Category: Humanities

Fight for Posterity

This is the Diary of Rodrigo Morales, a 21-year-old college student, living in a wealthy family supported by their large sugarcane business. His home country Havana has experienced a chain of unsettling revolutions, although a new one is occurring, descending the nation in entropy. As a result, he must decide how to protect the nation’s serene beauty, before it’s all enveloped by chaos.

During this revolution, several things changed and continued. Two examples of continuity include 1. The government was again re-established with a military coup by rebels, similar to past military cups conducted by other leaders. 2. Sugar still accounts for most economic income of Cuba. Two examples of change include 1. Literacy and healthcare provided for all Cubans 2. The nationalization of agricultural production.

Angry Hagrid vs the World

By Ryan Quon, Ethan Anderton, and Anya Pan

Latin American Hagrid fights the Batista fashionista and his oversized hats. From foot fungus to gorilla warfare, and a communist uprising, the Cuban Revolution brought small Caribbean island to become a global threat of nuclear war. Great figures emerged from rural environments to become people capable of ending the world. Revolutions occur due to a significant imbalance between those with power and those without it. Those with unrestricted ability will manipulate it however they please, because those who lack ability cannot limit its growth, and so it eventually grows until the imbalance becomes so severe that people sacrifice everything because they have nothing left to sacrifice besides their own skin and bone. A pattern that I noticed with revolutions was the struggle for power. The opposing government was corrupted, which resulted in a revolt, which resulted in the creation of another corrupt government. It’s a perpetual cycle that produces death and desecration and provides only a brief moment when the world is at peace until the inevitable cycle rekindles its flame.


(Note: I’m using “they” for Sasha because they are agender.)

Book Rating: 4/5

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The 57 Bus, a nonfiction book by Dashka Slater, explores the concepts of racism, sexism, and classism 8 years before, in Oakland Califonia. The book describes two adolescent boys, one white and one black, with separate identities from separate environments. On a fateful journey from the middle-class foothills towards the drug plagued lower-class communities. On that bus, that black boy’s fatal decision would shape their lives forever. One theme of this book is that people deserve more forgiveness and opportunities to change, capable people will learn from their mistakes.

Two reasons you should read this book are 1) The author incorporates big topics still prevalent today, like sexism, racism, and classism, with good detail and a compelling and emotional story. 2) The book is engaging and dramatic, with scenes immersing you into the text, making you want to read more and more. It’s an inspirational story that makes you feel emotional about life and friendship.

Something I learned during this unit is that rereading can be beneficial towards understanding central ideas and themes. It can help find deeper meaning in areas not focused on before. I need to reread pages of the book to explore deeper knowledge and understanding. `


Pointless and Misunderstood

I believe the Boxers deserved a bad reputation because they didn’t consider the consequences and acted upon impulse, killing people, and destroying buildings that could’ve been beneficial to Chinese development. To make a weak nation weaker is the worst decision.

During the siege of the Legation Quarter, the Boxers had targeted employees working in the Inspector Center of Customs. This included people like Robert Hart, who was beneficial to the development of Chinese technology. The Center of Customs elevated domestic trade, postal service, waterway, and harbor management. People like Robert made great strides in the translation of books, current events, and mail. The subject of translated books included law, science, and world history, topics that would assist Chinese growth. However, the Boxers would kill many of them, and people like Robert had to hide in the British Legation to remain safe.

This shows that the Boxers deserved a bad reputation because they were imprudent and rash. The killing of these people would have detrimental effects, that hinder Chinese progress. The employees of the Center of Customs were essential to domestic trade and communication. Without them, China would remain underdeveloped. If Robert Hart was murdered, China would suffer, not foreigners. The Boxers should’ve considered the effects of their actions, and what consequences would occur.


When the Boxers detonated mines under the French Legation, it resulted in a massive fire that spread in all directions. The Boxers believed they had magic powers that control fire, that only burned foreign buildings. They were wrong, and the fire actually burned more Chinese than Foreign buildings. From 21 – 23 of June in 1900, the Hanlin Academy and Library were set aflame. In addition, the Boxers surrounded churches and embassies, which were raided. the Boxers proceeded to lay siege to the Legations, and many foreigners, missionaries, victims of previous sieges, and Chinese converts hid inside the British Legation for 55 days.

