Saturday, June 3, 2017

Quarter 4 Progress Reflections

Reading Reflection 

      I have completed three books in quarter four, Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson, Sacred Hoops by Phil Jackson and Lights Last Breaking by Nick Jans and I am reading Day of Tears now. Out of the three one was a stretch book, Brown Girl Dreaming, which was given to me by a teacher. I definitely have improved from last quarter when I only read one book. I also have been improving my lexile score, in September, 2016 my score was 1138 and now in May it is 1225. I improved 87 lexile points over the past eight months which meets the growth expectation. I think this is because last year in May I was barely reading any books but now we have had lots of books we have to read for classes and write projects about them. I feel like doing these reads and talking as a class about them really enhances my reading skills and helps me understand the book better. We have done two of these all class reads and our in the middle of another, In Mr. DeMink’s class we have socratic seminars which I really like and I think is one of the main reasons my lexile went up. One place I can improve my reading is definitely reading stretch books, even though I read one this quarter I rarely do. I really enjoy reading sports books because I like playing sports and it’s one of my hobbies but I really think that if I keep reading stretch books I could easily get into another genre. My goal for the summer I read more stretch books because that is really how you improve your reading skills and I could use better reading skills in high school.

Writing Refelction 

      The one area my writing most improved this quarter is definitely peer editing, the assignment This I Believe had us give our peers multiple comments on how to make their piece better which is why I think I improved so much. One piece from my writing that shows I improved my peer editing is “I learned about patience long ago, I am not a master at it but I have improved.” which before a peer told me to revise was “I learned patience when I was little but I am not a master at it but I have improved.” This shows that I have improved because my first sentence had way to many but’s in it but after my peer told me that I fixed it and made it a good length with only one but. Also Louis one of my peers said my feedback was very helpful so I am doing good in giving and taking peer comments. One area I can improve in though is writing process. In my This I Believe essay my conclusion and introduction paragraphs combined to be shorter than my body paragraph so I think I could shorten that and make my other paragraphs longer using writing process. One writing goal I have for this summer is to start writing for fun because writing isn't my favorite thing to do right now. I could track this by writing in a journal over the summer which would improve my writing and journals are fun to look back at when you're older.

Friday, April 7, 2017

Quarter Three Progress Reflections

Reading Reflection

      This quarter I have read one and half books, Lights Last Breaking by Nick Jans and Sacred Hoops by Phil Jackson. Lights Last Breaking is a stretch book because it was a genre I don't usually read much of, non-fiction adventure. I enjoyed this book a lot and will try to find more books with alike genres. My reading goals have been pretty good, most of the time I will accomplish them but sometimes I am busy with basketball and other homework and don't have time to read. In my quarter two progress Reflection my goal was to read more books. I didn't really accomplish this goal because I have only read one and a half books, I did read one stretch book though. One area I have improved in is stretch books because I read one this quarter and liked it. I think next quarter I will read more stretch books because now I know that I like them even if they're a bit harder.

Writing Reflection

      One writing outcome in which I have made progress this quarter is voice. One example on how I have improved voice in my writing is when we were getting feedback on our plays is someone said that my play had very good dialog and that they could see people actually saying those words. Another example is this quote from my play “Mom it's big money too, they offered me a one year $6,500,000 contract, and that’s just the first year too if I do good it could be way more than that. Come on imagine what we could do with that money.” Tido came up to me and said that he really liked this line because it made sense and the contract was a normal amount of money. One area my writing can improve is theme because in my play I also got feedback that I was a bit repetitive using lines like “Well I don't know he's really young, there's so much that could go wrong, I mean it is professional soccer.” Specifically that I would say that Dylan was too for pro soccer. I think that I stayed to much to my theme and had to say other things other than just that for 10 pages. One goal I have is to write more because I usually don't write much and would love to get better at it. A way I could measure this is counting how much I right outside of school or how much I add on my YWPs other than class time because I don't really do that.

