MPOL

It’s that time of year again! It’s time for MPOLs… I kind of have a love-hate relationship with MPOLs and TPOLs. The ones I’ve done so far have gone well, but I always get nervous and stressed if I’m not prepared.

For Humanities, we did 3 projects in this semester. The first one we did was called The Power of Geography. This project linked with our Alberta trip. The final product was a book that showed our understanding of how the five themes of geography (movement, regions, location, place, and human environment interaction) connect to places that we have been on the trip. 

The second project was in my opinion the most fun. It was called Storm The Barricades, and it was all about revolutions. The final product for this one was a video on how we thought that a revolution was ineffective or effective. 

The last project we did was called Full Steam Ahead, and we were learning all about the Industrial Revolution. The final product was going to be a slam poem. I am quite proud of my slam poem, and most of the work I did in this project, especially because it was a very short one. Here’s my Slam Poem:

What was the biggest early consequence of climate change? 

The Industrial Revolution. 

How did the skies and oceans once blue go murky we need to undo. 

We need to undo this pollution, this burning of coal, 

We need to undo the many many problems that we, ourselves have created. 

Why?

 This planet was once so full of life, so vibrant so silent. 

Yet now the honk of cars and the rumble of trains disturb our natural world. 

The boat engines roar, the whales wash ashore this world, this place, can’t take it anymore. 

Factories made over animals homes, over bees nests, these machines don’t stop. 

They go and go like a raindrop. 

They fall and fall till they make a puddle, a little grey puddle in the middle of green. 

A grey city in the middle of the world. 

It grows, and grows. 

It grows until all of it is grey.

No longer a puddle but an ocean. 

This Industrial Revolution a confusion why is this planet dying?? 

We need a solution not another revolution and no more pollution. 

8 billion population how much more can we take?

How much can we take before we break?

Sure, one or two family’s help because

Every little bit helps but for it to help 

We need everyone to help. 

We need to make a big change so I ask you 

When you go home to your families

Don’t bring lunch in a plastic bag,

Bring lunch in a lunchbox, a reusable lunch box

Water in a metal, reusable water bottle. 

This will help our planet,

Yet we need more. 

Have we learned nothing from before?

Everyone says to change,

To recycle. 

But no one does. 

Why?

Here, our forest it’s beautiful. 

But if we continue on this path there will be no more skiing. 

There will be no more hiking, mountain biking, or running. 

These amazing forests will be torn down. 

And in it’s place will be a massive metropolis. 

The whole world will be one huge city. 

With not enough plants to produce oxygen,

We will die. 

We are facing more than just unhappy living conditions,

More than just cramped cities,

We are facing more than not being able to enjoy

the opportunities that this wonderful place has given us

We are facing death. 

Thank you. 

Now it’s time for maker AKA Vibrant Videos! I liked maker a lot this year because it was primarily focused on videos, which I enjoy making. The first thing that we did was we made a documentary about a chosen topic, mine was climate change, I interviewed two teachers, and put a lot of work into it, so I’m proud of it. Within this last week, we also learned about growth and fixed mindsets. This chart was very helpful, and I think that it shows the idea of a fixed or a growth mindset very well. This is my goal picture: 

Last but definitely not least is science! Science was probably my favourite subject this semester (besides band). My favourite project was probably the unit that we did on electricity, even though I didn’t love my final product. Anyways, on to the projects! 

The first project we did was Handle With Care, and I thought that it was really fun! The project was a little bit difficult because it was at the same time as the Alberta trip, so it was a bit different for some people. The first thing that we did was learn about wildlife management, and make a news report. I’m really proud of my news report, because I thought it was both funny and informative. Once done that, we went on the field study, and when we were back, we did some learning about the earth spheres, then we learned how much plastic comes off of washing just one piece of fabric. Hint: a lot. Then we went on to make our Scratch Project!

The last project we did was called Exciting Electricity! I liked this one because I think that I understand current and how to make a circuit well, so I did enjoy learning about it, especially because we got to do it hands on at the end of almost every class! I was away for the day that we started so I was a bit behind. We made an operation game, with a theme of our choice. I chose a chicken because I couldn’t think of anything and I love the sound that they make. Our game had to include five playing pieces, (eggs), and a light!

