Baseball

I have been playing baseball since I was old enough to hold a bat.  I love how baseball involves strategy and the skill to be able to think about what you need to do if the ball comes to you. I am a very diverse player, with experience at almost every position.  This sport has really helped me develop quick-thinking skills, good sportsmanship, mental toughness, and a nasty curveball.

Attracting Readers

To attract readers, I am going to give my writing a little extra feeling. This will attract more readers because my writing will be more “real” and from the heart. People will be more interested in my writing because they might be able to relate to it and compare it with their own life. By the way go check out this triflin blog.  http://castor8sms.edublogs.org/

Sharing Work

I learned that there is a way to profit off of other people selling your work. This comes with creative commons. Creative commons is a website that gives people a license to use certain images screened by creative commons. I think this website will be useful in the future for getting images, or maybe even putting images on it.

Top 5 Web Tools or Apps

My top 5 would be:

1. Glogster: It is a great online poster that you can use for almost any school project. I have found it very helpful in the past. It could be for any age, just as long as they have a computer. It is very simple to use. You do have to sign up but it is free.

2. Prezi: It is a great online presentation that is perfect for group projects. You can share it with your group members and you can all edit it at the same time. It is kind of complicated, so you would want to be 10 and up to use it. It does require signing up.

3. Easybib: It is perfect for citing your sources. You can choose what type of format you want it in, enter the link, and easybib will fill in all the information for you. Younger kids probably won’t be needing to use it though. It doesn’t require signing up so it is very easy.

4. Shmoop: It is great for summaries of books, detailed quotes, and intellectual thoughts about the book. If you need to understand a chapter of a book better, just look up the book on Shmoop, find the chapter and viola. It is very easy to use and doesn’t require signing up.

5. Adblocker: It is a great free tool that blocks random ads to keep your screen clean. It is easy to download and free.

Digital Footprint Response 2

I thought that both videos were put together very well and portrayed a message that made sense. To start off answering the first question, I don’t think that anyone would be completely satisfied with what they did on the internet because everyone makes mistakes. It would be almost impossible to have done nothing wrong on the internet. The internet is a dangerous tool that can harm you and others.

Digital Footprint Response

I found it very interesting how both videos portrayed the same message, but in two completely different ways. One was more experimental while the other was more informational. This really helped my understanding of the information that was trying to be shown due to two different perspectives of teaching. In the first video there was more symbology. They made gave the video more images and text to portray the message.

If You Were to come to California

If you were to come to California, I would highly recommend going to San Francisco. There are many great attractions like the Golden Gate Bridge, Coit tower, and House of Air, an indoor trampoline complex. If you went to San Francisco, you would want to ride on one of the cable cars, an iconic symbol of San Francisco. The second place you would want to go is Los Angeles. You could go to Hollywood and go see the Hollywood sign, or you could go to Beverly Hills, and take a look at some of the monstrous houses celebrities live in. You could also take a trip to Disneyland or Universal Studios. California is a great place for a vacation.

I am a Ginger

               Our class imitated American Indian poems. Here is an imitation of “Sure You can Ask me a Personal Question” by Diane Burns.

How do you do?

No, I’m not angry

No, I’m not going to burst into flames

No, I’m aware that I am a ginger

 

No, not Irish

No, thats my skin

No, not a ghost

No, not from Scotland

No, we aren’t going extinct

Yes, I actually have a soul

 

Oh?

You’re really Italian?

You’re dad’s side of the family, huh?

On an island off the coast, huh?

Skin that translucent?

Let me guess. Sicily?

 

So you’ve never tanned?

That white?

 

You always get sunburned?

That bad?

 

You even get moonburn?

Is that possible?

 

Yeah its nice for you to empathize

Getting burned sucks

No, My hair doesn’t catch on fire

No, I haven’t counted my freckles

No, I don’t use 500 spf sunscreen

 

Thank you. I like your hair too.

I don’t think anyone realizes that you have strands of red

hair.

No I dont communicate with the devil.

 

Yeah. Uh-huh. Flame Thrower.

Uh-huh. Yeah. Burning Everything. Uh-huh.

White as a Ghost. Yeah. Uh-huh. Uh-huh. Fire.

 

No, I didn’t win the whitest skin contest.

Yeah, a lot of us try to tan.

Some of us can’t.

 

No I’m not gonna get mad.

Thats just a stereotype.

American Indian Boarding Schools

In class, we read an article about American Indian boarding schools. In the article, the author talked about many cases in which Indians were abused and disciplined cruelly. I found this extremely awful. “In 1945, Bill Wright, a Pattwin Indian, was sent to the Stewart Indian School in Nevada. He was just 6 years old. Wright remembers matrons bathing him in kerosene and shaving his head. Students at federal boarding schools were forbidden to express their culture — everything from wearing long hair to speaking even a single Indian word. Wright said he lost not only his language, but also his American Indian name.” To be beaten is one thing, but to be forced to not be yourself is completely uncalled for. They forced Wright to give up Indian culture or else he would be beaten, but they beat him anyway. These people would be considered fanatics. They have such strong beliefs in their own culture, that they believe that their culture is superior and other people should have to be a part of the same culture. Fanaticism is wrong and should never be a part of someone.