14 Apr 2016

Lack of Teamwork

Author: William | Filed under: Humanites, RWWS

Have you ever felt like the information someone told you was a lie and you believed it?  In the book The Always War by Margaret Peterson Haddix is about Gideon, the protagonist, fighting in a war. The story is in the future on the plains with mountains and lakes where the war takes place. The main conflict of the book is fighting over the lake territory. The protagonist bought a plane off the black market and flew out into the war zone to surrender because he killed about 1000 people. This book reminds me of another book in the Cherub series called The Dealer.

 

The protagonists of the The Always War, struggle to work together.  For example, Dek and Gideon, are struggling with Gideon who wants to surrender. I chapter 9 Gideon was instructed to do something, but he didn’t: “Why didn’t you check the fuel gauge when I told you to?” (Haddix,89). This shows that Dek wants the plane to be fueled and ready to go, so they could come back without running out of fuel. This also shows that Gideon is about to give up and doesn’t care about the plane.

 

Similarly, in the book Cherub the protagonists also found it difficult to work together. In chapter 13, James was instructed not to touch Kerry’s phone, but he did: “Kerry shook her head. You’re an animal James” (Munchamore,200). This shows that Kerry and James don’t get along very well. James knew that Kerry hated people changing her phone’s passcode when she didn’t notice. Which then made Kerry called James an animal.

 

Overall, the protagonists in both books had many conflicts which caused them to be dysfunctional. For example, the protagonists of The Always War couldn’t collaborate and because the protagonists in Cherub couldn’t work with each other.

 

 

Bibliography:

Muchamore, Robert. The Dealer. New York: Simon Pulse, 2005. Print.

Haddix, Margaret Peterson. The Always War. New York: Simon & Schuster for Young Readers, 2011. Print.

29 Jan 2016

A Solution for Ember

Author: William | Filed under: Humanites, RWWS

 

Ember has many problems, for example flickering lights, food shortages, a corrupt government and disappearing resources. During the resolution of The City of Ember, By Jeanne DuPrau Doon and Lina leave first and send a message to the others telling them how to get out of the old city.

 

The main conflicts of the story are the flickering lights, food shortages, disappearing resources plus a corrupt government. The Generator was failing, so flickering lights were a problem because sometimes people would be on the streets walking, then suddenly the lights go out for a few minutes. It would make the people on the streets worry. Food shortages were a problem because ember was running out of good food(canned)The shortage was caused by the mayor because he ate most of it. Resources were disappearing because the mayor was hogging for himself.

 

At last Doon and Lina get out of the city. It was kind of tricky because of the long walk. That means that the flickering lights weren’t a problem anymore because they weren’t in Ember anymore. Same as the resources and food shortages. The mayor didn’t come out because he fell in the endless river.

 

Over all, the city of Ember had many resolved conflicts. For example, the flickering lights and the food shortages.

 

Bibliography:

DuPrau, Jeanne. The City of Ember. New York: Random House, 2003. Print.

 

21 Jan 2016

Ember’s Conflicts

Author: William | Filed under: Humanites, RWWS

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In the book The City of Ember by Jeanne DuPrau, Ember has many conflicts that it needs to deal with. One of the many conflicts of the story is the lack of canned food, so for example canned peaches and corn are rare in Ember. Also the government is also corrupt because the mayor is stealing everything Ember is lacking of for himself. This is a man vs. society book.

For my Infographic I focused on the conflicts of the book. Then I choose four conflicts and listed them in my Infographic. At last I added a short paragraph about the conflicts.

 

Bibliography:

DuPrau, Jeanne. The City of Ember. New York: Random House, 2003. Print.

14 Jan 2016

Ember’s Setting

Author: William | Filed under: Humanites, RWWS

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In the book The City of Ember by Jeanne DuPrau, the people in Ember are mostly worrisome, but they have happy times. Ember people are always worrisome because the lights always flicker and they worry that the light will never come back on again. The kids of Ember were happy and excited to pick their jobs on assignment day. Assignment day is a day when they randomly draw a job.

For my mind map I focused on the setting of the book. Then I choose four main locations and gave descriptive words of the locations. At last I add mood words to show how it would feel like to be in the setting.

 

Bibliography: DuPrau, Jeanne. The City of Ember. New York: Random House, 2003. Print.

29 Oct 2015

Escaping Danger

Author: William | Filed under: Humanites, RWWS

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I’ve created a book cover, it shows that kids can pretty much do everything adults can. In the book Cherub,The Dealer by Robert Munchamore, it shows that kids are on undercover missions where they are required to drive, deliver packages and help police to solve crimes. I’ve chosen to put a kid driving a car on the book cover because it really shows kids can do things like adults.

29 Oct 2015

Delivery

Author: William | Filed under: Humanites, RWWS

 

 

 

 

 

 

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26 Oct 2015

Cherubs Undercover

Author: William | Filed under: Humanites, RWWS

Mission 2, Cherub

 

Would you like to be James Bond? A teenage version of James Bond?  Living dangerously with fancy cars and lots of money? Having dangerous but exciting missions to catch master mind criminals? Robert Muchamore wrote a series of books about a teenage division of a British secret agency called Cherub. In the second book, The Dealer, Cherub’s agents are sent out to spy on terrorist, penetrate into drug gangs, hack into critical documents and gather intel on global threats. With one crucial advantage, that adults never suspect kids. Now its time, to take down the dealer.

