Mar 07 2018

The Chinese Proletarian Cultural Revolution

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For Humanities, we were required to create an enduring and complex Common Craft video explaining a gruesome Revolution of our choice. We have been learning and analyzing these horrid Revolutions-extensively- for about two tiring weeks, so we’re experts in the field of our specific Revolution. In my case, I chose the Chinese Proletarian Cultural Revolution to analyze and learn, but I wasn’t the only person in my class who wanted this as their first choice I was joined with a handful of other kids in my class. But the Common Craft Video (in Simple English) only required a minimum of two people, so I was joined by William and Jacey as my teammates. And we created the “Chinese Proletarian Cultural Revolution in Simple English” video.

Here is the Chinese Proletarian Cultural Revolution in Simple English Video, that we spent frustrating hours making and spontaneous days editing/ creating:

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Mar 06 2018

Identity (and Acceptance): Red Scarf Girl

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Who are you? What are you? Are you worthy? These questions all have something in similar, and that’s the topic of identity. Identity is one of the few things in life that can either help or destroy you. Without an identity, you’re just a human being with no name, history, family, beliefs, and you have no social status, but no matter how vital identity is, we still struggle to define ourselves and how to call yourself, yourself. In this blog post, we are reading and analysing the book Red Scarf Girl and explaining one of the most prominent themes in the book, identity.

Ji-Li Jiang was an ordinary girl in China besides the fact that she was one of the “rich kids.” (pg 50), she was an ordinary girl who knew she had some advantages but still identified as a 12-year old Chinese student, who followed the same things her peers did, the Chinese Proletarian Cultural Revolution. This [The ordinary girl] is who she identified as, but as the Revolution continued to grow and affect most people, she was quite shocked when she found out that her family just happened to be one of the families that had opposed to what she believed. That was her identity, and she wasn’t an ordinary school girl anymore. One example in the book that highlights the point that her family had opposed to what Jiang had believed in herself was when the revolutionary slogan “Destroy the Four Olds!” (pg 27) had brought itself back to Jiang’s house because Jiang had identified as a Revolutionary and believed in Mao and his regulations, so when she returned and brought the topic home, there was more disagreement than harmony in the household. “But Grandma, we have to get rid of those old ideas, old culture, old customs, and old habits. Chairman Mao said they’re holding us back,” (pg 25) this is what Jiang says to her grandmother after her grandmother shames the works of the Revolution and sympathises with the obstruction of a shop banner, which happened to be a supporter of the Four Olds. The sympathy her grandma displayed profoundly impacts Jiang and her ways of thinking as she isn’t used to such disagreement, and we see that her identity doesn’t exactly match her social status’s identity. Because Ji-Li’s family didn’t exactly approve of the Revolution, but Jiang herself has surrounded herself with people who do believe in the Revolution, so there is an apparent conflict with these two identities that she has to maintain. But when the two identities clash into each other, she has trouble defending both at the same time, and they very much do not link up so well leaving her stunned most times. We see this relationship at war when Ji-li runs for class president, as she didn’t know anything about her old Landlord grandfather, but when he is brought up in the confrontation of class status, everyone including Ji-Li is informed about her social status; being on the Government’s Blacklist. “I was numb. Landlord! One of the bloodsuckers who exploited the farmers! The number-one enemies, the worst of the ‘Five Black Categories,’ even worse than criminals or counterrevolutionaries! My grandfather? And Dad, a rightist?” (pg 58) She uses extreme language to point out her disbelief and confusion because now she doesn’t know who she is anymore; she doesn’t know how to identify herself. And she finds it very difficult to break away from any of the two because she’s emotionally tied to one side, the communism side while she’s still biologically and emotionally tied to her “rightist” side, other known as her family. What does she do?

