Being Bean


Have you ever wondered what a child prodigy would seem like? Yes? No? Well, in the book “Shadow of the Hegemon” by Orson Scott Card, Bean, a child genius, is a very calculated and risk-taking character.

Although Bean may be around 13 years old, he shows a very strong calculating characteristic in his personality. In the exposition, after his family’s house was blown up in attempt to assassinate him, Bean, the protagonist, devises a plan “‘to keep moving. No more than a few week in any one place,’ said Bean. ‘And I have to get on the nets new identities every time we move, so no one can track the pattern’” (Card 61). The text reveals that despite being tracked by antagonist Achilles (pronounced ah-shEELS), who kidnapped most of the Battle School graduates, Bean has created a hiding plan on the spot to ensure the safety of his family and friends. This shows that Bean cares a lot about his family and can think outside the box. To be a child prodigy, you must be clever; however, Bean is also a very risk-taking character. After Bean proposed a mission to save Petra, Peter said, “‘You never know a military mission will succeed. And that’s not what worries me… you’re making the assumption Petra wants to be rescued’” (205). In the text, it is implied that Peter thinks that Bean is a stubborn, daring person as Bean planned an almost-impossible mission without knowing all the details; although, Bean is actually non-verbally expressing that no matter what happens, if Petra does or doesn’t want to be saved, he will bring her back. Now that’s true friendship right there.

Although I can never be as great and influential as Bean, we both share one characteristic, which is being very calculating. Like Bean’s hiding plan, I calculate a lot with my swimming sprint times. Whenever I want to improve on my times during a swim meet, I would split up the distance into intervals. If I need to swim a 200m freestyle under 2:20, I would divide the distance by time, and I would get eight 25m freestyles in 17.5 seconds each, which would then help me pace and reach my goal time.

Throughout the whole plot of the book, Bean is characterized as a calculating and risk-taking character, which helps explain his actions and emphasize many scenes. Despite being fictional, Bean is one of the most clever and considerate characters I know.


Picture Credit: Card, Orson Scott. “Ender’s Shadow Quotes.” Quotesgram. Quotesgram, n.d. Web. 20 Sept. 2016.


Chinese Chess Child

Imagine if the next chess Grandmaster was a 9-year-old girl… unbelievable. Yet in the story “Rules of the Game” by Amy Tan, protagonist Waverly is not just a young chess child prodigy, as she is also humble and zealous in her character; however, between these two characteristics, I feel like I share only a zealous characteristic with Waverly.12789618913_c056d2298f_b

If you look carefully into the text, Waverly constantly shows humble and zealous characteristics throughout the story. When she was walking with her mother in the market, her mother would say, “’This is my daughter Wave-ly Jong’… to whoever looked her way” (Tan 9) that Waverly was her daughter, which to Waverly’s replied, “’I wish you wouldn’t do that’” (9). Waverly’s humility or humbleness is shown by telling her mother, who is bragging to people that Waverly’s a chess champion, that she doesn’t want people to know that she is the national chess champion. Back track to the rising action, when Waverly started to learn the rules of chess, when “[Waverly] read the rules and looked up all the big words in a dictionary. [Waverly] borrowed books from the Chinatown library. [Waverly] studied each chess piece, trying to absorb the power each contained” (5). In the text, Waverly’s dedication to learning chess makes her spend hours just examining and learning. If she doesn’t understand a word in the rulebook, she would then take the time to go through a dictionary, further highlighting how she takes learning chess seriously. When Waverly’s chess skills win her to championships, she still “[went] directly home to learn new chess secrets, cleverly concealed advantages, more escape routes” (8), showing that she humbly knew that she had more to learn, and that she was determined to learn more every day.

Although Waverly is a 9-year-old chess champion living in America, I feel like I am similar to Waverly because I think of myself as a somewhat zealous person. In the story, Waverly takes interest in chess and soon she starts to look more into it. She heads to the library, reads the rule book over and over again, and not to mention staring at the wall for hours imagining imaginary chess battles. This reminds me of me because when I REALLY take interest in something, or I REALLY need to finish something, I would cut chunks of time and effort for just that something. Take for example a 6th grade history project on a civilization: homework, swimming, hobbies would move down a notch on the to-do list as I would spend hours just mindlessly “improving” my project.

