Friday, March 17, 2017

History Day Reflection


      Our project for history day was a performance on Napoleon Bonaparte. We described his achievement in uniting most of Europe with France even though he hated it. We went through the topics of his childhood, war and revolution, and his personal life. This is a link to the script: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1UHg2wg1vLnH-GcydTgHZQVKTsjWOggoIKLWqS6JW_L4/edit?ts=5894e68d . Next, what I liked most about our project was putting it into a performance. I liked this because it felt unique and interesting how we were putting someone else's life into a play for an entire audience. I really also kind of like the challenge that came with it, as in figuring things out and how we'd slip them into the play. 
       Two things that I learned about our topic (Napoleon Bonaparte) is that he had a fear of open doors and France made it illegal to name a pig Napoleon out of respect. This interests me because it shows how respected Napoleon was even though he had an odd fear. It showed me that even powerful people are scared of something! Next, the hardest part of this project was memorizing the entire play! I think this because I don't have the best memory and so this was tough! Especially how I had the school play going on at the same time. I was learning two plays at once. It was a challenge, but I've come over it. 
      I improved as a learner by learning to calm down and try again. This helps me as a learner because if I am trying to learn something and I just keep getting frustrated, I won't really get anywhere. But, if I keep trying and each time I learn a little bit more and take it slow, then I'll be able to improve! Learning about Napoleon and arguing with fellow teammates has taught me this valuable trait as a learner. 
     I would like to improve on our "quality". Right now we aren't doing so hot on switching scenes and stuff like that. Especially with changing our costumes during certain things. I feel if we can smooth out the bumps just a bit more, we would impress our audience even more. Anyways, the thing I am most proud of in our project is how we actually made a decent play! I thought we would end up not finishing in time and even if we did it would only be like two minutes and the audience would just regret every. Single. Second.But we actually scrapped together an interesting performance that I can't wait to put on.
      Our topic relates to this year's theme because it tells how Napoleon took a stand for the people of Corsica! it shows how he stood up to the government and threw it over and became a modern hero because he united everyone! And it all comes in a performance. I feel we really actually might have shown how Napoleon united us!
     In the end, I have something to say to future students who will partake in this: DON'T MESS AROUND AND ARGUE WITH YOUR GROUP THE WHOLE PERIOD! All this will do is eat up your precious time and make you more reluctant to work with your group. Chin up now pip pip!

Monday, October 3, 2016

Shakespeare

And they lived happily ever after...
Or did they? I mean, when we first watched the educational video on Taming of the Shrew, I thought Kate would be tamed and they'd live happy forever and ever.
But then, we watched it and then I was like, I don't really think she can ever be truly tamed. I mean, all those mean things she said to him like, I'll say what I want and that she'd hang him on the day they were supposed to be wed! I mean, I think she has calmed down a bit and realized that she can't always have her way. I'm thinking that she also realized how to "play" Petruchio's little "game."  But I still think that at times she will still be stubborn Kate, but not as much. So I say she hasn't been fully tamed.

When Mrs. Edlin announced we were going to be studying Shakespeare, I was a little hesitant to be happy about it. What I thought was: "We have to study an old guy who died hundreds of years ago? We have to study all his confusing plays?" Let's just I wasn't exactly happy about it. When we learned that we would be studying The Taming of the Shrew I grew interested because I'd never heard of it before. So when the day came that we were to watch the video with Morgan Freeman, I prepared for being bored. But it wasn't what I expected. It seemed like a comedic play. I started to take more interest. Next, we started to act out some parts. I thought all we would do is read some lines and just not understand anything, then we'd just nod our heads and say, "Oh um, yeah I've got it I think." But I absolutely loved the books! I really appreciated how they translated what the actors were saying! It made a lot more sense and made it even more hilarious to know what they were saying. So at this point in time I was actually more excited about Shakespeare. Then FINALLY they day came when we were to watch it, and I was pumped!! The movie was hilarious!! I enjoyed every bit and I just fell in love with it. When the movie ended, I could feel my interest in Shakespeare widen. ESPECIALLY with their NECK DOUGHNUTS. I wonder if they were like life jackets, for your neck? (Maybe one day we'll find out). Anyway, my interest has grown in Shakespeare and this has made me yearn for more! Thanks Shakespeare!

I think we should learn about Shakespeare four hundred years later so that our generation can learn from him. So that our generation can be inspired by his poems and plays! His plays and poems can open our minds and can possibly make us understand Shakespeare. He can teach us some important life lessons, too. If we learn about Shakespeare, maybe then we can solve some mysteries like how he died (Like if work harder to find out). I think that if people learn about him, our generation will understand where some words come from. I think we could learn a lot from Shakespeare, even 400 years after his death.

Friday, August 26, 2016

2016-2017 1st Blog Post

~An academic goal I have for this year is to get straight A's. This important because if you get C's or D's or F's (even B's) only, then you aren't really getting anywhere. I mean, a few B's are okay, but A's are awesome and help you reach a future goal.
~My behavior goal is is to behave appropriately (I mean I haven't ever behaved un appropriately, but I have been snapped after once or twice).  I really would like to try and not get snapped at, at all.
~An improvement goal I have is to be more organized. I tend to shove every paper I get into a random place in my binder. This is (of course) is not a good habit, because I lost quite a few papers, and either eventually found them, or lost them forever in my ocean of random papers. This year I will try to improve my organization.