Thursday, October 19, 2017

DWA Publishing 1st Quarter

1) I believe that out of this year's Daily Writing Activities (DWA's), this one is the best, because it is one of the only ones that seem to touch home to what I was trying to say.  I hope you like it.

DWA 9-28
         In my opinion, the difference between a house and a home is that a house is just a building where a person can live.  A home, on the other hand, is a place that you feel a connection to.  Many quotes, like "Home is where the heart is," are true.  Sure, you can live in a house, and call it a home, but if something happened to the house, you wouldn't be concerned about the house itself, but the objects inside that you feel and emotional connection with.

2) My second DWA that I chose to share with you was based on Leo Tolstoy's quote, "Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself."

DWA 10-18
         I believe that this quote by Leo Tolstoy pertains to me and my world, because all throughout my life, I've heard everyone griping about something, being it something that someone did or something that didn't work the way that they wanted it to.  The conclusion that I have reached about this, is that it was mostly them who were at fault, yet they vented their frustration at another thing.  It's merely a human thing to do.  If someone's stuck in traffic, they'll vent at the other drivers for going slow.  All about what we say is about changing the world, but the real problems lie within us.  In order to change ourselves like the quote says, we don't need to physically change ourselves, but rather change our expectations of the world around us.

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Words of Wisdom Project

Words of Wisdom
       This project taught me several things about myself, and the people around me.  Like how many of the things that we consider important in our lives aren't very important whatsoever.  I also learned that life is to short to live alone.  Hope you enjoy the project!

Saturday, March 18, 2017

History Day Reflection

       My History Day group, under the category of Taking a Stand in History, decided to do a group performance on Napoleon Bonaparte.  Our performance is a little rough around the edges, but we're able to pull it all together.  Here is the link to our script if you wish to read it yourself.

                                                   History Day Script

       The thing that I enjoyed most about doing this project was trying to act out our script.  Although it isn't the greatest performance, it still is very enjoyable to perform.  Another reason this was the most memorable part for me is the fact that I LOVE acting.  I also believe that the message is conveyed easier verbally better than it is sitting on a wall of cardboard.
       The main fact that I learned and intrigued me the most was how Napoleon conquered Egypt, Belgium, Holland, much of Italy, Austria, much of Germany, Poland, and Spain. This definitely caught my eye since I only knew Napoleon as a great general. I never realized he was that good! The other thing that I thought was interesting was how he had two wives, Jos├ęphine de Beauharnais and Austrian Princess Marie Louise. Not entirely why this had my interest, but it sure is interesting.
       The hardest part of this project was writing the script.  It seemed as though it would be simple, and quick, but we quickly found that turning our facts into a reasonable script is much more difficult that one might think.  We had two weeks to write a script, but we only came up with about a seven minute script.  This may not sound bad, but we were supposed to aim for about ten minutes.  On the bright side though, we were able to make a pretty smooth play.
       As a student, I improved by proving to myself that avoiding the topic and not procrastinating.  This is definitely a lesson relearned because I began to slack off a bit, and our project began to slide downhill.  I hope that this time it will finally stick in my head.
       Between now and the actual History Day, I hope to improve on tying Napoleon's long-lasting impacts into our performance.  I also hope to add in more primary resources.  Overall, we just need to improve on our acting skills.  These become the very being of our project, so they are very important.
       The part of this project that I am the proudest of is the script.  It may not be long, and it may not be the best of skits, but the biggest isn't always the best.  The script had a lot of effort put into it, and I just like the way that it sounds.  It definitely had the most effort put into it, so it gets most of my fondness.
       Napoleon Bonaparte relates to this year's theme because he took a stand against the original French government.  You know, the one that took over Corsica, his home, in 1768.  He didn't stop after he overthrew the monarchy, however.  He rose all the way from the lower ranks of soldiers working in the artillery, all the way to becoming Emperor to ensure that Europe was ruled in the way he believed it should be.  He also took over most of modern day Europe, and he was a much beloved leader.
       Number one thing that I recommend students do in the future with projects like this is to use as many primary sources possible.  I also recommend that you don't get too far off task when you're gathering info.  And also, best of luck to all you (Break a Leg for Performances) kids and people doing History Day.

That's all for now!  Signing off.

Friday, September 30, 2016

Shakespeare Reflection

   In my mind, at the end of The Taming of the Shrew, I think that Kate was tamed in the end, because she wasn't as boastful and ignorant to everything others did.  She gave her "famous" Obedience speech, which, if you are willing to give a speech that long, you are either being forced, or you're willing to do it.  Many think that she was being forced by Petruchio into doing these things, but Petruchio didn't know what she would say or do.
   Shakespearian insults and deaths helped me be more confident with Shakespeare, because I knew how some of the rest would play out.  I know no one really died in The Taming of the Shrew, but insults and others were in the layout that we practiced, so I was prepared.
   It is still important to learn Shakespeare now, more than 400 years after his death, because he was the leading cause of adaptation to how we write today.  After all, Shakespeare invented over 50 phrases that are commonly used today.  To think, how the world would be, without Hamlet, or perhaps Macbeth, and other famous stories Shakespeare wrote.

Signing off.

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

2016-2017 1st Blog Post

           My Academic Goal for this year is to keep all A's in my grades and have flat 13.0's in my Iowa Assessments. For my Personal Behavior Goal for this year is to not loose my temper during sports and always study early and work on projects sooner.  My Improvement Goal this year is to improve my research, and find better, and more informative facts and information.

           These are all extremely important areas to me because education is important, and high scores are important to me.  I love learning in almost every area, Science, Math, Social Studies, Language Arts, Reading, and all the others.  I know some of you hate school and wish you never had to go, but education is extremely important, whether you like it or not.

Well, until next time, Signing Off.

Thursday, June 2, 2016

Transcontinental Railroad

Skye Krause & I did a project on the Transcontinental Railroad.  This Prezi is all of our info we found in our small amount of time.  Some annoying/embarrassing things that came about during this was. . .


The Transcontinental Radio!

And Others!!

Spencer H.   Signing out!