Maddie

"In three words I can sum up everything I've learned in life: It goes on."

Reflection on My Argumentative Essay Marks

I think something I did well in my essay was that I had a formal tone, and I was very clear about what I was saying in the essay.

I would’ve wanted to improve both my hook and my evidence. My evidence consisted heavily of evidence that didn’t have so much relevance to government controlling obesity.  And while my hook may have been interesting, I feel I could have thought of something that was had more impact and wasn’t so brief.

I marked myself differently than Ms. Rivera three times , when I thought that part could be meeting and she said that it was approaching the standard. I agree with her with her grading.

I believe my biggest challenge in researching, planning and writing was staying focused on what topic I was writing about. I don’t believe I overcame it, but the third body paragraph was a lot more relevant than the first two.

Vacuum Smell Detector

This is the Vacuum Smell Detector, and as it indicates in the title, it works like a vacuum. The plastic canister holds the air as the fluff filter filters and senses what’s in the air. When the black foam trigger at the bottom of the handle is pulled, the canister sucks in air and the air is sensed. The balloon top is the lid to the opening of the canister, and the string attached is so that when you take off the lid, the balloon doesn’t go flying away. The cardboard handle fits the hand, and the foam trigger is in the perfect place for the index finger to pull it. The plastic screen shows not only what is in the air (oxygen, carbon dioxide, smells, etc) but you can also document what smells you may smell in that area. So other people can document the smell they smelled somewhere and when someone else goes there, they will see on the screen that the smell they are smelling may be the one that other people documented. So not only does the screen tell you what’s in the air, but it also links smells and places together.

        

         

 

Split View Lightbox of Golden Gate Bridge and My Grandparents’ house in Connecticut

In our first unit for Product Design, our task was to create a Lightbox containing a view that was special to us. Because of Covid-19, a lot of us couldn’t go back home to our respective countries and/or see family and friends.

My view here is a split-view, because my dad’s side of my family is in Connecticut, and the view to the right is my grandparent’s house in New Canaan. On the left is the Golden Gate bridge in San Francisco, where my mom’s side of the family lives. When Mr. Layman said that we had to choose one scene, I just couldn’t choose. There wasn’t a way that I would leave one out, so this idea of a split view came into my head.

I think something I succeeded on is definitely the split-view, I think it looks great and unique. I had a few problems with the lid of the Lightbox, as I couldn’t get one side to be rounded and then also the line to be incorporated as well, but it all came together afterwards, with the help of some other teachers.

My biggest challenge was definitely the LED lights. I didn’t know where to put them, because if I put the shape of it as a shape thats a bit like a square bracket ( [ ), but rotated clockwise with a quarter turn, the left side of the last layer would block the light coming in, because it was covering the entire backside. So I thought about making an “L” upside down so like this “_I” except connected, and then turned half and a quarter turn clockwise, but it didn’t have the same effect. It was a difficult process for me, but I finally opted to make that same rotated bracket shape, except this time it was in front of the last layer, so the light would still shine.

Something I learned was how to use Adobe Illustrator. We used this to draw out the layouts of our layers, and then the laser printer would cut the layers out. Illustrator was annoying sometimes, because it wouldn’t do what I wanted it to, but I kept working on it and it eventually worked!

One piece of advice I’d give to a future student doing this project is sometimes, in design, your idea may not work. If it doesn’t work, try something else. Make it work. Change little details. And don’t be scared to at least try your idea.

Overall, I think my Lightbox was a success because it worked out just how I wanted it, and it really makes me miss those two places I put in my Lightbox. In this difficult time, I think everyone away from places that are special to them should have a reminder of it, to remind them of it.

Percy Jackson Informational Blog

From page 1 to 45, Percy Jackson has made small and unimportant decisions but also big and very important ones. I have chosen two decisions that he has made, one very major, and the other not as important. 

