Picture I took of my dog, Tydus.
Coming from a family where you are always told to get good grades and study, and being a 7th grader that knows how hard it’s going to be in the future, I think that it’s very important for middle schoolers to schedule personal downtime in their busy schedules.
This isn’t a new concept. In some countries, they take mid-day siestas and close down shops. In this time, they can do whatever they need to do. They could also just relax, and do something that uses absolutely no brain power.
My friends and I are so busy with our out of school activities, while maintaining our grades in school, that we can get overwhelmed. It’s great to take a break every once in a while to reset your state of mind and get rid of stress.
I have downtime after I finish my homework or after my robotics meetings. One of my favorite things to do during my break is draw. It doesn’t require any thinking, and you can just let your hand move. You might be proud of what you make. Other things you can try are watching shows, being with friends, reading a book, taking a nap, and listening to your favorite music.
I find that after a nice break, I’m more alert and focused when I need to start another activity. I think every middle schooler should put personal break times into their weekly schedule.
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This is a post for a school project… A description of the Phantom of the Opera’s Lair!
The Phantom’s Lair
The phantom sat in box five of the opera house, gazing at the empty stage that Christine had just sung on that night. He turns and disappears into a long empty hallway which leads to a hidden door. It’s the pathway from the surface into his dreary underground home.
Everything’s the same, dark.
His steps fall heavily on the damp floors, and he is surrounded by darkness. The only sounds he hears is the slow dripping water drops coming from leaky cracks above. He continues moving forward to a mystical underground lake. One boat on the shore waiting to float on the waves. The stench of rotting rat flesh makes the air heavy, but the Phantom is used to that by now. It is his lair after all.
He rides the boat to a small island in the middle of the lake that houses two thrones. Both dusty, one is worn out and the other one particularly old and unused. He takes his place on the worn out throne and looks longingly to his side…
To see where the love of his life refused to sit.
Something from Nothing
A Black hole
in the mind,
Trapping all ideas,
with no hope of breaking free.
Forever not knowing what to write.
What a cruel thing,
This black hole is.
A loss of thought
By the name of writer’s block.
That won’t do…
Who would have known?
I think I just finished my poem.
I came up with this idea, while having a severe writer’s block. I was actually 2 days late in the beginning stages of writing a poem, for I hadn’t put a single letter on a page. Then I literally got the idea to start writing about how brain-dead I felt at that moment. When the poem actually started coming together, I thought, “Wow. I wrote half of a decent poem.” And that is how I had the idea for the twist at the end.
I always liked the idea of breaking the 4th wall, so I thought that the twist should be that someone is writing about not being able to write, and by the end, the person realizes that they’ve completed a poem. I also wanted people to get the irony as a reaction from it.