ORANGE- The Stone OEQ Homework #1

 

Open Ended Question

“Nothing’s moving along as it should,” he groaned.  “I can’t tell one day from another.  Nothing changes, there’s nothing to look forward to, nothing to show for my work.  Why sow if the seeds don’t sprout?  Why plant if there’s never a harvest?  Why eat if I don’t get hungry?  Why go to bed at night, or get up in the morning, or do anything at all?  And the way it looks, so it will stay forever and ever!  I’ll shrivel from boredom if nothing else!”

  • In The Stone, the moral lesson is that growth and change are a natural part of life.  How does Maibon learn this lesson?
  • Why do you think growth is an essential part of life?  Explain.

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26 Responses to “ORANGE- The Stone OEQ Homework #1”

  1. Gopa says:

    Awesome! I’m the first one to post on your post :mrgreen: . I love your OEQ Ms. Zicha. :smile: ;-) :razz: :cool: :!:

  2. Chanina W. says:

    OEQ from Chanina :cool:

    In the story, Maibon needs to learn that it’s a natural part of life of growth and change. Growth is an essential part of life. Maibon’s words helped him understand this moral: “‘Nothing’s moving as it should,’ he groaned. ’I can’t tell one day from another. Nothing changes, there’s nothing to look forward to, nothing to show for my work…’”
    In the beginning of The Stone, Maibon “saw an old man hobbling along, so frail and feeble he doubted the poor soul could go many more steps.” Then Maibon decides he doesn’t want to grow old. One night, “Maibon glimpsed something bouncing and tossing back and forth beside a fallen tree in the corner of the field.” “Wondering if one of his piglets had squeezed out of the sty and gone rooting for acorns, Maibon hurried across the turf.” Instead he perceived a dwarf, considered a Fair Folk, “struggling to free his leg, which had been caught under the log…” Maibon made a deal with Doli, the dwarf, if he freed Doli, he would acquire a stone that would make him the same age everlasting. Soon though, his farm cultivated nil. This is when Maibon discovers that he needs change.
    I believe that growth is an essential part of life. I had experienced Maibon’s adventure the other way around! It’s usual to have a four year-old girl wanting to be the “big girl.” I went through that stage and later found out I will reach that age soon and I should enjoy life as an infant. Now, I wish I was still young without schoolwork and projects and I’m proud of my commitment of not growing up to fast, like Maibon proud of his white hair and beard. You need to face new challenges as you develop. I also know that astonishing things happen as you age, like getting your cell phone and receiving your driver’s license. You also learn more in school, your social life, and at home. You should embrace old age and not run away like Maibon.
    Maibon realizes that he shouldn’t regret aging, but embrace it. He learned it the hard way when nothing was growing on his farm. Growth is an essential part of life. You will learn more, receive more, and find out more it’s a natural part of life of growing old. ;-)

  3. Michael H says:

    “Nothing’s moving along as it should,” he groaned. “I can’t tell one day from another. Nothing changes, there’s nothing to look forward to, nothing to show for my work. He learns it when everything on his farm stops growing. For example, his wheat field lays bare, there are no apples on his apple tree, and his chicken’s eggs didn’t hatch. Maibon sees an old man on the road, which makes him feel that he doesn’t want to become old. He frees Doli the dwarf from a log, who then grants Maibon a wish. Maibon wishes to not get old, so Doli gives him a magic stone. But then, when he goes back to his farm everything stops growing. He tries to destroy the stone, but meets Doli, who says in order to undo the wish he has to drop the stone and go back. As soon as he gets back, everything returns to normal.
    It is important because as you get older, you can face new challenges. Also, good things can happen when you are older. For example, you can drive when you reach 18. This is like when I was young, I didn’t know how to tie my shoes, but now I do know how to tie my shoes. In closing, Maibon learns that growth and development are essential for the future.

