Monday, October 27, 2014

Enduring Stories, Are They Better?

LINK to slides (presentations).

Why do enduring stories survive over time?
       Stories that endure over time have an element in them that intrigue people to read or listen. Civilisations share them from generation to generation. In the Mesopotamian times, stories were told about heroism, and how people achieved certain quests, or activities. When reading a story from this time, or any other time in the past, you learn something. Gilgamesh's story tells us of how he at first wanted his voyages engraved in walls, and then shortly after that, he wanted immortality. The amount of greed he stored in himself was extravagant! Though throughout the story, he learns that all of these things, in the end, do not make you happy. To finalise the king's epic journey, he realises that a family and friends are much more important than all the other wishes he had. The last chapter tells us that Gilgamesh got married, and to make it even better, he got a baby!
       Another reason that stories are known from thousands of years is because they are written down. Even in Mesopotamian times, they had tablets or walls to engrave illustrations or written words of a specific story, They had writers and illustrators that recorded the story as not everyone in this civilisation knew how to write and/or draw correctly.

To what extent is the history of ancient civilisations a story about progress? 
       Sharing stories through written words, illustrations, verbally, or on technology has changed the experience people receive when being told or reading a story. The way it is shared has progressed a great deal. At first, the experience was talking to other people. Using your memory to try to remember how a specific story went, was a crucial thing in the past. As many inventors created new ways to record the stories, there is, and was, no chance that the story could change.
       Since the Mesopotamian times, we've had tablets, walls and columns to carve in stories. Next we had materials such as papyrus, which was on of the first forms of paper, paper, books, newspapers, and lastly technology. When reading about Gilgamesh, I noticed that they used tablets and walls to engrave a journey in the object. For this they used specific people to do that, as very few citizens knew how to write or draw.
       Additionally, progress has been shown within the story as well. In Mesopotamian times and in Ancient Greek times, characters teach us a moral, or a lesson. They do this by progressing and/or changing. In Gilgamesh's tale, he is at first a very greedy man. Throughout the variety of quests he goes on, he learns different things that help him progress and change into a better person. Luckily, at the end of his story, he ends up happily with a family. This showed me that he turned into a better person.

ALL image sources:
LINK to Book vs Technology
LINK to Book
LINK to question mark
LINK to exclamation point
LINK to full stop
LINK to globe
LINK to like and reblog button
LINK to Zeus with thunderbolt
LINK to auditorium filled with people VOTING

ALL image sources:
LINK to thinking bubble
LINK to wood
LINK to clay pot
LINK to metal
LINK to plastic bottles
LINK to crown
LINK to nano carbons
LINK to question mark
LINK to rock
LINK to tires

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Oi! Como Vai?

Hoje nós acabamos a dramatização. Este é uma projecto grande. O objetivo é mostrar o seu entendimento em uma dramatização. Eu trabalhei com a Nadya Marinkovic. Antes nós começamos de escrever o script, o filme e os clips, nós recebemos instruções.  A gente prescisava incluir uma dor, uma médica, e um paciente. Na dramatização, eu era a médica e Nadya era a paciente. Ela quebrou a perna direita quando ela correu mais rápido.
Se eu pudesse fazer isso de novo, eu iria melhorar o vídeo, e adicionar mais legendas, por que tem algumas coisas que você não entendeu o que as pessoas falaram.
Uma coisa eu gostei muito do projeto, e o cenário. Nadya e eu fomos no Office da Nurse, e na quadra de esportes por que a gente queria um vídeo realista.
O vídeo é muito legal, e eu acho que a Nadya gostou também.

LINK pra minha dramatização.

No meu popplet, eu falo nos tratamentos tradicionais e alternativos para as doenças. Adicionalmente, eu falo sobre tipos de remédios, partes do corpo, e doenças. Esta atividade era nas primeiras semanas da escola. Por que nesa atividade estava nas primeiras semanas, eu esqueci muitas palavras e verbos, então isso era um poquinho dificil. Mais eu trabalhei muito no meu popplet, e o produto final ficou muito bom.
A organização poderia ser melhor. É muito confuso quando você lê o mapa. Isso é uma coisa que eu queria fazer de novo.
No meu popplet, eu gosto muito das cores porque elas criam uma coisa interessante e bonita. Eu não quero mudar isso.
Para a primeira vez, eu gostei do meu projeto muito!

LINK pra meu popplet.

Friday, October 10, 2014

Electives: Learning For Fun!

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BYU Concert Choir
This semester, I'm taking the electives: Vocal Music, and Art & Clay. Both of these electives have been very interesting and very fun to take.

