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).
It’s finally here, the world’s best ice cream design. My partner Ben S and I present to you the best ice cream design you’ll ever find. The video above is an introduction of our ice cream design, Enjoy!
Posted on04/15/2015|Comments Off on Polymer Project: Day 4
Final Day: Reviewing Commercials
My heart beat increased tremendously as I walked into the classroom. Today was the day to present our product in front of our class. I started out a little nervous because my friend’s advertisement was very good. However, when our video was playing, people were laughing and enjoyed it. After watching our video, I felt a lot better about our advertisement since my classmates liked it.
After watching all of the advertisements, I personally liked Jisu and Ellie’s advertisement the best because their advertisement had lots of great stuff: impactful product, humor, informational, well almost everything that was needed was included in their video. It wasn’t only me who liked their product/advertisement the best, I could say the whole class enjoyed watching their video because they won the “Dream On” competition!
To conclude this polymer project, I think overall our polymer idea, design, advertisement were all very good. But there are still many things Matthew and I can improve on. For example, our polymer idea could have been a little more creative, like we could have made a blue-tag polymer or something. Secondly, the design could have been more unique than just a flat ball shaped polymer. In conclusion, I really enjoyed this polymer project because I had lots of fun playing with the polymers.
Posted on04/13/2015|Comments Off on Polymer Project: Day 3
Creating Our Own Polymer
Since we have completed our polymer design, Matthew and me are now going to make an advertising video for our product, The CCC(Cool, Cup, Cushion). In our video, we decided to start out with problems without our product. Then we would tell the audience we have a way to solve this problem, and it was by using our polymer product! After introducing our product, we showed them how our product will solve the problem with an example. Lastly, Matthew and I did interviews of ourselves talking about the uses and pros and cons of our product, doing this would help the audience understand our product even better. Then of course, when you’re having fun, time goes by fast, and the class ended. I personally think the most difficult part of making the video was the recordings, since we kept laughing in the process for literally no reason.
Posted on04/13/2015|Comments Off on “Poof” And Your Gone
Would you like a world without adults, nobody telling you what to do? In the book, Gone, by Michael Grant, all the adults are gone in a blink of an eye. Here is a fake newspaper I created explaining the conflict of the book. In the exposition of the book, we are introduced to a fourteen year old named Sam and his two good friends, Astrid, and Quinn. Since they are currently one of the oldest on Earth, the children are depending on them. Grant writes, “Sam hesitated. If he showed them, crossed this line, he wouldn’t be able to make them forget it. They would keep at him till he told them everything” (44). However, no one knows, it’s different for Sam, he has and knows a little more than the others. In my opinion, the conflict is person vs. society because Sam is deciding on whether he should tell the others what he knows and could do, in order for his friends to understand the problem.
Posted on04/09/2015|Comments Off on Polymer Project: Day 2
Creating Our Own Polymer
After testing for another class session, we have decided, to make a cup holder polymer. In our minds right now, this cup holder polymer is used to help people when they are on transportation. For example, if they are on the car, they can place their bottle on the polymer. I think we already have our polymer completed and ready to go but we might need to re-make the polymer one more time just to make sure we have the right materials and their amounts. Our first goal was to make something similar to blue-tag, but when we were trying to make the blue-tag, we somehow made another polymer. Which is also the one we decided to use because we thought it was actually pretty cool. Below are some photos we took of our polymer.
Posted on04/06/2015|Comments Off on Prezi Explains: The Significant Theme
Have you ever tried to suicide? In the book, Damage, by A.M.Jenkins, Austin Reid tried to suicide because of depression. Above is a Prezi I created to show how he overcomes depression because of a theme I thought of after reading the book, “There are many things that are just a tiny part of our lives”.
Posted on04/01/2015|Comments Off on Austin’s Life Is Back On Track
Is there a girl you really like and would think of her all day long? In the book, Damage, Austin Reid has finally found something he cared about. After Heather and Austin started dating, Austin could not stop thinking about her and wanting to hang out with her. Jenkins writes, “Sorry, I got things to do” (94). Austin’s best friend, Curtis, invited him to come skiing with him over Christmas break but Austin denied it, that showed how he cared about Heather way more than hanging out with friends.
Jenkins writes, “By the time a few weeks have passed, Austin is feeling almost like his old self again” (87). Life is currently looking very good for Austin, since he has found something he cared about, he would take any chance to see her. Jenkins writes, “Don’t be so cynical, baby” (95). Austin listened to all the cd’s Heather shared with him, he listened it so many times he could already sing random parts of some songs even though he personally disliked those kind of music. But if it was a way to become closer with Heather, he would listen to all of them. During the rising action, Austin and Heather’s relationship became even better, where they would meet up after Austin’s football practice for most of the time. Jenkins writes, “Everybody knows he and Kat broke up because she didn’t want to do it, and he did” (99). Heather and Curtis disliked each other, so Heather started to tease and complain about Curtis in front of Austin. Austin started to get a little frustrated but he knew what was right (let Heather say what she wants so the two of them would be fine). Even though it looked like he only cared about Heather, he actually also cared a lot about Curtis because they were best friends for a long time. Jenkins writes, “Tonight, his screwup kept a Bulldog drive alive. In Curtis’s book, that means he hand delivered them a touch down” (105). The two things that mattered to Curtis the most was Football and Kat, today he failed in a football game so he was very frustrated at himself. As a good friend, Austin would cheer him up and tell him to forget about it. Jenkins writes, “You’re the first guy I’ve let in my room. I never let guys in” (115). The relationship between Austin and Heather was probably the longest one according to Heather. Heather’s bedroom was like the most private place in her house, only she could enter, and she only believed Austin. They talked and talked, mostly about Heather because she is sort of selfish but Austin didn’t mind, he liked being with Heather.