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Lenses to Learning

Polluting Our Lives

March 30th, 2018 · 2 Comments · 2017-2018, Humanities

For the capstone project I want to investigate on a problem that focuses on the planet, peace or both.


Some of my main questions (haven’t decided yet) are:

How are some laws and customs affecting the equality between the citizens of China economically? (equality)

Such as:

-laws for owning property

-laws against Building of property (second floors)

-Migration/accommodation laws




What factors of how China operates daily influence our planet (pollution and unwanted gasses) the most?

-Waste use

-Water use

-Electricity use


From these questions I would like to find out mostly how the daily life of one impacts others/our planet.

Through my project/investigation, I hope to make people aware of how their actions shape the life of our planet and others. By this, I mean that if someone was to leave lights on, daily, for long period of time, how would they be impacting their own life and the life of others. I want them to think about what i am telling them when they complain about the AQI for example, because they contribute to it.

For feedback I would like to know if my question/s are ‘in depth enough’ or are they worth while researching about.




The Syrian Revolution Through Aimar Benhaim’s Eyes

March 16th, 2018 · No Comments · 2017-2018, Humanities, Uncategorized

I am a man. I am a man with an old soul, a man who seeks safety over thrill. A man who has a loving wife, daughter and dog. I am a man of my word, a man of truth. A man who seeks knowledge to teach knowledge. I am a man who fights for what I believe. A man who knows what he needs to fight for. I am Aimar Benhaim, the son of life.

To see my account of the Syrian revolution so far, click below.

Day by day, year by year, the amount of people joining the free Syrian army is still increasing, but government troops keep fighting back. Weapons getting stronger, causing major destruction like the Khan Shaykhun chemical attack or the eastern ghouta attack. For years we have hoped for peace, but war is still raging on, no change whatsoever has been noticed. The government is still led by the same old dictator, and the rebels are still losing ground, day by day. Although war is still going on, us Syrians have gained the amount of independence that allows us to act freely, for example we can now talk what we want with no fear of spies watching us. Most countries around us – such as Sudan, Iraq and Egypt – have gained independence. We hope that with the help of the U.S. and others, we can defeat Assad and prove our freedom.


Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow. This is the Syrian War in plain english

March 7th, 2018 · No Comments · Uncategorized

Syria and many of it’s surrounding and nearby countries have experienced a recent revolution, firsthand. As people became less and less satisfied with their governments, riots broke out and some changed their future for the better, while others are still living in fear. Syria has an ongoing revolution that has become a war in which many outside countries such as the US and China, have joined in on. Bombings big enough to wreck entire cities have been used multiple times in the past 7 years. Although the government is running out of options to keep the revolution at bay, no end is in sight. Hoping for the best, protestors are still fighting for their rights and for their country.

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Better goal, more Independence. Better future, for dogs and sled.

March 5th, 2018 · No Comments · 2017-2018, Book Review, Humanities

Have you ever given up, or just followed your parent’s instructions, just because you don’t have anything to do? Living should have a purpose, and so should everything you do. In Gary Paulsen’s story, Winterdance, the main point is that a life without a goal or purpose is a life not worth living and that you should take chances when they come and don’t be afraid to be independent.

Gary Paulsen‘s book tells about a man who took up dog sledding to make an income for his wife and him. After sledding with the dogs for months, he becomes attached to the dogs, and decides to go out and race in the 180 mile Iditarod. He said he “was not going home,  [He] would make [his] life successful without the help of others, this was [his] goal.“ This shows how the Gary mentions how the main character goes for what he wants when he gets the chance and does not give opportunities up when he is given one, instead he makes it his goal in life. Gary uses motif by continuously including what the character did, which was living a life with a goal/ purpose. Another example of Gary Paulsen hinting towards the main point that a life without a goal or purpose is a life not worth living is on page 155, “I became angry… I knew that my life was not going well, so i altered my goal that kept me strong.” This is a later part in the story when the man is getting demeaned because he was a rookie to the sport. Although he did alter his goal because of other people’s opinions, he kept the idea of having a goal to guide him. This is important because it shows how the author uses motif in his biography to put forward the central idea. Because of the many examples in the story and the continuous hint towards having a goal to guide you, the central idea is to have a goal to reach for everything you do, big and small things.

