Go, Diego, Go!

For the last few weeks we got to choose a revolution to study and break into groups. I chose the Cuban revolution. For this project we were told to tell a story from the perspective of someones journal. We were meant to pick three events we thought were relevant to the revolution. So be aware this is not actually based off a real person and some of the information could be altered a bit to tell the story of Diego.

The Cuban Revolution in Plain English

normal link if you can not access video- Cuban Revolution Video

The Cuban Revolution in plain english is meant to be an informational video to help you understand the timeline of main events that occurred during the revolution. Our assignment was to create some sort of video using creativity and explanation. We chose to create a partial stop motion video with whiteboard doodles. I would say we collaborated well and helped each other on parts we might not be so strong in (for example writing the script, or editing). We could easily get in touch to help each other out on parts we might not have fully understood. I hope you enjoy the video and learn about the revolution!

picture credits-
https://www.pinterest.com/pin/259731103488304709/ cuban map
https://www.webintravel.com/european-tour-operators-association-ceo-pronounces-its-a-bloodbath-in-the-jungle/ jungle picture
https://www.gograph.com/vector-clip-art/flying-pigs.html flying pigs
https://line.17qq.com/articles/csutswtax_p4.html plate and utensils

Will you get lost in the book Trapped?

In my humanities class this unit, I got the chance to read the book Trapped by Marc Aronson. This book was about 33 men getting trapped in the depths of the Chile mine down 2,300 feet. The book represents many different ideas of possible themes, but the main two being to make the most of what you have, and that strong trust and friendship go a long way. These different themes connect, but I feel they also show a contrast of different view points. In Trapped, they show that teamwork means success. They all played different parts in helping each other in the mine, “Every day, Villarroel recalled, the captain ‘told us to have strength. If they find us they find us, if not, that’s that.” (Aronson 43). The men also went through many senerios together, in the middle of the book the men mentioned that they were worried they would never see their families nor daylight again. They just had to keep going and stay together. Then, at the end of the book, a survivor of the 1972 plane crash came to the site to say some words of wisdom to the men stuck down in the mine, they said, “Remain united together.” (Aronson 71). On a different note, the book also shows a representation of making the most of what you have. Towards the mid point in the book the men where running out of food and had to ration the food AND share it between all men. They also had to make the most out of the supplies they had and go search for a shelter. In pictures shown at the end of the book, you could see how they made their clothing adapt to the hot climate down in the mine. Finally, on one of the last pages of the book the author showed how brave he thought the men were by saying, “ In turn, the men gave an example to the world” (Aronson 91). This evidence really shows how making the most out of a bad situation can change peoples opinion of you as well as build up new relationships.

I think this book was quite interesting once you get into the actual plot of the story, but the build up to that part was very fact packed and hard to get into. It was worth it to read it because now I feel a lot more educated on how miners work, and emotions that could possibly cross through their head.

During this unit I learned that breaking down the text into different central ideas can help you comprehend the text easier and understand connections better.

Boxer Rebellion

In the late 1800s early 1900s a series of unfortunate events led to each other causing the Boxer Rebellion. Boxers, also known as “The Righteous and Harmonious Fists”, was a secret Chinese society from Shandong that wanted to undermine the Christians and foreign missionaries. Their reasoning behind it was that the Chinese believed Christian missionaries where causing droughts and floods, wanting to covert the Chinese to western culture/religion, as well as in their eyes were being rude to the Chinese. The Chinese did not want that and got the idea that all foreigners wanted to convert them and take away their culture. That caused conflict and consequences towards the foreigners. Some of these consequences were not intended such as innocent deaths, but were still caused by this outrage of different opinions.

I think the Boxers deserve a bad reputation, because they did things that permanently effected the rest of the world. According to Mr. Jeremiah, the tour guide for our field trip, ” The Boxers believed that the drought was caused by the catholic churches put there by the foreigners. That the steeples of the Churches were messing with the clouds causing no rain. ” that was only the start of it. Because they thought the missionaries were trying to westernize their trade, and convert all the Chinese to Christians. While the missionaries thought it would be nice if they could become Christians, they did not act violently on the matter. The Boxers did. The Boxers got so upset that according to a Boxer Rebellion timeline from the field trip, “The Boxers set fire to parts of Legation District…..Shanxi Provincial governor executes 44 missionaries families after offering them asylum” this shows that they reacted very violently. They killed an unnecessary amount of people, permanently affecting their lives and other people around them. The Boxers also cut off any sort of communication they could have. According to Jeremiah, and the timeline packet we were given, “The Boxers cut the railway line connecting Beijing and with Tianjin and the coast….they also blocked the telegrams and mail coming into the Beijing post office.” That clearly proves their stubbornness and how the missionaries basically had no chance in the Boxer Rebellion. All of this just caused worse problems effecting the history of country alliances forever.

In conclusion, the Boxers definitely deserve a bad rap for all the permanent, outrageous thing that they did. They unnecessarily killed, cut off main sources of communication, and took the message of missionaries way out of hand. The Boxers changed the course of history permanently.

