Music has been such a huge existence in society for a long time period. Which also means it can effect the society by a lot when music itself changes. Music has many genres, which increases various opinions based on what they think about the specific type of music. Classical music, which is considered “old fashioned” since it has been such a great hit around 1500-1900. Which gradually changed into pop and Jazz music. This expresses the change of opinion the society creates, making massive conversion. Technology has effected the music these days, considering the fact that wherever you go, these days you will see anyone with earphones in their ears, listening to music. People have adapted the technology available so they could listen to the music they like wherever they go.
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In this topic, we researched on how to improve our skills to persuade someone, using techniques that involve mainly your voice. I chose the topic, “Why is skateboarding considered a crime?” This was a topic I have been thinking of from the start, since I was very curious about this topic from before. I started off my speech by giving out unusual facts that will surprise the audience, which is also an useful technique called the “hook”. Throughout the speech, I tried to maintain energetic and easy to understand, since it will help reduce the thoughts of bore. My speech I think was structured fairly well, considering how many points I have given. I have first had an enormous amount of facts that would not all fit into a 3 minute and a half speech. This is when I have cut off facts, to make the speech sound more organized as well as getting the speech to become shorter. One part I could improve on if I had an opportunity to start off this topic again, was to reduce the amount of body movement, which can support the audiences track of understanding. If I have used more gestures, including various parts of my body such as my hands and my head, I think I could of gotten my speech to move much more smoothly. Overall, I think I have done a decent job on completing this task, as well as having fun constructing a persuasive speech.
I think copyright can hinder creativity, as well as cultivate it. The strict rules in this society can expand creative thoughts. People follow the fare use policy, as they change around media so the mashup follows the fair use policy. However, it can also hinder creativity. When you suddenly have a great idea of combining medias, you have the copyright law, which limits the media you can use. The copyright law protects people from stealing genius ideas from creators. If a person successfully steals a brilliant idea of media, they can achieve an awful amount of money. Overall, I think the copyright law hinders creativity a little more, however since it makes the creator think more, it can invent new brilliant ideas.
In this unit, we have investigated useful skills that will help us improve drawing a digital character. The process we have took was fairly simple. First draw the character on a piece of paper, then take a photo with your iPhone or a good quality camera, and import the photo on your computer. Out of these steps, the most challenging step would probably be the drawing. This is where your skills and investigating gets in handy. This unit has taught me that the more you investigate (searching for a variety of characters… etc) your character would end up better.
The font I assigned, was a unique font called “Jazz LET”. From the name Jazz LET, the first thing that came up into my mind was the image of a musician. I found many photos on “Google Images” of
I think my strengths were the color combinations. I was at a bar once with my family, and I saw a musician play a saxophone with many spotlights. I thought it would look better with more colors than plain white, so I added some colors of blue, red and yellow spotlights. I also tried to focus on the body composition as well as the facial expression. I tried to include smooth curved limusicians and picked my favorite. However I tried to change bits of the musician with cartoon characters I have found. Changing a real life person to a character was a little challenging, however I managed to change the 3D image to a more flat type of image, using different shadow techniques. I think this ended up fairly well, and was the character I have expected when I started drawing. My weaknesses were mainly on the fingers of the character. Before I started drawing the picture with pen, I thought I was doing a decent job. However the pen was obviously thicker than the pencil and I think it looked a little different, which ended up a little weird and different than I have expected.
If I had a opportunity to do this artwork again, I would first off make sure all the lines are connected so the paint bucket won’t spill out of the lines, as well as work on making the fingers look better. I would also collect many different types of characters so I could get an image of what kind of character is successful. Investigating was a very important step in this unit, and I should of put more effort in it. If I have found more photos and got all the techniques I could find out of famous companies such as disney and pixar, I could of gotten a wider range of skills that would improve my artwork. I think stereotypes aided my development on my photo, as well as hindered it. I have used the character’s stereotypes to draw certain parts of the drawing. It made my process much easier to apply the stereotypes of the character, however I could of used my creativity and made it more unique by not using the stereotypes of the character.
1. Get full marks on at least one oral test for Spanish
Spanish is a hard subject for me and it requires a huge amount of practice and dedication. Since I play sports and have to socialize, there might not be as much time as others, however I would try my best to get the highest possible grade I could achieve in the Spanish test.
2. Attend to Math Fields Day
Math has been such a big subject this year. When I was in 6th and 7th grade, my math grades were getting lower and lower, and I noticed this and started going to Juku. This really helped me and now I am working my hardest in Math class. This means I will try to get the highest grade I could achieve in Math and also put the most effort I could put in my math tests.
3. Become a better basketball player
I started playing basketball around april last year and have been working really hard to get better at it. My goal last year for basketball was to get into the A-team for MS basketball and I have successfully accomplished this goal, however now that I have gotten better, I thing I could build up a much larger goal, which is to get into the varsity basketball for high school. I would keep on practicing from now as before and try my best to get into varsity and keep on building up goals
This year I think has been a much more successful year than last year and I have been working hard on both academics as well as sports such as basketball. It has been a pleasure that I haven’t broken my arm this year, and this was a great disadvantage for sports last year, since I have broken my arm 3 times, however this year I haven’t broken my arm yet, and I am trying my best to do the best I can in every single sport. I will promise I will get a better score on my second semester report card. Or at least, attempt.
