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End Of Year Reflection
End of the year already? Brace yourselves reflections are coming!
This year have been a year unlike any other because, after all, this is my first time in eight grade and there have been some unexpected ups and downs. Even though most of the downs were in other classes, that doesn’t mean that there are no bad experiences in Humanities class. There were some downs but very few of them. I have learned from the concepts of exploration in the early years, to the basics of the human rights. From the is class I learned to enjoy the little things because sometimes the class could be a great one but sometimes it could be stressful due to the amount of homework assigned. I also learned how to organize time to do homework and to put aside the distractions later because throughout the year I began to understand that to do these assigned homework, I must push away the distractions.
In this year the way I think and write have changed quite a lot because I have changed the way I use to write with excessive thens, and trust me, I used a lot of other unnecessary connecting words in 7th grade. The way I think has also changed because I learned more about the world outside of the school and started to change the way I think which affects the way I write my essays and other assignments. I try my best to relate my writing to the real world as close as I could so that I can make it as realistic to the real world as possible. Even though many have changed there were still some things that never change which is at this point, the habit of not taking my time to brainstorm and list out the details that will be necessary to make the written paragraph detailed. Another part that I have improved on is to limit the use of the word “thing”. Even though you might spot a few parts where I used the word, I have improved on to limit the use of the word so that it wouldn’t become repetitive.
Speaking and listening has also been a big part of my improvement because I am talkative and used to be impatient and just want to cut to the chase instead of waiting another second or two. Obviously my speaking skills have improved more in 8th grade because we get to present in front of the class more frequently than in 7th grade where we only get to present in front of the class once a semester. I think that the presentations that are presented in front of the whole class helps in my speaking skills and also my improvising skills because I prefer to keep it natural so that I don’t have to keep looking down at the script every time I have to say my line, wasting more time looking like an unprepared presenter. Another thing is that public speaking can help me boost confidence because I can talk to large groups without feeling nervous or anything. My speaking skills have mostly improved by speaking with my friends everyday in english so that I would be used to the language.
This year I have read more books than I have read in seventh and sixth grade, most likely because of SSR which in a way, forces me to read books. I can say that my reading skills have improved but not too much because I don’t embrace the book when I’m reading unless it is a book with suspense and thrill, so because of this I read only a couple of books that I have heard that is good and full of suspense. The latest book I read was called Assassin and honestly, I expected a little more from the book because there was more talking then there were more action so because of that I expected a little bit more from it. There were also other books that I loved because of the plot where it is setback in time around the renaissance and also the time of the discovery of gunpowder. I think that overall that this year my reading objective was reached because I have read more than I have read in 7th grade and also 6th grade.
My study skills are probably the least I have improved on because during this year, we are given netbooks to use for educational purposes and also as a resource tool. But instead the netbook slightly plays a bigger role as a distraction to me than its main purpose is suppose to. I think this happens because that I was too absorbed by the internet and was very distracted by the netbook. When I say “least improved” it didn’t mean that I didn’t improve in anything though, because I did improve on my organization skills. I learned how to separate time so that I have enough and equal time for each homework assignments. I used this skill to complete and turn in my home work in time and it have helped me avoid many crisis. Sometimes, this method doesn’t work because of the netbook so I use another tactic to push away my distractions and finish my homework so that I can pick where I started.
In conclusion I have improved on many parts throughout the year and also learned new skills that I can use in high school too. If I had to look back in this year I would say that it wasn’t the best year I’ve had so far but it was close to being the best year. If I could change anything from the year I would change the goodreads update because I forget most of the time after I read a book because sometimes I would feel sleepy after reading a book and fall asleep, then when I woke up I forget what to do.
Final Research Paragraphs
Cause of Armed Conflicts
Armed conflicts has existed almost as early as the dawn of civilization, armed conflicts have been a main reason to blame for the death of millions throughout history. “In conflicts across the globe, governments and armed groups routinely attack civilians and commit war crimes and terrible abuses of human rights.” This quote means that there are many innocent bystanders that are affected by the conflicts. Some people that are involved in armed conflicts have nothing to do with it and are just innocent victims caught in the crossfire. Even if they don’t know what the cause is, they will want it to stop because it is nothing but trouble for their country and it disturbs the peace between them (Amnesty International). Not only that, it is also a threat to their lives and maybe their children or loved ones. Some people didn’t want to take part in wars but they are forced to support their country in the war because of their government or leader, wanting to win the war claiming what ever they desire from the opposing force. In this essay we will be telling all of you how armed conflicts usually start, why people want to start wars, and also how can we stop armed conflicts. (British Institute of International and Comparative Law).
Now, you might be wondering why people want to start wars because they’re nothing but trouble for everyone, not just for themselves, everyone. People usually start wars because of many different reasons. Another reason is that someone that have greater power over them forces them to join in the act so that they can be a part of it and the force can gain more support from more people (Wikipedia). Many people only want to conquer another country because they could gain control of the area and power so that they can gain money by investing their business there. People don’t just start wars for only resources, they also start wars for land. They usually fight for land because of their strong sense of ownership towards the land, saying that it was an important piece of land.
