English Lesson 180: What Is Writing/Grammar and How This Can Be Beneficial to You and I

— Today, I want to explain what writing/grammar is and how this can be important and beneficial to you and I.

— Writing is a skill and “Writing is a gift” as Thomas Sowell says, we need to know how to punctuate sentences, capitalize, how to write an introduction and a conclusion, etc. Also, another American writer named Ernest Hemingway wrote a book called, A Farewell to Arms and he was asked by a reporter, “How many times did you rewrite the last page in your Farewell to Arms book?” Hemingway replied, “39 times.” That is a long amount of time writing the same page over and over again. Now grammar on the other hand teaches you to know how to spell words, organize essays, do research papers, book reports, etc. Grammar is important because if you don’t know grammar, it will be hard to write.

— Why is writing/grammar important and beneficial to you and I? We now know that good writing takes time and the “good news is that you can expect to be able to write more, better writing faster as you get more practice. It still takes time but should take less time as you get better (my English teacher).” Here is another way to becoming a better writer, always assume that your writing can get a lot better each time you write anything like an essay. Once you stop seeing improvement, that means that you’ve written the best that you can.

— I suggest that if you like to read and write, you read big, thick books that everybody doesn’t think that you can read. Also, don’t stop reading, writing and improving because you may forget something and then you slowly start to lose skill in writing and grammar. You could also make writing fun, write letters to friends and/or family and you could also write funny stories and read them aloud to your family, too! For grammar you can write down a word on a flash card and on the other side write the definition and then you could play around with them and check your friend’s vocabulary skills.

— To end, you shouldn’t stop reading and writing and instead keep improving to become a better writer later on.

History Lesson 180: You Should Buy the Ron Paul Curriculum 5th Grade History of Inventions Course

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History Lesson 180: The Inventions and Inventor That I Think Are Important and Why

— Today, I’m going to be talking about the three most important inventions and an inventor and why they’re important.

— On lesson 156, I’ve learned about the Polio vaccine. I think the Polio vaccine is important because the Polio disease was very common and occurred every Summer. It was mainly attracted to children and parents would worry about their children being vulnerable to Polio. The Polio vaccine basically made Polio eradicated. The reason why parents worried about their children was because Polio most of the time doesn’t kill children but the nerves in the body are killed and if unchecked, you may be crippled.

— On lesson 142 I’ve learned about airplanes. I think airplanes are important because without them we couldn’t go from point A to point B faster than walking, running, taking a boat, riding a car, etc. Airplanes are faster than hot air balloons and you could get from one location to another faster and before inventing the airplane, they studied about birds. Then they tried gliding off of cliffs and mountains.

— The inventor on lesson 168 was Steve Jobs, he was born in 1955 and he was really famous and important. Steve Jobs founded Apple and also made a bunch of devices that we still use today, all around the globe. He created the iPod, iPad, Macintosh computers, iPhones, etc. The reason why Jobs is important is because without him we wouldn’t have the Apple company.

— To sum up, I think these inventions and inventor are important because without them, children would have a better chance of having Polio. Without the airplane, we wouldn’t be able to travel quickly from one place to another. Without Steve Jobs, we wouldn’t have iPods, iPhones, iPods, etc. and also it would’ve taken a longer amount of time before we had the iPhone and other devices.

English Lessons 140-180: My Research Paper

— Today, I’m going to be talking about why I think Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is a valuable thing to learn in life. BJJ may improve mental health, flexibility, physical health, confidence and balance. The first paragraph will be about the history of BJJ, and the second paragraph will be about some basic facts about BJJ. After the second paragraph, the rest of the paper will be all of my thesis statements (a thesis statement is when you make an argument, and you prove it with evidence to prove to your readers that your argument is correct). When you get to the part where it says Q&A, these are the questions that I’ve asked my expert (my coach) and the answers will be his thoughts about BJJ.

