Oneday Chess

For Oneday, I chose to do life-sized board games. My group consisted of Erick Chen, Centauri Liu, Henry Ma, Zhiqi Xu, Richard Jiang, and I. We created a chess board with 32 chess pieces, 16 on each side. The chess board was 120 centimeters in length and width. To create the chess piece, we created a base with a line in the middle and we created the actual top of the piece with cardboard as well. We connected the two pieces by cutting a line through the middle of the top piece. We created the design of the chess pieces by drawing the design out and cutting so that the pieces look like chess pieces. After this, we painted half of the chess pieces black to represent the black chess pieces

We did many things well, we managed to finish our project before the deadline, meaning we managed our project well. We also worked well as a team and we were very well organized. We were very efficient and we split into groups for more efficiency.

I learned that if we work well and communicate clearly together as a team we can accomplish many difficult tasks with efficiency.

We did not run into any significant challenges during Oneday because we worked well together as a team.

Oneday is very important because we get the opportunity to collaborate with each other as a team and learn from our Oneday experience.

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TennisInsider – A Tennis Newsletter

https://elginzou.wixsite.com/mysite

For this month’s non-fiction book, I chose to read Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal: The Lives and Careers of Two Tennis Legends written by Sebastián Fest. For my multimedia, I created a tennis newsletter called TennisInsider. I created a post in my newsletter talking about the non-fiction book I read. I chose to talk about Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal’s rivalry, characteristics, and play-style. I chose to talk about these subjects because I thought that those three subjects were the three subjects the author emphasized the most in this book. I added multiple different quotes in my post that were taken from the book to help strengthen what I was saying about their rivalry, characteristics, and play-style. I added multiple different touches to make the newsletter seem more realistic. I added multiple different tabs in my newsletter, I also added many different other posts about current tennis events to make the tennis newsletter more realistic. I also added multiple different ways of either contacting the newsletter or following the newsletter on social media. For my multimedia, I chose to create a tennis newsletter because I thought this would be the best way to create a piece of multimedia based on a tennis biography on two legendary tennis players.

Image Sources:  https://www.sbnation.com/tennis/2019/1/26/18195390/novak-djokovic-rafael-nadal-australian-open-mens-final-2019-preview-watch-live-streaming-tv-schedule

https://www.skysports.com/tennis/news/31870/11619145/novak-djokovic-crushes-rafael-nadal-to-win-record-seventh-australian-open

https://www.skysports.com/tennis/news/12110/11593071/andy-murray-brushes-off-retirement-talk-and-says-he-is-focused-on-improving-to-a-competitive-level

http://www.tennis.com/pro-game/2019/01/winning-his-15th-grand-slam-title-novak-djokovic-was-sublime/79376/

https://ftw.usatoday.com/2017/09/roger-federer-rafael-nadal-tennis-doubles-partners-first-time-laver-cup-prague

http://www.espn.com/tennis/story/_/id/22003824/tennis-how-australian-open-lifted-legendary-status-roger-federer-serena-williams

https://www.tennisworldusa.org/tennis/news/Rafael_Nadal/59776/roger-federer-rafael-nadal-is-never-in-a-bad-mood-he-is-so-polite-/

I used www.wix.com to create my tennis newsletter.

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The Boy Who Escaped the Uncharted Maze

Thomas, a boy whose memory was erased, thrown into an uncharted maze with no way of escaping he is forced to trust is wits to lead the many other shanks who were trapped with him. Each day he runs into the maze in the hopes of graphing out the maze and escape this horrendous prison as he is the protagonist in this thrilling novel, The Maze Runner authored by James Dashner. Thomas and others are forced to survive in this desolate land called the Glade, they have no way of communication and no contact with the outside world, other than the beetles with the work WICKED splattered on them. The Maze Runner contains many substantial themes but the three most important themes in this novel are bravery, persistence, and finally, friendship.

