English Final Poetry Projet – Aleana Labrador

 

 

Harmless lies

 

I told myself these harmless lies

Thinking I would win some prize

My identity I chose to hide

Pushing away my pride

 

I told myself these harmless lies

Lies – the lies that I thought were wise

The lies I traded in for acceptance

Which took away my balance

 

I told myself these harmless lies

These lies that soon became my demise

I became a sheep

And now I weep

 

I once told myself these harmful lies

 

Student’s thoughts

“Harmless Lies” is a poem written by Aleana Labrador which the main theme is identity.  This poem takes place in the first-person narration but is not in the perspective of Aleana, but an unknown character. Throughout the poem, the unknown character progresses from harmless lies to harmful lies. This transition indicates the realization of what was thought to be harmless was really just harmful. In this poem,  Aleana uses a literary device, which is an end rhyme. She describes the mind of someone who wants to fit in and be accepted. The character is aware that they have been telling themselves lies, by they are in denial, thinking that these lies can do no harm. In the first two stanzas, the character speaks about all the negative aspects of telling these “harmless lies”, such as losing one’s pride and losing one’s balance in life. By the third stanza, the character starts to realize and admit the harm the lies have done. These lies we no longer harmless they were ultimately in the end what destroyed them. Aleana uses the simile “I became a sheep” because sheep are known for always following the crowd and this is exactly what the character is doing. They are simply following a crowd to fit in and seek validation. This poem has no set ending, we are not sure whether or not the character chooses to continue these harmful lies or if the character found their own identity.

Video

https://youtu.be/K5wZgue9ZX0

 

 

 

Peom inspired by The Veldt – Aleana Labrador

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Oh, well

Oh, well they say

Oh, well they proclaim

Oh, well there goes a generation down the drain

Destroyed by the screens that now divide us

Where our hearts rather be filled with

Its rings, and dings

Because we’re too afraid of stings of reality

 

Transfixed by feeling we get

When our photos get liked and our opinions get shared

We validate numbers more than anything now

They used to say “quality over quantity”

But oh, well I guess that no longer applies

 

Because now we follow by “the more the merrier”

Although in some cases this may be true

We’ve taken this saying and gone too far

Because since when are the “friends” upon your screen

More important than those in your sight

Since when is the family right in front of us

Not worthy of our love and attention

 

But what happens to be worthy

Is our phone’s, TV’s or any sort of screens

Oh, wait I was wrong

We do show our family lots of love and attention

In order to receive these things

Oh, well I guess we do what we need to do in order to get what we want

 

We no longer know how to deal with confrontations

We’ve gotten so used to just clicking our problems away

It is now hard to keep a face to face conversation up

Because all the confidence we had behind the screen

Is now gone and now we are left with not knowing how to speak

Oh, well I guess we no longer need human interactions

 

We are no longer living

Those who are alive might as well be dead

Yes, you have a pulse, yes you have a heart, yes you are moving

But no, you are not living

Justify your actions all you want

I bet you everyone around you will just mind their business

And sit and stair and say

Oh, well

Science – Inquiry Project (Aleana and Tyler)

How do air conditions affect evaporation rates?

Part 1

Topic: Water evaporation

Question: How do air condition affect evaporation rates?

Prediction:

• The sponge being dried by the electric heater will dry faster opposed to the on being dried by the electric  fan. We think this because the heat from the heater will evaporate the water from the sponge quicker

• We made this prediction because in the summer after a rainy day and the next day the sun is shinning    usually the heat from the sun will evaporate the water (puddles) from the sidewalks.

• When it comes to plants take a flower for example, when its exposed to heat the plant runs out of water  and you must water it again and that cycle continues.

• When you have a shower, it would take longer to air dry your hair rather than simply use a blow dryer (with heat)

• We also believe that the sponge that is being air dried will dry the slowest.

Part 2

Materials:

• 3 sponges

• 3 bowls (something that can withstand heat)   

• 1/2 cups of water per bowl 

• A heater fan

• A fan

Steps:

1. First you would get your 3 bowls fill them with a 1/2 a cup of water, just make sure the water is same amount in each bowl.

2.You will then need to put 1 sponge in each bowl and make sure that all the sponges are the same size.

3. Now you will need to place each bowl in a separate room. (One with a fan, one with a heater and one without a fan or a heater.

4. Then you’ll check on the bowls every few hours and make observations. You’ll write down which water evaporated faster.

(Optional: If you want to make things easier when it comes to timing how long it takes for the sponges to dry, instead of doing it one by one you can do all 3 at the same time.)

Dangers:

Make sure that you don’t get any of the cords in water. Also, make sure to dry your hands if you got any water on them when you were filling the bowls because when you plug in the cords to the outlet. Be careful with the heater, if certain objects are too close it can start a fire. 

Part 3

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Part 4

• We predicted that the bowl and sponge being dried by the heater fan would dry faster and the sponge being air dried dried the slowest. After doing this experiment we were able to put our prediction to the test and by doing so we proved that our prediction was right. We found that the heat was a faster way to evaporate the water from the sponge.

• We found out that when there is an increase of temperature that will cause an increase of kinetic energy of surface molecules. This causes the process of  water evaporation to go by much faster. Because we used a fan heater, it also worked as a substitute for “wind.” This is helpful because if there was no “wind” there would be nothing to blow/take away the water vapor that has been removed from the sponge and of it was nothing to blow/take away the water vapor from the sponge, the sponge would have taken much more time to dry. The moving air from the heater fan carries away the water vapor.

• Things we could have done better.

–  We split up the experiment (I was in charge of the bowl and sponge with the fan and the one without a fan or the heater fan and Tyler was in charge of the bowl with the heater fan) and since we split it up we weren’t able to give all 3 bowls the same starting point.

– Neither of us we able to indicate an exact time when the sponge was completely dried.

–  Tyler and I used different sponges that we different sizes.

– If we could we would have done the experiment in rooms with the same temperature for the start.

– Since I used regular fan there were some uncertanties due to the fact that a bigger fan could produce more “wind” which could have helped in drying the sponge faster. I used a smaller fan, but placed it on maximum speed.

– Since it’s winter my house is a lot colder then usual, this might have caused some effects on how fast the air dried sponge dried.

• Heat drys faster, then the fan and the slowest was air dried.