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We were asked to write Descriptive Essay about something that happened in our life. I chose to write about the summer earlier that year. “Out in the 90-degree weather and a storm we were up on the roof trying to prevent the resistant leaks”. As I realize now this first assignment in English was really the backing of the whole year. I had to learn to be more descriptive and creative at the same time. It was a bit challenging at first because I did not write like this before. As time went on and the projects called for more and more I started writing better and better.
Oddly enough the project that I surpassed my standard for writing was the Monologue Project for History. For this project we had to pick a human rights struggle. I had to do a lot of research to understand and convey the topic clearly. I had chosen drug trafficking because of the different reasons to do it and how some people don’t really have a choice. “I know she needs the money but its drug money!”(Scene-1). The daughter had kidney disease and the family needed fast money to pay for her medical bills. This project forced me to be very original, descriptive and creative. Though, we had a little help from Kate from Young Playwrights. She helped most of the class and I our plays. Even still it really pushed my ability and raised the bar for realistic fiction writing that will come in the future.
The Sweatshop trial that we as a class did in middle of the year was probably the most enjoyable activity for history. The class split up into groups to take positions on the real world problem sweatshops. Each group was questioned on the amount of control that they had on the situation and why it was still going on. “U.S. Consumers - If you wanted these “sweat shops” to end, you would have to stop buying into these companies”. As well as, each group had to present opening and closing statements on their position. Finally, as a class we voted to see which group we thought had the most guilt. My group was the Poor Country Ruling Elite. We had to research a ton of statistics, information and articles to fathom our position and perspective on the issue. This assignment taught me about perspective because we had to really see from a group of people’s point of view on a hard issue.
The most interesting piece
of work this year was the Night Artwork for English class. After we finished the book Night, which
is about life in a concentration camp, we were asked to make some sort of art
to go with another issue of the book. There were no limits so I created a video
of key things in the book. I tried to be creative as I could in designing the
video, what items to put where and what type of music should be playing. An important thing I learned was how to
incorporate skills such as perspective and creativity into one project. This also showed me a new medium in
which to express the many forms of English.
Overall this year has been very enjoyable and memorable. I learned many new things and polished others that we rough. I hopefully will remember the experiences or the hard earned skills. English and History class in sophomore year was a wonderful opportunity.
We learned factual topics but some were on more of a personal level. In English class we were challenged with writing many different types of poems. We learned how to write the different types of poems and read examples written by a variety of authors. The poems in the Poetry Portfolio had very few guidelines and I found myself writing about personal things. Its not easy writing about personal things and publicizing the for many people to read. “When I found out no one would hear the words I spoke. The day I was silenced. The day you didn't want to hear me” (Poetry Portfolio). I am more of a shy person but for some reason I have grown out of that and I am not so shy on personal topics. I think as this year went on I learned more about the people around making me more comfortable.
For an odd project for both English and History, we were a part of the Art in the Open festival on the Schuylkill River. We got to work with professionals to create our own site specific performance, which is a performance, which relates directly to the place you are performing it in. My group called out The Movement That Never Stops, I thought that I wouldn’t be able to do it well and create a good piece but when you work hard at something it will turn out great. We worked through hot and long day up until our performances and all of them turned out great. The Leah Stein Dance Company helped us tremendously and showed us that we could create pieces from scratch that are of high quality.
A key component in factual topics is research; we were presented with a project about a larger issue of the world. I did much research on the topic I chose which was education crisis in Afghanistan. The research leads to another project, Monologue Project. This project used the facts we learned about our larger issue to create monologue from different viewpoints of people that might have been affected by the issue. This is where I learned many different useful sites to use for general researching and I learn that there is never a thing as too much research. This is where I my stamina while doing projects, meaning I learned that I would do a large amount of work to make something good. “I felt like he took me with him, that the outside of the gate didn’t mean freedom but controlled”(Monologue Project).
Another factual project was the Religion Project that dealt with a lot of research. All of my classmates chose different religions to research and do the project on. But religion is a touchy topic for many people, and when you go to a very diverse school, you have to learn to be respectful. I had to learn to not get offended by what people say about my religion. I think this year and project helped me to not be so closed to what people say and not to take offense to things people say. It’s a part of growing up, everyone has their own opinion and I learned to respect them even if I don’t like them. I learned that I could respect something but not agree with it.
