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Colony Collapse Disorder Blog #3

This is my final blog post. Through out this blogging, I learned more than ever on my subject and I'm trying to make a difference now. I don't see alot of effort to raise awareness so I actually went to home depot and decided on some ways you guys can start to plant flowers at home. Now in my past blog posts one and two I have been talking about how honey bees really do help us out because we depend on them and so does our food (cows, pigs, your next chicken fillet). So I felt like I should give back and so should you guys too. It's actually not that hard, you don't have to go to home depot (or lowes, I still love home depot) and buy a whole seed starter kit. If you have a left over egg carton then that's good too! See this is how you can help make a difference:

1) Go to HOME DEPOT (or lowes) and buy some seed starting soil. 

2) Go back to your house and grab the egg carton that you have been saving over.

3) You could either cut off the top our use popsicle sticks to stand it up and you can label the top. 

4) Once you cut off or label the top grab your soft seed starting soil. 

5) Use a spoon and fill up each cupped section with soil but don't over fill it. 

6) Grab your seed packet (what ever type of seeds you want). 

7) Look at the directions on the packet because it will tell you how much water to put and how much sunlight your seeds will need. 

8) When your seeds get bigger take pictures and email them to me

9) When they are big enough transfer them to a bigger pot and watch the fruit of your labor. 

In the beginning it should look like this 

Heres my bibliography  
Plant picture
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Yadi A. Capstone


I began by writing one story about Cherokee myths involving the sun and moon. My main character had to deal with living those myths and being affected by the moon. I began to write, but an obstacle I encountered was that I didn’t connect with my characters at all. I did too much research on the story and the plot, before getting to know the characters. The lack of passion I felt for the characters affected me severely. Eventually, I had to change the story to something else. It was changed to another idea that I was much more comfortable with. I learned how to make a story more independent. Because I had chosen a story that was originally a sequel, I feared that I’d have trouble writing it on its own. But I learned that just with a few minor tweaks, a story’s plot could be changed considerably. After deleting references from the past story that I loved, I realized that it helped build the story and give me more advantage in the plot. I also learned my strengths and weaknesses as a writer. I now know that I should not push my creativity too far within deadlines because it might kill the joy of writing. But I also can’t take two years to write something. So I need to find the middle line between giving myself deadlines, and writing freely.

Artifacts are soon coming.
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Julia Boyer's Benchmark

Click HERE for the benchmark

For this benchmark, I had to take pictures that show evidence of globalization in Philadelphia. Specifically, I went around the city and thought about things I saw everyday when I took the train, or walked to school. I took pictures of them, uploaded them to my wordpress and found interesting sites and graphics about these topics. I'd say the most challenging part of this project was connecting my image to a document or website that showed the topic of globalization. My favorite picture was of the woman waiting for a train because it is the most candid and honest of my pictures, the rest of them seem very posed.

I think that globalization in Philadelphia is similar to that of other large cities in the United States. Naturally, most immigrants and new technology come to the larger cities first creating region-specific impacts. Now that there is more social networking and media, I think that even big cities in other countries are affected by the same topics of globalization as those of the US. By doing this project, I have learned to appreciate the expanse of globalization and how it has affected even the small things in my life. Whether for the good or bad, globalization is all around us.
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Letter of Advice

Dear Irene, 

Ok, so um, you need to get yourself together. You need to stop getting yourself between problems that have nothing to do with you and you need to get away from Clare! You’re doing nothing but putting oil to the fire.

To begin, I know that you and Clare are like best friends, die hard, positive and negative energy bonded magnets. But I am going to be completely honest with you, and give you reasons why you need to separate from her. I need you to listen clearly, it’s almost like I am reading your life, almost like a book!

First, you and I both know, Clare is passing. This is something that you cannot play around with, and this is something you need to avoid. She is acting like someone she isn’t and if people know that you knew that she is African American, there can be very bad consequences.  It’s almost like you have an ultimatum. It’s either you tell the community about Clare’s TRUE identity, or you leave it a secret, and hope for the best. But heed that there are consequences involved. 


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The Oil of Fire

The Oil of Fire


Life is made in many different forms,

These different forms come from different makers.


You eat the food from the ground,

You drink the water from the seas,

You smell the scent of the flowers,

And you breathe the air of the earth.


The Presidents made the constitution,

The gods made the earth,

The chicken laid the egg,

And seed made the tree.


Everything has a source.

It’s the heart of the body,

Without it we would be dead

It’s the Sun of the Universe,

Without it we would be dead.

It’s the racism of our society,

Without it we would be alive.


It has brought nothing

Except hatred and war,

It is something undesirable,

Nothing we adore.


