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Paula Cahill, a local artist in northeast Philadelphia, brought the world of art up close and personal. Being an artist is not only her hobby, but her occupation as well. She makes money off of commission from her works and doesn’t plan on stopping. She displayed numerous amounts of her work, all varying in size, color, theme, and style. She states that being an artist is hard, but definitely do-able. Her last words were “If you love what you do, it’ll all work out.” Paula Cahill’s interview will be used to create her individual profile on the website. There will be an in-depth profile of her along with actual footage of the interview itself.
De Selincourt, Basil. 1907. “The Ethics of Passion”. International Journal of Ethics 17 (2). University of Chicago Press: 181–94.http://www.jstor.org/stable/2375843.
Basil de Selincourt, an editor at the University of Chicago Press, wrote about the ethics of passion. Basil described the societal boundaries of passions and essentially, what was cut out to be a passion and what was not. Basil talks about how these societal norms is what limits people and if there is hope for a diverse future, people must venture further and test the “limits”. This will be used to create the description of the project itself on the website along with contributing to the foundation. This will be the underlying message before visiting the profiles of the interviewers.
Gaskill, Monica. “Being a Researcher.” Personal interview. 18 Nov. 2015.
Monica Gaskill, a medical researcher at Abramson Research Center, gave an exclusive interview of her workspace and occupation. There were many machines and tools lying around, their purpose unknown until Monica explained. It was everything a person could expect it to look like documents, graphs, flasks, etc. She also gave an explanation on her current project with genes and her experiences in getting into the field. This source will be used as one of the many profiles created on the website. There will be a page for Monica individually explaining her occupation, answers to interview questions and gallery of pictures of workspace.
Kelly, Darien. “Being a Musician.” Personal interview. 04 Feb. 2016
Darien Kelly. a freelance musician in central Philadelphia, takes music seriously. He takes on jobs from performances at local communities to performing with the Philadelphia orchestra. He composes his own music as well and is fluent in a variety of instruments ranging from the trumpet to tuba. He showcased his pieces with a sense of accomplishment. His most rewarding moment in his career as a musician thus far was when he traveled to Memphis and taught a group of kids. One of those kids wrote to him in an email months or years later expressing his/her gratitude and that they would be the first to attend college in their family and they wanted to pursue a degree in music education. This source will be used in creating Darien’s profile for the project.
PALMER, GEORGE HERBERT. 1914. “WHAT IS A PROFESSION?”. The Journal of Education 80 (20 (2006)). Trustees of Boston University: 537–39.http://www.jstor.org/stable/42798386.
George Palmer, a member of the Trustees of Boston University, talks about professions and the best way for them to thrive. For instance, he talks about teachers and how their salaries are not cut out for their living expenses. With the anxiety of not being able to pay bills, the teacher brings that into the classroom, thus minimizing his or her potential in teaching. He explains that in order for one to maximize their potential to the fullest, they have to be free of stress and negative energy. He tells how it’s hard to go out and do what you want to do in life due to the unstableness of it all. This source will be used as ground knowledge to enhance the website.
MACDOWELL, LAUREL SEFTON. 2001. Renegade Lawyer: The Life of J.L. Cohen. University of Toronto Press.http://www.jstor.org/stable/10.3138/9781442679214.
Laurel Sefton Macdowell, the author of Renegade Lawyer: The Life of J.L. Cohen, talks about the life of an average lawyer back in the 1900s. Laurel gives insight of the workings, day to day life, troubles and upsides of the lawyer profession through the eyes of J.L. Cohen. Though not all lawyers have had the same experience as Mr. Cohen, the workload and procedures are no different. This source will be used to fill the space for the lawyer section since getting an interview with a lawyer could not be scheduled. This is not the only source being contributed to the section.
McDonald, Steve, Nan Lin, and Dan Ao. 2009. “Networks of Opportunity: Gender, Race, and Job Leads”. Social Problems 56 (3). [Oxford University Press, Society for the Study of Social Problems]: 385–402. doi:10.1525/sp.2009.56.3.385.
Steve McDonald, an editor for the Oxford University Press, Society for the Study of Social Problems, talks about a multitude of factors that affects your job and how you got there. He analyzes deeply into gender roles and race to grasp the essence of getting ahead in the field. McDonald reveals that white males have a significant lead in jobs as opposed to white women or even other minorities. It really makes one think about how this came to be.This source will be used in the closing statements of the website when addressing the issue of individuals being barred from their professions due to social problems such as this.
MERCHANT, CAROLYN. 1918. “THE LURE OF OTHER PROFESSIONS”. The Journal of Education 87 (22 (2182)). Trustees of Boston University: 594–95. http://www.jstor.org/stable/42826961.
Carolyn Merchant, a member of the Trustees of Boston University, talks similarly about occupations that are stuck in time and are underpaid, just like George Palmer. Carolyn mentions that people such as merchants and middlemen live soundly because financially, they are better off than a teacher, butcher, or candlemaker. As people in these professions struggle to make ends meet, it makes the professions that have no problem meeting their bills that much more enticing. She tackles the idea that professions that help build nations are paid less than those who put bricks together. This source will be used to summarize the rise and fall (financially) of certain jobs.
Ross, Edward Alsworth. 1916. “The Making of the Professions”. International Journal of Ethics 27 (1). University of Chicago Press: 67–81. http://www.jstor.org/stable/2376957.
Edward Ross, an editor at the University of Chicago Press, published a journal about “The Making of the Professions” where he explained exactly where these occupations stemmed from. He talks about the pathology, mentorship, and all of the inner workings of jobs in general. He even goes into the social aspects of jobs and how it can affect someone mentally and the world around them. This is a great source in building up the “base” to the capstone. It helps lay the foundation for the interviews to follow. With this text, it makes it easier to understand how others get into the professions they do along with the experiences and passion.
Terkel, Studs. “Working” (1974)
Steve Terkel takes career exploration to another level. He went out around the nation and interviewed people with different professions ranging from farmers to people in corporate America. Steve Terkel is certainly a jack-of-all-trades with this book. His interviews are very thorough and provide great insight to the lives of these people. The dialogue and writing has a sense of “rawness” to it as if the reader was right there. This source is great because this is what the project essentially is just in a different form. This will serve as the mentor text for future interviews to enhance the final product.
Every Day by David Levithan is a literary work that should not be underestimated. Levithan does an excellent job of opening the eyes of teens to a world unbeknownst to them. He is not afraid to step out of the social norms, thus creating a unique concept of equality, humanity, and love. He steps into the realm of LBGTQ through his book Boy Meets Boy which is about a gay-friendly town and a boy who is trying to win the love of another boy. He received the Best Fiction Award for Teens(Top 10) from the YALSA in 2013, Abraham Lincoln Award nominee(2014), as well as being a Lambda Award nominee (2013). He is also the publisher/director of Scholastic.
David Levithan was born in 1972 in Short Hills, New Jersey. His first book Boy Meets Boy was published in September 2003. On his website in the “about me” section, Levithan feels that he could talk more about himself through his books and that’s exactly what he does. He has written a total of 18 books so far and showing no signs of stopping. He has collaborated with many well known authors, one of them is John Green for their book Will Grayson, Will Grayson. He is currently writing a book called Hold Me Closer: The Tiny Cooper Story which is set for release in March 2015.
