One Minute Film Project

Dmitry Kostyukov

Mr. Barrington

English 12

June 13, 2019

The basis for our one minute film, was the poem Ronald McDonald’s Elegy. Our film began with Ronald Mcdonald dying in a hospital bed, as he is dying, a man is eating a McDonald’s burger that visibly makes him disgusted. The moment Ronald McDonald dies, the man tosses the burger to the ground in disgust. This scene has multiple symbols, Ronald McDonald symbolizes McDonald’s as a firm; and with the death of Ronald McDonald, comes the end of an era of good food at McDonald’s. The man symbolizes McDonald’s customers, with the death McDonald’s standards, the customers are no longer willing to eat their food, therefore the man throws the burger on the ground. Although this scene was not in the poem, it provides a backstory for the film, and the use of symbols enhances the viewing experience. The following scene shows Ronald McDonald laying in a coffin, which is just a mere nugget box. This shows the disposability of Ronald McDonald and how he is not really cared for. The next scene shows children crying, and the workers being happy. This shows how the death of McDonalds mainly affects children, as they care more about Ronald McDonald and usually enjoy McDonalds food more than adults; while the workers, who are the ones that see the true side of McDonalds and how they treat their employees, are relieved. The final scene shows the same customer eating at Wendy’s, this shows how quickly people can move on, as there are always alternatives. We were also able to encompass the satirical and sarcastic nature of the poem within our film by including elements of humour and satire. Such as the worker cooking a bun on a stove, and the burger slowly falling on a string. With this project we learned a lot about transferring literature into film. We learned how to find the key elements of a poem and implement them into our film. We figured out how to emphasize certain emotions and set a somber mood by using background music.

Praise the Rain- Poem Analysis

Powerpoint: Praise the Rain

Title of Poem: “Praise the Rain”

Type of Poem: Free Verse

Author: Joy Harjo

Literal Meaning:
The literal meaning of the poem is to praise the elements of the earth that we usually take for granted.


1]. IMAGE: Praise the rain, the seagull dive
The curl of plant, (1-2)

MEANING: This couplet begins the poem by providing the reader with imagery of a seagull diving, and a curly plant. This couplet sets the theme of nature and life of the poem.

2]. IMAGE: Praise the dark, the moon cradle
The sky fall, the bear sleep (5-6)

MEANING: As this poem continues on with it’s theme of praising nature, this couplet describes nature at night. It uses imagery to paint a picture of a bear sleeping below a dark sky and moon.

3]. IMAGE: Praise canoe, the fish rush (11)

MEANING: This line displays imagery by showing yet another element of nature. This describes a canoe and rush of fish. This could provide the reader with an image of a canoe floating in a river with fish rushing by.

Lyric Qualities:

1]. Lyric Device: Repetition– “Praise the rain; it brings more rain.
Praise the rain; it brings more rain” (21-22).
Meaning: The use of repetition is very prevalent in this poem. It is evident in the last two lines where the poet repeats the line, “Praise the rain; it brings more rain” (21). This repetition provides emphasis on the importance of “praising rain”, as the line says that praising rain, brings more rain.

2]. Lyric Device: Alliteration– “The earth eclipse, the fired leap—“ (8).
Meaning: Alliteration is present in this line with “e” sound at the beginning of “earth” and “eclipse”.

Figurative Meaning:

1]. Figurative Device: Personification– “The curl of plant, the raven talk­—“ (2).
Meaning: Personification is present in this line when the poet describes the “raven talk” (2). The ravens are described as having a talk, rather than cawing or croaking, therefore the ravens are being personified.

2]. Figurative Device: Metaphor– “The sky fall, the bear sleep­—“ (6)
Meaning: A metaphor is present in this line when the poet describes the sky as the “sky fall” (8). When looking at the previous line, “Praise the dark, the moon cradle” (7), I can assume that the “sky fall” (8), is a metaphor for it being night time; instead of the sky actually falling.

3. Figurative Device: Symbolism– “Praise the eater and the eaten.” (18).
Meaning: The use of Symbolism is present in this line when the poet says the “eater and the eaten”. I believe that the eater and the eaten represent a hunter and his prey, which could be humans and animals such as deer or bison. I believe that this line is telling the reader to “praise” and respect the process of the hunter and the hunted and it’s natural occurrence in nature.

What do you think is the message of this poem?
I think the theme of this poem is to love life and respect nature. This is evident in lines such as “Praise beginnings; praise the end” (19). In this line, the poet is alluding to the circle of life, and the message she’s giving is to praise life, in the beginning (birth) and in the end (death). The poet, Joy Harjo, is part of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation Native American Tribe. Respecting nature and the environment is a big part of Native American culture. Which is why I think the poet included such heavy themes of praising and respecting nature, as evident in lines such as “Praise the rain, the seagull dive
The curl of plant, the raven talk­—“ (1-2). Even the title of the poem “Praise the Rain” relates back to this theme. I think this is important, especially in today’s world, because of the many threats to our environment that have come as consequences of global industrialization and modernization.

How is hope evident in the poem “Praise Song for the Day”?

