Media Unit: Posters and Media Fair

The Media Fair took place on June 8th, 2016 as part of a unit for our grade 10 English class. In this unit; Media, one of the projects was for every student to make a poster on any topic of their interest and present that various ways media presents perspectives on different things. Due to the amount of students, there was a variety of different poster topics out there. Then came the Media Fair, designed to allow all students to share their different topics with each other. Unfortunately I didn’t take part in the fair, but I still was able to look at some of my classmate’s posters. My own topic was about a shark attack on a professional Surfer.

Joseph – YEEZY BOOST 350

Joseph looked at Adidas’s Yeezy shoe, designed by Kanye West. He looked at the different ways the media advertises the product and presents it to us. Joseph specifically focused on the different opinions of the shoe, and how that ultimately affects the audience that the shoe is being sold to. Joseph looked at a youtube advertisement, a meme, an online review and also twitter posts. This variety of media gives a good perspective on the topic of the shoe.

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Shishir – Captain America: Civil War

Shishir did a poster on the new Marvel movie Captain America: Civil War and on the different ways it is portrayed to the public. He looked at the movie trailer, an article, the actual comic book and others. Shishir discusses the ways the different media present the film and add to the content of the movie. Overall the poster is a very nice way to portray the new movie.


Mario – Running Man Challenge

Mario looked at an online trend called the Running Man Challenge. This ‘challenge’ consists of a Vine, including a person in it doing a certain dance move to a certain song. It is quite the entertaining viral trend, and Mario really explores the different perspectives and presentations of this trend well in his poster. One blog post that Mario looked at, interestingly enough portrays a negative attitude towards the Running Man Challenge, even though clearly, the rest of the world really enjoys the new viral trend!



The Камера: The Chamber (The Soviet Union’s Secret Poison Laboratory)

The Камера: The Chamber

The Soviet Union’s Secret Poison Laboratory



During the 20th century, the infamous Soviet Union was running one of the most cruel human experimentation facilities in the world. This facility, also know as “Laboratory No. 12”, was developed in 1921 to produce deadly untraceable poisons. Political prisoners from the Gulags, corrective labor camps across Russia were used as test candidates for various types of poisons such as mustard gas, ricin, digitoxin, curare and others (Volodarsky). The poisons would be put into their food, injected, and ingested in the form of a powder or liquid. Various “test subjects”, or humans of different ages and sizes were used for the experiments (Greene). Investigations revealed the horrors the prisoners went through. One report describes how a strong, healthy young man was put on test with a poison. He ran to his cell, blood pouring from his eyes and banged on the door with his hands and feet. He shoved his hand down his throat in an attempt to stop the pain in his stomach but eventually just lay on the floor, weakened. He then died. Prisoners that would survive would nursed back up for another run or simply shot (Scott).


The Soviet Union’s secret service, the KGB frequently captured, murdered and assassinated people that spoke out against the regime. The goal eventually became clear, the KGB needed new ways to kill people without having anything leading back to them. This is where The Камера came in. The laboratory’s main purpose was to develop a poison that would be odorless, tasteless and undetectable during an autopsy (Greene). A poison that wouldn’t leave any traces would mean the Soviet Union could strategically target and take out certain people for the benefit of the regime. And it worked, over the next years, until the fall of the Soviet Union, several cases of murdered politicians surfaced, with no evidence or traceable cause of death. The research was highly valued by Joseph Stalin. He acknowledged the chief of the laboratory with a medical doctorate and gave him the Stalin Prize for his tests (Volodarsky).


The numerous sinister and haphazard experiments conducted on prisoners were highly unethical as the test subjects did not give consent to the experimentation. Most important is the fact that killing a human being is generally illegal in most cases. Testing ways of killing on prisoners is in no way ethical. Reports revealed that the researchers found it not appropriate to test the poisons on animals because the “exact results on humans were therefore hard to predict”. Lavrenti Beria, Stalin’s feared security chief was asked why it was hard to predict results on humans and with a smile she replied, “Who’s stopping you from experimenting on humans?” Additionally, it was published that prisoners would be given their “medicine” in their cells and then watched by the researchers through windows (Scott). It is evident that the prisoners were not aware of the danger and pain they were exposed to.


Testing poison or any form of substance that has the purpose of killing is in a way illegal and definitely not ethical. A benefit of this research, even if it might not seem beneficial to us in any way, would be that we could make significant progress within our knowledge of deadly substances to potentially create cures and anti-poisons. The problem is that no one would be willing to put their life at risk to find out if an anti-poison would work. Therefore the most realistic solution to make the investigation ethical would be to create human-like cell structures that can simulate the effects of certain poisons and anti-poisons on the human body. There would still be some uncertainty in the results of the experiment but it would be to the most part ethical because no harm would be done to a living organism against their will.

Works Cited


Greene, Jes. “The Kamera: The Soviet Union’s Secret Poison Laboratory.”

           Modern Notion. 6 January 2016. Web. 19 April 2016.


Scott, Carey. “Poisons Tested on Stalin’s Prisoners.” Paul Bogdanor.

          15 October 1995. Web. 19 April 2016.


Volodarsky, Boris. “The KGB’s Poison Factory.” The Wall Street Journal.

         7 April 2005. Web. 19 April 2016.

Reflexión Unidad 3

In this unit of Spanish I learned a lot about the variety of relationships around the world. I learned about polyamorous relationships, the roles people have within their families in different cultures and the advanced names of family members in the Spanish culture. After learning a lot about what kinds of relationships exist and what the connections are within those relationships I have a question that goes back to the history and background of Spanish relationships: What were the causes for why the roles and responsibilities within the Spanish family are the way they are? I am looking for the reasoning for why there are these roles and such. I think I learned a lot of new expressions and vocabulary through out the unit, mainly through the help of the vocabulary google document. For the next unit my goal is to take the studying more into my home.

Spanish Unit 1 Reflection

In this first unit of our Spanish class with the new teacher Ms. Hill I already feel like I have made drastic improvements in understanding the advanced technical aspects of the language. The vocabulary document helps me learn a lot of new words that I can always access. It is quite the helpful way to make my word bank more colorful. I think the main concern I have about myself is that sometimes I lack revision and I don’t always go over what I learn so I tend to forget. Especially with the preterite I have had difficulties in the past because I didn’t fully understand the grammar. I have already worked on changing that by paying more attention and taking notes and revising those notes. The imperative already comes to me easier than before. I was able to describe an art painting in the past but not exactly to the extent that I can now. I think this year of Spanish will prepare me well for the IB even though it is quite a lot of tough and hard work.
Main things to work on:
– Make sure I actually fully understand a topic before moving on
– Learn the proper use of accents more in depth
– Use more advanced vocab and expressions


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Para ser un buen hermano…

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dé ayuda a sus hermanos o hermanas en situaciones peligrosas

apoya sus hermanos

sé honesto a sus hermanos

está allí para sus hermanos

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vayas en contra de sus hermanos

dañes su hermano

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