Science Ecodome (3)

DAY 37

Observations of Ecodome:

  • One grasshopper died while the other one survived
  • Less water droplets formed on the sides of the ecodome
  • Water droplets formed on the plastic bottle
  • There were brown things stuck on the sides of the ecodome
  • Lettuce became smaller
  • Lettuce changed color on the edges
  • Plants are still healthy- no big changes
  • There are molds formed on the pebbles- green
  • Grass is completely dried
  • Grass turned green to a brownish color
  • Sunflower seeds are all gone
  • Amount of water in the bottle reduced


In conclusion, our ecodome was kind of successful. One of the grasshoppers survived while the other one died (we don’t know when). The grasshopper that died was found between the lid and the plastic wrap; it was stuck there. We think this is the reason why the grasshopper died while the other one survived. It seems like the grasshopper leaped and landed on the plastic wrap, but couldn’t find its way back down. Therefore, he had no access to food and water to survive.

From this we learned to seal the ecodome properly without any gaps, where the grasshoppers might be able to escape.

There were less water droplets formed on the sides of the ecodome because we sprayed less water and placed the ecodome where it doesn’t get direct sunlight. This reduced the amount of water evaporating and condensing. There were still water droplets formed on the water bottle, but it doesn’t really matter.

If you look at the sides of the ecodome closely, there are small, brownish on there. I don’t know what they are, but we think that it might be grasshopper’s feces or the sunflower seeds. I am really curious about this and if I had a chance I want to find out what they actually are (through research).

We also noticed that the lettuce pieces shrank. Research tells that they shrink when they are dried out or they lack of oxygen. If the level of carbon dioxide rises, plants reduce the number of breathing pores, which shrinks the plants in size. Lettuce color changed throughout the time. This was mentioned in all the previous blogs- it changes color when it comes in contact with oxygen and water. The sunflower seeds we put in were gone, I think the grasshoppers ate them or something just happened- we are not sure.

Plants in overall, were still healthy and I think that it would be able to survive for a longer time period.

On the other hand, grasses were completely dried off and it completely changed color to brown. I think this is because it lacked access to water, therefore it couldn’t survive. Also the roots of the grasses were pulled off, which prevents it from getting nutrients and water from the soil.

If you look at the pebbles closely, there are green molds formed on them. I think this formed because the atmosphere in the ecodome was very humid and the pebbles had a lot of contact with water.

Like the previous ecodome, the amount of water in the bottle reduced. This is probably because they evaporated or the grasshoppers drank them.


Ecodome after WWW…


This is how our ecodome looked like after a week. You can see that one grasshopper is still alive if you look closely.

Changes made in the last ecodome:

  • Food- we only decided to put in lettuce
  • Type of rock- there wasn’t any white pebbles (we normally use) left, so we went out and collected pebbles/rocks
  • Water bottle- made a new one

This is how our final ecodome looks like

We didn’t really change a lot of things in our final ecodome, because we already know what to put in for the grasshoppers to survive for a long time. Therefore, our final ecodome is made from a lot of research and improvements from previous experiences.


  • Why does plants shrink?
  • How to keep grasshoppers alive?- Weather and conditions (link)
    • Temperature is really important- warm temperature (spring) is the best for grasshoppers
    • Spring temperature has minimal effect on the survival of the grasshoppers that hatch- most active time
    • Heavy rainfalls can effect the grasshoppers
    • Cool wet conditions are better than hot and dry conditions
  • Molds are harmful to living things including insects and animals
    • Some can be toxic (mentioned in one of the blogs)

Science Ecodome (2)

DAY 23

Observations of Ecodome:

Observations Video Link


In conclusion, we don’t know if this ecodome was successful or not because we couldn’t find the grasshoppers. None of them were jumping out when we opened the ecodome and we couldn’t find any dead grasshoppers found on the soil. However in the end, we concluded that they are dead. We think that this might be because the grasshoppers were smaller, which means that they might eat different things and are weaker (less likely to be able to survive) than the bigger grasshoppers. The worms were also missing, and there were no dead worms found.

