L.A. Reading Blog #1

Book Equivalent #   1                                    Words:           43617                          Date:  August 28, 2015


Title:     The Giver                                        Author: Lois Lowry


Genre ~ Non-Fiction / Fiction Type:        



  • Opening Sentence:

It was almost December and Jonas was beginning to be frightened.


  • Favourite word / phrase / sentence:


No. Wrong word. Jonas thought.


  • Vocabulary and new terms (with part of speech) and definition:


Streaked – verb – move very fast in a certain direction

Distraught – adjective –  very worried and upset

Transgression – noun – an act that goes against a rule or law; an offense


  • Reflection, Connection & Personal Response:



Personally, I thought that this book was a fantastic book. Somehow I can really relate to this book is being different or “changing the system” just like the main character did in this book. The amount of things I learned in this book is astonishing. I have learned about standing up for what is right. Many futuristic books like this have the sort of plot line where it is in a uptompian  society and then there is someone who defies the system changes everything. Overall, this was a phenomenal book. I am looking forward to reading other Lois Lowry books. 


Book #     2,3,4,5,6                 Words:           275428                                    Date:  September 17, 2015


Title:                 The Handbook of Real Estate Mathematics                       Author: Kleeman Leonardo                     


Genre ~ Non-Fiction / Fiction Type:        



  • Opening Sentence:


This book presents a simplified and concise manner the complete application of amthematics to the real estate business. 

  • Favourite word / phrase / sentence:


My favorite word was difficult because it described the process


  • Vocabulary and new terms (with part of speech) and definition, antonyms, synonyms:


Effective Tax Rate – the average rate in which a person or a corporation is taxed


  • Reflection, Connection & Personal Response:


I really enjoyed this book and I also really think that this book is going to help me in my life because this book is a handbook to real estate mathematics which is an aspect of what I want to do when I’m older.



Book #           7,8,9         Words:                    164,650                          Date:  September


Title:           Almanac 2015                             Author:                       National Geographic


Genre ~ Non-Fiction / Fiction Type:        




  • Opening Sentence:
  • Your World 2015



  • Favourite word / phrase / sentence:


You can even sprout a herb garden rather than grass.


  • Vocabulary and new terms (with part of speech) and definition, antonyms, synonyms:


barrelled (v) drive or move in a way that is so fast as to almost be out of control.


  • Reflection, Connection & Personal Response:

I thought this book was very informational. This book how facts about every aspect of life which I really enjoyed. I learned many different things from this book which I am excited to use in my daily life.


Book #           10,11        Words:                    126,672                          Date:  October


Title:           Uglies                            Author:                       Scott Westerfeld


Genre ~ Non-Fiction / Fiction Type:        




  • Opening Sentence:

The early summer sky was the color of cat vomit.



  • Favourite word / phrase / sentence:


Garbo Mansion was fat, bright and loud.


  • Vocabulary and new terms (with part of speech) and definition, antonyms, synonyms:


pendant (n) a piece of jewellery that hangs from a chain worn round the neck


  • Reflection, Connection & Personal Response:

Although this book was a fantasy book, I still relate to this book. I mostly related to the larger message as aspiring for something in the beginning but then realizing that it is not as it seemed, just like in this book.


Book #           12,13,14,15,16,17,18,19,20        Words:                    451,324                         Date:  November


Title:           Chinese Cinderella                           Author:                       Adeline Yen Mah


Genre ~ Non-Fiction / Fiction Type:        




  • Opening Sentence:

Chinese Cinderella is the true story of my childhood up to the age of fourteen.



  • Favourite word / phrase / sentence:


For those who were neglected and unloved children, I have a particular message for you.


  • Vocabulary and new terms (with part of speech) and definition, antonyms, synonyms:


spite (n) a desire to hurt, annoy, or offend someone.


  • Reflection, Connection & Personal Response:

This book oddly felt very close to me because it was a true story of a girl growing up in China. Although there are many differences, still however there are many similarities that I picked up. It was very interesting to me to see how all the characters changed throughout the book which was a long period of time.


Book #           21        Words:                    65,768                      Date:  November


Title:           Peter Pan                         Author:                       J. M. Barrie


Genre ~ Non-Fiction / Fiction Type:        




  • Opening Sentence:

All children, except one, grow up.



  • Favourite word / phrase / sentence:


…except the innermost box and the kiss.

