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Descriptive Essay Pressure

As I’m running down the field, I hear screams and shouts from the right side of me saying “go Aateeyah”. I can feel my ears and nose turning red. The wind blowing rapidly as goosebumps appear on my legs and arms. My feet are frozen, solid like icicles in Alaska, hanging from the cilf of a mountain. I see nothing but tall wide trees ahead of me. Trying to keep my focus, to not lose the ball from my feet. Looking up, then looking back down at the ball. Moving left and right trying to stay away from the girls on the other team who are trying to take the ball away from me as I dash down the field.
I see myself getting closer and closer to my final destination. Just a few more feet to run and I’ll be ready to kick the ball. As I’m approaching my destination, still hearing the screams and shouts from the side of me. A  pain in my stomach appears. I was nervous. As I’m getting in position to kick the ball, my ankle twists the wrong way and I fall to the ground. There was a wide open shot to the goal, and I blew it. I cost the whole team our spot in the championship game. I knew everyone was disappointed in me as tears fell down my cold face with my ankle in excruciating pain.
I’ve been in many situations like this before, but none felt quite like this one because it was our last game as a team. We’ve been playing together since we were 10. Everyone was starting high school. It was like a new beginning for only some. Most of the girls on the team went to the same school. But I did not.
I kind of felt like the outcast on the team. I didn’t really fit in. But I wanted to. No one talked to me unless it was about soccer. I felt like I had no friends on the team. But, I realized being apart of that team didn’t mean I needed friends. It meant I needed to succeed in what I was doing. What I was there for. To play the sport I loved. This is what I wanted to be when I grew up. A professional soccer player.
Or did I only want to become professional because it was the only thing I was good at?
When I was young I had always dreamed of being a professional soccer player. I used to watch every game on TV every chance I got. But, since I was 3, I’ve danced because thats what every female in my family did. That was our “thing”. That’s what everyone wanted me to do. They didn’t want me to play sports, “Dancing is in your blood,” said my grandmother. When she passed away, I slowly gave up her dream of me becoming a dancer.
That’s not what I wanted to do in life. Personally, it was too much for me to handle at the time with school being in session.  So, I finally convinced my mom into signing me up for soccer.

Extremely terrified, I did not want to go. But, my mom started to nag and says “You told me you wanted to play soccer, now you don’t even want to go to practice?” and a lot of other things that I blocked out while she still continued to talk. She was upset with me, I could tell by her tone of voice, and I didn’t want her to be, so I decided to just go, but I don’t think my mom completely understood how much fear I felt in my heart that day. Tears rushed into my eyes, but none down my face just thinking about going to practice. Since I was young, I was always shy and never really talked to anyone. I always stayed to myself, but soon, that was all about to change.


I started out like any regular 10 year old girl. Shy and nervous for what was soon approaching. The day finally came for my first practice with girls I had never met before in my life. Everyone but me already knew each other because they attend the same school. They all had known each other since they were in Kindergarden.



But, it turned out that the first day of practice with a group of girls I had never met before wasn’t as terrible and horrific as I first imagined it would be.
They were all nice and welcoming. I was the only new player, so it was awkward for me. I thought there would be other girls like me joining the team for the first time. But, I shouldn’t have had such a negative mind about the team. I let my nerves get the best of me. Since then, I’ve learned to be more outgoing and not always stay to myself. Turns out one of my best friends today is on that team that I didn’t want to be apart of in the beginning. I got something good out of being apart of ChestnutHill Blue Lightning Soccer Club. Being able to persevere. To finally show the “real me”.




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Descriptive Essay: One Missing Detail

I was just standing there, waiting in line at the school’s office with a nervous expression on my face, wondering what highschool had accept me. I already was worried enough about the chance that I wouldn’t get accepted to the high school that I wanted to go to, due to the fact I knew that over hundreds of middle school students apply, but there’s only room for 120 students. Thinking back to how well I did with the interview at the school, I believe that my chances to getting in were good. With that, I look at some of my friends who told me they got into NorthEast High School, which wasn’t a great high school, but NorthEast have to pick you if you didn’t get accepted into any other high school.

Slowly, the line went in and out of the office until I was next. I felt pressure built up in me, feeling like a nuclear meltdown. Upon walking towards the middle-aged lady, she greeted me, and with that was told to sit down in which I did.

"You're Brycen Itzko, correct?"
"Yes I am." I said nervously.
"Ok, let me the information for what schools have accept you."

Just watching her type on the keyboard made me tense with each keystroke she did.

"Are you ready to hear what you been accept to Brycen?"

The word yes came out slowly from my mouth, feeling as if everything was in slow motion.


“You have been accept to Northeast High School, and Science Leadership Academy.”

Hearing the words “Science Leadership Academy” emptied out all the tension from my system, replacing it with happiness and pride; even my nervous expression on my face turned into joy.

