Plagiarism Article (Task 1-3)

Plagiarising Article

Task #1

by Emma Keller

Did you know a polar bear can actually mate successfully with a brown bear and the resulting offspring is fertile. A polar bear is a large, white bear that lives in regions where the sea freezes in winter, chiefly along the northern coasts and islands of Alaska, Canada, Greenland, Norway, and Russia. The 25,000 live in 19 separate populations. Polar bears are interesting because polar bears are built for really the cold weather, polar bears can walk a lot, and they hunt well.

Polar bears are interesting because polar bears are built for really the cold weather. They experience almost no heat loss because of their two layers of fur and layer of blubber that is about 4.5 inches thick. In the Arctic the bears live in total darkness between October and February where the temperature can drop as low as -50 F in winter. Their blubber makes it so they’ll overheat if they run.

My second reason why polar bears are interesting is because they have amazing endurance. Polar bears mostly walk slowly to hunt their favorite prey, the seal. In hotter months, the bears will walk hundreds of miles to find solid spreads of ice. For several days in a row, they can walk about 20 miles daily. They can run at speeds up to 35 miles an hour for short bursts. Polar bears have even been tracked swimming up to 60 miles at a time, and at up to speeds of 6 miles per hour.

Polar bears also hunt very well. As said earlier, polar bears feed mainly on seals. In the springtime, polar bears mainly hunt young seals near their dens. When they get older, seals are hunted at holes in the ice when they come up for air. Polar bears may surprise seals resting on floating ice by swimming up and pouncing on them. Although this is true, polar bears rarely kill people.

To conclude polar bears are interesting because polar bears are built for really the cold weather, polar bears can walk a lot, and they hunt well.



Plagiarising Article

Task #2

by Emma Keller


Do you know what a polar bear is? Most people know this is a bear that is white and lives in the North pole. But do you really know the full capabilities of Ursus maritimus or the animal we know as the polar bear. The amazing capabilities of the polar bear includes their resistance against the freezing temperatures of the north pole, their amazing physical abilities and endurance, and their astonishing hunting skills.

Although Polar Bears most likely evolved from the grizzly bear ( facts shown in successful hybrid breeding) the polar bear is much more adapted for the below freezing temperatures they face on a daily basis.  Their body’s heat is contained two thick layers of hide and a four to five inch layer of fat (blubber) that contains the body heat like a thermos.   In the article from how stuff work they explain that “The bears live in total darkness between October and February, and the temperature can drop as low as -50 F (-45 C) in winter.” This shows that although their habitat has extremely cold conditions they live through it.

Another amazing capability of the polar bear is it’s unbelievable physical abilities and endurance. In a day the average polar bear can walk about 20 miles in search of their prey. Not only this but polar bears are incredible swimmers that can swim up to 6 miles an hour and swim 60 miles consecutively. Although Polar bears can run up to 35 miles an hour they can only do it for a little or they will overheat because of their blubber.

Polar bears can also hunt extremely well. As said earlier polar bears will walk for miles in search of prey. Their diet consists mainly on seals but they also eat birds, deer, berries, seaweed, whales, and in very few cases other polar bears. Young seals are mainly hunted in the spring near their dens. But, older seals are hunted when they come up for air on the ice. Polar bears rarely kill humans contrary to common belief.

To conclude, the amazing capabilities of the polar bear includes their resistance against the freezing temperatures of the north pole, their amazing physical abilities and endurance, and their astonishing hunting skills.




MLA Citations


Julia Layton “How Polar Bears Work” 1 April 2008. <


Derocher, AE 2017, ‘Polar bear’ , World Book Student, World Book, Chicago, viewed 6 February 2017,


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Task #3

by Emma Keller


What surprised you?


What surprised me was that I have plagiarised, many times, without understanding or knowing that I had.


What did you already know?


I already knew that doing the ‘Denny’s Sample’ or that copying and pasting was plagiarism, but I didn’t know the full extent of plagiarism.


