I explored the setting of The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown. This is what I consider the 3 main places in the book and the reasons why.
Just hover your mouse over each point and something will pop out!
Check it out here!
Rosslyn Chapel. Rosslyn Chapel, www.rosslynchapel.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/
Louvre by Night. Get Your Guide, www.getyourguide.com/paris-l16/
Meridian Trieste. A Tale of Meridians, Rio Wang, 15 12 2012, riowang.blogspot.com/2012/12/
Mona Lisa. Wikipedia, en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mona_Lisa.
Virgin of the Rocks. Wikipedia, en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Virgin_of_the_Rocks.
There were over 600 billion chess players in the world during 2012. That number has certainly increased and is rising every day. But out of these 600 billion people, there are not many champions. That is until child prodigy Waverly appears in The Joy Luck Club written by Amy Tan. She is undeniably special in numerous ways. Waverly is intelligent, inquisitive and sensible.
Waverly is exceptionally bright. She knows that some things need to be lost in order to win. For example, “when I offered my Life Savers as replacements for the buttons that filled in for the missing pieces, he relented.” (Tan, 2) This shows that Waverly is able to adapt to unfamiliar situations and think logically. Additionally, “I lost many games and many Life Savers. But with each diminishing roll of candies, I added new secrets.” (3) Confirms that she isn’t afraid to make sacrifices under certain circumstances. Furthermore, “I ran until it hurt and I realized I had nowhere to go, that I was not running from anything. The alleys contained no escape routes.” (5) Even though she was only 6 years old, Waverly knew that it was impossible to run away from problems. In short – she is a clever and gifted individual; wise beyond her years.
Not only is Waverly intelligent, she is very curious as well. This is the most important factor of her being a national chess champion. For instance, “I found out about all the whys later. I read the rules and looked up all the big words in a dictionary. I borrowed books from the Chinatown library. I studied each chess piece, trying to absorb the power each contained.” (3) Illustrates that Waverly is inquisitive, often going as far as she could to find out about the “whys”. Also, “My brothers and I would peer into the medicinal herb shop, watching old Li dole out onto a stiff sheet of white paper the right amount of insect shells, saffron-colored seeds, and pungent leaves for his ailing customers.” (1) Emphasizes that she was curious about the world around her even before chess. All in all, Waverly is inquisitive, giving her a great advantage over others.
Waverly is also a very sensible person, comparable to various other people. She learns from her mistakes and possesses patience and self-control that not many kids her age has. “”Bite back your tongue,” scolded my mother when I cried loudly, yanking her hand toward the store that sold bags of salted plums.” (1) and “The next week I bit back my tongue as we entered the store with the forbidden candies. When my mother finished her shopping, she quietly plucked a small bag of plums from the rack and put it on the counter with the rest of the items.” (1) Explains that Waverly is reasonable and knows that there is no point in throwing a tantrum. Moreover, she receives rewards for behaving appropriately. Waverly is alike to Stig, a character from The Brotherband Chronicles series written by John Flanagan. He had a hot temper which resulted in many unnecessary conflicts. Similarly, he benefited greatly when he learned to control his moods. To sum up – Waverly is sensible and has excellent self-control.
In conclusion, Waverly is intelligent, inquisitive and sensible. These qualities allowed her to overcome the challenges that came her way; to become a national chess champion. We should all aspire to be someone like Waverly; child chess prodigy.
8th Grade so far has been filled with new things. New students, new facilities, new classes, new EVERYTHING! It’s been quite an interesting ride so far. I met my best friend whom I haven’t seen since 2nd Grade, saw familiar faces from the last few years, and reintroduced myself to a few teachers who seemed to have forgotten me… Huh. I went to the wrong classrooms and got lost, just like last year! Overall, it’s been a great first week of school!
What are you looking forward to learning in G8 this year?
I am looking forward to learning more about history this year. More specifically, revolutions, because I want to know why and how people rose up against others, and how it changed the world. To learn how we are affected by the choices that were made years and years ago.
What challenges will you face?
The challenge I will face is challenging myself, to push myself further, to do more. I want to be able to go above and beyond, to make my each one of my works better than the last.
What is your plan to meet those challenges?
I will do my best and work hard on all of my assignments and projects. I’ll ask for help if I need it and I’ll try to do extra work.
For ONEday this year, my partner Annarosa Lam and I decided to build a Minecraft Medieval Fortress with a village. The original plan was to not only build it, but to teach others how to build it. But we didn’t have enough time and ended up finishing the castle and village only. We had to stay behind after school to get the final touches, but everything went better than expected. Before ONEday, we built only a tiny bit of the village, so during the morning, Annarosa worked on the village and I did the Castle Walls and the Fortress itself. In the afternoon, Annarosa finished to village to help me with the castle. We realized that the fortress was too small, so we had to rebuild the entire thing. It turned out pretty well and I’ve improved a lot with my building skills and speed, and learned to keep calm under pressure.
Enough of me talking – here are some photos!
This isn’t what it sounds like. It’s actually the SUGAR-FREE challenge, not the Sugar Challenge. The point isn’t to eat as much sugar as you can – it’s to cut off sugar for the entire week. I know what you’re thinking “Why would anyone in their right mind do this?” Well, this is for a PE Health unit, and we did this to learn about how much sugar is in our everyday foods, and how to (try) to have a healthy diet and a healthy life. How to make healthy food choices. And by that I don’t mean eating all healthy the entire time. It’s okay to have a bit of sugar now and then, but keep away from it when possible (getting an after-school snack is not that important) That was a really different week for me at mealtimes. I had to confirm with my Mom that the food was sugar-free. At lunch times, I had to check the sugar amount in foods, and multiple times I just ended up eating salads or sandwiches (without white bread) It was hard for lunch, as I was always really hungry when I got home. Salads and Sandwiches don’t fill me up good. I don’t know how I kept away from sugar for the entire week – it was hard, not because I couldn’t resist sugary snacks, but because almost all foods have a certain amount of sugar. I’m glad I didn’t starve.
Right now, I think I’m doing good on making healthy choices. The foods my Mom cooks don’t have sugar in it, and I don’t eat junk food or sugary snacks often, only occasionally (once or twice a week ) For me, the biggest problem is school lunch. The problem is, almost all the foods in school contain sugar – pizza, pasta, Chinese dishes, Delimarché – you name it. Only salads are the healthy choices. One cannot eat salad for their entire lunch! If only the school can make more sugar free food, then I think I will have a pretty much healthy diet.
I’ve learned a lot from this unit. EVERYTHING has sugar in it. It’s really hard to avoid it when things around you have them. But it’s been a good experience. I’ll try to make more healthy choices from now on.
Thanks for reading!