Hello Again

     Hello again, it’s my second year of writing on my blog.  As you already know, my name is Joan. I live in a little town in Manitoba Canada. Now I’m in grade eight, and it is a lot different because we are in a different classroom, and a different hallway. This year it going to be interesting, but I can’t wait till next year!

     After school I like to go golfing with my friends, and triple on Syd’s bike. By triple on Syd’s bike I mean, my sister, Syd and me all ride on  Syd’s bike. It’s lots of fun! I love playing Call of Duty, I can’t wait for MW3! My favourite colour is purple and lime green. My favourite book is The Last Song. My two favourite sports are golfing and hockey. My favourite t.v shows are Pretty Little Liars, Family Guy, The Cleveland Show, Degrassi, American Dad and The Ellen Degeneres Show. My friends that I hang out with are Syd, Brady, Austin, Logan, Cole, KadeRiley and Jordan. I love summer and winter, but I’m not a fan of fall or spring!

     Looking forward to another exciting year in Mr. Fisher’s class. I am also looking forward to working with the class in Wingham again!


The End of The Wave

These chapters are very interesting, more action than any other chapters. As I said last time, the chapters just keep getting better.

At the beginning of these chapters, Laurie went to the football game. She wanted to go up, higher in the stands. But she had to give The Wave salute or she wasn’t allowed to go up. Brad was the one who won’t let her go by. But Laurie wouldn’t give the salute.

Laurie had the meeting at her house, and of course, not  all of the members of the paper came. They wrote about The Wave, and how it was bad to be a member. Laurie showed Amy the paper, and she didn’t like it at all. Never have the school paper been scooped up so fast. Amy thinks that Laurie doesn’t like The Wave because she is not the only smart, popular one.

A bunch of Wave members from Mr. Ross’s class were talking and they want Laurie to stop writing bad things about The Wave. So Brian told David to go and talk to Laurie after school.

When Christy got home from school, she had to talk to Ben. She really wanted Ben to stop The Wave. Ben told Christy he will, but he needs them to learn a lesson first, so he needs some time. Back at the school, The Grapevine staff was having a party to celebrate the successful issue about The Wave. Laurie was the one who had to clean up after. When she was done, she went to her locker and one it was the word enemy, she turned around and started for the door. She her footsteps getting faster so she ran out the doors and as far as she could.

David and Brian were waiting for her to walk by, so David could talk to her. Laurie didn’t want to talk to him, which was making him mad. So he threw Laurie to the ground, but with the intention of The Wave. He was sorry the second he did it.

Laurie and David then showed up (late) at Ben’s house. They too told him he needed to stop The Wave. Mr. Ross wanted to know 2 students that were never part of The Wave, with that, Mr. Ross told them that no one could know that they were here. Then the students left.

The next day at school, Laurie and David interrupted the class, so they had to go to the office. Mr. Ross told the class, there would be a rally for Wave members only. Laurie and David both didn’t want to go. So they left school to go to the park, but when they were there, Laurie realized that they needed to go back.

At first Laurie and David couldn’t get in, but finally they got in. Just in time to hear what Mr. Ross had to say. Mr. Ross said the leader was Hitler. The lesson was that bad history can happen again, it was close to happening. Mr. Ross said he was sorry that it went so far, but he hopes it was a well learned lesson. Everyone left, but there was still Robert there, and he was sad. Mr. Ross then asked Robert to go get a bite to eat. Robert was changed from The Wave, and for the good.

There was one good thing about The Wave. It changed Robert and that was a good thing. He had a social life before, that he didn’t have before. The Wave was a terrible place, it was bad to be a member (in the end). But not for Robert, that is where he made friends, he felt like someone when he was in The Wave. Mr. Ross always seemed to have faith in Robert, even when he was weird. Like at the beginning of the book, Mr. Ross told Robert that no one expected him to be like his brother. It just seemed that throughout the book, Mr. Ross’s favourite student was Robert, even if he didn’t do good in his class.

