you or you might get hit by the “Butterfly Effect”.

“Its purpose is to keep you from touching this world of the Past in any way. Stay on the Path. Don’t go off it. I repeat. Don’t go off. For any reason! If you fall off, there’s a penalty. And don’t shoot any animal we don’t okay.” (Bradbury, 225) Travis gave Eckels very clear instructions to stay on the path marked by the group in order to not change anything, but when push came to shove and he saw a T-rex with his own eyes, he’s instructions seemed meaningless, and that’s where it all changed.

Eckels, not looking back, walked blindly to the edge of the Path, his gun limp in his arms, stepped off the Path, and walked, not knowing it, in the jungle.” (Bradbury, 231) After the rest of the group killed the T-rex, they found Eckels in the time machine and noticed that Eckels boots were muddy. Travis got really angry because it might cost them a lot of money and the government might not let them time travel anymore, not to mention that it could change the future. Travis did not want to bring Eckels back home, but eventually he did. “Eckels felt himself fall into a chair. He fumbled crazily at the thick slime on his boots. He held up a clod of dirt, trembling, ‘No, it can’t be. Not a little thing like that. No!’ Embedded in the mud, glistening green and gold and black, was a butterfly, very beautiful and very dead.” (Bragbury, 236) Eckels soon found out that the anti-everything man had been elected president but didn’t want to believe that it was because he had stepped on a butterfly. He got down on his knees, shut his eyes and knew that something bad was going to happen. Then suddenly there was a sound of thunder.

I think that the point of this story is that you should follow instructions to the letter, because even something very small could change the future as well.

100 cupboards – By N.D. Wilson

Posted in Uncategorized on August 26, 2015 by Angela

100 cupboards, by N.D. Wilson, there are three books total. I read the first book during this summer, it’s a sort of mystery and fantasy fiction, which is really interesting, so makes me want to keep reading.

The most important characters are, Henry (the main character, 12-year-old. He is brave, clever) and Henrietta (Henry’s cousin, 11-year-old. She is also clever, and always acts like she is brave).

The Setting of the story is mostly in uncle Frank’s house, but they (Henry and Henrietta) went though the cupboards, because every cupboard is a door of different place in the world, but the time is totally different, for example, someplace in the cupboard were still the ancient time.

The story is about the main character Henry’s mom and dad were gone, so he went to live with his uncle (uncle Frank) and aunt, one day he accidently found 99 cupboards in his bed room’s wall, he told Henrietta about it, and they tried to figure the combination of those cupboards out…

Infographic – Tang dynasty

Posted in Humanities on May 29, 2015 by Angela

This is our final infographic project, and mine is about the most famous dynasty – tang in ancient china. The reason why i choose Tang dynasty were not because it’s famous, it’s because that I watched a TV-film called – 武媚娘传奇, which is about the only & first female emperor.

Would you eat soup made from crickets?

Posted in ESOL on May 13, 2015 by Angela

I wouldn’t eat soup made from crickets, because insects are dangerous, disgusting and they also looks wired. BUT, after I watched some video from Mr.Jason’s blog, I started to think fried Tarantulas might be quite “delicious” and “cute”. Um, maybe I can try to eat some in the future, but for now my answer is still NO.