Monday, January 29, 2018

Independent Project Reflections

My independent project this year was called Magic in the Making.  In my project, I defined the meaning of magic, how to categorize the uses of it, and gave a few examples of magicians and what they did.  My favorite part of this project was reading about it, and seeing how different this little world seemed to me now that I've matured over the past few years.  Over my research, I found how much my perspective on this topic has changed, from wonder to a more logical perspective.  The hardest part of this project was how during the middle of the research, I fell into a huge slum of not really caring about any of my work, so I fell pretty far behind on my project, losing much of the vast, colorful presentation that it could have been.  Over this project, I improved as a learner because I made my mistakes and saw just how large the consequences were.  I also learned how to break myself from a learning slump, so this doesn't happen again.  If I could do the whole thing over again, I would redo almost all my research, so that I would have a larger base of knowledge to share with the class.

Monday, January 8, 2018

One Word Assignment

       In school, we were given the assignment to chose one word to improve yourself, instead of complicated resolutions.  My word for this year is Be.  I chose this word because it relates to what my life will be this year.  I need to be a better brother.  I need to be a better friend.  I chose this word because it describes what I need to do as a person this year.  It shows how I need to improve my being.  My "self" if you will.  Though some may see this as a simple low self-esteem, I see it as my goal to become better.  I think that this word goes through all of our minds at some point.  Whether it be for self-improvement or not varies, we all need to think about what we can be this year.  That One Kid, over and out.

Thursday, December 21, 2017

Exploration and Reflection: To Kill A Mockingbird Book to Movie Comparisons

       To Kill A Mockingbird is a story that tangled with many topics about our culture, pulling you through a story of childhood innocence, and family relationships, along with more troubling topics, like racism, false accusations, and many other problems with society.  In the book, we learned of the family relationship between Scout, Jem, and Atticus.  In the movie, we only see the smallest of these moments.  A good thing about the movie was that it combined Mrs. Rachel and Miss Stephanie Crawford, which I think was a good idea.
       The main differences that I noted between the movie and the book were: Mrs. Dubose and Jem's Flower Incident/Punishment,  more of the Jem loosing his pants scene, and other scenes that held humor or sentiment that I have failed to mention.  Even though some of these needed to be cut to make it a movie, the story seemed to lose some of it's meaning for me.
       The movie actually surpassed my expectations, but I set them extremely low, because most movies are way worse than their story.  Unfortunately it didn't live up to my imagination's standards, so I was still rather disapointed.

I'll end this post with a quote I made up:    I don't know why people dislike black and white movies.  Our books are the same color, yet we consider them the greatest gateway into the imagination.

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.