My First Week in High School

High school was nerve-racking but so exciting at the same time.

I learned that people were growing up and learned to act more maturely. It was quite nice because I got to socialize with different people and most importantly, focus on my work. I also learned that the older kids were kind people. Since I’m joining many activities this year including Student Council, I got closer to the people grades above me. I interacted with them by organizing events like the “Back to School Concert” and the dance.

What I still don’t really understand is my schedule because the system has changed from last year. We have different schedules from week 1 and week 2 and separated as day to day 10. Since the classes are so different with different students in each class, I can’t ask a particular person on what class I have next.

Some question I still have are:

Are teachers more strict with grades?

What do teachers expect from a freshman student?

Furthermore, some of my high points so far were again, people becoming more mature over the summer and us students becoming more as one than being in separate groups of friends. There wasn’t a big low point about High School but how the cafeteria got crowded very quickly and I didn’t have a place to sit was a little disadvantage.

This year I’m trying to become more organized by always bringing a clear A4 folder in my backpack so whenever the teacher gives me a sheet of paper, it won’t end up lost and ripped. I am also going to sync in my schedules into my google calendar so I’m always updated on school events, my upcoming assignments and homework.

Soundtracks and Responding | Music

In semester two of music class, we have worked and focussed on our unit on Soundtracks and about leitmotifs. Being specific, we first listened to varieties of soundtracks that were already classified in a specific genre. Thus, we had to guess which one fit the best for each one. This helped us recognize certain types of soundtracks we could compose in order to fit that situation and/or film.Nevertheless, Leitmotifs could be found in many film scores such as the James Bond theme, Hedwig’s Theme or the shark leitmotifs in Jaws. Performing the James Bond theme as my group was an opportunity for us to take the James Bond theme and arrange it in our own style. We later performed our new skills and knowledge into the Music Concert that was held on June 3rd, 2016. Honestly, I was and still so proud of everyone because although it was the first time for some people to perform in such a large crowd, many of us have demonstrated their capability in a whole new level, especially in the Hedwig’s Theme. It was such a remarkable experience, we did as a whole class.

The Process of Learning My Part

The first thing I did before starting my composition was actually listening to the James Bond theme Soundtrack, and further watching the New Spectre movie trailer. From this I was able to observe the feeling and the mood of the actual movie. This is, I believe, one of the most important steps in order to compose or perform a film score. You could learn to understand how and when to use dynamics to fit that specific scene and further be able to engage with the audiences. After all, music alone could set the entire mood for a scene. Let’s simply put this in an easier way. If you listen to the James Bond theme soundtrack, you will notice that the notes are a little short as the tempo is somewhat fast. There are harsh attacks at the end, which in fact gives you tension and a strong impact. These intense effects were done on purpose because the genre of the movie is action and thriller. They want to give you attention so it would give a dramatic effect. Additionally, if you look at Hedwig’s Theme, it is a little more different. Hedwig’s Theme has a genuine flow with longer notes and slower tempo. This is because the Harry Potter movie is classified in the genre; mystery and fantasy. It is not action like New Spectre so the harsh attacks are unnecessary.

After the observations, we got into our groups and discussed on what roles we wanted to take part on based on our specific instrument. Ryan and I decided we were both going to play the piano, so we intersected into two different parts where one plays the melody, and one playing a repeated part such as riffs or chords. To come up with my part, I first just tried playing the James Bond leitmotif which is the 4 chords: Em, C in first inversion, C in first inversion with a sharp, and back again to the natural C in the first inversion. However, that part was not very necessary because it was the complete same part of what the guitar player, Shoichi was playing. I then took this leitmotif and decided for my left hand side to play E, C, C# and back to C, and thought about what I could do on the right hand side. I then decided to split the leitmotifs and take the main notes in each of the chords: B, C, C#, C, and played it back and forth with the note E.

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With this new leitmotif, the guitar and my piano part couldn’t block and intercept each other so it was better. Further on, We added the drum part which was the basic 4/4 beat. This gave farther grooves and gained interest and momentum into the score. The drums also played a very significant role in the last part of the score. When we were playing the end of James Bond theme 3, every instrument, including piano, guitar, djembe and drums has all gave great intensity, which gave extra effort on that part. Furthermore, at the end of theme two, we decided to slow down the tempo and let Shoichi have a 2 bar solo where he played the arpeggios. The created gentle and delicate mood in the songs to keep it mysterious as well. The melody played by Ryan here in the 4 bars of James Bond theme has gradually had longer notes with no sharp contrasts to add on to this dark yet mysterious feeling.


