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Allison Patterson Capstone

For my capstone, I created a Model United Nations conference. My project was a lot different from the average MUN club because instead of sending the students to conference with already had a topic and other competitors, I created a competition inside SLA. I chose this project because I felt like it was a good way to combine my love of international relations with my love for teaching others. The end product of my capstone was 15 students that were trained in Model UN. They learned the rules of the competition as well as how to prepare for the competition. In addition, they competed in a competition held at SLA. The competition resulted in the group coming to a finalized resolution which is huge because many time the real UN doesn't even reach a resolution during a meeting. MUN teaches students to be open with their ideas and to feel free to talk in a group. These students joined this club scared to death when I told them there would be a competition at the end of the year, they left asking me if they could participate again next year.

Process Paper:
Annotated Sources:

Cortellini, Mattia. "MUN for Dummies." Scribd. N.p., n.d. Web. 31 Jan. 2013.
The Powerpoint, MUN for Dummies was created by Mattia Cortellini to help people understand how model UN works. When I started this project in September the powerpoint wa free to access so I copied it and saved it because I know Scribd sometimes makes you pay for Powerpoints. This Powerpoint helped me to get a firm grasp on the way model UN works. I also showed the Powerpoint to the students and it helped them to have a solid source from which to understand the rules of model UN.

Mahendraraj, Yadavan. Delegate Guide. Philadelphia: Upenn ILMUNC Jan 24-27 2013, 2013. Print.
I received this brochure from the Ivy League Model United Nations Conference. It went into detail about the rules and regulations of Model UN conferences. This is being used as a learning tool and guide for all the students. For my competition I plan on creating a brochure similar to this one. I might use the rules outlined in the Ivy league brochure making modifications when need be. For the most part the rules will remain the same.

Mahendraraj, Yadavan. Faculty Advisor Guide. Philadelphia: Upenn ILMUNC Jan 24-27 2013, 2013. Print.
The Faculty Advisor Guide was given to me at the Ivy League Model United nations conference and, just as the Delegates guide, goes into detail about the rules of conference. This brochure is being used as a learning tool to advise the students on how to dress at the conference because it has a very detailed list of what the students should and shouldn’t wear to conference. I found in my research that students are more likely to perform better and act appropriately when they are “dressed for success” therefore, this will be implemented in my conference.         

Beckett, Megan, Geoffrey Borman, Jeffrey Capizzano, Danette Parsley, Steven Ross, Allen Schirm, and Jessica Taylor. "Structuring Out-of-School Time to Improve Academic Achievement." Institute of Educational Sciences. N.p., July 2009. Web. 31 Jan. 2013.
Structuring Out-of-School Time to Improve Academic Achievement is a PDF document produced by the Institute of Educational Sciences. This document goes into detail about how to structure academically focus programs that are still engaging and keep the students interest. I used this guide to better understand how to keep my students engaged. On page 22 of the guide reward incentives are discussed. For my capstone I use pizza as a reward to keep the students interested because I’ve seen how rewards can lead to a better program outcome.

Ronca, Debra. "After-school Fun: Making the Most of Your Kid's Time." TLC. N.p., n.d. Web. 31 Jan. 2013.
“After-school Fun: Making the Most of Your Kid's Time” is an article written by Debra Ronca for TLC. This article explores how kids should be spending their free time out of school with emphasis on after school activities. At first this article didn’t seem of much interest to me but then I read into the article more and found a lot information of how kids learn. I learned about having a routine and setting a clean plan from the start of the program. I will use these things when conducting my classes.

Sanders, Virginia. "How to Create a Fun After School Program." Yahoo! Contributor Network. N.p., 13 Aug. 2007. Web. 31 Jan. 2013.
The article titled “How to Create a Fun AFter School Program” by Virginia Sanders explains how to create a program that doesn’t stress the student out but still is academically engaging. I found this article interesting because I never thought about how I would make model UN a low stress course. For me MUN is my capstone so it’s apart of my life so it will naturally be stressful at times, but for the students this is an extra course which they can drop at anytime. As a result I want MUN to be as little stress on the students as possible. This source helped me to see that in MUN the students need to be able to relax while still getting work done.
"Position Papers." United Nations Association of the USA. Unausa, n.d. Web. 31 Jan. 2013.
I showed this source on the first day of class because I found it to be a very helpful source for all aspects of model UN. In regards to this page in particular I used it to advise the students on how to create position papers which are essentially just how your nation feels about a particular issue. I think the students found this site helpful because their position papers seemed thoughtful and well organized.

