Why do we kill da green pigs?

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Guest post by my student Michael C. This talented young eighth grader has a wit that I love and I thought you would too. Here, he takes a chance to write about his favorite game in his “opinion post.” See my notes at the end.


by Michael C. 8th grade student, Westwood Schools.


Why is it that we kill the green pigs in “Angry Birds“? Some might say that it is because it is fun, but I have found that there is hardly any fun involved. Just anger at the pigs. What have they done to us? They have not done anything. 


Yet we often become addicted to causing their death. It can not be that we want to help the birds. If we wanted to help them then we would arm them with real weapons, but we launch them to their death instead. 


I believe that it is the frustration they cause us. They are like a puzzle we can not solve. Every waking moment we spend that they are still alive makes us so angry we want to destroy the device that gives them life, but our iphone or ipad is to expensive to destroy, so we destroy the pigs. 


It frustrates us they look so stupid. Such stupid things should be easy to kill, but they are so hard to kill. This makes us very angry. When we fail to kill them, they grin as stupidly as possible. This makes the failure worse, because they look even stupider. This makes us feel stupid, but we suddenly realize something. 


We are not stupid. The game is! We should not have bought it in the first place. But it is to late, for we will never forget the green pigs.


A note from Mrs. Davis


Students should have the chance to do all kinds of writing. Essay writing is not all there is. First person writing in blog style is important. At this point, this student has written three posts and is being challenged to find his voice and have an opinion. We're not working on hyperlinking or other skills, just having a voice and writing in a way that engages the reader. 


At first, I was going to mention about using the word “stupid” but it is interesting. With the way he ends up with the piece, I actually think it is making fun of the game and serves as a repetition of sorts just like we repeat the bird throwing silliness. Thought you would enjoy this.  Great work, Michael C. (thanks to his parents for giving me permission to share this with the world. I hope they let him create his own blog.)

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Vicki Davis is a full-time classroom teacher and IT Director in Georgia, USA. She is Mom of three, wife of one, and loves talking about the wise, transformational use of technology for teaching and doing good in the world. She hosts the 10 Minute Teacher Podcast which interviews teachers around the world about remarkable classroom practices to inspire and help teachers. Vicki focuses on what unites us -- a quest for truly remarkable life-changing teaching and learning. The goal of her work is to provide actionable, encouraging, relevant ideas for teachers that are grounded in the truth and shared with love. Vicki has been teaching since 2002 and blogging since 2005. Vicki has spoken around the world to inspire and help teachers reach their students. She is passionate about helping every child find purpose, passion, and meaning in life with a lifelong commitment to the joy and responsibility of learning. If you talk to Vicki for very long, she will encourage you to "Relate to Educate" or "innovate like a turtle" or to be "a remarkable teacher." She loves to talk to teachers who love their students and are trying to do their best. Twitter is her favorite place to share and she loves to make homemade sourdough bread and cinnamon rolls and enjoys running half marathons with her sisters. You can usually find her laughing with her students or digging into a book.

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