My First Year

My grade 9 year was a long, stressful but also rewarding year of personal and academic growth. This year I enjoyed my English class where we learned about ancient literature. This year I realized I learn best by listening to the curriculum instead of reading it over and over again trying to memorize it. When I am having difficulty with something, I usually try to find solutions online. If I cannot find solutions online I ask someone for help and if that doesn’t succeed, I try to figure out the issue myself.

https://www.perplexity.ai/

I chose Perplexity because it makes researching and gathering information much easier. Perplexity also links their sources so you can check them and make sure the sources aren’t biased or bad information.

I chose the movie Harriet because it gave me perspective on the slave trade. Instead of it just being words on paper I could see what life was back then for slaves and how much better life is now.

I chose this picture because I really liked the French Revolution unit. Learning about the struggles of the common man back in the 18th century was really eye opening.

“The way I see it, if you want the rainbow, you gotta put up with the rain.”

I chose this quote because sometimes you have to go through months, if not years, worth of hard work to achieve your dreams.

Focus Features. HARRIET | Official Trailer | Now Playing. 2019. YouTube, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GqoEs4cG6Uw.CloseDeleteEdit

Storming of the Bastille | French Revolution, Causes, & Impact | Britannica. 19 Apr. 2024, https://www.britannica.com/event/storming-of-the-Bastille.

“20 Motivational Quotes That Will Help You Never Give Up.” Country Living, 14 Apr. 2020, https://www.countryliving.com/life/g32102614/never-give-up-quotes/.

 ADL Social Studies- Ethical Judgement 

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A) How did the use of AI assist you in developing this project 

The use of AI helped me gather information and sources much quicker than I would have by myself and also gave me context behind the information it was showing and told me how it might be biased.

B) How did you ensure that the work you created was still your own, rather than just a product of the AI 

I gathered the information AI gave me and summarized it in my own words and made sure to not copy and paste exactly what the AI gave me to make sure I wasn’t plagiarizing what the AI summarized from the internet.

C) Did you agree with the position you had to argue? Why or why not?

I agreed because violence is a necessary evil during a revolution. Historically and currently, in countries where democracy isn’t followed, the ruling party will usually resort to violence because they do not care about the public’s opinion. All they care about is holding onto their power, and they will go to any lengths to preserve it.

My strategies for collecting relevant information for specific tasks include checking the sources, checking the context the information was written in and going through multiple sources to make sure the information is correct.

Grade 9 Celebration of Learning Certificate Submission

Communication Competency Example + Science 9

I demonstrated the Communication Core competency in my egg drop challenge. Me and my groupmate worked on this egg dropper together but I took the lead unlike previous years where I did what was told I coordinated what our build should look like and completed the projected. One of the ways I ensure my group is clear on the common purpose is to talk with my group members beforehand and assign each person a role/task to complete. In discussions and conversations, I help to build and extend understanding by asking follow up questions in order to truly understand what my groupmates are talking about and to help us accomplish our goals successfully. I can work with others to achieve a goal shown by me and my groupmates successful completion of the egg drop project.

Thinking Core Competency + English 9

I demonstrated the Thinking Core Competency in my Independent Novel movie. I compiled points, facts and observations about my book over a extended period of time and presented it in front of the class. I can reflect on my thinking demonstrated by me going on stage and presenting my thoughts from beginning of the project to the end. I can persevere over time to develop my ideas, and I expect setbacks and failure, but use that to develop my ideas. I suffered through multiple setbacks while trying to prepare the presentation but I persevered and used my failures to develop my future ideas. Others find my feedback useful because I don’t sugarcoat my feedback. I am 100% honest with my feedback and it might hurt to hear now in the long term it will be helpful for the person to know how to improve their work and reach their potential. One strategy or activity that stimulates my imagination is going outside for a walk, without music no distractions just me, my thoughts and nature it helps become calm and helps me focus on creating new and creative ideas.

Personal and Social Core Competency + Social Studies 9

I demonstrated my Personal and Social Core Competency on my notecards. I researched the provided resources and came up with 2 pages each for each topic. The topics were chimney sweeps, coal miners, factory workers. They were all about child labor and helped me see how lucky I am to be living in the year 2024. I can show a sense of accomplishment and joy. I take pride in my work and myself because I know how hard I worked to complete the notecards and how sweet the taste of completion was. I can use strategies to help me find peace and I sustain a healthy and balanced lifestyle. When I need to boost my mood or re-focus, I take a break and listen to music which will usually get me calmed down and in the mood to work again. Some of the ways I work to build and maintain relationships are talking to people and listening to their opinions.

