English Children’s Book: Dogs to Us

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You don’t have to love them, but please don’t harm them. I decided to create a children’s book that showed awareness to my social issue, animal rights on dogs. Following up with my research question, the goal of my children’s book is to help children understand what are dogs to us. Therefore, the title of my children’s book is called “Dogs to Us”. In my children’s book, I wanted to make the word choice as simple as possible because the target market audience was around 4-6 years old. The children’s book I created was inspired by Mary Peng, the guest that came to ISB, because she talked about dogs as our pets and how we should be treating them.

Since the target audience are young children, in my children’s book, I started out with why would we want to have dogs as a pet. Moving on, I talked about the benefits of having a dog by connecting to the children’s needs and concerns (e.g children’s want somebody to play with them). Then for the most important part, I went in more in depth on the dog and its feelings because the whole point was to show awareness to people who aren’t caring or don’t understand. To conclude, I ended the book with the message, “A dog’s life could be saved” because millions of stray dogs are either dead because of starvation or captured by dog meat eating restaurants. Therefore, the more dog owners there are, the more attention there will be for this particular social issue.

The Importance of Spice Trade

Spice Trade was made up of the four lenses of social studies, which are geography, economics, cultural anthropology, and history. Spice Trade helped the development of human race, which is also an important milestone in the history.  Throughout the years, scholars have studied the four lenses together to analysis the past events. All of the four lenses interacted together and made many short-term and long-term impact, which formed our modern society.

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(Map of the Silk Road)

Geography was a significant factor in the Spice Trade. During the fifteenth centuries, traders wanted to start trading across places such as Guangzhou, Xi’an, Barbaricon, and Calcutta, however, there were deserts, mountains, and weather changes that were causing trouble and cancelling transactions. In order to solve this problem, there were different trade routes built, and the map above is now what we call the Silk Road. Looking at the trade routes of the Silk Road, traders would often pass different countries with their cultures. Since many foreign traders travel to many different countries, culture and religion was passed on by the foreign merchants to many countries and empires. For example, Buddhism was a widely spread religion in the countries that involved with trade. Buddhism spread because of the architecture that were built on the route and their goods that were traded with traders and merchants with different ethnicity and language. This was how the major religions such as Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism and Islam spread to countries in Asia and Europe through spice trade. However, countries that weren’t involved with the spice trade due to their location wanted to gain control. For example, Europe does not produce any spices, so they wanted to monopolize the trade world and gain control. The Dutch started a company called the Dutch East Indies and governed an area called Batavia. A man named George Early, a British merchant seaman, made observations when he stopped at Batavia during a return journey to England from Australia in 1832. In his observations, he wrote how the government was charging the spices such as coffee, pepper, and sugar way more than its actual value. Unlike the places that produced spices, the government for Batavia was much more harsh than places in South East Asia due to the fact the government for Batavia was desperate for power, which just shows how important geography was for the Spice Trade.

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(Observations from George Early)

Economy was also a huge part of the Spice Trade. Spices such as; pepper, cinnamon, ginger, and so on were some of the most valuable items during the middle ages. In the age of discovery, little quantity of just pepper was worth the same as gold or jewellery at the time. People were willing to buy spices in high price not only because they improve the taste of food but could also be used for medical purposes. For example, Europeans had to buy spices for a much higher price than others because the spices had gone through many middlemen that increased the price over time before it reached Europe. This shows how Geography and Economy interact with each other, because, as a result, people around South East Asia became a lot wealthier because of their location.

 

Citations

Batavia Primary Source: J.M.Gullick, Adventures and Encounters: Europeans in South-East Asia, Oxford University Press, Oxford, 1995.

Other Class Sources Used:

Student Handout 3.1 “Spice It Up”

3 Book That Made Ben Stay Up All Night Reading

When I said the words “Staying up all night”, I actually mean it. You might not believe me but there are books that interest me so much I can’t stop reading because it gets more and more exciting when I want to close my book. Below are the three books I enjoyed reading the most this year in grade eight.

