Synthesis Essay Reflection

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The Notorious B.I.G.

Countee Cullen

Countee Cullen

Two things that I am proud of is my overall mark for this essay, and the amount of content I was able to learn and understand while preparing to write this essay.  Writing is not my strongest academic skill so I am proud of how my overall essay turned out with the mark I recieved. I really enjoyed learning how to analyze poetry, it is truly so interesting to learn how an author manipulates words and phrases to reflect who they are. I enjoyed learning about the Harlem Renaissance and how Countee Cullen was an important figure during this time. As well as learning how to compare Cullen with Notorious BIG, a rapper who had a completely different story. Two things I would like to improve on for my next essay would be my thesis and the overall depth of the information I wrote about. I admit I found myself having some trouble coming up with a strong thesis for this essay. I had some sort of an idea of what I wanted to write about; however, for some reason, I was having trouble putting it together into words. Because of this, my thesis was not as strong as it could’ve been, and I think my body paragraphs tended to trail off of the topic I intended to write about in some areas.


Core Competencies – Life Sciences 11

Lyrical Free Verse in Response to “Yet Do I Marvel”


The one who causes you and I such wonder

How does He paint such beautiful madness throughout our world?

His command above all determines who is who, what is what

He who holds the mighty to conclude when the sun falls and the moon lifts 

When you and I are born, and when we will die

Watching his creation grow, polishing until eternity

I wonder, His deed

What is His reason?





Haiku in Response to The Negro Speaks of Rivers

Days of old rivers

Dawn to dusk I grew today

Days of new rivers

16 Personalities

I have the personality type of a campaigner. Three words that I would use to summarize myself are charismatic, stubborn, and compassionate. Having the  awareness of your personality type is important so that you can understand how to apply your skills towards certain events in a day to day life. When you understand how your own mind and body works, you can find ways to use your strengths to improve in areas such as school and work. Understanding other peoples personality types along with your own will encourage you to create a healthy, balanced lifestyle with people whose personalities will work well with yours. Personality tests such as this one are flawed because they are based off of a generalized description. These tests can help you obtain a deeper understanding of yourself in some areas, but you should not rely on such descriptions to guid yourself through life.

Desmos Art Functions Card 2019

When I was first introduced to this project, I immediately knew it would be a challenging one. I remember when we were first taught to graph linear functions in grade 9, I couldn’t remember which direction was the X-axis and which direction was the Y-axis. Graphing used to be my least favourite unit in math because I simply just did not understand; but now observing what I have created using different types of functions and transformations, I reflect on how I have improved and come to enjoy it.

My first though that came to mind was “How am I going to incorporate a self portrait?” I knew I had to have a Christmas tree because every year my family and I decorate ours together, so I decided to start here. When I initially began my project, I created the candy-cane patterned boarder then I started with the tree. I was not happy with my first tree, I had trouble positioning it in the correct spot and positioning the linear functions to create a nice shape. Then after all of that frustration I accidentally deleted the whole thing.. Although this happened, it was beneficial because it gave me a fresh start. I was able to re-build a better tree that I was happy with. I then created the star on top using linear functions, the string decorations using sine functions, and the ornaments by overlapping different coloured circles. I  created the presents under the tree by using rational functions as the ribbon around the box, and polynomial and radical functions as the bow on top. For the portrait I originally tried vertically expanding a circle for the head shape, then I decided to use the bottom of a quadratic equation as well as linear lines with various slopes to create a more realistic shape. I then used various types of functions to create the facial features which are shown in the above link, as well as dimples to show that I am smiling and happy. My most challenging unit so far in pre-calculus 12 has been the Exponents and Logs unit so I really wanted to find a way to incorporate these types of functions in an interesting way. I did so by using them to create antlers on my head, it was challenging at first to figure this out but then I began to understand. I created snowflakes because I love the snow even though it is minimal here where we live. My favourite part of  my creation is the snowflakes, I  was really excited when I figured out a way to make the snowflakes move in a way they look as if they are shimmering or twinkling in the background.

