We The People | These Are Your Rights by: Adam Lambert

Song


Q&A

To me, the most important right for a citizen to have is the right to not have soldiers quarter in your house (amendment 3.) I think this because you can’t just let soldiers live in your house and you can’t babysit them. Another reason is that they need food which is using your money which again is not fair to an everyday citizen. I think the most important right for a student to have is the freedom of speech. I think this is important for students because it gives them the power to make a change in the world. Another reason I think this is true is that students need to say to the world what they think and what can be improved into a new and improved world.

I think all citizens should have the same rights because if some people don’t have the rights that other people have then that will create a lot of chaos in the world. After all, some people will want other rights that they don’t have.

I think that the right to bear arms should be limited because you don’t need weapons everywhere you go to protect yourself. Also, I do not agree with the open carry law in some states for the same exact reason.

I think that we should have the right for people under 18 to have a say in politics. For example, kids can have big knowledge about politics because we have more advanced learning strategies in school than in the ’70s or ’80s for example.


Lyrics

Back before 1789

We had to make the constitution a law

But I refused to sign on the line

Until we had amended a flaw

A big one

See, we just had a king who was crazy with power

We fought a whole war to break free

I said, “You want me to sign it, we’ve gotta refine it

So it can’t be used against me

Let’s limit what this government can do

(Let’s limit what this government can do)

And make sure it always works for me and you!”

(Make sure it always works for me and you)

These are your rights!

I wrote ’em down!

So that you’ll never bow down to a crown

These are freedoms you have every day

Because of the Bill of Rights

No one can take ’em away ([?])

Number ONE!

We made a glorious mess (We made a glorious mess)

And gave the people freedom of speech (Gave the people freedom of speech)

We also did the same for the press

And for all religions, you wanna preach

The second amendment’s the right to bear arms

Which were very different back in my day

Today’s guns have led to a raging debate

And everybody must have their say

Number three – we all don’t know so well

It says soldiers cannot use our homes as their hotel

These are your rights!

Hip hip hooray

They make the USA the USA

It’s a good start but there’s many more

What are we up to, three?

Let’s start into four

The cops can’t enter your home

Unless they have a reason and a warrant to look

They can’t take away your stuff or tap your phone

If they do, they have to go by the book

Everyone’s heard of pleading the fifth

They get that from amendment five (The right to stay silent)

Then there’s due process, the right to a trial

Six and seven keep justice alive

Number eight is a simple and serious rule

That if you are punished it cannot be cruel

My favorite amendment’s nine and ten

Say all other rights

Not mentioned here

Revert to the people again

(And there’s been more amendments, the constitution’s never done)

These are your rights

They keep you free

They keep our country a democracy

People test them every day; it’s true

That’s where it comes to you

These are your rights

Learn what they are

They may not be perfect but they’ve worked so far

In a world that’s changing every day

We gotta keep up the fight

They’re your Bill of Rights!

For your Bill of Rights!

Don’t let ’em take ’em away

We The People | Stronger by: Janelle Monáe

Lyrics Analysis

To me, the song means that no matter what happens in life we always get stronger. For example, the song states “Every time you think we get a little weak, we get a little bit stronger!” This is important because even at the darkest times we never give up and we always just get stronger and stronger. The chorus makes me feel really happy on the inside because it has such a good tone to it and the lyrics are really powerful. The lyrics are very powerful because she is using a lot of confidence in the chorus and even in the whole song. This proves that Janelle Monáe cares a lot about the fact that everyone gets stronger every day. That is what I think of the song Stronger from We The People! I really enjoy this and I hope you enjoy the song! Bye!


Stronger Lyrics:

[Verse 1]

Most of my friends want a little peace

Some of my friends want a little solace

Even when we struggle and we get kicked down

We pick each other up with a little polish

All of my friends want a legacy

Don’t wanna be left out

Every time you think we get a little weak

We get a little bit stronger

[Chorus]

Ah, we the people, we the people

The people getting stronger

Ah, we the people, we the people

The people getting stronger

Ah, we the people

The people getting stronger

And every time you think we get a little weak

We get a little bit stronger

[Verse 2]

Some of my friends taught me how to dream

Some of my friends taught me how to fight

Even those times when we don’t agree

We know we all tryna slay the same giant

We don’t want the life without the liberty

Not gonna be left out

Every time you think we get you got the best of me

We get a little bit stronger

[Chorus]

Ah, we the people, we the people

The people getting stronger

Ah, we the people, we the people

The people getting stronger

Ah, we the people

The people getting stronger

And every time you think we get a little weak

We get a little bit stronger

[Verse 3]

Now they cast their votes ’cause the people wanna speak

And they check and they balance ’cause the people wanna eat

And they due process ’cause they seek equality

And we pay for the world so the people in the streets

And they love America, where the people wanna be

And they all know their rights from the sea to shining sea

From the states to the ghettos, yea, the people gonna see

That the people hold the power and together we’re a little bit stronger

[Chorus]

Ah, we the people, we the people

The people getting stronger

Ah, we the people, we the people

The people getting stronger

Ah, we the people

The people getting stronger

And every time you think we get a little weak

We turn around and get a little bit stronger

Ah, we the people, we the people

The people getting stronger

Ah, we the people, we the people

The people getting stronger

Every time you think we get a little weak

[Outro]

We don’t want the life without the liberty

We don’t want the life without the liberty


Song

Personal Narrative and Reflection

One writing technique in the story Basement Blading that I used effectively is show-not-tell. I think that the show-not-tell technique makes the story flow well and sound excellent. Another technique is internal thinking and dialogue. I really like the strategy, internal thinking because it tells the reader what’s going on in the character’s mind, and how the character makes decisions.