 

1. Gone by Michael Grant

Do you want to live in a world without any adults? One with no one telling you when to wake up, when to eat, or when to sleep? In this book, all the people above the age of 15 happen to disappear at the exact same time. In the exposition of the book, we are introduced to a fourteen-year-old named Sam and two of his friends, Quinn, and Astrid. Since they are currently the oldest in town, all the children are depending on them, waiting for their lead. As the story progresses, we find out how some of the children have super powers and even why all the adults disappeared, which makes the story even more mysterious and exciting.

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2. (Un) Arranged Marriage by Bali Rai

Would you want to marry some one you don’t even know? In this book, the protagonist Manny is forced to marry his dad’s friend’s daughter he had never seen before. In Punjabi, Manny’s wife had to be chosen by his parents and the worst part is that Manny isn’t allowed to say no or else he would be considered as a disgrace to his family.

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3. Uglies By Scott Westefeld

Do all the people around you look pretty or handsome? In this book, everyone at the age of sixteen were forced to have plastic surgery. The protagonist Tally was around two months away from turning pretty, she couldn’t wait to meet up with her friends that were already pretty. However, a month before she has her transformation, she meets a girl named Shay who also has the exact same birthday as her, but she has a different objective: not becoming pretty, but escaping. I would definitely recommend this book to people who like adventurous or mysterious books.

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The Final Decision

Did you know that trackers send signals when they get damaged? Unfortunately, Tally the protagonist of the book Uglies by Scott Westefeld didn’t know that. The conflict started out as person vs. self because Tally wasn’t sure either to betray the smoke city or stay ugly for life, but as she got to know David better, she made her decision.

Westefeld writes, “Yes. What you do, the way you think, makes you beautiful” (258). Tally falls in love with David as they got to know each other better which was one of the biggest reason she made her decision. Westefeld writes, “Our data showed that everyone has the lesions after their first operation” (250). The second reason was after hearing about the truth of being pretty. David’s parents used to be doctors in the city until they found out the plastic surgeries they were giving were bad for the people, but Dr. Cable didn’t care so they escaped the city and started the Smoke and accepted only uglies until they found a cure. Westefeld writes, “She opened her hand and threw the necklace into the centre of the fire” (251). When she finally made her decision on staying at Smoke forever with David, she throws away her pendant but she didn’t know the pendant would send a signal when it gets damaged.

The following day they were attacked by the Special Circumstances and Smoke was destroyed, all the Smokies were captured and sent back to the city. Westerfeld writes, “You had to betray the whole Smoke!” (277). Tally felt very bad about her betrayal so she decides to go back to the city and rescue everyone. Westefeld writes, “You made it!” (294). Luckily for David, he wasn’t at Smoke when the Special Circumference was there so the two of them decide to head back and rescue them. Westefeld writes, “It was Shay. She was pretty.” (350). Unfortunately when they got down the prison to rescue people, Shay was already turned into a pretty, and because of the lesions her brain was messed up. Tally, David, Croy, Shay, and Maddy(David’s mom), the five of them escape the prison and got to safety. But Az(David’s dad) passed away when he was tested by Dr. Cable with their new surgery.

Maddy(David’s mom) finally found a cure for the lesions but Shay didn’t want to cooperate because she thinks she’s happy the way she is right now. Maddy was fine with Shay’s decision because there is still a chance of failure. Westerfeld writes, “I’m the reason she’s like this, pretty and brainless” (385). Since Tally was the reason Shay became brainless, she decided to sacrifice herself and make herself pretty and then take the cure. Westerfeld writes, “Make me pretty” (392).

Even though her conflict ended when she threw away the pendant, she still sort of betrayed Smoke when she activated the pendant when she burned it. To pay back for what she had done to Smoke, she sacrifices herself to test the cure to save everyone.

