Saturday, November 12, 2016

A WHOLE BUNCH of Guest Blogs from Students

So many students are taking advantage of the fact that they can complete extra credit assignments for this class all year long! They know they can go to the Guest Bloggers tab above and complete the directions to earn extra points. This blog is an authentic writing opportunity for my students, with readers of all kinds from all over the world. As of the creation of this post, the Sassy Classroom Blog has had over 9,100 views, and the number grows every day.


Question of the Week: Why do you want to help me bring my grades up?

I asked John Ramirez this question. “There are many reasons why I wanted to help you. The first reason is because I enjoy helping students bring their grades up.” That’s why John Ramirez signed up to be an America Reads tutor. John Ramirez took the time to help me, Bianca, bring my grades up.
John Ramirez also believed that I have the potential to get higher grades. After John Ramirez was working with me, he saw a change in my grades and attitude which motivated him to keep helping other students with low grades or who need help with homework.
Also, my tutor thinks in the future he will get to work with people with different backgrounds and ideas. John Ramirez also wants to learn how to help people in a motivating way that can benefit them.
Thanks, John Ramirez, for helping me get my grades up and encouraging me to do better!

Bianca F

Two Truths and a Lie
  1. When I was five I swallowed a ketchup packet. My mom got me a burger and fries from burger king. I wanted ketchup with my fries so I went to grab a ketchup packet . I couldn't open it with my hands so I decided to open it with my teeth. I went to rip it open, but when I did it slipped down my throat and I swallowed it.
  2. My first word was hotdog. I was at my cousin's birthday party and I was hungry. I didn't really talk yet so my mom was pointing to all the food that was at the party. After refusing all the food that was there, my mom just simply asked me what I wanted and I said, “hotdog.”
  3. I absolutely hate watermelon. I don't know what about is I hate but I do. I love anything chocolate,so one day we were having watermelon. My mom asked me if I wanted any and I said no. Just so you know We hat lots of chocolate cake at my house. A an attempt to make me eat watermelon my mom said she would let me eat a whole cake to myself, but I said no. That's how much I hate watermelon.
-Iyanah B

Two Truths and One Lie

  1. One year on Halloween, my dad and I were trick or treating. I was about to leave the door of this man’s house when the man handing out candy asked my name. As an eight year old, I didn’t know not to tell a stranger your name, so I told him my name. My old friend came to the door, and I stayed at their house so her dad and my dad could find our car.
  2. When I was nine, my older sister got a dog and he loved to lay down with me in the living room. He was a great dog, but he loved to eat ear wax. One day we were laying down, and all of a sudden, he started to lick my ear. I didn’t know what he was doing, so I let him and later found out he ate ear wax!
  3. A few month ago my dad got a dog and she loved to sleep with me. She is a big cuddler. One night we were sleeping, and in the morning, my leg felt wet. I didn’t think anything of it. I just thought that my leg was sweating. When I came back into the room, it smelled like pee so I smelled my bed and it was my bed that smelled like pee. From that day forward, my dog is no longer allowed to sleep with anyone.

Sarah A.

Movie Review

It All Started With An Apple is an amazing book. The author, Ashley Winters, is always keeping you on the edge of your seat when you’re reading it. When I read it for the first time I couldn’t put it down. The suspense and the drama throughout the whole story is incredible and well put into the book.

Brianne, Bri for short, the main female lead, is not like most girls you would think of in a book. She’s not into sappy romances; she is very closed off and judgmental.

My favorite character within the book is Bri’s best friend Kyla. I love Kyla so much because she pushes Brianne to do fun things as a teenager. What Kyla did to make me like her so much was when she forced Bri to throw an apple across the cafeteria to see who her future lover is.

When Bri was forced to throw the apple, to her and most readers’ surprise, it hit the most popular boy’s head. His name is Dannon. He is all smiles and rarely has a frown on his face.

After he gives the apple back to Bri, he is constantly following her around. She thinks that he is faking at being “Mr. Happy” and is actually mean, but she was completely wrong. She thinks she knows everything about him, she thinks he is an open book, but little did she know he was hiding a secret from everyone he knows.

Within this suspenseful and dramatic book, there are a lot of laughs and certainly a lot of tears, love and loss. What makes this book so great to me is that through all of their difficulties there was always happiness.

Sarah A.

Two Truths and a Lie

  1. Once, when I was younger, I went camping. On the second night while camping, there was a bear who went through our tents while we were sleeping. The next night, we left our roof of our tent open and it rained and the tent flooded. That morning, we went back home.
  2. One time I was at home during the summer and I was bored, plus there was nothing to do… but one thing, to climb my favorite tree. I had already done it so many times I was getting bored of climbing it normally, so I decided to climb the tree in roller skates to the top. When my mom came home later, I called from the tree, “ Hi mom!” She looked around and couldn’t see me, so she called, “Where are you?” I climbed down and told her everything, and then we went inside for dinner.
  3. One year, on Christmas day, when I went out to the living room, I saw what looked like 100 presents there. I saw my parents, my sister, my brother, and my grammy already in there eating breakfast, waiting for me so we could open presents. I asked, “Why are you up so early? Isn’t it around 7:00 am, and Grammy, why are you here so early too?” Grammy said, “ Well Ducky, it’s almost 11:00 in the morning.” I said “What? So late? Well, let’s just start opening presents already!” So we started opening them.