How I’ve grown as a Grade 9 student from beginning of year to end of year at Centennial

I have improved at meeting deadlines and working efficiently within the time given which was tough at first because of the amount of assignments I was given but eventually I came up with a system to complete my work within the deadline and stress free.

I have gotten better at communicating efficiently and properly with my groupmates during group projects. During the beginning of the year it was tough to start group projects because usually no one would talk and we wouldn’t have a clear sense of who was gonna do what part and how we were gonna do it but throughout the year I have started communicating better with my groupmates and have improved my communication skills.

I also am more vocal during in-class discussions and provide helpful insights. I was not as vocal at the beginning of the year but as I got more comfortable in my environment it got easier to communicate my opinions and observations to the class.

After The Shot Drops: The Movie

My Movie

Plot, Character, Setting, and Mood

· Explain how you figured out what your Avatar would look like.

I figured out what my avatar would look like by taking inspiration from the few lines in the book referencing the physical features of the characters in the book. Also, I had a few mental snapshots of what characters looked like by reading how they talked.

· How did you choose the plot points?

I chose the plot points by reading the book and going through the most important parts a few times over to find the plot point that started the chain of events leading to the book’s climax.

· Explain how you figured out the setting in your story. Why is the setting significant to the story?

I found the book’s setting because it was talked about multiple times throughout the book, and the starting chapters explained the most prevalent setting. The setting is significant to the story because it sets the mood, era, theme of the book, etc.

· Explain what the word mood means and how/why you picked the song that you picked?

The word mood means how they feel in a certain situation or the type of situation that the characters are in. I picked the song I picked because the book was fast-paced and had a lot of action and excitement in it.

Core Competency Reflection

In discussions and conversations, I help to build and extend understanding by speaking in simpler words or explaining my words better while engaging in meaningful conversations with my peers.

This is how I select images and words to create an impact for different audiences: By reading the page over and over again and imagining to myself what words would impact me the most if I were the reader reading it for the first time. Pictures are similar I look up multiple pictures online and compare them to see which picture would strike me the most as a reader.

When I need to boost my mood or re-focus, I take a break and go outside for a walk or eat a little snack to help myself forget about work for a little bit and come back energized and focused.

Self Assesment

These are my 2 labs, the first one is the egg dropper and the second one is my golf tower.

Curricular Response

I think the way that the egg dropper and golf tower helped me understand the scientific method better was because it helped me use my deductive learning skills to help improve the tower and the dropper during high-pressure situations and under a time crunch. It also helped me understand the scientific method on a deeper level because I understood why we need to develop a hypothesis to help with the build. My inductive learning skills were also utilized during these labs for example during the golf ball tower lab it helped me understand why my tower wasn’t standing by itself and I solved the problem by fixing the base causing it to stand up on its own. Doing the labs also helped me understand the scientific method by helping me understand why we need a hypothesis and why we need to test it out to understand if our hypothesis is correct or incorrect.

Core Competency Self Assessment and Creative Thinking

  1. The scientific lab I am the proudest of is the golf ball tower because we were halfway through building the tower when we realized that our tower couldn’t hold the weight of the golf ball and would collapse under its weight we quickly restarted our tower and built a tower which could hold the weight of the golf ball and succeeded. The reason I am the proudest of this lab is because it showed my ability to scrap things that weren’t working and quickly rebuild the tower bigger and better.
  2. My experience doing the two labs helped me increase my knowledge of the scientific method by showing me why we need to make a hypothesis and test our hypothesis. It also showed me why recognizing a problem is crucial to the scientific method and overall helped me understand why we use the scientific method during experiments to help us succeed.
  3. A) I demonstrated that I can create new things when I built the egg dropper under pressure by myself and used the scientific method to assist me during the construction of the build.
  4. B) I demonstrated that I can build on the ideas of others when I helped my partner to build the golf ball tower to a height of 2’0. It might not have been the tallest tower in the class but we finished higher than many people and we had to scrap our plan halfway through because our tower’s base wasn’t strong enough to hold the golf ball.
  5. C) When trying new things, I expect setbacks and failure and use them to develop my ideas. An example of this from the Scientific Method labs would be having to scrap the golf ball tower halfway through and building a new one with less than half of the time remaining and still finishing above many people in the class.