At the beginning of the book, I thought it was going to be about the Nazis. But then in the middle I thought it wasn’t going to be about the Nazis. In the end, my prediction was right! But that was pretty much the only prediction that came true out of all of my predictions. I thought that Mr. Ross would lose his job, he didn’t, but he was sure close to it. Principal Owens was pretty mad at Mr. Ross about all of the complaints. I was pretty surprised that he didn’t lose his job.

It was very interesting how Mr. Ross ended The Wave. I thought Mr. Ross was just going to tell all of the students on the intercom, that The Wave is over. Throughout the book, I didn’t think Mr. Ross knew what he was doing. But he did in the end, it was a well learned lesson for the students. I thought he was like the bad guy in the book, but he turned out to be prettygood. When Mr. Ross told the members that the leader was Hitler. I wonder what they thought at that moment? I think they would seem very confused. 

This was a very interesting book. One of the most interesting part of this book, is that it was based on a true story. I recommend this book to anyone who wants a short and interesting book.

The Wave- The Experiment That Went Too Far

In this set of reading, it really shows the classroom experiment that went too far (like on the cover).

In these chapters, Ben thought about expansion of The Wave. The Wave is not only in the senior history class, it has expanded around the school. Ben thinks it is interesting that his experiment could help the football team to win.

Mrs. Saunders is worried about Laurie taking The Wave too seriously. But Laurie keeps on tell her mom that she isn’t, but her mom is still worried.

In these chapters we meet the principal of the school, Principal Owens. He wanted to talk to Ben about The Wave. When Ben was walking to the principal’s office, there was students putting up posters and saluting to him. Owens doesn’t really know if The Wave is such a good idea. But mostly, he just doesn’t want any complaints.  On his way back, Robert was following him. Robert wanted to make sure that ‘the leader’ of The Wave was safe. Robert is now Ben’s bodyguard.

While Laurie was sitting in the publications office, a white envelope was on the floor. She opened it and inside was a note from a junior. There wasn’t a name on it anywhere. Laurie read the note, it was about a junior who wasn’t a member of The Wave. A senior tried to pressure him/her into joining like the rest of his friends. On the note he/she said, that the senior said to him, if he doesn’t join then he would be too late. The person wanted to know, “Too late for what?”

At the end of these chapters Laurie seen Brian and another boy fighting, they were punching each other. David told Laurie that he was Deutsch. He wasn’t a member of The Wave and he wanted to take Brian’s position as the quarterback. Laurie and David then started fighting about The Wave and David told Laurie to go find a new boyfriend.

Laurie, Alex and Carl are going to have a non Wave member meeting at Laurie’s house on Sunday at two o’clock. When Laurie went home her dad came into her room and told her that some kids were beating up a Jewish kid. Laurie told her dad that The Wave was not ment to be like the Nazis.

Last week my prediction was that Laurie and David would break up, and they did. I thought that they would break up because David it taking The Wave way more serious than it should be taking. Laurie told her mom that she doesn’t take The Wave seriously, which I think, is a good thing. The hint that made me wonder if they would stay together was, David didn’t come over to study like he usually does. I think it is a good thing that Laurie and David broke up because it seems that David always seemed more into football and The Wave than into her.

My predictions for the next set of chapters are that Mr. Ross will lose his job. I think that there will be a bunch of parent that come and complain about The Wave. In this set of chapters, Principal Owens made it clear that he didn’t want any complaints. So if parents come to complain about The Wave, Owens will get mad and Mr. Ross will lose his job.

I also predict that the junior who wrote Laurie that not in the envelope will show up at Laurie’s house for the meeting. During the time that Laurie, Alex and Carl were making the plans for the meeting, the Wave-rally (pep-rally) was going on. Since this junior isn’t a member, he/she probably didn’t go. So he could have been listening to them talk. It’s a book, anything can happen.

As we read each set of chapters, they just keep getting more and more interesting.

