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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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blue on green
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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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* Unmatted Print
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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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Element Prints

Inquiry: We had to inquire about what we would do for our element prints. We had relate the prints to things about our elements. 

Research: We had to research our elements. That way we could make prints that related to them. 

Collaboration: People help each other with the prints. They helped each other pick which prints to use. 

Presentation: We presented the prints by matting them. We also presented them by putting them on the blog. 

Reflection: Reflecting on this project, I thought about what other kinds of prints I could make. I could have done other print designs, and other colors besides just red. 
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Element Print Reflection

Element Print Reflection
Zack Hersh

In this project, SLA's five core values are demonstrated.

Inquiry is demonstrated by asking questions like, "what is this element?", "what does it do?" or "what's cool about it?" to get started.

Research is demonstrated by actually researching these questions and your element, so you could know about it, and could create a clever and interesting design for your print.

Collaboration is demonstrated by having your peers and classmates there to help you if you need it. You may not know how to do something in the project, but a classmate does, demonstrating collaboration.

Presentation is demonstrated through the final product, final presentation of your element through your print. This is how you show off, or present your element.

Reflection is demonstrated here, in this blog post, by thinking back and reflecting on what was done and the project. It is thinking about what happened, and what will be taken away from this project.

This is how the five core values are present in this project.

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History Journal #21

1. ​What are the differences between plays and movies?

Plays:
-Live
-Each time it's different
-More personal
-No rewinding
-People responses
-Less sceneries

Movies:
-Camera angles/camera
-Redos
-Mobility
-More room fror errors
-Special effects (digital)

2. What different things makes plays a powerful, lasting art form?
-Live
-Changes each performance
-Anything could happen and change
-See it once
-Human interaction
-Tradition
-Suspense
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Humanities Final Portfolio 2013

What I learned this year is many things but its hard to pick witch work I think is very good but my work I did this year has helped me learned more on history and on my writing skills and i belive that I have learned more than I did last year here is a Histroy jounraI did that shouled that i leared “European art from the renaissance on wards women were depicted as being dware of being seen by [male] spectator” this showed that I can take qutoes that I leared and use them to help me on my learning. there is so mush other work I did this year but I think overall I did ok for this year and hope I improve for years to come.



Hello If you are reading this that means that I am dead. I could not take what has been happing to my people, my family and myself I could not take these light skin people what they are doing to my land, my home and me as a person. I cant take any more of these people killing our tribe, are cature and our religion. I wish there was anthor way but to me there is none. I wanted to restore are people to our former glory but if my cature dies I die with it. but dont worry Ill be with the gods and godesses. I will be ok.


History Journal #17


European art from the renaissance on wards women were depicted as being dware of being seen by [male] spectator


This video I did for the arabs springs

https://vimeo.com/59252510


this blog post talks about I deal with writing

http://www.scienceleadership.org/blog/Two_ways_of_speaking


this is my monologs for the keystone pipeline

http://www.scienceleadership.org/blog/Keystone_Pipeline_Monologue_Project:8


this was a eassy I wrote about my life for english

http://www.scienceleadership.org/blog/Whats_Life_Holds_For_Me
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Humanities Final Portfolio 2013


       In the beginning, God created Heaven and Earth. Then, he made a bunch of other stuff that shaped who we are today. And once he made the first human, he incorporated morals and knowledge into the human. Over the eons of generations of humans born into this world, these two important qualities have wilted and died just as old plants do. On the aspect of life, there are certain groups of people that maintain and understand these two core values, and puts them into personal perspective. When this years English class first started, I was … naive to the world and its issues but more of a subliminal ‘idgaf’ type attitude. But as the year progressed, and we began to learn about the more current issues made by our hierarchy; I realized that past events shaped today’s world in terrible ways[1] : when It came to learning about colonization, we realized that past affects affect us firsthand-subliminally. When it came to current events and the movements of new age, we realized that none of this would have happened if it were not for corrupt governments.