The main source of it,

Died many years ago,

Not possible to fix,

This situation left us in woe.


We can always attempt to make a change,

Getting a lot of people to agree, is very hard to arrange.

Most likely it is impossible to complete this task,

Everyone is two afraid to help, they will wear the fearful mask.


-Daniel Varnis

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"What If?" History Benchmark

For my final history benchmark, we took a very interesting approach to history. This quarter, we were sopposed to pick a moment in history, and change it. After we changed that one moment, we were supposed to predict three things in history that would happen because of the change, and as a result, what would life be like today?

I decided to change the second day of The Battle of Gettysburg, when General Robert E. Lee doesn't allow General James Longstreet to attack the Union Army from behind. History according to Stephen Holts says that Lee allowed Longstreet to attack the Union line from behind, while the rest of the army attacks from the front. The Confederate Army wins the day, and because the battle was so bloody, President Abraham Lincoln decides to let the Confederacy live the way they want by completely separating them from the United States. From the Battle of Gettysburg came the establishment of the Confederate States of America. 

Years later, the two countries are anything but friendly neighbors. They wage war all throughout history, with the bloodiest battles being right after the Civil War over the land in the west. 

Coming closer the the 21st Century, the two countries are still fighting over the same thing their ancestors did. The CSA maintains a process of immigration that the USA views as modern day slavery, while the CSA defends it saying that immigrants work for their place in the country.

The CSA and USA fight over many different things, but they also come together in certain situations. 

All of this is displayed in a documentary about
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Portfolio For Fashion

For my project i decided to do a portfolio on fashion. I would be taking photos of people with fashion.


For my project I basically made an online Portfolio On Fashion. I chose this project because fashion inspires me and I like half of the things people wear now. Sometime people wear the things they wear for their personal reasons and I would like to know why but at the same I don’t want to be all up in their business if its private. For me I would like for people to show the clothes they have in their closets/wardrobe to show whom they really are, now. The process of my project wasn’t that hard but at the same time it wasn’t easy. I had to do a lot of editing for my website, so it can look really good. I learned a lot from my project, I’ve learned that sometimes fashion describes a person’s personality really well.

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Una vila para la Tom Brady

Esta villa está en Boston. No es muy grande pero es moderna y práctica. Está cerca del  centro y del transporte público porque tiene carro. También está cerca de la playa porque le fascina hacer “biking.” Está lejos de la playa pero la casa tiene una piscina y  jacuzzi porque le encanta nadar

¡La casa tiene TODO!
•  Cinco habitaciones lindas con armarios grandes porque tiene mucha ropa
•  Quarto baños enormes con duchas de lujo
•  Una cocina súper moderna con una nevera y una estufa nueva
•  Una sala simple con una tele grande para ver los partidos de los Patorts
•  Un comedor hermoso ideal para cenas con sus amigos
•  Un garaje para muchas bicicletas
•  Una cancha de tenis en el jardín
•  El jardín tiene un montón de flores bonitas
•  Una piscina extremademente tranquila para sus fiestas de veran
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Altomare Q4 BM Reflection

  • What did you find most challenging about this project?
    The most challenging thing was finding resources for what I was trying to show with my images. i knew what I took the images for but had difficulty presenting it. 
  • How did you go about collecting the images or selecting the images?
    I looked for images that told a story. I didn't just want images of convenience stores owned by foreigners. I wanted images that showed lifestyles of Americans with other cultures. I also wanted images that showed things that wouldn't be found in America without influence from other parts of the world. 
  • Which image is your favorite? Why? Elaborate.
    I think the picture of the volkswagon is my favorite because it shows globalization in another time period as well as presently. The van is so old.
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Summer Reading Recommendation!

I strongly recommend this book for all young women 17+ who are about to begin or are in the college process. The book is like a guide that opened my eyes to a lot of things I hadn't considered when making college choices, as well as what college is like being a young adult.

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Book Review!

Act Like A Lady, Think Like A Man is one of New York Time's bestsellers, and I received this book as a birthday gift for my seventeenth birthday. After I saw the motion picture in theaters, I couldn't help but to pick up the book for myself. It's basically like a manual all about men. Steve Harvey is the author of this sequel, really digs into not only the mindset of a man, but how women perceive men; followed by the differences in what women see, and what men see. It's an interesting read for anyone who saw the movie - or is just plain interested in the commonality of men and their lifestyle, opinions, etc. I'm still in the process of reading this book, and there are many interesting points that I agree with. The first sentence of this book says, "There is no truer statement: Men are simple. Get this into your head first, and everything you learn about us in this book will begin to fall into place." When I read that, I couldn't help but to agree. Men are simple, just as women are complex. I'd agree that sometimes as women we convince ourselves that a man doesn't care if he doesn't respond in the same way one of your girlfriends would. Men are just built differently. They have a mindset more steered toward solving the problem than conversing about it for several days. Now, there are some exceptions, but this is the general way men handle situations. I recommend this book so far, and I'll be sure to give a more in depth review to anyone who asks.
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Things Fall Apart – Chapter 26


