Last week, Mr.Schoonard showed us the don't panic video. The video itself consists of a Swedish gentlemen who people call Hans Rosling, talking about the issues of poverty. Throughout the video, he shows the data through graphs and reports. When the video finished, the biggest takeaway I learned was the percentage of poverty, versus the total population of the world and how many people are in poverty compared to the past. The video would also help me later in life by understanding that poverty isn't that huge of a problem compared to war, drugs, and alcohol abuse. Less than two decades is all we need to end poverty.


In science class, we had to make a water filter, to take out all the contaminants within the dirty river water to make it drinkable. For the water to be consumable, it had to be at 6-8 ph level, little to no amount of salt, copper, and dirt. The filter also has to be made out of recyclable or natural material so when broken, anybody can fix it back with easily accessed materials. The water filter couldn't be too big. In the beginning, we brainstormed a few ideas so if one failed the requirements, we had something else to to build. From a bottle that use small spaces to filter out the contaminants, to evaporating the water, we had a wide range of variety during the brainstorming process.

First prototype

When we made our first prototype (evaporation), we already knew the procedure since we built a similar contraption from the previous class. When we tested it out, we expected the process to go a lot faster, but at the end of the class, we barely had ten milliliter of water. In science, there are bound to be failures, so we tried different ways to improve the model by letting out more steam from the beaker, adding baking soda to the dirty water (to raise the ph), adding charcoal, and to taping the smaller beaker to secure it in the bigger beaker.

We tried the filter that uses cotton

In the end, we decided to ditch the evaporation filter because it was slow going, and made a water filter out of cotton instead. The final results met the requirement. The turbidity was low, the ph was right on 7, and the amount of copper in the water was little to none. The only thing that made it undrinkable was because the water was blue and it had way too much salt in it. Overall, I didn't hate nor did I liked this project. It was a change to work on a water filter and the results were satisfying because we were able to overcome some obstacles, but I didn't enjoy the project, it just seemed like a change of work for me (instead of sitting with the laptop out, we got to build).

Before we went straight into the sketch, we researched and brainstormed ideas on what it was that we were asked to remove and how we would do it. In the beginning, we didn't have a lot of ideas on how we would make the filter, so we looked up online on how other people do it and took notes on what they used and how it affects the water. With the notes in mind, we moved on to the next step and decided to build a filter that uses evaporation to separate the contaminants from the river water. When that filter failed to generate enough water to test, we changed our filter into the cotton one, that gave us enough water to test and decide what we should do next time. Our team worked well together. There weren't any fights or a lot of disagreements since we had the same ideas and knew our role and what we had to do. Nobody argued on the job that one of our teammates would assign for them and I felt fine working around my teammates.



When I first started, I thought of making my own pictures. Drawing my images on paper, maybe drawing so that the knight would move. In the end, I settled on finding five images online and narrating over it because of the rubrics and requirements, limiting the amount of pictures. The time to work on it also limited my work because drawing my pictures would take way too long. I started finding images and narrating over the video. It was hard to find the images, there are barely any good pictures that represents your thoughts (maybe you want to the picture to be abstract) on Flickr. Narrating over wasn't as hard, but there were people around me when I recorded and I had to work with the horrible Mac in-built microphone (just like everyone else). Editing it was tedious rather than difficult, having to download pictures of text from Picmonkey because I worked with Imovie. Finding music that you want without it being copyrighted was also hard, and you eventually end up with stock music.

I'm proud of my video because I put in a lot of work and effort into it. I was happy with my final product, it turned out the way I wanted it to, working with the tools I had. I'm most proud of how the subtitles sometimes moved in a certain way that matched what I was narrating about in the poem, or that it moved along with the Ken Burns effect, making the image look alive and three - dimensional.

The video helped reinforce the things I said in the poem a bit. The images in the video might not be literal and it might take time to interpret it in a different way. The moving text combined with the Ken Burns effect added a pinch of immersive (in my opinion) It's like "oh woah the text are flying right by my screen."

