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An Evaluation of the Challenges

May19
  • Did you visit the actual challenge on the blog each week or did your teacher have a post on your class blog?

I visited the actual challenge on the blog each week.

  • Which challenges were the most useful?

The challenges that were the most useful were challenges #3- Going global and #9-Checking my blog.

  • Which challenges were the most interesting?

I think that the challenge that was the most interesting is #7-Moving time.

  • What would be some other topics you would like included in future challenges?

Some other topics that I would like to included in some other challenges would maybe have something do to with Memorial Day. Maybe we  could write a post on what we do on Memorial Day or do some research on it and write a post on what we learned about it.

  • Are more tutorial type challenges needed? eg how to make a link in your post

I think that we should have more tutorial challenges, like making a link in your post because that took me awhile to figure out until one of my friends helped me.

  • Were the ‘Visit these’ posts useful?

Well, I had never noticed them, but now that I checked them out I think that they are very useful because we can see other blogs and learn how to do the activities.

  • Were the challenges where you had to embed ie polls, cartoons, wallwisher etc interesting or could you not embed due to being a free Edublogs blog or a blogging platform that didn’t allow embedding?

The challenges where you had to put all those cartoons and ect. were very fun and interesting, although putting them on the blog wasn’t all that easy. I had to try a bunch of different ways of putting them on until one way allowed me to do it.

  • Were there enough chances to visit blogs from overseas and make links with other students/classes?

Well, there were some chances to make links on other blogs back to mine, but in my classroom when a ton of people are using computers on the same server, it’s a little slow. So doing the challenges and the activities took a while.

  • Classes that registered – were there enough activities specific to classes? Did you make global connections?

I was an individual student blogger.

  • Anything else you would like to mention about the challenge in particular

Umm… I don’t think I need to mention anything else about the challenges. They were really fun and I learned a lot about computers and the Internet. I hope there will be more challenges!
Check out the Student Blogging Challenge #10

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Forms of Fiction Project: Skits

May18

We had to do an assignment based on old stories and I chose mythology. We had to do one skit based on the original story and another on our revised version to make the story more realistic.

The Herd Boy and the Weaving Girl (mythology)

Original Skit

Herd Boy: I’m so lonely as a herd boy

Ox Star: Please don’t be so sad master, for I can help you. Go to the clear pool and steal the clothes of a Heavenly Maiden. Then she will become your wife.

Herd Boy:(walks over to the pond, once the Heavenly Maidens, he steals one pile of clothes.)

Herd Boy: I am so lonely and I need you to be my wife.

Heavenly Maiden: Okay… I am the Goddess of Weaving, just to tell you.

(They walk home and the Herd Boy gives her something to cover herself with.)

High God: I am the High God, grandfather of the Goddess of Weaving, and I miss her. I will send some guards down to earth to retrieve her.

Weaving Girl: No, I don’t want to go back, I am happy here with my husband and two children.

(The Herd Boy and their two children both bow their heads because they know they are powerless.)

Ox Star: I will die for you, but use my hide, wrap it around yourself, and you will fly up to heaven to retrieve your wife.

(Ox Star died and the herd boy flew up to heaven.)

High God: How could this happen?! I will form the Milky Way so that he may not retrieve his wife, the Goddess of Weaving.

Herd Boy and children: We can try to scoop some of the water out, but we can’t do it all.

High God: Because of your determination, I will allow you to see your wife on the seventh day of the seventh month of every year.

Conclusion: The Herd Boy and the Weaving Girl spent so much time in the sky that they became stars.

Revised Skit

Herd Boy: I’m so lonely as a herd boy, what should I do my ox? Ha ha ha, as if animals could talk and give advise!

Herd Boy: I need to come to the village to get some apples and I am going to ask the shop-keeper to marry me!

(walks over to the village and to the shop.)

Herd Boy: Will you marry me, dearest shop-keeper?

