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American Revolution: Morgan Sawyer’s Journal

This is the journal of my character, Morgan, who was living in Massachusetts at the start of the American Revolution, and intending on joining the Continental Army. Through three journal entries spread across a period of nearly twenty years, my character tells the story of the American Revolution from her point of view. In the end, my character reflects on whether joining the Continental Army was worth it, and things changed and stayed the same after the revolution.

The American Revolution For Dummies

The American Revolution transformed a group of 13 British colonies in North America into an independent country. From rising tensions on both sides to the revolutionary war, this video is a quick recap of the American Revolution made for those who were not alive during the time. Although in the end, many argue that the American Revolution was not all that Revolutionary in its ideas, nevertheless, if the American Revolution did not happen, we’d be calling the United States “West Canada.”

Lisa and I collaborated pretty well on this assignment, dividing the work evenly. We mostly worked in-person as opposed to online, making the entire process more streamlined, and minimizing any technology issues, though we definitely had our fair share.

Unpunished Murder: Should you read it?

I read Unpunished Murder: Massacre at Colfax and the Quest for Justice by Lawrence Goldstone. The theme here is fighting for racial justice was and is the right thing to do. The book consists of mini-biographies of people working towards racial equality in the US during the 1800s, as well as the opposition they were met with. They faced so many challenges and dead ends when it came to their fight for justice. You should read this book because it is incredibly eye-opening, and taught me a lot about the history of racism. Understanding the full history of racism in the US can help us understand the racism we see now, so even though it’s history, it’s still incredibly relevant. That’s not to say it’s also an interesting book, and another thing I learned during this unit was the importance of taking good notes. They shouldn’t be a fact-for-fact copy of the book; just a collection of things that help you understand the book and the main idea better.

Boxer Rebellion CER + ThingLink

The boxers deserve a bad reputation because they killed innocent people and did not achieve their end goal of driving all the foreigners out of China. They killed foreigners they saw out on the streets, as well as Chinese Christians or anyone they suspected was a Chinese Christian. This forced foreign missionaries and Chinese Christians to hide within their legations or churches, many of which the boxers burned down with people inside. Many missionaries, Chinese Christians, and legation guards died during the rebellion. They also started the Boxer war, which had China pit against 8 other countries and consequently caused China to lose 61 billion US in “reparation fees”. To an extent, the boxers were not only rebels, but also a vigilante group— a self-appointed group of citizens who decide to take the role of law enforcement within their community without any legal authority. They had the intent of driving out all the foreigners, who they didn’t agree with. However, their preferred method of achieving this goal was murdering people. Killing people (unless it’s for self-defense) is simply put, immoral. There may have been an explanation as to why they decided to do it, but it still doesn’t justify the crime. It’s also true that foreign troops came into the city and inadvertently killed innocent civilians, but it does not undo the damage the boxers inflicted or make the murders they committed any less horrific. 

Hermia – Magazine Cover

I chose the title, font and layout because I wanted this cover to resemble Vogue magazine.

Hermia is a very brave and persistent person who refuses to give in to her father’s wishes for her to marry Demetrius, a man she doesn’t like, even if it means risking death to be with the love of her life, Lysander. She says she would rather become a nun and wither away than marry Demetrius: ”

This is very brave of her because talking back to fathers was very rare during the time, and going against their wishes was even more rare and looked down upon. Hermia refuses to compromise her morals because of her father’s ignorant demands. It shows her persistence because Theseus, Demetrius, and Egeus her father all want her to marry Demetrius, but she doesn’t give in. Hermia and Lysander decide to run away together, again showcasing her courage and bravery. She would be leaving behind all her friends and family and everything she’d ever known and live in the woods. By disobeying her father, she would also be risking death, because Egeus would rather have Hermia dead than have her be with Lysander.

Humanism Infographic

Theme CER- Miss Marple Tells a Story

Do you ever doubt if things are really true or not? Or do you just assume everything to be what it looks to be? In the short story Miss Marple Tells a Story by Agatha Christie, the author believes that the truth is not as obvious as it seems, and can be hidden in plain sight. In the passage, Miss Marple tells the story of when Mr. Petherick asked her for her professional opinion on the murder of Mrs. Rhodes. Mr. Petherick believed Mr. Rhodes did not murder his wife, Mrs. Rhodes at the hotel they were staying at. After asking several questions, Miss Marple had already figured it out. A woman dressed as a chambermaid was the person responsible for killing Mrs. Rhodes, and she was one of the two women staying alone at the hotel.
Mr. Petherick assumes the chambermaid is innocent when trying to figure out who killed Mrs. Rhodes, and says “’There seems absolutely no reason why she should commit a sudden assault on a guest…’” (Christie 3). Mr. Petherick can’t seem to figure out what happened, as he not only believes that Mr. Rhodes did not kill his wife, but also believes that it couldn’t have been the chambermaid. Here, he is completely eliminating the possibility of the chambermaid having killed Mrs. Rhodes. He turns out to be wrong because although the real chambermaid did not murder Mrs. Rhodes, a woman staying at the hotel dressed as a chambermaid did. Mr. Petherick was assuming seemingly obviously true things to be automatically true.
After Mr. Petherick states he doesn’t believe the chambermaid or her husband killed the woman, Miss Marple notes that “On the face of it, it seems that Mr. Rhodes must have murdered his wife. But I could see that Mr. Petherick was quite convinced of his client’s innocence… ”. Much of the very little evidence available may lead many to believe that Mr. Rhodes killed his wife because no-one other than him and the chambermaid had gone in her room that night. However, Miss Marple knows not to be fooled by the seemingly obvious. She trusts Mr. Petherick’s judgment about the husband not having killed Mrs. Rhodes, which is not necessarily the most obvious choice and continues to inquire further about the case and possible suspects. Miss Marple Tells a Story shows readers that the truth is often not what it seems, and requires some creative thinking to find that it’s often hiding in plain sight, much like how in the story, Miss Carruthers wears a chambermaid’s uniform to enter Mrs. Rhodes’ room without suspicion.

found poem – The Bass the River and Sheila Mant

The conflict in this story happens after Sheila says, “I think fishing’s dumb,” and the main character doesn’t want her to think they’re dumb because they like fishing, so they play along and pretend to also dislike fishing, all while trying to catch a bass without Sheila finding out. The type of conflict here is internal because, on one hand, the main character wants to impress Sheila (who thinks fishing is dumb), but on the other hand, they love fishing and have to opportunity to catch this huge bass.


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Life imitating art

Many of my friends don’t know this, but I actually have a twin sister who I asked to take this photo with me.

Just kidding.

I drew some clouds in the background and upped the saturation in this recreation of a scene from Stranger Things 2:


I was wearing a scarf on my head and erased any unwanted fabric from the photo when editing. I’m also holding my cat Latte in my arms instead of a ferret.

I drew a unibrow and mustache on my face using mascara, and also inserted a photo of my baby kitten Magic on my right shoulder because I do not have have a baby gorilla.

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For this recreation I drew a silly wig on my head and painted the background

Here, I tied a towel around my waist to make the dress, and made the umbrella green when editing the photo. I also got my cat to sit and pose as the figure on the left.

I worked really hard on recreating the painting the background in this painting, and I’m very satisfied with the end result.








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