As I am walking out of the office and back to my class on the third floor, I started thinking about the other students. Many of them didn’t like or enjoy school; could care less to which high school they have to go to. To be honest, I didn’t enjoy school too much and struggled often to get my work done, but I still managed to work hard enough in school to get great grades. I knew some of my friends who got accepted to the high school they wanted to go to.
Many of the teachers I had congratulated me, being the only one from my school to be accepted to such a unique school. When I went home my parents were also proud of me, which I was not surprised due to the fact it was very hard to get into that school with hundreds of other students applying for it. The rest of the school weeks went by quick, so did the 8th grade graduation. It was not until a few weeks after school had officially ended for the once 8th grade students when we talked more details about the school.
I was just grabbing something to eat, when my mom asked me a question that would continue to worry me.
“Brycen, do you know you how you are going to school?” I turn my head quickly towards her face, saying “Not really.”
“Well, I can’t drive you there because it takes too long to get there and drive back to get the kids to school, so you need to take a train to get there.”
We talked for a while, she tried to get me to go to the high school near our house because she was afraid I would get lost. I didn’t bother figuring out how I will get there, as playing my games felt more important. With each day passing, I got nervous, worried, and started to panic when she talked about anything related to how I was going to get there. I should had figured out how to get there myself, but I never did, which only cause more of my body to sweat thinking about it. I felt like I regretted picking SLA, as just that word with “transportation” started to cause me pain and tears.
When school was starting soon, I felt like dying, as it was too late to change to the one near our home, and I didn’t know what to expect taking a train there. But my pop said he would go with me to school for the first few days. I felt my troubles mostly vanished from my body just from hearing that. When it was now time for school, he went with me on the train and showed me how to get there. It was more simple getting there than I expected, as it was just a straight way process of taking the train, and walking there.
I never thought how just taking 5 minutes to figure how to get there could have prevented all of the worry and panic I had. Not being able to attend SLA was my biggest fear however, getting the chance to fully understand what going there meant took time and patience. As an incoming freshman to a very unique school, I felt honored and thrilled to be able to spend my next four years. I am glad that I came to this school, and to now know that not learning one simple thing could greatly affect you.
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Descriptive Essay Brian Birkmire (My Summer Vacation)

It was a weekend in 2010 around the middle of June. Just a few days left of school and it would be summer vacation. I was excited and ready to get out of school. Middle School made me feel like a peasant trapped in a dungeon. Nine months is a long time to be sitting in classrooms learning. We can all agree our brains need a break once in awhile; but this wasn’t just a break, like a weekend or a few days off, this was three months of Summer vacation! That meant going to the beach, hanging out with friends, and no stress!

I awoke from my deep slumber Saturday morning. I had no homework over the weekend which was great, because now I could just eat some breakfast, get a shower, throw some clothes on, then hangout with my friend Nick who lived right across the street.

I pulled my cell phone out from my pocket and scrolled through my contacts until I got to my friend’s name. I hit the call button, it rang twice and he finally picked up.

“Yo what’s up bro?” I asked.

“Nothing, I’m bored. Wanna hangout?” Nick said.

“Yeah let me just shower and stuff.”

“Alright man, text me when you’re done.”


I hung up the phone and went upstairs to shower. After I showered and got my clothes on I came downstairs and turned the TV on while I waited for my friend. The best thing I could find was Spongebob, which is okay because who doesn’t love this show? About 10 minutes later he texted me he was done showering. We both decided on playing some basketball for a little while. He met me out behind my house, in front of my net. First we played Horse, then a game of Around the World, then a one on one game, first person to 15 points wins. I beat him in Horse and the one on one game, but he beat me in Around the World. After the game, we cooled off and relaxed for a little, we were both hungry and thirsty so we walked to a Rite Aid; literally right around the corner from my house. When we got in there it was like heaven, there was so much food and drinks. I bought sour patch kids, iced tea, and my favorite snack, Doritos. As a nice friend, and just to feel good, I payed for the snacks because I knew in the future he’d do the same for me.

When we walked home from Rite Aid we were talking about what we’re going to do this summer. I told him about how I am going down the shore, and he told me about how he was going down the shore also. But when we got back home and my friend asked my mom about my family’s vacation, her response was quite surprising.

“Oh Nick, we aren’t this year,” My mom replied.

“What do you mean Mom?!” I asked her sadly.
“We’re doing something else instead.” She announced

“What are you guys doing then?” Nick asked curiously.

“Can’t tell you that. It’s a secret for now.” She replied with a grin on her face.

“Well that’s not cool Mom!”

I was really angry we weren’t going to the beach for two weeks like we always do. It was basically a tradition! How could she break a tradition? She knew my favorite vacation spot was the beach. I was really curious as to where we were going this year, so I kind of wanted to ask my Mom tons of questions until she either finally gave in, or gave me clues to figure it out myself.


“So Mom, instead of the beach where are we going? The secrets basically out, might as well tell us.”
“Nice try buddy, but you’ll have to wait to find out,” She replied with that same grin on her face.
“I’ll find out, don’t worry.”

I was determined to find out where our vacation was going to be. There was no limit for me, the sky was the limit. I wasn’t going to give up, so I decided to go with the idea of questioning my Mom to find clues.

“So when are we going Mom?”
“About the first week of July.”
“For how many days will we be gone?”
“About 5.”