  

On page 5 of “Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief”, Percy’s Latin class is at a museum and Percy hears Nancy Bobofit snickering about some naked guy on the stele, Percy loses it. He turns around and says, “Will you shut up? It came out louder than he meant it to, so Mr. Brunner hears him and asks him if Percy had a comment.  

This decision was blurted out and the author made it seem like he was trying not to say out loud in front of his teacher. This affects other people because there was a disruption in Mr. Brunner’s lesson, and it also affects Percy himself and Nancy Bobofit. It affects Percy because now he has put attention on himself, and he has made it seem to people that don’t know him that he’s a mean and sharp person, which he isn’t. 

He could have either told Nancy to be quiet, and if she pushed back then she would be the one who looked bad, and if she didn’t stop being obnoxious and ignorant then Percy could have waited for when Mr. Brunner was finished talking and talk to him about it. He should have taken a breath and then find his answer instead of blurting it out. 

 

In chapter 3, Percy comes home for the break and he’s not invited back to Yancy Academy. But on the trip back these three old ladies snip some yarn, and it felt very important. Grover made a whole deal about it. But when Percy comes back home, he doesn’t tell him mom about Mrs. Dodds and the old ladies at the fruit stand.  

This is a very important decision, and not in a good way. Instead of rushing Percy to Camp Half-Blood, his mother takes him on a vacation to Montauk, because Percy didn’t tell her. Then, the Minotaur gets the opportunity to trail the young demigod and take away his mother. Just because Percy didn’t tell his mother as soon as he got home about the weird things that happened, his mother disappears, and he and Grover almost get killed. And their Camaro got torn apart and Gabe also got to act like the sad and grieving husband of Sally Jackson and accuse Percy when he really was just enjoying Sally’s life insurance money. 

According to “Recognising and Managing Emotionswhat Percy should have done was take a deep breath and really think if his decision to not tell his mother about Mrs. Dodds and the ladies at the fruit stand would affect anyone, and then he should have just told his mom because then she could have just rushed him to Camp Half-Blood and then stayed home herself so she would be safe.  

What kind of person is Percy Jackson

In Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief, Percy Jackson is loyal. During chapter four, while they are escaping the Minotaur, their Camaro gets flipped over and Grover becomes unconscious. As the Minotaur catches up with them, Percy’s mother tells him to leave her and Grover and to go save himself, but he tells her to help him carry Grover to the big pine tree. Then his mom disappears in a flash of light that the Minotaur caused, and Percy gets angry and kills the Minotaur. By that time, he is crying and calling for help and his mother, but he still drags Grover over to the pine tree when he finally loses consciousness. So you can see, Percy is very loyal, in many other scenarios as well afterwards. Even though his mother had just disappeared in a flash of light and he had just defeated his second monster without any training whatsoever, he still drags his friend over the property line to safety. He even says in the book that he wasn’t going to let Grover go.

 

Drama Assessment September 30th 2020

 

Habitat Mini Project

  1. What is your biggest take away from 6th grade science?

I have really learned how to research better.

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

On habitats, and of course other things.

 

My Stories Make History Final Project

We have been in this unit called My Stories Make History, and our last assignment of this unit is the final project. I used iMovie to make my final project, because I am familiar with iMovie.

I organized my project by starting with our 6 Word Memoir, and then I thought about what was related to the assignment, and I went from there. It is basically a chain.

I think this will be helpful to historians or future 6th graders because everything is from my perspective, not from someone else’s, and I lived in this period. I think it will be useful for future 6th graders because if they hear how e-Learning is, then maybe they will be inspired to work harder.

I am most proud of my Creative Performance, because I chose to write some, and I really like how my writing turned out.

I definitely found the Social Studies assignments harder than the other assignments because I like the other assignments more.

Creative Performance: Writing a Story

For my performance, I decided to write a chapter of a story, and read it to my brother. Here’s my story.

 

“Katie! Watch out!” Isabelle Brown cried, as her twin sister walked across the street, her nose buried in a book, about to get runover like a pancake. Isabelle surged forward, hoping to push Katie out of the way, but somehow got enough strength to push them both out of the way.

