Jaccar GarciaTopic: Latin and Hip-Hop Dance
For Capstone I decided to continue the Latin dance but to also include new material. I taught a latin and hip-hop dance class in order to appeal to more individuals, giving me the opportunity to work with more students. I want to be capable of showing the students involved about a different world that they encounter often. Giving them a learning experience without them knowing, along with the learning the dances. I’ll be diving into the latin culture of dance, learning myself about the roots of my culture. Being able to express this knowledge through dance is something that I have had a huge interest in for years but haven’t had the ability to take at hand.
In the process of my capstone I acquired a concussion. This became an obstacle for me and did not allow me to finish my capstone the way I hoped for it turn out. I had envisioned an “end of the year” culture party where I would have the students perform the dances they learned and allow the guest to join in on the dancing. Though this was not accomplished, I’m still proud of how much I got done up to that point. I was reaching my goal with the students which not only was to teach them about a different culture but to share a joyful environment with adolescents who wanted to be involved.
Bush '03, Jilaan M., "The Effect of Extracurricular Activities on School Dropout" (2003). Honors Projects. Paper 16.
This is a study made by Jilaan M. Bush on the effect of extracurricular activities on school dropout. With this study it was concluded that extracurricular activities such as academic clubs, athletics, interest groups, and fine arts had a positive effect on school dropouts. This indicates that the more students become involved in activities of their interest they become less likely to dropout of school and have more chances of success. This resource relates back to the inquiry aspect of my capstone which is “How does a dance club help the youth of Philadelphia?”.
Eccles, Jacquelynne S. "Extracurricular Activities and Adolescent Development." Journal of Social Issues. Vol. 59. Ann Arbor: N. D., 2001. 865-89. Print.
This article address’ the positive influence of extracurricular activities within adolescents and include many statistics on the topic. The article and data concluded that the adolescents who joined and extracurricular activity had better educational outcomes oppose to those who didn’t join a extracurricular activity had higher rates of drinking. This article along with the study by Jilaan together help my capstone with the inquiry and support my reasoning for it.
Gibbons, Elizabeth. Teaching Dance: The Spectrum of Styles. Bloomington, IN: AuthorHouse, 2007. Print.
Through out this book the author Elizabeth Gibbons gives the reader many advice on
teaching dance. She helps the reader who is teaching dance to adults, the reader who is a beginner at teaching, a college teacher, etc. She covers every detail necessary to teach a dance class. Breaking it down the reader should be focused on, what the questions the reader should be thinking of, to helping the reader understand how to approach making lessons plans and what the requirements need to be met in order to have be a successful teacher and have a successful dance class.
Hernandez, Deborah Pacini. Bachata: A Social History of Dominican Popular Music. Philadelphia: Temple UP, 1995. Print.
This book gives the history behind the music of Dominican Republic. This including the genre that I have included in my capstone; bachata. This is like the book Language of Spanish Dance but instead of giving an overall view of all spanish dances this book goes into depth about the specific genre that I am focused on.
Mack, Lorrie. Dance. London: DK, 2012. Print.
This book focuses on the history of dance, giving the reader insights to the various styles of dance and their origination. This book helps to serve as inspiration, allowing the reader to understand dance better. For myself this is a good resource for my knowledge throughout my lessons. Being able to know where it is certain dance styles originated from and what inspired them could help me see dance from a new perspective and teach my class the knowledge i’ve gained.
Minton, Sandra Cerny, and Karen Genoff. Modern Dance, Body and Mind: A Basic Approach for Beginners. Englewood, CO: Morton, 1984. Print.
This resource is an opportunity to learn from Sandra Minton, within this book she tackles modern dance and gives the reader a basic approach to learning modern dance. She goes into detail about the techniques of the dance and the dance movement. This book will give me another perspective along with her other book, Since she does well with going into detail about the dance techniques I can have a better understanding of what is necessary to know in able to allow others understand it.
Matteo, and Carola Goya. The Language of Spanish Dance. Norman: University of Oklahoma, 1990. Print.
This book goes into great depth about the spanish dances; Matteo describes the dance moves, their origins, their meaning, the movement sequences, and much more. The depth in this book helps me for my the presentation part of my capstone. Since I decided to latin dance this books help me explain in my presentation why it is that each dance move was the way it was or basic reasoning for some of the choices within the choreography. The book also explains the songs accompanied with the songs and what’s going on with the rhythm.
Minton, Sandra Cerny. Choreography: A Basic Approach Using Improvisation. Champaign, IL: Human Kinetics, 1997. Print.
This book is a approach to teaching the readers about the process of choreographing. Sandra Minton the author displays the process down to every last detail, of stage production, improvisation, the creation of dances from simple movements, and the process of creating productions from the choreographed dances. This book covers choreographing for all dance styles, including cheerleading.
Williams, Ann-Marie, and Jeff Kulak. Learn to Speak Dance: A Guide to Creating, Performing, & Promoting Your Moves. Toronto, Ont.: Owlkids, 2011. Print.
Ann-Marie takes the initiative to show her readers different aspects of dance in her book Learn to Speak Dance. Including myriad types on choreography, staging, designs and everything related to dance. This book can help me with the small things that the other book might not address which is the way dance looks, the little tips are what make the biggest differences. This should help when I record our final dances and make the presentations.
Brown, Chris. "Love More." Rec. 2013. Chris Brown. FRESHM3N III, n.d. CD.
Grace, Leslie. "Be My Baby." Rec. 2013. Leslie Grace. N.d. CD.
Santos, Romeo. Propuesta Indecente. Romeo Santos. Sony Music Latin, 2013. CD.
