INP Project – Playlist

For my independent novel, I had the book “On the Come Up” by Angie Thomas. I had read another game by her, and I had loved it. I had a similar experience with this book. For my project, I decided to do the playlist. I had trouble finding songs since my book is mostly about violence, gangs, and drugs, so I decided to focus on the meanings behind the songs instead. Here is what I came up with:


Week #17- News Discussion


Official portrait of STS-47 Mission Specialist Mae C. Jemison, wearing her astronaut spacesuit.


This week on Achieve, I read an article about Mae Jemison. She was the first black female to go to space. She knew she had big dreams ever since she was a little kid. When her teachers asked her what she wanted to be, she replied with “scientist”. They asked her if she meant nurse, but she came back with “no, I mean a scientist”.  She once said : “If only White men explore space, aliens won’t get the whole picture of the human race”.  She wanted to make a difference in the world. After she graduated high school, she attended Stanford. She went on to join the Peace Corps, but quickly realized it was not what she wanted to do. She completely switched her career and began working for NASA. She patiently waited for the news that she would be sent to space, until it finally came. She spent 8 days out of Earth. After her time with NASA was over, she became a college professor. She never gave up on her dream and has become a very successful women because of it.

  1. Would you be brave enough to go to space?
  2. How long would you want your trip to be?
  3. Do you think she was nervous?

Blog #16- INP R0eflection and Project Choice

For my INP, I read the book On the Come Up by Angie Thomas. As expected, I really liked this book. I had read The Hate you Give, which was also written by Angie Thomas. I had LOVED that book and these two books turned out to be similar. Both of them deal with racism in the world. The main character is a girl named Bri who dreams of being a rapper like her legendary dad. He was murdered by a gang. Bri turns to rap as a coping mechanism. Most of her family members are involved in heavy drugs and don’t always make the best decisions. She faces many racial problems at her school, including being thrown to the ground and put in handcuffs because the school thought she was selling drugs, when it was really just candy. She records a song with a producer for the first time and her friends absolutely love it. She’s very talented. Bris behavior starts to change and her mom bans her from rapping which makes her very mad. She runs into the gang that killed her father and they point a gun to her head. They did not fire, instead they stole the chain around Bri’s head, which had been her fathers. Her aunt gets arrested for fighting back against these people. Throughout this book we see Bri’s everyday struggles and what it is like to live in an area that is not very wealthy. I recommend this book for anyone who is looking for something a little different to read.

For my project, I will be doing the playlist.

Blog 15- Free Choice

Authors Style Analysis:


In To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee’s writing style is wordy because of her use of pace, sentence structure, and dialogue .For example Harper Lee states, “Macomb was an ancient town, It was twenty miles East of Finches Landing, awkwardly inland for such an old town. ” (130) . Here, Harper Lee writes with description and detail.. Another example is when Harper Lee states, “I never understood her preoccupation with hereditary. Somewhere, I had received the impression that Fine Folks were people who did the best they could with the sense they had, but Aunt Alexandra was of the opinion, obliquely expressed, that the longer a family had been squatting on one patch of land the finer it was.” (130) (quote and page number). Here, Harper Lee uses long sentences that are very lengthy and wordy Overall, Lee’s wordy style provides lots of description and provides detail towards the story. 

Mari Speaks Up- Blog 14

Mari was just a young girl living in Flint Michigan. The water where she lived was contaminated to the point where it was not drinkable. She wanted to do something about this. She wrote a letter to the President, expecting him to be too busy to respond, but too her surprise, he actually did. Obama was so impressed with Mari being able to take initiative when no one else was. He granted them $100 million to help fix their water system. She later partnered with many companies to help people in need of water filters and other supplies. This is just the beginning of her story. She is not going to stop helping, and she even is determined to run for president in 2044.

How would you react if the president wrote back to you?

Why do you think no one else where Mari lived was doing anything about this issue?

Do you think you could handle all of the pressure put on this little girl?

Mari Copeny is standing in front and to the right of a sign that says Flint

Creative Vocab 12- Three Truths and a Lie

Figurative Language


  • A simile is an example of this
  • There are only 3 kinds of figurative language
  • A hyperbole is an example of this
  • A metaphor is an example of this



  • A type of figurative language
  • Refers to another famous text
  • When you compare things using like or as
  • Left up to the audience to make the direct connection


  • A figure of speech
  • A big exaggeration
  • Used in poetry
  • When the same sound is used many times throughout a sentence


  • Very broad
  • Very descriptive
  • Allows you to picture things
  • Type of figurative language



  • Signifies opposite meaning
  • Sometimes humorous
  • Always serious
  • A rhetorical device

INP Book Choice- Week 12

The book I was given is called On the Come Up. It was written by Angie Thomas. I had read a similar book by her called The Hate You Give and I loved it! I am very excited to read this. It seems to have similar topics, mostly being about racial issues. These really interest me because I like knowing how other people feel and being able to sympathize with them. It is crazy how different people are treated just because they look different from “normal”. Its honestly disgusting and it shocks me when reading it. These books also include many family problems, which I think is relatable to many teens. I can see myself liking this book!



Blog 10- New Discussion


painting of a yoga teacher wearing robes and sitting cross legged with smaller portraits of women in robes above him

This week on Achieve, I read the article: “Yoga’s Surprising History”. Yoga has been around for a very long time, to my surprise. It has existed since about 2700 BCE. It can be used to improve your muscles and calm stress levels. Instead of used for exercise, it was used for religion and some rituals. It slowly changed over time into being used for self improvement. Ancient yoga focused more on breathing and sound. Now, it is about posing and stretching. The most popular yoga poses have only been around for 100 years. Although yoga has changed a lot throughout the years, it still contains the original roots. It is still about mindfulness and keeping your health up.

  1. Have you ever tried yoga?
  2. If so, did it make you feel less stressed?
  3. Were you aware that is has been around for such a long time?


Blog #8- Creative Vocab

3 truths and a lie



This word is a noun

It is a violation of a law

A synonym is offense

An antonym is crime



It means to have a harmful effect

This word is a noun

This word is an adjective

A synonym for this word is destructive



It means to make smaller

This word is a verb

A synonym for this word is increase

An antonym is to decrease



Can be both a noun and a verb

Is only a noun

Is an open rebellion against authority

A synonym is revolt



Means to be brave

Is a verb

A synonym for this word is courageous

An antonym for this word is timid



This word is a noun

It means future generations

This word means past generations

Another word for this could be offspring