A, the main character of the book, is 16 years old. A wakes up every day as someone different, not being limited by gender, race, or even language though the area geographically and age are pretty close. Never knowing the warmth and comfort of a family, A has been alone this whole time. A used to be afraid to go to sleep as a child knowing that nobody from that day would be there the next. No matter how much A wanted to stay, it wasn’t possible. One day, A wakes up as a teenage boy named Justin. Not wanting to interfere in Justin’s daily life, A chooses to go through it like a normal day for Justin, but when “he” encounters Justin’s girlfriend, Rhiannon, things begin to change. By digging through Justin’s memories, he sees that Justin isn’t the best boyfriend out there, but Rhiannon is just absolutely perfect. Rhiannon is pushing A’s limits. Love at first sight you could call it, but how is love possible for someone who is a different person each day?
Readers will get the most from this book if they are open minded and can adjust well to varying situations. This book shares so many different perspectives of women and men. With that being said, you must pay attention or else you will get lost from the very beginning. The general audience for this book is supposed to be adults, but this book has been proved to sway more towards teens. Some schools have even made this a summer reading assignment. Barnes & Nobles list the age range is 14-17 years for this book while others say it can go to even as young as 12. Every Day is perfectly executed that David Levithan is able to gain such a wide range for his audience. He is really active in the LGBTQ community with his books.
This book will have its readers thrown into another perspective of life. The need to read what happens the next day has readers gripping their seats. While reading, you are immersed in lives of many people. What is it like to be a woman? What is it like to be a man? What about a drug addict or maybe a twin? These questions are addressed throughout the book and that’s only a few of them. Levithan shows a new side of love and how it can play out. It does not always have to be how it is in the movies, it’s not always as cliché, it can be something completely different, but the feelings are the same.
“The moment you fall in love feels like it has centuries behind it, generations-all of them rearranging themselves so that this precise, remarkable intersection could happen. In your heart, in your bones, no matter how silly you know it is, you feel that everything has been leading to this, all the secret arrows were pointing here, the universe and time itself crafted this long ago, and you are just now realizing it, you are just now arriving at the place you were always meant to be,”(Levithan, Pg 23).
Though the quote is lengthy, it describes the book and the concept of love better than I could ever. It feels like the missing puzzle piece has been fitted. I would most definitely recommend this book to my friends. It was the first great book I’ve read in a while.
I live in the city of Philly with a community that is much like family,
We love, laugh, struggle, and cry together,
Closely knit like the yarn of a sweater,
The home of many firsts,
Universities, libraries, and even the first school of anatomy,
And mouth-watering delicacies from around the world to indulge yourself in,
A melting pot filled to the brim,
We speak what’s on our mind,
By protests and strikes against “unfair” treatment for our teachers and students alike,
We lay down the road for education of our future generations,
Multiple opportunities to find myself,
Multiple opportunities to experience,
I have been given the paint by the city,
Now it is time to start my picture.
Throughout my year, I’ve learned many things and have increased my knowledge on various topics. One class especially would be World History. I’ve learned things about the past as well as the present. We focused quite a lot on change as well as equality. When I say change I’m talking about revolutions today and years ago. When I say equality I’m talking about how women aren’t paid as much as men, human rights, and sweatshops. There is so much that I’ve taken into consideration after stepping into the classroom. I looked at my daily life through a new lens. I looked at the clothes I wear today and wonder why I’m wearing it. I wonder why I’m wearing the clothes that someone in another country made that is underpaid and living in harsh conditions. I wondered about how technology has changed the way other changes take place, such as the Arab Spring. There is so much to touch on yet, so little time.
The first thing I want to talk about is the Arab Spring. This topic was introduced near the beginning of the year and was one of the first to introduce the topic of change in the classroom. I learned how technology helped spread the awareness and support for the revolution. The people in Egypt did not accept the way they were treated, therefore, they fought for independence and are still fighting at this very moment. There is violence and many have died. In one of my journal entries, I address the idea of nonviolence and violence. A specific quote that stood out to me and summarizes the whole idea is “Nonviolence shouldn’t have to be trained, but just present all the time.”
Click here to view the full version of this journal.
The second thing I want to talk about is just revolutions in general. Later on in the year, we were assigned a digital story benchmark. For this benchmark we had to focus on multiple revolutions and revolve them around a certain point. I studied the French Revolution, Arab Spring, and much more. The certain point that I decided to focus on was “What is the importance of spreading awareness with the use of social media in a revolution?” I constructed an iMovie with my partner Javier on the subject. A quote that stood out to me in the video was “Outside help can and will be the difference between a gallant victory or a dreadful defeat.”
Click here to watch the full video.
Now, I would like to touch on the subject of equality. Equality plays a major role in our lives today. Just being a woman is a major factor of equality. Women are paid less than men and aren’t treated as equally in the justice system as well. The same can be said for particular charges against men and women, but that’s another topic. When I was writing a journal entry one day I had to think of a woman scientist off the top of my head. The sad thing was I couldn’t. A quote from that journal is “I could imagine a woman’s idea in science being rejected based on their gender.”
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During the year, we’ve had many trials where we can debate with our other peers on matters that are important in the world today. Towards the middle of the year, we began a trial about sweatshops and the class was divided into about 5 sections. Each section being a different part of the chain to the making of sweatshops such as U.S. consumers, Corporations, etc. After the trial was over we had to post a reflection on how we can change the global economic system. One part of the reflection that I’d like to highlight is “Companies began to be questioned and pressured to make a change in the factories they produce their products in. Some have made a change, but not enough. There is still a fair amount of factories and companies out there that are under the radar and continue to abuse their workers. Suicidal nets are set up outside of some factories to prevent people from jumping out the building to their eventual death.”
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The final piece I’m going to talk about that will wrap this up nicely is the Human Rights Benchmark. For this benchmark, we got the chance to work exclusively with Kate McGrath who works for the Philly Young Playwrights. She came down to help us make our plays and give us tips as amateur playwrights. I focused on the unfair conditions in china’s factories and took readers on a journey through the eyes of a man named Minho who escapes the factory and seeks help in America. There are many twists and turns in this play, but a quote that sticks out to me is
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I enjoyed my year in world history due to the fact that I've learned so much in such little time. I've taken many things from this class such as morales, values, and life lessons. I've learned through the perspectives of those thousands of miles away from me. Those who got to experience this class is to be envied for.
Five Key Facts:
- Keystone XL Pipeline will cause environmental harm and ecological problems.
- Money gained from this project will further education in local schools.
- 30% of U.S. emissions are from the Keystone XL Pipelines.
- The project will create thousands of jobs
- Contribute over $20 billion to the U.S. economy.
Monologue #1 (Brandon)
(Icarus, a spoiled rich child. wakes up in his room)
Icarus - *yawns*
“Herald! Bring me a chocolate sundae, yeah?”
(get’s up and makes his way through his house)
“Herald you dumb buffoon I said no cherries! You can’t get anything right can you?”
“ Where is my mother and father? “
“ Out? What do you mean they’re out? “
“ Yes, I would like to call them”
(calls his father)
“ Dad, where are you and mom? “
“What in the heavens are you doing in jail?”
“ You did all of this for a stupid pipeline?!”
“ What about the new xbox you said you were gonna get me? Huh? What about the PS4? Huh? How are you supposed to get me these things when you quit your job and donated most of our money!”
“ I don’t want to play with those stupid toys anymore. I’ve had them for a long time. They’re old and stupid.”
“ 2 weeks is a very long time! “
“ You know, I don’t care just come back quickly before Herald has a stroke or something.”
(hangs up phone)
“Stupid parents… “
“Herald! Do you know anything about this XL Pipeline?”
“ I want you to look it up and report back to me with everything you found out in the next hour you hear?”
“ Go on, run along now.”
(Icarus goes around the house occupying himself)
“ I’m here! OVER HERE, HERALD!”
“ You’re too old for this job, Herald, god gave you eyes for a reason. Please use them.”