These are the songs that I have included in my capstone. The first song is Love More by Chris brown. This song is apart of my hip-hop class and was chosen because of the uplifting beat it had. Once I heard it I began to come up with several dances to the song, it’s the type of song that I knew my class would enjoy and get hype when they hear it. The second song is Be My Baby by Leslie Grace which had the same effect on me as Love More. The Third song is Propuesta Indecente by Romeo Santos and I knew I wanted to choreograph this song because it tells a story, and that’s something I was capable to portray within the dance.
Recipe Analysis (Chicken)
2tbsp Olive oil
1 cup of water
1. Place a pot on low heat and pour water inside
- Wash chicken parts in cold water
- Cut of the chicken into bite size pieces
- Place the chicken in the pot and cover, let sit there while water boils. (Medium heat)
- After water has precipitates and has cooked for about 10-15 minutes begin to add on the rest of the ingredients.
- Evenly distribute each ingredients and stir the chicken. Distributing half of the ingredients on one side, then stirring the chicken and then distributing the rest of the chicken.
- Then let simmer for about 10 minutes on low heat.
- Enjoy :)
Considering the amount of each ingredient for the amount of people it serves I can say that this dish is as healthy as possible. It’s mostly organic ingredients and it’s a little amount of each ingredient almost making it natural with the good flavor from the ingredients. This comes to show that there are a lot of foods that can be made with out the processed food and can still taste as good as food you can buy in a restaurant. This dish is made constantly in my house and through out my family. My mother began showing other who joined our family how to make food like this without all the processed food and at every gathering our food is made with the least amount of processed food.
Throughout this unit my understanding of food has grown and has given me the ability to see food from a different perspective. I never really had much of a strong opinion about the outside food, the food that doesn’t really concern me. Since I stopped eating fast food since the age of 7 I’ve lost complete interest in it. Having the knowledge that it wasn’t good for me but not know the real reasons why it wasn’t. Now that we had a food unit I understood better what the importance of food was. The one thing that caught my attention was the many diseases that could be prevented with a healthy diet. That’s something that the majority of Americans aren’t realizing, the consumption of unhealthy food in America is too high. Even though food marketing isn’t making it any easier to eat healthy it’s still optional to eat unhealthy.
I think our biggest problem in the food system is the expense. It’s more expensive to eat healthier foods like, organic food, fruits, vegetables that are good. Oppose to McDonalds food that a whole meal could be under $5. Now money has become a huge factor in our lives and saving it for the majority of americans is truly important; because of this we end up going for the cheaper for which happens to be the unhealthier food.
Food Rules Slide
Here are my drawings:
My group members and I worked very well together. We were able to communicate our ideas and listen to each other. Everyone’s ideas were put into the final product, and we all were able to talk about the things we didn’t believed work with out arguing like most group members do when it comes to working on a benchmark. At first we had a bit of difficulty figuring out what was best for this project but once we had an outline it all came together and worked perfect. We all seemed to agree a lot on what we wanted for this project which is what made it flow so easily. After we decided what to do we got straight to putting it into action. I recorded and edited in 3 days and by sunday night the PSA was posted on youtube, and by Monday my other group members had the website and the Facebook done. This gave us the ability to have more people view our PSA and tell us what they thought.
I’m very proud of what my group and I were able to accomplish. After completing this project I realized that I’m capable of doing much more than what I give myself credit for.
Ben, Simmoneau . "Group Of Teens Randomly Attack Man On Kelly Drive." CBS Philly [Philadelphia ] 9 08 2011, n. pag. Web. 15 Feb. 2013. <http://philadelphia.cbslocal.com/2011/08/09/third-flash-mob-attack-reported/>.
This source includes a story of a man that was attacked by teenagers on Kelly Drive in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. xsOn July 31st, Christopher Dean was biking on the drive when teenagers from 15-18 attacked him. Police then said that the reason for the attack was about of boredom. This site is useful because this gives the presentations a sense of what’s actually going on in Philadelphia and this its not just an average problem.
. "Facts for Teens: Youth Violence." . Youth Violence Prevention, n.d. Web. 20 Feb 2013. <http://www.herkimercounty.org/content/Departments/View/11:field=services;/content/DepartmentServices/View/68:field=documents;/content/Documents/File/122.PDF>.
This source gives statistical back up to shows that teen violence is one of the main issues in Philadelphia. The data was gathered by the Youth Violence Prevention, stating things such as “More than 1 in 6 high-school students say they have carried a gun, knife, or club in the past month”. Information like this is available on the document which will help show the reality of teen violence, what really goes around us that can’t be seen. Even though the source is from statistics of philadelphia its still shows that overall its an issue that must be resolved.
Annotation 3 (This annotation will include many links that are related)
"New Video Surfaces Showing Unprovoked Attack by Philadelphia Teens Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/us/2011/08/17/new-video-surfaces-showing-unprovoked-attack-by-philadelphia-teens/
Robert, Moran. "2-year-old shot in mob brawl in S. Philly."Philly.Com [Philadelphia ] 28 Sep 2011, n. pag. Web. 19 Feb. 2013. <http://articles.philly.com/2011-09-28/news/30213218_1_high-school-fight-patrol-car-stable-condition>.
Laurence, Sharen. "News." NBC10. N.p., 31 Jan 2012. Web. 20 Feb 2013. <http://www.nbcphiladelphia.com/news/local/College-Student-Describes-Violent-Assault-138374229.html>.
