June 12, 2017

Summer Wish List

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Books

  1. Roald Dahl
  2. Anne Frank
  3. Maggot Moon
  4. Revenge of the Whale
  5. Friends for Life

Documentary

  1. National Geographic
  2. Musicians on Music
  3. The unspoken word
  4. What makes art valuable?

Podcast

  1. Stuff you should know
  2. BBC-World(?)
  3. Songs
  4. IT

Memes

Grade 8 Memories

  1. Ms. Cox “You better run!” in PingYao trip.
  2. Via Ferrata
  3. Function
  4. One day
  5. NIH project,  Protein Project and Star Night

 

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June 8, 2017

Look Magazine

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Gina, Anthea, Otto and I made a magazine called “Look Magazine”. We first chose our own minorities and research about them (Gina-Korea, Anthea-Mongol, Otto-Yoghur, Charlie- Qiang) . Then we made travel writing, maps, and infographics. And finally, we put all of them into one document. When I finished this project, we all cheered because we had a hard time to finish the magazine but the final magazine was good. From this project, I learned that finishing my work in time is important especially if I am doing a team work. Thank you to Gina, Anthea and Otto!

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April 3, 2017

Written Blog Post: Red Scarf Girl

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How characters’ have developed or changed over a period of time.

Dear Mr. Schroeder,

Hello Mr. Schroeder, I am going to tell you about how characters’ developed or changed over a period of time in the book called “Red Scarf Girl”.

The main character named Ji-Li Jiang was 16-year-old Chinese girl who lived during the Chinese Cultural Revolution.

At the beginning of the story, Ji-Li Jiang was a bright girl and always had a positive mind. “I was happy because I was always loved and respected.” (1).  But at the middle of the story, I could also identify that she was also a girl was had a pure mind. The story starts with the scene that she got cast for the audition. Fortunately, she got an opportunity to join the audition for dance training class. She was so happy because that was one of the opportunity to meet Chairman Mao who was the leader of Chinese Communist Party. In that time, China was ruled by Chinese Communist Party. She also wanted to show her talent to Chairman Mao. So she asked her parents but her family didn’t allow her because if she passes the audition, she has to pass the political investigation. The problem was her family had a political problem. But she didn’t know that the problem can be dangerous to her whole family.

The main reason why I thought she had a pure mind is because she was following Chairman Mao. In reality, most of the citizens were against with him so the percentage of his approval rating was falling. To solve this, he used students’ weak point. Most of children, like JI-Li Jiang, didn’t know about this situation of China. “So Grandma’s reaction was a surprise to me. . .But Grandma, we have to get rid of those old ideas, old cultures, old customs, and old habits. Chairman Mao said they’re holding us back.” As you can see, she is still following Chairman Mao. Mao moved all of the children including Ji-Li Jiang to the countryside to reeducate them. Ji Li Jiang also had to learn a new education and help farming. Also she realized the reality of China. Because of this, her mind became stronger. She didn’t need her parents’ care anymore.

I think that’s how Ji-Li Jiang has changed.

Best Regards,

Charlie Kim

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March 28, 2017

Chinese Cultural Revolution PPT

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This story is about a life of a professor from Peking University which is the most famous university in China. His name is 张国南 and he was a 43 year old professor. In 1966, Chairman Mao, the leader of Chinese Communist Party, starts the Chinese Cultural Revolution. Professor 张 was also following chairman Mao which means he was the part of Chinese Communsit Party too. He teaches China’s culturesm customs, habits and general ideas to the students. He mental is not strong but always be responsible for his job and thought postively.  One day, he hears someone kicking and breaking his neighbor’s door. There are called “Red Guards”and the story of Professor 张 escaping from the Red guards starts.

After this Chinese Cultural Revolution, there were some differences in China. People started to not believe each other because of the effect of Chiarman Mao. There was Mao’s companion in Chinese Communist Party and Mao really trusted his companion. But the companion tried to kill Mao to take his place but the plot failed. Because of this, Mao started suspecting everyone even his own wife, Jiang Qing.

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March 7, 2017

Chinese Cultural Revolution Video (May, Annabel and Charlie)

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We added 5 turning points from the Great Poleterian Cultural Revolution. which are Star of revolution, chaos, “Down To Country Side” movement, Lin Biao Affair and end of revolution.

