Tuesday, September 29, 2015

My Most Important Weapon is My Voice

The Power of the Voice: Humanities 8 Unit 1

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My project links:

  1. Diamante Poem: A Glimpse of Me in Seven Lines
  2. Choices Speech: Choir Commitments
  3. Argumentative Speech: Technological Killing
  4. This I Believe Essay: A Safe Haven
  5. This I Believe Multimedia: A Safe Haven Video

Unit Guiding Questions:

  1. What is the power of the voice (YEAR LONG ESSENTIAL QUESTION)?
  2. How does life experience shape belief?
  3. How does a belief system shape a society?
  4. How can one express a belief that connects/transforms an audience?
This past quarter, my humanities class and I indulged ourselves in deepening our understanding about beliefs and powers of our voices. Our humanities teacher assigned us multiple projects that could help enhance our understanding of these themes. We've written speeches and essays, held thorough discussions, and created interesting multimedia projects. Furthermore, we read an auto-biography called Persepolis, written by and about a women named Marjane Satrapi. It is about her childhood living through the Iranian Revolution and how it was like when the Islamic Regime was the ruling body. To conclude our unit, we thought about the four guiding questions for this unit, and how our new knowledge could be used to answer some of those questions.

How does life experience influence belief?


       When I look at this question, many things come to mind. However, I think that the most important factor that proves that life experience influences belief, is knowledge and learning. To start off, without making mistakes and learning from them, people won't get life experience which leads them to a belief. For my choices speech, I wrote about me making a mistake by not balancing out my time. Being to focused on one activity led me to forget most other priorities. Throughout writing this speech, I saw how my belief changed throughout my story. In my story, and even when writing actually, I started off believing in never quitting. However, I learned more and experienced more things that led me to realize that it's not the end of the world when you break a commitment.
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       Finally, without knowing things, how are you able to understand and believe something? On page 73 of Persepolis, the Islamic Regime announces that it is going to close all universities and change what the population is learning in school. In panel two on the page, a representative of the regime is explaining that: "the educational system and what is written in school books, at all levels, are decadent. Everything needs to be revised to ensure that our children are not led astray from the true path of Islam." The young population is going to grow up with that education, and they're going to be brainwashed to believe in the "true path of Islam." However, when reading it is clearly seen that Marji is more influenced by her parents and family friend than by the government. Her family is against the government, and they express that through having their own beliefs. For example, the ruling body banned parties and alcohol, while her parents take Marji to a friends house when they do and use exactly that. From this life experience, Marjane grows up doing what her parents do, instead of what the Islamic Regime expects of her. She is leading astray from the "true path of islam." To end, in my opinion, the most important factor is knowledge and learning, when it comes to how life experience can shape belief.

How does a belief system shape a society?


       Beliefs itself have their own voices. Similarly to how our voices share our ideas, the beliefs do. After sitting and having a thought about what I really want to say about this question, I've come to the conclusion that beliefs shape society because they can unite people. Societies can only function when all the people are one. Without general beliefs, life would be chaotic. Relating this to Persepolis, the nation Iran is united through religion. As a matter of fact, it is discussed in a conversation between Marji's family friend and her father on page 62 of the book. The friend explained that: "in a country where half the population is illiterate you cannot unite the people around marx. The only thing that can really unite them is nationalism or a religious ethic." As was mentioned in the section above, the educational system was changed so that citizens could learn more about islam instead of maths and science. As a result, the Islamic Regime ran, and is running, the country through a religious ethic; a belief about God and Islam.
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       Connecting this to modern day, in many areas in the Middle East, religious governments or groups direct countries or communities through what they believe in their religion. For example, ISIS is a very strong religious group that runs its community of people through a very old and strong version of Islam. To conclude, belief systems shape the society because they can unite the population better if there is a lack of education. 

In sum, I've been able to use my understanding of the book, my learning process in this unit, and my own individual thinking to analyse these two questions. I enjoyed working through this quarter as it has opened up my mind to even more perspectives and opinions. Beliefs clearly have a stronger meaning in our society than what I first thought.

Reflection Regarding First Quarter Learning Habits

Here is my self-evaluation on learning habits this semester:

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Inclusive - 4


       Since school began two months ago, there are many students that came new to Graded. When they came, they didn't know that many people, so I was inclusive when I socialised with them. I'm really happy I did, because I've met some really awesome people who I now consider to be really good friends!