“ Did you find anything? “
“ Pro’s and cons?”
"The environment will die out quickly?"
"Sure as hell not as quickly as you."
"Health problems, environmental problems, and even ecological problems?"
"What's the worst than can happen? Plants and fish are gonna die?
"Oh. They will die. Whoops. "
"Enough Herald. I don't want to hear no more. I think my IQ dropped like 10 points just from listening to you. "
“ What should I do Herald? “
“ Should I just stand here and wait for my parents to come back?”
“ I should...help them?”
“ I mean I could do that, it’s not a big deal.”
“ Whatever, I suppose helping people sometimes isn’t a bad thing. I’ve got to build up my rep anyways.”
“ Get the car ready, Herald.”
(Icarus gets in the car and heads over to where the protest is taking place)
“Stupid pipeline ruining my day. I’ll make sure this doesn’t get passed if it’s the last thing I do.”
Monologue #2 (Brandon)
Terra- (walking down the street slowly browsing stores from the outside) *sighs*
“Looks like nobody is hiring around here…”
“Maybe that’ll change tomorrow.”
(Stops in front of a Radio Shack)
“Hmmmm, let’s try here.”
(walks into the shop)
“Hey! Oh no I’m not buying anything I was just wondering if you have a job opening by any chance.”
“Oh, alright. I’ll wait here then.”
(He hear’s a nearby tv talking about the Pipeline opening up 80,000 jobs in the U.S.)
“A pipeline, huh?”
“80,000 new jobs?!”
(Terra paces back and forth in the shop thinking about the pipeline. As he’s doing this the store attendant returns)
“Huh? Oh yeah, that’s me. So, you don’t have an opening?”
“Ok, well thanks for asking. But I think I’ll be able to get a job soon.”
(Terra calls a friend of his that works for TransCanada)
“No, I’m not calling for money this time.”
“You work for TransCanada, right?”
“I was just wondering you know, I heard about the pipeline and how it will open 80,000 new jobs.”
“Do you think you could promise me a spot for one of those jobs?”
“Of course I support it! I mean yeah! XL Pipeline all the way, you know? *laughs*”
“ Really? You’re serious right?”
“Thanks bud! You’re the best!”
“Whooooo! I can’t believe this is happening!”
“ I guess my luck has finally changed for once.”
(Terra calls his brother Samuel about the good news)
“ I got a job!”
“Yep, I’m serious.”
“My bud promised me a spot in building a pipeline. I think it was called SL Pipeline or something.)
“Yeah! I meant XL Pipeline. How did you know that?”
“What do you mean you’re protesting?”
“What’s so bad about this pipeline?”
“You know what, I called because I thought you’d be happy for me because I just got a job, but I guess I was wrong.”
“I don’t care about the consequences! For once, Samuel, for once in my life I have something to look forward to! I don’t have to worry about what my next meal will be or when my house will be taken away.”
“This isn’t what I need to hear right now. Goodbye, Samuel.”
“What a knucklehead.”
(Terra’s at home in a chair thinking about the Pipeline)
“Why was he so mad at me?”
“What’s the big deal about the Pipeline?”
“I guess finding out what I’m working for isn’t a bad idea.”
(researches XL Pipeline on computer)
“Can kill more jobs that it creates huh?....Go figure”
“ Tar sand oil dangerous….”
“Is this what I am supporting?”
“Sorry about earlier Samuel I was just on the edge.”
“Can you tell me more about this Pipeline?”
Monologue #1 (Tiarra)
*Emma Tremblay is a single mother living in Athabasca Alberta, Canada; she soon faces trouble when the company TransCanada is trying to run the KeyStone XL pipeline through her backyard.
(Emma is sitting at her desk at work when she sees her phone ring. It’s reads *Chelsea - her daughter* )
I was at work when she called me. I remember it clearly.
“Mama these men are at our house”
I’m thinking, what men?
But to only realize it’s those men.
The fear in her voice brought tears to my eyes.
(On her drive home she begins to ponder)
“Sure, Yes, Go head”
These words used to advantage and to control many people. One being me.
Too many times have I said them. Too many times have I been controlled by them.
“Yes you can do that” “Sure why not” Always trying to please others even if i’m totally against it.
Our so called friendly neighbors want to take our resources want to make a little profit but at the same time destroy our land. The government took control of the commoners for way too long. Not only are they going to destroy their land but they are going to pose a threat to me for me land.
(Emma is at home now and she discovers those men, the pipeline men in her backyard)
Red, grey, red, grey, phony smiles, constantly nodding heads scattered all about my property. Those men dressed all in their suits, sticking the flagged stakes where this pipeline is supposed to be... in my backyard while i’m hiding on the sidelines watching it all pass before my eyes. They push and trampled over me like they just hit a gold mine. I ask them…
“Why must they do this to me?”
Only to get papers thrown in my face saying they now have procession over my property.
Now the time has come…
Come ahead and mess with me, i’m not ashamed of what I am now. You provoked me, thinking I would sit back and watch this. This land has been preserved for us by our ancestors for hundreds of years but now we are the sacrifice for the devil’s works. It’s time to stand up and fight for what’s ours so it can be here for generations to come.
*Jackie Loo is a News Reporter for Maine's News channel for about 6 years, she travels all around the world reporting breaking news. You would think she enjoys her job but soon you will find out she hates it. One story in particular is the Keystone XL pipeline, she travels to the construct sites reporting for why they should build the pipeline while she completely opposes the idea of this pipeline and anything else the media puts out there.
(Jackie Loo is at the TransCanada Corporate building interviewing the head of the Keystone XL project when all these thoughts of anger pop into her head.)
I can't keep going on like this…
It’s secretly tearing me apart.
This job is wants me to be something i’m not.
Everyday, I travel all over the world then I get in front of that camera and pretend to support something I completely oppose.
“Jackie Loo here reporting for the construction of the Keystone pipeline”
Don’t people know what will happen of this plan is followed through?
Not only lives will be at staked but our wonder home. Planet Earth.
Here I go again.
“60 seconds to air”
I really don’t want to feed this crap to Americans.
(The camera man starts to count down on his fingers)
“Now to you Jackie”
“Thanks Dave, I’m here at the TransCanada cooperate building speaking to the head of the Keystone XL Pipeline Project, Bob Toomey.”
“How will this pipeline benefit the American people?”
“It will create 20,000 jobs and bring in $585,0….”
(Bob continues talking while Jackie is telling him off in her head)
Why can’t this man be completely honest and tell America what could really happen?
How about this dirty Tar Sands oil? Or oil spills or taking people’s land?
I’m sick of this rich people thinking they can control everything and do anything thinking the consequences would just fade away.
These people are the reasons that i’m being pushed closer to the edge.
Each day they put me on air to sink their bios opinions on how life “should be” into to the minds of innocent viewers. Americans watch television seeking for some light in their lives but only to be feed this crap.
These people don’t care about us, they are their own priorities; they want to rip us off to become more powerful.
But I’ve got news for you, your cheap propaganda doesn’t work for me. I will not conform to your image. You are not going to turn me into something i’m not. You thought that I could be another mouthpiece for the creed but I'm not ashamed to tell you that I'm not.
(Jackie interrupts Bob)“Can you stop talking for a moment Bob. There’s something I would like to tell America”
Monologue #3 (Tiarra & Brandon)
Sid - “Hey! I’m home!”
“What’s up little ones? Did ya miss Daddy?”
“Yeah kind of”
“How was school buttercup?”
“It’s could be better but what can I do. So how was your day?”
“Aah, I had a good day at work, but today was my last day.”
“Because I’m quitting my job.”
