Human Rights Showcase!

In this project on human rights, we focused on learning about Heartbeat Vietnam and Congenital Heart disease . This is an important skill because since we’re working with Heartbeat Vietnam, it would be best to know the basics of what we’re trying to help.  One thing I improved while working on this project is my ability to organize Google docs and set plans for my teammates. This blog post provides a reflection on my work, as well as a sample of what I accomplished.

  • Have your career options been expanded by your service experience?

Currently, I’m just an 8th grader. I don’t have any solid plans of my future career. Of course, doing this would probably allow the expansion of options for future decisions. Doing these kinds of services will probably look good on my resume.

  • How did my collaboration with classmates help me focus my ideas or provide new insights?

When working together, I learned how if you were to put effort into how synchronized and planned you are, things will go much smoother than expected. When we were presenting I knew I could count on them for when I mess up or when a poster goes missing. Working with my classmates has also helped me focus more on my organization side and how planning things could significantly improve productivity instead of having to find the document with our plans in it. Organizing the documents into specific files helped me remember where they were and how to get there next time.

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

Our “User” was very kind. He gave us links and information that he wanted us to add to the final product. Although sometimes it took us a while to understand what he was saying, we were able add a few facts that he told us about his clinic and what specifically he wanted us to talk about.  Here are some docs that we used to help plan and organize the final product/showcase.

Team Contract    Rubric Doc    Planning Form   Poster (final product)


Service Learning Reflection

So in Social Studies we’re doing a project where we support charities by what they ask of us that is related to human rights. My group is helping HeartBeat Vietnam, a N.G.O that helps children with Congenital Heart Defects by giving them the surgery they need with donations. What we were tasked to do was to create posters that inform rural mothers about sanitation and malnutrition. We planned to put the posters up in rural area’s like Nha Bai.

  • How is your service relevant to what you are learning in class?

Since in Social Studies we’re learning about human rights, children without access to proper medical help means their living rights are being completely ignored. Helping spread awareness of the disease will allow many to start understanding the children are going through and will help mothers increase their children’s lifespan with proper bodily care.

  • Did anything surprise you? If so, what?

What surprised me was how frequent C.H.D happened. 1 in every 100 children in Vietnam have C.H.D. Thinking about how so many children are going through so much pain and end up getting no help is saddening.

  • What did you do that seemed to be effective or ineffective in service to others?

One thing that was effective was reaching out to the rural mothers who need to be educated with proper body treatment.  Treating the body right means living longer.

National (Treasure) Pride

As the Europeans settled into the land of Africa, problems bestowed upon the explorers and little did they know, something was bound to happen. The European Imperialism was a moment in history where Europeans colonized parts of Africa and took control for 44 years. They exported goods out of Africa and sold it to other parts of the world at high prices making other countries advance forward in the world of technology. Little did they know the methods the Europeans used were brutal, selfish, and dreadful. During the late 19th century, the main driving force for European Imperialism was nationalism. Some may argue that Ethnocentrism was the main driving force of Imperialism, this fails to consider that their methods are very harsh and brutal.

The main driving force of the European Imperialism was national pride because big countries wanted to dominate even further than what they currently already have. According to document A, It shows a map of Africa during the time when Europe colonized the different parts of Africa. What this document tells us is that the main reason they colonized different parts of Africa was to expand their mother land to different parts of the world. They wanted relive the moment when their countries were dominating. Furthermore, According to Doc B it states that people agreed to the idea of bringing England back to it’s glory day. A famous colonist from Germany wanted to take the same action england did during the imperialism. This example illustrate that countries like England wanted to advanced England to different places. They also believed that if they were to colonized land in different parts of the world, they would only became the number one trade power, but also the number one sea power. Nationalism was the main driving force due to the fact that the explorers were encouraged by the people back in their homeland.

A possible driving force was ethnocentrism during the Imperialism because they believed that if they were to expand their motherland, they achieve world peace and they would be able to help the countries in Africa to advance. According to document A, it shows a map of Africa with different parts of Africa being colonized. What this shows is that the spanish and the French believed that they were helping different countries in Africa. The british wanted to build a railroad from the north to the south from Egypt to Union of south africa. It is true that ethnocentrism was one of the main driving forces for the European Imperialism, people forget the consider that their beliefs do not match their actions. According to Document F, it states that the black people needs to keep sending their sons and daughters to work for the europeans and help them achieve what they thought was going to solve world peace. This document tells us that the Africans thought that they would be spared and would not be considered as a burden if they listened to the Europeans and do what they were told. It says that Africans were scared of the Europeans because they thought of them as half-devil and half-child. The main driving force of the European Imperialism was nationalism because they thought they would bring glory to their country if they help spread the word out.

Nationalism was the main driving force for the European Imperialism because they thought that they were making the world a better place. Imperialism was a huge period that affected lots of ideas in modern day society. The countries with the biggest powers were able to colonize different parts of Europe because they believed that spreading their country was what they needed. They believe that with the land they colonized, they would achieve world peace. Imperialism was a huge period that affected lots of ideas in modern day society. Some examples would be that Africans are still considered minorities even to this day.

