Friday, May 24, 2013

To Kill A Mockingbird Essay

To Kill A Mockingbird Essay

Everyone has to make a decisions in life and sometimes face consequences. The main character in the book To Kill A Mockingbird, Scout, decides to help a classmate of hers which ends up getting her into trouble. One way Scout helps Walter is she gives Walter lunch money, and gets hit. Scout also decides not to go to school because of the teacher. Scout is really educated and really smart and the teacher doesn’t like that. It seems like no matter what decisions Scout makes it seems to be wrong.

Walter didn’t have any money for lunch so he couldn’t afford it. Scout offers Walter a quarter for lunch. When she tries to explain this to the new teacher, however, she gets her hand slapped by a ruler.  A consequence of her choice to give Walter money was she gets hit  by a ruler from the teacher. She feels she didn’t do anything wrong. Scout is a nice person and she cares about Walter getting food for lunch, but the teacher didn’t think that was necessary.

Another choice Scout makes is she doesn’t want to return to school because Miss. Caroline forbade Scout to read and write.  A consequence that Scout faces by not going to school is she won’t learn anything.  Atticus makes a deal with Scout to go back to school and they will read together like always. That means alot to Scout. Scout begins to realize that she's far more educated than her peers, and even more so, perhaps, than her teacher. Miss Caroline told her  to tell her dad not to teach reading anymore. “ Your father doesn’t know how to teach. You can have a seat now”. (pg. 23)  She chose to sit there and be quiet.

Scout begins to realize that she’s far more educated than her peers, and even more so, perhaps, than her teacher. Scouts was taught to read at home by her father and she knows how to write. Scout decides not to go to school and the consequence is shes not going to learn anything.

No matter what decisions Scout makes it always seems to be wrong.  Even though she faces a lot of consequences she always sees the good in people. She help Walter out by giving lunch money and she gets hit by a ruler. Now she doesn’t want to go to school because of what happen when she got hit. Once in school she realizes she’s smarter than the teacher.

Thursday, April 25, 2013


Amanda Crochetiere
4-23-13  Block:B

Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway. Scribner Paperback Fiction,  1952.
Genre: Fiction


The story is about an old man trying to catch a marlin. It takes place in the sea. He is poor and trying to get food. He had good luck until the sharks came. He caught a marlin. It took 3 days to catch a marlin. When is finally got the marlin he needed to bring it back home so he could eat and get money for it. On his way back the sharks came and they ate the marlin. By the time the old man got back all that was left was bones of the marlin.

“This book is a triumph of the bare necessities. The old man goes far out to sea in a flimsy wooden boat, fishing with only a hook, line and bait. Alone, he manages to catch a thousand-pound, eighteen-foot marlin. A life and death struggle ensues as the old man works the fish for days trying to bring it in, but his struggle has only begun as he has to battle the sharks in order to keep his prize.”-Garry L. Morey,

I agree with this quote because he is taking a risk.  At his age he shouldn’t be fishing alone in the ocean. He is old and weak. He is struggling to get food and trying to survive. But it’s hard to find a marlin in the sea because of the sharks.

“The old man was thin and gaunt with deep wrinkles in the back of his neck.  The brown blotches of the benevolent skin cancer the sun brings from its reflection on the tropic sea were on his cheeks.  The blotches ran well down the sides of his face and his hands had the deep-creased scars from handling heavy fish on the cords” (pg. 9-10).

“Everything about him was old except his eyes and they were the same color as the sea and were cheerful and undefeated” (pg.10).

I felt bad for him because he was working so hard and he has cancer and its not good for him.  He may die.

“A man can be destroyed but not defeated”  You lost something but you can’t stop trying and never give up hope.

I can relate to this story because my grandmother had cancer and passed away from it.  I have faced many struggles just like the old man, but I keep on trying.  The story of the old man was interesting and it explains how he gets things he needs.  He doesn’t go to a grocery store, the market is in the sea.  He takes chances to find fish.  The  old man  was defeated by the sharks but it did not destroy him.  The sharks stole his marlin, but there are always more in the sea.

I give this 4 Paws = Pounce on it

Monday, March 11, 2013

My cat trying to fly

Author’s Notes:
1. I want my audience to discover how to try to learn new things.
2. The story worked well because of the characters.
3. Describing details was difficult because the story was unusual.
4. I would like the audience  to read the story and get to know what its about. I would like them to comment on the fact that an animal is flying in the story.