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Betrayal

Would you want to go somewhere far away from home by yourself, when you’re not even sure if it’s a real existing place? Well, giving the answer “no” for Tally, the protagonist of the book Uglies by Scott Westerfeld was not an option. Westerfeld writes, “Okay, I’ll do it. Turn it off” (131). Tally was finally convinced by Peris, her very best friend to listen to Dr. Cable and do what she asked. Westerfeld writes, “I’ll enjoy it about a million times more once you’re there with me” (120). Peris is three months older than Tally so he had already became pretty, he convinced Tally by telling her how much he wanted to be with her before she made her final decision.

Dr. Cable chose Tally to go find the mysterious city Smoke because only she knew how to read the code Shay wrote for her also knowing that the people from Smoke would probably only trust Tally because Shay really wanted her to come. It took around nine days until she was finally found by the Rangers(ally of the city Smoke)  and sent to where they were waiting for her. Westerfeld writes, “It is you! I knew it was!” (175). After arriving at Smoke, people were all treating her very friendly and most importantly she meets Shay again. David, the mysterious person Shay was talking about finally got to meet Tally and he seemed like a very nice guy to Tally. Westerfeld writes, “Not books. They’re called ‘magazines’,” Shay said. She opened one and pointed. Its strangely glossy pages were covered with pictures. Of people. Uglies” (184). Smoke started out very weird for Tally, not used to everyone being an ugly, even the celebrities.

Tally wanted to end this as soon as possible so she tried to send the signal to Dr. Cable on where Smoke city is located. Westerfeld writes, “Tally snapped closed the pendant and shoved it into her shirt” (187). Since she was new to the place, Shay would always be around her so Tally never got a chance to send the signal to Dr. Cable. Westerfeld writes, “By now, Tally understood that nothing in the Smoke ever lost it’s value. Nothing was discarded or given away just because it was old or broken. Everything was repaired, refitted, and recycled, and if one Smokey couldn’t put it to use, it was traded to another. Few things were given away lightly” (213).  After observing Smoke, she realised she couldn’t just betray a city that had their own way of living, history, and values. During the rising action of the book, Tally really wished she just sent the signal in the first day at Smoke because she is really anxious about either to help herself or save a city.

If I was Tally, I would probably choose to stay in Smoke and live there for the rest of my life because it’s definitely not right to destroy a city just because I wanted to be pretty. It really won’t matter if I’m pretty or not since everyone at Smoke looks ugly, even the celebrities.

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End Of The School Year

Below is an original poem that I wrote for humanities class. Since the school year  is about to end, I decided to write a poem about the end of the school year.

 

End Of The School Year

Tests and Projects are all completed,

meaning grades will soon be out online.

Yearbooks are handed out for us to sign.

Some people will stay,

and some people will leave.

Leave to new schools around the world.

When my friends leave,

I will grieve.

Thinking about the wonderful memories we had together.

But I will not cry,

As I say good bye.

The school year is about to end.

 

Sacrifice Yourself or Betray Your Friend?

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Do all the people around you look pretty or handsome? In the book, Uglies, everyone at the age of sixteen are forced to have plastic surgery. Above is a cover page I made to show the conflict for the main character, Tally. The conflict of the book is person vs. self because she is forced to either sacrifice herself or betray her friend. Through out the exposition of the book, she meets a girl named Shay who later becomes her friend and she wanted to rebel against the system. Westerfeld writes, “…I don’t want to be ugly all my life. I want those perfect eyes and lips, and for everyone to look at me and gasp. And everyone who sees me think Who’s that? and want to get to know me, and listen to what I say” (90). Tally refused to follow Shay and run away to Smoke(unknown city) because Tally really wanted to become pretty like her friends who were older. Westerfeld writes, “Until you do help us, to the very best of your ability, you will never be pretty” (107). Dr. Cable knew Shay must have told Tally where she went, so she was forced to go help find her or else she will never be pretty. Tally has to either sacrifice herself by never becoming pretty or betraying Shay and Shay’s friends.

 

Here is where I found the background image for the cover page.

