Friday, October 2, 2015

My Learning: First Quarter Reflection

I think that in this first quarter I demonstrated growth in class. I believe one of my areas of strength is responsibility, which is the main factors that allowed me to improve as an artist. I always showed up to class and worked as much as I could. I completed all of the assignments we had to do in the textbook and gave my biggest effort whilst creating the actual artwork. I was motivated to do my best, even if I struggled a little bit, which shows determination as well. 

However, in order to grow even more as an artist, I feel I need to be more curios. In order to stand out more I need to do more research, expand my artistic style and be open to doing things more differently. This goes along with being a risk-taker. I want to really work on stepping out of my comfort zone and exploring new styles and ideas. 

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Abstract Letter Design

1. What colour scheme(s) did you use in your design? Did you change your plan along the way? Why or why not?

I wanted my artwork to be very colorful, which is why I used most colors in the color wheel. I chose to do some of the background monochromatic because it would show depth. In order to create emphasis I used complimentary colors in certain areas that I wanted to stand out, and used an analogous scheme to tie all the colors in. I did change where I wanted certain color schemes to go in order for the composition to look put together, but I stuck with my original idea of using a lot of colours.

2. Where is the emphasis in your design? What is creating it and was this your intention? Explain.

The emphasis in my design in found mainly in the two diagonal lines and in the circle. I created this emphasis by using complimentary colors that would make each other stand out. I wanted to whole artwork to be really colorful, so in order to get certain areas to stand out I had to be careful when choosing what colour scheme to do.

3. What kind of movement do you see in your design? What is creating it and was this your intention? Explain.

The movement is mainly seen in the lines that go across the canvas. I created this by using complimentary colours in contrast to a more monochromatic and analogous background. I wanted there to be a lot of space in one side of the canvas and then little space on the other to show movement as well, and I achieved this by using more letter and by using more colors where I wanted it to be crowded.

4. If you could repeat this project, what would you do differently? Explain.

I would use other paints, specially the blue one, because it was very difficult to work with, since it took a lot of time to get the colors to look even. I would also incorporate more curved lines in the composition, because I feel it could provide more movement and depth. Finally, I would have used different letters and fonts, because personally I think that the L and C weren't as fun to work with since they are pretty plane. Maybe using them in a cursive font would've allowed me to explore more with the design.

5. What are three (3) things that you learned from doing this project that you think may be helpful to you in future art projects? Be specific.

Firstly I learned that no matter how hard it is to work with certain paints because they look uneven or patchy, it is important to be patient and paint things by layers so they look neater. I also learned that color plays a huge role when it comes to your artwork, because it can either make things stand out or push them into the background. Finally, I learned that it is always important to have a plan of what you want to do because this way the chances of you messing up are slimmer.


Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Core Value Semestre 1

Eu escolhi o Core Value de Ousadia (Risk-Taker) porque eu acho que é uma área onde eu posso melhorar. Eu costumo fazer coisas que já estou acostumada porque eu sinto que eu obtenho melhores resultados desta forma. Eu quero focar na ousadia e fazer as coisas de um jeito diferente, para que eu possa aprender coisas novas de maneiras diferente, sendo mais criativa ao aplicar o conteúdo aprendido em projetos ou no dia a dia.
Uma pessoa ousada é alguém que tem a coragem para pensar e usar novas estrategias em situação diferente e possivelmente desconfortável. Então, esse Core Value é muito importante para que a pessoas tenham coragem nas situações difíceis,  superando os desafios do mundo.
Ser ousado é fundamental porque para o processo educacional é importante saber encarar coisas novas. Desde estar aberto a aprender coisas novas até a aceitar os riscos ajudando a outros que tem problemas em aprender. Isso é muito importante, especialmente em uma escola americana como Graded com muitas culturas diferentes. É indispensável ter uma mente aberta e tomar riscos em casa, em aula e na escola em geral, temos que sair da zona de conforto e ser mais perceptivos.

Para poder desenvolver o Core Value de Ousadia, eu tenho que fazer coisas que eu não tenho feito antes, ou fazer coisas que requerem mais esforço. Eu sairei da minha zona de conforto, e farei coisas novas. Também encontrarei novos desafios e falarei com os professores. Ser “Risk Taker” não é fácil porque você tem que enfrentar problemas e ser diferente que a maioria dos alunos. Em conclusão, vou tentar o meu melhor para melhorar este Core Value.

