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Category: Humanities

Argumentative Essay Reflection

In Humanities class before winter/Christmas break, we wrote an argumentative essay as an assessment. After receiving marks for our essays today, we are asked to write a reflection about it. So here it is: I think something that I did well writing my essay was gathering information. I had a lot of evidence and knew where to put it and when. I think I also wrote a great introduction, capturing the attention of my reading and effectively stating my points without extra, unneeded information. I think an area that I would like to improve on is my own writing. I’m good at pasting information at the places where they are the most effective in convincing my reader in my opinion, but my writing is kind of difficult to understand, as Ms. Rivera wrote. The only two places where I marked myself and where Ms. Rivera marked me on the rubric (for the assessment) differently was the “establish and maintain formal style” and “describe the roles of political, civil, and economic organizations in shaping people’s lives”, both of which Ms. Rivera gave me a higher mark. The biggest challenge when doing this assessment was actually finding good sources. Some of the sources that I searched up didn’t have very good information. I solved this by not only searching up random sources in the search engines but actually searching up people’s stories in uniforms, which is my topic (Schools should not make uniforms compulsory). This didn’t just reinforce my point my finding people who already agreed with me, but also gave me some expert opinions. So overall, I think I did good, but everything and everyone always has room to improve!

Percy Jackson Informational Blog

In the first Percy Jackson book, The Lightning Thief, Percy Jackson doesn’t have a lot of friends, and by the choices and feelings he has about that topic shows that he doesn’t really want any new friends except Grover. This choice also impacts his other choices leading from it, and not always about friends. For example, after the trip to the museum, Percy’s grades kept sinking and he was “called out into the hallway for almost every class”. I think he could have avoided this by trusting Grover and making more friends. In the article “Why Personal Relationships Are Important”, it says that having healthy relationships can help you live longer, get through school positively, and be healthier. Because Percy only has one true friend and is constantly being bullied by his stepfather and the school bully, Nancy Bobofit, his grades are getting lower and his ADHD is not helping. Percy gets it worse because he has dyslexia and ADHD.

When Percy, Grover, and Percy’s mom was attacked by the Minotaur, an ancient Greek monster, Percy’s mom, Sally Jackson, gets vaporized into golden dust. After Percy saw that his mom was gone, his “fear turned into rage”. In the text, it says that when the monster had just vaporized Percy’s mom into golden dust and it was bearing down on Grover, Percy thinks “ … as if he was going to lift Grover up and make him dissolve too. I couldn’t allow that” and with that, he charged at the Minotaur and somehow killed it with his bare hands when he could have followed his mom’s directions and crossed the borderline where it would be safe. That action proves that he is stronger than he realized and is willing to risk his life for his friend and his mother, though his mother is gone, or so he thinks.

After a few chapters, and after Percy is claimed by his father, Poseidon, Chiron explains to him that something very powerful was stolen and he is suspected. In the book, Zeus “brought this storm to Camp Half-Blood because of me. I was furious.” And then he states that he will “return the stupid thing”. He only had a few weeks of training, and yet he still accepts it and goes to the oracle to get his prophecy and begin his quest. Percy had only a few weeks of training and now he is going to be going on his own with two other people (Grover and Annabeth) to find and return something to a god that wants him dead with several other gods opposing him.

After the threesome left Half-Blood hill, the borderline for Camp Half-Blood, Argus drove them to the nearest bus station and from there, got on a bus to get to their destination. But some trouble just stepped onto the bus. The three Furies, or the Kindly Ones, are hunting them down for their master, Hades. During the fight, Percy took Annabeth’s invisibility cap (with her permission) and hid from the Furies while Annabeth and Grover distracted them, Percy was home free. He could have just stepped off the bus and continued on with his quest, but he didn’t. He saved his friends and gained their trust, making them an effective team, which is really important in the story. This, again, proves that Percy is very loyal to his friends and will do anything for them, even if it means risking his life.

I think these choices so far shapes Percy’s life and affect the people around him and connect them together. Most of his choices in the book so far has been returning for his friends when he could have gone alone, but he didn’t, and so building trust is important, and after he did gain their trust, they became friends and so the article I mentioned, “Why Personal Relationships Are Important”, is coming true! Even though he doesn’t have school anymore, he is still learning, and his friends are helping him get through that. We don’t know whether he will live longer, because being hunted by monsters tend to shorten ones’ life span, but then again, it might. We will just have to wait and see!

