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As part of a unit on writing Opinion pieces, Kingsley fifth-graders wrote reviews on a topic of their choice related to 2020. Here are some of the reviews, by students who chose to submit their work:
The Year 2020
By Omar Brown
Imagine being in a year where some of your favorites died. That is 2020. 2020 is going to be one of the worst years of my life because of everything that happened that year.
First of all 2020 is the worst year of my life because of all the people that died: Kobe Bryant, Chadwick Boseman, George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, King Von. Most of all the deaths this year were from Covid. Kobe Bryant was one of my favorite players, and when he died I felt sad inside. “Black Panther” turned out to be one of my favorite Avengers. He helped people with cancer and he also struggled with it himself.
My second reason 2020 is bad is because there were police brutality and protests about George Floyd and Breonna Taylor. For about 2 months everyone saw on the news George Floyd getting choked to death by a police officer. Then Breonna Taylor was killed by police. Then the protests started. Also, I went to one of them.
Not all bad things happened this year. There’s this app called TikToK with over 100 million people on it. One other good part of this year was Christmas. I asked for a gaming computer. New Year’s was also going to be a good day because last year would be over. I also wonder if 2021 will have more or less Covid cases, and I hope it is less.
That’s really it. I am glad that this year is almost over. It was terrible. 2020 was a great experiment for a horror movie and I hope that 2021 is going to be better, but probably in a few years there will be the real horror movie year. If I had to rate this year. I would rate it 0 out of 10. I feel like there will be a worse year than this.
The Video Game That Saved My Year!
By Timayah Burgess-Hawkins
With spending so much time in the house, finding a great video to play was the best thing ever. Playing Roblox kept me from going crazy in the year of 2020.
One reason Roblox is great is because you can create a new game. For example, I made a game named Rocket Ship Town so what you do in the game is you get to ride a rocket ship and you also get to get a magic flying carpet and there are lots of buildings. But I’m not done with the game. The game had over 700 visits. I’m going to be doing updates on the game soon on Roblox Studio. You can do so many things like make stuff move, open doors and make an explosion. You make gear and make zombies in cars and you also can make the sky change colors. It’s super cool. You can download stuff that makes the sky change colors or nighttime to daytime and you can make lights turn on and you can make a rocket, a moon and a planet.
Another reason Roblox is great is because you play games made by other people. For example I made a lot of stuff on Build a Boat for Treasure, like I made a rocket, a limousine and a car. Roblox is a 3D game. You get to move your camera and jump in when you join a game, and you have an inventory. You can change your character and you can buy stuff from the shop.
The last reason I love this game is because you get to trade limited items on Roblox if you have premium, and you get to have a group and you can play with multiple people. For example, you get to make a group for a hundred Robux, and then you get to make shirts and pants and t-shirts, and then you get into a group only if someone buys your shirt. There are people in your group and you can check who bought your shirts in your group. You can make a lot of Robux in a group, and on Roblox you can have friends and followers. You can follow people and there are events on Roblox that you can play in and get free items from, and there are also codes that you can redeem for items in another way.
To get Robux you get to go to a store and get a Roblox gift card that you can redeem to get Robux. There’s a $5 Roblox gift card, a $10 Roblox gift card, a $20 Roblox gift card, a $50 Roblox gift card and a $100 Roblox gift card.
These are just some of the many things that you can use Robux for in the game. That’s why Roblox is a five star game that is worth playing. It’s also free, so what are you waiting for!