I can say that I learn so much this year in these two classes. There was a lot of work and effort that I had to put into the work but in the end it was complete and I am happy that I survived sophomore year.
El razón porque escogimos estos imágenes es porque en el imagen de guarra solo hay hombres y no mujeres. Hay mujeres que querían pelear por los dos lados pero no podían porque fueron mujeres. El imagen de la cocina es muy estereotípica. Durante la regimen de Franco las mujeres quedaron en la cocina casi por todo el día.
3) Primero hicimos las lineas para la actuación. Segundo ponemos los disfraces y filmamos la película. Tercero editamos y ponemos en forma de flv. El proceso fue difícil y fácil en algunos partes. Un parte difícil para los hombres es ponerse maquillaje porque nunca han puesto y fue raro ponerse. Crear y editar el video fue mas o menos difícil. El parte mas fácil fue la actuación y creando las lineas para la película.
4) Una cosa que me gusta es que el video tiene humor pero la historia también es seria y muestra que mujeres fueron inferiores en es tiempo de la historia de España. Lo que cambiare es añadir una escena con un hombre y mujer mostrando que las mujeres no podían hacer nada afuera de la casa sin que un hombre la compagina. También las mujeres solo cocinaron, crearon las niños, y hicieron cosas por la casa.
For my project, I made a video. In this video, I don't have a lot of pictures of me when I was younger because I can't find any at home. The only ones I found are in the video. I felt as though I worked really hard for this project because this is the last project and that was the only way to get an A in this class. I think I did really well with the script. That would be like the best part of my project. If I were to do this project again, I wouldn't change much because I like the way it is right now. By doing this project, I felt as though I've learned a lot this year because it's like a reflection to all the things we've learned through out the year.
I didn't like is project that much because I feel as though we did not have enough time to complete each parts. We were given a week to complete each parts which is not enough time if you are trying to do it right. There are two of my arts that I did really well on, I guess is because I spend more time's doing them than I did for any other ones. If I were given more time, my project would have been even better. I did worked hard on each one of my arts, and I worked best to my ability.I would have done so much better if I had enough time to finish. I’m every grateful for doing those arts because they make me feel like I have learn so much about art. That I can draw a picture on my own without anyone’s help. Doing this project send a message that I’m really doing well at drawing, I guess is because I now understand the messages behind my arts. Art wasn’t always my thing because I thought art had no purpose and you can’t express yourself with art like how you can with words. I was wrong because I’m expressing how I feel about my own work and how seeing my own work like this, affects me. I’m looking forward to the next year.
Esto es el link por mi proyecto:
La experiencia de la guerra civil en España fue algo muy doloroso por toda la gente pero creo que también es algo que lo ayudo mucho, la guerra civil es historia, si es algo mala o buena no es importante. Le que importa es lo que aprenderán de la guerra y como están ahora. Y por esto La tema de mi proyecto es “los efectos de la guerra civil.” Por este proyecto yo no quise explicar solamente una de todas las cosas que pasaron durante y después de la guerra, por eso escogí hacer una Collection de poemas que representaron todo y se conectaron con una tema mas grande, y esto es la guerra civil.
Cuando empecé este proyecto tenia “major writers block” y no sabia de que me estaba metiendo, entonces me acorde de todas las personas que sufrieron en la guerra, todos los niños que murieron y todas las mujeres maltratadas, y mi “writers block” se fue. No se porque pero entonces no podía dejar de escribir, todas las películas que vimos en clase sobre la guerra civil y todas las cosas que aprendimos me llegaron. Y creo que por esto escribí ocho poemas de la guerra civil. Me gusto mucho mi presentación final porque reflecte lo mucho que trabaje tenerlo, yo creo que mi proyecto final es muy sentido y no creo que cambiara algo si podía.
The process for completing my project was brainstorming, outlining the content, writing sentences in spanish, peer-reviewing sentences, re-writing the sentences, gathering the pictures needed, putting them together into a book. Unfortunately I wasn't able to get the book printed in time so attached is a pdf with all the pages in it.
I feel like I did very well on putting together the pictures into book in Aperture.
I would use my time better and finish it very early so that I could order the book and have it be in my hand on the day its due.
I learned how to describe what I want to be when I grow up, what i liked when i was younger, what i like now, what i will like in the future, what i don't like, what i didn't like in the past, what I will not like in the future, what Im doing after i graduate high school, and how to describe what i was like when i was young and currently.