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Overall Learning Reflection

Overall Learning Reflection

This is my overall learning reflection of my grade 10 enriched English class. I will be covering the blogs I written, Romeo and Juliet, and the literature circles.

To begin, we started talking about the structure of a blog in the beginning of the year. Our teacher said the blogs were the most important part of the class because that’s where he is going to mark almost all of our assignment. My first blog post was my opinion post about comparing the Wii U to the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. I thought the Wii U was superior over the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One because the Wii U was cheaper, had better exclusives, better co-op play, it had backwards compatibility, and the games had a better experience for players. But, after getting back I realized my post had some serious flaws to it, first I didn’t cite my the pictures and information I got for my blog, second my blog was heavily opinion based and had next to no facts about the Wii U, finally some of my information wasn’t accurate. So when we were assigned to fix our blog posts and turn them into essay to improve our mark I did extra research about the Wii U put in more facts to it and turn it into a persuasive essay.

The other major blog assignment I was assigned to do was the blogger of the week where every week a couple of students present to us a blog they wrote that is on a topic they are passionate about or something they thought was interesting. I choose to do Why 16 year-olds should vote because this was a topic I strongly believed in and I wanted the class to know about my opinion on the topic. After I presented my topic to the class I received many comments from my peers about their thoughts and opinion about my topic. I think the whole blog aspect of the class helped improve my writing skills because it helped me expand my vocabulary to strengthen my articles, taught me to rely more on facts than opinion because having an opinion is fine but, if you have no facts to support it than what’s the point, and the blog lessons to taught me to use the proper MLA format when I cite my work. The blogger of the week presentation helped me improve oral skills because I have never had a presentation that was longer than 5 minutes so it was a new experience for me to talk this long in front of class. I learned during a presentation I need to relax, talk slowly, and come prepared so I don’t pause every few minutes. Overall I thought I did ok but I believed there were areas where I could have improved in.

Next, in the middle of the semester we started talking about the play Romeo and Juliet. I honestly wasn’t fond of the play because the play is talked about so much on T.V. and seen in movies that I knew what was going to happen so the whole play itself didn’t surprise me in any way and I’m not into tragedies either. After reading the play we analyzed 3 different movie versions of the book and a comic book. I was also assigned to compare Act 1 from the 1968 version of Romeo and Juliet to the 2013 version. I personally found the 2013 version to be better because it was more exciting and sort of brought new twists to the story. I found the 1968 version to be more accurate to the play I found the movie to be dull and everything through costumes to music were atrocious. We also looked at the 1968 balcony scene and 1996 balcony scene of Romeo and Juliet. I found the 1968 version to have a better balcony scene because it was more accurate to the play and had more passion. While I found the 1996 to have awkward moments with the whole security guard and pool situation. Also the scene had next to no passion to it so it was clear the 1968 version of the scene was better. We also did music video analysis by comparing Romeo and Juliet scenes to popular songs. I founded this assignments to be quite enjoyable because I saw Romeo and Juliet in a different perspective and learned that things are not always what they seem in a play.

We also did a dramatic play for a given part of Romeo and Juliet. My group was Act 4 Scene 5 and I was playing Lady Capulet so I knew I had to go deep into character and the scene in my opinion was a success. The dramatic play really taught me to step outside my comfort zone when it came to acting in a scene and to really put life into the character I was playing.

Finally, near the end of the semester we started doing literature circles which was the most enjoyable part of the semester for me. We got several options of books to choose from and I choose the book To Kill a Mocking- bird and the great thing about it was many of my friends choose the same book. Each week, everyone had a role they had to complete after reading a certain amount of chapters the book. The roles were summarizer, making connections, word wizard, passage master, and illustrator. Each week the roles were switched and every Friday for 5 weeks we all had a discussion of the events that occurred of what we read so far. Also shared what we did for our roles during that week. I found these conversations to be engaging and it helped me see everyone’s insight of the book.