Some improvements leading up to the June 2nd performance was firstly, the tempo. When we performed our James Bond theme to the rest of our class, Mr. Johnston pointed out that our theme didn’t show much of an action and intense mood because it was so slow. The jagged, intense, and smooth parts all sounded very similar. In order to fix this, I needed to make sure I played faster because I was the one who started the score, and everyone had to follow the tempo that I started and continue with that tempo for the rest of the song. Another improvements I found before the performance was the dynamics. Some people in my group thought the first part was supposed to be p (piano) or pp (pianissimo) which both demonstrated a very soft effect. In fact, James Bond theme was supposed to be upbeat and fast so it should have initially started from about forte. Once we get to end of theme 2 and start the transition, that is when things are supposed to become soft and add diminuendo so it could give a dramatic effect. The chords at the end of James Bond theme should have been the loudest about ff (fortissimo) or sforzando because that’s the part we most want to give impact.

Comedy Timeline | Drama

For the past few weeks, I have been learning about comedy and how to deliver expressions and body gestures in order to make people laugh. Here is a little Comedy Time:

Ancient Comics

"Lysistrata by Aristophanes." Humanities: Ancient to Modern., 10 Dec. 2015. Web. 28 May 2016.
A R I S T O P H A N E S . “Lysistrata by Aristophanes.” Humanities: Ancient to Modern., 10 Dec. 2015. Web. 28 May 2016.

Going all the way back in the 5th Century BCE, Ancient Greek Comedy was known to be divided up into 3 different stages: Old, Middle, and New Comedy. The earliest Old Comedy possessed was Aristophanes’ The Acharnians which was believed to be produced in 425. Aristophanes comedy works have always been to criticize using ridicule or sarcasm, which defines what we now call the “lampoon.” Indeed, the word lampoon was created when Athean Comedian, Aristophanes used statesman named  “Lampon” to brutally ridicule in several of his plays. And thus, the way the comedians of Ancient Greece delivered comedy was simple, including the act of satire to crude jokes. Mythologies and religion were used to also make fun of. But despite this, Zeus and Athena; the higher gods were seemed to be forbidden to use for the comic poet. Thereafter, A comedian named Meneander took place as the beginning of New Comedy was born. New Comedy maintained and built up the Old Comedy kind of fashion: making hateful jokes at politicians, philosophers, and artists.

Medieval Comics


M E D I E V A L                       J E S T E R                   Mercier, Philipe. “A Jester Philipe Mercier | Oil Painting Reproduction |” Oil Paintings Reproductions – Handmade Oil Paintings on Canvas & Art Reproductions. 1st-Art-Gallery Inc., 15 Dec. 2015. Web. 01 June 2016.Medieval Jesters were unlike the Greeks. Jesters were like the clowns today and their main role

77dfe673c98048bbd0af9d4100926174 in the Middle Ages was to entertain the kings or nobleman. Although they played a minor role in court life, they were undoubtedly a significant role to uplift the entertainments. Their responsibility was to bring a smile for the monarch, and/or amuse their master. Their role had pleased and excite the crowd like clowns nowadays and made a difference to be known as the “dark ages.” So, what did the Jesters look like? Medieval Jesters head were shaved and their coats were rich and vivid while the tight breeches were contrasted in different colors on one leg and another.

W I L L I A M                                     S H A K E S P E A R E . Wikia. “Flower Portrait.” Droeshout Portrait. wikipedia, 28 Apr. 2016. Web. 30 May 2016.

Renaissance Comics

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William Shakespeare was a prominent playwright of all times, substantially in the Renaissance period. Comedy in the Renaissance period focussed mainly on having a happy ending such as involving marriage, contrary of what we see comedy today. Comedy did not have to be funny, although they did have to have some potential. The characters had to demonstrate a common type of misunderstanding, for instance of one character and another, and cause embarrassment regarding the character. Thus, the human beings revealed oneself as a “small and silly character,” and the emphasis of comedy was yet to be positive. Nevertheless, still in the modern world, William Shakespeare’s comedies are still used and based upon his remarkable plays. Examples of his exceptional comedies include: A Midsummer Night’s Dream, All’s Well That Ends Well, and so much more. Commedia dell’arte, meaning “Comedy of  the profession,” was also one play that was very famous in the Renaissance period, originating from Italian theatrical and flourishing throughout Europe in the 16th to 17th century. Masks were used to exaggerate comic features and draw further attention to their performance through the body, leaps and more. Comedy skills like slapsticks and obscene gestures were also incorporated into their acts.