Friday, September 18, 2015

Histórias de Imigrantes

O ano 1880 marcou o inicio da imigração no Brasil. Cerca de 3 milhões de imigrantes, dos 4.5 que chegaram ao Brasil, desembarcaram em Santos e logo subiram pro interior pela serra. Os italianos foram atraídos para o Santos com o propósito de trabalhar nas lavouras de café, grãos e nas indústrias. Muitos dos imigrantes terminaram morando na capital e estabelecendo pequenos negócios lá.
A situação de vida dos imigrantes que trabalhavam em fazendas era muito complicada porque os fazendeiros contratavam famílias dependendo da organização de produção e muitas vezes os trabalhadores tinham jornadas de 10 a 14 horas. Os fazendeiros forçavam os imigrantes a morar nas senzalas em que ,anteriormente, ficavam os escravos; sujas, com pouco espaço e nenhuma comodidade.
Nas famílias, o papel das mulheres imigrantes era ficar em casa, tomando responsabilidade das crianças, cuidando dos animais, da horta e da colecta dos produtos. As crianças ajudavam trabalhando nas plantações de café principalmente. A luta para sobreviver e a adaptação ao local de moradia foi extremamente árdua, especialmente em cidades como Santos, Rio de Janeiro e São Paulo, onde o espaço era mais limitado. Além disso, as altas taxas e impostos sobre a posse de terras levaram a que muitos proptietários italianos ficassem fortemente  endividados, tudo por causa da forte influencia do capitalismo. A consequência foi a ida dessas famílias para as cidades e o numero de pobres incrementou, especialmente nas maiores cidades do Brasil.
Além disso, os imigrantes italianos se destacaram pela a heterogeneidade. Mesmo que eles tinham vindo do mesmo pais, cada grupo de italianos tinha uma identidade diferente. Isso significa que as costumes, os dialetos e o comportamento variavam muito entre famílias.




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Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Drawing from Description

In class we had to choose a partner in order to carry the activity out. One person would choose an object and had to describe it thoroughly in order for the other partner, who didn't know what the object looked like, could draw it.

Below is the object that was given to my partner:

Below is what I drew based on the descriptions my partner gave me:


Reflection:

1. What is interesting about this activity is that we are so used to seeing what we draw, that when it is described to us it becomes a very difficult task to recreate it. It is also very hard to describe an object to somebody else, because what you see may be different from what the other person sees. When describing the adapter for example, where my partner would see two columns next to each other, I would see two rectangles, one on top of the other.

2. I personally think that the objective of this activity was to get us to follow the instructions that our partners were giving us in order for us to pay more attention to the role that lines and spaces play in a composition. We normally just draw the object without paying much attention to the lines, or how the are positioned, which is why this activity helped us improve on that.

Monday, June 1, 2015

9th Grade Health Class Reflection

1. How has your knowledge and understanding of drugs** changed since you have participated in this health course?

Before taking this health class I believed I had an overall good knowledge on drugs and the effect they had. However, I've come to learn that not only are there several different drugs I had no idea existed (or were considered drugs), but that the consequences of consuming them are extremely severe. I now know that marijuana for example, is actually addictive, contrary to popular belief, and that it is a gateway drug that can cause lung cancer. I also now know that hallucinogens are actually addictive as well, and that they cause not only bad hallucination too, but extreme brain damage. Also, drug use not only has an extremely negative effect on the person consuming the drug, but all the people that surround him or her. 

**Drugs Unit: (illegal drugs, addiction, short-term and long-term effects of drugs, changes in relationships and lifestyles, drug laws)
2.  How has your knowledge and understanding of STDs and contraception** changed since you have participated in this health course?

I used to think that there were only three methods to keep yourself from getting pregnant; condoms, birth control pills and abstinence. I have learned, however, that there are more than several different things a couple can do to prevent pregnancies. I also understood that the only way you can prevent getting and STD when having sex is through condoms, and not birth control as well. I learned that there are some STD's that are actually incurable other than AIDS and HIV, like herpes for example, and that they can affect all the organs from your body and that they are very easily passed on.  

**Reproductive Health Unit:   (STDs, STD testing, different types of contraception, how to put on a condom, etc.) 

3. How has your knowledge and understanding of relationships** changed since you have participated in this health course? 

