Synthesis Essay Reflection

This essay wasn’t easy since I was behind on most of the work from missing school. Things that I think I did good with are applying the transition words and using the semicolons that I learned. I wanted to make the essay easy to read and understand because that’s what I would want to look for in an essay. I didn’t add enough evidence for my points and that was the biggest downfall of my essay, but overall I think I did a decent job.

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How Could Black Holes Destroy Our Universe?

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  1. What questions did you need to research in order to research your topic?


I first needed to find out what black holes are, and what they are capable of. I found out that they can destroy information, which I researched about and found out more information related to that.


  1. What new or familiar digital tools did you try to use as you worked through this project?


I used the internet and PowerPoint. I tried using the school library but I just find that more troublesome to use. I mainly used the NASA websites to find information.


  1. What was the process you used to investigate the topic?


I needed a topic, my first topic was going to be about flat earth, but that won’t work. I decided to do something about black holes since everyone is doing it and seems interesting. I found out that black holes are the most powerful things in the universe, and I thought if they can destroy its own creator.


  1. How did you verify and cite the information you found?


The sites were mostly NASA websites and had .gov which are trustable sites.


  1. How did the process of completing this challenge go? What could you have done better?


The process didn’t take too long and I found trustable information quickly. I could have explained deeper components of this topic, but that would take up too much time to present.

The Earth is Flat

I had some troubles making this rant. First, I didn’t know what topic to do, like every year, but after going out and thinking for a bit, I came up with this. I know it isn’t the best topic, since there isn’t scientific evidence, but I thought it would be fun to make something lighthearted. Two things I would change next year would not do this on the last night, and go over my rant a couple times so I know how I’m going to present it.


Omurice Take Home Lab

Sombrero Pasta Salad

Course: Main/side

Servings: 10


  • 1 package (16 ounces) spiral pasta
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 178ml cup water
  • 1 envelope taco seasoning
  • 454g of shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 large green pepper, chopped
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 medium tomato, chopped
  • 2 cans of sliced ripe olives, drained
  • 455g Catalina or Western salad dressing

I wanted to try this dish since I’ve never tried a western dish before, and I never tried a noodle salad. This dish seemed like a fun dish to make for friends and families.

Indian Rice Pilaf

Course: Main

Servings: 4


  • 60ml water
  • 1 can of chicken broth
  • 340g of long grain rice
  • 4g of curry powder
  • 2g of garlic powder
  • 1g of ground cinnamon
  • 5g of paprika
  • 2 pinches ground cloves
  • 1 small onion

I want to make this dish since I’m a big curry fan, I enjoy eating and making curry. This is a rice curry dish, and I wanted to try making something new.


Course: Main Course



  • ¼ onion
  • 4 mushrooms
  • 4 slices ham
  • 1ml of neutral flavor oil (vegetable, canola, etc)
  • 12g green peas
  • Salt
  • Black pepper
  • 1 cup of white rice
  • 15ml of butter

Tomato Sauce (I only used ketchup)

  • 20ml ketchup
  • 20 tomato paste
  • 15ml water

Egg Mixture

  • 2 large eggs
  • 15ml milk



Making the Rice

Slice mushrooms, onions, and ham into small pieces.

Add 15ml off oil into a frying pan and sauté the onions.

Add green peas, mushrooms, and ham, season with a pinch of salt and black pepper.

Add rice, break big chunks into small pieces.

Combine well, add 15-30ml of tomato sauce (I used ketchup).

Making the Omelette and Putting It Together

Crack 2 eggs in a bowl and whisk together with 15ml of milk. Heat a frying pan over medium heat and add 15ml of butter, add beaten egg. Quickly swirl around with chopsticks.

When the mixture is set but still runny, add the ketchup rice in the middle.

Wrap the rice both sides with egg omelette, doesn’t have to be perfect, just create an edge around the rice.

Place the serving plate and flip the pan to transfer the omurice. Place a piece of paper towel and gently shape the omelette into a football shape.

When serving, garnish the omurice with parsley and drizzle with tomato sauce (I only used ketchup).



I chose this dish because I saw a Youtube video on a chef making it. The dish looked amazing and I decided to try it out since I was told that the dish is difficult to make. It’s a western influenced Japanese dish that is popular among many.

Making this dish didn’t take me too long. I halved the ingredients to make one serving, since the recipe was supposed to make two. I also replaced the tomato sauce with only ketchup, since it was late at night and I couldn’t go out to buy the missing ingredients. The only difficult part of making this was flipping the omurice, I felt like I tried to curl the edges too early and I was worried that the omelette might rip, but it turned out okay.



