Thursday, February 3, 2011


Kristallnacht, or the Night of Broken Glass.
Jewish homes were ransacked, as were shops, towns and villages, as stormtroopers and civilians destroyed buildings with sledgehammers, leaving the streets covered in pieces of smashed windows—the origin of the name "Night of Broken Glass." Ninety-one Jews were killed, and 30,000 Jewish men. A quarter of all Jewish men in Germany were taken to concentration camps, where they were tortured for months, with over 1,000 of them dying.
This was a pogrom or series of attacks against Jews throughout Nazi Germany and parts of Austria on November 9–10, 1938.
This was the beginning of the Final Solution and the Holocaust.

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Amasing Stories By Mr. Markus Zusak

Markus Zusak was born in Australla, Sydney. He lived with his wife and daughter. Zusak is 35 years old. His mother was German. Markas Zusak was the youngest out of the four children.
These are the books he wrote:

The Book Thief
I Am The Messenger
Getting The Girl
When Dogs Cry
Fighting Ruben Wolfe
-2001 Honour Book for Children's Book Council of Australia Book of the Year (Older Children)
-2002 Honour Book for Children's Book Council of Australia Book of the Year (Older Children)
Maykus Zusak got the idea to make the book thief because,he heard stories about Nazi Germany, the bombing of Munich, and Jews being marched through the small German town in which his mother lived.

If I could ask his one question it would be in the book, The Book Thief, why did he pick death to narrate the book.

These are the sites that I used:

Wednesday, July 7, 2010


Blogs have helped me grow. They show me how important spelling is and how they can be read all around the world. I installed a counter on my blog so I can tell if others are reading my blog.

Blogs have taught me how to get around on the internet and surf, for pictures and information etc. I learned to upload pictures into my posts. Pictures in my blog posts help readers to understand my point of view.

This has also helped me with organization and responsibility. I am more organized because all of my work is kept on my blog, so I can access my work from any computer and I won't lose my work. Also, when you miss school you can check Mrs.DeRaps's blog and see what you missed from school. Or when you come back from school. This has taught me responsibility because I can check my teacher's blog and do my work independently.

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Poetry Friday

I think that Poetry Friday was a very good idea. I liked that the poems that we read aloud helped me to better understand the plot of the books we read. For example, we read a book called A Long Way Gone by Ishmael Beah. For a Poetry Friday lesson, we listened to a Bob Marley song and studied the lyrics. This helped me understand how the book related music and it helped me to understand the book better.

This helped us learn more about how poems are organized into stanzas and lines. We read poems aloud and then recreated our own personal poems. I like how this helps us to have ideas and a format for our own poems.

I really enjoyed writing as a class and reading other students' poems. I think that we should continue Poetry Friday next year because it helps students with their understanding and ability to read and write poetry.

Showing The Year.


This picture exsplains my year because there are lots of paths that you can take in life. Like the path of trust. The trust to be here in school. Teachers need to know that you'll be in class so that they are prepared and ready for. I need to trust that my teachers respect me. There are some teachers who do not respect my situation. This lack of respect makes me feel like I don't even want to show up for school. But, I do have some teachers who do show me respect. These teachers make me feel important.

You always want to make sure you choose the right path. Sometimes it feels like I am taking the high way stuck in drive and there is not any stopping. Like when I'm in school and I can't stop no matter how much I want to. Some classes make me struggle and some are easier when I'm struggling. The difference is that in math it's easier for me. In English, it's harder. I have different strengths and the teachers use different techniques. Math is easy because numbers are easy. English is hard because it's letters. Sometimes I wish things were slower on the back roads.

But you also need to make sure you are on the right side of the road looking out. Make sure to look at the constructive part of your path and to not focus on the wrong choices that you've made. Only look back when you need reminders of what you've done and where you've made mistakes in your past.

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Book Review

The Hunger Games
The book that I read is called The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins.
This book is a dystopia about an imperfect country. The people in the Hunger Games are being controlled by the Capital. Everything the Capital wants them to do or say will happen. Because the Capital has power over them. The kids in the district are scared what to say or not to say. There is a conflict with the Capital and the Districts because the people of Panem has no freedom. They can't say anything because the capital is always listening.
Katniss is 17 years old, she lives in district 12. Their district produces coal. She is a teenage girl who watches her little sister. because her father died in a coal mining accident. So she has been taking care of her and her family ever since. She hunts to feed her family. Which is illegal. And if she was caught she would be killed by the Capital.

Every year they pick people to go into the Hunger Games. And this year Prim was chosen to go into the Hunger Games and Katniss did not want her to get killed or hurt so Katniss said that she would go. Because she is the stonger one out of the two.

The Hunger Games is a T.V show everyone is forced to watch. What the Hunger Games is, is there are two tributes from each district and they fight other tributes till death. They also fight in the arena. So, to win Katniss will have to survived by killing 23 people. Then at the end, she had to kill everybody but Peeta and her. You should win as a whole.

I really liked this book because the book had a lot of imagery in this book. Like in the Hunger Games they had a lot of action. With the explosives, and killing with arrows. And all the love you see in there eyes.

Friday, June 11, 2010

The End of A New Begining.

I think that catniss and peeta will stay together. And there will be no hunger games anymore.