  • Vocabulary and new terms (with part of speech) and definition, antonyms, synonyms:


gleefully (adverb) exuberantly or triumphantly joyful.


  • Reflection, Connection & Personal Response:

I very much enjoyed reading this book because I had watched this movie multiple times as a child and it was very interesting to read the original, darker, version of Peter Pan. The original book had been recommended to me by many of my friends and I finally picked it up.



Book #           22        Words:                    41,657                  Date:  November


Title:           Falling Up                        Author:                     Shel Silverstein


Genre ~ Non-Fiction / Fiction Type:        




  • Opening Sentence:

I tripped on my shoelace and I fell up-



  • Favourite word / phrase / sentence:


I tripped on my shoelace and I fell up-

  • Vocabulary and new terms (with part of speech) and definition, antonyms, synonyms:


No new words 🙁


  • Reflection, Connection & Personal Response:

This amazing collection of poems was exceedingly entertaining to read. This puns and play on words that Shel Silverstein uses in this book is something that I really admire.




Book #           23,24,25       Words:                    176540                      Date:  November


Title:           To Kill a Mockingbird                       Author:                      Harper Lee


Genre ~ Non-Fiction / Fiction Type:        


Historical Fiction                                              


  • Opening Sentence:

When he was nearly thirteenth, my brother got his arm broken very badly at the elbow.



  • Favourite word / phrase / sentence:


“….but I ain’t so sure now”

  • Vocabulary and new terms (with part of speech) and definition, antonyms, synonyms:


triumphantly (adj) having achieved victory or success; victorious; successful.

  • Reflection, Connection & Personal Response:

This classic book with very detailed description brought me to love and appreciate classics. After this read, I hope to read more classics in the near future.


Book #           26,27,28       Words:                    170856                     Date:  December


Title:           Dorthy Must Die                       Author:                      Paige Harper


Genre ~ Non-Fiction / Fiction Type:        




  • Opening Sentence:

I first discovered I was trash three days before my ninth birthday-



  • Favourite word / phrase / sentence:


But it’s a long shot. It’s the longest shot.

  • Vocabulary and new terms (with part of speech) and definition, antonyms, synonyms:


abdomen (n) the part of the body of a vertebrate containing the digestive and reproductive organs; the belly.

  • Reflection, Connection & Personal Response:

I absolutely loved this book. I have a love for The Wizard of Oz and other productions, plays, movies and books based off it. This book really explained everything well while being very entertaining. My far one of my favorite books.












Commas – September 23, 2014



When should you use a comma?


When separating phrases that don’t need to be there

When linking two independent clauses with a conjunction

When you’re addressing someone in particular

When making a list

When you have more than one adjective modifying a noun

After introductory phrases or clauses


Ending of a letter

Geographic Locations


When not to use commas?

All other times-

When separating two independent clauses without a conjunction

After the conjunction

When separating a dependent and independent clause with a conjunction

Punctuation Dialogue

When you are using punctuation with dialogue you have to follow a few simple rules. One of them is that only to words are surrounded with quotation marks. Another rule is that you need to keep the punctuation marks inside the quotation marks. One other rule is that an interrupted speech only needs quotation marks at the beginning and the end. One more rule is that you need to start a new paragraph each time the speaker changes. ANother rule is that when people are in an ongoing long conversation, you don’t have to keep using their name.

Tenses Table

Sentence Types Video Notes

  • Simple Sentences has subject, verb and object. This is also called an independent clause. It has to make sense.
  • Compound Sentences has two independent clauses connected by a coordinating conjunction. FANBOYS
  • Complex Sentences are made up of several parts or clauses. It has a main clause. Has subordinating clause that gives extra information. List of subordinating clause. Subordinating clause be at the beginning, middle, split in half or be at the end of a sentence. If the subordinating clause comes at the beginning of the sentence, there has to be a comma before the main clause. If the subordinating clause is in the middle, there needs to be a comma at the beginning of it and at the end of it. If the subordinating clause is split in two halves, there needs to be a comma after the beginning one and there needs to be a comma before the end one. Ways to make a complex sentence: start with two adjectives, start with a ly word, start with a ing word, end with an ing word, sandwich technique, preposition phrase, start with a conjunction, end with a conjunction or use a simile.
  • Compound-Complex Sentence has a least two independent clauses and at least one subordinating clause.



