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Argumentative Writing: Plastic Ban

Look around. It’s everywhere. We use it every day in our lives. Plastic. But not just plastic, single-use plastic. Plastic bags, cling wrap, plastic bottles, and even tape, all meant to be used once and then thrown away. So, what is plastic? Plastic is efficient and durable, and people love it. However, plastic production has more than tripled since the 90s, and now it is contaminating the earth — ground, air and waters are being polluted. And it will get worse. But we can stop it. Governments should ban single-use plastic because it is harmful to oceans, almost all plastic isn’t biodegradable, and plastic emits hazardous fumes into the air.

One reason governments should ban single-use plastic is because it is harmful to ocean life as well as oceans itself. Plastic has been filling the oceans around the world for many years, each year causing more and more problems for animals and humans alike. Everyone knows of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, but now, five trash gyres are wandering our oceans, and just the GPGP covers 1.6 million square kilometers — twice the size of Texas and three times the size of France. A survey from multiple beach clean-ups reported that the top finds are cigarette butts, food wrappers, bottles and bags, all of which are made of plastic. With all this plastic in the oceans, over one million sea animals (mammals, fish, sharks, turtles, and sea birds) die each year. As more and more plastic makes its way into oceans, the water will become dirtier, animals — and perhaps entire species — will die off, and oceans will lose their beauty. 4 billion plastic microfibers per square kilometer litter the deep sea, and it will just keep getting worse if plastic isn’t banned.

Another reason governments should ban single-use plastic is because only a very, very few percent of plastic produced is biodegradable. A study found that in 2018 over 27 million tons of plastic produced ended up in landfills. 79% of plastic produced goes to landfills, 9% is recycled, 12% is burned, and out of all plastic production each year, just a little over 1% is biodegradable. Of the 90% of plastic that isn’t biodegradable or isn’t recycled will be on the earth for more than 10 centuries. Plastic is made without any thought of what will come next. At best, it will take plastic 1,000 – 1,200 years to fully decompose, and at worst, the plastic will seep into the environment and be ingested by plants, animals, and humans. Because of the lack of plastic that’s biodegradable, our world will succumb to plastic like cancer to the body.

Opposing people say that if plastic is banned, millions of people will lose their jobs, but if plastic isn’t banned, plastic will continue to emit harmful fumes into the air. Some people burn plastic, trying to get rid of it, but burning plastic will create heat waste which, in turn, will increase the emission of greenhouse gases, a contributor of global warming. More than 50% of energy used today is being wasted as heat. A study found that 70 million tons of plastic gets burnt each year, but not just heat waste would be released if plastic is burned, also a handful of toxic chemicals and fumes. A few toxins released when plastic gets burnt are dioxins, furans, mercury, an PCBs, which will harm vegetation, animals, and humans. If governments ban plastic, the burning of plastics will decrease, leaving future generations with clean, healthy air.

Humans create and release many types of waste into the world, but plastic may be the worst. Governments should ban single-use plastic because it is dangerous to oceans and ocean life, very little plastic is biodegradable, and a ban will reduce the burning of plastic, which will make the air we breathe safer and healthier. Plastic was once a revolutionary invention, but now, is now polluting our planet — from plastic circling the earth to the deepest reaches of the seas. Think of all the animals, plants, and future generations we could save if plastic is banned. We failed to keep the earth clean, but if we act quickly, we can still save it.

Percy Jackson: The Lightning Thief

Some people think their lives aren’t good, some think their lives could never be greater, and some just don’t know how they can be happy. Take Percy Jackson. A somewhat typical middle-schooler. He has a life with school and homework, but Percy Jackson would feel more tranquil and be more content with his life if he has reliable study habits, could feel positive about his ADHD, and if he were more optimistic.

Percy Jackson doesn’t have good, dependable study habits. In the book, Percy says, “The evening before the final, I got so frustrated I threw the ‘Cambridge Guide to Greek Mythology’ across my dorm room,” on page 18. Also, on page 17, he says, “My grades slipped from Ds to Fs.” This problem affects Percy because since he doesn’t have good, reliable study habits, he gets frustrated about tests and any upcoming exams. In the article ‘Top 10 Study Tips’ from Youth Central, it says that, “Your study space should be quiet, comfortable, and distraction-free.” And, “Talk to your teachers or lecturers about the things you don’t understand.” This advice from the article would be helpful to Percy because he will be able to study and learn more things more effectively. Also, he can use these skills for the rest of his life.

