**The picture is La Paz on the Baja Peninsula, it is where The Pearl takes place.
If you can't describe a book well, the author didn't do a good job writing it.
In The Pearl, by John Steinbeck, I can start to see a great quality in John's writing. He is a descriptive author. At the start of chapter 2, he describes the scene so that a picture is implanted in your head. he takes the first five paragraphs to describe the scene. It is important because when you read a book you want to know where they are, and what the place looks like. I like how John Steinbeck chooses to describe the scene at the start of the book. If he had waited any longer, I would have started to loose interest in the book. It is important to set the scene early in your writing piece, like John Steinbeck did. After the first three chapters I can tell that the rest of the book is going to be interesting, fun, and exiting to read.
**The picture is La Paz on the Baja Peninsula, it is where The Pearl takes place.
Perseverance is the hard work you do after you get tired of doing the hard work you already did.
No matter hard tough the task is you have to keep going. Perseverance is a great quality to have and it can help you achieve many goals in life. When I'm snowboarding perseverance is a great quality to have. If you fall down you have to get up, if you want to complete a jump you have to be resilient. When I am ready to quit, I persevere a keep on going. If you keep on pushing you are bound to complete the task you are trying to complete. I was at Nashoba Valley ski area and I had just smacked my face into the freshly fallen snow. I was trying to complete a jump that I have been trying to do for years. I was all alone, there was not another person on the mountain. I kept thinking to myself "I can do it." I had to persevere to complete this jump. After landing flat on my face I could task the warm blood in my mouth. Keep going, keep going, I kept saying to myself. I spit on the ground and start to walk back up the hill. When I reach the top I stare at the ten foot tall ski jump. I take a deep breath and start going down the hill. As I hit the jump I fly into the air like a bird. A split second later I feel the ground between me feet. I am gliding on snow, I did it. I finally did it. My perseverance helped me through the challenge. If I hadn't been resilient I wouldn't have been able to achieve the goal I set in my mind. I got up when I fell down and I finally did it, I landed the jump.
Not only do I think being nice and kind is easy but being kind, in my opinion, is important.
Kindness is something everyone can do, but not everyone does it; if you chose to be kind you life changes greatly. I learned to be kind the hard way. If you chose not to be kind people don't like you and don't want to be with you. If you are kind to people, people will be kind back. Kindness is a great quality to have, it can help you make friends and long time relationships. It was a Friday morning at school and I was hanging out with my newly found friends. I still wasn't in with them, I hadn't know them that long so I wasn't as close to them as I wanted to be. I wanted to feel included in their group, so I felt I had to prove my self. One of my class mates James, apaches the group and saids hello. I notice something about him. He had a line of stitches along his forehead. I realize that if I made fun of this kid, maybe my new friends would bring me into their group.
"What's up Frankenstein" I say
Everyone one starts laughing. He turns around walks away. I immediately regret my decision. I made someone feel bad so I could fit in with a group of friends. Later that day I ask my new group of friends if they want to hang out.
"You didn't get invited" one of them says
"To what" I reply
"James it throwing a party. We have to go but we might be able to hang tomorrow." They say.
I feel a pit in my stomach. I wasn't invited, I wasn't invited, I keep repeating in my head. All because I had hurt some kids feelings to try to fit in. Kindness can be a great quality to have, but if you don't have it people don't like you. Kindness can make you many new friends but at the same time; if you be mean you can lose friends. I learned this the hard way. If you be nice and kind you will be loved, but if you aren't then you will be disliked and hated.
Talent wins games, but teamwork and intelligence wins championships
It was the moment me and many other players have been waiting for. We have been practicing for years and now its time. My hockey team and I were up in Vermont at a tournament. If you managed to win you would be highly respected as a team. Because we hadn’t won a game yet this year this could be the turn around we needed. It was my first year of bantam hockey. If my team and I could pull away with this victory I would be the happiest 12 year old on the face of the world. If we could come together and win, we would be looked at with respect and honor. There was one major thing that would win us this tournament, teamwork.
