Animal Farm DOL 1

What conditions are needed for revolution to occur? Based on your readings so far, what is the single most significant factor leading the animals to revolution?

For revolution to occur, the majority of people in a society need to band together because they all agree that their leader treats them unfairly. In Animal Farm, the main factor that leads them to revolt is that Mr. Jones, their leader, doesn’t provide them with enough food and care. Major claims that “nearly the whole of the produce of our labour is stolen from us by human beings” and by “[removing] Man from the scene, […] the root cause of hunger and overwork is abolished forever” (2). Major clearly states the problem, and provides a solution to the problem, so the farm animals decide to listen to him. This is similar to historical revolutions because usually they begin when the citizens do not agree with the ways of the leader.


STEP Wheel Of Revolution


SpaceX made history by launching a rocket into space and landing the first stage booster. The event happened four years ago, on December 22, 2015. The rocket, named the Falcon 9, successfully landed at Cape Canaveral. SpaceX tried three times before they succeeded. The third try had a 10% chance of succeeding than the first two tries. During previous attempts, the booster touched the ground but leaned over and crashed on it’s side.

By successfully landing the booster, we advanced our progress in space travel. SpaceX created a new technology that other companies could use for their rockets. Reusable boosters are just the first step in rocket reusability. Once all parts of a rocket become reusable, the exploration of space will become cheaper and people can explore space and setup colonies on the Moon and Mars.

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When the rocket booster successfully landed, SpaceX could use it again for as many as thirty more times. This saves them a huge amount of money, since each booster costs around 30 or 40 million dollars. By reusing boosters and rockets, SpaceX avoids taking up a lot of time and resources to build them. Instead, they can use the money for other things, such as making Tesla cars. As more parts of a rocket become reusable, the cost decreases dramatically.

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SpaceX didn’t launch the Falcon 9 just to land a booster. They used the Falcon 9 to deploy eleven satellites. These satellites allowed more communication in the world, additionally decreasing internet prices. By looking at the future, we can see that the Falcon 9 is a huge step in space travel. Eventually, humans will build colonies on other planets, such as Mars or the Moon. We will introduce new laws, and many people will have a new perspective of life.

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SpaceX isn’t the only one taking steps toward inhabiting other planets. The US government made the political decision to have NASA visit the moon in five years using one of SpaceX’s rockets. The progress that SpaceX makes influences other companies to take action.



Make connections to today and our present context, or other eras (wheels) of social change, or the evolution of “progress”. In what ways did your event follow the same trajectory as other events in the past or present?

This event is similar to the revolution of planes. At first, flying in the sky seemed like an unreachable goal. It was too expensive and the planes didn’t last for long distances. Over time, they became more convenient and affordable. As we invent new technologies, such as the rocket boosters that can land itself, we are make space travel easier. The exploration of space is a revolution similar to planes because both rockets and planes are ways of transportation that makes travelling easier. We hope to make space travel as easy and affordable as flying with planes.


Does your wheel represent, or end in justice for those involved? Does it remain unresolved, or does it continue into another revolution? If so, which one? In other words, were the consequences of the event positive or negative? To whom?  Explain.

SpaceX contributed greatly to the space travel revolution. Landing the booster was one of the first steps to colonizing other planets. The consequences of this event are greatly positive, for almost all people. It benefits climate change supporters because SpaceX helped the environment. It also benefits SpaceX, because it saves a ton of money that they can spend on other projects. The only people that this negatively effects is the people working against Elon Musk.

In-Depth Blog Post 5

At the start of our meeting, I put on my “blue hat” and covered what my goals were for the block. I wanted to learn about color grading and the basics of visual effects by the end of the meeting. First, my mentor asked me, “what is the difference between a graded and non graded shot?” By the example he provided, I noticed that, once you improve the colors of the film, it subtly looks better than the footage that came straight from the camera. I didn’t realize that Nathan “placed” the yellow hat on my head. He had helped me learn new values and give me a new perspective, by asking me a question rather than just telling me the answer. As he continued talking about color grading, he put on his “black hat” and said that you shouldn’t “overuse [color grading] or it’ll look bad,” because it just “looks like the camera quality was lowered.”