The links above are important to use because they show what teen violence has led to. Many people say they were jumped by flash mobs by teens that were just bored. Others have died, a 2 year old and four others were shot after a mob of girls began a high school fight that included guns and injured those who were innocent. Teenagers now don’t know how to handle situations and they feel that violence towards one another is necessary “to live in the streets”. Whats not realized though is that they make it difficult to walk to the streets of Philadelphia. Another of the links show how a group of teens a worker outside of city hall. All of these links are incidents that occurred in Philadelphia.
Hoye, Sara. "The effects of Philadelphia's mob violence."Justice. CNN, 12 Apr 2011. Web. 19 Feb 2013. <http://www.cnn.com/2011/CRIME/08/12/philadelphia.flash.mob.violence/index.html>.
This source shows the effects of Philadelphia’s mob violence, and is important to obtain because its shows what is being done so far about the subject. Begins talking about a flashmob that attacked a group of friends near the heart of center city. Then leads of to talk about what mayor Nutter thinks about the situation and what he is doing to resolve. Fridays and Saturdays Curfews have been moves to 9pm for teenagers in Center city, in general 10pm for those under 13 and 12pm for those under 18. He then speaks of the black community in specific and advises the parent to step their game up.
Annotation 5 (Interview)
Stanford, John. E-mail Interview. 18 Feb 2013.
This source gives a deep understanding of what the Philadelphia Police Department thinks about teen violence. John Stanford gives detailed answers as to what can be done about the subject, who is to blame, and much more. John Stanford talks about the steps that have already been taken to decrease the rates of criminal acts that are caused by teens. Such as creating a curfew, and the many organizations that have been made to create a new environment for teens. This interview shows well how the police department also thinks that Teen violence is a huge problem in Philadelphia.
For our last quarter in art we were given 6 similar but different art projects. 3 of which were under the topic of abstract and the other 3 were observation drawings. At first I was confused as to how I should go about my abstract drawings. After researching different paintings and drawings I was able to get an idea of what I would do. My favorite abstract projects were the photographs I feel that my drawings don't show the same emotion as my photographs do, they speak more to me. During the time that I would draw I would need to find inspiration and I found little of it. While on the other hand I would be able to find paint and mix it and find so much uniqueness with in the mixture. For my observation drawings I found that I was able to use lessons from our 9th grade year and put it to work. My favorite art piece would have to be the landscape drawing in which I was able to see more artistic ability with in me that I thought I didn't have. I was able to capture details from the view of a window and show a sections of Philadelphia's center city. Through out the time that I drew the landscape drawing I was able to connect with a different aspect of life and leave reality. If I were to enhance this art piece I would draw what I saw and not what was there.
Through out this quarter we used the basics from the last two quarters and made better art pieces. Since in the last two quarters we had worked on perfecting our shading and drawing object more real with out using the original black lines since there are no black lines lining everything. We had to make a Color wheel which demonstrated the use of colors and what can be done with only the colors blue, red, and yellow. We also had to make two self portrait to develop our detailing in drawings. As well we also had to make a perspective drawing which opens our eyes to nature and fixing our outer detail drawing. This quarter truly shows our artistic abilities and shows if we were able to capture everything we learned from the videos and from what Ms. Hull taught us due to the fact that we were given more responsibility with out work and more freedom to make it our own.
During the time that it took me to make my self portrait I learned more about capturing the human body. While I was drawing I noticed more about the features on my face and body than I would on a regular basis looking in the mirror. I started off by drawing the basic features on the human face and thought I was done. I did not realize that it didn't look like me and I had drawn some other average person. Thats when I had to really analyze my face to capture specific details and make the drawing more me. Thats where shading comes for skin tone and to capture lighting. This had to be my favorite art piece since it was challenging and I'm proud with what turned out. This is something I would like to practice another time to master it and hopefully then learn to get into more detail such as hair or eyes.
Below are my drawings
Through out this interview I will discuss with some people the ways that stereotyping experiences can benefit for the most, they will give their stories and then with some questions will go into depth with their opinion. Being called a terrorist based on looks, mexican also based on look, and being looked down upon because of language.
Language, looks, personality, are all example of boundaries that people cross. When people cross boundaries it means that they did something in a type of manner that bothered someone else or effected other things. For example people cross boundaries towards earth when they throw trash on the floor, or people also cross boundaries when they stereotype. During the process of interviewing people and the project itself i realized how many possible barriers there are in life. How language can effect the way people see and treat you and how looks determine what you can possibly be. Most people make these mistakes because they stereotype a lot. For Rosmery Hunt she has a story that a lot of foreign people have. Which is being treated differently because a person has an accent that differentiates them from everyone else . For Zayd Alsardary and Jermel Langely people often decided to call them something they're not based on looks. I also learned that these types of experiences in life could sometimes work for the better. When boundaries are crossed towards people they at first seem to have trouble dealing with it but then seem to learn from it and sometimes find a way to get through it.
For this quarter we had many more assignments than we did in the last one. We had to draw a large clear object and get all the aspects of it. Get the shading, the shadow, and anything else that could make the clear object look more real. We also had to take 200 pictures and edit 5 of the pictures on an application named photo shop. Which I would have to say was my favorite part of this quarter. Doing something that I usually do but for school. I got to learn much more on photoshop while I was figuring out what every little thing did. Another assignment we had this quarter was an Internet sculpture, which was finding craft ideas online and recreating them. We also drew a bike in negative space and copied a artist art piece.
