How to Fail 7th Grade

Note: I made this blog post with Katie so go check out her blog!

7th grade is not as easy as it looks. Here’s some advice from the best people with the most experience!

1- Time Management
If you’re assigned homework, NEVER do it right away. Always wait until 12:00 am the night before. Whether it is an easy worksheet or an important project, wait until the last minute! just procrastinate!

2- Tests
Whenever you take a test, always choose the wrong answer. If it’s a bubble sheet, make patterns! If it’s a written test, do the right work, but write the wrong answer. If possible, skip all the days of school that you have tests! This way you can fail all your tests!

3- Friends
If you have any friends, LOSE THEM IMMEDIATELY! They won’t help you at all in your lifetime. Become a loner and sit in the back corner of the classroom. Don’t make eye contact with anybody so you don’t have to socialize! You will be much better off without friends.

4- Locker
Have the messiest locker ever so you always turn up to class unprepared. Just stuff everything in your locker so you can’t find anything. This way you won’t have to deal with carrying your supplies from class to class. Your teachers will be so delighted when you show up empty handed.

5- Teachers
Whenever a teacher asked a question, always raise your hand and say the wrong answer! Or try to ask unrelated questions to stall class. Remember to make loud annoying noises during a lesson, like pencil tapping, whistling, and foot stomping. Your teachers will adore you!

Follow these steps and you will definitely ace your 7th grade year.

The Surprise Part 2

Read Part 1 for a better understanding of Part 2.

I cautiously climbed into the car, waiting for an explanation. My dad immediately stepped on the gas as if racing an invisible opponent. My mom turned towards the back seat to face me.

“Ok, while we were at Starbucks, we caught sight of a dog adoption at PetSmart. I know you’ve been begging for a dog ever since we moved to Texas, so your dad and I thought this would be a treat!” she said, smiling.

I sat there dumbfounded, thinking it couldn’t be true. My parents were letting me get a dog! I jumped up and down in my seat, impatiently waiting to get PetSmart.

Finally we pulled up to a huge tent outside of PetSmart filled with dogs waiting to be adopted. I sped out of the car heading straight toward the crowd of people hovering over the dogs. In the middle of the tent, there was a pen full of puppies. A little Golden Retriever caught my eye. As soon as I walked over to him, he started prancing around, waiting to be petted.

“Look!” I called to my parents, “I want this one!”

“Let’s give the other dogs a chance!” My dad said, chuckling.

I reluctantly left the puppy and looked at the other dogs. Lined up around the perimeter of the tent were all the other dogs. I felt bad because nobody was paying attention to them. I walked to the nearest cage and crouched down to get a better look. Inside, there was a frightend Miniature Pinscher cowering in the corner of the cage. I noticed he only had a bent stub for a tail. I looked into his wide eyes and suddenly realized he needed a loving home.

My mom and dad came over took one look, at the dog, and immediately went to go fill out papers for adoption. I carefully picked him up and read his name tag.

“Klaus,” I said out loud, “you’re one lucky pup!”

Klaus

Klaus

 

The Vulture

I wrote this poem inspired by a piano piece I’m playing called “The Vulture”. It’s a dark piece and I think this poem reflects it. I had fun writing this poem and I hope you enjoy it!

Inspired by “The Shark” by Edwin John Pratt

The Vulture

His body was huge
And menacing
And dark,
As he flew through the sky
He dived,
And picked up a rodent
That was skittering and small.
And I saw the swiftness of wings,
And a quick snap of a curved beak,
And black beady eyes,
Unblinking and mysterious.
Then swooping up from the ground,
With scary gracefulness
Flying with ease
Circling,
Smoothly,
He flew- That horrible bird,
Huge, menacing, dark,
Part predator, part shadow,
Part neither-for he is the Bird of Death.

