SML Reflection

The topic that I chose is filming and editing those clips to produce a video of Hong Kong. I chose this because I’ve always wanted to know how to edit clips and which way to put them together to make a quality video. The challenges that I faced were during the research because it took time to find and read about my topic. I researched different techniques and editing skills I could use in my project. I also watched a lot of videos/travel diaries demonstrating what I was aiming to produce. My project has changed during the beginning and I’m always modifying my end product. In the beginning, I was visualizing my end product to be a movie and the main focus with that was to edit the movie. Then I wanted to do a video blog with clips of me showing what I think the best parts of Hong Kong are. I finally decided that I would make a film/documentary type of video with clips of different places in Hong Kong and music playing in the back. I haven’t done much because I now need to focus on filming outside of school, but so far I’m proud of all the preparation and organization that I’ve done to lead up to where I am with my project now. I feel creative when I’m filming Hong Kong because of different cultural places that contrast with the skyscrapers. I’ve learned that I work best when brainstorming with friends and sharing my ideas with them to get feedback. 

Reading Log 26

Book #26                            Words: 99121                    Date: May 15

 

Title: To Kill a Mocking Bird   Author: Harper Lee

 

Genre ~ Fiction

                                                                            

  • Opening Sentence:

When he was nearly thirteen, my brother Jem got his arm badly broken at the elbow.

  • Favourite word / phrase / sentence:

Ambled

  • Vocabulary and new terms (with part of speech) and definition:

Impotent (adjective): unable to take effective action; helpless or powerless

Unsullied (adjective): not spoiled or made impure

  • Reflection, Connection & Personal Response:

Reading Log 25

 

Book #25                               Words: 77450                                    Date: May 13

 

Title: The Kite Runner                                                       Author: Khaled Hosseini

 

Genre ~  Realistic Fiction                                                                

 

  • Opening Sentence:

I became what I am today at the age of twelve, on a frigid overcast day in the winter of 1975.

  • Favourite word / phrase / sentence:

Perpetually:

  • Vocabulary and new terms (with part of speech) and definition:

Appendage (noun): A thing that is added or attached to something larger or more important

  • Reflection, Connection & Personal Response: 
  • It’s an unforgettable and beautifully told story about two boys growing up in Kabul with totally different backgrounds. Amir is the son of a very wealthy man and Hassan is the son of Amir’s father’s servant. Amir goes back and forth with being a loyal friend and betraying Hassan. He gets jealous at times when Amir’s father gives Hassan more attention. Hassan is repeatedly being loyal to Amir at any time. He defends Amir when he is being attacked and is always brave enough to stand up for himself. When Amir moves to California to escape his past, he leaves behind Hassan and which he betrayed Hassan’s trust. Your past is what makes you, so you can’t run away from it. He hears that the Taliban kills Hassan and his wife so he decides to go back and look for their son. Overall, this book was really heartbreaking to read and I really connected with the characters and having a best friend then they betray you.

Reading Log 23&24

Title: Harry Potter and the prisoner of Azkaban  

Author: JK Rowling

Genre ~ Non-Fiction / Fiction Type: Fantasy Fiction

  • Opening Sentence: Harry Potter was a highly unusual boy in many ways.
  • Favourite word / phrase / sentence: Ron was yelling so loudly that Uncle Vernon jumped and held the receiver a foot away from his ear, staring at it with an expression of mingled fury and alarm.
  • Vocabulary and new terms (with part of speech) and definition: Sumptuous – adj – impressive, splendid, expensive looking
  • Reflection, Connection & Personal Response: I felt like this book was really well written because it showed the perspective of an umpopular child who was just trying to fit in but also stand out. I can connect to Willow because sometimes I just want to fit in, but I also want to stand out.

Reading Log #22

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Book #22                                             Date: May 10

Title: A Work in Progress     Author:

Genre ~ Memoir                                                                            

  • Opening Sentence:

“I’m six years old”

  • Favourite word / phrase / sentence:

Spontaneity

  • Vocabulary and new terms (with part of speech) and definition:

Mesmerized (verb): Capture the complete attention of someone

Enlightened (adjective): Having or showing a rational, and well-informed outlook

 

  • Reflection, Connection & Personal Response:

It’s really interesting to learn about someone else’s experiences they went through in their lifetime. He has gone through a lot of obstacles in life and climbed through them. This book has taught me a lot on enjoying life now in present time and not worrying about the future and not letting what happened in the past bring you down. I’ve learned to accept whom I am and that it’s ok to be different and to be myself. He has also taught me to respect my family and be appreciative of all that they do for me. Overall, I definitely recommend reading this book because I’ve never read a memoir before, but after reading this one, I’m going to try reading more. 