Something that I did well in these classes, is being a risk-taker. This is one of the main core values at Graded, though all are equally important. I did this by participating a lot and making sure I'm part of the class. In vocal music I tried out for a solo. The last time I tried out for a solo, I had forgotten the lines in front of the audience. Luckily, Ms. Mussete had let me sing the song again and then I did remember the lyrics. Because of the experience, I felt scared to try out again, though all my friends were really supportive and eventually I did try out. In art & clay I took a risk by taking this class. I hadn't had knowledge on clay and what to do with it. Throughout the classes I started learning about the material and how to use it effectively. Currently, I'm taking risks by trying out new concepts or skills. This could make my projects more interesting.

Reflecting upon the past 3 months, I would think that in vocal music, concentrating is sometimes a challenge. I have nearly all of my closest friends in this class. When Ms. Mussete is working with the high school boys on their part, my friends and I start chatting. If something funny is said, we'll start giggling. As soon as it is our turn, we could still be giggling, which wouldn't help us while singing... I could prevent this from happening if I start sitting farther away from my friends.

Here is the link to my art & clay website, which holds all of my projects.

Tuesday, October 07, 2014

Save Burle Marx Parque!

São Paulo Government
For Science this quarter, each student had to write an essay on an ecological problem in this world. I wrote about the major issue that is happening currently in São Paulo: the deforestation of Burle Marx Parque.
Before I actually knew, or researched about this project, I wasn't really that interested. I had just thought that this would just be another project to work on. Though now, after going through the whole process, I am very close to this subject. Knowing a variety of facts about the importance of this park, and having to write an essay about this subject, I feel like this park should be protected.
     In my essay, I did some things well, but there are also some things that I could improve. I received good overall grades, but on the criteria there were somethings that I could have done a lot better. For example, in my essay, I didn't include a lot of details on how to solve the problem in the future. To be honest, I hadn't really researched much into this area. The deforestation is a very recent issue, which results to there not being many sources on this issue.
     Something that I did well on though, is the writing. On the criteria, I'd used a lot of deep and expressive transition words. In addition, I had included many facts, and included a detailed analysis for each of the facts, so that it could easily flow in the essay.
     A core value that I demonstrated very well in this project, was being a critical thinker. Since this is a very recent issue, there wasn't that much information on the internet or from other sources. I had to be a critical thinker to connect main ecological issues related to the deforestation and try to add in facs whenever possible. This was challenging, but in the end I think I did very well in that area.
     As well as a positive core value, I think that there was also a core value that I could have improved on. Being Balanced in this process was pretty hard as well. I had to make sure that I was concentrated on the essay when working, so that it would turn out good. This project was due at the end of the quarter, which are usually stressful times. Not just science, but also in other classes such as art and clay, humanities, and Portuguese, I had important summative assignments due as well. Because I believed that an essay is more important that other things, I spent a lot of time on it. This made me loose track of my other assignments, leaving me to do them last minute. I hope that in the future I could change this situation by creating a mini schedule for homework, so I can work an even amount of time on each subject. 

To help this situation, please sign a petition, as this park should be saved! Here is the link to the petition, including some additional information.

Here is the link to my essay.

Here is a list of the sources of information I used:

"SOS Panamby | Facebook." 2014. 22 Sep. 2014 <>
"Parque Burle Marx." 2011. 22 Sep. 2014 <>
"SOS Panamby - Those are some animals that ... - Facebook." 2014. 22 Sep. 2014 <>
"Pollution in Sao Paulo, Brazil - Numbeo." 22 Sep. 2014 <>
Senhor. Roberto Delmanto, Jr
Mr. Prophet
Irma van Ballegooijen

The Spinner's Always a Mystery!

This activity was very fun. Again, I worked with Nadya Marinkovic on this activity.

Here is the link to the practice document.

Friday, October 03, 2014

Vampire Academy - Read It!

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This quarter in Humanities, we did many things, though the one that most stood out to me was being able to present a book I read this quarter. For my presentation, I talked about a fictional book, called 'Vampire Academy', by Richelle Mead. This is the first out of six books in the Vampire Academy series.

Why did you excel in this assignment?
I think I excelled in this assignment for many reasons. First of all, I was very prepared for my presentation. I had created a slide-show for the audience, so that it would be easier for them to follow along with what I was saying. I'd created a speech so that I knew what I would be talking about, and that I didn't loose track of what I was saying. In addition, I had lots of information to include in my presentation. Looking through the book, I had gathered specific details to answer my question, which I was assigned in the beginning of this project. This had given me extra points for my overall grade, as I hadn't been guessing what the exact text had said. To conclude, my presentation had been (in my opinion), very engaging. I'd made sure that it was easy to follow for the 7th grade, and for Mr. J. To make my presentation more interesting, I'd asked questions and had related my evidence to things that happen to kids at ages 11-13.