For preparing this project, first, we wrote a scipt and typed the keywords from different turning points. Then, we searched those keywords from the website called “Noun Project” to get the icons. Lastly, we build a stucture to hold the ipad and recorded the video on the white board. We also devided our parts:

May: Director, Writer (Mainly)

Annabel: Writer, Image searcher

Charlie: Icon searcher, Video editor, Writer

For the overall project, I think we have enough clear descriptions for each turning points and clear images. Although the video editing wasn’t that easy becuase there were some mistakes, I think it came out of a nice product.

 

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February 7, 2017

Lead

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I couldn’t understand their behavior. After Lenin, our leader of the USSR, died, I was in my home eating a breakfast and reading a newspaper. Then, I watched a news about the Politburo started to split into two groups, the Rightists, and the Left Opposition. The news said that they had a conflict between their opinions about Lenin’s New Economic Policy. Suddenly my friend, Kyla, hurried to my home and spoke, “Robin! Have you heard about the Politburo?”. “Of course! I can’t believe my eyes. I don’t even get why they are fighting.”, I replied. “They are just wasting their time.”, Kyla muttered. I agreed with him and replied him, “NEP just became a satisfying policy to encourage the peasants, like us, to grow more food and be able to make profits.”. We both couldn’t understand the Left Opposition because we were on the Rightists’ side.

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January 29, 2017

AUGUST’s Cakebook Page

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Create a Fake Facebook Page. Make a Facebook page for one of the key characters of the novel you read. If you choose the protagonist, then be sure to show character development—that is, how the character changes throughout the rising action. See an example of a fake Facebook for Napoleon of Animal Farm here: http://goo.gl/FXOyg. (Be the first to create an exemplary response for this prompt!)

Bibliography 

Palacio, R. J. Wonder. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2012. Print.

 

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January 28, 2017

Coaching Reflection for Journal 1917

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For my first journal, I mostly wrote about events in 1917 because I thought understanding the events is the most important. So for the new blog post, I focused on dialogues, sentence structures and fixed some grammar mistakes. The one thing that I found it hard was finding stronger vocabularies. Strong vocabularies help to make the journal interesting but comparing the words with same meaning and deciding which one is the strongest is still hard for me. Thus, I should find these words in the dictionary to get a clear definition.

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January 26, 2017

One day 2017-Making Animations (Stick man)

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January 24, 2017

Last Journal-Death of Lenin

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Death of Lenin

Lenin’s death led the country to fall into despair. He was the greatest Russian communist revolutionary and politician. He saved this dying world, Russia. The whole city is quiet as despair. I see people gathering around. “How are we supposed to overcome this?”, asks one person with sadness. “I don’t know either. He was…a great leader.”, says another person. “He saved our lives and this country.”

As I said, Russia was almost dying because of Kerensky. That fool, Kerensky wanted to continue the war to Germany but he didn’t have any knowledge about the army. But Lenin was totally different. He believed that a quick end to the war against Germany and Austria was needed if the Bolsheviks were to stay in power. On December 3rd, 1917, a peace conference between Russia, Germany, and Austria-Hungary began at brest-litovsk, a town on the border with Germany.

At the end of 1918, another disaster came in. Against the Red Army was a great variety of enemies known as ‘White’ and they were attacking the heartland of Russia which was held by the Bolsheviks. Fighting between the Reds and Whites in the Russian Civil War was often very savage. Everything was in a pool filled with blood. Thousands of them were killed, including civilians. But the Bolsheviks nearly lost their own leader. So the Bolsheviks took strict measures to organize industry and food supplies in the areas under their control. He also introduces a system of communism which means the equal sharing of wealth.

After that, the economic was dying as well. We needed a change of policy. In March 1921, Lenin, a herald of God, abandoned War Communism and introduced the New Economic Policy. From this policy, peasants who increased their food production would pay less tax and could sell their surplus food for profit again. Also, people could use money once again. It was kind of a step backward towards the old capitalist system so many people had a question about was it a good decision but Lenin announced that by taking one step backward we would later be able to take two steps forward towards communism.

In January 1924, Lenin died at the age of fifty-three. Everyone lost their words. The only thing they could do was just looking at his embalmed body.

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