Melodramatic Comics

M E L O D R A M A T I C   C O M E D Y       Nelson, Alfred L., Joseph Donohue, and Gilbert B. Cross. “THE ADELPHI THEATRE CALENDAR.” University of Massachusetts Amherst (UMASS). University of Massachusetts, 20 June 2012. Web. 1 June 2016.

Generally, melodramas consisted of “moral tales,” along with a battle between good and evil, and the villain becomes the one who gets defeated in the end. Melodrama existed way back in the late 18th and 19th centuries from France. It was part of the Romantic literary period. They the romantics wanted to communicate their emotions through art and were able to accept their source of creativity, individuality, and nature to embracing their spirituality and more. Melodrama was and still defined as a work that is dramatically done from exaggerations in plot and characters. It was very common that strong stereotypical characters were to perform.6 different types of stock character were usually presented in this Melodrama. The hero, heroine, villain, villain’s accomplice, faithful servant and the maidservant. All these characters were based on stereotypical characters.
“Jean-Jacques Rousseau’s Pygmalio” is one of the earliest melodrama, which is alleged to be inspired by mythology.

Circus Comics

The major aspects of a clown are there comical ways and irreverence. There are three traditional types of clowns: White-face, Auguste and Character. The White-face clown is usually the most familiar and oldest clown of all times

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and well-known as the ‘classic’ clown. They have the highest status and affiliated with circuses and events like such. The white face clown was in fact the court jester if we go back to the Greek Theater. One example of the popular stock clown character, Pierrot was a White-face clown and it is thought that he was the one who introduced what we call the “White-face,” as he used flour to whiten his face. The Auguste Clown was almost the complete opposite of a white-face clown. It was the least intelligent, and was the craziest and funniest. They usually performed as the silly clown in skits and wore oversized yet a gaudy type of costume. The Augeste Clown in the 1860’s usually appeared with a huge nose, baggy clothes and large shoes. They apparently always spoiled the tricks of the white-face clown by appearing at the wrong time. The two Auguste Clown that really made an impact in the development of the Auguste were probably Albert Fratellini and Lou Jacobs. The Character Clown was a clown that could have been any characters; A lawyer, Policeman, or even babies. Charlie Chapman is designated as a Character Clown, the silent ‘Little Tramp’ clown to be exact.

Cinematic Comics

Cinematic Comedy was the oldest film genre. It was a start of a whole new way of bringing comedy. Silent films and Cinematic Comics focussed subjecting

C H A R L I E C H A P M A N Wells, Katherine. "Charlie Chaplin." A&E Networks Television, 28 Mar. 2014. Web. 01 June 2016.
C H A R L I E   C H A P M A N                                                                 Wells, Katherine. “Charlie Chaplin.” A&E Networks Television, 28 Mar. 2014. Web. 01 June 2016.

to visual action and physical humor was used more than sound. The earliest form of comedy used a lot in cinematic comedy; silent film was the Slapstick. This was demonstrated from usually in pratfalls, practical jokes, accidents, acrobatic death-defying stunts, water soakings, or wild chase scenes with trains and cars. It was until 1912 for an American Comedy to emerge though.

The Silent Era Clowns include Roscoe “Fatty” Arbuckle, Charlie Chaplin, Harold Lloyd, Harry Langdon, Larry Semon, Laurel and Hardy, Mae West, The Marx Brothers and W. C. Fields. 

S o u r c e s :

“History of Clowning.” Clown Doctors. The Humour Foundation, 01 June 2016.

Carroll, Heather. “Elements of Melodrama: From Early Theater to the Modern Soap Opera – Video & Lesson Transcript |”, 10 Aug. 2010. Web. 01 June 2016.

Trumbull, Eric W. “Medieval Theatre.” Introduction to Theatre — Medieval Theatre. Northern Virginia Community College, 8 Sept. 2012. Web. 01 June 2016.

Columbia. “Comedy.” Infoplease. Sandbox Networks Inc, 2012. Web. 24 May 2016.

