A Life Long Story

Finding a better life

We lived in a small house with no floor, only dirt, no heating, only a fire under the cooking pot, and not enough food to not be hungry. When ever I told mom I was hungry she always gave me an olive pit to suck on and it always helped. My father had already moved to America to make money and send some to us to help us get by. I don’t remember much of my father since he left when I was small. The only thing I remember is his big mustache.  It was time to join him, I remember my grandmother was saying that I will never remember where I came from when I moved to America. When I eat the food there I will forget. I promised her I would never forget where I had came from. We went by horse drawn carriage to the steamship station, we had to wait 3 day until the the ship arrived. We were on the lowest deck. My sisters took me out on the deck. When I looked up there were rich ladies with big hats on- -people used to say that America had streets of gold I knew my sisters would look like that someday. On the ship there were rumors that in America when you get off the ship there were men that stuck button hooks in your eyes, I was afraid of that. The button hook man gave me man nightmares. But at that time there were bigger problems. A storm had hit the ship. The boat bucked like a horse. I saw a lot of sailors praying to Saint Christopher who is known to protect travelers. People started to throw coins in the water with Saint Christopher face on it. But after 3 days it stopped.

 

When we got to America

It took us 19 days to go to America. On the 19th day people started screaming La Statua della Libertà! I ran to the deck and saw it, New York. When we got of the boat there was a person selling fruit. Our neighbor bought us all a banana. That was my first time eating a banana. I took one big bite, it was tough, and sour, and bad. I spit it out. I didn’t know you were supposed to peel it. When we got to customs someone told us that they had to look for eye disease and they were going to look under our eye lids. That means the buttonhooks man was real. When we were walking through customs I was crying because of the buttonhook man- -when I saw him I screamed. He grabbed me and he rolled up my eyelid up and said ‘Red, he can’t come in.’ My mother fainted when she heard the news. My oldest sister found a doctor that spoke our language and he checked a bit later and said I could pass. My father met us and everyone cried. I knew he was my father because of his mustache. He took us on a train to a different part of America to work. The next day we started working in canneries. All 7 of us cutting fish- – all day a man watching over us to make sure we weren’t slowing down. They also only gave us falling apart sheds to live in. Canning fish. Sorting peaches. Shelving peas. Then down south, peeling shrimp and opening oyster shells. When there was work we moved. We moved so much I don’t remember all the places I had lived. Instead of jewels, my mother and my sisters had fish scales on their arms. When we went down the street and pass the grocery, the people that bought the cans we produced wouldn’t look at us. Some people didn’t want us here so they would throw rocks. That is how I lost my first tooth.

 

When things got a little better

My first baseball game. Me and my dad up in the stands.The stands smell of sweat and popcorn. The game was confusing. Each man would hit a ball with a stick than run- in a large square. When the man runs over the last corner everyone stands up. It was probably a point. But most of the time they would run then stop and lose. It was just as crazy as the people that live here. But it was heaven not to be working and sitting there with my dad. After three hours the game was over. I was still confused but it was fun. When my dad and I walked out I saw a shiny thing in the grass. I walk over and I see a quarter. This meant we could go again- -I could not wate. It was like a lump of gold people said we would find here. When I was 8 we got our first apartment all of us rolled cigars at the kitchen table. The apartment always smelled like tobacco after that.  A few years later we switched to shelling nuts for restaurants, day and night. Then my father got hired at a factory in Pittsburgh making rail round parts. My sisters worked at a sewing factory. My mother told me I should go to school, she noticed that I would see the circus sighs and I would copy the letters from them. I didn’t want to go to school, I liked my job and the American kids would make fun of me. But I couldn’t argue with my mom so I went to school. English seemed to be just as crazy as baseball. I had to sit with the little kids and they made fun of my accent but I learned how to read and to write. What my teachers taught me during the day I taught my sisters at night. Then I went to a different school where I learned typesetting. And I became a printer. After 30 years of printing I opened a bookstore. And that is where I am now.

Parent Letter

Dear Mama and Tata,

In this letter I will be talking about my learning habits and how I am doing in general with academic support. Academic support is the class where I get time to do my school work. We also learn about vocabulary that helps me read better. I also meet with Mr. Creighton about my reading and writing progress.

