What did you do? Summarize what you did. Be specific
For this project me and Daniel decided to at first, make a story. But after time goes by we decided to make a short story instead about a vocabulary show because we didn’t had much time left. Our project had many different settings involved which is a little bit random sometimes. Even though we were kind of in a hurry, we managed to get our work done in time before the presentation to the class also we got to have some fun.
Analyze your learning:
What did you do well?
I think what I did well was that I was able to be cooperative with my partner to finish the story together, also we all had equal work time so that not one of us did most of the work. Another thing is that we did well on being creative because even though our settings was random, all of them some how connected to each other so that they are easy to understand and memorable to the readers/audience.
What was challenging?
What was challenging was how we have to suddenly switch the plan from a script to a story, this was challenging because we had to finish on time and have a small story for each of them.
What could you improve? Identify 2-3 areas that you could improve on.
The first thing we could improve on is that we can have a proper plan and organize the time wisely so that we don’t have to switch anything up when the project is almost due.
What did you learn from this learning activity? (Be specific with examples).
I learned that organizing time is going to be a very important thing through out my years in school and beyond because it is hard to reorganize and restart when it is very close to the due date.
This is my short story that I did with my partner:
Hello everybody and welcome to the Vocabulary Show today! We’re talking about words that come from The Revolutionary War of the United States and the events that lead up to it! The first word today is parliament! This word represents a group of people that create the laws. Here is a dramatization of what the world sounds like when used in a real life situation.
“Hey, Hammuarabi! Hammurabi! We need to make some laws! I will help you! What should they be?” A one of the men who created laws with Hammurabi asked.
“Hmm.. I don’t know… wait I’ve got one! How about an eye for an eye? So if one person takes out the eye of another, the other can take out their eye too, as punishment and also to be fair?” Hammurabi responded.
“Why not? That’s a great law. Let’s tell the rest of the parliament too, to finalize the decision.” The man replied.
This might be a fantasized dramatization, but the British Parliament was present in the Revolutionary War too. The British Parliament created the Stamp Act in 1765 in order to receive taxes from the colonists for using stamps.
Now here is the next word! It is….Repealed! Repealed is to throw out or cancel something. The plot in this story is completely made up, there are no connections to history.
“Hey Hammurabi the eye for an eye isn’t working out so lets repeal it…..” a follower of Hammurabi told him.
“Why dear sir? What has happened?” Hammurabi said in reply.
“Well, there was a major fight in town, and everyone started poking each other’s eyes out. What shall we do? It is still going on!” The man said.
“Oh, that is bad, indeed. Let’s get rid of the law as soon as possible.” Hammurabi said back. Afterwards, the humble and wise Hammurabi got rid of the law, and scribbled it out from his plan, as he was coming up with many laws that were to be engraved in stone.
Roll the next clip please! Our next word is… boycott, which means to stop buying or using something for political reasons. This was what happened before the British collected taxes.
“Hey, here are the goods that you requested. My name is Muddy Boulder, and these are my companions. We didn’t get to really introduce ourselves last time we met.” Greeted Muddy Boulder, along with his companions.
“Ah, if it isn’t Muddy boulder the trader of the Indians! Now I finally know ya name! You’ve been such a great person to trade with, very fair too! Anyway here is your money, C ya next time folks!” John said.
Now, this is what happened after the British started collecting taxes.
“Hey, Muddy Boulder, I need to talk with you for a sec,” John said. “we need to show them British that we won’t pay taxes for trade, so I won’t be able to trade with you for a while. I’m very sorry bout this, making you come all the way here for nothing.”
“Are you kiddin’ me? You’re not gonna ever see me again,” Muddy Boulder replied in anger. “Bah bye, go trade wit someone else!” That was the end of the trade between Muddy Boulder and John, however, these were all for political reasons, and John was not the only one cutting off trades.
Our show now bring you the 4th word and 5th words! The 4th word is patriot. The word Patriot comes from the guy named Pat who was rioting against the government for his country’s rights, and then some citizens that saw him made the word patriot. Just kidding, the word patriot means people who lived in the colonies and fought against British rule. Our fifth word militia represents armies made of normal people who are not paid to do a soldier’s job.
“Alright erry body, we gon get those sons of guns Brits and chase their butts out of them tents!” A fellow citizen in Boston shouted.