Shop-keeper: How could I say yes when I barely met you? Are you crazy? No I will NOT marry you.

(Herd Boy walks away sadly)

Shop-keeper: (to herself) Wait, isn’t that the most honest and hard-working man?

THE NEXT DAY

Shop-keeper: Herd Boy! Herd Boy! I will marry you!

Herd Boy: Really?!

Shop-keeper: Yes, for you are the most honest and hard-working man!

(They leave)

MANY DAYS LATER

Sop-keeper’s grandfather: Where is my granddaughter?! Oh, she got married. I want her back; she is an amazing weaver! I will send my son, her father, to retrieve her.

Father: (Walks to their house) Daughter, you will come home with me! Now!

Shop-keeper: I don’t want to go! I have a family of two kids and my husband!

Father:(Stern voice) Come.

(Shop-keeper bows head and begins walking)

Herd Boy: No, you may not take her! She will stay!

Children: Yah, she’s our mother, and you can’t take her away!

(shop-keeper smiles proudly)

Shop-keeper: So leave… now.

Father: But…

Shop-keeper: Please, Father (gently)

(He leaves because of her determination… he’s proud)

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My Audit

May13
  • How many posts did you write?

I wrote or created twelve posts and if you count this one, thirteen.

  • How many were school based, your own interests or set by the challenge?

I had five school based, two of my own interests, and four set by the challenges.

  • How many comments did you receive from classmates, teachers or overseas students?

I received only eight comments all together. One from a classmate, three from teachers, and I have no idea from oversea students.

  • Which post received the most comments? Why do you think that happened?

They were all pretty close yet the Haikus post received two comments from the same person.

  • Which post did you enjoy writing the most and why?

I enjoyed writing the post The DREAM Act the most because it was on a topic that I really felt comfortable with and I wanted to learn as much    as I could about it.

  • Did you change blog themes at all and why?

I did change blog themes, but it was awhile ago. I guess I changed it because it was too plain and I wanted something that represents me … plain wasn’t it.

  • How many widgets do you have? Do you think this is too many or not enough?

I have five widgets. I think that it should always be the more the merrier, yet not overkill and that is, I think, exactly how my blog is. Maybe, if there was one in paticuler, I would get the widget.

  • How many overseas students do you have on your blogroll?

I have none (I know it’s sad), but I’m hoping to get one soon.

Check out the Student Blogging Challenge #9

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It’s Cinco De Mayo!

May5

cool-cartoon-3291327Hey, don’t forget to celebrate Cino de Mayo. Have fun!!!!

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Learning Time!

April28

I have learned to play a stringed instrument. Can you guess what it is… the guitar!  I learned to play the guitar with the help of two people. My sister bought me my acoustic guitar for my tenth birthday. She had said that I needed to learn how to play an instrument; my choices were either a guitar or a violin. I decided to go for the guitar.

The other person that helped me learn to play the guitar was my guitar instructor, she comes to my house once a week to teach me all kinds of things on the guitar. She has a band called Aura and she sings as well as plays the electric guitar.  She is a great teacher and very fun-loving.

As I continued to play the acoustic guitar, I was introduced to the electric guitar. I loved it and so I got one after asking for one.  I get into harder and harder stuff learning all kinds of new things on it. I love the guitar because you have the freedom to play around with it. School goes first, though, so I practice less and less as the school year continues. Now the guitar is a part of my memory; I can never forget the things  I have been taught so far.

Check out the Student Blogging Challenge #6

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Earth Day Comic Strip

April28

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Check out the Student Blogging Challenge #7

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Migration-people

April28

My family has not always lived where we live now in Southern California. I have not lived in far away places from my home now, but my parents immigrated from Mexico here. My dad was much more adventurous than my mom, so he left Mexico before my mom did leaving behind two toddlers (my brother and sister). Not too long after my dad came here to the U.S. , my mom came with their kids. She came as if she was coming on a vacation… on an airplane. My mom had said that everything was so different at first, but now she can’t imagine going back.  My dad says that his decision was for our benefit, but he had a harder trip.  My parents’ early lives were as a normal kid would have. They played around outside, they rode bikes, they goofed around at school, but they did pay attention… most of the time.