“Commedia dell’arte.” The Renaissance. 2008. 8 May. 2016

“Shakespearean Comedy.” The World of the Renaissance. The World of the Renaissance, 15 Mar. 2012. Web. 23 May 2016.

“History of Clowning.” Clown Doctors. The Humour Foundation, n.d. Web. 23 May 2016.

Johnson, Flint. “Ancient Greek Comedy: Definition & Plays.”, n.d. Web. 23 May 2016.
Mason, Craig. “A Melodramatic Look at Melodramatic Comedies.” Theatrefolk. Theatrefolk, Winter 2014. Web. 23 May 2016.


Unit 4 Reflection | Spanish

What I understood:

  1. Negative Commands. In all honesty, the first time Ms. Hill explained to us what the function and rule is about commands, I was all confused. With further corrections and explanations, commands were so simple that I didn’t know why I didn’t just understand the first time. Negative commands were just to be used for ‘No’s” like “Don’t sing,” “No cantes”. You were simply supposed to change cantar into a present yo form, so canto, and then drop the o and replace it with the opposite ending. ar -es  &  er/ir -as.
  2. Affirmative Commands. Affirmative commands are just the opposite of the negative command saying “do” something. So for instance, “Sing”. Which is simple, “Canta”. You basically just turn the verb into a he or she subject pronoun.
  3. Reflexive Pronouns. Reflexive pronouns were also one of the things I understood in this unit. Reflexive pronouns are simiar to indirect object pronoun so I had to be careful. Instead of le or les for the third person singular and plural, you use “se”. So it’s basically, me, te, se, nos, os, se. The reflexive verb maquillarse could be conjugated as: me maquillo en mi cara (I wear makeup on my face.) Furhermore, placing the pronouns is simple. Normally, the goes before a reflex verb which makes it, subject + pronoun + verb + object.  For example: yo me cepillo los dientes. Reflexive pronouns were used to describe an action performing itself and a pronoun used to receive the action. It was very helpful throughout the unit to describe out “rutina de mañana” or the “Consejos para vivir una vida” poster.

Things that went well:

The things that went well this unit was communicating my spanish to a native spanish speaker. I think I did well engaging in a conversation and I actually understood what the native speaker was saying although it was very fast.


My goal for next unit is to be able to speak more fluently and faster because during the oral and the talk with the spanish speaker, I did understand and all except when I talked I had constant pauses and “um’s” and “likes”, which I need to avoid.

I also want to be able to sing a spanish song and memorize it so I could feel accomplished and learn spanish from it as well.


Unit Three Reflection | S p a n i s h .

W h a t   I   l e a r n e d….

U n i t   t h r e e  has incredibly expanded my skills in Spanish.

But foremost, I think my skill in grammar was definitely the one thing that was well-informed in my head. Conjugation was a big part of it, such as the preterite conjugation. This was very helpful to use in my assessments like Querido Diario since I was expressing my actions and verbs in past tense. As an example, when I wanted to say I went or I was, I learned to use words like fui ot fueron. I am also able to conjugate verbs to past tense depending on the subject pronoun and if it ended in -ar or –er or –ir. Furthermore, i was able to learn that the irregular preterite conjugation are used in verbs like hacer, making it into “hic“.

Additionally, I learned about the Direct Object Pronouns and the pronombres. The indirect object pronoun comes first when both, direct object pronoun and an indirect object pronoun are in the same sentence. For example, if the sentence is “They ask you for the boarding pass“, in Spanish, it is Te piden la tarjeta de embarque, or te la piden, putting the “la” after the “te“.

I also learned new vocabularies like the interrogative vocabularies such as De quién or Cuántos(as). I learned vocabularies used to describe activities too such as tomar fotos, mandar tarjetas postales, montar a caballo, and vocabularies like reservar un vuelo and reclamo de equipaje, used in travelling or making plans.

L a s    P r e g u n t a s   (Questions)

What are fun ways to study for Spanish?

What are some activities I could do with someone for upcoming spanish assessments and tests?

How can we listen better to fluent spanish speakers? (Because sometimes, they tend to speak very fast and usually makes me confused)

W h a t   w e n t   w e l l   &   m y   l e a r n i n g   h a b i t s

I think one of the things that helps me really remember how to use the new vocabularies and grammar is to actually use them. In any of the assessments like writing a diary or a letter, I try to use varieties of the new things we talked about in class or new things I wrote on my notebook and use them efficiently, so it will help me notice where to put it or not to put it in a sentence. Therefore, in an actual test where I don’t have my notes, I could already write it because I’m so used to using them.

