Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Independent Project Reflection

Every year in GOAL, we get to do a project known as an independent project. This means we get to research what ever we want to which we present once we're done. For my independent project I decided to do cake. I chose cake because I wanted to find out the early history of cake, what types of cakes exist, what can you hide in cake, and the overall favorite cake of our GOAL class. I presented by first going over the early history of cake, then went into types of cake, looked at the different types of things you can hide in cake, and ended with the favorite type of cake in my GOAL class and giving everyone in that class a cupcake that I made from scratch.

The thing I liked most about my project happens to also be the hardest part. My favorite part about my project was finding out what the favorite type of cake was in GOAL, and making the cupcakes. It was really fun to try something that I made, and what other people said was their favorite type of cake was really interesting. The reason this is also the hardest part though was because I didn't know if everyone had said what their favorite type was, they didn't answer with only one, or they said that all cakes are good. This made it harder and harder to figure out which cake was the favorite because they didn't just pick one, or they chose all. Making cake was also hard because it takes a really long time. The cupcakes that I made took almost 3 hours altogether, and that's not even counting cleaning up after I'm done.

Ever since I finished this project, the thing that I feel I should work on the most is the history. I couldn't find that much history for cake, and it makes me feel like I was just listing off cakes when I did that part of the presentation. It doesn't make me feel good when I think that, and that's why it's the part that I would want to fix. I don't want to just be listing off different cakes, I want to teach the class about why cakes were made, and not just what kinds of cakes were made in different areas of time.

Overall, this project was really fun to do and I felt like I learned a lot from it. It makes me happy to know that other people like what I make, but also like my project. I can't wait to do another independent project again, and I can't wait to see what other people think about it.

Monday, January 8, 2018

One Word

For GOAL, Mrs. Edlin told us to come up with a word for the year. This word would be our goal for the rest of 2018. My one word that I have for the year is truth. The reason I chose the word truth means many different things to me including wanting to know the truth about the people I love, the truth of who my real friends are, and the truth about who I am. I want to know these things mainly because I want to use them to become what I want to become, and because I want other people who I feel are my best friends to know the truth about my life and who I really am. The truth can help you grow into a better person and may be true, but at the same time, the truth can be full of lies. I know who I trust in my life, but other times I feel like people lie to me and pretend that it is the truth. I don't want that to happen to me, and that's one of the main reasons why I chose the word truth. I want to know the truth so I can become a better person, or to know the people I shouldn't hangout with mostly because I don't want them to put really negative thoughts into my head that I think are true. This is why I chose the word truth. It's because I want to know and be happy with who I am and who my friends are.

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

To Kill A Mockingbird Movie vs Book

To Kill A Mockingbird was an amazing book that will hopefully live on as an occult classic for years to come, but I don't feel like the movie will get as much praise. Though the movie for me was a great adaptation of the book, I would say that the book was a lot better with more details, little things that matter in the end, and character development. I really liked Mrs. Dubose in the book, but in the movie, she gets one single scene and that's it. Things like that really disappointed me because I wanted to see scenes like that in the movie. I feel like if some of these scenes were in the movie, it would be a lot better, but they could only fit the movie into a certain time so they had to cut out minor parts to fit into the 2-hour time frame. Now thinking of that though, why couldn't they just split the two acts into two separate movies? Doing that could help put in the little details that could help the story a lot. I need to give credit where credit's due though, so I just have to say that when they put in some of the most iconic scenes in the movie, for me they didn't disappoint. Atticus' closing speech was one of my favorite parts of the movie, and the trial did not disappoint. It was cool to see Bob and Mayella Ewell and how they were incorporated into the movie, and Atticus was the best!

Overall, the movie was a good adaptation of the book, but without the minor scenes and some of the major scenes, it makes me feel sort of bad. They could've made one of the best movies of all time that they worked really hard on, or they could've split it up into two separate movies to put all the details in, but instead, it's a movie that most likely won't be remembered as much as the book.

Monday, October 23, 2017

Daily Writing Activity 1st Quarter

Oct. 19 2017

Because I absolutely a YouTube series called RWBY, that's what I'm writing about today. RWBY is my all time favorite YouTube series that I've seen. It's about a team of huntresses-in-training who want to become full time huntresses. It follows main characters Ruby Rose, Weiss Schnee, Yang Xaio Long, and Blake Belladonna who fight the creatures known as Grimm. The creatures of Grimm are just like normal animals, but they're completely black and will feed on the fear of everything. Grimm are used in major attacks that are usually set up by Roman Torchwick and Cinder Fall who are the main villains for volumes 1-3. I love this series a lot and I would definitely what anyone who read this to watch it right now!

Oct. 20 2017

If I had to think of a book that was later made into a movie, I would think of The Shawshank Redemption. It was a book/movie about a man named Andy Dufresne who goes to Shawshank for a crime that he says he didn't commit. Inside the prison he meets a man who everyone calls red because he's Irish. Red helps out Andy from time to time, while at the same time the warden of Shawshank is torturing prisoners with punishments like months in solitary confinement and death. Overall, The Shawshank Redemption is a great book and an amazing movie that I think is one of the greatest movies of all time.

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Words of Wisdom Project

This was a really fun project to do! I learned a lot of new and old advice. My favorite part of it was finding all the silly words of wisdom that people gave me. Some of it was really funny. Overall, I thought that this was a great project and it could be fun to do it once again.

Friday, September 30, 2016

Shakespeare Reflection

In my GOAL class, we did a unit on Shakespeare for the 400th year anniversary of his death. It was a lot of fun and I was really excited one we heard that we were doing a Shakespeare unit! With this, we watched some of The Taming of The Shrew, did Shakespeare deaths and insults, went on a field trip to see his First Folio (Play Book, not actual play), and looked at some more really awesome things!

When we went on the field trip to see The First Folio, it was really cool! I learned some things I would have never known such as, Shakespeare's school and textbooks to things that people did that we don't do today, like having a book to compliment ladies.

When we watched Taming of The Shrew, it was really good! It had a funny cast of characters who did some pretty crazy stuff! In it, Kate, a very unkind person, is to have a husband before her younger sister Bianca, the nicest girl in the land who everyone wants to marry, can be married or have a boyfriend. Petrucio comes in, turns into the husband of Kate, and goes back to his home with Kate. After Kate starts to be nice (or tamed) she and Petrucio live a very happy life. It was a very good movie, and I would definetly say that Kate was tamed at the end of the movie.

When we did Shakespeare deaths and insults, it was hilarious! Either they were tragic or they were one of the funniest things I have ever heard! I was Paris, from Romeo and Juliet, and someone else who I can't remember at all! This helped me understand things such as why Shakespeare is still so famous and so popular, he had a lot of different genres all put together to make a masterpiece.

After this unit, I still want to see more things that Shakespeare has done. It helped me understand why he was so famous in the first place. I loved this unit a lot, and it was a lot of fun to do. I can't wait to see even more Shakespeare in the future.