Independent Reading Exposition Task

Setting of HeatBy Mike Lupica


The setting in the book Heat by Mike Lupica is in the Bronx, New York. The Time is in the Late 1990’s and/or the early 2000’s. Another setting for this book is on a baseball field next to a railroad track close by Yankee stadium and also a small apartment where the main character Michael lives. Michael Arroyo grew up playing baseball and when he was young him, his dad, and his brother Carlos got on a ship in Havana, Cuba and snuck into America. Sadly after they got to America his dad passed away due to cancer and he and his brother are left to live alone. So his brother Carlos who is 17 finds work in New York so that he and Michael can survive in America. I think that the author chose to make the setting of Heat in the Bronx, New York with the main character living in a small apartment to symbolize that he is not very wealthy but he works hard.

The quote on pg.15 sentence 1 “There were two ballfields at Macomb’s Dam Park, A real green-grass park in the Bronx.” This quote proves that this story takes place in the Bronx, New York and also on a baseball field.

Am I a Humanist Infographic?

SMART goals 2018-2019

Academic goal:

Get at least one mastery in every subject by the end of the year.

I am going to achieve this by making sure I study before tests and quizzes I will also try and do my best on homework.

Wellness goals:

Maintain at least 8 hours of sleep each night.

I will make sure I go to sleep before 10:00 pm every night.

Personal goals:

Get better at baseball and be able to throw at least 8 strikes out of 10 pitches.

I will achieve this goal by practicing pitching with my dad after school on Wednesdays, Fridays, and also on Saturdays.


Found Poem.

Found Poem

This found poem was created with the words of William W. Jacobs. In the short story, “The Monkey’s Paw”. I chose to describe the setting in my found poem. I decided to describe the setting in my story because it is what I think to be the most important part in the story, the setting basically sets a base for the whole story. I intentionally chose the words in my found poem because they give you an idea about when and where the story “The Monkey’s Paw” takes place. The four word’s chess and fire burn brightly indicates that this is in the 1800’s or early 1900’s because there is no technology or lights. The place this is located is in somebody’s house in an isolated area, I know this because the words isolated and bog indicate that this story is located in some isolated area.

I chose a dark background with a creepy old house and tree because the setting of this story is a setting for a horror story. This takes place in some small house in the middle of nowhere on a dark windy night in the 1800’s or early 1900’s.

‘That’s the trouble with living here,’ Mr. White shouted with unexpected violence. ‘Of all the wet, isolated places this is the worst. The path is a bog and the road’s a river, but I suppose people don’t care because only two houses in the road are occupied.’. That paragraph and the two quotes prove that the setting is located in a wet and isolated bog.

‘Checkmate,’ replied the son. This quote indicates that there is no technology and that they are playing chess to entertain themselves instead of using technology to entertain themselves.


Dot Me

Polluted City By: Sam Morse
Living in the third most
City but not a
City dweller.
Hunting and science, fishing and baseball.
Playing with
Hoping to
Living here to living in

Word Definitions

Trump: (Noun)
Trump is my dog and my best friend.
I chose to include him in my poem because he is very important to me.Polluted: (Verb)
A harmful contaminant that contains poisonous particles. I chose to use this because I have lived half my life in the worlds third most polluted city.Dweller: (Noun)
I define dweller as a living organism that lives in a specified place. I chose to include dweller in my poem because I live in a city but am not a city dweller.

Transpose: (Verb)
I define transpose as changing/switching places or turning one thing into another or turning a thought into action. I chose this word because I don’t like living in China and would wish to switch living here into living in America.

My OCHA profile for the Phoenix Project



Before the garden had smooth dirt and a few clumps of grass. When I started to clean up the garden grass I had to dig them out and throw them away. Then I started to dig up the dirt at the bottom and put it on top because the soil down there had more moisture and would be more fertile for the plants.



My goal is to get 9 hours of sleep everyday.

I am going to measure this by writing it down on a piece of paper ever morning.

My parents will help me achieve my goal by reminding my to go to sleep at 9:00pm.

This goal is relevant because it will help me stay healthy and not be tired during the day.

I will achieve this goal by using my alarm to tell me when to sleep and when to wake up.

Literature Working Agreements

Lit circle working agreements.

here are the agreements my lit circle has made. I agree with them.

1.Be respectful to group members and listen when they are speaking

2. Participate in group conversations

3. No insults (no bad ideas) don’t put down other peoples ideas.

The Book of Camp-lore and Wood Craft

The Book of Camp-lore and Wood Craft is my favorite book because it talks about outdoor stuff such as making your own camping materials and teaching you how to use wood to build a shelter and also help you if you got lost in the wild. One of my favorite parts in the book is about axes and saws. It talks about how to use an axe to chop down a tree or make fire wood. This is important because if you ever got stuck in the wild and you had an axe you would know how to use it. This is also my favorite part because where we have property there’s a lot of trees and small ones so I can use my axe in more ways than just cutting wood and chopping down trees. I have learned many useful survival skills in this book.