Banned and Challenged Books

Censorship is the practice or system of censoring something. Censorship usually censoring of books, plays, movies, or reports, especially by government officials, because they are considered immoral or secret in some way.  However, books are the most censored category. The books were censored divide into two types. One is banned books, one is challenged books.  A banning is to remove the books from class, but you can read the books in the library or the bookstore. Banned books just mean the books not used for special age groups. On the contrary, a challenged is mean someone think the book was too radical, so they require to restrict and remove the books. Everyone cannot read these books, even in the library. The reason why some books are banned or challenged is their content may exit offensive language, racism and other social issues. For example, “Animal Farm” is a banned book in New York, Russia UAE and Panama City.  Because the book is contrary to some countries values, has some indecent pictures and the political theory too radical. But other regions still can read this book, and learn this book deeply in school. Actually, ” Fahrenheit 451″ also is a banned book. Because there is some offensive language such as “Damn!”. And someone objected the government’s policies described in this book because of too much ironically content. In addition, Burning books is considered by Christians to be anti-religious. Therefore, censorship has a great influence on books.

How do poems such as “The Stranger” help reveal the dark periods of Canadian history?

Reflection: The shadows of the Native People

Native People have the darkest period in Canadian history. It was about the relation of Residential School and Native People. The poem “The Stranger”  by Gord Downie help reveal the dark periods of Canadian history. It was written a Native boy’s experience from Residential school.  He ran away from the Residential School, but sadly he died on the side of the train tracks.  When he walked on that path, he thought his parents and experience at Residential School. This part reveals many Native children were forced to go to the Residential School. Therefore, they had to separate with their family, and they cannot have any connection to their family. In this poem, “stranger” was repeated many times. It shows nobody can understand him also tells readers Natives children were suffering unimaginable pain at that period. The physical abuse, sexual abuse and many disorders happened to them every day. The poet uses a Native child point of view to tell people how dark that history was, what pain did they suffering.

Government and Geography; Create a Country



1.Describe the purpose of the project (ie. making connections between Government and Geography, etc.)

We can understand the legal structure of a country, and understand the establishment of a country. Also, we can know the connections between culture and geography and the connections between industry and geography.

2. What did you do, that would demonstrate your ability to accomplish the purpose (use evidence from your project)?

For example, the national flower’s decision is up to geography. I searched a lot of information about my country’s geography. What kind of tree or flower grow well in this area? Then I decided to use daisy to represent my country. I searched for the flower language of the daisy, and explain why I chose this flower.

3. What were the benefits of being able to view and peer review other projects? How did this inform the changes you made?

It can compare with other classmates to see my own advantages and disadvantages.

The feedbacks give me direct messages, then I receive their suggestions to change my ppt.

4. What changes have you made to your project that resulted in your end product? Why have you made those changes?

I add one page to talk about Industry. When you introduce a country, you need to introduce the source of a country’s economy. I saw other students did this part, but I didn’t, so I want to add this part.

5. What competency does either the project or the process reflect most? Using evidence from what you have completed, how does your product or the creative process demonstrate that competency?


My country’s flag and city planning can improve my creativity. Because everyone’s flag is different. This section highlights a person’s creativity. I put daisy and wheat on the peace logo to make a flag, so this is my creativity.

“Death of a Salesman” – Setting

3D  pictures

Description of Loman Household

The “Death of a Salesman” written by Arthur Miller. This play is talk about an old salesman lived in a big city’s life. There are two main physical settings around the play. One is the Loman household, another one is Brooklyn’s views in the 1950s. This paragraph will focus on Loman’s house to describe what the house looks like. At first, look around the house, it is situated between apartments. Apartments around the house make it look fragile. Then go to the backyard, the open grass was yellow. Plants cannot grow on the bare grass. The house has two floors. The first floor is the parents’ bedroom, living room and kitchen. The second floor is for sons. Then take a look at the structure inside the house, the kitchen is the center of the first floor. There are simple tables, chairs, refrigerators and kitchen utensils, and these are well organized. The back of the kitchen leads to the living room, and to the right of the kitchen is the Loman’s bedroom. The Loman’s room is furnished with simple furniture and a trophy. The bedroom has a window that looks out on the side of the house. On the second floor, a staircase to the left of the kitchen leads to the sons’ room. It is upstairs in the living room. There are two beds and a dormer in the room. In conclusion, Simple house has simple furniture and simple structure, and the house surrounded by apartments, it looks dilapidated and vulnerable. However, it was kept clean by Mrs. Loman. This is a basic house look in the 1950s’ Brooklyn.



