Human Rights

In this project on Human Rights, we focused on learning about different types of human rights and how we can support it. This is important because as human being living on the earth, we need to know what is going around in this world. We also need to know what is right and what is wrong, what people want and what people don’t want.  One thing I improved while working on this project is my ability to c. This blog post provides a reflection on my work, as well as a sample of what I accomplished.

  • What did you learn from visiting other exhibits?

I saw how other people decided to help with the cause they chose to work. There were some great ideas that I wish I could have done. I was still happy with my work. Even though there some difficulities inbetween, I think I did a pretty good job.

  • How did my consideration of my “user” influence my work?

I chose to present the topic in different ways to adult and children. For children, I made it more fun. I tricked them, gave candies (and explained how easily people can be trafficked, as how easy it was for me to make them take the candy). For adults, I presented my idea in a more serious way.

  • How can you continue your involvement with this group or social issue?

I can promote the organisation more.

Here are some photos of the exhibition that happened on June 2nd.

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Human Rights

Growing Up In Slavery – Sylviane A. Diouf (2001)

Here are the two significant facts that I found in this book.

  1. Family was very important to African people. It supported them throughout hard times. This is why children called all adults around them “aunt” and “uncles”. It was also African tradition.
  2. There was one way to gain freedom during the Civil War; to join the Union Army.

Resume

This is the resume that I’ve created for ELA class recently.

I think some best professional qualities I have is writing emails that are decent pretty fast. I have to write a lot of emails because I’m Student president of SSIS, so this helped me improve this skill.

However, something that I really lack on is teamwork. When I work with other people, I usually like to do all the work by myself, and not talk with my partner so much. Even if we work together, I don’t really like getting together to work on it or even talk together.

Imperialism Essay

Just before spring break, we’ve finished the last DBQ of the year in social studies class:

”       Then or now, economy is a vital part of the world. It’s the wealth and resources of a region and individuals. Each country’s wealth mirrors their power over the world. There are quite a lot of history with money and wealth in this money-thirsty world. This includes the time known as European imperialism in Africa. During late 19th century to early 20th century, European countries colonized many remote lands including Africa. There are many reasons that Europeans could have imperiled Africa, including its nationalism, development of technology, and ethnocentrism. However, the main driving force behind European Imperialism in Africa was the trading system between Europe and Africa, which European country  were able to make a lot of money from. Though one may think that the development of technology was the driving force of European Imperialism, after some research it is clear that technology was just a pedestal that helped imperialism happen.

       Trading system between Africa and Europe played a huge role for European imperialism in Africa. Europe took advantage of the wealth made by trading with Africa and developed economically. Imperialism happened during 19th and 20th century. One significant thing to notice about this time period is that it follows after industrial revolution. In Selected American Colonies and Their Exports shows exports from Africa and the industrial or economic use of the exports. This information is significant since a lot of the resources  exported that are shown in the evidence were things that could have helped with industrial revolution. It is vital to consider that with more natural resources from Africa, the more factories can produce goods, and help with Industrial Revolution. Another evidence is the graph Great Britain and South Saharan Africa Imports and Exports, 1854 and 1900 from the book The British Empire: 1558-1995 by Trevor Owen Llyd. It shows that English made a lot of money from Exporting goods to Africa. This information points to an important point that British made a lot of money from not only importing natural resources from Africa, but also from exporting products from it’s country to Africa. Even though this information is about Britain, it also projects the rest of Europe. To make trading system even more efficient, America and other European countries even made “free trade” possible during the Rule of Occupation conference held in Belgium in 1884 and 1885. This shows that America and European countries were very ardent about trading with Africa, and therefor was very important part of imperialism. Based on the evidence so far, it is clear that Europeans made a lot of economical benefits from trading with Africa, and thus kept up with imperialism in Africa.

       Some historians may argue that the development of technology was a stronger driving force for European Imperialism in Africa than trading. According to Technology and Imperialism, there are a lot of technological development that were used and significantly helped with activities of Imperialism. The evidence suggests that technology helped imperialism much faster, easier, and safer. Although this argument is valid on many points, what it fails to overlook is that the development of technology was just a pedestal that supported the imperialism in Africa. It was not the engine itself. Helping and supporting things are different from making things actually happen. Also, the development of technology was led by industrial revolution. Trading system helped imperialism, and imperialism helped the development of technology. This shows that the importance of trading outweighs the importance of technology development during imperialism. Clearly, it is justified to put trading between Europe and Africa as the driving force of European imperialism.

       The driving force behind the European imperialism was the trading system between Europe and Africa. They were able to make a lot of economical benefits from trading, both by exporting and importing. It also ties in very well with Industrial Revolution which was a very revolutionary period in Europe. They were able to import natural resources from Africa to Europe to help with industrial revolution, and export technology made by industrial revolution from Europe of Africa, which would help with exploring Africa for looking for more natural resources from Africa. To conclude, Africa was colonized by European imperialism due to the trading system.”

A strength I showed was my ability to write evidence for every claim I am making. However, something I felt that I need to work on is conclusion. I felt that I could benefit more from writing a thoughtful conclusion that leaves people things to think about.

Writing Reflection

Last quarter in writing, we had a persuasive writing unit. I wrote an article about how we don’t have to use MacBooks for better learning. I got a decent grade out of it, though I do wish that it was better.

I sent my article to some publishers, and teenink decided to publish mine. Here is a link to the article: http://www.teenink.com/opinion/school_college/article/879141/MacBooks-for-Education-Its-Not-So-Life-Changing/.

It was a pretty good unit and I learned some things.

Toy Story: Movie Review

In this project on movie review by Enlightenment philosophers, we focused on improving/learning thinking in other people’s shoe. This is an important skill because then it is easier to understand the history.  One thing I improved while working on this project is my ability to write better scripts. This blog post provides a reflection on my work, as well as a sample of what I accomplished.

I stretched myself as a writing on this piece since I did script writing, which isn’t something I do often. I think I did an okay job for the first try, though I know I can improve. I also learned to combine other people’s idea with my idea and say them in my style, so that the script flows more.

Another SLU?! Don’t worry, this time it’s good

note. SLU stands for Student Led Unit.

A) Introduce and explain your role in the soccer unit.

My role during the soccer unit was ‘Fair Play Coordinator’. My job was to rate everyone out of 20 points after every practice, depending on how hard they tried during the game.

B) Explain what you did well in that role and what were your challenges.

I think I did my job pretty well, but some challenges were that my team mates kept disagreeing with me. I tried to give people some decent scores, but my team mates kept saying that it should be lower, and screamed at me if I gave a better score than they claimed it should be. In the end I kind of just gave up on giving good scores.

C) Discuss your running results Did you improve? Why or why not?

My running result was up and down. Sometimes it was okay, sometimes it wasn’t. Usually my running time was about 8 minutes and 30 seconds, but one time it went up to 9 minutes and 15 seconds. I think I improved from time to time, though there were some slips in the middle. There were days that I just wasn’t in good condition.

 D) Discuss your fair play points (effort and attitude). Did you try your best? If you went off task, why did you go off task? Did you talk kindly and positively to your teammates and the other teams?

I tried on everything, though I’m not confident enough to say that I tried my best. I never went off the task, and I think I was nice to my team mates.  My fair play score was about 92/100 which I guess is okay. I wish it was higher though, since I think that I did a bit better than that (but again, team mates urged on giving bad scores for everyone…)

E) What did you think of this kind of unit? How can Ms C improve it? Would you recommend it to others?

I think it was a great unit, and would recommend to others. However, it will only work if people actually participate (in our case, we did). Here is Team Talk Blue Sheeps and Individual Fair Play Score.