The Road Not Taken

The Road Not Taken
By Robert Frost

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Pixabay CC0

Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth;
Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim,
Because it was grassy and wanted wear;
Though as for that the passing there
Had worn them really about the same,
And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I kept the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way,
I doubted if I should ever come back.
I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.
I chose this poem because it’s a good analogy of making desicions in life. The meaning in this poem is that when you have choices in life, do something that most people wouldn’t do. Think outside the box and look at your situation differently than others would. If you chose the unbeaten path, you may be surprised at what you find.

Three Places to Visit in Texas

Texas is the place visit if you are looking for fun, engaging, and exciting experience. These three places will be enjoyable for everyone.

franklin-mountains-state-park-213522_1280 (1)Franklin Mountains State Park

On 27,000 acres this park has spectacular views everywhere you look. Natural beauty is all around for you see, like McKelligon Canyon and Sneed’s Cory. From camping to rock climbing, there are many activities to chose from. Come here to enjoy the serenity of nature while having fun.

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The San Antonio River Walk

Surrounded by cool shops, tasty restaurants, and luxury hotels, the San Antonio River Walk has a little something for everyone. Hear the history of San Antonio by taking a boat tour on the river, or stroll along the river walk and listen to the hustle and bustle of the city.

cowboy-419083_1280King Ranch

If you want to experience the life cowboy come to King Ranch. Learn to ride a horse or go hunting to experience the genuine ranch life. You can also learn about Captain King, the former owner of King Ranch, and his life on the Texas frontier at a museum. With so many options, King Ranch is fun for the whole family.

All photos are from Pixabay CC0.

The Surprise Part 1

It was a bright and sunny Saturday morning. My parents and I were driving to San Antonio to visit my grandma and my cousins. I was excited to spend time with my cousins.

When we finally got to my grandma’s house, I rushed inside to say hi to everyone. My 7-year-old cousin, Austin, was the first to greet me.

“Let’s go play soccer!” he said immediately.

I barely had a chance to greet everybody else, before Austin dragged me outside into the heat. Austin ran to one side if the yard screaming, “I’m goalie! I’m goalie!” at the top of his lungs. He was excited to show me his new skills. Reluctantly, I grabbed the soccer ball and began attempting to make goals.

When we were done, I was so hungry I could’ve eaten an entire buffet. Fortunately, my aunt told me my parents went to Starbucks to pick us up something to eat. Unfortunately, I knew my parents would take forever. Exhausted from playing soccer, I sat down in the living room and went on my phone.

I finally looked up when I heard the garage door opening. It was music to my ears. I couldn’t wait to eat something.

“Finally food!” My cousins yelled, running to help my parents.

I stayed inside, not wanting to meet the summer heat again.

“Brooke!” Austin screamed.

“I’m staying right here and matter what, you can’t convince me.” I replied plainly before Austin had a chance to say anything.

“Well then I guess you don’t want a dog!” Austin said sticking his tongue out.

My eyes immediately popped up from my iPhone’s screen.

“Dog?” I asked curiously. What did Austin mean by getting a dog?

“Come on!” He urged, running out the front door.

I raced after him to find my parents waiting for me in the car with sly smiles on their faces.

Skiing

By the time our ride on the ski lift ended, I had somehow convinced myself that I was going to crash. I wanted to ride back down the lift to the ground where I felt nice and safe, but there was no turning back. There wasn’t any other way down other than a black, and there was no way I was going on a black leveled slope. I filled with dread as I read the sign that stated ‘Double Blue Slope’.

“You’ll be fine!” my family assured me.

I couldn’t stop shaking, and it wasn’t because of the cold air. Even though they kept on telling me that I was going to be ok, I didn’t feel ok! My stomach did a flip as I looked over the edge. The run looked like a nightmare. It was jammed pack with moguls, trees I would have to swerve by, and it was really steep. I closed my eyes as I tried to calm myself. Finally, I went.

I quickly opened my eyes to see that I actually was skiing down a double blue! I cautiously worked my way down the moguls, gracefully skied through the trees, and never even thought about how steep it was. I looked over to see my cousins right next to me.

“Race you down!” they yelled, already ahead.