Thursday, February 16, 2017

IR Vocab Set 10

Word: Erratic
Sentence: While Arctic sea ice has shown a relatively steady decline in square mileage over the past three decades as global temperatures rise (see for yourself), its southern counterpart has yielded more erratic and controversial data since monitoring began in the late 1970s.
Definition: deviating from the usual or proper course in conduct or opinion;eccentric; queer
Part Of Speech: Adjective 

Word: Preliminary
Sentence: NSIDC Director Mark Serreze told Reuters that the new numbers were preliminary and still needed to be confirmed, but that “unless something funny happens, we’re looking at a record minimum in Antarctica.”
Definition: preceding and leading up to the main part, matter, or business;introductory; preparatory
Part Of Speech: Adjective 

Word: Noxious
Sentence: Officially classified as a noxious weed in Florida, the tall, aggressive invader is a distant relative of poison ivy.
Definition: harmful or injurious to health or physical well-being
Part Of Speech: Adjective 

Word: Fuchsia
Sentence: Also known as Christmas berry for its brilliant fuchsia fruit and glossy green leaves, Schinus terebinthifolius can tower up to 30 feet. 
Definition: a bright, purplish-red color
Part Of Speech: Noun

Word: Staph
Sentence: That provides a novel means of controlling MRSA, the drug-resistant form of staph bacteria.
Definition: staphylococcus
Part Of Speech: Noun

Word: Ethnopharmacology
Sentence: "You need to be able to do ethnopharmacology and understand what the old texts are saying,”
Definition:the scientific study of substances used medicinally, especially folk remedies, by different ethnic or cultural groups
Part Of Speech: Noun

Word: Pharmacology
Sentence: Then you need skills in chemistry and pharmacology, to know what are the potentially active compounds.
Definition: the science dealing with the preparation, uses, and especially the effects of drugs
Part Of Speech:  Noun

Word: Antimicrobials
Sentence: She envisions the components of the compound possibly being used as an adjuvant—giving a medical boost to classical antibiotics by keeping bacteria from burgeoning while antimicrobials kill them.
Definition: destructive to or inhibiting the growth of microorganisms
Part Of Speech: Adjective  

Word: Pollutants
Sentence: In a surprise finding, scientists say the amount of pollutants in the Pacific Ocean’s Mariana Trench—one of the most remote locations on Earth—is so high that it outpaces the amounts found in a heavily polluted Chinese river.
Definition: any substance, as certain chemicals or waste products, that renders the air, soil, water, or other natural resource harmful or unsuitable for a specific purpose
Part Of Speech: Noun

Word: Incineration
Sentence:  The study reports that about 1.3 million tones of these chemicals were produced globally in that timeframe, and some of them were released into the environment because of industrial accidents and discharges, landfill leaks, or incomplete incineration.
Definition: to burn or reduce to ashes; cremate
Part Of Speech: Verb

Thursday, February 9, 2017

IR Vocab Set 9

Book: National Geographic 
Word: Seawall
Sentence: Children play on a rusty shipwreck in Betio on South Tarawa, Kiribati. The ship was lifted by king tides and crashed into a seawall in February 2015
Definition: a strong wall or embankment to prevent the encroachments of thesea, serve as a breakwater
Part Of Speech: Noun

Book: National Geographic
Word: Islets
Other islets are used for raising hogs, planting crops, or harvesting timber. But this orderly way of life is being disrupted by rising seas.