“No, you can’t!”
“There are some things you may not understand, but it’s for a good cause.”
“But you’ll understand later in life. There are people in this world that do things to hurt others. Some people right now are trying to build something that will hurt the earth.”
“But you can’t quit, times are hard and we have no money.”
“Don’t worry about the money. We’ll get by somehow.”
“You’re worrying too much about this. Don’t you trust your own pap?”
“Besides, nature is too beautiful. I won’t let it be destroyed.”
Daddy I wish you would just listen to me for once, we are all you have and I want the best for you and Bud.
Ever since Mom died things have really gotten rough on us.
We had to learn how to take of each other while still living through the pain.
The pain inside us had to be keep in a box behind our hearts to show that we are strong for Bud.
“Why did mama die”
“Well because she was very sick”
“Didn’t they give her medicine”
“Yes but it wasn’t strong enough but everything is fine because be we will soon see her when we go to heaven”
Every night it was a routine.
Bud would ask those same questions, some how I knew he was crumbling inside just like us but I just had a feeling he was trying to stay strong for us too.
During those 7 years of Mama’s cancer, it began our journey to truly find who we are as individuals and a family. I’ve learned that we have to take care of each other when she is no longer here. You are trying your best by working this construction job so we can have a little money on your pockets. But now you want to quit.
Dad, you know how hard it was to get back on our feet and now you just want to throw it all away because you don’t like what the “company is doing to the earth”. You are right, the earth is our home but drilling a little oil from the ground won’t hurt. We can’t focus on the earth right now, our top priorities are making sure we have a steady income to at least keep the lights on.
So just consider not quitting your job.
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.
If you ask me, this book is absolutely breathtaking. Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins is a book that constantly has you wanting for more. The author may sound familiar because she is also the author for The Hunger Games. Catching Fire is the second book of the Hunger Games trilogy. You don’t ever want to put it down. This is being made into a movie coming out November 22, 2013. It was also in the “Top 10 books of 2009” in the Times magazine. The trilogy has earned various of achievements and publicity ever since it’s beginning in 2008.
It’s hard to give a book review without giving away any spoilers to people that haven’t read it yet. I’ll just list the important events. So, the first book ended with Katniss and Peeta winning the Hunger Games. Book two starts right where the first one left off. Katniss and Peeta are on their victory tour and President Snow does not like the fact that Katniss is the “leader” of a rebellion soon to rise, even though she doesn’t know it herself. President Snow threatens Katniss that he will erase everyone she loves if she doesn’t calm the rebellion down or show the people that the only reason why she used the berries in the arena before was because she was madly in love with Peeta, not because she was being rebellious against the Capitol. You would think nothing worse could happen after that, right? Nope. It’s the complete opposite actually.
As you work your way through the story you find that Katniss, Peeta, and 22 other victors from different districts are put back into the arena. This was the 75th Hunger Games. Every 25 years there is something called a Quarter Quell which is a Hunger Game with a twist. This Quarter Quell two victors, a boy and a girl, would be pulled from each district from the existing pool of victors. Since Katniss is the only girl in her district that has been crowned victor, she has no choice but to go back in, but this time it’s not the same. This time she is not fighting to save herself, but to save Peeta.
Haymitch, their mentor, was in no condition to be the other male tribute so Peeta, without a doubt, took his place. Peeta has the mindset that he would be the one protecting Katniss, but like I said earlier, that isn’t the plan. Once their in the arena it’s basically the same as the first Hunger Games. There’s alliances are made, tons of blood spilled, friends die, the usual for any regular Hunger Games. However, the games isn’t completed this time around. Katniss’s ally “Volts” explains to her that there is always a “chink” in the armour that the Capitol wears. Katniss knows very well that the arena is just an illusion, it is all the Capitol’s doing and that it isn’t an actual island. She looks around the arena and then at the sky. There. She finds what seems to be a space where the air looks distorted. She shoots an arrow through it. Next thing you know the illusion is dispersed and reality has set back in.
The Head Gamemaker, Plutarch Heavensbee, rescues Katniss, Volts, and Finnick before the Capitol could reach them. At first Katniss is confused because she doesn’t understand why Plutarch would save her and she’s also angry because he didn’t save the others. That means Peeta and the others are in the hands of the Capitol. Plutarch begins to explain to Katniss that he, himself is going to aid in the rebellion and that she will be the leader. Haymitch knew about this all along and they were just waiting for the right time.
Gale, Katniss’s dear friend, visits her while she’s resting. He comes in to break horrible news. He tells her that her family is safe, but there is no longer a District 12. There has been a devastating bombing at District 12 that has wiped out basically everything.
The main characters throughout this book is Katniss, Peeta, Haymitch, Finnick, and Plutarch Heavensbee. What did they do? Well Katniss, Peeta, and Finnick were all participants in the Hunger Games and they basically defy the Capitol. Katniss destroys the arena and Peeta is siding with Katniss. Finnick is in the rebellion as well once he is picked up by Plutarch. Haymitch is Katniss and Peeta’s mentor throughout the Hunger Games and supplied necessities. Plutarch, Head Gamemaker, rescues everyone that he can when the arena is destroyed and is helping with the rebellion. These characters played a major role through the book, without them the book would be changed dramatically.
I believe the conflict in the story is person vs. person. The reason I say this is because there is one man who is continuing the Hunger Games. That man would be President Snow. I say it’s only one man because as I’ve read the book I got the feeling that nobody else in the Capitol likes the idea of the Hunger Games. Especially, when Katniss was invited to the feast at the Capitol. Everyone there sent their regards to her and how it was such a shame or how unfair it was to put her back into the games. Once he is stopped surely, the Hunger Games itself would stop too. If I were to put names in this, it would be Katniss vs. President Snow. That feels more fitting.
My favorite character is Haymitch. This may be controversial to many because he can seem like a drunk lunatic in the book, but he is a great guy. He’s just really cool. Sure, he gets drunk and lives his life poorly, but when it’s time to be serious, you better believe he’s serious. He’s one of those guys that prefer to fool around and take life easily, but can also get straight into business if needed.
I think readers should take away the idea that one person can make a difference. That person can be you too. I mean take Katniss for example. Katniss was just an ordinary girl living in District 12 doing all that she can to support her family. You can say she was a little bit more than ordinary since she knew how to hunt, which is a skill that a lot of people, especially in District 12, didn’t know how to do. She was the spark to an uprising against the Capitol from many Districts and she didn’t even know till later. Whether she wanted to or not, Katniss and her mockingjay pin are the symbol of freedom. She rose through the “ranks” and is now an iconic figure for everyone. Yes, this book is indeed fiction, but why does that matter? The ideas that it teaches are real and attainable for anyone.
Personally, I don’t think I can relate to any of the characters in the story or the story at all. The reason I say this is because this story is set in the distant future, where many things are different from how I live today. We’re not separated into twelve districts, not forced to send children to death battles, and there is not one group who rules over all. So, I don’t know how I can relate to someone that has gone through this when I’ve never had to experience any of it. The problems that the characters encountered in the story has also never came to me. I haven’t had my home or family taken away from me and I haven’t had my friends die in front of my own eyes. These are the reason why I can’t relate to the characters in the book.
I do like this book a lot. I swear I did not want to stop reading this book. Every time I put the book down to go do something else, I ended back in my chair reading it again. Every chapter is essential and so meaningful. How could I put a book like this down?
There is a fair amount of strengths and weaknesses in the book. For example, the strengths to the book is the “cliffhangers” at the end of each chapter. A cliffhanger is basically the last couple of sentences to a chapter or the last few minutes of a show that’ll make you come back wanting for more. For example, a cliffhanger could go like this: “Then Gerald said something to me I would never forget.”. You’d want to know what Gerald said, right? Well you would never know unless you read the next chapter or watched the next episode.