This demonstrates that the Boxers deserve a bad reputation, because can’t anticipate, and make horrible decisions. They don’t understand that events have consequences, and this characteristic of the Boxers harmed more Chinese than Foreigners during the fire. They didn’t put the foreign and native thoughts into consideration. They destroyed many valuable foreign and native buildings, including the Hanlin Academy, which contained many scholars and Chinese classics.






Helena the Social Media Influencer

A Midsummer Nights Dream, composed by William Shakespeare features a character named Helena. I decided to create a magazine cover of this character to give further detail on her attributes and personality.

Word Document In Midsummer Night

Beauty, Truth and Wisdom


Humanism was the essence of the Renaissance, involving a revival of Latin and Greek texts. It became a popular ideology that asserted human dignity and values. It expressed confidence in humanity’s predominance and shaping society and nature to their desire. As the Greek philosopher, Protagoras stated: “Man is the measure of all things”. Humanism derives from the Latin word humanitas, which meant humanity or cultivation of the mind. Renaissance-era people wanted education and knowledge to develop society. It meant exploration and innovation for Renaissance Humanists, and to understand the natural world and the universe behind it. Florence, Venice, Pisa, Milan, and Rome adopted humanism and removed religion as a dominating force that spawned the Renaissance era. Humanists wanted unity of truth and wanted secularism.

We are blind


Theme CER final

The Grim Truth

“Last Kiss” Haiku


Passionate moments

Smiling and leaning forward

Grim truth recognized



A hearts affection

Fragile moments embraced

Cradling loves remnants



Intrinsic affairs

Approach the drifting tides

Lost without desire

The Last Kiss” is a short story written by Ralph Fletcher. The conflict in the story is external, and the main protagonist, Ralph Fletcher, is against his parents, the antagonist. Ralph begins his life given kisses before bed, provided every night: “This arrangement worked very well indeed and lasted through kindergarten, first grade,  and into second grade. It was such an intrinsic part of my childhood, like making my bed or saying my prayers, that I never bothered to question it.” However, as the story progresses, Ralph begins to lose connections with his father and mother. Kisses are no longer given by his father, and Ralph is shattered. In paragraph fourteen, he states: “It took several more nights, several more awkward tries, before the grim truth finally sunk in. I was too old to be kissed by my father. True, I could go to my mother and get a huge bearhug along with a kiss. But now that the smoothness of her cheek was not counterbalanced by my father’s fine sandpaper, ever her kisses felt different, not nearly so powerful, much more fragile. I would never again embrace her without some part of me wondering if I might not one day lose her kisses as well.” The moments that he thought would constantly happen, no longer do. The theme states that you should appreciate the moment, and value each second of it before it all goes away. In paragraph fourteen, he says that he wonders if someday he will lose his mother’s kisses as well, which shows that he has finally learned to appreciate each moment.  I have written three haikus about his conflict and the story’s theme. The first poem describes the moments he was in and then realizing that someday they won’t come to pass. The second poem describes his heart embracing those moments, ones that he didn’t realize were fragile until he was cradling those memories of the times he was kissed. The third poem describes a time when those affairs would occur perpetually. Although he didn’t know that his mother’s and father’s love was drifting away, a falling tide, leaving him lost and confused. In paragraph thirteen, he states: “I stood there a moment, while the fireflies pulsed in silence. I was eight years old. The thought my mind held was too large to formulate into a question, too vague to clearly recognize as a loss.” The artwork behind my poems is a wave, which represents the parents love coming in waves, and fading away like it never existed. The blue of the waves also represents his sadness, because I wanted to choose some colder colours, rather than the warmer coloured ones of waves during sunset.




Trip Moment- The Cave

The steep trail was littered with stone and ruble. Rock formations
shot out like geysers of water, spires of rock like strong arms holding the ceiling in place. Tendrils of shadow enveloped the ceiling with stalactites drooping down towards us. Vines latched to the walls. The cave was barely illuminated. The cave door was like a black hole, where
our light was being suctioned into the void . This labyrinth of arches spread like veins, pumping gloominess into the room.

Artificial dragons stood motionless in their place. Even in such sinister environments, I could find happiness, strangely. It was a new cool surrounding, fit for my taste. It felt as if all my needs bent towards me. When I was hot, the cave got cold. When I needed a photo, the cave darkened for a good shot, narrowing light on what I wanted. Thoughts clouded my head. Why is this built, What is the purpose, What do people do here. I like thinking, and my needs were resolved. I loved this . I could feel me climbing into heavenly light, crawling into happiness. Literally.

I Am From Poem By Ryan

This is my I am from poem that connects to my life

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