Archive of ‘Grade 9’ category

Blackout Poetry

Myra Qualitz’s poem ‘Love Eyes’ was inspired by A Midsummer Night’s Dream written by Shakespeare. The poem was from a page of Katheryn Stockett’s book The Help on page 285. The poem is a metaphor about how you can’t explain love. You can compare it to many things – but describing what purely love is, is impossible. When in love, you feel comfort and protection, described in Myra’s poem by the line that reads “with eyes that carry me”. When she compares love to “growing taller and seeing color” it represents how you can feel so small in this black and white world that seems so big at first, until you fall in love and find purpose. Love is personified into a body and can be compared to eyes in this poem as the common phrase is true – eyes are the window to the soul.  

Love Eyes

By Myra Qualitz


Vacation Project – Math9

I chose to plan a trip to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico because it is very pretty and sunny. It is a fun place to experience new cultures and try new activities. I planned to go July 11th, and stay three nights. I will spend a lot of time at the beach, as Mexico beaches have warm water and sun! 

I depart at 6:00AM on July 11th from Vancouver and arrive at 2:55PM on the same day in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. 

on June 12th, I plan to go swimming with the dolphins at 12PM

On June 13th I plan to go to a Mexican market at 11AM to go shopping for souvenirs 

The rest of the time I plan on being at the beach or in the hotel lounge as this is a short trip and I don’t want to over book myself with activities in my short amount of time here. 

The hotel I’m staying at is called the Samba Vallarta All Inclusive 

To go from place to place I will be taking taxis / cabs. 

The room is $328 /night

The food and drinks are all included so the price of the hotel room per night covers the price of meals and snacks. 

Flight total = $683.31

Hotel total (food included) = $984

Activities total = $228.52

other expenses (cab fare) =  $100

TOTAL = $1995.83

How I plan to save to save for this trip is to save $500 every year for 4 years. 

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Community Connection

For this assignment I reached out to someone named Victoria who runs a feminist account on Instagram. I reached out to her because I am very passionate about women’s rights and feminism and wanted to know more about her opinions. I first started out by direct messaging her asking if she would be willing to answer some questions for this assignment. To my surprise, she answered! 

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As you can see, I have a hard time describing things but I’m glad she understood what I was trying to say.

I loved talking to Victoria and learning more about what inspires her to inspire others everyday!

Self Confidence – FEC caparison

bullying is still alive and well but with small acts like this we can help spread a positive message

This is Victoria, she runs a feminism account on Instagram. She mainly posts about body image and pictures of twitter discussions and drawings of having a positive mindset, but people could not get over her personal appearance, she decided to instead of taking the harassment any longer, to instead take a stand. People were hating on her so hard even though it doesn’t affect them in the slightest. In this picture, she posted you can see that she is smiling through all the hate because she realized that other people don’t determine your personal happiness. She is human, she is beautiful. People hide behind a screen and pick on people because they don’t think there will be any consequences. And the truth is, there won’t be any, but is it worth it? Is it worth your time to think and type out something negative and hurt someone just so you feel better? I think this picture relates to ‘The Friday Everything Changed’ because even though this story is in a modern setting and with technology, bullying is still alive and well. By posting this picture Victoria may have received more hate or criticism, but if posting this and showing people self-love helped even one person, it made a positive impact. This can be compared to the part of the quote when it reads “small acts of kindness and love” because it’s all about loving yourself and being confident. 

Self Assessment – Analogy Video

This assignment was doing a video of an analogy representing mitosis and meiosis 1+2 (trying to be as creative as possible). Doing this assignment I believe we tried hard with our ideas for the video and tried to do a unique analogy. Although we could not have the video uploaded, we finished our drawings. We could have given more effort into the project and used our time more wisely. I think we used good teamwork and divided everything equally. We showed strength in our video core competency.

What I Have Learned in the Exponent Unit (Math 9)

Here are the three most important things that I believe you need to know before going into the (exponent) unit test!                                                                        


  1. How does the multiplication rule for negative numbers apply to powers with negative bases?
    1. if it’s a negative base (in brackets) and an even power, the answer will we positive. If it’s a negative base (in brackets) and an odd power, the answer will be negative. if it’s an negative base (not in brackets) and either an even or odd power, the answer will always be negative. Here’s a small cheat sheet chart to help you!
      1. (-base) ^even = positive
      2. (-base) ^odd =negative
      3. -base^even = negative
      4. -base^odd = negative
  2. LAWS
    1. Product Law; when we multiply exponents with the same base, we ADD the exponents.
    2. Quotient law; when dividing exponents with the same base, we SUBTRACT the exponents.
    3. Power of a power law; When an exponent is raised to another exponent, we multiply the exponents.
  3. Follow the orders of operations (BEDMAS) when evaluating expressions involving powers.
    1. Brackets
    2. Exponents
    3. Divide & multiply in order from the left to the right
    4. Add & subtract in order of left to right

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