Personal Landscape Narratives

For our final assessment, we made a scrapbook about how our experiences changed us. We wrote narratives about important events of our life and how they changed our characteristics or shaped us.

Some comments I got were:

‘You have used at least two dialogue, simile and metaphor.’

‘The pictures helped me pinpoint locations. I really liked how you decorated the pages! It made me want to read all of the narratives.’

‘I really enjoyed your pictures! I also liked your little sentences with the picture!:) I liked your titles in each narrative!’

‘The pictures and decorations made your scrapbook even more interesting! It was a really enjoyable scrapbook!’

‘I liked your stories and design. I also liked your pictures. Your writing has a lot of memory and good vocabulary to describe what you were feeling. Great Job!’

Mr. Smailes’ Feedback

‘Thanks for sharing your narratives with me! You were (are) so cute in the photos!’

‘Some of your narratives are a listing of events or experiences, rather than a focused event with a clear exposition/ rising action/ climax/ resolution.

It was really interesting to see other people’s feedback about my scrapbook. I think as everyone said, I did a good job decorating my scrapbook and making it look nice. Although most of my narratives are easy to understand, some of my stories are a listing of events and experiences. Also in order to improve my scrapbook, including a 3D object in my scrapbook might be a good idea as it will help make it more unique and creative.

Criterion D: Reflection of Number Challenge

For the number challenge, I used organising skills, addition skills, subtraction skills, multiplication skills, division skills and so on. As I discovered more new and interesting methods, I explored other ways of getting answers. Using parentheses, square and cubic numbers, and root numbers enabled me to have a wider variety of solutions and possible equations.

One of the challenges I encountered was the fact that it took a long time to figure out the way to correctly express the equation on the computer. The number which was challenging to get was 17 as it took a long time to come up with the idea of using decimal numbers. For example, I thought of this equation for 17.

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Another challenging technique was using root numbers and also negative numbers.

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In order to improve my method of getting the answers, maybe I should try to work out answers in order, starting with 0.

For the past few weeks, we learnt about root numbers, square numbers, cubic numbers and such.

Lunch Duty

For the Lunch Duty activity, we organised the layout of tables and chairs and also cleaned the tables. I worked for about 15 minutes every Monday lunch time. Therefore during the few months, I earned 3 points.

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Centennial Bulletin Board

At last after many hours of collecting data, cutting out captions for the pictures, worrying about the copyright law, sticking and stapling words and pictures on the boards, we finished making the bulletin board for the centennial. As we stared at awe at our boards, I patted my back and we congratulated each other. It was very interesting to learn about old events that occurred before I was born and it was a great opportunity for us to get to know what the school, the whole world and Japan looked like a hundred years ago and how it dramatically changed. I am looking forward to showing off our work to the people who will be visiting our school this Friday for CA’s hundredth birthday. ‘Happy Birthday to you, Happy Birthday to you, Happy Birthday dear CA…’

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The Graveyard Book

During the past few weeks, we had been reading ‘The Graveyard Book’ by Neil Gaiman who is Mr. Smailes’ favourite author and a numerous award-winning author. Some of the most well known books are ‘The Sandman’, ‘Stardust’ and ‘Coraline’. While reading the book, we studied about Characterization and how the author described the main character’s traits or personalities in numerous ways. We learnt that Characterization was divided into four main parts. One was ‘ The author directly states’ in which the author directly writes about the main character like this. ‘ Bod had brown hair’. The second one was ‘Through the main character’s dialogue.’ in which the main character says something that describes his personality. ‘You should stop teasing the younger kids. You should change!’- He is very kindhearted and he takes action to save the younger victims. The third one is ‘Through other character’s thoughts, actions and dialogue.’ One example is this. ‘ Mistress Owens and I spent our lives wishing that we had a child. I do not believe that we could have ever had a better young man than you, Bod’. We know that his parents love him deeply and are very proud of him. Last but not least, ‘Main character’s thoughts, actions and dialogue. An example is ‘Why can’t I go out of the graveyard? What’s outside?’- Bod is very adventurous and curious.

After reading this book, it became one of my favourites. I really enjoyed it and I am looking forward to read more of the books Mr. Smailes said we can read.