Wednesday, January 29, 2014

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Long winter runs, year round athletics, Tiger Balm muscle rub, croquet should be in the Olympics, ukulele, guitar, wave after wave, long casts into the bay, sunsets on the island, cruising across the choppy water, ASO FOR LIFE,  legendary band that hasn't played a gig, using my humor, trying to brighten the day of others, treat others the way you would like to be treated.

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Semester Reflection

This year has been an exiting one as a writer. I've have had many new experiences this year in my writing. Some difficulties that I still continue to have in my writing are punctuation and grammar. I still plan to continue studying and visiting the writing center to improve on those. One thing that I've really been trying to focus on in my writing is incorporating my humor into my work. I think that I have succeeded greatly in doing this and I feel that this year's writing has been some of my best. More importantly I have enjoyed writing all of my work this year.
The first piece I chose for my portfolio was my literacy autobiography. This was my first real writing piece for this year. I had wrote it over the summer before school. It wasn't only my first writing piece but it was also my first autobiography ever! Writing this autobiography was very interesting. It had me think back very far into the past. It gave me a chance to reflect on a subject that I had never really though about before. I got to realize how much literature has actually changed from a very young age to now. For example I wrote about how as I child I used to think of reading as a toy but that changed as school came around.
The second piece in my portfolio is my Zoo Plumber Writers Craft. This writers craft is very important to me. It is important to me because it was my first writers craft that I tried to incorporate my humor into. While I was writing this writers craft I felt more engaged and happy about writing. I feel that since I was able to use my humor it gave me a reason to enjoy what I was writing.  Again my punctuation a grammar were two weaknesses that I had with this piece.
The third and final piece that I put in my portfolio is my Book Talk. I choice this video because I felt that I really spoke in depth and sincere about my book. The book I talked about was Hatchet, by Gary Paulsen. I really love this book with its great descriptions. I talked about the plot, main characters, and I even said a quote from the book. One thing I took from this book that I mentioned in the book talk is to never give up, even in the worst situations. At one point in the book the main character Brian thought about taking his own life. But before he did he realized that an teacher of his had taught him to never give up or lose sight in the good things in life. That book really touched me and helped me think about how I live every day.
My writing goals from the beginning of the year were to improve on my punctuation and grammar. I do feel it hat I have gotten better with my punctuation and grammar but there is still room for improvement. If I study harder and visit the writing center more often, I can become an expert at punctuation and grammar.

Hatchet Book Talk

Zoo Plumber Writers Craft

One second I was just doing my normal plumbing job at the zoo but the next I was being told to put my hands on my head and to get on the ground. "What did I do?" I said out loud. "You'll find out soon, criminal." They placed a dark hood over my head, keeping me from having any idea where I was being taken.
       I slammed around the floor of a van as it cruised down the bumpy road. It felt like hours until the tires finally screeched to a stop. Two large hands grabbed my scrawny arms with a massive load of pressure. Before I knew it, I was shoved to the ground and then raised back up to my feet. The same two arms guided me for a while. I could tell that we stepped into a building because of the lack of wind. At that moment I was thrown into a chair. A rope was tied around me so tightly that I thought I cracked a rib.
       The dark hood was yanked off my head. My eyes were blinded by a single hanging light above me. I couldn't discern where a deep voice off in the blackness was coming from. "Do you know who we are?" The deep voice said. "No, why am I here!" I yelled in return. "We are the CIA and you are in a lot of trouble my friend." "Why, what did I do?" "Don't you play stupid with me punk, you know exactly why you are here. You stole a very large quantity of a precious substance."  Said the deep voice.
I was at a loss of words for a while but then I replied, "Sir you have the wrong person I swear!" "Yeah, yeah, that's what your boss told you to say. Now listen to me, you have twenty seconds to tell me who your boss is and where you're hiding this precious substance." "What precious substance? I'm a zoo plumber! The only substance I work with is antelope feces!" " Exactly!" The deep voice screemed. "You better tell us in ten seconds or else." At that second I heard the noise of a circular saw just behind me. Sweat started drigpping down my face and neck.
         "Um, ah, I don't know what to tell you, you have the wrong person, please stop!" In that instant ten huge spot lights flashed on. Once my eyes adjusted I saw that I was at center stage with eight hundred screaming audience members facing me. I looked over to my right and saw the show host, Howie Mandel, run out on stage and say, " Steavy, you are the first person to be pranked on the new hit television show, Scared Out Of My Mind!"
My jaw dropped with disbelief as I stared Howie strait in the eyes.