For my internet sculpture I made a robot box. I got the idea from the wallpaper I had set on my phone and checked online if there was a specific process I was supposed to follow. It was fun to make the robot box, even after I was done and knew I didn't need it I still kept it and used it for all kinds of things. For "Copy a master" I did The Scream by Edvard Munch and when I first saw it it caught my eye. Not just the guy screaming at the center of the art piece but the colors behind it, everything that was going on that most people wouldn't notice. Though my recreation of the art piece wasn't 100% exact you still have the same situation with the color going on, which is what I was mostly concentrating on more then making the guy seem familiar to the real one in the painting.
(Some of these pictures are gifs)
I walked into the room giving a quick look and releasing my breathe in sign of relief. I took my seat and quickly started a conversation with one of the students.
“We had homework last night?”
“No, but we do have a quiz on chapter 9”
“Oh my god, really? I still don’t have all the words memorized!”
“Tough luck, here she comes now”
“Buenos días señores y señoras, ¿como están?”
Everyone at the same time “Bien”
“Y tu, yacca. ¿Como estas?
“Bien, me siente un poco desprimida”
“Deprimida*, bueno comencemos la clase de hoy.”
I’m starting to get use to getting corrected all the time in a language I thought I knew so well. My mom would always brag about how well I know the language and that would always make me feel confident when Spanish comes up. Well it used to always make me feel confident, up until the day I stepped foot into room 204 Spanish 202. It was a small classroom. One wall of the room was full of books while a long table took up the rest of the space in the room with chairs around it. It was a similar set-up where meeting are usually held. Aside from that it was just 12 other students and I for the next 2 hours and 30 minutes.
The first time I went to Spanish class I felt very confident, it was going to be an easy A. I was thinking that I had already learned to read, write, and speak the language and that there was nothing else to learn. I was wrong. The more classes I had the more I realized how little I knew the language and how much I needed the class. At home I would have normal conversations with my parents in Spanish. We would talk about my day, and everything in general and very little times did my parents ever correct me when I said something wrong.
After having passed midterms in Spanish I started to over think the way I talk. I started to realize how I was struggling in class trying to process everything the teacher was saying to me. I started to lose confidence in myself, began to believe I didn’t know Spanish the way I thought I did. It got to the point where I started to forget the name of things in Spanish, I would even have trouble finishing a sentence. I began to get quieter during class, scared that if I participated I would get it wrong. It’s never wrong to fail; failing just gives you another chance to make it better. In my case I was scared that being the only Hispanic in the class everyone expected me to know it all and if I were to be incorrect the other students would think less of me. Although, there were those moments where she called on me and I ran out of luck.
“Yacca, ¿puedes repasar numero dos?”
“Si claro, uhm. ¿Presente perfecto de subjuntivo?”
“No, es el pluscuamperfecto de subjuntivo. Lo usamos para expresar una de las categorías enlistadas por encima con referencia al momento anterior u otra acción pasada”
I would stare at the professor as if she were speaking to me in another language. I knew the words she was using but they didn’t seem to come together in my head when she would explain it to me. The more frequent encounters of being corrected left me believing I didn’t know the language. Therefore this left me to the point where I had multiple errors while talking, which usually wouldn’t occur with me.
The more often I thought about it more often I realized that it wasn’t my fault as to why I spoke Spanish the way I spoke it. With unpronounced letters here, and different words over there, for different items it all was unclear. The way the teacher was teaching the rest of the students to speak Spanish was completely different as to how I spoke it. The way my family speaks it in the environment I grew up in. Since I only was ever around people who spoke Spanish the way I did I was prone to believe that was the only way to speak Spanish. Since the professor would always correct the way I spoke and wrote Spanish that made me feel as if I were talking wrong all these years. When really it was just different ways of speaking the language. You have the slang Dominican Spanish I speak and the proper Spanish I was learning.
Until I made this realization I was losing pride in my language. Started to think less of the way my aunts, uncles, sisters, brothers, and parents spoke. I then had more pride in whom I really was, and I’m glad I talk the way I do and am the way I am. As the Spanish author Gloria Anzaldua said in Oye Como Ladra: el lenguaje de la frontera “So, if you want to really hurt me, talk badly about my language”. From now on I’ll take more pride in my language, Instead of thinking less of myself and losing confidence I will defend my own.
I’m looking at the sunset as I see a young girl running towards me in tears. As she’s running towards me I notice she’s holding her wrist tightly and I realize she is my next client in need of help. I have always helped people with their problems and most of the time their mood completely changes. Other times they came to me just to get a nice view of nature.
She sits on me and speaks of these actions that have occurred to her and even speaks of actions she wants to occur. Suicide? Why would such person want to end their life, especially at such a young age of 12? This is the first I have heard of someone wanting to end something for eternity over something that’s only going to last a while
According to her, it was a way for her to get it over with, to get life over with. A way to get rid of the late night thoughts, that got her more and more terrified of death. Thinking “Why should I wait for my death & be scared my entire life when I can end it now, either way it’s going to happen. So what’s the purpose of waiting for it”.
I believed humans to be fun loving people who lived life to the fullest. They seem so happy and enthusiastic. I always noticed they find ways to get through their days in strange forms, but it works. I have seen them move their bodies in such motions to a combination of vocal and instrumental sounds to show happiness, and later on share a couple of laughs with a pat on the back. They write multiple letters in books to make it symbolize things that express how they feel, and it works. With all these options why can’t this one girl find a way to make it work and continue living the life she was brought into?
This sunset is gorgeous, who would want to give up this view?, I know I wouldn’t. I have been sitting here for about 40 years and not a single day do I wish to be removed from this spot. The beauty of nature, the river, trees and peaceful people enjoying it all give life a bigger reason to live. She’s speaking of depression and the only way to end is to end her life. Humans shouldn’t jump to such conclusions. This girl is quickly making a decision with out really thinking of the consequences. I don’t know what its like to have problems, or be happy, or to simply have emotions. I’m just but a bench watching life take on its course.
