Elaine

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Argumentative Essay Reflection

During Humanities, we have been learning about how to write and structure an argumentative essay, and what aspects we should include to improve our argumentative essay writing skills. As a final assessment, we chose a topic of our choice and wrote an argumentative essay using the skills, knowledge and understanding that we gained during the unit. I think I structured my paragraphs well to include the information I wanted to share in a formal manner, and also managed to use words that reflected how I felt about this topic without turning it into more a persuasive essay. Perhaps next time, I’d like to improve my introduction and write it with a clearer bias and meaning, while providing more insightful or useful background information for my reader. I’d also liked to have further addressed the opposing sides points. The grade that I received was actually a bit different from how I graded myself. The biggest difference I’d say would be in W.7.1.c, but after rereading my essay I think my transitional words do vary and match with the topic and statistics I was sharing with the readers. I was also quite surprised with my grade in D2.Civ.6.6-8. because I didn’t explain that area as much as I would’ve liked. I think the biggest challenge I faced while writing this essay was finding the right articles because some of the information I needed was very specific. I also think putting my evidence and reasoning together to have it make sense and possess a good flow came as quite a challenge because I had so much evidence and I had to connect it with my reasoning and claim. Eventually, I managed to capture a good sequence and flow within my essay after assembling and planning how each of my paragraphs would go and what it would be about.

Percy Jackson Informational Blog

In the book Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief, Percy has a quick temper and finds difficulty managing his emotions. This causes him to be impatient and often lash out to the people around him.

On page 9, Percy pushes Nancy Bobofit into a water fountain after she dumps her lunch on his friend, Grover’s, lap. Although he was provoked, this incident lead to him getting in danger with Mrs. Dodds, who we later find out is a fury. His actions caused himself to get into trouble and nearly get killed. This behavior is shown again on page 17, where the book says, “I started feeling cranky and miserable all the time. My grades slipped from Ds to Fs. I got into more fights with Nancy Bobofit and her friends. I was sent out into the hallway in almost every class.
Finally, when our English teacher, Mr Nicoll, asked me for the millionth time why I was too lazy to study for spelling tests, I snapped. I called him an old sot. I wasn’t even sure what it meant, but it sounded good.
The headmaster sent my mom a letter the following week, making it official: I would not be invited back next year to Yancy Academy.” This quote shows us that the consequences of Percy losing control can be huge, like getting expelled from school. If Percy were a normal teenager, this would affect his future and it’d be difficult to be accepted to another school with that on his record. This would also cause his mom stress, as all parents want the best for their child. She’d bear a lot of stress trying to get Percy accepted into another school while working.

Lastly, on page 24, the book says, “My heart sank. Grover had a summer home. I’d never considered that his family might be as rich as the others at Yancy.
“Okay,” I said glumly. “So, like, if I want to come visit your mansion.”
He nodded. “Or…or if you need me.”
“Why would I need you?”
It came out harsher than I meant it to.
Grover blushed right down to his Adam’s apple. “Look, Percy, the truth is, I—I kind of have to protect you.”” This quote shows us that when Percy even lashes out as his friends some times when he is impatient or feeling left behind. This could cause Grover to feel bad about himself, or to believe that he is not needed or good enough. This could potentially harm their relationship and cause tension.

I think all teenagers—including myself—are finding difficulty to control our emotions, especially as we grow older. This is why it is important to start to learn how to control our emotions and be able to communicate effectively.

The article “Recognising and Managing Emotions” could help Percy to manage his emotions better. The paragraph in the article “Making Decisions with Emotions” states that you need to make balanced decisions by using both logic and emotion. It also explains what you should think when you are feeling an emotion strongly and what questions you should be asking yourself before making a decision, and how it could affect the people and the community around you.

What Kind of Person is Percy Jackson?

Percy Jackson is selfless. On page 3, the book says, “Anyway, Nancy Bobofit was throwing wads of sandwich that stuck in his (Grover’s) curly brown hair, and she knew I couldn’t do anything back to her because I was already on probation. The headmaster had threatened me with death by in-school suspension if anything bad, embarrassing, or even mildly entertaining happened on this trip. “I’m going to kill her,” I mumbled. Grover tried to calm me down. “It’s okay. I like peanut butter.” He dodged another piece of Nancy’s lunch. “That’s it.” I started to get up, but Grover pulled me back to my seat. “You’re already on probation,” he reminded me. “You know who’ll get blamed if anything happens.”” This quote from the text shows us that even though Percy is at risk of getting in-school suspension, he is still willing to stand up for his friend and sacrifice some of his freedom. This also shows the strong friendship between Percy and Grover and how it can bring out different traits of his, such as loyalty, bravery, and selflessness, which all connect in a way.

