Water Rocket Day 2

Today, we have begun to construct our water rocket. This is day one of our construction and we are quite happy with the progress we are making, even though we have met some difficulties when trying to gather the materials. The photo below shows what we have so far (the constructed cardboard wings cut out and a Sprite bottle that we have drew lots of marks (for future construction) on).

Mafia Madness: An Interpretation of a scene from A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Yay! Criminal organizations for the win! I really should not be saying that on a school blog. Let’s try again. Yay! I’m in a criminal organization! That doesn’t sound right, and I shouldn’t be saying that either.

 

When your father wont let you marry the man you love, ELOPE! Unless your father is part of the mafia. No. Elope unless your father is part of the mafia making a deal that depends on who you marry with the leader of the mafia group. Yup. That’d be all.

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For the second CREATE project, Anna and I continued our blog, The Student’s Anthology, where we were able to transfer the English class curriculum into our posts through music, visuals and writing.

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My works, which have my name either in the text of the post or tagged at the bottom, had the combination of music, text and poetry. Like last time, it was a challenge to express the English standards through music, but I think I managed it as well as last time. The main standard that I used was “making strategic use of digital media (e.g., textual, graphical, audio, vis ual, and interactive elements) in presentations to enhance understanding”(English 9 Core Standards).  When reading Markus Zuzak’s The Book Thief, we learnt how colors affected mood and how different motifs could bring different meanings. Following what we learnt in class, I translated the colors in his book into the key signatures of a song. The key signature of my songs were all in minor because I wanted the mood to be relaxing and/or dark. When there was a change in key, it was either to the relative Major or the relative minor. Then, as a contrast, I would add a motif that was barely fitting the criteria to be in the key signature. You may ask, how was this different from what I did in my last  CREATE project? Well, taking the experience I gathered from last time’s CREATE project, I was able to improve the quality of my work and not focus on quantity. This is also why I wrote fewer songs and only one short story. In my short story, I  I also have a seprate rationale inside each post that gives further detail about what I did and how I did it. In my short story, I decided to show my understanding of the English Standards by mainly utliizng foreshadowing, a motif and symbolism to emphasize my understanding of developing a theme and the mood of a short story. As most of the posts on our blog already include a short rationale and that further explaines how I have applied the standards, this rationale acts like a short summary of all the rationales.

I Like Messing With People

 

You read my title, right?  Yay!! Messing with people for self amusing purposes is great!!

From beginning to end, Puck, one of the main characters in one of Shakespeare’s most famous plays,  A Midsummers Night’s Dream, is portrayed as waggish and knave. Being the “trickster” of the fairies, Puck enjoys playing tricks on unsuspecting mortals and frightening maidens. Similar to Puck, playing tricks and frightening people are my forte. Puck and I both find it very amusing to trick and ‘harm’ people, which is what I think makes us very similar. Puck’s physical appearance was never directly stated, but from the lines, “And sometime lurk I in a gossip’s bowl / In very likeness of a roasted crab” (II.i 48-50), it can be assumed that Puck has the ability to change his shape and/or size. Now that, is something that I can not do.

 

Using the excuse that his main duty is to “jest to Oberon, and make him smile” (II.i  44), Puck claims he is entertaining the Fairy King by doing others damage and meddling, while in reality, the reason he entertains his Fairy King is because it entertains himself to do so. This is also something that I do often. Using various excuses to cover up my need of amusement, I amuse myself mainly by playing tricks on others and meddling with relationships and other peoples lives. Throughout the entire play, Puck gladly uses chance after chance to mess things up, him being the reason that the love of the two pairs of lovers was so complicated.  Mistaking Lysander for Demetrius, Puck did not seem to care about the outcome of the lovers at all. Instead, he seemed rather pleased at the mayhem he caused. “Helena is here at hand, And the youth mistook by me, Pleading for a lover’s fee. Shall we their fond pageant see? Lord, what fools these mortals be!… …Two at once woo one—that must needs be sport alone’ and those things do best please me that befall prepost’rously” (III.ii 111-121). As Puck appreciates his work, so do I. Like Puck, I am always pleased with the mayhem that I cause. Sometimes, just like him, I take a step back and evaluate the situation, think about how the situation would have been if I hadn’t meddled with it and admire my work.

 

Although Puck and I may share some of the same characteristics, the one thing I don’t understand about him is why he bothers to fix the problems he causes. If he enjoys being the main cause of the problem, then why would he bother to fix it? “On the ground sleep sound. I’ll apply to your eye, gentle lover, remedy. When thou wak’st thou tak’st true delight in the sight of thy former lady’s eye” (III.ii 448-455). If this quote is compared to the quote before it, the quotes don’t even sound like they are voiced by the same character. The fact that he circled the earth just to look for some flower to cause the mess clearly shows that it took him a lot of effort. Why did he waste his efforts, giving the lovers the antidote? I would have never done that without a really good reason to.

 

By comparing and contrasting both Puck’s characteristics and mine, I feel like I have come one step closer to understanding both Puck and myself.