The Wave- Second Set

This week, our class read chapters 5-8. In these chapters, a lot more happened then the last set of chapters we read. This book is getting a lot more interesting.

In the beginning of these chapters, it started in Mr. Ross’s history class. Mr. Ross started off the class with writing on the blackboard: STRENGTH THROUGH DISCIPLINE. Mr. Ross made everyone sit in their desks with great posture. Robert not only participated in this activity, but did it the best. Mr. Ross then came up with three rules: First, everyone needed pencils and paper for taking notes. Two, when they answer a question, they had to get up and stand beside their desk. Three, before answering a question, they have to first say, “Mr. Ross.”

Mr. Ross then started asking random students to answer history questions. After that day was done, Mr. Ross told Christy that tomorrow they had to start learning about the Japanese campaign. But the next day the students sat in their desks with great posture, without being told. They also followed the rules, without being told.

The class is now known as The Wave. Mr. Ross then made mottoes, a salute and a symbol, all to represent The Wave. David now wants the football team to be like The Wave, so that they act as a team.

Laurie told her parents all about The Wave, but he mom doesn’t think it’s a good idea. Mr. Ross and Christy were also talking about The Wave, and how it has changed the entire class. So far it has changed them for the better.

The next day when the kids went to school, Mr. Ross handed all the students membership cards. Brian and Robert had a red X on the back on them, which meant that they are the ones who tell Mr. Ross when the other members of The Wave didn’t obey the rules. Later on that day, all of the members of The Wave sat at the same table at lunch. All the students talked about The Wave, they all seemed to like it. Then Laurie said that she didn’t know if she like being part of The Wave.

The character that I like the least, would have to be David. I don’t really like David because he seems mean and bossy. First, he took Mr. Ross’s idea of The Wave. Although he stole it for the football team to act as a team. He could have come up with something else, with the same idea. He seems very bossy and controlling. He seems bossy because he tells all of the members of The Wave what to do (out of Mr. Ross’s class). He acts like he knows everything about everything. But he can also be very sweet, and when he wants something, he’ll try hard to get it. For example: He really liked Laurie, they started dating because of David walking with her almost every day to school. He wanted Laurie to be his girlfriend and he succeeded. He wanted the football team to act like a team, with Mr. Ross’s idea, he seems to be getting there. Everyone seemed to like the idea. David wants to be an engineer and he seems to be getting there, talking with Laurie’s dad and taking calculus.

The Wave is now known as a group because they have a lot of the kinds of thing that groups should have. This group has a name, they are known as The Wave. The Wave has a salute, it is: cup your right hand in the shape of a wave, then tap it against your left shoulder and hold it upright. They have mottos, which are: “Strength Through Discipline, “Strength Through Community, Strength Through Action.”
They also have membership cards, and a leader and it’s followers. Finally, they have a symbol, a circle with waves inside (just like on the cover of the book). Mr. Ross said their symbol represents the pattern of change and it has movement, direction and impact.

This book is not what I expected, but it is still a good book. I thought it would have more to do with the Nazis.

The Wave, The Beginning of the Book

Our class is reading a book called The Wave. The author of the book is Todd Strasser. The Wave is based on a true story, an incident in a high school in California, 1969. We were assigned to read chapters 1-4 then write a blog post about it. 

In these chapters, it is mostly about meeting the characters. In these chapters we met quite a few characters. First we met Laurie, she is a pretty girl with light-brown hair. Laurie is the publications officer for the school paper, The Gordon Grapevine. Alex and Carl, two of the biggest practical jokers in Gordon High, also work for the school paper. Laurie’s best friend is Amy, who we also met these chapters.

In these chapters we met two characters who play on the school’s football team. One named David, who is Laurie’s boyfriend, and Brian, who is the quarterback of the team.

All of these characters are students at Gordon High School. They also all take Mr. Ross’s (Ben Ross) history class. Ben has a wife and her name is Christy. Also Robert, a really weird student, takes Mr. Ross’s history class.

