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Blinding Silence is a series of scenes connected by the paradox that is America's media reflection. Audience members are first introduced to an attention deprived remote reminiscing about how her owner used to fondle her backside and her best friend, an authoritative remote tired of listening to futile conversation about last night's episode of the Bachelor. The audience is then taken on a journey behind the screen, led by the remote, cell phone, and other unconventional characters.
The entire cast of this play were students from Science Leadership Academy, most of them with little to no acting experience. Through a variety of theater games, I was able to help them feel more comfortable on stage and with each other. From the beginning of the project, I made it very clear that they were a creative team and were instrumental in creating the final product that took the stage. I took in their thoughts, feedback, and ideas fleshed out in theater games and used them to create the play. Their collaboration was essential for devising this type of work.
For my senior Capstone, I decided to host a blood drive and I worked on creating a website for future SLA’ers or anyone in general to locate if they wanted to host their own blood drive. The main reason for my Capstone is because next year, I will be studying pre-nursing and rather than just shadowing a nurse and learning about what goes on in hospitals, I wanted to do something more and help people firsthand. Well, I’ll be helping firsthand in a way. I won’t be interacting with patients, but I will help them by signing everyone up for donations. The blood drive was a perfect way to do that because Philadelphia is a huge city with a lot of surrounding hospitals full of patients who need all different types of blood. Not only was I able to help patients directly, but I was able to educate some of my peers along with the Red Cross employees who came to visit. Not everyone realizes how much we need blood in hospitals because they help keep patients healthy rather than for blood transfusions.
My Capstone addresses the all of the SLA core values. I researched the many things about blood drives and blood types in order to be able to educate people on my Blood Drive Guide website. Until you’re a senior in Mr. Best’s Anatomy and Physiology class, you do not realize what the difference is between blood types and how fatal it could be if blood types were to mix. While doing these things, I also researched about high school students and donating blood in general. Basically, there are requirements high school students must meet in order to donate that normal donors do not due to their iron count and other things. I found ways to raise the iron count and sent out mass emails to everyone who signed up to donate so that it would not be a huge issue. I also had a team help me out from school and the Red Cross to gather donors. At the beginning of my blood drive sign-ups, there were not many people signed up. In order to get more people interested, we broke up into pairs (one SLA student and one Red Cross representative) to inform people up front. In the end, all of the information we gathered and presented to everyone resulted in a really high attendance of donors. A high attendance helped me exceed the original goal we had set.
In order to complete this Capstone, the first thing I had to do was find a contact from the Red Cross to guide me through the event process. I did not know how to plan such an important event so I asked a peer who had previously hosted a blood drive for her contact person. After we got in contact, we met and I got to get a better understanding of the blood drive. We met occasionally, but when we did, we established goals to have completed before our next meeting.
I think the most difficult thing about the event was when we planned it. The event was on the week after the week we got back from Spring Break. Right after Spring Break, I had to hustle to remind everyone to sign up for the blood drive. However we got over that issue by going to people to sign up rather than just waiting for them to find time on their own. I guess that was the most successful way to get people interested and to make it easier on them because it was Benchmark season at the time.
What I am most proud of in this Capstone was that the entire SLA community contributed to the blood drive in some way. Although not everyone donated, a lot of my peers have shown an interest but due to the weight requirements, they could not. Even if not everyone had the chance to donate if they wanted to, they still alerted their friends to participate as well. I did not expect for so many people to be interested in donating.
From this process, I learned more about the blood drive process. While I was researching things to teach everyone else, I also learned more about blood and everything in between for myself as well. Not only did I learn the scientific requirements for this Capstone, but I also learned how to host a school event. When gathering participants for an event, you have to make everything available and in their face in a way. Sometimes people are interested and consider doing something, but they forget by the time they have a moment to sign up. So going to all of the juniors and seniors in their advisories personally, I gathered more participants/donors than I had anticipated.
If I could do this Capstone all over again, I would definitely plan a better date to recruit donors. The event being the second Tuesday right after Spring Break made it difficult because I had a week to crunch down on time and get everyone to sign up. If I were to do this in the future, I would definitely keep the event date in mind. But other than that, I believe this was very successful. I think SLA will be better because I have set a new bar for future blood drive hosts. We broke our SLA record of donors and although the sign ups were at a rocky start, with my team’s determination to get as many people as we possibly could and the diversity of my team, we have been able to have a great drive.
Choose another secondary character from Othello (that is, not Othello or Iago or Desdemona) and investigate the play for his/her perspective. Answer the following prompts in paragraph format (150-200 words.)
Name a couple of important scenes that this character appears in. (You'll have to look them up, and include the act and scene numbers.)
- What does this character observe first hand? (What do they see personally?)
- What does this character observe second hand? (What are they told by other characters?)
- How can we understand this character's motivations better when we concentrate only on their scenes?
My name is Emila What I see is this young pretty lady who's in love with a man and would do anything for him. He also mistreats her and she doesn't know why, I mean I been around for sometime now and I'm starting to see the difference between the two.I felt it weird how my husband ask for the hanckercheif . I didn't want to ask any questions because I have to respect him. But over the time I saw that my lady was scare and I didn't have the heart to tell her what I've have done because then I would of been killed, but I never knew what my lord want it for. I think we can have a better understanding the scenes because if anyone see that way he started talkin to her and how he call her whores and hit her. and the only part about it is that she does not know what really going.