There were a lot of water droplets formed on the sides of the ecodome and the water bottle due to the process of evaporation and condensation. I think that we left the ecodome directly under the sunlight, which provided too much heat in the ecodome for the water cycle to occur. I also observed that the amount of water reduced. I think that this is because the water in the bottle evaporated or the grasshoppers drank the water.

There were molds formed on the leaves. According to previous research, I already know that they were formed because the atmosphere was very humid. However, the plants dried out because they lacked water in the soil and there were no water falling on the plants. This caused the plants to change color. Research tells that plants rot because of hundreds of different bacteria and fungi.

The grasses also dried out because there are no roots planted in the soil to be able to receive water to survive. Therefore, they changed color into brown and yellow. However, some parts were still green which tells us that it is still healthy.

Looking at the observation there were sprouts forming on the corns. This is because they come in contact with water- probably the water droplets formed in the ecodome. Sprouts are formed on many seeds and they are practice of germinating seeds. Therefore, I don’t think they really matter. From previous knowledge, lettuce changing color is caused by contacting with air and water in the atmosphere. This goes same for molds forming on lettuce.

From this experiment we learned many things. It told us what we should change in the future or keep.

Changes made in 3rd Ecodome:

  • Change the number grasshopper back to 2 from 3

The size of the grasshoppers were bigger so we decided to only put in 2.

  • Size of grasshoppers- it is bigger than the previous one

This is something we can’t control.

  • Grass- we used grass in school instead of bringing it from outside the school

This is because we couldn’t bring grass from outside so we had to get it in school instead. There are no specific reasons behind this.

  • Water amount- We reduced the amount of water we sprayed for the plants

This is to reduce the amount of water droplets formed on the sides of the ecodome.

  • Food- we changed the food to lettuce and sunflower seed

This was just to experiment and see which food is better for the grasshoppers. We observed the other group and kind of copied them.

  • Number of plants- we changed the number of plants back to 3 from 2 (increased)

We increased the amount of plants because it provides more shade for the grasshoppers. Also looking at the our previous ecodome, the grasshoppers all survived when there were 3 plants instead of 2.

  • Type of plants- changed all the plants back to ivory plants

We found out that this plant was the best for the grasshoppers as the grasshoppers survived better with them.

  • Worms- we decided not to add any worms in this ecodome

This is because, we think that worms are not really useful to the ecodome. They all died.

  • Type of soil- we went out to get soil, we didn’t use the ones in the classroom

We decided to change the soil as plants in the other soil seem to grow better than the soil in the classroom.


  • The grasshopper also eat sunflower seeds (learnt from other students)
  • The plants rot due to different bacteria and fungi (link)
  • Molds are created when they come in contact with water (from previous blog)
  • Lettuce turn color to brown when they are ripped then come in contact with air (previous blog)
  • What Sprouts are and why they form- in the blog (link)
  • Why does grasshoppers die? (link)
    • Grasshoppers can die when they consume plants that were treated with imidacloprid- they are very toxic
    • Wet weather can kill grasshoppers due to diseases
    • Therefore they die in cold weather

Radical Inventions Debate

Telephone VS Refrigerator

Debate Statement: The telephone revolutionized human life in a more significant way than the invention of the refrigerator.

Pro Team: Sungkyu, Pepe, Esther

Con Team: Kolton, Vicky, YeounJae

Debate Roles

Self Assessment

Judge Assessment

Team Assessment (Christian)

Team Assessment (Khoi)

Debate Planning Document

Debate Reflection


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

From the research, preparation and debates, I learned that it is really hard to prepare a speech to persuade someone. Before, I thought that it was really easy to debate and counterattack the opponents but when I actually sat down in the formal debate, I got really nervous and I didn’t know what to say. Also the opponents were stronger than I thought, so it was hard to answer their questions and challenge them back. Therefore, we really had to think a lot to think of a way to challenge them in a way they cannot answer and to persuade all the judges with our arguments.

