Monthly Archives: January 2015

Bullying by Marie

In this essay I will talk about bullying, what is the best thing to do when you see someone being bullied, and what to do when your friend is a bully.

  When someone is a bully it means that he doesn’t care how other people feel when he is mean to them. He/she doesn’t respect others, they only care about themselves. Bullies think they are the best. They also think that when they are being mean and hurting someone’s feelings they are cool. That isn’t true, so think about that: don’t do something to others, if you don’t want others doing it to you. Being a bully isn’t nice, would you like being bullied (mostly for people who are bullies)? When someone is a bully he/she will get in big trouble if the teacher finds out. So, think about all these things and tell bullies what is the correct thing to do.

  When you see someone being bullied never ignore them, help them out because if you don’t care, maybe a time will come when you are being bullied and you wouldn’t like it if nobody helped you. Here are some ways to help other people: talk to the bully about the previous things you read or tell your friend to ignore the bully. If you don’t want to get involved, call an adult.

  If one of your friends becomes a bully you better find someone else to play with or talk to your friend. Tell your friend that being a bully isn’t cool, hurting other’s feelings isn’t respectful, and ask them if they would like to be bullied.

  I think all these things will make bullies change their behavior and become kind, respectful, friendly, and caring people.

Nether Again by Daphne

You might not know some of the words so you will find their meaning and a picture at the glossary at the end of the story.

A flash of white. Chicken I thought. Then brown Cow I thought. Then my brain made a simple equation; Cow + Iron Sword = Leather. I needed leather badly so I turned around and sprinted to the cow, killing it and receiving two leather and three raw beef.

“Yes!” I complimented myself, “Now I can make an enchanting table so I can go to…” My voice trailed off. No need to think about that now! I checked my compass , hoping Notch programmed it correctly. Nothing seemed familiar! Don’t worry, I told myself, this is only the second time I am returning from the valley and ravine region. I suddenly saw the welcoming glow of torches in the distance.

“I’M HOME!!” I cried happily, sprinting across the forest floor and charging into the lake to get to my house on the other side. I ran past the animal pen and dashed into my cave home, safely depositing three stacks of iron ore, twenty-five gold ore and sixteen lapis lazuli into a chest.

“Good,” I commented, “but now I must make a very important decision…” I reached into my chest again and selected a diamond pickaxe.

“So, will I go or not?” I pondered. Having a diamond pickaxe meant having an opportunity to go to the Nether. Then, I made the big, but dangerous, decision. I would build a portal and venture into the other dimension. Before I could do this I had to acquire some obsidian. That would be easy since I knew where to find some. I set off to the cave system near my home. I ran down the mining stairway I had made, jumping down when it was safe. I ignored the Redstone torches leading to the second ravine and turned right, towards the lava pools. I mined ten obsidian blocks with my diamond pickaxe and slowly made my way up to the surface. Once I was in my cave home, I decided to make a chest of necessary items for the Nether. Inside I added two stacks of stone, iron armor, my iron sword, an iron pickaxe and (with hesitation) my diamond pickaxe. Now I was prepared to go.

With my iron sword in hand, I took a deep breath and stepped through the portal. While LOADING TERRAIN was written on the screen in big bold letters, I wondered whether this was a good idea. The Nether was dangerous and I could die in a matter of moments! No! I told myself fiercely This was the right decision and now way am I going to die!

Finally, the game screen turned black and then came back to normal The ‘pleasant’ sight of the Nether greeted me. Hoards of Zombie Pigmen were everywhere, I could see lava cascading down the hills of gravel, glowstone and netherrack. Then I heard a wail. Oh, great, I thought just what I need now. I quickly took a step to the side as a ghast fireball whizzed past my screen, narrowly missing me.

I dashed out and made a stone barrier around me. I waited. And waited. And waited. Then I peeked over the edge. Was it safe? NO! Two more fireballs flew past. The first one missed me but the next sphere smashed into my wall; BOOM! I took several hearts of damage so I sprinted away from the ghast as fast as I could. Finally, I was safe. Now I was able to do the main thing I came here for: mining. I selected my diamond pickaxe and got to work getting plenty of netherrack, glowstone and nether quartz.

I could have left when I finished , but I chose not to. I wanted to kill some of the mobs since they had some useful drops. I advanced on the nearest gang of Zombie Pigmen and raised my sword. Then I hit one. They all grunted and charged at me. In response, I started madly swinging my sword until they were all gone. Then I had a cunning idea…

I grabbed two blocks of stone and stacked them up so I was two blocks in the air. I took my bow and fired an arrow at a Zombie Pigman that was too far to hit with a sword. The Pigmen nearest to me charged and swung at me from underneath my pillar. I struck back. Ha I thought they’ll never get me from up here! But I was wrong. With one lucky hit from the Pigmen, I found myself running across the Nether’s red terrain trying frantically to escape. Then the worst possible thing happened: I fell into a hole. Silly hole! I thought

The Pigmen streamed in after me in an angry mob swinging their gold swords. I dealt as much damage as I could, but that wasn’t enough. Eventually my last health points were gone and it was Game Over.

“Noooo! Why did that happen?!” I cried. I grabbed a sword and leapt back into the Nether Portal to reclaim my items. Once the last Zombie Pigmen had died I took back whatever items I could and decided to collect one more stack of Netherrack and then head back home. Once that task was done, I headed towards my portal and stepped through. Finally the game loaded and I ran to my bed and slept. The next day I smelted the Netherrack. But I decided that I was ‘Nether’ going to the Nether again!
The End


  • Leather: Leather is an item obtained by killing cows.
  • Enchantment Table: An enchantment table is a block that allows players to spend their experience point levels to enchant tools, books and armor.
  • Notch: Markus Alexej Persson, more commonly known as Notch, is the creator of Minecraft and the owner of Mojang.
  • Nether: The Nether is a hell-like dimension in Minecraft.
  • Nether Portal: A Nether Portal is a structure which acts as a gateway between the Overworld and Nether. It is built as a frame of obsidian (4×5 blocks), which you ignite with flint and steel to activate it. The four corners of the frame are not required, but portals created by the game will always include them.  Nether_Portal
  • Obsidian: Obsidian is a deep purple and black block known for its blast resistance and strength. It is used to make Nether Portals.
  • Obsidian
  • Gravel: Gravel is a common type of block that is affected by gravity.
  • Gravel
  • Glowstone: Glowstone is a light-emitting blocks that appears in the Nether.
  • Glowstone
  • Netherrack: Netherrack is a rock-like block that makes up most of the Nether’s terrain.
  • Zombie Pigmen: Zombie Pigmen are neutral mobs that live in the Nether.

  • Zombie_Pigman
  • Ghast: Ghasts are huge, floating squid-like Nether mobs that shoot explosive fireballs at players.
  • Fireball: Ghasts launch fireballs at players. They create an explosion when they come in contact with blocks and mobs and deal many hearts of damage.
  • Fireball
  • Nether Quartz: Nether Quartz Ore is the only ore available in the Nether and the only way to obtain quartz.
  • Nether Fortress: Nether Fortresses are structures that are naturally generated in the Nether. They are bridge structures constructed of Nether Bricks, Nether Brick Fences, and Nether Brick Stairs.