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Character Sketch: Junior/Arnold

Character sketch


Have you ever wondered or experienced what it is like to have to go to a different school and leave all of your friends behind? If so, then you can sympathise with the main protagonist, Junior, of “The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian” by Sherman Alexie. Junior, or as he is known off the reserve Arnold, is a creative and determined person. In this story, Junior goes to the school on the Spokane Indian reservation then a teacher tells him to go to a school off the reserve so that he can be successful. Junior is creative because he likes to draw cartoons. Life on the reserve was hard for Junior so he uses his cartoons to escape from the world. “I think the world is a series of broken dams and floods, and my cartoons are tiny little life boats” page 6. Some of his drawings are included all throughout the book helping give your more context about how he feels. Junior is determined because he wants the right to do things. It started when he was only a baby, he was born with too much spinal fluid in his brain, or as he calls it having “water on the brain”. He had to have a surgery to get it removed. After the surgery, he was supposed to have major brain damage and live the rest of his life as a vegetable, but that did not happen. However, he did have some seizures, but they stopped as he grew older. Later, he was determined to be successful, so, he decided to go to school off the reserve. He fought for respect while he was at Reardan, that is the school he went to off the reserve, and he got it. Junior is a fun and believable character that everyone can find a way to connect with.

Resurrection of extinct animals

Below, is my science 9 research Infographic. For the last week, my class has been doing a project on genetic modification. I did a project on: If we could bring back extinct organisms, how would they be able to adapt to present day conditions? I had a lot of fun working on and making this project and with my partner. I now know a lot. I hope you like my project!

My reflection

DEFINE: Outline the specifics of the problem.

My question is: If we could use technology to bring back extinct organisms, would they be able to adapt to present day conditions? To find the answer to this question I had to find out: how we could resurrect extinct organism, how would we take care of them. We chose this question because my partner and I wanted to do something about animals. This is relevant because cloning technology is being perfected and we need to know about it.


DISCOVER: Question and Investigate the issue. What are the underlying issues? Who is affected? What stances have certain countries taken on the issue? What other questions need to be researched to get the information needed to take a stand?

If we where to bring extinct organisms back, there would be no natural predators, so they would over populate and become an invasive species and maybe kill off another species. Also, we could bring back a virus. We know the France where the first people to successfully make a hybrid baby of an extinct species, however, it died after 10 minutes of living.


DELIVER: Share your opinion though an infographic. Use a format that is as effective as possible. Include media that gets your ideas across

I decided to make my infographic this way to make it visually appealing. I picked imaged that matched what the section was about. For example: a light bulb for ideas.


DEBRIEF: Reflect on quality of the product and the process you went through.

I fell like I produced a really nice looking infographic. I fell like I could have added more colour to it and made the font a little bigger, but other then that it is really good

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detergent inguiry

My answers to the detergent Inquiry experiment

  1. We began this inquiry with the wonder question: does the materials in the detergents, the fabric, the amount of detergent and water temperature affect the cleaning ability. Does the price have anything to do with the after math of the cleaning. Does the detergent work on different types of stains or different sizes of stains. This did influence the way I designed the experiment because I always had lots of wonder questions in my head.
  2. The research helped plan the experiment because I now know what kind of ingredients there are, what is advertised what it is supposed to do and things like that.
  3. The independent variables were: the fabric, the sized the type of stain, the amount of water, the water temperature, how we mixed and how long we mixed. The dependent variable was the detergent that we used.
  4. The hypothesis that my group and I used was: when cleaning the Coke stained cloth, we think that Tide will clean the best.
  5. My group and I made sure to fill the beaker up to a certain line, using the same amount of soap in a graduated cylinder .
  6. The new wonder questions this inquiry led me to are as follows: how would the same detergent work against different kinds of stains, would the experiment work out the same if we put things in a different order, if we mixed it differently, if we wring out the towel before we put it in? I wonder if we used 2 different kinds of detergents in the same wash, how would it work out? I would want to see of 1 detergent does against different stains.
  7. I feel the the group could have worked better together. I felt like one person took charge and made it not too fun, some people did not pull their weight and some people were confused. The skill I was able to bring to my group was my organization skills, I tried my best to keep people on task.

Here is my summary/report of the inquiry

The purpose of the Inquiry for my group was to find out if what is advertised of the detergent in true, while fight agent Coke. The material list goes as follows: 1 10ml graduated cylinder, 4 beakers, the 4 detergents (Sunlight Morning F, Tide Cold Water, Western Family Ultra detergent), sink Tupperware container, 1.25L of Coca Cola, Rag divided and cut into 4 square pieces, paper folded and cut into 4 pieces, pencil, paper towel. To keep ourselves safe we wore safety glasses. Here is the procedure:

  1. The night before, cut rag into 4 square pieces and put them into Tupperware container. 2. Pour the 1.25L of coca cola into the Tupperware container. 3. The next day, measure out 7

millilitres of tide detergent into a graduated cylinder. 4. Take one square of the rag out of the Tupperware container, DON’T RING IT OUT, and put it into a 500 ml beaker . 5. Fill the beaker up to the 300 ml mark with water. 6. Pour the Tide in the graduated cylinder into the beaker .  7. Mix the beaker for 3 minutes. 8. Use paper and pencil and write  down Tide and place in front of beaker .  9. Let sit. 10. Repeat steps 3 to 9 for the other 3 detergents, make sure to write down the name of the detergent you are using in step 8. 11. Once all 4 detergents are done, take out the cloth from the beaker . 12. Over sink, ring out and rinse out. 13. Place over 2 paper towels. 14. Repeat steps 11 to 13 for the other 3 pieces.

Miss. Rilston character skech

The Friday Everything Changed

Understanding, kind and firm, the qualities that make a good teacher. I will be writing about Anne Hart’s: The Friday Everything Changed. The setting is after World War 2, in the early 1950’s. The story takes place in a small town close to Toronto, in a small, one room school house. The older boys go to get the water, however, one day the girls want to get the water too. Miss. Ralston is a young, assertive, and courageous teacher in this story, who believes in equal rights for both boys and girls. Miss. Ralstonis young because the narrator said the she just finished grade 11 the past year: “Because she was young (she’d just finished grade 11 the year before herself – River Hibbert had fancy things like grade 11).” (page 5). This reminds me of Miss Shields from the movie A Christmas Story.  In this movie, Miss Shields was a young and strict teacher and she would do what she needed to do.  Miss Ralston also does what she needs to do.  Miss. Ralston is assertive because on her first day of teaching, the older boys where being bad and she strapped a lot of them to get them to listen: “But she ….. after she’d strapped most of them up at the front of the room before our very eyes (and even the little kids could see that it really hurt)…” (page 5). Miss Ralston is courageous because when she hit the home run she proved that girls can do what boys can do. This reminds me of athlete Jennie Finch Daigle, a base ball player because of her skill.  After, she said that the girls could carry the water, she challenged the tradition of the school:

“For a fleeting moment we had a glimpse of what life might be like in River Hibbert and then Miss. Ralston hit the ball….. Hitting the ball into the ox pasture happened maybe once a year….. “Next week” said Miss Ralston, ….. “next week Alma Niles and Joyce Shipley will go get the water.”” (page 10 and 11).

Miss. Ralston believes in equal right for boys and girls, she was able to use her personal experiences to prove that girls can do what boys can do.