(Here is a Core Competency Self-Assessment on my synthesis essay comparing two sources. I have also attached a copy of my essay on the bottom for reference.)
(Here is a Core Competency Self-Assessment on my synthesis essay comparing two sources. I have also attached a copy of my essay on the bottom for reference.)
(In math, our teacher assigned us an inquiry project where we were to find how math is related to a subject that interested us. I chose to do a PowerPoint presentation on basketball, answering the question, “What is the best way to shoot a basketball to have the highest chance of getting it in from the corners of the free throw line?” I have also included my self-evaluation of this project.)
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Meet some of Riverside’s students!
Meet Wendy! You can often spot Wendy cruising the halls of RSS, never failing to smile and always saying hi. She is a grade 11 student here at Riverside and even made it to the spoken word finals this year. Her favourite thing from the cafeteria is the poutine! You can catch Wendy enjoying poutine at least once a week 🙂Just like any other high school student, Wendy is not a fan of homework. She also enjoys watching YouTube when she has time. Her favourite YouTubers include Jake and Logan Paul. She doesn’t have any favourite animals or favourite subjects at school but, orange has to be her favourite colour! Wendy loves the community here at Riverside and she declares friends being the best part of school!
Emma is a great gal whose favourite movies includes Santa Claus, Christmas is the holiday she adores the most! As a grade 10 student, Emma believes that Riverside is “Fun…and people are really nice.” Emma comes from Scotland and has one brother, Craig. Her favourite colour is purple and her favourite food has to be fries and poutine! In her spare time, Emma likes going grocery shopping with her mom at Superstore, Save-on and Safeway. Painting, drawing and sculpting with clay are a few of Emma’s favourite ways to pass time; dragons are her muse! She also enjoys indulging in Cinderella books. Emma is so amazing, friendly and outgoing!
Ben is an aspiring artist whose favourite past time is to art, art, art! A big fan of painting, Ben has made countless pieces of work that you can find hanging up in the office right beside Ms. McMinn’s room. Though he may be shy at first, you’ll soon get to meet the animated, bright and cheerful side of Ben! Paint seems to be Ben’s favourite medium lately and you can see him posing with his art in the picture above. Besides art, Ben enjoys looking at a sheet of different emotions, little comic emoji of different emotions such as horror, shocked and furious. Once he has carefully examined that emotion Ben will then copy that emotion. His favourite emotion is surprised and will try to get you to join him in acting shocked. Ben is a spectacular artist and is the master of emotions!
(We were asked to write a synthesis essay comparing To Kill a Mockingbird, to another source of a choice. I chose the movie Hidden Figures to answer the questions of how stereotypes changes people’s actions and the actions of others.)
Reflection: I was satisfied with my use of varied and complex vocabulary. I also had many great ideas throughout my essay. However, my ability of going deeper into my understanding and detail was lacking. I also sacrificed some clarity of my work trying to use more complicated vocabulary and grammar.
The Colossal Impact of Stereotypes
By: Maria Kim Block C December 18, 2018 Synthesis Essay
People’s actions are often greatly impacted when segregation has been caused by society’s destructive stereotypes. So what effect do stereotypes have on one’s actions and the actions of others? Director of the movie Hidden Figures Theodore Melfi and novelist of the novel To Kill a Mockingbird Harper Lee both based their stories on true events. Director Melfi based his movie on a book which was written by an author, Margot Lee Shettery, who met and interviewed the main characters of her book in person. His movie is set during the late 1940s to the mid 1950s in Hampton, Virginia when the civil rights movement was taking place. In the book, although not autobiographical, Lee incorporates details from her childhood into the setting. For example, the novel is based in Alabama during the 1930s, which was when Lee grew up. The Great Depression was prevalent, and some of the characters were heavily inspired by people in Lee’s life. The novel is about a family living in a racist community, as was Lee. During the novel, the father of the narrator who is a lawyer, defends a poor African-American man who is wrongly accused of rape. This brings out the true sentiments of the community, which was also demonstrated in Melfi’s movie. When three African-American women receive a job in NASA, the male dominated company opposes and treats the woman with contempt and refuse to treat them with respect. Mockingbird and Hidden Figures both portray ways that stereotypes affect one’s actions. Both stories portray how people, or even a whole society, can adapt their opinions and attitudes because of people that stand up for themselves. In Mockingbird, Scout’s subjective thinking lets her ignore her society’s stereotypes that lead her to be more stubborn, rebellious, and in addition, makes people around her realize the negativity of stereotypes. Meanwhile, in Hidden Figures, the three main characters, Katherine, Dorothy and Mary, change the original way of society and their stereotypes by proving the white folks in their community wrong and not letting rules and other’s beliefs control their boundaries. Subsequently, both the sources display how one can work towards breaking negative stereotypes that build walls in society.
