Core Competency Reflection – Grade 9 – Semester 2

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My questions for the novel study discussion

Section

My 3 questions

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Why do you think Lakshmi names her cucumbers? What is the symbolism?

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Why do you think Lakshmi’s “first blood” is considered such a big deal in her community?

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Why do you think Lakshmi’s step-father continued to gamble even though he knew they did not have a lot of money?

Section

My 3 questions

2

Why do you think Lakshmi trusted her “Uncle Husband” even though she didn’t know him? What does this say about how men are represented in her community?

2

Why do you think the girls have to wear makeup while working? How does this represent the way the girls are seen by the men?

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Why do you think Lakshmi is kept in a separate room when she first arrives? How does this affect her thinking?

Section

My 3 questions

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Why do you think Lakshmi had to hide her calculations from other people? How would their opinion of her change if they found out she was intelligent?

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Why do you think the man who held Lakshmi during their time together had such a big impact on her?

3

Why do you think Harish started teaching Lakshmi how to read? Why was she so grateful?

Section

My 3 questions

4

Why do you think the girls hide when the police come to the door? What would happen if they didn’t?

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Why do you think Lakshmi’s mindset changes and she decides to work harder?

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How is Lakshmi different from the other girls? Does her personality change during her time in the Happiness House?

Novel Study Self-Assessment

You will need to develop a list of questions specific to each section that the group might discuss.

  • Questions should be open-ended and not “yes/no” questions.
  • They cannot have an answer that can be found within the book, as they should incite discussion further than the events in the story
  • Questions will be answered primarily using opinions, but will need to reference parts of the book as proof
  • You should have 3 questions per section -> these will go into the “Book Talk questions” tab

 

  1. Choose 1 type of connection in your novel (t-s, t-t, or t-w) and explain it. Show clear parallels between specific things from your novel and the connection you’ve made.

Text to World

  • In the book Lakshmi is tricked into prostitution. She did not know that she was going to the “Happiness House” and she was mistreated while she was there. This is still an issue that happens today around the world. A lot of girls are tricked into this work, even in modern societies.

Statistics:

Worldwide, almost 20% of all trafficking victims are children.

From <https://www.unodc.org/unodc/en/human-trafficking/global-report-on-trafficking-in-persons.html>

There Are An Estimated 24.9 Million People Trapped In Forced Labor Via Human Trafficking Worldwide

From <https://www.bustle.com/p/13-sex-trafficking-statistics-that-put-the-worldwide-problem-into-perspective-9930150>

Victims spend an average of 20 months in forced labor, although this varied with different forms of forced labor.

From <https://www.humanrightsfirst.org/resource/human-trafficking-numbers>

How Things Work Model – Nuclear Power Plant

What problem does our technology try to solve?

Nuclear power plants were invented to create a large amount of energy using a small amount of fuel and to reduce the greenhouse gases released into the atmosphere. A 8.5g pellet of Uranium can provide as much energy as 1 ton of coal. Nuclear power plants do not release greenhouse gases and are better for the environment.

What are the main parts of a nuclear power plant and what are their functions?

There are many components of a nuclear power plant that allow it to function.

  1. Fuel Rods – Provide Uranium atoms for the fission process.
  2. Control Rods – Control the fission rate in the reactor.
  3. Moderator – (usually water) Located inside the reactor, slows down Uranium molecules.
  4. Generator / Turbine – Turns steam into electricity.
  5. Containment Chamber – Keeps steam in and covers reactor and steam generator. (barrier)
  6. Condenser – Condenses steam to pass through turbine.
  7. Pumps (water pumps) – Pumps cool the reactors. Water being pumped through the systems pushes water past nuclear core and removes heat.
  8. Cooling Tower – Dissipates heat into atmosphere.
  9. Pipes – Transfer water and steam throughout the power plant.
  10. Steam generator – Convert water into steam from heat produced in the nuclear reactor.

How does a nuclear power plant produce energy?

Nuclear energy is produced from the splitting of Uranium atoms. This process is called fission. This generates heat which creates steam that passes through a turbine and generates energy.

What are the social implications?

There are pros and cons to power plants based on their affect on society.