Although everyone goes through hardships in his/her life, there are many ways to overcome them. Gare Paulsen’s book Winterdance’s main point is to have a goal or purpose to life that will keep you going.


Dead, to be content

December 11th, 2017 · 2 Comments · 2017-2018, Book Review, Humanities


the book starts off with sam dying and how she acted in her last moments. As the story continues she learns to be at peace with her death, rather than feeling angry and lost, when she keeps on reliving the day she dies. she helps prevent a girl, lonely and broken, from committing Suicide and doing this, let her end the loop of her endless deaths.


Dangers of taking body shape altering drugs

December 4th, 2017 · No Comments · 2017-2018, PE 8

Many Body shape/image altering drugs cause heart problems and death. Examples of heart problems include : heart attack, cardiac arrhythmia, cardiac arrest, dangerously high blood pressure

Some substances and their functions include:

Fen Phen – Weight Loss drug

DNP – weight loss drug

Ephedrine – Stimulant and appetite suppressant – performance enhancing and weight loss drug

Clenbuterol –  performance enhancing drug

Meridia – appetite suppressant – Weight loss drug

Healthier alternatives for weight loss and performance enhancing include:

Eating healthier – proportional amounts of nutritional foods

Working out/Exercising – Daily runs, Going to the gym



From us to you

November 20th, 2017 · No Comments · 2017-2018, Humanities


Us, then who?

By Emmi Tulus

When we all leave, for heaven or hell

What will be left behind?

Will we have the advance of education we dream of


Busses for all, or no busses at all?

Or will cars fly like birds

The drivers, the suited or the experienced

Will the trees waver at the tops?

Or will they be gone, stripped of their rights,

Just like how we are stripping away the education

Of the ones who want to learn.


The newly returned, strong, veterans

Live life at home,

No job, only because we aren’t giving the ones in need,

A chance for redemption

A chance for education,

A chance to get a stable job


And their children

the good spirited jolly kids,

Have no chance at their future

Because they didn’t have the chance to go to school


Some ideas travel only so far, just to fade.

We need to let these ideas escape

Let them become the stars of hope

The life of the extinct

The possibilities of the impossible


But if we keep eliminating,

We can’t get to illuminating

The dark ahead, and inventing the future for the millennials after us.



Boxing our way to power

November 20th, 2017 · No Comments · 2017-2018, Humanities

Thoughts on The boxer rebellion – Continue on the captions on the ThingLink

  • When i got to know that the English forced the thank you on the Chinese, i felt like the English wanted to look good because they knew they were the bad ones. This made me dislike the English
  • I felt like even though the canal was stinky and made for waste, it was something ruined that they fixed and I feel like the Chinese did the right thing covering it up.
  • I feel like the area the Chinese made for the foreigners was too much and they did not deserve it after what they did to China.
  • The first railway station made it so that the other regions had access to China which was a bad thing but it was also an advance in technology which has brought us to where we are now
  • The catholic church was something sacred so it was wrong to ruin it but it was also forced upon where it was so that was also wrong.

My initial thoughts were that the Chinese were unfair of not letting trade commence when it was for something as simple as tea. I also thought that the English were advancing the problem wrong because they only caused China to shut them out more than they did in the start.

I am curious about why did China no shut down trade the second something went wrong instead of allowing it to continue after the first brawl. I am also curious about the first wars that caused the outrage because why were the English so keen on starting the fight at specific areas?



October 25th, 2017 · No Comments · 2017-2018, Humanities

The book cover above shows Motif from Spellcaster by Claudia Gray. I chose to make a book cover because with the book cover i could express how Nadia constantly saw Mateo, but in a way that makes it suspenseful and interesting.

This book cover was made with Canva


Girl Talk

October 20th, 2017 · No Comments · 2017-2018, Humanities

The magazine cover above shows the characterisation of Hermia from Midsummer Night’s Dream by William Shakespeare. I chose to make a gossip magazine (girl talk magazine!) because Hermia had a lot of things going on around her. This magazine covers the ‘girly’ things of Hermia’s hectic life.