I find this to be a strength because it keeps bringing the reader back for more. They’re need for more would be insatiable.
One of the weaknesses to this book is the way it’s laid out. I think the book was rushed because I felt like the actual Hunger Games only lasted for a few chapters. I thought it was much longer in the first book than in this one. Then again, the Hunger Games in the second book didn’t finish to its entirety because of Katniss. So, I do understand a little bit about why it would be shorter, but I still feel as if the whole book itself was rushed.
If I could change something in the book it would be how certain parts of the book was worded. For example, when Katniss is in the actual Hunger Games I found some of the visuals hard to imagine because the wording was tricky. It could be thought in many ways, but it seemed as if Suzanne Collins wanted us, the readers, to see the same thing she was seeing. That’s not all though. In the part where Katniss was in charge of planting an electrical wire into the sea to carry out a plan, I was confused. The reason I was confused is because a lot of events occurred at the same time. I knew what happened in a general sense, but if you asked me about specific details I couldn’t tell you because I’m unsure myself.
I would, without a doubt, recommend this book to someone else. The reason I say this is because Catching Fire is truly a marvelous book as a whole. Sure, it has it’s weaknesses, but it has just as many strengths to back it up. The plot and concept is absolutely astonishing. It can’t even compare to any of the previous books I’ve read. If you haven’t read the Hunger Games yet, I highly recommend that you do. You are missing such a great piece of modern literature. There’s a reason why this book is famous. Do you want to know what the craze is about? Why don’t you find out yourself!
Creative Piece: Alternate Ending
I shot my arrow through the space and then everything went black. Suddenly, I was blinded by a bright light. As soon as I was able to look around me, I saw the island, the arena...disappearing bit by bit. I blacked out soon after due to my wounds. Next time I awoke, I was greeted by Plutarch Heavensbee. The rage built up inside of me rapidly. All I wanted to do was scream and kill this man. The man that has put me through this sick game. I just want to destroy him, but my body isn’t responding.
Wait...What’s going on? I’m in a bed and who’s that? It’s...It’s...It’s Haymitch! What’s he doing here? I have so many things going through my head right now I can’t even think straight. I manage to sit up and I’m prepared to have a long talk. “Looks like you’re finally awake there.” Haymitch says “Yeah...” I respond. “We have a few things to talk about.” “Why’s Plutarch here?” “Don’t worry Katniss. He’s on our side.” Normally, I wouldn’t believe what people said, but something about Haymitch’s tone makes me trust him. “Let’s get straight to business then.” I reply. “First things first. You realize what you’ve done right?” “Do you mean the arena?” “Precisely.” I’m prepared to hear the worst and turn my head, but I didn’t expect what he said next. “That’s my girl.” I turn back to him confused. Surely I would get a scolding or yelled at for doing such a thing because we all know that I’m already in trouble. I could be executed at any time and I’ve probably just made things worse for everyone around me.
“Katniss, Plutarch is the one who saved you when the arena exploded.” Haymitch said “Oh...Thanks” I responded. Plutarch gave me a little smile and a nod. “Plutarch and I have been waiting for a moment like this for a while. We are going to overthrow the Capitol.” I thought I was hearing things for a second, but then reality set back in. “That’s all we can tell you at the moment because we’ve got to work out other plans. We’ll leave you to think about it for a bit because it is quite the amount of information.” Haymitch said. Then the two leave the room without another word.
I lay there staring at the white ceiling, thinking...just thinking. I don’t know what to say or do honestly. Is this seriously happening? Yes. Yes, it is. I start to drift off to sleep again and I let it happen. I need to be separated from the world right now.
Then I hear a chair screech next to me. I slowly open my eyes to find someone familiar sitting next to me. This smell...I know this scent. I start to remember the smell of the woods, coal mines, and dust... This is Gale! I immediately sit upright and this startles him. “Gale!” I scream out. “Hey there, Katnip.” he says with a smirk. I embrace him, but he doesn’t seem to like it very much. He slowly pulls me away. “What’s wrong, Gale?” I say puzzled and concerned. “Look, Katniss...I’ve got something to tell you.” he says “What is it?” I respond. “It’s about Peeta...” he said. “Gale, it’s a misunderstanding! I didn’t really love him, it was all an act for the Capitol to save the others-” then he cuts me off. “Katniss, that’s not what here to tell you. I’m here to tell you that Peeta...is no longer with us.” He looks at me with such serious eyes I’m confused. “ What do you mean?” I say. Then he says the two words I dreaded the most. “He’s dead.”
Se llama Juan Gabriel Sánchez. El es muy inteligente. Su deportes favoritos son básquetbol y frisbi. Le gusta animales, especialmente el gatos, montar una bicicleta, California, y la playa.
Estimado Señor Sánchez,
Tenemos el cianotipo de tú casa sueño. Tú casa es en California en la playa. Es cerca de un parque y un supermercado. Tú casa es mediana, moderna, divertida/vibrante,con dos pisos, con jardín, con una “cueva de nombre”. Tienes dos baños y tres habitaciones. Tenemos igualmente una bicicleta, básquetbol, y frisbi con la casa. Tú casa tiene un aro de baloncesto, teles de pantalla planas muchas, una pista de baile, una cueva de videojuegos, una bar, una invisible orquesta, ver de california, mentiroso de monster, y libros muchos debido a grande biblioteca.
10 descriptivo frases:
1. El baño tiene aseo hierro.
2. El baño también tiene un aseo con palanca.
3. Finalmente, el baño se ve como una mazmorra por excitación.
4, La sala tiene un aspecto moderno.
5. La sala es muy muy tranquilo y cómodo.
6. La cocina tiene una estufa y un fregadero.
7. La cocina es increíblemente bonita.
8.) El segundo baño es muy grande con un espejo y una bañera.
9.) Las habitaciones es mediana con unas camas y unas lámparas y unos libros.
10.) El jardín es bastante grande con rastro bicicleta y mucho flores.
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Diseñado por Javier Peraza y Brandon Yam
For the last part of my You and the World project I did a presentation to my advisory. If you're new to my You and the World blogs then you should look at my past blogs before. Click here to see my first blog post. Click here to see my second blog post. I made a iMovie about gay rights. The purpose was to inform others on the problems that the LGBT community faces today. I presented on April 25, 2013 to a class of about 20-30 students. After the presentation I ran a very short discussion on the video and answered questions anyone had. Even after my presentation I was asked questions not only by my friends but other stream members as well about my topic. If you would like to view my video I have a link at the bottom of this blog.
My presentation to advisory
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My process was very challenging yet fun. At first, I wanted to raise money in some way and donate it to LGBT places such as The Attic or the Human Rights Campaign. That didn’t go so well because I saw other people that had the same topic doing similar things for their project too. So, I went with a movie instead to present. I wanted this movie to be funny but serious. To execute a plan like this I incorporated multiple pictures and narration. I had pictures that came up as soon as I said a word or two that related to it. For example, I said “What has the world come to?” and for the picture I used a world with a question mark on it. I found this to be creative and fun to make.
The problem I encountered during this project was finding a song that would set the mood for the movie. I didn’t want a song that was highly sad or depressing. As a result, I chose to use “It Ends Tonight” by All American Rejects and leveled it out with “One Day” by Matisyahu.
I think personally the overall project went well. I am proud of what I made. If I had to choose what I think was the best part, it would be my choice in the words and tone used in my narration. I believe I used it to my fullest potential. It is my goal to have people acknowledge and possibly make a change in the world we live in. If you’ve read my other blogs you can probably understand where I’m coming from and agree.
