Ms. Dowell said that to right a good story you want a beginning that pulls people in and makes them want to read so I incorporated this into my story by starting with a dramatic question. Another thing Ms. Dowell said was that around the center of your story you should add the climax, the climax is point that your whole story has been leading up to, I incorporated this into my story when the book’s characters met a mystic. She said that the ending should be satisfying for the reader to read and something that answers questions that came up in the book, I tried to do this at the end of my story.
From revising with others I learned that I need to work on the part in between the climax and the end as it was a bit confusing. So I fixed that part and if I had not revised the story with others I probably would not have realized it was too confusing. I felt very fulfilled and proud of my story when it was finished and I really liked the way it turned out.
I felt so honored when Frances Dowell, a real author, liked my story and it was a great experience. I think I will write more stories in future especially this summer I plan to write a couple while I am on summer break.
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A mirror book is a book that is similar to your life. It is called a mirror book because it is like looking at a reflection of your life. A window book is a book that is different from your life. It is like looking through a window into someone else’s life.
I think “The Okay Witch” is a mirror and a window for me because I can see myself in this book and I can see people with different lives than me in this book too.
I can see myself in Moth (the main character) because she is in middle school and I think we have similar personalities, she is shy, curious, kind, and thoughtful and I think I am too.
It is a window for me because I am not a witch and I have a dad and mom where as Moth only had mom.
My old daily habit was to do at least 15 squats every day, I chose this habit because I wanted something easy that I could do whenever. This habit has been a good one but I have gotten a bit bored of squats because it is just the same motion over and over.
So for my new habit I wanted something I could change up a bit throughout February and the habit I found was yoga. Yoga was a good option because there are so many different and interesting poses and stances. Yoga would also help with my balance, which I need good balance for bike riding, skate boarding and I like to stand up on the swing in my backyard and swing in circles. Not only would yoga help my balance and body, it would also help my mind because it is a great form of meditation and relaxation.
What Kind of Punctuation Am I?
I think I am a parentheses because these are a way of adding more (as in more detail) to a sentence but still keeping it grammatically correct. I relate to a parentheses because I talk a lot so I add a lot of details to conversations like a parentheses adds detail to sentences. I also am like a parentheses because they look like little smiles for example (: , the little smiles remind me of me because I try to always be happy and I love to smile (even though you may not see it through my mask).
For me the plank was hard but so rewarding. When we first started and I heard that we were going to be getting up to about five minutes I thought that I would surely collapse, but as we went along I could feel my strength growing and five minutes did not feel so impossible. Doing my plank taught me so much about how dedication and time. I first thought when we started I thought I would see no improvements but I saw a lot of improvements. When we started with thirty seconds I thought that was semi hard which seems crazy because after a week or so thirty seconds sounds like nothing, my final time was 4:15 seconds.
My new goal is to do squats, so right no right now. I am doing twenty squats a day. Once it is January 15th ( mid January) I am going to start doing thirty squats. I have been coloring in January on sketchbook.
This is a wisdom take that I made into a comic; a wisdom tale is a story with a moral to it. This story is call The Lion Maker and the moral is that street smarts is just as important as book smarts. I think this moral is very important because a lot of people just care about book smarts and forget to learn life skills. I chose the comic because when I read it seemed interesting and fun to draw.
One of my favorite hobbies is crafts. The photo is an origami Christmas tree that I made and the lights are beads on a piece of string. I do crafts any free time I have and for my birthday and Christmas I always hope for craft supplies. I find crafts calming and a good downtime activity. I love origami, painting, coloring and also making bracelets.
During my remote week I learned that I like at home work better when I do it with someone. For example, me and my brother would work together or I would call a friend and work together. This helped me stay focus and feel connected. I did not really have a spot where I did school, I just did wherever. My favorite homework I did was making my French Algeria presentation and also making my Language Arts story. I was reading “What was The Hindenburg?” but I finished that this morning so I am looking for a new book.
I am grateful for my family, pets, food, school, outside, winter, holidays, baking, field hockey and my friends. I am grateful for my family because they are always supportive and caring, they also just make me happy. I want to give gratitude to my pets because they always want to play and my favorite is when I come home from school and my dogs jump all over me and get excited. I am thankful for food because my family can afford it and I know some people can not. I am grateful for school because it is fun to see my teachers and friends, I am also thankful because they are helping me in the future when I want to get a job or to get into a college. I am especially thankful for school because I know it is hard to be open during a pandemic and I know all the faculty and staff are working extremely hard. I am thankful for outside because I love to be outside and it is very calming to be outside. I am thankful for winter because it is my favorite season because of the brisk air and warm hot chocolate, also sometimes we get snow. I am grateful for the holidays because it makes me happy and I get to see my extended family (there is also great food). I want to show my gratitude for baking because it is enjoyable and relaxing, also delicious. I am grateful for field hockey because I get to meet new people at practice and have fun playing the sport. Last but not least I am grateful for my friends who make me laugh and have fun, they are always there for me as well.