Hu 1Amy HuMs. Cha, Mr. Divinagracia, Mr. PrendergastEnglish 10, Algebra II, Digital ArtDecember 6, 2011 Panel B Pol’s Good morning. My name is Amy Hu and I am currently in the 10th grade attending DaVinci Science, in the graduating class of 2014. In this presentation I will be discussing thecontent and skills I have gained over the semester. By showing evidence based on essentialskills, I will be able to illustrate each of my classes for you, English 10, Algebra 2, and DigitalArt. I will also be discussing a few of my strengths and weaknesses, based upon the Da VinciHabits of Mind and 21st Century Skills. First, I will be discussing my English 10 content. In this class I was able to craft a strongthesis statement which is Essential #1, as well as use STEAL characterization and conflicts in mypersuasive essay, which is Essential #4. For Essential Skill #1, my thesis statement for my essayis based upon the driving question, “What are the sources of conflict?” In my essay packet Iwrote, “Society without rules will be challenged, as it slowly drifts into chaos” (How to Write anAwesome Persuasive Essay Packet). By referring to the checklist of a strong thesis statement asshown behind me, it doesn’t avoid all five mistakes, for it being too general, as it needs to bespecific and assertive. Also it doesn’t follow either of the equations in crafting a strong thesis,which are Topic+Opinion+“So What?”, and Topic+Opinion+Reasons, and due to the topic beingnebulous. By revising I wrote in my final draft, “As time passes, it isn’t long until the societythey formed is driven out of proportion as conflicts stir and fear unleashes itself, with issuesbuilding upon each other, chaos erupts” (Final Draft) however it listed too many ideas, making it
Hu 2confusing. To prove I mastered this essential, I revised my thesis statement, “It isn’t long untilthe society they formed is driven into chaos, due to the conflicts building upon each other.” Herethe topic is clearly stated as society; the opinion as how it’s declines, and lists what the bodyparagraphs will be discussing, which are conflicts. For Essential #4, I can describe and analyze STEAL characterization and all types ofconflicts. STEAL is an acronym used for analyzing a character through their speech, thoughts,effects on others, actions, and looks. For the campaign pamphlet, my group and I used Steal toanalyze adults from the novel Lord of the Flies by William Golding. Some examples of steal weused, is speech when the naval officer said to the boys, “You are British right aren’t you? Wouldhave been able to put up a better show than that” (202). From this we can conclude the navalofficer felt the boys could’ve handled their situation better. For actions, the naval officerallowed, “his eyes to rest on the trim cruiser in the distance” (202). This shows that the navalofficer isn’t there just for show, but really taking part in the war that caused the boys to be stuckon the island. Lastly, there are five different types of conflicts, one internal conflict which isperson vs. person, and four external conflicts such as person versus society, and person versustechnology. In our conflicts presentation my group and I did not thoroughly explain externalconflicts well. To show I can explain conflicts properly here, in this picture it shows a man ridinghis bike through a storm, an example of person versus nature. The man is trying to overpower thewind, as he pedals with a heavy load, which reveals that he is a hard worker and isn’t one to giveup easily. The lesson we learn is that we shouldn’t let some things anchor us down and shouldn’tgive up, even when all hope seems lost. Now that I’ve shown how I mastered the essentials in English, I will now move onto mynext portion of my defense, Algebra II. In this class I am able to solve equations and inequalities
Hu 3by using graphing, substitution, and elimination, which is Essential #1 and also solve threevariable systems of equations, which is Essential #2. For essential skill #1, I will be showing youmy Symbol Me Formative Quiz. On the quiz, I missed number eight, solving for a system ofinequalities. I graphed both of the inequalities and by following the slopeintersect form, . The first line would be vertical, parallel to the y-axis with x alwaysbeing 1. The second line would have the y-intersect of -2 and a negative slope of -1/1, whichreveals the next point, which would be located down one space and a space to the right, (-1,-1).The inequalities are graphed with dotted lines to show those parts, aren’t in the answer due to theabsence of equal signs. By shading we show a certain area that contains all the possible answers,however I shaded the wrong side of the inequality . The area I shaded contained(0,0), and after it was inputted into the equation we would get , which isn’t true as 0 > -2.As show here this is what the correct answer should’ve looked and where the two shaded partsintersect is where the solutions to the both inequalities are found. My Systems of Equations Assessment demonstrated essential #2, as well as substitutionand elimination. For number five, I was given three equations: , , and . To find where all of them intersected I needed to eliminateone of the variables. By grouping the first two equations I determined it would be best toeliminate the variable “t”. As shown here at this step I made the first equation bigger bymultiplying by 4 in able to eliminate “t”. What this left me with was . Afterdoing that I needed to do the same with the last equation which still had “t”. By grouping thatequation with the second one, I didn’t need to change anything as it was already set up to cancelout the last variable. What was left was . Now with the two new equations I putthem together to determine the value of a single variable. Here I eliminated “s” and as a final