Narrative Essay Reflection

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I think my intro to the story was pretty well done. It told a little about what my story is about without spoiling anything and i think that it was a pretty good hook. I tried using colons, which I rarely use but was able to use it correctly. Another thing i did well was how I left cliff hangers at the end of the paragraphs to engage the readers more. I know that I didn’t follow the Hero’s Journey very well. I couldn’t think of anything that can be used as a Hero’s Journey in my life, and besides, if I tried to use something that wasn’t this interesting, I wouldn’t have enjoyed writing this at all. I also rambled on about unnecessary details before getting to the main part of the story, and should also work on the “show don’t tell” part.


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The Death of Mann

Chris Mann and his brother Thondee Mann owns a company. On the verge of being fired, Thondee Mann decided to murder his brother, Chris Mann. Now James Cordeen is on the case. I played Thondee, Jesse played James, and Ben played the suspect, Mr. Ben. We took a long time to create a story, which I took the lead in making. We had ideas on earthquakes, alcohol, the navy seals, but in the end, we came up with this story. We started filming on Monday, where it was raining. The rain screwed with our plan and we were not able to go outside to film the scene of the murder. We messed around, but we were able to finish filming most of the inside scenes. Jesse and I went to a friend’s house and had him to help us, and there we were able to finish filming my scenes. Tuesday stopped raining, so we went outside to film. We finished everything in half an hour. I’m doing the editing so I will edit everything at home. I had a difficult time editing since my software kept crashing, so I ended up staying up until 5am. But after I woke up the video corrupted, that caused me to stay home to re-render the video. It was a tight schedule, but I managed to upload it before class started.

Transgenic Animals

What is Biotechnology

Biotechnology is the use of artificial methods to change the genetic material of a living organism to produce different products and different functions. Biotechnology is commonly known as the scientific manipulation of living organisms, especially at the molecular level.

What are Transgenic Animals

Transgenic animals are when their genome has been deliberately altered by a gene or a group of genes from another species or breed. They are produced by numerous methods, the three basic methods are DNA micro-injection, retrovirus-meditated gene transfer, and embryonic stem cell-meditated gene transfer.

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The Methods Used to Create Transgenic Animals

The most common method is through DNA microinjection. This is the process of taking the DNA of a different or same species and injecting it into the pronucleus of a fertilized ovum. Inserting the DNA is random and there is a high chance that injected gene will not insert itself into a site on the host DNA that will permit it’s expression.

Retrovirus-meditated gene transfer involves using retroviruses as vectors, an organism that transfers a disease from one animal to the genetic materials or a cell, to another. A retrovirus is a single-stranded positive-sense RNA virus with a DNA intermediate and, as an obligate parasite, targets a host cell. Offspring from this method are chimeric, and not all cells carry the retrovirus.

Embryonic stem-cell mediated gene transfer involves prior insertion of the desired DNA into totipotent stem cells from the embryo (stem cells that can develop into any type of specialised cell). This method results in a chimeric animal; animals that are produced by the merging of multiple fertilised eggs.

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Uses of Transgenic Animals

Transgenic animals are normally used for experiments and research in laboratory. Over 95% of these animals are rodents, mainly mice. They are best used as models in biomedical research for the research of human diseases, but are also used for agriculture and industry.

Transgenic animals can be used to cure diseases such as diabetes. The method used is called transplantation which takes the cells in the animal that produce insulin, which is made from beta cells in the pancreas and transplanting it to the diabetes patients so they won’t have to inject the insulin. They can also be used to replace people’s hearts, liver, or kidney, this process is called xenotransplantation. Transgenic pigs are used for that process, currently the process is hampered by a pig protein but research is underway to replace that with a human protein. This form of biotechnology is giving us better medical treatments and will also be improved in the future.

In this picture, a mouse grew an ear on its back which can be cut off and donated to someone who needs an ear.

Agriculture was time-consuming for farmers but now that the molecular biology was made, it was easy to develop traits in animals in a shorter period and with more precision which is an easy way for farmers to increase yields. The quality of products that animals produce has also improved to be healthier. For example, transgenic cows are able to produce a natural protein in their milk that kills the bacteria that cause animal mastitis which is inflammation of the mammary gland in the breast or udder. Pigs and cattle that have more meat on them, sheep that produces more wool also exists.


In 2001, two scientists at Nexia Bio-technologies in Canada spliced spider genes into the cells of lactating goats. The goats began to manufacture silk along with their milk and secrete tiny silk strands from their body. The silk can be weaved into threads, and the scientists can use that to make products such as military uniforms, medical micro-sutures, and tennis racket strings.


In conclusion, transgenic animals play a critical role in developing and creating new drugs for diseases, as well as providing food that has more nutrients and products that are better quality.