Chinese writing – L20

我妈妈订了三个位置的机票,因为她跟我和我的男朋友一起去菲律宾。我们不需要办签证。去飞机场以前,我们都整理好了行李,我们带很多汗衫和短裤,因为菲律宾的天气太热了。我也带了一双球鞋和一双人字拖,还有化妆品。再,整理背包,带我们的护照,手机,电脑,书,等等。我们带三个小箱子。然后,我们坐车去飞机场值机(办理)行李。我们的行李没有超重,因为我们会把背包带上飞机。值机(办理)以后,我们拿着我们的登机牌,然后去登机口,最后登上飞机。

 

Reading Blog 9

Book Equivalent #9Words: 30,820                          Date: 11/2/15

Title: Once                                                              Author: Gleitzman, Morris                                 

Genre ~ Non-Fiction / Fiction Type: Historical Fiction     

                                                                            

ïOpening Sentence: 

Once I was living in an orphanage in the mountains and I shouldn’t have been and I almost caused a riot.

ïFavorite word / phrase / sentence:

“Everybody deserves to have something good in their life. At least once” 

ïVocabulary and new terms (with part of speech) and definition (synonym & antonym):

convent (n.): a Christian community of nuns living together under monastic vows.

ïReflection, Connection & Personal Response: 

I thought that Felix wasn’t stupid, not like in the boy in the striped pajamas. He’s just in denial, but as the story goes on he gets less denial. I like that he uses storytelling as his survival strategy and shield. It made me really sad when he started to not be able to tell himself those stories because you could tell that he was finally accepting the truth and he was losing hope. I like that the book talked about everything that happened historically accurately, including the nazis brutality very truthfully and explicitly.

Reading Blog 8

Book Equivalent #8Words: 73, 053                          Date: 10/26/15

Title: Wonder                                                              Author: Palacio, Raquel                                 

Genre ~ Non-Fiction / Fiction Type: Young-adult Fiction     

                                                                            

ïOpening Sentence: 

I know I’m not an ordinary 10-year-old-kid.

ïFavorite word / phrase / sentence:

“There was a hint of voice in that sound and she had not heard her voice in the past six months.”

ïVocabulary and new terms (with part of speech) and definition (synonym & antonym):

guttural (adj.): produced in the throat; harsh-sounding

ïReflection, Connection & Personal Response: 

I like how the book jumped from person to person so there were different points of view on the situation. I thought the book went a bit too smoothly because if it was in real life, the kids probably wouldn’t have done most of what they were supposed to do. I liked the author’s style of writing though, I thought it was funny and it seems like he used some of his own childhood experiences in this book. I think he made up a lot of it, but based some things that happened in the book off of what happened when he was a kid.

Reading Blog 7

Book Equivalent #7                         Words: 23,989                           Date: 10/20/15

Title: Flying Solo                                                                Author: Fletcher, Ralph                                  

Genre ~ Non-Fiction / Fiction Type: Young-adult Fiction     

                                                                            

ïOpening Sentence: Rachel lay in bed, reading, waling until the last possible minute when she absolutely had to put down her book and get out of bed.

ïFavorite word / phrase / sentence:

“There was a hint of voice in that sound and she had not heard her voice in the past six months.”

ïVocabulary and new terms (with part of speech) and definition (synonym & antonym):

guttural (adj.): produced in the throat; harsh-sounding

ïReflection, Connection & Personal Response: 

I like how the book jumped from person to person so there were different points of view on the situation. I thought the book went a bit too smoothly because if it was in real life, the kids probably wouldn’t have done most of what they were supposed to do. I liked the author’s style of writing though, I thought it was funny and it seems like he used some of his own childhood experiences in this book. I think he made up a lot of it, but based some things that happened in the book off of what happened when he was a kid.

Reading Blog 6

Book Equivalent #6    Words: 90,914      Date: 10/1/15

Title: I am Malala                                                               Author: Yousafzai, Malala                                   

Genre ~ Non-Fiction / Fiction Type: Autobiography                                                                      

Opening Sentence:

When I was born, people in our village commiserated with my mother and nobody congratulated my father.

Favorite word / phrase / sentence:

“If one man can destroy everything, why can’t one girl change it?”

Vocabulary and new terms (with part of speech) and definition (synonym & antonym):

fickle (adj.): marked by erratic changeableness in affections.

Commiserated (v.): express or feel sympathy or pity; sympathize

Reflection, Connection & Personal Response: 

I’m glad I read this book because it inspires me to be a better person by standing up for what is right by telling a really heartwarming story along the way. I like that it talks about Malala’s life before the Taliban and her own inspiration as well as her journey serving after and during the incident when she was shot. This book gives me a lot of hope that the world is changing one person at a time. Other girls that read this book can be encouraged to stand up for what is right as well.

Reading Blog 5

Book Equivalent #5               Words: 50,189               Date: 9/30/15 

Title: We Were Liars                                                               Author: E. Lockhart                                 

Genre ~ Non-Fiction / Fiction Type: Young Adult Fiction        

                                                                            

ïOpening Sentence:

Welcome to the beautiful Sinclair family.

