Last Blog Post 8th Grade

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These songs show how I’ve felt throughout this year in Grade 8. I have many themes in this playlist. Such as happiness, stress, and resistance.

1. Started from the Bottom – By Drake

I chose this song as it literally says it in the title and the lyrics. It shows how far I’ve grown from the beginning of the year. It was challenging in some points but we’re all here.

2. Stressed Out – By 21 Pilots

During this year, in some points, I felt stressed out during some projects. It could be because of due dates or teammates. Stress is one of the biggest problem in school but we’re going to have to make good use of it. As we learned from our TED Talk.

3. 7 Years – By Lukas Graham

This song is kind of depressing. But it more represents how far I’ve gone and how much I’ve changed from the beginning of the year, or the beginning of middle school. It also talks about the future and whats going to happen and I feel like I have a clear vision of my future.

4. On Top of the World – By Imagine Dragons

This song is talks about how you’re on top of the world after waiting. This exactly represents grade 8. It shows how after waiting and working for a while, I’m finally on the top and have reached my goal. Even though there’ll be more in grade 9 and onwards.

5. Happy – By Pharrell Williams

This song just represents how this year was one of the most fun years I had in HKIS and how amazing it was. The experiences I had were interesting and I was overall happy during grade 8.

6. Stronger – By Kelly Klarkson

This song  shows resilience and independence. Something required and used in grade 8. It shows you have to be resilient and that you’ll grow from your problems and make you stronger. Which is what I did in 8th grade. As I learned from my mistakes and tried to fix it.

7. Love Myself – By Hailee Steinfield

This song shows that you should care about yourself and that you should grow your independence and thats what I did in grade 8. As it tested my independence during certain activities.

8. Fight Song – By Rachel Platten

This song talks about how you should believe in yourself and that you can get through anything if you try. No matter how big the problem is, you should be resilient. I was resilient in 8th grade with difficult projects.

March (m)INP Blog Post #1

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In this blog post, I’m going to be analyzing the character Boxer from the book “Animal Farm” by George Orwell. Animal Farm is meant to be satire book comparing to the Russian Revolution with animals and I’ll be comparing Boxer with the people in the Russian Revolution.

Boxer is the horse in animal farm and is the strongest in the farm. Boxer takes a major roll of rebuilding the windmill and is looked up to by all the animals in the farm as he is so dedicated into making the windmill. Across the books, I’ve realized Boxer is the most dedicated animals in the farm. I say dedicated, not passionate. As the only thing that drives Boxer forwards is his motto of Napoleon is always right. He can’t think for himself or others. He is like a robot. He is told what to do. Whenever the windmill gets destroyed, they are in worse conditions but Boxer works harder than ever, each time they destroy the windmill. He is so dedicated to the windmill, that he eventually dies because of his health conditions from building the windmill. He were told of his health conditions but ignored them and kept working.

We can also tell that Boxer isn’t a intelligent animal, as he actually dies from working too much. He is unable to think for himself and only for the people in charge. He also knew that he would die but ignored it. Boxer is also not able to read or read the alphabet above D. Which also leads him to his death as he didn’t realize he was being put into a horse slaughter truck. Whenever something is wrong, Boxer doesn’t think for himself but instead says to himself that Napoleon is always right.

He is also one of the most inspiring animals in the farm. Boxer was a role model to the animals as he was strong and they thought they could rely on him. They were also inspired by his resilience every time he built the windmill. I believe that without Boxer, the windmill’s construction would’ve been much slower or maybe it might’ve not have been complete if it wasn’t for Boxer telling the animals. I feel that Boxer was a bigger reason why the animals helped build the windmill. They didn’t want to work for Napoleon’s tyranny but wanted to help Boxer and looked up to him.