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

As a debater you establish credibility by giving a clear statement and backing them up with different reliable sources. This is so that the other people know what you are talking about/going to talk about, and the sources you use makes the statement sound more realistic and reliable compared to other students. This can attract the judges attention and they might feel more trustworthy towards your team. Also another way to establish credibility is by answering the questions from the opponents with confidence and facts, so that more people can trust you, as well as by challenging them in an unexpectable way. The challenges have to be really strong so that the opponents don’t really have anything else to say and slowly give in the argument. The last part of the debate, where you summarize you whole speech is very important, because it is your last chance to show everything you have.

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

I was surprised at how much the debate script helped us through the actual debate, though at first it seemed quite useless and something that just wastes time. The script helped us to move on if we got stuck in the middle and organize our thoughts in the debate before we say it.

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

I am proud that we won the debate against the other team, but I am more proud that we were able able to discuss as a team with different ideas, to come up with rebuttals to challenge the opponents. Also we gave each other suggestions to help challenge the other opponents.

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

Next time, if we did this again, I will try to be more confident when I speak so that I can speak everything that I have prepared for the debate.

Filmed Debated Footage


Science Ecodome (1)

DAY 7 and 8

Observations of Ecodome:

  • There were water droplets formed on the sides of the ecodome
  • Both of our grasshoppers were healthy
  • There were molds formed on the oatmeal
  • The amount of oatmeal didn’t change- they didn’t eat them
  • Amount of lettuce reduced by a bit
  • Lettuce turned brownish
  • Plants started to turn brown
  • Grasses also started to change color
  • Amount of water in the bottle didn’t change much


We decided to open up our ecodome after a long search for our grasshoppers. We didn’t want to open our ecodome since even though they are still alive we have to rebuild our ecodome, and also we wanted to see how long the grasshoppers can last in our ecodome. However, because of the water droplets formed on the side of the plastic box (ecodome), due to the process of evaporation and condensation of water vapor inside, we couldn’t see whether or not our grasshoppers were still alive. Therefore, eventually we had to open up our ecodome to see if the grasshoppers were alive or not.

When we opened up our ecodome, we found out that both of our grasshoppers were alive and they were healthy, so we set them free. Though we regretted opening up the ecodome for the first few minutes, we were happy that our ecodome succeeded for a week and we tried looking for mistakes that we can improve the next time we try. Through this experience, we decided that we need to make something in the ecodome, so that we can see the grasshoppers (whether or not they are alive) inside the ecodome.

Looking at our ecodome after a week, we realized that there were molds formed on the oatmeal since the grasshoppers didn’t eat them. According to research, this is because there are a lot of moisture in the air, so the bacteria begins to form on the oatmeals. Looking at our ecodome, this makes sense since there are a lot of water droplets formed inside. I think they kind of ate the lettuce as there are few holes in it, but the color of the lettuce turned a bit brownish. The lettuce turned brownish because the leaves were exposed to air after they were torn/cut into pieces. I don’t know how the grasshoppers survived barely eating anything in the ecodome, but through this we can know that we need to put in other food for the grasshoppers instead of oatmeals.

Some of the leaves on the plants also started dying and turned brown, but some parts were still healthy and seemed like they can last longer. I think that the plants started turing brown because we accidentally damaged their roots when we took them out and they didn’t have enough access to water (no water falling onto the leaves and no water in the soil for the roots). From this, we decided to use the same plants for the next ecodome we make.

The grasses that we put into the corner of the ecodome also started to change their color as their roots were completely pulled out and we didn’t even plant them in the soil. In my opinion, I think that it is a really good idea to put grasses and plants with a lot of leaves inside, because I think that the grasshoppers really liked it (they were both found on the plant and beneath the grasses).

The amount of water in the water bottle didn’t seem to change much , so I think that we don’t really need to put that much water in the ecodome. I think that they can drink the water droplets formed in the ecodome.