 

First Film Fun!

Hello everyone! Today I will be talking with you about the PLP winter exhibition. The theme of this exhibition was the movie Avatar by James Cameron. For our room (the annex) we included a whole bunch of different plants and stuff because our theme was The Home Tree. The Home Tree is the home in which the Na’avi people live.

Exhibition photos:

For our project, we had to make a video about how a certain topic connects to Avatar. The topic that I got was deforestation/climate change. I tried to get an interview with Truckers Loggers Association, but they didn’t respond. Here is the email that I sent them:

Hello Truck Loggers Association!

My name is Charlie Mortimer and I go to a school called Seycove Secondary. I am in a special program called PLP, which stands for Performance Learning Program. We are currently doing a project with the theme of deforestation/climate change. For the final product, we have to make a short film about the impacts which includes an interview with an expert. I also have a friend who would like to interview you as well. We could do it either online or in-person. I am looking forward to your response!

Thanks, Charlie

Thank you so much for reading and I will see you in my next post!

Nation X Simulation and Final Video

Hello everybody! Today I’m going to be trying a different type of blog post. I’m going to tell a story about a recent simulation that we did. The story is going to be through the eyes of the character that I played. In the simulation, I got an extremely lucky role. I was the king! That meant that I could use electronics whenever I wanted, made $20 a day, and commanded my people.

Here are the in-depth laws:

Law 1: Starting off

You decide how voting works in your territory. Every time you vote as a territory, the group leader will be in charge of organizing and counting the vote. You can make decisions for just your territory that can help you in the game. Resourceful actions that you take can have the winning impact on the game. If you want to change something as a whole society, write a note and have it delivered to Group D. Groups D and C can vote to see if it passes. The king may throw out the decision of the court.

Law 2: Money

Money can be used to buy things at the store, and also to bribe people to vote a certain way, carry information, or provide other services for you. Counterfeiting money is illegal and also pretty silly.  The Universe (teacher) will react if counterfeit money is found.

Law 3: The Store

The store has a limited supply and receives new shipments daily.  If the store is sold out, there is no more food for the day.  Group D can cut in line at the store and the Store Owners are required by law to serve them first.  Store Owners may decide the prices.

Law 4: The Jail

Group C (Nobility) is in charge of arrests, but they may not arrest members of Group D (Clergy), and Group D may also make arrests.  If you are arrested, you MUST automatically go to jail.  The Nobility/Clergy has much more money & resources than the 3rd estate and could quickly overpower any one of them with weapons & backup.  From Jail, anyone may consult with the Universe on any plans.

Now time for my diary as a king!


Today I the first thing that I did was read the news. It told me that our country is going bankrupt. I know that, but I don’t know how the citizens of our town will take it. I know that they already are angry because of the taxes. Maybe tomorrow I’ll do something about that. I really want to be a good king. Anyways, once I had read the news, I met up with my trusted advisors Mackenzie and Charlie R. Together we scouted the kingdom to see if we could find any hints of a revolution. We couldn’t find anything, so we then went to the store. They were being so unfair! For the richest places, groups C and D, they were charging so much, but for groups A and D they were charging so little! I suppose it was fair, but I suppose that I should put a stop to it tomorrow. Overall, I think that this day was pretty good, I would rate it a 7/10. But little did I know, the worst was yet to come… When I heard a rumour that Groups A and B are plotting to kill the King. I remember when I heard that it was like a cold hand gripped my heart. I ordered for a Charlie R. to come with me at all times. I got really scared that I would be murdered.

The next day the first thing I did again was read the news. This time, taxes went up by $1, we’re officially bankrupt. We need to get out of this ASAP. Today I made a couple of new rules. I wanted to make section A to like me a little more because I didn’t want the, to kill me. I let them buy chairs, as well as gifting them 3. I also put their pay up by one dollar. I believe that they like me a lot more right now. The people that I’m most worried about are group B. They are in charge of the store, and have gotten very rich because of it. Their leader, Keaton has $50! I believe that he stole some of the money from me, because some of my money that I left on my throne was missing. I’ll grab a law enforcer from group C, and set up a trap tomorrow. Maybe I’ll catch him at it. As well as group B, I’m also worried about my advisors. Charlie R. made a joke about murdering me. I’ll have to watch him as I don’t know if it was completely a joke. I got another rumour today. “Something must be done about group A”. I do not understand that, as I did so much for them. Perhaps tomorrow they will show their thankfulness.