In sum it all up, 9-year-old chess champion Waverly Jong has a lot of characteristics to her character; the most prominent of them being humble and zealous, which are uncommon to a young charismatic girl like her. Do you have a character you relate to?





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Finding Dory… and Letting Her Go

The Bass, The River, and Sheila Mant Found Poem

The found poem comes from the short story “The Bass, The River, and Sheila Mant” page 4. It was written by W. D. Wetherell. The story is about the protagonist explaining how he took the love of his life onto a date on his boat, but catches the biggest large mouth bass ever in his life. Over the course of the story he struggles on whether to choose the girl and let the fish go, or catch the fish and ruin the date. In the end, he chooses the girl, Sheila, and cuts the fishing line, letting the fish go. Overall the conflict was internal. The protagonist spent the entire date deciding which to choose, until finally at the climax, he cut the fishing line.

My found poem shows this by repeating the words Sheila and the bass multiple times, highlighting the indecision. The artwork in my poem shows the bass being caught from the water, and the artwork also shows that how I chose specific word from the short story, creating a found poem.

Post ???: Newsela PEEL Paragraph

Newsela | 13-year-old Alaskan crafting his own business future.

My PEEL Paragraph

I think that the fire starter bracelets as an excellent idea, but can also introduce more danger and violence to the world.

A famous example was the 9/11 incident. Security reports say that one gun was smuggled in, but other terrorists carried knifes disguised as cigarette lighters. With this bracelet, weapons such as the knife or fire starter, can act as weapons and even more so on airplanes.

“But Grayson’s products, which he currently makes himself at his home, hide some unique and potentially lifesaving items.”

Airport security measures have increased dramatically over the past years, but this idea can over leap that. People wear can wear the bracelet next to their watch, and security will never know it. People have clever ways to hide things, but this “lifesaving” invention could be life-threatening.

Overall, I think the initial idea and product was a great idea, but think outside the box of just using it for survival. I do think that idea of using this invention could take down an 777 is a little hard to believe, but then again, the events of 9/11 were hard to believe.

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Newsela | How a grower produced the world’s most fiery chili pepper.

I think that telling me the units of spiciness: Scoville Heat Units (SHUs), helped me alot by understanding how spicy it is.

Mind-boggling examples like burning through gloves in 15 minutes or tricking the brain that you’re on fire is enough to tell me that I shouldn’t mess with Currie and his peppers. Continue reading

Post #11: Writers Circle 2 Story Draft


On the 24th night of December, David was just putting up the final decorations for Christmas. Along with the red and green lights and the tall-standing tree, hidden on the bottom of the chimney was a snare net. The cookies and milk were drugged with sleep serum, and the tree was lined with exploding ornaments.


David had never been a big fan of Santa. In fact, he might’ve hated him! His parents had died when he was just 7. Ever since, he had never received gifts from him. Every Christmas, he would get a piece of paper saying, it’s not my fault. He lived in a foster-home, with 12 other kids! Now, he has grown-up and wants to take out revenge on Santa. Continue reading

Post #6: Our Archaeology Essential Questions

Why Do Archaeologists Study The Past?

Archaeologist study the past because they want to know the lives of the rich and poor. At first, we didn’t care about the past, but when we discovered monuments and mysteries, mankind was curious to know what happened. Before, we got artifacts as art, or just to get rich. But, questions popped up and we changed the rules of archaeology.

Another reason why we study the past is that we want to know what events happened and why. We didn’t know what the Stonehenge was for, but we inferred that it might’ve been a clock! We want to know what the pyramids were for, so we might in the future!

The final reason why we study the past is that we can learn from it. Lost cities can explain why it is bad to live there. Pompeii became a tourist spot but it never grew back to a full blown major city to live in. Lost projects can be found and could benefit the whole of mankind.

These are the top three reasons why archaeologists study the past.

Post #6: Our Archaeology Essential Questions.