Changes made in the 2nd Ecodome…

  • Reduce water in the bottle to 100 ml

We observed that there are a lot of water droplets on the side of the ecodome due to the process of evaporation and condensation. So there is no need to be a lot of water in the water bottle, they can just drink the water droplets. Also looking at other people’s ecodome, their insects drowned in the water.

  • Number of grasshoppers- 2 grasshoppers to 3 grasshoppers

The sizes of the grasshoppers are smaller compared to last time, so I thought it would be better if we added more- no specific reason.

  • Size of the grasshoppers- they are like 2 times smaller than the 1st ones

We couldn’t do anything about this since they were the only grasshoppers we had- no specific reason.

  • Number of plants- 3 plants to 2 plants

If there are too many plants, the ecodome becomes more humid creating more water droplets on the sides of the box. Therefore we decided to reduce 1 plant in order to make the atmosphere less humid.

  • Type of plant- we had to change one of the plant because they sold out (one ivory plant and one plant with a lot of small green leaves)

(No specific reason behind this)

  • Type of food- we put in about a third of a corn and lettuce (kind of copied the other groups)

A lot of other groups put in these two food in their ecodome so we decided to keep the lettuce but put in corn instead of the others. We thought that it will work well.

  • Amount of water sprayed into the ecodome before closing it- we decided to spray less water after what we have researched from below

There are less water in the ecodome, which means less evaporation and condensation-less water droplets, less humid.

  • Worms- Instead of using the school worms, we went out and found worms under the soil

We thought that these worms will be able to live longer as they are more used to surviving and living in the soil.

  • Number of worms- from 4 to 3

The size of the worms were bigger so we reduced the number of worms

Ecodome after 1 week…



  • Don’t place the ecodome too near the window, where it receives direct sunlight
  • Don’t water the plants too much before you close the ecodome. Condensation builds up inside the ecodome forming a lot of water droplets.
  • Some people didn’t put water in their ecodome
  • Other students put in different food like sunflower seeds and carrots
  • Earthworms are probably better than mealworms in ecodomes
  • There were different ways to put the plant inside the ecodome- most of the students planted them but there are better ways


Website for Ecosystem in a Bottle

Website for making a mason jar terrarium

This website tells us how we can make different types of ecodome

Science Ecodome Reflection (1)

Introduction to the project

At the beginning of second quarter’s science class, we started on our new project, where we have to make an ecodome for crickets and grasshoppers. At first, we weren’t allowed to research on the internet, so we had to use our own knowledge or get some help from other students. The only thing we knew before we started planning our ecodome was that crickets and grasshoppers are herbivores; they only eat vegetables/plants. We also asked our parents for any information they know that might help us, however they also didn’t really know about grasshoppers. Therefore, it was quite hard for us to make the perfect ecodome for the grasshoppers, but we still tried our best for the grasshoppers to live as long as possible.


For our ecodome, we decided to put in grasshoppers instead of crickets. This is because, we can see grasshoppers more easily around us and me and my partner find grasshoppers more comfortable and easy to work with than crickets. We are going to put in one grasshopper into the ecodome because if there are 2 or more, we are scared that they are going to fight with each other to death or mate and reproduce.

When we first planned the ecodome for the grasshoppers we decided to put in small pebbles at the bottom to drain the water in the soil. Then cover the pebbles up with a layer of moist soil for the worms to live in and for the plants to grow well as well as grasses for the grasshoppers (not sure of the exact amount). We planned to choose the soil from the choices of soils that the school provide us with. We are also going to put in a water bottle with a part cut out and fill it up with water for the grasshoppers to drink, but we haven’t decided the exact amount yet, as we don’t know the amount of water that looks the most appropriate to put in.

In our plan, we drew plants- we decided to put in 3 pots of plants with a lot of leaves since they can produce oxygen for the grasshoppers using carbon dioxide water and sunlight, and it can provide shade as well. Out of many different types of plants, we are going to choose the type that has a lot of leaves (like I already mentioned above) and can grow well without a lot of water- plants that can survive longer in a difficult environment (so that it can survive for a long amount of time in the ecodome), however we don’t know the exact type of plant yet. To help the plants and keep the soil fertile, we chose to add around 5 earth worms inside.