Throughout the book, Jiang Ji-Li came across an incredibly biased alternative, either she breaks away from her family and adopts a new name, lifestyle and social status. Or she continues being who she is, the daughter of a “Rightist” and the granddaughter of a Landlord with the added weight of receiving hardly any allowance to accommodate her mom, younger sister, younger brother, grandmother and herself. But at this stage of the book and her life, she finally understands and acknowledges who she is and what her identity is. This acknowledgement left us with the lasting impression that identity covers a lot of areas in our lives, and that without a character you’re not a person meaning that everyone has an identity they have to keep up with and maintain throughout their lives. But they should always know who they are and how heavy it’s going to be on their backs. Therefore, not only should you know who you are but you should also accept who and what you are no matter what.

Here are some websites, to help and assist you with finding out who you are:

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Dec 04 2017

Substance abuse & Body image

A preoccupation with body image can contribute to substance abuse ( ex., misuse of supplements, vitamins, diet pills, laxatives, or steroids) to alter appearance. People need to show the ability to make informed choices about caring for theire bodies through healthier choices, such as:

Excerise & diet. or Plastic surgery

And if we take these choices insead of the other dangerous substances we won’t have to experience the dangers (

Overheats human body

Eye problems

Shortness of breath



Irregular heart rate



Sometimes sudden death

Suicidal thoughts) that they give us.

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Nov 30 2017

Written response: And the Trees Crept in by Dawn Kurtagich

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I’ve been reading the book And the Tress Crept In by Dawn Kurtagich, and this book is a very interesting book. In the book, you will find more than one theme and way more conflicts, however, I found two main parts of the book that were rather contradicting themselves: The rising action and the resolution of the book. These two parts usually are supposed to act as a helping hand to each other but this wasn’t the case.


The rising action of the book starts at page 15, the main character in the book has looked down and she has realized that the mold from the house is starting to grow on her due to the house’s decaying state and the wet temperature it’s surrounded by, but Silla (main character) believes it’s the “curse” of the house and that’s growing on her. Throughout the entire book, there is a sense of person vs. supernatural, and this conflict is highlighted during the Rising Action, but there’s another conflict that can’t not be mentioned if we are talking about Person vs. Supernatural and that is: Person vs. Self. The author has made these two conflicts combine in a way that it makes it impossible for us to break them away. Silla and her sister have been fighting off the spirits of the house for about two years now, and this has driven Silla nuts, she goes around thinking that “there is a man in the woods.” and that “the trees are getting closer and closer to the house. And he won’t stop until he occupies a little child to eat for himself”.  Silla then says that she doesn’t “understand. I’m so tired.”

Cath is fading away again, her last look one of pity. Sympathy. Understanding.

“The mad always are,” she says.”, and that knots those two conflicts together but with these two conflicts knotted together we, as readers, are unsure of whether this “Creeper Man” is actually real or if Silla is just making everything up or if she really is mad and psychotic.


This confusion is then ‘resolved’ in the resolution, but I disagree with how this resolution has been created instead of focusing on the main conflict in this story (Person vs. Supernatural) she then brings on another conflict, which when we as readers think that we have figured everything out we come to realize that, no, we haven’t figured everything out instead we are addressed to another problem and conflict that plays another huge role in this book. So far when the resolution comes along she tells us that “I’ve finally figured it out”, and while we know that she’s figured it out we don’t know what she’s figured out. She writes in codes throughout the whole book, she might be psychotic, she might be hallucinating this might be one big dream! So, we again are left uncertain of what to infer. WHAT HAVE YOU FIGURED OUT SILLA?! Have you figures out if Gowan is real as well? Have you figured out if he’s a good or a bad person or have you left that responsibility up to us to figure out? Because between the Rising Action and the Resolution, you have made this person, this boy more and more important to us, and we don’t know what to focus on. “We need to get help,” he says standing up “This can’t go on”, and even though he (Gowan) has been saying this you (Silla) decide to finally listen to him and go only on that one occasion? Then Silla reminds us of the “Creeper Man” and that she should go to his lair to sort everything out just to not go into his lair to solve the whole problem? While this solves two conflicts at the same time: Person vs. Supernatural and Person vs. Self. She still must clarify what has happened to the Person vs. Person side of view, because now while Silla is re-living her life, then what exactly happens to Gowan? Apparently, Silla had relived her life as it was but as she was about to start her third life she then remembers Gowan and Gowan then solves everything? He is the resolution but then is he the “Supernatural” part of the Person vs. Supernatural because he can’t possibly be the “Supernatural” and the “Person” in Person vs. Person, right?


