Monday, March 27, 2017

Blog Post #7

My book, "Bluefish", is about a boy named Travis who wasn't very skilled in reading and had a huge fear of it. Whenever Travis went into a room full of books or if he was assigned to read a paragraph, he would get very nervous and scared. There was this paragraph where he was entering his reading class and suddenly felt claustrophobic and fear washed over him when he saw the wall of books. It was mentioned that he hadn't had reading classes with a whole class since fifth grade. He ditched school many times to avoid going to reading class. I have had a similar reading experience. In second grade, I struggled with reading. That year I was suddenly switched to English classes. Before second grade, I was in first and kindergarten Spanish classes. I knew how to speak English, but I couldn't really read or write English. That year of second grade was when AR testing started and for us second graders, my teachers said we had to do the AR test for every book we read or it would go against our points and grade. It was a nightmare. I avoided big books at all costs, and I would only pick up picture books. At the time, my teacher had high expectations for me, and wanted me to read chapter books. I used excuses to get out of our reading time and lied about finishing books. My teacher found out later and asked why I was doing that. When I explained, she did understand my situation. After that, our librarian helped me with reading English and taking the AR tests. The fear of reading for me was gone once I realized that I found joy in reading.

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Blog Post #6 - Vocabulary

Book: The Lost Years of Merlin

Plot: Emrys, a twelve year old boy, plans to find his home and past after he forget everything when he crashed into a pile of rocks on shore at the age of seven. He encounters the truth that he has the magic to save the world and the new island that he found that was in danger.

Assignment: Find five words you didn't know and define them

1. Word: Pinnacle  Page: 3

    Definition: a high pointed place of a rock or the highest point of something

2. Word: Careened  Page: 7

    Definition: to move swiftly but in an uncontrolled way, not going in a certain direction

3. Word: Dialects  Page: 15

    Definition: a form of speaking from a certain region or place; local language of a place

4.  Word: Cajole  Page: 19

     Definition: persuading to do something with flattery or coaxing

5.  Word: Crass. Page: 23

     Definition: lacking intelligence, sensitivity, or sophistication

Friday, March 10, 2017

Illustration 1 - Blog Post #5

The image that I drew is from the book, "The Alchemyst". This book is about magic and the art of mastering it. Two twins, Sophie and Josh Newman, discovered that they knew the greatest alchemyst in the world. Nicholas Flamel, who is the Alchemyst, had the Book of Abraham Mage stolen from him. The twins and Nick are joined by other powerful legends to find and retrieve the book.

The drawing is showing the first performance of magic that Sophie performs. She is the first of the twins to have their power Awakend or revealed. She has a powerful aura; a pure silver color. This aura is rare and extremely dangerous. She pulls out the whip of pure aura magic and proves to her enemies that she can do more. This weapon is revealed when she is fighting the Cat Goddess, Bastet. This shows that Sophie is powerful but at the same time, extremely dangerous.