“Yes! We gon to be soldiers fo our rights today!” another citizen exclaimed.
“Remember we’re patriots, not some fat head who wants to be controlled by the Brits, NOW LETS GO!” Another one cried. Then, the citizens of Boston rampaged through the city and charged at the British soldiers.
Now, word number 6! this new word will be introduced by Dr. Mudflaps!
Ah, the word representative! I have an example for it! Many years ago, Martin Luther King spoke in public representing all of the African American people in the United States. He was one of the few people that were courageous enough to talk about black rights. He talked about racism, and everything that was thought by every African American; this was why he was a representative of African Americans.
Thank you Dr. Mudflaps! Now, it is time for our 7th word, which is actually a phrase, Sons of Liberty!
During the Boston Massacre, many people protested for their rights, and claimed that the British were taking all their money for their own benefit, by collecting taxes. This is basically what happened:
“You have no rights to take taxes from us for your own benefits! This is OUR territory, not only YOURS!” a colonist cried out. However, the soldiers still remained silent, watching the colonists’ every move waiting for their chance to strike.
“Yeah, we tired of dis movement that y’all controlling! There needs ta be an end to this! Y’all have no right to do this!” Another colonist cried out. “Throw the snowballs! The fight is on people!”
This was how the Boston Massacre started. These people that were rebelling against the British authorities were Sons of Liberty, because they were colonists that protested and didn’t agree on the British leaders’ decisions.
I’m pretty sure y’all know pretty darn well about them colonists! Ha ha! Now, for our next word: propaganda. I will introduce this word myself!
A propaganda is a way of spreading information around for the purpose of helping a cause or a specific person. One example of propaganda in history is the political cartoon, JOIN, or DIE. This was created during colonial times by Benjamin Franklin so that the colonists would unite against British rule.
Our 9th word is protested! As seen in the example of Sons of Liberty, the colonists protested by throwing snowballs at British soldiers that were completely watching over the city of Boston. Protesting is when a group of people or even just one person fight against something. For example, in this situation, the colonists fought for the taxes they had to pay, as they thought it was wrong.
10th word! Actually, it’s another phrase; unalienable right! An unalienable right is basically something that a human has to do, a basic human right, that cannot be taken away by the government. An example of an unalienable right is freedom of speech. A person should be able to speak for themselves; it is not something that the government can take away from a person.
Now, next up is our 11th word! The next word is loyalists. Loyalists are people who supported the British government during the American revolution. These people were the British Parliament or also the British soldiers, because they were fighting for the taxes and supported the British government and helped them. These were the people that made the colonists suffer economically, which caused the colonists to protest in anger.
The 12th word is tariff, which means a tax on goods brought in to the country. An example of this word would be when a trader came from another country; they would be charged a tariff because they would bring goods from another country to trade, so the government would demand a portion of the money that will be earned, for the country. So, every time someone came to trade in Boston, they would have been charged a tariff. For example, John in the other example had gotten angry because the government was starting to charge tariffs, so he and many other traders stopped their trade to show the government that this wasn’t right.
Word number 13 is continental congress. A continental congress is a meeting of chosen representatives from each English colony (during the colonial times) to discuss on a topic, usually relating to war. Many continental congresses were formed in the colonial times, but sometimes the objectives of the congress was not quite clear. They were mostly formed to discuss independence and also peace.
Now it is number 14, and the word is revolution. The word revolution means a complete sudden change of a government. An example would be the American revolution which was a directly clear explanation starting with the title it self. It was when the British government had lost control, and the British colonies started fighting. Since word 14 is quite related to word 15, I will tell you about 15 right now. Word number 15 is grievance, which is a complaint against a ruling government. An example would be when the colonists complained about the British government, and rebelled for the Sugar Act, Stamp Act, and much more unfair tax acts.
The last word but not the least, number 16, is blockade. A blockade is using warships to block the harbor to prevent other ships from leaving the harbor to trade with another country, that needs to be reached by sea. During the colonial times, this prevented many merchants to trade with other merchants, and caused many economical problems for the colonist merchants.
Well, I’ll rap it up here! We hope you enjoyed tonight’s show! We’ll see you next week at the same day, same time! Good night people!