ïFavorite word / phrase / sentence:

“We are liars. We are beautiful and privileged. We are cracked and broken.”

ïVocabulary and new terms (with part of speech) and definition (synonym & antonym):

crest (v.): reach the top of (a hill or wave)

ïReflection, Connection & Personal Response: 

I love that quote that I chose because beautiful and privileged clash with cracked and broken, but they are used to describe the same group of people who are called the liars, and the narrator is in that group so she is unreliable. 

I was so astonished at the plot twist because I had no idea that Johnny, Merrin and Gat died in the fire, when it came I was so confused and I thought at first she was saying that in her head they are dead because they are corrupt. But then I realized that only the adults were corrupt and not the Liars or the littles. But when I finished the book I realized that all the clues were staring me straight and the face and I couldn’t believe that I didn’t know. First of all I knew from the beginning that she was an unreliable narrator because she says that she is a liar. Also that she was alone when she went down to the beach and got into the accident since she never goes to the beach by herself. There were so many other clues like when Taft was saying the New Clairmont house (the one she burned down) was haunted, Will having so many nightmares, Taft asking her if she’s a drug addict was probably the most obvious because we already know she has to take pills for her accident. I think what happens in the book after the other Liars are dead but it doesn’t tell us yet, is she thinks they are still there because she forgets and then she overdoses on her pills and hallucinates that they are there. Clues that she was hallucinating were that Johnny kept saying that he was tired and he needed to rest, meaning he needs to go back to being dead; Mirren was so sick and didn’t feel like doing anything; Gat hated himself and wouldn’t kiss her. Also that she was the only one forced to eat with the family while the others weren’t and that when she jumped off the rock she said she kayaked there, but it said that she swam back. This book is unforgettable.

Reading Blog 3&4

Book Equivalent #3 & 4                                                   Words: 95, 297                                                                       Date: 9/13/15 

Title: Unwind                                                                Author: Neil Shusterman                                 

Genre ~ Non-Fiction / Fiction Type: Dystopian        

                                                                            

ïOpening Sentence:

“There are places you can go,” Ariana tells him, “and a guy as smart as you has a decent chance of surviving to eighteen.”

ïFavorite word / phrase / sentence:

“In a perfect world everything would be either black or white, right or wrong, and everyone would know the difference. But this isn’t a perfect world. The problem is people who think it is.”

ïVocabulary and new terms (with part of speech) and definition (synonym & antonym):

Grafted (adj.): attached

Acrid (adj.): having an unpleasantly strong taste or smell

ïReflection, Connection & Personal Response: 

I thought it was a really amazing but at the same time sick idea of when a child unwinds. I don’t know how the author thought of this, and the harvest camp. I think he might have taken the idea of the Nazi concentration camps then altered it. There aren’t many adults in this book that do more than the bare minimum of what they have to do for their kids; a common phrase used throughout is ‘someone else’s problem.’ I think this really shows the mood of the book how people are really struggling so they are just doing what absolutely has to be done and they won’t waste their energy on things they don’t have to do.

Reading Blog 2

Book Equivalent #2                             Words: 93, 187                                                                       Date: September 1

Title: Mad Dogs                                                               Author: Muchamore, Robert                                 

Genre ~ Non-Fiction / Fiction Type: Action, spy, espionage       

                                                                            

Opening Sentence:

Even by aircraft standards the toilet inside a C5 transport plane is cramped.

Favorite word / phrase / sentence:

There was an eleven-year-old boy less than twenty centimeters ahead and Dana right behind with a reassuring glove on his shoulder, but he felt isolated.

Vocabulary and new terms (with part of speech) and definition (synonym & antonym):

Hard front (n): A well protected place where large amounts of drugs are bought and sold.

Reflection, Connection & Personal Response: 

After reading this book I understood how criminal masterminds work better and how gangs function. I didn’t really realize that people in gangs could be very organized and that they planned their attacks really thoroughly. I could tell that the author must have done a lot of research about gang conflict because it all seemed very real. I found it really hard to put this book down because it was so good, there were no holes in the plot and it flowed really nicely. I never really knew what was going to happen and I got very scared when Gabrielle got stabbed, I thought she was going to die.

Reading Blog 1

Book Equivalent #1                                   Words: 78,167               Date: 8/15/2015

 

Title: The Fall                                           Author: Muchamore, Robert                                

 

Genre ~ Non-Fiction / Fiction Type: Fiction action, spy, espionage

  • Opening Sentence:

A Ford Focus pulled up amid a line of deserted parking bays as a powerful wave crashed against the adjacent sea wall.

 

  • Favorite word / phrase / sentence:

‘Damp hung in the air as James stepped through the entrance.’

 

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

Squelch (v): make a soft sucking sound such as that made by treading heavily through mud

  • Reflection, Connection & Personal Response:

            I liked that Lauren’s mission concentrated on human trafficking because I didn’t know much about human trafficking before or what it was, but after reading this I understood it better and after I did more research. I think that it was good that this book shed light on the issue so kids reading this book will know about human trafficking if they didn’t know about it already. I didn’t really like how the setting would have to change because it was switching between James and Lauren and they were on separate missions so I got a bit confused.