  4. Anjali says:

    “Nothing’s moving along as it should,” he (Maibon) groaned. “I can’t tell one day from another. Nothing changes, there’s nothing to look forward to, nothing to show for my work.” Maibon learns that growing old is a natural part of life and that eventually everyone experiences it. In the beginning of the passage, Maibon sees an old peasant and begins to worry about becoming old. He grows scared of it and one day when he goes out in the farm he sees something from the corner of his eyes. When he arrives there he realizes that it is a dwarf named Doli. Doli is trapped underneath a log and Maibon cuts him free. The dwarf appreciates this so, he grants Maibon one wish. Maibon, remembering the old man decides to ask for a stone that will stop the aging process. After Doli tries to explain the rock to the impatient man, he reluctantly hands a brightly colored pebble over. Once Maibon tells his wife Madrona about this she is not pleased. In fact, she calls him selfish and Maibon continues to work on the field. The next day he finds that the field looks the same and has not grown, the chicken’s eggs haven’t hatched, the baby calf has not been born, and his baby who is teething has not popped out a single tooth. Madrona is very frustrated with this and to make her happy Maibon attempts to get rid of the rock because she thinks that the rock has caused all this. Every day, despite all Maibon’s done to get rid of it, it comes back every time. Soon, he too is stressed over trying to get rid of it. Later on, he comes out of his house to find Doli sitting on the stump. Maibon vents out all his anger towards him and then Doli told him that if he truly wants to be free of the rock, he must mean it to no end and then throw it at the stump. Maibon finally accepts the truth of growing old, and expresses it. Finally, he chucks it at the stump and sets for home, waiting to live on.
    I think growth is an essential part of life because without it we will never leave where we are now to set off to something else. Every day would be the same with nothing to look forward to. We unlike Maibon should also not run away from our fears but just let life continue. This also reminds me of how one day when I was watching some of my baby movies and I wished that I could stay like that forever because, of all the things that I didn’t have to do back then. Then, I realized that if I don’t keep going then I won’t move on and face new challenges. It also made me think that I want to see what the future holds for me. In a book I read, the characters decided to move on after launching their last rocket. Then, they continued on. Just as characters in books, and ourselves we understand that eventually everyone moves on and grows. In conclusion, the passage is all about how Maibon finally learns that growing up is a natural part of life and that it is essential for everyone. As a great poet once said,”Don’t run from things, instead defeat them by embracing it with warm arms.”

  5. Gopa says:

    :idea: :grin: ;-)

    “Nothing’s moving along as it should,” he groaned. “I can’t tell one day from another. Nothing changes, there’s nothing to look forward to, nothing to show for my work.” Maibon says this as he realizes the mistake he had made by asking for that stone from Doli. Even though the stone had appealed to him very much when he first got it, now he is starting to doubt that.
    When Maibon sees an elderly man strolling painfully down his neighborhood, Maibon feels that he never wants to grow up. Everything seems so old to him and he never wanted to become the old codger he saw the other day. Later, he finds Doli, a small redheaded dwarf. When Maibon pulls Doli’s leg out of where it had been stuck, Doli was forced to grant Maibon a wish. Maibon asks to never grow up. Reluctantly, Doli gives Maibon a stone that will keep him young forever. Maibon leaves Doli, feeling pleased with himself. However, after he reached his home, Maibon’s wife, Modrona, is not impressed with his idea. She believes that Maibon has asked for the worst possible wish. Even though his wife strongly disapproves of it, Maibon decides to keep the stone anyway because he really wants it. The next day, everything was the same as it was the day before. Maibon is ecstatic. The stone actually works! Days pass by, though, and nothing changes or grows. The chicken, which was about to hatch its eggs, showed no sign of brooding and the cow did not calve. Not only was Maibon frozen at this age forever, but so was everything else. Maibon’s wife told him numeroud times to get rid of it, and reluctantly, Maibon tried. Since he really did not mean it, the stone always came back to Maibon. Weeks flew by and nothing developed. Maibon was getting sick of this too. When he saw Doli again, he was furious at the little dwarf for bringing him into this mess. Doli tells Maibon that if he leaves the rock on the ground right then, everything will start growing again. Maibon does as Doli tells him and everything begans to grow again! Through this experience, Maibon learned that you learn more as you grow and that every year of your life has its up-sides and challenges.
    Growth is an essential part of life because you learn as you grow. If you don’t develop, it’ll feel like you’re living the same day over and over again. You won’t experience anything new and fresh to the mind. I can relate this to a personal experience I had from 5th grade. One day I came back home from school. I had a great day at school and I came home wishing that I could be that age all the time. However, that summer, I graduated from elementary school and began to go to middle school. I enjoy being in middle school now too, because I learn new things and I made lots of new friends. I wouldn’t have been able to experience any of this if I were the same age that I was a year ago. Growing can bring you to new places and help you get through new challenges.
    When Maibon thought he was doing a good deed, he wasn’t. Its okay to grow old. The more you grow, the wiser you become. That’s the valuable life lesson that Lloyd Alexander taught us through The Stone.