— First let’s talk about the history of BJJ and how it came to be known as Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. Jiu-Jitsu started in Japan and since this quote says, “Jiu-Jitsu first originated in Japan. Later, it moved to South America via a Japanese diplomat named Mitsuyo Maeda to form modern Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (1).” After training with Judo, Maeda wanted to spread the word about BJJ all around the world. “In 1914, Maeda traveled to Brazil where he befriended a businessman named Gastao Gracie (2).” Since we know that Maeda brought BJJ to Brazil, we should know that “BJJ is derived from traditional Japanese Jiu-Jitsu and Judo when it was brought to Brazil in the early 1900’s by Mitsuyo Maeda (3).”

— Jiu-Jitsu’s meaning is, “The word Jiu-Jitsu derives from the Japanese “Jiu” meaning “gentle” and Jitsu meaning “art; essentially Jiu-Jitsu is the “gentle art” (4).” It is important to understand the belt colors in Jiu-Jitsu because every time you go to a class, you will be wearing a belt. The different belt colors are: “White, blue, purple, brown, black, red and black, red and white and red (5).” A belt in BJJ helps show your rank, experience and also helps keep your Gi together.

— BJJ does a lot of good things for you and one of them is that it may improve mental health in some people, “Jiu-Jitsu has all the makings of activity that’s conductive to improving and maintaining one’s mental health (6).” Mental health is good to have and, “Jiu-Jitsu is a temporary relief of anxiety and depression (7).” “Jiu-Jitsu increases self-discipline (8),” and it is handy for self-defense. BJJ can also help you sleep better because you’ve worked out your brain and your cardiovascular system.

— Another thing that BJJ can do for you is make you flexible. if you are not flexible, it might be hard to do specific Jiu-Jitsu moves like spider-guard sweeps. “Flexibility just requires some time and dedication to improve your flexibility to the point to have an unpassable guard (9).” It is really easy to get flexible, you just do some light stretches every day and then go onto more complex stretches. “The best part about flexibility is that it is a highly trainable quality (10).” Being flexible isn’t just being able to do complex moves it also prevents cramps and injuries. “Flexibility provides greater resistance to joint injuries and it is probably the most important reason to be flexible for BJJ (11).”

— Jiu-Jitsu can help with your physical health and can make you stronger, “BJJ can burn 700-1100 calories while working your cardiovascular system, muscular endurance, isometric strength, grip strength and core strength (12).” “Grappling with a Gi improves your grip strength (13).” Also, if you are wondering what a Gi is, it is a uniform that you wear while grappling to get used to the feeling of getting pulled around. A Gi is made of cloth, and it is thick to prevent ripping.

— Next is confidence. It is really important because if you ever get into a fight and it is a person that is larger than you, you will be confident in yourself that you can defend yourself. “Building confidence through Jiu-Jitsu is the result of several factors, including improving your physical health and skills, recognizing small successes, setting realistic goals and practicing failing (14).” Learning BJJ may improve your confidence because you will be more confident in winning than losing because you know BJJ.

— Balance in BJJ is really important because if you don’t have good balance, you could get pushed down quickly. It is not good to be in a bottom position because you could be submitted easily. “Balance in BJJ needs to be a conscious ability (15).” You could also test your balance at home to see if you have good or bad balance. “Simple jumps are a great way to test your balance (16).” Balance is also important to prevent people from bridging you or even taking you down to the ground.

— Q&A from my coach/expert Justin T. and he is a black belt in BJJ. Q: What is your favorite position(s) in Jiu-Jitsu and why? A: “The guard position is my favorite, because it is a unique position that allows you to be defensive and offensive at the same time.”

Q: Do you like being in the top or bottom position and why? A: “I like both the top and bottom position, they are both fun to learn and train. But I would have to give the edge to the top position.”

Q: Why did you choose to practice Jiu-Jitsu over any other martial arts? A: “I chose Jiu-Jitsu because it is in my opinion, the most effective martial art. It allows a smaller person to use leverage and technique to defeat larger opponents.”

Q: Why did you want to be a coach and/or why did you end up being a coach? A: “I became a coach because I was always better at coaching than competing. And I always enjoyed watching others grow and grow.”