Once he finished demonstrating color grading to me, I used one of my filming exercises to practice it. This was the result:

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Color Graded Version

There are subtle changes between the original version and the color graded version, but most people wouldn’t notice. As my mentor said, “the changes are subtle but we subconsciously register it in our mind.” When color grading this, I equipped my “red hat”, and used my judgement to make it look good. Since this was my first time, I still have a lot of room to improve.

After Nathan taught me color grading, he used one of his short films for me to practice a basic visual effect called masking. When shooting the film, Nathan used string to pull a pair of glasses off of one of the actor’s faces. He used masking to cover up the string, and as a result it looked like the glasses were magically flying off of the actor’s face. Rather than just telling me, he asked me to guess how he did it. I put on my “green hat” and tried to come up with ideas. Eventually I realized that he used invisible string. He taught me how to do it afterwards.

At the end of our meeting, we put our “blue hats” back on and discussed the next steps of my project. We came to the conclusion that I should start working on my final film with Ethan and Angelina. I will have to discuss with them about our plans. If they need more time, I will continue improving my filming skills until they are done.

The Story of my Sponsor Child

Inquiry Question: What is the story of my Sponsor Child?

Click here for pictures of my source and my sponsor child. (For Mr. Morris only, due to privacy reasons)

Source: I chose a letter from my sponsor child, as my source. My sponsor child, Nayeli, wrote it in Dominican Republic during 2018. The letter was later shipped from her home to mine. Nayeli sent my family multiple letters, but I chose this one specifically because it was the most recent one. It is a primary source since Nayeli wrote it herself and she wrote it not long ago. Her letters are important to me because it makes me happy to know that my family helps to make a difference in the world, even for just one person.

Context: By looking at World Vision, the sponsor child website, I can learn about the progress of, not just Nayeli, but her community as well. Many of them receive an education, learn important life skills, and make positive changes in their community. They are also becoming self reliant, and will eventually live independently without our support. These positive changes hopefully influence Nayeli to live as a positive, curious, and caring person.

Description: This source is important to me because it tells me how Nayeli is doing, and it shows her progress in life. The letter says that she learned about water source protection, participated in cultural celebrations, and built a safe water source with others in her community, during the year of 2018. I find it interesting to read her letters because Nayeli tells me about herself in them. In the letter she talks about her hobbies, her community, and her dreams for her community. Every year she sends a letter and overall she progressed a lot.

Inferences About Perspective: Nayeli belongs to a community in Dominican republic. She is also part of World Vision, the organization that uses our money to help her. The organization is non-profit, focused on helping people’s lives. They ask all sponsor children to send a letter to their sponsors, so that they know the sponsor children appreciate their efforts. Nayeli made the letter to show us her appreciation in helping to change her life.

Inferences About Inquiry Question: By examining Nayeli’s letters, we can learn more about her and her community. This knowledge extends what I already know because I’m learning about a different environment than mine. The letters do not tell me every single detail about Nayeli, or give me the experience of living her life, but it gives us some insight of her world.

Some questions I have:

How long does the World Vision organization predict it will take before Nayeli’s community is entirely self-reliant?

How would the world look today if every family was able to sponsored one child?

In-Depth SMART Goal #1

Today is the first day of spring break! I decided to set a SMART goal for myself to achieve by the end of the two weeks. My mentor, Nathan, sent me a list of terms we briefly covered during our meetings, and my goal is to learn more about each item and how I can use it to improve my future films. Once I learn them all, I will practice implementing them into my films. In a couple of days I will be going to Cuba and I think it would be fun to try and film something there 🙂

My Smart Goal: By April 1st, I will learn all the filming terms mentioned in the list below.

What Makes and Breaks a Good Relationship?

          Are you in a situation where one of your relationships isn’t working out and you just don’t know why? William Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream answers your question. In this story, four Athenians escape into a forest in pursuit of love. When love becomes intertwined with magic, the lovers face complicated situations which they later mistake for dreams. By comparing Hermia’s relationship with her boyfriend, Lysander, and her father, Egeus, we see that empathy and good communication makes a strong relationship. Without it, your relationship can lead to misunderstandings and arguments that act as hard obstacles to overcome. 

