What is your overall impression of your experience with the Young Americans?
I think having the YAs was a great experience and reminded me to take more risks in life so that I can achieve more things. It was very fun and I got to be on the stage and do a singing solo for everybody.
What was your favourite part of the YA performance?
My favourite part of the YA performance was the lion king dance because it was very dramatic and the dance was cool and very fun to learn.
I think I did quite well in my activist talk because I was very expressive and knew my topic very well, so I had very good and surprising facts. In the end of the speech, I also created a challenge for my audiences. However, I think I spoke too fast and moved too much in the speech because I was very nervous. Overall, I think this was a interesting experience and I can improve much more next time.
Based on the writing I have done this semester, I have shown growth in sentence starters and persuasive techniques. Also, my grammar and spelling has also improved because I did not have any spelling or grammar mistakes in my writings.
In Semester Two, I will focus on my thesis statements because I either forget to write one or my thesis statement is not good.
In performing arts, me and my group mates made a blues song. The blues cords we used are C, D, E and G. The blues is a kind of music that expresses emotions and tells stories My group mates were Summer and Jojo. We used the same melody as our P.A. teacher. I think we could have sang louder, so everyone can hear. Also, we were laughing too much, so next time I don’t think we should do that. We din’t really do improvisation, however, we did have a part where me and Summer sang a few sentences “The man hit a van” because the song was about a man we saw in instagram in a trash can and hit a minivan.
The things we did well was we didn’t forget to do anything in the song. I also thought the song was quite funny and made people laugh. Again, next time if we did not laugh and sang louder, our performance would have been better.
I think the most challenging part in this project was making the lyrics because they had to rhyme and make sense. I think the most creative thing in our song was “The man hit the van,” because it rhymed and was really catchy. I did enjoy this project because making songs are fun and gave me new experiences.
What are your strengths:
I think I have good sentence starters and I sometimes have good word choice. I also have good sequencing words and my essays are always creative and interesting.
What are your goals & how will you achieve them?
I think I need more different ways for writing my hook and I sometimes I can use more specific language. I shouldn’t always use the same word in one paragraph.
(ex. I planned a birthday party because I had to plan one for me and my mom told me to plan it.)
Where are you in the Exhibition process?
I finished my proposal and my “What to do after your proposal” doc. Right now, I am going to work on some of my judges recommendations. However, she didn’t give me a lot, so I will look at my checklist to see what to do next.
What do you feel good about?
I feel good about me being hard-working and finishing my proposal. I also feel good about my proposal getting approved because all my hard work wasn’t wasted.
What are you nervous/anxious/unsure about and why?
I’m nervous/anxious/unsure about my whole exhibition topic because I’m still not sure about what to do for my project (like what to write) and I’m nervous about my topic not working out for me.
Goals are important for me because it helps me improve. That’s why I have made some goals for myself for this semester. My first goal is to hand in all my HL in time, and my second one is to be a risk taker and raise my hand and answer questions more.
First of all, one of my goals for this semester is to always hand in my HL in time. I want to use my best effort when doing it and not rush when doing it. I will know I reached my goal when I always hand my HL in time, and when my HL is very detailed because that will mean I used my best effort.
How I will achieve it? I won’t do my HL last minute, so I will have enough time. And I will remind myself everyday that I have to do HL by writing “HL” on my whiteboard at home. When I complete this goal, I will be more responsible and handing in my HL on time. This also helps with my time management. I will try to achieve this goal before the semester ends.
In addition, my other goal is to be a risk taker and raise my hand up and answer more questions. I will know I have reached this goal when I start raising my hand more and start taking risks by answering questions. I can practise taking risks because when I’m older, I will have to take a lot of risks. I hope to reach my goal at the end of Grade because for me, this goal will be quite hard to reach if I only have a few months time.
I chose these two goals because these are things that I can improve on. I hope I will reach these two goals before grade 6 ends. These two goals can help me as a learner because I can be more responsible and be a risk taker.