Writing


My picture and my story starter was, When I open my eyes...
Who am I?


When I opened my eyes, I was in a stranger’s car. It was rainy and gray outside, it smelled like pine trees because of the air freshener, and there was a strange woman sitting in the front talking on her cell phone. I didn’t know where I was or why I was there, but all I could remember was myself at my grandfathers funeral. I was walking towards the bathroom when I heard someone crying, I went to go check on them and I was knocked out.

What should I do? I asked myself frequently, Should I pretend I am still asleep or try to catch a car passing by?

“Yeah, yeah,” I heard the woman say into her cellphone,”We’ve got him, it took a while to get him out of the funeral and into the car, but he’s sleeping now.”

Just as she said that she adjusts the mirror to look at me I quickly close my eyes. “Nevermind he’s awake.” I hear her say.

How did she know that? I asked myself with my eyes still closed.

She hangs up her cell phone with one push of a button and says to me, “Hey Sam, how are you feeling?”

“Fine, just my head hurts,” Why am I talking to her and how does she know my name? “So, where am I? And how do you know me? Why am I here?”

“I can’t tell you much, only that we are almost to our destination. And don’t worry, no one will come looking for you and they won’t miss you.”

It was true, all I had was my grandfather and he just died the same way my parents had. I looked out the window to find answers in the trees but they didn’t give me one. All of a sudden I see huge skyscrapers, I then realize that we are in the “Big Apple”, NYC, or New York City. “What are we doing in New York?” I ask.

“This is where you belong and where you will start training.” She said this without emotion in her voice I started to question if she was a real human or not.

“Training? Training for what?”

“You will find out when we get there. In the meantime, have a Doritos Locos Taco.”

I love these things so I took a huge bite and realized there was something really wrong with this taco. I began to spit out words,”Why does this taco….” I passed out again in the backseat with getting only one bite of my taco.

I felt I was being dragged, because I was, into a hole in the ground. When I woke up I was in in a dark lab and it smelt like I was in a sewer. I could see that I was surrounded by scientists and doctors, I could tell they were scientists and doctors because of their lab coats. What they wanted with me I had no idea.  

“Why am I here? What did that women mean by training? Who are you? What just happened?” I ask in a frenzy.

A short bald man in a lab coat quietly walks up and says, “Sam, you are the next Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle.”

I just started laughing. It was such a ridiculous sentence said in such a serious way. Ninja Turtles aren’t real, they are just a story out of a comic book. Plus, last time I checked I look nothing like a turtle and I have no clue on how to do karate or kung fu. “What do you mean by Ninja Turtle?” I asked with tears in my eyes from laughing so hard.

“Well Sam, you qualify to be tested on to become a turtle and to train with the others to master karate and kung fu.” said the bald scientist.

“I qualify? How are you supposed to qualify for these things? And is this even legal, I mean we are in a sewer and I’m pretty sure it’s illegal to kidnap someone.”

“To qualify you must have be an orphan and you have turtle in your blood Sam, your grandfather was the original Ninja Turtle but retired and was changed back to human. This is legal and we are sorry about the transportation, we didn’t think it out too much and we probably couldn’t of persuaded you at your grandfather’s funeral. All we ask is that you help us by joining to help save New York from the evil mole people.”

I have only read a few stories about the Ninja Turtles and seen a few of the T.V. shows, but my own grandfather didn’t even tell me he was apart of this. “Where do I sign up?” I ask without a worry in my voice, but the truth was I was really nervous and worried.

It was a painful experience. Many men and women scientists and doctors surrounded me, watching to see if this experiment would work on me. I felt my skin tighten and my neck getting longer, I looked down to see my hands and arms were turning green. I blank out for a moment and thats when I hear the gasps. I can’t see a thing and only hear the scientists talking but they are whispering so quietly and fast I can’t make out anything they are saying. I try to force myself up and I try opening my eyes when I hear a soft voice telling me that I can relax.

I wake up my skin is scaly and tight, I’m extremely thirsty, and there is a huge shell on my back! I try to get up but the weight on my back that has flipped me over is unbearable. I decided to scream for help because obviously I wouldn’t be able to get myself. I see a younger boy, younger than me, rush in.
“I’m so sorry Mr. Smith, I got here as fast as I could. What do you need?” the boy asks while he is running out of breath.

“I just need help up. This shell is ridiculously huge and I am so thirsty. What’s your name?

As the boys was helping me up he tells me, “My names Tyrone, I was brought here with my scientist dad and I was assigned to help you in your first few days.” he said as he sat me up. “I’ll go get you some water.”