M y   G o a l s .

  1. Improve on listening and understanding fast spanish speakers.
  2. Be able to talk about my weekends easily and smoothly.
  3. Learn to study Spanish with my friends while having fun.

Gr. 8 Showcase Portfolio

Self-Management Skills – My self-management skills are pretty good as you can see in my projects in Math and Science. In both subjects, I produced an organized project with varieties of outstanding informations.

Math – In Math class, I have been learning about Geometry, and one of my assignments in this unit was to make a poster. Since I was in the extended math class, I had to make a poster with a diagram of 2D compound shape showing all measurements needed. Which in my case, it was the Basketball court. Furthermore I needed to include a 3D object, which was cuboid and a house with Roof going to a single point and I needed to have a net with all measurements clearly labelled and the surface area, volume and full capacity with my chosen dimensions. In this poster, I clearly showed all the steps above and organized my poster well without a lot of cramming in any sections.


Individual & Societies – In my latest project, I worked on an infographic about gender inequality in Japan. My organization skills were effectively demonstrated by how it was presented. I used a range of visual techniques such as the layout, contrast, or the difference in the font size considering the importance of the text. Furthermore to make my project a little more organized and have a little less words, I used symbols and icons so the viewer looking could recognize and get better understanding of the information that is told without a lot of text. Additionally, I used framing as one of my visual techniques in my infographic, and this has made it more organized because making font size bigger could make the reader focus more on that specific text. For instance, for this, when I had the graph of Men and Woman, Men had so much more status than what female got and I wanted to make Men stand out more. So overall these techniques made my infographic organized and improved my self-management skills.

Julynn Infographic

Social Skills – My social skills is effective in Drama, Spanish and Physical Education class because I am always giving out/sharing ideas and I like to empathize with different students.

Drama – One of my project in Drama class using effective social skills was the elevator scene with Kenryo, Reina and William. A few weeks ago, Kenryo, Reina, William and I created an Elevator Scene acting out as our character based on a story where we were trapped in the elevator. My character was supposed to be the negative and quiet girl that was always so clumsy and awkward. Kenryo was a intelligent young boy named Jonathan Quan and got hired by the CEO of mooniverse, William. Reina was then the strange mysterious scientist from the future. Throughout this project, I have shared vast array of ideas ideas and empathized on what my other group members had in mind and overall, our project turned out pretty comical and humorous because of our different personality and traits in the story.

8C Drama: Elevator Scene1 from YIS Arts on Vimeo.

Physical Education – In PE class, I am always ready to play and a positive influence in team discussions. I always try to give my best in game play and I work on communicating to create tactical plans and executing them in game play.

Spanish – In Spanish class, one of the important skills we learned was collaborating and giving out an oral presentation. One of my favorite oral presentation was the Dating Show I did with Arthur and Larissa. Arthur and Larissa, being the advanced students in our Spanish class, I had lots of doubts before I even started the oral yet, it turned out better than I expected. Even though some parts I stopped because I was struggling in understanding there complex sentences and vocabularies, they helped me to carry on and continue the oral. Even though, it was more of a great social skills from Arthur and Larissa, this was definitely a great act of social skills and I really enjoyed working on it.

Thinking Skills – My creative thinking skills are great because I tend to have a great quantity of ideas that I could put into one project to make it outstanding.

Art – In art class, we worked on ceramics and one of my goals was to produce something that is truly an artwork and genuine that could be a remembrance of my house in Kamakura because I was moving very soon. In order to do this, the first thing I had in mind was to think of the most unforgettable moments I had during the time at my house. The first thing I had in my mind was the beach. Furthermore I used my thinking skills in coming up with a good form and shape. Therefore, I was very proud of the idea of the holes I thought of because I think it was really original.

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Music – The past few weeks in Music Class, we worked on our own original song using the four chords, C, F, G and Am. Everyone was doing this as a group but I decided to do it by myself because I thought that would help me work harder and learn every parts of the songs like the chords, bass, melody and/or the riffs. This has definitely made it more challenging and definitely expanded my thinking more because as a group, you get several ideas from people and you can empathize to make your piece original but as an individual, you only have ideas from yourself. Therefore, now that I listen to my song that I personally made, I could see all that effort from into something original and creative. Furthermore, the tone of my voice and the way I sang my song was very authentic and passionate which made it fit the meaning of my song and that has unquestionably made me get more attention to the tone of the song.