Bright Spot : A strength I showed was my ability to clearly provide context to my lead and clarify my thesis which has my counterclaim. Also my analysis on the first paragraph explained the importance of the evidence according to the documents.

To Work On: Something that I should work on when I write another essay is my analysis overall. You can see on my rebuttal paragraph it’s very unclear whether or not I was rebutting or if I was going anywhere with the rebuttal.


Reflecting on My Poem: Emotions Of Life

In Exploratory Writing class we worked on making poems out of our daily writing prompts. Then we had to make a video that explained how we used line breaks and white space to effectively get your poems message out.

Persuasive Article Published

So in exploratory writing we wrote a persuasive article about a topic that we had to persuade others with and was going to get published. One of the many challenges of writing a persuasive article was trying to make it as opinionated as possible because right after we just got out of a argumentative unit in ELA. One of the things I’m proud of in this unit was that my article got published.


Metacognitive Toy Story Movie Review Reflection

So for Social Studies, we’ve been working on a project where we review the movie “Toy Story” while roleplaying as Enlightenment philosophers. We had to implement the philosopher’s ideas when rating the movie like they would.

– What trouble did I have and why?

One of the troubles that caused us to reschedule our Toy Story movie review was that when we could finally upload the file into our computers it was really out of focus for the entire video. The first 5 – 10 seconds were in focus so we looked over the video and thought it was fine in our phones. Also having really bad wifi also affected the speed of our progress. One problem we had while recording was that the movie review was longer than we thought and many precious ideas were cut out in the process.

I Doubt We’re That Positive

A) Introduce and explain your role in the soccer unit

So for the soccer unit my job was statistician which was to record the running time of everyone and record videos of our drills and take pictures.

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

One of the things I did well was recording my teammates running time and taking a lot of photos. It was pretty easy but when I had to record videos it was a big struggle. When recording videos the sun was extremely bright so I could barely see the screen so half the time I don’t know what I’m recording. Also the iPad would heat up like crazy so recording would hurt my hand. Also from playing soccer to transitioning to recording a burning iPad was really hard.

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

At first I was really proud that I was able to run 1.2 km before 8 minutes since it had been long before I ran. But then I improved into under 7 minutes and I was really proud. Then I missed a day because I was sick. The next day it was a little over 7 minutes because I was really sick but had to go to school. And finally the last 1.2 km run I did a little over 6 minutes and I was super proud. So yes I did improve.

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?

So my fair play points were 100 and I tried my best in soccer (sometimes). Soccer was never one of my favorite sports. Although its fun, I just can’t accurately kick a ball. Though I did try my best when running. Sometimes our team would sidetrack but only for a moment before our coach got tired and shouted at us. We were all pretty positive towards each other. The coach praised us when we did good and criticized us when we needed to improve.

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

I think this unit was pretty fun. A pretty standard unit that I believed help me bond with my friends. The only thing we could improve was the running part. Although it really helps with getting us healthy, it really makes our legs ache and sore so when we play soccer it hurts more and our body movements are less efficient. I think I would recommend this unit because of how it helps you improve on your co-operation skills.




In Mandarin we have been studying about occupations and jobs for our new unit. I’ve learned many things this unit like how to say 职业 or 医生. Learning all those words took a lot of time. We did all sorts of things like the project we did recently where we had to make a script and act out a play. Jeri and I made a video about a young women who tries to apply for a caretaker job. We used vocabulary we learned from the unit and applied it to the video which took so much longer for me than Jeri. Jeri did most of the work though because firstly I’m bad at Mandarin and secondly it would’ve taken a lot longer for me to edit the video. Quizlet was a very useful tool/website that we used to help hone our skills in memorizing the words. For me all I did was focus on the pinyin which was a horrible idea since the main objective was to remember the characters.

Video Script


Student-Led Conference Science Unit Reflection

My learning experience for science are very scattered. In science we used many different types of learning environment like lecturing, independent learning(not my favorite), and half class half project which could be a problem for me. For me if you wanted me to succeed in grades then lecture is probably the best but if you want me to remember what was taught then you have to have a whole class about a single topic in the unit with unique activities that will help me remember.

The advantages for my preferred learning style is that in the years ahead I’ll probably still remember what I was taught and could be used in my everyday life. My preferred learning style helps me remember the fundamentals of what we’ve learned and if done well I could probably teach it to someone else. The disadvantages to my preferred learning style is that I might not be able to immediately be able to apply what i’ve learned in a quiz. My preferred learning style takes time for what i’ve learned to sink in my brain before I can do any type of quiz or test.

Some ways I could improve for next time is to try to be a more independent student. When matters are taken to my hands I will probably procrastinate most of the time. I need to improve and be a more responsible person because if I don’t I’ll never make it in high school. Having a schedule that I follow and planning out what time I do my homework is something that I should do.

Ecology Unit
Ecology Unit
Climate Change Unit
Climate Change Unit