In conclusion, I feel I made a huge improvement on my writing during my time in this course. I have become a better  writer, presenter, blogger and even actor. I really learned a lot from our teacher and I can’t wait to apply the lessons I learned from him to grade 11. I started this and course and grade 10 with the mindset that everything was going to be easy but, I was sorely mistaken which was my major flaw this year. I want to enter grade 11 with the mindset of wanting to know more and learn from my mistakes and I want to keep improving as a student and a person. Thank you for the great semester.

Blogger of the Week Reflection

Blogger of the Week Reflection

Learn English | British Council,. ‘Blogging Or Print?’. N.p., 2015. Web. 16 June 2015.https://learnenglish.britishcouncil.org/en/business-magazine/blogging-or-print

How often did you participate: I have made 8 comments on other people’s Bloggers of the Weeks and I made 10 comments on my own Blogger of the Week.

 

Discussion Blog Titles and authors:         The Positive Impacts of Technology on Healthcare Mahruf K.

                                                                             Robots or Kids? Rawn S.

                                                                             Why You Should Read Alex E.

                                                                             Sweatshops and Modern Day Slavery Subhan A.

                                                                             What is a Search Engine? Mohammed M.

                                                                             Space Colonization – Mars & Venus Elliot I.

                                                                             Is School Stressing You Out? Adam S.

                                                                             Nuclear Throne and What Makes a Video Game Fun Thomas P.

                                                                             Online Versus Offline Clarissa D.

 

Please provide a rating for YOUR overall contributions to discussions [1(poor) – 5 (excellent)] 3.5: I gave myself this rating because I was active in the Blogger of the Week post and for some of my comments I to try to continue the conversation by asking a questions especially during my own Blogger of the Week post

 

CONTENT

  1. Is there some aspect of the topic, results, conclusions, or concepts for which you gained a deeper understanding of through the blog discussion? Was there some aspect of the posts you explored that you hadn’t thought of or that you ‘learned’ about from the discussion? In other words, what aspect of the post was clarified or illuminated as a result of the blog discussion?

 

Of all the blogs posted in class there was one in particular that gave me a deeper understanding of the topic. That blog is Alex’s blog on why you should read because his reply to my comment helped me understand that he isn’t picky on the genres of books he reads and he is willing to expand his interest in books by reading anything that appeals to him in some way.

 

  1. Were there aspects of the discussions that led to more confusion for you compared to when you read the blog post alone? Was the confusion resolved through discussion? Please explain (make specific reference to the blogs involved ­ direct quotations may be appropriate ­ reference the author).

 

I didn’t find any sort of confusion during my discussion with the authors that replied to my comments. The ones that replied to my comments gave me insight to their opinions, clarified something for me nad gave me a deeper understanding of their topic

 

 

DISCUSSION SKILLS

  1. Evaluate your role in the Blogger of the Week discussions, in particular please answer the following two questions: What did you do that was effective at contributing to the discussion(s)? Be specific (adding screenshots of your contributing or copying to your blog may be appropriate). What areas do you need improvement

 

I was effective on contributing to discussions because when I replied to peoples comments I often asked them a question on how to improve a certain thing or their own personal opinion about the topic. To improve I think I should of added external links such as articles and videos.

 

  1. Can you think of a contribution from another student that stood out in your mind that helped move the discussion along or help the class to move to a deeper understanding of the material? What did the student do? (no need to mention names, just describe what the students did or said).

 

One particular student who helped contribute to the class discussion the most is Elliot. Elliot always puts outs an honest opinion on the majority of the topics we discuss in class. An example of this is during my blogger of the week presentation because I was having a little trouble finding an argument to some people’s opinion about my topic and when Elliot stepped in and shared with a class a meaningful and strong argument that supports my opinion about my blog topic. Also he always gives some sort of constructive criticism to other people’s blogs which helps them improve on their mark

 

  1. Do you have any recommendations to the class as a whole to improve class discussions? How are discussions different in an online space versus those held face ­to ­face? How are they similar?