Besides meeting the characters, these chapters were about Mr. Ross’s class. In his class the students watched a documentary on the Nazis and the concentration camps. Mr. Ross told the students all about that time period, Adolf Hitler, when and where it took place, and more. This documentary really disturbed  some of the students! After the documentary, some of the students asked questions on it, but Mr. Ross couldn’t answer all of them. Questions that were about, why didn’t someone try to stop them. The fact that he couldn’t answer some of the questions really bothered him. After going home, reading book after book on Nazis, he came up with an idea. He was going to give his class a taste of what life was like in Nazis Germany.

When they watched the documentary on Nazis Germany was my favourite part of these chapters. It was my favourite part because I loved learning about that kind of stuff. It is scary to think about what happened. I find it exciting to learn about it because it was such a crazy thing that happened. It is not like learning other social studies units, it’s different. Learning about World War 2 is my favourite social studies unit. It was a very bad thing that Hitler did. But it is a very important part of history, that we can’t let happen again.

I like books with beginnings that are fast. I don’t like a slow starting, I just want to be immediately interested in the book. I would much rather a book that jumps right into the exciting part, than a book with lots of detail at the beginning, then gets into the interesting part. I like the way this book starts off, I liked the book after just reading a couple of chapters. This book started off describing the characters, but it didn’t have so much detail that I became bored with the book.

I like to read novels about the WW2 time period. I love the book, The Boy in the Stripped Pajamas, it is about a boy who meets another boy in a concentration camp. Mr. Ross is going to give the students a taste of what it was like to live in Nazis Germany, sounds like an exciting book so far.

PS3 Hacked by George Hotz

PlayStation hackers are being sued by Sony, for publishing how to bypass the security features on the PlayStation 3 game console. Now that it has been hacked, people are able to get games, for free. The PS3 was considered the most secure games console ever built.

To hack this console you need a Sony’s digital signature, using a pair of keys. One of those keys is called the root key. George Hotz figured out Sony root key for the PS3 and then, was able to trick the PS3 into applying Sony signatures to any file.

Here is what George Hotz has to say about this:
“I am a firm believer in digital rights. I would expect a company that prides itself on intellectual property to be well versed in the provisions of the law, so I am disappointed in Sony’s current action. I have spoken with legal counsel and I feel comfortable that Sony’s action against me doesn’t have any basis.”

I think this is wrong, it is wrong to hack anything. Also in this article, it mentions that in 2007 George Hotz unlocked the Apple’s iPhone.

There was a comment on the bottom about, now will they come out with PS4. Then someone answered it, they said that xbox has been hacked for a long time. But games are still being bought. While I was reading the article, I was wondering this too. Eventhough PS3 has been hacked, doesn’t mean people aren’t going to buy the games.

For more information, you can go to: http://www.newscientist.com/article/dn19973-sony-sues-over-ps3-encryption-hack.html?DCMP=OTC-rss&nsref=science-in-society

Liesel’s Life of Conflict

When we started reading The Book Thief, I didn’t get it. I didn’t understand the book at all and I thought it was weird. It was always a book full of conflict. The main character is Liesel Memminger. Liesel is a foster child, who moved in with the Hubermann’s. Liesel has conflict with herself and others.

She has conflict with herself because of guilt. Liesel steals stuff all the time. She steals book and food, with her friend Rudy. The guilt of stealing her first book. I don’t think she feels as much guilt as she used to when she stole the first book.

She has conflict with others because  Liesel got into a  fight with kids at school. This part was early in the book. When she used to do something wrong she would get a beating and yelled at by her forter-mother. But later on in the book, Liesel doesn’t get beat anymore. The foster-mother changes because of Max.

Max is a Jew who was hiding in the Hubermann’s basement. Leisel thinks of Max as a brother, because her real brother died.

This book is really powerful and interesting. This is a great book, full of conflict. I recommend this book to anyone who wants to read a great, exciting book.