One of the most recurring themes in this exhilarating novel is bravery. This theme was displayed many times by all of the protagonists in this tome. Thomas and the others need bravery in order to escape this intricate and convoluted labyrinth, it is an absolute necessity for survival. Each protagonist showed bravery while either trying to save others or to escape this labyrinthine maze. During the first few days in the glade, Thomas jeopardized his life to dash headfirst into the maze, a split second before it closed, and by doing so, he saved Alby’s and Minho’s lives. “Thomas knew he had no choice. He moved. Forward. He squeezed past the connecting rods at the last second and stepped into the maze.” (Dashner, 173) “But plenty of people told him what it’s like in the Maze, especially at night. And he still stepped out there, just as the Door was closing, only caring that two people needed help.” (242) “Thomas, when he should’ve been wettin’ his pants, took control, defied all laws of physics and gravity to get Alby up onto that wall, diverted the Grievers away from him, beat one off.” (242) Bravery was a theme that was displayed in almost all of the chapters in this book as none of the Gladers would have escaped without bravery.

Persistence is another theme that is equally as consequential as bravery. The theme of persistence is portrayed in many of the Gladers and it is what kept the Gladers alive for such a long period of time. Each day, the runners had to display persistence by running out into the Maze and sketching out maps routinely even though many thought this was completely useless. As Thomas, Minho, and Alby were out in the Maze, Minho had given up all hope of surviving, but Thomas was resolute and recalcitrant, he was determined to save Alby by using vines to pull him up the wall. He distracted the grievers towards himself to save Alby, he just would not give up. Even when the veteran Minho, who had been a runner for two years, gave up, Thomas was still persistent. “Thomas was annoyed at Minho’s constant negativity. “Oh come on-there has to be something we can do.” (176) ““Maybe,” Minho answered calmly, “but we can’t miss a day out there. Not now.” (407) and at the epilogue, even the creators of the Maze admitted that all of the survivors were extremely persistent. “Honestly, I’m amazed that in the end, despite everything, we were able to collect such a large population of kids that just never gave up.” (542) Persistence was one of the most important themes in this book, the many events showed just how important being persistent is.

Friendship is the last significant and momentous theme in The Maze Runner. The theme of friendship is demonstrated on Thomas’s first day at the Glade when he meets Chuck. Each and every day the friendship between Thomas and the other Gladers is what keeps them somewhat lively as life as Glader would grow significantly gloomier and solitary without friendship. Each day friendship is displayed through talking, running through the mazes, and just everyday routines. Friendship has saved many lives including Alby’s, Minho’s, many Gladers, and even Thomas. “He couldn’t leave a friend to die. Even someone as cranky as Alby.” (184) Even though Thomas and Alby had only just become friends, Thomas is willing to risk his life to save Alby, showing the significance of friendship. “Then, inexplicably, Chuck was there, diving in front of him. Thomas felt as if his feet had been frozen in blocks of ice; he could only stare at the scene of horror unfolding before him, completely helpless.” (518) Just as Thomas was about to get impaled and death seemed imminent, the friendship between him and Chuck saved him. Chuck knew that his friend was in great danger and jumped in front him to save his friend. Friendship was the one thing that kept many of the Gladers alive and it stopped most of the Gladers from becoming isolated. Friendship is what saved lives in the Maze.

The Maze Runner is very similar to the 1954 novel The Lord of the Flies authored by William Golding. Both novels share common themes with each other. Both these novels share the themes, bravery, persistence, and friendship. In The Lord of the Flies, the children are brave to try and locate a beast just to placate the little children, the children are also extremely persistent in trying to get rescued as Ralph, the leader of the children, reinstate the plan to get rescued routinely, the friendship between Ralph and Piggy is extremely similar to Thomas and Chuck’s. Piggy dies while trying and restore order on the island and Chuck dies while attempting to restore order to the world. In The Lord of the Flies, children are forced to govern themselves in an attempt to survive and in The Maze Runner, teenagers are forced to govern themselves, with also no adults, in an attempt to survive. The Maze Runner demonstrates three important and recurring themes that greatly impacted the lives of the Gladers, the importance of bravery, persistence, and finally, friendship.