Hu 4answer I got . To find the other values of the variables, I substituted “r” with 6 in theequation , resulting to the equation . After following the order ofoperations and simplifying I got as my answer. Then I went back to the 3 variableequations. By plugging in “r” and “s” into , I got t=5. To check my work Iplugged in each of the three variables into a different equation. With it correct I received myfinal answer, (6,-2, 5). With this it shows that going back to check your work can’t hurt you, butrather helps you confirm your answers. Lastly, I will talk about my Digital Art content. In this class I am able to use andunderstand the layers, layer modes, and masking (Essential #4) and the tools used to makeselections and how they are used (Essential #6). For essential #6, selections are made with thetools provided in Photoshop, for the Vans Shoe project. Some of those tools we learned about arethe rectangular and elliptical marquee tools, and by holding “shift” when using them they willcreate square and circle selections, respectively. For my shoe I mainly used the magic wand, andthe lasso tools (lasso, polygonal, and magnetic). The magic wand is used to select a range colors.It’s based upon, tolerance and if it is 1, then it will only select pixels of the exact same colorwhile a tolerance of 10 would selection a broader range. The lassos are different as the standardlasso follows the path of the cursor, the polygonal lasso follows a straight path, and the magneticlasso is used to cling onto edges, like a magnet. Whenever there was already a selection in play,it was possible to add another selection or subtract one. As shown here if you wanted to create anarrow you can add a triangle to a square and if you wanted to create Pac-Man selection youwould make a circle and subtract a triangle. When making a selection we want to keep we saveit. By saving it as shown in this picture, we can reload it by going to “Load Selection”. By doingthis selections could be reused as opposed to recreating it.
Hu 5 For essential skill #4, I used different layers in my work. Layers are used to separatedifferent pieces of work, that way if a certain change was needed, it would affect that layer andnot the others. Also, by using layers we can use different layer modes on different parts of theshoe. As shown here on the “Shoelace” layer, I colored the section yellow; however with thenormal settings you can’t see the original texture of the laces. By changing the mode to “softlight” it shows the texture and color of the laces. However, I wasn’t satisfied with the yellow, soby the duplicating the layer I set the new layer’s settings to “overlay” with the opacity of 50% toget the color I wanted. For masking a layer, it’s used to have the layer appear at certain parts ofthe shoe. As shown here this is my shoe without the mask. By applying the mask it restricts thelayer to show for certain parts of the shoe. The reason for not erasing the parts we don’t wantshown is because by masking we can alter, the layer without gaps in the pattern, for examplerotating the pattern. Lastly layers can be used to create a transparent image, which I used for theVans Advertisement. By making a selection around the two shoes I was able to delete thebackground and have a transparent background. By saving the shoe as a .png file, I was able tokeep the transparency and import it into my advertisement. Now I will be moving onto my strengths and weaknesses based upon the Da VinciHabits of Mind and 21st Century Skills. My area of academic strength this semester is the 21stskill of technology. Whenever I had to work with technology I knew my way around and likedexperimenting with the different tools provided. Some examples of my strength are theCampaign Videos for English, the digital symbol for Algebra, and the use of Photoshop inDigital Art. My area of academic weakness is the Habit of Collaboration. For me it was difficultworking with people who didn’t do their parts. I’m not a person that will do extra work in a
Hu 6group project because it’s not just one person working on a project; it’s everyone workingtogether as a whole. For next semester I plan on restoring some skills I’ve lost over the summer. One of theseskills is actually something I learned from Leadership, “Be proactive, not reactive.” This meansto not react right away when something goes wrong and stay calm figuring out what to do. Byusing this, I could help strengthen my collaboration skills. My goal is to take initiative when Irealize something isn’t going to work out. For example, if a group member has an awesome idea,I should determine if it’s possible to take action with the time given. By doing that it would seemmore productive as opposed to using time on something that might not work out. Thank you foryour teaching me this content as well as taking the time to listen to my presentation. Is there anyquestions?