So that gave me some clues as to what we’re doing. There was NO way we were going to our friends house in the Poconos because my brother and I can’t survive 5 days up there, we can’t survive even one sometimes. That ruled out the mountains, but what else could it be?

“Are we going out of state Mom?”
“Yes. Actually we’re going out of the country.”

Woah. Out of the country? That got me really excited! I’ve never been to any place outside of the US. I’ve always wanted too, my whole life. My dad and I have wanted to go to Italy together for so long, and it’s still a dream I have now.

“Are we flying to this place Mom?”
“We are flying, but not out of the country. We are flying to a specific place.”

So we aren’t flying out of the country? I thought about it. So that eliminates flying, we definitely aren’t driving, that would be too long. So, in that case how would we get to where we are going?! I kept thinking about it, for hours and hours. I felt like, if I didn’t figure it out before the trip, I’d go insane.

My friend and I decided we asked enough questions. It was time to put everything together and figure it out. I felt like Sherlock Holmes and his partner. We went downstairs and played some PS3. We started up NHL and played as the Flyers. By the way, we destroyed the Penguins when the game was over. During the game my friend stopped playing and looked at me. My first instinct was something was wrong with him.

“Dude why the hell did you stop?! Pass the puck!” , I screamed while laughing.
“WHO CARES ABOUT THE PUCK! I FIGURED OUT WHERE YOU'RE GOING THIS SUMMER!” , he screamed back smiling.
“WHAT!? WHERE?!”
“You’re going on a CRUISE! It makes sense! No driving, no beach, and you’re NOT flying out of the country. You’re probably flying somewhere to get on the ship!”
“Dude!!! You’re probably right! I’m so pumped now!”

Finally, we figured it out! More or less, he did, but I didn’t really mind! Nick and I hung out the rest of the night, and when it was time for him to leave, before he walked out the door he stopped and looked at my mom and said,

“Kim, you guys are going on a cruise.”

I was shocked he said it.  He gave away the secret, but I was glad he did because I would’ve never found out. My mom didn’t respond, all she did was looked back at him, and smiled.
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Immigration and Visualization Project

Reflection: 

1. Before this project, I didn't really know much about immigration so I would say that the entire research as a whole surprised me. In more specifics, I didn't think that at time the U.S. was so 'nice' in changing the laws for more immigrants to come over, and letting refugees come over. 


2. Something that was already obvious to me was that refugees came over from the Vietnam War, because I already knew that. 


3. I think over the next two decades there will be more illegal immigrants. I also think that just in general our population and immigration charts will rise due to weather damages/tragedies. 


4. I was thinking of a creative way to visually present my research, and I thought of the poster idea. This way is more creative and different, because everyone does a keynote/powerpoint. This way each group mate makes their own poster with their research, then when we present we can present our foundlings individually, but put the posters together as a timeline for the entire class. I thought this was really cool and different.


5. I didn't really think we had any problems working together as a group. Everyone did their work, they were each to contact, and everyone was really okay with any idea someone had. I really liked this group. 


6. I would spend time researching more and find key components for each decade knowing we only have a limited time to present. 



Sources for History Immigration project: 

http://www.yale.edu/ynhti/curriculum/units/1999/3/99.03.01.x.html 

http://www.globalization101.org/push-factors/

http://gbgm-umc.org/response/articles/haiti.html

https://docs.google.com/a/scienceleadership.org/viewer?url=http://www.npg.org/forum_series/ImpactImmigUSPopSize1998004.pdf

http://immigration-online.org/470-economic-opportunities.html

http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/gcsebitesize/geography/migration/migration_trends_rev4.shtml


Pictures: 

http://www.google.com/imgres?num=10&hl=en&biw=1010&bih=561&qscrl=1&tbm=isch&tbnid=u_cnhCC77MhRAM:&imgrefurl=https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/geos/ch.html&docid=nwZ2lzvs3F0PIM&imgurl=https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/graphics/flags/large/ch-lgflag.gif&w=453&h=304&ei=bJRjUPa-FdGy0QHXwYCYCA&zoom=1&iact=hc&vpx=120&vpy=211&dur=508&hovh=183&hovw=271&tx=119&ty=91&sig=112813843606640972457&page=1&tbnh=147&tbnw=217&start=0&ndsp=8&ved=1t:429,r:0,s:0,i:152 


http://www.google.com/imgres?num=10&hl=en&biw=1010&bih=561&qscrl=1&tbm=isch&tbnid=sf_Ha1_D0bT54M:&imgrefurl=http://wwp.greenwichmeantime.com/time-zone/europe/european-union/hungary/map/index.htm&docid=rYJQt_1oTo1P0M&imgurl=http://wwp.greenwichmeantime.com/images/europe/hungary.jpg&w=418&h=328&ei=jJRjUKyeHcPn0QG_iIFg&zoom=1&iact=rc&dur=465&sig=112813843606640972457&page=1&tbnh=150&tbnw=192&start=0&ndsp=8&ved=1t:429,r:4,s:0,i:165&tx=101&ty=6




