Week 10- Great Blogs

Hey Kat,

If you are reading this, I would like to congratulate you by saying that I nominated you in this year’s Edublogs Award for Best Student Blog!!!! I bet you must be really proud of yourself as I am to you. You obviously deserve it because your blog is really great and you met and also exceeded my requirements in what make a great blog to me.

Your layout of the blog is very good. Everything is spaced out and it is easier to read than most blogs I’ve visited. Your background design is very pretty. This really catches my eyes and it is also one of the reasons why I read your blog. Your sidebar is great and I like most of your widgets on it as well. I like your avatar widget, twitter widget, warning widget, your Arkansas widget, your Mrs. Deadly, and many more. They were very engaging to see and they were not distracting me while I was reading your blog and I have to say, that is great. Widgets are very helpful when it comes to blogs and I am happy that you considered using them in your blog. I also like the message to your header and it is so true. I can tell you were very passionate about your topics in your blog which I have to say is the most important factor of having a great blog. You have a lot of information in your blog and they are very interesting to read. You have a great “About Me” page and I enjoyed reading what make you, you.  Your blog also has a lot of perspectives in it and you seemed very honest in each of your post. You also have a lot of links and sources which is very good when someone wants to look into it more when interested. You also have a lot of photos and to me that is very engaging to see and it is also very helpful to most bloggers on this site. Your writing style is very appropriate to this site and you don’t have as much grammatical errors that I’ve seen in other blogs. Your posts are up to date and reading your writing is very enjoying and it gets me very inspired. Your blog is also very unique. Keep up the good work Kat and congratulations!!!!

 

 

The Warrior Kat’s Blog

Deadly Little Secrets

In the novel “Deadly Little Secrets” by Laurie Faria Solaris, starts out with the main character Camelia Hammond (an ordinary sixteen year-old girl who attends Freetown High School) being saved from a mysterious boy from getting hit by the car during the last few weeks of school. Later at school the following year, Camelia discovers the same mysterious boy in school who’s name is Ben Carter and who also happens to be a murderer.

After noticing this, Camelia seeks friendship with Ben and is soon attracted to him. At the same time, Camelia begins receiving gifts, phone calls, and notes from what is apparently a secret admirer, whom later begins stalking Camelia. The notes and messages becomes angrier and angrier, leading Wes and Kimmie (Camelia’s two best friend) to suspect that Ben is the admirer. Can Ben be trusted? Is he the admirer? Find out by reading this book?

After Finishing this book, I was completely blown away. The plot to this book was excellent and it had a lot of surprising twists. I never thought before reading this book, that a plot like this would be possible but I guess I was wrong. The book would want to make you crave for more and it makes you really relate to this book no matter who you are. I do recommend anyone for reading this book because you will love the characters and there is no better of a masterpiece than this.

 

 

Week 9- Doing My Best

The Answer Is In The Sky People!

 

The whole world is facing the same problem and we have to do something about it before it’s too late. Stop using fossil fuels like coal and start using renewable energies like solar power. Coal is a nonrenewable energy resource grown from the ground. It is hard to get yet it is primarily used as an energy resource that helps heat up or power up productions and other purposes. Solar power is a renewable energy resource from the sun. It is easy accessible and it doesn’t hurt the environment.

Many people use coal or any other nonrenewable energies instead of renewable energies like the sun. My question is why? Why not go for the better and environmental friendly and why go for the worst and environmental crisis. Is it because of the high cost? Conditions in your own environment? Well, take my advice and use the renewable energy source and here are some reasons why. For the high cost of solar panels, some come up to at least $300.00 when coal can come up to $3.90 everyday. That’s up to $1423.50 a year. Now that’s a lot when you can just simply buy an solar panel for up to $3.000.00 and get your energy you need in a newer and greener way. Now, for conditions in your own environment, in order to own a solar panel with no hassle, it is best to live in an area where you get a lot of sun like living in Florida. You should also live in a wide spread area so that your solar panel can be laid on your roof with no problem.

As you can see, these reasons show that it is best to have your energy run on solar panels and not on something like coal. It’s best for the environment and for you.

 

Week 8- Schooling

1) Normally, I wake up at 6:00 in the morning to get to school.

2) For breakfast, I usually have a granola bar, cereal, bagels, etc. Since I’m a 9th grader, I usually don’t play for recess but I stay inside to eat with my friends. For lunch in home, I usually have cultural food that my mom makes for us. For dinner, it is similar to lunch but it is a different type of foods. I also help out with my mom like setting up the table.

3) I live in Hudson and my school is in Albany so I get to school by a van that the school provides.

4) It usually takes 45 minutes but it doesn’t take so long since I have company in there. I also have the ride back home with the van and that also takes 45 minutes.

5) A typical lunch in school, I usually have hot lunch. The school is in the campus at the University of Albany, so they usually have hot lunch like pizza, french fries, etc. Sometimes, I also have salads.