           Boxer was also a very “Loyal” animal. He does everything in his power to build that windmill. He is “loyal” to Napoleon as he believes everything Napoleon does is right and reasonable. Instead of loyal, I would say manipulative. He was brainwashed by the pigs to be loyal to Napoleon. Not literally, but I think he began to believe in the quote, “Napoleon is always right.” when the pigs repeated it over and over. I think that before Snowball was kicked out, he could think for himself. Because right before Snowball was kicked out, that was the last time in the book where he thought for himself and questioned others. We also can tell as Boxer was a very gentle animal and he doesn’t like or believe in killing. We can tell, when he kills the farmboy during the battle for the farm by accident. But when Napoleon starts executing the animals,  He is also very dependent. He needs Napoleon’s “rule” and I believe if Napoleon was gone, he wouldn’t know what to do.
          I think Boxer was the workers in the Russian Revolution. I’m going to be comparing the workers with the traits I gave boxer People that were dependent with money and needed orders from the higher ranks to do their job. Without the orders, the workers wouldn’t know what to do to help the people. The workers are also very manipulative. We can trick them into doing things they don’t want to do by force, or maybe making them think its for the right cause. Workers are very loyal to their boss. As they want to get paid and they try to their best to get a raise. I don’t think I really agree that workers are inspiring in real life. But mostly ignored except for the leaders. But Boxer was one of the most famous animal in the farm. So I don’t know why the author decided to make Boxer such a likeable character in the farm. If I had to make the characteristics of Boxer, I feel like he’d be someone who was ignored, but tried his best anyway. Boxer is very dedicated in making the windmill and I think workers are also very dedicated into making their projects in real life. But I wouldn’t say workers aren’t smart in real life. They probably don’t think of life too positive or is innocent. They are very educated about how life works. The author might’ve been trying to show the readers that workers don’t get good education in the revolution because they had no money.
           In conclusion I think Boxer played a major role in the book and is a very crucial character in the story. He had traits that people always looked up to but ultimately lead to his doom.
Orwell, George. Animal Farm. New York: Harcourt, Brace, 1954. Print.

Wonders Written Rant January IBP

Today, I’m going to be talking and making a little rant on why people shouldn’t be treated as they are because of their looks. Many people say that you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover. But this is clearly the case in the book Wonder, written by Raquel J Palacio that is a realistic-fiction. In this book it shows judge someone for how they look and until they really know the person.

August, the main character has a very deformed face and went through many surgeries to fix it. He has tried his best but his face still looks hideous. He was bullied due to his deformed face and in the book we realize that August does not have any mental issues and because of his deformed face, he is treated like a monster and not treated equally and he knows he’ll have a more difficult life than others and I just think it’s unfair. He tries his best to act like the other kids, tries to change himself as much as he can to be like his friends. He tries his best to make his friends feel better and he goes through pain from all the surgeries and yet he is still treated like a freak and it is wrong. All of August’s friends know that August is a normal kid just like anyone else and is funny and that he should be treated just like anyone else. We know that August is made fun of as no one sits next to him, his friend was asked by the principal to befriend him, everyone whispers behind his back. Also, what’s up with people whispering, they’re so bad at it. You can always hear few words to make out the sentences. Its evident that August knows he’s being treated this way and it is hurting his feelings and we should stop. August’s friend Summer was nice enough to give August a chance and now they’re very good friends. They didn’t want to be born this way and shouldn’t be treated as a freak but more of a friend and should be nice to him at least once before judging. Imagine you were born that way, and all you saw were weird looks coming from the corner of their eyes, shaking their head. It’s a horrible feeling for everyone. To be staring at you and being infamous. August is the strongest person here as said “Now that I look back, I don’t know why I was so stressed about it all this time. Funny how sometimes you worry a lot about something and it turns out to be nothing.” He learned to deal with it and to feel natural with it and how optimistic he became throughout the book.

Basically, people like August should get a chance and should be treated equally and the book does a good job sending the message of someone in August’s position. Where they can feel sorry for the character. So in conclusion, people like August shouldn’t be treated unfairly because of his looks and should be treated equally.

p.254 Now that I look back, I don’t know why I was so stressed about it all this time. Funny how sometimes you worry a lot about something and it turns out to be nothing.

Palacio, R. J. Wonder. First edition. Alfred A. Knopf, 2012.

