Category Archives: 6th Grade

The Writing Process With Frances Dowell

For the last couple of month my peers and I have been working on creative writing through stories. For me, it has been a serious challenge getting through all of the part Mrs.Dowell has showed us about a story such as background  check ,opening action scene, sticks and stones, monster problem and lastly the resolution. For me this whole journey has been really difficult because like others I have gotten stuck on multiple occasions and constantly thought that my story wasn’t going anywhere interesting. It got to the point were I was just writing the story and just letting the ideas flow. After I realized that a lot of authors do that with there writing I felt a lot more confident and inspired.😎

Somethingsthat really helped me get back into the flow of writing was reading other books 📚. This helped me tremendously because I could get a feel of different writing styles and different problems that I could switch up and incorporate into my story! I also would frequently watch random episodes of shows just to get more inspiration and use it was well. On some occasions, I would look at that journal I have full of random dreams I have had and I would get a lot of inspiration from that as well as little details.

When I was first told that we were going to share our stories with Mrs.Dowell I was really scared because a published author is going to listen to a bunch of 12-year-old read there stories. I don’t know about you but the thought of that still makes me nervous. But once I figured out that she wouldn’t be criticizing or being mean to us I calmed down and though about how lucky we were to have a published author listen to our stories and give us feedback! The feedback I received was that she really liked my background check because you could really get a feel for what each of my characters were like  and you could tell how my main character felt about her brother and her relationship with her dad. When she first said this I was filled with pried because I have never really like d how my writing sounds but have been told I am good at it. I have always had mixed feeling when it came to writing so when she told me this I instantly had a confidence boost!

The foundation we started on when first starting to write our stories were ‘What if…?’ Questions such as ‘ What is a girl could talk to the moon’  we were first introduced to this by having to take three of our favorite Disney movies and change up the way the story is told and make what if questions off of that. The three movies I chose were, Atlantis, Princess diaries and beauty and the beast. This really helped me because I  could  miss-match and decide which plots worked and figure out what I liked.

The different components in a story surprised me in number. I always though you just had an intro and middle, conflict and then end it! But there are actually different steps and levels you have to a good story and it surprised me how I never noticed this in a book but one I knew what the plot was i could identify the monster problem and get a sense for when the story would end.

This journey has been a full roller coaster and in a way  enjoyed every wall  faced and how every time I could get out!

If you would like to know more about  Frances Dowell then click the link below!

http://Frances Dowell

Adios!

Window or Mirror?

https://glli-us.org/2020/06/08/globalpridelitmonth-radio-silence/

Today I am going to talk to you about the book I am currently reading called Radio Silence by Alice Osman and if it is a window or a mirror.

What do I mean by a window or mirror you may ask? Well a mirror is when you can reflect on something and you can relate to what is happening or in this case what you are reading. A window is when you are looking into a  different life from a different perspective.

Radio Silence is about Frances Janvier who is a 17 yer old  British-Ethiopian girl who also happens to be head girl with her mind set on going to Cambridge a prestigious school in the UK. Hanging out with friends aren’t her main focus but somehow still has some who invite to go hang out one night. Although she already knew Aled Last, her meeting him that night felt new. Is it because she could finally be herself? or something else? Those 6 words changed everything. Is he…? Debating if she should tell him what he said the morning after or keeping there awkward friendship where it is. After all if she tells him then she’ll have to out herself.

This book is a window for me on multiple occasions even though I can sometimes see myself in Frances; it’s little moment. For example, I am not British-Ethiopian but I am Mexican and black, and I do like to draw when inspiration sparks and I don’t like to share my drawings. I would rather hang out with friends than be studying and school isn’t my top priority. Although we clearly have our differences on the outside, it is still fascinating to have a sense into someone else’s life and everything they go through. For me, although I am still reading this book it is fascinating seeing these little emotions that I thought were special to me now being shared with Frances. And the nagging feeling of not being able to let something go until I know the answer. Those annoying gut feelings and problems make this a clear mirror for me.

What are your thought on this?

-Adios, Leila

 

 

 

 

 

My Daily Habit

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Hi people!

I’m going to be talking about how my daily habits have been this year. It starts with when we did planks in Language Arts class. They were to show us daily habits and compound effect and in the end I could plank for 2 minuets and 20 seconds‼️

After that we got to choose out own daily habit in January and I chose to workout everyday and drink water everyday. It really help in a sense  that drinking water is really hard to stay on top of but helps with headaches and that working out is calming for me when I’m stressed. Working out has always been a part of my daily habit I’m naturally a pretty fit person so you would think I also drink a lot of water but really the opposite. For me its a hard habit to keep up with and I get headaches a lot from that but in January I barley had any! I’m still working on drinking water and hope to get better 🤞🏽

But for February my new daily habit will be to read every day. I already do but I want to be able to read for a longer amount of time. If I’m invested in a book I can read it in like 30 minutes depending on how long it is, but I found a new author who I really recommend is Alice Osema. She is from the UK if I remember and she is just phenomenal. So far I have read her series Heartsopper and am currently reading Radio silence. But she truly is amazing.  So I want to read as many of her books I can!! which is why I am going to be reading even more than I already do to  build up my endurance and to expand my vocabulary and my book genre interests. 📚 

What type of Punctuation am I?