  6. Joy .B. says:

    “Nothing’s moving along as it should,” he groaned. “I can’t tell one day from another. Nothing changes, there’s nothing to look forward to, nothing to show for my work. Why sow if the seeds don’t sprout? Why plant if there’s never a harvest? Why eat if I don’t get hungry? Why go to bed at night, or get up in the morning, or do anything at all? And the way it looks, so it will stay forever and ever! I’ll shrivel from boredom if nothing else!” In The Stone Maibon learns that growing is a natural part of life by expierincing what it’s like not to grow. In The Stone Maibon saw an old man who looked weak and Maibon decided he didnt want to grow old. One night Maibon saw a tree move and went to check what it was. Maibon thought it might me one of his piglets but it wasnt. It was a dwarf named Doli who was stuck under a log. Maibon freed the dwarf and asked him to grant a wish. Maibon asked Doli for one of his magic stones that allow people to stay the same age forever :!: Doli could not say no so he gave him the stone. Maibon went home to show his wife the magic stone. When Maibon showed his wife the stone she told him he had been cheated and it wasn’t a magic stone she had told Maibon he was selfish for asking for that stone and not wishing for something to help the family. Maibon got so angry he threw the stone into the fireplace and went to bed. When Maibon woke up the next day he had realiased he had not been cheeted for he had not grown one bit he was exactly how he’d been the day before. Excited he woke his wife up and told her they had not been cheated and the stone was magic. Maibons wife was still very upset. She told Maibon that there teething baby was never going to grow a tooth and while everyone around him was getting older his family would still be the same. Maibons wife told him to throw the stone somewhere so they could grow. With little effort Maibon threw the rock into the yard. The next day the rock was back. Maibon told his wife the rock was meant to be there and he couldn’t get rid of it. Maibon realised that she was right and thew the rock into the well. That night Maibon heard rattling and clattering at the bottom of the bucket. Maibon checked for what it was, it was the stone :!: The next day Maibon told Doli what had happened. Doli told Maibon that when he tried to get rid of the rock deep down he still wanted it. Maibon went home took the rock and threw it.The rock didn’t come back. I think growth is an essentail part of life because you will have different experiances as you get older.When you are a baby you take your first steps and speak your first words. Some people will want to stay the same age like Maibon but when they see what they could have missed they will enjoy there age. Right now some people might want to stay the same age but they wont always. People should except the fact that they have to get older and they can’t change that.

  7. Sajan says:

    “This tiny box cannot explain how i feel about blogging.” -Sajan P.