RBP Wonder August January Multimedia

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This is a mind map for the book “Wonder” which is a realistic fiction by Raquel J. Palacio. This is just a summary of the character August Pullman in the book “Wonder”. From my analysis from the exposition, August is a misunderstood, nervous, scared, adaptive, self-aware, resilient, shy kid. We can tell why I thought he was like this in the mind map. Click on the image for HD

Quotes that I used (Not All): P.22 One of the reasons I grew my hair long last year was that I like how my bangs cover my eyes: it helps me block out the things I don’t want to see.

P 10 Dude, you’re gonna have to talk

P. 35 I don’t want to go to school.

Palacio, R. J. Wonder. First edition. Alfred A. Knopf, 2012.

(INP) December Multimedia Blog Post

SPOILERS For: Heaven is for Real

Kid Goes to Heaven

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For my blog post, I wrote about the book Kid Goes to Heaven written by Todd Burpo which is a autobiography. I wrote a newspaper article explaining the story and talking about what happens and gave a newspaper feeling and from a third person perspective. I also included in little subplots such as “Little Girl Holds Spider” This is where the Colton’s sister takes on a big challenge and was able to hold a big spider in her hand. The other part is the fun fact which explains the plot too. Then there are just random fake stories to put in the newspaper as I named in as “The Random” So that I could fill up the space. I also included quotes from the story and gave more information on how to find the topic. I forgot to put where to find the quotes in so here it is . So this was basically my multimedia post which is the story in a newspaper format.

Citations

“Burpo, p. 93” “Burpo, p. 134”

Burpo, Todd, and Lynn Vincent. Heaven Is for Real: A Little Boy’s Astounding Story of His Trip to Heaven and Back. Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson, 2010. Print.

Fake Facebook Page October

In this reading blog post, I did a blog post about the book Divergent written by Veronica Roth. This multimedia post shows how the characters felt about each other in the beginning of the book. As Tris used to be a Abregation, the top shows how his brother felt when she left. The posts constantly have Peter in it, which shows how much they despise each other. The next post shows her friendship with Christina. Also in the book, Peter calls Tris a “Stiff” and also included it in this facebook post.

Citations: Divergent. Dir. Neil Burger. Perf. Shailene Woodly. 2014. Film.

Written Response Reading Blog Post

Today I’m going to be writing a written response about the connections of the conflict, about the conflict in “Once”, written by Morris Gleitzman. So there is a conflict where Felix, the main character goes outside of his orphanage and gets to look at the true world and finds out what happening around him.  In the beginning, Felix starts off happy, looking for his parents by going to their old bookshop. He didn’t know the world was dangerous and people told him not to go, but he did thinking everything would be fine. He talks to strangers but then realize that the Nazis are killing every Jews on the streets, and his happy imaginations that the world is fine fades away as he sees the horrid truth of what the Nazis were doing to the Jews. As he saw all the people he know betray him, and watch people being killed. He learned the truth is different from stories.

When I was young, I wasn’t clueless as Felix on what was happening, once I was in a amusement park with my mom and dad. I saw a man dressed in a animal suit and I followed him, but after I was done looking at him, I realized my mom and dad wasn’t here. This was ocean world, so it was a huge place. In the beginning, I felt really confident, I’ll retrace my steps and my mom and dad must be there waiting for me just like how Felix felt.  When I was calling out for my mom and dad where I last saw them, they weren’t there, so I started calling out their names over and over and when people came over to me, just like Felix I said, no thanks I know where to meet my mom and dad and I just sat in the same spot, where they left me. I just waited and waited. About 2 hours passed, and I started realizing the situation that I was going to have to find them myself, and I started searching, and I was young so I started asking people for their phone but they just ignored me. I started wondering what was wrong with the community and the people, and I got a staff’s phone and was able to get a phone, but I wondered what was happening with the world, and felt like I was in a confused situation just like Felix, where I felt like the people in ocean park betrayed me, and how I thought my parents were coming to me and as if everything was fine and nothing bad would happen to me.