What did you learn from the plagiarism reports?


What I learned from the plagiarism report is many of the different types of plagiarism and the ways to avoid and stop plagiarising.


What are you still curious about?


Are there still other ways to plagiarise? How many people have gotten in trouble with plagiarism without purposely plagiarising.





 Quarter 1


Writing Formative 1

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Things I did well

I think I did well at developing my characters

Things to work on

I need to work on using symbolism to connect with a theme and building up the intense parts of my story



Writing Formative 2

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Things I did well at
Developing my characters

Things I need to work on

I need to work on  using symbolism, mood, sentence structure, and making the beginning of the story more interesting and make more sense.



Writing Summative

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What am I proud of? 

I’m proud that I was finally able to use symbolism in my story to improve it

Areas for improvement 

I hope to improve the structure of my story and to have better word choice



Poem assessment


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Things I’m proud of

Im proud of using lots of imagery and making my poem engaging

Things I can work on

I can work on more personification and alliteration


Argument Summative

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Things I did well

I think that I did well at organization and elaboration

Things I will work on

I think I can work on my conclusion and hook

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Strengths – I did well at using descriptive language, having good word choice, and using voice

Improvements – Having a better overall idea

Writing Summative : Informational Essay 

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I think that I did well at focusing on an idea and using supporting points that focus on the main idea


I think that I could do better at elaborating for my reasons why it doesn’t work


DEJ Formative 1 

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I had a  good background and personal/real world connection.


Explain the authors intent and elaborate more


DEJ Formative 2

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good intent, connections




Written Soliloquy

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What I did good at

Integration of Shakespearian language

What to improve on

My explanation in the written part


Summative DEJ

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What I did well at

I did well at the 2nd and 3rd paragraphs

What I need to work on

The real world connection



Quarter 1 


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Reading Formative  Reflection


Things I did well at

I think I did well at inferring and comprehending the text. I think I also did well at choosing my quotes.

Things to work on

Think that next time I will highlight or color code my writing as well as putting my opinion, quote, and “so what?” in order.



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Reading Summative Reflection


Things I did well on

I think I did well on analysing the text and using evidence to support my answers

Things I could improve on

Something I could improve on is organising my time because towards the end of the assessment I felt really rushed and almost didn’t finish in time.

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Reading Summative Reflection 

Things I did well at

I think I did well at following the structure

Things I can improve on

I think I can work on elaborating more

Book club: entry 1

Please use this link:

Book club final grade – ME

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Strengths – I think that my strengths were remembering to read every night, being engaged in the discussion, and being an active listener.

Challenges – I think that some challenges were paraphrasing, asking “what made you think that?” and, using meta-cognition.

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Shakespeare Day and Soliloquy Presentations

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What to work on

Making more gestures, knowing what I present by heart (memorize), eye contact, pacing

What I did well on

clarity, volume,  modulation


Newsela Article Formative

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What I did well at

Reading comprehension

What I need to work on

writing at the right time

Newsela Test

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What I need to work on reading comprehension



LA Goals 2016 – 17

Quarter 1 Goals


Reading: I want to read at least 6 books from different genres during this quarter. The evidence will be my reading log.

Writing: This quarter I want to add at least 10 words from my wonder words wall into my writing, I will show this by highlighting the wonder words in my text.

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Improvements for next time:

Physical Presence – I need to use more facial expressions and body movement during the presentation

Eye Contact – I need to use more eye contact during the presentation


Quarter 2 Goals


Reading: I want to read at least 8 books from different genres during this quarter. The evidence will be my reading log.


Writing: This quarter I want to add at least 10 words from my wonder words wall into my writing, I will show this by highlighting the wonder words in my text.




Quarter 4 Goals


Reading: I want to read a biography, a short story, and an empathy book during this quarter. The evidence will be my reading log.


Writing: This quarter, I want to use the reasoning, quote/fact, so what in my writing. I would show this through highlighting.