Regardless of the differences in the ways the characters fight against stereotypes, both sources demonstrate the shift in behavior caused by labels. Lee shows how the narrator and main character of Mockingbird, Scout, unintentionally pushes past her society’s stereotypes to be accepted by her brother who, “Told me I was being a girl, that girls always imagine things, that’s why other people hated them so, and if I started behaving like one I could just go off and find some to play with,” (Lee 54). In addition, she utilises her youth and guilelessness to bring light to the incorrectness of the standard ideas to a group of drunk white men. Furthermore, the housekeeper of Scout’s family is a marvellous example of how African American people modify the way they act depending on what crowd they are with. This is exceptionally demonstrated when Calpurnia starts to converse with another member of her church and Scout thinks, “Again, I thought her voice strange: she was talking like the rest of them,” (Lee 152). Similarly, Melfi demonstrates the shift in behavior of the three African American women, Dorothy, Katherine, and Mary. During the scenes when the women are with their black community, they talk less formerly and appear to be able to express their true sentiments. Contrarily, when the three women are in their workplace controlled by white men, they conduct themselves in a different manner. The light skinned co-workers separate the women into a lower category the first time they notice them. This exhibits a couple of the drastic differences stereotypes can create amid a society. Judging from this proof, dissimilar people put in different categories adapt their everyday ways to conform into a certain classification.
Regardless of the way both sources exhibit how one can act differently due to their stereotypes, the method used to fight against stereotypes differ between the two. During Lee’s book, there is a trial in which the procedure to battle against one type of stereotype is conveyed exceptionally. The logic behind this is due to the fact that Scout’s father, Atticus, is a lawyer and he fights racism using his education and his power in court. While conversing with Scout, he explains it to her by saying, “Simply because we were licked a hundred years before we started is no reason for us not to try to win,” (Lee 101). Whereas in Hidden Figures, the women fight to change society’s stereotypes by proving them to being incorrect. Since they are black women in a significantly lower class than all their white male colleagues, they are treated accordingly in their workplace. However, they grind through the confines of their restrictions and fuel their determination with the thought of proving the ideas of what define them wrong. Through this motivation, they steadily climb up the ranks until they finally earn their rightful places in NASA. Stereotypes may cause one’s actions to alter but is clear that battling those stereotypes without the use of violence can be more effective and significant.
Stereotypes determine humans actions in a variety of different ways; however, in both sources, we discover how people can embrace and benefit from certain stereotypes. It is evident that in both sources, white people are further accepting of their stereotypes. A couple of characters in Mockingbird, like Bob Ewell and Aunt Alexandra are phenomenal examples of this. It is clear when Scout thinks about what Atticus told her, “The Ewells were members of an exclusive society made up of Ewells. In certain circumstances the common folk judiciously allowed them certain privileges by the simple method of becoming blind to some of the Ewells’ activities,” (Lee 40-41). Aunt Alexandra thinks that following the rules of her stereotypes are crucial. Therefore, due to her beliefs she tries to force them onto Scout by trying to get Scout to wear different attire and change her behavior to fit into what society expects her to be. Nevertheless, even though Scout does try to please her aunt, she does not completely fall into the stereotype’s boundaries and stay who she is. During Hidden Figures, the men working with the three women in NASA are more recognized they are put into smart, educated, rich, superior and better category. The men were born with more privilege and that is all due to stereotypes. The men greatly benefit from the society’s stereotypes and use it to their advantage to obtain a higher position and more money. There are many people that profit from their stereotypes; therefore, it is understandable that they enforce the importance and influence stereotypes have on the community.