How is hope evident in the poem “Praise Song for the Day,”?

Hope is evident in this poem through the depiction of everyday life, mentions of the past and future, and themes of love.

When the poet describes that there is always “Someone… stitching up a hem, darning a hole in a uniform, patching a tire, repairing the things in need of repair” (7-9)1, this shows that wherever, or who ever you are, there will always be millions of people in the world that are just like you, living their life. This could convey a feeling of optimism and comfort to the reader, thus creating hope within the poem.

Another way hope is portrayed in this poem is by using references to the past and future. When the poet states “I know there’s something better down the road” (22)1, she is saying that the future will be better than the present, and that we always have something to look forward to. The poet also references the past when she states that “many have died for this day. Sing the names of the dead who brought us here, who laid the train tracks, raised the bridges” (25-27)1. Here she is stating that our ancestors worked hard and gave their life to make the future better for us, as should we for the generations to come. These references to the past and future create hope within the poem by showing that the future will be better and there will always be progress. 

Finally, the poet concludes the poem with a message about love, in which she states “What if the mightiest word is love?” (36)1. This creates hope in the poem by saying that with love we can make the world a better place.

Works Cited:

1 Praise Song for the Day (Graywolf Press, 2009)

Narrative Poem Dmitry

There once a boy, 

Who went out to the middle of the ocean,

With his father and grandfather,

In search of the moon.


The company of three waited for the moon to rise,

The father and grandfather passed the time by arguing,

And when the moon finally rose,

The father took out a long ladder,

And propped it up on the boat.


It was time for the boy to do his job,

He tied an anchor around himself,

And climbed all the way up the ladder until he reached the moon,

The boy fell onto the moon and set the anchor down.


The father and grandfather made their way up to the moon,

Which was covered in hundreds of little stars, 

They got out their brooms and started cleaning up the moon,

But they once again got distracted by another feud,


Suddenly, a massive shooting star broke up their feud,

It fell onto the moon and lodged itself in the ground,

The father and grandfather didn’t know what to do,

And once again, they started fighting.


But they failed to realized that while they were busy arguing,

The little boy had climbed up on the massive star,

He looked around for a good spot and with one big swing of a hammer,

He cracked the massive star into dozens of little stars!


The trio took up their brooms,

And swept the whole moon,

And when they got back down into their boat,

They looked at their masterpiece, a beautiful crescent moon.

How Toque is used in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu

How does a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu practitioner’s understanding of physics (torque) make him or her more effective?

The use of torque physics is very prevalent in Jiu Jitsu. Since torque mainly deals with rotation and Jiu Jitsu deals with the rotating of joints, torque is the main physics concept in Jiu Jitsu. The competitors use torque to twist the opponents joints to cause pain and force them to submit, thus defeating the opponent. A clear understanding of torque and the concepts such as force, fulcrum, and levers that apply to it, are crucial to any practitioner of Jiu Jitsu; a Jiu Jitsu martial artist must combine all of these concepts together to submit their opponent. 

Torque- the forces at play which cause objects to rotate.

Force- is something that can cause an object to change motion. Force has the ability to change the velocity of an object.

Fulcrum- a point on which a lever rests and pivots on.

Lever- a body that is pivoted on a fulcrum. It is capable of rotating on a pivot point.



Why do we have to know the historical background in the novels?

Why do we have to know the historical background in the novels?

Knowing the historical background of a novel before reading it can enhance the experience for the reader. Historical novels, such as “All Quiet on the Western Front” have many historical events and features, many of these events are not thoroughly explained, as a result the reader can feel confused and detached from the novel. When the reader has a thorough understanding of the history behind the novel, they will feel more immersed as they know the context of what they are reading. 

The Pedestrian Persuasive Video Assignment

For the teens of generation z, the future of tomorrow looks to be engulfed by technology. From technology in the workplace to assistive technology that helps people with disabilities; technology will be everywhere in our daily lives, even more so than it is in the present day. Technology is vital for humans to evolve and progress society, which is why the young adults of generation z should become accustomed to technology and use it to their advantage rather than being against it. I would encourage everyone to become more educated in technology and choose a technology-oriented career path; if everyone is well versed in using computers or machinery, the transition into a tech filled world will be much smoother, and less people will suffer as a result of not being familiar with technology. We cannot stop the evolution of technology, but we can adapt to it and use it to better our lives.
Whether it will make you rich and prosperous or make you lose your job, technology will surely affect the future careers of everyone in our society; the decision you make in the near future could determine how technology impacts your life in the next 20 years.


How Will Technology Change Work in the Future?


Desmos Art Functions Card 2018

My card:


I used the functions that were required, and implemented them into my Christmas Card. I used functions that would be the best fit for what I wanted to draw. A challenge I faced was figuring out how to use function notation, but after I got the hang of it, I used it to my advantage and it was very helpful. I was even able to make transformations of transformations, such as when I was making the feet of my drawing. What helped me, was looking at examples online and reviewing past units in the workbook. This assignment helped me understand transformations of functions and relation much better. I now understand more about how function notation works, and how to easily transform a function any way and however many times I want.