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What I have improved at and need to improve

I have really improved at using gestures but I could improve further


Wonder Words Wall

Christine by Stephen King

Word count : 194,032 (3 books)

Yodel  = A frosted, cream-filled cake

Frowsy = A scruffy, neglected appearance

Contemptuous = Showing contempt

Plumes = Long cloud of gas or vapour resembling a feather

Recant = To say you do not hold a belief that you once had ( someone considered crazy)

Trumpery = Something flashy but meaning less

Chromed = Chromium-plated

Clout = A heavy blow with a hard object

Rapprochement = A agreement by opposing forces

Freshets = Freshmen

Peroration = Made to inspire people (concluding paragraph)

A Child called “It” by Dave Pelzer

Word count : 32,404 (1 book)

Scour = Suffer from diarrhoea

Ammonia = A cleaning fluid

Blitzed = Intoxicated, related to alcohol and drugs

Ode to the Queen by Kyleigh Castronaro

Word count : 72,590 (1 book) 

Primordial = Existing from the beginning of time

Pompous = Self – important

Volatile =  Unpredictable

Peripherals = related to the periphery of something

Animosity = Strong hostility

Grandiose = Impressive appearance

Petulant = Childishly sulky

Cavorting = To move excitedly

Innate = Inborn

Impervious =Not allowing liquids to pass through

Usurp = To take illegally

Tumultuous = An uproar

Levy = To impose

In Times Like These by Nathan Van Coops 

Word count : 148,294 (2 books)

Innumerable = Too many to count

Tweed = Rough woollen cloth

Congealed = Semi – solid

Banyan = A type of tree

Proprietor = Owner of a business or property

Chronometer = Devices that measure time

Bilge = Nonsense Rapt = Complete attention

Berol = A pencil British pencil company

Faber = Word for smith

Dixon = A name meaning the son of Richard

Ticonderoga = A community of northeast New York between Lake George and Lake Champlain

In Between by Jenny Jones

Word count : 95,201 (1 book)

Tandem = A bicycle made for two people to ride

Plight = Dangerous

Geriatric = Relating to elderly people

Scorned = The feeling that someone is worthless

The Wild Princess by Mary Perry

Word Count : 136,290 (2 books)

Haemorrhage = Escape of blood from ruptured spine

Honiton = A city in South Africa

Muslin = Light cotton fabric

Asinine = Really stupid

Fenian = A member of a revolutionary nationalist group among the Irish

Funereal = The mournful character appropriate for a funeral

Apoplexy = Unconsciousness due to cerebral haemorrhage or stroke

Ponderous = Slow due to a large weight

Lye = Strong alkaline solution used for cleaning

Balmoral = A type of round hat

Reticule = A small handbag

Stipend = A fixed sum for allowance or salary

Nonpartisan = Not biased

Velocipede = Early form of the  bicycle

Brusque = Abrupt speech or manner

Platonic = Connected to Plato and his ideas

Carrion = A Carcass

Mercurial = Sudden mood swings

Abysmally = Extremely bad

Uncouth = Lacking manners

Flowertown by S. G. Redling

Word Count : 157,853 (3 books)

Proletariat = Working class people

Opiate = containing opium (drug)

Odious = extremely unpleasant

Tepid = Slightly water liquid

Enamel = Translucent glassy substance applied to metallic objects for protective coating

Anecdote = Short amusing story about an incident or a person

Detox = Short for Detoxification or detoxify

Arbitrary = Random choice or personal whim

Subterranean = existing under earth’s surface

Troglodyte = Person who lived in a cave (prehistoric times)

Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen

Word count : 119,529 (1 b00k)

Effectual = A desired result

Counteract = Act against

Imprudence = not showing care for the consequences of an action

Annuities = a fixed sum of money paid to someone each year (long period of time)

Jointure = land settled on a wife for the period during which she survives her husband