            It was late in the afternoon, Obierika stood a comfortable distance away from the lifeless, wilting, dying body of Okonkwo. Obierika knew it was not the best to touch him, as much as she wanted to one last time. She looked at his hand, there was a tattered banana leaf sitting between his two fingers. She asked a stranger to take it from Okonkwo and to hand it to her. Obierika unwrinkled the banana leaf and read what was written on the inside…

            “To whom ever reads this, you recognize my absence to the present world. However, I am present mentally, nno. Life itself is changing ever second when you have missionaries. They shall change you, making you one of their own. Causing you to forget who you are to ruin the better lives of future generations. For the time I was alive, I saw us as obodo dike, but that has obviously changed. I know that I am not the only one who finds these changes to be different and unappreciated, but when they conquer our land to the fullest extent, I shall be the tufia of Umuofia.”

            Obierika stopped reading for a few minutes to absorb and reminisce the words of wisdom that were being portrayed in the death note. The emotions of denial and misunderstanding was overpowering, Obierika fought to keep in the tears of regret.

            “Why had we not believed?” murmured Obierika. She proceeds to read, this time trying to hold everything in until the end.

            “I don’t reckon that is necessary to live somewhere anymore if your roots are ripped apart like a flower in the ground. My original land will never be the same, and I have nowhere else to go except with chi. We will sit together high in the sky on the clouds, eat Kola Nuts, talking about how life will never be the same, for he is the only one who shall understand. We shall talk about how they had no pity on us and shall never have pity on us. And as they showed they had no pity on us, I showed the same. Word will probably be out way after my soul flies high into the sky. They will not be able to banish again, and even they did so, it would be pointless for it would make no change. That is all I have to say, and I am long gone right now. To whomever reads, don’t forget me, don’t forget Umuofia.”

             Obierika took a quick look and noticed the hand where the letter once was. It was missing something. His jigida had no longer been on his wrist; it was broken, all over the floor under where Okonkwo was hanging. Obierika took the beads, wrapped it in the banana. She then dug a hole and places it in.

             “I cannot touch you, but you are still with us in Umuofia.”

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History Journal #20, History Journal #25, English Journal #36

History Journal #20 - Social Change
Why is social change sometimes fast and sometimes slow?

Fast- For social change to be fast, you would have to be connected to society in a way to have the ability to critique in fast social change. 

Examples: Occupying the wall street (People wants to be able to have their voice be heard and fight for their rights in terms of society.)

Also, any type of career you're interested in or major in is FAST in social change.

- People are often afraid to be judged by others.
- Doesn't bother with things that are revolved around them.
- Equal rights.
- Costs.

Outline main ideas about tipping points
- Crime

- Advertising
- Social policy 
- Rules
- Cause and effect
- Virus
- Disease 
- Infectious 
- World

History Journal #25 - What is Revolution?

​What is a revolution? 
- Revolution is a rebellion by people who is in the attempt to change a government that would put an end to another country’s rule from their own. 

Example: Revolutionary war

- Taking over a government
- Great term or change 
- Not just good; it could be better or worst
- Society
- Global things
- Oppression 

Changes course of history
Taking control
- Sometimes violent 
- New ideas
- Personal abuse 
- Dissatisfaction

- Flash mobs
- Technology
- Large people

English Journal #36 - I Wish I Could...

I wish I could be more confident. I wish I could be tall. I wish I could have the pear shape of a runway 
pageant than feeling self conscious in this apple shape of mine. I wish I could run five-miles. I wish I could eat anything and never have to worry about calories. I wish I could major in both cosmetology and nursing. I wish I could get straight A's. I wish I could be more outgoing, than being so socially awkward. I wish I could find my voice. I wish I could be more opened. I wish I could stop the feelings for this one person. I wish I could have the eager to talk to the people I don't not intentionally talked to anymore. I wish I could go back and change all of the mistakes I've done. I wish I could stop dwelling on the past. I wish I could see the world in such beauty than darkness. I wish I could pain my nails neatly. I wish I could be more stylish in beauty. I wish I could make videos like those Beauty guru's on Youtube. I wish I could shop everyday. I wish I could easily blog and not have a hard time thinking about what to write. I wish I could succeed in both cosmetology and nursing. I wish I could succeed later in life and have the perfect life that I imagined. 

