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Element Print - Technetium

For our last art project of the year, we had to research an assigned element from the periodic table. Next, we had to create a print that represented the element, including the atomic number and abbreviation. My element was technetium, and was number 43. After creating the 6x6 print, we were required to make a matte of a one inch border.

The project really reflected five of Science Leadership’s core values. Inquiry was used, because we needed to ask questions. Without asking, we wouldn’t know any information about our element, and therefore, we wouldn’t know what to put on our print. The information and images we used were condensed into a single or few things that represented the element. The next core value that was used is research. We needed to research a lot about our element before creating a print. You can’t do a project on something if you know nothing about it. Collaboration was used when we talked to eachother about what we can use to represent our element. I found myself asking people what they were doing, and how they were going to pull it off. I also found other people asking me about my project. Presentation will be used through this blog post, along with showing Ms. Hull our creations. The prints we created will be displayed, and people can scroll through the abundance of blog posts to see how everyone decided to represent their element. After working hard for weeks doing sketches, cutting the linoleum, and finally printing, we’re going to be using reflection on the Science Leadership Academy blog for art class. Through this blog post, everyone can see our beautiful work! It’s also a chance to talk about the experience that we had. 

Overall, I really enjoyed the project, and I think it was so much fun. In the beginning, I was sort of bored because all we were doing was sketches, but after we started actually cutting the linoleum, it was really entertaining. It was also a whole lot of fun playing with colors on the prints. I learned a lot about how to put the colors in stripes, and to make good multicolor prints with three colors.



Below is a photograph of one of the prints I did. It's temporary, and I may replace it with another print's photo, because they were on the drying rack. I used purple and red together on the one print. Unfortunately, the "43" didn't print all the way on the top left. 
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Element Print - Technetium

For our last art project of the year, we had to research an assigned element from the periodic table. Next, we had to create a print that represented the element, including the atomic number and abbreviation. My element was technetium, and was number 43. After creating the 6x6 print, we were required to make a matte of a one inch border. 

The project really reflected five of Science Leadership’s core values. Inquiry was used, because we needed to ask questions. Without asking, we wouldn’t know any information about our element, and therefore, we wouldn’t know what to put on our print. The information and images we used were condensed into a single or few things that represented the element. The next core value that was used is research. We needed to research a lot about our element before creating a print. You can’t do a project on something if you know nothing about it. Collaboration was used when we talked to eachother about what we can use to represent our element. I found myself asking people what they were doing, and how they were going to pull it off. I also found other people asking me about my project. Presentation will be used through this blog post, along with showing Ms. Hull our creations. The prints we created will be displayed, and people can scroll through the abundance of blog posts to see how everyone decided to represent their element. After working hard for weeks doing sketches, cutting the linoleum, and finally printing, we’re going to be using reflection on the Science Leadership Academy blog for art class. Through this blog post, everyone can see our beautiful work! It’s also a chance to talk about the experience that we had. 

Overall, I really enjoyed the project, and I think it was so much fun. In the beginning, I was sort of bored because all we were doing was sketches, but after we started actually cutting the linoleum, it was really entertaining. It was also a whole lot of fun playing with colors on the prints. I learned a lot about how to put the colors in stripes, and to make good multicolor prints with three colors.

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Humanities Final Portfolio 2013

How does society affect the world?

While attending Mr Blocks History and English class it opened my eyes to many issues in the world such as “How does society affect the world?” we did many assignments that challenged me and made me look at different topics in other ways that i would have ever thought of without the help of Mr Block. If you think about it for a little you will immediately start thinking about human actions but i'm also talking about how media and people we see as famous and athletic affect us.



“In my opinion sports are such a big deal in this country because the american people don't have anything else to do and it is a way to control the american population for example they make the american society think that if they don't have a muscular body that they are not appealing to females.”


Many americans nowadays go crazy when missed calls are made during a game when its not even that big of a deal and i've heard of stories of people not eating or losing thousands of dollars due to their team losing. Americans become too addictive it's like gambling people just keep going back and spending money on useless stuff.

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“I believe that industrialization has brought more than good because it made a lot of of small businesses go out of business and the factories would pollute the rivers so the environment was affected and also the product quality went down for example before a shoe makes would make only like one pair of shoes a day specifically made for one person but now factories made hundreds a day due to a higher population and demand.”