    “Nothing’s moving along as it should,” he groaned. “I can’t tell one day from another. Nothing changes, there’s nothing to look forward to, nothing to show for my work. Why sow if the seeds don’t sprout? Why plant if there’s never a harvest? Why eat if I don’t get hungry? Why go to bed at night, or get up in the morning, or do anything at all? And the way it looks, so it will stay forever and ever! I’ll shrivel from boredom if nothing else!”
    In The Stone, Maibon sees an old man, who is weak and Maibon doesn’t want to become old, like the man. One day, while Maibon is asleep, he hears noises behind a tree and goes to see what it is. It was a dwarf named Doli, who Maibon helped save. In return, Doli granted one wish for Maibon. He wanted the stone that would never make him old. After arguing with the dwarf, Doli gives Maibon the stone and leaves. Even though Maibon isn’t becoming older in any way, nothing is growing on his farm or hatching. Maibon tries to get rid of the stone, but it just keeps coming back. Finally, Maibon meets the dwarf again and demands to take the stone away. Doli says he has to truly want to get rid of it, so Maibon drops it into a hole and runs off. After, everything turns back to normal. Maibon learns a lesson about growth and change by learning what it’s like to have yourself young, but everything else not right. In the passage, none of the plants are growing, the apple tree has no apples, the hens haven’t hatched their eggs and the cow hasn’t given birth to the calf. Also, Maibon’s youngest child hasn’t had her first tooth yet, even though he’s teething. After he gives up the stone, everything changes to its normal ways, learning that the way things are should change, but not dramatically.
    I think growth is an essential part of life because without change, we would have a boring, dull world. For example, if when Barack Obama was just about 11 years old, and he received the stone to keep him young, he would never be able to become the 44th president of the United States. Our world would’ve been different if a republican had won instead. Growth is the building block of life, which everyone needs to get to at some point in their life, whether it’s physically or mentally. Furthermore, when I was a kid, I was afraid of roller coasters. I thought that if something hits the roller coaster at the very top, we would free-fall to the ground. One day, while I was at Six Flags, my cousins took me on Medusa. Even though I kept my eyes half open, I told myself “Nothing’s going to happen” and I made it out successfully. I grew that day because I conquered my fear, and now I can’t wait to ride another roller coaster in the summer.
    In closing, Maibon learns that change and growth is something everyone needs to go through. Even though one day, you might be old and weak, it’s better than everything staying the way it is and not changing forever.

  8. Nikita says:

    You people did and awesome job!!!! ;-) Okay, anyway….PRESENTING THE AWESOME OEQ CREATED BY NIKITA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!(the crowd goes wild) :mrgreen:

    “Nothing’s moving along as it should,” he groaned. “I can’t tell one day from another. Nothing changes, there’s nothing to look forward to, nothing to show for my work. Why sow if the seeds don’t sprout? Why plant if there’s never a harvest? Why eat if I don’t get hungry? Why go to bed at night, or get up in the morning, or do anything at all? And the way it looks, so it will stay forever and ever! I’ll shrivel from boredom if nothing else!”Maibon says this as he mourns about his selfish wish. On day Maibon saw an old man hobbling across the street, “so frail and feeble he doubted the poor soul could go many more steps.” From that point on, Maibon set his mind on never becoming old. One day Maibon, working in the farm, stumbled apon a dwarf of the Fair Folk. The dwarf Doli, had caught his leg under a log and was desperatly trying to pull himself loose, all to no avail. Maibon released him knowing Doli would grant him a wish if he did. Maibon wished for a stone that could keep someone young forever. Doli, knowing that it was a bad wish, told this to an impatient Maibon. Finally, after minutes of debating the issue, Doli reluctantly handed over the stone from a leather pouch that hung on his belt. Maibon hurried back to the cottage to tell Madrona. Madrona was very angry at Maibon for turning dowm riches for a stone.Maibon thinking that the stone was fake and that Doli had cheated him, threw it into the fireplace. That morning, Maibon’s beard had not grown a hair. Maibon, jubilant again rushed to tell Madrona. Madrona replied that nothing had grown on the farm, the chickens didn’t hatch, the baby’s tooth didn’t grow in and the seeds Maibon planted the day before didn’t grow at all. Madrona kept badgering Maibon and he reluctantly tried to get rid of it. But every time he tried, the stone came back. Maibon, now realizing his mistake vainly tries to get rid of it. As he tried to bury it, Maibon saw Doli on sitting on a stump. Doli said that in the back of his head somewhere, Maibon didn’t really want to give it up.Maibon learns the lesson that growth and change are a natural part of life by experiancing life without any change. Maibon learns that change makes life more interesting.
    I think growth is an essential part of life because growth makes life more interesting and provides a reason to live. Also, without growth you would be in the grade you are in now forever and never advance to higher ones. This reminds me of a time when I wanted to stay in 5th grade forever. For every positive thing there are also negative things. Fifth grade has it’s positives like getting less homework and staying young but it also has some negatives. Learning the same curriculum over and over again and never being able to have a locker or even experiancing middle school on a whole are examples of the negative sides of staying in fifth grade. In conclusion, you shouldn’t be afraid of growing old because it is a natural part of life.