http://www.google.com/imgres?num=10&hl=en&biw=1010&bih=561&qscrl=1&tbm=isch&tbnid=kWUH8pN5o9qnNM:&imgrefurl=https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/geos/cu.html&docid=pnF645MD5WCr8M&imgurl=https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/graphics/flags/large/cu-lgflag.gif&w=608&h=302&ei=xpRjULrdJMXE0QHm-4G4Dg&zoom=1&iact=hc&vpx=84&vpy=214&dur=19&hovh=159&hovw=320&tx=235&ty=108&sig=112813843606640972457&page=1&tbnh=103&tbnw=207&start=0&ndsp=8&ved=1t:429,r:0,s:0,i:139


http://www.google.com/imgres?num=10&hl=en&biw=1010&bih=561&qscrl=1&tbm=isch&tbnid=z6LZHQjdQxZcdM:&imgrefurl=http://jspivey.wikispaces.com/Vietnam%2BWar%2BEK&docid=yEOJQW4bR-lp8M&imgurl=http://jspivey.wikispaces.com/file/view/boat_people.jpg/34487049/337x327/boat_people.jpg&w=360&h=348&ei=-ZRjUOCeKMnE0AGC14GwBw&zoom=1&iact=hc&vpx=367&vpy=130&dur=337&hovh=112&hovw=109&tx=127&ty=109&sig=112813843606640972457&page=1&tbnh=107&tbnw=104&start=0&ndsp=18&ved=1t:429,r:2,s:0,i:79


http://www.google.com/imgres?start=81&num=10&hl=en&qscrl=1&biw=1010&bih=561&addh=36&tbm=isch&tbnid=FBWaoQ-O18pX8M:&imgrefurl=http://www.empowernetwork.com/robledo1/blog/interesting-facts-50-things-youre-not-suppose-to-know-part-3/&docid=BRmFTq0QLhECVM&imgurl=http://www.empowernetwork.com/robledo1/files/2012/03/2920364434_886695ae44.jpg&w=500&h=403&ei=z5VjUIXQL4SJ0QG6oYCIAg&zoom=1&iact=rc&dur=342&sig=112813843606640972457&page=8&tbnh=181&tbnw=249&ndsp=12&ved=1t:429,r:3,s:81,i:15&tx=181&ty=105


http://www.google.com/imgres?num=10&hl=en&biw=1010&bih=561&qscrl=1&tbm=isch&tbnid=tGjUbBXGK7NfcM:&imgrefurl=http://www.iom.int/jahia/Jahia/haiti&docid=Bz4Kjzpmlyah8M&imgurl=http://www.iom.int/jahia/webdav/site/myjahiasite/shared/shared/mainsite/maps/americas/haiti_w200_fix.gif&w=200&h=217&ei=CZZjUNdE8bXQAYWhgKgF&zoom=1&iact=hc&vpx=351&vpy=14&dur=4172&hovh=173&hovw=160&tx=109&ty=102&sig=112813843606640972457&page=3&tbnh=164&tbnw=152&start=21&ndsp=12&ved=1t:429,r:1,s:21,i:229


http://www.google.com/imgres?num=10&hl=en&sa=X&qscrl=1&biw=1010&bih=561&tbm=isch&tbnid=vLCWVFFV4eqbWM:&imgrefurl=http://franklove.net/who-is-frank-love-2/&docid=jyaS84xP0hZCjM&imgurl=http://franklove.net/wp-content/themes/Frank_Theme_980/images/HoldingHandsImage.jpg&w=211&h=234&ei=TJZjUMW3C6aD0QHenICYBA&zoom=1&iact=hc&vpx=807&vpy=43&dur=628&hovh=188&hovw=168&tx=118&ty=91&sig=112813843606640972457&page=2&tbnh=163&tbnw=145&start=10&ndsp=15&ved=1t:429,r:14,s:10,i:216


http://www.google.com/imgres?um=1&hl=en&sa=N&qscrl=1&biw=1010&bih=561&tbm=isch&tbnid=SvLgQzBRUPfLFM:&imgrefurl=http://www.independent.com/news/2011/jan/05/new-laws-part-ii/&docid=Qzy3silUbw2z1M&imgurl=http://media.independent.com/img/croppedphotos/2011/01/04/gavel_t479.jpg%253F6626f76dcd72edc2e28f46812c7026450162bdb2&w=479&h=404&ei=ppZjUPeFH8Xx0gGF0YGYAg&zoom=1&iact=hc&vpx=525&vpy=225&dur=701&hovh=207&hovw=244&tx=92&ty=111&sig=112813843606640972457&page=2&tbnh=167&tbnw=228&start=18&ndsp=13&ved=1t:429,r:7,s:18,i:157



http://www.google.com/imgres?num=10&hl=en&sa=X&qscrl=1&biw=1010&bih=561&tbm=isch&tbnid=Y9tRgKDuZNn3bM:&imgrefurl=http://towncriernews.blogspot.com/2010/01/how-many-haitian-refugees-will-land-in.html&docid=fCvuINBFU00QAM&imgurl=http://www.foxnews.com/static/managed/img/Politics/011310_haitian_refugees_doomsday_604x341.jpg&w=604&h=341&ei=3pZjUMr_Fq-B0QGg1YCgBA&zoom=1&iact=rc&dur=1&sig=112813843606640972457&page=1&tbnh=117&tbnw=208&start=0&ndsp=8&ved=1t:429,r:0,s:0,i:136&tx=70&ty=35