Society influenced clothing in huge way, before you would walk into a shop and order a pair of shoes personalized to you. Now a days you walk into a store and you find hundreds of the same shoe at a cheaper price than a pair of personalized ones to worse quality fabrics and they are not made the want you want them they can sometimes take short cuts due to demand.

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“Many americans are are against illegal aliens coming over and taking american jobs. But the americans don't want to do those jobs, they just use the illegal aliens and once they are not needed anymore they deport them and say that they are destroying the country and all they bring is violence and use the country. But they actually have built this country up they pick the fruits and vegetables for the food producer and they do many low paying jobs that the american people would never do without them this country would fall apart and will not be able to grow. (Op-Ed)



Society sees illegal aliens as the enemy and when the economy had a downfall one of the first ones to be blamed for not there being enough jobs where the illegal aliens but if the americans would think straight and not just assume stuff they would see that the jobs illegal aliens do are the worse and toughest jobs that also pay the lowest wage. So if an american were to work the job an illegal alien does they would have to complain and call the police because they would see how unjust the jobs are.

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“When she met Teacake in the story she was a woman that was not that strong and she had some power because she owned land and had a store but her ex husband prohibited her from doing many things such as she was not able to play checkers but when teacake came into her life he swept her off her feet and made her feel equal. He let her play checkers and they went on a romantic picnic like she did when she was with her first boyfriend. Teacake filled in what was missing in her life and when she killed him because she had to, she cherished those moments and it seemed like she did not regret being with him (Final thoughts on their eyes were watching god)”


While reading “Their Eyes Were Watching God” I noticed the inequality, society influenced in how women are not seen is that women are not equal. A huge example of how women are not seen as equal is like when a female Basketball player from Oregon named Brittney Griner wanted to play in the NBA but a lot of people said no because she would get pushed around and would only get hurt. She was not even given a chance all she was told was that she was a female so that made her “ineligible to play”. Another example of how women are seen as less than men and only as like a sex object is the lingerie football league, they are dressed in lingerie and usually the spectators are men and all they do is harass them.


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Romero

Hoy, para la mayoría, somos libres. En una manera, aqui en los EEUU, somos más libres de unos otros porque sabemos nuestros derechos, y el gobierno Americano no violaría ellos. Hay gente que no son tan afortunado y la película Romero es sobre unos de estos gente. Romero, una cura que tiene una pasión para la gente, dedica su vida a ayuda ellos en todas las maneras posibles. Su historia es cante en este película, y con la historia una pintura más grande esta pintada.

Este cuarto, aprendemos sobre los Derechos Humanos. Aprendemos sobre nuestros derechos, y los mismos derechos que no son concedan a otros. Durante la película Romero pantallas muchos derechos, apoyan y de otra manera. Todo de este es para nosotros a apreciar nuestros derechos y las libertades que tenemos en este país. En grupos vemos películas sobre lugares diferentes y la historia con los derechos humanos, y en Romero hay mucho para discutir.

Hay muchas derechas que no fueron apoyen en la película. Uno de los derechos es el decimotercero, el derecho a viajar afuera y adentro de su propio país. El ejemplo mejor en este película es en el principio, cuando un multitud de gente fue van a votar. A un punto en sus viajes, la policía parar la gente en la carretera. La policía dice que fue criminales en la carretera, y no fue seguro para ellos a continuar. Cuando Romero preguntas donde los criminales están, la policía usen sus armas, y disparar a la autobús que la gente fue en. En realidad, no fue cualquier criminales en la calle. La policía no quiere la gente a votar.   

Entonces con un maniobra la policía violada tres derechos. El decimotercero (el derecho a viajar), El XXI (el derecho a votar), y el séptimo (el derecho a tratamiento igual dentro de la ley). La policía de El Salvador fue muy corrupto en la favor de los ricos. Todo de la poder fue en los manos de los ricos que compraron el gobierno. Cuando Alguien tiene más poder de la mejoridad, y el uses esto poder para la mal, es más de un violación de la ley, es una violación de naturaleza humana.