Amanda Crochetiere
Block: B  3-5-13

My cat trying to fly

One early morning I woke up and my fat cat wasn’t there. So I was wondering my cat is. So I look around my house and I couldn’t find him. I look outside and I found him on my roof. I went out the window and I got my cat. I brought him inside the house. My cat went back on my bed. I went back to sleep. I woke up at 11:00 a.m. I went to check out my cat Mushu and he was at his food and water bowl. I let him out the back yard. I heard a noise in the back yard and my cat was chasing a squirrel. My cat was trying to chase the squirrel up the tree. He fell down the tree. He has a sidekick, and her name is Bandit. She was teaching Mushu how to fly. They were up all night  trying to learn how to fly. They went back in the house and they were so tired.   I put a cape on Mushu, and Bandit. Once I put the cape on them, they started to fly in the house!!!! I went downstairs to check how they  are doing and I found they eating ice cream. They took a break for awhile. They went outside at 8:00 p.m. to fly. They heard a weird sound, they got scared. So they went back in the house. They decided to travel the world. First they went to go eat breakfast. Then they washed up and then I put a cape on Mushu, and Bandit. Then they are going to California. They went to the beach. They saw a sea shells. They ate fish for dinner. They stayed at a hotel and they had fun. In the morning they went to the beach to see the sunrise. I took pictures of them at the beach. I took pictures of the sea animals. I took picture of the beach. They had so much fun. The next morning we started packing and heading back to home. We stayed for 2 weeks. We came back at 11:00 p.m and we were tired. Mushu and Bandit woke up at 10:00 in the morning and they ate breakfast. Then they started to fly. They started to fly really well. Each day they got better. There is a flying contest in California on saturday at 12:00 p.m. They started to pack their things and headed off to the airport and they waited for the airplane arrived. The plane came at 1:00 p.m. and they took off at 2:00 p.m. The flying contest is next week, But they wanted to get there and start practicing. There are other animals that are coming to the flying contest. Some are coming from New York, Maine, Florida, and Hollywood. The animals are well trained and well taught. There are dogs, cats, bunnies, and monkeys. We signed up for this contest because we been working hard and we want to win. The grand prize is you get $10,000 dollars and you win a mansion. If Mushu wins he would give it to charity and buy food, clothes and a car for me. The flying contest is tomorrow and they need to practice one more time. So they can do well in the contest. They went to bed early so they can be awake and focus. The next morning they woke up at 10:00 a.m. and ate breakfast. They started to practice before the contest. The judges gives them a trick to do and they have to practice the trick. They have to get it right. They started to practice the stunt. They got an easy stunt. They have to fly in circle. They headed off to contest. I brought them water and food. They are number 3. The judges call the animals number and they have to fly and do their stunt. The judges keep score on how well they do and the perfect score is a 100. If they want a bonus the judges gives them another stunt to do. Mushu and Bandit’s number got called. So they started to fly in the air. They both flew in a circle. They wanted another stunt to do. So the judges gave them a stunt. They have to do a flip in the air. After the contest the judges call the contestants and the judges told what they got for score. The judges called us up to the stage and said we did a FANTASTIC JOB!!!!!!! So the judges told are score and we got a 123 because of the stunt that we did. Everyone said they tried and they will try next time. They finally knew how to fly and they like to fly. They can't stop flying. They want to try something new. They don't know what they want to do yet. 

Friday, January 11, 2013


Things that are valuable can have a price or be priceless.  Some priced items are: my cell phone, my bedroom set, and a sweater.  Some priceless items are: my cats, my family, and looking outside at nighttime. The items that are valuable to me are my cell phone and my cats. Though one item has a price and the other one does not, they have the same value to me.

                My cell phone has many uses. For example, I use my cell phone for emergencies.  I call my parents when I have an emergency. For example, one time I called my parents because I had a headache. I also use my cell phone to talk to my friends. For example, I talk about: how my friends are doing, what they are doing, what they want to talk about, and ask them if they want to hang out on the weekend. I also use my cell phone for texting my friends. Yesterday, for example, I texted my friends and asked them if all four of us could hang out. My cats are also important to me.

                My cats are special to me. They are my favorite animals they are so cuddly and playful.  When my cats are playful they run around and chase each other.  I play with my cats when they are playful.  When I play with them I chase them around, pick them up, and give them their toys.  My cats are also valuable to me because I have so many memories with them.   My cell phone is also valuable to me.

                My cats and my cell phone have similarities.   For example, they have the same value. Another similarity is that my cats make me happy and my cell phone does too.  When I’m in a bad mood my cats make me happy. Also, when I’m in a bad mood I listen to music on my phone and it makes me happy.  Another similarity is that both my cats and my cell phone keep me entertained.  These items are also different.

                My cats and my cell phone have many differences. One difference is that my cats are pets and my cell phone is an electronic device.  Another difference is that my cats are cuddly and my cell phone is not.  Also, my cats are therapeutic and my cell phone is not as therapeutic.  They might be different, but they are both valuable to me.

                I value both my cats and my cell phone. I value my cell phone because I can do anything on it. I can play games, listen to music, text my friends, and go on Facebook.  I value my cats because I get to bond with them.  I also value my cats because they give me affection. 

                A lot of things are valuable and some things are not. Some things have a price, and some are priceless.  My cats and my cell phone are important to me.  I value my cell phone because there are so many things I can do on it.  I value my cats because they make me happy and because they are playful. Even though my cats are priceless and my cell phone is priced, I value them equally.