Day three of being king! Today food prices went up by one dollar. I don’t see why though, as it is already extremely expensive. As soon as I got my $20, I took Evangeline, and together we put my money onto a very obvious place. In a few minutes, Magnus and Keaton came by. Magnus grabbed the money so we arrested him. But later it struck me that I may have made the wrong arrest. Keaton was looking kind of suspicious. But the worst of Keaton was yet to come. I really didn’t do much today, so I’m going to go straight to the rumour. Secret Meetings are being held between A, B, and C. They are growing frustrated with how society is being run… This I got scared about. I knew something on was going on about A and B, but I didn’t know about C.

The news today was scary. I learned that there was a disease in groups A and B. I had the treatment and cured all with the disease to eliminate it entirely. I then promoted Tom to group C because he was being a very good subject. As well as the disease outbreak, I continued to hear word of a revolution. We were given weapons by the almighty universe to protect ourselves. I believe that the revolution has started. Charlie tried to kill me, but I escaped with Chris, Logan, and Mackenzie. Together, we joined another nation (nation Y) who was actually trying to invade nation X. We killed almost everyone and came put triumphant!

 

In the second part of our project, my group and I made a video about the ineffectiveness of the American Revolution. First though, we had to learn about the revolution. We had to make a graphic organizer to display what we had learned.

As well as the graphic organizer and video, we had to make an affidavit. Here that is:

Revolutions Affidavit

Form 1

Seycove Courts 

I, Charlie Mortimer, Julia Dianova, Silas Macintosh, Magnus Kauko, Keaton Schisler, and Makai Roka, the American Revolution of North Vancouver.

Swear or affirm that:

I know or believe the following facts to be true. If these facts are based on information from others, I believe that information to be true. 

1. I am making this affidavit

🔘 in support of the effectiveness of the revolution

🔘✅ in response to the ineffectiveness of the revolution 

List the facts that you wish to present to the court. If certain facts are not within your personal knowledge, identify the source of your information. If you refer to documents, attach them to this affidavit and mark them as exhibits.

2. 

Exhibit A claims: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” This is directly contradicted by slavery, which continued long past the revolution.

3. 

In exhibit B, it is said the Americans would pay their debt to France, which they did not have the money to pay.

4.

Exhibit C was put in place so that the British could reclaim wealth spent defending the colonies in the 7 years war. The Americans were being protected the 7 years war. The taxes we’re placed as a way to ensure protection of the colonies. Our witness will be King George III, the person who put this document into effect.

Listed Exhibits:

(List your exhibits – A, B, C, etc. Similar items can be grouped as one exhibit. Describe each exhibit, for example, “Letter from the frontlines dated June 14, 1776”.

Prosecution and/or Defence will be attaching the following exhibits:

Exhibit Letter  Description of Exhibit – Summarize In A Few Short Words
A Paragraph 2 of the official Declaration put in place by the colonies to secure their rights and freedoms. This document was put in July 4, 1776, and was drafted by Thomas Jefferson. 

Attach Document Below:

Exhibit Letter  Description of Exhibit – Summarize In A Few Short Words
B  Section 4 of the Treaty of Paris, a document officially marking the ending of the revolution. Published in 1783 by Benjamin Franklin, John Adams, and John Jay of America. Signed by King George III of Great Britain.

https://www.archives.gov/milestone-documents/treaty-of-paris#transcript

Attach Document Below:

Exhibit Letter  Description of Exhibit – Summarize In A Few Short Words
C The first paragraph of the “Stamp Act” tax act put in place by the British in 1765 concreting the Americans.


Here’s my graphic organizer and video!

I think we did well on the video, and maybe we proved to you that the American Revolution was ineffective? Let me know in the comments.