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Literacy Autobiography

Reading and writing have changed quite a bit throughout my life. My parents made sure to make reading a normal thing at an early age. When I was little I had an abundance of children's books to choose from. Back then reading was great! It was a time to spend with my family or read about my favorite cartoon characters. Reading was basically just another toy that I could play with. One book that really stood out to me during my childhood was, Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle. I can still remember cuddling together as my Mom read the silly stories to my brothers and I. My career as a writer didn't really kick off until I stepped into that mythical place called, school.    
Before kindergarten all the writing I knew was my name and most of the alphabet. At this new place called school, the teachers did a very good job at making reading and writing enjoyable. For example, instead of just writing small words with paper and pencil we wrote words in chocolate goop. Kindergarten showed me that not only reading could be considered a toy but writing could as well.
First grade was a blast. This new class room brought new things like reading buddies and learning about sentences! As time passed my spelled improved a lot. There was nothing like the feeling of knowing what my parents were trying to spell out in letters to each other secretively.  Another memory from first grade was that time of the day when the "big" kids would pick a picture book for us to take turns reading.
Once first grade rolled by second grade was right behind it. Unlike the past two years I wasn't just going to learn about reading and writing, I was going to be tested on it! Spelling tests were a new and a little bit scary experience at first. Once a test started, the pressure was on. In one of my tests I even forgot to put the "R" in "shirt". As you can see that probably didn't turn out too well. Another thing that was different about second grade was the books. There were no picture books! We were all assigned a reading level based on our capabilities. I might have thought that was hard but third grade was when it really got tough.
The next year brought on a whole load of challenges. Not only did we have to read and write, but literature had become part of all our daily work. For example, word problems for math. Along with that the books just kept getting thicker and thicker. Not only were we writing more, but we were learning a new way to write, cursive.
Fourth grade had brought me something that would haunt me all the way through middle school, the reading log. The reading log is what really changed my thoughts about reading. I was always a good reader but my speed of reading wasn’t up to par with most other students. My slow reading made it a challenge to get the assigned pages read by the end of the week. The fourth grade also brought me my favorite thing about literature, poetry.  I uncovered this unknown talent that lets me write freely and in a way that defies some of the punctuation rules used normal writing.
Although the reading logs did change my opinion about reading, I could still get past that when I found books that I truly enjoyed. Two books that really stood out to me  were, Hatchet  by Gary Paulsen and  Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe.  These books helped me realize that there really are books  for everyone.
The following year brought an abundance of essays, but that didn’t seem to phase me. My sixth grade english teacher was amazing. She deffinatly made a huge difference in the way I learned. Her name was Mrs. Koenig, and she knew the special ratio of fun to work. I will never forget the great memories of that year.
Seventh and eighth grade took up the learning to a whole new level. I now had six different subjects which involved reading and writing in all of them. The pressure of quizzes and tests didn’t help my opinion of literature. What once was a toy was now just work. At this point the only reason that I was reading and writing was because I had to.   Reading was once my choice. There was no worrying about reading enough pages in time or feeling the pressure of a test. I wanted it to be like it it used to. Something to enjoy and to have fun with.
My freshman year was when my opinion changed about literature once again. I met another teacher that knew that special ratio of fun to work. This teacher turned the idea of reading being work upside down. Instead of me dreading the time sitting in class, I’d run in with big smile on my face ready to learn. She helped me learn to like things about literature that I previously didn’t. For example, punctuation was a serious problem in my writing, but she helped me get better at it little by little. This teacher’s name is Mrs. Blier.
As you can see, literature has changed so much throughout my life. From being another toy to just plain work, literature has made me who I am today. I look forward to seeing how literature can change me in the future.

Persuasive Writing Creativity

I did something differently in my writing this week. This week I wrote a persuasive piece. In all of my persuasive writing in the past I had written about real controversial topics. In my past writing I would have to research real hard facts about the subject and persuade people to agree with my opinion. This weeks persuasive writing was very different from those in the past. It was a creative writing piece so I created my own facts about a subject that I chose. This helped show my creativity and let me write a fun, goofy, yet persuasive piece.