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Humanities Portfolio 2012

I could say my 10th grade year experience in World History and English class has definitely been a rollercoaster. The things I have learned in this classroom have been really interesting and different. Being that Science Leadership Academy a project based school, the way we learn is very unique. Instead of my teacher giving us a worksheet for the class, we have discussions and do hand on activities. The work that I have completed in my World History and English class I am very proud of. 


One thing that I can say that I truly understand is you have to go through a struggle in order to succeed. In March, we were assigned to read a book by a Haitian author named Edwidge Danticat. The book was called Create Dangerously. This book was a collection of essays about her life and Haitian issues. There was one essay in particular that really grasped my opinion. This essay was called “I Speak Out.” It was about another Haitian lady named Alérte Bélance that was mutilated by the Macout (the Haitian army), but surprisingly survived. People found her story so interesting that they flew her to the United States so she was able to share her story to other people. In my forum post responding to this I wrote “While reading “Speak Out” I was appalled by the actual reality of the things that were taking place in Haiti.” You can view my forum at this link.

In Mr. Block’s class we also did a very interesting project with garage band. We had to do a podcast interviewing someone about the boundaries they had crossed in their life. I interviewed my uncle who is a recovering addict. He has had a rough past with crack cocaine. He was on crack cocaine for about 22 years of his whole life and miraculously is clean today and has been clean for more that four years. During the podcast I expressed that this addiction has had negatively and positively affected his life. In the podcast I said, “Using crack cocaine was definitely his valley. Laughter family, and crossing the boundary of not using drugs was his peak.” You can view my podcast at this link.


Throughout the school year, I have learned that art can be interpreted in many ways; you just have to be creative enough to understand it. As the end of the school year was approaching, Mr. Block introduced us to a new unit in English class. He introduced us to the poetry unit. As soon as I heard poetry I started to have a sissy fit because I always thought that my mind was not physically able to think like a poet. My exact words in one of my English journal entries were, “I am not no Maya Angelou.”  I was definitely not looking forward to the couple of weeks we were going to be in this unit. However, when I started to write my first poem “My Baby Love” I was surprised that I could be as creative as I appeared to be. When I wrote my introduction to my wiki space account, I wrote something that reflected my whole experience in the beginning. I said, “I stepped into this whole poetry unit blinded by the complexity I thought poetry had.” You can view my poetry page at this link.

 I was assigned a book to read in about February called Passing by Nella Larsen. This book was about an African American woman named Clare Kendry who is passing for a white woman back in the 1960s. She is living a dangerous life because her husband who she has many ties to doesn’t know she is African American. By the end of the book, Clare ends up falling out of a window and there was a mystery to how she fell out. Mr. Block assigned us to create an artistic project about the book. My friend and I decided to work together on this project and decided to do an iMovie. In my forum post about the project described my entire process while doing the project. I said in my forum post, We did two skits on our interpretation of how it would look on the news when Clare died.” This is the link to see my video

 This year has definitely been a great one. I don’t regret anything I have done this school year because all of the mistakes I have made I have learned from them. I am so very grateful to have had a teacher like Mr. Block for History and English class. This school year would not have been the same without him. I hope the rest of my years in high school will be as self learning as this year was.


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10% Time !!!

For this project I decided to look at the brain in relation to the eye. I have learned a lot about it, the only hard thing was, was deciding how to present the information. There is so much information that I needed a nice way to present that would be interesting. So I decided to make a box, a box that is "like" the brain. I drew a picture of the of top of the box because I wanted people to see what the brain looks like because it is nice to see what is going on. I also decided to make a smaller little black box inside of the larger box because it is said that said "10%" with paper inside it because that is were all the information is "stored" haha. That was just my way of trying to be a bit creative with the presentation. I learned a lot about the brain and what it does, it was nice to understand how the brain works. Most things that goes on in the brain is what people see them to be and how they learn and remember things. Most people remember things better when they relate things to food, smell and taste. I personally relate things to smell because it is always easy for me to remember things by smell because it never changes. I also learned that if someone is trying to problem solve a situation and what ever they did worked the first time, they will do the same thing do solve the problem. 
That was just a quick speedy version of what I have learned because trying to explain everything I have learned about the the mind would have been too long to endure.

