March 2018 archive

Queen Red Riding Hood’s Guide To Royalty

“Queen Red Riding Hood’s Guide To Royalty”

By, Chris Colfer

 

In the book “Queen Red Riding Hood’s Guide To Royalty” by Chris Colfer, Queen Red gives her fellow hoodians, admirers, royal subjects, and royal rejects tips for being a fab royal queen. “Queen Red Riding Hood’s Guide To Royalty” was inspired by the marvelous guide to monarchy, “The Prince”, by Niccolo Machiavelli. While reading “The Prince”, Queen Red realizes three things. 1. She’s been doing everything correct since her coronation. 2. She feels “The Prince”, is a bit outdated. Although it was probably useful at one point, the info is probably not helpful to politics today. 3. Since she is the beacon of leadership, she felt that it is her duty to give the seminal classic a makeover! Throughout “Queen Red Riding Hood’s Guide to Royalty”, Queen Red describes, the life before she became the wonderful queen her citizens see today, The Royal A.P.P ( appearance, performance, and perception), how to take compliments the safe way, appointing royal subjects, treating peasants like pets, making a scandal work for you, avoiding hatred and villainy, never revealing weaknesses, and last but not least, hosting royal subjects.

 

Queen Red is a super pretty queen with a lot of self-esteem. Although Queen Red is morale, she has a place in her heart for everybody, whether good or bad. An example is when she meets “Froggy”. “Froggy” is actually the long lost prince, Prince Charlie. He was cursed to look like an ugly frog by the evil witch Morina. Before Red finds out that “Froggy” has royal in him, she has mixed feelings for him. But even if she didn’t know “Froggy” had royal in him she would still love him. I know this because when Queen Red invited her royal subjects to dinner, one of her royal subjects, the Little Old Woman from the Shoe Inn suddenly blurted out, “ Have you heard the chatter about Queen Red?” The Little Old Woman from the Shoe Inn had gone senile recently ( you can’t blame her, she lives in a boot with her 150 grandchildren ) and forgot that Queen Red was in her presence. Queen Red didn’t mind ( that’s one of the reasons she keeps the Little Old Woman from the Shoe Inn around so she can get an unbiased social insight ) “Please share,” Queen Red said, so the Little Old Woman from the Shoe Inn went on. “ The rumor in our sewing group is that Queen Red is shaking up with a large amphibian!” she said with enthusiastic eyes. “ It’s a cross-species catastrophe!” Now obviously she was talking about Queen Red and “Froggy”, but even though Queen Red was a bit pained, she still loved “Froggy”.

 

I think in “Queen Red Riding Hood’s Guide to Royalty”, the main idea is making the right decisions in royalty or not, is super important. In “Queen Red Riding Hood’s Guide to Royalty”, it teaches you the tips to making the right decisions in royalty. Another theme is that no matter how pretty you are on the outside, it only matters about who you are on the inside. 

 

Friends

Do you and your friends have many things in common? Or are you both super different but are still friends? Well Emma and I have many things in common. We both like the same foods, we both go to the same tennis academy (and love tennis!), and we feel the same way about a lot of things.

 

The first reason Emma and I have many things in common is, we both like the same foods. One food in particular we both like is slushies. One example is when Emma and I made our very own slushie.  “I’ll get the ice and salt,” I told Emma, “And I’ll get the juice,” Emma said back. First we put the ice in a ziploc bag. Next we sprinkled salt on top. Then we added juice (in our case mango nectar). Finally we mixed and massaged the ingredients together until it looked and felt like a slushie. “ Yum!” we both said when we took a bite. It took a bit for the ice, salt, and juice to combine, but in the end it was worth it. The slushie we made was much healthier, and I thought it tasted much better than the one you get at the movies.

 

The second reason Emma and I have many things in common is we both go to the same tennis academy (and love tennis!). The tennis academy is called Tennis Innovators Academy. But Emma is in yellow ball and I’m in green ball, which is sad because then we can’t be in the same group. Another thing about the tennis academy that we both have in common is we both don’t like going there. But we will both still love tennis no matter what!

 

The last reason Emma and I have many things in common is we feel the same way about a lot of things. One example is when we were at Mei’s going away party. I arrived third. When I rang the doorbell,  I heard stomping footsteps and screaming. First I was a little bit scared, because I was not sure what was happening. When Nathalie opened the door I came in and started to have fun. It was not until Emma arrived that I realized why everyone was screaming. When Emma rang the doorbell everyone screamed, “ Yay!” or “ Get the door quickly it’s Emma!” While we were stampeding to the front door, all the grown-ups were laughing like crazy in the corner. For every person since Emma arrived I just stayed at the table with Emma wondering why everyone had to scream and stomp like that.

 

Emma and I have many things in common. We both like the same foods, we both go to the same tennis academy (and love tennis!), and we both feel the same way about a lot of things. Emma and I will always be great friends.

 

My Aunt

My aunt and me are like PB&J. She’s the peanut butter and I’m the jelly. When we’re together we’re like matching puzzle pieces. My aunt is a very meaningful person in my life because not everyone is nice like her, she brightens dark situations, and she is super generous .  

