French revolution Journal July 14th, 1789 – August 28th 1794

The french revolution was a horrible bloody time to be alive, many huge game changing events happened like the execution and fleeing of King Louis and the reign of terror, in the end the french revolution settled France with a somewhat decent leader and allowed France to have a better brighter future. The revolution has taught us many things, a good man cannot be a good king. This revolution was the game changer for the estates, before the revolution the first and second estates or the clergy and the nobles took control of France, they didn’t have to pay taxes and lived the life of a king. The 3rd estate or everyone else had to pay taxes, they spent most of their days working only to receive very small amounts of payment. The 3rd estate could also be arrested or captured for no legitimate reason. After the revolution, the 3rd estate was changed forever, the revolution gave the 3rd estate many rights that made the lives of the people of the 3rd estate very similar to the lives of the people of the 1st or 2nd estate.

The french revolution in plain english

This is my video about the french revolution. In this video i talk about 4 key events during the french revolution with my partner, Benjamin. The 4 key events that we have chosen are: Storming of Bastille, Escape and execution of the King, French revolutionary wars, and the Reign of terror. The making of this video was quite difficult, we had to draw each character. Some of the characters are based off a very interesting artist that we have discovered in the process. We have learned about all the key events of the french revolution, not just these 4 and we strengthened our understanding and knowledge about these 4 specific events by making this video. In my video, we show the summary of each of the 4 events: Revolutionaries storming Bastille and suffering from an overwhelming defeat, Louis’ escape and death during war against Austria, Frances’ victory against European monarchies and Robespierre’s arrest of “revolutionary suspects”.

Photo citation: https://salemcc.instructure.com/courses/659/pages/the-french-revolution-unit-summary-and-objectives

Napoleon, Hero or villain?

This is my infographic deciding whether Napoleon is a hero or a villain to his country. I believe he is a hero of France because of the reasons i stated above. What is the definition of a Hero or a villain? A hero is a person who thinks and acts for the benefit of the world and is very selfless and brave enough to face the problems the world was facing. A villain is the complete opposite of that. A villain is scared of death, scared of pain, a villain is a weak pathetic waste of air and space because the second he is faced with danger he would abandon the country causing it to collapse. The reasons i have chose the reasons that Napoleon is a hero is pretty much self-explanatory. For reason 1, he helped France basically conquer all of Europe! Thats a pretty big accomplishment! He was defeated by the British however but that was one loss from all the victories he won. He was a great strategist so he could potentially beat a larger army with a smaller one. Reason 2 was because he was kind to his soldiers. Some generals see their subordinates as tools or even obstacles sometimes but not Napoleon, he wanted to have a good impression on his soldiers so he treated them with extreme patience and the effort he put in to caring for his troops is pretty insane! (There is one time where he abandoned his troops because he thought there was a pretty good chance of him being the next leader of France if he went back to France but that may be to benefit France even more so we dont really talk about that) Reason 3 is because Napoleon helped reform or enhance many aspects of France that was not previously good for example the school systems, he added 4 grades of schools. Primary, Secondary, military and technical. Napoleon is a great leader, he is a great assist to his country and his troops therefore i think he deserves to have the “Hero of the country” title.

Russian Revolution Task #3 Video Journal

My video is here

My character has 2 names but the one that appears most is Aleksei. He is a former farmer and currently a factory worker in the lower class of the Russian economy. He kind of was in the middle when the October revolution happened, he liked the idea with a promising man leading Russia however he doubted if he could keep his promises. The Civil war didn’t really affect him much, since he is a lower class, he despised the upper class, this made him admire the Bolsheviks more than ever. He felt ver unusual when Lenin died, he didn’t know how to feel. A man finally living up to his promises but at what cost?

I think the Russian Revolution was worth it, the Tsar system didn’t work out very well so then the revolution solved that. However it was replaced with another provisional government which was not very effective in leading Russia so another revolution came and solved the problem replacing the provisional government with Lenin. Lenin did many great things for Russia far better than what the Tsar and the Duma’s Provisional government could have done so i think the Russian Revolution was worth it.

