8th Grade in a Playlist

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My playlist

1. Wonder by Emeil Sandé & Naughty Boy

 I chose this song to represent my 8th grade year because it is our graduation song. Our graduation represents us leaving middle school and transitioning to High School where we are unsure of what lies ahead. The song represents us being curious about what will happen next. I think that this song perfectly represents our grade because we are all transitioning to high school and have no clue about what could happen next

 

 2. Stronger by Kelly Clarkson

I think this song represents how no matter the hardship, you will be stronger from the experience. You will live through the experience and it will make you stronger as a person. “Doesn’t mean I’m lonely when I’m alone, What doesn’t kill you makes a fighter, Footsteps even lighter,Doesn’t mean I’m over cause you’re gone” – Kelly Clarkson. I think that through friendship troubles or school problems, I have gotten wiser from the experiences.

 

3. Count on Me by Bruno Mars

To me this song means that you can count on your friends or family through any problems you may face. “If you ever find yourself stuck in the middle of the sea, I’ll sail the world to find you, If you ever find yourself lost in the dark and you can’t see, I’ll be the light to guide you” – Bruno Mars.  This song also represents seeing family once a year and being able to tell them everything that has been going on in my life.  

 

4. Where is the Love by The Black Eyed Peas

 This song represents the bad things that have happened in the world and people calling out for us to end all of the wars and problems everybody may face. The song conveys the hurt that people can cause. “But if you only have love for your own race. Then you only leave space to discriminate. And to discriminate only generates hate, and when you hate then you’re bound to get irate” – The Black Eyed Peas. To me this song means seeing the events that have happened throughout the world and how people are suffering because of it.

 

5. Here Comes the Sun by The Beatles

This song reminds me of that good times will come, summer will come, the year has dragged on and I  can’t wait until I can see my family and spend time in the sun. “ I feel that ice is slowly melting, Little darling, it seems like years since it’s been clear.” – The Beatles. It can also represent that although you may go through some hardships, in the end, it will turn out ok. 
 

6. Circle of Life by The Lion King

This song reminds me of when I was younger and it always reminds me that life continues and we shouldn’t be stuck in the past even when something happens. “It’s the Circle of Life And it moves us all Through despair and hope Through faith and love” – The Lion King Movie.

 

7. Don’t Stop Believing – Journey

The lyrics: Some will win, Some will lose, Some were born to sing the blues Oh, the movie never ends, It goes on and on and on and on.” reminds me to never give up even when somethings may not go my way. I think this song is inspiring and encourages me to get my work done especially because I may procrastinate.

Communication and Media Arts – Hope

Throughout this project, we as a group have faced some challenges. For example, we changed our idea for our film. This challenge forced us to speed up, so we could finish our storyboard and script. These challenges also helped to make our film better because we had to think of creative idea to fix the problems.

I think that overall, we could have done better on our film by planning out better, getting more feedback on our project, and putting more effort into our editing. IF we did all of those things, our film could have been much better.

The things tat I think we did good was using different shots throughout the film and also I think we used good music for the film to convey the mood of the characters.

Self Motivated Learning Reflection

For SML (Self-Motivated Learning), I decided to learn  American Sign Language, I wanted to learn Sign Language because many people have to learn this language due to a disability and I wanted to be able to learn more about it and hopefully be able to sign.  Some challenges I have faced is many words have different signs to it or a sign can have many different meanings to it, just like in English, and it is difficult to learn and practice the language because not many people are able to sign. Throughout my project, my idea hasn’t changed, I have stuck with my idea and my plan for learning this language. So far, I am able to sign basic conversational words as well as “need to know” vocabulary. I have been able to learn colors, numbers, and the alphabet. I don’t think that I necessarily feel creative while doing SML, but I feel more engaged and inclined to focus because it is something I am interested in. I think that throughout the project, I have learned that I enjoy learning at my own pace and being able to choose I topic that I know that I will focus on it better for me to insure that I will get work done. I think having a mentor who has knowledge on your topic helps you when you have questions that you couldn’t necessarily learn online.

MINP – March #1 – Animal Farm Character Analysis – Boxer

Animal Farm Character Analysis

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Animal Farm by George Orwell tells a story about a farm who is originally run by a human named Mr. Jones, but is later overthrown by the animals on the farm. Although it is based off of the Russian Revolution, it shows a new perspective and teaches important lessons to the readers. PrintAnimal farm showed how the revolution affected the public/animals on the farm. For my character analysis I decided to look deeper into the life of a hard working individual who made helped put the revolution into action, Boxer. Although Boxer wasn’t the brains of the farm, he used his strength to always contribute to the farm.

Horses are universally known for their strength, and Boxer is definitely no exception. Boxer was a devoted part of the farm, who’s strength was a great asset to the rebellion and the farm. As soon as Animalism was introduced to the farm, he throws himself into the rebellion and helping make the farm a better place. During the Battle of the Cowshed, Boxer proves himself to be a valuable part of the farm. He unknowingly knocked a boy unconsciously causing his death. Boxer was never blood thirsty and felt great remorse when he sets his eyes upon the boy. “He is dead,” said Boxer sorrowfully. “I had no intention of doing that. I forgot that I was wearing iron shoes. Who will believe that I did not do this on purpose?” (Pg.56, Orwell) His maxim “I will work harder” is known all around the farm, and inspires and encourages the other animals to try to work as hard as Boxer.