In addition, Percy Jackson will have more patience and confidence in himself if he can feel good about his ADHD. In the book, page 1, he says, “Am I a troubled kid? Yeah, you could say that.” And then again on page 11, he comments, “I have moments like this a lot, when my brain falls asleep or something, and the next thing I know I’ve missed something, as if a puzzle piece fell out of the universe and left me staring at the blank space behind it. The school counsellor told me it was part of the ADHD, my brain misinterpreting things. I wasn’t so sure.” This problem of him lacking confidence in his ADHD affects him because this makes him think that he isn’t good and kind of ‘marks’ himself lower than others. In the Newsela article ‘New Ways to Think About ADHD’, it says that, “Differences in brains are to be expected and respected.” Also, this source says that neurodiversity may be as critical to humans as biodiversity is for life in general. The advice from the article will help Percy feel more confident and patient about his ADHD because it will help him learn that even though ADHD is a difference in the brain, no one should feel like they are different in a bad way.

Going along with feeling confident about Percy’s ADHD, he will also have a better life if he were more optimistic. On page 2, he says, “I could start anywhere in my short, miserable life to prove it.” Showing he doesn’t think very positively about his life. Then, on page 210, he says, “She was right: I was dying. I could feel my breath slowing down. Nobody could save me, not even the gods.” Which proves that he doesn’t have much faith in many things in his life. This problem of him being slightly pessimistic affects him because it can make him overly cautious, have little to no faith, and might make him unhappy in his life. In the article ‘How Power of Positive Thinking Works’ from The Harvard Gazette, it says that optimists have a significantly reduced risk of dying from several major causes of death. In this article, it is also written that, “While most medical and public health efforts today focus on reducing risk factors for diseases, evidence has been mounting that enhancing psychological resilience may also make a difference.” This evidence will help Percy because if he reads this article, he will find that optimists are healthier, are less likely to die prematurely, and are generally much happier and probably have a better lifestyle.

Percy should be able to feel happy and have a fulfilling life, even though Percy’s life is more complicated than most. He would be able to have that if he had better study habits, felt good about his ADHD, and was more of an optimist. Because, in the end, everyone would want that fulfilling life, so all can be thoroughly happy, satisfied, and untroubled.

 

Works Cited

Feldscher, Karen. “How Power of Positive Thinking Works.” The Harvard Gazette, 7 Dec. 2016, news.harvard.edu/gazette/story/2016/12/optistic-women-live-longer-are-healthier/. Accessed 16 Oct. 2020.

Gibson, Karen Bush. “New Ways to Think about ADHD.” Edited by Newsela Staff. Newsela, Carus Publishing Company, 30 Mar. 2018, newsela.com/read/elem-new-ways-to-think-about-ADHD/id/41696/. Accessed 16 Oct. 2020.

Riordan, Rick. Percy Jackson. 2010 ed., Puffin Books, 2005. Percy Jackson Series.

Youth Central. Victoria State Government, 13 Mar. 2018, www.youthcentral.vic.gov.au/study-and-training/help-with-study/how-to-study-better/top-10-study-tips. Accessed 16 Oct. 2020.

Happiness Summary

Happiness affects us — all of us — in many ways in our lives. It is hard to fake happiness all the time, and positive emotions such as happiness and hope help us create a community that connects us with other people and helps us deal with negative things.

Despite some people’s thinking that a person with a happy life is probably more lazy and doesn’t get as many things done, research proves them wrong, that people with happy lives are more successful and that happiness can lead to very good benefits.

Other research also shows that success isn’t the key to happiness, and instead, happiness could be the key to success. They also have better lives, for instance, where they are safer and contribute to society more.

Now, the world is separated into rich and poor, and mental illness is a big social problem. Also, most of today’s leaders are measuring their countries’ success by the people’s happiness whereas in the past they measured it in the amount of things they produced, and in a test taken in the UK, about 9 out of 10 people would like a society with the “greatest happiness and well-being”, rather than the “overall greatest wealth”.

Pursuing happiness isn’t a bad goal; it can help people live happier lives and help create a better society.

Habitat Mini Project

This is a mini project I made in science, about the forest habitat and some of it’s species.

This year in grade six science, I learned how to made more in-depth models, I learned about electricity and circuits, ecosystems and biomes, climates and weather, and energy transformations.

In science next year, I think it would be very interesting to learn about rocks, minerals, and gems because I find crystals interesting.

