Journal 1/13: My Video Game Concept Idea

If I could design a video game, I would make a platformer game, similar to Super Mario Bros. It would maybe be in 2-D but 3-D also works. Levels in the game would be short, like 30 seconds to a minute to complete. In addition, it wouldn’t only be jumping and dashing, but also miniature puzzles, like pushing blocks to form a path to climb up, or a little game of Simon using colored crystals to open a door. There would be enemies that kill you on contact, so you have to avoid them. Also, bosses would be in the game with having ways to defeat them, like jumping on their head a certain amount of times, triggering light rays that shoot from crystals to zap the enemy, and one that couldn’t be killed, but you have to outrun it. Bosses would include some granite golem thing, a large hermit crab, and a Chinese Dragon looking thing.

Journal 1/11: My thoughts on the Martin Luther King, Jr. Quote

Faith is taking the first step even you don’t see the whole staircase.

Martin Luther King, Jr.

I think this quote is talking about how Faith is trusting something without seeing it, such as gods. It also talks about how it is ok to trust something new, so don’t avoid it instantly. We can use this principle in daily life by being nice to strangers when we first meet them.

How to Outline a Novel

Read the article linked below (do not watch the video, just read it). Then, summarize the five steps to writing an outline for a novel. After you have the five steps listed, you should write an outline for a novel you’d be excited to read!

Article: https://www.masterclass.com/articles/how-to-outline-your-novel#how-to-create-a-novel-outline


  1. Craft your Premise by deciding main character, conflict, the character’s motives, etc.
  2. Determine your Setting by figuring out the time and place where this story takes place.
  3. Get to know your characters by writing profiles or visualizing them. Another idea is to think of you’re introducing them to your friends.
  4. Construct your plot by figuring out your beginning, middle, and end of your novel.
  5. Write your scenes by adding important events to the outline.

A novel I’d be excited to read is a book about some sort of tragedy that happens at sea, kind of like Robinson Crusoe but the characters are children instead of adults. And all children, The Swiss Family Robinson doesn’t count. The enemy could be some sort of tribe of natives. It would happen in the era of the Titanic and big boats like that. Maybe have the kids be a teenage girl, slightly younger boy, elementary age boy, and a young girl? The beginning could have them crash on the island, the middle could have them find the natives, and the end could be them sailing home. Important events would include first shelter, first meal, and first native encounter.

  1. Premise: A group of children experience a tragedy at sea. They become stranded on an island.
  2. Setting: An island around the early 1900s.
  3. Characters:
    1. Teenage girl
      1. Always depressed, not much help since she wants to see her family again.
    2. Teenage boy slightly younger than the girl
      1. The real person who makes a lot of the stuff on the island. Wears wire-rimmed glasses.
    3. Elementary-age boy
      1. Misses his pet dog, Sparky. First one to discover life on the island.
    4. Infant girl
      1. Blond, cute.
    5. Native islanders who are cannibals (enemies)
  4. Construct your plot:
    1. Beginning: Ship crashes on the island
    2. Middle: Meeting native (enemy) islanders
    3. End: Sailing home
  5. Scenes: Important Events
    1. They figure out how to make their first meal of nuts and berries and stuff like that.
    2. They make their first shelter in a cave, with some leaves as beds.
    3. They meat the native islanders, who are actually cannibals and evil.

Journal 1/4: Resiliency and Grit

“Life doesn’t get easier or more forgiving, we get stronger and more resilient”

Think about this quote as you answer the following prompt: “How often do you give up doing something because it is difficult at first? What would your life be like if you always did that?


I used to give up doing stuff because it was hard a lot of the time, nearly every project I quit if it was even the slightest bit of difficulty. Now I don’t give up as much, usually sticking to a thing for around a few days until I crack and use a cheat sheet or walkthrough or something like that. My life would be very boring since I didn’t get any challenge if I kept on quitting everything, and that’s not fun.

Research and Presentation Project: Minecraft Research Paper

Minecraft is a video game made in 2009 by Markus Persson and his company, Mojang. It is sometimes called the greatest game of all time and ranked #13 on GoodHousekeeping’s list of best games in 2020.

Minecraft is a type of game called sandbox, meaning you can do whatever you want. There are two game modes: Survival and Creative. In Survival mode, you have to forage to find resources, such as wood to help you craft tools and stone to help you build a house or craft some complex machines. In Creative mode, you have an unlimited supply of materials without needing to find them. Survival mode also has monsters, such as zombies and skeletons, that will try to kill you. These creatures are passive in Creative mode. A third game mode called Hardcore is similar to Survival mode but more difficult. Monster in Hardcore mode are more powerful and you cannot come back to life after your player dies.

Minecraft was created by Markus Persson. Persson has an in-game avatar named “Notch”. He was 30 years old when he created Minecraft. Jens Bergensten, also known as “jeb_” in-game, was also a part of creating Minecraft. Bergensten served as a lead developer in Mojang Studios, the company Persson founded in 2009.

The current owner of Minecraft is Xbox Game Studios, a Microsoft company. Mojang Studios used to hold the rights to Minecraft, because they were the company that produced the game. In November 2014, Minecraft and Mojang Studios were acquired by Microsoft for 2,500,000,000 USD.