Social Pros:

  • Job Intensive – Power plants create a lot of job opportunities and offer a lot of different specialties for everyone.
  • Resilience – Nuclear power plants are very resilient during harsh weather, which means the jobs created by the power plant will be available year.
  • Low operating costs – Power plants cost very little to power, as not very much fuel (uranium) is required to create energy.

Social Cons:

  • Explosive – If an explosion was ever to occur in a nuclear power plant, the radioactivity released into the atmosphere would have severe consequences. The community would be evacuated and would never be able to come back.
  • Size – Nuclear power plants are large in size and have many components that take up a lot of space. The cities in which nuclear power plants are located must limit the expansion of homes to ensure there is enough space to construct the power plant.

What are the environmental implications?

Environmental Pros:

  • No greenhouse gases – Nuclear power plants do not release greenhouse gases into the atmosphere. They do not use fossil fuel to produce energy, therefore carbon dioxide emissions are not released from the power plant.
  • Resilience – Nuclear power plants are very resilient to extreme weather conditions. Therefore, they continue to produce energy all year.
  • Fuel efficiency – To create power in a nuclear reactor, uranium rods are used as a fuel source. An 8.5g pellet of uranium can produce as much energy as one ton of coal. Using nuclear power plants to produce energy will save fuel resources.

Environmental Cons:

  • Explosions – Nuclear power plants are full of radioactive particles. If something goes wrong, the whole plant could explode. The radioactive particles would spread into the atmosphere and travel many miles around the city it exploded in. This would change how plants, animals and humans live in these areas.
  • Size – Nuclear power plants are very large and take up a lot of space in cities they are located in. Tearing down trees and altering the environment surrounding the plant may be necessary to build a plant.
  • Disposal – There is no safe way to dispose of nuclear waste. Often it is buried or kept in chambers with a moderator until their radioactivity rate has decreased. They can cause damage to the environment and surrounding habitats.

Evaluate – Does your technology do its intended task?

In my opinion, nuclear power plants do a great job of creating a large amount of energy with a small amount of fuel.

Core Competent Canadians

Before this activity, I knew that there were three main categories for core competencies. I knew how to correctly choose a competency that corresponded with my work for core competency reflections.

This activity taught me that there and multiple sub-categories for each main section of core competencies. I learnt that these core competencies can be found in almost everything and can help us learn more about how someone thinks and learns.

My knowledge of core competencies can help me with my school work by reminding me of what the category I am working under and how I can improve my work that I am creating. I can identify how my work will benefit me in the future by identifying which competency category that work falls under.

These core competencies will help me in my personal life because I have learnt to identify problems, analyze them and solve them in a respectful way. I have also learnt the advantages of proper communication with others in my community.

 

Fresh Periodic Table

Fresh Periodic Table:

We created a new format for the periodic table using chemical properties and different orders. The elements are arranged in alphabetical order and in order of type of element.

  1. Yellow = Transitional Metals
  2. Blue = Halogens
  3. Pink = Alkali Metals
  4. Green = Alkaline Earth Metals
  5. Purple box = Noble gases
  6. Blue box = Hydrogen

* Spaces between elements in the same column represent a new letter *

COL – Solution Fluency + Collaboration Fluency

Define:

Create a new format for the Periodic Table using known chemical properties, arrangements and pre-existing organisations of the Periodic Table. Use new shapes, colors and arrangements to develop a new useful periodic table.

Dream:

We wanted to create a periodic table that was easier to use and made sense to someone who was new to using it. We thought we could have a more refined shape and use colors to distinguish between different kinds of elements. Instead of creating a more complicated periodic table, we made one that is still useful but makes it easier to identify and classify different elements and their properties.

Deliver:

We create a paper copy of our new periodic table and used colors to separate each type of element. Our periodic table is in alphabetical order and it is arranged in order of kind of element. (Transitional, Alkali Metals, Alkaline Earth Metals, Halogens, Noble Gases)

Debrief:

The process was a challenging but also very eye-opening. Working with a partner is different than working alone and combining our ideas was an interesting process. We ran into several challenges but worked through them together and worked well together. We were understanding and helped each other through the challenges we faced.