Our Stories Make History — Reflection and Project

In the unit Our Stories Make History, I worked on creating primary sources based on my experiences throughout the coronavirus outbreak. I also learned about the reliability of sources — how trustworthy an article, post, or source is, how to check if a source is reliable, and where or how to check evidence a source is providing. This final project I created shows some of the ups and downs, the thoughts and feelings, and the emotions and experiences that I have faced during this time. I made my final project as a collection of most of the work I did, including an emotional timeline, journal entries, articles I collected, and a few more.

To historians, this might help them better understand the coronavirus outbreak because they would be able to read through some of one girl’s personal experiences. But even if they read this, they will be looking at only one girl’s experience, and — to make a more thorough research — they would need multiple sources. They might learn about the measures people took to be safe, the way families were separated, and the anxiety the outbreak caused.

During this unit, I think that my narrative skills improved as I wrote in a journal. I also think I became better at acknowledging my feelings and emotions during this time. I found it a little challenging during this unit when I was determining if a source was reliable, if there was legitimate evidence, and overall if a source was trustworthy or biased.

Outfit Design

This is an outfit I designed reflecting emotions and feelings during the time of the coronavirus.

Dear Abby Letter: Character Conflict

This letter is written like an advise column in a newspaper. I have written a letter in 1st person as if I am a someone from a book I’m currently reading, and I state a conflict that the character is facing and asking for advise.

July 1566

Dear Abby,

My seventeenth summer solstice recently happened, but I wasn’t able to find patronage. All my other arden-sisters were able to find patronage. There are five passions that I could learn and seven years to master it. The five passions are art, music, dramatics, wit, and knowledge. I first started in practicing art, but after a year I moved into practicing music. After a year of music, I went into dramatics, the wit and finally knowledge. I stuck with practicing knowledge, but I only got three years to try to master it. At least the Dowager of the Magnalia House let me stay the summer to study, since I don’t have a home to go to.

I lived most of my life before I went to Magnalia at an orphanage. I have no idea who my father is, but I recently learned that my father bears the name Allenach. Upon learning this, the Dowager gave me the choice of patronage with a mysterious person Aldéric Jourdian or continuing to study and find another patron. Also, if I choose the first option, I would have to leave my Master Cartier and all of my arden-sisters in the dark.

What should I do? Can I trust Aldéric Jourdian? And can I really leave everyone I care about in the dark? Would it be worth it?

Sincerely,

Indecisive in Magnalia

Early Humans and Us Reflection

For the Early Humans and Us project, I think one thing that went well was that I learned a lot of new things about early humans and how writing systems has evolved over time for the project, and about the technology we used to do the project; NoodleTools; ThingLink; Canva.

I think one thing that could be done to improve this project if it is to be done again in the future is to give us more time researching information, and improve the connection when we are working on a site. I had problems while trying to save my work and problems when a site I needed to use wouldn’t load.

If I could start this project over I would change the amount of time given to students to complete the project, so they didn’t feel rushed. I think that would make students more successful because when someone is stressed,  they might try to get the work done but in a rushed way, so their work isn’t the best it could be, or  they’ll stay up very late trying to complete the project and that will make them unproductive the next days.

While doing the Early Humans and Us project, I think overall I did very well.

Early Humans and Us

This is my ThingLink for the Humanities project Early Humans and Us. My research question focuses on one aspect in community. My research question is How has written language progressed since 3,000 B.C. to the Present day? What types of writing systems were there? What did people use to write with?

Insulated Cup

In this science project, our group — Jaden Yen, Fiona Sun, and Geoffrey Liu — we tried to make an insulator so when teachers put it on their cups, the liquid inside would stay warm. For our group’s insulator, we made a lid, a base, and made something for the outside of the cup. For the lid, we used aluminum foil. we thought by adding a lid to our insulator, we could slow down convection. Convection is when currents in the air will transfer heat. For the base, we used flat popsicle sticks, felt, blanket, and a little foil. By adding a base we thought we could slow down conduction. Conduction is when heat transfers by direct contact. We made the insulator covering the cup out of velcro, felt, and blanket. We used felt and blanket because we thought they would be good insulators. The starting temperature when we put water in the insulated cup was 80.2 degrees celsius, and our finishing temperature was 73.9 degrees celsius. that means the difference between the starting and finishing temperature is only 7.3 degrees. I think something that worked well was the materials we used to insulate our cup, and I’m proud of the difference between the starting and finishing temperature because we could of gotten a difference that was higher than 7.3 degrees. If we do it again some other time, one thing that I would like to change is the way we attach the fabric and lid. We used hot glue, but when the hot water was poured into the cup, the glue became soft again and it got on the cup and the Logger Pro thermometer.

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