This projected impacted me in many ways. It’s easy for someone to say that they support an issue, but to actually make an attempt to change the world is another thing. I first had to ask myself “Am I really supportive of Gay Rights or am I just saying that for my project?”. The answer was clear seconds later. I support gay rights regardless of what anyone says. This project has allowed me to see my true self.
The project impacted my community by leaving them with questions. At the end of my video, I left the question “Are we truly equal?” Just as I said in the beginning, I had not only my friends but other students asking me about my topic. They had a thirst for knowledge of gay rights and I quenched their thirst.
I see myself as someone who is still learning. I’m still learning about life itself. I’ve still got a long way to go until I can become an actual leader. I’ve been told I show some leadership qualities at such a young age. My plan is to become a leader, not a follower. I want to set a path for myself, not follow someone else’s. Now if someone wants to follow my path by becoming a leader themselves...well it's a little hard to explain that.
This is, unfortunately, the part where my blog ends. Though my desire to have equal rights for everyone will not end. I will continue to fight for gay rights. I won't be documenting my acts or travels through blogs anymore, but maybe you'll catch me one of these days in the act. I appreciate the time you took into reading my blogs and maybe, just maybe, you can be the one to step up and make a change.
Click here for my bibliography.
To access my pictures dealing with my presentation click here.
To see my video click here.
B.) I found negative space in my cut out because I looked up other examples of negative space on the internet and did my cut out similar to that. I did a tree in my cut out, so for the negative space I just had to create the the background. When I created the background the tree was made as well as a result of the background. Look at the picture I provided below to get a better understanding of what I am talking about.
I found negative space in my still life drawing by actually making the negative space. I would create the object first then I would just shade around all of the object. This is one way of doing it. I also did one of the drawing much like the cut out project. I created the background space first, so I shaded everything then left some parts non-shaded, the non-shaded regions would create the object. Another way I went about negative space in these drawings was by covering a whole section of a piece of paper with lead, then I took an eraser and drew the object by erasing.
C.) It helps an artist see in negative space because it gives them a new way of thinking. As I was doing this project, I found it to be very challenging because I had to think of how to go about making negative space out of cut outs. Negative space also helps the artist think more realistically about their surroundings.
D.) I do believe seeing in negative space enhances drawings. I personally feel like I have a better understanding of the space that surrounds an object. Negative space gives a drawing a simple, plain, yet unique look.
Learning this made my project look more professional. It looked like I was actually in the room looking at that one specific wall. I felt tempted to "jump" into the picture. The tables, chairs, and windows looked great. It didn't look weird at all.
If I could do this assignment again I would most definitely redo my lights. I had multiple problems with the lights, especially the ones that were the closest to me in the picture. The reason I had a problem was because the lights sides are concave. I've never encountered something like this before when drawing, so it was a learning experience. I drew and erased multiple times till I got my best result.
If there was any advice I'd give to anyone about drawing a one point perspective is connect the lines to the vanishing point. It is extremely crucial to do this because if you don't, the picture won't look right. For example, it doesn't make any sense to have a window that goes straight across on a side wall because it's supposed to be slanted in one point perspective.
A resource than helped me a lot is none other than Mrs. Hull's tutorial on one point perspective. She went through the process step by step while giving me chances to add my own creativity and style to the room.
The task of actually making my creative piece was pretty hard. Yes, it looks pretty simple, but getting the materials was a pain. I needed red clay for the hearts for the coffin and I didn't have anything. I had to look all over my house to see what I could use as a replacement. In the end, after two whole days of searching, I found little miniature hearts that I could use. Once I found them I was able to make the actual coffins, put the "corruption" inside the hearts, and make any changes to tidy it up.
I am most proud of the project as a whole. I liked how I recycled most of the materials I used in this project. For example, the box I got from a supermarket, there were strudels in there, the "flowers" are just pieces of paper nobody was using.
If I was given the chance to make any changes to my project, I'd most likely change the signs in front of the coffins. When I came up to present, the signs weren't holding up too well. Sometimes it would fall over and other times it would just tilt to the side.
I learned quite a lot from my classmate's projects. For example, August's project taught me about the show Breaking Bad and how it is very similar to Macbeth. This was a unique take on the creative piece because nobody that I saw had anything like it. I also learned that the project itself isn't everything. As a presenter, you must be able to talk about your project clearly and make sure your audience is engaged. I see it as a 50/50 thing. What I mean is 50% of the project is the project itself, while the other 50% is the presenter.
Something that I learned about myself is that I'm not bad at public speaking and keeping my audience engaged. I have presented many projects here at SLA where public speaking was involved, but nothing like how I had to present this project. With this project, I had my peers come to me and I was able to talk to them individually instead of as a whole class. This allowed me to feel a little more comfortable and confident. I had friendly little chats while explaining my project and threw in some comedy here and there.
Este es mi amigo, Ameer Holmes. El escuchar la musica siempre. Cuando tienen tiempo libre, dibuja y voy al cine. El a veces respiración, por lo tanto, el es no deportista. Después de las clases, el es hambre, es por eso que, coma. Ameer nunca duermo en clase, así que, el es inteligente.
Soy Brandon. Tengo quince años. Soy estudiante de Science Leadership Academy. Está en la 22 Arch. Está cerca de bodega, museo, y tiendas. Es muy divertido y muy serio. Hay son sobre quinientos estudiantes. Hay mas de veinte o trienta professores. Hay también cinco pisos, solo usamos los pisos 2, 3, y 5. Tenemos unas computadoras, unas impresoras, batas de laboratorio, y mucha libertad. Tenemos muchos actividades. Tenemos fútbol, baloncesto, última disco volador, y un club donde participamos en la comunidad. Participo en este club porque es muy divertido y las personas en el club son bastante simpáticas y cómicas.
Mis clases son Matemáticas, Historia, Bioquímica, Arte, Literatura, y Español. Mi clase favorita es Literatura porque es muy divertida. En la clase de Literatura, leermos mucho libros. Más clase favorita es Español porque es muy fácil y cómico. En la clase de Español, intentamos a prender a nunca utilizar ingles. No me gusta mucho Ingeniería porque es bastante aburrido. Intentamos a construir robots. Para Literatura, necesitamos un libro y una carpeta. Para Matemáticas, necesito una carpeta y una calculadora. Para Historia, necesito una computadora y unas hojas de papel. Para Español, necesito una carpeta y una computadora. Para Bioquímica, una computadora y una bata de laboratorio. Para tener éxito en esta clase, es importante prestar atención y hacer la tarea.
La Señorita Manuel enseña Español. Ella clase es súper divertida. Ella es cómica y seria. Le gusta la primavera porque su feliz cumpleaños. No recordar el exacto la fecha. Lo siento, Señorita Manuel. Él Señor Sanchez enseño Historia. Él es bastante tranquilo. Su familia es pequeño. Le gusta su novia y para hablar. La Señora Dunn enseña Literatura. Le gusta leer. Ella es inteligente y boba. Él Señor Sherif enseño Bioquímica. Él es bastante bobo. Él es cómico y inteligentes. Él tratos nosotros como igual, como todos los otros profesores.
Me gusta la libertad de Science Leadership Academy porque es nuevo para mí. Lo que más me gusta del SLA es los profesores porque son amistosos. No me gusta nada el almuerzo porque es malo. Las palabras para describir SLA son las palabras increíble, divertido, y único.
¡Hola! Mi nombre es Brandon. Mi amigo/a es Amelia. Estamos dando tu una gira de nuestro escuela y profesores. ¡Vamonos!
