Our final unit for social studies was to create a display on an ongoing issue related to human rights. We spent around a month learning about an issue we picked with our partners and NGO's if we picked any and created a tri-fold display with information about our issue and what we did and how we took action towards trying to help out with the issue, and this is the reflection for this unit.


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

Collaboration with classmates helped bring out new ideas. Also, having not just a partner, but a group helped stay each person focused and also since it was not a group that was too big, we were able to hear from everyone and our final product was equally from everyone. Overall, this project without groups would have been harder, since it would be harder to get more ideas and have more people helping.

Because of this service-learning, I have learned a lot about this project throughout the process of making my project. In addition, I have taught a lot of people about the issue. I felt like I actually took a big part in helping out solving global crises and it was great.

What did you learn from visiting other exhibits?

Through visiting other's projects I learned a lot of other issues in the world and how each group helped out. Through this process, our group also was able to teach others about the issue and it gave us opportunities to learn more about the world and teach others about what you learned. It was something that I will not forget for a very long while, and it hopefully is the same for others.


Around million african people were captured, or kipnapped and traded by Europian and American slave traders and sold to labor on the plantations and the mines of the America. (They came in Chain, Milton Meltzer)

Imagine waking up at five o’clock every morning to start work in a dimly lit carpet factory.Sitting on a hard wooden nech in front of a loom, your job is to tie wool

while you can hear laughter of school children outside.(We need to go to school, Tanya Robert-Davis)


We wrote our final DBQ's of middle school. Yay! This DBQ was based on Imperialism in Africa.

In this project on Imperialism in Africa, we focused on improving our knowledge with the driving force behind imperialism in Africa. This is an important skill because imperialism has affected a lot of events and even affect us until today.  One thing I improved while working on this project is my ability to write better conclusion. This blog post provides a reflection on my work, as well as a sample of what I accomplished.

How did this writing help me improve as a writer/researcher/thinker?

Throughout this writing piece, I really tried to improve my conclusion paragraph. I don't think i might have done a too good job on making my conclusion better, but I think my analysis really turned out better than my previous DBQ's. To do that, I tried to finish up my writing quickly and asked other people to peer edit my DBQ. After receiving comments from two different people, I was able to be quite successful in this.

A strength I showed was my ability to write a strong introduction that specifically answered the question, gave clear reasons and organised structure and focus for the body paragraphs, and acknowledged a counterclaim. Also, I had good reasoning and a fairly strong supporting evidence.

Something I should work on in my next essay is being less repetitive and referring to different documents. Also, I could construct even more strong evidence and analysis.

This is my writing piece :

Imperialising Africa

Imperialism is extending and growing a country’s power through colonisation. This happened in the 18th century up to the 20th century when European countries wanted more power and entered Africa. By the 16th century and the 17th century, Africa was an unknown continent for Europe, and Africa for Europe was a place where they could trade slaves, gold, and ivory, and this also happened only in the West coast of Africa. Africa seemed like a dangerous place for Europeans as there was all sorts of diseases such as malaria. Then, as slave trading was outlawed, Europe instead started colonising, or imperializing Africa. One of the strongest driving force behind European Imperialism in Africa was nationalism because it changed up the way people thought of Africa. It might appear as if technology was the main driving force of Imperialism. However, this is not true since Imperialism still wouldn’t have happened even with technology if people didn’t have nationalistic ideas.

The main cause to European imperialism in Africa is definitely nationalism. Nationalism changed European’s thoughts and changed the way Europeans thought which then affected their actions. Basically, Doc B is stating that European nations should enter Africa to bring them peace, protect them, and be their source of light. Given the evidence, it is logical to conclude also that nationalism gave a strong support towards imperialism since people would start supporting imperialism since nationalistic ideas have changed up their minds. As time passes, more and more people would start supporting imperialism because of nationalist ideas in their minds. After all, nationalism was a main factor that has helped out imperialism since nationalist ideas would change people’s mind, which would then give a strong support for European imperialism in Africa.

It is true that technology was one of the main driving force towards European Imperialism in Africa. Since technology opened a road for Europeans to be able to enter Africa in a more safe and an effective way. Doc C shows some of the technological developments that helped make imperialism more effective, and without some technological developments such as the treatment for the disease malaria, Europeans entering Africa would have been virtually impossible. Many new inventions such as the steam engines and new sources of transportation made imperialism a lot more effective. Also, the electric telegraph enabled communication over long distances, so they were able process things quicker and report current situations back and forth faster than ever. This may be true, but nationalism was definitely the stronger driving force towards imperialism in Africa. Although technology could have made imperialism in Africa more effective, but it was not a necessarily a requirement for imperialism in Africa. A quote from John Ruskin, a well regarded English intellectual states, “This is what England must either do or perish”. ‘Must do’ is a phrase that is used only when it really has to be done, and not only did he state that, he also states England will perish if they do not imperialize Africa, and a well regarded English reformer wouldn’t have asserted this without any reasoning. Ultimately, technology might seem like the most important factor to European imperialism, but nationalism is the strongest driving force imperialism in Africa.

