Thoughts on the Graphic Novel Unit


Recently in writing class, we have been working on graphic novels. We learned about both film and comic techniques in order to analyze and understand why graphic novel illustrators do what they do in order to bring the writing to life. We wrote an analysis on the graphic novels we have read in order to truly understand techniques so we can apply it to our own short graphic novel story. In the following panels, I tried to emphasize the change in mood, and the character’s thought process through the illustrations I have.

I started with a close-up and then moved to zoom in more,  with an aspect to aspect transition and I followed with a subject to subject transition. The last two panels are again aspect to aspect transitions where it is a side view that shows the characters thoughts. I tried to show the change in his facial expression in the first two panels, where the mood depicts sadness in the first panel, only to move towards rage/anger. This mood is shown through the eyes and captioning. The last two show the thought process behind his plot, his reasoning, and what he is going to do. The overall mood is tense and conflicted.

Some of the challenges I went through going through the graphic novel unit was the drawing portion. I tried to focus more on the writing and text rather than the actual illustrations but I still tried to incorporate some of the techniques we’ve learned in class. I think this was an interesting assignment that we all learned something from despite our challenges. I think I enjoyed analyzing the writing the most, and I hope to read more graphic novels in the future.


Ecodome Reflection : Day 25


A close up of my plants

Today I am doing my fourth ecodome trial because fourth times a charm. This time I did a lot of research on what kind of environment a cricket lives in. I learned that they can live in swamps and that they are usually found around crabgrass and like eating seeds as well. Crickets will eat rotting plants and fresh plants so this trial I will be sure to have a lot of plants both living and dead. The soil will be moister so that there is enough water for the plants and the cricket.

Sources : Terrain

What to Feed Crickets

When I was redoing my ecodome I added a lot more plants like I said. This time, I did not include a lot of dead plants, but instead more living plants. I put in a lot more soil so that the plants would grow, and because I increased the number of plants, I increased the amount of water as well because water is needed for photosynthesis. This is needed for  I could not find crabgrass so I opted for smaller living plants. I also added corn and carrots because I read that they

Materials Included : 

  1. 1 Cricket
  2. Soil
  3. One big living plant
  4. Three smaller plants that are going to grow
  5. 25 ml of water
  6. Corn
  7. Shredded carrots

A birdseye view of my ecodome


Ecodome Reflection Day 20


Here is my cricket

When I redid my ecodome today I knew that I needed to have a lot more plants. This is so that my cricket will last during WWW and after WWW I will be able to come back with a living cricket. When I was cleaning out my ecodome, I noticed that it was ecodome was very humid and it seemed as if a lot of the plants was rotting. So this time I decided to better plant my plants, with an increase in the amount of soil and plants that are alive, but some that are beginning to rot which would allow the cricket to have a food source that it preferred but also be alive enough to eat it with the oxygen the plant produces.

Materials : 

  1. A mixture of soil
  2. Rotten Plants
  3. Living Plants
  4. Dead Leaves
  5. Water sprayed inside, before closing


After a week : 

After a week, my cricket was dead. When I looked at my ecodome, I found it humid, with dead plants, and my cricket perched on top of a leaf, dead. I think that eventually when the plants died out and stopped producing oxygen for my cricket to breathe, it died. Some of the plants were still living, but some weren’t. I think I should better plant my  plants with more soil and more water. I did have enough water for the plants to reproduce oxygen, I did put a lot less than I did last time because I noticed I still had a lot of humidity inside the ecodome. Something I hope to work on next time would definitely be making my ecdome greener, with more soil and plants. If I increase the number of plants I have, the increase in water will be used to generate more oxygen instead of creating humidity.


SS : Debate Reflection

Here is my Social Studies Reflection Debate :

Debate Statement : The invention of the Telephone revolutionized the world more significantly than the invention of the Lightbulb.

Pro Team : Vivian, Lissa, Tracy

Con Team : Elin, Kelly, Thy

MY Peer Evaluation

Planning Debate

Roles Matrix

Debate Video

Debate Reflection :

  1. From the research, preparation and the debates themselves, what did you learn about the art of persuasion? Please explain.

I learned that in the preparation, you can never have too much information and too many facts, even if you think they are irrelevant. In a rebuttal, anything can happen and you really need to be prepared. I think that when you are trying to persuade someone, you need to use the correct language and bring up claims but not repeat them. If you repeat them too much the audience feels like you don’t have enough evidence for your case.

