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.

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.

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.

“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

January 19, 2017

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

January 16, 2017


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.


Connect with a theme. Write a text-to-self response in which you connect with one of the key themes from your book. Your first paragraph must explore one theme in your independent non-fiction book (think: what was a key new learning the author wanted you to realise?) and provide MLA formatted quotes to show your understanding of that theme.

You’ll be surprised to know that the world isn’t all that different from a ball of twine. With the different threads intertwining and knotting within the ball, pulling and snagging on one another, we affect each other’s lives. Whether it is through your actions, kindness, or even research, we create different roads for others to follow. It is through influence that we either turn our world for the better, or the worse.

Influence already dominates our lives greatly, this is especially true in middle and high schools. If something becomes “uncool” or out of fashion we stop wearing, or doing whatever it is. I remember wildly popular video games or clothing styles that all of my friends and fellow students loved, they wouldn’t stop talking about them to the point where it got kind of annoying. But do you hear of these things now? No. Do you play them, or go shopping with your friends to get them anymore? No. You can never remember when everybody stops wearing that top or stops playing this game, but eventually, you realise that it’s gone, no matter whether you still liked it or not. Nevertheless, people follow along with it, because, even though we may not admit it or even realise it, we want to fit in. This becomes less evident in adulthood. However, that doesn’t mean it completely goes away. Influence still dominates through magazines, shopping signs or even the news, adults still want to fit in. There are people who may argue that this is strictly a new problem in our society, the desire to conform, caused by celebrities or the, now extremely accessible, media. But this has been an age long issue, have you ever associated the ’70’s with bell-bottoms, or the ’50’s with long poodle skirts. What about the ’20’s with flapper dresses? Influence can weave itself right under your nose, hidden in plain view.

Even though influence has the power to eradicate individuality through these examples, creating a horrible desire to fit in during adolescence. That is still only one side of the coin, only one example of how influence affects others. The main idea in this book is how we have the power to influence others hundreds of years in the future, and how those who lived hundreds of years ago have the power to influence us. This: 0163_001 was a graph featured in my non-fiction book detailing the connections that each “awfully famous” person had with one another. For instance, “Napoleon’s men found the rosetta stone, which helped decipher the hieroglyphics in King Tut’s tomb.” (162) Napoleon, the great general, who lived thousands of years after King Tut’s era, was able to uncover a crucial part of Egyptian history just by living out his life. For example, “Einstein credits Galileo in his theories” (162) “Mozart listened to Beethoven play the piano.” (160) “Marie Antoinette’s beheading paved the way for Napoleon’s rule of over France.” (160) “Dickens read Poe and Poe read Dickens” (160) “And Einstein listened to Mozart’s music for inspiration.” (160) Every one of these rulers and geniuses depended on each other, none of them would have been the same without the other living our their life. Without the other hopelessly dedicating themselves to their work.

These are the types of people who make our world a better place, the recluses (cough, cough, Darwin), the dreamers (Poe and Dickens), the risk takers (Marie Curie, Columbus and Einstein) They were all out of their time, creating and thinking of things that appalled those around them, but in the end it’s what brought along progress. It’s what created our present and what will create our future. Because “…if what you are doing is so much fun it feels like you’re just playing, you are onto something very important…it’s what you’re meant to do. Don’t let anyone talk you out of it. Because guess what? Eventually, everybody’s story ends.” (161)

Maggot Moon Resolution

November 30, 2016

I was not only comfortable with the resolution of Maggot Moon, but I loved it. The book ended with Standish broadcasting the word “HOAX” to the whole world during the so-called moon landing. Trying to show everybody that the Motherland was a scam and that they’re impossible feat was nothing but a movie set. However, after doing so, the cameras were stopped, and the greenflies started shooting at will. Although it wasn’t clear at first, it soon becomes evident that Standish had been shot. He was bleeding, and was becoming weak and limp. At the very end of the story, Mr Lush is with him, at first trying to help him escape, but is soon trying to lull him to “sleep” In the book, Standish describes Mr Lush’s voice as coming; “…from a distant planet,” he was begining to die. But in my mind, that was alright, because it was the only way that Standish could ever be truly happy.                                                                                                                                                                                     Hector had died just a few chapters before this, from an undefined illness (coughing etc.)                                                               Hector had always been an ongoing motivation for Standish, especially after his disapearence. So when Hector died, almost in his arms, something lit in him and Standish knew what he had to do. Everything he did after that was not only for his grandfather, or Miss Philips’s freedom, but in Hector’s name. So when Standish started to see Hector, and started talking to him right before he was going to let the world know the truth, I knew that Standish was going to die. Because if he hadn’t, then Standish would have gone the rest of his life without Hector, and acknowlodging what has happened in the previous parts of the story, that wasn’t going to happen. They needed eachother. In conclusion, I loved the ending of Maggot Moon, because no matter what other ending, Hector and Standish couldn’t have been any happier.

The author believes that complete governmental control is an unsustainable form of society, unless it is possible for the government to control the characteristics of its citizens. And that those who don’t fit into the cookie cutter mould are seen as wrong in the eyes of those in control. They are seen as a threat to their power.

You can see this on page 53, “…do you know what happens to children with impurities?” In this passage, the leather coat man is meeting Standish for the first time. Well the first time for Standish that is. The leather coat man had been looking at Standish’s records before the meeting, which stated that he did not know how to read or write, and that he had both a blue eye and a brown eye. In this world the government doesn’t allow “impurities” in their people, and anyone deemed impure are exiled to zone 7. And yet, even in zone 7 the government is weeding out the “impures.” This is a classic example of the complete governmental control in Standish’s society, they want only the type of person that will follow them.

Another example of this is on page 14; “For there was one thing I couldn’t do: go to the headmaster’s office without a tie. I might just as well throw myself from the window headfirst.”

Unity is very important in a government such as this, when people look alike and dress alike they learn to think of themselves as belonging to something bigger. They don’t worry about their own personal position as much, and begin to look up to the government that, in their eyes, keeps them safe and holds the key to higher positioning. The unity, in a sense, makes them blind, and it masks the government’s real intentions just as much as they need it to.