 

The first reason my aunt is a very meaningful person in my life is, not everyone is nice like her. An example was when I was at the Palisades Mall with my aunt on a shopping spree. “Don’t forget to tell me when you want to eat,” my aunt reminded me. “ Okay,” I responded. I was not even close to hungry. I was having so much fun, and when I’m having this much fun I feel like I could live forever without food.  After a hour of zooming in and out of shops, I lost some stamina, and decided I couldn’t live forever without food. After lunch and ice cream. We had a whole load of bags. On the way back to my house I knew that not everyone is nice like her.

 

The second reason my aunt is a very meaningful person in my life is she brightens dark situations. For example one day I was playing a math board game called PrimeClimb with my aunt and my 6 year old brother, Tre. Tre was kicking and screaming because I had bumped him down, obviously because I am better at math than him. “ Tre, calm down,” my aunt said gently. Then she showed him how he could bump her back to the beginning. She’s like the sun during dark situations.

 

The last reason my aunt is a very meaningful person in my life is, she is super generous. An example is, she’s super generous to buy Marshall, Tre and me so many clothes. She’s super generous to buy fancy bread and pastries from the city for my family. She’s super generous to never come empty handed. Another example of my aunt being generous is when it was my first year selling Girl Scout cookies. She emailed her co-workers asking them if they wanted to buy any. I had never sold Girl Scout cookies before, but with my aunt’s help I sold 99 boxes.

 

My aunt is a very meaningful person in my life because not everyone is nice like her, she brightens dark situations, and she is super generous. I know that she will always be a special and meaningful person to me.

Michigan Locks Down Purdue and wins 2nd Straight Big Ten Tournament Title

Michigan Locks Down Purdue and Wins 2nd Straight Big Ten Tournament Title

Source: New York Times

Article Date: March 4, 2018

News Type: State

Isaac Haas of Purdue and Moritz Wagner of Michigan tangled over a loose ball. Wagner played just 17 minutes in Michigan’s win on Sunday but was named the tournament’s most outstanding player. Credit: Julie Jacobson/Associated Press

 

In the article Michigan Locks Down Purdue and Wins 2nd Straight Big Ten Tournament Title, fifth – seeded Michigan became the first team to repeat as tournament champions since their rival Ohio State did in 2010 and 2011.

 

Zavier Simpson led on both ends of the court, running Michigan’s skilled offense and anchoring the team’s lockdown defense. Backup Jon Teske or Big Bad Jon as his teammates call him, scored 14 points as No.15 Wolverines beat No.8 Boilermakers 75 – 66 as the final score on Sunday to win their second straight Big Ten tournament title.

 

Moritz Wagner bought Michigan  17 points despite he just played 17 minutes because of foul trouble – an issue that bothered him throughout the tournament. Wagner still arose with the tournament’s most outstanding player award. Simpson closed with 10 points, 5 assists, and 5 rebounds. Fortunately for Michigan, Teske boosted the team. As a 7’1 sophomore, Teske scored 12 points in the 1st half and swung into action by guarding Purdue’s 7’2 Isaac Haas. Teske and Simpson put an exclamation point on Michigan’s 4 day party at Madison Square Garden with 6 minutes and 2 seconds remaining. Simpson drove and dished to Teske cutting to the basket. They finished over Haas and let out a roar while chest bumping teammates.

 

Michigan, dominating their 4th game in 4 days, showed no signs of wear shooting 50% and committing 5 turnovers. “I was so happy when he popped off after that dunk,” Wagner said. “I got so excited. He got emotional. Yeah, I know how good he is. That was long overdue.” The dunk spread the Wolverine’s lead up to 66 – 48 and brought chants of “ Tes – key!” from Michigan fans, who showed up in crowds for the first Big Ten tournament played in New York. “ That was a blast, especially being here in New York City with all those Michigan fans who traveled from great distances, or whoever lived here,” Teske said.

 

Haas led Purdue with 23 points, but Purdue’s two elite players, Carsen Edwards and Vincent Edwards, combined for only 16 points on 6 of 22 shooting. “He had a couple of drives that didn’t go down for him, and he had a couple of 3s where he could never get back – to – back pullups or back – to – back pull – up 3s to get into that rhythm,” Purdue coach Matt Painter said. The Michigan team has been Coach John Beilein’s best defensively since he became coach in 2007. “ He’s a pit bull,” Beilein said of Simpson. “ We have a picture of a big, mean pit bull in our locker room for every game. And he’s that guy. He’s the one who loves to play defense.”

 

On constant possessions early in the 2nd half, the Wolverines forced turnovers by Purdue and turned them into transition 3 – pointers; one by Muhammad – Ali Abdur – Rahkman and the other by Simpson. That put the Wolverines up 11 with 15:06 left, and caused the Boilermakers’ coach to call a timeout and drew calls of “ Go Blue!” from Michigan fans.

 

Personal Response: I chose this article because I was 1 of those super lucky 20,000 people who got to go and see the game happen live at Madison Square Garden! I was cheering for Michigan so I was super happy that Michigan won.

Tweet: Michigan beats Purdue 75-66, to win their 2nd straight Big Ten tournament title at MSG. Go Blue! @nytimes #foxmeadowpride JR

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