Am I a Renaissance Humanist?

In this humanities unit, we talked about “The Renaissance” and we have discussed the main elements of humanism. We also read articles about the main concepts of being a humanists. For this task, we made an infographic to show the main elements we think are important in humanism, and also explain whether we think we are a Renaissance Humanist or not.

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Conflict in “Thank You Ma’am”- Found Poem

In the story “Thank you Ma’am” by Langston Hughes, the boy starts off trying to steal a woman’s purse because he wanted to buy a shoe and he needs money. The woman got the boy trying to steal, but instead of getting mad at the boy, the woman understood the boy and led him to her house. The woman provided him food and water and treated him well, therefore, boy is very thankful. At the end of the story, the boy left the woman’s house he wanted to say “Thank you, ma’am” to her, but he didn’t say it. I think my poem shows the conflict because if the boy didn’t try to steal the woman’s purse, the woman wouldn’t be able to know the boy and the story wouldn’t be able to go on and continue. Also, this whole story is mostly talking about and explaining how the woman took care of the boy, and there wasn’t anything bad that happened to the women or the boy after paragraph one, so everything else was happy and enjoyable.  I think this conflict is both external and internal conflict. This is an external conflict because it is character vs character which is the boy and the woman. The boy trying stealing the woman’s purse is the external conflict. For internal conflict, it is the boy vs himself because at the end of the story it says “The boy wanted to say something other than, “Thank you, m’am,” to Mrs. Luella Bates Washington Jones, but although his lips moved, he couldn’t even say that as he turned at the foot of the barren11 stoop and looked up at the large woman in the door.” The boy thought of saying thank you to the woman but he didn’t say it out loud at last, so that is a conflict on himself.

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Self-Confidence and Study Habits

Can you imagine having ADHD, not having enough confidence, a bad attitude towards school, and always getting distracted in class? This is what Percy Jackson faced in the book “Percy Jackson and the Olympians.” Percy has a hard time focusing at school and gaining more self-confidence.

Even though Percy doesn’t study hard at school, but he wants to at least try to make his grade stay the same. Percy has bad grades, his grades are still slipping, and he is not confident in himself. But there are ways that he can improve his grades and get better confidence such as believing in his ability to improve and choosing his study environment wisely. I think Percy could focus on studying more and listening better in class instead of listening to music when the teacher is teaching their class.

Also, the book said: “My grades slipped from Ds to Fs”. This quote shows that Percy does pretty bad at school and he doesn’t seem to care about why his grades are slipping or how to get his grades better.

The article “How to focus on studying” says that if you reframe your negative thoughts on studying, you can focus and study better. It said: “Negative thoughts make studying all but impossible. If you find yourself frequently repeating self-defeating thoughts, try reframing them into more positive statements”. Reframing negative thoughts into positive thoughts can be thinking it in another way. When Percy is in class, instead of hating it and thinking the class is boring, he should change his mind and start to think even though this class isn’t my favorite, I should still try my best to do better.

Percy Jackson needs to believe in his ability to improve. According to Ted-Ed, if you are looking for a long-term change, you need to consider the way you think about your ability and talents. If you have a fixed mindset, you would easily give up because you think you discovered something, you’re not good at. But if you have a growth mindset, you will think a challenge is 0do get stronger and grow with study and practice. It also turns out, people that who have a growth mindset are more successful, getting better grades, and doing better in the face of challenges. Percy Jackson thinks that he can’t do things well or can’t improve himself. Percy has a fixed mindset on things so that is also why he doesn’t try hard.

On page 7 it said: “But Mr. Brunner expected me to be as good as everybody else, despite the fact that I have dyslexia and attention deficit disorder and I had never made above a C- in my life.” This quote shows that Percy is admitting that he doesn’t study well in school, but part of the reason is that he doesn’t study hard, not all because of dyslexia. He wants to say that he can’t get good grades because he has dyslexia, not because he doesn’t try.

