Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Independent Project 2018

                       (Disclaimer: I used note cards as the main portion of my information, so there's not a whole lot of information on the slides.)

     This year for my independent project in my GOAL class, I researched genealogy. I researched different websites that tell you your genealogy and DNA tests, and I also looked into my personal genealogy. I chose to present my project on prezi.
     What I like most about my project is how personable it is to me, and how I can apply what I learned in it to my life. My favorite part of my presentation was talking about what I had learned about my families history and where they came from.
     The hardest part about my project was figuring out the jumble of my family history. My grandparents on my mom's side are both immagrants, so with their families living in Europe, their family trees get a little sketchy because of World War 2. It was hard to create a family tree on that side because it was so scattered. Also, if you go onto a website to find your family tree (which I did) it gives you a lot of information. If gives you all the moms and dads and grandparents and siblings. Trying to riffle through all of that information, and then trying to find out about their life, is a pretty heavy task! Luckily, I had my dad help me with some of the family tree stuff, which made it a little less hard.
    I improved as a student and as a learner because I feel like I learned about something that I had little to no knowledge on. Learning about my families history really expanded my horizons of where I come from.
     If I were to do this project over again, I would mostly just change how I presented. I wish that I would have known my stuff a little more and didn't have to look at my note cards so much. I also wish that I had dumbed down the DNA testing portion more.
     This project was so fun to do and I'm really glad that I decided to do it! I learned a lot that I never thought I would know!

Monday, January 8, 2018

To Kill A Mockingbird Blog Post

      In Goal class, we just finished reading the book, To Kill A Mockingbird. After reading it, we watched the movie. After reading and watching both forms of the story, I've definitely noticed some similarities and differences. Some things that were the same were they included all of the important scenes from the book, such as (spoiler alert) the scene where Bob Ewell tries to kill Scout and Jem, and the whole trial. The movie also gave you a good sense of the kids wonder of Boo Radley just like in the book. There were, however, a LOT of differences. Just a couple of scenes that were in the book that weren't carried over into the movie, were Miss Maudie's house fire, the Halloween pageant (it is mentioned, but not shown), Calpurnia taking the children to church, and the scene where Atticus finds out Tom is dead while all of the ladies are over for lunch. Along with those scenes and more, several characters are also not mentioned, like Francis, Aunt Alexandra, and Mrs.Merriweather. Several 'famous' sentences were also skipped over, like "Son, where are your pants.", and "Scout, let's get ourselves a baby." Also, the characters looked nothing like I thought they would! All of that said, the movie was still pretty good.

One Word

You know how everyone makes new years resolution? Well, you probably also know that a lot of people quickly break their resolutions. So instead of making a full resolution, my classmates and I made a word that we would try to be better at doing. My word is accept. Accept means many things to me. First of all, it means accept myself. Just like everyone else (especially teenagers) I have insecurities about myself. Sometimes it feels like they overwhelm me and it's all I can think about. So in 2018, I want to work on accepting myself. Secondly, it means accept others. Sometimes, I can be a little quick to judge and join in on gossip. Just because someone is different from me doesn't mean I need to think bad about them. So, I'm also working on accepting others. I hope I can carry through on my word, and most of all, I hope I learn to better accept.

Thursday, October 19, 2017

DWA Publishing 1st Quater

     Everyday in Language Arts at the beginning of class, we do a DWA. DWA stands for daily writing assignment. It is basically just a daily question, and you get to write down your opinions on the topic. The following paragraphs are two of my favorite DWA's we have done in quater 1.

  "Imagination is more important than knowledge. For knowledge is limited, whereas imagination embraces the entire world, stimulating progress, giving birth to evolution." Do you agree with this? Why or why not?
      I sort of agree with Albert Einsteins quote. Knowledge is very important to me, and so I don't think it's worth nothing. But I also think imagination is important because without it, we probably wouldn't be as technologically advanced as we are, and life would be just plain boring. I don't really think one is greater than the other, but I do see Albert Einsteins point. Imagination and knowledge go hand in hand. It would be hard to have a lot of knowledge without imagination. For example, a rocket. Someone somewhere had to have the imagination to imagine the rocket, but then, someone else would have to have the knowledge to actually build the rocket.

