8th grade Superzero by Sidney

In school my class we are reading a book called 8th Grade SuperZero by Olugbemisola Rhuday Perkovich. This book is about a boy named Reggie and his life in and outside of school.

 

I  think Reggie is really nervous for his big speech as a president candidate. Also with the humiliating reminder that he puked all over the stage in the beginning of the year, which was where he got his nickname, Pukey. Not just that horrible reminder but what will happen if he actually did it again or completely humiliates himself in front of everyone. I think Reggie is unsure of himself and is afraid he will make the same mistake and everyone would laugh at him. I can’t even imagine the feeling of what he was feeling at the time and for him to experience that same feeling again would just be dreadful.

 

Reggie is the type of kid who is shy, but during the course of the book he has grown to being this kid who just doesn’t want to stand around but make a difference. After seeing George and Charlie at the homeless shelter he realizes there is so much more people could do to help. Also I think Reggie is tired of watching and wants to do something and thats why he’s running for president.

Before my class started reading the book I wasn’t sure how I was going to like the book but after getting into it, I realized there is more than meets the eye. In 8th grade SuperZero there are many twists and turn that will really grab and pull you in. There are many characters that help make the story what it is and bits of humor tied into the book. 8th Grade SuperZero by Olugbemisola Rhuday Perkovich is a great read that I recommend to all of you. It will leave you hanging and making you want to read more.

Observation By Michael

My friends Brian and Sai go with me to the movie theater. My friends bought a 106 oz bag of popcorn and a few bottles of water. I could remember how big the theater is and how calm the setting was. We were about to see The Hunger Games Catching Fire. I was really excited because I hadn’t seen a movie in forever. I could feel the noises of all the areas between other movies. I was really nervous though because I didn’t read the books and see the first movie so this was all new to me. It was two hours and twenty six minutes so we were going to sit back, relax, and enjoy the movie. When my friends and I walked in, we could see there were tons of open seats. I could imagine this happening because we are watching the movie a week after it came out. The smell of the popcorn was amazing, but I’m not aloud to eat it because I have braces. After about ten minutes, my neck felt stiff and I felt like I couldn’t move.

As we start getting deeper in the movie, my neck starts to shiver from bad things that happen to the characters in the movie. It was at the part where the names get picked out to see who would have to play in the Hunger Games. What made it most special for that year of the hunger games is that it was the 75th. As a special, some people who were in different districts who had won before would play to survive. Two people are picked from each district. There are Twelve districts. My mood starts to swing back and forth from suspense and shock. I now felt nervous because the Hunger Games were about to start. The timer said “5, 4, 3, 2, 1.” The horn beeped and the games started…

Global Read Aloud

A few weeks ago, we started the Global Read Aloud. Half of the middle school gets together, lays down, gets comfortable and we listen. The teachers read to us and put lots of emotion into their reading. I like Global Read Aloud because it really gives us time to just lay down and relax. The book is called, Out of My Mind”by Sharon Draper. It is the first time ever the middle school has taken part in a global read aloud. This book is very well written, though very sad.

The main character’s name is Melody and she has to use a pink wheelchair all of the time. Well, most of the time she has to use it. Other times, Melody falls out like liquid. When Melody does, she is like a fish out of water. She cannot move or talk or walk. Most people think that Melody never will. The poor girl is short and little. Her legs are very frail and weak, just like the rest of her body because nothing has ever been used. Melody has brown eyes and is actually very pretty if you get under her one eye that goes kind of out of whack and how Melody sometimes drools a little. Most of the time Melody does not even knowing she is doing it. When people look at her, they feel sorry for her. I think that after reading this book, the next time people look at a person like Melody, they will think about what is on the inside of them, instead on focusing on the outside and their appearance. I think that it does not matter what you look like or how you talk. It matters what’s on the inside.

It is kind of hard for me to look at someone like that because it makes me feel so sad, but at the same time, grateful. We are very, very grateful to be normal and healthy. It is a shame that some people do not realize how hard it is for Melody’s parents and she knows that. They have to pick her up, change her, feed her and much more. I really hope that there is a happy ending to this book. It is such a great book and wonderful outline, that it would be terrible if it did not end well. We should be grateful for what we have are not like Melody and that we can walk and talk.

 

Chains Sonnet

Chains Sonnet

By: Charlotte Cannan

Our 7th grade is reading a book called Chains,

She works hard in trying to become free,

It’s about a slave girl who has a big brain.

But she is known as the slave who serves madam, tea.

Her name is isabel and she has a sister,

A friend of hers in a red hat,

But her sister got sold by the mean tory mister.

Gets thrown in prison like a dirty rat.

