In the book The Lightning Thief, Percy Jackson believed he was a troubled kid during the first 3 chapters. If only Percy could see that having positive relationships could bring a good impact onto his life. Percy has many problems in his life, the major one is having a hard time managing his emotions.
Percy’s problem with managing emotions is shown many times during the first three chapters. “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.”(pg. 17). What it shows about Percy is that when he is annoyed or angry, he won’t think through if it is alright before he speaks; he was rude to the teacher even if the teacher was really annoying. Being respectful is always an important thing. In the article Recognizing and Managing Emotions, the article includes a quote, “I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel”–Maya Angelou. Making people feel horrible will be remembered, and it is a reason that Percy got defined as a troubled kid by many schools. On page 39 in the book, Percy said something that would make his mom feel bad, even if he loves his mom. He said, “Because you don’t want me around?” I regretted the words as soon as they were out.” When he knew that his mom was sending him away.
Even though Percy has many problems with emotions, he still has good relationships around. “…so, he was the only teacher whose class didn’t put me to sleep…But Mr. Brunner, our Latin teacher, was leading this trip, so I had high hopes.” Mr. Brunner was a trusted adult for Percy in school. Mr. Brunner is a special teacher, Percy’s negativity about field trips turned into hope when he knew that Mr. Brunner is planning it. Having a teacher that Percy can trust was helpful if he’s having a hard time in school. “A trusted friend will help you deal with stress better” (Why Personal Relationships are Important) Having a trusted adult in school is like having trusted friends, Mr. Brunner may be able to help Percy with problems in school such as friendship or grades. “My mother can make me feel good just by walking into the room… I was really glad to see her.” (page 32-33) Percy has good relationship with his mother, his mother was a close family member that he can trust. “It’s good to talk. Spend time with other people and enjoy their company.” This quote is from the article Recognizing and Managing Emotions, talking to a trusted personal can help with having bad emotions. His mom can help him become more positive. Percy could talk to his mum when he is feeling angry or sad.
Percy has many good relationships around him, Percy should see how people around him loves him and he is not alone. Trying to find more people he can trust could be the next step for him to get a better life. Talking with people someone trusts can always help someone feel happy and confident about themselves. Even though having good personal relationship might not help Percy to solve problems, being loved by people around him makes life better. Not feeling isolated is important to everyone.
Our Stories Make History—Reflection
In our humanities unit “Our Stories Make History”, we recorded many things that relate to us and affects us during the period of the coronavirus (Covid-19). In this project, we learned to find reliable sources that relate to coronavirus so that we won’t be fooled by fake news and some bias. I organized my project by sections, I started by putting the collage as an introduction to my experience in Beijing. The second section are my emotional changes which are the diary entries and emotional timeline. My performance piece is related to the timeline. I organized it this way because it would help my audiences understand my feelings and the events that happened more, how some projects like the performance piece relate to others like the timeline.
My primary source can be useful for future historians because it shows how people live through the coronavirus period. This source can help for people in the future to learn more about what virus like this might cause, if it repeats (hopefully don’t), we’ll know better about what to do. My source can tell how some worries are brought while we can still be living really nicely. There are some basic facts in my source about what happened, how e-learning was like and how schools were closed. I personally don’t relate to the virus very much, some people have family members infected by the virus and some are infected themselves, others will need to learn about those to.
Though out this unit of creating a primary source, one of the things that I’m proud of is that I get to explore a lot of different websites: Canva, Book creator, Newsbank, The beijinger, etc. I had improved a lot on problem solving skills when some of the things don’t work in certain times. I also am proud of improving my skills of writing a diary, before I did write diary, but they are just to keep track of what I did that day, it doesn’t encloud a lot of emotions. Doing daily journaling may be tiring but helps me to improve my feelings expressing skills and skills on maintaining doing journaling every single day. A challenged is definitely internet problems, our WIFI often don’t work and I need to organize my time and prepare for a sudden internet problem. Another challenge was that I sometimes spend too much time trying to make things perfect, I need to learn to get better at knowing what needs to be perfect while some others don’t.
Here is the performance I made, it is sort of a collage with 4 things that happened in this period of time with the coronavirus. The first section (top left) is about how we canceled our trip to Gubei Water Town, I was really disappointed because I was really looking forward to it.
The second section (top right) is about e-learning, I’m surrounded with work and sometimes get quite stressful. Things I miss include not being around my friends unable to go out and have bubble tea, ice-cream and sushi.
The third section (bottom left) is about how every one if wearing mask.
The fourth section (bottom right) is about my trip to Hebei, Cangzhou, my grandmother’s house. I went there at the beginning of Chinese New Year and had a nice time.
The middle is a birdcage inspired by an artwork I painted in art class, inside is our house and house we’re all locked inside.
This is a reflection on Early Humans and Us project I did in humanities class.
What I think I did well on was my infographic because I really like the format of a timeline I did and the information was short and quite related and useful.
What I think didn’t went as expected was that when I researched, I researched the wrong information that was about food but not so related to my big research question. This shortened my research time.
I would change my oral reflection video because I think I didn’t use enough hand movement, got lost in the middle and was kind of reading the script, which is boring for the audience.
In humanities class, we did a research project about how early humans and modern humans are connected from three aspects: community, technology and diet. My research topic is diet and my research question is how does the use of fire or heat affect our relationship with food throughout history. Here is my Thinglink project.
We did a metaphor map project in humanities where we use a land form in nature and connect it with things in our lives using metaphor. We draw our map on an A3 paper and have to include: the tittle, legend(key) and compass rose. Here are the metaphor’s I have and the meaning of each one.
Chinese is a plain because I think it’s not hard, not that fun and just normal.
Piano is a mountain because I’ve been climbing for 4-5 years and finally finished piano 8th grade.
Reading is a valley because reading makes me feel calm and far away from the mountains.
My worries are a river because there are always worries coming in and coming out.
Time is volcano because I often ran out of time and got really stressed out.
My room is an oasis because after a tiring day, it is where I get refreshed and relaxed.
Badminton is and island because it’s not big but quit important.
School is a forest because the amount of things going on is like the forest of trees.
Homework is a desert because there always more and more and more to do.
Ocean are my thoughts because there are always ideas, thoughts deep like ocean.
This is my Where I’m From poem we worked on in class. We started by looking some Where I’m From poems other people or authors wrote, it’s is hard to understand at first. Then we listed 7 different things that is special to ourselves in different categories. Then we made the words into sentences and into the poem we have now. Ms. Shannon showed us the poem a student from last year did for example. I think coming up with some things that is special to me is quit hard especially the special items.
Hum_Liu_Liza_Where I’m From Poem
I like middle school so far because we got much more independent time and the lunch is much more better than the elementary school lunch.