If you want to read more about my mom’s life, check out my “Everyday Heroes We Know Project” on my Recent Posts side bar.

Check out the Student Challenge #7

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Haikus

April14

Spring

Flowers are blooming

The sun is shining high up

There’s still a cool breeze

Ginger

There’s no more doggy

She’s gone and left us alone

Ginger, we miss you

Riding A Bike

It’s time to grow up

The training wheels are off now

“Hey, I can do it!”

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Literary Response to So B. It

March31

For a grade, we had to make something close to a book report on a book we read and discussed with a couple of other people. Then after sharing each others ideas, we wrote our own literary response.

Has there ever been a time when you just had to take a risk for something urging you inside to do it? In the novel So B. It by Sarah Weeks, Heidi , the main character, experiences that feeling throughout, from encounters with Bernie, a very close neighbor, to Mama, which is mentally disabled. This story takes place from Reno, Nevada to the other side of the country: Liberty, New York and Heidi has to experience that movement because she wants to find out what “soof” means – a word her mother used, but couldn’t explain what it meant and it’s killing Heidi to find out what it means. One normal day, Heidi finds a roll a film containing pictures of Hilltop Home, which one shows a picture of Mama with another woman and they seem to be at a Christmas party. Now it is clear, Heidi has decided to go to Hilltop Home in Liberty, New York to find out what “soof” means so she buys her bus ticket. At Liberty, New York Heidi guesses the number of jelly beans in a jar and wins a free taxi ride to Hilltop Home, but while at Hilltop Home Heidi is called “soof” by Elliot, a mentally disabled man who turns out to be her father.Then Heidi encounters Thurman Hill (her grandfather), who doesn’t seem very found of her, but Ruby, a woman working at Hilltop Home, and her husband, Roy, allow Heidi to stay at their home. Thurman then asks Heidi for a moment alone with her to tell her the truth and “soof” is Sophia, Heidi’s mother’s name. It was Elliot’s name for Mama because he couldn’t say Sophia and Sophia called herself So Be It. The author expressed to me that in life there are those risks that you have to take because of something urging you inside.

To get to what is urging you inside to do it, you have to take some risks. Heidi took the big risk of traveling across the country to find out what “soof” means and tame her curiosity. This is a very dangerous trip that Heidi was going to take. Imagine of all the things that could have happened to Heidi. She could have gotten lost, kidnapped, or robbed. Although, Heidi felt that she had to find out what “soof” meant so she took that huge risk and everything turned out fine. Heidi also had to take the risk of telling a woman on the bus, Georgia Sweet, of what was relevant to the topic they were talking about family. If Heidi hadn’t taken that risk maybe they would have just forgotten about each other after Georgia had offered that Doublemint gum after she had thrown up, but Heidi immediately took the risk of opening up her feelings and they  became great friends. This also happened with Roy and Ruby. Heidi opened up to them about her dilemma of finding what “soof” meant. Heidi had to take the risk of going into some strangers home to get food and shelter. It really wasn’t for selfish reasons, but since Bernie had approve inside Heidi knew that it was okay. Roy also had to take the risk of taking a 12-year-old girl into his home, whom he had just met, because urging him inside he had to hold up his side of the bet he had with Bernie, (Heidi would guess the right answer on “Heads or Tails” ten times straight). When Bernie finally was able to talk to Heidi on the phone, she told Heidi that her and her mother needed her at home in Reno. Heidi wouldn’t listen because inside , she was just thinking about what “soof” meant. It was Mama’s head-aches; they were getting worse and Heidi took that risk of not going home. Mama died before she could even see Heidi again.So as you can see, the plot can contribute to what the author has told us: life has some risks, but you have to take them because inside that’s what is right.


