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.


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.

English formative and summative assessment reflection

There is a lot that I learned from these two assessments. At the start of this unit, when I watched people’s presentation, I was astonished and can’t believe that they could analyze so many details, any small object on the cartoon could just be interpreted as a big event. In the formative assessment, I realized that I also own this analytical ability. If I spend enough time looking at every detail and researching on the contexts of the cartoon, it would just be really easy to know what each element represents. I could even analyze the small dragon symbol on the mask in the medicine poster that I looked at, and this gives me hope that I can do well on it. In the summative assessment, it is another step for me to get better, I was looking at a political cartoon that has that is describing the relationship between the U.S. president, D. Trump, and the coronavirus. At first, I didn’t notice that Trump is drawn in this cartoon. But after browsing through many of his caricature pictures, I realized his main features, for instance, hair and face color, and lips. So, when I looked back at that cartoon, I distinguished D.Trump in it immediately. On the other aspect, I improved my public speaking skills. I don’t feel too strained anymore when speaking, and could build up a mind of slowing down and make interval pauses. Therefore, the experience of the English formative and summative assessment on cartoon analyzing could be the commencement of my public speaking and interpreting skills. It makes me realized that I can do it and gives me confidence.

reflection on socratic seminar

The things I did well in today’s socratic seminar are:

  1. I made proper eye contacts. Even though I used computer to keep track with my notes, I still look at the speakers to show my respect.
  2. I asked deep understanding questions, I asked some questions that are not only limited to what really happened, but to the symbolism. For instance, I asked what does the second basketball game, which is the one that Reardon beat Wellpinit, mean in a deeper understanding of the book.
  3. I built on others’ points and answered others’ questions.
  4. I analyzed cartoons in the book the pointed out important evidence inside. For example, I pointed out that most of the pictures on “Why I did actually miss a lot of school” are related to poverty and death, and this shows people in reservation are irrational.

The things I did not do well are:

  1. My language was not formal and precise, and I used words as “like” and “um” when speaking. I think this is because I was so afraid of speaking, and will improve later when I speak more.
  2. My sitting position is not really good, I did not sit upstraight.

Socratic Seminar Practice

The things I did well in today’s class are that I encouraged others to express their opinions and responded to the questions in a deeper way to show my understanding. For instance, I claimed that the win in the second basketball match between Reardon and reservation not only marks as a sport winning, but also the failure in reservation’s life. Then I asked my group mates to add something on my claim.

I still have parts that need to improve on for the next socratic seminar. My logic is moving too fast, which then made my sentences to be confusing. I need to slow down the pace and fix my logic before speaking. Sometimes I could not even follow myself.

Algebra logger pro project

I did more practice on parabola, which we learned in Algebra I. And this is an excellent experience for me since we weren’t doing the questions, but practiced in the real life! We did well on collecting data and filming. The challenge we faced is using the logger pro software, because that was the first time we use logger pro. The part we need to improve next time is to be more efficient. If I can have another try, I will be more familiar to logger pro this software, and do all the works faster than the first time.

Fifth Polymer journal

1)How to make non-newtonian fluid:

  1. Add 100 ml of water.
  2. Add 200 g of cornstarch.
  3. While adding the cornstarch, mix it slowly.

2) Claim: The non-newtonian fluid is the most successful prototype.


  1. bullet-proof.
  2. very soft (just like a liquid) when poking slowly.
  3. Very very hard when poking really fast.


Because our aim is to make a computer protector, so a very hard surface can really work in that case, and our polymer is even bullet-proof! Our polymer is also soft when touching slowly, which could attract more customers to buy it since it’s very weird.


a. The entire design process:

b. Product pitch to the dream on team: I think it’s great because everyone just tried their best, and there’s no big mistake during the presentation.

c. The sustainability of my polymer: I think we did a really good job in this part, because all of our materials are environmentally friendly.

Fourth Polymer Journal

The prototypes are glue and non-newton fluid, they are both white and liquid. We tested them respectively, and the result is that glue doesn’t have a good protection skill, but non-newton fluid has, so we chose non-newton fluid. The next step is to determine how much water and how much corn starch should we use. We found out that the greater percent of corn starch in the non-newton fluid, the stronger and stiffer this polymer is, but we still need to put some water with corn starch because we need it to form non-newton fluid, and also make it be flexible and reversible, which could go back to its original shape once been punched. Later we found out that if corn starch is 80%, and water is 20%. the polymer we made will be the closest as what we expected. And from the observation, the color of the polymer is white, and it’s half liquid and half solid, and now we are testing whether it would dry out or not.Image result for glue

the picture above is glue