I attempted to  change my tone and read faster or slower, although when reading fast through a tin can that is the Mac in-built microphone tends to mess up the recording. The music was sober and doesn't distract the audience, fitting for kind of video I was going for.

If I were to make another kind of video like this, I would add more visual effects on the screen instead of Ken Burns because now I have Final Cut Pro. I would also add in multiple pieces of music instead of one (if it weren't for the copyright the limited my music). Adding more picture and variety for it. For example an image that was hand-drawn or something made out of play-doh. Maybe animating it either on paper or with shapes.

1   Why did christianity take hold in the ancient world?


Excerpt #1

It wasn’t necessary to sacrifice the lives of other humans walking on the same ground as you are, just to achieve peace

Excerpt #2

Invaluable worker ants, working under the commands of the higher class soldiers and ant queens, the ones with real power

↪  DBQ OUTLINE: Why Did Christianity Take Hold in the Ancient World?







My biggest learning takeaway related to how Christianity revolved around love and peace, and gave everybody who joined the religion the same amount of value. The religion also gave good medical care the people in need of it, and feed people if they were hungry.

3.  VISUALIZING TEXT -sketchnoting

How did sketchnoting help you understand how Christianity originated and spread?

It was easier to convey my notes by drawing the words because shapes are more distinguishable than letters. It was also faster because with one glance at an image and I knew what it was about. Normal note-taking on the other hand, is not so fast or visual.

↪What did you learn about yourself as a visual notetaker?

I learned that you don’t need to be a good drawer. Just to draw your ideas so you can understand it.


What discoveries did you encounter as you were vlogging and exploring your thinking?

Vlogging was difficult because on one hand, I couldn’t pause because then it would look weird because of the mumbling and stumbling. On the other hand, I have a lot to say, but it’s hard because as you’re trying to explain it with your mouth, it means that your ideas won’t flow like you expected when you think in your head. When you’re thinking in your head, your thoughts change more frequently.


↪ What is ONE of your GOALS for social studies?

My one and only goal in social studies is to be more fluent at vlogging so I won’t mix my words when I turn on the camera. Vlogging is like opening a hole in your brain, letting your ideas spill out onto the tape. I want to be able to fluently vlog because having more ways to express your thinking is better, so I won’t feel restricted when you vlog because it’ll be less difficult.


I picked up a few ways to improve my poem from the poetry unit. Ways like extended metaphors, white space, and line breaks. For most of the time though, the poetry unit just brought more light to things that I already know.

I don't consider myself a poet because I don't enjoy writing poems, and I never write one in my spare time. Even after the poetry unit, I still don't enjoy writing poems and I don't think I'll be writing one in the future, one in my free time.

During the poetry unit, I thought the peer assessment was going to be a good thing, seeing what other people at your age think about the poems you wrote. That thought changed when I actually received the feedback. Most of them are "Your poem was really interesting" and "it's relatable". Only once did I ever get constructive criticism from a peer.

As a writer, I feel like I have improved in my figurative language usage. I've become more creative with it and I let my ideas flow more freely for the figurative language.


I chose Napstablook from the game Undertale because Napstablook is shy and worries too much about what others think about him. In the game, if you chose to find out more about him, you'll get to find out his quirks and taste in music. What he likes, what he doesn't like, and how the inside of him is unique (in a good way). Like a small pool, nobody comes across it. When people do go into the pool, they'll find that it's really deep and full of wonder.

Content Cop:

I chose Content Cop from, well the Content Cop series because sometimes, I like to criticise people, usually when I just had a bad experience with that person I already dislike recently. I like to point out the flaws of people from time to time, just for fun and not think much of it afterwards. I also like to discuss the flaws with other friends to see if they agree or think that I'm the only person who thinks that this person is a horrible person.



I chose Wyborn because he listens to people, and helps people. But he needs proof to believe that whatever you're saying is true, he needs to believe you before he helps you. He's skeptical of magic, but will believe if you show proof that it is true.