En el final he aprendido que estoy muy afortunado. No pienso sobre otros en otros países y las problemas que ellos puede tener. Este proyecto ha habido mis ojos, y ahora, estoy muy consciente de el mundo alrededor de yo.


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Element Block Print: Antimony (51)

Inquiry - Wr had to inquire about our elements in order to do this project. We had to think about what the element is, what it does, and why it is important and valuable. We also had to inquire when we did not know how to do something, and where left to figure it out. These where healthy challenges to take, and I am so happy that I attend a school where I am not just told things, but have to experience them, and learn from what I experience wether it is good or bad.

Research - In order to make these block prints, we had to do research on our element so that we could come up with our own design.

Collaboration - We had to collaborate with others on this project in order to print our designs. We had to work with others and share the space, ink and brayers that where used to print out the designs on our linoleum block.

Presentation - In order to make our prints look professional e had to mount them. This if a form of presentation, because you are making your work look official and presentable.
Reflection - Writing about the work we have done, and relating it to the five core values of SLA (i.e. what I am doing right now) is the best way to reflect o  what we have done. I find myself being able to see how every project we do related to the core values, and that is the exact reason of SLA having core values.
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Journal 32

Has industrialization led to more harm than good, more good then harm or a lot of each?

It has led to a lot of good but also a lot of harm. For instance, it's good because it created a lot of jobs for thousands of people, but it harms people because it has made the economy better. But its created indentured servitude.
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Journal 19

History journal 19 what is your universe of obligation?


My universe of obligation is my family and I

Then my education.

A job. friends then fun time.

Anything extra isn’t an obligation it’s just like fun time.
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Humanities Find Portfolio 2013


Do you remember that first time you did something outside of your comfort zone? That time when you probably thought, “What am I doing here”? Or that time when you thought, “Hey, that wasn’t that bad’? Ever had those feelings, well if you did than you and I already have something in common.

        At first I never knew stepping out of my comfort zone would make me feel like  a new person. It allows me to have more exposure to the world around me and understand everything much better. It also made me feel really accomplished. This year in Mr. Blocks English and History class I have crossed many comfort zones. Those comfort zones have created originality, which has pushed me beyond my personal boundaries. Also by challenging myself, I am bettering myself.

I remember writing a description of an artwork. I was told to look at a piece of artwork and describe every detail of it. I picked a picture of Radha and Krishna; I had no idea where to start, but I had to start somewhere. Now that I look back at my work I realize that I could have given the artwork a totally different meaning and that I should have been more creative. But I didn’t do that I just described it the way I saw it. That was the first step to writing my descriptive essay, in the essay I described things much better. “I looked as the sweats from his hair slowly moved down his forehead, to his cheeks and then one by one dripped down to the carpet floor,” in this slowed down the action and used more detail.

A while after that we learned about how much language can really affect your everyday life. I wrote a language autobiography describing how different languages, I know, play a key role in who I am. Doing this allowed me to create something original with the way I speak. It allowed me to take three different languages I speak and turn them into one amazing piece of writing. “Language has such a big role in my life, how knowing three different languages has it advantages and disadvantages.” By writing about how language impacts my life it pushed my personal boundaries to make me more comfortable.

We read many books in both English and History from that I created a Prezi about how reading has changed my life. At first Prezi was very complicated for me, it was a new website that I was not familiar with. But I challenged myself to step out of my comfort zone and create something original. In the Prezi I wrote “Reading is an advantage for me. Reading takes me to places I have never been before.” By doing new things it made me realize that I am capable of doing more then things I‘m use to doing in my everyday life.

There are also other assignments that made me take the next step. Creating a museum exhibit gave me a huge change to be really creative. And doing everyday journal entries also helped me step out of my comfortable zone. Two majors one that really connect to me are English Journal 8 and History Journal 4. The last assignment that I believe has really given me the opportunity to push my limits is the the Hidden City assignment. I never thought I would be taking a normal alleyway and create it into an artwork.


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Humanities Final Portfolio 2013

Hello, and welcome to my final portfolio for English and History class. I have grown so much as a thinker this year. In the 9th grade, the focus for the year is all about the individual. I spent a lot of time figuring out who I was, and when entering 10th grade, I was pretty sure that I knew who I was. However, the theme for 10th grade, “Systems”, really helped me realize that I could not be truly whole until I figured who I was within the group. I am a strong believe in humanity. I think everyone is connected, and that everyone has a responsibility to the world. This class has really made me think about where I fit into the world, and how I can use my position in the world to incite change.

