Thursday, October 19, 2017

DWA Publishing 1st Quarter

   DWA 9/26/17     My worst fear is kidnapper vans. The ones that are usually white, long, and have tinted windows or no windows at all except the driver door. I see them in movies a lot, which scares me because the bad guys are always driving these vans. I will never, ever, ever in my lifetime go near one of those vans. One of the teachers here at FMS sometimes drives one of them and I'm actually scared of him. I don't why I'm so scared of them exactly, besides the movies, but I am. I have another huge fear and it's not being able to keep my friends/family/teachers safe. I know a 13 year shouldn't worry about those kind of things, but I do. It goes through my head constantly,"What's my plan if someone breaks into my house? What can I do if someone came into the school and took someone hostage? Will I sacrifice my life to save someone else?" I know for a fact that, even if it meant giving up my life, I'd save the person in trouble. I know that people will never think of giving up life to save someone as a number one solution, but I do. So I'd be the first person to come up with a plan and go through with it. I just don't want people I love or know to die.    

   DWA 9/28/17     Sometimes when I'm running, I pretend that the longer I run, the farther away my past is. When I run, I feel powerful, fast, weightless. I feel like everything that has happened to me, doesn't even matter now. I sometimes feel dead inside. Like, my heart has no emotion, or my brain is on pause. Running gives my heart emotion. It gives it excitement. It gives it power. Running makes my brain flow. It makes it scream with joy. When I run, I wonder if people ever think,"Wow she's happy or holy cow, look at how energetic she is!" In reality, I'm not. I'm tired. I'm doubtful. I'm hopeless. I'm not happy, but I'm not sad. I'm okay. I'm getting by. I'm getting through it. That's one reason I like school. It distracts my mind from wandering or going to the sad place. When I'm home, everything is confusing and out of place. It's like I don't feel like I belong, but others do.

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

"Words of Wisdom"

From doing this project I learned that older people are definitely more wise than young kids/teenagers. I think the reason this is is because they have been alive longer so they have seen more and experienced more than us young ones have. I also learned that receiving advice from others is super important because sometimes we all get stuck and need a little reminder or advice.

Friday, March 17, 2017

History Day Reflection

We, as in Delaney Breen, Hannah Bergren, and I did a website about Lewis Hine and how he changed the future for children.

     The thing I like most about our project is the information and how it looks because the information in my opinion is really good and will teach a viewer of our website a lot and how it looks because it's in black and white for the "olden times" and it just fits with topic.
     One interesting thing I learned about our topic is that Lewis Hine sometimes disguised himself as a maintenance worker, an employee, etc. so he could get into places where people wouldn't allow photographers. This interests me because he cared so much about the children he risked his job and reputation to "call out" the people who were working performing child labor. Another thing that interested me a lot was that in order to tell a child's' height, he used the buttons on his vest. This is interesting because he improvised and used his resources well.
     The hardest part of this project was DEADLINES! The deadlines scared the crap out of me. The time seemed to just fly by and I was thinking if we don't meet deadlines we are going to fail or get an F on this project.
     I improved by a learner by learning how to use noodle tools a whole lot better and with annotated bibliographies.
      To be honest I don't think there is anything I want to improve on our website because we did our best and it looks great!
    The thing I'm most proud of when it comes to our project is how well we worked together. Hannah, Delaney, and I are close, but we also had some problems that we had to work out and agree to disagree.
    Our topic relates to the history day theme because Lewis stood up for children safety their rights to go to school instead of having to stay home and go to work to help support their family.

Monday, October 3, 2016

Shakespeare Reflection

       When I first heard we were doing a shakespeare unit, my first thought was "Ugh, this guy is so boring and this is going to be a boring unit." I probably thought it like that because I didn't know much about him besides he wrote plays and to me that boring. Now that I've learned more about him, I really enjoy learning about him and reading his plays. One of the reasons that I really like him now is because when we acted out and read Taming of the Shrue I learned his ways of writing and that he was a humorous type of guy and wanted to express that in some way. Another reason that I like him now is because when we went on our field trip and looked at all of the books and the folio I enjoyed listening about the information about him and the books.
        In the end was Kate tamed? I don't think she was "tamed." I feel that she felt no one loved her and had no support from anyone and it just made her sad and she acted out on anger. Then when Petruchio came and she kept telling him no, like when he said they were getting married Sunday and she said, "I'll see you hanged Sunday!" She just wasn't used to feeling of having someone there for her and thought he was playing her, but then later realized that he actually loved her and she loved him, too because when he said "Come on and kiss me Kate" She did it with out hesitation. So I don't think she was tamed or not tamed, but loved in a way she didn't realize in the beginning.
         Shakespeare's first folio is important because all of his plays are in it except Taming of the Shrue. It has a lot of value because it's super old and Shakespeare is famous for all of his plays and only certain people will ever get to own or touch one because they are worth a lot and hold a lot of history between each page.
         Shakespearean insults and death scenes helped my understanding and confidence with shakespeare by being able to know some insults like common-kissing, swag-bellied, or even pignut, and understanding them when there are a lot of people who don't understand them. It gives me a sense of smartness because I spent 4 weeks in class learning this kind of stuff.
          I think it is still important to learn about Shakespeare after 400 years because he has made a lot of history between writing plays and theatre. It's important to know because when we grow up and see something that is from Shakespeare or hinting towards Shakespeare it'd be nice to be able to understand it.

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

2016-2017 1st Blog Post

My academic goal for this year is to have all A's and be able to get great grades on test and the ITBS test because I want to be able to go to a college where they say that they see that I have outstanding grades and am a wonderful student. I know that sounds a little cheesy, but thats what I want for the start of a new college. I also set this goal because I will get more privileges from my parents and teachers, I will know that I've reached my point of my last years goals too if I reach this years goal.
           My personal behavior goal is to follow Trojan PRIDE. I usually follow Trojan PRIDE, but if I'm around the wrong people I'll create trouble that could've been prevented if I was around the right people. Another reason I also set this goal is because I want to earn, not get, earn a reward at a assembly to show my parents I deserved this reward and that this school really teaches you to be a better person throughout your education and not take it for granted.
           My improvement goal is to study more often and practice things that are difficult for me even if it means having people who are good at it think I'm dumb or stupid. I often get caught up in technology and social media which is why I don't study at home,  but when I do actually study I get this sense that I should already know this because the "smart" kids do and I'm in goal, but this year I'm going to study no matter what situation and shut my phone off when it's study time. I'm going to practice math, geography, or whatever it is I need to practice even if people look at me in a way that makes me feel bad because when I get a good  grade on the test I was studying for or practicing something I was having a hard time with, those people won't matter.

Thursday, June 2, 2016

The project Sarah and I decided to research on was the roles of children for the Westward Expansion Project because I thought it would be something different and interesting. We covered topics on education, work, play,  how they got around, and just some random facts we couldn't organize so we just added it in with the family facts. I hope you enjoyed our topic and learned some new stuff!