The Battle of Good and Evil

Everyone deals with defining the difference between good and evil at some point in their life. We all have to make tough decisions, and we have to choose which path we will take. In my English class, we have been tackling the concepts of good and evil. Our driving question, or what we are focusing on and trying to answer, for this unit is How can we create an original expose to analyze and evaluate the current battle between good and evil in our world as compared to the evils of the last century for an online audience? In this unit, our biggest assignment we had in order to answer our driving question was to read the book Night. This book was written by a holocaust survivor, and within it he shares his story. But, before we read this book, we first had to establish a class definition of good and evil. Our definition of good was the actions, thoughts, or feelings that result in something positive. Our definition of evil was the malicious intentions or actions intended to hurt some

Cowgirl Life

When you think of a cowgirl, what comes to mind? The cowgirl lifestyle isn’t just shows, lights, and belt buckles. It is part of our heritage and a way of life for many families throughout the country.  It’s cattle ranchers, horse farmers, and produce farmers. They keep our families fed, and pass the tradition on to theirs. However, in this time and age, that tradition tends to get lost. The children move away and try something new. The next generations aren’t introduced to the lifestyle. We feel it is our responsibility to inspire people to keep the tradition alive.   One reason I believe we need to keep the cowgirl tradition alive is the practice of showing livestock. It is a very big part of the lifestyle and could mean a big paycheck. While winning money can definitely put a smile on your face, the pride you’ll have in yourself and your horse is unmeasurable. Through all the training, hard work, and long nights, the satisfaction of winning is enough on its own. Also, winni

Summative Writing

In my English class this past month, we've been working on a unit all about money. We learned all about rich people, how they got rich, the difference between us, and how we can set goals to be well-off after graduation. At first my idea of rich was, for example, a basketball player. They have their own houses, cars, and can afford luxury vacation whenever they want. But, through the unit my thinking has shifted. Now i believe rich is the people who pay the players or own the teams. Though this unit, we began to dive deeper and see the real top 1% of the population and how they live. The words rich and wealthy... are they synonyms? Or do they really mean two very different things? I believe there is in fact a difference between these two words. The difference is, wealthy people can be considered in the middle class. Yes, they doing well, sometimes better than most. But they wouldn't blow 100,000 dollars like nothing. I believe rich is having so much money losing what we wou

Social Class and Education Correlation

Social class...we all have one. They define what we do and sometimes our levels of achievement. In some cases, they determine how well some of us in school or if we choose to further our education. I believe social status does impact education, and is actually one of the most significant factors in our education.  One reason I believe social class affects education is once the social class gap begins at an early age, it’s nearly impossible for those kids who start behind to ever catch up. In fact, according to the Economic Policy Institute, “Moreover, it is increasingly apparent that performance gaps by social class take root in the earliest years of children’s lives and fail to narrow in the years to follow. That is, children who start behind stay behind…” Another reason social class is one of the most determining factors in educational success is social class causes different mental and physical limitations for everyone. According to The American Psychological Association, “

Cardboard Challenge Article Four

As you know, we have had an ongoing Cardboard Creativity Challenge in my English class. The whole goal of this challenge was go to Wright Elementary and help forth graders learn the design process and build their own games. Well, on November 2nd, 2018, the day of play happened.  We revised our design by drawing our ideas out in sketches with measurements and added the new obstacles. I anticipate these changes will improve the appeal of our project to our target audience, even though they may present themselves with challenges. Our product works by lining up the trucks at the starting line and racing through the obstacles placed on the track while trying to obtain the fastest time. We built this track by cutting equal length pieces of cardboard, including straight sections and curves, and building walls on each side. Then, we glued down all of our obstacles like the rocks, ramps, and hot wheels. Finally, we wired our tack up for lights. I believe our biggest challenge was getting th

Cardboard Challenge Article Three

In my previous article, I talked about creating our cardboard racetrack prototype and some of the challenges we faced with that. Since then we have not only completed our prototype, but we have taken it to Wright Elementary and received feedback on our ideas from a fourth grade class. We got a lot of helpful feedback such as adding colors and adding ramps they can jump off of and then onto another. We also heard ideas for new obstacles like adding sand before the last jump over a line of hot wheels. I didn't really expect the feedback to be as precise and helpful as it actually was. I expected the feedback to be a little less creative and more basic. The feedback will help us appeal to our audience and make our track more visually attractive.

Cardboard Challenge Article Two

In my last post, I talked about our Cardboard Creativity Challenge. We have since moved farther into the design process and are beginning to create a prototype. Some of the questions we asked to guide our focus are  How will it drift? How many sections? How will we hold it together better than hot glue? How will we move it? Our brainstorming process for this particular project was actually pretty challenging. This is because going in, we didn’t know who our audience was going to be. We weren’t sure what age group we should be designing our product around. We knew it was going to be elementary students so we chose something easy and fun that anyone could do; a race car track. Once we found out we’d be creating this for fourth graders, we could figure out how difficult and specific we could make it.  Some potential solutions to problems we faced are using gorilla tape to hold the track together instead of hot glue and creating 3 separate pieces to be able to move our track easily. Some