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El Patron : The Stalin of the Country of Opium


“There were eight of us,” said El Patrón, “and only I lived to grow up. Don’t you think I am owed to those lives?” (Farmer 233). El Patron, a 140-year-old drug lord is the main antagonist in The House of the Scorpion. It is a story set in the country of Opium ruled by him. Matt is a clone of El Patron but being mistreated as an animal, however, he leads the keepers in a rebellion and becomes the new ruler of Opium. In The House of the Scorpion, Nancy Farmer reveals many aspects of El Patron’s fascinating characterization; we gradually recognized him from the “light” in Matt childhood to a man with a twisted soul of the most feared devil.


Throughout the story, El Patron was depicted as Feeble old man, a ruthless and manipulative drug lord, and a ruler that Tam Lin thought as two-sided and enthralling. El Patron was an old man that “was extremely thin, with shoulder-length white hair neatly combed beside a face so seamed and wrinkled” (Farmer 54). From his appearance, we could clearly tell that he was extremely old and frail that it almost seemed like he “was part of the wheelchair” (54). However, his weak appearance distinguished with the aura of his dominating presence. Since evil antagonists are usually portrayed as monstrous, El Patron grabs our attention because he just seems like a mysterious and quite likable old man. This contrasts with the tremendous power he holds and his existence as the greatest antagonist Matt will face. Furthermore, we could see that El Patron has twisted mind from his brutal actions: “Before the next minute had passed, they had all fallen to the ground…he was adding to his Dragan hoard, and he wanted to be buried with it…Unfortunately, the dragon hoard included people” (375-376). El Patron has planned this all out to poison his family members with the wine so they could be buried with him together. His creates a cult of personality that can manipulate Tam Lin even after his death. El Patron’s cruelness might be caused by the tragic death of his family members in his childhood. El Patron could not live out of his past, in fact, it caused his sick view on conquering death and obtaining the ultimate power. Even if he dies, he wants his family to die so they could “be together forever” in his tomb. Finally, Tam Lin thought of El Patron as a person with darkness hidden behind his warmth when he told Matt, “El Patron has his good side and his bad side. Very dark indeed is his majesty when he wants to be. He grew large and green until he shadowed over the whole forest, but most of his branches are twisted” (70). Tam Lin knows all the dark sides of El Parton and believes that his “branches are twisted”. Tam Lin refers to El patron’s “shadow” as his supremacy and control over the country. His twisted branches signify the misuse of it. Despite Tam Lin recognized El Parton’s immoralities, Tam Lin still believes that dictator “had an instinct for who he could enslave” while his “power is a strange thing, lad. It’s a drug and people like me crave for it” (Farmer 243). Tam Lin considers El Patron as charismatic, having the ability to manipulate others and gain loyal followers, including himself. He is trapped and “enslaved” by El Patron’s power. Therefore, he warns Matt about El Patron‘s dark side and twisted branches to guide him towards a different path. In conclusion, El Patron’s fragile appearance contrasts with how he uses his power for inhumane actions, and Tim Lin believes that enthralling leader is misusing his power.


In history, many leaders and dictators have similar personality traits like El Patron. The word “El Patron” even means boss or lord in Spanish. For example, Stalin from the Russian revolution also has a callous personality when he uses his power to raise fear in his country. He sends people to labor camps for reasons like being late for work and ends up killing millions of Russians. On the other hand, El Patron turns people into eejits to enslave them for work and planned the murder of his family members. However, they both have massive groups of follower who worship them. People think of them as some who is respectable and would follow their orders without much question. That is a way they keep people under control and manipulate them with their power. Therefore, El Patron and Stalin are very similar in their ruthless personality and how others view them.


Citations: “El Patrón.” Villains Wiki,

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Forge through the American Revolution


No one can give you freedom, you must SEIZE EVERY OPPORTUNITY andrTETREIVE it with your own hands by Joyce Jiang

The graphic organizer I created above supports the theme of Forge using evidence and reasoning. In Forge by Laurie Halse Anderson, Curzon and Isabelle were runaway slaves that tried to forge their own paths in the middle of the American revolution. When Curzon enlisted in the continental army and experienced desperate situations at Valley Forge, he developed from a boy to a young man. In the end, Isabelle and Curzon sorted out the knots in their friendship and escaped from their evil master.

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American Re-evolution or a 360-degree Turn

For a long time, I was a just bystander too timid to be involved with any conflict. They once called me many names: Alden, farmer, young man, or a coward. But now, I am known as a glorious continental soldier fighting for America’s freedom and independence. As you read my journal, you will see the war from my eyes while vividly experiencing the tumultuous events and key turning points of the American revolution.

As a result of the American revolution, unprecedented changes have occurred along with things that stayed the same. For example, it was unfortunate that slaves were not equal as others while Native Americans still have no rights. Unfortunately, Women cannot vote or own property. They were still considered the property of their fathers. Therefore, after the revolution, society is still ruled by elite white males like my friend Gideon. I had I feeling that this constricted with our core idea of freedom and equality. However, it was different from before that the British Despot was not controlling America anymore!  There was religious freedom where anyone could believe in what they wanted to. Meanwhile, the constitution was created and opened voting to more people. This revolutionary Idea that no American is better than another and birth does not decide status had spread acrosses our blesses homeland. I hope this idea would eventually influence the world.