Boxer represents the working class during the Russian Revolution who did the most work during the rebellion. I think the reason Boxer dies in the story was because Orwell thought that if he did, the readers would realise the cruelty that the people suffered from during the Russian Revolution. Boxer’s mind was clouded with his loyalty to Napoleon which lead to his death. In the beginning of the novel Old Major warns Boxer that he is disposable. “the very day that those great muscles of yours lose their power, Jones will send you to the knacker, who will cut your throat and boil you down for the fox-hounds” (pg. 30,Orwell). Once Jones is forced off of the farm, Boxer believes that the threat is gone, but what he did not realise was that he had a whole new species to deal with.

Boxer’s great strength, is match by his equally naiveté. He is not a very intelligent animal, and could only learn the first three letters in the alphabet, but Boxer was still considered a very big figure on the farm, and I think one of the reasons that Napoleon sold Boxer to the knackers was not only for the money, but that he could help start another revolution with the help of Clover. “He was not of first-rate intelligence, but he was universally respected for his steadiness of character and tremendous powers of work” (Pg. 26, Orwell) His hopes of retiring with Benjamin quickly disappear as soon as he realises he is being lead to his death. His death is a very good example of Napoleon’s tyranny.

Once Boxer is sent away on the horse-slaughterer truck, all of the animals are enraged, but once again Napoleon sends Squealer to convince them otherwise. From there, the farm continued to diminish. The pigs used the money from selling Boxer to buy a case of whiskey. Boxer gave the animals inspiration to work harder. Boxer is a character that every person can relate to and grow to love throughout the book.

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January M(INP) #2 – We Are All Made of Molecules – Playlist

In the book We Are All Made of Molecules by Susin Nielsen is about a boy who had to make the transition to a new school because he and his father moved in with his father’s girlfriend. He is considered a ‘genius’ and can’t understand social behavior. His new home comes with a disgusted sort of sister who finds him irritating. He has to deal with his loneliness one problem at a time. I chose to make a playlist showing how he was feeling and how he overcame his issues.

 

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The first song: Beautiful by Christina Aguilera shows how you should be confident in your body and don’t care what others think. It says “I am beautiful, no matter what they say, words can’t bring me down”.

The second song Alien by Brittany Spears talks about how you can feel alone or isolated and how you can break free. It talks about how you aren’t alone in the world.

The third song All By Myself by Eric Carmen talks about alone and how it feels. The person doesn’t want to be all alone and by himself.

The fourth and fifth songs  Dancing with Myself by Billy Idol, and I Want to Dance With Somebody by Whitney Houston contradict each other, Dancing With Myself says that it is okay to be alone and to be confident while being so, while  I Want to Dance With Somebody shows how lonely they are and how they need someone to be close to.

The sixth song Need You Now by Lady Antbellum proves how the main character Stewert feels when he misses his mother who had passed away a year before.

The seventh song Never Going to Leave This Bed by Maroon 5 shows how Stewert felt after his first day of school which didn’t go well for him, he was bullied and he missed his old friends.

The final song Mean by Taylor Swift wraps up the playlist by giving a feel how Stewert felt when he stood up to his bully and stood up for himself.

(M)INP January Blog Post #1 – To Kill a Mockingbird

*Spoiler Alert*

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By: Harper Lee

This book is one that most people read sometime in their life. The book was set in the early 1930s in Southern Alabama, when America was hit by the Great Depression. It is told first person by a six-year-old girl with a very distinct personality. This book focuses on the long lasting battle of right and wrong. Her father’s determination as a lawyer, and honest man, to defend a Negro accused of raping a white girl, is what makes Scout look up to him. What actually happened between the colored man and the girl is unknown and the reader is left piecing the story by themselves. “First of all,” he said, “if you can learn a simple trick, Scout, you’ll get along a lot better with all kinds of folks. You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view, until you climb into his skin and walk around in it.” (Lee: Pg. 85-87)

This book shows how the law worked back in the early 1930’s, that a colored man almost meant nothing compared to a white man’s. Negros were often accused of something that they were not guilty of. Atticus wasn’t a hero, he didn’t have superpowers that many novels need. He was inspirational, just because he was such a good person. His words could instantly impact his children, he viewed the world in a way that didn’t discriminate and didn’t judge. “This time we aren’t fighting the Yankees, we’re fighting our friends. But remember this, no matter how bitter things get, they’re still our friends and this is still our home.” (Lee: Pg. 27)

This book communicates the differences between the past and present. The good in Atticus makes him want to defend a man who no one else would. He stood up for what what was right even though everyone else thought he was crazy. Although he knew that there was a little chance of succeeding, he went to the courthouse and made his best defence. “People generally see what they look for and hear what they listen for, and they have the right subject their children to it, but I can assure you of one: you will receive what you see and hear in silence or you will leave this courtroom.” (Lee: Pg 174)