          Lysander and Hermia show us that empathy plays a big role in relationships. If you understand your partner’s feelings and values, communication becomes much easier. Lysander believes love is “brief as the lightning in the collied night” (1.1.147). Hermia holds a different view, believing that love grows slowly and patiently from a small spark. When Lysander wants to have “one turf [to] serve as pillow for [them] both”, Hermia kindly asks him to sleep elsewhere (2.2.47). Although Lysander does not want that, he shows empathy and understanding towards her values by following her wishes. Because they both understand each other, they communicate much better and reach solutions without argument. 

          Unlike Hermia’s relationship with Lysander, her relationship with Egeus demonstrates how a lack of empathy and communication leads to damaged relationships. Egeus and Hermia’s wants conflict, which causes a relationship barrier between them. Egeus wants his daughter to marry Demetrius, whereas Hermia wants her father to give her permission to marry Lysander. They both disagree with each other, so Hermia asks “[her] father [to look] with [her] eyes,” and see things from her point of view (1.1.58). Egeus refuses to empathize and consider how Hermia feels, and selfishly forces his decision on her. As a result, Hermia runs away with Lysander. This shows that you should consider how your actions affect those around you, because sometimes, you do not realize the effects until it is too late. 

          William Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream teaches us a lot about relationships. One of the most important lessons is to work with, not against, your partner. This includes honest communication when an obstacle arises, and understanding your partner’s values and reasons. Comparing Hermia’s relationship with her father and her boyfriend provides evidence for this. This knowledge is useful because it allows you to step back and analyze obstacles in your relationships. You can now think about why the problem arose, and how to responsibly solve it. Based off A Midsummer Night’s Dream, you should always put yourself in your partner’s shoes and analyze their view of the situation. You should also have a heart to heart conversation with them, to see if you can clear things up in a responsible and adult manner. 


In-Depth Blog Post 4

Since my last blog post, my mentor and I met four times, which is twice a week. I appreciate that my mentor willingly puts time and effort into teaching me. I learn so much, and I enjoy the fast pace.

In our first meeting since my last blog post, I shot a short filming exercise with the help of Angelina and her mentor. It did not turn out as good as I expected, which means that I have a lot of room to improve. In our second meeting, I edited the film while my mentor monitored and gave me advice. Here is a screenshot of the editing software that I use:

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I incorporated “how to listen” and “asking questions” from Edward De Bono’s Beautiful Minds book into my last two meetings by paying close attention, and “[seeking] to get the maximum value from what is being said” (76). During these meetings, Nathan taught me basic photography, shot types, color, lighting, and other technical aspects of filming. It was a lot of information to take in, because he covered an entire filming course in less than two hours. I needed to listen carefully in order to absorb as much information as I could, and ask questions to strengthen my knowledge and understanding. For example, I asked Nathan, “should I always follow the filming rules you taught me”? He then told me, “you don’t have to, but you must know the rules before you break them”.

After learning about composition, I planned my next filming exercise. I created a bird’s eye view of camera positions and motion, and Nathan gave me advice and feedback. While designing the layout, I noticed that the biggest factor to consider was the 180 degree rule. I “[got] a new point of view which had not occurred to [me] before”, and I “[realized] there [were] alternate perceptions that [were] new” (76). Most people do not notice the 180 degree rule, but it is actually quite important in filming and composition. I thought carefully about the 180 degree rule while I brainstormed, so that I could position my cameras accurately.

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Because this was my first time planning out camera layout, I asked Nathan many questions. I mostly asked “fishing questions” because I found them the most useful, but I also asked multiple choice questions too. For example, I could not decide what shot to start my scene with, so I asked Nathan whether I should use an establishing or close up shot. I believed an establishing shot suited the scene well, but he suggested I start with a close up shot. I “[asked] for the values in use and also the underlying basis of what [was] being proposed” (88). Nathan gave me his reasoning so I could understand where he came from, and it proved to be useful. He also told me, “There is no wrong way to film, as long as you have a reason for your choices.”

My next few weeks of In-Depth are busy. Tomorrow, I am helping out Angelina and Ethan with their film, by acting as the main character. On Thursday, I am filming the exercise that I planned and brainstormed with my mentor. Additionally, during Spring break, Jewel is filming her movie and I offered to help as a filming assistant so that I can get more experience behind the camera. I am honestly so happy with In-Depth. It’s awesome to work on a project where I can really explore my passion!