Overall, I really enjoyed this assignment because it challenged me and gave me an opportunity to further understand how to create different shapes using various functions and transformations. This project is unique and is a fun way to experiment and learn about different functions. It has allowed me to become aware of how much I actually understand and what I need to improve on. I am very proud of what I created for this project and I am happy that I was able to refresh my memory on functions we learned in the early semester.

The Prophet & Union – English 11 Poetry

Foods 12 – Indigenous Food Reflection

For this assignment, my group and I researched the Musqueam People. We learned that their staple food source is salmon, so we decided to make a salmon chowder which included canned salmon, creamed corn, evaporated milk, celery, potatoes, carrots, cheddar cheese, and spices. Our chowder turned out really good, I think that everybody was able to enjoy it and I enjoyed learning and teaching my peers about the Musqueam People. During our lab, my group worked well; on day one we were able to complete most of the recipe so on day two we were able to focus on enjoying everyone’s food and relaxing. Overall I enjoyed this assignment, it was really interesting learning about a topic that hasn’t been commonly discussed in my previous classes. I have learned to appreciate all the information we have access to because there is so much to learn that I didn’t realize I could learn. Learning about something different always sparks my interest and i’m glad we had the opportunity to do this assignment.

Fahrenheit 451 Visual – English 11

The bottom half of the sketch is Mildred in her parlor room, watching fireworks, notice her radio seashells beside her on the table. The top half is Clarisse showing Montag how the yellow reflection of dandelions represent love, behind them is Montag’s house and you can see through the window that Mildred is in the parlor room as she is in the bottom half of the sketch.

Spoken Word 2019 “Lost and Found”


An excess container. Stuck with a 9 and a half by 11 sheet paper
72-point text reading LOST AND FOUND
Hidden in the corner of the hallway no one goes
Buried underneath all the others
No one knows, where I am
We don’t see
We don’t search
We make no attempt to find things we’ve lost
We don’t even realize what’s missing

Now let’s take a step back, how did I get here?
Was it because I was not loved?
Was it because I was loved too much?
Maybe I wasn’t the right fit
Maybe I was too soft or too blue
Maybe I was just a bit, too clingy

I was too attached
I forgot what it was like to not have
But then I realized, I was just one half
Where were you
When I was laying still on the floor, waiting to be found
Waiting to be picked up
Where were you
When I was left alone for all those nights
Do you think you might, of forgotten me?
You weren’t there

You weren’t there, but you told yourself that you tried to find me
You told yourself that I was just hiding
You do a quick check, now look in your bag
You tear the room apart, searching
Your mind is racing, your heart is pounding
And you wonder, where is that, that I love so much

Time was moving so fast,
I could no longer focus on what was in front of me
The words we shared, now scrambled all over my page
The ones I was looking for, the ones I craved
“I love you..” is what the sock said, the one you lost
But you left something behind
Something that mattered
Something that couldn’t be replaced
Some things just can’t be replaced

But if certain things can’t be replaced,
then how is it that you managed to lose me
How is it that I’ve found myself in the dark,
surrounded by 4 plastic walls

I think about you, sitting in that faint and forgotten corner
Everyday people racing past you
Talking as if you aren’t there
Acting as if the most important thing in the world
is the new, of what you used to be
Not leaving you enough time to say, I’m lost

But am I lost?
I’m here, beside the hat with the red rose,
the one that no one chose
Beside they grey sweatshirt that kept one warm,
after they got home from a storm
I’m not lost, I’m just not found, yet

There’s no telling how long it could take
For you to come around
Realize what has been lost
Realize what has been found
I can’t explain and I can’t complain
Why I was lost

It’s not you, its me
But now that I’m here
What am I supposed to do?
I can’t put the blame on you
All that I can do, is improve

Of course i’ll continue day by day
Sitting here waiting to be found
Even though I’m not so sure that your still around
But there’s no need for you
It’s just too late
But that is okay
Because at some point sitting enclosed in this box, waiting for you
I can conclude, that because of you, there’s no need to be found

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