 

I believe during class discussions its always the same 4 to 5 people always at the heart of the discussion and everyone else is just sitting not caring about the topic that much. I think a way to improve on that is randomly ask someone in the class on their opinion on the topic so we can get insight from everyone instead of the same 4 to 5 people. When you compare online space to face to face discussions I find that online discussions and comments are well researched but by the time both people in the conversation laid out all the facts the conversation ends. But, a class discussions or a face to face discussions with someone you would probably have more to say and bring better meaning to the topic. Also you have better understanding on someone when you hear their opinion on certain topics.

 

  1. What are your overall thoughts of the Blogger of the Week assignment? Do you have any suggestions for me moving forward to either: a) improve the assignment; or b) revise the structure, delivery, or scheduling of the assignment itself? Be specific as your opinions will be very helpful for me as I plan for future classes.

 

I thought the whole blogger of the week assignment was a great idea but there were I believe should change. First of all, I believe that comments shouldn’t be mandatory or part of our mark because in my opinion it sort of discourages me from reading other people’s blogs because I have to spend 20 minutes trying to write a meaningful comment. Another thing to improve on is make the assignment earlier in the year because those who go latter get less comment because of exam times and not much criticism either. By doing that it will give everyone a fair chance to make the strongest blog post possible. But, overall the assignment was great and I think you should do it in the future.

 

 

The Wii U the Ultimate New Generation Console (Essay)

The Wii U the Ultimate New Generation Console (Essay)

Nintendo, Microsoft, and Sony have all dominated console gaming for the past few decades. Each company’s consoles has something unique to it through design, features, exclusives, and much more but, the question is which current generation console is the best? The Wii U is an eighth generation gaming console that is the successor of the Nintendo Wii which were both manufactured by Nintendo. The Wii U was released in North America on November 18, 2012 and is Nintendo’s sixth home console. The Wii U consists of several aspects that make it far more appealing and superior than the PlayStation 4 (created by Sony) and the Xbox One (created by Microsoft). Through its better prices, unique features, and better exclusives the Wii U is far better exceptional console than both the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

 

To start, the Wii U is the only console out there with great quality through games, features, and many more for a lower price. The Wii U has better bundles for cheaper prices for example, The Super Mario 3D World Deluxe Set which includes the Wii U hardware, gamepad, the co-op game Super Mario 3D World, the party game Nintendo land, and with additional storage space and accessories.[2] All of this is for $299.00 which is considered to be an amazing deal compared to the PlayStation 4 500GB the Last of Us Remastered Bundle for $449.99 [4] and the Xbox One + Halo Master Chief Collection Bundle for $349.99 [5] because both the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One bundles only come with one game and less materials to them. Also, the leading Wii U games start at about $50.00 to $60.00 while the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One are $60.00 to $70.00. Also to add, the Wii U controllers are cheaper than the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One Controllers. For example a Wii remote plus controller costs $40.00 and the Wii u pro controller costs $50.00 while PlayStation 4 and Xbox One controllers cost $60.00. [1] Another example of the Wii u having better prices is that Nintendo doesn’t charge you for online services unlike the PlayStation 4 which charges $49.99 per year for PlayStation plus and Xbox One which charges $59.99 per year for Xbox Live Gold. Now that the advantages for the Wii U when it comes to price have been explained lets continue with an explanation of the Wii U’s amazing features. [6]

 