“Before you leave Tyrone, I just wanted to let you know that you can call me Sam.” I said as he was about to pass out the door.

“Ok I’ll be right back, Sam.”

My training was extremely hard but as if I were in a dream I was a natural at it but still I wasn’t very good. Tyrone and John, who I had just met and he was my trainer, spent many hours with me practicing my kung fu or karate in the dark sewers of New York. Being kicked and punched so many times to strengthen me, learning how to use nun-chucks (which is AWESOME by the way), and practicing my skills. After many months I was ready.

I headed out in disguise, which was a salmon colored mask, I located the area where the mole people were hiding. I waited outside, patiently and quietly. I finally decide I am ready after the two hours of waiting, I do my ninja roll inside and I see two guards guarding a doorway. I take a deep breath and pull out my nun-chucks, I scream with a crazy indian-turtle call and use my nun-chuck skills to take them down, they didn’t see that coming for them.

I walk in through the door nonchalantly like I belong there. I was told by John that there weren’t that many moles in the operation but they were very dangerous. I hide behind the door and look in, I see no one so I sneak in through the door and I am very aware and alert of my surroundings. I look into a window and see at least twenty moles inside having a meeting, I try to listen in and I hear, “I’m thinking we will become more powerful if we have at least 200 more moles so that we can take over the world!” I see that came from a very large mole, he looks like the leader.

I take a fog bomb out of my tool belt and throw it in, “It’s time” I say to myself before I ran in and started using my moves on everyone. Kicks, punches, and nun-chucks were flying everywhere. Chairs, tables, and other moles were also my weapons to take down everyone. After a long fight there was one left, he was scrawny but fast. I leaped up in the air, took out my turtle-rang, and chucked it at him. It was a miss or hit, but my luck was strong that day because it hit him square in the head.

I decided I would let the police take over after this. I was hungry, tired, and in need of a milkshake. I run across the tops of the building in the heart of New York City and leap for sign to sign. I feel like i am on top of the world for a minute, I sit on top of a ledge looking out onto the beautiful city lights. I close my eyes and take a deep breath, breathing in the cold autumn air, when I open my eyes I am back at my grandfather’s funeral.





























9.  Is Human Activity a Substantial Cause of Global Climate Change?

The US National Academies of Science, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), and many others, say that greenhouse gas levels are rising due to human activities such as burning fossil fuels and deforestation which are causing significant climate changes including global warming, loss of sea ice, glacier retreat, more intense heat waves, stronger hurricanes, and more droughts.    



Kate Renneker
4th period

Have you noticed our world changing? Seas are rising, the Earth is getting warmer, ice sheets are melting, why is this happening? Humans are responsible for these global climate changes.

Humans burn too much fossil fuels and let to much CO2 into the air. People use fossil fuels instead of trying to conserve it and help save the planet, they use it to heat their homes or for their cars when they could be using renewable energy. CO2 has increased by nearly fifty percent in the last one hundred and fifty years and the increase is from burning fossil fuels. Some people argue that we are not the cause and it is just our world changing like it used to do, however, our planet has a green house effect and we build up the “walls” of the greenhouse by producing more CO2. In conclusion, humans burn, too, much fossil fuels and let to much CO2 into the air.

The climate change not only affects the Earth's climate but also it's land features. This is because global warming and changes have gotten worse since the industrial revolution has started. Global sea level rose about 6.7 inches in the last century, Earth warming has occurred since the 1970s and we have had twenty of the warmest years 1981. The oceans showing warming of 0.302 degrees Fahrenheit since 1969 and Greenland loses thirty-six to sixty cubic miles of ice per year because of Earth’s heating. In conclusion, the climate change affected Earth’s climate but our land features because global seas have risen, Earth has been and continues to get warmer, the oceans are warming, and Greenland loses thirty-six to sixty cubic miles of ice per year.

Since the Industrial Revolution pollution rates have gone up and also caused the Earth to warm. Ever since we have started using coal and other nonrenewable resources that pollute, CO2 rates have been rising. In the 1700s, this is when the Industrial Revolution started,  humans began emitting more fossil fuels from coal, oil, and gas to run our cars, trucks, homes, and factories. Some people might argue that the global climate changes started after the Ice Age and that it is not because we are polluting the Earth but it is still adjusting after the Ice Age. Global warming is the gradual increasing the CO2 in the atmosphere and back then we had many trees to produce more oxygen than CO2 so we wouldn’t of had that problem because many people didn’t know how to use the fossil fuels. Again, CO2 has increased by nearly fifty percent in the last one hundred and fifty years and the increase is from burning fossil fuels. In conclusion, since the Industrial Revolution pollution rates have gone up and caused the global warming, because since humans have been emitting more fossil fuels from coal, oil, and gas to run our homes, vehicles, and factories.