Sometimes In my life, I would lose confidence in things that I don’t do as well. Instead of changing his study habits, Percy also needs to be more confident in himself. For example: “What was so great about me? A dyslexic, hyperactive boy with a D+ report card, kicked out of school for the sixth time in six years.” According to this quote from page 38, we can see that Percy doesn’t do that well at school, and also doesn’t believe in himself. He can only find things that he doesn’t do well, instead of looking at the things he does do well.

In conclusion, if Percy works on gaining more confidence in himself, and believes in himself, he could improve his grades fast, and also gain confidence. If he gains confidence, he would study harder and focus better in class.

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Habit Final Mini Project

  1. What is your biggest take away from 6th-grade science? Since 6th grade was the first year that we actually study science in school, it was pretty hard for me to understand things in the start of the year. My biggest take away was that I got to learn new things that I  have never learned in school.
  2. If you were to write your own comment on the report card, what would you say?  How confident do you feel in making models in science, analyzing data, and constructing scientific explanations? I think I still need to improve on making models in science. I am ok with analyzing data and constructing scientific explanations, but I just need to be more specific and add more details.
  3. What would you like to work on for next year in science? I would like to work on improving my skills on drawing models and explaining what I did in the model.
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Final Reading Project- HOLES

What book did you read and how did you like it? (Remember titles of books are underlined)

The book I read for this project was  Holes by Louis Sachar.

Explain how your project shows your thinking

For this project, I focused on character change on the main character Stanley. This project can show my thinking because I need to write about how Stanley changed over time. To do that, I need to finish reading the book and focused on the details when talking about Stanley. 

How did this project level-up your thinking or stretch you as a reader?

This project stretched me as a reader because it also tests me on how I read the book and if I read the book closely. Also, I also need to use some reading skills like go back and re-read when I need to find more evidence.

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COVID-19 Final Project

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1. A one or two-sentence summary of the unit, “Our Stories Make History,” and the project you created.

The unit “Our Stories Make History,” is basically about our life and our stories during the COVID-!9 season. We recorded down the things that happened in our life. The project I created was just a tutorial on how to make jelly. Because jelly is really easy to make and really fun to make.

2. Explain how you organized your project and why.

I first videoed myself making the jelly, then I used iMovie to put all the videos together and added words to it.

3. How might this primary source be useful to a historian, or even future 6th graders, in the future?

I think historians or future 6th graders can learn what we work we did in 6th grade 2020, and what we did to not get bored.

4. What might they learn about/from your experience?

I think they can learn what 6th-grade students in 2020 liked to eat, and how to make it.

5. What do you think went well for you in this unit? (What are you most proud of?)

I was able to complete most of my work without asking questions and most things were done well.

6. What did you find challenging within this unit?
Some of the assignments were really confusing like I didn’t really understand what to do, but I understand most of the tasks

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How did Eating Help the Homo Habilis-Diet

Back then, what people ate was mostly raw, they didn’t have a good fire to cook their food so they ate raw meat and uncooked vegetables. But now, we eat most things cooked, like full cooked meat and cooked vegetables. If I can redo this project and go back to when we just started it I would work. Before I didn’t work very fast because I thought there was still a lot of time left, but actually there wasn’t a lot of time. I struggled when there wasn’t a lot of time left at the end, I had to go home and work because I didn’t do a lot of work at school. I will change


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Cardboard Aracade

  • My biggest success was to finish making this game on time before we let the fourth graders play it.
  • Skills that I developed was cutting straight lines on cardboard fast, and sticking cardboard together with only a bit of hot glue
  • One thing I’d like to change is to change the color, to make it more colorful so that it will be more eye-catching.
  • Overall, I think this product was successful because we finished it on time, and we can actually play it and the fourth graders actually think that its fun
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Homo Neanderthalensis

In this assignment, we were supposed to choose a time period that early hominins lived, and I chose Homo Neaderthalensis.


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Maps as Metaphors

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