One key moment wheres reality set in about our … thought process and how we have been brought down was when we began to learn about human mental interactions, and how the mental clocked everything around it. Over the course of one quarter, I have learned that humans are all the words in my word art; good and bad, despicable and tolerable. Humans are nothing but a stalemate that cannot pick a side. Let us take freedom for example. When you hear Freedom, what do you think of? Do you think of American flags and the Ramparts Red Glare? Do you think of Army soldiers and unchained Negros? This is what I wrote a few months ago to describe freedom:[2]

Freedom is being secluded from all mankind and hierarchy’s because even if you aren’t in shackles, you are still mentally bonded. Does a driver stop at a red light? Yes, because his mental is still on lockdown.”

Let me help you a second to analyze that; what I am saying, on a basic level, is that freedom is being without worries, cares, or dependence. When you have any of these feelings or verbs, you are not “free”. Yes, there are certain cases where you can be somehow freed: If you’re bailed from jail you are… semi-physically free, yes? I then go on to say,

“Freedom is more of a word than a practice. It is like the word “love”; Thrown around carelessly, like a tiger does with a carcass. “

When you realize that my words are not life lessons, but affiliations with life, you will see how disastrous our human kind are/could be. Now, I am not saying that we should be contained in any form or fashion, but we do need to know when to hold ourselves back. The human race does not credit itself with how far they have came; with what was done, so much more could be accomplished that it even scares me. At one point, our class wrote prompted poems and one thing that I stated that stood out to me was,

( http://ironpoetry2013.wikispaces.com/KaBoni_Bailey)

“I was raised by peer pressuring blocks and hammers that stayed hot. Where another man getting shot was like a pebble being kicked by our socks; at times we had no shoes. Rubbed down souls decreased our rubbed down sneakers until all that was left were our toes.”

When I recite this out loud, it makes me think of the way that our government/higher officials make a community. Why is it that suburbs are funded more than those who actually need funding? When I had the epiphany from Mr. Blocks class that we are half messed up on purpose, It broke me down and gave me another reason to strive: One of my goals is to not be labeled as a statistic, just as I stated in another poem on the wiki,

“…Regardless if I seen the world as realistic I made a promise to myself one day to not die in Philly labeled as another statistic because being black in America is not only a blessing It is artistic…”

In another instance through the year, we spoke about language and the problems/connections that language can have on people. Here’s a quote,

(https://www.scienceleadership.org/people/kbailey)

“I learned quickly how to adapt to my surroundings, language-wise…not just the language of verbal, but the language of clothes, hobbies and act.”

Now, I do not wish for a New World Order, but I question why we are so separated and when it comes to these questions, not even The Bible can truly answer. And I am going to connect history to the point I am trying to make. Several months ago we learned and spoke about various religions and problems that religion has placed upon us. Technically, the world is a hypocrite; using religious text to try to make a point/religion valid when the you either A) don’t practice your preach or B) Can’t Fabricate it anymore than it is.

Personally, I am a Christian… or, was a Christian until I read half of The Bible (NIV). Now, I have read enough of the word, and learned enough from those who know more than me, to come to a conclusion about my God and myself. What I am saying is that every government thinks that they are correct about their religion, when they don’t even know the words, and can’t even come to a honest conclusion about what to teach/uphold to the general public.

Going off of that, listen to this video and think about who we really are:

http://vimeo.com/57605615

Word art, Humans Are:
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Humanities Final Portfolio 2013

One year can seem like ten years. One deep discussion in class can seem like an ice breaker for people to speak up. One journal to write a poem can be one journal to write out everything that’s killing you inside. One year of this class changes lives. One year of this class changed my life. There are two things that really stuck with me this year. First is that when challenging yourself you’re bettering yourself. Second is that everyone sees through their own lens.



We all react differently in certain situations. That’s depending on what side we’re standing on and what lens we’re looking through. If you see a man/woman begging for change on the street you quickly slide into a lens. You either give him/her change or shrug him/her off thinking he/she doesn’t need your money. If you are the man/woman begging for change you are wearing a lens. You either say thank you to everyone even if they give you the cold shoulder or you act mean to those who don’t give.