    THANK YOU ALL!!!!!!!!!!!!! :lol:

  9. Victoria T. says:

    Good job everyone! Here is mine. I hope it’s a good one! :cool: :mrgreen: :grin: :idea: ;-)

    “Nothing’s moving along as it should,” he groaned. “I can’t tell one day from another. Nothing changes, there’s nothing to look forward to, nothing to show for my work. Why sow if the seeds don’t sprout? Why plant if there’s never a harvest? Why eat if I don’t get hungry? Why go to bed at night, or get up in the morning, or do anything at all? And the way it looks, so it will stay forever and ever! I’ll shrivel from boredom if nothing else!” Maibon says this when he is growing bored of the stone that Doli, the grumpy dwarf, gave in him when he freed Doli from under a log. Doli warned Maibon about the stone, but Maibon only wanted the stone. Reluctantly, Doli gave Mabon the stone and scampered off. Maibon carried the stone to his cottage and told his wife, Modrona, but instead of sharing her husband’s joy, she scolded him for being a “selfish fool.” Maibon sadly agrees with her and goes to sleep. When he wakes up the next morning, he discovers that he has not grown a beard or anything that signifies aging. He shouts to his wife in delight, but she only tells him to get working. It takes a while for Maibon to figure out that nothing is growing on his farm, and there is nothing to prove the work he has done. With a heavy heart, he says the quote.
    Even though Maibon does doesn’t like to get old, it’s just a natural part of life. I think it’s that way because if you stayed the way you are right now, you would never get to do things that only require a certain age, such as driving a car, graduating from college, or anything else. Furthermore, you will see your closest people pass away, but you can’t be with them. This reminds of the time that I was hiving bad dreams late at night, and I couldn’t stop thinking about death and aging. So, I searched my dad for consolation. My dad told me that it’s a part of life, and cheered me up by telling me hilarious stories about his grandma and friend who passed away. Those tales made me feel much better, and I tiptoed back to my bed and I fell asleep peacefully. In conclusion, Maibon is realizing that aging make life interesting.

  10. Ayush says:

    So much positive attitude! I like it. :lol:

  11. Arvind S. says:

    “Nothing’s moving along as it should,” he groaned. “I can’t tell one day from another. Nothing changes, there is nothing to look forward to, nothing to show for my work.” Maibon says this as he realizes the wish he got from Doli was a bad wish. Maibon realizes growth and change is natural part of life when everything around him stops growing. Maibon saw an old codger waking across the road. That got him thinking that what will happen when I am that old. He himself said, “There is no fate worse in the world.” When he went outside to chop his wood he saw Doli, or a fairy folk among him. Doli was in a tough predicament and Maibon got him out of it. Doli then gave him a stone that never made him age. He thought he had a good fortune, but then everything around him stopped growing. The hen’s egg didn’t hatch. The cow never had her calve and the baby never received his first tooth. This is how Maibon realized that growth and change is a natural part of life.
    I think that growth is an essential part of life because with no growth we stay the way we were a million years ago. Can you imagine living as a caveman still? WE as humans would never made math, reading, astronomy, writing or anything. This quote connects to me anytime. When I grow an inch, or learn something new I am growing and changing. This moral is something everybody should know. Puberty may be disturbing to some people, but really it is just growing and changing. In closing, growth and change is a natural part of life.

