Some interesting things I learned about are: How to write an argumentative essay, how to write in a formal tone, and how to create a documentary video with interviews. These things helped me understand how this project is a combination of all the skills we learned in FA7 and FA8. For example, we had projects that were based on pollution around the globe in both seventh and eighth grade FA. We also learned how to create animation and other kinds of videos in eighth grade FA. In this Capstone project, we used both skills that were learnt before. Completing this project, I learned that in my writing, I lack in linking my evidence back to my original claim and point. For example, in my argumentative essay about Chinese local schools lacking in creativity for their education systems, some of the evidence in my first body paragraph didn’t really connect with my big thesis statement, and that some of the points didn’t match. Before this project, I used to think that raising awareness and making big changes were not possible, but now I think that it is possible if your action is very persuasive and it influences people one by one. The driving question impacts me and my community because making a change for my community is really important because everyone wants their societies to have no more issues. Looking back on the Capstone Project, I realize that this is the capstone and the very top and end of our middle school FA years and that it is a combination of everything we learned in FA. This project is the most complicated and difficult one.
Phase 1: In this phase of the project, we began to research on the SDGs, and chose our topics for the project. We created our compelling question and the prediction model of our outcome. We also created our surveys and went to the Hutong twice. We built the basic foundation for our project in phase 1.
Phase 2: In this phase of the project, we did all the research for our topics and did our annotated bibliography for our sources. After gathering all the information and sources, we wrote our rational writing essay. We also created a final model to map out the final outcome of our project.
Phase 3: In this last phase of the project, we created our final call to action video to inspire and raise awareness for change. We needed to address and explain the problem first, then build empathy for the topic. At last, there needs to be a part that inspires action and lets other people make change.