It is easy to judge someone else when you’re viewing a situation from a different lens. I don’t listen. You don’t listen. We don’t understand each other.” (2nd Language Scene: English) When you hear of a woman letting her husband beat her up everyday you start judging. You think she’s stupid or weak or just downright incompetent of standing on her own two feet. But once you slide into her shoes and you yourself become the female getting bruises day in and day out you’ll think different. Once you see the hidden issues and insecurities the woman has you’ll think different. From a girl who grew up saying that would never happen to me I know; once you’re put in those shoes it makes you want to take back all those things you said before. But all we can do is move on and live life the best we can. “Accept your failures and move on.” (Creating Chapter 26 of TFA)



We need to take a step back. Lay out all the lenses in the world and put one on depending on our situations. If there’s a boy on his way to prison step back. Pick up a lens so you see what he sees and figure out what made a fine boy become a broken man. We have to use these lenses to help one another. “Don’t get involved and mind your own business!” - “But momma Humanity is my business.” (Philip Zimbardo: The Torturer’s Mind) Everyone has a problem and we need to help fix them. You can’t always see someones problems at first and we can’t judge everyone by their covers. People sometimes wear covers to hide the problems they have inside which relates a journal that we wrote in class.



To get through life and make ourselves better we need to challenge ourselves. That’s something I learned this year from my classes. I was constantly having to challenge myself so that I could give my best towards projects and discussions. To be able to express all that I could during our poetry unit I had to push my limits and go personal. I had to challenge myself with trying different types of poetry and then giving each one my all.



As the person I am I am always trying to change and better myself. Like back when I wrote a journal about what I wish I could do. Or back when I did a monologue project about the keystone pipelines. It’s hard sometimes to try new things and to put yourself out there for everyone to see you. It’s something that I’m getting better at doing every day that I’m in this class. I have to stop letting people hold me back and better myself.Don’t let any man, woman, child, animal, or thing kill you inside.” (Letter Of Advice: English Post)


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Bread & Roses

Part 1

La trama trata sobre la lucha de paga mal a los trabajadores de limpieza en Los Angeles y su lucha por mejores condiciones de trabajo y el derecho a afiliarse a sindicatos. Y por supuesto, cada película tiene su carácter único. Cuando nos encontramos con Sam Shapiro, nos damos cuenta de que él es un activista que goza de sacudir a la América corporativa. Aunque muchos de sus compañeros de trabajo de Maya tienen miedos de perder sus puestos de trabajo y ser deportado, ella está motivada para trabajar por un cambio. Basado en una justicia reales para la campaña de limpieza en Los Angeles en 1990, Bread and Roses muestra la justicia horrible entre quienes trabajan en las oficinas de la ciudad y aquellos que limpiarlos.


Part 2

Bread and Roses era una mujer joven (Maya) viene a los Estados Unidos sin documentos legales. Ella viajó de México e hizo su camino a Los Ángeles para vivir con su hermana Rosa. Maya un trabajo como portero que no conoce sus derechos y están dispuestos a hacer cualquier cosa para el trabajo. Esto nos lleva a conocer el nombre de un personaje Sam Shapiro que lucha por la justicia del conserje. ¿Pero este rally puede marcar la diferencia?


Part 3

Derechos Humanos

  1. Derecho a la libertad de expresión

La escena que elegí para este los derechos humanos es el escenario donde los trabajadores de limpieza estaban haciendo una manifestación en las calles. La razón por qué elegí esta escena es porque sentí que fueron violados sus derechos humanos. Este artículo explica cómo usted tiene el derecho a la libertad de expresión, pero en la película no muestra. Ellos fueron violados porque los agentes de policía fueron paliza y personas fueron detenidas. Usted tiene el derecho a hablar y luchar por algo que crees en. No creo que era lo correcto y los policías estaban equivocados en su parte. Y debido a la violencia, las personas son violadas.