Secondly, the Wii U contains a lot more features than the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One can ever have for several reasons. To start off, unlike the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One the Wii U is the only console in this generation to have backwards compatibility. “This means that you’re free to play any of your old Wii games on your Wii U, or buy cheap used Wii games”.[1] The Wii U also has Miiverse which is like Nintendo’s version of Facebook on a console. The thing that makes Miiverse so great is its accessible just minutes after you set up your Wii U. In Miiverse you can take and share screenshots of games with others and since Nintendo is a family friendly there is no foul language of any kind in Miiverse. The Wii U also has local multiplayer (something that the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One have limited lately) which consist of fun co-op games that are enjoyable with friends and family. These games include New Super Luigi U, Pikmin 3, The Wonderful 101, and Super Mario 3D World. “The Wii U offers multiple control configurations unlike the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, also making it among the most consumer-friendly dedicated gaming consoles of all time”. [3] These controllers are the pro controller which has a similar design to the gamepad and an Xbox controller but no touch screen, a Wii remote which was the controller for the previous console the Wii and is compatible with the Wii U, and the gamepad which is the most unique of the three controllers. The main reasons the gamepad is unique because unlike most controllers if you lose or break your gamepad you have to buy a brand new console because you can’t buy a new gamepad. Also, you are able to play games on the gamepad without having to turn on the T.V. so if you have a sibling who wants to play on a different console or watch T.V. you can still play on your gamepad. Now that the unique features of the Wii U have been addressed lets finish with talking about the great exclusives on the Wii U.

 

Finally, the Wii U has the best exclusives out with some of the best game franchises in history. The two best exclusives out for the Wii U are Super Smash Brothers Wii U and The Legend of Zelda: Windwaker HD. Super Smash Brother is one of the most popular gaming franchises of all time. Super Smash Brothers brought a new face to the fighting genre of gaming by adding percentages instead of life gauges. Smash Brothers Wii U brings all of Nintendo’s most popular characters together for one brawl to decide who is number one. Super Smash Brothers also help promote helped make consumers aware of other Nintendo characters and game franchises and indirectly promote other Nintendo games. Super Smash Brothers Wii U broke a Wii U sale record for selling 490,000 physical copies in its first 3 days in North America.[7] PlayStation sort of has their own version of Super Smash Brothers which is called PlayStation All Stars. Though the game is fun playing with friends it doesn’t have the hype, game mechanics, and iconic characters Super Smash Brothers Wii U and there is no fighting game on the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One that can compete with Super Smash Brothers Wii U in sales. Another great exclusive the Wii U offers is Legend of Zelda Windwaker HD which is the HD version of the original game that was released on a previous Nintendo console the GameCube in 2003. It’s the tenth game of the famous Zelda franchise and the basic plot is you are playing as a young boy named Link and you are trying to stop a man named Gannondof for obtaining all the pieces of the triforce. Wind Waker HD sold 152,000 copies in North America and since the game was part of a bundle for the Wii U an extra 35,000 Wii U consoles were sold which boost sales by 31%.[8] The PlayStation 4 and Xbox One don’t have any game franchises and exclusives that are as popular as the Wii U or remember able.

 

In conclusion, The Wii U consists of several aspects that make it far more appealing and superior than the PlayStation 4 (created by Sony) and the Xbox One (created by Microsoft). Through its better prices, unique features, and better exclusives the Wii U is far better exceptional console than both the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. “If [people] could hold a controller with two hands and hold a tablet or a smartphone with another hand, there would be no issue. Unfortunately, since it is not possible for humans to do that, you can’t play a game in a way you can play with the Wii U.” – Satoru Iwata, C.E.O. of Nintendo. [9] The Wii U brought a new element to console gaming and made Nintendo branch out and try new methods to attract consumers and change the face of gaming forever.

