Cultural Universals on China

I researched about China. My teacher put a packet together and that’s where I wrote my notes. I got information from the Heathcote library databases, from books and from my own  knowledge to study the different cultural universals of China. The cultural universals are: Politics. Social Aspects, Economics, Beliefs and Cultural Arts. After I researched enough on each cultural universal, I put together a comic book titled “The Wonders of China.” My favorite part of this project is making the character in Google Drawings. The thing I found challenging was copying and pasting my character into the slides.

My Expert Book – Chinese New Year


The assignment was to make a book that you’re an expert on. My teacher also told us that expert books aren’t just facts, facts and more facts. There are also statistics, quotations, observations, lists, labels and many more! I used a lot of tools for this assignment. Before I typed a lot of this, I thought I was so behind. But then when I went home to type, I felt so much better. This book took a really long time to make.  I wrote this book because I knew a lot about Chinese New Year. At first I wanted to write about China but then I realized that just because I went to China a lot of times doesn’t mean that I will know a lot about China. The chapter names were kind of easy. My chapter 3 was first going to be “Christmas V.S. Chinese New Year” But then, after an assembly, my teacher suggested to do “New Year’s Day V.S. Chinese New Year” instead of “Christmas V.S. Chinese New Year.” One time, when my teacher said that we had to find some vocabulary words, I couldn’t find any vocabulary words. And then, at school, I just magically found the word resolution to add in my book. Now I have five vocabulary words in my glossary. I’m  going to give credit to a classmate because when my teacher suggested traditions, he said: “Why don’t you do Chinese New Year?”  I’m also going to give credit to Pebble Go. I used some facts from there. I learned also not to use ‘I’ in my story. It’s not a personal narrative.   For text features, I used a map in chapter one and I used two labels in the introduction. I used a mini story in chapter four. For my introduction, I got the ‘Happy Chinese New Year’ part from this article except the article said ‘Play ball’ instead of ‘Happy Chinese New Year.’ The technology part was pretty fun and cool. Especially the linking part. And the switching slide part. Also, I learned that you don’t do a background. Thank you, Mr. Casal! So that’s how I got this good in my book.

My book is called Chinese New Year. I hope you’ll enjoy it! And here it is…

Reflection on Persuasive Writing Experience

My persuasive essay was about we should appreciate Mrs. Turiano. I learned that you need to talk to your audience, we need to have a lot of evidence,  we need to have bold words, not have wishy-washy words, and I needed a lot of lessons to write a persuasive essay. I had about twelve lessons to write my persuasive essay. I also learned to organize my work, chunking my small paragraphs into big paragraphs and asking questions that you think the audience would ask.

I feel good about my video but I felt that my video  was not that good because I needed to look up from my paper to look at the audience. All I was looking at in my video was my paper. I also thought that my video persuaded my audience. I need more bold words in my essay too. I felt nervous when I was videotaped. 


One windy Tuesday, my mom, brother, and I came home. I was so excited because I got my Pikachu costume.

In the car, I kept on saying over and over again: “Today’s going to be the best day ever!”

So when I saw the package, I almost screamed. My costume! Yay! When I went home, I immediately asked my mom: “Can you help me open this?”

She replied: “Sure!”

I watched my mom open the package. The picture of the model wearing the pokemon dress was there. I really wanted to look at it but I just couldn’t wait another second to see my costume.

The costume was yellow. The pokemon’s face was on the hood. The two ears were super floppy.

I was a little disappointed that I couldn’t wag the tail. I thought; “No! I want the tail to be unattached!” But I said nothing.

Before I chose my costume, I wanted to be Jigglypuff but the face looked kind of weird. Jigglypuff has this swirl on it’s head. The girl dressed in it held a microphone because in this show, Jigglypuff sings. Squirtle also looked weird so that was out too. The shell in front was dirt brown. It’s tail has a swirl on it. I wanted to be Charizard but Pikachu looked cuter so I decided to be Pikachu.  Maybe next year I could be Charizard. Maybe.

I really wanted to wear my costume so I went to my dad’s office and put my costume on.

I remembered on Sunday when I told my brother that Tuesday, my costume was coming, he said, “Tuesday’s going to be the worst day ever!”

He kept on saying that so it got stuck in my head. So when my Pikachu costume came. Surprisingly, my brother said nothing.  Very interesting!

I decided to wear it in front of my babysitter!

I waited a long time for my babysitter to come. I forgot a lot so it didn’t really matter.

I finished my English and Chinese homework but didn’t finish my math and piano homework so I had to do it in front of the babysitter.


I thought, I wish the babysitter was Sarah.  But it didn’t work. There was a knock on the door.

“It’s the babysitter!” I said excitedly as I raced to the door to meet the babysitter.