How to Draw Cartoons and Other Things

Over the past month or two, we have been working on Ted-Like-Talks. These presentations were about our passions and hobbies. You had to know a lot about your topic and be ready to present in front of the class. I decided to do my Ted-Like-Talk about Drawing. Specifically drawing cartoons. I gave some helpful and inspirational tips at the beginning, then moved into some good strategies to help you become a more skilled drawer. These strategies were Inspiration, videos, tracing, and animations. These four things can help you get better at drawing. It seemed like everyone liked my presentation, but one thing that I could have done better was eye-contact. Also, our school decided to have masks indoors for the rest of the year so it was kind of hard to project my voice. Overall, I really loved this project and I hope that we can do something similar in seventh-grade language arts. Thank you for reading!

My Tree Book Journey

At the start of January, our Language Arts class started a project. This project was a fun creative activity. We worked on these books for around five months. These books were called tree books. In this new blog post, I will talk about the journey that I took to create my book.

 

Ok, so let’s go back to January when our teacher told us about this project. I thought it would be pretty cool, but I didn’t have a plan for what I was going to do. We worked with a very cool artist named Peg Ginoux. She helped us a lot and helped me create a cool book. We first started with a thick poster board and used ink rollers to paste a bunch of quotes. We used different shades of colors, and I used green, and orange. It was double-sided so that the outside of my book was blue and green and the inside was yellow and orange. We then cut out tree shapes for the front and back. This set me up to make my theme, fire. The next item that we made was the inside. Everyone made a piece of paper that was a shade of blue. Mine was light blue. We added some folds and made somewhat of a pocket in the paper. We pasted that onto the book with glue.

 

The next part that we made was the akua ink leaves. We collected leaves and ferns from outside and used them as templates for the inked pages. We tore out pages from the dictionary and printed out inked leaves and ferns. We then cut these out and made some super cool images. I put a bunch of the inked images and made them into trees.  We then glued on our life lists, and our salute to my roots pages. At the end of my tree book project, I loved it because it looked like a burning forest and that’s what I wanted. We then showed them off at the Frank Gallery for our families! Thank you so much for reading and can’t wait to see you next year!

 

My Stock Market Project

Over the past three months in Language Arts, we have been participating in a stock market simulation. This project was influenced by a character named Turtle Wexler from the book, The Westing Game. Turtle loved the stock market and was pretty good at investing too. That’s why we did this simulation. In this project, we chose six stocks and invested $20,000 in them. We did a lot of research to determine which stocks we would invest in. In this post, I will tell you about the ups and downs of my stock market journey and give some tips to help you invest wisely.

Let’s look back at March 15th when I chose my stocks to invest in. I invested in the same stocks as two other people, Benji and Landon. Make sure to check out their blogs too, they have some super cool stuff to say. We invested in two stocks, HYMC Mining Holdings, and IZEA World Trading. These two companies are called penny stocks. We examined their stock patterns from the past few months and they seemed to stay steady. So we invested all of our 20,000 dollars into these two stocks. 

Every week we checked our stocks and recorded the data in a spreadsheet and card. We put our cards with our weekly info on the wall, so everyone could see how people were doing. My stocks maintained the expected patterns all throughout the project, I even made 13k one week, until the final week…

We were not expecting this to happen, the stock market crashed. Everyone’s stocks tanked, but it was horrible for me because I was doing so well. I had never lost any money on this project, and it was all ruined. After we checked our stocks for the last time, I was still happy even though I lost. It was still a super fun project, and I would love to do it again.

Planetarium Field Trip

This Wednesday we went to the Morehead Planetarium! This field trip was amazing and I had a great time. When the buses pulled up I sat in the back next to my friend Henry. The bus ride was actually pretty cool because the buses were really nice. When we got there we had to split up into two groups. I was in group 1 so our group went to the dome first. If you don’t know what a dome is, it is a bowl-shaped screen above you that creates beautiful pictures and the illusion of flying! I watched a presentation about astronauts. It was a very interesting and funny show and I had a great time. After the dome, we went to look at the exhibits. All 20 of us built a giant castle made of cardboard legos, and it was awesome. At 11:30 we ate lunch and headed to our last place. We saw a LIVE presentation of physics, electricity, and liquid nitrogen. We saw how a Tesla coil works, and they showed us experiments with liquid nitrogen. Finally, we went back on the buses and came back to school. Overall, I loved this field trip and I had a great time.

Books You Need To Read Next!

Welcome to the 74th annual Hunger Games! The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins is a great book about surviving. I am currently reading this book and 3/4ths of the way done. This book is a dystopian novel that takes place in the near future. The Hunger Games is set in post-apocalyptic America after a nuclear war. I have been reading this book non-stop! It is stuffed with suspense and action. 24 teenagers between the ages of 12 and 18 are put into an area to fight to the death. Katniss Everdeen is one of the teenagers. She will fight, kill, and try to survive these games. Will she survive and take home the prize of winning the games? Or will she die to the other tributes? Read The Hunger Games to find out!

