Comparing a Dandelion to a Ski Lift… Hard or Easy?

This past week, I learned about comparing and contrasting in an essay. There are three ways to compare and contrast. We wrote down two people, places. or things, then threw them into the center of the room. Then, we had to walk into the center of the room and grab two pieces of paper and write about that. I got a dandelion and a ski lift. Two polar objects that have no relevance to each other. We then got to pick what format we wrote ours about. The block f, the point by point, or the “build up” format.

Here are the three types of formats along with the essay I wrote on contrasting and comparing a dandelion and a ski lift.

 

  • Block
    • The most common type of format, the block format is where you take object A or B, (for example a dandelion) and put all of the focus on that object. Then, when you introduce object B (ex. ski lift), you do a few sentences on it alone. Then, you immediately compare and contrast object B to object A.
  • Point by Point
    • The point by point format is where you take both object A and object B and find similarities and differences. Your strongest point goes last and you take object A and object B point by point.
  • The “Build Up”
    • The “Build Up” format is when there’s one huge point and you just build up on that one point you have. This can be challenging but the people in my class were able to do it perfectly.

I decided to do the block format for comparing and contrasting dandelions and ski lifts. The essay is down below :

Yellow flowers and the bare weeds with their seeds hanging onto an umbrella crowd the grassy lawns across Colorado. The bright dandelions reflect the sun’s golden smile on a hot summer day. Dandelions can survive weed sprayers, little children, and being mowed. Yet dandelions cannot survive the harshness winter brings. With the cold and unmoving air, comes children abandoning their grassy front yard filled with weeds for the harsh half-days up in the mountains skiing. Once skiing, families make their way to the mechanical machine that transports them up the mountain so they can just reset their progress; the ski lift. While dandelions can survive forever, these ski lifts stay open for ski season only and just help the weary up the snowy mountain.

Yet, ski lifts and dandelions have helped children create and reach their dreams. Little children gather bouquets of dandelions and wish on their desires and hopes by blowing the little white umbrellas into the ocean blue sky. Meanwhile, ski lifts transports some young children whose dreams are to either become Olympians or to become competitive skiers. Those dreams can be reached by the transportation in the sky or the weeds rooting up from the grassy meadows, nonetheless.  

Summer is Here!

The season of summer will be here next week! Woohoo! Here’s a little poem written by my sister to celebrate the arrival of summer.

SUMMER IS HERE!

a poem by: Ana Horvath

The season of school vacation and fun,
And the big and bright, big sun,
A time to relax and play,
Longer is the length of the day.
Walking on the beach,
Or eating a juicy peach,
Biking on a mountain trail,
Or aboard a cruise about to sail,
The grass and trees are beautiful and green,
When camping it’s a beautiful scene,
The thunder rumbles and the lightning crashes,
There are tennis matches and 100 meter dashes.
And even when the summer is gone,
It never stays away for long,
And even though the tan lines fade away,
The summer memories will always stay.

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How These Poems Got Lost

For English class we had to write these poetry books and I wrote mine about losing a book about poetry. One of the poems in this book is called how these poems got lost. If you want to see the rest of the book you can click here.

How These Poems Got Lost

I don’t know who ought to trust,

The lady on the beach is a lobster sunbathing,

Only if I must,

Or the man with a cap who’s eye was a telescope looking for nonsense

When I was looking away,

I really must say,

The accomplice of the man with the cap is very quite fast,

He snuck the book away like a robber with stolen money, running away

When I turned around I was sad to see

I lost these poems with no ease!

I looked high,

I looked low,

I guess I was too slow

Nearly I was not smart to know,

He had buried it into the sand!

The book was ruined,

The book wasn’t neat,

I was surely going to be cooked meat,

Meat fresh and ready to eat,

But I did not have time to weep,

The dots stained,

I threw the book away,

Into the ocean and off it went far, far, away,

The poems got lost because of me, you see

And this book still comes back to haunt me.

Trickster Trail

This is a following of an assignment I did in English. It was suppose to be about a fairy tale with the three elements in it.

  1. 90% human-free
  2. has to have a moral
  3. animals/inanimate objects get human qualities

I called mine Trickster Trail. It is about a coyote that lives on a path called Trickster Trail.  Her legs are super weak and her name is Amari. The moral of the story is that some times the person you don’t expect to come along on your path may become your friend.

 Trickster Trail     

            Once on a spooky trail lived a coyote by the name of Amari. Amari was cunning and sly. Whenever an animal would go on her trail Amari would yell, “Oh help, oh help! I have fallen in the path and I cannot get up!” The animal would go over to poor Amari and help her up and Amari would say, “Thank you, please stay for supper, please stay.” The animal would stay, and Amari meant well but she kept eating the animals for her supper. One day, in the late fall of 2001, when it started to rain, Amari was walking home with her basket of berries and mints when all of a sudden she fell. Amari cried, “Help me, help me! For my legs are too weak to carry me, I cannot get up!” Not very far away, a fox named Scarlett heard a yell on Trickster Trail. The fox smirked to herself as she walked through Trickster Trail with her head and tail held high. Scarlett saw Amari and said, “What is the trickster of the trail doing lying on her path? Where is your supper?” Amari clawed at the ground desperate to get up. The fox sat down next to Amari and helped her up. “Thank you fox, please stay for I am lonely and for sure I cannot eat you, you are almost my size!” The fox chuckled and agreed to stay with Amari. Amari was happy to have a new friend, and Scarlett helped Amari cook and clean her little home on Trickster Trail. For years Scarlett helped Amari, and Amari helped Scarlett. One day, Scarlett fell ill and could not stand or walk. Amari stood by fetching berries and checking over the fox. One fateful day, when Scarlett was still ill, humans came and set a match to Trickster Trail. Amari was walking past the burning trail with her basket of berries and mints for Scarlett. Amari dropped the basket when she saw her trail was burning, Scarlett was in there! Amari ran straight into the flames and ran to her den. Amari yelled, “Come on Scarlett let’s run! There is a fire!” Scarlett looked up with a heavy heart and replied, “Go Amari, I will be safe. I cannot move. You will die if you stay here. You are my best friend.” Amari snapped back, “No, I cannot leave you.” Amari crawled over to Scarlett and laid next to her. Scarlett curled up and so did Amari as the flames engulfed the small den in Trickster Trail. Fall soon turned into Winter, and Winter into Spring but everything was demolished on Trickster Trail. That spring, a wolf was walking past the den in Trickster Trail with her pups when she saw something unusual where the den would have been. Right where Scarlett and Amari curled up during the fire, embedded in the smoky dirt there were two clear glass heart beads filled with laughter and happiness on one side, and chaos on the other side. Ever since then, there have been reports of a fox and a coyote running around on Trickster Trail forever haunting the paths.

Meeting the Governor

Today I had an opportunity to go to a meeting with my family in Ravenbrick. I was fortunate enough to meet the governor, who was giving away grants to small businesses starting up in Colorado. My sister and I took photos of the wonderful event.Meeting the Governor

Ravenbrick is a small window company that makes smart windows. There are two panes with a thin film in between. The film is magical. When it is hot the color changes to keep the inside of the house cool. When it is cold, it doesn’t change and the heat is trapped inside your home. Ravenbrick was one of the recipients for the grants. After the meeting we snacked on blueberry scones and orange juice.

After the delicious snack break we went to meet the governor. He was very sweet and funny. We talked for a little bit and then it was time to go. Overall, the experience was wonderful because I got to attend a press conference. I also toured my first high-tech factory. And most importantly, I got to meet the governor. I am looking forward to going to these many other places and meeting wonderful people.