 

References

[1] langford, Henry et al. ‘7 Ways The Wii U Is Better Than The Xbox One And PS4’. MakeUseOf. N.p., 2014. Web. 15 June 2015. http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/x-ways-wii-u-better-xbox-one-ps4/

[2] Nintendo.com,. ‘Wii U – Buy Now’. N.p., 2015. Web. 15 June 2015. http://www.nintendo.com/wiiu/buynow

[3] IGN,. ‘5 Unique Features That Make Wii U Great – Blog By Gabe-IGN – IGN’. N.p., 2013. Web. 15 June 2015. http://www.ign.com/blogs/gabe-ign/2013/12/14/5-unique-features-that-make-wii-u-great

[4] Best Buy Canada,. ‘Playstation 4 500GB The Last Of Us Remastered Bundle’. N.p., 2015. Web. 15 June 2015. http://www.bestbuy.ca/en-CA/product/playstation-4-playstation-4-500gb-the-last-of-us-remastered-bundle-3000594/10305409.aspx

[5] Microsoft Store,. ‘Xbox One Consoles & Xbox One Game Bundles – Microsoft’. N.p., 2015. Web. 15 June 2015. http://www.microsoftstore.com/store/msusa/en_US/list/Xbox-One-consoles/categoryID.64724200

[6] Forbes,. ‘Six Reasons To Buy A Wii U Instead Of A PS4 Or Xbox One’. N.p., 2014. Web. 15 June 2015. http://www.forbes.com/sites/erikkain/2014/12/02/six-reasons-to-buy-a-wii-u-instead-of-a-ps4-or-xbox-one/

[7] GameSpot,. ‘Super Smash Bros. Breaks Wii U Sales Records’. N.p., 2015. Web. 15 June 2015. http://www.gamespot.com/articles/super-smash-bros-breaks-wii-u-sales-records/1100-6423811/

[8] King, Ashley. ‘Wind Waker HD Physical Sales Reach 152K, Boost Wii U Sales 31% In NA’. Wiiudaily.com. N.p., 2015. Web. 15 June 2015. http://wiiudaily.com/2013/10/wind-waker-hd-sales/

[9] GamesIndustry.biz,. ‘Wii U: Dissecting Nintendo’s Biggest Quotes’. N.p., 2015. Web. 15 June 2015. http://www.gamesindustry.biz/articles/2012-06-20-wii-u-dissecting-nintendos-biggest-quotes

The Jiblog’s Most Wanted

The Jiblog’s Most Wanted

Picture of Stereotypical Criminal [1]

I have made a list of all the most dangerous criminals around the world. The crimes these criminals have commit are so heinous that I suggest you collect your thoughts after reading this blog.

 

Jeromy Wilson’s Wanted Poster Bounty: $344,000,000 [2]

Jeromy “Reich Chains” Wilson

He is the leader of the Mariachi Syndicate who has committed several crimes across Canada and the world. He is wanted for the following things:

  • Bribing several people with TF2 hats
  • Congaing across the streets of Washington D.C. while Cory was in the house
  • Leading a group of dogs to lick a mail man to death
  • Prank calling Pizza Hut
  • Getting called on for disrespect during a water polo game

This man is a threat to the world and has receive a bounty of $344,000,000. Beware this man’s weapon of choice is the gibus hat with pyrovision googles.

 

Alexander Egoron’s Wanted Poster Bounty: $530,000,000 [3]

Alexander “Pwnclub” Egoron

This 4 star criminal has hacked, cheated, and raged his way as one of the most wanted man in the jib world. He is wanted for the following offences

  • Cheating at Nintendo land (we have proof he did it}
  • Hating on Survivor
  • Bought a Donut and complain there was a hole in it
  • Hates amiibos
  • A viewer of the video Sweet Genius
  • Knowing too much
  • Too Suspect

This maniac is wanted by every country across the world and has received a bounty of $530,000,000. When you encounter him his weapon of choice is a white gauntlet that creates portal.

 

Sebastiano Martin’s Wanted Poster Bounty: $198,000,000 [4]

Sebastiano “Tipper Gnome” Martin

This top class criminal has committed so many offences that even some criminals have created a cult called “The Followers of Tipper Gnome”. He is wanted for the following things:

  • Releasing the Pokémon Tropius into the streets of New York
  • Lied
  • Lied even more
  • Spent $2.00 on a joke
  • Prefers Rider over Gilgamesh
  • Tasered several people
  • Runs the famous cult “The Worshippers of Tropius”

This liar is a major threat to the Canadian and American government who has a bounty of $198,000,000. Beware he is Tropius’ wizard so he has the blessing of Tropius’ power and he will use it, proceed with caution.