Colons are in sentences, lists and salutations. Colons go after a sentence that could be by itself but instead has a list the comes after. An example where the colon is used correctly is Ali has many things that she is doing this summer: seeing her friend, going to camp and seeing her family. I expanded the sentence by using a colon. You cannot use a colon if the first half of the sentence cannot go by itself. The word after the colon is not capitalised if it is not usually capitalised. You can also switch the colon with a comma and then the word namely.









Wonder Words Wall

Holocaust Foreword By: Steven Spielberg

resorted (v) def: to sort or arrange again

reich (n) def: empire, realm, nation

propaganda (n) def: information, ideas, or rumors deliberately spread widely to help or harm a person, group, movement, institution, nation

ghetto (n) def: a section of a city, especially a thicklveningy populated slum area, inhabited predominantly by members of an ethnic or other minority group, often as a result of social or economic restrictions, pressures, or hardships.

judenraete – no explination

The Lions of Little Rock By: Kritsin Levine

 recollection (n) def: the act of re-collecting or the state of being re-collected.

leper (n) def: a person who has leprosy.

adjourned (v) def: to suspend the meeting of (a club, legislature, committee, etc.) to a future time, another place, or indefinitely

Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother By: Amy Chua

Sardonically  (adj) def: characterized by bitter or scornful derision; mocking; cynical; sneering

intervening (v) def: to come between disputing people, groups, etc.; intercede; mediate.

inherently (adj) def: existing in someone or something as a permanent and inseparable element, quality, or attribute

inviolable (adj) def: prohibiting violation; secure from destruction, violence, infringement, or desecration

adolescent (adj) def: rowing to manhood or womanhood; youthful

anguished (adj) def: feeling, showing, or accompanied by anguish

averted (v) def: to turn away or aside

brinkmanship (n) def: the technique or practice of maneuvering a dangerous situation to the limits of tolerance or safety in order to secure the greatest advantage, especially by creating diplomatic crises.

The City of Ember by: Jeanne Duprau

disreputable (adj) def: not considered to be respectable in character or appearance

grimy (adj) def: covered with or characterized by grime

incoherently (adj) def: not able to talk or express yourself in a clear way that can be easily understood

patchwork (n) def: pieces of cloth of different colors and shapes that are sewn together in a pattern

Seedfolks by: Paul Fleischman

alteration (n) def: the action or process of altering or being altered

altruism (n) def: feelings and behavior that show a desire to help other people and a lack of selfishness

decorum (n) def: correct or proper behavior that shows respect and good manners

decisively (adj) def: able to make choices quickly and confidently

loomed (n) def: a frame or machine for interlacing at right angles two or more sets of threads or yarns to form a cloth

haphazard (n) def: marked by lack of plan, order, or direction

oblige (v) def: to force or require (someone or something) to do something because of a law or rule or because it is necessary

parole (n) def: permission given to a prisoner to leave prison before the end of a sentence usually as a reward for behaving well

tremolo (n) def:  a musical sound made by a voice or instrument that seems to shake

therapeutic (adj) def:  producing good effects on your body or mind


extracts (v) def: to get, pull, or draw out, usually with special effort, skill, or force

fortnight (n) def: the space of fourteen nights and days; two weeks

raptures (n) def: ecstatic joy or delight; joyful ecstasy

deluge (n) def: a great flood of water; inundation; flood

circumspection (n) def: circumspect observation or action; caution; prudence

jostled (v) def:to bump, push, shove, brush against, or elbow roughly or rudely

hydroplaned (n) def: a seaplane

compute (v) def: to determine by calculation; reckon; calculate

sophomoric (adj) def: of or pertaining to a sophomore or sophomores

censoring (n) def: an official who examines books, plays, news reports, motion pictures, radio and television programs, letters, cablegrams, etc., for the purpose of suppressing parts deemed objectionable on moral, political, military, or other grounds

fatigued (adj) def: tired; wearied

linoleum (n) def: a hard, washable floor covering formed by coating burlap or canvas with linseed oil, powdered cork, and rosin, and adding pigments to create the desired colors and patterns

ruddy (adj) def: of or having a fresh, healthy red color

skerry (n) def: a small, rocky island

queer (adj) def: strange or odd from a conventional viewpoint; unusually different; singular


Quizlet Test 2

Quizlet Test 3

Quizlet Test 4

Romeo and Juliet Quizlet Test Summative

befriended – to make friends or become friendly with; act as a friend to; help; aid:

civility – courtesy; politeness.

