Thursday, October 19, 2017

DWA Publishing 1st Quarter

9.8.17
I think "talk less say more" means to have meaning and purpose behind the words you say. You could be talking, but have no purpose behind your words. But i feel like saying something means it genuinely has meaning behind it. I'm not sure why, but the word just somehow seems more meaningful, powerful. That/s what thought out words are, meaningful and powerful. Talking gives you something to hear, saying something gives you something to think about.

9.25.17
There are many things that get on my nerves. People that know me even just decently well know this.
Things that get on my nerves:
-ignorance
I simple cannot stand ignorant people. I find it so ridiculous when people are so close minded and refuse to even try to understand others' points of view.
-Not being listened to
I hate the feeling of being ignored or my thought being unheard. You can say something millions of times, and some people will hear you, but simply won't listen. This is similar to ignorance, and it makes me want to scream/
-Being left out
I'll see Instagram posts and Snapchat stories of people (usually my friends) and think to myself, "Huh, that's interesting." They're all hanging out without me. It's even worse when they discussed it with you and made plans while you were there. Making you think you would be invited, but then, you're just not.
-Overly happy people
I hate overly nice/happy people. How can someone be so happy and positive all the time?! I swear it simply is not natural. It really is just so very annoying. It makes my generally negative moody self feel like a horrible person.
-Crickets
My lizard requires crickets and meal worms as a part of his diet. He will not eat them if they are not alive. Therefore I must keep a plastic critter keeper container filled with about fifty live crickets. Many nights, I sleep horribly because I have to listen to them chirping. Some find it relaxing and it can even put them to sleep...they give me anxiety attacks.
-My sister, Rowan
Rowan is my younger sister. She is only slightly less than two years younger than me and in the sixth grade. Everybody loves Rowan. If only they knew. She is constantly yelling (her favorite person to yell at is me). I'll do one thing that she doesn't like and it sets her off immediately and then she acts like she wants me dead the rest of the day. When she is in a good mood and I can talk to her like a regular person, she uses something more personal that I told her as a form of blackmail. Yeah, it's really annoying. Oh yeah, and she doesn't know how to knock on doors. She just barges right on in as she pleases. Super. Annoying.

Friday, March 17, 2017

Our project was on Nelson Mandela and the South African Apartheid. We did an exhibit as our project type. The South African apartheid was the discrimination of Africans by Europeans. Nelson Mandela was one of many people that tried to end it and played a very large roll in the winning of equality for South Africans.
My favorite thing about our project is the exhibit. I was really worried because we were really behind at one point. We also changed our ideas multiple times so it was very difficult to stick to an idea and then keep doing just that. In the end though it didn't end up too bad. Erin did really well making the background an African flag (even thought she used glitter tape). The text boxes and images also looked really good because the black border made it pop out a lot against the colors of the flag.
The two things that I found most interesting was that so many people were punished for standing up for their rights. I also found it really interesting that it was the South Africans being discriminated against. I found it interesting that so many people were punished because the majority of the time they were peaceful protests. I find really interesting that it's the South Africans were being discriminated against because that's their homeland. That's where they are from, it's the Europeans that came to South Africa and took over the land.
The hardest part of the project was definitely the process paper and the bibliography annotations. They took a lot of time and required lots of thinking. It also forced us to sort our facts out as we found them and that took a lot of time.
I feel like I improved through out this project because it forced me to work really hard to find facts on a specific topic and we also worked with a tight dead line. I've never been very good at finding facts for specific topics/projects so this helped me to improve knowing what facts are really truly important and should be put into the project.
Between now and History Day, I would like to improve out exhibits. I would like to possibly add more to it with things such as pictures and more captions. I would like to add more pictures that correspond more with the actual topic. I would like to add captions to those photos as well that way the point of them gets across.
I am most proud that we actually got it done. A lot of the time we were behind due to our facts but we caught up. Even after one of out partners was gone for two weeks we managed to complete the project without just throwing a bunch of stuff together and hoping that it turned out okay.
Our project related to the theme because Nelson along with others stood up against the South African apartheid and took a stand to eventually get them the freedom they deserve.

Friday, September 30, 2016

I'm not going to lie, in the beginning, I thought,
"Wait, who's Shakespeare again? He's that boring guy you have to read about, oh, and he wrote Romeo and Juliet right?" But now I actually enjoy Shakespeare (Any guy with a goatee is pretty cool). At the beginning all I really knew was that he wrote Romeo and Juliet, and that you have to read his stuff at some point. But once I realized how many plays he wrote and how incredibly clever he was, I definitely began to come around to the thought of Shakespeare. Now I actually get excited when I find out we're doing something Shakespeare related in class. I feel like when we watched the videos about him and his writing was when I really became interested. He put so much thought behind his writing and it ends up coming across in a very intelligent way. The coolest thing that some different people said in my opinion, was that some people can't even remember if pieces of writing were from Shakespeare, or from the Bible.
The Taming of The Shrew, oh boy. In the play, at the end it basically says that Kate has been tamed. But has she. I personally do not think so. I think one of two things. One, it's just all completely faked by Katherine. Two, the both just came to an agreement to love one another and that they would have to get along if they were ever going to to get the marriage to work. And I haven't really thought about this one too much, but maybe should just acted like she was to show off to Bianca how me she turned around, and to show here that she's not the only perfect one.
I think it is important to continue learning about Shakespeare four-hundred years later because it gives us an idea of what is was like live four-hundred years ago, and also lots of in-sight into Shakespeare's thinking. A lot of people think that he was dumb, and didn't know what he was doing, but he was a genius. It also educates us on how different speaking, housing, clothing, rights, and living conditions were back then. Overall I think that is such a cool unit, and would take up an offer to learn more about Shakespeare any day.

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

2016-2017 1st Blog Post

One of my biggest goals for the year is to try to get on the straight "A" honor roll at least two out of the four quarters. Last year I got on it once and the other quarters I got on the "A" honor roll. But this year I want to get on straight "A" at least two quarters.
My personal goal for the year is to get more organized and further improve my grades. I'm already a pretty organized person but I want to get more organized. I don't entirely mean that as in, put everything in correct folders and keep my binder clean. I also mean always making sure to get my homework done and not waiting until last minute to do so.
My improvement goal is to improve my attitude about thing, especially school. I always look at school and just think to myself, "Nearly eight hours of my day that are spent being told what to do and not understanding a good amount of it." And I want to change that because in the end it is going to be something that shows to be very helpful in the long run.
All three of these areas are important for me to work on this year because it will over all just improve my school year. It's also important to strive to improve yourself in those ways and be able to accomplish things to let yourself know that you are capable.