9th Grade English Complete, Welcome to 10th Grade English

I learned a lot, but the main thing I learned would be that there are various types of humor, not just what people think is funny but also what will make people laugh emotionally or subconsciously. One example that I focused on in my CER would be surprised/uncomfortable laughter, laughter that is caused by a feeling of unease or inability to deal with a situation. I think the main thing I would like to continue to do in concern to this unit would be analysis. Despite my struggles during the unit, I do enjoy the challenge that comes from looking into the true meaning of words. I think I have achieved my smart goal for the most part as I have gotten marginally better at expressing my thoughts. I was able to coherently talk about my thinkings, but I still thought the most challenging thing during this unit would be the analysis. I found it difficult to put my thoughts into coherent words, so often, even if my inference was sound and made sense, I would be unable to make sense of it in terms of words. I do not particularly feel that I’ve had much success during this unit, not because of my grade, but because I subconsciously feel that I could have done better, could have been better about my deadlines, could have tried harder to get my thoughts out of my mind. I believe that I got an MEE/APR for Repsponsability and an MEE for attitude because even though my deadlines were late, I tried to make sure most were on time. As for attitude, I like to think that I have maintained a relatively positive attitude towards English. I still have a bit of trouble following a schedule about deadlines, so I think the main SAL I need to work on would be Responsibility. I think my main goal for next year would be to grow in my analysis and further my understanding of literary understanding.

Create and Improve – Reused Clothing

The skills that I developed throughout this project would be stenciling and I learned a new stitching method.

I found that if I hooked my pinky though the thread that was going through it would be less likely to tangle or knot.

The picture below is of the short that I created. It was originally a large t-short that I used to use a PJs. Given its length, it could also be used as a dress for smaller children. It also shows a skirt that I created using two old shirts made of elastic fabrics. I used alternating cool colors so that it was easy to match with various different articles of clothing.

 

Originally the design was going to have a white turn over to cover the logo, however, the stitch work that was required and the time restrictions of the stitch meant that I did not have time to complete it.

 

Zhou Dynasty Crossbow

Zhou Dynasty Crossbow

Develop and Plan – Reused Clothing

I went through various ideas for the material (plastic, paper, fabrics) for the clothing, finally settling on reused fabric. Unfortunately, the little dress that I was sewing for my prototype disappeared, but I still have the tiny skirt and dress I made from paper. These are my mini models.

   

I decided that I would focus on old clothing that the school gave out because of the fact that not many people use hem anymore meaning reused clothing wouldn’t leave very much fabric to work with. Children’s small stature makes them easier to design and cut for.

During the project, I use old shirts and leggings to create a skirt and a top.

 

Napping Chair

In this project, we were tasked with creating a nature-themed chair. I chose a hanging chair because it resembled a flower bud. I also drew inspiration from the fold in chair thinking that because of how it looked like petals I would use it as a veil over the hanging chair; making it look like a flower that bloomed in the day but closed up at night.

Define and Inquire – Reused Clothing

Design Problem: The constant creation and destruction of plastic and fabric for clothing is slowly our ecosystems. That’s why I would like to create clothing using reused plastics and fabrics so that they aren’t immediately sent into the ocean or a landfill.

Audience: I will be creating this for everyone. The clothing that I’m creating is meant to be accessible and affordable for everyone.

Constraints: The timeline would be until winter break. I have to use all the materials so that I don’t waste anything.

Goals: I hope to create cheap and fashionable clothing using reused materials. It would be a success if the clothing was neat and presentable.

Materials:

Old fabric from shirts and pants/shorts.

A sewing machine

Plastic fabrics (reused plastic fabrics)

Made with Padlet

Visualization and Observational Sketching

Visualization and Observational              Disruptus                            Observational

During this unit we studied observational and visualization drawing; we also played a game called Disruptus. Observational drawing is important because it helps the artist use more detail in drawings making it easier to draw. Visualization sketching is important because it forces artists to think carefully about how they draw an item. Disruptus helps ideas get flowing because it forces you to think of brand new ideas using your imagination.

 

Designer Persona

This a designer persona, we were tasked with creating one about ourselves. It has to include basic facts about us along with various things that could be used to identify us. A designer persona is used by marketers to identify what someone would be more likely to buy/want. My most valuable piece of feedback would be to add more pictures to that it so that it would look less blank.

Character Design and Writing – Ignite Week Personalize It!!

During the develop and plan stage I worked on creating the character Akira Downey, who is going to be the main character in my book that takes place in the world of Boku no hero Academia. I used multiple different references when creating her design, for example, I took her personality from people that I know, and Sofia took her facial design from examples of African/Japanese mix children and my friend’s facial expressions.

Last Drops – Project Capstone

Project Driving Question: “How can I be an agent of change?”

One thing I found really surprising was how lenient China was towards the destruction of its habitats, more specifically it’s water sources. For example, while researching China’s penalties for the destruction of water sources, I found that most punishments we small to no existent at most. Completing this project I learned that I need an extended period of silence and quiet in order for actual work to be done, along with I learned that I need to set goals for myself. For example, during one integrated block, I was so unable to focus because I didn’t have any set goal I didn’t finish any work that block. Before this project I used to think that air pollution was the largest problem in China, now I know that water destruction and waste are almost equally important in China. The driving question impacts me or my community because it helped me realize just how much water I waste on a daily basis. For example, I used to take 30 minutes showers without saving any of the water that I didn’t use, now I take 20-minute showers using water saving methods like putting a bucket under the shower head when I am not under the water. Looking back on this Project Capstone, I realize that education and spreading awareness is the most important thing to bringing change. For example, if people were educated at a younger age about what water pollution and water waste caused, I strongly believe that they would make wiser decisions with their water. However,  a big question I still have is how bad is China willing to let the water crisis get before they finally intervene in a more effective way?

 

Throughout Project Capstone, I researched the various impacts of water pollution on China and the world. During the first phase of the project, I focused mainly on researching for my rationale and model. I found that finding recent articles was hard, meaning that I often couldn’t use most of the research I found because it was too old. Something that I think I did well during phase one would be categorizing my research in an easy way to understand.

During phase two I was writing my rationale. I found that creating easy to follow paragraphs was hard, simply because not all of my evidence was numerical. Another thing that I found hard would be staying focused for long periods of time while writing my rationale. I found it hard to concentrate for long periods of time because I never set any time-sensitive goals. Something I believe I did well would be creating a strong call to action that would make the reader think about how their actions have consequences.

Phase three focused on the creation of our PSA. During this phase, I struggled most with time management. I say this because while doing my stop motion I wound sometimes be unable to finish certain scenes meaning that lighting would change or I would have to restart completely from scratch at home. Something I believe I did well would be planning out the storyline and the movements for my stop motion. My reason for saying this would be the fact that even before we started working on our video’s I knew the basic order of my story.

 

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