In the previous semester, I think I have done a decent job and have gotten some decent grades. However, there are some parts I would like to work on, looking up at the next semester. One goal I think I would like to achieve is in math, I would like to double check every work I have done and look for careless mistakes, as well as being 100% focused in class. In the previous semester, I have gotten some decent test scores. However, if I have just double checked my answer and gave it a little push, I could of gotten a better score. In this semester, math will be one of my subjects I would like to focus a lot on, and I would try my best to accomplish this goal. Another goal I would like to accomplish is in spanish, I would like to remember to bring everything needed for class. In the previous semester, I have forgotten my pen very often, and I had to borrow a pen from somebody every class. If I fix this, I think I could improve my organization skills by a little. I haven’t forgotten my pen once in this semester, so I would like to keep on bringing it from now. I would also like to study more harder and before tests, I would like to study at least 20 minutes and make sure I am ready for the test. One last goal is to finish the basketball season with a ratio of 5:3. Which also means 5 wins 3 losses.
In this unit, we spent some time working on a book trailer of a book we have read in the past few months. I have read a great book called “Boost” by Kathy Mackel. Personally I like playing basketball and this is the main reason why I picked this book. When making this trailer, I focused on trying to make the audience hooked and if the audience is a basketball fan, I would try to show that the book is full of basketball material and it contains a lot of things about basketball, by showing a lot of clips of basketball. It might not be the best trailer ever, however I tried my best. Please enjoy!
Here is my shelfari. It contains all of the books I have read in the past year.
Poem Link: http://www.loc.gov/poetry/180/017.html
Hemanth did a presentation based on a very interesting poem called “Bad Day” by Kay Ryan. He explained the key features of the poem clearly in his slides, as well as his opinions. His analyzing was very clear and informative. He also hooked everyone’s attention by starting his presentation with a question. In his presentation, he also included a conversation between 2 elves talking about themselves having a bad day. This is a happening that has happened in the poem. Overall, I think Hemanth has analyzed his poem very well as well as keeping the audience interested to his presentation.
Poem Link: http://www.loc.gov/poetry/180/058.html
Henning’s poem was a very deep poem called “To help the monkey cross the river” by Thomas Lux. He explained his thoughts of this poem very well and all his opinions were easily understood. The way he looked at the poem was very interesting. He has explained how the hunter didn’t shoot the predators to help the monkey and teach him. He also gave a great example that related to this. “Would a parent remove all cars when his or her child is walking on the street with a red light?” This example really explained his opinion well and I was able to understand it very clearly. I thought Henning’s presentation was a very successful one and it contained very interesting facts.
Poem link: http://www.loc.gov/poetry/180/126.html
Ren has chosen a very good poem called “God Says Yes To Me” by Kaylin Haught. He explained how the God is a woman and has more of a characteristic like a mother. He talked about why he has chosen this poem and has analyzed the poem. He also talked about the poem being about not making other people make your decisions and making decisions yourself. He explained this very well and I have gotten a great idea of why the poem had so many questions. Overall, I thought he analyzed his poem well and he has talked very clearly so everyone could understand him.
Poem Link: http://www.loc.gov/poetry/180/109.html
Markus chose a poem about basketball called “Fastbreak” by Edward Hirsch. To be honest, I was excited on this one because I play basketball as well. He has done a great presentation, including main facts about the actual fastbreak play in basketball and how it works. He also compared this poem to another writing he has written by himself. The two poems had relations and Markus explained them very clearly. I understood his presentation very well. Overall I thought his presentation was very successful and he did a very good job on analyzing his poem.
In this unit, we learned about different types of music mainly on classic music. We also did some work on our music theory book that would help us work on our music solo. We also worked on a venn diagram that compared 2 different types of a same song. “Yesterday” by beetles. One was the original one and the other was an acoustic one. We compared the tone, melody, text and many more comparisons that would help us improve our investigating skills in music.
I think I did a decent job on recording my violin solo. However, it contained a little squeaks. I predict that it was because of the speed . I could of practiced a little more to get it perfect. However I maintained the same speed and tempo and got all of the notes correct, which was my goal for my solo.
In this unit, we learned to make presentations and present them in front of people without boring them, as well as successfully passing down your opinions to them. Our unit question, “How do we present naked?” The design cycle is separated into 5 sections. Investigate, design, plan create, evaluate. In this unit, I searched up information about the iPhone 5, only because when I first saw it, I saw no difference from the iPhone 4. I researched some of other people’s opinions, mostly on youtube.
The most challenging part in the design cycle was probably investigate, only because it took me so long to think of a good topic. I was looking for a topic that I can research quickly and a topic that has a bunch of interesting facts, along with being able to state every opinion I could think of. I tried to focus on more of an opinion than trying to list every fact I could find out, because this I think makes the presentation more interesting and easy to listen to rather than listen to a bunch of facts. We also learned how to make good slides in the stage “Create”. This was pretty challenging because I was not able to list down a lot of words onto one slide. So I tried to put as many visuals possibe that would follow the things I say in the speech. As well as thinking briefly of using the spaces.
Overall, I thought this unit was a great unit and it was a vert successful one as well. I had a lot of fun making slides and investigating on one topic. It took me a long time to get to the create stage, however I got there some how and made my final product the best it could be. If I could redo this project again, I would of spent more time on the stage “create”. I could of practiced more on the speech and made such that every line I say was said smoothly, which was hard because I did everything without a script or notecards, because of the topic “presenting naked”. Next time, I would make sure I practice more and make it the best presentation that I could make.