For my glass drawing we had to find the object with in the paper. It was in there somewhere and we had to dig for it. Using charcoal make my drawing made it easier to fade, erase, darken, ect. When I started my drawing I didn’t realize there was more then just the outline and seeing an object from an outer black line, but that nothing in real life has a black line. This makes me need to find a way to show the object with making a black line around it; this realization made me a stronger artist. I used paper towel to smooth out my drawing and be able to find my drawing more. Then I had to capture the shadow and the reflections from the light. While I analyzed the beaker I noticed so much. Its all about shading, darkening, and showing the different highlights which makes the object real instead of cartoon.
Its not skill, I'm not a professional writer. I haven't written a novel nor have I wrote New York's best selling book. I write to express my self, and to let my days emotions fly through the tip of my fingers. Where when i start writing I can't stop, where i know that it possibly isn't making sense but the words are coming out in their own order. A way to speak out loud with out really having anyone hear you. Where you can whisper your thoughts to your pencil. When I'm writing on paper, the pencil is my guidance and the paper is my path. The pencil guides my words and the paper puts it into place. Sometimes I over think it but once I notice I'm over thinking something I stop. I have to be able to know what I'm going to say next and not have to put a single thought into it. Where i can look back and say "Yeah, i wrote that" instead of knowing I could better. When I over think its when i have to write a paper but during my journals I write just to feel clean inside. Like if the world paused and its just me and the things i have to say. Where i can admit to every little thing and i won't be scared about being judged. Where i can speak my heart and won't bore someone, where I can ask a question and get an answer. An answer no one else can give me, my own answer.
I had just woken up and my alarm clock had been going off for the past 2 hours. I heard wailing coming from the bathroom. As I walked in I felt a rush of cold air and the room was silent. I looked at mom and seen her sitting there crying, her skin was cold and pale. Her wailing sounded like a baby when it’s born. I ran up to her and asked her what was the reason that she was crying. She wouldn’t tell me what had occurred and just continued crying. I went to my dad who was sitting on the bed thinking. I asked him “What’s wrong with mom? “ He told me my mom’s father had died that morning at 4 am on Christmas.
It was the beginning of November and my grandfather had begged my mom to buy plane tickets to go see him in Dominican Republic. My mom had economic problems at the moment and my grandfather was offering to buy the tickets for her. Even with offering to buy her the tickets she resisted to not waste money and that she would see him soon after she got money. 1 month after they talked my grandfather fell off his bed and lost his memory. My mom quickly began looking for plane tickets to see him. 2 weeks after my grandfather fell and lost his memory he died in the hospital. After he died things weren’t the same, it changed everyone’s life. Especially my mom, she regretted not have gone to see him and wished she did.
Ever since my grandfathers death my mom reminds me to be good to my dad and to appreciate that he’s still alive. The death has caused my mom to stop celebrating Christmas for about 4 years and start wearing darker colors. She stopped going to family parties and began getting depressed. I noticed my grandfather’s death made an enormous impact in my mom’s life but didn’t realize it would make a big impact through time in my life also. I would argue with my dad on daily basis but never realized that at any given moment he could be gone, as could my mom. Every time I got a year older maturity would grow more within me.
After 4 years of my grandfather’s death I started learning more and more from my moms mistakes. Each one of those mistakes helps me prevent it from happening to me. Every time she would notice that she did something wrong with her dad or something she should have done I take advantage of that and make the best for my dad and I. I use to not be able to remember when was the last time I gave my father a hug, now the last time I gave my dad a hug was 2 days ago. I begin to cherish him more since I know he won’t be here forever. It could be the fact that I am now 15 going on 16 and I’m getting wiser, my mind is expanding and I’m really thinking about things now.
Now that I’m starting to really appreciate the things my dad does for me I begin to feel bad for our past history. I would always argue with him and never realize the things he did for me. I would say things I didn’t mean and then afterwards feel bad about it. He cares for me so much and I always cared for him but its time that I begin to show it. Never again will I tell my dad I hate him for a dumb reason, or for any reason at all. If I could I would give my mom the ability to be with my grandfather once again so she could make everything right, like I am now.
Below is a picture of my element design.
As a 9th grade English student I feel that my portfolio shows the growth I have made since I first became a 9th grade English student. When I first entered English 9 I would constantly make grammar mistakes, my sentences would sometimes not make sense, and I had trouble with expanding on topic than just writing 3 or 4 sentences as a paragraph. Now that I leave English 9 I make minimal grammar mistakes, my vocabulary grew, I revise my work about 4 times until I find it sounds perfect and my paragraphs aren’t paragraphs until they have exceeded 8 sentences or more. Looking back at all my old projects and looking at the one I recently did I can see the growth and the person I came to be. Through out this class I have also seen a change in my self. I’ve noticed that I have begun to see things from a different perspective. I have grown as a person, mentally and physically.
When others see my work I hope that they understand the point that I’m trying to get across. More importantly I want the viewer to get any reflection to myself that I have done. When I write I always try to reflect back to myself depending the situation. If it’s writing about myself then I try to see things from a different point of view. Also I want the reader to understand how self-assured I felt about my piece of writing.
Through out English 9 my strengths are being able to expand on my writing and being able to adapt to the new vocabulary they the English 9 had to introduce to me to enhance my writing vocabulary and just in general. My weaknesses are dealing with the parts of speech which I have trouble remembering which part of speech goes with which word. I would like to work on the part of speech and also I would like to work on being able to write conclusions.
