Final Blogpost for English 9

My SMART goal for this unit is to be able to identify humorous literature, improve my writing, and manage my time before the end of this semester. I think my writing and identifying humor has definitely had major improvements but my time management is still very very bad. One of the main reasons that I could not finish things before the deadline was because I accidentally created a copy of this document. It was a bit confusing for me and that was why I had big chunks of missing work. However, this is easily avoidable and I did not fix it on time.

For responsibility and attitude, I both lack a lot in this unit. The nature of this unit was to make students work on their own and that was a big difference for me. The effect of procrastinating really took a toll on me. It is fair to say that my responsibility clearly needed improvement. For attitude, I am on the edge of satisfaction. I did put in all of my efforts into the assignments but my independent learning was not satisfactory. Overall I think I get a needs improvement in responsibility and a satisfactory attitude but it would not be a surprise if I get two needs improvement, I deserve that.

Regarding humor, I think I learned a lot throughout this unit. There was a very interesting topic on why things are humorous and the statement was the reader feels superiority over the person performing humor. I found multiple examples throughout the drama and poem I analyzed. In “sick”, the author used a kid as the speaker, and that automatically creates superiority. In the poem, the author used a lot of hyperbole, and ridiculous lies to make the reader feel superior in terms of smartness. The same is in the drama “Between Mouthfuls”, The reader finds the story funny is because they know what is happening. The superiority comes from knowing more than the characters in the play. I think after all of the learning done in this unit I understand significantly more about humor and funniness.

For next year in 10th grade, I will definitely have to improve my time management skills. This unit helped me understand my weakness and solutions to overcome them. Even though I do not know what 10th grade is about, but I know it will certainly be harder than 9th grade. I will be ready, at least I hope.

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Throwing a Ball

1. What did you learn from this activity? How is that relate to the concepts we learned in Algebra I?

I learnt how can math be related to real-life problems and I learnt how to use Loggerpro.

2. What did your group do well?

We worked very well getting the video together.

3. What were some of the challenges your group faced?

Our group had four people so it was a little challenging to get everyone involved. especially creating the graph for the video, we only had three clips so Jacob and Joel worked together.

4. What aspects of this activity could your group improve?

We could have organized our time better.

5. How could you do it differently if you are giving another try?

We will make sure everyone does what they were supposed to do.

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Steve Jobs the “Great”

link to my Prezi

The book I read was Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson. It is a biography of Steve Jobs life. I focused more on the characteristic but I did write something about the author and the setting of the book. I used a lot of quotes from the book to support my point. Steve is a person with a lot of leadership, has a great passion and he loves what he does. He made a speech ar Stradford about himself. he said “You can’t connect the dots looking forward. You can only connect them looking backward. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something — your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. This approach has never let me down, and it has made all the difference in my life.” His life changed all of ours, from Apple to how to be successful. He sometimes could be selfish and in control. But his legacy will pass on.

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Are You Willing to “Will”

What is something that is keeping you moving forward? Is it courage? Or is it because of your family? We always say a person needs a dream, a motivation. The book “Steve Jobs” by Walter Isaacson talked about the whole life of Steve Jobs. The one and the only thing that was pushing Steve Jobs forward was his dream of combining art and technology. The theme of this book is that believe is the strongest power in the world.

Steve Jobs used his whole life to do something he believed in, to make art and technology come together. And he did it. Steve Jobs was never a scientist nor an inventor, he was always a designer.  “If you act like you can do something, then it will work.” (81,Isaacson) Steve Jobs’ idea throughout his whole life was to find a way to combine science and art, what he called design. “The older I get, the more I see how much motivations matter. The Zune was crappy because the people at Microsoft don’t really love music or art the way we do. We won because we personally love music.” (407) His beliefe put his whole life together and he found a way of achieving his dreams. That is the power of will.

There are so many people just like Steve Jobs working so hard to achieve something that looks imposable. We always say that the foundation of success is the passion of working hard. We see this in so many different stories and peoples lives, Bill Gates, Messi and so on. Everyone in this world can be part of the “dreamers”, the only thing you need to do is to dream, and dream big.

In conclusion, Steve Jobs became who he is because of his little dream that came to his mind in that little garage. The will of mushing art and technology together was the core of him, the core of Steve Jobs. After reading this book, make sure you go to a mirror and look straight into it and ask your self, where is my garage?

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Pingyao 2019

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  • three things I learnt during the two train rides.

I learnt how to play a new card game called Exploding Kittens.

I learnt how to make vlogs. (didn’t try them)

I learnt the importance of friendship.

  • two things I learnt by the end of this trip.

the history of Pingyao and its people.

Pingyao food tastes GOOD!

  • the successful aspects of the Pingyao Challenge for my group.

we worked together for most of the part and we had fun.

  • funniest moment:

when we locked Willian in his room because he refused to share his food with us. (me and Darren)

  • most challenging aspect, how did I deal with it.

I think is when we have to talk to the locals because some of them are not as friendly as I imagined. the way I dealt with it was that I will say thank you and sorry way more often.

  • a most memorable experience I had in Pingyao.

the FOOD! noodles, snow cake, beef, etc.

  • recommendations for the trip next year.

well, I think it is already so good, so make sure you have fun!

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