For the grasshopper’s food, we agreed to put in oats, corns, and different type of vegetables as we know that the grasshoppers are herbivores.

Our plan


Making the Ecodome

Changes made:

First of all, the biggest change we made is that we put in 2 grasshoppers instead of one. This is because, we thought that the grasshopper was too small compared to the ecodome and we were scared that it might die of boredom or loneliness. So, we thought that it would be better to have something that is the same species as itself.

We used a petri dish inside our ecodome to put the oatmeal inside, since we couldn’t just leave the food on the soil. For the vegetable, we tore 3 or 4 leaves of lettuce into small pieces (easier for the grasshoppers to eat) and placed them next to the oatmeal for the grasshoppers to eat. We didn’t put in the corns inside because we bought the wrong thing, we thought that they were corns but it turned out to be weird powder.

After trying putting in different amount of water into the cut out water bottle, we decided to put 300ml as it seem like the most appropriate amount (just above the half of the water bottle).

On the bottom of the plastic box (ecodome), we put different sized pebbles depending on the place. For example, we put in big pebbles from the pile for most of the space, while we placed the small ones where the water bottle is placed. This is to create different surface levels- the water bottle is placed lower than the soil surrounding it so that the soil around the water bottle can secure it in one place.

For the worms, we ended up putting in 4 instead of 5 (no specific reason behind this) and since we couldn’t buy the worms, we just used the ones in school, which are mealworms instead of earthworms.

We didn’t add any other plants except for the 3 pots of plants we brought in since we thought they were enough for the ecodome.

Finally, because our box for the ecodome wasn’t sealed properly, we had to place the plastic wrap on top before we close it with the lid to prevent any oxygen or other things from entering.

Our Final Design



Art- New York Collaboration

1. When this task was introduced to you what were your first thoughts, reactions? Why?

When I was introduced this task I was very nervous and excited at the same time. I felt nervous because this is the first time I am doing such a big project, especially with people living in the other side of the world. On the other hand, I was really excited to work on this project, because usually, we do art works individually or with another partner within the school. However, through this project we had a chance to work with students from a different country who are also interested in art like us.

2. What are you excited the most about the collaboration unit?

I am most excited about putting our ideas together to finish an amazing art piece. Instead, of just thinking about the work by ourself or getting help from the teacher, we can help each other to improve our final piece and give each other better ideas. Through this, I think we can create a really creative art work.

3. a) Explain how you have been connecting with your buddy?

I have been connecting with my buddy through edmodo, talking to each other in our art group.

b) What is your buddy’s name and what did you learn about them?

My buddy’s name is Alyssa and she enjoys going to school in America. One of her favorite subject is science, while she finds history lessons quite boring. She likes eating Californian rolls and enjoys watching the Battle of Gods (a dragon z movie). She is usually quite lazy and is mostly playing video games or watching anime. She also does a lot of biomedical research during her free time. She really likes art, so she draws a variety of things. Finally, she doesn’t play sports in school, but when she has time, she enjoys playing football with her brother and friends.

c) What similarities or differences did you notice between you and your buddy?

One of my favorite subject is also science and I really like doing art in school as well as at home. I like playing sports at school and at home. When I have free time, I would play soccer with my younger sister and brother, while I am trying out to join the soccer team at school. I am also lazy at most of the time, so I like staying at home watching youtube and different TV shows.

4. How has (will) your drawing/learning been (be) effected because of the collaboration so far? (for example are you working differently because you are working with someone else?)

I am not really working differently just because I am working with another person. I am trying my best to draw like I did with my other art project. But, I try to complete my work to a better quality and I try to make my art work as perfect as possible. Therefore, when I work, I am more concentrated compared to when I am doing other art, so that I don’t make any mistakes. Also, from doing an art project with other students, I am taking responsibility to finish my part of the whole project.