“Wow, Isabee, have you been taking gym classes?” 13-year-old Katie said, awed by her sister’s sudden movements.

“No…. You would have known.” Isabelle stood, flexing a muscle. How strong am I? She thought to herself.

“Well… We should get going to school. We have math class first period.” Katie said, brushing off her jean jacket. So together they walked towards their high school, where they should be too young to be in, but the school had made an exception, as they just got everything. And since they also went to an international high school, they had language classes, but Katie and Isabelle could be learning Chinese, Spanish, and French, and they’d still ace very test they took, whether it was speaking or writing. But Katie and Isabelle had friends, they were popular. They were the 13-year-olds who were Juniors. All their friends were older than them, but they still had friends.


“You ready for the test?” Aubrey Hampshire asked Katie. Aubrey was their only friend that didn’t care about their smarts. She still treated them as if they didn’t skip four grades. But they liked it when people didn’t call them ‘Albert Einstein’s daughters’, or ‘Dorktionary’. Some boys called them that, but they were jerks.

“Yeah. We studied last night, but-”

“You guys don’t need to study.” Lillian Brydges interrupted. She shivered. “Oh well, it’s cold out here, can we go inside? Class is starting in 15 minutes, and I want to get there early to at least give the impression that I studied for the test.”

“Sure. I also need to get my books for French, because it’s second period for me.” Isabelle said. So they walked towards the school building, only to be stopped by Bethany Lopez, the meanest girl in the school. Katie sighed.

“What do you want Bethany?” Bethany shrugged.

” I came to see what you nerds are doing going to the building so early. It’s only 7:50! You still have 10 minutes! Oh wait! I know what you’re going to do! You guys are going to go read the thickest dictionary you can get! Well, that’s dumb.” She taunted. “Dorktionary!” And she doubled over laughing with her minions.

Isabelle reached up and tugged an itchy eyelash. Suddenly, Bethany gasped. Her eyes glazed over, and she reached up in the motion of tugging an eyelash. “What,” she gasped. “There was another Dorktionary. When we were five, we were supposed to play, but I called her Dorktionary. And then she hit her head on her front steps. There was another Dorktionary!”

The whole time Bethany was remembering the whole day, everyone had eyes on Bethany. Katie and Isabelle were looking at each other, clearly confused, and Aubrey and Lillian were rolling their eyes.

“C’mon girls. Bethany is acting weird today.” Aubrey said, taking hold of the situation. They started to walk away.

“No! Wait!” Bethany cried, and her hand shot out and grabbed Isabelle’s arm. “There was another Dorktionary, her name was Sophie, and when she was twelve, she disappeared. Forever. Off the surface of the earth. So if you want to stay, be careful. I was mean to you before, but don’t disappear.” Then she walked away, half supported by her minions.

“Okay….. Well, now we have to rush to class.” Lillian said.


“So, how did your test go?” Aubrey asked Isabelle.

“Great. I did the optional question as well. See you at lunch!” Isabelle responded as Aubrey walked the other way to her next class.

“See you!”

“Katie, I have to go put back my books in my locker and then we can go to Starbucks for our free period.” Isabelle told her twin sister.

“Okay, I’ll come with you.” Katie paused when she saw Isabelle shaking her head. “What else am I going to do? Sit here and wait? That’s boring.”

“Fine.” Then they walked to Starbucks, but when they crossed an alley, someone grabbed their arms, and pulled them into an alley. Katie and Isabelle shrieked and screamed and kicked, but whoever they were held strong. The person was cloaked, and when the person pulled back the hood…. They were looking at an exact carbon copy of themselves but older, and with brown eyes. She was really pretty, and her blonde hair reached just past her shoulders. But her hand was curled around something, like she was holding a hand. Then someone blinked into sight and confirmed their question. They were holding hands, and the person who disappeared had brown waves down her back, and shocking teal eyes. They both looked like princesses, but Isabelle didn’t understand why they would be kidnapping them.

