It was the Spring of Hope, it was the Winter of Despair.

In my younger years, I would tell myself to stand up for who I am. Not just taking care of man but taking care of myself. Ten years in a wooden house, only Papa and me. I was never clean, nor dried. I wished my day would not only be the lake, the kitchen, and the bed. Please, I would tell young me, leave France, you deserve to see more. But at last, Bonjour, this is Bridgette. And this is my journal.

Many things have changed during the French revolution, for example, the old social structure (old regime) was overthrown. During the old regime, people were extremely religious. After the old regime was overthrown, more scientific ideas were developed such as the philosophy of the French Revolution: ‘The Enlightenment’ (Age of Reason). In the phase of the French revolution, it took political power from the Catholic church. They were questioning the divine right of kings and the old regime. While the old social structure was overthrown, more rights such as the Declaration of the rights of man were established. No matter what estate you are in, you have freedom of speech including votes. Before the old regime was overthrown, only royals had these certain rights. The French revolution, it put an end to monarchy and feudalism. The king was executed because of wars and revolts. The laws were arranged newly, France had a constitution for the first time. Additionally, because the people of France needed a symbol that did not represent the monarchy they were attempting to throw, the flag of France had changed during the revolution. At last, the calendar was changed to the Revolutionary Calendar. In October 1793 a new calendar was established instead of the gregorian calendar of the church and was used for 12 years until 1805. The gregorian calendar represented the old regime as well as the church, it had to be ousted to get rid of all traces of the old regime.


While many things have changed, some things have stayed the same. The class society remained, only the blood-based aristocracy was replaced by a capital-based aristocracy. Even though estates were abolished, the social classes remained the same. Different social classes were still looked down upon. Another example is, the boundaries and the size of France stayed the same, Emperor Napoleon did not succeed to conquer more of France. Throughout the French revolution, France remained an enemy of Great Britain, and the Napoleon period when Napoleon attempted to conquer the continent. While the government changed from monarchy to autocracy, Napoleon still has absolute power. Even though there wasn’t a king anymore, there was an Emperor who had absolute power.


Terror Reigning from the Sky

This is a painting of Napoleon’s successful campaign against Austria at the Battle of Marengo. Rise of Napoleon

Here introducing the bloodiest revolution-The French revolution. Life during this time period was hard, there were many reasons that occurred the French revolution. One of the main reasons was the old reign, the old reign was an unjust socio-political system that was very unequal. Countries were ruled by absolutism, the monarch had absolute control over the government. King Louis was the main reason for how he and his wife ruined their countries with their own hands. There were different classes of people, privileged and unprivileged, the privileged didn’t have to pay tax but the unprivileged did. The king because of this was bankrupt, people were in hunger, and because of this. The different estates of people now were mad. The French revolution was not worth it, with the ending of rising of napoleon it turned back to a monarch. By doing all of the revolts, its main point was executing the king-ending monarch. With all of the deaths and the Robespierre with Jacobins in power, the result went back with no progress. Napoleon titled himself an emperor with the citizens treating him like a “baby”.  There were still good things resulting from the French revolution, such as the new system, more equality, and took political power from catholic churches, and brought new and scientific ideas to the French. At last, here is the French revolution in plain English. 


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The book that I talked about today is Typhoid Mary by Gail Jarrow. This book is about a deadly disease called Typhoid fever that spreads bacteria like crazy as it shatters lives from the early twentieth century to today. the story part tells the true story of the woman Mary Mallon who unwittingly spread the deadly bacteria.

Yes, you should definitely read this book. During the situation right now, as we know there is a pandemic similar to typhoid called covid. The similarity between covid and typhoid makes us bring in ourselves from the real world to the book. Covid leads to bad situations just like typhoid and It will keep readers on the edges of the seats wondering what happened to Mary and the innocent typhoid victims. In this book, we could learn many facts and great lessons to prevent us from getting sick and bad diseases with bacteria. For example, it teaches us to wash hands frequently and to eat clean and cooked foods.

In this unit, I learned how to properly write notes that are helpful to my learning. It will help me track categories, subtopics, or points.  Reread old parts of the book really helped clear my understanding, and helped me find the key themes of the book.


Are the Boxers nice?