5.  a)What did you think about Graeme Base writing to us?

I think that this was a very interesting and memorable experience, because I have never experienced writing to an author where the author actually wrote back to us answering our questions. I found this very helpful since as he answered our questions, it gave us an idea on how we should do our projects and the tips to draw the animals better. For example, in order to draw a realistic drawing he told us that we have to take it slowly and do a lot of research about the animal.

b) What did you learn from his letter?

I learned that he wanted to become an artist since he was 11 years old. The book Animalia is his second book and it took him 3 years to finish the book and publish it. Out of the book, his favorite pages are the Lazy Lions and the Horrible Hairy Hogs. He used the encyclopedia and a dictionary to help him come up with the phrases for each of the alphabet. To draw the animals and the background, he used watercolor and transparent inks on hot press illustration board. Not only this, he also used color pencils, technical drawing pens and gouache. He was inspired a lot during his travel, he would always come back home with a new book idea. He finished a new book few weeks ago called The Amazing Monster DetectoScope, which is about facing childhood fears.

c) Describe what you think of his book.

I think that his book is really unique and different from all of the other picture books. I find his drawings in the book really fascinating as it is quite cartoony but very detailed at the same time. I really liked the way he drew an animal for each of the alphabet and describe the animal’s actions by alliteration, which really surprised me as it is a really hard thing to do. In overall, I really enjoyed his artworks and I hope that our artwork will also turn out as good as his.

6. What challenges have you faced so far?

There wasn’t any major problems I faced so far. I think the most difficulty was communicating with my buddy in America. This is because, we have different time zones and our school schedule are different (Our holidays are different). To use Edmodo, they needed to get permission from their parents. Also, unlike us, they don’t use devices in different classes, so they can’t use Edmodo as often as we do. Therefore, I think it is quite hard to put our work together and I can’t know what my buddy is currently working on in her art classes.

Quarter One Language Arts Reflection

1. Newspaper- what did you do? Good and Bad?

For this unit we had to write a newspaper article about anything we want. For the writing part, we wrote it individually, but we got in a small group after to design our newspaper together and put our work together to make it seem real as possible. For the article, I wrote about 2016 K- dramas because I became very interested in Korean dramas recently. I worked with Jane, Devyani, Quang Hieu and Khoi to put our articles together and design it like an actual newspaper. In the group, I was mainly in charge of finishing off and doing the final touches, like getting all the newspapers organized and make sure they follow the same design throughout the newspaper. I think that our final piece was well finished and looks similar to actual newspapers. In my opinion, I think that each of us did the same amount of work and finished what they were supposed to do in a high standard. Also I managed to write the article well in the form of the article. At first, I didn’t know how to write is as I wasn’t really familiar with writing news articles, but I managed it by looking at examples of actual news article, to help me get the basic form and the structure of the writing. I think that my news article could have been better if I wrote it more like a journal than a research paper. Finally, I am satisfied with my final grade since I put a lot of effort into it and I hope that I can finish quarter 2 successfully as well.

2. What did you learn?

During the first quarter, I think that I learned a lot of different things. First, by learning the important parts of newspaper articles,  I think that I was able to write journals more confidently compared to before. I started to have a better writing structure and it started to look more like a journal/article. Another thing I learned is that, I have to work on my grammars more when I write long writings so that it all makes sense. I realized this as I was proofreading my work. I found quite a few mistakes in my writing. I noticed that it was more easier to write articles if we plan out the information that needs to go into the writing first in a separate paper or a document. It helped me brake down the whole article and kind of summarize things up so that I don’s miss any parts when I actually write up my article. By doing this, I think that it really helped me to organize the article in a way for all people to understand what they are reading.