A battle between tories and rebels,

Darkness filled throughout the sky

Nothing is left, besides little pebbles.

Don’t want to make you down but, people do die.

She has a lot of things going on

Isabel is trying to become free by being a spy

She’s want to leave and be gone.

Chains is a heart racing story that you should buy!

The Forest By: Zack

It’s windy.

I feel the cold blow on my face.

I sit on the damp stump of an oak tree.

I hear my stream flow past.

I smell my swamp, a smell of rotting wood and old mushrooms in the distance.

The ground is colorful, covered with leaves of every size and color.

I hear a sound to my left.

I slowly turn my head and I see a deer standing in a bush.

It’s only there for a few seconds.

Ten feet from where I sit.

Then it turns and walks off.

Gone.

Disappeared.

It’s silent.

Then I notice the birds are still reciting song after song in the canopy above my head.

And my stream is still gurgling on by my side.

I sit there.

Minutes fly past me, as fast as the wind.

The birds sing, stopping now and again and then picking up again, still as beautiful as ever.

The leaves rustle in the trees, falling to the ground in beautiful waves of color.

I see deer, but never as close as before.

Squirrels are rushing around eating, climbing trees, and looking for food.

I feel tired

hungry

thirsty

These are signs that I should leave.

I stand and the songs stop.

I walk down the hill.

Balance across the log over the stream.

And run out of the woods and into the clearing.

I am home.

Global read aloud – Alex

The PDS  middle school is reading Out of my mind by Sharon Draper. We are reading this book like many other schools in the  Global Read Aloud.  Global read aloud is self explanatory. Schools all over the world read a few books then write about them.

 

Out of my mind is a sad story of a disabled girl named Melody. She has been disabled since birth. She can not walk or talk but she can move her thumbs just enough to point at words to communicate with others. Although this story is fictional, it is accurate. Every disabled person goes through the same  and/or different challenges as Melody. Thoughts never heard, words never spoke, the kind of things that could drive the average person insane. But Melody is tough. She is patient, calm and more. Many of the things I could not be if I were like that.

 

The emotions brought up in this book are endless. Emotions for Melody like sorrow, how sad it is that somebody has to go through this. Especially such a intelligent girl. Guilt, how we take some things for granted like talking. But those very things we take for granted some people want and need. But then there are good feelings too. When she gets a friend to walk with her to her next class or when someone goes with her on a trip. It brings warmth to my heart when I hear that people are going out of their way to help her.

 

The way I see it’s that now the whole world has at least a little more awareness and respect for the disabled people.Global Read Aloud is slowly making the world a better place, one book at a time.

 

Observation Writing

I look up and see the tall, dark, trees covering the sky. The sun tries to get in, but it is blocked. The small pond I stand on is solid frozen and is dark brown. There are many bushes and shrubs around me and I see deer hiding in them. I am the only one here, except for the animal watching me. I slide around, the freezing weather makes my fingertips sting. The sky is dark and my feet are cold.

 

I wear a purple sweater and skinny jeans, from my toes to my head, I am cold. There is no wind, and there is no sun, the temperature is fifteen degrees. I feel like leaving, but the sights are so amazing that I can’t take my eyes off of it.

 

My throat feels dry, and my teeth chatter. I sit on the ice and look up at the sky. The tall trees make a dome over the pond, so my eyes look around, trying to find clouds. I hear squirrels scurry up trees, making homes. I try to find them, matching the movement of the trees with the sounds.

 

I turn on my stomach and look at the ice. It is brown and is hard to see anything under it. There are some plants that were growing in it and floated up to the top. Frozen. There are some bubbles too, they have also froze on there way up. I smell the dense scent of the moist trees, rain has made there bark very soft.

 

I take my green knitted gloves off, they tingle as they mix with the extremely cold air. My heart beats slowly as I stare at my feet. My feet, they tingle and ache because of how cold it is. Even though I am wearing furry boots and two layers of socks. I stand up, my vision weary, and walk deeper into the woods.

 

Exiting the dome was hard  weird, you start to miss the view. I kept walking, I thought if I kept my body moving I would get a little bit warmer. There were many dead leaves on the ground, and many small and big trees that have fallen and been hollowed by bugs.

 

I take a breath in. It smells like fresh pine trees. I’ve never snuck out of home like this, but it was worth it. The sun shines on my skin, and my feet are wet. I feel like I could run a marathon, I keep walking. I see some movement in a bush, and I quietly sneak up to it.

 

My hands reach for the bush, trembling but silently, and push the two sides open. My heart drops, I fumble back, I need to run but I am frozen. A wolf, it takes a step towards me. It bares its teeth at me, it’s gray fur is covered in dirt. Why did I have to sneak out? What am I going to do? I look to the side of me, nothing. I look behind me, there is a bush with berries on it.