Humans are responsible for the global climate changes. CO2 has increased by nearly fifty percent in the last one hundred fifty years and the increase is from burning fossil fuels. Global sea level rose about 6.7 inches in the last century, Earth warming has occurred since the 1970s and we have had twenty of the warmest years 1981, the oceans showing warming of 0.302 degrees Fahrenheit since 1969, and Greenland loses thirty-six to sixty cubic miles of ice per year because of Earth’s heating. In the 1700s, humans began emitting more fossil fuels from coal, oil, and gas to run our cars, trucks, homes, and factories. In conclusion, based on the evidence found and shown, humans are the reason for these global climate changes.

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Reflection.
I like how I ended my sentences in "IN CONCLUSION" and that I got to express my opinion. I would of changed my topic though to the one about college. I learned about more reasons on why global climate change is here. 

NEW VERSION! 



Have you noticed our world changing? Seas are rising, the Earth is getting warmer, ice sheets are melting, why is this happening? Humans are responsible for these global climate changes.


Humans burn too much fossil fuels and let to much CO2 into the air. People use fossil fuels instead of trying to conserve it and help save the planet, they use it to heat their homes or for their cars when they could be using renewable energy. CO2 has increased by nearly 50 percent in the last 150 years and the increase is from burning fossil fuels. Some people argue that we are not the cause and it is just our world changing like it used to do, however, our planet has a green house effect and we build up the “walls” of the greenhouse by producing more CO2. Humans burn too much fossil fuels and let to much CO2 in the air it shows this when scientist have seen the amount of CO2 has risen by 50% in the last 150 years.


The climate change not only affects the Earth's climate but also it's land features. This is because global warming and changes have gotten worse since the industrial revolution has started. Global sea level rose about 6.7 inches in the last century, Earth warming has occurred since the 1970s and we have had 20 of the warmest years 1981. The oceans showing warming of 0.302 degrees Fahrenheit since 1969 and Greenland loses 36 to 60 cubic miles of ice per year because of Earth’s heating. The climate change not only affected Earth’s climate but our land features because global seas have risen, Earth has been and continues to get warmer, the oceans are warming, and Greenland has loses 36 to 60 cubic miles of ice per year.


Since the Industrial Revolution pollution rates have gone up and also caused the Earth to warm. Ever since we have started using coal and other nonrenewable resources that pollute, CO2 rates have been rising. In the 1700s, this is when the Industrial Revolution started,  humans began emitting more fossil fuels from coal, oil, and gas to run our cars, trucks, homes, and factories. Some people might argue that the global climate changes started after the Ice Age and that it is not because we are polluting the Earth but it is still adjusting after the Ice Age, but global warming is the gradual increase in CO2 in the atmosphere and back then we had many trees to produce more oxygen than CO2 so we wouldn’t of had that problem because many people didn’t know how to use the fossil fuels. Again, CO2 has increased by nearly 50 perc in the last 150 years and the increase is from burning fossil fuels. Since the Industrial Revolution pollution rates have gone up and caused the global warming, because since it started humans have been emitting more fossil fuels from coal, oil, and gas to run our homes, vehicles, and factories.


Humans are responsible for the global climate changes. CO2 has increased by nearly 50 percent in the last 150 years and the increase is from burning fossil fuels. Global sea level rose about 6.7 inches in the last century, Earth warming has occurred since the 1970s and we have had 20 of the warmest years 1981, the oceans showing warming of 0.302 degrees Fahrenheit since 1969, and Greenland loses 36 to 60 cubic miles of ice per year because of Earth’s heating. In the 1700s, humans began emitting more fossil fuels from coal, oil, and gas to run our cars, trucks, homes, and factories. In conclusion, based on the evidence found and shown, humans are the reason for these global climate changes.



















On a scorching hot day in June, you could see heat waves coming off the sand on the volleyball courts and the line for water was long and whirled around like a snake. I was unpacking in my old, dusty cabin, as I take out my purple C2 shirts and I fold them, I take a look around to see all my new cabin mates and I found some other new campers taking a look at me and speaking in spanish and laughing like a group of hyenas. But I could tell that whatever they were saying wasn’t very nice.