Perseverance/Risk-taker - 3


       Even though I do tend to be a risk-taker, I haven't really noticed myself be this a lot during this quarter. I've tried new activities and such, but not to a very large extent. However, I have shown perseverance this quarter, especially in math. When I started our unit, I had no idea what it was about and what steps I was to take to solve this problem. As a result, my unit test didn't go so well. Nevertheless, I learned from my mistakes, and in the reassessment, I improved a lot! I only improved by working harder and practicing the skills more. It was troubling at times, but I persevered, and now I understand what I'm doing and what I'm learning.

Curious - 3

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       Even though I do like to query about things, I'm open to learning new ideas, and I participate in class, I don't always take my learning outside of the classroom. I could work on this by spending more time reading the news or practicing more skills from class.

Responsible - 4


       I think I deserve a 4 for this learning habit because I followed all the descriptors for this criteria. I arrive to class on time prepared and ready to learn, I consistently present my work to the the best of my abilities, I manage my time correctly, and I start working without prompting. Additionally, I think that leadership fits under this category, and I demonstrated this skill in group work projects, especially in Humanities class this quarter when we had a class discussion. 

Overall, I think I've done a good job this year when demonstrating learning habits. 

Saturday, September 26, 2015

Meu Dia Vai Mudar.

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Artigo do BBC: Em quatro pontos: o que muda em seu dia a dia com o dólar a R$ 4

Essa semana, na terça-feira, o valor da dólar passou o R$ 4 real, o maior cotação desde a criação do Plano Real. O artigo que eu li, fala sobre quatro efeitos que essa crise econômica fiz por seu dia a dia vida. (1) Inflação. (2) Viagens e turismo. (3) Emprego a renda. (4) Investimentos.

Eu acho que um efeito positivo que vai ter mais impacto por meu dia a dia vida que o artigo falou, é que viagens domesticais vai ser mais barato. Eu sei que no feria de natal, eu vai passar mais tempo aqui e menos em Europa. Financiamento, nós vamos gastar menos dinheiro. O artigo falou que "os gastos de brasileiros no exterior já caíram cerca de 20% no primeiro semestre." Felizmente, isso pode ajudar o Brasil. Com os brasileiros e turistas mais atraídos para o país por causa do barato das viagens, e os jogos Olímpicos o próximo ano, o Brasil poderia ganhar muitos lucros. Afortunadamente, eu vai por Rio em agosto do 2016, por que minha família ganhou bilhetes para alguns jogos no Olímpicos.
Em fim, eu sei que essa crise econômica vai ter muito mais efeitos, mas em meus dias, eu acho que essa aspecto de viagens vai ser mais impactado pra mim.

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Reflexão Sobre O Projeto: Eu Posso Mudar O Mundo!

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Recentemente em as aulas de português, meus colegas e eu estudam maneiras de mudar o mundo mais coisas sobre essa tema. Aqui eu respondei de 4 perguntas sobre essa unido:

  1. Por que devemos (ou não) estudar maneiras de mudar o mundo?
Nós devemos estudar maneiras de mudar o mundo, porque se não mudar o mundo, nós não vão viver. O caminho que tem sido tomado pelo mundo está endeclinio. Polução, deforestação, obesidade, corrupção, e mais problemas estão arruinando o nosso planeta. Quando uma pessoa começa com mudar o mundo, outros se seguirão. Por disso e importante que devemos estudar maneiras de mudar o mundo.

  1. Como isso vai impactar você diretamente em sua vida cotidiana?
Se todas as pessoas no mundo fiz uma coisa que pode mudar o mundo, eu acho que meu vida vai ser melhor. Em todas as aspectos: saúde, meu vida social, minha possibilidades. Também, os país no mundo pode ser ótimo por que a economia vai ser melhor por que não tem mais corrupção.

  1. Que hábitos de estudante você utilizou para fazer esse projeto? Por quê?
Eu utilizei o habito risk0taker/perseverance por que eu fiz tudo do panfleto sozinho. Com outros projetos, eu sempre perguntei muito e queria muito ajuda, mas essa vez eu so tinha feedback no fim. Alguns coisas foram um pouquinho difícil. Por exemplo, as tempos verbais. Com projetos que eu fiz antes dessa, eu mixed as tempos verbais, mas agora eu fiz o meu trabalho quase perfeito! Por isso, eu acho que eu foi um risk-taker/perseverer por que eu trabalhei sempre quando eu achei que uma coisa e difícil, e quando eu não sabia uma coisa por certeza, e continuei com a escrever. 