http://www.google.com/imgres?start=9&num=10&hl=en&qscrl=1&biw=1010&bih=561&tbm=isch&tbnid=BIRxNuZddbfnWM:&imgrefurl=http://melindascashsource.wordpress.com/&docid=vbAMo4HpBuQ3HM&imgurl=http://melindascashsource.files.wordpress.com/2012/04/i-need-money2.jpg&w=600&h=400&ei=mpdjUP2ZD4aB0QHwm4CYAg&zoom=1&iact=rc&dur=281&sig=112813843606640972457&page=2&tbnh=164&tbnw=218&ndsp=12&ved=1t:429,r:1,s:9,i:9&tx=193&ty=111

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Immigration - past or present

Somethings that surprised me the most about this information we found in this project is that certain things that happen can effect immigration so much. When I found out from 1881-1914 Jewish migration was happening because of things in there country. When America was being effected by the great depression immigration lowered. When they passed an ACT to slow down immigration it got effected. To see why people come and go was interesting. The obvious thing about describing the graph was  how it decreased and increase, but not knowing why made me wonder. But once I found out why, it made it easy to understand and comprehend why the increase and decrease was happening. I feel like immigration will stay at a steady rate for the next 2 decades. Once America gets it's economy up and running more. Some more jobs open up then immigration may rise.


Me and my group came up with someways that is easier for us and others. So we know that pictures help and a little information we gave helped.  People get to understand why immigration increased and decreased just as I understand. Some challenging  parts of this project was getting everyone on same page. Some people were behind other people in the group.  Some different things I would do is make sure I know what program I'm working with. Dipity.com was a very hard program, and I would test it out before.








http://dl.dropbox.com/u/12821413/ImmigrationPresentation.key
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Isaac Adlowitz Project Reflection

http://dl.dropbox.com/u/12821361/Immigration_Henry_Isaac_Taylor.zip

What surprised me most was that immigrants from Scandinavia moved to the Midwest because it had an abundance of farmland. 

What seemed most obvious to me was the allure of moving to the United States for Mexican immigrants in today's society. 


In the next two decades I think that U.S. will have even more immigrants from Central and South America. So many that Spanish could become the most spoken language. I also think that a lot of Indian and Chinese immigrants will move here because they have populations of over one billion. 

To visually show our information we decided to make an intuitive keynote. It has thorough description that show people the information with clear wording.  

Group work wasn't very challenging especially because my group was very well put together in my opinion. I think the most difficult part was them having to put up with me not being able to work on the project on Tuesday and most of Wednesday due to a religious obligation.

Next time I would want to work on this for a longer period of time because this stuff is very interesting to me but I felt as though the process was very abrupt. 





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Immigration Visualization Jhonas Dunakin

https://docs.google.com/a/scienceleadership.org/document/d/1REEfRlWzsiJKbJrwo5SIJtzshby3LjSeMYKciovW8k4/edit

https://docs.google.com/a/scienceleadership.org/presentation/d/18Yo8FtJ0tF3L3kZf6STxVkay9NwAxqjxhRtGe36H_hY/edit

I'm a very informative when it comes to history and so I know a lot. But what really surprised be was the immigration numbers. I thought before I was shown the graph that immigration in the US would a constant flow upwards. Since all the inovation happens here and opportunities arris here. But know that there a boom and bust periods are interesting. There a periods when there are more opportunity than others. The growth in population, there a times when people want to have babies and times when people don't. People typically want babies when they have the money to raise them so economic booms population shoots up. When the economy slows or shrinks there isn't as much money flow so people make less babies but enough to have a healthy growth since the US is big enough to sustain it's own population. People who immigrate to the US will shrink since we had the housing bubble which slowed down our economy and there are stricter immigration laws. It''l be a lot like the transition from 1900-1910 to the 1910's. But have  slight decline. We thought that the best way to present people information was to create a power point which pictures that represent a decade and a short essay explaining what happened in the era. It gives people more wiggle room to imagine what it would be like in the decade while being informed. Defiantly the collaborating was the hardest part. Me and another group member had sports in two different days and my lap top was not functioning properly making it harder for me to do work online. I think I would defiantly split my own work more efficiently so I'm not doing a lot of my own things last minute. 
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Immigration Visualization James Prell

​Timeline of Immigration to America

Reflection:
     Of all the history I've learned through research of this project, the subject I find most fascinating is the blatant racism against Asian immigrants during the early 1900's. The Immigration Act of 1917 required working age male immigrants into the United States to be literate, and banned Asian immigrants for a full ten years. The worst part about this whole episode in American history is that this act is only one of many anti-asian laws passed in the time period. The two most obvious reasons for data points on the graph for me were world war 1 and 2.
     Based on what I've seen through this project, I think that the largest immigrant population over the next twenty years will be from middle eastern countries. We are already experiencing a large influx of refugees from Iran and Palestine. The Arab spring will definitely cause a deal more immigrants to leave their countries for more stable areas of the world.
     I decided to use lucid chart to make the graphic because it was a way to make an easy to follow graphic of a timeline that represented reason for the changes in the immigration graph.
     The challenging part about working for a group in this case was coordinating the times when we could all work together. We only ended up with one work period in which everyone was present. 