  1. Derecho a vivir en un mundo justo y libre

Me gusta mucho la escena que elegí para este artículo en particular porque representa mucho. Elegí la escena donde los trabajadores de limpieza dieron George Lopez un libro documentado que explica cómo pueden salir y tener roturas. Y es más inspirador porque George Lopez no creía que estas personas eran lo suficientemente inteligentes como para hacer algo así. Pero resulta aún mejor ver que ni siquiera sabía acerca de este documento. Al principio, carácter de George Lopez violado su libertad y la justicia, pero cuando Maya le dio este documento, hubo un giro en la película. Carácter de George Lopez no permitirles hacer nada. Fue siempre por su comando. Y tenía mucho poder sobre ellos desde sus vidas futuras dependían de él. Estaban demasiado asustados para rebelarse contra él porque tenían miedos de perder su trabajo. Pero cuando ocurrió esta escena, me mostró que ahora tienen el poder.


  1. Derecho a la educación

Este artículo sobre los derechos humanos explica cómo todo el mundo es capaz de tener la oportunidad de una educación mejor. En la película, había una escena donde Ruben está sentado en la mesa con Maya y Juan. En la mesa, es copiar todo lo del libro y tratando de enseñar a sí mismo. Mientras que él está haciendo eso, Juan hace una declaración que creo que era ofensivo. Básicamente decía que Rubén está perdiendo su tiempo.Tengo entendido que Ruben no tenía la oportunidad de tener una mejor educación, pero él está trabajando duro para llegar lejos en la vida. También eligió a la escena donde dijo Maya que iba a la Universidad y pensé que era realmente importante. La razón de por qué es porque demuestra a la audiencia que cualquier persona puede hacer cualquier cosa se esfuerzan para hacer.

Explanations:4-6 sentences long and clearly state the human rights articles and explain how that right is either defended or violated.


Part 4

Me encanta esta película porque era muy de suspenso. En mi clase de relación a la historia porque yo fui un inmigrante. Yo no era ilegal, pero me fui por el mismo proceso.Mi madre trabajó en una fábrica de chocolate pretzel. Eso era cómo hemos sido capaces de sobrevivir en esta tierra. Pero ella estaba recibiendo pago en efectivo y cheques no porque había un montón de problemas con su documentación. Esta película trajo recuerdos atrás tantas para mí y lo disfruté.



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Derecho a la libertad de expresión y Derecho a vivir en un mundo justo y libre: Aqui
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Humanities Final Portfolio 2013

As I sat at the Country Ruling Elite table, defending a cause I would otherwise totally oppose, I created defenses that were valid in my eyes. I heard the arguments of each other group, and I could not believe it. To my amazement, everyone was somewhat innocent, yet hugely responsible. It was the perfect example that we are all products of our environment.


https://docs.google.com/a/scienceleadership.org/document/d/10RaFC1SquQqNKKlDqPg6XjLFbsIxp5WhDTOkGGxjCrY/edit


And this was the point I leaned on - If you are in a position of power and there is no one opposing your wrongdoings, what would be the motivation to change? In History, we had a unit on Revolutions. We focused on the Arab Spring and how people mercilessly fought for their rights. Some were successful, but other countries were not and were defeated. I studied the revolution of Yemen:



“Because of political instability in Yemen since getting rid of former president Ali Abdullah Saleh, this country suffers from insecurity of food supplies, impoverishment and the threat of violence from Al-Qaeda and other Islamist militias due to extremism. Many of Yemen’s historical sites have been abandoned and destroyed due to the low maintenance of the country. The country faced a series of attacks from Southern Yemen, which advocates separatism and independence from Northern Yemen.”


https://vimeo.com/59340019


Back to the trial, my team was hit with questions similar to “If you are supposed to lead the country, why are you not providing for your citizens?” Because the world has taught us that money is more important than people. Some leaders are more cold blooded than others. A perfect example is making a comparison of America’s and Haiti’s government, in which we studied.


For 29 years, Haiti was under the dictatorship of  Francois "Papa Doc" Duvalier and his son, Jean-Claude, or "Baby Doc". Ten of thousands were killed during this period. The country thought they would see a brighter day once former priest Jean-Bertrand Aristide was elected, but he was quickly overthrown by militia. This sort of brutality is not directly seen in the United States, where our society is built off of “democracy”, giving more rights to citizens.


