The Warriors, an Amazing team
Raymond making free throws,
Curry’s making 3’s
The Splash Brothers as good as
Klay shooting more 3’s
Such a good team,
It’s just a dream.
By: Kyle L. (Grade 3)
I love British Shorthair cats, and I’ll share some facts with you. This cat looks like a chubby, cute cat with sharp teeth. They’re physically developed fully at the age of three. Brits are usually calm but always pumped to play! I wonder what their feelings are like? Every time one looks at you, pet it! They’re very lovable cats, you should get one. Meow meow meow meow meow meow meow meow!
(Editor’s note: Kyle has a British Shorthair named Penny).
by Joaquin G. (Grade 6)
Johnny Tremain is a historic fiction novel written by Esther Forbes in 1943. This story takes place in Boston during the dawn of the Revolutionary War. Johnny Tremain is an apprentice to a silversmith whose name is Mr. Lapham. He is gifted, clever, and a fast learner which is why he is a lot better than the other apprentices. All the other boys worship him. His one dream was to become a master silversmith like Mr. Lapham, but a terrible accident happened as he was working. A crucible breaks and silver burns Johnny’s right hand. Johnny’s dream of being a master silversmith has been broken. Johnny is now useless, and all the boys don’t admire him and think he’s a freak. Since he can’t be a silversmith, he must find a new job and home. Soon he has a new life fighting in the Revolutionary War. He meets John Hancock, Samuel Adams, and Paul Revere. Although times are hard with the war, he must not give up. The moral of the story is to push through and persevere during times of war and hardships in life.
Descriptive writing is just like painting a picture. This type of writing contains very juicy details, precise language, a certain organization, and definitely has figurative language. Common adjectives, nouns, and passive verbs definitely do not have a place in good descriptive writing. Using specific adjectives and nouns and strong action verbs GIVE LIFE to the picture the author is trying to paint in the reader’s mind. Good descriptive writing includes vivid sensory details that paint a picture and makes the reader feel all the senses: sight, hearing, touch, smell, and taste when needed. It may also give feelings to the reader.
Good descriptive writing often has precise language which is when a writer or an author uses specific adjectives, nouns, and verbs. General adjectives, nouns, and passive verbs aren’t supposed to be in descriptive writing. Specific, precise language is when you describe something in a beautiful way. For example, in Johnny Tremain on page 107, Johnny describes a horse he sees by stating, “ Rab had gone into one of many stalls and backed out a tall, slender horse, so pale he was almost white, but flecked all over with tiny brown marks. The main and tail were a rich, blackish mahogany. His eyes were glassy blue.” You can tell that this sentence is an example of precise language because Johnny is describing the horse with things like juicy adjectives like rich blackish mahogany. Johnny is just admiring how beautiful this horse is.
Figurative language is when you’re describing something except it shouldn’t be taken literally or you’re describing something that you’re comparing. For example, on page 35 in Johnny Tremain, the author writes, “The far-off rooster was an alarm clock for the sleeping soldiers.” This sentence is an example of a metaphor, which compares two unlike things. In this metaphor, the rooster and the clock are being compared. The narrator is just saying that the rooster is waking all the soldiers far away including everyone in the town and him.
Personification is another example of figurative language that could be found in this historic fiction novel. For example, on page 78 in Johnny Tremain, the author writes, “The ships spoke from the harbor to the British across the sea.” You can tell that this sentence uses personification because the author is saying that the harbor spoke to the British by making noise. Personification is when human characteristics are given to a non-human subject.
Good descriptive writing is often organized. Some ways descriptive writing is organized is by chronological order, spatially by location, or by order of importance. Or an author may use descriptive writing by writing about the character’s appearance. An example would be from head to toe. Esther Forbes used this type of writing on page 147 when Johnny describes larger to smaller details, “He had noticed a stout boy with a blackened face working near him. The boy looked familiar, but when he saw his white, fat hands, Johnny knew he had to keep a sharp eye on him.”
The Main Cause of The Omnivore’s Dilemma
By Will D. (Grade 6)
Michael Pollan reveals many causes for the problem of the “omnivore’s dilemma.” In my opinion, the main cause is that the human brain is wired to crave and enjoy sugar. On page 105 of The Omnivore’s Dilemma, Michael Pollan, the book’s author, mentions, ” A sweet tooth is part of our omnivore’s brain.” Sweeter, sugary foods are rarer in the wild and have lots of good energy which is why our brain instinctively likes sweet foods. A lot of poisons and natural toxins have a bitter taste. So our brain has developed a dislike of bitter foods. Evolution then gave us an instinct that says we should eat as much sugary, energy-high foods, because we never know if those are the last high-energy foods we are going to find for a while. This instinct has developed so much that we will continue to eat sweet foods long after we are not hungry.
As Pollan remarks in the last paragraph of page 105 in The Omnivore’s Dilemma, “Our instinct doesn’t realize that in modern times there are always sweet foods available to us.” It is not like when humans lived in the wild, when we didn’t know when our next meal was going to come from. This urge for sugary foods made the food market be dominated by sugar and sugar got cheaper and cheaper as there became more and more of it. This is also why low-income homes eat a lot more sugar and fat.