Thanks for reading my blog post! I’ll see you again, very very soon.

Vibrant Videos!


Hello everyone! Welcome back to my blog! Today I’ll be telling you about a recent project that we did called Vibrant Videos. In this project, we were learning all about filming and filmmaking. In grade 8 we learned about photography and this year we are learning about videos, and next year I expect we will be learning about audio as I’ve talked to a couple of grade 10s and they are making podcasts. 

The first thing that we learned was the history of movie making. We learned that Thomas Edison invented filmmaking, and we watched him record himself sneeze through a kinetoscope. A kinetoscope is a device that puts together a series of photos and plays them very fast to make an animation. The recording of Edison sneezing is the oldest surviving film. Another great milestone in filmmaking is a film called The Great Train Robbery. It was the very first narrative film! After we learned about historical filmmaking, we learned about making films in more recent years such as Jaws, Avatar, or Star Wars. 

Once we had finished learning about the history of filmmaking, we went on to create our first film! Our film had to include what I enjoy doing and why, what I don’t enjoy doing and why, what gives me meaning or purpose in life, what my talents/skills are, what I like to read or watch movies about and what I daydream about. I started by writing out the answer to all of those questions, then I wrote a script, and finally I was ready to film! I filmed at my house, and it took approximately 1 hour to make my movie. Here it is!

For our next video, we had to do a silent film. We were allowed to add music, but no talking. We had to include different angles (long shot, close up, Birds Eye, worms eye, are just a few examples), a filter for an old fashioned look, a goal-getter story and an appropriate soundtrack or music. Our video had to be 1-2 minutes in length. For our goal-getter story, we chose one called Making The World Better, One Cookie At A Time. You’ll see what it’s about in this video!

Our last video was a tutorial video about setting and achieving goals. The inspiration for this video came from a book called What Do You Really Want? It is all about setting and achieving goals. Before making the video we learned about treatments and log-lines. A treatment is a brief description about the movie, usually about a paragraph in length. A log-line is similar to a treatment, but a LOT shorter, usually only a sentence or two in length. Another difference between the two is that the log-line is usually used for advertising purposes. One last thing that we learned about is the storyboard. A storyboard is a collection of drawings that show the sequence of events in the story. It is similar to the treatment, but it shows the different angles at which the shots are being filmed. You would usually start a film with a treatment and a log-line, then move onto the storyboard. Once you are finished, you would go on to film the story. Here is the video!

Treatment:

Has this ever happened to you? One day Jeremiah talks to his teacher. His teacher says that he has to do a Maker video by Friday. On Wednesday he is feeling quite uninspired. Then there is a guy who says ‘Hey people! Welcome back to our YouTube channel, today we’ll be talking about 2 simple tips to stay on track for your goals. Remember to like and subscribe! The first tip is to check your goals daily, so that you don’t forget them!’  Then it cuts to a scene of Jeremiah checking his goals. The next tip is to set rewards for yourself to stay motivated. Then it cuts to Jeremiah setting rewards, and when he’s finished, he’s going to give himself 5 coffee crisps. After that, he celebrates because with these strategies, he’ll definitely get a rainbow. 

Log-line: 

A boy named Jeremiah is trying to get a video done for his maker class but he comes across some trouble making his video. He learns some tips to help him complete his goal and receive a rainbow.

In conclusion, I’d say I did well on this project, seeing that I know how to do all of this stuff now. I think that my favourite and best part of the project was my first video. I really enjoyed making it, and I am proud of it because I didn’t get any help. I was the only one home, so I got the whole house to film. I also realized that the difference in preparation between the first and the last film is crazy! In the first film I wrote a script, and that was all, but in the last film, my group and I had written out a treatment, log-line, storyboard, and script and it made a big difference with the final video. 

The Power Of Geography

Hi everyone! Welcome back to my blog! Today I’ll be telling you about a recent project that we did called The Power of Geography. This is a very special project because we went to Alberta to enhance our learning! 