Throughout this project, a core value I demonstrated the most, is being responsible. Firstly, I had been prepared for my presentation, as I said before. Mr. J had instructed us to practice our talk a couple times, to make sure it was in the time limit and that we knew what we were saying. I'd listened , and that had helped me because I hadn't stumbled on any words while talking. Secondly, I indicated responsibility by bringing all my materials to school for the presentation. I had brought flashcards, and made sure my prezi was shared with Mr. J before it was my turn. Lastly, I showed responsibility during my presentation. I'd done this by making sure that the writing wasn't super informal, but not to informal as well. The details from the book weren't off topic, and related to the main question/theme the whole time. These were three different reasons that I have shows responsibility during my book presentation and the process involved with it.

LINK to the presentation

The Rainbow Revealed

For math, we recently completed a document all about probability. I did this with the members of my table.

Being an innovative person to come up for answers to the last question was a challenge. I had to change the game to make sure it becomes fair. Even though I completed this on my own, I still had some help from my peers. They guided me to an answer, while not saying it aloud.

Here is the link to the document.

Analyzing a Game:  Before and After...

Step 1:  Learn the rules to this game:
rules:  each person picks a color, and starts on Orange.  Player 1 flips a coin three times and moves his piece to the right for each heads, and to the left for each tails.  If the player lands on the color he/she chose in the beginning, he/she wins a point.
Player 2 repeats the process.

Step 2:  Discuss with your partner and answer the following questions before playing:

  1. Do you think that one color is a better choice than the others?
Yes. Every colour except for orange occurs twice, so the probability of getting yellow purple or green is higher than the probability of getting orange.

  1. Do you think there is a color that you should not pick?
Yes. I think that you should not pick orange, as it has the smallest probability

Step 3:  Play the game as a class.  Mr. Hancock will play against the whole class.

Step 4:  Complete these statements:

  1. Before playing the game, I thought…
That you could get every colour except for orange.

  1. Now I think…
That you can only get yellow or purple. It is impossible to get the colours green and orange.

  1. How is this game connected to positive and negative integers?
This is connected because if you lose a point, then you are subtracting, but when you gain a point you are adding.


One way to analyze probability, is to count how many distinct possible outcomes there are in a situation.

  1. How many distinct possible outcomes can you count in Color-Rama?
There are 8 possible outcomes.
There may be more than one way to get certain colors.
A helpful way to count all of the possibilities is to make a tree diagram.  
Use this tree diagram to calculate the probability of landing on each color in the game:
  1. Can you figure out the color for each outcome from this diagram?
  1. yellow
  2. purple
  3. purple
  4. purple
  5. purple
  6. purple
  7. purple
  8. yellow
  1. What is the probability of each of the four colors in the game?
Orange: 1/7
Purple: 2/7
Green: 2/7
Yellow: 2/7
  1. How could you change the rules to Color-Rama to make it a ‘fair game’ ?  (discuss or research what ‘fair game’ really means before you answer?
Flip the coin 2 times, take-away one of the yellow’s, and then make orange just a tile.

Gilgamesh, the Epic Hero He Is

How is Gilgamesh an epic hero?
Gilgamesh is an epic hero, because he is brave, he went on impossible journeys to achieve greatness and he has an ‘epic’ flaw. Gilgamesh is brave, because he fought many mythical creatures and beasts. With his friend, Enkidu, he went on quests to seek out the creatures and destroy them. In addition, another factor of being an epic hero, is to go on many impossible journeys. Gilgamesh went by himself to seek out the key to immortality. He had to pass through a tunnel of darkness, for 12 leagues, and dive down in to a see to get a tiny plant, which eventually got eaten by a snake. Not missing the fact that he also went on journey’s with Enkidu. Finally, he also has an ‘epic’ flaw. Gilgamesh is very selfish. His selfishness made him go on all these impossible journey’s, as he wanted power and fame. He wanted to be remembered. Most of the battles he fought, and the journey’s he went on were all his idea. He wanted to kill the beast of the cedar forest, though it was not harming his village. Luckily, he survived and killed the animal. As a result, he go the attention of the Goddess Ishtar, though he didn’t like her that much. Ishtar got mad and sent the Bull of Heaven to destroy him, though Gilgamesh killed the creature. All these different examples make Gilgamesh a step closer to becoming an epic hero.

