Tag: Literacy

20 Minute City Writing


Title A 20 Minute City
Introduction A 20 minute city is a concept of commuting to different facilities in under 20 minutes, hence the name “20 minute cities”. It would be quicker and better than a normal city. A 20 minute city would have everything from supermarkets, hospitals, parks and recreation, education and even public transport, all in the span of 15-20 minutes. There are many benefits of living in a 20 minute city.

1st element

The first benefit is travel. Since public facilities will be within reach in 20 minutes, it’s faster to travel since you don’t need to travel anywhere else but the suburb that you live in. For example, if you are trying to go to the dairy in a normal city, travel times would take around 5-15 minutes. But thanks to the amazing concept of a 20 minute city, travel times get sliced into a good 3-10 minutes. In fact, some residents can walk there in just a couple minutes.

2nd element

My second benefit is emissions and money which is in relation to the first benefit. Since commuting is way closer, you would save petrol, which would lower emissions in a 20 minute city, rather than increasing emissions by traffic jams on the motorway. Saving petrol would also save money, and even your mental health, let me explain.

Since there wouldn’t be as much traffic, you would have good mental health because you won’t have to show your misery in your regular rush hour traffic. But a 20 minute city would be close enough to take a bus or even walk to work.


3rd element

My third and final benefit is mental health. Since there would be lower emissions, active commuting and with the editions of greenspace and parks and traffic jams. Quality air would be a big reason.
Conclusion So those were benefits to a 20 minute city. Travel, saving money and mental health. This topic was very interesting and I hope that this idea goes forward into countries. In fact cities like Paris, Barcelona and even New York. 

Dawn Raid 3

Hey guys. Today I have finished Part 3 of the Dawn Raid story. I have been really interested in this book. So have the time to check out the slides. And on the last slides is where I have to do these create tasks. Those tasks are below this blurb.

Task 1: Sofia’s jumping onto milk truck scene

Task 2: Sofia’s money jar

Gary Soto – Seventh Grade

Seventh Grade – Gary Soto 

This task is all about efficiency and how we can improve, this is because this week’s work is short and simple unlike other tasks in the past. And we are reading Seventh Grade by Gary Soto. Click the title above to read it yourself! Or listen my very own voice over of the story it the bottom of this blog post.

Contents on this blog post.

  1. Story question/Response to Text
  2. My voice over rubric
  3. The voice over itself


  • To monitor ourselves to fully complete the task.
  • To read out loud with expression and fluency.

What is our success criteria?

  • Make sure that the task is completed by Friday.
  • I will read clearly with punctuation.

First some questions

Answer the following questions about Seventh Grade.

Scroll down to see the voiceover and it’s rubric.



Question Answer
What background information do you learn about Victor? Victor is a boy in Fresno who went to Saint Theresa’s with Teresa who is Victor’s crush.
When the boys scowl, the girls look at them. What might the girls be thinking? The girls think that they might be nice but won’t take it seriously.
What obstacles are getting in the way of Victor making Teresa “his girl”? Won’t speak confidently and French properly.
How does the tension increase now that Victor and Teresa are in the same class together? The tension already encrusted when Victor had a thought about Teresa being in French class with him because Teresa was in French back Saint Theresa’s.
Why did the teacher turn his back and walk to the blackboard? To make the class sing the lyrics on the blackboard.

Or to not make Victor embarrassed.

The French teacher, Mr. Bueller, realises that Victor is faking his knowledge of French, yet he does not let on about it. What impression does Mr. Bueller’s action tell you about him as a person and as a teacher? He is a pretty chill teacher, I think that he doesn’t yell that much and he resolves problems whether it’s awkwardly faking French and helping people do french.



Create an audiobook version of the story. 

  • Using Online Voice Recorder or another recording tool, record yourself reading ‘Seventh Grade’. 
  • Make sure you listen to this version first. Try to read at a similar speed and tone. 
  • Record yourself for at least 5 minutes. 
  • Listen back to yourself reading and score yourself using this rubric
  • Share you’re recording and marked rubric on your blog


Voice Over Rubric

This is a rubric for my voice over version of Seventh Grade.

 If you don’t know what a rubric is, a rubric is an awesome way to record data and mark your own work. There will be 4 topics that will score from 1-4 and then out of 16 overall. In this case, it is to show how fluent my reading was in the recording aka the voice over. So I recommend listening to the voice over BEFORE checking the rubric.

 And to listen to my voice over, listen to it below this slideshow.


The Voice over

This is the voice over to Seventh Grade made by ME. It also includes a short description of who Gary Soto is as extra because I was having a fun time that day.

PS: I didn’t say the French teacher (Mr Bueller) correctly so please bear with me near the end of the story, Thanks!