The piece I’m most proud of is the 3rd Benchmark where we had to compare and contrast the Odyssey. It’s my most proud piece because it’s the piece I was most enthusiastic about and the piece I really took my time to do and tried my hardest. I tried hard on all my benchmarks but there’s some things that if people are interested in their going to give their all into it. While I was doing this project I felt that once I began writing I didn’t want to stop.
Macbeth Character Analysis
For this project we analyzed a character from Macbeth and we had to write a thesis statement and prove it with quotes from the book/play. This was our first benchmark and its piece I happen to be very proud of.
Thesis: ‘’Lady Macbeth begins from stopping at nothing to get what she wants, to dying from what she had’’.
In Act 5 scene 1 of Macbeth, Lady Macbeth has been sleepwalking and unaware of being watched. The Gentlewoman and the doctor are both waiting for Lady Macbeth to see her night actions. Lady Macbeth walks in with a candle, eyes open but sleeping. The doctor us confused and asks where did she get a candle from is she is asleep. The Gentlewoman responds ‘’Why, it stood by her. She has light by her continually. ‘Tis he command.’’ (Act 5, scene 1, lines 22-23). The reason for Lady Macbeth to demand a candle by her at all time is because she’s scared of the dark. Lady Macbeth is guilty.
This was our second benchmark and also was the benchmark we had to work the hardest on. For this piece we had to craft a memoir vignette and use stylistic devices.
At age 10 I became the aunt of my sister’s son Anthony. He was born with asthma, murmur, 7 UTI’s, classification in his kidney, and high blood pressure It’s an everyday struggle for him, a child full of energy and intelligent somehow makes he is able to make his way through the day. My sister still lives with us but in a room my dad made by putting a wall half way through the living room. My sister didn’t get to finish college because of her pregnancy but is well looking forward to finishing college when she has more time. My sister and I still clash but we put our differences aside because of the new addition to the family we continue to be the perfect family, even without having my brother around as much.
Age 13 and the perfect family involved having the perfect parents. From time to time my parents would argue about the dumbest things, but I didn’t want to face the chances of an imperfect family and would ignore all the arguments. One late night my dad was making coffee and they started arguing on that my mom said she didn’t want coffee and my dad got smart. This is where the 8oz bag of coffee really began the drama (Humor). My mom stormed out the kitchen and ran upstairs. Next thing I know my mom’s coming down the stairs with her coat and a bag of clothes. Knowing we didn’t have anyone in Philadelphia I started getting scared and started crying because I knew what was going to happen next in this scene. I knew my mom would do anything to make me happy so I cried and cried for hours and begged her to stay until finally she decided to stay but didn’t forgive my father. Although I got to see my perfect family again I knew the happiness surrounding my perfect family was gone. I knew my mother was staying because of me but her heart was not in it. And I knew I was being selfish for thinking of my happiness and what I wanted to see before thinking of my mom’s happiness(Rep 4 effect).
Age 14 going on 15 soon and from time to time I still hear the late night arguments, now I try and help out but I don’t solve the problem. I still think about my years as a young child and my definition of a perfect family to be a family that stays together. However, the real definition of a perfect family is the family who is simply happy.
For this piece we had to compare and contrast the Odyssey to a different piece of art. It could have been a character or and event.
Penny and Penelope both face issues with their husbands and differently with the suitors, Penny is engaged and Penelope has to deal with 140+ suitors. Vernon T. Waldrip is Penelope’s fiancé while Penny has not yet chosen a suitor for which she wants to marry. Both suitors show to be a threat to Everett and Odysseus and both in a different way challenge Everett and Odysseus’s lives. Even though Vernon T. Waldrip and the suitors seem the same, Penny and Penelope deal with them differently, which makes Waldrip a stronger suitor and foe.
Vernon T. Waldrip from “O Brother Where out thou” and the suitors from “The Odyssey” both have similar situations. They’re both suitors to Penny and Penelope but neither actually marries Penny and Penelope. They might not have gotten married but they’re still threats to Everett and Odysseus. Vernon T. Waldrip was practically taking Everett’s family away from him and Everett’s kids thought that Everett died from a train accident. Even after Everett was in front of his children and Penny still tried to convince them he died in a train accident. As for the suitors they also wanted to marry Penelope and take Odysseus’s family from him. Penelope finished it off; she can’t seem to avoid the suitors. In book 19 Penelope says, "So I finished it off. Against my will they forced me. And now I cant escape a marriage, nor can I contrive a deft way out"(Book 19 Lines 175,177). Yet the suitors wanted to marry Penelope for power not for love. Even though the suitors did not get to marry Penelope if Odysseus did not get there in time he would have lost his wife like Everett could have lost his wife the next day.
Me mag is a magazine we did at the beginning of the year that had to include articles and even advertisements. This is one of my favorite pieces because we were able to design this to our choice and show who we are.
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For this project we chose a book 2 times a year and wrote a review on it. I chose my most recent book review because its the one I'm most proud of.
Blue moon is a fantasy novel and was written by #1 New York Times bestselling author Alyson Noel. Blue Moon was published on July 7, 2009 by St. Martin’s Press and is the second book of the immortal series preceded by “Evermore” and followed by “Shadowland”. Blue Moon got praised “Publishers weekly bestseller”, An international bestseller, Deputed at #1 on the New York Times Best sellers list, Deputed at #14 on the USA Today Best sellers list and nominated “Children’s book council’s best book of 2009”.
Throughout the year we have days where we get to class and just get into our journals. Some days we have questions to answer and others are free write. Below are 4 journal entries I have chosen.