Money is a wonderful system, it can solve almost all the problems in the world, but yet, it causes more problems than we could handle to stop. Which leads me to the other reason that people want to start wars, the first reason are resources they need for their country such as wood, oil, iron, and coal with some more useful resources that are wanted by many countries (Wikipedia). “These conflicts are often triggered by issues of identity, ethnicity, religion and competition for resources, particularly oil and mineral wealth.” For example is the war in Iraq which is for a recourse that the world urgently needs, oil. Another reason of a war for resources is in Afghanistan where they are also fighting for oil. People don’t just start wars for only resources, they also start wars for land. They usually fight for land because of their strong sense of ownership towards the land or property. This happens because every country needs resources to keep them away from bankruptcy and so that they can keep their citizens satisfied. Some wars are also started for Power, because the people demands equality and their leader to step down from their position and let go of the power they have been holding on for a long time (Wikipedia).
Armed conflicts aren’t as easy to solve a simple problem because it is hard to make people like each other once they had a fight between them. “Continuing violence feeds on unresolved grievances arising from years of destructive conflict and this failure to hold perpetrators of grave abuses to account.” This quote means that continuing violence only makes it worse instead of resolving it. Another way is to convince the government to pull back their troops because they would die and many people could be saved instead of going to kill their self blindly while following orders from their seniors or from the upper commands (British Institute of International and Comparative Law). If everyone are willing to cooperate, wars can be stopped easily and simply with no violence involved, sadly, not everyone are cooperative and wants power so that they can gain control. Truth be told, if the power of love don’t overcome the love for power then the world will never know peace.
Amnesty Interantional. “Armed Conlfict.” Amnesty International. N.p., n.d. Web.
27 May 2012. <http://www.amnesty.org/en/armed-conflict>.
British Institute of International and Comparative Law. “Armed Conflicts.”
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“Genocide.” Wikipedia.org. Wikipedia.Inc, 20 May 2012. Web. 27 May 2012.
A few minutes ago I finished reading the topic about how the populations of birds are about to be extinct because of what the environment that the humans are making worst. This extinction to the black and white lemurs are making the zoos worried of their future population and that they worry that there are little percent chance to safe the species. I think that this it is going to be hard to repopulate some species when some of them refuse to reproduce in captivity, because of this, zoos are being called to sustain more animals so that they can be saved from extinction. The problem is that there are many animals that are already in the zoos and that it feels like they’re building a bigger and bigger shelter for the animals. So the zoo officials start to choose specific species that are endangered and species that are necessary to be rescued.
The zoo officials wants to raise money so that they can built and find more endangered species. I think that this wouldn’t help much until people decides to stop harming the environment and take action to stop illegal logging and stop actions that harms the population of the almost extinct animals. It is difficult to help the animals with only money because the number of the population continue to decrease day by day because of the situation surrounding us and their shortage on help to save them. Maybe if we all helped and reduce logging we could save many kinds of species and don’t have to worry about habing another animal going to the path of extinction.
Just a few moments ago I read an article about illegal logging in the forests of Cambodia and how two person was open fired at by a group of loggers in order to escape. There was proof this time because there was a cameraman and also a journalist that was with the two person when they were shot. One of the person who was named Mr. Chut Wutty, who loves to protect the forest from illegal loggers and have called the police for back up to arrest them. The second person is a military officer who was called for back up and to help aid the arrest of the loggers. Unfortunately when the loggers saw them coming up close with guns on their hands, they started to open fire and escape from the site, killing Mr. Wutty and the military officer. The journalist and the photographer ducked for cover when the shooting happened and survived the shooting. In Cambodia they said that they law wasn’t obeyed by the people because the government’s power is weak and are being ignored by the people.
Before this incident happened Mr. Wutty have been confiscating chainsaws, axes, wood, branches and others, from the loggers that was caught in action by him. This has happened for a long time, because of this he has received death threats by anonymous people which was most likely to be the logger’s company so that they can save their business. All the death threats and harassment worried him so he starts to carry a gun in case any one attacks him. Unfortunately, the gun didn’t help when the loggers open fire at him and the military officer. After his death people starts to recognize him more and respect what he has done to help the environment and what he died for was for the people not for him. Another thing is that the untied nations start to investigate what happened and who were the loggers that did it. I think that Mr. Wutty died a hero because he was willing to sacrifice his life to safe the people around him and care about his surroundings and not only about himself.
Just a few moments ago I read an article about the Google glasses that have been shown for kind of like a teaser trailer for Google’s up coming product that might be released by the end of this year. This wasn’t the first time I saw the google glasses because I have seen it on another website which doesn’t have anything to do with technology. At first I thought it was a fake like how they said that there will be a play station 4 coming out soon in 2011 but instead nothing came just disappointing hopes, but then I did a little research on Google and other websites and they said that it wasn’t released yet, but it will be released by probably the end of the year. I didn’t believe it, I thought that it must be fake until I saw the Google glasses official page, even thought there wasn’t much information, it was enough information for me to claim that it is a real thing. When I saw the video for the first time, it amazed me because of the multiple features the glasses have. What amazed me most was how it can locate a person’s exact location, it was so amazing that I thought it’s too good to be true. So I started to think about the down sides of the glasses.