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To expand your knowledge on Stalin click here

 

Resolution blog task B6: Design a book cover

“I know that the future is scary at times. But there’s just no escaping it.”

What you saw up there was my book cover for design for “Armada” by “Ernest Cline”. The picture of the book cover is put together by me. The little boy sitting down looking at the spaceship is Zackary Lightman, the protagonist, who grew up playing the world’s most addicting games Terra Firma and Armada which were about spaceships. The spaceship is him learning that his “fantasy” is actually the reality.

I believe that the theme in Armada is that fantasy is like a dream, it may become a good dream or a nightmare. Zackary Lightman wished for his fantasy to become reality however when it became reality, he wasn’t ready and he had to pay the price. At first, he seemed like a regular child constantly falling asleep in class however as the story slowly progresses he becomes more and more serious and he turns from a regular child to one of the world’s savior. On page 297, it states that “If we don’t end war, war will end us”. The EDA (Earth defence alliance) wanted to win the war however Zack wanted to end it which turned out to be very successful.

In the end Zack found that he has ended the war successfully and that his plan has succeeded, he destroyed the mass murder weapon designed by the EDA to destroy the planet Europa (The enemies’ home planet) and made peace with the enemy. However he lost a whole lot during the war and his losses made him the way he is now. He discovered that the Alien fleet was all controlled by a machine that was from a council formed by many other planets.

My book cover is a bit random because Armada is extremely random. Random things happen every second, first you start off at a normal school then you realize video-games are simulations designed by the government to train the citizens for the upcoming war and you realize everything was just a test generated by some highly intelligent artificial being made to test other planets to see if they are worthy to join the council made by other planets.

“If there were other civilizations out there, why would they ever want to make contact with humanity? If this was how we treated each other, how much kindness could we possibly show to some race of bug-eyed beings from beyond?”

 

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Do the Boxers deserve a bad reputation

I feel like the Boxers were very barbaric and didn’t really have a reason for all their killing. I believe that the Boxers do deserve a bad reputation.

A cause of the Boxer rebellion was the drought. In shandong there was a flood and then directly after the flood was a drought. Droughts often make people very desperate to survive because it does many things to a normal village: It ruins their livestock, It kills all their crops, and it’s very hot and dry. The Chinese villagers in shandong came up with many theories of how the drought started and one of them was the Christians. The Christians had churches that had rooftops that were shaped like the blade of a knife. The villagers thought that the roof of the churches was stabbing into the sky (The belly of the gods) and was angering the gods which made them put the drought on shandong. Some of the Chinese villagers decided to do something about that and later became the boxers. You see, having a drought can literally turn a place into a barren wasteland.

The Christians had nothing to do with the drought (Obviously) and were suddenly attacked by the boxers. The innocent Christians had literally no idea what was going on because the boxers came to the city/province they were living in and suddenly became hostile. At Yokohama bank the boxers killed their first victim: A Japanese man. After that the boxers slaughtered a lot of people however they did not have the firepower of the western people and the imperial force. There was this greedy leader/governor that saw the boxer’s rage upon the Christians and decided to send out the imperial army not to help the Christians but the support the Boxers because he saw the boxers as a potential threat for himself and wanted to be safe from them. With the help of the imperial army the Boxers slaughtered more people. When all this chaos was slowly unfolding, everyone in the outside world didn’t know what was going on in the city. The post office controlled all communication system from the outside world and from the inside of the city. I believe that the needless slaughter of many people has earned the Boxers their well deserved bad reputation.

Rising Action and Climax Task B13: Conflict in Gone

This is my book trailer for the book Gone by Michael Grant. The book takes place in a dystopian world where adults suddenly popped out of existence and everything is mutating.

The main character Sam tries to take control of the situation thats going on in his town and tries to help the kids stay calm. A really cranky dude that is overpowering everyone else was also at the beach. Sam and a group of friends decided to investigate the situation and try to find Astrid’s little sister. Moments later they found a barrier, a big white barrier that was in the shape of a sphere and it was surrounding a huge amount of space.

My book trailer should include some of the things above. I added some creepy music because everyone loves creepy music and it would make the book seem kind of like a horror genre book.