Even though economics seems to be the driving force Africa’s but the evidence states the other way. The strongest driving force behind European Imperialism in Africa definitely is nationalism since it changed people’s thoughts towards Africa. Although technology might be considered as the the strongest driving force, this is not true since Europeans still would have been able to enter Africa without the technology. Nationalism is the patriotic devotion and the vigorous support towards one’s own country. Europeans were proud of their own country and wanted their countries to be better than any other countries. To achieve that, they needed imperialism to happen which then also caused people to invent things that made the process more effective and easier. Without European imperialism in Africa, would Africa and Europe be the way they are today?

In this project on making a movie review, we focused on improving our understanding towards an Enlightenment thinker we chose. This is an important skill because it helps us improve think in other people's point of view.  One thing I improved while working on this project is my ability to persuade others and argue, and also improved on thinking in other people's point of view(the Enlightenment thinkers;Machiavelli). This blog post provides a reflection on my work, as well as a sample of what I accomplished.

In Mandarin class this semester, we already have learned a lot of things. We are currently learning about occupations and are doing a project on it which is creating a dialogue with your partner and recording it. We also are going to do an interview with our teacher after we create the video. Before this, we learned about the 4 seasons and created a poster on the 4 seasons and describing the weather for each seasons for a place we chose.

From the occupation unit, we learned how to say some jobs and the process of employing. We interviewed each other and made a video with it. For the four seasons poster, we described the weather of the country and the clothing that could be worn at different times of the year. We learned clothing, weather and 4 seasons.

For these units, we studied words by listening to our teacher while she wrote words and phrases and taught us about things from the front of class. We wrote thins on our notebooks, and took quizzes occasionally. We also sometimes saw some videos to learn about the Chinese culture too. One other resource we used Quizlet. We used it to review vocabularies. We also played some games through it and also we played game through kahoot. We then always had a final project for each units and it was either making a poster or creating dialogues.

  • Describe the experience working with the first grade buddies.

First grade buddies, at first did not sound as fun, and as the day got closer I even got a bit nervous. Still, as I actually met up with him(Eric), I found out he was a nice guy and was also cool to talk to. When we first met up, we made bookmarks with them, and we also had some time to know more about each other. The fact that I was actually talking and had a buddy that was 7 years younger than me was pretty cool. Although it made me feel really old, it was really enjoyable to do.


  • What did you learn about yourself when working with others?

I learned I was not as engaged to do things, and also it was quite similar for my buddy, so as we talked and worked with each other, it was a bit silent and had awkward pauses every minute. Still, it was okay since we had some 'artsy' periods where we just worked, such as making lanterns and reindeer decorations. At that time, my buddy seemed really concentrated, so it wasn't as awkward with all that silence.

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What are your academic, social, and personal goals for the rest of the year?

One academic goal I need to work on is to work on getting better in science and hopefully better grades. Last semester, science was one of the things I got the lowest grade on and the one subject I didn't do well on. To do this, I will review what I learned in science every weekend and make sure I study everything before quizzes and tests and actually quiz myself before the quiz. I will also go and ask my friends or my science teacher for help when I don't understand things.

One social goal I need to work on is to try to talk to more people when I need help and actually ask for help when I need help, since that is not really the thing I do right now and I encounter more problems when I don't ask for help.

One personal goal is to be better at sports, especially soccer and volleyball, since it is the soccer season right now and the volleyball season is coming up. Also, I would like to improve in golf, which I just started.

  • What went well academically? Why?

In language art this year, it was mostly writing, as far as i can remember, except for lit circles. In the beginning, writing didn't go as well as I wanted it to be. Still, as time passed, I was able to get used to this kind of an environment and concentrate well when I am writing. Also, I was able to do pretty well in lit circles. I was well prepared for each one and was able to do well in each one.

  • How were the info paper experiences? Good? Bad?

Information papers worked out better than how I expected for them to work out. It has helped me a lot academically, especially through the peer edit because my peer editors gave me really good suggestions for how to improve my writing and were able to point out my mistakes.

  • How is G8 so far? Personal, classes, outside school, etc...

Grade 8's start wasn't good, but now I was able to adapt to this kind of a way of studying and now, I am doing way better than the beginning of the year, although not as good as how I did in 6th and 7th grade. In grade 8, I had classes with people I didn't know well and there were a lot of new people, so I was also able to make new friends and find out more about people and get to know others more and talk to them more.


This is my informational paper :