In looking for ways to change the world, I became incredibly interested in social justice. Being both a woman and a person of color, I was particularly interested in feminism and anti-racism. My views on both of these things have changed dramatically since the beginning of the year, and this is evident in my work. Take the first thing I ever wrote for English as an example. In this piece, I talk about a classmate telling me that I talk “white”. I go on to say



“Apparently intelligence is a white trait. I was offended, as a black person, because that was one of the most racist things that I had ever heard in my life. She wasn’t the only black person to say something like this to me, I’ve heard it countless times from countless people”



Looking back on this piece, I laugh at how naive I was. My classmate was simply pointing out the cultural differences between me and other black people, and I chose to interpret it as her being racist. The change in my views is evident in my Language Autobiography. In this paper, I write about the same incident:



“This isn’t what she (my classmate) meant. I know that now. She was referring to my language. I don’t speak in Ebonics, Black Vernacular, African American English, or anything of the sort. But, probably due to some internalized racism, I associated speaking in Ebonics with being dumb, and (indirectly) I associated being black with being dumb.”



It’s really interesting to look back on these two pieces because they illustrate my transformation.

I’ve also changed my views on feminism and what it means to me to be a feminist. In January, we did our Lit Lens project. In this project, we had to choose a “lens” through which we would view the novel we were reading (Their Eyes Were Watching God), and re-enact a scene. My partner and I chose the feminist lens, and we decided to take a more parodic approach. In my reflection, I talk about what feminism means to me.



“The dictionary defines feminism as “the advocacy of women's rights on the grounds of political, social, and economic equality to men.” I couldn’t have said this better myself (which is why I used the dictionary)”



This is something I don’t agree with anymore. I believe that feminism is about the women , and only her. If we continue to look at women in relation to men, then we will continue to be oppressed. I wrote about this a lot on my journals, which can be found here and here

This year I’ve really changed a lot. If I were to summarize my personal growth into one general understanding, it would be that everyone is part of a larger group, and that it is important to function keeping not only yourself in mind, but the group as well.
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Humanities Final Portfolio 2013

Throughout the year I did many projects in both my history and English class that went over very diverse topics. From making plays history to making monologues in english, I can say that this experience was worth the work. It gave me many opportunities that most people in regular high schools might not get because they have a regular curriculum. I learned many interesting things that will most likely give me an upper edge in the future.


I was never really a fan of english nor history. I always thought they both were boring and still today I find myself losing interest from time to time. However there were a few things that caught my attention throughout the year. For example one of topics that we went over that helped me stay focused was language evolves in a person. To me this means that over time your writing develops into a style of your own.


One of the many lessons that I did that is a good example of this general understanding was when we had to make our own poems. The process helped us all develop our own type of poems with their own “flow” or style. My best poem I did during that lesson was a rift poem about music.


We've fallen into a place where there is only music

A place where music arouses all of the 5 senses

You see the rhythm flow in and out of each beat

The notes crawl on your skin for your body is the measure

Each lyric has its own scent that guides you through the song

Each genre has its own taste

The spicy sensation of salsa

or the beefy taste of a bass in funk

and what you hear is a mere product of all the senses combined

Here everyone's heart beats on its own time signature

Here no one is the same only a part of the same thing

its said god made us in his own image

but in this place music is the only image


After I wrote this poem we had to analyze a famous poets poems. My poet was Allen Ginsberg and one of the poems I went over was “An Asphodel”. While I didn’t understand all of the poem I understood the important parts and was able to tell what the poem was about. The poem is in the link here.


There are different ways that language evolves in a person, especially when that person has an accent. I was able to show this when I wrote a language autobiography about the differences between west coast and east coast accents. I could relate to this well because I lived on the west coast for 7 years and developed a slight accent myself. The essay was mostly about how different accents have very different first impressions.