Write a character background using your Character Sheet as a guide. Tell the story of the life of the character before they enter the play. Explain how these events influenced them to be the kind of person they are duing the events of the play.
150 - 200 words.
I’m married to Iago, We been together for some time now and thought about having children some day.
I consider my self a wonderful women of god and to my lord. On the other had I’m a maid for my mistress Desdemona and when I’m with her it seem as if we talk about anything and I love my Mistress becuase she does not treat me as if i’m her maid I would think of my self as a friend to her or something like a sister who I have to perform my dutys to. However when I found out my husband lie to Othello about how my Mistress has faults him I started to see the Iago was a bad man and only care about his self and not me as his wife.Iago wanted to killed who ever got in his way including me, It was unforgetable how he could of hurt his friend Othello and my Mistress Desdemond and then on top of that hurting me most of all his wife some who care and love him for him.
This is your last journal before your group's performance on Tuesday! Please respond to the following prompts in paragraph format (150-200 words):
- What specific actions, movements, and tone of voice are you bringing to your character during your performance?
- What PROP and/or COSTUME item is your character going to have? (It is your job to brainstorm one item that you are responsible for. Some props are clear, like a handkercheif or a wine glass. Others will take a little more creativity!)
- What is going to make your group's presentation stand out? What have you worked on and agreed on as a group for your scene?
I’m othello and I see that my character has a nasty tone he does not care about anyone but his self durning my performance because she was letting Iago get to him telling him anything that was true becuase Othello was thinging like this is my friend he is true and would not lie to him or even hurt their friendship. The whole time othello didn’t know that Iago was trying to get at him or hurt him because first he was black and then on top of that he was the man in charge
Answer these prompts in paragraph format (350-400 words -- longer this time!)
- Analyze one of your lines from your scene. Quote it directly and then explain why it is important to the play, and how you showed its importance in your performance. How did you deliver this line?
- Did your group's performance go as you expected and planned? Now that it is over, what are you proud of? What would you have done differently in your performance?
- How did performing the play change your understanding of it? …...
From Reading the lines I saw how othello felt mad and scare because desmonde was the love of his life. Othello didn’t know how to deal with his problems, he was only going by what he hear.Also you can see the evil through they way he speak and talks to her. Othello make her feel like she a whore and that she did something wrong and the wrong time it was not her fault. Iago was the start of all his problem he went back telling othello that she was messing around with his friend. But emila who was her mistress she tried to tell fine Othello but it seem that Iago had him wrap around his fingers. In the text it states “: Are there no stones in heaven but what serve for the thunder?--Precious villain!”
I think this line it trying to say that in heaven god is not going to blame you or judge for anything that you do becuase in the bible it states that god will forgive you for all your sins
It chage because he was begin so mean and build up with some much hate it was hard for me to understand because in the begging he was madly in love with her.Me and my group did very well We had to show everyone the emotion we had as playing these characters
OTHELLO: Will you, I pray, demand that demi-devil why he hath thus ensnared my soul and body?
Woods, Teri. True to the Game II. New York: Grand Central Pub., 2007. Print.
Woods, Teri. True to the Game III. New York: Grand Central Pub., 2008. Print.
Johnson, Brandi. "Spoiled Rotten." Barnes & Noble. N.p., n.d. Web. 24 Apr. 2013.
Flake, Sharon. The Skin I'm in. New York: Jump at the Sun/Hyperion for Children, 1998. Print.
Montgomery, Tiphani. The Millionaire Mistress. Brandywine, MD: Life Changing, 2006. Print.
Montgomery, Tiphani. Still a Mistress: The Saga Continues. Brandywine, MD: Life Changing, 2007. Print.
Montgomery, Tiphani. Millionaire Mistress: Part 3. Brandywine, MD: Life Changing, 2009. Print.
These 8 links are links of my favorite books by my favorite authors. I chose to use these books as some of my sources because these are the books that really inspired me to start writing and where I got a lot of my ideas. These are urban fiction books and I can relate to them as a teenager.
"PRECIOUS - On DVD, Blu-ray & Digital Download, Also On Demand." PRECIOUS - On DVD, Blu-ray & Digital Download, Also On Demand. N.p., n.d. Web. 24 Apr. 2013.
This is a link of a movie. I decided to use this specific movie because this is a like one of those urban fiction books turned into a movie. This movie is called Precious and it has a lot to do with the things that happens in these different types of urban fiction books. I think this is a great source.
McNeil, Pamela. Personal Interview. 4 February 2013.
McNeil, Donald. Personal Interview. 4 February 2013.
McNeil, Donte. Personal Interview. 9 February 2013.
McNeil, Deemon. Personal Interview 9 February 2013.
McNeil, Donnisha Personal Interview 14 February 2013.
I chose to use some people in my family as sources because they also helped me a lot. They read over my novel when I needed them too, gave me their opinion and just gave me the motivation that I needed.
Betts, Anthony. Personal Interview 2 May 2013.
For my last source I used my mentor. My mentor has been helping me since I started this novel. I didn’t exactly let him read it but he did help me out with ideas also. I let him read it when I was finish and he told me it was perfect.