Q: Is there anything that you would like to state your opinion about BJJ? A: “I think BJJ is the most effective martial art because it gives you a real chance to defend yourself where many martial arts don’t.”

— I think that after looking at all of these links about BJJ, I’ve learned a lot about how BJJ can help you and when I first started Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, I didn’t even know a lot about BJJ and all of its benefits and excellent moves. Ever since I first started my research paper and reading all of the information in the articles, I’ve learned all about the belts and how BJJ can help you with defending yourself. Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is great because it teaches you how to fight with technique, skill, strategy and focus.

Works Cited Page:

(1) https://www.elite-mma.com/tracing-the-origin-and-history-of-brazilian-jiu-jitsu

(2) https://evolve-mma.com/blog/the-history-and-origins-of-brazilian-jiu-jitsu/

(3) https://impulsemartialarts.com/jiu-jitsu-classes/

(4) https://www.essentialbjj.com/about-us/what-is-jiu-jitsu/

(5) https://www.bjjsuccess.com/brazilian-jiu-jitsu-belt-levels/

(6) https://gbjj.org/top-3-ways-jiu-jitsu-benefits-your-mental-health/

(7) https://underdogsjiujitsu.com/2021/08/02/the-mental-health-benefits-of-jiu-jitsu/

(8) https://onenationjiujitsu.com/mental-health-benefits-jiu-jitsu/

(9) https://bjj-world.com/how-to-get-flexible-for-bjj-fast/

(10) https://jiujitsulegacy.com/health/bjj-flexibility-7-exercises-to-improve/

(11) https://www.bjj-spot.com/flexibility-and-bjj-do-you-need-to-be-flexible-for-jiu-jitsu/

(12) https://projectbjj.com/how-fit-does-bjj-make-you/

(13) https://nwfighting.com/5-ways-brazilian-jiu-jitsu-can-make-stronger/

(14) https://www.coachcaseyhalstead.com/blog/building-self-confidence-through-jiu-jitsu

(15) https://bjj-world.com/balance-in-jiu-jitsu/

(16) https://bjj-world.com/balance-in-jiu-jitsu/

(17) Coach, Justin T.

English Lesson 175: How My English Class Helped Me and What It Taught Me

— I’m almost done with the 6th grade school year and before my school year ends, I want to tell my readers and my English teacher, how this helped me improve my writing, reading and speaking skills.

— In one year, I’ve read ten books and if you’re wondering what they are, here is a list: The Railway Children, Hans Brinker and The Silver Skates, The Cat of Bubastes, Around the World in Eighty Days, A Wonder-Book for Girls and Boys, Tanglewood Tales, Swiss Family Robinson, The Story of The Treasure Seekers, Just So Stories and The Call of The Wild. Reading all of these books taught me to have better reading and writing skills.

— These books also have helped me learn how to use more complex vocabulary words and also when I write essays, book reports, research papers, etc. Knowing this will help show your readers that you know how to read and write. Also, during this year with my grammar teacher, I learned the differences between there, their, they’re and your, you’re and how to use each one in a sentence.

— I could probably tell that I’ve improved a lot since I’ve first started 6th grade. I’ve done and essay within the first day of 6th grade English and I’m doing the last essay for this year and if I were to compare this paper to the very first essay of this year, I would see a huge difference of my grammar skills.

— To bring this essay into completion, this English class has helped me a lot and I’ve learned a lot, too.

History Lesson 175: The Inventions I’ve Learned This Week and An Extra Question

— I learned about flash memory, CD-ROM, cellular phones and the world wide web (WWW). My extra question is: how different do you think the world would be today if Tim Berners-Lee had of just given up when no one thought his idea was worth pursuing?

— Flash memory was invented in 1981 by Fujio Masuoka. Flash memory is called “flash” memory because it is really quick at storing and saving memory, it is like a flash. Flash memory is better than RAM because RAM loses memory if the power goes out and the flash memory saves memory even if the power goes out. Flash memory drives can be used on many devices like cell phones, computers, video game consoles, etc. This changed history because then we wouldn’t be able to still have memory if the power went out.