  12. Arvind S. says:

    “Nothing’s moving along as it should,” he groaned. “I can’t tell one day from another. Nothing changes, there is nothing to look forward to, nothing to show for my work.” Maibon says this as he realizes the wish he got from Doli was a bad wish. Maibon realizes growth and change is natural part of life when everything around him stops growing. Maibon saw an old codger waking across the road. That got him thinking that what will happen when I am that old. He himself said, “There is no fate worse in the world.” When he went outside to chop his wood he saw Doli, or a fairy folk among him. Doli was in a tough predicament and Maibon got him out of it. Doli then gave him a stone that never made him age. He thought he had a good fortune, but then everything around him stopped growing. The hen’s egg didn’t hatch. The cow never had her calve and the baby never received his first tooth. This is how Maibon realized that growth and change is a natural part of life.

    I think that growth is an essential part of life because with no growth we stay the way we were a million years ago. Can you imagine living as a caveman still? WE as humans would never made math, reading, astronomy, writing or anything. This quote connects to me anytime. When I grow an inch, or learn something new I am growing and changing. This moral is something everybody should know. Puberty may be disturbing to some people, but really it is just growing and changing. In closing, growth and change is a natural part of life.

  13. Ayush says:

    “Nothing’s moving along as it should.” He groaned. “I can’t tell one day from another. Nothing changes, there’s nothing to look forward to, nothing to show for my work. Why sow if the seeds don’t sprout? Why plant if there’s never a harvest? Why eat if I never get hungry? Why go to bed at night, or get up in the morning, or do anything at all? And the way it looks, so it will stay for ever and ever! I’ll shrivel from boredom if anything else!” The farmer, Maibon, says these words in anger after being cheated. Maibon was complaining about not wanting to grow old when he saw a dwarf who needed help. remembering the legend that the dwarf must do him a favor in turn, he set to work freeing the dwarf from the log he was trapped under. once the dwarf was freed, Maibon asked for eternal life. the dwarf reluctantly handed over a stone that made him immortal, but everything around him would cease to grow, too. angry and upset that he had been cheated, he made futile attempts to rid himself of the stone. it was then that he learned the importance of change and growth in life.

    Growth and change is an essential part of life. Living the same day over and over is repetitive and boring. Change brings the joy and entertainment into life. It makes every day a new one, a day to remember. This story brings me back to a book that I read where a middle schooler wins a chance to go to space. He goes on the journey and has a great adventure, but when he returns, he finds to his horror that his friends and family have passed away or are terribly old and he is still just a thirteen year old boy. Live each day to the fullest, or don’t live at all.

  14. Aslesha says:

    Nice job!!! ;-) :| :x :twisted: :smile: :shock: :sad: :roll: :razz: :o :oops: :mrgreen: :lol: :idea: :grin: :evil: :cry: :cool: :arrow: :???: :?: :!:

  15. Shefali says:

    Awesome OEQ :smile: ! I love your connection. :idea: :smile:

  16. Shefali says:

    Like your connection. :smile:

  17. kelli.zicha says:

    “Nothing’s moving along as it should,” he groaned. “I can’t tell one day from another. Nothing changes, there’s nothing to look forward to, nothing to show for my work. In The Stone, Maibon, the protagonist, learns that growth and change are a natural part of life. Maibon is exposed to the theme of this story as he approaches obstacles and learns to overcome them. While traveling home one day, Maibon encounters an elderly cottager. From this encounter he decides that he never wants to grow old. He says, “There’s no fate worse in all the world.” He uses negative connotations to describe the aging process. Continuing on his journey, Maibon surprisingly finds a red-headed dwarf named Doli whose leg is stuck under a log. Maibon frees Doli who then grants him a wish in return. Maibon wishes to never grow old. Days pass and Maibon enjoys his youthful age. However, he soon realizes that everything else on the farm has stopped growing as well. Because of this, he learns that growth is necessary.