Design – In design class,  we had a unit on viral videos, and what we did was we used our knowledge of viral videos to create an animation that helps get an important message stand out in a sea of Youtube videos. We had to choose an issue important to us that gets few views or shares, and then use Wacom tablets to create our animation. I decided to choose the topic on “depression” because I knew that this topic was very important to young teenagers like me. My thinking skills were highly effective on this project because I had to envision a story for this topic and really ally and speculate if I was someone with depression. Therefore, my character needed to be unique so I really had to be creative with how I draw different body parts like the eyes, nose, mouth, hair, etc…

English – In our previous unit, we explored literary concepts such as symbol, theme, motif and genre. In particular, we have been focusing on the genres of fantasy and magical realism, in which symbolism can be used to teach us about the real world. I was able to think imaginatively in this unit, and develop my thinking skills. First off, we had to design our own creature and write about it’s characteristics such as, its face, body, voice, personality, etc… This was definitely something I had to be creative with because a story is based on a character. I really thought about this and decided to talk about a werewolf. Creating the storyline was one of the most challenging bit. There are so many werewolf stories that are so conventional and I didn’t want mine to be like that. I wanted to make something original so I had to expand my thinking. Choosing the symbols expanded my think as well. Since symbols are likely to come up pretty often in a story, I needed to choose something that could be described in varieties of ways. After all the thinking, this was my final product.

Research Skills – I have shown great research skills throughout Individual & Societies and Art class. In both subjects, I chose suitable sites and sources for me to read and analyze. Therefore, I can summarize complex paragraphs into my own writing and make students around my age to understand these paragraphs.

Science – In Science, my presentation of metal alloys and acid rain was great and it was one of the projects I really had to research closely. All my sites I tried to search up was some scholarly articles for college students. Therefore, it had so many complex vocabularies that I had a hard time understanding and I needed to keep checking the definition of it. In all this research I’ve done, it was probably worth it because of the great quality of research and information that I didn’t even know.

Communication Skills – One AtL skills I need to improve in Japanese class is communication skills.

Japanese class – In Japanese class, I worked on a speech on “少年兵” which means child soldiers. I think I could have improved on my communication skills because throughout my speech, I had some words and kanjis where my intonation was weak. Additionally, I had some parts where from paragraphs to paragraphs I did not connect very well.

Original Song Using Chords | Music

The past few weeks in Music Class, we worked on our own original song using the four chords, C, F, G, A. Everyone was doing this as a group but I decided to do it by myself because I thought that would help me work harder and learn every parts of the songs like the chords, bass, melody and/or the riffs.

To start off, I decided to work on the order of the chords. To make my song a little more of a minor feeling and a little dark, I decided to make my chords from Am, then F, C and then G. Then I played the piano using these chords and I figured my melody by looking at poems that I found on the internet and using that just to first come up with a melody and the rhythm. I was going through quite a lot that time when I was making the song so I decided to search more of a depressing poem than a rather romantic poems or life poems or anything inspirational. While looking up at these poems, I came across with a poem that really made a connection with me and was really relatable to me and that gave me some inspirations on the lyrics.

What I was a little concerned before was that my song was going to be like someone else’s song because the chords C,F,Am and G is very common in the pop industry. I really needed to be original and come up with a rhythm thats not often used and melodies that was slightly different then the pop songs nowadays. Before I started to actually make this song, I started off making a melody and my own lyrics but it turned out sounding like One Republic’s song so I needed to sadly cancel that song. Furthermore, while I was helping out the other groups, I noticed that there songs sounded like another popular song so it came into a conclusion that making a song is so hard because you need to be creative and be original so it is not a copy. I mean, there are billions of songs out there and your song might sounds exactly like the song that was made by another person wether it is popular or not.

Overall, I learned that making songs are much more difficult than you think and you need a lot of effort to get all the things combined like the melodies, bass, chords and more. This was definitely a great experience for me and I would love to get an opportunity like this again.

3 Things I Am Most Proud|Spanish

It is almost the end of December which means it’s almost Winter Break!! Yayyyyy! It’s been almost 6 months and I learned so much during this time. For example Spanish. These are 3 things I learned during semester 1 and I am proud of in Spanish.

