Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Let's YouTube about it.

Here's my documentary, y'all, and right above it is my works cited. Enjoy!

Daniel Shays." Shays Rebellion and the Making of a Nation. Springfield Technical Community College, 2008. Web. 10 June 2013. <>.

"Lit2Go." The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. Educational Technology Clearinghouse, 2013. Web. 11 June 2013. <>.

"New Persepctives on the West: Sitting Bull." PBS. WETA Film Project, 2001. Web. 12 June 2013. <>.

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Let's finish a quest - it's cool enough without a funny title.

Notice of Badge Completion

Issued to: hanbanan
Badge issued by: Smithsonian Quests
Badge awarded by: 10th Grade
Badge Issuer Contact:
Issued on: May 30, 2013
Also issued to: 20 others

This process has been different from what I imagined. When Mr. Boyle said that we would be able to do a project that would reflect our interests, I thought that there would be a wider range of topics to choose from that touched on all different types of people. Instead, I thought that they were all geared towards the enviornment or muesams themselves. I understand why this might be the case - we are in a history class, people, I'm not stupid - but there are so many other topics within that branch that could have been addressed. Most of the quests involved doing some sort of art project, like making a collage or drawing an artistic interpretation of something, which was hard to do in a computer lab and not an art classroom. This severely limited the quests that I was both interested in and had the means to do.

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Let's read the news.

How have the Haitians responded to the presence of U.S. Marines in their country? Well, I dunno ... guess I have to ... you know, write about it.

Breaking news! We're reporting live from Haiti with the findings that they are unhappy with the U.S. presence in their country for the past four years. The U.S. first entered Haiti when they found them "unfit to rule," but the Haitians soon found that they preferred any ruler to the U.S. forces in their country. New sources confirm that when the Haitians tried to strike their American oppressors, the marines retaliated with unmistakable violence. Villages where destroyed, and thousands of natives were killed or mutilated in the violence that followed. The NAACP went into Haiti and confirmed that they were being mistreated, reporting that racism and imperialism were in play.

How did we not know this earlier? The U.S. tried to cover up the fact that they were blatantly taking over every aspect of Haitian society and destorying lives in their wake. While they made it seem like they were unfit to rule themselves after the "coup d'etat," in actuality they just wanted to have Haiti under their control.Will the U.S. hear the cries of injustice, or will they let Haiti fall under the sweltering heat of injustice? Tune in tomorrow for the next update.

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Let's create some pana-monium.

You totally see what I did there. Pandamonium, pana-mon ... okay, it's not that funny.

Yesterday, after we watched a tutorial on the Panama Canal, we looked at political cartoons depicting the building of the Canal and the Monroe Doctrine. We answered questions and discussed this as a class.

Today - after our mini-rant thing - Mr. Boyle divided us into groups of four and gave us snippets from a speech or something about the Monroe Doctrine. We had to find key words, summarize it, and write it in our own words, then present it to the class.

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Let's read Jack London.

Yesterday in History, we, uh, well, we were supposed to be working on our 16% Projects, but with MCAS ending halway through the period we were exhausted and a little loopy. Mr. Boyle instead gave us a quick rundown of what was due soon and the Sophia for that night.

Today we read a Jack London story, "To Build A Fire." It took place in Alaska, where, you guessed it, our Sophia was on. We learned about what it was like living in Alaska at that time, and Mr. Boyle had us discuss knowledge verses instinct.

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Let's put the 'sass' in assassination.

Yesterday we had our first 'fishbowl' (glub, glub) where we were each assigned a side of a debate to defend and read up on. One member from our group went into the center to voice our opinions on the problem: should the Cherokee Indians be forced to move West? As the Judicial Branch, we said no, as did the Cherokees (duh) and the Missionaries. Even though Andrew Jackson was the only one for yes, the Cherokees were forced to move West along the trail of Tears. If only we could stop him with impeachment ... or assassination.

Today we worked on our Smithsonian Quests in the Library.