    Growth is an essential part of life. Everyone must grow and change. It is through change that we learn and understand ourselves as well as others. Each day we continuously face new challenges and grow as a person. Without growth, life would be dull and utterly pointless. It could be quite possible that Maibon feared change, so he ran from it. Even though change may sometimes be quite scary, we must look it in the eye and face the challenges that approach us. Sometimes, I, too, am frightened by change. I remember when I graduated high school. I was nervous about leaving a familiar place and entering into a whole new world. Rather than run from my fears, I decided to look them in the eye and face each one head on. I attended college and embraced the change in my life. Through my college years, I grew academically and soon graduated with a degree in education and psychology. Looking back, I am proud of my accomplishments. One goal in particular that I set for myself was to graduate with honors. I achieved this goal as I graduated Magna Cum Laude. If I ran away from my fears, I would not be the educator who stands before you today. Sometimes we have to think about the things that we fear and why we might fear them. Sometimes we have to learn from our own mistakes by making them ourselves. By taking risks, we look fear in the eye and embrace new challenges. In closing, growth and change are both necessary in life.

  18. Anjali says:

    But Kira shook her head again. She had wanted to weave, once. The weaving women had always been kind to her. But her future seemed different now. At first, Kira was a cripple who helped out in the weaving shed. She would tell stories to the young tykes, and she’d clean up the scraps left behind. After Kira’s mother died, Vandara, a harsh cruel woman, and Kira go to the Council of Guardians for a village conflict. As a result of this, Vandara receives Kira’s land as a playpen for the tykes, but Kira’s life was spared. She was told to gather her belongings, and come back so that Jamison (her over seer) could take her to her new quarters. Kira’s new jobs were to repair, complete, and restore the singer’s robe. The singer’s robe is the clothing that the singer would wear at the once-a year- gathering (festival). On her way to meet Jamison, she comes across the weaving she. She notices that there is one loom open. When the Women ask her if she wants it, she reluctantly refuses. She had always wanted to weave, but now she was to work on the singer’s robe. This is how Kira’s future had taken another path.
    The decisions made by the Council of Guardians mad Kira feel foreign, yet grateful. She felt foreign because everything was new to her, like being in a foreign country. Gratefulness was one of her other emotions because her life was spared, “She grinned and told him she was let go.” In a way, this reminds me of when I get in trouble how I usually get away with it. Kira’s crippled leg is like how in another book I read the boy also had a shriveled leg, but neither Kira nor the other boy would let that stop them from doing anything. In conclusion, Kira’s future is different from what she had anticipated for herself when she was young, and she is appreciative of it.

  19. Gopa says:

    Nice OEQ Arvind. Really like you’re connection :idea: :idea: ;-)

  20. Gopa says:

    :mrgreen: Nice job Nikita. Love you’re OEQ, especially the way you described the scene and retold your story :grin: . You’re a great writer.

  21. Nicolas says:

    “Nothing’s moving along as it should,” he groaned. “I can’t tell one day from another. Nothing changes, there’s nothing to look forward to, nothing to show for my work. In The Stone, the character Maibon doesn’t want to grow old and want to stay young.
    In the Stone, the moral lesson is that growth and change are natural part of life. How does maibon learn this lesson. Maibon learns his lesson because there was nothing to look fowards. One day Maibon was walking and he saw a old Person, and he didn’t want to grow old. So one day Maibon went for a walk in the woods and saw a dwart named Doli. Doli was stuck under a tree and couldn’t make hime self invisable. Maibon spotted Doli and freed Doli, as a reward Doli gave hima rock, and he got a wish. Maibon wished he would never grow old like the old person he saw. The next day he woke up and nothing changed, ” The chickens wern’t haching..” ” The baby calf stopped growing..”. Maibon tried to get rid of it but it would keep on coming back. Then he saw Doli again and he asked him “why does the rock keep on coming back?” Doli replied” because you don’t really want to get rid of it.” Maibon wanted to get rid of it so he told him he does so Doli told him to go to the top of the mountain and dig a hold, drop the seed and walk away. So Maibon did so and the next day every thing started to grow again.
    Why do you thing growing is essentail part of life? I think growing is an essentail part of life because with out growing life would be the same and we wouldn’t learn anything and we wouldn’t have anything to look fowards to.Ii can relate to this story because when i am having a good time like at a amusement park, or playing sports i dont wanna get older because I no sooner or later im not going to be able to do them types of stuff.
    In conclusion the story is about a person named Maibon and he doent want to grow old.

