✨Frances Dowell Stories!✨


Over the past few months, my class has been writing stories called our Frances Dowell stories! Frances Dowell is an author that helped us with our stories! She took us through the parts of stories, and here they are!

1. What if? To start a story, you fist come up with a what if question. To start mine, I thought, “What if I was blamed for a murder I didn’t do?” Then I made a whole story around that one question by just writing whatever comes to my mind.

2. Opening action scene: To start your story, you make an action scene at the beginning, something that happens to your character! Examples: if your character breaks their arm, if they adopt a pet, if they fall out of a window, if they get lost, etc. This will lead to the plot of your story.

3. Background check: this is also at the beginning of the story! It’s basically introducing the character: their name, their age, where they live, etc.

4. Sticks and stones: sticks are little problems that your character goes through, like if they get lost, hurt themself, etc., and stones are bigger problems.

5. Big monster problem: the big problem, the climax of the story! This is what your whole plot leads up to! Wether it’s your character battling a monster or completing a big exam, this is the big problem.

6. Resolution: ending your story. Maybe it’s your character finding their way home if they were lost, or finally getting their cast off after breaking their arm.

I learned from my peers that I kind of rushed through my story. I would explain everything really quickly and it was really confusing.

I’ve never actually finished a full story like this! Of course I’ve written stories in kindergarten and other grades, but I’ve started kindergarten  stories like this and haven’t finished.

Check out Frances Dowell’s website here! ⤵️

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✨Window or Mirror?✨


“when you reach me” by pqgw is licensed under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0

When you’re reading a book, you can think about if it is a window or mirror for you. A window would be like a window into a different world that you can’t relate to, like Harry Potter, because I’m not a wizard living in London, and a mirror would be a book that you can relate to. I am reading When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead. This book is a window because it takes place into he 70’s in New York City. Although I am in 6th grade and the main character is as well, we are really different. She has single mother. Her mom is a lawyer, and my dad is a lawyer, so I can relate to that, but overall it is a window.

When You Reach Me is about a girl named Miranda. She has a best friend named Sal, and they walk to and from school together everyday. One day Sal gets punched by a kid and shuts Miranda out of his life. Soon after, Miranda finds a piece of paper in her book that says “I am coming to save your friend’s life, and my own.” She receives more notes, each weirder than the last, and whoever is writing them seems to be able to tell the future. Miranda becomes scared that she must prevent a tragic death. But when she receives the final note she thinks it’s too late.

I love this book so much! If you like The Miscalculations of Lighting Girl then I think you will like this book.

That’s all from me! Bye! <3

✨My Daily Habit!✨

For the entire month of January, my class had to pick a daily habit to do. I chose stretching.

My daily habit for January was stretching. I am naturally flexible but I’ve started to worry that if I don’t stretch I will become less flexible. I’ve been mainly focusing on my back, shoulders and legs, but towards the end of January I’ve mainly been stretching my legs.

I realized that trying to do something every day is harder then it sounds. The first week was pretty easy, but then I gradually started to become tired of doing the same thing every day.

I overcame the challenge of soreness. There was one day where I could not move but I still tried to stretch a little but. It was hard but I only did some simple stretches.

I made great progress with my flexibility! I took a before and after picture that is above and the results were mind blowing.

My daily habit for February will be stretching again. I want to try to get a wall split down (a vertical split on the wall) down to the floor by the end of March!

That’s all for today! Bye! <3

✨What Punctuation Am I?✨

I am an exclamation point. I am always loud and expressive when writing, texting or speaking. I am usually happy, excited and fun, which is why I use the exclamation point a lot. I usually break the ice in a tense room by telling a joke or saying another little thing. I don’t use the period much when texting because I am not usually very serious when texting. 

Or maybe I’m an asterisk! I’m always spelling words wrong, or when someone texts me something, like “we have a test today”, I often text back, “*cries*”. The asterisk was one of the first punctuation marks I learned to use! When I was young my sister taught me to use the asterisk when you spell a word wrong. I used to use two, like this: **hi, but now I only use one: *hi.

I might even be quotation marks! When writing, I love adding dialogue. I also talk a lot, so if I were a character in a story I would have lots of lines and quotation marks would appear everywhere on a page where my character enters the story.

Bye! <3

✨Compound Effect!✨

My class planked in school for 30 seconds at the beginning and three minutes at the end from November to December. This showed us that if we read and write everyday it makes a difference. At first, I was barely able to plank for 30 seconds but at the end I planked for 11 minutes 47 seconds!

My new daily habit is stretching. I was pretty flexible at the beginning of my challenge, but for six days I have done the same stretches for the same amount of time in hopes of being able to do a needle (a flexibility pose) and I have improved so much! (On the left of the picture above there is a picture of me when we started this challenge and on the right is me six days into it. You can see that my leg is a lot more bent on the left and is more straight on the right!) I will continue to stretch even after January is over.

Thank you for reading! Bye <3

✨Wisdom Tale Comic✨

This is the Amazing Grace Wisdom Tale. The moral is “it’s never too late to change”.

This is my comic of the Wisdom Tales, “Amazing Grace”. I chose this Wisdom Tale because it is an inspiring true story about the change of heart.

I used the app Sketchbook for the drawings and Comic Life for the layout.

✨What Interests Me✨

“Life’s little details” by kern.justin is licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

What interests me are the little details in life, like every feature of a child’s bedroom that makes it look lived-in. The small details in animated movies that, even though are only a few seconds, like a hug, may take hours to animate. The sound of the rain that gets drowned out by all the T.V. and talking. Or even the small details on clothing like satin on the inside of a coat that makes it just that more comfortable.

That’s all from me. Bye! <3

✨The Rain✨


These are images I took of my backyard today because it’s raining. To you, this might just look like a mopey, sad day. But to me, it’s amazing. I love the way the rain pitter patters on grass and our deck and the smell of everything being fresh. As you can see in the second image above, there is a lake that you can only see in the winter, especially when it rains. There are no leaves on the trees so it gives you a clear view of it, and the rain makes it overflow a little bit. I love playing board games with my family when it rains, or just sitting in my room, reading a book. I love the rain.

That’s all from me today. Bye! <3

 

✨Remote Learning✨

“Pencils” by Elle * is licensed under CC BY 2.0

Because I was a remote student for the first two weeks of school, our recent remote week was kind of normal for me. I think I had a very productive week! This is what a day would look like:

7:00 AM: wake up 😴 

7:03: read 📚 

7:30: eat breakfast 🥞 

8:10: math call ➗

9:00: French call 🇫🇷

10:00: history call 🌎 

10:50: LA call ✏️ 

12:06: science call 🔬

I would do homework in between calls. I would usually finish doing school work by 12:30! That’s what a day would look like for me!

I was reading Resist by Veronica Chambers during the remote week, but I am currently reading Star Girl by Jerry Spinelli.

Other activities I did were mostly stretching, playing piano with my sister and watching T.V.

Thank you for reading my post! Bye! <3