“Embrace everyone and everything that helps you become a better version of yourself and you will live a life uncommon.” – Matthew Kelly [The Four Signs of a Dynamic Catholic]
AR 5.5 [7
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Applewhite family can be described as unique or extraordinary, but those words really
don’t capture the nature of the family well enough. Idiosyncratic is the word that expresses the
dynamics of the Applewhites much better.
A few members can even be described as egocentric. Each person in this extended family has such
a distinctive personality that their individual stories are quite interesting. Their creative passions seem to divide the family,
but when a theatrical crisis occurs, the Applewhites have to pull together and
eventually resolve those problems.
is introduced to the family by twelve year old Edith Wharton, or E.D., as she
prefers to be called. She describes her family as “a spontaneous group of people
who love chaos and crave freedom.” Her
family even decides that the children’s education should be different because
after all they are not like other people.
Their motto is: “Education is an
adventurous quest for the meaning of life, involving an ability to think things
through.” So, they start the Applewhite Creative Academy where “creativity and
individuality are paramount,” and the children develop their own study programs
to accommodate their personal interests.
“How lucky I am to have something that makes saying good-bye so hard.” – Winnie the Pooh [A. A. Milne]
Grade 2 [Scholastic]
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James Pompaday and Marvin
are the best of friends even though James is a boy and Marvin is a beetle. They truly enjoy each other’s company and devotedly
support one another. Their friendship is
tested when James spends a week at a summer camp and Marvin has to stay home.
Marvin is troubled and wonders if James will think about him while he’s gone or
even find a new friend to replace him, which would be the worst outcome.
“The deeds you do may be the only sermon some people will hear today.” — St. Francis of Assisi
Grades 4-5 [according to common core]
Grade 5.2 [according to Scholastic]
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Greg Heffley reluctantly begins a journal at the same time he starts middle school. The journal is a very detailed record of his private thought process, observations, desires, and schemes. The reader also learns that the journal is primarily a record of his life so when he becomes famous he will only have to reference this history to recall his life story. From the beginning, he realizes the transition to a new school is an uncertain one and brings with it many challenges. His anxiety is on high alert as he tries to tread lightly and yet at the same time survive and fit into the intimidating world called middle school. Continue reading Middle School Perception: A Review of ‘Diary of a Wimpy Kid’→