Definition: a very small island
Part Of Speech: Noun

Book: National Geographic 
Word: Atolls
Sentence: Most of these islands are coral atolls, or ring-shaped reef islands that lie only a few meters above sea level. 
Definition: a ring-shaped coral reef or a string of closely spaced small coral islands, enclosing or nearly enclosing a shallow lagoon
Part Of Speech: Noun

Book: National Geographic 
Word: Infiltrate
Sentence: When the water rises around these islands, it can disturb graveyards, infiltrate drinking water wells, and kill staple food crops like breadfruit trees or taro.
Definition: to cause to pass in by filtering
Part Of Speech: Verb

Book: National Geographic 
Word: Resilient
Sentence: “The most resilient people that I’ve ever met traveling around the world live in the Pacific.
Definition: springing back; rebounding
Part Of Speech: Adjective

Book: National Geographic 
Word: Preemptively
Sentence: In Tokelau, a small Polynesian community north of Samoa, communities are preemptively adapting to climate change.
Definition: taken as a measure against something possible, anticipated, orfeared; preventive; deterrent
Part Of Speech: Adjective 

Book: National Geographic 
Word: Undisclosed
Sentence: The BLM refused the proposal for undisclosed reasons, though its suggestions would have saved the agency an estimated two million dollars over the next decade.
Definition: to make known; reveal or uncover
Part Of Speech: Verb

Book: National Geographic 
Word: Sterilization
Sentence: But rather than using culling, permanent sterilization, or roundups to diminish population sizes when animals became too numerous, Kirkpatrick encouraged fertility control.
Definition: the destruction of all living microorganisms, as pathogenic or saprophytic bacteria, vegetative forms, and spores
Part Of Speech: Noun

Book: National Geographic 
Word: Zona pellucida
Sentence: Zona pellucida is a membrane surrounding all mammalian eggs. 
Definition: the transparent, noncellular layer surrounding the ovum of mammals,often having radial striations
Part Of Speech: Noun

Book: National Geographic 
Word: Antibodies
Sentence: These antibodies attach to the sperm receptor of the target female and block fertilization.
Definition: any of numerous Y -shaped protein molecules produced by B cells asa primary immune defense, each molecule and its clones having unique binding site that can combine with the complementary site of a foreign antigenas on a virus or bacterium, thereby disabling the antigen and signaling other immune defenses
Part Of Speech: Noun

Book: National Geographic 
Word: Erodible
Sentence: “The ecosystem is very fragile. The soil is very erodible.
Definition: to eat into or away; destroy by slow consumption or disintegration
Part Of Speech: Verb

Friday, February 3, 2017

IR Voacb Set 8

Sentence: Various missionary societies have also established schools.
Word: Missionary
Definition: a person sent by a church into an area to carry on evangelism or other activities, as educational or hospital work
Part of speech: Noun 
Book: Lights Last Breaking 
Page: 43 

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Quarter Two Progress Reflection

Reading Reflection    

      I have completed one book this Quarter, Box Out by John Coy. This book was not above my reading level and in my genre, so it wasn't a stretch book, it was a comfort book. My weekly reading goal was once high but then it dropped as soon as the basketball season started and I think that's why I only completed one book because I have practice till six then homework. One area I have made progress in is probably my weekly reading goal because it is at a decent amount of pages and I have been completing it. One area my reading could improve in is how many books and stretch books I read per quarter. I think this because I only read one book this quarter and it wasn't even a stretch book so I have to improve there. My goal for next quarter is to read three books and have at least two of them be stretch books.

Participation Reflection 

      One area where I have made progress this quarter is my active listening. I think this because last quarter I wasn't the best listener and you sometimes had to repeat things for me but this quarter I have been listening more often and you don't usually have to repeat what you said. One area I can improve on is use if time. One way I can improve on this is not talking with my friends and doing my work instead. Another way I can improve this is using my class time better, like instead of spacing out or not paying attention do my assignments, even though I get most of the done in the time we are given it could be much better. One participation goal I have for next quarter is to always bring a book to class because usually I leave it in my locker.

Thursday, December 15, 2016

IR Vocab Set 7

Book Title: Three Cups Of Tea
Arthurs: Greg Mortenson and David Oliver Relin
Word: Tutelage
Sentence: In a single caffeine fueled weekend session under Syed's tutelage, he cut and pasted his appeal for funds feverishly until he reached his goal of five hundred letters.
Definition: the act of guarding, protecting, or guiding; office or function of a guardian; guardianship
Part of Speech: Noun
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