Mrs. Dunn (3)
Brandon: Ella es Señora Dunn. Ella es nuestra profesora de inglésAmelia: Leemos mucho libros en su clase, aprendemos mucho.
Señorita Manuel - Hola, Señorita Manuel! ella es nuestra profesora de inglés
Enseña muy bien. Saco buenas notas en esta clase.
Mr. Sanchez: Este es la clase de Señor Sanchez, Ello es mi historia profesor. Estudiamos y escribamos en la clase de Historia.
Brandon- Este fue nuestro la gira
Amelia- Gracias, y Adios
Now, hopefully you've read blog post #1 because I'm about to dive into some new information. It's been about a month since my last post and boy there are tons and tons of new things I want to share with you! First off, we're having the first ever transgender women to compete in the Miss California USA Pageant! The name by which she goes by is Kylan Wenzel. This is a big step forward for many in regards to gay rights. Some of you may be wondering "How can that happen? I thought they didn't allow transgenders to compete." It is now allowable since the man Donald Trump has banished the rule of having the contestants be natural born females.
To add to my research I've found a some meaty news I bet you would love to hear about! Have you heard of Pastor Dave Buehner by any chance? Some of you may know him and some of you may not. The thing is that he made a statement on January 8, 2013 that our nation's "embrace of homosexuality" will destroy everything. He says it will destroy society, lives, and families. Absurd isn't it? He has even went so far as to relate gay marriage to mass shootings across the country. He mentioned the Connecticut incident which happened last month. (For those of you who are unfamiliar with the Connecticut incident please click here for more information.) To me, I think he's just making a desperate attempt to try and strengthen the opinion of anti-gay organizations and change the minds of people considering supporting gay rights.
Picture of Pastor Dave Buehner's statement about Gay Marriage and mass shootings.
Pastor Dave Buehner
I've conducted my own research at my school by sending out a survey to my fellow classmates and advisories. I had a total of 36 responses. The results were absolutely astonishing! Out of the 36, 31 participants responded that they were straight when asked their sexual orientation. The next question was in regards to whether they supported gay rights or not. We had a whopping 33 participants that said they supported gay rights. The question after that dealt with if those people actively supported gay rights. This one was rather surprising, but at the same time I expected it. The results were that 15 people actively supported gay rights, while the other 21 didn't. I mean don't take this the wrong way; I'm appalled that this many people actually did support gay rights actively. It's basically about 50% of all the participants, way more than I expected.
Now, you're probably wondering what the final question was and let me tell you this was the most disappointing one. The final question was: "Do you think the government is handling the topic of Gay Rights as good as they can?" The results were that 82% of the participants said "no". This is disappointing to me because if you're own countrymen/women can notice that your not handling it well and they're pointing it out to you, why can't you do something about it? The government always says that their handling it to the best of their ability, but have we really seen any changes? I think the government doesn't want to make any "hasty" decisions in fear of losing trust from certain groups in the public. For an example, if the government decided to support gay rights, it's quite possible they'll receive much hate from certain groups such as extreme Catholics. As you may know having any sexual interactions with one of the same sex is frowned upon in the Catholic society. They've even have gone as far as to say you'll "burn in hell" for the "sins" you've committed towards god. I'm not saying Catholics are bad people it's just that there are some people who are extreme Catholics that happen to go against this concept because it says it's a sin in the Bible. I'm not here to judge. My job is to educate you on the matter at hand. This world is forever changing and we must keep up with it. There's absolutely no way that you're going to be able to ban same-sex marriages or rights, so why not just go along with it? That's just my opinion.
Since the responses were sent back from my survey, I was able to get an idea of how my classmates and advisories think about this topic. I was able to understand that not everyone is going to agree with my topic, especially since it's a pretty big and sometimes an emotional thing to talk about. I understand that this topic is pretty well balanced on both sides, each side having strong valid arguments. I know I'm supposed to be in favor of gay rights, but I'm not going to ignore reality. What I can say is that we need to fight harder for what we deserve.
My personal opinions are still the same even after I've found new information and conducted my own research, you're sexuality shouldn't matter, you should still have your rights. Think of it this way. You're born and you're given all the rights obtainable; then years later when you announce you're gay, those rights are stripped from you. How does that work exactly? I still don't understand some of the things our government does.
I know this may seem a little pessimistic, but will our government ever change to benefit its people? We've been playing this game far too long. How much longer till we reach equality for all? I'm hoping through my agent of change part that I'll make some sort of an impact. My thoughts were to volunteer or help out in some way with organizations that deal with these matter such as the HRC (Human Rights Campaign). If I'm not able to do that then I'll probably go to other schools and have a talk with them about the topic if it's allowed. Those are only two of the many ideas I have for this project.
Click here to view my annotated bibliography!
¡Hola y bienvenidos! Este es mi proyecto. Por Favor, disfruta!
Soy Brandon. Soy de Filadelfia. Tengo el pelo muy moreno y los ojos cafés. Tengo quince años. Mi cumpleaños es septiembre seis.
Ella es Emily. Es importante para mi porque es mi hermana, sin embargo es loca. Es depende del día, ecmoncionada.
Este es mi amigos Steven y Alston. Ellos son importante para mi porque son genial. Su familia es bastante grande. Les siempre gusta nadar y practicar deportes.
Este es mi amigos Tamira y Tiara. Son importante para mi porque son buenísima amigas. Ellas son nunca cansado. Tienen un perro y un gato. Son tambien loca, pero comíca.
Este es Noah y Soy. Somos comícas y inteligentes. Les gusta jugar videojuegos. Nos llevamos bien porque somos súper extraña.
Gracias por mirar! ¡Adíos!
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The story, to me, is a mix between Twilight and The Hunger Games. My reason behind this is because the story involves “vampires” and fighting. There are two races in the book. You have the Darklings and the Humans. Darklings are basically human like beings who suck blood from humans for their survival, without the blood they’d die. The story is told in a way I haven’t heard of, till now of course. Instead of having your regular stories where, if it was first person, the story is only told from one person’s point of view. In this book, each chapter is told through different people’s points of view. For example, one chapter may be told in Ash’s (who is one of the main characters) point of view and in the next chapter it may be told in Natalie’s (also a main character) point of view.
The story is basically about a high schooler named Ash falling in love with a girl named Natalie. One of the problems with this is that Ash is a half-blood, which is a mix between Darklings and Humans. The other problem is Natalie’s mother is in the government that prosecutes anyone that has any ties with the Darklings or half-bloods. If you were a human and you had a relationship with a Darkling or half-blood, you and the person would most likely be publicly executed. The government says this is to protect the people (humans) from the Darklings because they are horrible creatures. The government has also put a huge wall to separate the two races. Ash is able to live in human society since he is a half-blood and not a full Darkling. There are many other conflicts that occur throughout the story that I do not want to spoil for the future readers. What I will tell you is that the conflicts in the book are three types. The types of conflicts in the book are person vs. person, person vs. society, and person vs. self.
My favorite character in the story would be Ash. My reason behind this is that Ash is one of those “bad guys”. He doesn’t care about whatever he’s doing whether it’s illegal or not, but he also has a strong sense of family. He takes the little friends and family he has and cherishes them. He is very protective of those he admires. Ash is like me in some ways. The things he does in certain situations is the same thing I would’ve probably done. The way Ash and I think are similar in many ways.
Something I think readers should take away from this book is don’t let anything interfere with your love. You shouldn’t let anyone tell you who to love. It’s your life and your decision, don’t let something as small as race, color, or even looks change your mind. You’ve got be like Ash and Natalie in the book. Ash didn’t care if he was a half-blood and Natalie was a human. He still loved her, regardless of the consequences he would have to face if he was caught.
