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Week 3 Practice Recording + New Practice Music

Here is the new music that I am practicing with (the last was the final piece of music that I will be presenting) The picture is normally great quality, but I can’t get it to upload well:

Practice with #7:

Practice with  #2:

Week 2 Practice Recording:

Week 1 Practice Recording:

My Winter Band Goal -Finger Dexterity

My goal this November and December is to improve my finger dexterity. I will do this by practicing for 10 mins every other day on the first three measures of this song -which is what I have played in my recording below- for the first week of practicing. After that, I will gradually add a measure at a time while improving my speed and accuracy within the piece. Hopefully, by December 13, I will be able to play the first 6 measures of this song both smoothly and at a speed of 92. I will submit one recording per week of my practice efforts until the week of Dec 13.

In case the hyperlink doesn’t work, here is the actual link which you can copy paste into your search bar and a picture of the song:


Here is my initial recording:

Characterization Paragraph

Dear Mr. Schroeder and Mr. Sostak,

I believe that the two quotes I have chosen from the novel Madame Tussaud by Michelle Moran demonstrates characterization through dialogue. This is my first quote; “I am sorry, Marie. There were many things I could not appreciate before I was imprisoned. Family, love…” (Moran, 420) In this scene, the main protagonist, Marie, is talking to her brother whom had been presumed dead for the past several months. Through this excerpt of dialogue, I was able learn that his character, who at the beginning of the story, had placed his values solely with self-promotion, not with the ones that loved and cared for him. After a life changing event, however, he had gained a new outlook and realised what should be truly important to him. This was then a domino effect, changing his personality and his approach to the changing world around him. Thus, making him a dynamic character.

This is my second quote; “and if she dares to wear the fashion that she made popular…the papers write that she is disrespecting her exalted station.” (14) This is one of the queen’s favourite dress makers, Rose Bertin, speaking with Marie. In this scene, they had been discussing what the queen was currently wearing, and when Rose had mentioned robes à la française, Marie had remarked how the queen had hated those dresses. Rose, being very close with the queen, knew what the papers would do to her, dare she do or wear a variety of different things. Through this quote, I can see what a devoted follower Rose is to both the news and her costumers. And because most of her costumers are nobles, she must try and stay on both sides of the revolution. Although this is a dangerous game, it is what many of the business men and women were forced to do during this time, they had to keep their income while keeping their heads. This quote shows that she can stay on top of the newspapers, but this implies that she can with a much deadlier form of news. How else did she stay alive during the both the revolution and the Reign of Terror? She was a smart business woman and she used her skills to stay alive.

The French Revolution in Plain English

This is a fast recap of the French Revolution, we used a common craft style for the video by cutting out images and filming them over a white board. We also added voice overs and sound effects to it to give you a better understanding of this revolution. Hope you enjoy and learn something, here is the link to dragons’ tube for the video. It requires no VPN, just let it fill.

Siri and Joanne_The Dualcorn’s Winter-Ween Special

I felt happy because we were able to complete our project, at the beginning of the day my partner and I were not confident that we were going to have enough time to finish. On One Day, I learned more about stop motion animation, and how much work really goes into creating a longer version of what we did that day. Almost seven hours of work turned into a minute and fifteen seconds of video. Again, I felt that we were able to cut down our original plan enough to both animate and record lines in the amount of time we were given. Time was a huge struggle for both my partner and me, but with a lot of hard work, we were able to finish on time. Another struggle we encountered, was that we weren’t given the animation software we needed to create our video. Instead, we were forced to turn to a very time-consuming form of stop motion animation. I believe that the quality of our project was as good as we were able to make. We did our absolute best when drawing and recording our video acknowledging the struggles we encountered. We know this because, so far, the feedback we’ve been getting on the video has been fairly positive. It’s made people laugh. We didn’t receive any feedback when we were making the video because we didn’t have anyone we knew around and we mostly worked alone in one room. When we started, our script and plan for the video was longer than our current video. Due to time constraints, we had to cut back some of the plan to make it more achievable.

Here is the link to watch our video on DragonsTube, it doesn’t require a VPN.

Salty Death and Sweet Victory -a journal entry from the mutiny of the Potemkin, Jun 1905

“Grab a hold of him!” They shouted.


“Push him overboard!” They yelled.


Whether it was directly to me, or any other man doesn’t matter, for I instinctively knew what to do. Without thinking, my limbs moved for me. Grabbing one of the officers by the upper arm, and launching him up and over the metal rail. Watching him disappear in the thrashing waves, swallowed into a watery grave.