If we could pass the puck, move our feet and put the puck in the net, we would win. Teamwork is something that can help you win more than just a hockey game. If you have a good team and you work together you can accomplish anything. Alone you can only do so much, but when you have a team you can complete anything thrown your way.
As I skate out on the ice I can feel the endless pit in my stomach. I skate over to the far side of the face of circle and wait for the referee to throw the puck down on the ice. I look at my team. We were ready, our strong team bond and abundance of teamwork was about to pay off. When a team has one good player they will win. But when a team has people that know each other and that have been friends their whole lives they don’t stand a chance.
As the puck is dropped I skate over to get the puck. I get it and fling it down into the other teams zone. My line mate Jay, chases after it will all of his might. But the other team is quick and they get control of the puck. We quickly change so that fresh skaters can get on the ice. By the time we get back on the ice its half way through the first. Aiden my other line mate, blocks a shot and it goes towards me. I get the puck and start sprinting up the ice. There is one defender standing in my way. I get ready to shoot but I see Jay trailing behind me. I pass it to him and he rips a shot, Goal. We now lead by one. Because of our teamwork and how we passed the puck we now had a chance at winning the game. As the first and second period ended the score is one to one. We ready ourselves for the last twenty minutes of hockey. We finally had a chance.
As the final period started we had a terrible shift. There were three shots on goal and we almost blew our chance. We had to come together as a team to beat our opponents. On the bench we talk about would we could do better. We create a play that would put the puck in the back of the next. With a minute left Jay has control of the puck. He yells, signaling the play. I skate to the far blue line and receive a pass. As I head into their zone I dish it over to Aiden. He quickly snaps it over to Jay as he shoots it. The puck hits off the goalie's stick and trickles in, goal.
Teamwork is what got us through this game victorious. Teamwork is the ultimate key to success.
“I'm not upset that you lied to me, I'm upset that from now on I can't believe you.”
-- Friedrich Nietzsche
Lying is not only bad, but it can ruin the trust and friendship between two people. If you do something bad and lie about it, you dig yourself into a deeper hole. Deeper than the hole you already put yourself into. I learned that trust is a powerful thing after, I broke the trust of my parents and brothers. Trust is a powerful thing. One lie could destroy all the trust you have with someone else. When I was in the third grade I broke the trust between my family. It was a frigid winter day in December. My friend Pete and I were playing in the fresh snow as my Mom leaves to go the grocery store. My dad was at work so there was no one at the house. My friend and I soon come up with the idea to have a snowball fight. As I run around the corner near my garage door, I felt as if a rock just hit me in the head. I come to realize it’s snow. I wipe the snow of my face, just in time to see Pete running around the opposite side of my house with a grin on his face. I run him like a bull. I am raging with anger. I pick up hard chunk of ice laying near the tree, overhanging my house and hurl the ball with all my might at Pete. A split second later glass covers the snow and guest room window is shattered.
“Nice going” Pete says.
“What should I do” I say back.
“Just don’t tell your parents, they won’t notice a thing.”
I take his advice and run inside with a pit in my stomach. Later when my mom comes home, I have dinner and go to sleep without incident. I wake up to my mom and dad calling my three brothers down stairs. Breakfast is laid down in front of us. But my mom and dad look mad. I Instantly I know why.
“Who broke the window, its 44 degrees in here! Your father had to spend his whole morning, taping up the open space!” My mom screams at us.
Being scared and not thinking, I immediately shook my head and declined the accusation. My mom pined the blame on my youngest brother Ben. I felt bad at this point, but being selfish I let him take the punishment. After school that day my mom came back and yelled at me. She told me that Pete told his mom what happened and that I'm grounded. I had broken the trust between my parents, but also lost the respect of my brother.I couldn’t be at home by myself anymore, or go out and play with Pete. It took a while for me to regain that trust. Even though at the time it feels good to lie, it always gets you at the end. No matter what you do, or say, lying will help you. It will only get you into more trouble. The truth will always set you free.