In conclusion, notwithstanding the difference in the way both sources portray how to fight stereotypes, both Mockingbird and Hidden Figures show how stereotypes changes the way minorities act and how some can benefit from their stereotypes. It is extremely evident that people either adapt or rebel against stereotypes that confine them into a box and provide the majority of people with first impressions. There are countless exceptions to stereotypes and they could be perceived as offensive to some. Increased efforts to crack the chains that are keeping a great deal of humans from being born equal and having the same opportunities as people with much liberty can lead to a more peaceful world. Stereotypes create unnecessary blockades in the community which could otherwise be avoided. This is how the existence of stereotypes alters various aspects of multitudes of mankind starting from birth.
Hidden Figure. Dir. Theodore Melfi. Perf. Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer and Janelle Monáe. 2017. CD. 2018.
Lee, Harpor. To Kill a Mockingbird. New York: Grand Central, 1960. Print.
(In our math class, we were assigned to create a self portrait of ourselves on a graphing website called Desmos using math. I wrote about my process and things I learned during the making of my portrait.)
I started with the equations I were on OneNote and started experimenting from there. This assignment was extremely time consuming, since I wanted to make my lines as accurate as I could, and I didn’t know anything about how to change the length, direction, and anything else. It was just a process of trial and error for me, but during the process and did have a few aha moments. Near the beginning of my portrait, I found out that including the range and domain into an equation stops the line formed by the equation at where I want it to stop. However, it was difficult to find the exact rage and domain for my lines, because I got confused as to what lines I was changing and where I wanted it changed. I also forgot how to color in circles because I wanted my eye to be colored black. After several attempts, I still couldn’t figure it out, so I decided to stick with my closest attempt which was coloring the eye with several lines. During the assignment, I got an example of another person’s portrait from the internet and referred to that if I was ever completely lost. I think that this assignment was beneficial for me in the sense that it aided me in strengthening my understanding factions, relations, and their graphs. Also, I think that it helped me understand the x and y-axis and what a domain and range of a line was.
(We were assigned to write narrative essay about an experience where we learned a lesson, so I chose the time when I learned that giving was better than receiving. Under my essay I have also included a Core Competencies self-assessment.)
Something Out of Nothing
It all starts on an extremely sunlit and boiling mid-summer day, right when my older sister Anika and I are dropped off in front of our looming martial arts studio by our chatty parents in their noisy, battered forest green minivan.
“Have a great time at the open house,” they both cheekily say in unison before the automatic sliding door of our minivan becomes a sound barrier.
We both wait for our minivan to growl awake, and wave at the shrinking silhouette of our car until we can’t hear the high-pitched squeals. Today is the day of the open house of our martial arts studio and we’re planning on meeting our friends here. My sister had decided to invite her two close friends, Hailey and Katherine, and I had invited their younger siblings that were coincidentally my age, Karen and Brandon. The aroma of sweat and rubber blew onto our faces as I eagerly pushed the glass and metal door wide open, getting the feeling of neon fireworks going off non-stop in the palms of my empty hands. As I descend the stairs with a slight hop to my step, I can already hear the thumping of several pairs of feet. As I come down to the level of the studio where all the action is, I wearily eye all the intimidating kids trying to spot a familiar face. I feel like a goose in a sea of chicken. I can feel my mouth becoming chalked and the taste of rusted metal creeping onto my taste buds. I pick up a whiff of a recognisable scent of laundry detergent mixed with freshly picked strawberries.
“Hey Maria,” Karen said, walking into the crowded floor like she’s an Olympic gold medalist.
I follow her and am not surprised to see Brandon trailing us. I’m not expecting to get anything from this open house, just a casual hangout with my friends. Boy, I’m wrong.
