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Matteo’s Journal – Mexican Revolution

He only cared about himself and how everything would affect him. 19-year-old Matteo basically only cared about his own life, only worrying when the events would affect him, even through the 10 years of the revolution in his country.

The Mexican Revolution helped change the country from being controlled by dictators, to being a free country with their own elections and election systems. Throughout the 10 years of the Revolution, Mexico went through 5 presidents, Madero, Huerta, Gutíerrez, Carranza, and finally coming to an end with Obregon as president in 1920. Before the revolution, the citizens of Mexico were looked down on, working 12 hours a day, 7 days a week, with no rests or holidays. There was a lot of food shortages, and investments in foreign capital caused extreme poverty for the civilians. After the revolution, in 1920,  a period of stability and political reform was brought to Mexico by Obregon.


Mexican Revolution in Plain English!

In this project, we were tasked to create a short video about our revolutions in groups of 2-4. In this video, you can learn the major events that happened in the Mexican Revolution. We hope that you will learn more about the Mexican Revolution after watching our video.

Thank you!

Fatal Fever: Tracking Down Typhoid Mary

Fatal Fever: Tracking Down Typhoid Mary, written by Gail Jarrow, is about the typhoid fever that caused an epidemic that affected the whole of America, and even some parts of Europe. The story is told from many perspectives, like sanitation engineers that tried to find a cure for typhoid and typhoid victims. They find out many reasons for typhoid, but there were still unknown reasons. In the book, they find that the challenges they face include bad hygiene and typhoid carriers that didn’t even know they had it. As I read the book, I found how America changed its hygiene situations to prevent future illnesses/epidemics.

This notebook page is about one of the possible themes of the book that I noticed. The possible theme is that determination can bring great results.

Here, I sorted some of the causes and effects of typhoid and why typhoid spread so much. I noticed that sometimes, effects can also be causes for other situations.

This is a synthesis page of one of the central ideas that I noticed. The central idea was that hygiene was very bad, and that people didn’t really care about it.

In general, this book gave a lot of information about typhoid, and I really enjoyed it.

Book Talk – Tight

This is a book talk about Tight, a book by Torrey Maldonaldo. The genre of this book is realistic/contemporary fiction. The main characters in this book are Bryan and Mike. The theme statement of my book is when you’re looking for friends, look for ones that can support you and make you feel welcomed.

Am I a Humanist? – Humanism Infographic

I think I am 90% humanist as I agree with most of the topics that humanists in the 15th century believed in. I’m only 90% because although I agree with many of their points, I don’t question the world as much as they did, and neither do I think that balance between life and religion is that important. I believe that it’s better to focus more on daily life.

Found Poem Button Button

This found poem was made with the conversation between the two lovers in the story “Button Button”. In the story, Norma and her husband Arthur have an argument about the mysterious button that Mr. Steward had given them. If they press the button, someone they don’t know dies, but they receive 50,000 dollars. This argument is the first “crack” in their relationship, and by highlighting the main parts of their conversation, I helped to show how Norma’s curiosity clashed against Arthur’s cautiousness.

I tried not to add any color or decoration to the poem as I felt that the story had a very tense feeling to it, and in their argument, there were two main emotions: Curiosity and cautiousness, which is why under parts of the dialogue that Norma said, I added some brighter colors. But with Arthur, the color is plain black and it’s the same as the background.

Plastic Ban : Argumentative Essay

When I’m walking around, I always notice plastic bags flying around. The plastic bags can get caught in trees and that ruins our environment. Governments should ban single use plastic bags because they damage the environment, kill land and sea animals, and carry germs. 

Governments should ban plastic bags because they damage the environment. Plastic bags and their production are one of the biggest contributors to climate change. Every year, 80% of the pollution in the oceans and seas are caused by plastic bags. Studies have estimated that the 80% is 8.3 million tons of plastic being discarded yearly. This is a lot of plastic in the oceans and banning plastic bags will reduce that number. Plastic bags can also clog waterways and drains. The clogging of the drains can cause bad smells and flooding from the wasteIt’s possible the flooding will carry the waste stuck inside the drains. The odor is usually called plastic odor or waste odor, but it can do damage to the liver over time. If we don’t do anything about the plastic bags, they will ruin the waterways, the seas and our planet. 

Plastic bags can kill animals from land and sea. Lots of plastic bags can get into the seas and the oceans. Many marine animals get tangled up in those plastic bags and get choked to death. Over time, plastic bags decompose into tinier microplastics. Fish and other animals will mistake these microplastics as food, and then the fish eat the microplastics. Once we eat those fish, those microplastics will enter our body. Plastic is very harmful to the human body, and even a tiny microplastic can damage our vital organs like our stomach or our lungs. Plastic is already in our food chain, and an estimated 92 species of fish have already ingested that plastic. Soon, that plastic will take over our food chain and will kill off many species of animals.  

