Tuff Times

Chapter 3:

Are the Socs and the Greasers really that different? Why? Why not?

I do not think that the Socs and Greasers are really that different. At where we currently are in the novel, we’ve met two Greasers and their boyfriends: Cherry and Marcia. Cherry said that her life is not as easy as the Greasers think, and I agree. Near the end of chapter 3, Cherry says: “I could fall in love with Dallas Winston. I hope I never see him again or I will.” (p. 46). I think this means that Dallas might have been frightening that night, but she has witnessed many worser things in her own gang, contrary to the Greasers’ beliefs.

Are there any connections you can make to any of the characters and/or their situation?

One connection I have with Ponyboy is the conflicts I have with my siblings. Unlike Pony, I am the middle child in my family, but I really do not play the role of Soda. I can not boss my older sister around for obvious reasons, and I can not boss my younger sister around or else she would start creating a huge fuss that will get me into trouble. However, my older sister can boss me around and I can not really react, and my parents would not understand why I get so annoyed when my younger sister disturbs either my studies or free time.

Why do you think Johnny killed Bob?

I think Johnny killed Bob because Bob was drowning Ponyboy. I wonder if one of the Socs that showed up also beat up Johnny the first time. I think Jonny did what he did out of self-defence. Not just Johnny, but anyone would be scared to death in this situation

What could have been some alternatives?

Some other alternatives could be reasoning, trying to save Ponyboy without a knife (punching), knocked him out unconscious, or threatening the Socs instead of actually stabbing.

What do you think Ponyboy and Johnny’s situation prompted Ponyboy’s recitation of “Nothing Gold Can Stay?”

After Ponyboy and Johnny ran away, we saw them crying at a loss of their old life. Their new life is nothing compared to their old life. Ponyboy lost the comfort of Soda, Darry, and his old fun weekends. Johnny may not miss his parents, but he had his entire gang’s love with him at all times. I think the term “gold” refers to something amazing. Their old life may not have been perfect, but it was pretty amazing. Nothing amazing can stay.

Who is innocent? Who has experience?

No one in this novel is completely innocent. No one is free of crime, no one lives their life without guilt.

What is the difference between Cherry the Soc and Cherry the Dreamer?

I think Cherry wants to live her life free of trouble. There is trouble in every life, but she wants to get away from her troubles. She dreams of a vivid life without the rivalry of the Socs and Greasers, without the troubles she has to live through everyday. She wants to live without the fear of getting jumped.

Are Ponyboy, Johnny, and Dally heroes? Why or why not?


How do we know that Darry truly cares for Ponyboy?

Write about what you understand about Cherry’s line “I could fall…” (lines 8-10 p 46)

I think it means that Cherry does not want to fall in love yet. In chapter 8, she said that she knows that she is too young to fall in love, but she does it anyways. She fell in love with Bob, but that was a bad decision after Bob was killed.

In realising that Cherry has green eyes, what does this signify for Ponyboy and his understanding of people and the world?

Candy Chang

Candy Chang used basic materials for her piece of art. She used, an abandoned house, chalk, a giant chalkboard, and most importantly, people.

Candy use people to complete her art. She makes the base, while the neighbourhood population completes it. She uses different languages according to the country she places her art in. She makes sure that all kinds of people around the world can understand and finish her art.

When Candy started her project, she was upset over a loss of a friend. I think Candy started this project because she feels that her friend did not get do something she always wanted to before she died or that her friend could have accomplished so much more, but she died. She is curious to see what others feel, and what they want to do before they die.

I think her work was very successful. I think she inspired others to do what they want to do before they die. The sad truth is that anyone can die at any given moment, with or without completing what they always wanted do.


PBL Energy

1) My group is going to build a Solar Oven

2) My group wanted to do something economic and environmentally friendly. We brainstormed some ideas, and we decided on either a bottle light or a FM radio transmitter. We decided that the bottle light did not have many energy transfers, and the radio idea was shut down, but we understood why, because FM radio waves are in the past, and we are building something for the future. Sticking with our environmentally friendly plan, we decided to make a solar oven.

3) Two boxes, extra cardboard, aluminium foil, black paper

Sarah Sze

Sarah Sze uses everyday materials, like the things we eat and use on a daily basis, to construct a random piece of art. She goes into her project with no plan but to improvise everything.



Triple Point, U.S. Pavilion 55th International Art Exhibit

Unlike Sarah Sze, in sculpture class, we do some research before going into a project. For example, for our cardboard tower project, our teams look through some towers around the world in order to take some inspiration and put it into our own project. However, I would say all art is improvised. We take the inspiration that we find and we improvise with it to create our own art.

I think Sze’s work is really inspiring. Being able to think of these ideas by just looking through everyday items is pretty inspiring and it is something I hope to have the inspiration for. I would call this art. Sze described her art as the spectator venturing into her very own art studio and seeing a live performance, as if watching a sports game. She has the same process as a painter with a plan.


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2) Our inspiration came from the Big Ben itself. My group and I wanted to make a clock tower (form) with the function as showing the time.

3) As a real tower, I think this would be an effective tower. Our tower is only a prototype so the clock hands do not work. If this were a real tower, we would use gears and motors to make the clock hands turn according to the appropriate time. The citizens would use our tower for the time. I would put our tower in the middle of a bustling capital city, such as London, New York, etc.

