Category Archives: Period 4 ILA

Erick’s Letter Essay #5: The Last Apprentice: Wrath of the Bloodeye

Recently, I have finished reading The Last Apprentice Wrath of the Bloodeye, it is a 448 paged fantasy book by a british author named Joseph Delaney, he is a not very famous author but he is indeed a very good one. I have 5 books so far in his series The Last Apprentice and all … Continue reading Erick’s Letter Essay #5: The Last Apprentice: Wrath of the Bloodeye

Actually Going to Space Would’ve Been Easier

Nathan was always the most adventurous of my brothers, he was willing to go whenever, wherever, even if it was a rollercoaster in pitch black. Which was part of the reason I was sitting behind him screaming like a six year old, on a rollercoaster. In pitch black. This had all started as a chance … Continue reading Actually Going to Space Would’ve Been Easier

Shadows on the Sidewalk

“Sarah, Brooke” We all were calling for the two ten-year old cousins. “Wohoo” my dad whistled. I thought the whole world could here his whistle. Apparently not, Sarah and Brooke didn’t come back. The whole family was worried. My aunt got in her car and drove around the whole block once. When she came back … Continue reading Shadows on the Sidewalk

The Killer Cast

“So, there is a growth plate fracture in the wrist and that means a cast for four weeks.” The doctor says. I was SHOCKED. Those were the words that crushed me. My doctor telling me, on September, 28th that my wrist was broken and that I was out for the rest of the football season. … Continue reading The Killer Cast

Rebecca’s Letter Essay #3: The Ghost of Fossil Glen

I recently read The Ghost of Fossil Glen by Cynthia DeFelice.  Cynthia is a 63 year old woman who has written 16 novels and 12 picture books. She won the edgar award for best juvenile.  The first book Cynthia DeFelice wrote was The Strange Night Writing of Jessamine Colter in 1988.  Right now Cynthia is … Continue reading Rebecca’s Letter Essay #3: The Ghost of Fossil Glen

Sean’s Letter Essay #3: Everything On It

11-20-15   Dear Class, Recently, I finished reading Everything On It, a 194 page  poetry book written by Shel Silverstein. Silverstein has written several poetry books with his own illustrations. The book was Published just 4 years ago, in 2011 which interestingly means that it was published after Silverstein’s death, which was in 1999. The … Continue reading Sean’s Letter Essay #3: Everything On It

Tabitha’s Letter Essay #3

November 19, 2015   A couple days ago I finished reading a 321-page novel. This book is a definite page turner, which is by Sarah Darer Littman.  One thing that I thought was pretty cool and caught my eye as I was reading “About the Author,” was that she lives in Connecticut. That’s not something … Continue reading Tabitha’s Letter Essay #3

James’s Letter Essay #3: Of Mice and Men



I have recently finished reading the 108 page classic, Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck. John Steinbeck is a world renowned author that has written nearly 30 books and Of Mice and Men is said to be one of his finest books. The story takes place during The Great Depression when there was a lack of steady jobs and the characters fight through the pain to live a better life. The novel was published in 1937 and people are still reading one of Steinbecks best books and enjoying it. I really enjoyed reading the book because I have never read a book by John Steinbeck and I really liked his style of writing.

I chose to read this book because I had heard about John Steinbeck from classmates and I decided to give it a try. I also chose to read it because I saw it in the Classics section of the library and I pulled it out and read the inside cover and found that it had to do with the Great Depression which I was interested in learning more about.

In the book of Mice and Men there are two main characters, Lennie and George who are an unlikely pair but always figure out their differnces. George is a short and small man who at sometimes says that life would be eaiser without Lennie. On the other hand, Lennie is a big and tall man who has the mind of a child and acts like one too. Being laborers in the fields of California’s is not an easy way of life for the pair, but they perservere through the challenges in their way and always stay together. Although, George and Lennie have a life plan: to own land a shack that is all theirs. When they land jobs on a ranch their dream feels like it’s an inch away but they don’t know what’s coming next. Even with the aguements the pair sticks together and always forgives eachother and never turns there backs on one another.