Firstly, I like to say that I am proud on how my writing skills developed during this semester. In the beginning of the semester, all I knew was introducing my self with “Hola, me llamo Julynn. Soy de Japón y Taiwan. Me gusta ____”. Now, I could say I love to this because and extending my writing buy answering why I like this or why I wrote this.

Secondly, I am proud of writing with a massive variety of vocabularies. Now that I use dictionaries and note down the vocabularies I learn in class and practice them, I learned to extend my vocabularies in writing and learning to use them in sentences. Doing this I learned to make my writing assignments with high quality and developed better studying andmy learning habits.

Lastly, In the first assignment, where we did the presentation about ourselves,  I thought it went pretty well because I had time to practice and knew what I was going to talk about. However, when we did with the talk show, we had to improvise and just present in last minute. In this assignment I had trouble understanding what the questions meant because some vocabularies the host in my group said were words that I didn’t understand or haven’t learned in class. However, it helped me a lot on trying to understand what it is like to actually be in the Spanish world because in real life, we don’t scripts and it’s just a normal conversation and we just talk in-the-go. I think by doing this, I am proud of trying to speak with people without a script and interact in Spanish even though it doesn’t sound right and even though I haven’t quite understood the meaning. It also gave made me realize the things I need to improve on to see a development in my oral assignments.

Elevator Scene | Drama

A few weeks ago, Kenryo, Reina, William and I created an Elevator Scene acting out as our character based on a story where we were trapped in the elevator. My character was supposed to be the negative and quiet girl that was always so clumsy and awkward. Kenryo was a intelligent young boy named Jonathan Quan and got hired by the CEO of mooniverse, William. Reina was then the strange mysterious scientist from the future.

As my group performed, I noticed that our group was overall pretty well at showing our personality as the character and for me, I was pretty satisfied on how the status changed between William and I. William had a higher status because he was the CEO of the company. However, the elevator suddenly stopped and the blame was on William but after the elevator started working, It was actually Reina who made the time machine and was to blame. So William had a higher status in the end, and he needed an apology from me.

My character had a low status because of the fact that she was a janitor and very shy and quiet. How she had very low confidence to herself because of her job and her background made her not speak up or never told what she felt to anyone, including the CEO of the company, William who hired her as a janitor. At first when I walked towards the elevator, I tried to look frustrated and agonized and looked down. I walked in the elevator and not talked to anyone and tried distracting myself looking at my watch. From this, I was trying to make the audience feel like I was anti-social and quiet, but I had a deep hatred between the CEO, William. After I knew that the elevator stopped because of him, My body posture didn’t really change but my pose looked like I was trying to question WIlliam to make him weak and my voice became from very quiet, to being deafening . Since I was a Janitor, I just wore normal clothes because Janitors do not dress up so much. I interacted with other characters like William, by blaming how he ruined my life, and made me a janitor and stuck in the elevator because of him and Reina, for saying that her plan is not worth it and we should “screw [her] plan” and Although I did not talk to Kenryo very much, I thought  had a little bit of a higher status because he was just a kid but that changed once he fixed the elevator. I had a lot of respect for him.

Some of the challenging areas were to act out as my shy, quiet and aggressive character because I am usually not that kind of person. I had problems with my body posture because I was trying to still act drenched but confident.

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PTS Conference Reflection Questions | Spanish

Throughout this semester in Spanish class, I have gained a vast array of knowledge on verbally and/or writing about myself/others and feelings using new vocabularies and accurate grammar. This is shown by my “dating show” Oral Exam with Larissa and Arthur. I had great effort on my expressions to keep the conversation flowing by saying “¿De veras? (really?)” or “Vale (okay)”. Additionally, I have shown good use of new vocabularies by putting it in my blog post assessments like the one I’ve just done last week which was “¿Cómo Prefieres Viajar?“.

Some of the weakness I pointed out during this semester was using frequency vocabularies such as, todo los días, siempre, casi siempre, a veces, and so on and forth. Furthermore, I also learned that my knowledge of vocabularies on directing place or position is limited.

Currently, I am learning these vocabularies by using my workbook but to extend my learning, I am going to make sure I study them frequently and use them when I verbally talk to people in Spanish. I also need to make sure I could come up with sentences and write it down so I could get the hang of using them in my blog posts or upcoming tests where I write them down.

I do not have any concerns or things Ms Hill could do to help me but to keep doing what she is doing for instance letting us determine where things go by using our vocabularies on place or position, and making us write blog posts using these vocabularies.