Royal Flush Magazine (Midsummer Nights Dream)

My magazine is titled “Royal Flush”. I chose this name because in the play MSND Duke Theseus is what I would call a Royal Flush. He is arrogant, biased, and unreasonable as mentioned in my magazine. These traits are also represented by the clueless/confused monkey on my cover. I say this because he tries to tell Hermia who she can marry, and he acts in an unreasonable way by threatening her death if she doesn’t marry Demetrius. As the text says, “Either to die the death or to abjure forever the society of men.” He also has some internal conflict: “What say you, Hermia? be advised fair maid:To you your father should be as a god;”. This sentence shows he is struggling on whether to be on Hermias side, or to be on the father (Egeus’s) side. Others have different opinions of him, “So will I grow, so live, so die, my lord,” Hermia is basically saying you are being unfair and preposterous by telling me what I have to do according to my father. But her father (Egeus) thinks highly of him, “Happy be Theseus, our renowned duke!” So, in conclusion, Duke Theseus is not very thoughtful and flat out bossy.


For a copy of the play click here

to learn more about Duke Theseus and MSND click here


Theme Analysis for “The Sound Of Thunder”


Imagine going back in time and having the ability to change everything that ever is or was. In this story, a man from the future goes back in time to hunt dinosaurs. He figures out how to plan the death so it does not cause a ripple in time effect. Touching one thing in the past world could had potential to affect the future greatly. Thus, little things can cause a big difference and make a great impact.


A little corruption often compromises the future and affects everyday life. By doing a simple tiny thing, we could be unconsciously changing the future: ‘“Not knowing it, we might kill an important animal, a small bird, a roach, a flower even, thus destroying an important link in a growing species”’ ( Bradbury 5). It shows that the little things we change can have a huge impact on society and others around us. By doing one little thing it could leave a HUGE impact on someone else. As the story continues, they make more discoveries on how changing one thing can lead to a change of the course of life. In the text Eckels greatly regrets going off of the path and affecting the future: ‘“ Can’t we take it back, can’t we make it alive again? Can’t we start over? Can’t we-”’ (Bradbury 15). This evidence represents that we, as people, have a lot of values we take for granted and that one single thing we say or do could stick with another person for life (or even end life like the butterfly). That being said, it shows that you need to be careful and not do something you will regret, even if it is the tiniest thing imaginable. Like when he ran off the path in the end, that will end up affecting generations of existence. So, in the end, be kind and courteous because anything can lead to another.

Fish Cheeks Found Poem



In the story Fish Cheeks by Amy Tan, the conflict is character vs society. This story is about a girl named Amy, not wanting to be embarrassed about her Chinese American culture in front of her crush. The text mentions that she sees her mother’s cooking as strange. In Paragraph 3 she says,” My mother had outdone herself in creating a strange menu.” She goes on to describe all the dishes in an unappealing way. She is very embarrassed about her family and culture, according to the text in paragraph 5, “Dinner threw me deeper into despair. “She goes on after that to say how Robert (her crush) and his family just waited for the food to be passed to them. Then her father burps and makes the minister belch, common for Chinese culture. She then claims she was, “Stunned into silence for the rest of the night.” Paragraph 6.  In my poem, I used words like “strange” and “stunned” to describe how she feels about her family and culture. I feel these are good word choices as they really emphasize the embarrassment the main character has about her culture. The pictures in my background clearly represent the conflict, because she is fighting with her culture (the American and Chinese flags), and angst about having her family represent her culture during dinner. I also just blurred out the background to really emphasize the words in my poem.  All in all, after her embarrassment of her family she learns the lesson of appreciating them and her culture in the end.

Amy Tan- http://www.amytan.net/

Fish Cheeks story- https://www.ncps-k12.org/cms/lib8/CT01903077/Centricity/Domain/638/LA/Short%20Story%20-%20Fish%20Cheeks.pdf

Bella (Don’t Label Me)

I am an older sister, daughter, friend, student, and teammate.  I love to talk about pretty much anything you can imagine. I love animals, I have a cat and dog. Adrenaline rushes make me feel good. Going on rollercoasters, waterslides, and doing things like that are fun to me. Helping and giving back to the community makes me happy. Volunteering at local places to help out, such as dog shelters, soup kitchens, highway clean ups and anything else I can find to get involved with are good examples of how I like helping out. My favorite food has always been sushi. The taste of the crab and salty soy sauce on the perfect California roll is the best. I laugh at pretty much anything. If I fail at something I laugh, even if it’s not funny I laugh. The sound of nails on a chalkboard is some kind of soothing to me. Traveling is a big part of my life. I have lived in Germany, USA, and China with an international family. When January hits it makes me sad. The new start of things sometimes can hit me hard. My favorite time of year is autumn and my favorite celebration is Halloween. I love the sound of the crunchy leaves under my shoes. My birthday is right around that time and the smell and sounds of autumn make me overjoyed. I like to try new things, I’ll eat pretty much anything you put in front of me. Making and decorating cakes, cookies, and baked goods is one of my hobbies, but I like eating macaroons the most. I love playing sports and getting any kind of physical activity, but I also like to sit and watch a movie with junk food. Don’t label me.