Write a poem about this picture. Who are the people and how does this place, this image make you feel. Let the picture speak to you and guide you as you write the poem.
I went for a swim that night. It was so hot and I kept thinking about Michael. Swimming almost made me feel so much better. I dived and started to swim laps. The cold water felt so good against my skin. It was dark but not totally black because I turned on the lights in the pool.
I drove under and that’s hen I saw those eyes staring back at me.
What happens next? Is this person or being friend or foe? Write what happens next.
If you plan on watching the movie instead of reading this book you’re really going to miss out on another great book. Paper Town by John Green is tells the story or Quentin Jacobsen or Q as his friends like to call him. Q falls in love with Margo, the girl next door. Margo is bold and exciting a total contradiction to Q who lives life by the rules.
When the story beings Margo moves next door to Quentin and they become best friends. One day while walking to the park they discover the body of a man who committed suicide. Instead of being afraid Margo is curious and intrigued by the dead man, while Quentin blocks out memory of the incident. Once the duo hit high school Margo is popular and dating the most popular boy in school while Quentin joins nerdbom and hangs out with his best friends and fellow band member Ben and Radar.
After Margo discovers that her boyfriend Jase is sleeping with her best friend she sets out to right some wrongs and takes Quentin along for the ride. After a night of revenge old feelings emerge and Quentin falls in love with Margo again. Everything seems to being going right for Quentin until Margo mysteriously disappears leaving clues for Quentin to find her.
It was a very romantic story and Radar and Ben Quentin’s friend’s who team up with him to find Margo makes the book irresistible.
I know this is early notice but this opportunity is so amazing I thought I’d give you a head start. The Young Arts fellowship program submissions will be opening sometime in April. Submissions close in October.
The Young Arts program is a mentorship program that pairs students in all areas of the arts: visual arts, performing arts, writing, cinematic arts ( music, theater, and music) with a mentor in their discipline. This is no ordinary program. Once you win you are a Young Arts fellow for life!
A friend of mine won this in photography and so far he won $1000 plus a trip to Miami where he’ll be taking master classes with Bruce Webber. Some of the past fellows won Oscars and Grammys. Believe me this is a big deal.
I will update you later but I think it’s a good idea to start working on your portfolios now.
Check out the video and check back on the site for submissions details. Good luck!
The Annual Signet Classics Writing Competition is approaching. This year’s book is Little Women by Lousia May Alcott. This writing competition yields a prize of $1000. All you have to do is select one of the five the essay topics. This competition is open to juniors and seniors. Home school students are also eligible. You must be a attending high school in the United Stated to be eligible.
Deadline: All entries must be postmarked by April 14, 2016 and received on or by April 21, 2016.
For more information check the website and good luck!
I just finished reading Legend by Marie Lu! What a great book. The story is set sometime in the distant future where children are forced to take trials, tests that determines where they fit into society. Pass the trail and you’ll be set up with a good job and a good life. Fail the trials and you’ll have to work in the labor camps. At least that’s what’s everyone is told.
The story is told from two perspectives, June, a rich teen, prodigy who is working for the Republic’s military and Day, a teen criminal who is accused of murdering June’s brother. They are equals living in opposite worlds.
Lu does a great job of combing romance with suspense as June sets off on her first assignment – to find her brother’s murderer. Things aren’t as cut and dry as June hopes. Once she meets the charismatic Day everything she’s ever known is turned upside down.
What can I say? I loved this book. There are many of times when sequels don’t live up to the first book but this isn’t one of them. This book is told from two perspectives, June, a rich, military prodigy that falls in love with a young rebel named Day.
Lu swifts back and forth as both characters tell the story of their fight to save their county. At times they are at odds against each other and unsure about their love as others fight for their love.
Lu sets up two love triangles and manages to captivate her readers with wanting more and getting it. More action! More romantic! And some great writing. I read this book in one week and feel kind of sad that the journey is over. YOU WILL LOVE THIS BOOK!
I just finished reading Undivided by Neal Shusterman. This is the fourth and final book in the Unwind series. Not many series hold up after the first book but this one sure does. This series holds up among my favorites. The story is about a time in our world when troublesome children can be unwind or taken apart piece by piece, while their parts are donated to people. Connor Lassiter and his partner Risa Ward fight against the individuals who feel that it’s okay to unwind troubled teens.
This book doesn’t focus on romance as much as it does survival. The book centers on various characters and each storyline draws to a conclusion. We start we Connor, a unwind AWOL turned fugitive hero and his partner Risa Ward. The book then shifts and focuses on Mason Starkey, a boy who leads the stork rebellion as they free unwinds and destroy harvest camps. The storyline shifts once more the story shifts to Cam, a rewind who is trying to find his place in the world. It’s hard to say more and not divulge too much of the story. The enemies are most deadly this time and the stakes are high for all of the characters. One by one each character faces their worst enemy and not everyone pulls through unscathed.
This book has lots of action and it’s a great read!
The Ayd Rand Fellowship
This is a great fellowship opportunity. The top prize is $2000. All you have to do to be eligible is read Ayd Rand’s book Anthem and write an essay in response to one of the essay topics listed below.
8th, 9th, and 10th graders
March 29th deadline
Select one of the following three essay topics.
- “It is a sin to write this.” So begins Anthem. But by the end of the story, Equality 7-2521 has a different moral assessment of his action. Do you think Equality’s eventual assessment of his sin is correct? Why or why not? Explain.
- By the end of the story, Equality 7-2521 has changed his mind and become very critical of the leaders of his society, denouncing them in moral terms. Do you think he is correct to do so? Why or why not? Do you think he would agree with the advice that Rand offers in her short essay “How Does One Lead a Rational Life in an Irrational Society?”? Explain. *
- Anthem portrays a totalitarian world of the future. In contrast to other such portrayals, the world of Anthemis technologically primitive. What does this imply about the nature of science and technology and the conditions for technological progress, and how do events of the story establish that view?