This project is about happiness and meaning. We were tasked to read Brave New World, write an essay, and create an art piece. During this project, I learned about how the pursuit of happiness thwarts happiness and that we can only find meaning within ourselves. With these new insights, I am working on become a happier person. This is definitely a lesson I will always carry with me.
Model United Nations
Project Overview During the Model United Nations Project we were assigned to countries on the actual UN and were tasked to adopt their perspectives while we resolve world issues. We covered two issues, Nuclear North Korea, and Israel-Palestine. For each of these issues we had to write a policy paper, do research, write a resolution, and then give a speech presenting our solution. We learned about world problems and the process the UN does to resolve them, as well as use the parliamentary procedure and proper vocabulary. Overall this project has opened my eyes to the outside and real problem real people face, and how we strive to solve them. Below are my policy papers and resolutions for each issue.
Project Reflection I think that the Model United Nations (MUN) project was very important because I grew as a person and a student by becoming more confident in my actions and then expressing this confidence through my work. Prior to MUN I had only spoke before an audience once before, and MUN gave me vital experience for future and more important speeches. It is important to be able to speak in front of others in a strong, convincing manner. I plan on using the skills I developed in MUN for my POLs and job interviews. Some skills I gained in this project are research and analytical dissection, how to use MLA format, my writing improved overall and within MUN from my first policy paper to the second, and my people skills improved. The Habit of Heart and Mind or 21st Century Skill that was most evident in my performance during the Israel-Palestine Conference has got to be evidence. Throughout this project I have done extensive research regarding both issues and why they are important. For my first policy paper, we were required to find five sources, I found twelve. During the conference the evidence I researched made my perspective more clear, and using accurate facts made my points stronger. The greatest challenge I faced in this project was most definitely resolution writing. I found the vocabulary complex and confusing, but that was fairly easy to work through, what was really tough was putting my country’s perspective in with this vocabulary. I pushed through this by asking for multiple peer and teacher critiques and refining them until the very last minute. I really enjoyed witnessing Amina’s enthusiastic speech and how she elaborated and enforced opinions on the most vital points in Russia’s resolution in a fun and clear way. I think that the way that she presented her speech as a simple but elegant resolution was what made her resolution pass successfully. I would also like to acknowledge Victoria for so bravely speaking first and uplifting her allies throughout the conference.
Greek Tragedy Project
Socialization Project Fall 2014
This project was about socialization. Socialization is, by dictionary definition, is a continuing process whereby an individual acquires a personal identity and learns the norms, values, behavior, and social skills appropriate to his or her social position. During this project I learned a lot about culture and the ways our upbringing and others have shaped us into who we are today. I also learned about writing strong paragraphs including a topic sentence, evidence and, analysis- the keys to a strong essay. We had three aspects to this project, an essay, a mask, and reading a book called Mexican Whiteboy.
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