Thursday, February 17, 2011

Homework 2/17 Option 1

1.   The Haymarket Square Riot. The Haymarket Riot was an organized riot to reduce work hours for workers at the McCormick Harvesting Machine Co. A pipe bomb was thrown into the crowd of officers and seven were killed and many more injured.
  1. In the period of 1870-1900, labor unions and organizations were rarely successful in achieving their goals primarily because of problems with being able to organize large numbers of American Workers. The rare victories for labor were isolated incidents because there were no labor organizations on a national or even state-wide basis... due to the Haymarket Square Bombing, which was associated with anarchists, and confirmed the public's opinion when several people were killed in the riot. Continued apathy and opposition by the public, management, and the government forced labor to organize to protect its interests. Although union demonstrations resulted in workers being injured, dead, or fired they set the way for unions in the future to be successful in their endeavors. These demonstrations were successful in the fact that they showed management and companies that the American worker can unite and be heard as one voice rather than a mass of passive workers.
  2. This essay tells about the labor unions and organizations of the sort. It tells us that they are rarely successful. The Haymarket Riot relates to this essay because of the lack of labor organizations around the country. It also mentions the Riot in the text (in the middle). I think that the workers of McCormick Harvesting Machine Co. (the rioters) had the right idea in mind to do what they did. They, though could have done it in a non-harmful way. They could have threatened to quit if working time wasn’t cut down, or even go as a small group once in a while to protest. Both these ways were less violent than a riot and proved your point, plus it would nag the owner that you keep visiting him to cut down on your hours of work. To view where this essay is typed, visit

White Man's Burdens

1. It also might be a burden for the guilt that the United States would have to live with because how we would take over others’ countries and to take their raw materials. It said that they thought of the Egyptian night as “loved” because slaves were taken from Africa like places like Egypt. The slaves made everything pretty much, that we have. They help build the roads, get us crops, etc.. I think that Kipling is being sarcastic by the white man’s burdens. The white man’s burden might be because they I think that he is talking about the hardships of the blacks. For example,        “The roads ye shall not tread,
       Go, make them with your living
       And mark them with your dead”
       “The silent sullen peoples
        Shall weigh your God and you.”
This second quote tells hows them and their religion were going to be taken over.

2. I think that he justifies it I think that he sort of justifies imperialism by saying that the white men took over the black men. Also, maybe he means that the white men are spreading, the white men representing U.S.A. He also tried to justify it to the Christian religion because it brings a government to people who didn’t live in the United States and brought them to a city they could be apart of.

3. It would not be appealing because I thought that it seemed like people were overthrowing people and using what they made against them. It might be appealing, though, because “white men” are gaining land and that is a good thing for them. They are being more successful and gaining for raw materials.

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Reconstruction Self Reflection

Gavin-Reflection Questions
Reconstruction Debate

  1. How did I feel during planning this presentation? Why did I feel this way?
    1. I felt confident because I had Kiana and Sam in my group, and they work hard and definitely try their best. I also felt worried because I was afraid that some of my other group members would not finish their project.
  2. How did I feel prior to presenting? Why did I feel this way?
    1. I felt nervous because the previous day I practiced at home and I didn’t do very well. When I got to school, though, I practiced more and more and felt a lot more confident.
  3. How did I feel while I was presenting? Why did I feel this way?
    1. I felt assured because I had practiced so hard. If I had not had practiced to memorize those points, I would have done terribly.
  4. What did I personally do well?
    1. I thought that I did well in content because of my two quotes that I included in my slides. Also, I felt that my images were nice, large, and easy to see.
  5. What did not go as desired in this presentation?
    1. In this presentation, I think that I wished that I had done more action in my slides to include the viewer more.
  6. On a scale from 1-10, how well do I think I understood the content? Explain.
    1. On my parts, I think I understood it about a 9 out of 10. On all of the parts, I think that I understood about 7.5-8 out of 10.
  7. How do I think my group members perceived me? Why do I think this?
    1. I think they thought that I didn’t work hard on this project because the first time I presented it to them, I didn’t do so well. But also, I think that they thought with the final outcome in the end of the actual debate, they were pretty happy with my presentation.
  8. How do I think the 8th graders perceived me? Why do I think this?
    1. I think that they perceived me like I was pretty good, but not a huge stand out because of how well Sam and Kiana did.
  9. Knowing that I can only control how I act and react, if I could do this presentation again, what would I change about my actions to make it a more ideal experience?
    1. I would add more action to my presentation part to include my viewer more, and have a little more content.
  10. What are my strengths in groups?
    1. I think I am a pretty good all around with my projects. I am not the best on content, but on the higher end. I do well in the technology parts, too.
  11. What areas do I need improvement?
    1. I think that I need to improve most on practicing my presenting skills. I need to walk around the room more and seem like I know exactly what I’m doing.
  12. What is the most important thing I learned about myself? Why is this so important?
    1. I think that the most important thing that I have learned about myself is that I need to not stress out. This is important so that I can still do my best, but not worry.
  13. Are there any other things that I need to express?
    1. I would like to add more movement to my pieces (for similar presentations/debates).

Friday, December 17, 2010

Reflective Blog Entry

     Throughout my time in the DLC, I have done many fun, encouraging projects that help me grow and become better than I used to be. For example, it has helped me grow to be a well-rounded person, and now I can create interesting products that make me happy. I used to not know anything about creating projects or how to keep people focused on my work, but now I know all about movement and transitions and even build ins and build outs. I have also learned how to control my worries and frustrations in class (with the projects, not the people).

     I am also very proud about all of my products that I make. Even though I love all of my projects, my proudest one was probably the brochure. The brochure definitely showed my new talents and skills and put them to work.

     My most challenging project so far, has been the Thematic Causes of The Civil War. It, unlike most of the other projects, had to be at least five minutes long. That was a challenge, but I got through it and did my best.

     My most favorite  project is probably the Stephen Crane video. Not only because it came out so good, but mainly because I had a ton of fun doing it. The people in my group made me happy because of how well they worked, and what great things that they made.

     In the second semester I hope that we a fun project of our choice. We could just choose whatever we wanted to do and have fun. It probably wouldn't be worth many points, but it brings out what everyone knows best about. Expectation wise, I would like to get an A in the DLC, do my best, and learn to have fun on every project. Happy Holidays!