Zealously = showing zeal

Insinuations = An unpleasant hint

Infirmity = Weakness

Ascertained = Find out for certain

Picturesque = Visually attractive

Nabobs = Muslim official

Mohrs = Made up word

Sussex = Former County in England

moiety – one of two equal parts

sanguine – very cheerful

diminution – decreasing or reducing something

affix – attach to

boisterous – noisy and lacking in restraint or discipline

infirmity – being weak in health or body

languid – lack of spirit

insipid – lacking interest

extol – praise

importunate – making urgent requests

assuage – provide relief from pain

veracity – honesty

dupe – a person who was tricked

alacrity – liveliness

incumbent – the official who holds an office

thither – going toward that place

collation – a light informal meal

laudable – worthy of praise

The French Confection by Anthony Horowitz

 Word count : 21,824

Charon =  Greek mythology, Hades’s ferry man of the dead souls

Agatha Christie’s Secret Notebooks by John Curran

Word Count : 153,760

Decalogue = The ten commandments

Claimant = A person making a claim

Idiosyncrasy = A way of thinking that is different from everyone else’s

Sartorial = A style

Prose = Dull writing

Pedantic = like pedant

Facetiousness = Treating a serious illness with humour

Contemporaneous = existing in the same time period

Toxicology = science of poison

Biro = A type of ballpoint pen

Apomorphine – a white crystalline compound used as an emetic

Dictaphone – a small cassette recorder

Haphazard – lacking any obvious principle of organization

Idolatry – worship of idols

Macabre – disturbing because of depiction of death

Juxtaposition  – two things being placed close together with contrasting effect

Eponymous – giving their name to something

Meandering – following a winding course

Coalesce – come together and form one mass or whole

Genesis – the first book of the Bible

Dramatization – adapt a book into a play or movie

Précis –summary or abstract of a text or speech.

Serialization – publish a story in regular installments

The Giver by Lois Lowry

Word Count : 74,400

Palpable – Something that you can feel

Wheedle – To entice flattery

Tabulated – To put in tablet form

Disquieting – To disturb

Scrupulously – To have moral integrity

Meticulously – Very carefully

Unwind by Neal Shusterman

Word Count : 119,040

Boeuf - French word for beef

AWOL – Acronym for  Absent Without Official Leave

Sonata – A composition for a soloist

Baritone – A male voice between tenor and bass

Combust – Consume with fire

Occipital – Back of head or skull

Parietal – relating to the body cavity  of the parietal lobe

Cerebellum – the part of the brain at the back of the skull in vertebrates

Thalamus – two masses of gray matter lying between the cerebral hemispheres

Hypothalamus – a region of the forebrain below the thalamus that coordinates both the autonomic nervous system

Hippocampus –the elongated ridges on the floor of each lateral ventricle of the brain

Medulla – the inner region of an organ or tissue

Tithe – a tenth of an individual’s income pledged to the church.

The Surrender Tree by Margarita Engle

Word Count : 119,040

Barracoon – an enclosure which slaves were confined in

Cholera – a fatal bacterial disease typically contracted from infected water

Oleander – a poisonous shrub that is grown in warm countries for its flowers.

Indigo – a tropical plant of the pea family

Leprosy – a contagious disease that affects the skin

Tetanus – a bacterial disease

Jaundice – envy.

Diphtheria – a bacterial disease

A Special Fate: Chiune Sugihara: Hero of the Holocaust by Alison Gold

Word Count : 58,900

Helsinki – the capital of Finland

Rancid – smelling or tasting unpleasant 

Valise – a small traveling bag or suitcase.

