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 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.
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.
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.
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.
I am a daughter, a student, and a cat lover. I love ice cream, pizza, and French fries, but I don’t like breakfast foods. Walking into an air conditioned room when it’s hot outside makes me really happy, and winter makes me a bit sad. I love sunny weather and summer, and a couple of my favorite places to travel are Maui, Boston, Chengdu, and Seattle. My favorite color is turquoise. Some of my hobbies include art, taking pictures of my cat, and watching Netflix. I am an environmentalist, and I don’t eat meat (except for seafood because my parents make me although I hate seafood). I really hate the smell and taste of cilantro, and the sound of a mosquito buzzing near my ear is like nails on a chalkboard for me. I enjoy reading in my free time. I cannot whistle no matter how hard I try, but I tell myself that I will learn one day. I’m an animal lover, but I’ scared of bees (i know they won’t hurt me but they’re still scary). Don’t Label Me.
This is the article that I wrote on gender inequality. Cat and & I worked on this together for the most part. Here is the pdf:
NEW ULTIMATE Gender Inequality (pdf)