      What gets on your nerves? 
      My little sister Anna gets on my nerves all the time because she acts like I have to do whatever she wants.Its so annoying when I've had a long day and I just want to relax by watching YouTube, but I can't because Anna either has the iPad or it's dead(because of Anna). It drives me insane when someone walks into my room when I'm in it and either they turn off the light or they don't shut the door when they leave. I also hate it when I'm lounging around my house in socks and my other sister Emily takes them off. It irritates me when people walk slow in the hallways, or when they act like they are super good at something( like sports) when they aren't.

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Words of Wisdom

I really liked this project and I'm glad I got to do it. It really showed me how your morals and words you live by change over time. For example, some of the quotes from the younger ages (cough cough, 13) were funny, but the quotes from older people were more serious.


Sunday, March 19, 2017

National History Day Reflection

     National History Day caused me so much annoyance, joy, pride, anger, and stress. It was a huge project with very strict rules and very many ways to mess up. But I learned a lot and all in all, I had fun(except during the bibliographies ;)). For this project I partnered up with Danielle. We researched John Carlos and Tommie Smith, two African American runners who took a stand for black rights in the 1968 Olympics. This fits the theme taking a stand in history because it was on a huge stage, and it was something that they strongly believed in. This black power salute is caught in a famous photo that many people have seen but they do not know the story behind it.
     Overall, I'm extremely proud of our project. It is fun and colorful, and gets the message across very well. But my favorite part of the project was what it was about. It is a topic that not many people know about and I think that's really cool. It also is about a problem that, sadly, still goes on today and needs to be corrected. When we started this project I did want to do a topic that people knew about, but I didn't want to just be repeating the same information that every already knows, so I though this was a great choice.
     One thing I found that I thought was very interesting, was they fact that John Carlos said that he let Tommie Smith win the race. Carlos said he did this because he believed Smith would have not gone threw with the salute had Carlos won the race. Smith did deny the claim, but nothing is for certain. Another fact that I thought was cool was what the different parts of the salute were. For example, Smith's gloved hand is raised for black power, and Carlos's hand was raised for black unity. Together it forms an arch of power and unity. I thought the meanings throughout the salute were really interesting and it showed me how much planning went into the salute.
     In my opinion, the hardest part of this project was the word count. The requirement for all exhibits was your project had to have fewer than 500 words, including titles and subtitles. We had several interesting facts we had gotten in our research that we couldn't put on our board because we didn't have enough words. I can see why they put the word count on though because it makes you get straight to the point. It forces you too only include facts that are relevant to the project. The only exception to this rule was that quotes didn't add on to our word count. That helped A LOT. We used many, many quotes and we finally managed to meet the word count. A second runner up problem was when we spray painted our foam board tri-fold in bubbled up, leaving huge bubbles. These were eventually covered up by photos and text.
     I learned so much from this project, and even though it made me want to pull my hair out I'm glad we did it. One of the most important things I learned is you cannot stress out about things you can't change. I was so stressed about the bubbles on our board and about the word count, but I couldn't change either of those things. I had to learn to deal with the problem and find a good solution. I have to say, Danielle was super supportive, and it really helped to have her by my side and helping me come up with solutions. I also learned a little bit more about time management, as we did have dead lines for different aspects of our project.
     Before history day actually happens, I would like to make sure all of our citations are done correctly. The citations are really boring, and I didn't want to do them but I knew I had to. This might have caused me to skim over something and not do it properly. I also think we will have to edit our process paper.
     I am so, so proud of our project. I'm proud of how it looks and how well informed we are. I could go on and on. But what I'm most proud of is how hard both me and Danielle worked on this project. We went to each others houses multiple times and we didn't have the problem of "One person did all the work!". Our problem was we were too nice and we wasted too much time saying; "Well if you don't want to do it we don't have to," "No it's fine, really." "Are you sure? I don't want to do it if you don't want to,..." and so on. I feel like Danielle would laugh at this because its so true! We worked really well together and we really didn't argue, witch made things run much smoother. I'm confident that I speak for both of us when I say I was extremely proud of everything we did( I already said that but oh well!).
     Our topic relates to the theme, taking a stand in history, because Tommie Smith and John Carlos both took a huge risk to make their voices heard. They gave up their personal achievements for the greater good, witch I would say counts as taking a stand. African Americans were not treated right back then, and both men showed that through this silent gesture.
     Last of all, if you are doing history day, or any other big project for that matter, choose your partner wisely. For one thing, you will probably be working on that project for a long time, so you have to get along. A partner also helps tremendously with work, and above all they will support you. Shout out to Danielle, thanks for being an awesome partner! History Day is stressful, annoying, and angering, but really, its totally worth it.