Day 3:

Video of our documentation (my reflection is included in this): Day 3

Folder of all our documentations: Folder

Things I worked on for this day:

  • Designing the nets
  • Trying out the different markers to color/design the nets
  • Cutting out the nets

Day 5:

  1. What did you achieve today? Describe.
    1. For today's lesson, I worked on plastering boxes and also designing a couple of nets. It was really time-consuming to plaster the box, so I wasn't able to do much today.
  2. How did the rest of the group do? Did they all have jobs and assist with the progress of your sculpture?
    1. My partner was on task today. She was able to also design another net and made another net. She also tried to print the blown up nets while I was plastering.
  3. Did you face any challenges?
    1. Some challenges we faced today was how many we were supposed to make. If we were to hand draw, print, and design everything by hand, then it would have to be finished passed the due date. Printing was not exactly a challenge but a fail. We changed the size but it wasn't exactly big enough.
  4. What are your last plans to complete this task?
    1. My group and I are planning on taking pre-made boxes and using those to make the pieces of the game. Before this, however, we will cut out anything we need out of those boxes and plaster them. We are planning on staying after school on Friday to complete the project before the due date. Unless we did not finish by then, we will try to find some other time to make it at home before the due date comes up (or we will stay back when the project is due and complete it then). We also need to find velcro to stick on the windows that we are also planning to make.

Link to the folder of all documentations: Folder

During the last few classes in P.E, my class and I reviewed and learned the crucial steps of doing good freestyle, breaststroke, and backstroke. After this, we partnered up with a person and filmed us swimming the certain stroke- later on assessing ourselves and writing what a reflection of what we might have done right or wrong.

Looking at my legs, I saw that they were kicking pretty powerfully. My shoulders were rotating pretty well, and my elbows were bent high. My arms also reached forward and they pulled towards my thighs. However, I didn’t really breath to the side- I kind of lifted up my head instead. I think I have the basic techniques of freestyle, and I’m also really confident with it, but I still need to work a bit more on my breathing.

For breaststroke, I did do a frog kick. My arms, when they were pulling towards my chest, they did have that namaste look to it. My head was also straight up to breath, and I alternated the kick to the pull. Overall, I think I’m very confident in my breaststroke, much more than my freestyle.

Backstroke I think was the most challenging. I think it’s my worst stroke overall. I noticed at the beginning of my swim I didn’t exactly know how to glide or push off, so that’s the first bit of a challenge I need to work on. So far, for the few seconds the video started, my head and chin were up, which is good. My arms were rotating in the proper fashion, and they were opposite, not going at the same time. Something that I also think I need to work on is my kicking, I feel like I’m not using my hips while I kick, and it kind of looked like I was only using my knees. One thing I’m wondering about is if the backstroke kick is okay underwater and the legs don’t really meet the surface of the water.

For the past few weeks, the whole 7th-grade was divided into groups of 3-4 people to make their own water filter design. In this project, the requirements to our water filter was to remove all our contaminants, including salt, copper, and sediment, to produce water with an acidity range between 6-8 pH, generate at least 15 mL of water for testing, but the more the better, that our NGO (non-governmental organization) can provide solar panel systems with limited electricity to families, and to use materials that are available to people in rural Vietnamese villages, or within the limited budget of our NGO organization.

For our brainstorming, we searched up on google for what people made for homemade water filters. After this, we finally settled on a design. It was pretty easy when we made the design- we got all our materials from our class.

However, after our first trial, we ended up having very negative results for our filter. After this, for our second prototype, we realized that the layers in our water filter were wrong, so we decided to redo the entire thing, including an extra step of boiling the finished filtered water. Our second prototype went a little better- our turbidity and copper were lower, but our acidity was still the same. Our third prototype was to add more holes into our water filter so water could flow more easily, and once all the water came out and we let it sit for a couple of days, it turned even clearer. Our third prototype had no copper, but our acid was still the same, so our final prototype was to add a final extra step to neutralize the acid- by adding a base. Our final results were all successful- no copper, salt was all extracted, it had a pH of 7, and it was clear.

Overall, this project was both a challenge and lot of fun to do. Though it did irritate me sometimes that my group and I didn’t get the results we wanted, it was fun to try again and again and doing extra research for this project.

For the past couple of weeks, my class and I edited and revised our final poems that we chose to make a video with. We got our inspiration for this video from a professional digital poem story somebody else made.

The process of this video started from me revising and editing my poem. That was the easiest part of it because I got a lot of feedback from my peers and my teacher.

Next was making the actual video. I had a little trouble with this because I didn't have iMovie in my MacBook at first. Luckily, one of my friends was kind enough to airdrop me the app. It got a lot easier after that, though it was very time-consuming. I had a little trouble splitting the clips and finding music that will match the mood of my poem. Plus, it was also hard to record my voice and match it up with the images as well.

Something that I feel like I have done well was the choice of my music and how on time my images were to my audio. Though it took a lot of time, it turned out pretty good.

This video helped me express my mood and theme better because as I was reading the poem out loud I thought to myself it was more of a happy poem than a sad poem when I actually wrote it.

Something that I tried to emphasize was the words that were bold or coloured when I wrote the poem. These specific words that were coloured were couloured specifically to match what they mean, and usually these words were really important. I also tried to emphasize a phrase that I wrote at the end of the poem using my voice and the jump cuts. This phrase that was in the poem had its own transition.