The first thing we did was learn about the five themes of geography. The five themes are place, location, regions, human-environment interaction, and movement. Each theme has sub-themes. For place, the sub-themes are physical and human cultural. Physical is like landforms, such as mountains, forests, or valleys. Human cultural is every day life, such as religion, food music, and more. For location, there are two sub-themes as well. There is absolute location, which is the exact location of where you are, such as a set of coordinates. Then there is a relative location, which is approximately where you are. An example for this could be “in Deep Cove.” Next, there are regions. Vernacular regions are a place defined by people, such as Gastown, or even Deep Cove. After that, there are functional regions, which are regions defined by a function of how the region is used. An example for this would be Vancouver Harbour. Lastly, there are formal regions, which are regions defined by an administrative boundary. An example for this could be North and South Korea. Human-environment interaction is based on three main ideas. Those ideas are we adapt to the environment, and we depend on the environment. Last but not least, there is movement. In movement, there is the movement of people, the movement of ideas and the movement of products. 

Now I’m going to show you my book! We spent a while working on this, and it was quite interesting. The first step of making our book was making a comic life on the five themes of geography.
Anyways, here’s my book!

 

For curricular competency’s, I think that I did well. The competency in this project was questioning. I did well questioning different things, and I asked questions on the trip.

Thank you for reading, and I’ll see you in the next post!

Handle with care!

Hello everyone and welcome to my first post of the school year! Today I’ll be reflecting and telling you about a project that I did in science, called Handle With Care.

In this project we learned all about ecosystems, and how we’re impacting them. The first thing that we did was learn about micro plastics. Micro plastic are these little pieces of plastic that come off of our clothes when we wash them. We made our own “washing machine” with a bottle of water (warm or cold), a piece of cloth, marbles, and soap. W e put all of those things in our bottle, then shook it all up for a while. After that, we took a filter and a funnel, and poured all of the water out into the funnel. We then took a microscope and looked to see if we could find any plastic. We could see so much! You can see a couple black things on the filter. Those are micro plastics

Our first keystone for this project was making a scratch project. We had to show how the flow of energy went between all of the different animals.

Our second keystone was to make a mock news report about a certain problem. My group and I got sea urchins. We had to show the problem of how sea urchins were eating the kelp forests off the coast of California. My group was Mackenzie, Silas, and Charlie R.

For the news report, we had to include some different facts about sea urchins, and we also read a couple of different articles. Here are just two:

1, 2

Our third Keystone was to make fake instagram posts about these different things. The Earth’s spheres, and human impacts on each of them. Bioaccumulation/biomagnification, and human impacts on them. Local, interconnected, foodwebs and how humans impact them. Local wildlife management practices, and how humans impact them. Nutrient cycles, and how humans impact them

We made five and here they are!



Thank you for reading, and I’ll see you soon!

Comic Cells! Final project!

Hey guys, this is my final post for the year. Get ready for some more in September!

In scimatics, we were working on a project called comic cells. Our goal was to make a comic about cells (it’s all in the name)! First, we made a project start mind map.

Here it is!

Then, we did A LOT of text book reading and worksheets. Probably my favourite thing was making a wanted poster for our disease. Here’s that:

After that, we started to work on our comics! The app that we used was called comic life. You can add text, use different templates, and stuff like that.

Here is my comic!

Curricular Competency’s:

I couldn’t find any Curricular competency’s for this project, I will update this when I do.

Spring Exhibition

Hello friends! Welcome to my final post of the school year!

This was my first Spring Exhibition, and my group was at the entrance. This is a video that my friend took of the Spring exhibition when we were closing.

So at the entrance, our job was to greet the people coming in and show them our work. The other members of our group were doing other stuff.

The people at the very start were greeting people, giving them candy, and giving them a map of the exhibition. Then, the guests go to a skit of a boring class with bored students. Then, the guests would see another skit of a teacher saying “no more textbooks in this class! We’re using iPads!” Then we were showing our work, and then the guests went to the other presentations!

Thanks for reading!

TPOL

Hey everyone! This is my TPOL blog post! If you haven’t read about my MPOL, why not do that too! A TPOL (Transitional Presentation Of Learning) is all about sharing your learning.  You can check it out here!