I've learned that depression is a medical condition, not a mood state, and that it has to be taken very seriously, because many people suffer from it. I have also learned that stress has a huge impact on people and the people who surround them, specially if it is way too much stress. Age of consent varies in wide ranges from country to country, which I wasn't really aware of. In order to have sex it is important that the person is ready, and in order to determine that they are many factors, like knowing about the consequences, apply. I've also learned that sexual abuse is not often because the abuser can't control his urge to have sex, but that what they really look for is power. I have also learned the role date rape drugs play in sexual assault and their effects on the body. Finally, I have understood that pressure is very often seen not only from friends and family, but from ourselves. Whether it is pressure to drink, do drugs or have sex, people who surround us play a huge role in influencing us, but that in order to be happy we must do what feels right and healthy for us. 

**Relationships Unit: (Healthy/unhealthy/abusive relationships, stress, depression, age of consent, coercion, keeping things cool, pressures for sex, being ready or not for a sexual relationship, recognizing abusive behavior, sexual assault, date rape drugs) 

4. Choose one core value and explain how it represents your learning.

I feel that one core value that really demonstrates my learning this semester is Curious. I say this because I was really interested in expanding my learning about drugs, sex and relationships. I completed my homework, and in my round table I really tried to incorporate new information, that way both me and my classmates learned more. 

5.  What have you most enjoyed about this class?


What I enjoyed the most about this class is that I learned a lot of new things in a lot of detail, things that will really help me right now and in the future. I also liked that we got to ask questions and solve our doubts in class. It was incredibly helpful viewing videos and doing interactive activities in order to really grasp the concepts learned in class. 

Health Class Blog Post: Marijuana

Health Blog 

1) Realistically, do you think marijuana could be legalized for some reasons? How?
I believed that Marijuana does have it's benefits, but to people who are in a serious medical use of it. It wouldn't make sense to legalize a drug that causes lung damaged and is known to increase the chances of testicle and prostate cancer. Furthermore, Marijuana is a drug that tends to lead to other, much more harmful drugs like cocaine, which is extremely dangerous and addictive. However, if the consumption of weed helps patients who are dying deal with the pain or the appetite, I believe it is important to make them as comfortable and as strong for the longest time possible, which is why it would be helpful to legalize it for people with a medical prescription due to their terminal disease

2) Realistically, how could the sale/use of marijuana smoking be controlled if it was legalized?
If this drug were to be legalized, the places that sell it would have to be very strict when allowing people to by. Only people who actually NEED the drug for life or death medical uses should be allowed to purchase it, and medical exams should be required in order for the provision of the drug. 

3) Marijuana is considered a gateway drug to the use of other illegal drugs.  If marijuana smoking was legalized, do you think the use of other illegal drugs would increase or decrease? Why?
The use of other illegal drugs would surely increase, because people often get bored of the high they get from smoking Marijuana, and need something stronger to feel stoned. This will lead to the more frequent use of other drugs like cocaine or Ecstasy, which are extremely dab for the body both physically and mentally. In order to keep this from happening, if a country or state were to legalize a drug they would have to do for medical purposes only, for the safety of everybody.

http://www.isiahfactor.com/2015/02/11/gene-wu-files-marijuana-bill-in-austin/

http://www.isiahfactor.com/2015/02/11/gene-wu-files-marijuana-bill-in-austin/

Monday, April 27, 2015

Romeo and Juliet Current Event

Article

This BBC news article talks about the prohibited love of a Christian woman and a Muslim man who lived in Egypt. They wanted to get married and start a family, but interfaith marriage in Egypt is illegal in the majority of the cases. The couple dated for about five years, but the lovers' families rejected them and prohibited them from seeing each other. In order to avoid more danger, the couple decided the split up and go separate ways, though they still loved each other very much.

This relates to Romeo and Juliet because they, like the couple of the article, have a prohibited love. In the case of the novel it is due to family rivalry, and the consequences of Juliet and Romeo getting married are far worse. We can see that both stories have a sad ending, for Shakespeare's characters die too soon to enjoy each other, and the Muslim man and Christian woman can't be together if they want to keep their lives.

I personally think that if two people love each other they have the right to be each other. By violating this their natural right of liberty is being violated. Religion is important, and family is just as important, but letting these factors get in the way of the person you want to spend the rest of your life with seems inhumane. Most religions value respect, tolerance and love towards our neighbours, yet marrying someone with different beliefs can cause death. Families are supposed to support each other and allow each other to be happy and safe, yet prohibiting something like marriage just portrays how some families are structured around prejudice and honor.


Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Produção Textual - Rap

Rap:

Sou uma pessoa, quero liberdade
Sou uma pessoa, quero felicidade

Sou uma pessoa, quero educação
Sou uma pessoa, quero uma opção

Sistema corrupto
Nao vejo progresso
Pessoa rica
Gastando em excesso

Pessoas morrendo na sala d'espera
Crianças não aprendem na escola
É tempo de agir agora

Fome tenho sempre
E não sei o que fazer
Só posso roubar para poder comer

Lidar com a família e muito difícil
Mas é necessário fazer o sacrifício

Sou uma pessoa, quero liberdade
Sou uma pessoa, quero felicidade

Sou uma pessoa, quero educação
Sou uma pessoa, quero uma opção

Este vídeo é o Francisco Morandi cantando o rap escrito por a Maxine e eu.

video

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Math Blog Semester 2

Math is a subject in which it is important to have several learning techniques because it facilitates your progress. Personally, I feel that doing investigations during class and playing Jeopardy really help me learn because I understand things by repeated practice, and if there is any confusion I can always ask the teacher. I feel that a Core Value I excel in is balanced, because I manage to do my work and help others at the same time, and if I don't understand something I always clear my doubts. A Core Value that I should work more on is being more curious, and try out differents methods, or researching math topics that are not talk about in class.

Monday, March 16, 2015

Slavery in the Constitution

The Americans didn't think of Africans as equals, and considered them a source of labor only, which is why though the constitution stated that "all men are equal", it allowed slavery to continue. William Freehling believed that Africans had lower abilities than the whites and that no harmony would be obtained if black people live freely. The creators of the constitution had as a main goal the benefit of the overall American states, not all the people that formed these states. The slaves strengthen the economy of both the Northern and the Southern states, which is why the creators of the constitution decided to keep slavery.

Monday, March 9, 2015

Poetry

October

BY ROBERT FROST
O hushed October morning mild,
Thy leaves have ripened to the fall;
Tomorrow’s wind, if it be wild,
Should waste them all.
The crows above the forest call;
Tomorrow they may form and go.
O hushed October morning mild,
Begin the hours of this day slow.
Make the day seem to us less brief.
Hearts not averse to being beguiled,
Beguile us in the way you know.
Release one leaf at break of day;
At noon release another leaf;
One from our trees, one far away.
Retard the sun with gentle mist;
Enchant the land with amethyst.
Slow, slow!
For the grapes’ sake, if they were all,
Whose leaves already are burnt with frost,
Whose clustered fruit must else be lost—
For the grapes’ sake along the wall.

This poem is about slowing time down and enjoying every passing moment, because thing change quickly, and before we notice it, we come to the end of a time period, and don't remember what we loved the most about it. The month of October and Autumn are used as metaphors, and they represent a time of ending, and a time of beginning. Life slips from our fingers way too quickly, and the poem is getting us to think about all the small things that make the past memorable. 


This poem also discusses the topic of time,  and how we mustn't live in fear of the future, but cherish the things in our present before they become our past. Even though time flies, we shouldn't allow it to control us, and instead of trying to predict what the future holds, we should focus on seizing every single minute we have. This has a more positive outlook on life, because it talks about how we can control our happiness by deciding to concentrate on the positive angle that the present contains, while Frost's poem has a sadder connotation, for it talks about how the end, and change in general is inevitable, and that we should enjoy the small things that make us happy before it's too late. 

Sunday, March 1, 2015

To what extent did the French and Indian War make the Revolutionary War inevitable ?

In 1754 a war between England and France took place in the New World due to conflict over land. This is known as the French and Indian war because the Native Americans living in the region allied with French forces to fight against the English military and the colonists who aided them during this period of war. The French and Indian War made the Revolutionary War inevitable to a great extent because though England won this seven year long war, many economical consequences led to tension between the colonists and England, which eventually led to the Revolution.

After the war with France and the Native Americans for the territory in the Ohio River Valley due to it's fertile soil and trading area, Britain was left with a huge debt due to war expenses. Though the war was won by England, the French and Indians used the guerrilla warfare technique which took a toll on the British by leaving with a 150 million pound debt. This led to the creation of several laws and reforms for the colonies under british control.