repugnance – the state of being repugnant.

contempt – the feeling with which a person regards anything considered mean,vile, or worthless; disdain; scorn.

woolen – any cloth of carded wool yarn of which the fibers vary in length:bulkier, looser, and less regular than worsted.

laundress – a woman whose work is the washing and ironing of clothes, linens,etc.

ominous – portending evil or harm; foreboding; threatening; inauspicious:

chisel – a wedgelike tool with a cutting edge at the end of the blade, oftenmade of steel, used for cutting or shaping wood, stone, etc.

severity – harshness, sternness, or rigor:

remonstrate – to say or plead in protest, objection, or disapproval.

profusion – abundance; abundant quantity.

ermine – an Old World weasel, Mustela erminea, having in its winter colorphase a white coat with black at the tip of the tail.

Compare stoat.
reverend – (initial capital letter(used as a title of respect applied or prefixed tothe name of a member of the clergy or a religious order):
scrutiny – a searching examination or investigation; minute inquiry.
enchained – to bind in or as in chain or chains; fetter; restrain:
obtrusive – having or showing a disposition to obtrudeas by imposing oneself orone’s opinions on others.
conviction – a fixed or firm belief:
plumage – the entire feathery covering of a bird.
benefactress – a woman who confers a benefit, bequest, endowment, or the like.
triviality – something triviala trivial matter, affair, remark, etc.:




Goal: My goal for writing is to get all ME’s and one EE on my final summative piece at the end of quarter 2.

Specific: I will try to get one EE and the rest ME on my summative writing piece.

Measurable: One EE and the rest ME. On my writing summative rubric, it will show one EE and the rest ME.

Actionable: I can go to Ms. Bevear after school to work on one specific part of writing and to get very good at that one specific part.

Realistic: If I work and try on that one part of writing I can get EE on the summative.

Timely: By the end of the quarter 2 summative I will have an EE on the summative on one part.



Goal: My goal for reading is to try to find at least eight new words in each book I read to go on my Wonder Words Wall.

Specific: I will try to find eight or more if possible then I can easily tell if it’s a just right book.

Measurable: I will try to find eight new words in each book I read. On my Wonder Words Wall there will be eight words for each book written.

Actionable: I can have sticky notes and a pen when I read for when I find a new word I can immediately write it down.

Realistic: Eight is a good number because it isn’t too high or too low. If the book is too easy then there will be less than eight words.

Timely: I will try to have eight new words for each book I read on my Wonder Words Wall by the end of quarter 2.


Quarter 3


Reading Goal-

My reading goal is to have my average number of pages read every night be 35 pages.

Specific: I specified how many number of pages my average would be.

Measurable: To see if my average number of pages read after quarter pages.

Actionable:  I will create a spreadsheet documenting every night’s reading schedule.

Realistic: It is very much possible for me to accomplish this goal. Rather than spending more time on my electronics in the night, I should be reading instead.

Timely: I will stride for my average number of pages read each night be 35 by the end of quarter 3.



Goal: My goal for writing is to write at least five different types of pieces by myself to improve my writing overall.

Specific: I will stride for 5 different writing pieces by me written on my spare time.

Measurable: By the end of quarter 3, I will have at least 5 writing pieces written, revised and edited.

Actionable: Almost everyday when I come home, I can spend about 20-30 minutes working on a writing piece.

Realistic: It is realistic for me to write 5 writing pieces at home on my spare time to improve my writing.

Timely: When quarter 3 comes to a close, I will have written at least 5 different types of writing pieces on my own spare time to improve my writing.

Green Slip

Work Habits

Goals Presentation Rubric

Quarter 4 Goals:


By the end of quarter four, I will have read at least 6 different genres and I can see this by looking at my reading log.

S – I will have read at least 6 different genres.

M – Keep track on my reading log

A – At least 6 different genres by quarter 4.

R – By the end of quarter 4, at least 6 different genres of books.

T – By the end of quarter four.


By the end of quarter 4, I will have written at least one journal day by day including pictures of my holiday while I’m away, which will be in a pages document on my computer.

S – At least one holiday

M – Will be on a pages document of my computer

A – Doing it every night while on holiday for 15 minutes

R – At least one holiday (can be a short or a long one)

T – By the end of quarter 4

Quarter 3 Goals Presentation Rubric

Work Habits Quarter 4

Quarter 4 Goals Presentation Rubric