Thursday, April 30, 2009

The Goodbye Letter: Part 2

Aly’s mom came rushing up to her with tears running down her face. “Aly, something’s happened to Rosalie! I can’t tell you the details now, but you’ll find out soon enough. Lets go, she’s at the hospital.” The word ‘hospital’ sent Aly’s mind spinning. She became dizzy.


The ride to the hospital was silent. Each person thinking of Rosalie. Rosalie never got punched this morning! Thought Aly, she was in an accident of some kind! When Aly and her mom got to the hospital, they rushed to Rosalie’s room, but as they were about to go in, they were intercepted by a young doctor.


“I’m so sorry Mrs. Croft, but during the time you were getting Aly, Rosalie slipped into a coma.” Aly gasped, and with the ground swaying beneath her, she staggered to her sister’s bedside. She tried to fight the tears, but they were to strong for her. While they streamed down her face, she screamed silently to God. Why did you do this to her?! Why? She’s my sister!


Soft light footsteps sounded behind Aly. She turned around and saw the doctor. “Aly,” he said “I’m so sorry. We did everything we could.” Aly looked at Dr. Gates, and saw that his eyes were sympathetic. “I know you did your best Dr. Gates. I just wish I could have been with her. “

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

The Goodbye Letter: Part 1

This is a story that I wrote. It's sort of sad but it has a happy ending!

Aly and her two best friends, Kiera and Julie, were walking in a leisurely pace on their way to school. They were listening to their favorite song, Love Story, on each of their Ipods. Julie glanced at her watch and saw that they had only ten minutes to get to school.

"Oh no! We’re late. Come on!”


All three girls gradually picked up speed, until they were running at top speed. Within three minutes, Aly, Kiera, and Julie were on school grounds heading towards their line. As the girls were talking, Aly doubled over and let out a moan.


Julie and Kiera gathered around Aly. “It’s my sister!” She gasped, trying to force the words out. “She’s hurt, I l know she is.”


Julie and Kiera knelt down in concern. “Aly, are you okay?!” asked Julie, her voice shaking.


“I’m fine guys. I think Rosalie must have gotten punched in the gut or something!” She laughed weakly. Her older sister, Rosalie, was in high school and could get a little over-protective about Aly. Julie and Kiera helped Aly up and they went inside.


Through-out the morning, Aly continued her routine as usual. As Aly settled down in her seat for her third class, her teacher came to her desk and whispered urgently. “Aly, take your stuff and head to the office. Your mom’s here to pick you up.” Confused, Aly got up, grabbed her stuff, and headed to the office.

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

History Essay Update

I just turned my Civil War essay in today. My teacher created three piles:

1= Papers he WILL NOT except

2= Papers he WILL except

3= Indecisive

My paper made it onto the Second Pile! I am so happy!

Sunday, April 26, 2009

My History Essay on the Civil War

My latest History Essay is about the Civil War. We had 15 prompts to choose from. I chose the one that said I had to create dialogue that was being said between a person in the North and a person in the South. I really like mine. I have some twists and an epilogue. Well, here it is:


The night slowly started to come to a close. The sun settled on the horizon, letting its bloody fingers linger in the sky. The sun then settled deeper into the sky, making the bugs start to go away. The trees were creating large shadows. Unaware of their surroundings, two men sat huddled close together deep in conversation about a very important issue that was raging between the North and South: The issue of Slavery.

“I understand big brother, that you are a plantation owner and need slaves to pick the cotton for you. You treat them like nothing!” He was so furious that some spit came flying out of his mouth. Anthony Sullivan started to calm down. He sighed. His older brother, John Sullivan, lived in the South running a plantation. Anthony lived in the North and was secretly an abolitionist helping to free the slaves. John didn’t know.

Anthony spoke again. “Okay, John. Tell me. What do you think of all this slavery?”

John hesitated. “Well, we have a whole hell of a lot more Cotton Production than you guys in the North, so we have a use for the slaves, to pick the cotton for us.” He paused to take a sip of his whiskey.