Economic disparities has placed strain on countries with these brutal governments. In the “Global Inequality” unit, we analyzed our personal responsibility for the advancement of multinational corporations and manipulation of third world countries. The introduction to this unit was the reading of the poem “Are My Hands Clean?”


“I wear garments touched by hands from all over the world

35% cotton, 65% polyester,the journey begins in Central America

In the cotton fields of El Salvador

In a province soaked in blood,

Pesticide-sprayed workers toil in a broiling sun

Pulling cotton for two dollars a day.”



In the trial, American consumers pleaded that they will buy what is readily available to them and if it produced by laborers with terrible conditions, that is not their fault. Our environment can make us torturers without even trying. We once did an assignment where we watched the video where a man believed that he was shocking a man with direly high voltages, but because he was pressured by a man and told that he was not responsible, he continued on with the experiment. We continue on doing villainous things when we convince ourselves we are not to blame.


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Sometimes we are taught, by the environment around us, that who we are is not good enough. In my Language Autobiography, I wrote on how I was bullied in elementary school because of my dialect. My father was a businessman, who spoke with, what is believe to be, perfect English diction. Being that I was in his presence majority of the time, I picked up on the way of speaking. But, go to an Afrocentric school meant that Ebonics were heavily used. I did not speak like majority of the people I encountered. Thus, I was asked slurs like “Why do you talk so white?” and even questioned on my ethnicity frequently.


https://docs.google.com/a/scienceleadership.org/document/d/1_rHZLP1Cdro_YTyYmxhASRxgMKBXmiyo31SSszhUs_Q/edit


In english, we had a unit where we analyzed the dialect of different groups in America. While watching a video interviewing people across America, they thought that people from other areas talked weird compared to the way they speak. Our environment forms normalcy in our mind and anything foreign comes across as bizarre. This could be seen in the book our World History class read, Things Fall Apart. When Europeans entered the Ibo tribe’s habitat and learned that they worshiped many Gods, they found this ridiculous because they were taught that there was only one. They proceeded to mock the culture and attempt to convert its people. This actually changed the society because people began following their ideas. If ideas are planted, they are bound to manifest.


Whenever a person is faced with tribulations, they carry it around with them, learning from it and trying to find a solution. One morning in English, I was presented with the question, “What do you wish for?”


"I wish I could do so many things, I don't even know here to start. I wish I could spend time with my dad. And I mean a good time. No complaining, no worry, just having fun or relaxing. I wish drugs weren't misused. I wish they couldn't kill you. I wish I could help everyone who has any time of problem. I wish I could fly and go anywhere for free, just to see what it's like there." (English Journal #10)


The death of my father to this day takes a huge toll on me. I promised myself that I would never use drugs and alcohol to try to solve my problems. I don’t want to continue the cycle of negativity in my family by carrying around bitterness from what I’ve had to endure. My environment has made me who I am by showing me how to not to deal with my problems and it has made me a stronger person.


Through it all, I’ve learned that who you are is a tug-of-war between taking what are you are taught, assessing it, and deciding what is personally right for you. No matter how much everything around you pushes you to be a certain type of person, if it does not sit right with you, you will not choose to continue on that path. The most accurate depiction of the message I am trying to portray can be interpreted through a quote by Buddha:


"Believe nothing, no matter where you read it, or who said it, no matter if I have said it, unless it agrees with your own reason and your own common sense." (History Journal #13)

Your environment makes you the person you are. You either choose to follow the path you are given, or oppose. Either way, it has an impact.



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Elements Project

Inquiry- I used this because I had to look up things that I didn't know about my element. I had to think about what I was going to draw. 

Research- I had to research images and information about Gallium my element in order to do this. I had to research what Gallium was. 

Collaboration- I use this by asking people to help me and helping other people. I got ideas from my friends on what I should've drew. 

Presentation- In the end was the final project which was the final drawling. It had to be a certain size and it had to matted or not matted. 