Group Members:

  • Tyler, Saba, Jasmine, Carol


  • The Loman Household


Quote #1:

  • As more light appears, we see a solid vault of apartment houses around the small, fragile-seeming home. (Pg.11)

Quote #2:

  • The kitchen at center seems actual enough, for there is a kitchen table with three chairs, and a refrigerator. (Pg.11)

Quote #3:

  • At the back of the kitchen there is a draped entrance, which leads to the living room. To the right of the kitchen, on a level raised two feet, is a bedroom furnished only with a brass bedstead and a straight chair. On a shelf over the bed a silver athletic trophy stands. A window opens onto the apartment house at the side. (Pg.11)

Quote #4:

  • Behind the kitchen, on a level raised six and a half feet, is the boys’ bedroom, at present barely visible. Two beds are dimly seen and at the back of the room a dormer window. (Pg.11)

Quote #5:

  • Willy: “The way they boxed us in here. Bricks and windows, windows and bricks!” (pg.17)

Quote #6:

  • Willy: “The grass don’t grow anymore, you can’t raise a carrot in the backyard… Remember those two beautiful elm trees out there? When Biff and I hung the swing between them? (Pg.17)

Quote #7:

Whenever the action is in the present the actors observe the imaginary wall-lines, entering the house only through its door at the left. (Pg.12)


Quote #8: Well before they have finished speaking, Willy’s form is dimly seen below in the darkened kitchen (Pg.17-PDF)

Quote #9:

  • Can’t we do something about the walls? You sneeze in here, and in my house hats blow off. (pg 42)

Quote #10:

  • Willy: “Did you see the ceiling I put up in the living-room?”
  • Charley: “Yeah, that’s a piece of work. To put up a ceiling in a mystery to me….” (Pg.44)

Brooklyn (Appearance Fact #1)

  • New concrete-and-glass apartment buildings hitched up against the water near East River and Bushwick Inlet Parks.

Brooklyn (Appearance Fact #2)

In the 1950s, Brooklyn had a playground for young people. The streets of Brooklyn are thronged with people.


Brooklyn (Appearance Fact #3)

  • The Narrows, separating Brooklyn from the borough of Staten Island in New York City and crossed by the Verrazzano-Narrows Bridge.

Brooklyn (Appearance Fact #4)

Brooklyn (Appearance Fact #5)

Four Photos (Sourced, place links below, save images to computer)

The visuals for this activity were created by Brandon, Connor, Christian from Mr. Ford’s ICT 11 and 12 classes.

Literature Picture Project

Introduction of “A Sound of Thunder” Lit-pic-project.

“A Sound of Thunder” is a science fiction short story by American writer Ray Bradbury. The short story was talking about how in the future time travel is no longer a dream. One company used a time travel machine to give people the opportunity to shoot dinosaurs. Every trip has a Safari leader to plan this whole trip and teach people how to shoot dinosaurs. However, due to a passenger that was too nervous mistakenly killing a butterfly, the original time period changed greatly. Because of a mistake, there was an irreversible chain reaction. It’s also called the butterfly effect. In “Sound of Thunder”, the author uses many literary elements to show the technology and human’s struggles. For example, irony shows to readers because of human’s mistake, the human has destroyed themselves. These literary elements make the story more interesting and suspenseful. In this project, the role of literary elements in this story will be explained and pictures will be provided. Every element had a quotation to showed the explanation.


“Eckels looked quickly across the large office. Hundreds of wires snaking together so as to look like a single mass, gave off low continuous sound. Metal boxes gave off ever changing bands of light… now orange, now silver, now blue” (Bradbury 1).

Explanation:  Exposition is a literary device used to introduce background information about events, settings, characters, or other elements of a work to the audience or readers. The quote shows the machine is big, metallic and colourful, therefore, this painting used a quote to reflect the appearance of the machine. This quote describes what a time travel machine looks like. It gives readers a sense of mystery and interest in time travel at the beginning.

Rising Action Example #1

“The fog that had been around the Machine blew away. They were in an old time, a very old time indeed, three hunters and two Safari guides with their blue metal guns across their knees” (Bradbury 2).

Explanation: Rising action in a plot is a series of relevant incidents that create suspense, interest, and tension in a narrative. This quote shows they just arrived in an old time. This means the beginning of time travel. It is also the beginning of the butterfly effect. The painting shows the machine was surrounded by fog and the quotation also mentioned.

Rising Action #2

“‘Get me out of here,’ said Eckels. ‘It was never like this before. I was always sure I’d come through alive. I had good guides, good safaris, and safety. This time, I got it wrong. I’ve met my match. This is too much for me to handle'” (Bradbury 6).

Explanation: This quote shows when Eckels was scared and nervous when he saw the dinosaur. Here’s reaction pave the way for Eckels running away and shooting a dinosaur. The painting shows Eckels’s frightened expressions and movements. It followed the quotation’s content.


“Thundering, it held on to trees and pulled them with it. It pulled and tore the metal Path. The men threw themselves back and away. The body hit, ten tons of cold meat and stone. The guns fired.” (Bradbury 6)

Explanation:  Climax is that particular point in a narrative at which the conflict or tension hits the highest point. This quote shows the hunters killing the dinosaur when dinosaur fell on them. They finish their purpose for this travel. Arthur used imagery to make the plot vivid. The imagery makes shoot dinosaur became the most exciting part of this story.

