Monday, March 20, 2017

History Day Reflection

For National History Day, the project we chose to research is the Apollo 11 Mission, done in the form of an exhibit, and our thesis is, "July 20th, 1969 was the day that the U.S. took a stand by successfully completing the Apollo 11 Mission of putting a man on the moon, and proving to the world that mankind can explore beyond earth."

What I like most about my project is how we made the board. I enjoyed cutting the board's shape outline out of subfloor wood with a jigsaw. I also enjoyed power sanding and painting the board, too. Overall, this project was really fun to make and design.

One thing that I learned during this project was that there were 5 previous NASA Apollo missions that had to take place before the Apollo 11 mission could launch, and successfully land a man on the moon. This interested me because it showed that there is a lot that mankind didn't know before the Apollo 11 mission. Another thing that I learned was that the thrust-to-weight ratio for the Apollo 11 Mission rocket, Saturn V, was 2.124:1. This interested me because I had wanted to know how powerful the engines were on the rocket, and how much weight the Saturn V rocket could lift.

The hardest part of this project was deciding which project our group should work on because there were so many topics that we could chose to work on. I think it was almost even harder for us to decide because we had so many different ideas that we each thought was the best to work on, and we had to come to a consensus. I think was the hardest part of the project.

One spot that I definitely grew in as a student was attention stamina. At the beginning of the project, I could only stay on topic about 5 minutes. But as the quarter progressed, I was able to stay focused for longer and longer periods of time, and even sometimes ended up working through the whole class period without interruption. This was one way I grew as a student during this unit.

What I would like to improve or add to the project is a more detailed response to the questions in the Process Paper. I would like to get as close as I could to the 500 word limit, as well. I would also like to go over the annotations to the photos as a group and possibly improve them. I believe we are solid on all other aspects of the project, so I wouldn't like to make any changes elsewhere, because I think our efforts to make the project better would just make it worse.

What I am most proud of in the project is the board itself because I am the one who mainly made the board. First, I outlined the shape of where to cut the board with a carpenters pencil, going off of our pre-planned design. Next, I used a jigsaw to cut the board into to its shape. After that, I helped Nick sand down the edges of the board to refine the board's shape. Finally, we all three painted the tri-fold to our desired colors. Although this took about 4 hours to complete, I enjoyed doing it, and would possibly do it again in the future.

How our topic of the Apollo 11 Mission relates to the NHD theme, "Taking a stand in history," is by it being the first time that a human had been landed on the lunar surface. Walking on the moon had never been done before, therefore making this event important in history, and taking a stand. This is how July 20, 1969, was an important day in history, and how it proved to the world that mankind can explore beyond Earth.


Sunday, October 2, 2016

Shakespeare Unit Blog Response

1. My feelings of Shakespeare from the beginning of the unit to the end are different. In the beginning of our unit, I didn't know much about him, so I just made the assumption that he was an old, dead guy that wrote famous things a long time ago. Now I see him as a witty, bold man who was not afraid to take risks and have them turn out not in his favor. He also rewrote the way that people write and see the world with his plays in my opinion. Mrs. Edlin told us the words and phrases he used in his plays and scripture that we use today that I couldn't see us living without. Then we read his play The Taming of the Shrew and got to experience first-hand how he wrote. It was also neat to see how his play's words translated into today's words with the version of text we had. It all tied together when we watched one of his play's acted out on screen and see how he made words come to life on the stage with the acting. That was neat. Those series of events lead to my change in feelings towards Shakespeare change from bad to good.

2. I know Katherine was tamed in the end of The Taming of the Shrew because after giving a speech about how shameful women are to society, and how a true relationship is a balanced one of agreements of love between both, not money for one. To prove her belief, she offered to place her hand under Petruchio's foot as a peace offering from her to him. At the very end, they sealed their disagreements by a kiss. These series of events lead me to believe that Kate was changed.

4. The Shakespearean insults helped my confidence and understanding of Shakespeare by making the realization that if someone can take his words and make insults with them and have fun doing it, then someone can make the reading and acting of Shakespeare fun as well, and this will be a fun unit in GOAL. That's how the Shakespearean insults helped me with my confidence and understanding of Shakespeare come alive.

5. I know it is important to learn about Shakespeare 400 years after his death because we can learn what type of literature people used in the 1600's. It was interesting to learn how we have changed both socially and physically since then from the ways we dress to the ways we replace the words like 'thy' and 'thou' with words like 'your' and 'you'. I think it's also good to learn about culture and history, which Shakespeare's masterpieces would expose us to. Those are the reasons I think we should learn about Shakespeare, even if they are 400 years old.

2016-2017 1st Blog Post

2016-2017 School Year Goals:

1. I will score 250 or higher on the MAP Assessment test this year. This is important to me because it will show me that I am still not as smart as I can get.
2. I will not be tardy to any of my classes from next week on. This will prove to me that I am responsible and able to adjust to anything that is out of my comfort zone or new to me.
3. I will get physically stronger this year. This will make me feel better about myself mentally, and also make myself more capable physically.