I can’t really relate to the characters in the story because the story is very different compared to the lives we live today. This book is set in a future-like environment and there are vampire-like beings. I haven’t had anything that restricted me to love a certain person as of yet. My family is pretty open, so they would be fine with me going out with any race. It’s very different compared to Ash and Natalie’s situation, where they are separated by beings.
In my opinion, I think this book is great! I tremendously enjoyed the book. I’ve never read anything of it’s kind. It is certainly a unique book, from its formatting to the actual plot, everything was amazing! Some strengths of the book is its deep plot. After every chapter, I had to keep reading. The book had me wrapped up so much that at one point I started reading the book at 5:00pm and didn’t finish till 11:00pm. A weakness of the book is the author’s ability to explain. What I mean by this is in the beginning of the book, the author began talking about the setting/environment and how the city worked. I didn’t quite understand it until I reread the chapter a few times. It’s a unique plot so I suppose it may be a little confusing at first since I’ve never encountered a book like this before. Something that I would change, if I could, would be the ending. The reason I would change the ending is because the author left me with a huge cliffhanger. A cliffhanger is basically a scene or event at the end of a book or show that keeps you wanting to know more, so you’d want to see the next book or show.
I would most definitely recommend this book to anyone who has a sense of adventure and wants to read something like never before. This book is absolutely stunning! I’d give this book a 5/5. There’s no way I’m not getting the next installment! This book gives you a new way to look at life. You can relate to some of the characters in the book since it shows the good and the bad. The book is a lot like reality in some ways. It’s not all a happy tale about love. You have many complications throughout the book which keep the readers wanting for more. If you ever get a chance, pick this book up.
Creative Component: Ash’s I.D. Bracelet
In Black City, anyone who’s a Darkling or Half-Blood is required, by law, to wear an I.D. bracelet. This bracelet contains the name of the person, an ID number, the person they belong to, and where he/she lives. If you didn’t wear this bracelet the punishment would be death. Ash didn’t like the idea of wearing this and showing that he’d go with the governments idea and be their property, but for the sake of not causing his father anymore trouble, he wore it.
3.)Tyler the Creator
Hello, everyone! These are my goals in life (shows slide). Now, the first thing you may be thinking about when you see this is the colors or even the funky doctor. The colors are not a pattern, even though you may think it is. I chose to make the colors that way to depict important words. The red words are the important ones, while the blue ones are not as important. You may have also realized that the blue words are slightly smaller as well. This way, even if you were in the back of the room, you’d still be able to read my slides perfectly.
Why did I put the picture of the doctor? I put it there because the audience would be pretty bored if slides were just consisted of words. I put visuals in my slide to keep the audience entertained and awake. You can probably call it my trump card.
Something that influenced my decisions is Zach Holman’s post about slide designs. I was able to look at some of the slides he created and how they were visually appealing. He was able to get his point across clearly, while keeping me awake. He made use of different colors/fonts which made it exciting and fun to look at.
I found that my original slide was pretty good. After my presentation, I thought otherwise. One thing that I needed to change was the text style. I had two different text styles for the words, which I didn't notice. Another thing that needed to be changed was the pictures. The actual pictures themselves wasn't the problem, but the white background with them was. To fix that I'll have to use the "Alpha" tool to remove the white background and re-arrange the pictures. Last, but not least, remove the bullet points. The bullet points gave the slide a look of formality when it was intended to be fun. This is my new slide.
¡Hola! Saludos desde Filadelfia! Se conoce como “La Ciudad de Amor Fraternal.” Es una ciudad grande. Es una ciudad entre la ciudad de Nueva York y la capital. ¿Qué pasa?
Mi nombre es Brandon. ¿Cõmo te llamas? Soy rubio. Soy bien tranquilo, nunca loco, pero lindo. Cõmico, correcto? Tengo quince años. ¿Cauntos años tienes tu? ¿Cuãndo es tu cumpleaños? Mi cumpleaños es el seis de septiembre. Soy bastante inteligente, increiblemente cõmico, y mãs o menos divertido. ¿Cõmo eres tu? ¿Qué hora es? Son las cuatro y media de la tardes. Me gusta comer, cocinar, dormir, y ir al cine. ¿Y a ti? Detesto cantar y nadar. ¿Qué te gusta hacer? Bueno, me voy porque tengo que comer. ¡Adios! Responde cuando puedas.
Just recently, the Roman Catholic Church funded $2 million in an attempt to further discrimination against LBGT people during the election cycle in Maine, Maryland, Minnesota, and Washington. Of course, the attempt was unsuccessful, but it still shows how desperate people are to deprive others of their rights. This surprises me because I thought a church was a place where love and the understanding of god took place, not discrimination. Some say that to be gay is a sin, but isn’t it a sin to discriminate others? Click here to read more about the Roman Catholic Heirarchy case.
Photo that was provided in the article of the event
One day I was on Facebook and I saw someone post as their status something along the lines of this: “I don’t understand why guys hate gays. Aren’t they just giving you less competition with girls?”. I thought to myself, that is true and I’m still not sure as to why people hate them. I support gay rights to the fullest extent. I’m straight, but I can’t imagine how I would feel if I was going through the same things gay people were. It’s just absolutely horrible. Many are beaten and mistreated for their sexuality. An example is John Bosco Nyombi, who was beaten and bundled on a plane by the security staff. Yeah, you read that right. By the security staff. I believe security is there to help, save, and protect others, not beat them up. Click here to read the article.
Photo of John Bosco Nyombi
I believe we are moving forward with the issue little by little. I’ve just read that a Utah School was sued because of restricting a book about lesbian family’s. A lot of people are now openly supporting this movement. Some celebrities are officially gay such as Jim Parsons from “The Big Bang Theory”, Adam Lambert from American Idol, and many more. I’d say there is a good amount of people who disliked them after hearing that and some who actually supported them as well. It was equal on both sides, but their rights still aren't the same. That’s what we want to change. We want equality for all, not just a certain group.
Photo of certain celebrities announcing that they are gay.
I'm still left with the question, can we obtain equal rights for everyone? If so, how long will this take? I would like to know the answers to these questions, but only time can tell. What I would like to learn about as I go on is the status on gay rights. I would like to know what things get passed and which are on hold or even denied.
Click here for the pros and cons of gay marriage.
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In order to get someone's phone number you must know the numbers, how to ask for someone's number, and how to tell your number.
Here is a chart of the numbers translated from English to Spanish.
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Note: Notice that the numbers 10 and above are not listed because they are not needed.
How to ask for someone's phone number:
Q. ¿Cuål es tu nümero de teléfono? and ¿Cuål es su nümero de teléfono?
Telling someone your phone number:
You would just say the numbers to your phone.
Example: Q.¿Cuål es tu nümero de teléfono?
A. dos seis siete - cuatro seis uno - cero nueve ocho tres (267-461-0983)
Use the flashcards for some extra practice!
Here's a video of an American man trying to get a cuban girl's phone number.
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It is very important to know the days of the week for a various of reasons. These are the days of the week.
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Note: The spanish days of the week begin with lowercase letters, not uppercase. You must also remember the accents! They are just as important as the word itself! It would help if you knew the spanish alphabet as well, since the words are pronounced differently compared to the English alphabet.
To say "Today is..." in spanish, it is "Hoy es ___"
To say "Tomorrow is..." in spanish, it is "Mañana es ___"
Click the link for some practice. Remember practice makes perfect!
Here's a video of a student turning in his homework late because he didn't know the spanish days of the week.
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