6) The subject that I take are very different from a regular school since the classes are combined with multiple courses. Like EA for an example. EA stands for Environmental Science where we learn Environmental Science and Global, all in one class. Regular schools learn off from teachers and assignments while we here learn fro PBL. PBL stands for Project Based Learning where we learn by doing multiple projects. I’ve done so many projects that I’ve lost count. This goes for every course I have. Other courses I take are Chinese as my foreign language, ELA and Geometry, Integrated Art, and Kinesiology. ELA stands for English Language Arts and it is a class where we talk about poems and here is where I had to make my blog. We also do reading and other project to help out our skills as writers and reader and also bloggers. Geometry is where we do multiple projects and these projects are based on what we learn as our next unit. For example, the last project we had, we had to build a container that can fit multiple candies using the formulas of Surface Area and Volume. I thought it was very unique of a project and delicious too because we were able to use candies. My candy was a KitKat. In Integrated Art, we do most of our art digitally. We painted canvases, made CNC sculptures, and many digital arts. Kinesiology is just another name for gym. We also learn health so those two classes are combined.

7) During Monday’s and Wednesday’s I go and help volunteer in Operation Unite which is also an internship I am doing. This program’s mission is to help out youth like me to experience in adulthood by working so that I can get a sense of self esteem and to also be more involved in my community. I am volunteering now but after 36 hours of working there, I will start getting paid which I am very excited about.

8) While completing assignments and doing project, everything is done by the web. Everyone is provided with a laptop and everything we do is on the computer. We don’t have a computer lab room but everyone has their own computer.

9) Our timetable in one class is also very different. Most people have a 45 minute period but in my school, we have a 2 hour period for ELA, 2 hour period for geometry, 2 hour period for EA, 1 hour period for Kinesiology, 1 hour period for Chinese, and 1 hour period for Integrated Art. We don’t have all the classes in one day.

10) The teachers also do provide us break like going to the bathroom, stretching, etc. I use my breaks by going where my friends want to go.

11) Our school does not provide bells but we have a reminder in our laptops, so when it’s time to go, a reminder will go off from our computers. Once it’s time to leave school, on Monday’s and Wednesday’s, I will be volunteering. The other three days, I would go home, freshen up, do homework, watch TV, etc.

12) Our school does not provide uniforms so we are free to wear whatever we please as long as it is okay with the dress code.

13) Unless it is a holiday, or a snow day, we have school every weekday. If one school district has school, than the school is still open for everyone.

14) What I enjoy most about my school is that everyone is very friendly and I like how we can build a strong relationship than we would in a regular high school. We are all family and that is one thing I really enjoy.

15) If I could improve my school, I would want more people to attend here. We as a whole high school have a total of 120 students with 30 students in one grade. It will gradually increase later says the principle but that is one thing I wish I could change.

 

Hush, Hush

I loved reading the book Hush, Hush. I came along to it by a recommendation from a friend. I don’t know what I would do without that recommendation because without it, I don’t think I would be able to relate to anything more than this book.

The book is about a girl named Nora Grey. Romance was never her thing. She never had a crush on any specific boy until he came along. Patch was his name and flirting was his game. Ever since he came, weird things started to happen. There were many incidents of terrifying attacks to Nora and her best friend, Vee, from a man with a ski mask. Nora’s not so sure now who to trust. Vee suspects that the attacker is Patch. Nora doesn’t thinks so because she has a little thing for him. Patch seems to be everywhere Nora is. She can trust Patch more than her closest friends. She can’t decide whether she should fall into his arms or run and hide away from him. And when she tries to seek some answers, she finds herself near a truth that is way more unsettling than anything.

This book was really great. I wish though they told us what happened in the end and not go to a second book leaving some questions of mine still unanswered. That is what I hate about series books. Other than that, I thought that the author did a great job in her first book and I can’t wait to read the rest of the series. I do recommend this book to anyone who wishes to read it only because the plot is so good and it leaves you to crave for the answers to many questions or concerns that anyone has. It’s easy to relate and the characters are to die for.

Week 7- Leadership

As a student, I often have chances to show leadership while I’m at school. My school often does projects since my school we learn by project based learning. While starting off with the projects, our teams often decides roles that need to apply as a teammate to make this project more easier and successful. There are usually three roles that you are able to play in this project. The roles are facilitator, organization manager, and accountability manager. The facilitators job is to basically be the leader of the group. His job is to make sure everything happens smoothly and everything is done right. He is the one responsible that everyone is involved in the project and everyone is motivated. The Organization managers job is to make sure everything is handed in on time. His job is also to make sure everything is organized and to also make sure that everyone is doing their work. The Accountability managers job is to make sure everyone is doing their work. Their job is to also issue warnings if needed and make sure everyone knows what they are doing. These three roles really help out with the project and I think it’s great to know who has what job because they are responsible for something making the project a whole lot easier. I am usually the facilitator in most projects and I find that role very easy and very responsible. I would try to take on this role because my teammates need me and I can’t let them down.

 

  

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The Giver

Reading “The Giver” was a great decision to make. The book was about a 12 year old boy named Jonas who lives in a world where war, disease, and suffering have all been eradicated. He lives in a life where the Elders decide what job you’ll get, which spouse you will have, children and more. The Elders tell you what job you will have for your life when you are 12 during the Ceremony of Twelve. Jonas got the job to become the new Receiver of Memory. It is the very important job from all other and the hardest of them all as well. Since this time is during when there are no wars, suffers or emotions, someone has to keep the memories of the world we are living now. If everyone knew, than a society like this would never be and everyone would choose there own decisions to things than the Elders choices and making the world again in a terrible crisis in falling apart with suffers.