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How can you ensure your information is reliable when researching health-related topics on the internet?



You can ensure your information is reliable when researching health-related topics by putting it through the CRAP test.


Paste URL:
Currency: The timeliness of the information.
 When was the information published or posted? 2016


Relevance: The usefulness of the information
 Who is the intended audience?  Is the language formal or informal?  Is it for teenagers or adults? professionals



Does the language or tone seem unbiased? yes
Authority: The source of the information.
 Who is the author/publisher?  Does the URL reveal anything about the author or source? (.com, .edu, .gov?) Gov

J Acad Nutr Diet. Author manuscript; available in PMC 2017 Sep 1.


 Is there contact information?  Is there an “About Us” page? yes
Purpose: The reason the information exists.
 Is the purpose to inform, sell, entertain or persuade? inform
 Is the information fact, opinion or propaganda? fact-based
VERDICT? Unreliable Somewhat Unreliable Somewhat Reliable Reliable



If we just see the publisher, source, and the reason the information exists, we would think this is a reliable source. However, using the CRAP method we will also examine the usefulness of the information too. This source used hard language and ideas that are for professionals with is not as useful to teens and normal people. Therefore, this source is actually a somewhat unreliable source because of the usefulness. In conclusion, we could determine correctly out reliable a source is by putting it through the CRAP test.

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The American Dance : Indepen-dance

This video explains the key turning points and events of the American revolution. From the French Indian war to the series of Acts and the Boston Massacre, American colonists were angered by the Parliament and desperately longed for freedom as a country. Therefore, the bloody battles between Britain and America broke off. Meanwhile, the declaration of independence passed the continental congress and proclaimed their decision of liberty to the world. During this period, Washington crossing the Delaware River was a surprise attack that brought a great turn in the war for colonists. In the end, the British surrendered in Yorktown and a peace treaty was finally signed in Paris on 1783 September 3. Portraying these fascinating events using simple graphics and explanations, our video would take you through the American revolution and analyze the changes and continuities resulted from the revolution.



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One Day-Last post

First Block

I first finished the shape and outline of my hand. I also darken the outline of my hand.

Second Block

We discussed about the shape of the ribbons/ piece of cloth and how our piece is connected. I drew the bandage on my hand and started shading the fingers.

Third block

I finished shading the hand and outlining the ribbons that connect the two hands. We matched up the two papers and made sure the ribbons connected well. I also used a blending stump to blur the darker areas.

Forth Block

We finished our art piece and cleaned some of the edges to make the paper look cleaner.


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One day

The art-piece we will be creating for one day is a sketching of two hands with the use of colored pencils. One hand is above the other and connected by a strand of fabric. The ring on the upper hand symbolized wealth and status. Meanwhile, the bandages on the lower-hand signify the poor and weak. The contrast is just like the inevitable gap between the rich and the poor. However, the fabric represents the feeble connection between them. But this connection is only associated with the manipulation of the rich on the poor.

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Pale Blue Dot CER

I found the pale blued dot more humbling and awe-inspiring because it made me realize the insignificance of the earth compared with the vast cosmic arena and how we should value and preserve this only dot we call home.

In 1990, NASA’s Voyager 1 spacecraft captured an image of the earth from a record distance of 2.7 billion miles.

Even though we believe that earth is a huge world where the whole history of humanity has taken place, this image taken by Voyager 1 proved that earth is just a tiny pale blue dot compared with the vast universe. This challenges our thoughts on our self-importance and privileged position in the universe. Even if we often focus on things in front of us and ignore things beyond, we have finally realized the triviality of us through this photograph. Moreover, this makes us realize how precious our earth is by showing that this dot is all the world we have. The war and hatred of our species led to damage to our planet. We have fought and shed blood just to conquer a fraction of this pale blue dot. Therefore, our world is the only place in the near future that could harbor our life so we should value and sustain it. In conclusion, I found the Pale blue Dot video more humbling because this distant image of our tiny world challenged our view on ourselves and made us cherish this pale blue dot.

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Stay gold, Ponyboy. Stay gold

Barcode / CustodianNebraska About Tissue /Really FIZZY / EclecticGreek Section / DustyValley Dollar by Joyce

The poster above was made on Canva.

This book cover shows the theme throughout the story in The Outsiders by S.E Hinton. The theme my quotes supported is how innocence and youth cannot last forever. This multimedia piece can show my concept of theme because I used a book cover and the back of the book is usually good for summery and theme. I used quotes that were about the theme in different parts of the story to support the theme throughout the story. Therefore, I used a book cover to show theme in The Outsiders.

Citations: “Figure 2f from: Irimia R, Gottschling M (2016) Taxonomic Revision of Rochefortia Sw. (Ehretiaceae, Boraginales). Biodiversity Data Journal 4: e7720. Https://” doi:10.3897/bdj.4.e7720.figure2f.