This week was our last writing course for the year. We started off by editing our own work by using the editing cheat sheet. The editing cheat sheet focused on what you want to look for in your writing or somebody else’s writing. Then we moved on to edit somebody else’s writing. Everyone found it harder to edit their work than someone else’s. Then Ratna gave us her opinion on all our stories. Next we moved on to inventing our own magic porthole. We had to draw it and describe it. Then we took a group photo.
This week in this writing course, we wrote some prompts that we liked, and disliked. We popped them in a bowl and everyone took out a prompt. We had a few minutes to write about this prompt. My prompt was, “the flowers looked like a rainbow.” I wrote a poem/horror story. My story has a big twist. Next we had to write a story using some objects. I had to write a romance story which is my least preferred genre to read and write about. It was tough, but I managed.
We were in chemistry class listening to background music that the school band was playing. Boom, boom ta! B-boom, boom ta, boom crash! Suddenly all the noise stopped. The class burst into sadness and sighs. The teacher had her back to us, so we listened to music through our MP3 players instead.
Problem: The digit sum for 95 is 9+5, or 14. How many two-digit numbers have a digit sum of 9.
Solution: The numbers that have a digit sum of 9 and are two-digit numbers are:
18, 27, 36, 45, 54, 63, 72, 81, 90.
So there are 9 two-digit numbers that have a digit sum of 9.
Problem: The digit sum for 195 is 1+9+5, or 15. The digit sum for 200 is 2+0+0, or 2. Find the two consecutive numbers that have a digit sum of 27 and 1.
Solution: 999 has a digit sum of 27. 1000 has a digit sum of 1. 999 and 1000 are consecutive numbers, so the answer is 999 and 1000.
As helped my dad pack his suitcase, a tear rolled down my cheek . “Dad, do you have to go to war?” I sobbed very heavily. The next day, my mum and I went to drop my dad off at the boat departure centre. After my dad left, all I did was watch the news hoping that something about the war between Gallipoli and Australia would appear. One month had passed. Nothing was on the news and my dad was due to arrive next month. The next moth came. He didn’t arrive. Many months had passed. He never came home.
I was playing netball
With my friend who is tall
She scored many baskets
Like many rockets
I tried to shoot like her
When suddenly I heard her kitten purr
Ouch the pain in my arm
Her kitten had scratched me in an alarm
I went screaming and screaming
Ting ting ting!
Call an ambulance, call an ambulance
Get these out of the way. These weird looking plants
Oh dear, oh dear
There’s blood everywhere!
The ambulance took me to the doctor
The doctor was so freaked out, he ended up getting a tractor
Aah, aah, aah!
I was scared
La la la la! I love autumn! I like skipping and splashing in the big puddles, I like sitting under the shady trees and making little huts; but best of all, I absolutely LOVE jumping in big piles of leaves. But once, I did not have much fun doing that because I accidently jumped in a pile of leaves that took my dad HOURS to pile up; so I, kind of had to clean up. One day, I skipped into a huge puddle that was pretty deep as well. I was drowning, but then, a lifeguard rescued me. Thank goodness.
Prediction: I predict that this problem solving question will be about working backwards.
Justification: I predict that this problem solving question will be about working backwards because of the last sentence.
Question: I think of a number, double it and then add 8. If the result is 40, what was the original number?
BIG question: What was the original number?
Solution: For this question, you have to work backwards and do inverse operations. Since 8 was added to a number to get 40, you have to subtract 8 from 40 to get the number that got doubled which is 32. Since the original number was doubled(multiplied by two), we have to do the opposite to 32, so we have to halve it which gives us the answer which is 16.
There has been a writing course starting at our school. Every Friday, a group of people do this course. It extends on their already extended writing and I am one of those people who do it on Fridays. Ratna, a book editor, is our teacher. She teaches us for two periods (two hours).
In our first week, we started off by doing a few six word memwires. Six word memwires are things that describe yourself in six words or less; but this would not be a six word memwire. “I am smart, small and kind.” This sentence may have six words, but you cannot list adjectives. This would be a six word memwire. “I am less a twin.” Here is a six word memwire that I wrote. “I do not write to amaze.” This means that I write for a passion, not to brag. Six word memwires can be interpreted in many different ways, for example: “No time to smell the roses.” This might mean that you are very busy and can’t spend time doing something you want at the moment. It could also mean that you are keeping yourself busy. It could even mean you’re tired and don’t want to smell the roses at the moment.
Our next writing activity was to make up a story on the spot. Someone would start the story by saying one sentence, and other people would add on to it as the story went along. It was a really fun activity, and some of the sentences were hilarious. Ratna said that we should slow things down a bit which made our second story much better than our first.
Last of all, we made up two sentence stories. We had to write a story using two sentences. Our story could be of any genre. I chose to do a horror story. This is my two sentence story: I was home alone, in the eerie silence in my bedroom, with the lights off, which made everything pitch black and spooky. Footsteps became louder every minute, until I knew; my world would end.
The first writing course was super fun and I am looking forward to the next one.