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Ancient Plants

To tell the truth, modern plants are almost the same as the old ones.  One difference however, is that many plants are used differently.  A plant though is still a plant.  Plants then had roots, and leaves and stems, just like now.  Actually, I think it is the other way around.  Plants today are like the old ones then.  Anyways, I have arranged the plants into five groups: food, spices, flowers, trees, and everything else.  There isn’t any other way to sort them.  I should get on with this report and not take all day.

San Diego Mission

Table of Contents

Introduction                                                                            page1

Chapter One:     Beginning of the Mission                              page2

Chapter Two:  Materials Used to Build the Mission             page3

Chapter Three: Purpose of the Mission                                   page4

Chapter Four:  Mission Layout                                              pages5-6

Chapter Five:  Mission Life                                                   page7

Chapter Six:    Advantages of the Mission System               page8

Chapter Seven: Disadvantages of the Mission System           page9

Chapter Eight:  The Mission in Later Years                           page10

Chapter Nine:    Illustrations and extra stuff                          pages11-

Bibliography                                                                           page


Across Five Aprils

The book Across Five Aprils is about Jethro Creighton, a boy who grows up during the Civil War.  Jethro has read stories about war, but realizes what real war is like when war starts.  Jethro lives on the Illinois, Kentucky border. His family owns a farm on which Jethro helps.

At the beginning of the book, Jethro is nine years old.  Jethro is the youngest of many children.  His brothers and cousins must go join the army.  Only he and his sister, Jenny, stay.  As the years pass he misses his many relatives. Jethro and Jenny in their spare time read the newspaper. The newspaper is full of stories about generals and battles.  Jethro and Jenny receive many letters.  The letters contain more details about battles than the newspapers have.

Facts about the Shang Dynasty

Shang Dynasty

  • Existed around 1700 B. C. to 1122 B.C.
  • People believed in an afterlife in which they would be reunited with ancestors.
  • First official dynasty of China
  • Rulers, priests, warriors lived within walled cities while farmers and skilled craftsmen live outside
  • Archaeologists have found written records on bronze containers and oracle bones (shoulder blades of oxen and other large animals carved with writings, tortoise shells, etc.).
  • Oracle Bones were used to predict the future.
  • Historical records also carved on tortoise shells
  • Shang kings ruled in northern parts of China.

Water Conservation

Water Conservation

I. Introduction

a. Topic Sentence

i. Many people in the U.S. take water for granted and think of it as a thing that was always there for them.

b. Well, they should think again since in the old times, people had to get water from a well and had a limited supply. Water wasnt available through a faucet. Its not like that anymore, yet people tend to dont care about water conservation. Doesnt that word sound familiar? It means the management, protection, and wise used of water resources. There are hundreds of uses for water including drinking, cooking, cleaning, power, and farming. In other words, its essential. Some things that people do as a habit can result in less water for the community as well as themselves.

Preterito o Imperfecto

Preterito o Imperfecto?

1. Cuando sus padres le (decir) que ella (ir) a mudarse, ella (estar) triste porque (estar) alegre en la ciudad.

Dijeron; iba; estaba; estaba

2. En la granja, Mara no (tener) amigos. Ella (querer) una nueva vida.

Tena; quera

3. Luego, sus padres le (dar) una perrita. Mara (ser) muy feliz cuando (jugar) con ella.

Dieron; era; jugaba

4. Un da, Fluffy se (escapar) desde la casa. Mara la (buscar).

Escap; busc

5. Por fin, despus tres das, ella la (encontrar) debajo de un rbol.


Water-The Essential Molecule

Water-The Essential Molecule

Many of us take water for granted.  We think of water as an inexhaustible resource forever available for our use. We should think again.  There are many steps to bring water to our home faucet, but there are also many ways water can be wasted despite the great effort put into getting running water in our houses. There is a concept we must all recognize: water conservation – the management, protection, and wise use of water resources.

The Metamorphosis According to Grete


Monday, April 28, 2003

The Metamorphosis According to Grete

I awoke one morning and noticed my brothers door was still locked. I hear my mother knocking on his door and realize he was still home. That lazy brother! I cant believe he hasnt left for work yet! But, perhaps hes sick – he hasnt missed work in five years.

Gregor? Arent you well? Do you need anything?, I ask knocking on his door. I really hope he would get up soon so he could catch the next train and make it to work. He cant get fired, we depend on his money.

West Point

When visiting West Point during the field trip, I learned numerous interesting and fascinating facts about the history and the creation of the military academy. Starting in 1778, George Washington started West Point and it is the oldest army post, always having soldiers in residence there since then. On July 4, 1802, the military academy was opened with ten cadets, students at the military college, and five teachers. Now, there are about 4,000 cadets, 700 of those women. Rooms have to be very neat and there are two to three cadets per room. Some buildings on the campus include a bowling center, offices, a library, and a post office. Dennis Mickey, who was challenged by Navy in a football game, and graduated at West Point, has a stadium named after him that seats 40,000 people. Along the campus grounds, hundreds of monuments and statues were built in remembrance of deaths in battle and famous generals. There is a Chapel that can seat 1,500 people and was built in 1910 with military gothic architecture made of only granite that is 200 feet long, 56 feet high, and 72 feet wide. There are thousands of pieces of stained glass along the walls of it made by the Willet Company. Also, there is the 3rd largest organ console and the largest church pipe organ in the world with over 22,000 pipes, 32 feet at the largest and the length of a pencil at the smallest is inside. Another interesting thing is that there is a row reserved for the current superintendent in the front row with a silver plate and their name on it. In contrast, demerits are given out as a result of bad deeds and one would have to walk in the courtyard with a rifle back and forth, thinking about what they did wrong.

The Sea Devil Vocabulary

September 20, 2003

Period 5


The Sea Devil


Ebb: (b) verb- To become less; To recede or flow back

Abruptly: (-brpt) adverb- Suddenly

Pliant: (plnt) adjective- Easily bent; flexible

Causeway: (kzw) noun- A raised road, often above water

Exhilaration: (g-zl-rshn) noun- Excitement

Simultaneous: (sml-tn-s) adjective- Happening at the same time

Teeming: (tm-ing) adjective- Crowded or full

Mottled: (mtld) adjective- Covered with spots of different colors and shapes

Taut: (tt) adjective-Tight; tense

Furrow: (fr) noun- A groove

Impede: (m-pd) verb- To interfere with