I use Google Classroom and Google Calendar to helps me keep track of homework and assessments like tests and papers. This is working for me but sometimes it might not work because some teachers don’t use Google Calendar so I have to rely on Google Classroom. Which is fine but you never know. My goal is to not miss any homework, assignment, or papers for the rest of the semester.

I think reading independently is very important because I learn good books and find good series. It is also important because I get to learn new words and how to spell words too. I have read 8 books in the in this semester so far. I don’t really have a goal to read a lot of books this year. I want to focus on my writing this semester. I will still read don’t get me wrong I love to read but I had a really good story idea.

My strongest learning habit is being collaboration because I help kids in class and I am nice to most students. Also I defend my friends when they need help. Well I don’t have a learning habit than I am not pertieraly not good at. Most of them are consistently and I think one of them is usually. For the rest of the semester I want to get all of my learning habits all consistently.

Love,

Sanya

Parent Letter

Dear Mama and Tata, 
In this letter I will be talking about my learning habits and how I am doing in general with academic support. Academic support is the class where I get time to do my school work. We also do other things like spelling and organization. I also meet with Mr. Creighton about my reading and writing progress.
I use Google Classroom and Google Calendar to helps me keep track of homework and events coming up assessments like tests and papers. This is working for me but sometimes it might not work because some teachers don’t use Google Calendar so I have to rely on Google Classroom. Which is fine but you never know. My goal is to not miss any homework, assignment, or papers for the rest of the semester.
I think reading independently is very important because I get to learn good books and find good series. It is also important because I get to learn new words and how to spell words too. I have read 7 books in the school year so far. My goal for the end of the semester is have read 20 books. 
My parents motivates me to be a better learner. My strongest learning habit is being Respectful because I don’t talk a lot when the teacher is talking and I raise my hand and I wait to be called on. One learning habit I would like to work on is collaboration because I don’t collaborate well with other kids, I like working alone better. For the rest of the semester I want to get Meeting or Extending for all of my classes. 
Love,

Sanya 

Catapult Challenge 

The purpose of the activitie is to seem how people built catapults in Ancient Greece. The steps my group took to build it is

  • We drew a design 
  • Then we gathered materials 
  • Then we built the catapults
  • The we took three tests
  • After tests we made adjustments 

Reflection Academic Support 

In academic support I have improved a lot since the beginning of the year. In academic support my goals is to achieve better grades and do all of my homework. Also keep the good work in science because I have gotten good grades and have not missed anything!
Keeping up my learning habits is a big part of being a good student. I feel best about all of my learning habits because I have gotten all constantly in all of my classes. I consistently work hard in academic support by doing harder math problems and doing homework. I want to be an amazing student, because it feels good to learn and do the best I can. 
I am most proud of my learning habits and my ability to learn harder things in math that are in in 7 and 8 grade. I am also doing more extension problems. I’m also proud of my reading because I have improved I know it shows that I am willing to do difficult work when I put my mind to it.
I would like to work on getting all of my work on time and reading and writing more. I will accomplish my goal by setting a time to when I need to read and when I need to write. Also I will spend more time time on my homework and less time on my phone. 
All in all, I feel pretty good about how I’m doing in academic support. I use my time well, work hard, and I get work done. I could improve on turning in work on time, but I am making progress there too. I am proud of my math work but I need to work on my reading. If I keep up the work than I will be ready for 7 grade!

Delhi Out And About 

1.What did you learned in this class?I learned about the 7 cities of Delhi Siri, Tughlqabad, Jahanpanah, Firozobad, Purana Qila, Shahjahanabad. I also learned about history of Gandhi’s life. Also learned by visiting other popular sites.

2.Write about the projects you did in class?

I did a video about one of the 7 cities and Gandhi. 

3.Write about the field trips you did in this class?

It would The first field trip was to Kutmanir, then we went to the Gandhi Spirit and last we went to Dilli Haat.

The Great wall of China 

The great wall of China,

Research 

The Great Wall of china was made in the Qin dynasty 221 B.C – 206 B.C. He was the first emperor of China. Many workers were taken from their families to work on it. As a result many people died and their body’s were made into the structure. Some rumours were that people could see it from the moon with a naked eye. But they were wrong even though it is the biggest man made structure which is 8,851.8 kilometers long, it can only be seen from space with a telescope. The Great Wall Of China was built out of sandstone and other stones. The purpose of the Great Wall Of China is to protect people and territory from invasion. The counteral universal is government.