“Also, if you try to tell a Southerner he can’t own slaves, he’ll get angry.” John smiled a devilish smile.

Anthony inhaled and exhaled sharply. “You mean to tell me that you’re secretly an abolitionist posing as a plantation owner?!”

John chuckled. He never told his brother. “Yes baby brother. I am. I never told you because I never really thought about it.”

Anthony was silent for awhile. He knew his brother was secretive, but not this secretive. He decided to tell John his own secret. “Well, my brother my friend, I’m secretly an abolitionist too.”

Now it was John’s turn to be quiet. His younger brother was never like this. This was totally unexpected.

Anthony didn’t wait for a response. “You know John, we could work together. But, it would be extremely dangerous.” His usually child-like eyes were now oddly serious.

John thought hard about it. He agreed it be dangerous. But, he also agreed to help his brother.

The two men continued their conservation deep into the night and early morning. When neither man could get any more input into the conversation because the other kept interrupting, they stopped talking, stood up, and embraced in a brotherly hug.

EPILOGUE

Ten years have past since that meeting between Anthony and John Sullivan. Between the two men, they have freed over 215 slaves by using the Underground Railroad. Anthony Sullivan still lives in the North as an abolitionist. But, only a few select people know that. His older brother, John Sullivan, still resides in the South running a plantation. A very successful plantation. Only a few people know John’s true identity, though. As far as the freed slaves go, no one knows. Anthony and John haven’t heard from any of them for years. But, I think, anyone can assume that they’re eternally grateful.

Thursday, April 23, 2009

The WASL Ways: Thursday

Hi all!

I'm done with the WASL! I had my last of it today! Science Part 2. I am all done. I am so happy that I finished. I'm also relieved. Oh yea. Did I mention that I am done with the WASL?! LOL!

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

The WASL Ways: Wednesday

Today I took the WASL on the first part of the Science. It was okay. What I mean is that It was easy but sort of difficult. We had two breaks today and, I finished the test after the first break. When I finished the test, I started to read a book by Og Mandino called Return of the Ragpicker. It's a really good book. It's about God, but the way that Og writes it, it sounds like an ordinary book. It's awesome.


P.S. Happy Earth Day!!!!

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

The WASL Ways: Tuesday

I had another WASL today: Reading #2. I didn't have any difficulties. In fact, I got finished with it before we had our break! The rest of the time I read my book. It's written by John Edward. He's an amazing medium/physic dude. I would totally be ecstatic if I could meet him!

Thursday, April 16, 2009

The WASL Ways: Thursday

Today was my last WASL day for this week. I had to do the first Section of the Reading. It was fairly easy. I had one question that was bothering me, but I soon figured it out.

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

The WASL Ways: Wednesday

Today was my second day of the WASL. It was the second and last part of the Math. Except that I couldn't use tools: ruler, calculators, etc. There was one problem that I got caught up on, but I figured it out eventually. I am now done with the Math part of the WASL.

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

The WASL Ways: Tuesday

Today was my first WASL Testing Day. I had to do the Math #1. I was able to use tools. Like, a calculator, ruler, etc. This first Math Section had 21 questions and we had a little over 2 hours to finish. If you didn't finish, you went to Overflow. I found it very easy, but a really crappy part was that I had a splitting headache. It sucked. But, other than that, it was easy.

Monday, April 13, 2009

The Death Hold of Darkness

This is a writing that I wrote on Sunday night. I got the inspiration from one of my friends poems. Here it is:

The Death Hold of Darkness

Pulse Quickening
Breathing Labored
Feet Pounding
Sounds Echoing
Metal Gleaming
Wound Opening
Screams Deafening
Blood Pulsing
Red Rivers
Pulse Slowing
Breathing Shallow
Darkness Crashing
Fading...
Fading...
Fading...
Gone

Sunday, April 12, 2009

Happy Easter!!!!

