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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.

Digital foot print

How might your digital footprint affect your future opportunities?Give at least two examples.

Our digital foot print can affect our future opportunities no matter if it is negative, positive or non existent.  Our digital footprint can affect what job we  get. If your employer looks at your foot print and it is negative, inappropriate or a bad influence,  they will not want to hire you because you seem like a person not  fit for the job. If  your employer looks at your foot print and it is positive, you are involved in the community or professional, you will probably be hired. If your employer looked for your digital foot print and they can’t find one,  then they will favor you over someone with a negative foot print, but favor someone with a positive foot print over you.


Describe at least three strategies that you can use to keep your digital footprint appropriate and safe.

These are my three strategies for keeping your digital footprint appropriate and safe.  My first strategy is never  post things that are not true. My second strategy is to only post things that put you in a positive light.  My last strategy is to not comment on anyone’s post if it is mean or hurtful.  You should ignore the mean or hurtful post and if necessary report it to the proper authorities.


What information did you learn that you would pass on to other students? how would you go about telling them?

I learned that it is good to post things on your edublog and use it to your advantage. Also, that nothing posted if every private  and there is no way to keep posts private, sometimes this can be good for you or bad so think before you post. I will help teach others by directing them to this blog post and by conducting myself appropriately online at all times.

the loss of scenses and memory

disappeared I found an article on what it is like to lose smell, It’s called Anosmia. If you have Anosmia, You can’t smell your grandma’s pie, and the pie tastes flavorless. Sometimes, People with Anosmia, even experience distortions of smell, this is called Parosmia, they are typically unpleasant smells. Smell is such a big part of memory, this would cause a lot of problems with your life. But, this got me thinking, what would it be like if you lose one of your 5 senses, and how would it affect your memory? Some kind of a what if scenario but at the end I will tell you about the disorder caused this. So lets get started.

The visual sense, it lets you see all around. but what would life be like if your sight, just disappeared or gradually got worse? You would not be able or barely see anything. Life would be much more dangerous when you can’t sea. You probably need someone with you at all times. You could recognize someone by their voice, or just make the person out, but you could not see them fully. You would need to learn to live buy your other senses. the complete blindness can be caused by something called glaucoma. Glaucoma dose not have you lose vision right away, it happens over time, so my what of scenario was not 100% accurate. What causes glaucoma is extra liquid builds up and puts pressure on the eye and eventually brake the connection to the brain. Semi blindness come from catarcks. Cataracks occurs when the lens of the eye slowly mists over and becomes less clear. how would this effect our memory? well, People do not remember much of what they see but this will take away a part of life.

The gustatory sense or the sense of taste. This is what it is like if you lost your sense of taste.  Every new food that you tried would be or almost flavorless. Even your favorite food would not taste the same as you remember. The disorder for weakening of the sense of taste is called Hypo gujiya, this usually happens as you age. the disorder of complete loss of taste is called Gujiya. how would this effect your memory? It would not efect your memory that much but it would make your childhood not fell too good, because you really liked candy and it would not taste the same.

The somatic sense or the sense of touch. This is what it would be like of you lost your sense of touch. If you do lose sense of touch you could not fell any thing, like pain or burns. However, you have no pain alert. for example: if you brake a bone you can not fell it. The disorder the caused this is called Congenital insensitivity, this is vary rare. How would this effect your memory? Not that much but you would not be able to fell comfort with a blanket.

The auditory scene or hearing. This is what it would be like if you could not hear. You would not be able to connect voices, noises, and song to people.  The disorder caused by this is called deafness. deafness is caused by damage to the complete of the ear or is a faulty gene.   How would this effect your memory? This would severely effect your memory. You would not be able to hold  songs to their heart.

my answers to the questions

  1. What questions did you need to research in order to research your topic? I needed to research about Memory and how it works, the 5 senses and how they work, and what is it like to live with out a sense.
  2. What new or familiar digital tools did you try to use as you worked through this project? I used Gail ingaded lurning. it was fun trying to figure it out.
  3. What was the process you used to investigate the topic? I
  4. How did you verify and cite the information you  found? I wrote down all the information down on a word page and all the info.
  5. How did the process of completing