Monday, March 20, 2017

History Day Project Reflection

     We did our project on Susan B. Anthony. She took a stand in history by standing up for what she believed in, women's rights, specifically getting the right to vote and equal pay wages. We made an exhibit, and designed it to look like a voting booth. The thing I like most about our project is the design of our board. We spent a long time trying to figure out how to make the board, because having a solid wood board would be way to hard to manage. We agreed on having a wood frame with fabric in between, and the amount of time spent on it makes me feel proud of how it turned out. Everything is color-coded and exactly where it needs to be.
     I think that the one of the most interesting things I learned about Susan B. Anthony is that she didn't start out focusing on women's rights, she became interested at a temperance rally when she wasn't allowed to speak because of her gender. Another interesting thing is that she was arrested for illegally voting in the 1872 election. She was fined $100 and refused to pay it, and never did.
     Probably the hardest part of this project was making the board. The fabric was an issue, and we kept running out of glue sticks. The papers weren't always cut straight, and paper and fabric would rip occasionally. During this project I improved as a learner and a student by realizing that things won't always go your way, things can break and get messed up. I gained more knowledge about women's history and Susan B. Anthony. Between now and History Day, we need to improve on our annotations, specifically putting them in the right order, and we need to attach our title. The things that I am the most proud about are our annotations and the way the board looks. We spent a lot of time working on our annotations, and they turned out pretty well. (Minus the fact that they're in the wrong order.) The board also took a long time, and it looks a lot like our design that we wanted from the start.
     Our topic relates to the history day theme because Susan B. Anthony took a stand in history for women. She fought for the right to vote and equal wages, and the 19th amendment was created because of her hard work. To future students - always, always, always use your time wisely. If you don't use your class time well, your going to have to spend a lot of your free time working on your project.

Friday, September 30, 2016

Shakespeare Project Reflection

        Honestly, when I heard that we were doing a project on Shakespeare I got a little bummed out. I never really liked to read Shakespeare, and I don't really like learning about things from a really long time ago. Now, I really enjoy reading and learning about Shakespeare! When we read the "No Fear Shakespeare's" Taming of the Shrew it helped me understand what he meant, because it explained the odd words and phrases that he used. Visiting the 400 year old books was also very cool.
        I feel like in the Taming of the Shrew, Kate meant a little of what she said. For her to just change so suddenly seemed a little odd. They way she just came out and gave a whole speech on obedience didn't seem right. Maybe she really did mean it, because of the past events leading up to her speech.  I like to think she meant some of it because she really was pretty terrible to her sister and Petruchio in the beginning.
       Shakespeare's First Folio is important because it held most of his plays and paved a pathway for many, many writers in the past 400 years. It shows what a genius writer he was. Writing would be very different today if he didn't write the first folio. He invented so many different words and phrases that we use all the time now.
        Well, starting off in our unit by dying and insulting each other gave me confidence when we had so read really long lines when we read Taming of the Shrew out loud. It helped us understand how he talked in little bits and learn new phrases before we jumped right into reading the play. It also got us comfortable saying weird words in front of each other.
        It's important to learn Shakespeare because it gets our minds thinking and teaches us new words and new things. He teaches us new lessons and things we never knew. 

Thursday, August 25, 2016

2016-17 1st Blog Post

      My academic goal for this year is to be on the Straight A Honor Roll all four quarters this year. I also want to study more, because sometimes last year, I would forget we had a test and not study until the very last minute. My behavior goal is to always be kind to others and to not get in trouble at all. I want to be an example to all of the younger students in this school. My improvement goal is to improve in the school sports I'm doing and improve my grades if I were to get some bad ones. I want to improve in paying attention because sometimes I get distracted (in a book) and that could really affect my grades. I also want to improve on playing my flute and getting first chair again this year.
     These are important for me to work on this year because they will help my academic future and help me be a better person. Getting good grades is important because it will increase my chance in getting into a good collage and getting a good job. 

Thursday, June 2, 2016

Westward Expansion

I did my Westward expansion project with my friend Mallory.  We did out project about pioneer children's chores and things they had to do to live.

Friday, May 13, 2016

German Project Reflection 2016

           I did my independent project on the language German. I researched information about the vowels, nouns alphabet, ect. I chose this topic because I have a friend who lives in Switzerland and I would like to speak German so it's easier to talk to her. The thing about my project that made me the most proud would probably be that I learned to speak a little bit of German and the amount of facts that I have because I spent a lot of time finding all of my facts and it isn't easy to learn German. Some of the most interesting things that I learned is that the German alphabet has 30 letters, not 26. The extra letters are ä,ö,ü, and ß. In Switzerland, ß isn't used at all, and that German is at least one of the official languages of Germany, Austria, Liechtenstein, Switzerland, and Luxembourg. If I could change my project I would learn more German than I already know, find less complicated facts, and get more pictures.

Friday, February 26, 2016

Invent Iowa Reflection

         The problem I tried to solve with my Invent Iowa invention was plastic water bottle waste. 50 billion plastic water bottles were used last year. That's way too many and only 23% were recycled.
My invention solves that problem because it's a water bottle made out of recycled water bottles. It folds up and fits into it's lid so you have it when you need it and you don't have to buy a new bottle.
          I didn't have many problems when doing this project. It was a little challenging to think of an invention to make. The one big problem was when I couldn't find my inventor's journal. I thought I recycled it, but later I found it and fixed it all up. I had a few issues drawing my invention, and I didn't have the right paper to draw on. Everything else went smoothly.
          My advice to other inventors is to try not to get frustrated with your project. If something doesn't go the way you want it to, just take a deep breath and think about how you can fix what went wrong. Then, go fix whatever went wrong. Some other advice is to always have a plan. If you don't have a plan and you're charging right through your project, something could go wrong and you won't be able to fix it.


Thursday, October 15, 2015

Comics, Cartoons, & Graphic Novels Final Project

     We did a project on Comics, Cartoons, and Graphic Novels for Goal. I chose to draw characters on two pieces of paper as my project. I had to divide my paper into 16 panels on each paper and draw people of my choice. I had to use 2 of the 3 things: Ink, Pencil, or Color. I chose pencil and color.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        My project shows what I learned during this unit because of the emanata, and emotion. I tried to make some of the emotion very noticeable by making some of the faces bigger. If the person was nervous I'd add sweat droplets and things like that. If I wanted someone to seem sick or tired I would try to do something with the eyes to make them seem tired or sick. I tried to make the background sort of realistic, but on some drawings I couldn't draw the background because some things are harder to figure out what to draw. If the person could be in a random place I wouldn't draw the background. Some have a definite place where I think they should be.