— CD-ROM was invented in 1985 by two companies who came together named: the Sony and Philips companies. CD-ROM basically means Compact Disc-Read-Only Memory. These discs are 4.7 inches and can store about 650 MB (Megabytes) which is a 90-to-100-minute film on one disc. CDs made DVD (digital optical disc) players possible. This impacted history because without it we wouldn’t be able to have DVD players.

— Cellular phones were invented in 1973 by Martin Cooper. Before cellular phones we had built in phones into our car and the two problems with this is that you couldn’t bring the phone with you, and you had 30 pounds in the back of your car in the trunk. We also had land line phones at home or in businesses. When the cellular was invented, we could carry it wherever we wanted to bring it and it was only four pounds. This made a difference in history because without it we wouldn’t be able to carry a phone around with us in case of an emergency.

— The world wide web was invented in 1990-91 by Tim Berners-Lee. The WWW is something that we probably use all of the time, and it would be hard to imagine what the world was like without it. Lee worked at CERN (The European Organization for Nuclear Research) and there he made the first web address named: Info.cern.ch. This changed history because then we wouldn’t be able to do online school, shopping, research, etc.

— Now let’s answer the extra question. Today, if we didn’t have the WWW, we wouldn’t be able to do things (such as the examples from above) and I wouldn’t be typing any of these essays without it.

— These inventions have really changed history because we have a portable phone that we can carry around and we have the web.

Science Lesson 170: Sofiyivka Park in Ukraine

— Today, I want to talk about the Sofiyivka Park in Ukraine that I’ve studied about.

— The Sofiyivka Park has a solid concrete foundation at the main entrance and a gate and through the gate, there is a concrete sidewalk going down into the park. This park has a lot of landscaping, they have a large number of trees, a snake fountain and a Flora Pavilion and a railing all around that area. Visitors could also look over the railing and see a beautiful garden that is planted to make a specific shape.

— The Park used an open space approach and connected all of the small little places into a one-way sidewalk. When people are done looking at one area, they go up the sidewalk and go to the next part of the park until they get to the end of the park.

— This Park does have pedestrian pathways and they lead to many gardens, buildings, bridges and gardens that have bushes. The Park does not have vehicular trails or parking spaces. The pedestrian walkways are useful because it helps people to get from one place to another. Also, the walkway is made of concrete and is smooth and has a railing around it, too.

— This design doesn’t have safety or shelter considerations, but it does have comfort considerations. The Park has a very large area, and this can provide comfort and fun because there is such a large area and so many different landscapes and bridges, water and buildings.

—The focal points in the Safiyivka Park are the fountains, water, gardens, buildings, trees and picnic areas in the entrance area.

— I would, in the middle of the park, put a hot dog stand so that people could take a break and eat something before getting up and continuing to explore.

— To finish, the Sofiyivka Park is a wonderful landscape and I do not think that the Architects have to improve a lot of the park.

History Lesson 170: The Inventions and Inventors I’ve Learned About This Week and An Extra Question

— The inventions I’ve learned about this week are the TCP/IP and the Graphical User Interface (GUI). The inventors are Steve Jobs and Bill Gates. My extra question is, explain whether you think the Steve Ballmer advertisement for Windows 1.0 was effective, and why or why not.

— The TCP/IP was invented in 1974 by Advanced Research Projects Agency Network (ARPANET) workers. The internet has four different “layers”, and they are application layer (first layer), Transmission Control Protocol (TCP) (second layer), hardware layer (third layer) and the internet layer (the fourth layer). Today, we can “surf the web” or we can look at applications like YouTube, Netflix, Prime Video, etc. The TCP/IP changed history because it allowed us to have the internet.

— The Graphical User Interface was invented in 1973 by the Palo Alto Research Center (PARC) in California. GUI is similar and looks like an old version of a computer. The commands that are being sent by human motion are converted into commands and sent onto a computer and it does this in less than a second! This made an impact on history because without it we wouldn’t be able to have things like the mouse.