In conclusion, Dawn Kurtagich has made a very impressive book with the theme being “Stay away from the woods and don’t trust anybody”, but the theme and the conflicts in the book collide with each other, and they appear to be rather ironic when compared to one another because while the theme says “don’t trust anyone” then why did Silla trust Gowan, and besides, the conflicts themselves are rather incomplete and I don’t think that she used the optimal combinations of certain conflicts this time around.

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Nov 22 2017

Thinglink: Boxer Rebellion map

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We went to Tianamen Square on 21 October 2017 to learn more about the Boxer Rebellion, we were required to make notes along the way and we did so on an interactive app called “ThingLink”. I have provided the url and the embeded code here for reference/

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Oct 18 2017

Helena (Midsummer’s Night Dream) featuring in a heartbreak magazine

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Oct 17 2017

Connect self to protagonist Rising Action & Climax (The Dead by Charlie Higson)

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Rising Action & Climax (The Dead by Charlie Higson): Connect self to protagonist


What is the main difference between books and reality? Do you know the phrase “Your life is not a book.”? Well, today I am going to challenge that phrase by comparing myself to a character called Jack from The Dead by Charlie Higson. Zombies. If an outbreak occurs there will always be different types of people, fictional or not, so let’s put that to the test, Jack and I. What’s the difference between our mentality, personality and do we look the same?

If we compare the Jack in the beginning of the book to the Jack in the rising action and climax of the book, we can see some changes with his mentality. At the start of the book, Jack is seen holding a bat in an attempt to kill a zombie, but backs out due to deprivation of sleep and throws the responsibility to Ed, however, he does it in such a way that it seems careless but in the end he still encourages Ed to kill the zombie, which can be perceived as persistent, encouraging and kind of a self-absorbed mentality, but as we progress into the book we start to sense some changes. In the book, Ed and Jack have a conversation (page 226) when Ed-unconsciously- brings up that he’s starting to change by laughing, “I prefer when you’re like this”. This causing Jack to say, “How do you mean?” “Well, you know. This is like the old days, how things used to be. Us two just having a laugh. I’ve noticed with you, when things are safe, you know, quiet, like now, you’re cool, we get on all right, but as soon as we’re out there, in any danger, you get all aggressive and you start having a go at everyone, not just me. It’s like you turn, like you’re two different people.” This comment acts as an AHA! Moment and at the same time it sparks a fight between the two characters. Jack has a big red birthmark on his face that covers more than half of his face, and that insecurity has brought a sense of anger, and during the rising action of the book we see that his birthmark has created some tension between characters and him

Me. If you were to find me in the beginning of the book I probably wouldn’t be there. Why? I wouldn’t be there because the exposition in this book was set in a one-sex school, and you guessed it! The sex was male, but that’s not what I’m supposed to do so I’m going to put myself in Jack’s’ shoes. If we compare me in the beginning of the book to the Mmala in the rising action and climax of the book, we could see a lot of changes with my mentality. At the start of the book, I would probably be seen far away from the danger, but somehow I would get pulled into the drama of killing a zombie, however, I would deal with this act in a negative way but in the end I would be forced to kill the zombie because of a life or death situation, which could be perceived as having a lazy and a self-centered mentality, but if we progressed into the book we would start to sense some more changes, resulting in the change of me developing a more ‘leader’, hardened and strategic mentality, as I would be already developing from the first scene. In the book, I would be talking to my best friend, Naomi, and our conversation would go something like this: “Mmala, I’m tired of this mess.” This causing me to say “I know but we can get through this only if we could just have some sort of entertainment.” ”No, that’s not what I mean! I’m tired of not having anyone to talk to anymore and I’m tired of always running away from these things. I just don’t understand why you aren’t like the way you were before. You’re not scared anymore and that’s something I’ve noticed about you.” This would act as a “Words of the wiser” comment as it would compliment my change as a character; therefore, making me a round character, so as a person and a character I have and would’ve always had insecurities. The common eyebrow tick of mine and the scars on my leg would’ve made me vulnerable to getting picked on, but I probably wouldn’t be wearing clothes that reveal my legs.

