Our last unit in social studies was human rights. But we didn't just learn about it, we took action. My group worked with deaf rights, we partnered with Harvest Bakery. Harvest Bakery makes nutritious products that use no chemicals, extenders, additives or preservatives. Why work with them you ask? Their company doesn't overlook people that are a bit different. They currently have two deaf employers that work in their bakery. We went to meet with them and we asked what we should do to support them and make this available in more places.

Something that surprised me during this project was that anyone can make a difference. I always thought to myself, I'll do something to fix these issues when I get older, I'm just a kid. But now I know that I can make a difference when I want to. It really opens my eyes to what a student can do and I don't need to be some big profesion to do so.

Since this is a bakery, I can help spread the bakery's awareness. I'm also still in contact with one of the people from Harvest Bakery so I could always ask her what I could do or what I want to do. That could also continue my involvement with this issue and in addition, I could also spread awareness around my community.IMG_20160513_115122751 IMG_20160602_141942982

Here a few things from a book about human rights I learnt and found interesting.

International Human Rights by Jack Donnelly

"“Human rights,” however, are usually taken to have a special reference to the ways in which states treat their own citizens. For example, domestically, we distinguish muggings and private assaults, which are not typically considered human rights violations, from police brutality and torture, which are. Internationally, we distinguish terrorism, war, and war crimes from human rights abuses, even though all lead to denials of life and security."

"Most of us today take human rights to be a normal and “obvious” part of international relations. Such an understanding, however, goes back only to the end of World War II."

 

In Language Arts class a couple weeks ago, we made resumés. First we had to choose our dream jobs in order to know what we should put on our resumés. I chose to be a Social Media/PR Manager because I find the media industry really interesting. One of my best professional qualities that I put in my resumé was that I'm able to effectively prioritize tasks and manage time, even under high-pressure situations. I also wrote that I was self-driven and motivated to work in a fast-paced, dynamic environment, able to handle deadlines, last minute interview requests or schedule changes, and is highly organized and able to balance multiple projects at the same time. I also included additional information about myself that I might not think is important but might be to the person I'm sending this resumé to. 

One of my best non-professional quality I included that is I'm a good math student. I included this because to be in this industry I also had to be good with marketing and numbers. This will of course not be in an actual resumé for me when I'm older because obviously I'm a student now. I also included that I was in sport teams, this might not be professional but it shows that I can work well in a team. I also included the languages I speak, which is important, but I also included what languages am learning, one of the is sign language. I have so much fun learning it that I wanted to included it in my resumé showing that I'm not narrowing my clients/customers.

Reflection

In this project on Imperialism in Africa, we focused on learning how to find evidence that would analyze our thesis. This is an important skill because it's a basic writing skill that I would use throughout my life.  One thing I improved while working on this project is my ability to analyze evidence. This blog post provides a reflection on my work, as well as a sample of what I accomplished. My strength I showed was my ability to find evidence that relates to my claim. Something to work on in my next essay is to analyze my evidence better.

The one thing that helped me stay organized on this DBQ was the graphic organizers, the one on the google doc and on paper. This really helped me because it made the writing part seem little and not hard. When I got stuck on writing an analysis or a conclusion of a paragraph, I move on and do what I can do and then when I get my thought, I would go back and add on. I felt like this made my writing process so much easier because I'm not confused are lost.

My Work

All Because of the Economics

In the 19th and 20th century, Europeans started to take over Africa part by part. Imperialism started with King Leopold of Belgium wanting to make money from his private country in Africa by taking out ivory and rubber. He then proceeded to kill Africans through forced labor, mistreatment, and diseases. The primary driving force of imperialism in Africa is economics because Africa had loads of resources which benefited Europe in many ways. Although a strong case could be made that technology was the driving force, this argument is unconvincing because economics is what guided and advance technology to where it was.