Diminutive – extremely or unusually small

Travail – painful or laborious effort

 Stories on the Go : 101 Very Short Stories by 101 Authors

Word Count : 201,840 

emaciated – abnormally thin or weak,due to illness or a lack of food

kaput – broken

tedium – the state of being tedious

quizzical – a person’s expression or behavior of mild or amused puzzlement

deluge – the biblical flood, heavy rainfall, a great quantity of something arriving at once

phlebotomy – a surgical opening of a vein in order to withdraw blood or to introduce a fluid

cylindrical – Having straight parallel sides and a circular cross-section

neophyte – a person new to a subject or activity

harrumph – clear throat noisily

narcolepsy – a condition characterized by an extreme tendency to fall asleep

euphoric – feelings of intense excitement and happiness

transcendent – surpassing the ordinary

mycology – study of fungi

philately – study of postage stamps

deltiologist – postcard collector (hobby)

phillumenist – postcard collector (hobby)

striper – another term for stripped bass

blanched – to make white or pale

seascape – view of expanse of sea

eke – to make an amount last longer by using or consuming it frugally

karmic – relating to karma

equilibrium – a state in which opposing forces are balanced

amnesiac – a person experiencing memory loss

monotony – lack of variety or interest

weltschmerz – a felling of melancholy

lusitania – an ancient roman province

ineptitude – lack of skill or ability

algorithm – a process to be followed in calculations

hydraulics – a branch of science concerned with conveyance of liquids through pipes and channels

torque – a neck ornament consisting of a band of twisted metal

noumenon – a thing as it is in itself

 Masque by W.R. Gingell

Word Count : 202,080

Tacit – understood or implied without being stated

Triad – a set of three connected people or things

Adroitly – skillful in using the hands or mind

Sirrah – a term of address for a man or boy younger or of lower status than the speaker.

Gaol – Jail

Puerility – childishly silly

Lummox – a clumsy and/or stupid person (insult)

Ramrod – a rod for ramming down the charge of a muzzleloading firearm

Obdurate – stubbornly refusing to change one’s opinion

Furlough – leave of absence

Accrue – sums of money being received by someone in regular or increasing amounts over time

Citizenry – A citizen

Proclivity – predisposition toward a particular thing

Pugnacious – eager to argue

Bauble –  small showy trinket or decoration

Lackadaisically – lacking enthusiasm and determination

Trepidation – a feeling of fear or agitation about something that may happen

Consternation – feelings of anxiety

Scintillating – sparkling or shining brightly

Truancy – sparkling or shining brightly

Adage – a short statement expressing a general truth


Lord of the Flies by William Golding

Word Count: 59,900

efflorescence – blooming of flowers, state of flowering

enmity – deep seated hatred; State of being an enemy

decorous – exhibiting appropriate behavior or conduct

chorister – a singer or leader of a choir

bastion – a stronghold or fortification; similar to a stronghold

ebullience – zestful or spirited enthusiasm

recrimination – the act of accusing in return; opposing another charge

tumult – commotion of a great crowd; disorder

tirade – a long angry or violent speech; a diatribe

inscrutable – difficult to understand, mysterious

vicissitudes – a change or variation; unexpected changes in life

declivities – downward slopes, as of a hill

tacit – not spoken; implied by actions or statements

furtive – secret and sly or sordid

flaunt – display proudly

blatant – without any attempt at concealment; completely obvious

preposterous – inviting ridicule

incredulous – not disposed or willing to believe; unbelieving



Quizlet Vocab Test : 1 – September 6, 2016

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Quizlet Vocab Test : 2 – September 15, 2106

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Quizlet Vocab Test : 3 – September 23, 2016

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Quizlet Vocab Test : 4 – October 3, 2016

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Quizlet Vocab Test : 5 – October 20, 2016

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Quizlet Vocab Test : 6 – November 4, 2016

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Quizlet Vocabulary Test: 7 – March 22, 2017

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Quizlet Vocabulary Test: 8 – May 15, 2017

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Quizlet Vocab Test: 9 – May 23, 2017

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Quizlet Vocab Test: 10 – May 29, 2017

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Community Centre for Refugees in HK Final



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Written Reflection:

2) Explain who your design is for. Who makes up the particular community? (You may have to do some research or think back to Ms. Chan’s talk)

Our design is made for refugee families, single refugees, refugees because of persecution based on race, religion, nationality, or politics.

We made this community centre for all the refugees in Hong Kong that have living spaces as small as single sized beds or smaller.

