1. When I started my Down Draft, it was about...
When I first began brainstorming ideas for my downdraft I immediately thought about height since I think it plays a big part in media and society. I soon started writing ideas about why being short had difficulties but then I realized that it sounded more like a rant then a story.
2. I've expanded it by also writing about...
In the end I decided to keep the same topic but move it in a different direction. I wrote about our culture and the medias view of beauty which tied into height. I also wrote a bit about my personal experience and a survey I read on National Geographic where participants go on a virtual train ride measuring 5 - 10 inches shorter than their original height. They reflected on feeling more vulnerable, more negative and had a greater sense of paranoia.
3. The most helpful feedback I've had was...
The most helpful feedback I've received was Dr. P's. I think a lot of time most students don't put enough time and effort into giving you ideas and feedback that you can really take and build into your story. The reason I chose Dr. P's was because he was both specific and clear and he gave many thoughts on which I could implement into my own piece.
4. In order to make my piece awesome, I'd really like help with...
I would like help in just where to take my piece in general. I think my story had a good flow but I don't know what specifically I'm trying to tell the reader. I also need help in incorporating my own personal experience into the story and being more specific.
1. How did you prepare for it?
I was working in a partnership with Samantha Soto since we both wanted to interview the same person, our tennis coach, Robert Pe. We prepared by doing some background research on historical events we thought were important to him such as, San Diego Gang Culture and Gun Violence. We also had a list of questions ready for him as we started the interview. I was surprised how open he was about discussing sensitive topics. A couple times we told him it was okay if he didn't want to answer but he said he wasn't uncomfortable in any way.
1. Look over the attached document, "Week 8 - what we did and why we did it." What, from what we did this week, do you think will be most helpful for you when you're conducting your interview?
What helped me the most was on Thursday when saw the model interview and focused on follow up questions. This helped me get a good idea on how to ask questions based on the subject your on. Also noting the posture that was being used and even the little details like nodding your head, leaning forward and more.
2. How will you apply what you're learning about interviewing to other aspects of your life, now or in the future?
It's really going to help in any professional environment. You learn how to be alert, attentive and most importantly how to be prepared. We did a lot of background research about where we wanted to aim the topic of the interview at and that's something that I believe will help in so many different circumstances,
3. How are you going to take your work on this project to a higher level than the work you've done in the past?
In the 8th grade we did a very similar project where we brought in veterans and interviewed them asking them about there past experience and stories. What I think will take this project to a higher level is the fact that this is more of an individual project whereas the 8th grade one was done in a group. This will force me to really get everything done and put a lot of effort into it.
1. What do you remember best from the interviews you heard/read this week? Why do you think that is?
The story that really stayed with me was the one about Will Smith and his daughter. I think this stayed with me because I can really imagine how hard it must have been to balance school, a job and on top of that, a child,
2. What was the most interesting interview you witnessed in class? Were you a participant or an observer? What made it so interesting?
The most interesting interview I heard in class was the one between Liesel and Dr. P where they had to every time respond with, "Yes, and..." The topic was really interesting and it was a fun activity to learn how to keep the interview going and not let it die down.
3. Who do you want to interview? Why? What do you want to hear stories about?
Someone I have in mind to interview is my mom. I have never really had a good deep conversation about her past, where she came from, etc. I hope to discuss how she grew up and any general advice about life she has.
1.) What did you do in order to make your description more vivid in this poem, that you want to use on your next writing piece, NO MATTER WHAT IT’S ABOUT?
1. Look over the attached document, "Week 1 - what we did and why we did it?" Out of everything we did this week, what did you find most interesting? Why?
During this first week of school what I found most interesting was reading our chapters from, "The House on Mango Street." The reason I really liked this is because it was definitely something new and adding sounds to literature created a new dimension making it more attention inducing. All in all it was a new experience and since this book in particular can be intricate doing this activity made it easier to follow along and understand.
2. What advice do you have for Dr. P to help you excel in Humanities this year?
In order for me to excel this year I would suggest to keep doing activities like we did this first week because I find I learn better that way.
3. What do you want to get better at in Humanities this year?
This year I would like to get better at time management. Many times I will procrasinate leading to rushed work. Usually this happens to me with homework, I will keep pushing it back and back until it's late at night and I really need to finish it. To improve on this the first thing I would like to do when I get home is get right to my homework and finish it before doing anything else.
1. Look over the attached document, "Week 2 - what we did and why we did it". How did what we did this week CONNECT to what you've done before, either in past years or in Week 1? (give SPECIFIC examples)
The quick writes we do really remind of the ones I did my first year at High Tech which was in 6th grade. Although we would do it as homework instead of classwork we would be given a topic and write about a page in our journals about the questions we were given. Another thing is the Socratic seminars. Many times in the 8th grade we would hold Socratic seminars and we would have to come to the discussion with prepared material to present which is something we did on Tuesday. We even had our TPOL based on a Socratic seminar.
2. How did what you learned and did this week EXTEND or push your thinking in new directions? (give SPECIFIC examples)
Something that pushed me to think in new directions is doing the question, connection, prediction and sensory details for ATDPTI. I personally love reading so that part was easy for me but I hate to stop and have to annotate here and there. I find it annoying and hard to come up with something so I really had to push myself to think outside the box and I will continue to do so throughout the book.
3. What is still CHALLENGING or confusing for you about what you learned and worked on this week? (give SPECIFIC examples)
Something I found really confusing and challenging was critiquing and rewriting our poems. I feel like the whole poem writing process wasn’t really focused on and rushed. I also didn’t really like critiquing with the 8th graders because they I didn’t really receive advice that was too helpful since they are two years younger than us.