“Hello. My name is Sophie, and this is Biana.” The blonde one said. The twins gasped.

The Sophie?” They said at the same time. Sophie did a double take.

“What do you mean?”

“Um. Why are we talking to complete strangers, Katie? Lets go.” Isabelle said, unable to believe that this person had disappeared off the earth. They started walking away, until Sophie called,

“Wait! I get it! I understand! I was you before!” The twins froze.

“No, there’s no way you were us before.” Katie said.

“Yes, I was. You see, we’re something called elves.” Sophie let that sink in before continuing. “And I lived with a human family, here, in San Diego. I was five years old, and I hit my head on my front steps. Then my neighbor, Mr. Forkle, who was actually an elf triggered my telepathy. So I can read minds, and then when I was twelve, Biana’s brother, Fitz, came into my life and showed me what the world really is. And I tried to run. I didn’t want to believe it. But it is true. You’re not human. You guys are elves. And if you don’t believe me, I can show you.”

Katie and Isabelle stared at Sophie and Biana, the truth finally sinking into their bones. They had never felt like they were actually human. Their older brother was always telling them that their love for languages was unnatural. But that was a joke. James was always joking.

“I have a way to prove it to you.” Sophie said, question leaking into her words. They nodded, allowing her to prove it to them. “I have felt like you did before, when Fitz was showing me what the world really was.”

“How is this a test? I don’t get it.” Katie responded.

“Well, what did you just speak?” Sophie asked. The twins just gasped. They didn’t know that language. Their brains had just translated it for them without them even trying.”What is that language?” Isabelle asked.

Sophie just smiled. “Ogre.”

Katie and Isabelle shared a look, that said should we trust them? We knew how to speak that language. Then they both nodded.

“Okay. So, then are we going to go to the north pole and dance around with Santa Claus, or eat spaghetti and syrup, like Buddy the Elf?” Katie asked. Both Sophie and Biana burst out laughing.

“Oh, and you have great accent as well!” Biana said. The twins looked at Sophie for help.

“You’ve been speaking Enlightened Language since we spoke in Ogre. I wanted to see if you were really Polygots. And no, elves are not like that. We have abilities, and everything like that. But first, we need to take you to Biana’s house.” Katie and Isabelle looked at each other warily, and then decided to just trust Sophie. She held her hand out, and Katie took Sophie’s, and Isabelle took Biana’s hand.

“Now, this is very dangerous, you have to concentrate on just yourself, okay? Don’t think about anything.” Sophie said.

“Wait, Sophie, we have to put their nexuses on.” Biana reminded Sophie.

“Oh yeah.” Sophie took two black bands from her pocket. One had dimonds on it, and the other just had a single teal diamond in the middle. She snapped both on, and then she held up a clear crystal up to the sky and they all stepped into the light.

Dear Abby Letters

Dear Abby,

I am an elf created by a group called the Black Swan. I used to live with the humans, but now I live where I should be. The Black Swan had two people that did not know each other be my parents, and they won’t tell me. I am unique, because the Black Swan tweaked my genes, and I am essentially an experiment. But when I came to the Elvin world, I did not know my actual parents, so I live with my awesome adoptive parents.

But last week, I went to a Councillor’s castle to do something, and I figured out who my real mom is. But I don’t like my biological parents because they just put me in an experiment and didn’t want me! But deep down, I know I’m being very unfair to my real mom. But last week I also went to the Matchmaker’s, but I couldn’t register because I didn’t know who my mom was. But if I tell the Matchmaker’s, my real mom will be kicked off the Council, because Councillors are not allowed to have children. But if I don’t tell the Matchmaker’s, I will be a bad match, and my crush is basically a celebrity in the Elvin world, and so he can’t be a bad match, or he looks bad in front of people. What do I do? How do I get registered while also being allowed to not be a bad match while also not getting my mom kicked off the Council?

Sincerely,

Elf in the Lost Cities

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