I was determined to beat them. I bent down and tucked my poles under my arms. The world was a blur as I sped down the run. Snow painfully pecked at my face, but I didn’t care. I smiled as I realized I was way ahead. Before I knew it, I finished skiing down the slope.

My cousins skied up next to me with astonished looks on their faces.

“How did you beat us? I can’t believe it! You were so fast!” They ranted as we went to go put our skies away.

“I guess I really can go down double blues!” I replied excitedly.

Now that I know I can ski double blue leveled slopes, I can’t wait to ski more next year! You never know, maybe you’ll even see me on a black slope.

Girl Scout Cookie Milkshakes

I sat down in my room looking at the Girl Scout Cookies I had bought. I was tired of eating them by themselves. I wanted a new way to eat the tasty cookies. That’s when I came up with an magnificent idea! Why not make Girl Scout Cookie milkshakes?

I danced all the way to the kitchen, because milkshakes are the most terrific things that have ever been invented. So they’ll be even better combined with Girl Scout Cookies! I quickly got all the ingredients needed to make a milkshake. I just used milk, vanilla ice cream, and Thin Mints to my liking. If you want a exact measurements, I would use Bobby Flay’s milkshake recipe. Just add the cookies to the recipe. I just blended all the ingredients together in a blender until the milkshake had a creamy consistency. Then, I poured the milkshake into a cup.

The Girl Scout Cookie milkshake was so mouthwatering good, I made another two using different cookies! The milkshakes were a refreshing way to eat Girl Scout Cookies. All of my family was ecstatic when I poured another milkshake into their empty cups. I think the Girl Scout Cookies milkshakes were delectable, and I think you’ll love them just as much as I did!

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children Book Review

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children is about a boy named Jacob who is trying to figure his grandpa’s last wish after he dies. Jacob’s grandpa had always told him stories about a magical home for kids he lived in when he was a child. Jacob thought that the home was just for refugee kids from World War 2. When Jacob’s grandpa dies, he sets off to find out if the house and it’s stories are real. Jacob does find the home, but he was not prepared for what was inside.

I really recommend Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children if you want read a good suspenseful book. It has a really good plot line, and the author does a great job of keeping you on your toes. The book includes real photos from the 1940’s of the peculiar children keeping you wondering if the home might actually be out there. I definitely think it is a good read.

When I first picked up Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, I couldn’t put it down. I read it every chance I got. I don’t read suspenseful books very often but this book is one of my favorites. Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children is a book I think everybody should read.

My Christmas Break

My Christmas break was jammed pack. I only had three days to myself. It was pretty hectic but we also did a lot of fun things.

I started Christmas break getting ready for London. Not get myself ready, but our house. London was only a couple days away and we had so much to do. Before vacations, my family always tries to get the house as clean as possible. This means every nook and cranny has to be perfectly polished. Cleaning our house isn’t something that happens in just one day, but over the course of a couple of days. On top of that, Christmas was just around the corner, and I was not ready. I still had to bake cookies for a Christmas Eve party that was taking place at my cousin’s house. I was so tired by the time Christmas Day came.

On Christmas Day, I was ready to open presents and sleep on the plane ride to London. After every present had their wrapping paper ripped off, I ran up the stairs to pack for London. I had been so busy cleaning, I’d forgotten about packing a suitcase! I knew I needed to be quick because we were gong to drop off my dog at my grandma’s, who was all the way in San Antonio, and then rush straight to the airport. Fortunately, we made it to the airport in one piece.

The plane ride to London was quick to me because I slept the entire way. Once we got there, we did so many fun things. I got to see Stonehenge, take a tour of Buckingham Palace see the house that William Shakespeare grew up in, and a lot of other things. It went by so fast and I was sad to leave, but I was also a little glad because I was really worn out.

I just relaxed on the final three days until school. I was glad to be home and not do anything. Overall, even though my winter break had a pretty crazy schedule, but I had an awesome time and I can’t wait until the next one!

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