“Even if I had an accent I wouldn’t know what it would be useful for. In the video we watched about American accents the woman had to change her southern accent because where she lived it made her seem uneducated in the business world. However, on the contrary there was a man with a heavy Boston accent that helped him woo the ladies and intimidate other people that seemed to be a threat. This shows that just by talking people have already judged what type of person you are, how smart you are and what your capabilities are.”


https://docs.google.com/document/d/1oqkoEgeEPBDBJA-_qpjXCeXaSGNjTsoqb6V61NW6ZIg/edit?usp=sharing


However, making your own style of writing isn’t the only way to show that you’re evolving. Another way you can do this is by making a style for another person or an inanimate object. We did this when we made monologues for the Keystone pipeline. The project required us to become a person or thing that was a part of the Keystone pipeline debate. I wrote from the perspective of the tar sands talking to a worker digging the sands.


“What do i give off? Are you seriously asking me that? I mean I knew you humans were dumb, but I didn’t know you were that dumb jeez. It’s like talking to a plank of wood. Why are you working here if you don’t know what I'm going to give off, but if you haven’t heard, I am dirtier than any oil you humans have dug up. I’m guessing tar didn’t stick out to you?”


https://docs.google.com/document/d/17eyz141RrG51rqkP2sjZX75V7IdL1ajxezQFSLud7nA/edit?usp=sharing


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Element Project- Print Making

Inquiry - 
I wanted to know what my element did. Then I needed to know how to put it into a print. 
Research - 
I researched what the numeric number my element has, then what it was used for. After that I learned a little bit about how to print. 
Collaboration - 
For collaboration I helped out my classmates with their prints and they helped me with mine. As well as that we all collaborated to clean the room after every class.  
Presentation - 
This is my presentation. I matted them and that allowed the print to have contrast. 
Reflection-
For my reflection I wrote two sentences about each of the core values and how I incorporated them into my print making. Over all it was a fun learning experience. 
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Element Print

My element was cobalt

Inquiry: 
The first step to completing this project was by asking questions. I asked what was cobalt, what color was it, and how is it used.

Research: 
To answer my questions, I had to do research. I researched my element, cobalt, and its uses.

Collaboration:
I had to work with others to promptly complete this assignment. I asked my classmates for help and I also helped my classmates.

Presentation:
First, I presented my print by posting it on the blog. My project will also be hanging on a wall in the school.  

Reflection: 

Although I thought my design was creative, I could have used a different color besides blue. I also could have used a different background color that would compliment my print better.
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Element Project

Inquiry - This projected required me to think "What is my element?" and "What has my element been used in?". It also made me think about my element's history. 

Research - In order to find out the answers to the questions that I inquired I had to do some research. I found information about my atom through the use of the internet and periodic tables. 

Collaboration - I used collaboration in my project by not only using my own research but my friends ideas on what my object should be. I was able to have several ideas to choose from than just one or two because of my friends help. 

Presentation - The presentation is the actual element picture itself. I've worked hard to accomplish the look and the picture is the result. 

Reflection - This is my reflection really. Through writing this I was able to re-live my experience doing this project. 
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Nitrogen(element print)

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Inquiry was used when we thought about what  element  was. After I was given my element I used inquiry to think about how nitrogen was used in real life. When I could not come up with anything that uses nitrogen, I turned to google for research. I used my amazing googling powers to find two things that used nitrogen, gas and compressed air for things like paint guns. I then had two options to draw. They were both easy enough when I sketched it, but I couldn't decide witch to use. So I used collaboration to find out witch one my friends though would be best for me to do. After carving, printing and pressing I was done the hardest part of my project. But to show it off I had to mat it, and then take a picture to put on my blog, so everyone could be graced with the beauty that is my element project. To finish this amazing project, I used reflection to tell my journey from start to finish. In conclusion I am very proud of my project because, I feel that I worked very hard on it and in turn it turned out great.
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Jiwon Choi: Element Print

Inquiry:

  For inquiry, I wondered about what kind of object I should print out for my element. After I chose my object, I had to think of how big I want my object to be. 


Research:

  I researched the objects that my elements make and I searched up the images to draw it. 


Collaboration:

   For collaboration, I asked my classmates which three are the best out of the five that I printed out. Also, I helped out my classmates by answering questions and helping them out in general. 