In conclusion, Jack and I-as predicted- have our similarities and we have our differences. Jack and I are round characters, but I would be developing a bit faster than Jack. Jack would have a change in his mentality and so would I, but Jack would have a negative change in a sense, whereas, I would go through a change for the better, and last but not least! Jack and I both have insecurities but it would come down to the size of the insecurity, because Jack has a huge insecurity as it covers around 50% of his face, while my insecurities would usually be secret and no one would notice them.

How would yuo deal with zombie apocalypse? Would you survive? A test to see you if you would be able to persist the zombie apocalypse. JUST FOR FUN! FACTS ABOUT ZOMBIES!


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Oct 10 2017

Dear Brother (heartfelt sonnet/ letter)



My bro, the child that I dislike the most

Who even said that they wanted you here?

With you, I see my mom go “adios”

Though with hate comes love and I will always cheer

But what can I say? She adores you

With arms so wide I seem to fade away

I can’t just say that I’m seeing blue

Does she skip over me to go to you, aye?

But I hate you the most when you come and make me smile

So does hate mean love when it comes to the two of we?

But with scars come blood and they can be worthwhile

The journey I see holds Mr Ethan, Mabedi and me

Nevertheless, I will always hate you

As my love will forever seep through

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Sep 24 2017

Try Not to Breathe by Jennifer R. Hubbard

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Try Not to Breathe by Jennifer R. Hubbard

Multimedia response (written explanation)


Try Not to Breathe by Jennifer R. Hudson is the book that I have based this gif on. In the gif you can see that there is a conversation between two characters, Jake and Ryan. The gif shows how you can develop characterization through dialogue, the characterization in my ‘case would be personality. We can see that I’m focusing on their personalities because when Ryan asks Jake, “What’d you do all day?” and Jake replies with “What I always do. Played games until my wrists locked up. The Mom keeps nagging me to leave my room but what for? If I had a fridge and a bathroom I’d never have to leave”, that also informs us that they are very sarcastic people; Additionally, when Ryan comments “I don’t think you’re allowed to be recluse unless you’re a billionaire”, and Jake responding “I’m just $999,999,960.00 short of that goal. Maybe I should start a telethon: HELP ME BE A BILLIONAIRE RECLUSE, AMERICA.” Compliments to the fact that they are very sarcastic but also comes along with the characteristic of being honest, educated, etc.


I have created the gif by using the website

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Aug 31 2017

Found Poem

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Presenting you my: first found poem! This found poem is inclusive of fragments from “The Monkey’s Paw (1902)” written by W.W. Jacobs. Primarily what this story is about is a monkey’s paw and what this monkey paw does is bring misery to people’s lives. It doesn’t matter what it does specifically to your life it just finds a way of bringing you grief through the form of offering you three wishes.

This poem depicts how the whole incitement started and how this ‘unpleasant man’ was brought inside their home. This, in other words, would be the inciting incident. I wrote this in a way so that it could bring suspension and tension to the reader, because my whole topic was to create a found poem with the help of the Monkey’s Paw inciting incident, which in my opinion would be when “Sergeant Major Morris” comes inside this house and informs everyone about the monkey’s paw, but I gave myself a limit of words so my variety of words were only to be found in one paragraph.

For the visual part of this assignment, the background picture. I chose a mouldy, rusty and old doorknob because in the exposition of this story W.W. Jacobs gives us an insight of where they live and what conditions are like in “the small parlour of Laburnam Villa”. He explains to us through Mr White that it is a far away swamp that is hardly occupied, and that is merely why I chose a putrid doorknob.


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