To learn more about the book click here

If you want to learn more about the author click here

If you want to see an awesome fan-made movie trailer of Gone click here

Am I a Humanist?

This is my poster for answering the question: Am I a humanist? I believe that I am not a Humanist and my score for being a humanist between 1-10 is 3. Humanism is a system that was first discovered/used during the renaissance that some people still use it now.

I used this site for some of my information: http://www.learner.org/interactives/renaissance/printing_sub.html

The Radium Girls

The setting for the book The Radium Girls by Kate Moore is about young women working at a Radium factory. This is where most of the story takes place and where all the major events happen.

 

The protagonists work in a Radium dial factory where they spend all day painting little watch dials with radium to make them glow in the dark. The story takes place during a war which was near its end, so the protagonists also paint gun scope dials. The way they paint dials with radium has a peculiar name, it’s called Lip, Dip, Paint. Some point during the “Lip, dip paint” process the girls/protagonists are required to put radium on their lips. “Do not do that,” he said to her again. “You will get sick.” -Von Sochocky pg 25. Von Sochocky knew about the radiation of the radium and warned Grace (A worker from radium dials). I think that is a very important part of the first few parts of the story because in the Radium Dials factory everyone worked with the material known as radium. Von Sochocky warning them could have saved a lot of lives. In my opinion, that was the key moment to the story. It was the start of everything, you see, if they did accept Von Sochocky’s advice then the story wouldn’t have happened. Shortly after the warning of Von Sochocky, Grace recalled a message from Miss Rooney: “She told me it was not harmful” -Grace pg25. That may perhaps be that Miss Rooney (The radium girls’ leader (Not the boss of the company)) did not know of the radiation which would make sense because no one seemed to be affected in any way by the radium.

 

All the radium girls have no clue what dangers radium might possess which is basically making them take a risk that they do not know that exists. Isn’t there already enough deaths during a war? This is very similar to the plague; Europe never saw it coming and the Radium girls are also about to encounter a deadly disease kind of thing. The unknown dangers of Radium will surely cause more and more deaths to pile on to each other.

For more information on the book The Radium girls please visit this site: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/31409135-the-radium-girls

For more information on radium please visit this site: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Radium

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My found poem for “The Monkey’s Paw” by William W Jacobs

This is a poem made by the words of William W Jacobs in “The Monkey’s Paw.”

My poem represents the element conflict. “An old fakir put a spell on it. He was a very holy man and he wanted to show that fate ruled people’s lives and that to interfere with fate only caused deep sadness”. That was where Mr White messed up the most, that was a very important part of the story because if he said that and Mr White actually thought about what he said he would have threw the paw away and none of the sadness would have happened but he didn’t, he is a little bit greedy and stopped it from burning and wanted it for himself. “If you must wish, wish for something reasonable.” This was also very important because his second two wishes were extremely unreasonable. A person’s revival was a near impossible task which apparently was Mr White’s second wish. For the entire story Mr White seemed to be dueling with fate and fate is uncontrollable and if you mess with fate you will have to face its terrible consequences. In my poem I included all 3 wishes and some of the consequences of the wishes which represented conflict.

My background was a chessboard with the black king standing above the white king. I chose that as my background because it was like the the monkey’s paw was playing chess with the Whites. In the end the monkey’s paw defeated the Whites in chess. The Whites were the white king and the monkey’s paw was the black king. Every wish was like a turn in chess. The first wish was a huge mistake making the monkey’s paw able to take one of the chess piece’s in the White’s arsenal which happened to be Herbert, the son of the Whites. The second turn was also a mistake because “the thing outside” might have hurt Mrs White or Mr White if it actually got in but Mr White made his 3rd wish which was for the son to die again. I also chose the chessboard because Mr White and Herbert were playing chess at the beginning of the story. The word “Checkmate” was from the beginning of the story however it would fit better in the end because when Mr White used his last and final wish it was when the monkey’s paw defeated him in chess. When you defeat someone in chess you say checkmate which seemed to fit there because it was the monkey’s paw saying “Checkmate”.