"The Human Brain - Exercise." The Human Brain - Exercise. N.p., n.d. Web. 07 June 2012. <>.
BBC News. BBC, n.d. Web. 07 June 2012. <>.
"What Makes the Human Mind?" Harvard Magazine. N.p., n.d. Web. 07 June 2012. <>.
"The Artificial Prison of the Human Mind." • Damn Interesting. N.p., n.d. Web. 07 June 2012. <>.
"How We See: The First Steps of Human Vision." How We See: The First Steps of Human Vision. N.p., n.d. Web. 07 June 2012. <>.
"The Human Brain." The Human Brain. N.p., n.d. Web. 07 June 2012. <>.
"FAQ - How Does The Human Eye Work?" FAQ - How Does The Human Eye Work? N.p., n.d. Web. 07 June 2012. <>.
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Marina's Summer Reading Recommendation

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This phenomenal book is written by the incredible Earl Sewell. It's the story of a young teenaged girl whose life is seriously about to have major changes. This book is filled with drama, passion, and a great message. If I were you I would definitely grab this book and read this book over the summer!

Here is a brief summary:

Maya's summer is shaping up to be unforgettable—in both good and bad ways. First she's sent to stay with her grandmother for a month. Living in the city, Maya is too far from her friend Keysha and her boyfriend, Misalo—and too near her rebellious cousin Viviana. When Maya finally comes home, her parents drop a bombshell—Viviana is moving in with them.Her cousin has barely unpacked before she's creating chaos. Truth is, Maya kind of likes the way life is a whole lot less predictable with Viviana around. But her motives are up for debate—especially when it comes to Misalo. And as Maya's little sister, Anna, grows more fascinated with her cool older cousin, Maya begins to see that following where Viviana leads has its price. And it could cost Maya her reputation, her relationship…and maybe even her future….
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Close up 2

Since we couldn't go outside to draw the landscape we drew what we seen. I seen a book bang on the table so I drew it. This book bag was simple nothing to much. I first sketched the bag and made sure it looked like the bag. So then I grabbed some paint, since the bag was blue, black, and yellow writing. I started to paint my outline and things. I did gentle strokes so the painting can look neat and inside of the sketch lines. When I was done I was satisfied.
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Close Up

Well, I love nature, and how trees look. So I decided to draw a leaf, but be creative. So I drew a leaf that was dead on one side and a live on the other side. I used pastels to draw this picture. I made sure I was extra creative and original. The greens show how live and vibrant the plant is and the brown show death or close to death. This was one of the best picture/ projects i did because it was so original and fun.
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Abstract emotion

Getting this assignment abstract emotion was challenging, I didn't know how to come at this project. But I started to think of my favorite colors, which is blue. Blue usually symbolize sadness and some type of depressing emotion. So I thought of what you do when you sad or depressed and that's cry. So a eye is where tears come from and Is tarted to paint. I used white, blue, and black. To lighten up the blue or darken the blue. I had fun creating this project, and how I did it.
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Conjoined Twins :D

I just wanted to do this video because this has always interested me for a long time. I always wanted to know how these kinds of twins where conjoined together. I also thought they where just like that just because . When I seen pictures of this I really didn't believe that this was even real. I noticed that it was real when I first saw it on the news. After, hearing about it and getting an opportunity to do a project on it i took the offer.

I also want to become a neonatal nurse and this good help to get me used to seeing things like this. You don't never know what you will see and have to work on. An neonatal nurse is to help take care of the new born infants and those who are in critical condition. I have a hard time looking at stories like this and this could be something or something similar that I have to work with. 