A Look At The World (China Edition)

This is a travel article, called A Look at the World: China Edition, by Anthony, Kyle, Evan, Noah, and me. It is about a few minority groups in China and why where is important. It includes the 5 themes of geography and how it affected their lifestyles.

You Must Try Before Giving Up

Do you have the courage to stand up for others? Through out reading the book, Gone, I started to think the theme of the book is “You must try before giving up ” because the main character Sam wanted to at least try defeating Caine before surrendering because he didn’t want Caine to destroy everything. Grant writes, “Orc murdered Bette” (223). At the start Sam didn’t really want to care about whom is in charge, but after a girl named Bette had been killed in the FAYZ by one of Caine’s helpers. Sam realized Caine couldn’t be the leader of the FAYZ.

Sam was very unconfident with himself at first because he personally thinks he might become a person like Caine if he is in charge knowing that he also has special powers. Grant writes, “…you have me” (225). Luckily Sam’s girl friend, Astrid, convinced Sam to fight back because she also hated the way people were treated after Caine started ruling the FAYZ. During the rising action, Caine captures Sam because he realises he was his brother and also had a great amount of power. Luckily his friend Quinn saved him as they ran off into the woods with Astrid, Edilio, Peter and Lana. But then Sam realized running away was not an option because the children back at Perido Beach needed help so they decide to head back and help. Grant writes, “Coates kids, Perdido Beach kids, we’re together now” (461). Since Caine and Drake were also very mean to the Coates kids, most of the Coates kids hated the two of them so they all believed Sam would defeat Caine and Drake. Grant writes, “My name’s Brianna. I can go real fast” (462). There were a lot more kids with special powers like teleporting or super speed that gave Sam even more confidence in winning the fight against Caine. Sam and Caine were both almost turning fifteen, meaning that they would both be gone very soon so Caine wanted to fight as fast as possible. They both turned fifteen when they were fighting each other but the both of them already learned how to not disappear when turning fifteen. “I guess we won” (613). Because Sam never gave up, he defeats Caine at the end so Caine and his followers were forced to leave Perdido Beach. There were many moments where Sam wanted to give up but he knew he had to try defeating Caine or else the people left in the FAYZ would be doomed.

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Magical Powers

Do you believe in magic or super powers? Through out the rising action of the book, Gone, we discover many characters in the book have super powers. The conflict of the book, person vs. society, intensifies through out the rising action because we are given a ton of information. Grant writes, “I know it sounds like I’m crazy, but sometimes this light just comes shooting out of my hands” (155). The main character, Sam, reveals his secrets to his friends about his super power where he could shoot lasers when he becomes nervous. Not just Sam, but, Astrid’s brother, Caine, Diana, and Lana all have their own super powers.

When Sam and his friends were searching for Astrid’s brother, older members of “Coast Academy” arrived at FAYZ (Fallout Alley Youth Zone) and took control. The leaders of Coast Academy were Caine and his helpers Drake and Diana. They seemed like good leaders, however, that was only the beginning. They slowly show their real side and become dictators, “That’s saying Caine and Drake can do whatever they want, anytime they want” (211). In the rulebook they created, it basically only benefits them.

Around a few days later, many problems start to occur, one of the biggest was the resource they had. Food, supplies, was running out tremendously fast, the children were all depending on the older ones. When Orc killed another person just because they disobeyed a rule, older kids knew something had to be changed. Except the problem was “You want to go demand justice from Caine?” (223). Grant writes, “I know what you want, okay? I know you want me to be the anti-Caine. You don’t like the way he’s doing things and you want me to go kick him out. Well, here’s what you don’t know: even if I could do all that, I wouldn’t be any better than him” (224). When Astrid tried to convince Sam to fight back, Sam tried to deny, because he was worried he would hurt others with his uncontrollable power. Just like how he burned his father’s hand off with his laser beam. Sam was undecided until Astrid said, “and reason number two: you have me” (225).

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