4) I think our group worked well together. We tried to incorporate everyone’s ideas into one tower. However, we ran into conflict when paining. With 3 people crowded around one tower, sometimes the atmosphere got chaotic. I think we should have coordinated ourselves around one area of the tower, and notify the others when we were done so we could coordinate ourselves to other jobs.

Sculpture Self-Evaluation

1) One sculpture project I am proud of is the cardboard tower project. I enjoyed working on this project with fellow peers that I do  not usually work with. I am proud of how the tower turned out, and I think we followed our blueprints accurately. We all contributed our ideas to make a good tower.

2) I have definitely gained a better understanding about 3D art. Before coming into this class, I did not know about relief art. I did not know there were artists that make relief art. I liked looking through the high and low relief art, and I got many ideas for my own wood relief project. I got to understand different forms, and how different forms could change the function of the tower.

3) One area of improvement I need is my precision and patience. I know that art needs a lot of patience; the patience I do not have. My wood relief project looks kind of rushed, and I think I need to slow down more and concentrate on the precision.

4) Some work habits I think I have developed are “Interacts Well” and “Contributes”. Without my contribution to the cardboard tower project, I do not think my group’s tower would be successful, and without our interaction, we would not have had fun making the tower.

Wood Relief Unit Reflection

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My first carving is significant to me because it reminds me of my last day in Canada before moving to Hong Kong. I did want to go up the ski hill one last time because I was tired, but when I was forced by my friend, I saw a beautiful sunset that I had never witnessed before. This memory is pretty memorable to me. I painted it blue and with white streaks to remind me of the snow on my last day. It was a cool, snowy, and windy day. I tried to add snowflakes to enhance the effect, but I really do not think I should have done that. The border looks unnatural, and it takes the attention away from the text. Overall, I could have done a lot better.

My second carving talks about how some people would try anything to make themselves look “pretty”. I really do not support that. I think people should just be themselves and not worry about becoming prettier. I painted it black to give it a mysterious look, because it is still a mystery to me why people do this. The text is in the box, because I thought that if I put it outside, it would not look natural and original. I also added texture onto the bow to give it a stripe effect. To this date, I am still not sure why I added the white in the middle. To improve, I would take my time with carving and try to be more careful.


Wonder Words Wall

Trough: Channel or conduit for conveying water, as a gutter under the eaves of a building for carrying away rainwater.

Revelation:something revealed or disclosed, especially a striking disclosure, as of something not before realized

Convulsion: contortion of the body caused by violent, involuntary muscular contractions of the extremities, trunk, and head

Drape: to cover or hang with cloth or other fabric, especially in graceful folds; adorn with drapery

Carcass: the dead body of an animal

Echelon: a level of command, authority, or rank

Baboon: a coarse, ridiculous, or brutish person, especially one of low intelligence

Expanse: an uninterrupted space or area; a wide extent of anything

Omnipresent: present everywhere at the same time

Teeming: abounding or swarming with something, as with people

Appease: to bring to a state of peace, quiet, ease, calm, or contentment; soothe


Primordial: existing or from the beginning of time

Millennia: a period of a thousand years

Praetor: each of two ancient Roman magistrates ranking below consul

Excruciate: to inflict severe pain upon; torture

Quintessential: of the pure and essential essence of something

Cephalopod: any mollusk of the class Cephalopoda, having tentacles attached to the head, including the cuttlefish, squid, and octopus

Eureka: the reputed exclamation ofArchimedes when, after long study, he discovered a method of detecting the amount of alloy mixed with the gold in the crown of the king of Syracuse

Idiosyncrasy: a characteristic, habit, mannerism, or the like, that is peculiar to an individual

Botany: the science of plants; the branch of biology that deals with plant life

Lucrative: profitable; moneymaking; remunerative

Sheik: (in Islamic countries) the patriarch of a tribe or family; chief: a term of polite address

Hieroglyphic: designating or pertaining to a pictographic script, particularly that of the ancient Egyptians, in which many of the symbols are conventionalised, recognisable pictures of the things represented

Bloke: man; fellow; guy

Foxgloves: any Eurasian plant belonging to the genus digitalis, of the figwort family

Beech: any tree of the genus fagus, of temperate regions, having a smooth grey bark and bearing small, edible, triangular nuts.

Tendril: a threadlike, leafless organ of climbing plants

Asbestos: a fibrous mineral, either amphibole or chrysotile, formerly used for making incombustible or fireproof articles.

Lorry: a large motor truck




The Giver Vocabulary Test



Everything Has It’s Cost Summaries



The Outsider’s Vocabulary Test


Government Unit Reflection



I feel like I could have done a lot better on this government unit. I think my problem was rushing through the test or not checking over my work enough, although I did check over my final assessment several times before handing it in.

For the next quarter, I will follow my study plan as sometimes I did not fully follow it, and I will not panic while taking the test and check over my work multiple times.

My best summative, TCI chapter 10, also had the best notes, so I will remember to follow that format when taking notes for the next quarter.

I really did not vary in my study strategies, but I think I will try some new strategies before the next summative.

Next time, when there is a test, I will follow my improved 5 day study plan and take notes according to my best format.