Percy Jackson CER

n the book, Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief, I think that Percy’s main character trait is loyal to his friends. In chapter 1, page 3, Percy tries to stand up for his best friend Grover when the school bully, Nancy Bobofit, throws pieces of her peanut butter sandwich into Grover’s hair, and Percy starts to stand up saying “That’s it.” Grover stops him by saying that Percy is already on probation and that he liked peanut butter, so don’t worry, but the fact that Percy was willing to risk his place in the school by standing up for Grover shows that he is very loyal to his friends.

After a few more chapters, on page 57, Percy’s mom got turned into golden dust by a monster that was chasing after him and Grover, and while Grover was unconscious and the monster was bearing down on him, Percy could of a made it to safety, he chose to instead save his only friend and risk his life in this sentence ‘…as if he was going to make Grover dissolve. I couldn’t allow that.’

In the two sentences from the text, both times Percy was willing to stand up for his friend even if he risked his life and a place in his school. Most people wouldn’t, but Percy’s only friend is Grover, so he wouldn’t want to lose him. And while most people would have run screaming from the scene, Percy chose to overcome his fear and save his friend.

Final Reflection

During the fifth-grade summer break, I thought that sixth grade would be like teenager stuff like really advanced math and chemistry. I was kind of disappointed when it wasn’t, but during this year, I found out that sixth grade is much much more interesting! I’ve had so much fun, even with this pandemic going on. My teachers have made sixth grade enjoyable and interesting, and I want to thank them for that. Too bad some of my teachers are leaving, and I will really miss them. I just want them to know that I will always remember them and thank them for all that they taught me.

When I started middle school, I was most excited about the lockers, how grown-up we are going to be, and generally that I am not going to be in elementary school anymore. Now, don’t get me wrong, but I love elementary school, I have a lot of fond memories, but to be honest? I felt a little relieved that I can be in a different environment. Now that I am looking back on my experiences, I learned how valuable they are to me.

I have made new friendship bonds and some of them just fell apart this year. I know that eventually that even the strongest bond might break, but for now, I am enjoying it. I will hang on onto the friends I have and have fun! I know that I will make new friends and break up with old ones, and I am kind of scared, but the prospect of new friends is exciting to me. I don’t like change, but sometimes even I understand that it is necessary, and sometimes even welcomed!

Something I am really looking forward to seventh grade is the Future Space! I think it is so cool, and I want to go there. I have peeked in there and saw students learning really cool stuff, and the space itself is really cool. There is like a well-like cylinder that looks down into the library and there is a mini auditorium with tiers of comfy pillows that looks down into a white-board. I assume that it is for announcements. So, anyway, I think it is really cool, and I am thinking about applying.

So that is some of my experiences of sixth grade. I am enjoying middle school a lot, and am eager to go on into seventh grade. See you next year!

Early Humans and Us

Our humanities class has a big project named Early Humans and Us. It is a project about the ascend from early humans to modern humans. There are three topics in the project: technology, diet, and community. I chose diet. This is my thinglink. Hope you learn something from it!

My Skiing Trip. My narrative draft is about a time I went skiing in Japan with my family and got a really bad stomach ache in the middle of a slope. At first, I considered writing about my small cute kitten, but I decided that wouldn’t make a good story. My first draft was rough, but know it is pretty descriptive. I think my narrative is pretty good, but I feel like if I wrote about something else, it would be better. But I am still proud of my narrative! And I still like skiing, no matter my experiences. Don’t get me wrong!

Where I’m From

Where I’m From 

 I am from the warm, cozy, white-gray house near school, 

From the place where my cat Candy meows, 

From the sound of the rain pattering against my window as I sleep,  

From the bamboo strips that wave cheerfully in the wind, saying hello. 

 

I am from the big, grand school in the corner, 

From the musky smell of new notebooks and binders, 

From the wonderful lure of learning, 

And the loving embrace of friends and support of family. 

 

I am from the sweet creamy pudding laced with caramel, 

From the heavenly dumplings Mother and Ai-Yi makes, 

From the mooncakes that come once a year, 

From the tangy taste of pumpkin pie,  

From the sugar ice-cream that melts in my mouth like an ice cube in the sun. 

 

I am from the peaceful atmosphere when I arrive home,  

From the excitement that arises when the door bangs, 

From the sleepiness that rises in me when I wake up, 

And the sun lights up the world.

 

We should be happy,  

Enjoy the sunshine… 

Enjoy what you have, 

For we are lucky to live in this wondrous world.  

 

The Story of my Name

My dad named me, but only for my Chinese name. He loves Chinese poems, so he chose my name from one of his poems. my name appears a lot in the poems. My mom also wanted to name me, so she chose my English name. Her English name is Cathy, but her Chinese name is Kanwen. My name is Kankan. See the resemblance? 🙂The Chinese poem below isn’t the poem with my name in it, though.

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