An area I want to improve in my writing is using more synonyms of words instead of repeating a bunch of words over and over again. Another area I want to improve in my writing is using a bit more dialogue because I did so much show-not-tell that I didn’t use too much dialogue.

Something I am most proud of in this piece is spreading out time. In my first draft, I wrote, “after about 6 minutes…” In my final piece I wrote “ Staring around the street, I spotted a truck, it finally arrived I thought but it was just my neighbor’s “Fresh Direct order. “Ugh” I moaned with discouragement. I thought they would never come but then I saw an Amazon truck in the distance!”

Now you will read my narrative!

 

Mother Goose

The author of the series the Land Of Stories decided to make Mother Goose a very funny character. An example of this is in Jack and Goldilocks’ wedding, Mother Goose’s signal to stand up was “Everybody, if you still have your legs, please stand for the bride” (page 83). Another example of this is that she calls Xanthous – Xanny, Tangarina – Tangy, and Wilhelm – Willy. This is important there isn’t a lot of humor in the Land Of Stories series and Mother Goose denies that and adds a bit of humor.

Mother Goose’s bird Lester has become Mother Goose’s best friend. This is important because Mother Goose likes traveling between worlds and she can have a friend with her that has magic in his blood. Thanks for reading my blog post! Bye!

Alex Bailey

Alex Bailey is a very intelligent and energetic character in the Land Of Stories. An example of this is that the fairy godmother wants Alex to be the next fairy godmother and that this will happen very soon. Alex is Conner’s sister and they were very close until the gate to travel through worlds got closed. Now Alex is a fairy in the Fairy Council and part of the Happily Ever After Assembly. Alex is very happy about this but she still misses Conner deeply. An example of this is that Alex and Conner talk to each other on the magic mirror a lot.

At the Fairy Inaugural Ball, Alex was very scared. “The butterflies on the inside and outside of Alex fluttered intensely” (page 151.) Just to get Alex more scared, the Fairy Godmother told Alex that there were 5 tests and that she had passed 4 of them throughout her journey of living in the fairy tale world. For the 5th test, Alex needed to say a big speech at the ball about why she should become a fairy. Overall, Alex loved the ball and is having more magic lessons with the Fairy Godmother. That is why I think Alex Bailey is a very intelligent and energetic character in the Land Of Stories.

Bree Campbell and Conner Bailey

A big idea in The Land Of Stories: A Grimm Warning is that when the story reader at the Grimm-Fest is reading the first two stories Bree gets even more suspicious about Conner knowing something about Alex. I think this because Bree reads Conners stories and knows that “The Curvy Tree” and “The Walking Fish” are stories that Conner has written and I think that Bree thinks that Conner is somehow in touch with the Brothers Grimm and sharing stories with them. This is important because it is hinting Bree that Alex lives in the fairy-tale world which Bree doesn’t even know exists. This is important because it would be a big threat to the fairy-tale world if Bree figures out what it is, how to get to it, and even about it. On the other hand, Conner hasn’t told Alex anything about this so Alex isn’t aware that Bree is getting more clues that the fairy-tale world is real.

When Bree finds Conner talking to Mother Goose in the magic mirror, Conner didn’t know what to say or do. He had to come clean and tell Bree about the fairy-tale world and the Grande Armée. Conner takes Bree to the lion that Mother Goose tells Conner to go see and on the way there he regrets taking Bree the whole way. On the way, Bree has a lot of questions about Alex, the fairy-tale world, Mother Goose, and many other things. Conner tells Bree the real answers to all the questions that Bree asked Conner. It was almost like Bree was manipulating Conner into telling secrets.

Welcome to 5th Grade!

Hi everyone!! I’m back blogging this year, I’m so excited to be back on the blog this year especially because I didn’t get to be on the blog last year in 4th grade. Last year was a crazy year back in 4th grade with covid and doing school on zoom. When we got back in person I was super excited to be a part of cohort b.

I highly dislike the masks, they make my ears feel numb. Ok, on to the positive stuff!

At the end of the year, we got to have our classroom in the library with both cohorts together! Also not to mention I got a dog in September of 4th grade!

This year I am really looking forward to blogging again just like in 3rd grade. This year I’m so excited for rube goldbergs and I will try to blog all about it. I’m not looking forward to the capstone project that much because we did ignites in 4th grade, the capstone is a 3 minute ignite!

I’m also really looking forward to building benches for the boat we built last year. I’m excited about rocketry the most because we basically get to use everything in the maker space including a rocket launcher!

I might do some vlogs on the blog this year to stay tuned for some of those. That’s it for my first blog post of the year! Bye!!

Space Puzzle

I got a 100 piece space puzzle for my birthday, I finished it last night! It was really fun to make even though it lasted only 2 or 3 days. I will try to do it again before 4th grade and maybe try 500 pieces or 1000 piece puzzles. Speaking of 1000 piece puzzles my mom just finished a 1000 piece puzzle of a city. With the space puzzle, my strategy was to put together all the planets on the edges first and that seemed to help me.