How do the values of ancient Mesopotamian society compare to our values today?
In Gilgamesh’s time, power and fame was a key to making your name be remembered. In the present time, it’s the same. People who can do something really well, or did something that no one else has done are remembered. For example, Michael Jackson, who was a very talented singer and dancer, is still remembered. Jackson invented a couple of dance moves, and sang many famous songs like ‘Love Never Felt So Good’, ‘Beat It’, and ‘Thriller’. Another example is Usain Bolt, who is an olympic Jamaican sprinter. He is the first man ever to hold the 100 AND the 200 meter sprint world records. Everyone who is interested in these different things knows about these people. In the Mesopotamian times, things like defeating people in a war or a one-to-one battle were things that would make you remembered. Though they are all different things that could make you remembered, they were still things that COULD make you remembered. 
Secondly, religion is something that is valued a lot in the Mesopotamian times, and now. In the past, the religion was to warship the Gods, though now a days, there are many more religions. Christians, Jews and Muslim are just three examples! A study shows that there are "roughly 4,200 religions" in the world. In 2800 B.C. (Gilgamesh's time), the civilisation did many things to pay their respects to the Gods. They'd pray to the Gods, to ask them for help, advice, or guidance in a quest, or a task. The society sacrificed things to the Gods, such as animals. Some people went to temples to pay their respects as well. Now a days, people pray as well, and some may give sacrifices to whomever they believe in. As well as these things, they also go to church, mosques, or temples. In our civilisation there is a lot more diversity in cultures and religion than there was in Gilgamesh's civilisation.
Lastly, love and family is something that is very important, and that was valued in the past, and in the present. In the book: "Gilgamesh the Hero", where I learned lots about Gilgamesh's time, shows me examples on how the people who lived in Gilgamesh's society reacted to this. When Gilgamesh and Enkidu were going to start their journey to kill the beast of the timber forest, Gilgamesh's mother found Enkidu and asked him to take care of Gilgamesh. Enkidu had made sure that Gilgamesh had stayed safe, even though Gilgamesh had done many things that put him in dangerous positions. I'm inferring that the amount of love that goes to a family is equal, no matter what time you live in. Family and love is always important. In my family, we help each other out with multiple things such as homework, personal problems, or something simple like riding a bike. A family, and love are very important things in everyone's life. If you don't have a family, you always have some kind of love. 

Thursday, October 02, 2014

Futsal, Let's Play!

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For my colour, I chose gold. To me, this colour represents accomplishment and achievement. This fits with this unit, because in the beginning, I knew nothing about futsal, but now I understand more about the rules and different ways to strategise. I also know how to pass more accurately, and how to get the ball to SCORE! For me, this is a sign of achievement, and accomplishment.

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The symbol I chose for this Unit, is people holding hands. In futsal, the players on one team have to combine all their effort to score and win. Holding hands is a sign of teamwork, and that you need all the players to be able to win. Going solo can sometimes be good, but by working together you'll be able to do many more things than when you do things alone.
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For my image, I decided to pick one that demonstrates being a risk-taker. This image shows a person jumping of a cliff. This relates back to futsal because in the game, you have to put yourself out there and do something. Running up to the ball and trying to steal it from somebody, being on a team with people that you aren't really fond with. The entire game shows risk-taking. Looking back on this unit, I can see that I did try to take lot of risks. First of all, I was a goalie for many games, which for me was actually pretty scary! Secondly, I was on many different teams with lots of different people throughout the unit. Finally, in the beginning of the unit, when I was very new to this whole idea, I took a risk to learn more about it. Now, I'm proud of myself for taking all these risks, as I improved lots and learned lots as well.

Lastly, here is my self-evaluation for the learning habits:

Responsible - 3
     I give myself this grade because sometimes I'm fooling around with friends, and not listening to the instruction, though this rarely happens. The majority of this unit I have payed attention and participated positively.
Curious - 3
     I give myself this grade because I am interested in futsal, but I'm not doing extra effort to learn more information about this game.
Inclusive - 4
     I feel like I deserve this grade because I'm very open-minded about teams, winning and training. Normally, I'm not that competitive, only at times when it's really necessary. Friends or not, as long as my team and I try our best in the games. I'm not the type of person that minds if I'm not partnered up with a friend or a person I'm not particularly fond with.
Risk-Taker/Perseverance - 4
     Another high grade, but I think I deserve this grade because I persevere lots in a game, and won't mind if I win or loose. If I'm playing in an attacking position, I'll try to steal the ball from the opposing team, and pass to my team or score if I'm close enough. When I'm put in a defence, or a goalie position, then I'll try to grab the ball if it comes in the goal's direction.