  1. Que desafios de linguagem você encontrou durante o processo?
Quando eu não sabia qual tempo verbal eu preciso usar. Isso foi um desafio grande, mas o que eu falei no pergunto 3, isso é um razão que eu foi mais um risk-taker/perseverer. Agora eu acho que eu sei mais sobre as variedades differente de tempos verbais, eu isso vai ajuda-me mais no futuro; naturalmente!

Monday, September 14, 2015

From Good to Better

After receiving my work back, I can conclude that I'm proud of my results. Before handing in my paper, I was a little worried, since this was our first Lab in 8th grade, however I didn't have much to worry about!
Nevertheless, from each project, you can take something out on which you can improve. For me, I need to double check my significant figures  and a little bit of my precision of numbers before handing in the next paper.
Although, since the next lab is qualitative data, not quantitative data, checking the significant figures wouldn't really matter. However, I should check precision and the reasonableness of my answers, or the data that I collected, since that is related to the two.

Wednesday, September 09, 2015

Campanhas que Ajudam o Mundo

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Neste bimestre, Donna Cortez falou que nós vamos fazer uma apresentação sobre duas campanhas que ajudaram o mundo. Eu fiz parceria com Nadya Marinkovic, e nós escolhemos duas organizações. O Malala Fund, que trabalham com meninas e se esforçam para a educação dessas meninas. Também pesquisei a agência WHO (World Health Organization), que trabalha com as Nações Unidas para ter saúde pública internacional. Porque o WHO é muito grande, nosso foco para apresentação foram as doenças tropicais.

Sunday, September 06, 2015

A Learner, A Writer, A Presenter.

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There are many skills that are learned from presenting a speech. You learn how many times you have to practice to be able to say it easily, you discover how to make your writing in an easy-to-follow speech format, and you can establish how you are going to make your speech the best that it can be. As an 8th grade student, I already knew most of these skills. However, throughout this summative task, I’ve come to see more things that I can learn from myself as a writer and a presenter. 

     To start off, I've seen that when writing the first draft, I try to get all my ideas down onto the paper without really thinking about how it sounds. Every idea that pops into my head while typing away gets included in the jumble of words. That way, nothing gets missed out and I won't have to try to remember that one idea was later on. Eventually, after each thought is recorded, I will go back to the beginning, and work my way down to the bottom, editing each part as I go. I find that this is a useful strategy, because I know that if I start off doing things thorough and well, then I'll have to spend less time on the writing later and more on the presenting.

     However, for some reason, after maybe one or two edits, I can't spot the mistakes anymore. Since I've then been working on it and reading over the same words continuously for a while, my mind just "stops spotting the errors." In some cases, I can't spot the errors because they don't exist, however in other cases there are some major revisions necessary but I can't seem to find them. When this happens, I know that this is the time when I need feedback. I prefer going to a peer first, because they can give me the general reviews. For example, they can easily tell me if they don't understand some parts or if there is too much repetition, etc. Next, I turn to an adult such as my teacher or a parent to look more into the details. If parts of a paragraph aren't flowing smoothly or if there is no clarity, they are most likely the ones to inform me. Furthermore, when I get this feedback, I go home, and immediately try to work out how I can revise my draft using their comments. The people I ask feedback for, are always the ones who are going to listen to the speech, they are the audience, so if they don't like it then it's most often not very good. Accordingly, I make the revisions.
As a result of improving my speech, I learn to pay attention to specific writing skills and my speech will still become better and better.
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     To change the topic from writing to presenting, Deborah Bull proclaimed that "body language is a very powerful tool. We had body language before we had speech, and apparently, 80% of what you understand in a conversation is read through the body, not the words." Throughout my classroom experiences, I've observed that people who just talk without gestures, don't bring their topic across to the audience as well as someone who uses their arms, and perhaps other parts of their body. Thus, when I was practicing my speech, I made sure I had at least 3-5 significant movements. An example was when I was emphasising how much our society has progressed. I moved my hands from the left to the right to indicate a timeline. Another one, that people gave positive feedback on, was when I was explaining in my speech how the digital waves coming from our electronic devices come into our bodies. I had brought my phone up to the podium, and in that part, I demonstrated how through calling the waves could be transmitted. I had used a prop, which was a great way to visually represent my information. This is something that I will remember, because I know how my speech will look like when I don't include gestures.

     In future speeches, I'm going to continue using the skills I just mentioned since they will help a great deal. They were very effective in multiple ways, contributed to the overall success of the presentation, and I learned more about myself when I work through this process.