 

Mission 2, The Dealer. Mission Briefing:  To bust Keith Moore, one of the most wanted cocaine dealer in Britain. The agents must make friends with Keith Moore’s kids and to gather lots of evidence before busting. Agents are warned to be “at risk of violence and exposure to drug” and are repeatedly told that they will be kicked out of Cherub “immediately if they are willingly to use cocaine or any other class A drug.”

 

Now Cherub Agents Kerry, Nicole, Kyle and James are on the mission in danger, in the drug society and out of Cherub campus with one crucial advance is that adults never suspect kids are spying or hacking into personal documents.

 

In many ways I can relate to the main character James. One example is that he didn’t read the practice mission plan carefully resulting two paintball shots in the chest. I’m kind of like him because sometime I don’t take time to read the blog post rubric and get points taken off easy mistakes. Another example is that James and Bruce ran back to Cherub campus before 12:00 P.M. when they could have taken a taxi if he was careful enough to finding the taxi money hidden in a kitchen drawer. That is kind of also like me because if I’m in a hurry my brain goes off and I would forget something or could have taken a shortcut.

Bibliography: Muchamore, Robert. The Dealer. New York: Simon Pulse, 2005. Print.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

27 Aug 2015

WE ARE IN A TIME MACHINE!

Author: William | Filed under: Humanites

Do you know that you are changing history? That mosquito you just killed could have caused the wrong president to be choose sixty million years later. That rose you just picked could have dried out the fossil energy from the earth sixty million years later. That turkey you just ate could wipe out the whole population of BananaBird sixty million year later.

We are in a time machine! Don’t you believe me?

Well, Ray Bradbury would probably agree! He wrote a short story called “A Sound of Thunder”. In the story, Eckels went back sixty million years to kill a Tyrannosaurs. His time safari was carefully planned so that he and his guides would stay on the path not touching anything in the jungle and kill a Tyrannosaurus before its natural death.  Mr. Travis, the leader of the group said: “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.”

Then unfortunately, Eckels got scared and ran off the prearranged path and accidently stepped on a butterfly. When he can back to the present, the world was not the same as he left, and here is how he found out it was him ran off the path and accidentally stepping on to a butterfly cause the change. “Eckels stood smelling of the air, and there was a thing to the air, a chemical taint so subtle, so slight, that only a faint cry 430 of his subliminal senses warned him it was there.” I’ve changed the world he said to himself.

After finishing the story, I was thinking about how many events had to go right in the last one hundred years just for us to be here. What if WWII didn’t happen? What if the computer was not invented? What if Microsoft was not invented? How many events have to go right? Millions, Billions, Trillions, Goggles?

All I know is that everything we do, no matter how small, sometimes accidently, is changing our future. We’re in a time machine!

 

 

Citations:

Bradbury, Ray. A Sound of Thunder and Other Stories. N.p.: n.p., n.d. Print.

8 Jun 2015

REFLECTION

Author: William | Filed under: Uncategorized

I have grown in many ways and also in the 21st century skill. This year we had lots of communication practices for example the debate has lots of speaking. There was also collaboration and leadership in the activities we have done this year for example the human knot. We had lots of creativity in the Rube Gold Berge Challenge with all the different and crazy steps you can think of. I have developed a lot in communication this year because we had a debate contest and that really help my communication skills. I need to improve on leadership skills because I don’t really like leading anything. I have learned that I am good at debate. I have grown a lot as a writer because I now do many revisions before I turn in a piece of writing work and also reread for mistakes. I need to improve on my reading because I sometimes skin words, and the text doesn’t make any sense. I have grown socially because I made new friends. I have connected to China by the mentoring trips and the Chinese learning in class. I have developed in my passion because we have had many opportunities like PE blocks to work on our passion for example the dodge ball gun and the alcohol rockets. I think the Change project was the most successful because the project had field trip and an ok amount of work. Now I feel more capable of directing my own learning now because I can manage my time better and I am more efficient in my work.

 

25 May 2015

Connections

Author: William | Filed under: Reading

Connections

Text to Text: one i read a book about boat trading routes and it was similar but with different facts.

Text to Self: i once saw a diagram about banks and how it earns money and i also knew some about it.

Text to world: governments are allowed to block trade routes form different places like it said in the book.

Text to Media: once i watched a movie on trading and it was very similar to the book.

Questions

When you put money into the  bank then why does 10% go in the vault?

A:because thats how banks earn money.

If trade routes how blocked then how do people import Goods?

A:they don’t

How munch power do governments to block trade routes ?

A:quite some

Visualization

Then scenes is like a loud harbor with many parked ships. The sound of Cranking lines of cranes lifting shipping crates and the dropping sound of crates. The harbor has many different colored ships from many different products. the yelling sound of people tell where to put the crates. The Ocean water is Blue and the sky is Blue.