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i,Robot by Issac Asimov

I reccommend Asimov's i,Robot becuase it is an engaging and thought provoking book that you will be difinitely be hooked. You probrably have seen the movie but now it is time to read the book becuase they are nothing a like. I won't get into too much detail so I will let you read i,Robot and will find out for yourself.
Summer Reading Reccomendation; iRobotbyIsaacAsimov
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Humanities Portfolio 2012

Jessica Maiorano

Final Portfolio

  Before I came into his class I wasn’t sure what we were going to do. When I first walked into Mr. Block’s class I wasn’t a good writer and I didn’t like history class but Mr. Block made his projects different and creative. Every project was unique in its on way and that’s what I liked about it. We had the freedom to write our thoughts in our papers.

I wrote a poem the first day of Mr. Blocks English class. He told us to go home and write a page tonight and let the page come out of you then it will be true.

“I am me and that’s who I want to be

 I am fifteen cool, fun and free

 I see and hear just like you

 But very different I am to you”

About a month ago Mr. Block told us to make poetry wiki of all different poems we are going to write in class during our poetry unit. One of poems I was most proud of was my riff poem.

“The feeling you get when you realized you can run all those miles
Every step we take were getting closer
Is that want we want?”  

That quote was only part of my poem but you do not even need to see the rest of it to know that my writing has changed. I have grown as a writer and as a student in Mr. Blocks English and history class.

  There were projects that I found hard and there was projects that I thought were easy but I made sure I turned in my best work. Hard work leads to a lifetime accomplishments. My language autobiography was a writing that I worked hard on. In my Language autobiography I wrote, “Yes, it may take a lot of work and you may struggle and at times it might not make sense but language helps you accomplish greater things.” That is true with language but also with everything else if you work hard enough.

 In history we were learning about sweatshops and revolutions and something I heard a lot when were talking about these topics is “ Once something negative happens then more negative things happen.” When I think about this subject I just think that hope will get you through your challenges. People are making our clothes for lower then minimum wage. They will punish you if you do not do your work correct and all you want is the end. Struggles help you work harder to achieve your goals.

Overall Mr. Block’s class is a class that will help you think outside the box. Create things and write about things you never thought you could do. His collaboration with companies outside of school makes you want you explore new things.
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10% Project Science Experiment

Lesson Plan for Grades 3-6

Purpose: Kids should be able to demonstrate why leaves change colors in the fall 

Objective:Kids will learn the science behind colors and leaves.

Question:How do leaves change color in the fall?



Small Jars

Plastic Wrap

Rubbing Alcohol

Coffee filters

Shallow pan

tap water(hot)



plastic spoon, clock


1)Collect leaves(different leaves from different trees)

2)Add rubbing alcohol to fill the jar and leaves

3)Cover the jars but not to tight and place jars into shallow pan with 1 inch of hot water

4)Keep jars in pan for 1/2 hour

5)Remove jars and uncover while placing thin strips of coffee paper in, so it's touching the alcohol

6)The colors should travel up the paper and you can see the colors

7)Remove the paper let it dry and hang it where you want.

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Kimberly Parker's 10% Time Project.

   At first for this project, I had NO idea what I wanted to do. So I thought about some of my talents and I know I'm a pretty good writer. So, I decided to work on a SciFi novel for the 10% project. I'm really interested in becoming a neurologist, the brain really interests me, so I based a story around it. I also incorporated religion into the story to give it some character. Sometimes, I disagree with modern science, so in my story, I wrote about science going wrong. Scientists discover a cure or brain cancer, but this treatment makes the patients go mad. This resembles the doctors trying to play god, which can be bad sometimes because it might not be the dying person's fate to live. That is why I turned those people into zombies because it was not their FATE to keep living. That's why I talked about faith and fate so much, in hopes that the readers will understand what I am trying to get across.
     My process for this project went very smoothly. I didn't really plan a plot or anything, I just wrote and wrote and wrote. I did not face any challenges, I actually enjoyed doing this project and writing this story.
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Teens and prescription drugs

I did my 10% on why people specifically teenagers shouldn't to prescription drugs. In my project I included the science and the reasoning behind it . I added the motivations for abuse and other things that have to do with it. My project is a reflections of what teens and parents should look out for and why these drugs are no good
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Olivia Smith-10% Project!

For my last project I worked on Ecosystems in general. I wanted to learn more about the Ecosystems mainly in our state and around us. Throughout this process I researched all of the different kinds of ecosystems in Pennsylvania. I thought it was really fun to learn about what is happening around us and what we can do to help make the woods stay as clean as possible. I also listed some ways to keep our environment clean and sustain what we have.
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Cells Gone Wild? O.o

Cancer. What's your definition? What do you think of? When I think of cancer, I think about old people get sick from this disease and can possibly die. Cancer is something that I don't wish on anyone. For this project, I decided to dig deeper into this topic. The reason why I chose to do this project is because I've seen or heard about people dying because of cancer and I want to know more about it. One of the other reason is because I want to know how can I prevent myself. My keynote is basically talking about the cause of cancer, facts that people might not know, how it starts, and how we can prevent it. I've learned that obesity and diet are two of the main causes. If you wish to learn more about it, just download the PDF. Honestly, I didn't know that those two things can be a big cause, but apparently it is. You always learn new things everyday right? I learned some things, maybe I can teach you today. Enjoy my PDF. [:
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CELLS Jamelia Barrett

​For my ten percent project I wanted to do something that im interested in. One of my favorite subject is biology , so I choose to work on the basics of cells. After researching and thinking of how I could do with the information i had found and the knowledge of cells. I decide to create a work sheet thing for cells. this include what a cell is , how it function , the different part of a cell. This a very basic notes on cell. I thought it could be useful  for a ninth grade curriculum or even 8th and 7th. the idea was that the teach could use this in class when discussing cell . so the student would fill in the blank while she talk and explain the necessary stuff of understanding the system of cells.  
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Foundation and Earth ~ Summer Reading Reccomendation

Foundation and Earth is part of the famous "Foundation Series" written by Isaac Asimov. The series encompasses the lives of human beings that have spread throughout the galaxy within 20,000 years. Specifically Foundation and Earth focuses on Golan Trevize, the pilot of one of the only "gravitic ships" known in the galaxy, and his quest to find the origins of all human beings in the milky way, Earth. It is very exciting and gives an interesting perspective on the future of human discovery in our galaxy. This is a must read for any science fiction fan!
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