3. How was Quarter 1 for you?

First quarter was quite chaotic for me, since it is my first year of SSIS. But I managed to get along quickly and got used to everything happening in school. For language arts, I don’t think I faced a lot of troubles during our classes and the projects. During our news article project, I think that it was really fun, because we got to write things that we want to write about instead of having a certain topic that we have to write about. Also I had a chance to see other people’s work and help them improve by fixing mistakes and giving them new ideas. Lit circles were new to me, but I really enjoyed the activities and it made me think a lot about the activity I should do for the given role. It made me think creatively. Also it really made us to read the whole book. Or else we wouldn’t be able to take part in the activities or make an activity if we don’t read the book as well as we wouldn’t be able to discuss about the events. I think that this is a very good way to approach the books, because rather than just reading the book and writing a book review or something, it is more fun to learn through the activities. I am really excited for our next lit circle and the book we have to read for this quarter.

Our Newspaper Front Page

My Newspaper article pt.1

My Newspaper article pt.2

My Newspaper article Interview



Revolutionary Thinkers Project: Leonardo Da Vinci



My Research Notes

How did it go conducting research? Triumphs? Challenges?

For the most, the research process went well. However, for some of the investigative questions, it was quite hard to find the answers. I searched using different keywords and went on a lot of websites to compare the information provided.

What did you learn about yourself when you had to take notes?

I think that I take better notes when I write by hand rather than using the computer. In my former school, we took notes by hand, so I found it easier to put the information in my own words. I realize now at first I only used paraphrasing as my main note-taking strategy but then after a conference with the teacher, I added direct quotations to my research notes and I also tried to summarize the information though it didn’t always work out well.


Narrative Writing Final Draft

What insights did you gain about narrative hooks that you may not have been so aware of before?

Before I thought that narrative writings have to be formal and be able to provide the reader with detailed and accurate information about a certain person. However, now I think that narrative writing can also be engaging like stories and doesn’t have to be as formal only filled with facts. I never knew that narrative writing included literary devices, cliff hangers and a lot of powerful vocabularies for engagement.

What narrative hooks did you experiment with in your writing?

In my narrative writings, I tried to include as much narrative hooks as possible. I added some powerful vocabularies for imagery and for detailed description about Leonardo Da Vinci’s life. I tried to write it as engaging as possible, but I am not too sure of it since it is the first time I am writing a historical narrative writing.


What discoveries did you encounter as you were vlogging?

First, I was not really familiar of me reading out something and recording myself, but as we created vlogs more often throughout the first quarter, I became more familiar with it. When making a vlog, since I am reading out my own work, I could spot some grammar mistake throughout the paragraph and places that needs improvements. Also I began to start reading with pauses in between and with more passion. This helped me improve my writings even further as well as my presentation skills. However, I still don’t feel comfortable showing my vlog in front of everyone, because I would get embarrassed of myself. Therefore, I hope we can leave the classroom when our vlog is being played in front of the class.

Historical Narrative Paragraphs VLOG

Musical Historical Narrative VLOG

Reflection VLOG


Leonardo Da Vinci ZINE

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

Throughout the project I had a chance to research about Leonardo Da Vinci and learn more about this famous person. I used to think that Leonardo Da Vinci is just a really amazing person who is well known from the Renaissance period. However, now I realized how much a person from the past can influence people nowadays. I really envy Leonardo Da Vinci as he was outstanding at everything he did, from arts to mathematics and to even science. I am very inspired by Leonardo Da Vinci, because I also wanted to become a designer but somehow related to science since the past as I am very interested in these subjects. Through his prestigious works he showed me how science can be related to designing gave me ideas of how I can be successful like him. From now on, I have decided to try to design something unique in my free time that can help people in the future like how Leonardo Da Vinci’s inventions are helping us in the 21st century.


Mandarin Reflection

So far in Mandarin, we learned about relatives and how we say it in Chinese. We also learned about the relationship between cousins from mother’s side and father’s side. For example, 奶奶, 爷爷, 外公,外婆,伯伯,阿姨 and more. To practice these words we used quizlet, kahoot and we created a poster about our family tree.

Currently, we are learning about appearance and how we describe people.