Hello everyone!

Just wanted to say Happy Easter!

Saturday, April 11, 2009

WASL Prep: Thursday and Friday

Sorry I'm a little behind. On Thursday and Friday I had more WASL Prep. On Thursday, in Science, we worked on listing materials and writing the procedure for a scientific investigation. My friend and I couldn't get math help because our math teacher left at lunch time. And in Language Arts, we were going to go over that reading comprehension, but we ran out of class time.

On Friday, we continued to work on the materials and the procedure for Science. That's about all I got to do for WASL Prep, because I got to go on my third attendance trip to a skating rink! I missed most of Math, all of Art, all of Language Arts, and all of Gym! I left school at 11:45am and didn't get back until school ended at 3:15pm!

This weekend though, I'm practicing some math items that I don't get: fractions, decimals, & percents.

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

WASL Prep: Wednesday

Well, I did more WASL Prep today. In Science, we worked on writing conclusions. There are four parts to a conclusion: 1.)= Answer investigative question. 2and3.)= Support using high and low data. 4.)= Tell the difference between the high and low data. My friend and I got help on some math items during lunch today. And in Language Arts, we did a reading comprehension to help get ready for the WASL.

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

WASL Prep: Tuesday

Today at school, I started my WASL Prep. In Science, we worked on finding the Manipulative Variable and the Responding Variable in investigative questions. We also practiced writing our own investigative questions. Another thing we practiced was writing hypothesis. During lunch, my friend and I got some help on some math. Last but not least, in Language Arts, we talked about the guidelines for the reading part of the WASL. We'll be doing WASL Prep for the rest of the week, because the WASL starts next Tuesday. I don't really like this test, but it helps to improve our learning skills.

Saturday, April 4, 2009

Back to School

I have been on Spring Break this past week. But I go back to school on the 6th. Then, a couple weeks after I get back, I will be taking the WASL. The WASL is Washington State's form of testing. That stands for: Washington Assessment for Student Learning. I have testing in Math, Reading, and Science this year. I don't have any Writing this year.

Friday, April 3, 2009

Books Galore

Hello everyone!

Last Tuesday, I went to my local library and checked out nine books. Nine! I have until April 14th to return the books. I am on my sixth book. The ones that are in Italics are books that I have read, and the ones in Bold are the books I haven't read. Here are the titles:

#1=Crispin:The Cross of Lead; By:Avi
#2=The Case of the Bizarre Bouquet-An Enola Holmes Mystery; By:Nancy Springer
#3=Rowan and the Travelers, book 2; By:Emily Rodda
#4=Rowan and the Keeper of the Crystal, book 3; By:Emily Rodda
#5=Wolf Brother-Chronicles of Ancient Darkness; By:Michelle Paver

#6=The Green Glass Sea; By:Ellen Klages
#7=The Wolving Time; By:Patrick Jennings
#8=Thin Wood Walls; By:David Patneaude
#9=Adeline Falling Star; By:Mary Pope Osborne

Well, those are the books that I checked out. Also, I did my 100th post yesterday!

Thursday, April 2, 2009

Westward journal #12

I forgot one of my westward journals. I left out number 12! So, here it is:

7-9-1820

Dear journal,

We’ve been traveling in hot wasteland for awhile now. But then we came to Sweetwater River. There is a slight breeze and it feels good. The river water was delicious. There is lush green grass for the animals. We set up a campfire for dinner. We had some cornbread with molasses. We also had some of the leftover jerky. It was all so good. I went to sleep feeling content. But later in the night, I woke up to hear screaming. I looked outside of the wagon and saw that Indians were attacking our camp. Father and the other men went to fight back. It sort of worked. Many men got killed, but not father thank God. I couldn’t stand it any more. I crawled back into the wagon and plugged my ears. I fell asleep to the serenade of screaming. In the morning, we buried the bodies that were strewn all over the ground. There were many grave markers.
Maggie, 9 years old