   By: Ducky R.

Below is an interview by Lucie D to learn about Amanda's life goals.

Interviewer: Amanda, what is your aspiration in life?

“I hope to become a police officer.”

Interviewer: Why do you hope to become a police officer?

“Because it looks easy and it would be fun pulling people over seeing what people do.” Amanda later explains that that's not really the reason she wants to become a police officer but that the danger and fun of the job compels her.

Interviewer: What inspired this dream?

“Uummm, well, I went to this Butte County thing. Like this field trip thing I mean. And we watched this video about the police catching the bad guys doing drugs, and they needed to practice being a police officer, and they put pepper spray in their eyes, and it looked really awesome, and I loved the soundtrack.”

Interviewer: Tell me more about this Butte County event.

“Well, as I said earlier, it was a field trip, and we visited all the career activities, and I loved the police officer stuff, and it was just really fun!”

Interviewer: Are you aware of the dangers of becoming a police officer?

“Yes, I'm aware. That's why I wear a BULLET. PROOF. VEST.”

Interviewer: Are you training yet?

“Well yeah. Every Sunday I go hunting with my daddy.”

Interviewer: How are you going to live with leaving your family every day knowing you might not come home?

“I think that they will pray for me and hope that I make it back home every day at 9:30 unless I'm late. And if I'm not home at 9:30, then they will probably need to come find me.”

Interviewer: Thank you for your time, Amanda.

“No problem. Glad I could come. Have a great day.”

Interviewer: You too.

Two Truths and a Lie
  1. Last year I went to watch my cousin play soccer in Sacramento. It was the game that if you win, you move on, but if you lose, you go home. It was very intense. I knew that he was scared because there was a lot of pressure on him. He was a defender, so if the people in front of him don't get the ball, he is the last man. It is very difficult. It was half time. They were tied. They had some close calls but no goals. They had three minutes left they were all tired but they put in some new people in. They did some good passing, then we got a breakaway and scored. We were up one to zero and when they put the ball in the middle, they blew the whistle and we won the game one to zero!
  2. Last summer I went to Las Vegas to see my older brother. He just finished medical school and was going to be a doctor at the age of 29. He was graduating from college and we were all so proud of him. When we got his papers we all yelled, we were all so happy for him.
  3. Last week we were in Corning and we were playing a soccer game. We have lost the last couple of games that we played, but we did not have our heads down because we were feeling it. We were all pumped up. Once that whistle went off, we were right to the ball. We were playing a perfect game, and we scored in the first half. They almost did but we stopped it. It was the second half and we were playing solid defense and we ended up winning.

Question of the Week: What’s your favorite food?

Mrs. Davis’ favorite food is sushi. Her whole family eats sushi. Whenever they go out to eat somewhere they always go to the exact same place called Izakaya Ichiban. When they go there, they will order the same exact thing and sit at the same exact table and the people that work there know them.  When it’s time for her family to order, Ange and Mrs. Davis share the salmon plate, and Eva eats the California Roll and the nigiri sushi. The whole family will order miso soup. The three of them eat with chopsticks. Eva has been eating with chopsticks since she was a little girl. They have been going this restaurant for 3 years since they opened. When Mr. Caldera called her one day and said she got the job to work here, Mrs. Davis was at Izakaya Ichiban. She says, “Izakaya Ichiban is my lucky place to eat because all good things happen there.”
Jada S.

Two Truths and a Lie
  1. I have been to New York twice, and I have gotten on a boat once. I almost fell out of the boat trying to take a picture of the Statue of Liberty. Since I'm scared of getting on boats, I have never gotten on a boat since that day. 
  2. Last year when I went camping, we were outside making s’mores until like 1 in the morning. Then we went into our tent. I started hearing noises outside. There were a bunch of raccoons surrounding our tent and my uncles, I yelled and everyone woke up inside the tent. 
  3. When me and my sister were on a trip, I called her a piece of trash because she was making me mad. She told me to get out of her car. We were like a mile away from the house, and she never came back for me. I had to go walking home alone. 
-Nadia A

Movie Review: Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children
A couple of weeks ago, I went to the movies, not quite sure of what I was going to see. When I arrived at the theater, I saw  “Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children” was showing. It looked interesting, so I gave it a shot. I was not disappointed. “Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children” was a decent movie.
While it wasn’t my favorite due to the casting, the storyline was very well written. There were some twists that I did not expect. I really liked how the movie held my attention the whole time. There were no boring parts. However, I do feel that they could have chosen better actors. Some of the acting seemed very fake and forced, like they were trying to convince me that this one thing was happening while it was extremely obvious that it wasn’t. Overall, I enjoyed it besides a couple parts where the acting could be better. I would recommend this film to all who are interested in seeing something fun.
Riley C.

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