Some interesting things I took away from the Don't Panic video were that there are more people that get education that I thought and there are less people living in poverty than I thought, but there are still a lot of people living in poverty.  This video showed me that some people in the world barely have anything to live on and we have so much compared to them.  I think this will help me use goods that I get with care and not waste any of it.  I have two questions after this video.  What happened to the family in Malaui and also did any Organization help them with providing life support and goods?


The Black Death was a putrid plague that spread across Europe rapidly, some people believed it to be the end of the world as countless others died around them.  The end of the world.  Many people were dying and so some believed that it was the end of the world as they knew it.  Everyone was getting symptoms of the plague (The Black Death).  People were very scared and were starting to think of what caused this.  Some people thought that god had sent the plague to punish the human race, others believed that the cause was of the filth that lay everywhere.  Quote: 1350, Italian writer Petrarch “there was a crowd of us, now we are almost alone. We should make friends, but how when the human race is almost wiped out and why when it looks to me as if the end of the world is at hand”  

Giving a helping hand to the whole continent.  The black death was a very confusing sickness as nobody could find a way to cure it, only the richest people could treat it. When the plague had finally died down people were shaken greatly from their losses, all over Europe over thirty million people had been killed from the terrible spread of this disease.  In many hospitals, the doctors planted leeches on plagued victims to suck out the bad plagued blood from these people.  This could only put off what was going to happen sooner or later…  Rats kept coming from plagued cities on boats and the people on the boats also had the plague, trying to stop the plague was trying to stop a fan from blowing air, it was hopeless.  Many doctors tried to cure it but most caught it instead.  At the end of this, a third of the population was gone.

Symptoms of the plague were very tiring and would hurt very much.  If you had the bubonic plague you would eventually develop big blisters, or bubons that could sometimes grow to the size of a small apple.  The plague was spread by infected fleas biting anything that walked.  Once you caught it you would also have splitting headaches and you would experience a very high fever to go along with it that would also cause pain to go along with the bubons, and headaches.  In 1894 a Swiss scientist named Alexandre Yersin made the discovery that it was spread through diseased rats and fleas.  Having the plague was a bad way to die.  Overall the bubonic plague (black death) was a horrible disease that killed many beings.  Today we have a cure for it though so we should be thankful.

The Black Death . Fine Art. Britannica ImageQuest, Encyclopædia Britannica, 25 May 2016. Accessed 12 Feb 2017.

In this project, we had to create a water filter with easy to come by materials for poor people in central Vietnam.  We first came up with a filter tube that was a pipe that had a filter cloth in the middle so it would take out all the big stuff.  We then realized that that couldn’t take out copper and acid so we abandoned the idea.  After this fail we thought about condensation, we made a design that would catch condensed water out of plastic *keyword, PLASTIC.  After we put it on the hot plate it melted.  So onto our third idea which was similar to the condensation one which was made out of unmeltable materials.  We had a funnel which would collect water and beakers inside beakers that would collect the condensation.  As you can probably guess, this design did not work as well as we thought it would, it didn’t melt, but it didn’t collect any water.  We made a final design that covered all holes so no steam could come out, it also had a larger beaker with a big rock in the mini beaker inside.  We put lots of cling wrap also so it would condense and drip into the little beaker inside.  It ended up collecting 10 ml of water and our test results were perfect.


Blog Post 1  

What is a Passion Project?

A passion project is when you do a project that is pretty much entirely based on stuff you have a passion for.

How do you feel about this unit?

I think that this unit is going to be fun becauseI will be doing stuff I love with also doing art which I also like.

What is your project?

My project will be a non-life size Olympic swimming pool

What steps do you need to take to complete this?

Lesson 1:Plan

Lesson 2:Gather materials and start assembling lower half

Lesson 3:Keep building lower part, start moving up

Lesson 4: go on medium part

Lesson 5: assemble top

Lesson 6: assemble top and paint

Lesson 7: finish painting and make final touches.


Blog Post 2

At the end of every class you'll need to explain:

What did you achieve today?

I got clay and started the prototype.

What went well and what needs to change next class?

I need to put more effort into the project next class.  This class I did well with the prototype.

What did you learn today?

That You should always score and use slip.

What are your next steps?

Lesson 2: To finish the prototype

Lesson 3:watch tutorials on how to attach and glaze properly

Lesson 4:to start on my final swimming pool

Blog post 3

Today I finished my prototype

I think that the attaching and building of it went well.  I need to be more on task next class.

I learned that when clay gets too much water on it, it crumbles.

My next steps are to

lesson 4:Watch some tutorials

lesson 5:start on my final

lesson 6: keep working on final


Blog post 4

This class I started my final piece and got the base for it.

I think that I did a good job of making the perfect plate and next time I will make the lane lines.

Here is a picture of the big base I made.  (it is inside the bag)

photo-on-11-18-16-at-2-48-pmLesson five will finish the lane lines

lesson six will make the sides

lesson seven will make diving blocks.



Today I made multiple diving boards for the swimming pool.  I think I did a good job on the blocks and they look like Olympic ones.

Here is a picture of

I also practiced joining clay.  I will join the pool together on the final class so it is ready to go in the kiln without breaking apart.  in the next few lessons, I will finish the lane lines, diving blocks, and the sides of the pool.




This is my final swimming pool clay object.

Here is my digital poem.

In the digital poem project, we had to create a video on one of our poems that we wrote for the poem unit.  I encountered some problems along the way, one of which was the subtitles.  In iMovie, subtitles get smaller for the more text you add to them, so I had to make over 10 text boxes for each image in my video so they could be readable.  I feel that I have done well in the adding of subtitles because even though I encountered a problem with them, they still turned out better than I thought they would.  I think that the video has helped express the feelings and theme of the poem because I got the chance to add music and images to show people what I thought about when writing the poem itself so they wouldn't get the wrong idea.  I tried to emphasize the feeling of happiness with the music in the beginning and at the end of the poem/video I tried to make the feeling sad because of my cat's death with the black and white picture and the sad music.  If I were to do this again I would change some of the images and maybe add some more if I could find some better images I would.  For everyone who is reading this post, if you do this project just do it before the day it is due, what I mean by this is, don't procrastinate on it.


screen-shot-2016-10-06-at-11-12-58-am For the four square art task, we had to make four images of an animal from four different points of view, we also had to add toning for one of them, line variation for one, blending for one, and different shades of darkness for one.  I did a snow leopard for my animal and I did 2 side views, 1 back view, and one face up view.  I think this helped me in the final because I needed to know ways of toning, line variation, shades of black, and points of view so I could show all of these techniques in one final artwork.


This is the "out of the frame art that we made"  We were assessed on the same techniques as the four square task.  I learned about line variation and all of the other techniques.  I didn't know what these were before this year.

This is the Reflection template and the reflection video.




In exploratory writing, we had a poetry unit.  In this unit about poetry, I learned about white space, line breaks, and figurative language.   I don't really consider myself a poet.  I don't consider myself a poet because I haven't really mastered the art of poetry.  I am not at the top notch of figurative language and other things on the rubric.   I don't think I will continue writing poetry.  I think this because I have a very busy life and I don't have the time for it.  I actually liked the overall experience of poetry because later in writing or language arts I might be able to use the same skills.  I think I have grown as a writer because I now know how to write another type of writing.  I might not be the best at it but I can write it good enough now.