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Reflection



  • The thing that surprised me the most about the information was the decrease of immigration over the years because of certain events. Things like war in America and depression would slow down the number of immigrants that enter the land. This was surprising because i thought no matter the circumstances immigrants would still want to come into America for Freedom and all the opportunities. The obvious things would be the increase of immigration in period of times when things were going bad in countries. Famines and Agricultural changes were common, also job loss bringing more immigrants over. The trend for the next two decades will increase in the US as the economy gets better. Thats the trend i predict but i think it will be a small decrease over a small period of time. We made the decision to visually represent our data by using a lucid chart. As a group we all came to a consensus to use that because we thought it would be easy for everyone to understand. It also presents information well and its self explanatory. The most challenging part of group work was collaborating everyones ideas and putting it into one project and making it come together. We all wanted to represented it in a different way but we all finally came to an agreement. If i would do this project differently i would use a different visual but try to present the information similarly. 

https://www.lucidchart.com/documents/view?fb=true&docId=4313-3fac-50609b3b-9528-05440a7c4e7c#4313-3fac-50609b3b-9528-05440a7c4e7c?page=0&fb=true&branch=54109a26-d312-4fdb-93c1-af12e1e42d77 
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IMMIGRATION VISUALIZATION PROJECT

​Link! >>>http://dl.dropbox.com/u/12821361/Immigration_Henry_Isaac_Taylor.zip<<<


While doing this project and conducting the research, I realized how many factors there were to bring everyone to America. Though, in my research I didn't see anything about why people should leave America. That was pretty interesting. It was pretty obvious that people were coming to America for an opportunity a better life. From what I see, our economy is down right now so it's not very attractive for immigration. But it won't stay down for that long. In fact when it goes back up within the next decade or two, there is going to be an immigration boom just like there always is. In the graph the boom starts slow but slowly climbs unti it reaches it's highest point then resets. Though my group and I didn't visual represent this in our presentation, we had other means to support it. In our presentation we came up with an interactive time lime. We figured that forcing information on someone isn't a good way to learn so we made it a type of presentation where they could go at their own pace. I think it's pretty special. It wasn't easy trying to get all this together. In fact, we had some trouble with some group members not being able to do work for great reasons but in the end we got through. If I were to do this project over again, I would definitely try and get more information as well as pictures and maybe a better approach at the presentation.
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Immigration Visualization Project

Reflection:
·       What surprised you most about this information?
What surprised me more is Mexico rebels and that there where a lot of different types of wars ones in Greece and a lot others with Turkey. Also that Spain owned the Easter part of Florida and then sold it to the US. Slave ending in Ghana and the gold rush of Australia.

·        What seemed quite obvious about explaining this data set?
It's obvious that a lot of people would move from there home  around 1901-1910.


·       Looking at the overall trend and incorporating what you know about the US presently, predict and defend the immigration trend for the next two decades.

I think that it will continue rising every year because people would want to come to the US for the US dream. It will grow every year. It might go down about a 1000 but that just might be all.
·       Describe how you made a decision on how to visually represent the information.

We want to put the pulls together and the push too.

·       What parts of group work were challenging?

Getting everything together. Also pick what info is the most important.

·       What would you do differently if you had this project to do over?
I really like the way the project turn out but I would want to put more info into it.

IVP
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American-History Reflection _ Katherine

https://docs.google.com/a/scienceleadership.org/document/d/1REEfRlWzsiJKbJrwo5SIJtzshby3LjSeMYKciovW8k4/edit

https://docs.google.com/a/scienceleadership.org/presentation/d/18Yo8FtJ0tF3L3kZf6STxVkay9NwAxqjxhRtGe


There wasn't really much that surprised me about the information that I found out, except for at some points the population was rising while there were crazy things in America going on. So because of that I had to find out reasons that the population could be growing which was a tad bit difficult. What seemed obvious about what I needed to analyze in my data set was that the population of immigration and of the over pop. in the U.S. seemed to have direct correlation. For ex. when the U.S.'s population went up so did the one of immigration. For the next two decades I think that immigration is going to continue to grow because even though our economy isn't that great at the moment America is trying to build it up and in fact we have more opportunities than ever before. 

