100WC-#14

Prompt:  …so, what lies ahead of…

Story:

My 4 friends and I were walking to school together just like we did every day together. Until we came to an utter stop. My oldest friend Kenny walled forward and told us to say behind while she checked what was lying in front of us. Today we were also walking with Kenny’s younger sister Maddy. Maddy then said, “So, what lies ahead of us. I’m scared what is it?” she said. Kenny came back and said, “It’s just a dead possum lets walk across the road and walk from that side of the road instead.”

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Prompt:

Story:

I knew today was going just too well. I could just feel that on my way home I would find something just a little bit, well peculiar. And of course, I did. Two rather large footprints in the grass. I compared it with my foot and the footprints in the grass were at least three or four times bigger than my foot. I text my Mum and she came and found where I was she had a look and did not think anything of it so I went home with here. The next day the monster was in our yard.

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100WC-#12-Prompt: then suddenly it went black

Then suddenly it went black. I could not see anything. I could not even see my own thoughts I had even forgotten what everything looked like and what colors actually looked like. I began to cry I called my Mum over and told what had happened. She immediately called an ambulance and the paramedics loaded me into the ambulance at this stage I still could not see a thing. The only way I knew what was happening was because I could still hear everything around me. I remember getting to the hospital and the doctors saying to “You are blind”.

 

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Character Analysing

Author: Gail

Title: My Forever Home

Physical:

It dosen’t really say what the character looks like but you can infer that the character is a cat from the last sentence of the story

“I hear him at the door calling for me. “Come on Sammie, here puss puss puss. Come in, it’s cold outside.” And when he arrives home every afternoon he picks me up and cuddles me. He is worth purring for.”

 

The characters physical attributes play a role in the story because if Sammie could not climb trees or wasn’t a cat then 90% of the story would be different. Instead of it being about a cat’s life it would probably have to be another animal’s life and that would not suit the story line/plot of the story therefore the story would not be as good. Through the story the character, itself does not really change but his home and lifestyle does change a lot as it when from being a stray cat to a very loved cat in a nice little tree house home. These changes don’t really effect the characters experience in the story but I’m sure that if the story went on that Sammie’s life would be much better then living in a tree and trying to find food for himself as now sleeps on Ethan’s bed and is given food by Ethan’s parents.

 

“I sleep on his bed every night and if I go outside in the cold he worries about me.”

Intellectual:

I think that this character is a very intelligent cat, as it has to find food a shelter for the night and it finds things to do during the day. I think that this cat knows what humans mean when they mean it and why they mean it. For example

“I knew when the family all stood and looked at me that they wanted me to get inside the box. I jumped right in. Wow, I thought, I have a nice kind family. They all moved in that day.”

I feel that if that if the family had nit have adopted Sammie then he still would have survived but not as long as he would have if he had stayed as a stray cat then he probably would have died a lot earlier. In the story, I feel like Sammie learnt what the true meaning of family was and why everyone needs a family in order to survive because I feel like if Sammie had been left out there all alone that he would have died either of starvation or of loneliness.

Emotional:

I think that the character was feeling mixed emotions. Because at the start of the story he was feeling excited about finding a new home to live. But during the story he was begging to constantly feel hungry and lonely and just wanted a family to take him under their wing and then finally at the end of the story his wish came true because he became a huge part of the family. I think that this character feels happy about himself at the begging and end of the story but in the middle of the story he was beginning to feel sad lonely and hungry. During the story, the biggest challenge that Sammie faced was trying to find a home at the begging of the story. Some emotions that Sammie had to overcome through this experience were loneliness and hunger/thirst.

Social:

Sammie seems to bond well with the only other three characters in the story. Considering they became his forever family, he does not really get a choice to like them but it is lucky that he did like them. Sammie bonds the best with the little boy named Ethan. This character chooses Ethan because he feels that Ethan will accept him the most. In the social order, he stands as a valued family member. That is just the way that I see it and other people who have read the story might see it differently by that is my opinion.

Philosophical:

I think that Sammie believes that he is a very smart cat and enjoys being set free but enjoys being with a family more. These beliefs are based on Sammie’s behaviour throughout the story and what he does. These beliefs effect the choices that the character makes because if he was not ready to move in with a family and was not getting sick of finding his own food then he would have had to jump into the box with family, which luckily he did do. I personally do not think anyone else in the story shares the same beliefs with him as no one else in the story had a home for the start of their life then was homeless and then had a home.

