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Write a short story that includes all the elements of a story map (i.e., exposition, problem, rising action, climax, falling action, solution, and conclusion).
In a small village, between large mountains and a vast sea, there lived a young boy. This boy had a secret, a secret his mother told him to keep close to his heart and never, ever tell. The boy did not understand why his mother told him to keep his secret, but he dutifully obeyed, hiding away his secret from anyone and everyone he met. One day, when the boy was out playing in front of his home, he saw something in the distance. As the thing moved closer, the boy was able to make out people, many people in fact, all dressed in bright colors and adorned in flowers. The boy ran up the road in awe as the throng of colorful people drew near. They waved and called out in voices so melodic one could mistake it for singing, "Hello boy! Come join us and travel the world! All we ask is one small token from you." The boy was intrigued. He had lived his whole life in his small village, surrounded by the same people day in and day out. Compared to the menagerie of the crowd before him, the people of the little town seemed so dull and lifeless. What adventures awaited him beyond the mountains or over the sea? How could that possibly compare to any token he could give? "What token do you want?" He asked. "Nothing much, just you name." Replied the woman at the front of the crowd. She wore an orange robe and a crown made of flowers so colorful the boy felt he was looking at the sun. "My name? That is not a token." "A name freely given holds great power." The woman said. "I cannot give it, I am sorry. My mother told me to guard it. To keep it a secret from everyone." The boy began to back up, a sense of unease crawling up his spine. The woman before him seemed to shift in the blink of an eye. In the span of second the bright, cheerful woman became something else. The changes were subtle, but shocking in the effect they had. Her neck became just a little too long, her fingers grew an extra knuckle, her eyes lost any white and instead the iris expanded, taking its place. The flowers on her crown rotted and her teeth sharped to fine points, puncturing her lips and drawing small drops of blood. "What a clever mother you must have boy." She hissed, her melodic voice turning harsh and grating. "Are you sure you want to give up a life of adventure for this dull little hamlet? We could show you things you can't even imagine, power beyond your wildest dreams." "I cannot." Said the boy, goose bumps rising on his arms. He began to fear that the women would not take no for an answer. Were the rest of the people just as terrifying, hiding behind thinly veiled masks? All of a sudden the sky grew dark, as though day had become night, and the boy began to tremble. In the moment right before darkness fell, he saw the crowd for what it really was. Dozens of creatures just like the women before him, some hunched, others standing taller than any man the boy had ever seen, all with gruesome features and beady eyes. And then, nothing. A bright flash, like lightening had struck the very spot the boy was standing on, blinded the boy and when his eyes finally adjusted to the world again, no one was on the road and the boy was once again alone in his yard. Not knowing what had happened and afraid of the monsters returning, the boy ran inside. When he entered the small home he saw his mother and suddenly began to cry, overwhelmed by what he had just experienced. His mother gathered him in her arms saying, "They came for you, just as I knew they would. They tried to take me when I was young. They tricked your father into going with them and I always knew they would come back for you." The boy hiccuped, trying to stop his tears. He was safe in his mother's arms. He now understood the importance of his secret and he knew he would continue to keep it safely in his heart till the day he died.
Subject: Basic Math
Two plants are growing side by side in a 1 ft tall greenhouse. Plant A grows at a rate of 2in a week and is currently 1.5in tall. Plant B grows at 5cm a week and is currently 6cm tall. Which plant will outgrow the greenhouse first? 1 in = 2.55 cm 12 in = 1 ft
Plant A is currently 1.5in tall. It can grow 12-1.5in = 10.5in before it outgrows the greenhouse. In order to determine how long it will take the plant to grow 10.5in, 10.5/2 = 5.25 weeks, because it will grow 2in a week, meaning to convert the length into weeks it must be divided by the conversion given in the problem of 2in to 1 week. The same can be done for Plant B using cm. First, the height of the greenhouse needs to be converted from feet to inches to centimeters. 1 ft = 12 inches x 2.55 cm = 30.6 cm Plant B can grow 30.6 - 6 = 24.6 cm before it outgrows the greenhouse. It will take 24.6cm/5cm = 4.92 weeks for Plant B to outgrow the greenhouse. Plant B will outgrow the greenhouse in 4.92 weeks, compared to Plant A outgrowing it in 5.25 weeks, meaning Plant B will outgrow it first.
Choose a classic literary character and explain how you think they could be adapted to living in the 21st century. Explain your reasoning for how represent the character.
When examining classic literary characters, Emma, the title character from Jane Austen's "Emma" stands out as a clear choice to adapt for the 21st century. In the novel she is presented as a member of the upper class who is invested in matchmaking those she perceives as "less fortunate." Emma would thrive in the social media fueled environment of the past decade. She is constantly gossiping with her friends and family in the novel and uses the surface information she can glean from small talk to and discourage her protege, Harriet, from marrying a farmer and instead encouraging her to pursue the cold and unfeeling Mr. Elton. Emma's manipulation would fit right into the current culture of social media and reality tv. She would be able to judge future partners based on their profiles and how they are discussed on Twitter and use that information to set up the people in her life. Emma's toxic manipulation in the novel would be aided by the nature of social media. Emma's intelligence and driven disposition would help her to shine in the current culture of entrepreneurship and independence. The desire to be independent and in control within the confines of the societal roles expected of an upperclass lady in Regency England pushes Emma into manipulating her fellow characters. If she was given the opportunities of present day England she may use that same desire to pursue a more meaningful outlet. The Emma of the Regency era pales in comparison to who the Emma of the 21st century could be. Emma of current day England would thrive in the society built on social media profiles and the opportunities to be independent. She might even become a better version of herself when given the chances not afforded to her in the novel. With the chance to put energy into building a career, she could put aside her manipulative tendencies and instead see her friends and family as they are, without discouraging their relationships and pursuits, even with social media profiles to peruse and judge.
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