There are many different ways to know that you’re an adult. You can go the legal way, which that is 21 years old and older. Or my way which is when you mature enough reach an appropriate age and you’re your own person. In my opinion I feel that each person has there own moment of becoming and adult. Some people mature faster than others and become an adult when their ready to become one. For example when they’re ready to take care of their own lives and make the right choices. For others the moment of becoming an adult is the legal way even though the person is not ready for the responsibility the title adult has.
As a young child I had trouble with a friend that a lot of other people did not like. I don’t remember exactly what the situation was but of what I remember I know she lied of something I did. One night I was on 3 line with 2 of my other friends and a conversation about her started. My friends pressured me into calling the girl but when she didn’t pick they decided to leave a voicemail. One of the girls who was on the 3 line said “I hope you die see you on the other side”. After being called into the principles office the next day at school I got blamed for my friend’s actions since my number came upon their caller id. Hardest part about all this was facing my mom knowing that no one would believe me and I would do the crime.
Impossible task: Facing my mom after I knew she felt ashamed.
The way your environment shapes who you become is by the inspiration you get from it. The way my environment shapes is me is the people I hang out with more common called my friends. The friends you hang out with depend who you are. If you hang out with school hating, smoke loving friends than you’re not headed off to a good future. Yet if you hang around the right people that will push you into doing the right things than any time soon your going to do the right things on your own and helping others into making the right choices. For example in 6th grade I was a straight A student than came 7th and 8th grade and my friends change I went to an A and B student with a couple C’s. I knew my choice in friends weren’t good but it was fun. At times I knew I was doing the wrong thing but most teenagers don’t want to seem like “lames’ in front of their friends. Now High school I have a variety of friends I mostly became my own person. I have the “Lets cut class” friends and the “I have to get my work done but still have fun with it” friends.
An expectation put upon me by my parents is that I’m always going to get good grades. Though I know I’m capable of it I also know I’m human and I have flaws. In the 6th grade I had straight A’s and only one B through out the entire report card by the end of the year. Now my mom believes that if I don’t get A’s it’s a very bad thing. I try not to let my parents down I always want them to see the best in me an I be the child they wanted, and when I know I haven’t met my parents expectations it tares me up inside. Yet now I’m starting to learn that they want me to try my hardest but they also understand its hard to always do it all when you a whole bunch of stuff to deal with.
Every year in China it is estimated
that there are from 10,000 to 20,000 victims of human trafficking and 90% are
women and children. China has become a destination country for victims of human
trafficking from North Korea, Russia, Mongolia, Burma, and Laos, while most of
the victims come from North Korea and Burma. Most women fall into trafficking
by false employment and also traffickers trick most children’s parents. In some
poorer areas women are sold as wives and in richer areas women are sold for
commercial sex business. As to children, they would be sold to adoptions.
Through out my first blog I spoke of human trafficking and explained basic facts about it. After having a good a idea on what human trafficking was I wanted to get into depth with the United States and Human trafficking. How much is the U.S affected by it and what is the U.S doing to prevent it.
According to the Department of Justice it is estimated that 14,500 to 17,500 people, especially children and women are victims of Human Trafficking every year in the United States. It is known that Atlanta, Georgia has the highest rate of human trafficking with 200-300 exploited per month. TVPA (Trafficking Victims Protection Act) has concluded that there are 3 main ways to put this to a stop; public awareness, consultation, and economic alternatives. Public awareness will reach people across this globe. It is a form that if more people have more information on Human trafficking than there will be less people mindless to the situation. For consultation, non-governmental organizations will be contacted to enhance the idea of public awareness. Finally but not least is the economic alternatives. TVPA says that that economic deprivation is the main problem for human trafficking.
After researching about human trafficking in the United States I realized that we are affected by it as much as any other country. Up to 17,500 in the U.S is affected by this and half of that is children. I also noticed that the U.S has a big issue to be concerned about which is that children are being sold and most of them are used to prostitute but not only that, they get abused for not returning with the right amount of money from prostituting. The U.S should have a more powerful way to end this, because not only does it hurt to be a victim of human trafficking but it also hurts to know that you could be a victim of human trafficking.
Human trafficking should be more of an issue and should be spoken of more. Schools should inform their students about what's really going on in the world. To step out and see theres more than gossip to worry about. The media should grab the attention of people around the world and help decrease human trafficking. If one person knows, thats one less person to worry about. If we all knew how dangerous this is we would all be more vigilant. Not fall into the dirty tricks that traffickers use and be that one less person who outsmarted traffickers!
Quiereme Cinco Minutos
En el capitulo que leí hoy la abuela de Elena esta en el hospital por que cayo en una coma. A Elena se le rompe el corazón de ver que la abuela tiene tubos y pinza metía por adentro de ella. Entonce Elena le comienza a hablar porque sabe que dique aunque la abuela esta inconsciente puede oil todo alrededor. Elena le dice gracia por ver tenido a su padre y a su tíos y que vía sido mejor si se vía quedado soltera para que la abuela podia viajar y hacer todo lo deseaba. Luego entra una enfermera y hace que Elena se salga del cuarto, Elena le da un beso a su abuela y sigue pal pasillo donde esta el papa de ella.
Through out this quarter we were assigned a project named ‘You and the world’. You and the world is a research project that has us teenagers connect with more than just our daily issues. With world issues we choose these world issues and than explore the topic keeping in mind what we learned, and what we would like to learn more about.