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English and History Journals

​English Journal #8

A Story About Fall (Written by Jasmin, Jessica, Vannary, and Diamond):

    I walked out of the front door from school in my flip-flops and thin dress, It was a shock right in the face when the cold wind blew right at me. I didn’t realize that summer was over and now it was fall. It wasn’t going to be warm anymore, and I forgot what it felt like to be cold. I walked four blocks to the bus stop. As I walked on the bus, I saw people with hoodies and long sleeved shirts. I just couldn’t believe it. I couldn’t stop thinking about how cold it was going to be this winter. I felt uncomfortable on the bus filled with people in their warm clothes. Suddenly 2 black males about 6 feet tall pulled out firearms and started letting loose on everyone, they stole boul rolex and hijacked the bus. Then the cops came. They blew 2 L’s and went rambo on the cops. 32 police officers perished.


English Journal #14

In what ways is our environment civilized?
In what ways are we not?

We have rules that we follow.
Morals and beliefs are set in place.
We don’t behave like animals
We have a language that we communicate with.
We have laws and rights.

Lack of communication
Hatred and Prejudice


English Journal #43

“One Boy Told Me” - Naomi Shihab Nyi

4 Lines:
My tongue is a car wash for the spoon.
Mould you be scared?
I never want to minus you.
I do and don’t love you.

Choose a Line and start writing your own poem:

Would you be scared?:

Would you be scared?
Would you be scared if
your most precious memories
couldn’t be remembered?

Would you be scared if
the one you hated the most
disappeared forever?

Would you be scared if...
someone told you that
there is a limit to happiness
in this world?

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What if?

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My point of history in which I tampered with was President Harry Truman's decision to drop the atomic bombs on Japan to retaliate against the bombing in Pearl Harbor. The main point I focused on was what would happen if we became allies with the Soviet Union due to our common enemy, Japan. Truman could fear a nuclear war the way we do nowadays and is trying to keep the remaining sanity of the world. The world is on edge and if we just drop an atomic bomb in hopes of ending a war quickly, we may lose trust from every other country. We cannot barge into Japan and fight either because Japan targeted the Navy in Pearl Harbor. So the best thing to do was to set aside our opinions of the Soviet Union and fought along them to bring down Japan. 

The States of 2012 would change drastically. Becoming allies with the Soviet Union could cause us to see the world through the eyes of Russia and China. The country would be somewhat of a communist country. But the laws supporting freedom would just cause us to have less liberation in the country. The censorship of the internet would already be in play, the music will be less vulgar (which wouldn't be such a terrible thing), and taxes would be equal so that the Occupy movements would be unnecessary. The protests against other wars wouldn't be as drastic because of our alliance with Russia and China. 

I envisioned a big change in 2012 because if we're not as worried about arguing with the Russians, we wouldn't be worried about the dangers of an atomic bomb. However, if we have a strong bond with Russia and China, the world itself would be a monopoly. Russia and China have similar views on politics. If three of the more powerful countries are all agreeing on something, then nothing could stop them from controlling the entire world. 

The enjoyable thing about creating an alternative future is that everyone wishes they could change an event in their lives. But when we are to search a historical event and alter that, we learn more and more about the event in the process. Rather than reading about a certain topic in the world and writing a paper, we had to go in depth about a specific events in order to understand how we can make a change. Sometimes having the knowledge on a specific matter doesn't mean you are an expert. You're an expert when you can make a difference that is plausible to a time you weren't present. Also, creating such a bond and a change between America and Russia over a common enemy seemed intangible, but it made sense. If two strong countries worked against one country who's main motive was to conquer, they could overcome any problem. 

President Harry Truman was the man of the divergence. If the president really planned out the events following Japan's atomic bombing and realized that Japan's citizens shouldn't have to suffer for their leaders' actions, then he would have waited. Sure the war would have dragged out for 10 months or more rather than 10 days, but it may make an impact. America may not be the free and liberal place is it now, but it would be more strict than it is. Our educational and economic situation may not be present in the alternative history. The changes of the government by the government would cause a more miserable America, however it'll be a more stable America. 

The best way to improve my point of divergence is to create a more in-depth explanation of Truman's chat with the Soviet Union. If we created an alliance, how did it happen? What happened in the room? But like other governmental events, most are top secret. So to personally understand President Truman and to understand the Soviet Union's government better, it would've created a better project. To understand this event alone, you must understand everything. If I had a chance to change my process, I wouldn't spend so much time researching President Harry Truman's other decisions, but I would have tried to understand the Soviet's government and Truman's decisions with other issues. 