Presentation:

   I am presenting my printed objects by posting them on the slate blog of SLA. Also, I will be showing my art teacher, Mrs. Hull, my paintings.


Reflection: 

  I reflect on my process by writing out what I did. By using the five core values of SLA, I can write a reflection on my project. 


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Humanities Final Portfolio 2013

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Everyone is different and therefore there is never one "correct" way to teach them. Learning is not just reading a textbook and taking quizzes but it extends way beyond that. There are many different ways to learn that are more creative and they vary depending on each person. Not everyone can be able to learn well through reading but there are other ways such as through listening or visuals. Throughout my history and english 10th grade course, I have experienced many different methods of learning and realized that they are all unique in their own ways. The way we learned throughout the year was just as important as the material itself.

One of our major projects this year was to interview someone and make a podcast to explore the topic of crossing boundaries. We had a few class discussions but did not go to much in depth about it until we all finished our podcast. While sitting through the interview and listening to the other podcast, I gained something that I would have never gotten if it was in text form or discussions. I felt and heard the emotions expressed through listening. In my reflection of the podcast, I wrote, “Although I have done interviews a few times before, this time it felt like something different because it was something that I could really connect with, especially because I was interviewing my own brother.” If my brother was to write down everything he said and hand it to me, I would have read it but not feel any connection at all. The podcast added a deeper layer to my experience in learning about crossing boundaries. I was able to learn about the boundaries in general and also apply that to my life. If it was not for this podcast then I would not have known so much more about my brother.

The class also spent a huge amount of time writing our own play. Plays normally have a storyline to them that makes people interested but writing plays takes a lot of skill. Writing a play is not like writing an essay but it enables so much more creativity. Students are most likely going to put more effort into something that they enjoy and that is why writing a play is so important. It increases our writing skills but it also shows that we can learn from writing something that is not as formal as an essay. When I gave a brief summary of my play, I wrote, “One of the girls is a famous star who dreams of going back to school but cannot because she is too busy. The other girl is very poor and tries to find money to pay for her tuition and take care of her family at the same time.” Although this play did require a lot of editing, it also helped me learn about the life of people in different countries.

As one of our earliest projects, we had to write a series of monologues from different perspectives. Although there may be articles and news about the different views of the pipeline coming from certain groups of people but there is so much more we can learn. Writing monologues gave us an infinite range to choose from. We can write from the perspective of the pipeline, the trees, the earth, the water and so much more. For one of my monologues, called “One In Thousands,” I wrote from the point of view of a sensor in the pipeline and one of my lines was, “If something goes wrong, they’ll just blame us. “Oh, there’s something wrong with our sensors.” Pathetic. Why is it that I’m the only one that could see that we shouldn’t be here?” In order to express the feeling of a sensor, I had to do plenty of research. The monologues helped me have a better understanding of the effect of the pipeline because I did a lot more work and put more effort into it but at the same time it did not feel like much because it was an enjoyable project.

These are just a few examples of ways of learning that are different in many aspects from each other. Providing a range of projects can really help individuals have a better understanding of things because they each go into depth about a certain parts. Plays can help with the structure, monologues with the feelings, and podcasts with the connection. I am not the person who could understand things by reading a book and answering some questions so using creative methods in learning really boosted my knowledge. I paid attention to the methods and realized that everyone has a unique way of learning that suits them and that is a really important aspect in education.
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Humanities Final Portfolio 2013

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Everyone is different and therefore there is never one "correct" way to teach them. Learning is not just reading a textbook and taking quizzes but it extends way beyond that. There are many different ways to learn that are more creative and they vary depending on each person. Not everyone can be able to learn well through reading but there are other ways such as through listening or visuals. Throughout my history and english 10th grade course, I have experienced many different methods of learning and realized that they are all unique in their own ways. The way we learned throughout the year the way we learned was just as important as the material itself.

One of our major projects this year was to interview someone and make a podcast to explore the topic of crossing boundaries. We had a few class discussions but did not go to much in depth about it until we all finished our podcast. While sitting through the interview and listening to the other podcast, I gained something that I would have never gotten if it was in text form or discussions. I felt and heard the emotions expressed through listening. In my reflection of the podcast, I wrote, “Although I have done interviews a few times before, this time it felt like something different because it was something that I could really connect with, especially because I was interviewing my own brother.” If my brother was to write down everything he said and hand it to me, I would have read it but not feel any connection at all. The podcast added a deeper layer to my experience in learning about crossing boundaries. I was able to learn about the boundaries in general and also apply that to my life. If it was not for this podcast then I would not have known so much more about my brother.