With the amount of resources that Africa had it was the primary driving force for Imperialism. According to document D, Africa had a great deal of different resources exported to Europe which was used for industrial and economic uses. Resources that were exported such as cotton, coffee, rubber,  ivory and many types metals. This shows that because of the economics in Africa, they were able to have food products, metals (which led to useful inventions), and clothes. These are simple things that people would want and since Africa had so much of it, it clearly explains why Europeans took over Africa. In document E, it displays a graph that shows that in 1854, Africa had about 4 million pounds worth of resources imported and resources about 3 million pounds exported to Africa. In 1900, 8 million pounds were imports from Africa and 21 million pounds of resources exported to Africa. This evidence shows that the amount of resources exported from Africa increased about 18 million pounds. This shows that Europeans made a lot more money by getting resources from Africa, then selling it in Africa. To summarize, the amount of resources exported in Africa benefited Europeans so much that it made them crave more, which led to Imperialism in Africa.

It has been argued that the main desire of imperialism in Africa was because of their technology. In Document C, the table shows that the technology invented were steam engines, treatment for malaria, electric telegraph, bessemer process, and guns. Since Europeans were so vulnerable to malaria, having a cure for it would really help Europeans conquer Africa.  Guns and rifles were also a very useful technological development because it gave European armies an advantage over African armies. There is some truth to the argument that technology was very helpful for the Europeans. However, without money, and their economics, Europe wouldn’t be able to have and advance their technology at all. They wouldn’t have even thought of using technology. According to document D, one of the popular resources exported from Africa were metals, lead, and coal. Which were used for ammunition and fuel. This evidence illustrates that even though technology was a reason for the Europeans to conquer Africa, without the resources, it was not possible for bullets to be made, guns, fuel, and other helpful inventions. To conclude, if were not for technology, Europe may have not been able to conquer Africa, but without the resources/economics, there would not even have been techonology in the first place.

Economic factors were more of a driving force behind European imperialism than nationalism, technology, and ethnocentrism because it was more effective and without it, other factors would not have any influence. Since Africa had a large supply of different resources, Europeans slowly started to increase the amount of resources exported from Africa and eventually colonize the continent. It influenced European colonies to take them and make money with the resources, which was very beneficial for them. From doing this, they gained more money, products, and supplies which made their people happy.

In this PE unit, we're learning about health and learning what we should or should not put in our bodies. Our first assignment in health class was we got into groups, and each group thought of a healthy menu and we served it to the "judges". We made it like we were in master chef, we served it to the judges, explain what we made and they would say what they thought of it. We took about 20 minutes to prepare the meal. We made a breakfast meal, avocado, bread, egg, and spinach. We had to make sure that it made the healthy standards.

Here's the book that explains more with pictures of our meal, and what the judges said about our meal.

 

In exploratory writing, we're starting new unit, poetry. I'm excited too see how creative I could get for this unit. So far I wrote this poem and we were asked to focus more on adding white spaces and line breaks. I wrote this poem about paper because I felt like it had to be written.

Here's a video of me explaining why I wrote this poem the way I wrote it.

For our first unit in exploratory writing, we did persuasive writing. I chose to write about how gum should be allowed in school. In this unit, I learned a lot about persuasive writing, I Iearned persuasive techniques, and how to write in more of an informal tone. I challenge I faced while writing this piece was I thought this was like an argumentative writing, with five essays, but it's not. Once I learnt that I had to change most of my writing. Something I felt I did well was my reasons. I felt like they were really strong reasons and I felt like that helped me write a better essay. I submitted my article I wrote on to Teen Ink, and I got published! Not only did I get published, I got voted #1. It feels really good to see that an article I wrote myself is on a website where everyone can see.

Here is my article.

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Here is the email Teen Ink sent me to notify me that my article was voted #1

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In this project on Toy Story 1 movie review, we focused on improving/learning how to analyze work better. This is an important skill because we use it in writing essays, and it really helps you on thinking deeper. One thing I improved while working on this project is my ability to say what I thought as a philosopher better. This blog post provides a reflection on my work, as well as a sample of what I accomplished.

I stretched myself as a writer on this piece by really thinking deeper on how my philosopher, John Locke, thinks about the movie. I explained what he thought about the characters, the movie plot and how it relates to what he believes in. Which is good in humanity and how everyone desires happiness. I talked about how some of the characters showed these traits and how some didn't. My partner, Machiavelli basically believed in complete opposite of what I did. Overall, this was a fun project and I really enjoyed watching the movie.