COVID-19 Time Capsule

  1. “There are so many ways geography and its tools can help in dealing with COVID 19 through understanding of this new disease, its source and dynamics. For instance, Geographic Information Systems (GIS) could be used to track contagion. Mapping of COVID-19 cases will help to reduce the spread of the disease. Healthmap can be developed to collect outbreak data from sources like news media. Having a healthmap’s interactive map for COVID-19 offer near-real-time updates from diverse sources to combat its spread.” This quote is explaining why geography matters under the situation of COVID-19, and that’s how the virus relates to geographers.
  2. although in some respects the outbreak of COVID-19 presents a compelling argument for why history matters, there are problems with analogical views of the past because they constrain our ability to grasp the complex place-and-time-specific variables that drive contemporary disease emergence. A lessons approach to epidemics produces what Kenneth Burke, borrowing from the economist and sociologist Thorstein Veblen, called “trained incapacity”—“that state of affairs whereby one’s very abilities can function as blindnesses”.6 Habitual modes of thinking can diminish our capacity to make lateral connections. When the present is viewed through the lens of former disease outbreaks, we typically focus on similitudes and overlook important differences. In other words, analogies create blind spots. As Burke commented, “a way of seeing is also a way of not seeing—a focus on object A involves a neglect of object B”.Historians are being criticized that when analyzing past history, they only looked for similarity but ignored difference, which is a “blind spot”.
  3. All these statistics show how the virus affect economy in the US.
  4. “There are other risks to be navigated that are related to the turnout issue, but are also distinct conceptually. The first of these is logistical chaos. Because of the COVID-19 crisis, it is clear that more voting needs to be done by mail than has ever been done in the U.S. This is a view that I entirely support.

    Yet this is easier said than done. In 2016, only 20 percent of voters cast their ballot by mail. The recent growth in vote-by-mail has been concentrated among a small number of western states, so that in the east, the percentage is much lower—around 10 percent. If we are to get the percentage of voters overall voting by mail to the 50-60 percent level, this will require states, like Massachusetts, that have previously only had 5 percent mail-vote rates to ramp it up to 50 percent.”

    This shows the impact Covid-19 has on the U.S. regarding its presidential election system, which if it still turns out in November, a great amount of ballot will come from the mail, and that’s unprecedented.

Reference:

https://www.researchgate.net/post/In_what_ways_can_geography_help_in_dealing_with_Covid-19_coronavirus_disease

https://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140-6736(20)30468-2/fulltext

https://www.bbc.com/news/business-51706225

English 9 Final Reflection Blog Post

In this unit, I learned about several ways humor is created within the language. In the One-act play “Drinking companion” that I read through, I realized that the writer uses irony and pun to make humorous effects. For example, irony happens when Harry, a character in the play, states he is not a drinker while drinks all lunchtime and nighttime: “I’m not hooked on it. I can go for weeks without a drink, you know, if I have to.” (10). A pun is at the use of “scent sprays” (8), which has the meaning of both make someone attractive and letting someone defend against the predator. During the process of analyzing the poem, “Perfect for Any Occasion”, I found out that the author, Alberto Rios, uses personification of pies as humans throughout the whole text to generate humor in which they “talk” (36), “wear makeup” (12), etc. Rios reveals his idea of how to face changes in society by using examples from food. All of these techniques create humor, which breaks boredom and makes readers relax mentally. In this unit, I focused mainly on analyzing texts, so I still would like to learn more about how visual plays create humor, for instance, how does the way performers act make the audience laugh.

 

I met my SMART goal for this unit, which is getting better on organizing different points in a CER to create a logical mind flow for readers. This can be reflected through the feedback I get from people on my poem analysis CER, as they can clearly see the relationship between each point and can logically flow with the argument. The most challenging part for me in this unit is to paraphrase every line in a poem to a simple form, which means I must capture their intended meaning and know what literal techniques are being used with what effects on readers. This is a process for me to be better at analyzing poems as I carefully annotated every line and thought deeply on them.

 

For SAL standards, I think I am MEE/MAS for the Responsibility section. I actively ask and act upon feedbacks both from teachers and students and work independently with appropriate resources. I only pass the deadline with teacher’s permission. The way to improve on it is to turn works in before the due date. For the Attitude section, I rate myself MAS because I take the initiative to work with ambitious but achievable goals. I never try to avoid challenges but face them with my best effort every time. I will maintain my passion for responsibility and attitude.

 

This year, I got more experienced in writing. I learned a lot on how to write a persuasive text throughout English 9, from “An Absolutely True Diary of A Part-Time Indian” to the “Sun Yang Event”, and to the poetry CER. These have all been my true experience and I will remember them forever. I also got to know and used many literal techniques, for example, rhetorical question, repetition, logo, patho, and etho. Next year, I will assign myself more books to read to improve myself as a better English speaker and a better writer, especially in writing persuasive tasks since I use it a lot in daily life.