Monday, June 5, 2017



⚀Paleoanthropologist Lee Berger and his team discovered a new species closely related to us (homo sapiens). The species is homo naledi and it's a combination of modern and primitive anatomy. This is a major discovery, it will change how we see the evolution of our 'homo' genus, ergo there is a great deal of controversy surrounding it.
⚁The purpose of this article is to inform. This is either a science report or news article and the purpose of both is to inform.
⚂The text structures being used are description and compare and contrast. The beginning of the article elaborates on the discovery, who discovered it, how they discovered it, and the importance of the discovery itself. Later in the article compare and contrast is used to display the controversy surrounding the discovery.
⚃Three text features being used are photographs, graphics and font effects. There is a photograph of the bones actually found in the discovery. For graphics, there are two maps of where the discovery was made. For font effects, the title is big, plain and bold.


⚀The results for the 9th-grade opinionnaire for the statement, "Females today are treated as equals and not as objects or property" were that 84% of females believed this to be false, while 16% believed it to be true. For males, 54% believed it to be false, while 46% believed it to be true. The reason these results are so different is elementary. The males in this class are not visibly affected by this treatment of females, or at least not negatively. "It's not their problem" so they choose to not see it. Here is an article about sexism that is seen by women but not men.

Monday, May 22, 2017

Social Media

↻RECAP↺ For last week's task I chose the woman who I sit and stand next to during choir. Her name is Pat, and she often has trouble walking down the steps after we sing, so I helped her down the stairs after we finished singing.

πŸ€‡ "Social Media can improve your quality of life" Social media can connect you to others and can be a way of reaching out. It can create friendships and help connect you to family who you don't see often. Although I personally don't find the pros of social media to outnumber the cons, some people do.

πŸ€ˆ Shawn's passions are being adventurous, snowboarding and living life to the fullest. My passions are creating art and growing as much as possible, with my physical capabilities and my mental capacity and tendencies.

πŸ€‰  The two parts of social media are to create and consume. The part of creating allows you to give a message to your social media audience, whether it be through music, art or literature. Consuming gives you the power to encourage the people who are also creating.

πŸ€Š The King of the Rainforest helps us in life because it shows us that any task is possible when you put your mind to it, but you do have to ignore the doubting and negativity. Here is a video about how Denzel Washington pushed himself to success.

Monday, May 15, 2017


🁀The most recent (and impactful) 'lollipop' moment would be when I bought the book "Milk and Honey" by Rupi Kaur. This year I've been focusing on growing as much mentally as possible, and this book has helped tremendously. I read this book whenever I don't feel good mentally. I have not told Rupi Kaur due to the fact that she is an author whom I have never met. Here's an article about life changing moments.

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. 
Marianne Williamson

πŸ₯Williamson means that people fear to be great. It's very intimidating. If you look at the world today, it's much easier to be somebody committing crimes and going nowhere in life rather than being someone who is creating a positive impact and being successful. People are intimidated by the good you can do. I do agree with Williamson due to the fact that I have been in positions where I've done things that I shouldn't have because I was too intimidated by being a better person.

Monday, May 8, 2017


πŸ‚‘ There are many criteria that make a book a classic. The one that is the most relevant to me is "A classic is a book which with each rereading offers as much of a sense of discovery as the first reading." which is fourth on Italo Calvino's list. Although, when it comes to books, there are few things that can be defined by numbers. Besides the pages, word count, and the number of sales. Books are really a perceived work. Every reader will take it differently, and this is what makes defining a book as a classic so difficult.  

πŸ‚’ A literary canon is a collection of works by which others are measured in terms of literary skill and value (Study). The cannon measures the value of literary work. How to Kill a Mockingbird is a part of the cannon.

πŸ‚£ Books are often the author's perception of the world or a specific part of the world, like most art. Banning books would be like banning someone's beliefs. Honestly, some parents would probably be offended today, but it's usually best to learn about things at school, where there is a more diverse community rather than at home. At school, you can grasp a better understanding of the literature. By banning books, you are rendering the students from getting the best understanding of a new perspective. Schools wanted to ban Of Mice and Men because of it's use of vulgar language and God's name in vain.

Monday, May 1, 2017


πŸ€² Dust pneumonia is a medical condition that develops due to excessive exposure to dust. It is caused by prolonged inhalation of dirt and dust. Common symptoms are asthma, influenza, eye infections, laryngitis, sinusitis, and bronchitis.

πŸ€³ The Dust Bowl was caused by the overproduction and over-cropping of the land. It stripped the land of the nutrients that made it rich, so it became dustlike, and also to create more available farmland, the farmers removed the grasses that helped keep the dirt on the ground. Here is an article that elaborates on the Dust Bowl and it's causes.

πŸ€΄ The first thing I would pack would probably be my drawing notebooks and pencils. Then I'd pack clothes and pictures. The hardest part about moving would be leaving my friends, but we weren't going to be friends forever so I'd get over it.

Monday, April 24, 2017


⚀This PSA is effective. The composition of the video is what made it most effective. The fact that they actually showed what an accident is actually like, rather than a video saying "Don't Text and Drive" is the convincing factor. The images of the girls in the car while it was crashing not only put a face to texting and driving but also shows the intensity of it. Also that it was a group of teen girls hits close to home because I have plenty of friends who are just now starting to drive and Lord knows they all love to be on their phones.

⚁ This is a PSA ad about domestic violence. The purpose is to raise awareness about domestic violence and to encourage people who are victims of it to call the police to try and get out. It's useful because throughout the entire video it's showing things that happen while living a house of domestic violence.

Monday, April 17, 2017

High School Diploma

⚀ The lack of a high school diploma can impact your health very negatively. You won't make as much money so you won't be able to afford healthier food nor health care. So if you do get sick, you'll still have to eat unhealthy foods that are going to the opposite of help you and you might not even be able to go to the doctor.

⚁ It could be harmful to society because these million people could be helping the economy grow, creating and innovating new things rather than living off a minimum wage job, barely getting by.

⚂ If the trend continues, the school and community can lose funding. Also, the longer a student is in high school, the longer the school is paying for the student. Either way, the school and the community are losing money.
Here is another article about the importance of high school diplomas.