The Boxers deserve a bad reputation. During the years 1898-1900, the Boxer war happened on June 21-23th, boxers set fire to parts of the Legation district, because they were training a martial art, using wushu, they thought they could control fire. They thought they could only burn churches and foreign properties. But instead, the Hanlin Academy library was burned, and innocent people were killed. This was misbehavior of the Boxers; they had a misunderstanding and didn’t know what they were doing. By killing innocent people, the tag of protecting their culture or country was broken. They weren’t protecting their people or country; they were harming it. At the start, the Treaty of Tianjin was signed in years 1856-60. Foreigner missionaries were allowed to travel freely in and establish legation quarters. They also had the right to build churches and other buildings. Shandong was having natural disasters such as flooding and droughts during the time. Boxers blamed the missionaries and foreign buildings such as churches that brought bad luck. They begin taking them down. The Boxers deserve a bad reputation because what foreigners were doing was legal, they did nothing wrong because there was the treaty. The Boxers were kind of religious to believe that it was because of the foreigners, there was no straight evidence. The foreigners were only doing what they could be supposed to do, nothing wrong and that’s how boxers started the boxers war. They started themselves.


Bazaar magazine’s special edition! Introducing Helena

Characterization cover of MSND by Lydia

The above magazine cover is inspired by the Shakespear play, a Midsummer night’s dream. I chose the character, Helena, because of her more fun personality and the choices she makes in this play with her views of love. I chose this image because Helena is described as fair, meaning she is pale and blond, this lady perfectly fits her with the little jealousy look in her eyes. I am proud of how my evidence supports my claim well.

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Want to be a Humanist?


RENAISSANCE Humanisim by Lydia

In general, I would be 4/5 humanists, I love studying humanities and science that includes grammar and writing. In school for humanities, we learn history such as medieval ages and about Rome and Greek, these would fall under the category of renewing classical culture.  Although I do not know much about religion and the catholic church, my understandings of social standings is also not quite there yet.


Rolling Down to Your Dream-Lydia Kim

Wheelchair basketball: Thompson-Okanagan cruises to victory

Sometimes a dream needs a push, a gentle push for the wheelchair to start rolling, rolling down the pathway to your dream. This “push” is none other than your hard work in your dream. “Sometimes a Dream Needs a Push” tells the story of Chris, a boy who has a dream of playing basketball, his dad has high hopes for him because of his own injury he could not play anymore. However, Chris got in an accident, making him also incapable of playing basketball like he used to. Chris’s basketball dream tore apart, or so he thought. The concept of resilience is throughout the story, highlighting the ability to recover from difficulties and setbacks.


In the story “Sometimes a dream needs a push”, Walter Dean Myers believes that People often encounter setbacks in life, but in order to pursue their dreams they need to face adversity and overcome challenges. Mr. Evans, Chris’s coach suggests Chris join a wheelchair game during his darkest times: ‘“We won’t have the experience of the other teams in the league,” he said. “But it’ll be fun”’ (Myers 1). Even that Chris could not play like a normal basketball player but when his coach had this suggestion, he suddenly had the feeling to be motivated and start again. The experience won’t be the same but when he still has his dream in his head and his father’s expectations, the inner strength and courage come back. As the story continues, Jim encourages Chris even when the score is looking substandard: ‘’’I think they played okay…just a little nervous but look at the score. It’s 22 to 14… just 8 points ahead. We can catch up’’’ (Myers 5). Before Jim’s encouragement, Chris’s team was doing poorly. Feeling dejected, Jim’s sudden appearance made Chris feel even worse. He thought Jim was disappointed in him, but instead, Jim is cheering him and his teammates up. Chris liked his dad’s words by using “we”; it makes him feel self-assured and trusted. Chris soon recovered from the difficulties and gave his dream one more push. At the end of the story game, despite losing, they felt motivated and happy. At last, when people are beaten down, the decisions might be hard. Chris never thought that the second of the lights shining, cars crushing, people yelling that his dream will be crushed. But to get through with the right attitude to continue pursuing dreams is the accurate way.

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Finding Conflict in the Purse

The found poem was taken from “Thank you Ma’am” by Langston Hughes. It shows the external conflict between the boy (Roger), the protagonist, and the woman (Mrs. Jones) which is the antagonist(man vs man). In this story, the external conflict illustrates Mrs. Jones’s decision of how to deal with him between dragging him to the police or using the kind way of giving him a lesson by inviting him to dinner with physical actions. The external conflict is when Roger tries to steal her purse, which starts the clash. The woman and the boy both struggle with each other when he tries to steal her purse. In this passage, Roger’s personality comes across an honest boy but with no guardian to keep him on board. Mrs. Jones comes across as a responsible and kind woman that helps Roger to learn a lesson for what he had done. My poem shows the concept by how Mrs. Jones continues to ask him if she turns him loose what will he do with grabbing him, after many trials her decision was by not releasing him and dragging him home to eat. The conflict between the two is resolved when Roger decides not to attempt an escape and is given food by Mrs. Jones. My design of the poem is an image drawing from the original text, it shows how the boy wanted to steal that large purse.

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