Falling Action

“He returned, shaking, five minutes later, his arms were covered in blood to the elbows. He held out his hands. Each held a number of steel bullets. Then he fell. He lay where he fell, not moving” (Bradbury 8).

Explanation: Falling action occurs right after the climax when the main problem of the story resolves. This quote shows Eckels got the bullets from the dinosaur’s body. This part means is the end of shooting dinosaur and a symbol of success in hunting dinosaurs.


“He did not move. Eyes shut, he waited, shivering. He heard Travis breathe loudly. He heard Travis lift his rifle, click the safety catch, and raise the weapon. There was a sound of thunder” (Bradbury 10).

Explanation: The final part of the story in which the strands of the plot are drawn together and matters are explained or resolved. The quote shows when they came back, they feel sad and depressed with changes. In the end, Travis grabbed the gun to leave the gun hanging, and the sound of the gun writer as a sound of thunder echoes the title and make readers feel suspenseful.

Physical setting:

“The Machine sat in the ancient jungle. Distant bird cries blew on a wind. There was the smell of wet grass and an old salt sea. There were huge flowers on the trees the color of blood” ( Bradbury 2).

Explanation:  A physical setting is a place where the action occurs in the novel. It creates a sense of mood that influences how readers respond to a story. This quote describes plants, animals and natural landscapes in ancient times. A detailed account of the story of the environment. This is a typical physical setting. The painting shows what the ancient world looked like, large animals and plants, which fits the story.

Emotional Setting

“‘It can’t be killed,” Eckels said quietly, as if there could be no argument. He had weighed the evidence and this was his considered opinion. The rifle in his hands seemed a toy. ‘We were fools to come. This is impossible.'” (Bradbury 5)
Explanation: Emotional setting is a literary element that evokes certain feelings or vibes in readers through words and descriptions. This quote shows Eckels’ nervousness after seeing the dinosaur. It also shows the tension that everyone feels when they shoot a dinosaur. It makes the story more interesting and makes the readers feel nervous and exciting. The painting shows Eckels’s tense communication with people after seeing the dinosaurs, which shows the tense atmosphere.

Conflict type

“Eckels gave out a long, low cry as if in pain. He dropped to his knees. He tried to pick up the green and gold butterfly with shaking fingers. ‘Can’t we,’he pleaded to the world, to himself, to the officials, to the Machine, ‘can’t we take it back, can’t we make it alive again? Can’t we start over? Can’t we…'” (Bradbury 9)

Explanation: A conflict in literature is defined as any struggle between opposing forces. Usually, the main character struggles against some other force. He tried to redeem his mistake, but nothing could save this world. This conflict is Man vs. Nature. It is an external conflict. The painting shows Eckles kneeling and crying because it could not help.

Ending Type

“It fell to the floor, more delicate and colorful than anything seen in this world. A small thing that could upset balances and cause small changes and then big changes and then huge changes, all down the years across Time” (Bradbury 9).

Explanation: The Ending Type is expository sad. Because of Eckels’ mistake, everything in the future will be changed. They will never return to the past. Readers feel sad, but it’s also a reminder of the pros and cons of technology. The painting shows what the future will look like after the change. Everything is so strange and sad.


“Eckels stood smelling the air. There was something different about it, a difference so slight that he could not identify it. The colors, white, gray, blue, orange, in the wall, in the furniture, in the sky outside, were not quite right. And there was a strange feel” (Bradbury 9).

Explanation: Irony is a difference between appearance and reality. This is dramatic Irony. Because the reader already knows that the future has been dramatically changed, but the characters still don’t know. The irony is the embodiment of human ignorance and folly.


“The jungle was wide and full of sounds. Suddenly it all stopped, as if someone had shut a door. Silence. A sound of thunder. Out of the mist, one hundred yards away, came Tyrannosaurus Rex. ‘It,’ whispered Eckels. ‘It…… ‘Sh!'” (Bradbury 5)

Explanation: Suspense is the intense feeling that an audience goes through while waiting for the outcome of certain events. It basically leaves the reader holding their breath and wanting more information. This quote shows before dinosaur appears’ description, and make the story more suspenseful and tension.  The quote stated above is an example of keeping the stakes high because Because Eckles had a chance to fulfill his lifelong dream of shooting a dinosaur, he hoped to succeed.


“Eckels seemed unable to move. He looked at his feet as if trying to make them walk. He gave a cry of helplessness” (Bradbury 6).

Explanation:  Characterization is a literary device that is used step-by-step in literature to highlight and explain the details about a character in a story.  This quote shows Eckels as he prepares to escape. It shows his selfish side of abandoning others for his own safety. Through these actions, he shows his cowardice and selfishness.