Jonas begins training under the present Receiver of Memory, an older man whom Jonas calls The Giver. The Giver’s job is to give all the memory he has about the period of time when everyone had there own choice to Jonas so that no memory will be lost since The Giver is getting very old. Most of the memories are about color, love, war, pain, and more. His first memory was a sled ride down a snow-covered hill. He never experienced this and that is also why his job is so important so that the experiences to these things don’t get lost forever. It’s also Jonas’s job not to tell anyone or there will be no need for his job placement.

Later on, the memories tends to get intense and it gets even harder for him to control all these memories. With this, Jonas is also beginning to understand the dishonesty that exists in the community because he feels horrible that no one can know the truth. It’s all like charades like as if this was all trained and it was believe it or not. Love is not even real love in this community and that is just sad.

Than one day, Jonas asked the Giver if he can watch a video of a release his father performed on an infant earlier that morning. He watches and later realizes that a release is really forced death by lethal injection. Jonas wanted to do something about it so, together with The Giver, they decide to make a plan that will force the people to give up sameness and make the world normal again like before. As well as realizing this, he also realizes that there is a two year old infant named Gabriel that lives with him along with his mother, father, and sister, and the fact that he was going to be released as well.

Later that night when he found out that Gabriel was going to be released, he takes the infant child and together they ride a bicycle out of the community. When escaping the community, all of the memories that Jonas has received from The Giver will be transmitted back to the citizens in the community, forcing them to experience feelings and emotions and to remember their past making everything going back to the ways it was.

The ending of the book was really weird because they happen to go down a hill filled with snow and also with a sled. I find it confusing because of how the author ended the book but than I also find it that this was done to symbolize of having freedom again. This book was a really good book because it had great figurative language and it made me think on things on a whole different perspective with my life and there’s. I would recommend this book to young adults and up who is willing to read a gripping novel about a forced society and learn different ways of life!

 

Week 6- My Visitors

When I first made my blog, I thought I would get a lot of visitors everyday to the point where my blog would be famous like many other famous blogs. I do have a few bloggers coming, seeing my blog, and commenting but I expected more than I have now. So, my goal is to get more bloggers coming to my blog and commenting on it than I have now. So my question is, how am I going to get more bloggers come to my blog? Is it my topic of my blog. Is it uninteresting to most. Is it my about me page. Me not having widgets. I am so confused! I had this question for a while and when finally this week’s challenge came up, I was glad. I actually can do something about it now so than I can figure out what I can do to have more bloggers come to my page. This weeks challenge was very inspiring. It gave me a lot of tips and helped me figure out what I’ve been doing wrong all this time. What I am going to do to make more readers attract to my blog is to simply visit other blogs. I rarely visited other people’s blogs unless if I knew the person. So if I go to other people’s blogs and comment on them, they’ll come to mine and comment than. It is simply a win-win. I think this challenge was great from the others only because I could relate to the problem and this challenge helped me solved it.

 

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Week 5- Guest Bloggers

A memory of mine that I believe helped me make a better decision today would be when crossing roads. When I was 5 years old, I tend to walk ahead from my family and one day, I tried walking across the street to get home. Getting home, I had to walk across a road. When I did, I didn’t pay attention if there were any cars coming. I ran across the road and my dad was catching up to me along with my mom. He caught me in the middle of the road and ran across the road along with cars coming from each side. I am very thankful for my dad because I could have gotten injured or even killed on that day if it wasn’t for him. Watch both road and cross when it’s clear is a great decision I made from this horrifying memory. I also believe that this memory truly helped me make a better decision today.

 

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The Book Theif

The book thief is a novel which talks about the hardships during the horrifying problem of the Nazi’s and Hitler. In the novel it takes place in Molching, Germany which holds many Germans as well as Jews. The Hubbermans receives a new child. Her name was Lesiel Memminger who came from a lost family. She was treated as a real child by her foster parents. She goes to live with foster parents after her mother could no longer care for her. Liesel’s brother froze to death on a train prior to this. This is when Liesel steals her first book, hence the name “The Book Thief.” She does this because it is the only thing she has to remember her brother by and she wanted to learn how to read and write.

The main character of the book thief, Lesiel Memminger is an adventurous and friendly person. Lesiel learns a lot from losing her only family, and also gains a lot of knowledge and love from her new family, the Hubbermans. She makes friends with Rudy and Max, and she learns to love her Mama and Papa even more as they grow together throughout the story. Throughout the horrifying event, Lesiel survives by stealing books and learning how to read and write. Each and every day she becomes more and more fascinated by new words, books, and letters. She’s learning to survive in a world full of harm.

The Book Thief is a heartwarming tale of love, friendship , and death. If you are into that kind of stuff, I highly recommend you this book. The characters are easy to relate to and the plot is just great. A very great book to read.

 

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