I feel that I have definitely improved this year across ALL of my PLP courses. For Humanities I have been doing better work each time, writing better blog posts, and overall been better. We started off the year with medium is the message, the advertising project. If you look at the first thing that I handed in (welcome home text analysis) and one of the later ones (my final paragraph for the Renaissance project) then you can see the huge difference in my writing style. I think that PLP has helped improve my writing skills, and I hope to learn more in the future. Here is my Welcome Home Text Analysis:

I think that the message of Welcome Home is
that your everyday life doesn’t need to be dull if you
have a HomePod. You can be excited and look
forward to stuff instead of everyday being the same. I
think that the target audience is 20-30 years old, and
you need a little bit of excitement to your life. In the
video, it shows her at work, and she is very sad. But,
when she gets home she asks Siri to play something
that she likes and it gets her excited to get home
everyday. They are using the message to get the
target audience by having very vibrant colours, big
sounds, everything that I think most 20 year-olds
would like. Also, when it shows her looking in the
“mirror” it suggests that HomePods can become time
away from work, sort of like a vacation.

Here is my Renaissance:

Is time so important/not important? Why? How does the invention of time effect us
today? I find that the invention of time has been very helpful. The idea of time started a while
ago, but it was only measured in years, weeks, days, and sometimes hours. Time began with
sundials in ancient Egypt, and has continued on to today. According to my research, time in the
early Renaissance was told by sundials. Because of the sundial, it depended on where you
lived and what time of year it was to see how long the hour was. So the sundial was not very
accurate. The clock was invented in the late Renaissance by Christian Huygens. Now, time
can be hours, minutes, and even seconds. Different activities start at different times. Eventually,
humans figured out how to make an electric clock that you can wear on your wrist. This has
helped kids to keep track of time, so we can be more organized and so that our parents can
give us a certain time to be home by. I find time important because it gives people a chance to
make a certain time to meet or go to an activity. Time also has made some people over-
schedule, causing stress or anxiety. Overall, I think that time has effected us in a good way. I’d
rather have many activities because of time than have little or no activities because there is no
time.

In Scimatics, our very first project was fractions of your time. We made a Numbers Spreadsheet about the screen time on our iPads. A recent project, Chemistry Coding, had us coding our own game in Scratch! For each project, we had to do a project start and project end mind-map. I find the difference between ones earlier in the year, and the ones later in the year INSANE!

I couldn’t find the first one, but I know that it did not have as much detail as the Chemistry Coding one.

Chemistry Coding one:

We haven’t done Maker this semester, but I’m going to talk about it anyways. Our first maker project was becoming a PLP learner. Our most recent one was Geek Out Blogging Challenge (not counting DI). The blog post that I did for becoming a PLP learner was not amazing, but it was my first one. I have improved so much since Becoming a PLP Learner. Geek out blogging challenge was a lot of fun and I learned a lot. Even from the first geek out post to the last was a HUGE improvement. 

Thanks for reading!

Accomplishments:

New Beginnings! (At the end of the year)

Hey guys! We just finished a project called New Beginnings. To start our project we made a Seycove advertisement. The Seycove part of it had nothing to do with our actual project, but the photo part of it was meant to fine-tune our photo editing skills.

Then we learned about fur trade some more and watched this video: It is AMAZING!! I highly suggest watching this series of videos, about Canada’s history. It is VERY interesting.

After that, we practiced some nature photography, and I have a few photos here that you can check out.

Comment on what your favourite photo is!

Then we got on to making our image. We pitched our idea to our teacher, then once the teacher approved it, we went out and took a final photo. Here’s my pitch and my final photo:

My topic is beaver trade.

The photo that I’m going to take is a photo of a little pond that is on the way of where I walk to school. It is sort of beside Myrtle.

For my visual one I’m going to have what’s good about beaver trade. I’m going to have a beaver on a log, the half beaver coin, and a gun.

For my visual two, I’m going to have what’s bad about beaver trade. A gravestone, a French flag, and a British flag to represent the conflict of the two sides. (at the end I didn’t actually add the two flags I thought something else would look better).

After that, we went on and made our final product! The website we used is Flourish, and it is great to make stuff just like this!

Here you go! (Slide the white line with the dot on it left and right to see the beauty of Flourish)

Thanks for reading!