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This Week On THE GLADE WEEKLY: The New Greenbean, Thomas

This magazine I created cover delineates the character of Thomas in The Maze Runner, authored by James Dashner. The picture of the boy is the main protagonist Thomas. I chose to make my magazine cover very plain with mostly only black and white, except for the image because I thought this would best represent how the Gladers would not put much detail and colors into a magazine. I added a barcode and the date as unknown to up the authenticity of the magazine as there is no way to check the current date and time in the Glade. I also added multiple quotes in my magazine cover to help describe the multiple characteristics of Thomas in The Maze Runner. Another reason why I chose to make a magazine cover is because I thought the Gladers would want to know more information on a teenager who dashed into the Maze at night, killed four Grievers, saved Newt and Alby, and is somehow related to the first girl being sent into the Glade.

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The Boxer Rebellion: The End for the Qing Dynasty

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The Death of a Seabird

Made by Piktochart

Image source: http://us.tomonews.com/more-and-more-seabirds-are-eating-ocean-plastic-and-now-scientists-know-why-3207737

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The Lord of the Flies

Ralph, a child who was attacked by an enemy jet, thrown onto an uncharted island and forced to scavenge the island for supplies in the hopes of living long enough to be rescued by a lingering plane or ship is the protagonist of the tome, the Lord of the Flies, authored by William Golding. Ralph and many others are forced to survive in the gloomy and stygian jungle with a beast lurking around waiting for the moment to strike. The boys decided the best way to survive was to appoint a leader and rules, Ralph was the perfect candidate for this role, he has a natural tendency for leadership as giving decrees came naturally for him, Ralph is determined to do whatever it takes for them to be rescued, and finally, Ralph is not afraid of hard work if it means that they would be rescued.

Ralph was thrown into the role of leadership from the very beginning after a democratic vote, he immediately rattled out orders of setting up a fire and collecting food, building shelter, and obtaining all the necessities for surviving in the jungle, these immediate and inconspicuous acts leadership display the natural leader Ralph has inside of him, even if he is oblivious to it. “All at once he found he could talk fluently and explain what he had to say.” (Golding, 88) Ralph knows a leader must have the respect and approval of the people, therefore Ralph comforts everyone about how there is no beast residing on the island. “You couldn’t have a beastie, a snake-thing, on an island this size, Ralph explained kindly.” (94) Also, Ralph affirms the hope of being rescued, Ralph’s words, like a true leader’s words do, send a wave of alleviation and tranquility to the people that eradicates all doubts about being stranded on the island. “We want to be rescued; and of course we shall be rescued. Voices babbled. The simple statement, unbacked by any proof but the weight of Ralph’s new authority, brought light and happiness.” (97, 98)

Burdened with the responsibility of being a leader, Ralph has to show to the children he is determined and persistent that they will be rescued and that he is determined to do anything to be rescued and taken home. Ralph is determined to keep the fire burning and producing smoke at all costs making it their first priority, he is determined to build shelters, collect food, and having rules in the hopes of surviving long enough for them to be rescued. “We’ve got to have special people for looking after the fire. Any day there may be a ship out there—he waved his arm at the taut wire of the horizon—and if we have a signal going they’ll come and take us off. And another thing. We ought to have more rules. Where the conch is, that’s a meeting. The same up here as down there.” (108) Ralph understands he has to be determined in order for their tribe to flourish and thrive in the jungle so he enacts rules for everyone to follow, for example, there is a rotation of workers to keep the fire burning. “Altos, you can keep the fire going this week, and trebles the next.” (109)