Conjoined Twins
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Casi una mujer is a story of a young girl forced to leave her home in pr to live in ny. As she try to "fit in" her culture say she was betraying her. The stories you hear on tv comes to life. Must read for yourself!
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​I talked about the techniques  that allow riders to perform bunny hops and manuals.  The techniques that went into lifting and maintain maximum height, and how momentum, and energy change affects height as well.  Being able to perform bunny hops is important to more than just bmx, because using it mountain biking can serve a more practical purpose.  I showed how a change in one of the several factors that go into performing one of the hops successfully.
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Enjoy this book, you really love it. If you live in West and North Philly you could really relate to the book. It had drama, it was realistic, and told a love story

By:Teri Woods
Title: True To The Game 

Gena is a nineteen year old girl living in the projects of Philly. Streetwise and beautiful, Gena has learned at a young age to use her natural born talents to acquire the things she needs in life. Gena has learned that money and power are hot commodities in the rough and tumble streets of Philly. Although Gena doesn't work she is able to wear the finest clothes, spend money like its water and party all the time 
through the men that she dates. 

When Gena meets Quadir, a charismatic drug lord, she is immediately attracted to his status and wealth. Gena loves the fact that Quadir owns the streets of Philly. As Gena and Quadir begin to fall in love, Quadir shares his deepest desires with Gena. Someday, he tells her, he wants to be a dentist and live a legit life. He explains that he got into the drug business in order to support his desitute family. Quadir proposes to Gena (who happily accepts) and tells her that due to all the money he has stashed he is already a millionaire many times over. He has decided to go legit and leave the drug business. As Gena and Quadir prepare to make a life together tragedy strikes, forcing Gena to reevaluate her life and her future. 
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Humanities Portfolio 2012 (Ananda Knight)

This year when I walked into my English class I didn’t know what to expect. I thought that I would be reading lots of books, taking quizzes and writing essays. As the year went by my expectation were proven wrong who would of thought that part of my English/history grade would have anything to do with dancing, or visiting a prison. Throughout the year we have been through quite a journey. Not only did my English teacher Mr. Block teach us grammar and had us read books, but he got us physically and emotionally involved with our lessons. We had many projects to do in which we were allowed to put a lot of creativity into. For example our final "Passing" Project This project was based on the book “Passing” we were given many choices on how we could complete this project. My group and I decided to draw a picture that told a story. There were no real restrictions on what we could or could not do for our project and that really pushed creativity. “Creativity helps you to accomplish something from your heart and that you have strong feelings about.” (Ananda Knight) This project helped me to look into a story pass the words but look for deeper meanings that not everyone will catch. Another project that I really liked was when we got into our poetry unit we wrote many different poems. One of my favorite poems was my “I was raised by poem.” I felt like I could use that poetry topic to express myself in many different ways. “I was taught by
other peoples mistakes, I was taught by my own mistakes.” That is on of the quotes in my I was raised by poem. My poem reflected of lessons, and things I was brought up on. When Mr. Block told us to write poems I didn’t really think I could do it. I guess I just had to believe in myself. Mr. Block helped me to realize that I was a good writer and that if I put my mind and heart into it I could complete a polished poetry Wiki.

About a week ago we were all surprised as a class when our teacher introduced us to Leah Stein from the Leah Stein Dance Company. We were shown some of her work and were told that we were going to be going out into the streets and perform dance pieces in front of a bunch of people. When I first heard about this I thought What does this have to do with English or History. I am already a dancer so I thought this would be really easy. As the days went by I realized that this was not the kind of dance that I was used to. What I didn’t know is that I was actually learning a lesson through movement I even became closer to my peers you can see more about my experience through my Art in the open reflection. As I write this portfolio I think of many different assignments that I could include. We did so much work that has helped us all to grow. The final two projects I wanted to talk about were for one my play. The play put my through my biggest struggle, but “Challenges push you to try harder.” This was very hard for me because never before had I tried to write a play. I started over three times until I finally came up with a great idea. Our play had to have an connection to the world and it was a really cool experience. Finally my language autobiography this was my first time writing something like this. It was not that hard of an assignment because it was basically about yourself. When writing we always went through the same process of having friends and our teachers read over our work and give us lots of feedback. Mr. Block encouraged us to do so as well. When I finally finished my Language autobiography It was really amazing when I read it out loud I was really proud of my work and that is what matters the most.

Overall this year has affected me in many way. From confusion, understanding, and shed tears I feel like I have learned a lot from my time being in class with Mr. Block and my classmates. Everyday I walked into class Mr. Block always had a new way to challenge our minds and help us accomplish something new. I will never forget my experience and how it has helped me to become a great writer and thinker.

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