Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Produção Textual - 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.

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



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.