Reflection- I am writing the reflection right now. Also, the reflection is when I finished my drawling and I have the final product, I can reflect on whether I though I did well. 
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Humanities Final Portfolio 2013

Throughout this school year, Mr. Block had introduced us with various assignments and projects from both English and History. At the beginning of the English course, we began with descriptive writing. It was one of the first assignment that was started right after summer break. From all the assignments and projects that was given, my personal favorite is the poetry writing unit. We wrote poems on a website called WikiSpace that is shared with the entire class so that we can read each others. Here is a link to my WikiSpace poem. My WikiSpace tells various stories from the many different poems. This is one of my personal favorite project of the year because I enjoy writing poems and expressing my ideas. It expresses my emotions and how I feel towards certain things that can be interpret through poems. One of the poems that I wrote is called an ode poem. “Private speakers,/ Small and high quality/ moving me into a different state of mind./ A nice one/ A calm one.” That was a stanza from my ode poem. My ode poem expresses my emotions towards my headphones because I use it everyday.

In History class, we wrote monologues about the XL Keystone pipeline. This is a first major project of the school year. In this project, I worked with another student and as a result of this project, it came out really well. After the monologues were polished, we asked other students to perform at least 5 of the monologues. This following quote of mine is from an introduction of the monologue project “With this intention, I created several monologues expressing how many people feel about the pipeline, and how I feel personally as well.” When we were first taught about the XL Keystone pipeline, I didn’t understand it very well. or how to react towards it. However, when doing the monologue project, it helped me understand the harsh consequences of the XL Keystone pipeline. Working with another student, helped me even further because we worked and brainstormed together to get the highest quality monologue as possible. To do that, we had to make a lot of researches about the pipeline. For me personally, working with a partner or a small group really helps me understand things a lot better in the classroom. For example, the Sweatshop Trial. The trial consists of students having a role of either the prosecutor or a defender from each group of labor in a trial of a classroom. Working collaboratively with my group members, I came up with a very strong question for the defender during the trial. The question was “How do you plan to use the profit made by your workers? In which their salary is much lower than the cost of the products that they make.” This question was towards the defender of the Multinational Corporations.  I came up with this question from the things that was taught in class and from what my group members said during the trial. Here is a link to the Google Doc that was shared among my group members on the Sweatshop trials. I enjoy working in small groups or with a partner because it takes me further in learning. If I were to work by myself such as the WikiSpace poem, I would try to get the highest quality made and pushing myself beyond personal boundaries.

One of my project that I’m most proud is creating a podcast about the people I know on crossing boundaries. This was an individual project. I interviewed a friend and my two middle school teachers that I had a really good relationship with. The podcast was over 45 minutes long from the 3 people I interviewed. I felt really proud of my interview skills. At first, when I first heard about the assignment, I really thought that I couldn’t do a 45 minute interview because I had never interviewed anyone before and it has to be over 45 minutes. I felt accomplished after the 45 minute interview. I had never done anything like this before and I pushed myself into developing this podcast. As a result of pushing myself, my podcast was successful. For the final draft of the podcast, it had to be cut down to 8-10 minutes. From the 45 minute interview, I removed all the unnecessary points, keeping the important details to become an 8-10 minute interview. The link to my podcast can be found here. The main thing that my interviewees talked about were about violence. The things they said are very similar to what I wrote in my journal entry for history, which can be found here. Based on what I wrote in my journal entry, I was able to go in further details about their experiences with violence in the podcast.

One of my journal entries that stood out the most deals with human inequality. The main question of this journal entry is “Why do humans so often treat each other badly?” This question is really deep because it makes me think about the things that are going on in our world today and even in my neighborhood. My response to this question is stating that because of hatred of race, culture, or it could simply just be the attitude. My full response can be found here.

In conclusion, I have learn and discovered many new things throughout this year. I learned that working in groups can bring out a lot of new things that an individual cannot think of. Working in groups brings out the best in individuals. If I were to work alone, I would push myself to bring out my best effort. Out of all the work that I do, I would try to be original as I can and pushing myself beyond my personal boundaries.

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