    -NICOLAS :grin:

  22. kelli.zicha says:

    Hi Anjali,
    Copy your work and paste it under the Gathering Blue OEQ.

  23. Matt G says:

    Nothing’s moving along as it should,” he groaned. “I can’t tell one day from another. Nothing changes, there’s nothing to look forward to, nothing to show for work.” Maibon comes across a dwarf named Doli that was stuck under a rock. Maibon frees him and Doli rewards him with a wish. Maibon wishes that he wouldn’t grow any older than he was. When Doli granted his wish not only he stopped ageing, but everything on his farm. He soon sees that he needs to undo the wish because the crops aren’t growing and the chicks aren’t hatching. Soon Maibon meets with Doli again and gets the wish to be undone.

    Growth is important to life because as you grow older you experience new things. For example, if you don’t grow older you can’t go to college or get a job or get married. If you lived forever things wouldn’t be exciting because you can’t do all of these things. A connection I have to this is when I read this book. A character named Johnny finds a lamp and frees a genii and it grants him his wish. The genii trick him and messes up the wish. He then learns that he should be thankful for what he has. In closing, Maibon learns that growth and change are important. He also realizes that growing older is apart of life.

    :shock:

  24. Chanina W. says:

    HEEY NIKITA!! :mrgreen:
    I like your sound effects! :lol:
    From Chanina :cool:

  25. Anjali says:

    “Jesse seems discouraged.” Jesse feels this way because he saw that his brother, Michael, did better than him. At first, Jesse and Michael were both very confident that this was their year. Michael does very well at the tryouts, especially for the batting, where as Jesse’s tryout went okay. This is where Jesse’s confidence began to sink. Michael hits his first pitch to third base, but Jesse only hit three of his ten pitches. After Michael’s performance, Jesse feels that there is no way he will be selected for the team.
    Jesse’s reaction to the tryouts wasn’t appropriate, because he has to remember that not everyone is amazing at everything. In addition, Michael is older than Jesse, so he shouldn’t lose hope. “He imagined Michael running home with a uniform under his arm while he walked home empty-handed,” this section of the passage proves that Jesse’s thinking wasn’t right. He should’ve accepted it and kept going. This situation reminds me of the time in my swim team, when I received the worst time for one lap. Later on, I felt bad, but then I realized that that I was the youngest there. Furthermore, it showed me that if I just practice, I’ll be as good as anyone! In another book I read a similar thing happened, but the characters kept trying and eventually they succeeded. In conclusion, Jesse is discouraged because his brother outshined him at the tryout. Jesse shouldn’t have felt this way, instead he should understand and keep improving his skills. If Jesse keeps practicing he will someday exceed his expectations!

  26. Victoria T. says:

    Jesse seems discouraged at the end of the story because he’s sure that he didn’t make the tryouts and his brother, Michael, did. During the field and batting test, Jesse did inadequately and Michael did well. Michael had to hold back a smile because he saw the coach mark something on his clipboard, so he took it as a good sign. The coach saw Jesse perform badly, and Jesse knows that he didn’t do well. At one point, the coach laughed at his performance, so that made him feel even more disappointed.
    I think Jesse’s reactions to the tryouts are appropriate because he knows that the coach saw him do very poorly. At first he felt confident, but when he was out on the field, he was very nervous and that caused him to do unsuccessfully. This reminds me of the time when I had to play a song on the piano for the parents at my elementary schools’ talent show. I was very nervous when I sat down on the bench, and that caused me to mess up. The audience still clapped, but I wasn’t as proud as I was before. In conclusion, Jesse is disappointed because he knows that he didn’t make the tryouts for the baseball team, but his brother Michael did.

    this is my OEQ. thank you very much for listening! :razz:

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