Plastics carry and spread many germs. The other side might say that plastic bags don’t carry or spread any germs because plastic bags are labeled as sterile since we can’t see the germs. This thinking is incorrect in many waysEvery single year, 400,000 to 1,000,000 people die of diseases related to chemicals from plastic. The production of plastic is also very toxic and dangerous to us because plastics include petroleum, and the process releases many chemicals. PVC is a great example. PVC is a very toxic chemical and it’s also known widely around the world as one of the most toxic chemicals released from plastic making for our health. These chemicals are very toxic and can cause pollution and damage to us, which is why governments should ban plastics. 

Banning plastics is something the governments should ban, because they really damage the environment, can kill both land and sea animals, and can spread a lot of harmful chemicals and germs. Having a plastic ban is good, because our one and only Earth might get ruined by them. 

Percy Jackson Blog Post

Many people think it would be cool to be a demigod, but Percy Jackson can tell you otherwise. Percy Jackson is a character who is a demigod. Rather than being a hero and saving everything, trouble seems to find Percy instead. Percy would have a better life if he knew how to keep his anger at bay, found out the advantages of ADHD, and learned how to block out negative thoughts.

If Percy knew how to control his anger, he would have better relationships. “But I was so mad my mind went blank.” He says on page 9. Also, on page 53, he says “Anger replaced my fear. Newfound strength burned in my limbs – the same rush of energy I’d got when Mrs. Dodds grew talons.” This shows that whenever Percy gets very angry, he loses control of his emotions easily. This usually causes someone to get hurt, or to get himself in trouble. In the article by the APA, Dr. Spielberger notes the fact that, “The three main approaches are expressing, suppressing, and calming.”. He also says that “When none of these three techniques work, that’s when someone—or something—is going to get hurt.”. Many people can get hurt after someone’s anger gets out of control. Percy should also be very careful because the results of a study in 2000 which they watched 411 adolescents that showed the teenagers always expressing their anger have reported drinking more alcohol, being less active, and smoking cigarettes. This might happen to Percy if he doesn’t learn to control his anger.

Next, Percy doesn’t know that there are advantages to having ADHD. In Percy Jackson and The Lightning Thief, on page 1, Percy says, “Am I a troubled kid? Yeah. You could say that.” Whenever Percy struggles with his ADHD he always thinks it is a bad thing. Percy believes that he is a very troubled kid and that his ADHD along with his other problems are bad and can’t help him. In the article by Karen Gibson, she states that “Differences in the brain are common. So we should try to understand them.” Many scientists and experts have found ways that ADHD can help the children succeed. The ADHD children can focus on many different things at once, and this can be very helpful. ADHD can really help Percy; he just doesn’t know that yet.

Percy will be better at learning once he learns to block negative thoughts. In page 18 of Percy Jackson and The Lightning Thief, he says “The evening before my final, I got so frustrated I threw the 𝘊𝘢𝘮𝘣𝘳𝘪𝘥𝘨𝘦 𝘎𝘶𝘪𝘥𝘦 𝘵𝘰 𝘎𝘳𝘦𝘦𝘬 𝘔𝘺𝘵𝘩𝘰𝘭𝘰𝘨𝘺 across my dorm room.” Whenever Percy tries to learn, he always gets frustrated which causes him trouble with studying.  In the article by Kelly Roell, she states that “Negative thoughts make studying all but impossible. If you find yourself frequently repeating self-defeating thoughts, try reframing them into more positive statements:” which then she shows ways to convert negative thoughts into positive and boosting thoughts. If Percy doesn’t learn to block out his frustrations and anger, he will struggle with learning new things. Blocking out negative thoughts can help Percy, so he can learn better.

While Percy looks like an average middle schooler, he also struggles with all the trouble that comes after him because he is a demigod. To live a better life, Percy needs to know how to keep control of his anger, acknowledge the benefits of ADHD, and learn how to ignore all the negative thoughts. This advice can help fictional and non-fictional people that struggle with any of these problems.



Many people think being happy is the most important thing in life, but trying to live happily isn’t about faking your happiness. People may think that happy people tend to be lazier than others, but many studies have show that happy people are more successful . Being happy can help others around you be happy and can benefit societies and communities. There’s a large shift in happiness being important since people are getting what they want, but having too much money can lead to some illnesses. Happiness is something everyone wants to have and thats why its so important.

End of the Year Reflection

When I was starting grade 6, the thing I was most excited about was bringing our laptops home and meeting new friends and learning new things. I was worried that I would fail my math and science since I’m not the best at them. I wasn’t worried anymore since my mom helped us sign up for math tutor out of school. One highlight of the year was the mentoring trip because on the bus we kept making jokes and I laughed too hard my stomach hurt the next two days. Another highlight was cross country because I got exercise while also hanging out with friends. A challenge I faced was e-learning since I was new to it but so was everyone else. Eventually, I got used to it because I did it for almost 4 months. Before e-learning I always felt like I didn’t have enough time to do work, but after because there aren’t too many interupptions in my work I can finish it very fast. I am proud of myself because I finished my first year of middle school with the coronavirus still going and e-learning. If I could redo g6, I would change my topic on early humans since it was kinda hard for me to find things about fire and tools.

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