New York Times 

TIME Magazine Article 

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La casa ideal para Señorita Jamira

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La casa de Jamira es muy grande. La casa es ubicado en Los Angeles. Cerca de la playa porque ella gusta nadar, pero está lejos de las montañas porque es muy aburrido. Hay tres personas en la casa. Es perfecto para ellas amigas y familia. Ella tiene un grande casa. La sala es verde, tiene dos sofás, y un tele. Cuatro habitacioness es naranja, tiene una cama en cada habitación. Un tele en habitación de Jamira. Elsótanoó es amarillo Una sofá grande,un tele grande, y una nevera. El garaje es más-o-menos, tiene un lavadora y secador.
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​Hay un perro por futuro niños.
Es muy moderno en la casa.
Es dos carros en el garaje.
Hay tres pisos en la casa. 
La casa es mediumo.
Ella tiene un grande casa.
Dos amigo vivir con Jamira.
El garaje es grande.
El carros es nueva 2012 carros.
La casa es lejos de las montañas.
La casa es cerca de la playa.
​Guesta: diez mil dólares minimo por favor

Telefono (1800)-new-home

Hecha por: Marteena Johnson y Emmanuel Kouadio

***Si la llamada de interesados. ¡Gracias!

La casa de Tómas.

Mi clienté Tómas casa es en Miami, ello casa es muy grande, cerca la playa y la central commercial, perro lejos de afueras. En una casa de Tómas tiene siete cuartos para dormiendo y cuarto baños. En Tómas casa tienes una grande estudio para musíca, y una garaje, jardin, ofician, balcón, y picsina. Questo es mucho grande con mucho ventanas y mucho espacio.  
Tienes una salon.
* Es a mediano cuarto, con un television, una sofa, lampara, la mess, sílla y plantas. Un colores de cuarto es rojo.
Tienes una cocina.
* Es muy espacio, con 4 ventanas, en el cuarto es refridgerator, estufé, lavaplatos, microonda cafe. Un colores de cuarto es possiblé, cafe y rojo.
Tienes un estudio de música
*Es así así pequiño, uno ventanas, con la guitarra, estudio de musica, sistema de música. Un colores de cuarto es cafe o oscuro rojo.
Tienes un comedor.
*Es muy mediano y muy ventanas, con una mesa, sílla, y amario. Un colores de cuarto es possiblé rojo, cafe y crema .
Tienes siete habitaciones.
uno por Tómas niños, Pooncie y Char.
uno por Tómas y sus novia
uno extra
Tres por "honey dips"
El grandisimo casa es, 300,960 ! pero es perfecto por Tómas : )

la casa ideal!

La casa Ideal para Bryanna  Jones


Esta casa está en Miami en las afueras pero está muy cerca de la ciudad, el cine, la playa y el central comercial. Está lejos de las montañas. Es muy grande, bonita, divertida, moderna y muy tranquile. Tiene cinco cuatros y tres baño. Hay un garaje, jardín, biblioteca, oficina, balcón, piscina, sótano, y estudio de baile.


¡ La casa tiene Todo!


·      Cinco habitación linda y grande, hay una corriente altera en todos, porque tienen mucho amigos.

·       Hay una sala, es muy bonita y enorme. Tiene mucho muebles.

·      Comedor tiene mucho muebles, es grande y muy moderna.

·      Estudio de baile, tiene carteles y mucho cosas eso tenga con baile y mucisca. También tiene mucho muebles.

·      Garaje es muy grandisim y tiene mucho colores. Hay una ascensor en la graraje porque es muy

 Es $50,000 ¿Es muy bein no?


nschiavoni What If- 4Q History Benchmark


    Point of Divergence- THe point of divergence that was presented in my benchmark involved the kidnapping plot of President Lincoln that Booth plotted amongst others. The future that was effected by my point of divergence was the result of President Lincoln's Reconstruction plan before his assassination. With this divergence happening many events were able to take place, such as the event of the civil war ending sooner then it should of due to abraham lincoln's response.  What I liked about this project was that as a student I was able to research a topic in history that I wasn't familiar with and able to change the course of time within it. Something that I found challenging about this benchmark was finding certain primary sources to fit my type of divergence. The most interesting event that I learned was about the Civil War and learning that Abraham Lincoln was involved with it. The actions of individuals impact the historical record because a specific time in history could of changed its course. If I were to produce a better project, I would take the time to look for a more specific point of divergence instead of the one I picked because I would feel more confident with other primary sources. Overall I am happy with the process of my 4th Quater benchmark.

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