I tried to look away, I felt boiling tears in my eyes, and my heart started beating like a hummingbird's wings. I didn’t know what to say or do, so I turned away and kept folding. It hurt to see them laughing, I wasn’t sure what they were saying. Could it be that maybe I was folding wrong or maybe that I was american? The camp I went to this summer was a military camp in Culver. At Woodcraft children from all over the world came to this camp. So maybe none of them ever have seen an American before.


I bewilderedly wander around the camp looking for a friend, like a lost puppy trying to find a home. I finally reach a few girls, who are american, and say, hello. We get along great and all of a sudden the nasty girls walk around us and I hear a soft, but cold, voice say, typical Americans. I ask my new friends if they heard that to. They said they did and that its typical for new campers from other countries to judge other campers from a different country based on what the hear. So I try not to take what happened earlier not as hard.


When we get to the dining hall for dinner I sit down with the mannerless girls and they give me a dirty glare. I try to eat my ravioli but I feel 4 pairs of eyes burning a hole through my head. All of a sudden one of the girls with her hair braided back says to me, “Where’s your cheese burger and fries?”


I say trying not to sound offended, “What do you mean?”


This time another girl who’s long dark hair was down and she had dainty elephant earrings on said, “Don’t all americans eat fries for dinner?”


“No,” I say, “ Americans don’t just eat McDonalds and sit around being lazy all day.”


“Oh, Sorry we just thought that all americans were all alike, because that’s what we heard from our country.” Said a girl whose face was similar to a foxes’.


I then realized that it’s sad to think that other countries think the americans are just lazy and eat junk food all day. This is definitely stereotyping because people from their country just hear rumors and see on the news about americans being overweight and not being active when actually a lot of americans try to stay fit and active and not all of us are like that stereotype. This is definitely not my first time experiencing stereotyping, but it was the first time it felt like I was punched in the face. So I wonder what all countries other than theirs think about us?
On a scorching hot day in June, you could see heat waves coming off the sand on the volleyball courts and the line for water was long and whirled around like a snake. I was unpacking in my old, dusty cabin, as I take out my purple C2 shirts and I fold them, I take a look around to see all my new cabin mates and I found some other new campers taking a look at me and speaking in Spanish and laughing like a group of hyenas. But I could tell that whatever they were saying wasn’t very nice.

I tried to look away, I felt boiling tears in my eyes, and my heart started beating like a hummingbird's wings. I didn’t know what to say or do, so I turned away and kept folding. It hurt to see them laughing, I wasn’t sure what they were saying. Could it be that maybe I was folding wrong or maybe that I was American? The camp I went to this summer was a military camp in Culver. At Woodcraft children from all over the world came to this camp. So maybe none of them ever have seen an American before.

I bewilderedly wander around the camp looking for a friend, like a lost puppy trying to find a home. I finally reach a few girls, who are American, and say, hello. We get along great and all of a sudden the nasty girls walk around us and I hear a soft, but cold, voice say, typical Americans. I ask my new friends if they heard that to. They said they did and that its typical for new campers from other countries to judge other campers from a different country based on what the hear. So I try not to take what happened earlier not as hard.

When we get to the dining hall for dinner I sit down with the manner less girls and they give me a dirty glare. I try to eat my ravioli but I feel 4 pairs of eyes burning a hole through my head. All of a sudden one of the girls with her hair braided back says to me, “Where’s your cheese burger and fries?”

I say trying not to sound offended, “What do you mean?”

This time another girl who’s long dark hair was down and she had dainty elephant earrings on said, “Don’t all Americans eat fries for dinner?”

“No,” I say, “ Americans don’t just eat McDonalds and sit around being lazy all day.”

“Oh, Sorry we just thought that all Americans were all alike, because that’s what we heard from our country.” Said a girl whose face was similar to a foxes’.

I then realized that it’s sad to think that other countries think the Americans are just lazy and eat junk food all day. This is definitely stereotyping because people from their country just hear rumors and see on the news about Americans being overweight and not being active when actually a lot of Americans try to stay fit and active and not all of us are like that stereotype. This is definitely not my first time experiencing stereotyping, but it was the first time it felt like I was punched in the face. So I wonder what all countries other than theirs think about us?
Reflection


What I like about my story is that it is based on stereotyping and my summer experiences. This story really shows about how people can be totally blind by everything just because of the stereotyping. From this experience I learned that stereotypes can be proved wrong just by learning the truth. I wonder if I never talked to those girls would they spread rumors and other lies about Americans? Or would they continue to believe it and later find out it isn't true? Is it possible to show everyone with a stereotype about Americans that we aren't so bad? Maybe this blog post will show some people. How might others feel if they knew we had stereotypes about them?

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