The class also spent a huge amount of time writing our own play. Plays normally have a storyline to them that makes people interested but writing plays takes a lot of skill. Writing a play is not like writing an essay but it enables so much more creativity. Students are most likely going to put more effort into something that they enjoy and that is why writing a play is so important. It increases our writing skills but it also shows that we can learn from writing something that is not as formal as an essay. When I gave a brief summary of my play, I wrote, “One of the girls is a famous star who dreams of going back to school but cannot because she is too busy. The other girl is very poor and tries to find money to pay for her tuition and take care of her family at the same time.” Although this play did require a lot of editing, it also helped me learn about the life of people in different countries.

As one of our earliest projects, we had to write a series of monologues from different perspectives. Although there may be articles and news about the different views of the pipeline coming from certain groups of people but there is so much more we can learn. Writing monologues gave us an infinite range to choose from. We can write from the perspective of the pipeline, the trees, the earth, the water and so much more. For one of my monologues, called “One In Thousands,” I wrote from the point of view of a sensor in the pipeline and one of my lines was, “If something goes wrong, they’ll just blame us. “Oh, there’s something wrong with our sensors.” Pathetic. Why is it that I’m the only one that could see that we shouldn’t be here?” In order to express the feeling of a sensor, I had to do plenty of research. The monologues helped me have a better understanding of the effect of the pipeline because I did a lot more work and put more effort into it but at the same time it did not feel like much because it was an enjoyable project.

These are just a few examples of ways of learning that are different in many aspects from each other. Providing a range of projects can really help individuals have a better understanding of things because they each go into depth about a certain parts. Plays can help with the structure, monologues with the feelings, and podcasts with the connection. I am not the person who could understand things by reading a book and answering some questions so using creative methods in learning really boosted my knowledge. I paid attention to the methods and realized that everyone has a unique way of learning that suits them and that is a really important aspect in education.
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English Journal #40

English Journal #40 (4/25/13) - Describe what it felt like to be crowded together. In what ways do you think this compares to what they went through in the book ?

It felt like being in a cage. Everybody's body heat made the experience very uncomfortable. There was no place to sit down, so I couldn't imagine standing for hours to days on end. It felt dark. This certainly doesn't compare to the real thing in Night : we were just in a classroom. We had places to go to the bathroom and food in our stomachs. They didn't. But it does give some insight. It was probably dark and highly uncomfortable not being able to sit down. They had the fear we didn't: the unknown. We knew we wouldn't be held up in this position for oh so long. We had to sit back down and get on with class. But those prisoners didn't know what was going to 

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History Journal # 27

History Journal #27 (2/19/13) - In your opinion, what are the different messages of the cartoon ?

The smaller fish represent the poorest of people, stating there is no justice. He doesn't get anything, but he gets eaten. Behind him there is a bigger fish ready to eat him, saying there is some justice. He represents the middle class. He's still able to eat something, but he knows he is going to get eaten. Then behind him, there is the biggest fish, saying the the world is just. He represents the higher class. He gets to eat everything with no repercussions and nothing to worry about. The idea of this cartoon is that the higher-ups see everything as completely fine because everything is going their way, and they don't get reprimanded for their actions. They can ignore the lower classes without a care because their life is great. The poorest of people have the worst of luck, but they see the world as it really is because they can't help but not ignore the lives of people higher than them.

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History Journal #36:

What is unique, special, or different about graphic novels?

In what ways is a story told through a graphic novel different from a story told in another genre (novels, film, audio, photographs)?

Something unique about graphic novels is that there is mainly dialogues to go with pictures. It does not focus too much on the background and extra detail. It is easy to read along but is able to tell a great story. We could actually see what is happening instead of having to imagine. Graphic novels are told differently from other genres because it uses both the visual aspect and the words to tell a story. It gives us a range and it could be similar to movies, photographs and novels.
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