 

Do I get them as a distraction? I’ll give it a shot – just then I started to run. I stick stuck out my hand to grab the berries. I am able to grab just about three. I look back at the wolf. It is closer to me, I put my hands out and show the berries. I move my hand around, swaying back and forth. I throw the berries far away. The wolf looked at them, then looked back at me. It lunged.

 

A silence filled the warm room. “See kids, the moral the story is at ask for permission first.” The old man chuckled.

Superzero Sonnet By: Zack

Reggie feels small and alone

Donovan bullies him all the time

Joe C. is the only one who calls him on the phone

Reggie thinks bullying should be a crime

He joins the olive branch, a homeless shelter

He meets george a homeless guy on the streets

He sees kids who in the heat, swelter

He feels sorry for everyone he meets

there’s an election, he wants to run

He doesnt want to puke again, on stage

vickies hope dies, like the setting sun

Donavon makes fun of him, he’s full of rage

Reggie is like charlie’s brother

Because charlie likes him like no other

Global Read Aloud By Ava

Out Of My Mind is such an amazing story, and it really draws empathy from your heart for people that have disabilities. Melody, an eleven year old girl, has a disability that prevents her from talking and moving. She faces so many obstacles, but every time she somehow figures out how to jump them without being able to move her legs. Besides not being able to communicate, Melody struggles with school girl problems, though they are ten times worse. It’s hard to believe that someone has a brain when they have no way to express it, and when it’s brought up with your classmates, it makes it even harder. But of course, there are the good things that come along in life, and even though it’s harder to enjoy them in Melody’s condition. She is still a kid, and she likes candy and dogs and other things.

Melody is extremely intelligent, but it is hard to communicate it with others. Even though she is almost frozen on the outside, her mind whirs constantly. Out Of My Mind introduces you to what’s inside of Melody’s mind, and it shows that you really can’t judge a book by it’s cover. Out Of My Mind makes me wish that my school had a program for people with disabilities, because I want to be friends with someone like that. When someone becomes friends with Melody, she gets so happy. I want to have the chance to make somebody that happy, even if it means just holding their hand.

Life must have been so frustrating for Melody, and I hope that I have the chance to  help someone with disabilities.

 

We are reading Out Of My Mind as part of the Global Read-aloud. Global Read-aloud is a technology-run reading. All over the globe, schools are reading Out Of My Mind and talking about the book using Twitter, Skype, and other ways to communicate on a computer. Every day at our school, we read another couple chapters. The book is great, and I can see people getting inspired on every chapter. I think that my middle school might even try and have a school day where we don’t talk for the whole day. I think that it would be cool if we did that, because then we could try and feel like Melody for a day. I love reading the book, even though this is my sixth time reading it.

Global Read aloud

This year we are doing something something new to the middle school. We are doing the global read aloud. The global read aloud is a fun and creative event that a lot of other schools do also. How the global read aloud works is a lot of different schools read a book that the global read aloud picked. Schools do it so kids can get a taste of different styles of writing. The book that the global read aloud participants are reading this year is Out of my Mind by Sharon Draper. She is a very terrific author that makes you think about the main event that is going on in her book. Out of my Mind is very powerful book that makes you think that books aren’t always fiction but not about a true story, books can just be about something that is very much real.

 

The book is about a girl named Melody. She is not able to walk, talk, and does not have any control on her body. She can make some sounds but not complete words. She is able to point to things with her thumb on her board. You could call her paralyzed in some ways. It is very sad how she can’t do much. I couldn’t imagine being like that. I am happy for her now, she got a new wheelchair that is much more modern. The wheels are thicker and it is an electric wheelchair, too. and make is so that she can not feel as much as a shake when she goes over a bump. It is much heavier than her old one.  Her old one was very plain and wasn’t very comfortable. She finally got something nice to sit in. I am really happy that things are starting to lighten up for Melody, especially when you’re starting school again. You may know someone like Melody but you may not. If you do, you are lucky you get the experience to know someone different like that. Out of my Mind is a very interesting book. To me I feel like Melody is actually in my class, It’s like I am getting to know Melody as a real person with that kind of condition. It’s almost as if she was here in school with me.

I have read the book, so I know what is going to happen. Reading the book is making me think about it more. Before I finished reading the book, my prediction was that Melody finds a way to talk. I like how the book is written and I like how each chapter ends with a cliffhanger or a really good juicy ending. Out of all the books I have read, this book would definitely be one of my favorites. I think that Out of my Mind was a great book for the Global read aloud. For people that want to get into somebodies life that is much different than there’s, I would suggest giving this book a chance.