Elevator Scene Reflection

In drama class, we created a elevator scene, and we performed our first try last week. This is the VIDEO to the skit.

I think we did well on showing status and personality without saying it out loud. However, I don’t think I did very well on showing status change or I don’t think this was really realistic, how we all reacted when the elevator stopped. I think I also need to use my expressions to show how I change throughout the scene, because I think I didn’t really change much.

I think we can do better, by planning it more realistically and observing the elevator,  but I think we did good for the first try.

We re-did our elevator scene, and I think we did pretty well. I think I did well on saying my part out loud, and I am happy that I didn’t forget what I was supposed to do. I still think I needed to think about my reactions and how I can express my character and emotions without telling it directly to the audience.

World Development

In my humanities class (Individuals & Societies), we are studying about world development. We were told research using gap minder, about a More Economically Developed Country, and a Less Economically Developed Country. I chose Japan for MEDC and South Africa for LEDC, and by looking at gap minder, you can see the development visually.

The first two indicators I used to look at the differences and development is birth rate and population growth. The birth rate is the amount of live births per thousand per year. The population growth is the change of the population, which includes birth, death, immigration and emigration. On the x axis, I put the population growth, and on the y axis, I put the birth rate. The trails will show the change in time.
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This can also show the difference between the MEDCs and LEDCs, but you can also see the how South Africa is developing faster than Japan, but still not caught up.

Another two types of indicators that I used was all the deaths in newborn and the GDP per capita in US dollars. GDP stands  for Gross Domestic Product and it is how much the country makes products and also how much services the country do. On the x axis, I put the GDP and on the y axis, I put all the deaths in newborn. On gap minder, there was only information about 2008, but you can see the differences.
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You can see the differences in the countries, and it is also clear that most parts of Africa is in the LEDCs from where it is on the graph, and Japan, America, Europe, and some other places is in the MEDCs.

There are more indicators, such as HDI, which stands for Human Development Index, and the fertility rate. The HDI is about the over all development of the country. The fertility rate is how the amount of children per woman. On the x axis, I put the fertility rate, or the amount of children per woman, and on the y axis, I put the HDI.

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This is also like a scale showing the MEDCs at the top left corner, and the LEDCs and the right bottom. If you look at the trail, this shows that the LEDCs are catching up to the MEDCs faster than the MEDCs developing, so I think the LEDCs will catch up to the MEDCs in the future.

The last two indicators I will be using to compare the countries will be the literacy rate and life expectancy. I chose the literacy rate of the 15 years old and above of women. The literacy rate is the amount of people who can read and write, or educated properly. The life expectancy is the average of the age that the people in the country will live until. I put the literacy rate in the x axis, and the life expectancy in the y axis.

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In gapminder, there wasn’t data of Japan for literacy rate, but looking at the rest of the MEDCs and by researching, I found out that Japan will be about in the top right, where most of the MEDCs are. For South Africa, this shows that there South Africa is developing fast in literacy rate, but not much for the life expectancy. I think this might be because that of people dying because of some diseases, and they don’t have medicine to cure themselves.

I think there are differences, but I think the LEDCs will catch up to the MEDCs in the future.

 

How friendship can overcome things :)

“You don’t always have to see to believe.”(side of the cover 13 treasures)

13 Treasures. Digital image. Goodreads. N.p., n.d. Web. 12 Nov. 2014.

I read this book 13 treasures, by Michelle Harrison. This has a interesting setting, and this is a book that has magic realism in it. This book is about a girl named Tanya who can see magical creatures, and one of the creatures fairies, is ruining Tanya’s life by bullying her, destroying things and making it Tanya’s fault, or making people think that. In fact, other people can’t see fairies. Everything changes when she goes to her grandma’s house, she also gets to the closest to death as she would be able to.

I think the important part of this book is the theme, which I think is friendship can solve almost any problem. It is because Tanya’s problem seems impossible to solve, but when she is the closest to to death, her friends saves her.

I think this story has a very interesting and a meaningful theme, but I think this story is too simple.

I think this is a partly good book because it has a really meaningful theme, which I think is good. I like how the author tells us how friendship can overcome almost everything. I think this is a good theme because this tells how much friendship is important, and I also agree that it is important.

I think another point that this book is good is that how the setting is magic realism. I think that most teenagers don’t prefer  fantasy-fantasy world, nothing realistic, but I also think that most teenagers also won’t prefer a completely real story. In my opinion, I think magic realism is the best because it is realistic, but more interesting events happen in a magic realism book than a non-fiction book.

I think people should read this book because this book makes you feel happy about their friendship, but a little scared looking at what they are facing, which can also mean death, if they lose. I think including death makes people want to read to the end of the book, and I personally think you should.

To conclude, I think this is a really interesting book that girls should read, because it isn’t too magical, nor too realistic, and also the book also tells you how much friendship is important in our lives.

Grade 8 Field Studies

In this field studies, I learned that if I be a risk-taker, I can do a lot of things, and it might not be that bad. I learned this by jumping after canyoning, and also when I performed the skit with my activity group. I also learned that I can sort of adjust to a lot of places than I thought. I learned that if can be a little more confident and practice more with my team for performances.

I got out of my comfort zone by interacting with people I’m usually not with. I also got out of my comfort zone by not staying at home, or school, or places that I’m usually in. During the performance I got out of my comfort zone by performing with other people and also performing skits, which I don’t perform a lot.

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