Fueled by the determination of being rescued after being stranded on an uncharted island with the company of many lazy and incompetent boys, Ralph has to work hard to try and get rescued from the island. Ralph is the kind of person that is not afraid of hard work if it leads to success, in the end, he would build shelters and collect food even if he was the only person actually working hard to try and get rescued. “And they keep running off. You remember the meeting? How everyone was going to work hard until the shelters were finished?”, “They’re hopeless. D’you see? All day I’ve been working with Simon. No one else. They’re off bathing, or eating, or playing.” Even though everyone else was off bathing, eating, or playing, activities that are more entertaining and more enjoyable than the tedious and dull work of collecting materials from the jungle then assembling a hovel with those materials. Ralph resists the enticement to go and have fun rather than building a shelter because Ralph knows only with hard work can the children survive and have comfort. ““If it rains like when we dropped in well need shelters all right. And then another thing. We need shelters because of the— he paused for a moment and they both pushed their anger away. Then he went on with the safe, changed subject. You’ve noticed, haven’t you? Jack put down his spear and squatted. Noticed what? Well. They’re frightened.”

The Lord of the Flies is very similar to the novel Gone authored by Michael Grant. They both share a common theme in both books: that the human impulse toward civilization is not as deeply rooted as the human impulse toward savagery. In both novels, children have to survive on their own without any adults or grownups to take care of them. In Lord of the Flies, a plane crashes on a deserted island killing all adults and leaving a group of English children to take care of themselves while they wait for rescue. In Gone, everyone with the age of 15 and over, all mysteriously disappear leaving the children trapped in a mysterious force field with no adults and no way to get help. Ralph the child who governs the children in the Lord of the Flies, he has a natural tendency for leadership making him to the most conspicuous leader to be chosen, he is always determined to do the right thing, and finally, he is hardworking and would do anything to get rescued.

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Today’s Headlines on The British Times: Two Children Found Dead in the Jungle

The reason I chose to portray the Lord of the Flies as a newspaper article is because I felt it would have been the best form of multimedia to use to best express/explain the death of two children and the story of how the children managed to survive in the jungle and how they were rescued. The newspaper article best conveys the big news that is death as any other form of multimedia would not explain the Lord of the Flies very well. The title I used, the British Times, would best convey the place where the kids will go after being rescued also, I included 1940 on the top of my newspaper to show the time period in which this story was set. I chose the make everything on the newspaper grey, black, or beige colored, I thought this would best portray how the Lord of the Flies is set in the 1940’s and I thought it would make my newspaper more authentic.

This newspaper article was by using www.canva.com

The picture of the children is from http://www.speeli.com/articles/view/Summary-of-Lord-of-the-Flies-Chapter-3-Huts-on-the-Beach

The two pictures of the planes are from http://www.bbc.co.uk/history/events/britain_bombs_berlin and from http://www.bbc.co.uk/history/events/germany_bombs_british_towns_and_cities

 

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This Week on GOSSIP: Lysander

Lysander Photo:

‘Love, Simon’ Inspires Young Man to Come Out as Gay During a Screening: ‘Teens Need This’

Barcode Picture:

https://www.gs1au.org/resources/standards-and-guidelines/gs1-128-barcodes/

Made With: Canva

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This Week on Erudite Weekly

This magazine cover I made depicts the conflicts of Tris in the novel Divergent authored by Veronica Roth. The picture of the girl in the center of the magazine cover is the main protagonist. This magazine cover represents the conflicts Tris had to face in Divergent and I thought a magazine cover would be the best choice to show the conflicts Tris had to face. The words “The latest information about the Abnegation” as a header shows the enmity the Abnegation had with the Erudite and foreshadows their upcoming conflicts. The main topics the magazine is going to talk about, “Beatrice Prior and her brother leaves Abnegation” and “Beatrice Prior joins the Dauntless faction “, shows the internal conflicts Tris had to face in order to leave her home the Abnegation and join the Dauntless faction. “Beatrice Prior joins the Dauntless faction” also represents the internal conflicts but it also foreshadows the external conflicts and the conflicts against nature Tris had to face in order to complete Dauntless initiation.

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