3) Explain what your design is inspired by. What ideas and inspirations helped shape your design? Use specific examples from your model to share.

Our design was inspired by a picture of a building that had a green roof. The building had two sides that were almost looked like a circle. As the design I liked the idea of having one side completely covered in see through solar panels. We also liked the idea of having wood in our model as if to hold up our building so we made our model it adapted into having wooden poles. Another inspiration was my grandparents house in Japan. At the side of the garage there is a small group of bamboo trees growing. i when ever I think of the bamboo it relaxes me and gives me a sense of security . I wanted to give the refugees this feeling so I added this into our project.

4) Explain where you envision your design to be located (in Hong Kong) AND how that shaped your building design (Think back to Mr. Leung’s talk)

We envisioned that our design would be located in Central. The back of the community centre building would face the harbor so the people i the apartments can face the ocean and the beautiful view. This helped shape our building because we knew that the apartment complex would have to be a high rise apartment.

5) Explain why your building is relevant. What needs are you meeting and how are you doing that?

There are many needs that we are meeting with our design such as fun with our pool and playground within the community centre, religion because we offer praying rooms where you are allowed to any god you believe in, medical needs with a nurses office, phycological needs with a counselor , food with the roof top garden or green roof, and electricity with see through solar panels.

6) How are you addressing the need of beauty in your design? (How is your design contributing to making life more beautiful?)

I think that we address the need for beauty with the unique design of our building. I think that after this project I have learned that architecture ins’t just building buildings. Architecture is a form of art which’s skills only few buildings (10%) possess. These buildings have the ability to make people walking by stop for a moment and say “wow, that’s a cool building.” I think that most people need art and beauty to distract their minds from the world. I think that our building fits into the small ten percent that is our common architecture.

7) What design element are your most proud of?

I think that the design element I am most proud of in is the simple but resourceful design of the building. With just foam board, card, wood sticks, and plastic sheet could create such an essential part of our design is my favorite part of my project.

8) What design element needs further refinement and improvement?

I think that the trees we made should should have been worked on for longer. The bridge also could have been improved in my opinion. We also could have used more green wires for bamboo.

9) In your opinion, how important is architecture? Provide a definition of architecture and explain its relevance in your life and in our society.

As I said architecture is an art and an important art that you can just spend a minute looking at freeing your mind and take the stress off your shoulders. You don’t need to go to a museum and it’s right there. I think architecture is also very important to our community in Hong Kong because we depend on our sky line to attract tourists.


Architectural Form

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  • Who is it for? MS students that have break refugees , that come on Saturdays , socialising, LP students playing
  • What is the design? stairs that go down into a space with three basketball hoops, a playground, and two soccer goals
  • Where is it? in the middle of the school 0 floor, is open air
  • Why was it made? so the middle school students have somewhere to play/go to during break and lunch
  • Do you notice anything that could be improved about the space? Add your critique about the space. Instead of three basketball hoops in random areas they should make them alined. I also think that the stairs and steps leading down into the amphitheatre are very dangerous and many people have gained injuries due to these stairs/steps

Architectural Sculpture

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  • Who is the architect? Henry Bacon
  • Where is it located? Washington D.C.
  • What year was it constructed? 1914 – 1920
  • What materials were used? marble
  • What is the history of the architectural form? The building is in the form of a Greek Doric temple
  • What is the purpose? to honour the memory of Abraham Lincoln
  • Share memorable features or stories that make it more interesting to you. The final design of the Lincoln Memorial had thirty-six exterior columns to symbolize the thirty-six reunited states at the time of Lincoln’s death. The names of those states appear in the frieze above the columns. The Lincoln Memorial as the site of Martin Luther King’s “I Have a Dream” speech

Book art – final

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  1. What techniques are you using to create your sculpture? Collage, Cutting
  2. Evaluate your craftsmanship – how much care and attention to detail are you putting into your sculpture?I care fully cut out each page
  3. Evaluate your time management -did you using your time? yes I think I managed my time wisely