Sunday, June 1, 2014

Masterpiece Academy: The Adventures of Us

Here is my masterpiece that I collaborated on with Taylor Duguran, Hannah Savaso, and Meghan Martella!
Check our our blog here -----> The Adventures of Us

I cannot figure out how to embed the prezi onto this actually blog post... SO! Check out our spectacular prezi here ----> A Snapshot in Time: Our Adventures

Check out my original inspiration for my senior project before Dr. Preston even began speaking about them!
------> We Are Superman

A Final Farewell: Last AP Literature Essay of 2014

     This once curious child was conditioned to obey and to contain her intuitive desire for learning as years of schooling broke it down. But all that changed in the fall where she was about to face her greatest challenges on a quest to find her passion and who she is. Her journey began one afternoon when she stepped foot into room... (621?) A new mentor spoke his name and the new teaching styles we would all dedicate ourselves to, Open Source Learning.
       Not everything was what it seemed. Everyone's relationship was built on trust and honesty. A rare, and almost unheard of, characteristic we have lacked from previous schooling experiences. Everyone was there to support one another on everyone's own quest of finding their own passion. 
       Along the way, Bukowski's words of wisdom rings on our ears saying "The God's will offer you chances." We learned how to transform our thoughts into actions through performative utterance and how to be mindful of our faults in thinking from the right to our opinion. Challenges of vocabulary and literature terms all stood in front of us 

Friday, May 16, 2014

AP Physics Project Proposal

That's right AP Literature, the AP Physics students are hacking our blogs and integrating these two classes together! Here is my spring project proposal for electricity and magnetism!
I shall be making...
*I'm still a little undecided on what exactly I will make my car out of and the design, but I have a solid idea on how I will build my motor (which is the most important part anyway)

  • 9 volt battery
  • Magnets
  • Wire
  • toilet paper roll
  • metal coat hanger
  • BBQ skewers
  • wood / plastic tupperware
  • wheels (I don't know what I will use to make these or what type I'd buy)
  • rubberbands
  • cardboard
How it works:
The car I will be making is electrically powered. The motor will be constructed with a 9 volt battery, wire, and magnets connected to the metal coat hanger (cut into one straight ling). The wire will be coiled and the magnets will be suspended above the coil of wire. When the wire is hooked up to the 9 volt battery, current flows through the wire and causes the magnet to spin. It spins because one side of the magnet is repelling away from the coil of wire. By connecting the spinning coat hanger to a pulley that is connected to the wheel, this will cause the wheels to turn and make the car move. 

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Seventh Reading

In visions of the dark night
I have dreamed of joy departed-
But a waking dream of life and light
Hath left me broken-hearted.

Ah! what is not a dream by day
To him whose eyes are cast
On things around him with a ray
Turned back upon the past?

That holy dream- that holy dream,
While all the world were chiding,
Hath cheered me as a lovely beam
A lonely spirit guiding.

What though that light, thro' storm and night,
So trembled from afar-
What could there be more purely bright
In Truth's day-star?
Edgar Allan Poe

I Am Alive!

Hello fellow bloggers, I have been on a hiatus on my weekly posts lately and I apologize! In the time of being gone, I am going to give an update on relevant news towards this course!
       First off! The Adventures of Us Project has taken off! Many of you know, that Meghan and Taylor organized a huge senior camping trip that was a great success! This is exactly what embodied our vision for the adventures of us. Just a bunch of seniors getting together to spend some time with each other away from our duties... A type of calm before the storm (AKA AP Testing) There was a great turn out of people and lots of pictures to prove the fun. Hiking, swimming, fishing, bonfires, bbq's, smores, music, what more could we have asked for? More than 20 people participated over the course of about 2 days and although I was only able to stay one full day it was well worth all the frustration with planning.
       Also in the news of The Adventures of Us, two of us... (Hannah and I) received our Floro Awards for 2500 dollars! It was exciting and an hour to have won with so many other distinguished, driven, and successful young people. It was hard to imagine that I was one of them chosen when everyone else seemed so academically strong. I almost felt out of my league, but we knew we deserved it.
       Well those are the two main things that have happened in my eyes! Good luck to everyone on AP Testing :)