 

Elliott Ivanskiski’s Wanted Poster Bounty: $216,000,000 [5]

Elliota “The Shrek” Ivanskiski

This man is the most resourceful criminal of all the men in the Jiblog most wanted. He has connection in every continent in the world and his base rumoured to be located in Djibouti. He is wanted for the following offences:

  • Knowing too much about the government
  • Jay walking
  • Called pizza hut and asked them” where could I find good pizza?”
  • Threw swamp water at someone
  • Having relations with a mysterious man named Donkey
  • Robbed a gas station with a banana

This menace is a big threat to the world and has received a bounty of $216,000,000. Beware his weapon of choice is his mind.

 

Mahruf Khushmohammad’s Wanted Poster Bounty: $666,000,000 [6]

Mahruf “Gaben” Khushmohammad

This 5 star criminal has wreaked havoc among the world for several years now and he is likely to do more. His following offences are:

  • Prank calling Pizza Hut by saying “Pizza Hut more like Pizza But”
  • Creating the song “ We are Russian Dancing Men”
  • Cheating at Mario Party 10
  • Not inviting Cory to the house
  • Hasn’t eaten milk duds

He is one of our most dangerous criminals with a bounty of $666,000,000. Be careful though he is armed with a massive amount of pistols proceed with caution when approaching him.

 

Najib Hersi’s Wanted Poster Bounty: $850,000,000 [7]

Najib “Funky Dunk” Hersi

He is the most dangerous criminal on this list and has committed offences so heinous that it makes some of the other crimes that the other criminals did look like child’s play. The following offences include:

  • Brought Mountain Dew and Doritos to an outing with friends
  • Being too awesome
  • Has owned an Xbox 360
  • Has created a faction to oppose the whole world the Jib Squad
  • Being too good at Super Smash Bros (been called a hacker)
  • Being too amazing
  • Stole millions of dollars to buy all the amiibos so no one else could have any
  • Lollygagging

He is the most wanted man in the world with a bounty of $850,000,000. Beware don’t approach him he knows how to shout the ancient dragon tongue and several more dangerous abilities.

That’s everyone comment below if you have any leads on the whereabouts of these dangerous criminals.

References

[1] Clipartpanda.com,. ‘Only Criminals Had Guns? | Clipart Panda – Free Clipart Images’. N.p., 2015. Web. 2 June 2015. http://www.clipartpanda.com/clipart_images/only-criminals-had-guns-6559558

[2] TVOvermind,. ‘The Wisdom Of Villains: Pierce Hawthorne’. N.p., 2013. Web. 2 June 2015. http://www.tvovermind.com/community/the-wisdom-of-villains-pierce-hawthorne-194925

[3] Foodnetwork.com,. ‘Sweet Genius : Food Network’. N.p., 2015. Web. 2 June 2015. http://www.foodnetwork.com/shows/sweet-genius.html

[4] Le Miiverse Resource Wiki,. ‘Reggie Fils-Aime’. N.p., 2015. Web. 2 June 2015. http://le-miiverse-resource.wikia.com/wiki/Reggie 

[5] http://kleberly.com/302207-shrek.html http://kleberly.com/302207-shrek.html

[6] Telltale Community,. ‘Gaben Thread’. N.p., 2015. Web. 2 June 2015. https://www.telltalegames.com/community/discussion/93096/gaben-thread/p2

[7] World News,. ‘Glee Star Cory Monteith Found Dead’. N.p., 2015. Web. 2 June 2015. http://article.wn.com/view/2013/07/14/Glee_star_Cory_Monteith_found_dead_k/