The parts of our group that were challenging was that one of our group mates were out and there didn't seem like there was enough time to collaborate. Although if I were to do this project over I don't think I would do anything different because I learned some useful information.
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Reflection

  • What surprised you most about this information?
    I was surprised that the reason were obvious and somewhat hard to find information about.
  •  What seemed quite obvious about explaining this data set?
    It seemed obvious that a lot of this was because of wars and revolutions around the world
  • Looking at the overall trend and incorporating what you know about the US presently, predict and defend the immigration trend for the next two decades.
    I think that the immigration trend will rise but not as similar to the past decades because of the current economy. Immigration will still occur because many people want a better a life for them and their children.
  • Describe how you made a decision on how to visually represent the information.
    We decided that it was best to have a google presentation so that we could all work on it together
  • What parts of group work were challenging?
    Everyone works at a different pace, Personally I like to finish early. It wasn't challenging but It would've been nicer if we finished sooner
  • What would you do differently if you had this project to do over?
    I would try to make it nicer and try to find more information

    Click here for our presentation
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DTuveson Push and Pull Factors of Immigration

 Link to google doc: https://docs.google.com/a/scienceleadership.org/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0Anabj_Yr-izAdC1kb29ZWVBJRW1mTkpIdFBVZ0pCYWc

Link to Keynote: https://www.dropbox.com/s/xf85cjmiycngeh8/Dtuveson%20history%20timeline%20project.key
What surprised you most about this information?

Not very surprised since I didn't know much about immigration in America

What seemed quite obvious about explaining this data set?

Laws and regulations seemed to play a very obvious role in immigrants coming to America. Two other very prominent factors in immigration rates are wars overseas, and economic disasters. 

Looking at the overall trend and incorporating what you know about the US presently, predict and defend the immigration trend for the next two decades.

Based on the last 50 years of an increasing rate of immigration, the increase in population, and laxer rules regarding immigration, I think that more people will immigrate to America. Of course whenever America hits its peak in popularity, immigration rates will drop as America becomes less favorable to foreigners. Examples of these include Vietnamese immigrants coming to America after the war in Vietnam, Irish people coming to America after the Potato famine, and more asians coming to America after the removal of discriminatory laws in the 1970's.

Describe how you made a decision on how to visually represent the information.

We originally decided to use dipity, but for some reason I couldn’t post anything onto the dipity timeline, I decided to go with Keynote. Keynote is a fairly easy and effective way to visually represent a topic, so my group went with a Keynote that I started to design and Dakota cleaned up and finished.

What parts of group work were challenging? 

It was a little hard to work with my group, mainly because I had never worked with any of them on a project before. Usually I have to get used to the way people work before I can really know how I have to behave within the group. 

What would you do differently if you had this project to do over?

I would spend a little more time on the research. I felt that I could have gotten to know the topic better, but I still learned a few interesting things about American immigration. 

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Ananda Knight project Reflection

project Link --> https://docs.google.com/open?id=0Bxb1fS964nElVmVYWUVKVlJUMVE

On thing I learned that was interesting to me was how the amount of immigrants would go back and forth raising and dropping. I always thought that the immigrants stayed in America after settling in.
Some obvious things were when I noticed times in history when America went through different struggles were the same times when the immigrants began to leave. 
I think that in the next two decades more immigrants may come to America but i dont think that many will be leaving. America continues to offer more and many problems are on the verge of being solved.
We decided to make our presentation the way it is because we wanted it to be interesting, eye-catching, and straight to the point.
The first challenge was really understanding the project, then we all had to decide on a way in which we would present out information.
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American Immigration


Group: Jess, DeShawn, Antonio

Link: http://prezi.com/pefsuwj8j8bn/american-history-story-of-american-immigration/

Reflection:

I think my initial surprise was looking at the two different sets of data that was presented to me in the beginning of this project. It was fascinating to see the profession of the population built on immigration and there was such a dip in immigration, yet the population of the country was gradually increasing. But, I think the reasons why the population progressed and immigration had it's moments of nadir, it can be explained. Woman had large amounts of children, families increased, and the amount of the current residence balanced out with those who immigrated.

I think the population will always gradually rise. Even if Mitt Romney goes into office this next term. I think the turmoil in other countries will attract even more people who want to bask in US freedom. But, I think the US will be one of the most well off countries in the next two decades.

With that Prezi template, we wanted to show there was strife getting to the end of the journey. And that's the "X" marks the spot. Going any where, there's always an adventure no matter how small, and immigrating is a big task.

The things my group has trouble with would be putting the amount of information that we had acquired tactfully in our presentation.

Overall, for next time, I'd consider having a more organized way my group put our information together. 

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Immigration Visualization Creighton

With your blogpost, include your reflection related to:
  • What surprised you most about this information?
    What surprised me most about this information was that what we thought pushed immigrants away weren't just poverty and there economic situations. It could be because they miss there family or they dont feel safe it can be something so simple as they just dont feel like being were they are anymore. 

  •  What seemed quite obvious about explaining this data set?
    Some things that were obvious were about explaining this data set was  most of there pushes were the same. Another thing that was relatively obvious about this data set was the places most immigrants were coming from and why they were staying here. 

     
  • Looking at the overall trend and incorporating what you know about the US presently, predict and defend the immigration trend for the next two decades.
    Over the next two decades I can see that more and more people will be coming to the U.S and the reasons they will be leaving there country will not change much but it will become worst over time. I feel like the pulls will decrease over the next two decades for the U.S. because just as there poverty increases and there economic system is disintegrating ours are also. 

     
  • Describe how you made a decision on how to visually represent the information.
    We did our presentation on dipity because we wanted to visualize what was going on in our decade while reading about it. This will create a mental image for you and  will also help you with picturing what was going on in this time and how things looked. 
  • What parts of group work were challenging?
    I feel like the only thing that was difficult about this project was finding something new about each different place and take something from it and make it a push or a pull. 