  1. How do you establish credibility as a debater? Explain fully.

Credibility is given when you cite your sources, and act confident in your evidence. This makes it feel like you understand everything clearly and you believe in your evidence. If the audience feels like you have

  1. What surprised you the most about your debate and/or the debate experience?

I was surprised with the amount of information I had that I actually needed. I felt like my research could have been too much and some of it was not going to help me, but eventually it did help me alot and I used a lot of the evidence during my rebuttal. I realized how important it is to fight back in your rebuttal because it makes you seem like you understand your topic and you believe in your topic. This makes the jury/audience want to trust you more.

  1. What were you most proud of in your own debate?

I was proud of the fact that I stood up for my invention. I felt like sometimes the evidence against me was very compelling, though my teammates and I did not give up and tried to prove our case against the opposition. I was also proud of the fact that I think I spoke loudly enough for the audience to hear me and I’m proud of the fact that though my group went first, we set a good guideline and example, even with the nerves. I’m proud to say that I went through the debate and felt like I had accomplished a lot even with the butterflies in my stomach.

  1. What would be your next steps? Or in other words, what would you have done differently?

I would have approached the way I spoke differently, I feel like sometimes I showed weakness in my tone of voice, I hope to maybe gain confidence in myself as I speak next time so that it would give me more credibility. I would have also wanted to speak slower next time, I realized I needed to be reminded to pace my words. I think this goes with my being nervous, I believe I did well for my first time, but I would definitely like to increase my volume, pace myself and gain confidence the next time.



Ecodome Reflection Day 15

Today we restarted our ecodomes. My ecodome because I found my cricket dead. When I remade my ecodome before, I read that we needed a lot of rotten plants and crickets like to get their hands and eat whatever they can get their hands on. I think I put in too many rotten plants and not enough living ones.This resulted in the plants not reproducing enough air inside the ecodome for my cricket to breathe. I noticed that after it was a lot less humid than my previous trials but I think that could be because we did not have enough co2 to go through the oxygen cycle again.

The Cricket Fourth Day of in it's new ecodome

The cricket inside the ecodome

Today when we restarted the ecodome, I still found my cricket dead. When I remade my ecodome before, I read that we needed a lot of rotten plants and crickets like to get their hands and eat whatever they can get their hands on. I think I put in too many rotten plants and not enough live ones so that there was no air inside the ecodome for my cricket to breathe. I noticed that after, I saw that it was a lot less humid than times before but  I think that could be because we did not have enough co2 to go through the water cycle again.



Video Reflection Here : 


Ecodome Reflection Day 12

Today in science class we redid our ecodomes. I made some pretty jurassic changes.


A birdseye view of my new ecodome

I changed the animal, from a grasshopper into a cricket. I found that I could not find my grasshopper after I had closed off my ecodome. I think that maybe it died and decomposed. I  was told by my science teacher Mr. Swart that grasshoppers can decompose quickly, especially if there was a lot of humidity in the ecodome. This was probably because of the amount of water I put in, I had a lot of water inside a small container facing the sun, resulting in water has evaporating and staying inside the ecodome. I know now, that plants don’t need a whole lot of water because if we have enough water before we close it, the plants will generate water because of the water cycle. The ecodome container I used this time was also bigger, and is made of plastic instead of glass like last time. Based on my research, I found that crickets like to eat rotten animals, or pretty much whatever they can find. I added some plants that are still alive for oxygen along with some that are rotting to see if the cricket likes eating it.


There’s a variety of dead plants and living plants

Materials :

  1. Soil
  2. 2 Rotten Plants
  3. Plastic Container
  4. Water spritzed (Inside)
  5. 1 healthy plant with roots




My Source for crickets liking to eat rotten plants :

Plants and Water :


Here is my Cricket


Day 1: Ecodome Reflection

This unit, we are working on our Ecodomes.The second quarter is our Ecology unit, and that comes with our ecodomes. Originally, I had thought to have these materials :

  • 10 mil of water
  • Small leaves
  • Plants
  • Soil
  • Rocks
  • Worms

What I had planned was to have my Ecodome look something like this :


When I actually made my ecodome, I used

  • 10 mil of water
  • Small leaves
  • Plants
  • Soil
  • Rocks
  • 1 small piece of cabbage

A material I took out were the worms, eventually I thought they were unnecessary. I have a reason why I chose each,

    • I chose use different varieties of leaves, i picked out these leaves based on the ones that already had holes in them which I think means that other insects have eaten that leaf. I chose to have worms because I think that they will help the moist soil. I want the soil to be moist because it will help with nutrition. The stones are so the grasshopper can sit on them.
    • 10 mil of soil to start off with so that there was enough but not too much
    • I will have 2 plants with stems, I hope that these plants will have roots so they will last longer. The other leaf  is there because it is also something that grasshoppers like too. I am also using different plants to see which one the grasshopper prefers


When I put the grasshopper in, it looked like  :






ELA Quarter Reflection


It’s the end of the first quarter and today marks the start of quarter 2 which means we only have 8 weeks until we can go on semester break. Here is a recap of my quarter in language arts.