 

Also, on page 53, the book says, “Anger replaced my fear. Newfound strength burned in my limbs—the same rush of energy I’d gotten when Mrs. Dodds grew talons. The bull-man bore down on Grover, who lay helpless in the grass. The monster hunched over, snuffling my friend, as if he were about to lift Grover up and make him dissolve too. I stripped off my red rain jacket. “Hey!” I screamed, waving the jacket, running to one side of the monster. “Hey stupid! Ground beef!”” Percy gave no regard to his own life and was only focused on saving his friend from the monster. These excerpts from the text show that Percy is very selfless and willing to risk his life to save his friends and family.

Abortion – Pro Life vs Pro Choice Perspectives

Pro Life: https://www.mccl.org/whyprolife

This article’s author claims that the unborn are still human, which gives them human rights. Intentionally killing unborn children is unjust and they deserve justice and rights. Their perspective is fighting against abortion.

Pro Choice: http://www.bbc.co.uk/ethics/abortion/mother/for_1.shtml

This article strongly advocates for gender equality and the authors believe that by banning abortion, it will take away their rights to their body. The fetus is a part of their body, and they should be able to do what they want with their body to achieve equality and the same freedoms as men. Their perspective is in favor of abortion.

Habitat Mini Project

Reflection

What is your biggest take way from sixth grade science?

How to make good and detailed models and the structure of how to write in science (claim, evidence, reasoning).

What would you like to work on for next year in science?

Maybe biology or something close to vet science.

Our Stories Make History: Final Project

In the our Stories Make History unit, we studied and created our own sources about our experience while living during the COVID-19 pandemic. In our final project, we had to gather our sources and make one big project. I decided to use Sway because I made most of my sources online. In my project, I decided to put the earliest sources first, and then it was kind of random towards the end. This source could be useful to students and historians in the future because they would be able to understand what it was like living during this pandemic and how we protected ourselves from the virus. They would be able to know what the corona virus is and maybe learn from it and try to prevent it next time a pandemic like this happens.

I enjoyed analyzing sources and making my sources. I could learn, but I also was able to be very creative when I made my creative performance assignment. Something I found challenging was finding the right sources to analyze. It was hard to find an article that talked about the right things. Also, sometimes the internet was quite slow so it was hard to complete some of my assignments on time.

Here is my final project:

My Creative Performance Project

In Humanities, we have been focusing on the emotions we are feeling in this hard time, and this project let us show how we deal with it by doing something we like or something calming. I chose to show watercolor and how I have used it to deal with stress and other feelings. Click down there to see the video!

HUM_PerProject

 

Dear Abby Letter: Character Conflict

(I am just starting a book, so I will just pick another book I’ve read before)

Dear Abby,

My name is Rachel. I work as an economics professor in New York City and I am currently dating a guy called Nick. But he isn’t really just some guy. We have been dating for a year and he wants to go back to Singapore to attend his best friend’s wedding, but to also introduce me to his parents. I agreed to go with him, but it’s nothing like I expected! He was apparently one of the richest families in the country, and he didn’t tell me. My experience here has been less than good. Nick was very wanted by women, not just his looks but his huge inheritance. I attended Nick’s best friend’s fiancee’s bachelorette party but the girls there looked down on me because I wasn’t rich or famous and called me a gold-digger. They even left a dead fish in my room! I somehow convinced myself that it didn’t matter and I could be strong, but that all crumbled down when his mother relentlessly kept reminding me that I wasn’t good enough. Then, she dug into my past and revealed secrets that I didn’t even know about! I’m not sure who to trust, and Nick keeps trying to contact me. I know it wasn’t his fault and I do love him, but I don’t think our relationship will work if things keep going on like this. What should I do?

-Unsure in Singapore

Early Humans and Us Reflection

Here is my reflection for my Early Humans and Us Thinglink project:

What went well in this project?

I learned a lot of things as I made this project and it really helped extend my research skills. I could identify limitations and values well and successfully find pictures and sources.

What was difficult or didn’t go so well for you?

I was confused at some parts because I didn’t know how many buttons I should’ve had in my Thinglink, and if I should talk about some other things as well. I spent a lot of time thinking about what primary sources I should use and trying to find the right ones, but I think it was just because of my research question. It was also hard to find information on class status about the early humans and I couldn’t figure out how to put my Flipgrid recording in my Thinglink, so I had to leave it out.

If you could start over and do things differently, what would you change? Why? If you wouldn’t change anything, explain what made this project feel successful for you.

If I started over, I don’t much would’ve changed in my project itself because I think I found pretty good sources and explained the limitations and values quite well. I think I would add more explanation and details about how it has changed over time and how one thing led to another, but it was hard to find information on that.

Early Humans and Us

In humanities, we focused on one aspect of early humans — Diet, Technology or Community — and made a Thinglink about a research question we had about that aspect. We studied primary sources and secondary sources and chose two primary sources for our Thinglink and wrote about the values and limitations. Due to technical difficulties, I couldn’t put my recording in my Thinglink.

https://www.thinglink.com/scene/1274680489457745923

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