I am a semicolon (;) . I am going to be honest I don’t really know what a semi colon does but it is powerful and you know it. This is because a semicolon seems like a very fierce punctuation this may sound a little odd but after a semicolon anything could lay on the other side. Especially in a story, a semicolon gives me a little shiver down my back. You never know if something bad will happen or good and even after you work up the courage to read it is an instant hook like you just want to know how the scene plays out. For example, “These cold winter days were bearable but the walks my parents would make us go on were miserable on those cold Sundays in January; this one was different.” Does that not want you to read more!! Although I just came up with this it was powerful. It just captures the magic of a semicolon. You may be wondering what this has to do with me? Well, I like to think of myself as unpredictable although I have a bad habit of being indecisive I like to think that is because the world could not be able to handle the decisions I make or chose to say so I just chose to be cautious and blend in.

A Well Over Do Movie Report!

 

If you have read some of my previous posts you would know that I did somewhat of a movie report! That was about 3 months ago! Sorry for the wait but here we go. Some Movies I have previously watched include Rampage and Ready Player One ( both PG-13)  out of the two I would have to say that Rampage is my favorite! Maybe because  Dwayne Johnson aka one of my favorite actor is starring in this movie. I also recently have watched the movie Ocean’s 8. This movie is by far one of my top 10 movies! It is so good and if you don’t know about the movie or background pretty much in 1960 the first movie Oceans 11 was about this man Lewis Milestone made a movie with a bunch of people and it was about Danny Ocean ( Frank Sinatra )  and like 4 other  dudes how did a huge heist at 5 casinos on New Year’s Eve  and pretty much got away with it and that movie was a block buster and so obviously people mad spin offs like Ocean’s 12 and 13 etc. but they were all with men staring and pulling all of this off so in 2018 they made another spin off but this time it was starring all women including Sandra Bullock , Anne Hathaway and Rihana!! it was such a good movie and was really intriguing!! So there you have it folks my 3 movie request for this month.

I will try to keep on top of these next month!

-Adiós, Leila

Daily Habit

To start this post off right I would like to talk to you about how my class did planks every day and got up to 3 minuets and 40 seconds. This was part of our daily habit and every two days we would go up 10 seconds. Towards the last week we went up 10 seconds every day. In the end, we timed ourselves individually and saw how long we could plank for; I planked for 2 minuets and 8 seconds. It may not be that long, but I am really proud of my self and this daily habit has affected my new daily habit as well.

For my new daily habit, I am working out and stretching  every day, I am also trying to drink a lot more water, this daily habit my be strange but it is something I need to work on, this may be just me but I don’t drink a lot of water throughout the day which is not good considering I play soccer and I am constantly either working out or doing something that requires energy and stamina. This ties into my stretching everyday. Since I’m a soccer player, I have to make sure that I am all stretched out and my body is warmed up before playing so at practice we do  our warm up but also at home I stretch just to keep my body on a consistent schedule. Another  habit I want to start to incorporate in  my daily habit is to practice volleyball for at least 10 minuets everyday! Lately I have been really interested in  volleyball possibly due to the fact that I have been watching an anime about it but either way it is really cool. Do you think I should start practicing volleyball?

Tell me what you think, and this month I have a movie review coming soon so stay tuned for that!

That’s all folks See ya🤗

 

 

 

Wisdom Tale Comic

So this is my wisdom tale! It’s called The Wise Master, and it is a story from India, if you’ve read it you would know that the moral is do the right thing even if no one is watching.

What is a Wisdom tale?
A wisdom tale is a story with a moral, and they’re are normally pretty old and have been changed before being written down. Also, every wisdom tale is from a certain place for example mine is from India but we don’t know we’re exactly.

The reason I chose this wisdom tale is because it looked really fun to draw,( it was a lot!) and the story was kind of a twist to it. The app I used to create this comic is Sketchbook which is a cool drawing app and Comic Life which has a lot of formats to create a comic. So all o had to do is draw on Sketchbook and insert the photos on Comic life and I would have to do this step about 5 times.

What Interests me

Let’s get straight to the point I have very few interests. I don’t know why, just I don’t. But there are a few that I think are pretty cool. For example, soccer. You may have already hear about me loving soccer but I truly do I’ve been playing for as long as I was the right age to be on a team. Another one of my interests is watching movies. You may have read my previous movie report (which I’m going to update soon!) and I really like watching movies. I also like going on car rides in the evening, during the summer me and my sister would go on like 45 minuets car rides to a certain bridge were you can see really pretty sunset views and we’d just roll down the windows and jam out to a bunch of songs! And last but definitely not least I like to sleep, yes it is one of my hobbies but I like to stay up late and sleep in late it’s just the best feeling when you get up and THEN go BACK to sleep 😌 it’s one of those things we’re it’s really hard to explain you just have to be in the moment.

This wasn’t the longest blog post but those were some of my very random interests.

My online remote week

 

During my remote week after Thanksgiving on Monday I made a strategy. I told myself to go through the day and I find  what works best for me, later that day I went over everything and found out that going through all my classes and doing the work form the order the longest or whatever requires the most work to the work that I can knock out in less than 15 minuets. This worked really well for me because it allowed me to work at my own pace. With some classes I made the exception of doing the work later in the day just because I have more of my “creative flow” in the later evening and so writing things was just easier. I have no idea why it just works. Some tips I have for anyone on doing work online is to find what works best for you and to try to knock out the work you know you wont want to work on later sooner in the day, just to get it out of the way. Another tip I used was to listen to music! it really helped me be in a good mood, I just found a playlist I liked and put on my headphones and cranked  out work, this may work for you but it may not I know that some people cant focus when playing music so an alternative is put on a timer for about 20 minuets or however long you want and try to get as much work for a certain subject as you can, its a really good motivator from my experiences. So if you are looking for some tips that this was the post for you!!

Hope you got some ideas from this and have a nice day!! 🙂