Friday, March 10, 2017

Long Walk To Water "Review"

My class just finished the book "Long Walk to Water" and it was not that bad of a book. I would recommend you to read it. I though that the book was very entertaining because it talked about two people's stories in Africa. The boy was Salva, and he had to get away from war. When he did he came to America with a new family. Then, he went back to Africa to build wells for people that are in conditions like he was. The girl, Nya, was in that condition with no water and had to travel a days worth to get water for her family. At the end, which was my favorite part, Nya had went up to the man who built the well for her village and turns out it was Salva, so the two stories came together in the end. The theme of this book is to solve one problem at a time, or to take one step at a time. In conclusion, this book has a very good story and theme to say, so you should read the book "Long Walk to Water".

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Yes for Music!

In class, as you know we are doing arguments, so here is what I have so far:

Yes for Music!
How would you like it if the school disposed the music program? There wouldn't be any high school band for the football games, or any concerts to go watch. Music, in many ways, helps you with your academics. Schools need to have longer music classes.
The first reason music classes should be longer is it helps with language development. To begin with, children come into the world ready to decode sounds and words; music education helps enhance those natural abilities. A second reason is that scientists say, “Growing up in a musically rich environment, it’s often advantageous for children’s language development.” Finally, the relationship between music and language development is socially advantageous to young children. Language development and skills will increase if we have longer music classes.

The second reason is longer music classes improve spatial-temporal skills, which means that understanding music can help children visualize many elements that should go together. In fact, we can solve more multi-step problems someone would come to in architecture, math, engineering, gaming, art, and working with computers. Not only, but also, math can come into music when counting rhythms, grouping beats, and looking at time signatures. Finally, research has proved that children often show improved reasoning skills that come into play when doing puzzles, playing chess, or conducting mathematical deductions. Therefore, this is another reason why we need longer band and choir classes.

The third and final reason is having longer music classes will increase the IQ of students. Children who were taught music over the school year tested three IQ points higher than other students. Another study states that scientists have found a small increase in IQs of younger children who were given weekly voice and instrument lessons or classes. One more study shows that if students take music classes the IQ raises strongly. For example, six years of music lessons raised the IQ of younger children by seventy-five points. These are reasons why our school needs longer music classes.

Some people may say that music distracts students from the academic sections and they spend too much time on music and not on homework. To that I say that taking all that time with music helps improve your math and reading scored by seven and a half points! I know it is an astonishing fact, but in the article “Music lessons may boost IQ and grades” by C. Munsey it is stated that six years of music classes can raise your IQ points.

In conclusion, our schools need to have longer music classes because music helps with language development, it improves spatial-temporal skills, and music increases the IQs of students and children.

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Argument Hook

Hey, my class is writing an argument, and I am going to test out some hooks for the beginning. My claim is that music classes should be longer than other classes. Let me know which hook is the best one.

An Anecdote(short story): When Sally got to school she saw a sign on the band room door that band class was canceled. She was devastated because that was her favorite class in school. She thought to herself, "Why did it have to be a music class? Couldn't it be another class?"

A surprising fact: There are few activities in life that utilizes the whole brain and music does use the                                    whole brain.

A rhetoric question: How would you like it if the school got rid of the music program? There wouldn't be any high school band for the football games, or any concerts to go watch.

A quote“If I were not a physicist, I would probably be a musician. I often think in music. I live my daydreams in music. I see my life in terms of music.”         

-Albert Einstein 

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Thursday, February 16, 2017


I am writing an argument and my topic is that music classes should be longer than other classes. I already know that if you do music it helps the brain with multi tasking, but I will have to look up what else music helps you with in school and in life.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Hello World!

My name is Cassidy. I am a seventh grader, and I am excited to use blogger. This is very complicated, but I think I will have fun. My teacher, Mr. Croy, wants us to start this, so my whole class has started Blogger. I am looking forward to doing Blogs.