— Steve Jobs was born in 1955 in San Francisco, California. Steve Jobs was adopted by Paul and Claria Jobs. When he was older, he worked for the Apple Company, inc. and made a lot of things like the iPod, iPad, iPhone, Macintosh computers (mac computers), etc. He also founded NeXT and Pixar. He affected history because without him we wouldn’t have all of these devices.

— Bill Gates was born in 1955 in Washington. Bill Gates became interested in programming at the age of 13. Later, he made a company called Microsoft Offices with his friend Paul Allen. Microsoft produces computer software. Bill Gates made a difference in history because without him we wouldn’t have Microsoft.

— Now, explain whether you think the Steve Ballmer advertisement for Windows 1.0 was effective, and why or why not. I think Ballmer’s commercial was effective because he was trying to make people really excited about the new Microsoft Office 1.0 and buy it and then asking the people how much they thought Microsoft was and then saying it was only $99.

— These inventions and inventors are very important because without them we wouldn’t have things like the internet, Microsoft, iPod, iPad, iPhone and Macintosh computers.

History Lesson 165: The Inventions I’ve Learned About This Week and An Extra Question

— The inventions that I’ve learned this week are Unix, microprocessors, video game consoles and VHS/VCR.

— Unix was invented in 1969 by Ken Thompson and Dennis Ritchie. Unix is a programmer- friendly, basic operating system that can be used on different types of computers and different types of Hardwares. Unix also powers mobile products like Apple Mac (a laptop). This made a change in history because without it we wouldn’t be able to power some mobile devices.

— Microprocessors were invented in 1971 by the Intel company. Intel was told by the Busicom company to make a processor for their calculator and so Intel figured out how to make one. They named it a microprocessor; this is a processor that has a central processing unit (CPU) and some memory. This impacted history because this led to calculators, computers, etc.

— Video game consoles were invented in 1972 by Ralph Baer. Video game consoles allow us to play video games and simulators like flying, shooting or driving and they are supposed to get you focused on the screen for as long as possible. Nintendo also made their own video game consoles and called it a toy. This effected the world because people could now play video games at home instead of board games and learn how to fly, shoot or drive.

— The VHS/VCR was invented in 1977 by Japan Victor Company (JVC). VHS looks like a radio, but it is a movie player. You load in a rectangle shaped box, and it plays a movie. The more you watch a movie the worse the movie will look because it was unreliable and could break easily. DVD (Digital Versatile Disc) players replaced VHS’s because they required less labor and they had better quality. This made a difference in history because it was an easy way of watching movies.

— My extra question is: Do you think learning how to program as time goes on will become more or less important for someone who wants to do well and earn a lot of money? Why or why not? It will be more important because they are making programming better and they are making money at the same time.

— To finish, we have talked about Unix, microprocessors, video game consoles and VHS or VCR.

English Lesson 165: (A Made-Up Creative Story) Why the Bird Sang a Song

— Today, I’ll write a creative story titled, Why the Bird Sang a Song.

— Once upon a time a little girl named Isabella lived with her mother and Father and they wanted to go fishing in their pond, so they got fishing poles and started fishing. After a while of fishing, Isabella went into the woods next to the pond because she heard a noise that sounded like a bird tweet. She got closer to the noise and heard a bird tweeting frantically. Isabella noticed that the bird was telling her to take care of her eggs. So, Isabella took the eggs and carefully took them home and told her family about the story about the bird calling for her help. The family decided to help the bird take care of the eggs. Once they hatched, Isabella washed the baby birds to make them clean so that they could return them back to the mother. The next morning, they went back to the fishing area and the family went into the woods to find the bird again. The bird started singing a sweet song for the family and that went on like, ” Thank you for taking care of my babies while I was gone and making them grow up beautifully.”

— To end, this is a creative story that is in the style of the author, Rudyard Kipling from the Just So Stories book.

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