One of the things that makes Minecraft so popular is the fact that it is very flexible, meaning the game can be played in a lot of ways. Another reason for its popularity is the everlasting things you have to do in Survival Mode to thrive, meaning you need large amounts of time to do small things, getting the player more time in-game. The final reason it is popular is the discovery of the unknown, as no two worlds are the same, meaning you get a different experience every time you create a new land.

In short, Minecraft is a sandbox game with many different playstyles and a new experience every time. You could do something different every time you make a new world. There are also mods to customize your gameplay even more, giving you a virtually endless experience.

Research and Presentation Project: Gathering Facts on Minecraft

Now that you have identified sources for the questions you have about Minecraft, list 5 facts that address question you plan to answer in your report.


  1. What is Minecraft?
    1. Minecraft is a type of game called Sandbox, meaning you can do whatever you want.
    2. There are two game modes: Survival and Creative.
      1. In Survival, you have to find resources to survive and build.
      2. In Creative, you have unlimited materials and you don’t need to survive.
      3. There is also a game mode called Hardcore, which is Survival mode but harder.
  2. Who created it?
    1. Minecraft was created by Markus Persson, better known as Notch.
    2. Jens Bergensten, aka “Jeb” was also a part of creating Minecraft
    3. Mojang Studios, Markus’s company, is also known for creating Minecraft.
  3. Who is the current owner of Minecraft?
    1. The Current owner of Minecraft is Markus Persson, who also helped create it.
    2. Mojang Studios also holds the rights to Minecraft.
  4. What Company owns Minecraft?
    1. Mojang is the current company that owns Minecraft.
    2. Xbox Game Studios Owns Mojang.
    3. Xbox Game Studios is owned by MIcrosoft, Meaning Microsoft owns Minecraft
  5. Why is Minecraft such a popular game?
    1. One of the things that makes it so popular is the fact that it is very flexible, meaning you can do whatever.
    2. Another reason is the never-ending things you have to do in Survival Mode, meaning you need large amounts of time to do small things, getting the player more playtime.
    3. The final reason it is popular is the discovery of the unknown, as no two worlds are the same, meaning you get a different experience every time.

Research and Presentation Project: Gathering Facts on Roald Dahl

Now that you have identified sources for the questions you have about Roald Dahl, list 5 facts that address each of the 5 questions you plan to answer in your report.


  1. Who was Roald Dahl?
    1. Roald Dahl was a British novelist and short story writer.
    2. He also served as a Wartime Fighter Pilot
    3. He was born in Wales.
    4. He served in the Royal Air Force during the second World War.
    5. He was referred to as “One of the greatest storytellers for kids of the 20th century.”
  2. What books did he write?
    1. He wrote a total of 34 books.
    2. In 1961-64, he wrote two books: James and the Giant Peach and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.
    3. His first book was called “The Gremlins”
    4. His last book was called My Year, published in 1991
    5. He also wrote The Witches in 1983.
  3. How did his books impact the market?
    1. His Best-Selling Book is Charlie and The Chocolate Factory, with 990,711 copies sold.
  4. What are his books about?
    1. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is about a boy who is very poor. He sees many other kids who can afford to buy chocolate and they win the golden ticket to Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory.
    2. In Danny the Champion of the World, a young boy lives in a trailer near a gas station. Danny wonders where his dad goes at night, so he follows him and sees that his father is catching ducks (geese?) to anger the rich people who shoot geese for fun.
    3. Topics include:
      1. The dichotomy of rich and poor.
      2. Children, specifically young boys.
      3. One parent / non-traditional homes.
  5. Why did he die?
    1. Died from an illness, was admitted into a hospital and did not recover. {let’s fund out more here!}

Research and Presentation Project: Gathering Facts on Vegans

Now that you have identified sources for the questions you have about Vegans, list 5 facts that address question you plan to answer in your report.


  1. What is a Vegan?
    1. Veganism is a practice of not eating any animal products, and a philosophy that rejects animals being used as trade.
  2. What kinds of food do they eat?
    1. A Vegan diet includes all grains, beans, legumes, vegetables, fruits, and the combination of those.
  3. How many Vegans live in the word?
    1. There are around 75,300,000 vegans in the world.
  4. How do Vegans replace ingredients in food with other ingredients?
    1. They have alternatives for non-vegan foods, for example, Oat Milk instead of Regular Milk.
  5. Why do Vegans not eat Animal Products?
    1. They usually don’t eat animal products because they love animals and don’t want them to suffer.

12/10 Journal: I try to play fetch with my Dog

Use your iPad to take 5 photos. Use AirDrop to put them on your computer then upload them to this post. Insert each photo as an “Image” block and add a caption that tells a story.

The dog is sleepy….
Does the dog want to play fetch?
No?
Ok. The Dog can get pet instead.
Good Dog.

Research and Presentation Project: Research Topic Idea 3: Minecraft

Find data online and potential books we can reserve at the library to support your topic and the five questions you have about the topic from the brainstorm phase.


  1. What is Minecraft?
    1. Minecraft.net: What is Minecraft?
  2. Who created it?
    1. Wikipedia: Markus Persson
    2. Wikipedia: Jens Bergensten
  3. Who is the current owner of Minecraft?
    1. Wikipedia: Markus Persson
  4. What Company owns Minecraft?
    1. Wikipedia: Mojang Studios
  5. Why is Minecraft such a popular game?
    1. ConnectionsAcademy: Minecraft: Why is it so Popular!