KNOCKOUT! Becoming Muhammad Ali is about the extraordinary childhood/life of Muhammad Ali Narrated by him and his best friend Lucky. It tells the story of his school, town, and road to becoming the most famous boxer in history. This book is really good for people looking for a fun, but interesting read. One of my favorite things about this book is that it is narrated by his young self. This makes the book more relatable for me and probably you too! This book’s format is also very cool. It is written by Jason Reynolds and Kwame Alexander. These two authors are some of my favorites! Jason Reynolds is famous for his great Track Series and Kwame Alexander is famous for his book, The Crossover. The perspective of Cassius Clay is written in verse by Kwame Alexander and the chapters where Lucky talks are written by Jason Reynolds. If you are looking for a fun read where you also learn a bunch of cool stuff, Becoming Muhammad Ali is the book for you!

My Wisdom Tale Comic

Hello! Over the past 5 months, we have been working on our wisdom tales and comics. We read a total of twenty tales and chose one to make a comic about. Before I get into too much detail I should probably tell you what a wisdom tale is. Well, a wisdom tale a a short story that contains a moral. For each story we read we had to say the moral, title, county, and summary about it. After we finished reading, we all chose a tale to make a comic about. We had to make a series of drawings explaining what is happening. The wisdom tale I chose was Fire, Water, Truth, and Falsehood. I chose this tale because I thought that drawing the characters would be fun and interesting. I really enjoyed this project because I love to draw. I used the drawing app on my iPad called Sketchbook. It is an amazing app and I suggest using it when drawing. Something cool that you can do with it is create perfect lines, boxes, and circles with a tool. I hope you guys like my comic, and make sure to check out my classmates’ too!

Lacrosse

I have been playing lacrosse since 1st grade, and have played ever since.  My friend Ian was the one who told me I should play, and that it was fun. I like to watch lacrosse sometimes, but like to play more. I have seen the DA varsity team play, and want to play when I get in to high school. I started playing in a small league called Rival Lacrosse. I had practice every Saturday in the fall and practice on Mondays in the spring. The spring was our teams game season. It was the time that we played games almost every weekend. I was going to stop playing for them in the spring and join a team called 91 lacrosse. Sadly Covid 19 hit and I could not play. I did not play lacrosse for the next year. I still practiced at home, but did not play for a team. Since covid was still around I could not join a travel team, but I started to play for Rival again. Then the accident happened that put me out for the rest of the season. I sprained my MCL and was out for three months( the exact time the lacrosse season was). Now it was the summer of 6th grade and my friend Jackson was trying out for a lacrosse team called True. I really wanted to play so I signed up for tryouts. When we got the email back later in the week that I had made the team I was really excited! I played on True for the four month fall season and went to one of the two tournaments. My winter-spring season just started and the first practice is next week. We have lots of tournaments in the spring and I am super excited to play. I encourage everyone who is reading this to try out lacrosse and see if you like it. It is a really fun sport me and many others love! Bye!

New Habit!

Hello! We started a new habit a week ago, and I am loving mine. At first we were all doing planking, but now we got to choose our habit. Daily habits are activities that you do each day to try and get better at them. Some daily habits are just for fun, while others are very meaningful to you. Daily habits can be a fun thing to do with friends and family as well. I really think that daily habits can help you a lot.

When I was planking, I noticed that I could do more than I thought I could. What I mean is I thought that one minute and thirty seconds was hard, but after I was doing it for a while I could do 8 minutes. In my opinion, I think that planking was a really good habit to keep up with. Planking with friends was probably the best part because it was a challenge for all of us together. With my new drawing habit I feel like I will not be competing with my friends, but more competing with myself. 

When we chose our habits I wanted to do something nonphysical because I already did planking, and I play two sports already. I chose drawing for my habit because I like drawing but I can get better. I really like to paint, color, and sketch. My favorite fine art class was art.I felt like I achieved something when I finished those hard planks, and I want to feel that way when I finish drawing . Over time you will get better and better with more practice every day. At the end of the day, I want to be able to be good at art.

 

 

Window or Mirror?

A window book and a mirror book. These are two different types of books for different types of readers. Window books are books that are different from your life, like looking out of a window into another place. On the other hand, a mirror book is a book that you can relate to, like looking into a mirror.

The book that I am reading right now, Magnus Chase by Rick Riordan, is a window book in my mind mostly because I am not a Norse demigod that kills giants and has a talking sword. I also am not 16. Lots of the events that happen I can’t relate to, like when he goes fishing to catch the world serpent or his hate for wolves. I love wolves and don’t really like fishing. Although I can’t relate to most of the things in the book, I still love reading it. Whenever I read it I always feel immersed in the story.  I don’t feel like I’m the character, but more as an observer watching through a window. This concludes why Magnus Chase is a window book for me.

What’s In My Backpack

 

In Finding Someplace the value of Reesie’s backpack is very large. She just lost everything and this backpack is all she has left. I have to pack what is most important to me as well. Just like Reesie did, I packed a book and some other items that are important to me. Also I brought some other items that will help me. You should always be prepared.

If a hurricane struck my hometown of Durham, North Carolina, I would be forced to pack what I need to survive. First, I have a satellite phone so I can call for help without Wifi or cellular. If I am going to survive, I am going to get hungry and thirsty. I have some chips,trail mix, hot dogs, and beans for when I get hungry. I also brought a water bottle for when I am thirsty. But what if I get hurt? That is why I packed a first aid kit!I have a toothbrush and toothpaste, and some money if I lose everything. Hanging off my bag, I have a pan to cook things and some matches to keep warm. I have an Oculus Quest II if I get bored. Lastly, I have a Swiss Army knife for many different obstacles. So these are all of my items in my backpack. Will I survive the hurricane like Reesie? Or will I die in the storm?

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