One of the most controversial laws created by the government that was set in the colonies was the Stamp Act. This act required a tax stamp on paper documents. This act along with the Sugar Act and many others were created so England could collect money in order to pay for the post war debt. This angered the colonists because they were paying an extremely high price in taxes for the consequences of a war they gained no profit from. The crown had promised them land if they fought alongside England, yet immediately after they won the war the Proclamation of 1763 was created and this promise was disregarded because the crown claimed they wanted to avoid conflict with natives and end up in another war. There being tension between the colonies and Britain allowed the colonies to find common ground and unite against the enemy. The colonies gather and organized a boycott on paper goods, and thus the Stamp Act Congress was created. The boycott was effective because the government repealed both the Stamp and Sugar acts.

The Quartering Act also played a pivotal role on the path towards the Revolutionary War. After the war with the French, England created a set of laws that forced colonists to provide shelter and food, regardless of the incomfort. This allowed the colonists to realize they were being exploited and oppressed. The New York Assembly didn't approve the act even though the Parliament did, thus it was suspended for six months. With this suspension the colonists felt they had no say in governmental affairs that happened in the colonies, and the tension grew substantially.

All these acts that led to strain between England and its colonies in the New World were caused by the French and Indian War. Antecedently to this war the Salutary Neglect took place; a time in which England ignored its colonies for over 150 years, and therefor never established a clear set of laws. This allowed the colonies to set democratic governments and create their own. It was due to the war that England started taking charge in the colonies, and after such a long time of making their own decisions the colonies felt oppressed. When England started demanding expensive taxes and started creating acts the colonists felt as if their ability and freedom had been seized from them.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Montesquieu and Political Relativism

  • Montesquieu studied human societies all over the world and concluded that while democracy through elections and a separation of powers would best protect liberty, it was not suited for everyone.  Depending on a country’s geography, climate, culture, traditions, religion, and many other factors, other forms of government, including enlightened monarchy, might be the best government. Do you agree? Is democracy better suited to some places than others? Or is it best for the progress of the world that all governments move towards elections and checks on governmental power?

I personally believed that democracy is the key to achieving a society in which rights are respected and harmony is accomplished. Allowing people to choose who they are governed by ensures that everyone's opinions will be taken into account and that the decisions made are purely for the benefit of the people. After all, the government is the one that should be serving the people, and not vise versa, because it is the people that make up a society. Due to diverse geography, climate, culture, religion, traditions, and all the other factors that characterize different societies, people all around the world have different needs. However, I still believe that democracy is still the best suited way of government. As a way to explain this I will use an example of traffic lights. For a country, the red traffic light could mean stop, yet for some countries it could signalise go. All in life is relative, just like the meaning of the color of the traffic lights. However, in both countries, still crossing the intersection when you're not supposed to, leads to the same consequences. Just like with democracy and other forms of government. Even though there have been, and there still are, countries that thrive with a dictator, taking away people's rights is still holding them back from achieving full freedom, no matter the degree. Yes, there are countries that even with a democratic government have struggled to maintain peace, and yes there are countries that thrive with other forms of government. But looking at the issue from an outside perspective one can see that democratic countries have been more successful in keeping people happy and flourishing as a society. Countries do have different needs, and each should be treated to these needs, but that doesn't mean that democracy isn't for them. Setting certain laws that benefit the society, choosing a certain way to execute things, or setting a specific way of government can help their particular needs, but it is still ensured that all that is done is done for the good of the people.

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Science Semester Two Goal Setting

Learning Habits

    • Area of Strength: Responsability
    • Area of Weakness: Risk-taker

Area of Strength - How will you use this characteristic to effectively meet your goal?
Area of Weakness - How will you work on this area to effectively meet your goal?
I believe that one area in which I am successful is responsibility. I always complete my formative assessments and keep my material organized, which helps me when I need to study for a test.





I feel that I don't take risks as often as I should because I am scared of stepping out of my comfort zone. I want to work on this area by doing things I normally wouldn't do, and try working with people that can help me with this.

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Academics:
    • Area of Strength: Taking notes My grade goal: 87
    • Area of Weakness: Tests
What I need to do:
Areas of strength- How will you use this characteristic to effectively meet your goal?
Areas of weaknesses
How will you work on this area to effectively meet your goal?
I find that taking notes is really easy for me, because they are short yet complete. This can help me meet my goal because in order to do better in tests and other summative assessments I need to use my notes.







I need to work on my test taking skills, and I'm going to do this by studying with more anticipation, instead of leaving it for the night before. I will also come up with new strategies so learning the information can be easier for me.




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