Polymer Journal #1

Sites used:

Popper, Dan. “Rayon.” How Products Are Made, www.madehow.com/Volume-1/Rayon.html.

Francois, Carol, and Bronwyn Harris. “How Is Nylon Made?” WiseGEEK, Conjecture Corporation, 13 Apr. 2018, www.wisegeek.org/how-is-nylon-made.htm.

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Journal Entry #1

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Capstone Question

The social issue I will be working on is Goal #7, Affordable and Clean Energy. The reason why I have chosen this topic is that I have seen much and breathed much of the results of using affordable but unclean energy (coal usage). Many factories inside China are powered by dirty electricity and coal, resulting in a spread of pollution everywhere. And since many migrant workers don’t have access to warmth, they make fires and burn coal to stay warm. This is why I am focusing my project on affordable and “clean” energy, so that not only can factories stop mass producing pollution, migrant workers throughout China can easily access the energy needed to stay warm and power their homes.


My working question is:

What is the government doing to provide cheap and efficient “clean” energy to the Chinese population by 2030?


One of my fears about starting this journey is not knowing about specific events of Chinese culture and/or politics that have restricted China from moving forward. Because say if I started talking about all of this, and then I realise that specific events have occurred that restricts China from doing what I mentioned, my research would have been meaningless.


I hope to gain more knowledge on China’s current development within this goal, and how it can be improved.


I really just want to raise awareness about how this is still an event that is serious in China.


Good feedback?


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Life with a Chance for Change

Hello, my name is Gabriel, I am a 26-year-old man, living in the unequal French society in the 1780’s. My whole life, I have been treated with disrespect and inequality from the higher orders, and living has been a complete struggle for me. I have had to scavenge for food and shelter, living in mockery from the wealthy class. It isn’t fair. Life isn’t decent. But I have grown to always hope, that one day in the future, people of all races and classes will be equal. I just hope that day will come soon…



Wow, just wow. I cannot believe that I have survived through this entire revolution. As I sit in my armchair in my house, I reflect back on all those years ago, those years of agony and pain, but also years of meaning. Now that I think about, those years of fighting the higher orders were the years when I have genuinely felt alive. I remember before the Estates General was created, I always walked the streets believing that I was a tool of society, I had no purpose unless I did my job correctly. But now, this revolution has opened my eyes, to see that there is so much more potential within my being. I can do so much more for society than to just work for money; now I can work for my community in a way in which I am helping people around me. But government wise, I am a lot less involved in politics than I used to back in the day, but maybe this is for the better. I have a much better lifestyle not stressing over political issues, and I honestly believe that this revolution has changed me for the better. And to be honest, I surely hope France’s future will prosper if a great leader takes power, a leader that is kind, fair, and non-judgmental. If this happens, France will have a promising future, I believe.

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The French Revolution in Plain English

The French Revolution in Plain English is a video Andreas and I made about the French Revolution. One of the obvious causes of the French Revolution was the social status inequality and the king’s use of power. The king was greedy and wanted lots of money, but eventually, France fell into debt due to the king funding the American Revolution. And once they fell into debt, the king tried new methods such as taxing the citizens, but everyone hated this. The rich people didn’t like paying taxes, and the poor people had no money. The poor were outraged, they believed that the rich people should pay taxes because they had the most money, but the rich thought the poor should pay because they were less important.

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Chasing Lincoln’s Killer’s Outcome Through History!

John Wilkes Booth was a famed actor in the 1850’s and 60’s and was loved by all America. He was smart, handsome and had a perfect memory, which was the ideal attributes for an actor for that time. Booth enjoyed his life and his glory very much, but John valued his national fame the most. Unfortunately, Booth fought for the wrong side of the Civil War,  which meant he didn’t support Lincoln. And when the North won the war, Lincoln started making his changes to American society, such as abolishing slavery and allowing freedom and equal rights for all Americans. Booth, being from the South, hated these changes. He loved the idea of slavery, and the fact Lincoln was taking this privilege away from the South disgusted him. So on April fourteenth, 1865, John Wilkes Booth, after careful planning and preparation, carried out the most surprising and devastating performance of his entire life – the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln. “Chasing Lincoln’s Killer”, by James L. Swanson, is a non-fiction novel about the legendary manhunt for the assassin of Abraham Lincoln, John Wilkes Booth. It describes the entire 12-day manhunt in specific detail, outlining the perspectives of Booth himself and many Union generals. But why was Booth willing to give up his fame and glory to kill the president? Why would he be ready to become the most hated man in America because of Lincoln? Maybe Booth did it for more fame? Did he think that this murder would eventually give him a place on history’s timeline? These were the types of questions that sparked James L. Swanson’s exact argument within the novel, did Booth’s “achievements” outweigh his failures?


Swanson’s main argument with this book was to address that Booth had vast desires, and even though Booth had succeeded in assassinating Lincoln, he failed with his other “goals”, such as having an extensive effect on history and dying an honourable death. One of Booth’s failures as an assassin was to extensively affect history. Yes, of course, he assassinated Lincoln, but he “did not inspire the South to fight on, prolong the Civil War, or win the battles the Confederate armies had lost. He did not undo the Emancipation Proclamation and revive slavery” (Swanson 193). This quote proves the author’s point of view and the manhunt in general. It represents his opinion by saying that even though Booth assassinated Lincoln, he was a failure at having an effect on history. This topic is an exciting topic to poke at because Booth always wanted to affect history. This reason was one of the reasons he murdered Lincoln, but now that the author reflects back onto Booth, his effect on history was less than Booth expected. Also, the honourable death Booth desired would not come his way: “Anticipating the barn was about to be burned down, John decided to challenge all of his pursuers to honourable combat on the open ground. He had just challenged twenty-six men, a lieutenant, and two detectives to a dual” (170-171). This quote also proves the authors point about Booth’s arrogance and willingness to be the star, to be the most noticeable runaway in the history of America. He was willing to welcome death and risk capture just to make a mark in history. But in reality, Booth was never the real hero; it was “Abraham Lincoln and principles he lived – and died: freedom and equal rights for all Americans” (194).