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Prompt:

Story:

As we begin to speed across the water, I begin to feel sick when all of a sudden my friend (Madison) yells out “Hey look I can see the seals. They are white and look fluffy!” She exclaimed. We all looked to try to see them. After I saw them, I began to feel sick again and I threw up right into the ocean. Who would have known that white seals are attracted to vomit? After I threw up in the water all the seals swam over to the boat and began eating my vomit. We all thought that it was gross.

Charles-Homework Reflections

Ambrose:

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I found it interesting when Ambrose mentioned that Laurie is a little kid because he plays with crayons and a seesaw.

“Laurie is a young boy because he uses crayons and a seesaw”

That’s what was on Ambrose’s blog.

 

Ella:

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I found it interesting when Ella mentioned that she thought that Laurie wanted to fit in because I thought that he just wanted to stand out and be all-cool and wants people to like him.

Holly:

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I found it interesting when Holly mentioned that Charles was the main character because I thought that Laurie was the main character considering that Charles isn’t even real

100WC-#10-Prompt-Scarlet, Cushion, Annoying, Watered, Violin

As I go to sit down on a pretty, soft, scarlet cushion, my Mum says to me “Clara, what do you think you’re doing?”

I look at her and say, “I’m taking a break. After all I’ve finished my homework, watered the plants and played with annoying little Tommy. What more do you want me to do?” I asked beginning to get angry with her.

“You have band tomorrow and band camp on Tuesday.” At this stage of our conversation, I could tell what she was going to ask me. “Maybe you could practice your Violin.”

Therefore, I got up picked up my instrument and began playing a little tune.

5 Facts of Fiction

Author: Shirley Jackson

Title: Charles

 

Fact #1:

I thought that the author chose all the characters in my story for a reason. For example I think that she choose Laurie to be a child how causes a lot of drama in the class room and lies to his parents about what “Charles” does when Charles isn’t even a real person. The main character is Laurie although Laurie’s Mum is the narrator of the story. Laurie’s personality is cheeky and always seems to lie even though that is not a personality it is a trait of Laurie.

Fact #2:

I think that Laurie more than anything wants to be able to have a best friend and  because I feel that the reason is so rude and mean is because he doesn’t have a best friend and no one wants to play with him because there scared that they might hurt him or get them in trouble.

Fact #3:

I think that Laurie is not successful in his plan because his Mum asked his teacher about this “Charles” kid and she said that is no kid in her class named Charles. She said these exact words

“Charles?” she said. “We don’t have any Charles in the class.”

It is also the last line of the story so it kind of leaves you hanging and you could guess multiple answers but the main answer that you would guess would be that Laurie is the child who did all the things that “Charles” did. Some obstacles my character encounter would be his Mum finding out the he is Charles and when he came late home from school he said

“On Monday Laurie came home late, full of news. “Charles!” he shouted as he came up the hill; I was waiting anxiously on the front steps. “Charles!” Laurie yelled all the way up the hill, “Charles was bad again.”

Fact #4:

You don’t know if Laure has changed as the last two lines of the story are

“Yes,” I said, laughing, “you must have your hands full with Charles.”

“Charles?” she said. “We don’t have any Charles in the class.”

 

Therefore, it doesn’t really say how the character has changed as a result of what has happened. The character was rude towards his family but especially his parents. He would say things rude at the dinner table like

“He came home the same way, the front door slamming open, his cap on the floor, and the voice suddenly become raucous shouting, “Isn’t anybody here?”

At dinner he spoke rudely to his father, spilled his baby sister’s milk, and remarked that his teacher said we were not to take the name of the Lord in vain. “How was school today?” I asked, trying to sound casual.

“All right,” he said.

“Did you learn anything?” his father asked. Laurie regarded his father coldly.

“I didn’t learn nothing,” he said.

“Anything,” I said. “Didn’t learn anything”

“The teacher spanked a boy, though,” Laurie said, addressing his bread and butter. “For being fresh,” he added, with his mouth full.

 “What did he do?” I asked.

 “Who was it?” Laurie thought.

“It was Charles,” he said. “He was fresh. The teacher spanked him and made him stand in a corner. He was awfully fresh.”

“What did he do?” I asked again, but Laurie slid off his chair, took a cookie, and left, while his father was still saying, “See here, young man.”

 

The last you hear from Laurie is

“She said it twice,” Laurie said. “Charles told her to say it twice.”