One of the down sides was that it could be a huge privacy invasion to some people because the person who have the glasses can know where you are exactly. Another that is a downside was that it could disturb everyday life if you’re walking and suddenly a notification pops out and every time you close it, it pops out again.The worst feature for me is that you can only see with only one eye every time you want to video chat or call up someone. There are also good sides to this invention which is, you can finally video chat or call someone with hands free and just by using your vision. Another thing is that Google glasses could be very expensive and only little would be sold because of the prize. The fact that they’re going to test it in summer in front of people near Google offices makes me want to go to America and spot a person with a Google Glasses and just stare at them for having such an amazing gadget. I think that Google glasses could be the future of communicating to the rest of the world and this might steal the show from apple and other smart phones other than androids. These glasses remind me of another device from a cartoon series where they have these glasses that can help see farther, show the temperature and call other people. Maybe in a couple of years, there won’t be any cellphones anymore because by then we would be using the Google glasses. I hope that I would be able to have one of these in my life, because they look very futuristic and unique for me.
Brothers and Sisters,
let us put an end to the tyrannical reign
of Kony after years of cruelty
He has tortured people with unthinkable ways,
forced his child army to murder their own parents
and he disrespectfully treats the children like slaves
Let us help the fellow children,
to make their illusions of hope
a reality and give them freedom which will lead them to salvation
Kony has been a major threat
because of his war crimes,
he made what used to be,
A land full of peace,
to a land full of fear.
He is guilty of war crimes,
abductions of thousands of children,
and betrayal of his allies.
Not only has he crushed hopes of freedom,
but he has also broke the children’s spirit,
and destroy anything that represents freedom in his LRA.
Children has struggled to survive,
for they have been treated cruelly,
making it harder for them to live.
In the unit 7 we learned about market and bargaining, we learned how to say money, how much the price of an item is, objects, items for sale at the market such as fan, lantern, fireworks, and etc. Most of the time when I’m learning about this I had a couple of images about the topic that pop out while the teacher is explaining the word meaning, and the images helped me remember the words when I am at the test. In this unit we also did a project where we have to draw a poster about what our market would look like and then we have present it to eh whole class. After we finished presenting people would ask us questions that they would normally ask in the market such as, how much is this which is 多少钱，or why is it so expensive? Which is 为什么很便宜 in Chinese. There are many other words that we learned and I’m about to list some of them,this is the list of words that I learned in this unit
Souvenir: 小商品 Xiao shang pin
Straw Hat: 草帽 Cao Mao
Buy: 买 Mai
Sell: 卖 Mai
Enough: 够 Gou
Firecrackers: 鞭炮 Bian Pao
Again: 再 Zai
Some: 一些 Yi Xie
Expensive: 贵 Gui
Objects: 东西 Dongxi
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!
Before I start on this article I would like to say that I feel sorry for the loss who were involved in the shooting at the school. I don’t understand why Lane would shoot random people that he doesn’t even know, in a way this just blows my mind. Because people said that he used to be a quite person that have friends based on this quote “a quiet kid. Freshman year he got into a ‘goth’ phase and didn’t talk to that many people anymore. He never egged anybody on. He just went about his business.”. Instead of shooting random, innocent people, he should have went to the Councillor because they are trained to deal with situations to calm students down and make the relax a little, making them calm down . When I finished reading the article I decided to look down at the comments other readers of the articles typed. Some people had different theories such as the shooting was over an ex-girlfriend, and another is that he doesn’t have any friends and is a loner. For me shooting random, innocent people because your lonely or because you are dumped by the girl you love, is an idiotic thing to do.
There are so many solutions that he should have chosen that he didn’t, if I was him I would just make more friends also socialize with them and get over my relationship or try to talk to her what went wrong between us. Another question I have is, how and where did he get the guns from? Isn’t it illegal to own guns without proper licenses and when you’re under aged too? The question that confuses me the most is how, HOW, did he become so heartless that he can shoot the students with out hesitation? I then found the answer to the questions I asked, the article said that his family have been through divorce and violence. This is what I think is the main cause of the shooting, a bad past and also stress. The event was very unexpected like most people said, just like what Robert N. Farinacci, who is representing Lane that said “This was something that could never have been predicted.”
In Friday, we did an activity during advisory which was making paper bags which was to simulate poverty around the world. The purpose of this activity was to simulate the poverty most people in the world is suffering right now. When I started the activity with my team mates it was pretty hard to make the paper bags the first time, because the glue was so liquid that it can wet the whole paper bag and then ruin it. The directions to make the paper bags that the teachers gave us wasn’t very help full either because it was confusing to follow and we were in a rush to sell and make the paper bags since we only have 30 mins to work. Even though some parts weren’t help full, no one in our group became mad because we were having fun in an unusual way. When I was making the paper bags I figured out that earning money with them was hard because they only pay us 1 rupees for 10 paper bags which wasn’t a very fair thing to do.