“Everybody come to the front of the studio,” the short, buff grand master shrieks, trying to be heard over our loud as a giant blaring marching band chattering.
We had just finished all our entertaining activities and drills, so the grand master is gathering us for the final event of the open house. It’s a draw where he picks a name from a plastic red bucket filled with slips of paper with all the names of the attendees on them. He carefully dips his stout hand into the bucket, looking at us with a slight upward tilt at the right corner of his mouth.
“Palmer, you won a glass cup with our logo on it,” he says, holding out the cup for the respective owner to claim it.
This went on for several rounds, random names being called and the faces of those names expeditiously standing up to get rid of all attention. During the first few names I tune out the voice of my grand master and start thinking about why my science teacher got so mad at me this morning. I jolt out of my train of though by my grand master saying, “Maria, you won this iceberg goo,” whist holding out a clear aqua blue goo in an ice burg shaped container.
Aw man! Should I just pretend that that’s not my name?
Anika unexpectedly elbows my arm.
“Ow,” I whisper.
“Get up there,” she replies. “I’m gonna keep elbowing you until you do.”
“Fine,” I growl standing up.
I glance up at my shining instructor holding out the blue goo. All the intense eyes that are on me make me feel like I’m an astronaut floating in space. I’m suffocating in my suit.
Breath. Maria, what are you doing right now? Get up there and get it over with.
I regain my bearings and swiftly get up and snatch the goo out of the grand master’s hand, muttering a half hearted thank you.
“Atta girl,” Anika congratulates.
I zone out as the grand master moves on with the prizes.
“Now, it’s the moment we’ve all been waiting for,” the man giving out the prizes announces excitedly putting his hand into the bucket once again. “And the winner of the grand prize is, Anika!”
I smile and look up to see my sister go up to claim her one hundred-dollar Toys R Us gift card from the grand master with an ecstatic grin plastered on her face. The moment she comes back, she’s like an active beehive with bees swarming around her trying to get a glimpse of her treasure.
Not much happens after the prizes, so we get ready to leave a few minutes after Anika wins the jackpot. Thankfully, she decides we should share. We can hear our parents conversing before we can see them coming down the stairs. They’re both in the same mood as the morning and decide we should go out for lunch. But, as we’re about to exit the building I see a young, miniscule boy who’s crying as if he had just lost his pet turtle. As I get closer I listen to the conversation that he’s having with his exasperated mom.
Sniff. “I really want one of the prizes,” the boy whines.
“Kolom, I’m sorry but there’s no more prizes left,” she replies with a strain in her voice. “I’ll get you a prize from the dollar store.”
“No, I want a prize from here,” he protests.
I can’t take it any longer. I look at my prized goo one last time before confidently walking up to the boy and putting it into his stubbly little hands. I then speed walk back to Anika and my parents after seeing the look on the boy’s face that looked like I had just given him a triangle slice of watermelon during the hottest day of the year. As I get into the car, I hear birds joyfully laughing amongst each other and taste the juice of the sweetest oranges I’ve ever tasted. For once, I don’t smell the usual odor of balsamic vinegar from the car. I can’t smell anything, and I realise that all the enjoyment I get from the open house can’t compare the feeling I’m getting at this moment.
That one tiny act changed my thinking. Instead of keeping all my most valuable possessions, giving away a few of them could lead me to getting so much more than I could ever get by just keeping them. Whenever I become the owner of another jewel, I always ask myself, “Will this benefit me and others more if I give or if I keep?”
(Récemment, nous avons appris les règles de “Si” #1 et #2 dans notre classe, alors nous avons dû nous enregister à utiliser ces deux règles a l’oral. Voici mes enregistrements.)
(I chose Emma and Areesha to be my group partners for this graphing project. We were asked to choose and then film a graphing story, so we decided to count the number of somersaults Emma could do in 15 seconds. In the video, Emma did approximately 8.5 somersaults. The following link includes the video of Emma doing the somersaults for 15 seconds.)