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Macbeth Act I Notes

-three witches are introduced
-"Foul is fair, and fair is foul" (antithesis)
-King Duncan is introduced
-Macbeth fights heroically
-Witches say he becomes Thane of Cawdor, then Thane of Glamis, and then eventually the King
-Banquo is introduced and he is extremely loyal to the king
-Thane of Cawdor is executed
-Duncan names his son the heir to the throne when he dies
-The king is not a good judgement of character, entrusted the Thane of Cawdor, who went behind his back
-Lady Macbeth believes that the third prophecy will be fulfilled
-Lady Macbeth is a cold hearted snake who would love to be queen, but she simply can't because she's a woman
-She shows no remorse and or guilt for their plan to kill Duncan

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Literature Analysis #6

See Ian's AP Blog for our other half of our literature analysis!
4. Describe a minimum of ten literary elements/techniques you observed that strengthened your understanding of the author's purpose, the text's theme and/or your sense of the tone. For each, please include textual support to help illustrate the point for your readers. (Please include edition and page numbers for easy reference.) 
  • symbolism of zippers: It represents the easy accessibility of anything a human can indulge in, most specifically sex. But world state citizens regularly rely on drugs and sex to get through their days.
  • allusion: There are many allusions from Shakespeare's Hamlet, The Tempest, and Romeo Juliet. John the Savage frequently quotes all of these works, and including the Bible, when he is under great emotional states of mind.
  • allusion/play on names: Almost all of Huxley's characters have significance attached to the names of each person in the novel. Ex.) Lenina Crowne ----> Vladimir Lenin (Russian Revolution leader)  / Bernard Marx ----> Karl Marx (Russian Revolution leader) / Benito Hoover ----> Benito Mussolini & Herbert Hoover
  • Onomatopoeia: "buzz buzz" pg 147. "zip" The buzzing refers to the bee hive and it helps the reader understand the dynamics behind The World State. Citizens are like little worker bees."Zip" see above.
  • Parallelism: "They swarmed between the beds, clambered over, crawled under, peeped into the television boxes, made faces at the patients." 
1. Describe two examples of direct characterization and two examples of indirect characterization. Why does the author use both approaches, and to what end (i.e., what is your lasting impression of the character as a result)?
Direct Characterization for Bernard: "The mockery made him feel an outsider; and feeling an outsider he behaved like one, which increased the prejudice against him and intensified the contempt and hostility aroused by his physical defects." Here Huxley comes right out and says the characteristics of Bernard
Direct Characterization of Helmholtz "...Helmholtz Watson had also become aware of his difference from the people who surrounded him." Again, similar to Bernard, Helmholtz is stated as an outsider.
Indirect Characterization of John the Savage: When he chooses to reject Lenina from having sex shows that he is the complete opposite from the world state citizens. He feeling that having sex before marriage is wrong, and even the idea of marraige is foreign to the World State.
Indirect Characterization of Henry: When he flies extremely close to the ocean, it shows that he secretly is also against the World State ideals. It is very hard to be different because everyone else is socially conditioned to think the same way and you are punished if you think any differently.
2. Does the author's syntax and/or diction change when s/he focuses on character?  How?  Example(s)? 
"Anywhere. I don't care. So long as I can be alone,"
"But I don't want comfort. I want God, I want poetry, i want real danger, I want freedom, I want goodness. I want sin,"
In these two examples we see a shift in the syntax of John the Savage's speech. Instead of speaking in eloquent sentences, his speech becomes short and almost exasperated. It conveys a quickened pace and it almost seems as if he is out of breath. I think it reflects that there is so much running though his mind that all of his senses are overloading and it is all too difficult to process. He misses his old joys in life, such as reading and his freedom, but now the only way to escape is ending his own life.
3. Is the protagonist static or dynamic?  Flat or round?  Explain.
For this question, I will choose to analyze John the Savage. He is a dynamic character that transforms to his demise by the end of the novel. One characteristic remains constant, his quality of being an outsider.
4. After reading the book did you come away feeling like you'd met a person or read a character?  Analyze one textual example that illustrates your reaction. 
I felt that I read a book that peeked into what the future holds for our world. Looking at Bernard and John the Savage, I feel that they are two characters that are written in a way that enables the reader to feel as if they are actual people. They are the two characters that most resemble humans today, since all other World State Citizens are so "cookie cutter perfect." John deduces meaning from the works of literature he studies religiously and is able to apply it to his life experiences. Whereas other characters such as Lenina and the DHC are just carbon copies of all other previous humans that were produced on a conveyor belt.