The Giver – Is Sameness Good or Bad

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I’ve been reading “The Giver” by Louis Lowry.  This is a book about a utopian society that uses sameness.  The utopian citizens believe that sameness is a good thing, but is it really with all the things they’re getting rid of?  Sameness is a good concept in a few ways.  No one feels pain becuase of the pills they take, and there is no hunger and starvation in the community because everybody is well fed while still having a surplus of food.  It also keeps the city running smoothly, with many people doing the same thing all the time, but on the other hand there is little individuality.  Also, having sameness meant getting rid of snow, the sun, colors, and love.  Is it really worth giving these things up just to live in a utopia?  Is it really a utopia if there is no difference of weather, no colorful views, and no love?

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, J.K. Rowling, 257 pages

 

I am reading Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince by J.K. Rowling. I’ve only read the first 257 pages of it even though there are 652. So far a lot has happened. There is a new minister of magic with a name of Rufus Scrimgeour. Snape seems to be a follower of Voldemort. There is a new Potions teacher named Horace Slughorn. Horace has a club of some of his favorite students called “The Slug Club.” Draco Malfoy was found in a dark arts shop reserving something to be bought later. Snape is teaching the Defense Against the Dark Arts class. Harry’s potion book has many spells and potions hints scrawled on it by the Half-Blood Prince. Harry is taking private lessons from Dumbledore, the headmaster at the school. Last, a student named Katie Bell accidentally touches a cursed item and is cursed. There is obviously a lot going on in this book, but it is still a very good book. I would recommend it.

Ark Angel, Anthony Horowitz, 187 pages

 

This book is really 323 pages long, but I’ve only read the first 187 pages. So far it is pretty good, though. Alex is recovering from his injury from the sniper in a hospital. The boy next to Alex Rider’s room is named Paul Drevin, the son of the rich and Russian Nikolei Drevin. Nikolei was currently making plans for the first hotel in space. Then when some criminals try to kidnap Paul, Alex had to help. He is unfortunately captured by the criminals and taken to their leader, a man named Kaspar. The criminal group is called Force Three, and they are supposedly trying to save the Earth. However, they will do whatever they can to help the Earth. They are criminals that are killers, and Nikolei Drevin is their next target because of his hotel in space plans. Force Three had tried to kidnap Paul so that they could persuade Nikolei to give them $1,000,000 for his safe return. Then when they realize that they kidnapped the wrong person, they try to kill Alex. But Alex narrowly escapes and Nikolei Drevin thanks Alex for saving him $1,000,000. As a thank-you, Nikolei allows Alex to spend a few weeks with him in the lap of luxury. But Alex is soon realizing that Nikolei may be the biggest criminal in the world because many dirty deals are done a day by him. This is where I left off in the book. This book is really good and I would recommend it.

Where The Red Fern Grows, Wilson Rawls, 249 pages

 

I read Where The Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls. This book is about a boy who wanted dogs and after two years he saves up enough money to buy these dogs. He trains them to catch coons. They become some of the best coon-hunting dogs in the area and he is invited to a competition to see who has the best coon-hunting dogs. This book was one of my favorite books ever. This book is 249 pages long.

Robinson Crusoe, Daniel Defoe, 482 pages

 

I read Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe. This book is 482 pages long. This book is about a man named Robinson Kreutznaer, although he is called Robinson Crusoe. After he crashes on an island, he has to learn how to survive by himself. For many years he lives alone, until he encounters savages. This book is very hard to read. Most of this story is very boring so I would not recommend it.

Punished, David Lubar, 93 pages

 

Punished by David Lubar is short and easy. It is only 93 pages long, with large print, but it was still a good book. This book was about a boy named Logan who is “punished” by a man in a library. The word “punished” is a pun because in this story it means that Logan has to speak in puns. Logan soon realizes that this is not good because people groan at his horrific puns and he gets in trouble because he can’t stop speaking in puns. Logan goes back to the library to see the man who “punished” him. The man sends Logan on quests to find examples of oxymorons, anagrams, and palindromes. This is the only way that Logan can stop being “punished.” I like this book because it is clever in many ways.

A Visitor to our School

Today Peyton Manning visited our school.  It was very cool to see him, even though I didn’t personally meet him.  He talked to us about many things like priorities and doing the right thing.  I learned a lot about him and what his life was like growing up.  I am so glad to have had him come to our school.  My whole family is a huge fan of Peyton Manning and the Colts. 

What Keeps me going

What keeps me going is baseball.  I love to just go outside and throw the ball, practice hitting, and practice pitching.  I am on a travel baseball team and I’m ready for my regular season that’s coming up soon.  Whenever I’m bored or homework’s getting me stressed, I like to just relax, go outside, and throw the ball.  Baseball is my favorite sport, and I hope I will be good enough to make some great baseball teams in the future. 

Portfolio- Goals

Last nine weeks one of my goals was to become better at using computers.  I think I’ve accomplished this.  I now know how to use things such as Google Sketchup, Google Documents, and Adobe Fireworks.  This is the same goal I have for the rest of the year, except to learn even more advanced things.  I am right now learning how to use Adobe Premiere Pro for one of my projects in Social Studies.  I also used this for my omni project commercial.  I hope I can learn many new things about laptops over the rest of the year.  But these are some links to things I didn’t know how to make at the beginning of the year.  This is a dragon I pixelated using Adobe Fireworks.