Never did I think that such a thing was possible, never would I have believed that we would have been able to actualize what we only talked about. I hope now the Tsar will see that we aren’t just pieces of meat he can control, that we aren’t just worthless livestock. And to think that a bowl of borscht had started it all.



My name is Mordvinov, I am a simple crew member on the battleship Potemkin. Pearl of the black sea.  Like so many aboard this ship, I come from a poor farming family and was enlisted on board. I had signed up for this in hopes of escaping the dreadful livings of the city, the hunger. Little did I know how I was simply walking onto a portable version of what I already dwelled.


I now know that the stories of the valour and honour of the navy, are all lies. Instead the Tsar provides us with terrible living quarters. Complete with damp, mouldy wood ceilings and walls. Beds as thin and hard as driftwood, with hardly enough space to stand up. The Captain and officers treat us like the barnacles on the bottom of the ship, common and worthless.


We’ve always taken the things they threw at us, the things they threatened, for it wasn’t our place to intervene. After all, we got paid for this, whatever little pay it was, was still pay. After months of this treatment from the officers, however, some of the men were on tipping point. And the borscht was the last straw.


You see, it was another day working aboard the Potemkin. Meal time, in fact. But when the borscht was served to us, we all exclaimed in horror. I believe one man even shouted,


“by the mighty Tsar! It’s moving!”


Yes, the meat in the borscht was crawling with maggots. Of course, we refused to eat it, like any human being would naturally do. But the doctor on board simply stated that the maggots were nothing but flies’ eggs, and that after a wash, the meat would be perfectly fine to eat. This triggered some of the men, Vakulinchuk, in particular. But when the second in command, Giliarovsky, began to threaten to shoot anyone who complained, the uprising truly began.


The next thing I know, Giliarovsky is summoning officers up to handle our commotions and shoots Vakulinchuk. I watched in fright as that man fired the shot. The sound still rings in my ears, and the sight of Vakulinchuk’s blood still brings nausea to my stomach. If Giliarovsky ever thought that that was going to silence us, then he was wrong as he is dead.


After that all I can remember is hurling the officers overboard, and three shots fired at the Giliarovsky and the captain. Nevertheless, I can say without hesitation that there is one thing I can remember to detail. Two bodies falling, limp to the ground, and four crew members hurling them over the top of the railing. Being swallowed into their salty death.



MultiMedia Response

This is a facebook page for the character Stewart Inkster, from the book We are All Made of Molecules. By Susin Nielsen. I wrote a series of posts on his facebook page, ultimately summing up the turn of events through out the book from his perspective. Through out the posts, Stewart expresses many different emotions and writes about many different senarios which he is experiancing. Under his “Family and Relationships” tab, I have including his friends, stepmother and stepsister. Father, late mother and his stepmom’s ex-husband, for during the book they become quite close friends.

The posts on his facebook page can explain more than I can in this paragraph, but while you read them, just remember that “we are all made of molecules” (245, Susin Nielsen) in the end. Because this story shows us the true meaning of families and friendships through the eyes of two teenagers.


3 C’s Russian Revolution


The cause of the Russian Revolution is hard to explain, for there are a vast amount of reasons. However, the basic cause of the revolution was the unhappiness of its citizens. Russia had always been largely limited in its amount of farmable land, this led to very poor commoners with hardly any work and nothing to eat. This became even worse when Tsar Alexander II tried to put an end to this, by “giving” communes land. Although, this meant that the people now had to pay yearly instalments, and money became even more of an issue. This ultimately led to the official beginning of the revolution against the Tsar on Bloody Sunday.


The course of the Russian Revolution was filled with more riots and mass killings. Some of the armed forces began to rebel, showing the rest of Russia that the Tsar could no control them. In doing so, they inspired farmers and peasants to show their own opinions of the government. They rebelled by slaughtering their landlords and burning their farms. And almost simultaneously, many of the foreigners decided it time to declare their independence from Russia’s rule. This domino effect didn’t stop there, though, all of these rebellions led to the birth of the Soviets, which quickly became an alternative form of government. One that the striking workers were willing to obey.


By the end of the revolution, the Tsar had allowed a Duma to help run the country. This pacified Russia’s rebelling citizens, for it allowed basic rights such as free speech and the right to form political parties. And when elections for the Duma were held, a majority of the anti-government candidates were put into office. Even though these were good changes to have been made in the government, the main consequence that came out of the revolution was the hidden continuation of an autocracy. When the Duma met for the first time in may, Nicholas II issued a set of Fundamental Laws. The first of which stated, “To the Emperor of all the Russias belongs supreme autocratic power”. Nothing had really come out of the revolution, nothing had changed. Russia still remained an autocracy.

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