  • What would you do differently if you had this project to do over?
    I Would read more about each decade just to be able to learn more in dept about what was happening other then immigration because this could have an affect on the pushes and pulls in the U.S as well as every where else. 


    Links-

    http://www.dipity.com/kikisary/Immigration-Visualization-Project/

    http://voices.yahoo.com/push-pull-factors-led-mexican-immigration-1949278.html?cat=17


    http://www.number09.com/oak_grove/SS_ECON_push-pull.htm


    http://www.nebraskastudies.org/0700/frameset_reset.html?http://www.nebraskastudies.org/0700/stories/0701_0131.html


    http://crfimmigrationed.org/index.php/lessons-for-teachers/72-history-lesson-2


    http://canadachannel.ca/HCO/index.php/5._The_Immigration_Boom_1895-1914


    http://lajhsslab.com/peopling/push_pull_factors.htm

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Immigration Visualization Project

Dakota Foster
Daniel Tuveson
Diamond Blenman

Click here for our presentation.

What surprised you most about this information?

The thing that surprised me the most was the drop-offs. I thought the drop-offs were just because people just stopped coming, but it was cause America didn't want certain people to come. I think that is rude and that we should allow everybody to come. Especially, if there is a war going on in their homeland.

What seemed quite obvious about explaining this data set?

Something that seemed obvious is that a lot of people wanted to come to America. A lot of people thought America was better than where they lived. 

Looking at the overall trend and incorporating what you know about the US presently, predict and defend the immigration trend for the next two decades.

I think that people would still want to move her for some jobs. But, right now the economy is not so good and I don't think people will be coming here at time soon. 

Describe how you made a decision on how to visually represent the information.

My group thought the best way to do it was on a timeline, but we couldn't get it work. So, we thought the second best way was a graph because it could show the trends.

What parts of group work were challenging?

I think it was just trying to find data for specific years.

What would you do differently if you had this project to do over?

I would try to get the timeline to work better. 

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Reflection Push/Pull

 Reflection

With your blogpost, include your reflection related to:

  • What surprised you most about this information?

I was surprised that the historical events that happened cause immigrants to either come here or go away.


  •  What seemed quite obvious about explaining this data 
  • set?

That there were going to be a lot of pull's because people explain America as a place of Freedom and Diversity, saying it would allow more jobs and stuff.


  • Looking at the overall trend and incorporating what you know about the US presently, predict and defend the immigration trend for the next two decades.


I think that because of the economic tax cuts that would bring them close but at the same time prices rise so the I believe that it would stay at a steady rate until a new president is picked.


  • Describe how you made a decision on how to visually represent the information.


We chose to use the timeline feature and a keynote feature.


  • What parts of group work were challenging?


There were not that many challenging parts except uploading our information online.


  • What would you do differently if you had this project to do over?


I would just get more research on my push and pull's

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Jessica Maiorano

Presentation:  http://prezi.com/pefsuwj8j8bn/edit/?auth_key=9vfa1c1&follow=sfx2a0uyzts8#0_2436611

Reflection: What surprised me the most about this information and project was that the information was so hard to find there is not many sources to find for each year. A lot of the reasons for immigration are the same. Our group decided to do prezi because we knew that it is fun to work with and the background that we found was like and going through the presentation it makes you feel like you are going around the map. For the years I had to research I think if I did this project over I would find more information and details that I could not find before. It was challenging because we had laptop issues so we had to work with 8\it and it was hard to find information and a picture to go with it. 
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Immigration Visualization Project

​Lexus Forman
Daniel Varnis 
Danielle Little 
Steven Webb

https://www.dropbox.com/sh/ij91xcglmryl2m0/3rop4uLiCY/US%20Historic%20Immigration%201830-2000.key

What surprised you most about this information?

What surprised me most about this information is the amount of people who actually immigrated to the United States in the mid 1800’s. I find it interesting that people found our country as an escape from their problems and hardships that were taking place at home.

 What seemed quite obvious about explaining this data set? What is quite obvious about this data set is that the American Population seemed to increase at a steady pace even though the amount of immigrants varied throughout the years.

Looking at the overall trend and incorporating what you know about the US presently, predict and defend the immigration trend for the next two decades. I predict that in the next two decades, the amount of immigrants will not come in abundance like they did in the mid 1800’s because the United States are making it harder for immigrants to be able to come citizens of the United States, or even get a visa.

Describe how you made a decision on how to visually represent the information. We decide to use keynote because we thought it would be much easier to present our information on an presentation tool. We also felt that the information would be better interpreted in an organized state.

What parts of group work were challenging? One part of the group work that I found challenging was finding specific events for one decade in particular because I found that the amount of immigrants came for the same reason for a couple of decades.

What would you do differently if you had this project to do over? i would spend more time on it in class and not get too distracted because when I got home it wasn’t as easy to ask questions that I needed to know about the project over the computer. It is also better to work on this project as a group in person because some group members might find it hard to comprehend some things while doing it at home.

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