But this sugar craving is not impossible to overcome. We can learn to like bitter foods if we eat them enough. And there are other ways to overcome bitterness. Cooking is the main method, and there is always holding your nose while you eat bitter foods. So this is my opinion about the cause of the “omnivore’s dilemma.”
What Am I Eating?
by Luciana Z. (Grade 5)
There are many causes to the “omnivore’s dilemma”. Some are money-related, convenience-related, or culture-related. But out of all the arguments that Michael Pollan posed in The Omnivore’s Dilemma, I think the biggest problem is that we don’t know what we are eating. There are hidden ingredients everywhere, and they’re mostly made from soybeans or processed corn. On page 19 in The Omnivore’s Dilemma, Michael Pollan states, “Read the label on any bag of chips, candy bar, or frozen snack. How many ingredients do you recognize? Maltodextrin? Monosodium glutamate? Ascorbic acid? What are those things? What about lecithin and mono-di-, and triglycerides? They are all made from corn.” In other words, corn wears many disguises (Pollan 22). For example, if you look on the wrapper of a packet of peanut butter cracker sandwiches, under the ingredients there is hidden corn under the names of corn starch, high fructose corn syrup, and lecithin. Another example is if you look at the ingredients on the packet of Kirkland apple sauce, you will see ascorbic acid.
We don’t realize it, but according to Michael Pollan on page 22, “We look like corn chips with legs.” In the 1920s, human were growing all kinds of things like plums, grapes, apples, wheat, oats, and apricots. There were also many animals on the farms like horses, sheep, bees, mules, cattle and an assortment of birds. But in 2002, the farms lost their diversity and now we grow almost only corn and soybeans. Tractors and other machines pushed the animals of farms, too (Pollan 37). If there was some ways to restore the old ways of farming, that is exactly what I would do.
The Omnivore’s Dilemma
By Lucy K-T (Grade 6)
In Michael Pollan’s book, The Omnivore’s Dilemma, he introduces the argument that humans, as omnivores, face every day. The actual question is unknown, but I believe that the question is about deciding which foods are okay for us to eat. In this essay, I will be talking about how Pollan organized and developed the specific chapter called The Omnivore’s Dilemma.
Pollan organized this chapter in order of relativity and importance. One example is when he tells you about monarch butterflies and koalas: “The koala gets all the nutrients it needs from eucalyptus leaves. The monarch gets everything it needs milkweed leaves. But unlike koalas and monarch butterflies, omnivores not only can eat different foods, we need to eat a variety of foods to stay healthy.” This is interesting that we evolved to be omnivores, and eat lots of different things, rather than eating, say, only plants, because there are so many things that you can eat if you are an omnivore, and that probably helped us to survive, and become the top of the foodchain. As Michael Pollan also emphasises, it’s hard for us to decide which foods are good for us.
As for how Pollan developed it, I believe that he looked for the most related, most current, most helpful little bits and facts. Then he compiled them, built off of them, and created, big solid facts that are used to make a paragraph full of all the information you need to know about your food and where it comes from. He also adds small tidbits of evidence to support his facts, such as when he talked about comparing rats to humans on page 103, “But the rat and the human can live just about anywhere on earth. When their familiar food supplies are in short supply, there’s always another thing they can try.
Michael Pollan has done a very good job with this chapter, sneaking in interesting facts about what people ate before people traded food. Like when he talked about what happens in West Africa: “If you lived in West Africa you ate cassava, yams, beans, and millet. What you ate depended on the season.” When writers do this, you learn a lot more than what you would if the just stuck to the facts and told you only what you need to know, nothing more, nothing less.
We should be glad that we have the opportunity to eat foods from all over the world, not just our native country.
One day I discovered a new island and I got to name it. So, I named it Isha. It was remarkable. There were empty houses all over. It was an island of hills and at the tippy top there was a beautiful pool. It was like someone planned it.
The pool belonged to the nearest house. The house was hot pink and it had a see-through roof that sparkled in the sunlight. The was pretty too. It had ruby rose bushes and yellow and pink all over and in one corner it grew fruits and vegetables. There were bright yellow daffodils and on one side there was a light pink cherry blossom tree. On the other side there was an apple tree. In the other corner there were baby plants and in the very last corder there was a beautiful patch of sunflowers that looked up into the bright sky. But the best of them all was the peaceful willow tree in the center of the garden with lime grass and daisies all around it. It was the perfect place to read, write and work.
I went inside the house. It was very pretty. The living room had a rose colored couch and an emerald green carpet. One room had a writing desk and a canopy bed. There was a door, and so I looked inside. It was a closet with labeled outfits for tea, Halloween and school. I looked in the kitchen and it had a little blue sink with a silver dish washer. The bathroom was purple and the room next to it was blue with a writing desk and reading desk.
I felt happy walking into this mysterious and beautiful place. My heart was beating fast. I didn’t know who had lived there before. I wanted to search every place because I felt like someone was still living there.