The author’s main argument within this novel was that Booth had many goals to affect history, and neither of them was successful. Booth did not excessively affect the past, he did not die in a way that would seem unordinary, and he did not rid America of Lincoln’s influence. These failures as a runaway and as an assassin, proves why John Wilkes Booth’s failures outweighed his achievements.

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The battle of good, evil, and internal conflicts has only just begun.


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Cocaine Final Assessment PE

Cocaine is a dangerous drug in terms of effects and ripple effects. When a user takes cocaine for the first time, they will experience a happy feeling. But since this is a short-term effect, this will last for 15-20 minutes, which leads to the user wanting more. When they want more, this is a sign of a beginning of an addiction. Users can also suffer from breathing failure, which can be fatal. The user soon becomes depressed because of how addicted they have become, and how quickly they are running out of money. So they start stealing money from their parents or friends to pay for their addiction, and since both stealing and doing cocaine is illegal, people could press charges if they wanted. The user will start distancing themselves from the outside world due to drug addiction. If a user was to be caught by the police doing cocaine, they could be sent to jail with or without trial, depends on where the user is. My trusted adult that I would turn to would be a school counsellor, probably Mr Stewart.


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Substance abuse, body image and making healthy choices.

Q1. What are the dangers of using substances to alter body shape?

  • If you use, for example, clenbuterol, you might have trouble breathing.
  • If you take Meridia, you might get confused resulting in depression resulting in suicidal thoughts leading to instant death.
  • If you take Fen-Phen, you might get heart problems

Q2. What is the healthier alternative?

  • Proper dieting and exercise
  • Note: you can’t expect to lose weight if you exercise and eat whatever you want, you have to eat healthy as well.
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Panda Peace – Poetry Presentation Reflection

“That Darn Racism.” AutoCorrect Fail, www.autocorrectfail.org/1032/darn-racism.


I am a peacemaker.

I love peace, I make peace,

Either between my friends or my family,

When they are being mean or cruel in any way.

It could be sexist jokes or discriminating comments.

Could be about gay-rights or feminism,

Or about people with special-needs, when people call them retarded.

But the jokes I hate the most, are about racism.

Racism is cruel, gruesome, twisted, like cannibals eating cannibals.

We as humans tend to disturb the different, through violence.

I have seen it. The actions only a few could achieve in a few small hours.

The big and tough, picking on the weak and helpless,

The whites, beating up the black.

It could be on the news, the TV, our screens, books, newspapers,

Yet we do nothing. Nothing. And why am I saying this…

Because I am trying to keep the peace.

I am a peacemaker

I love love, not war.

I love it when people love each other, not discriminating each other.

I love the blacks, the whites, and the Asians.

I love pandas.

The panda is my, some would call it, my spirit animal.

I once went to China and met a panda,

In the Cheng Du district, very expensive,

And as I walked into the leafy-green habitat area,

The scent of fresh grass and sweet bamboo filled my senses,

And a hint of a leaf being crunched was heard at the back.

My escort told me the panda’s name was Po.

I took another step, my feet sinking into the soft, padded mounds.

Suddenly, I saw a black and white ball rolling towards me,

And I didn’t realize it was Po until he spread his limbs as he rolled into my leg.

I had never known panda’s to be so cottony and fluffy,

He was like a teddy bear, just ready to get some love,

He was also so loving and kind, I started to wish humanity was the same.

But I am not here to speak about my experiences with pandas,

I am here to tell you that pandas, in all of their pros and cons,

Have set an example humanity has chosen to ignore,

That race or colour doesn’t matter,

That achievement has no colour.

And as I continue to speak now, hate and fear continues to grow.

Even now, it feeds on our insecurities, our anger, our fear.

And as our mind set tends to shift, we start seeing the bad sides of each other,

We start to think that war, violence, and weapons are the key to save us.

But it’s not.

And how do the pandas know the right path?

Simple, they are friendly, cute and approachable.

They are a combination of black, white and Asian.

They tend to love the differences in everything,

And they know war isn’t the answer,

that instead of hate, there should be love.

But even now, as I speak, war continues to grow.

As we become stubborn, we get stuck looking for the wrong answers.

But its not too late.

To heal the ridge between races and colours, we need to stop this hate.

Find a new mindset, learn to care and love one another.

As a great meme from Google said,

“Racism is garbage. DON’T RECYCLE IT. Just toss it”.

Let’s teach service instead of discrimination.

Lets’ start fresh, admire the differences within others

And know this…

No matter what they say, no matter what you hear,

Racism is not the answer, it only leads to violence and destruction.

And if humanity can’t accept that and ignore this,

We Will Perish.



My poem was about people shouldn’t be racist and instead, they should admire and love the difference between culture and races. To elaborate on that topic, I used a panda to symbolize love and compassion, as well as anti-racism. I also explain that humanity should follow in the panda’s footsteps, that we should be loving and kind, instead of being racist and offensive. I think in my presentation, I did well in the pacing because I wasn’t too fast or too slow. But the poem was a little long, maybe I can work on that next time. If you want to watch my presentation, the video is below, you can watch it if you want.


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