Something that I would change if I did it again is the type of poem I chose. I feel like this poem was a little hard to do because of how little figurative language I had. Without the figurative language, I couldn't really find images that represent something the watcher could think about, instead of making it a little too obvious in the situation.

1. Why did Christianity take hold in the ancient world?


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Excerpt #1: Giving the evidence, it is logical that the Christians stood proudly on their feet and admitted they were Christian, even though they would be persecuted later on. This shows a lot of bravery and how much the Christians dedicated themselves to this religion.

Excerpt #2: In The First Paul, it states that Roman’s ideas and Christianity both end and convey peace. However, there’s a contrast between the two approaches. The document states that Roman ideology first starts with violence, victory, and then finally peace. In comparison, Christianity discloses that peace starts with nonviolence, then justice, and lastly, peace. Perhaps the most convincing reason for this evidence is that Christianity spread through by conclusively allowing Christians or converts to make an opinion and choice if they wanted violence in their life or justice throughout.

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

DBQ Outline


DBQ Final Draft

2. My Biggest Takeaway


My biggest takeaway from our study of the Origins and Spread of Christianity was that Christianity originated as a Jewish religion. I found the origin really interesting because I thought that everything started with just Jesus born INTO the Christian community instead of being born a Jew.  

3. Visualizing Text- Sketchnoting 

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

Sketchnoting helped me understand how Christianity originated and spread. This was because I drew it myself with my own design and visuals so that I could understand the facts well even though other people might not. It might not be as effective to me as just writing down a bunch of words on a piece of paper, but I also really like unlocking my inner art-self and draw.

What did you learn about yourself as a visual notetaker?

As a visual notetaker, I realized after a few sketchnotes that I drew that it doesn’t matter whether any of your friends doesn’t understand what your notes convey but it matters whether YOU understand it well or not.

4. Explain Everything & Vlogging as Metacognitive Strategy

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

Evidence & Analysis VLOG

Reflection VLOG


4. Goal Setting

What is ONE of your GOALS for social studies?

One of my goals in social studies is that I can have a huge index of simple visuals for sketchnoting by the end of the school year. Having an index of visuals would help me sketchnote better and also it’s not that time-consuming thinking of a hard drawing to do.


For the past few weeks since school started, the whole 7th grade started a unit of writing and learning different methods of writing poems. At the end of the unit, the grade selected one poem that they have worked on and received feedback for, while they wrote two new ones based on what they learned and what they need to work on.

Something about poetry that I did not know at the beginning of the unit was the list poem method. This method included repetition in the beginning. It was an interesting way to write poems. However, writing list poems makes me feel limited in ideas and ways to use white space, line breaks, and figurative language.

Overall, this poetry unit was really fun. I got to write my own poems and I got really good feedback from my peers. Something that was hard during this unit was that I had a little bit of trouble coming up with topics for my poem. Also, something else that was hard for me was the word choice and the variety of figurative language that was used in my poems. Some of my word choices were very vague, but I never understood how to emphasize and be more specific with it using figurative language.

I think I have grown a lot as a writer because I learned a lot of different methods of how to write poems and their figurative language.

For the last class in Language Arts, my class and I tried to find three pictures of fictional characters that resemble us and our characteristics. I had a little bit of trouble, but I finally conclude that I think I resemble Hermione Granger from Harry Potter, Mey-Rin from Black Butler, and Linh Cinder from the Lunar Chronicles.  


I thought Hermione Granger resembles me because she’s very smart and bossy at times. She’s responsible, and even though she might boss people around, she really cares for her friends and she also gets really compassionate about something she loves.


Mey-Rin is my second choice. I chose her because she’s really kind to her friends and master. She’s also kind of clumsy at times, and she has bad eyesight, even with her glasses! But when something important happens and she has to do something about it, her focus is sharp and accurate.


Linh Cinder is my last fictional character that I think that resembles me. I chose her because she’s quite stubborn at times. However, she’s tenacious. She was insecure about her looks before, and she cares for people who she doesn’t even know- even if they were a Lunar, cyborg, or Earthen. She’s extremely intelligent as well, and she also sometimes puts her emotions first before making a final decision.

For the past week, my Exploratory Writing class has been working on poems that conveyed a certain theme or message. After we had our final piece, we found an image that didn't show immediately what the theme was and used an app called Word Foto to add key words in our poem onto the image. Finally, we typed up the poem in an app called LifeCards and included the Word Foto image, the original image's attribution, and our theme.

Something that I had a little bit of trouble with during this project was finding the right key words in my poem to use in the Word Foto image. I had a lot of trouble with this because some of the words in my poem contrasted clearly with the theme of my poem. For example, because my theme is about smiling and happiness, it contrasts a lot with the word cold in my picture.

The image that I chose for this particular project was a picture of an orange tulip. I chose this image because my poem is basically about how a person (in first perspective) was cold hearted and thought that there's no reason to smile. However, when a little boy gives him an orange tulip, his life changed and his cold walls break down. Because of this one flower, he realized that there's always a reason to smile, which is the theme.

*The attribution to the original photo I used is: Flickr photo by amade_a shared under a Creative Commons (BY) license*