Reading Log #21

Book #20                                 Words: 37568  

 Title: The BFG  Author: Roald Dahl 

 Genre ~ Fantasy

                                                                

  • Opening Sentence:

Sophie couldn’t sleep.

  • Favourite word / phrase / sentence:

“Her blood froze to ice”

“The moonbeam was like a silver blade slicing through the room”

  • Vocabulary and new terms (with part of speech) and definition:

BFG Vocabulary language- Gobblefunk

Babblement: The BFG’s word for TV

  • Reflection, Connection & Personal Response:

It’s a really interesting and creative story. In the story, there is one giant who is smaller and nicer than the others.  I think the author’s message of the story is that it is ok to be different than others. It’s actually good to be yourself and unique because it makes you special for whom you are. Sophie felt safe around the BFG because he was different and wasn’t going to eat her; instead he was doing good deeds by giving people imaginative dreams. I think it’s really cool that the story is set in London and that the queen is of course involved. It’s interesting how the author connected the giant and the queen. Overall, it was a really fun story to read and it allowed you to visualize every scene. 

Reading Log #20

Book #20                                 Words: 41909                                    Date:

 

Title: The Face on the Milk Carton                                                Author: Caroline B. Cooney

 

Genre ~ Fiction

                                                                           

 

  • Opening Sentence:

Janie finished her essay.

  • Favourite word / phrase / sentence:

She could feel the pulse of the deep-blue skies

  • Vocabulary and new terms (with part of speech) and definition:

 

Infuriating- adjective: making one extremely angry and impatient

 

Reflection, Connection & Personal Response:

It was really scary that Janie was looking at the milk carton where they usually have kidnapped children’s faces on it and she recognized the face as herself. The novel is so interesting and you just want to read more and more. When I was reading it, I really wanted to find out why did she recognize herself if the name is Jennie Springs. Also what happened to Hannah, Janie’s mom? I had so many questions throughout the book, but finally the ending answers them all.

 

Reading Log #19

Book #19                                 Words: 62677                                    Date:

 

Title: Counting by 7s                                                           Author: Sloan, Holly Goldberg

 

Genre ~  Fiction

                                                                           

  • Opening Sentence:

We sit together outside the Fosters Freeze at a sea-green, metal picnic table

  • Favourite word / phrase / sentence:

As the chocolate cools, it holds the vanilla goodness prisoner

  • Vocabulary and new terms (with part of speech) and definition:

 

Foreclosure- verb: take possession of a mortgaged property when the mortgagor fails to keep up with the mortgage payments

 

Reflection, Connection & Personal Response:

Willow Chance loses 2 sets of parents in her short life. Willow is a 12-year-old genius that is in love with nature. She is only left with Dell who is a terrible counselor and some friends. He does absolutely nothing to help the kids, but he actually helps out Willow at the end because she is so special. Overall, I think this book is really good and has a good plot, but there were some parts where I just didn’t understand why they had to put that in.

 

Reading Log #18

Book #18                                 Words: 56872                                

 

Title: Out of My Mind        Author: Sharon M. Draper

 

Genre ~ Fiction

                                                                            

  • Opening Sentence:

I’m surrounded by thousands of words. Maybe millions.

  • Favourite word / phrase / sentence:

 

Words were like sweet liquid gifts and I drank them like lemonade.

  • Vocabulary and new terms (with part of speech) and definition:

Iridescent- adjective: showing luminous colors that seem to change when seen from different angles

 

  • Reflection, Connection & Personal Response:

In this novel, Melody Brooks is an 11-year-old girl with cerebral palsy. Her body is stiff and she cannot move so she has to be in a wheel chair. She is actually a very smart person, but she couldn’t speak and tell everyone her brilliant ideas. Melody is given a computer so she can communicate in class. She hates it that her great success can’t change people to look beyond her physical appearance. Her parents try to give her a normal life like all the other 11-year-olds. I think that the message of this story is to look beyond someone’s disabilities and look at their accomplishments and talents.