· Drug and alcohol abuse
· Expansion of organized crime
· Illiteracy and lack of education
· Lack of political will to end the practice
· Poverty and unemployment
· Low status of girls in many countries
· Inadequate or non-enforced laws
· Forcing victims into prostitution
· Subjecting victims to slavery or involuntary servitude
· Compelling victims to commit sex acts for the purpose of creating pornography
· Misleading victims into dept bondage
I wonder what are all these countries doing to stop human trafficking or if some of the countries are doing anything at all. Do traffickers let their victims free or do they kill them?
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Victoria Odom's drawing shows there is much effort put into it and also shows her understandings. She was able to do more than just the walls but also she was able to add in the tables and sofa that are in the room. Also Victoria Odom and I chose the same wall so we both were able to help each other out to enrich our drawings. You can see that Victoria Odom understood well how to use her vanishing point by the way the room is laid out.
Autor: Anai Lopez
Quiéreme Cinco Minutos se trata de una niña de 15 años que se llama Elena que no es muy interesada en escuela y se comienza sintiendo insegura con cambio de niña a mujercita. Elena se ocupa con los problemas de su amiga, con el que se enamoro, problemas familiar, y problemas de como ella se ves ella misma. Este libro lleva los obstáculos que muchas de las niñas enfrentan en su camino de mujer. Yo puedo reflexionar con algunos de los problemas que Elena se encuentra con y así a mi me interesa el libro mas porque ahora no creo que nada mas tiene que ser con su problemas pero se que algunas de sus problemas fue las mía y me agarran la atención mas. Pero aun como el libro "Lo que dice el Señor" yo no puede hacer tanta una relación con el punto de vista del autor. A cuanto el libro de Anai Lopez esta escrito para las juventudes y enseñar su punto de vista en lego que nosotros vemos en otro punto de vista y pedemos comparar.
Can you find the french man with a hat on?
Para mi dos anuncios yo elegí el Chunky Chips Ahoy y el McCafé de Mcdonalds. Yo elegí el anuncio de McCafé porque yo siempre atenido la curiosidad de porque la gente dejan su rico café de la casa para comprar café de afuera cuando asta le sale mas caro. Me capto la atención del anuncio Chunky Chips Ahoy que dice que esta para comérsela y en el comercial la galletita tiene ojos y boca y no me simpatizo. La compañía de los dos anuncios quieren que los consumidores valoren sus producto.
Teniendo Mini packs, Big and Soft, chewy, y muchos mas entra el Chunky Chips Ahoy. Chips Ahoy es una compañía que produce chocolate chip cookies des del 1963. Mi primer anuncio elegido fue de Chips Ahoy. El Chunky “la locura de chocolate”. Según sus anunciantes dicen que esta para comérsela.
Mejor seria evitarlo. Chunky Chips Ahoy daña la salud en cuanto dañando la denta dura, causando diabetes, contaminando la sangre, y no informa cuanto calorías contiene cada chip en el anuncio. El anuncio no informa de el daño que puede causar a cada persona que falla a comprar cada caja de Chips Ahoy. Los productores solamente llegan a conocer que el producto es para su beneficio. Y además la gente no piensa en su salud y lo ven como una vida rápida.
La forma que los consumidores garran la atención de los estudiantes de SLA es por la publicidad en cuanto ello hacen un comercial por la tele y agarran la atención de mucho niños alrededor del mundo incluyendo los estudiantes de SLA. También por el Internet que los estudiantes de SLA gastan casi 13-15 horas de su vidas entre el Internet. En cuanto los valores de SLA también entran en el conflicto con el anuncio original en que SLA lucha por la buena alimentación de los estudiantes. SLA trata de darle comida saludable a los estudiantes como Low fat milk, o chips al horno, frutas, y vegetales.
Eligiendo McCafé de Mcdonalds como mi segundo anuncio viene un tema increíble. Mcdonalds es la mayor cadena de restaurantes que vende comida rápida. Mcdonalds comenzó en el año 1940 en California vendiéndole a mas de 58 millones de personas diario. Eligiendo un anuncio de Mcdonalds del McCafé ay mas de lo que se ves.
El anuncio nos muestra como leyeron las mentes del publico y le alegraron el día con McCafé hot chocolate … “ Y cuando quiero que mi alegría sea aun mas intensa, nada me hace sentir mejor que el espresso en mi McCafé hot Mocha”. ¿Como es que un McCafé puede traerle tanta alegría a una persona? Yo veo la comida rápida de los restaurantes por ser insaludable y especialmente de Mcdonalds. El anuncio enseña como McCafé esta lleno de chocolate, leche caliente, crema batida y mas chocolate. McCafé no debe de ser aparte del día diario, si no algo que se hace de ves en cuando por es sabor no por la vida rápida.
El anuncio no enseña lo que puede suceder si eres una persona no alegre y te sientes bien con un McCafé. Si no te sientes bien la semana entera, ¿Vas a beberte un McCafé 3 veces al día para sentirte alegre por que eso es lo que dice el anuncio? Lo mejor es un café de la casa que no tiene nada dañino. Los productores quieren que le compre su producto y que hagan a uno creer que la comida rápida lleva la vida mas simple.
Los comerciantes agarran la atención de los niños con lo que ofrecen por el dinero de la persona. Como sabemos todo los “Happy meals “ tienen juguetes que le agarran la atención a niños alrededor del mundo. Pero en SLA se busca la vida rápida mucho. Cada estudiante anda rápido queriendo terminar su día de escuela. En la mañana muchos de los estudiantes de SLA le gustan comprar café y un sándwich de desayuno. Si abría un Mcdonalds mas cerca de SLA lo estudiantes y maestros comprarían café y comida todos los días.
The reason why i changed the size of the question was to make it pop out.