This quarter, we learned how to write a News Paper article so we had to learn a lot about journalism.

This was my first time doing journalism, and for my first time I think I did a pretty good job. Something I did well was making sure I knew what quotes to put in and prove my point. I had used a lot of quotes in my article to prove my main point and talk about my topic. These quotes came from direct people I had interviewed, so because I had good quotes, I think something I did well would also be coming up with good questions that would prove my point and help me with my article.I used these quotes as a source and I think that’s where I went wrong;  in my writing, I had used too many quotes and not enough sited sources. Finding a balance between the two is something that I am going to work on the next time I do this unit of writing.

Within the writing process, something important I learned is how less is more, in a journalism article, you want to get straight to the point without what we called “fluff” which means unnecessary words and details. Originally, I had a lot of excess details and information, a lot of my revision process was going over my writing and looking at what I didn’t need. Excess details in journalism led to an uninterested reader, in the real world, if we were all journalists, we would want to sell newspapers and the way to do this is to keep the reader interested, having “fluff” would most likely not keep the reader interested which is why we learned the concept of “less is more.” I also learned how to organize and make an article look visually appealing using pages the pictures I had, this was hard in the begining because I wasn’t used to the tool but eventually got used to it and I think made a good article.

Overall, the first quarter in this class flew by. We had a lot of time to work and get the things we needed to done in class so we did not have a lot of homework and minimal stress despite the fact that we had a lot of big projects. This quarter gave us a lot of fun moments, but it also gave us the opportunity to learn about being organized and teach us how to use our time effectively.


Revolutionary Thinkers Project Galileo Galilei

Hey! This is all the work done for my Revolutionary Thinkers Project.

Minimalist Posters:

Research Notes:

How did it go Conducting Research?

When conducting research, I found a lot of information on one topic and so I had to go to multiple sites to find the right information and often times it was very difficult to have an entire sentence worth of notes with just one source. For most of the investigative questions, I found answers to them easily, but there were a couple of questions that required me to dig a little bit deeper to find the information. One of my triumphs would be finding the right information with reliable resources without the research taking too long.

What did you learn about yourself when you had to take-notes?
I learned that I like to take my notes either in bullet points or in full complete sentences. I refer to my notes a lot and I only put details that are going to help me. I think that something else I learned was that I couldn’t leave a sentence in my research unfinished and would often go to other sites just to finish my idea.

Here are my Research Notes

Narrative Hooks: 

What insights did you gain about narrative hooks that you may not have been so aware of before?
I didn’t realize how helpful narrative hooks could be and the diversity of techniques available. In fact, I never realized the importance of a compelling hook. I found that if you had a rhythm to your writing it would seem more interesting to you and your reader, to enjoy your writing and work more.

What narrative hooks did you experiment with in your writing?
When writing, I used hooks such as evoking a mysterious tone, or contrasts, and sometimes changing the length of sentences so that the writing would possess a rhythm. I composed captivating sentences, short and long sentences and ones with more imagery.

Vlogging as a Metacognitive Strategy: 

What discoveries did you encounter as you were vlogging?

I found that vlogging helped boost my self confidence. It helped me see my mistakes that I did not notice when I was writing. I found that in my head it was completely different as opposed to what I had written down. Vlogging me identify revision steps.
When vlogging, I had to stop my recording to fix a mistake or read slowly at first just to check my writing. Vlogging is helpful when I think that I am done and my writing is polished. When I read it outloud and listen to my recording I notice the mistakes. The way I check my work is by playing my recording and checking my writing to make sure that everything flows and I make the changes accordingly.

Reading Historical Narrative Paragraphs Vlog

Reading Historical Narratives with Music

Reading Reflections Vlog


What is your BIGGEST TAKEAWAY (BIGGEST LEARNING) from our Revolutionary Thinker’s Project?

My biggest takeaway from this project was the research and taking relevant notes. I discovered that note-taking is critical to the process. When using my notes for my historical narratives, I found that my notes were written in a sentence like-way so it took less time composing my narratives, which was more efficient.

My Final Project : Zine