Therefore, you cannot really say what Laurie is like at the end of the story. Once again, you cannot really say that Laurie has learned anything as the last line his Mum finds out that he is Charles in the last line of the story. From reading this story, I learnt that you should always be 100% honest with your parents because I am sure Laurie would have got in a lot of trouble once his mother got home from the PTA meeting.

Fact #5:

I think that the author choose to set this story at a place where people get bullied or teased so what better place than a school. The author included a few different things characters such as Laurie, “Charles”, and his Mum, his Dad, his sister and his teacher. This world has only one disaster and it is the last line. Some good things in this world are the basics like they have a roof over the head at there is always a meal on the table and they can afford to pay for Laurie’s education. On the other hand, some of the bad things are that he lies to his parent’s e.g.

Lie:

“It was Charles,” he said. “He was fresh. The teacher spanked him and made him stand in a corner. He was awfully fresh.”

 

Mum figure out it was a lie:

“Charles?” she said. “We don’t have any Charles in the class.”

 

Charles is also ungrateful and does not think about what will happen if his parents find out. He also does not think about others as he only thinks about himself. The theme for this story would be hope because he hopes that he would be ok and would fit in at school.

Themes

Author: Anneke

Title: Joseph Bryant

 

Themes are abstract nouns:

The ideas and feelings help me understand the theme/concept of the story. The theme to this story is loss, love and hope. It is loss because the young girl narrating the story loses her best friend she states at the end of the story  

And Joseph Bryant, my fifth grade sweetheart, is the reason why I know the true definition of love.”

The second theme is Love and the reason for this is the whole story is about how Joseph was diagnosed with cancer and when he told the love of his life she was sad and as they were both only in year 3 they didn’t understand how server cancer could actually be. Until the day Joseph died.

The final theme is hope. They were hoping that Joseph wouldn’t die. The girl was also hoping that when Joseph told her he was going to kiss her.

“I thought Joseph was going to kiss me or tell me that he wanted me to be his girlfriend, I remember having butterflies in my stomach and wondering what my mother would say if I had to tell her that I got myself a boyfriend. But I soon snapped back into reality once Joseph told me that he had cancer.”

Themes are important human issues:

After this story, I think the author wants you to talk about what the story meant to you and how it has influenced or opinion on losing someone or what the main message is.

To me the author is saying that you should each and every day because it may be the last and the author is also saying you don’t need to date every one as you have your entire life to do that. To me those two things is also the message of the story. 

Stories apply to many readers:

To people you have experienced loss themselves or have seen someone losing a battle. Once again theme comes in a lot here as people who have also experienced love and hope. This short story is sad and can really make you think differently about things.

Events represent ideas:

I think that this story did have just a little bit of figurative language. Here are a few different parts of the story that were figurative language:

Love is a dumb and dangerous word. People misuse the word more than any other in the dictionary. “I LOVE this apple, don’t you?” or “I just LOVE this shirt!” but do they actually mean it? Most people don’t understand the actual definition of love. I do, which is why it frustrates me so much when people say that they love each other when they don’t. I know for a fact they don’t. And don’t even get me started when people say they are “in love” with someone else. That phrase is destroyed by couples that say how they are “in love” with someone after a month of texting. They don’t and never will understand the true meaning of love.”

That is the entire first paragraph of the story but to me it 90% of it is figurative.

Experience evolves in patterns:

A repeating pattern in this story is depression. For example:

““What is cancer?” and immediately she started crying.”

“Three years went by. Three painful years of visiting Joseph every single day in the hospital. Well, almost everyday; sometimes he was too sick for me to visit.”

They are two different examples from the story of depression.

 

Fiction is instructional:

The author doesn’t say anything about the themes you have to guess what the theme is to the story as I have already said twice the theme/s for this story are loss, love and hope. (To see why they are the themes go to the top of this post and read Themes and abstract nouns). In this story I think that something they want changed is Joseph’s family would him to survive and his cancer to go away.

100WC-#9-Prompt: …but then the flash made me…

“Ok all of Claire Thomas’ family please come over here to get your photo taken,” The photographer said after all of us had been waiting in the line for almost one hour.

I am Claire’s cousin. My name is Jade Thomas. I am 13 and currently I am at my cousin Claire’s deb. I am here with my immediate family and the rest of my cousins on my Mum’s side.

As we go up to get our photo taken the photographer puts as all into positions. But then the flash made me jump right in the middle of my cousin Claire’s Deb Family photo.

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