Life has those risks, but inside you know you have to take them. Heidi’s character is very out-going. That is the complete opposite of Bernie. Bernie cannot go outside because of her agoraphobia, but Heidi is urging her to go outside. As Heidi was growing more and more anxious of not getting an answer to what ”soof” means, she got Bernie to go outside. It was a huge risk for Bernie. Although, the risk didn’t turn out so great; Bernie fainted. But on the bright side, Heidi knows now how Bernie reacts to going outside. Roy is also very out-going. He put himself between the problem with Thurman Hill and Heidi. Mr. Hill thought Heidi wanted money, but all she wanted was to find out what “soof” meant. Roy took that risk because inside something was probably telling him to do it. But, Roy also has a trustworthy quality. Thurman Hill took a risk by bringing a lawyer into Heidi’s situation with finding out what “soof” meant. He knew he was taking a risk even though he was wrong, but it is what’s on the inside that counts. As Thurman Hill was telling Heidi the story of her family, he said that he had to left her mother and grandmother out of his life because, otherwise, Hilltop Home’s reputation would be ruined. Mr. Hill supported them by sending money from Liberty to Reno. He had to take that huge risk of leaving part of his family out of his life. Just goes goes to show Thurman Hill will do anything. If something is urging you inside to do an action, take that risk.


There are those risks that you have to take because something inside is urging you to take it. In the apartment building that Heidi, Mama, and Bernie live in, their two apartments are connected. That allows Bernie to go within their apartments while still staying inside. That allows it not to a risk for Bernie to go out of her home. Although, when Bernie went outside for the first time since her agoraphobia began, she fainted and that apartment building was no longer any help to her. Still in Reno, when Heidi would go to the slot machines, it was so common that nobody would notice that she was under-aged to play the slots. Because of the rules, in order to play the slot machines you had to be at a certain age limit, Heidi was making a risk by going in there. Her family needed the money, so she took the risk because inside she knew she needed it. Obviously, the fact that a pre-teen girl would travel across the country by herself, is a little scary and a very dangerous risk, but what made it an even bigger risk was that it was all the way across the country. Nothing could get in Heidi’s way; she needed to know what “soof” meant. Once at Liberty, the fact that it began to rain, only made things worse. The terrible weather made the risk that Heidi took even more grueling. Just goes to show that sometimes you have to take those risks.

The author very much expressed to me that sometimes life has those moments when you just have to take a risk. Heidi really experienced that feeling. From Reno, Nevada to Liberty, New York and wanting to find what “soof” means. She saw those pictures containing evidence of her mother’s presence at Hilltop Home. Heidi rode in a bus across the country, getting lucky along the way by guessing the number of jelly beans in a jar, and meeting new people. Eventually, she found out what “soof” meant: Sophia, a beautiful name for her mother. So Be It was Mama’s way of saying Sophia. Now, have you remembered a time when you just had to take a risk for something urging you inside.

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Un Mensaje En Español

March24

Hola, bienvenidos a mi blog. Espero que disfruten el hecho de que este post es en español. Aprendí español cuando era niña. En mi casa, por lo general sólo hablan español. Me gusta saber un segundo idioma, me siento que tengo una ventaja sobre otras personas que sólo hablan un idioma. Puedo ayudar a otras personas que sólo hablan español y se traducen en Inglés. Déjame contarte una historia En la escuela, yo estaba en tercer grado y en la oficina de la enfermera. Entonces llegó una mujer que sólo hablaba español. Yo era capaz de traducir lo que el asistente de la oficina estaba diciendo a ella. La mujer tiene toda la información que necesitaba para llegar a fin de llevar a su hija a otra escuela en el distrito.Me sentí tan importante después. Esa es mi historia. Pero no termina ahí, tengo un traductor en mi barra lateral, se puede usar para que pueda leer otros de mis posts. Por favor, siéntase libre de dejar comentarios.

Check out the Student Challenge #3

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