I’d say that the theme of this book is to perservere in order to achieve your dreams. I think this because George and Lennie have to work for hours out in the burning California sun during a time of great hardship. I noticed how Steinbeck made George’s frustration towards Lennie more and more as the story went on and he bursts, but the two made up after a dream costly accident. The resolution to the main characters problem was when they had recieved jobs on a ranch to pay for their dream life. That is the resolution to the problem because without jobs, Lennie and George wouldn’t fulfill their life long dream.

In the novel I was struck by this passage where George says that life would be so much easier without Lennie.

“Lennie giggled happily. “I didn’t forget that, you bet.”

George lay back on the sand and crossed his hands under his head, and Lennie imitated him, raising his head to see whether he was doing it right. “God, you’re a lot of trouble,” said George. “I could get along so easy and so nice if I didn’t have you on my tail.”

I included this passage because it shows how sometimes George is mean to Lennie just because he is a little slower. Also because it shows how George might say something bad about Lennie, but they always make u and pretend like nothing ever even happened.

I would rate this book a 9 out of 10 because it is one of the better books that I have read.


Melissa’s Letter Essay #3: “Eat, Drink and Be Merry”

Recently I finished a book called Eat, Drink, and Be Merry. It was written by multiple authors and is a poetry book. It is a book filled with poems about food and drink. I have had it since I was little when I found it at a yard sale and thought it was cute because … Continue reading Melissa’s Letter Essay #3: “Eat, Drink and Be Merry”

Nicole’s Letter Essay #3: The Giver

Recently, I had the time to re-read the book “The Giver”, an 180-page dystopian fiction novel by Lois Lowry, which was originally published in 1993. I have read this book once before in 6th grade but, felt the need to read it again because I had completely forgotten what it was about. Also, because I … Continue reading Nicole’s Letter Essay #3: The Giver

Gabi’s Letter Essay #3 Throne of Glass

Recently, I finished reading Throne of Glass, a 404-page fantasy novel by Sarah J. Maas who also is is the author of the New York Times and USA Today. Throne of Glass  the first book in the Throne of Glass series was published in 2012 and has become an international bestseller, translated into 23 languages. … Continue reading Gabi’s Letter Essay #3 Throne of Glass

Luke, Where Are You From?

I’m from cool, crisp autumn mornings, sweat pouring down my forehead, perfecting my passing skills with my dad. The soccer ball being kicked effortlessly through the air, constantly in motion. My dad’s mantra in my head, reminding me of how I should play soccer. “Work harder than everyone, but remember to have fun.” I’m from … Continue reading Luke, Where Are You From?

Hannah, Where are you from?

  I’m from an average size family of five With two amazing parents and the somewhat funny brother and sister named Luke and Sarah.  When we are not all fighting, we have the best times together whether it’s just biking around the neighborhood or watching tv together.   I’m from the blenheim colored Cavalier King … Continue reading Hannah, Where are you from?

Nicole, Where Are You From?

I’m from the constant trips to Romania, picking the fresh, sweet, peaches from the towering trees and feeding the innumerable number of chickens hopping freely among my grandfather’s weathering, brick house. I’m from the ridiculous, deafening European family where my mom practically obligates my brother and I to clean every single particle in our house. … Continue reading Nicole, Where Are You From?

Gabi, Where Are You From?

I’m from days on the beach, attempting to tan my Scottish-Irish skin, but soon giving in to the calling surf.   I’m from sword fights in the basement, the clash of plastic against plastic that will determine which brother controls the video console.   I’m from firefly nights on the back porch, with creaky swings … Continue reading Gabi, Where Are You From?

Sophia, Where Are You From?

I’m from mismatched kitchen table chairs and hardwood floors spotted with plastic toys where a boy with sunlight colored hair and an everlasting smile greets me. I’m from late night jam sessions on the old acoustic guitar where we belt out off pitched lyrics to the crickets and dance beneath the New England stars. I’m … Continue reading Sophia, Where Are You From?