"Resolutions." United Nations Association of the USA. Unausa, n.d. Web. 31 Jan. 2013.
This is another sources from United Nations Association of the USA but this one is on resolutions. I gave this to the students in the middle of the course after the position papers were written and the topic for conference was discussed. This source helped to explain the actual purpose of conference. In the long run I want the students to form a resolution as the United nations however, to get to that point each nation must have an idea of what resolution would benefit them the most. I used this source to advise the students on how to go about this.

Ryan. "How to Build Your Model UN Program." Best Delegate RSS. N.p., 16 Mar. 2011. Web. 31 Jan. 2013.
Best Delegate is another site like United Nations Association of the USA, which specializes in how to create and host a Model UN program. I used this source to get a better idea of how to create my conference. This site goes as far as to explain why having a smaller conference is better then a large one. The site explains that when running the first conference a smaller group can be used as a learning tool to help future conferences. It helps for the chair members to gain experience and to help figure out the logistics of the conference.

Whittle, Thomas. "Kenya, Slovakia to Seal Nuclear Deal by January 2013." NZweek RSS. Xinhua Publish, 21 Nov. 2012. Web. 31 Jan. 2013.
I used this source as an example of a good article for one of my delegations. The delegation of Kenya was having difficulty finding sources that relate Kenya and nuclear power so, I showed them this source. From this article I was able to work with the delegation to create a position paper and in long term a resolution.

"Nuclear Energy Development in Kenya Faces Many Challenges." - Opinion & Analysis. N.p., 16 Nov. 2012. Web. 31 Jan. 2013.
This is another source I gave to the delegation of Kenya. I like this source because it clearly outlined the safety protocols that a going to be in place when making the nuclear weapons. My conference is going to focus on how to make safe nuclear powers so, this source was a big help to the delegation of Kenya.

Magin Wong, Amy. "Usable Knowledge: Secrets of Successful after School Programs: What Research Reveals." Usable Knowledge: Secrets of Successful after School Programs: What Research Reveals. N.p., n.d. Web. 31 Jan. 2013.
This source was a study done by Amy Magin Wong at Harvard University. It basically explains how after school programs influence academic performance and lowers drug and violence rates. I used this source to get information on how to make the program better. The source explains that building a strong relationship with the students makes the program better and that tailoring the program to the needs of the students makes the program better.

Moore, LaDonna. "After School Programs by LaDonna Moore: What Makes an After School Program Successful?" After School Programs by LaDonna Moore: What Makes an After School Program Successful? University of Michigan, n.d. Web. 31 Jan. 2013.
This source by LaDonna Moore from University of Michigan explains that after school programs are only successful if the students feel like there is a purpose to the program. For my program I like to start each meeting of explaining what we are going to do and setting a track so that the students feel like there is a purpose for being there.
Laboissonniere, Caitlin, "How to Make After School Programs Work: a Study of Successful After School Programs in Five States" (2009). Honors Projects Overview. Paper 22.
"How to Make After School Programs Work: a Study of Successful After School Programs in Five States" by Caitlin Laboissonniere was a study that surveyed students in 5 states all of whom are in 1 of 8 after school programs. The students in the program were categorized by whether they were successful participants in the after school program or not. I used this source as example of how afterschool programs can work for some students and not for others. The source also explains why some of the students were afterschool failures and I used that information as a learning tool for the future in my program.

American Youth Policy Forum. "Helping Youth Succeed Through Out-Of-School-Time Programs." Wallacefoundation. American Youth Policy Forum, 2006. Web.
“Helping Youth Succeed Through Out-Of-School-Time Programs” by the American Youth Policy Forum explains how to help youth succeed in an afterschool program. I found this source interesting because it explains that students in an afterschool program are more likely to attend school daily and feel more motivated inside the classroom.

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Potato Salad Recipe

Potato Salad Recipe By Allison and Keisha

Step 1:

Clean 6 potatoes 

Step 2:

Peal the 6 potatoes 

Step 3: 

Boil the 6 potatoes 

Step 4:

After boiling the potatoes, cut the potatoes anyway you like 

Step 5:

Get a big size bowl, perfect size for your servings.

Step 6:

Jar of light mayo (of your choice) 


Boil 5 eggs

Step 8:

Peal shell off of eggs

Step 9: 

Cut eggs (or put into grinder) 

Step 10:

Pour the cut potatoes and cut boiled eggs in to bowl

Step 11:

Scoop hole jar of mayo, or half jar of mayo into the bowl then stir

Step 12:

After have two onions cut and pour into bowl

Step 13: 

Stir ingredients together

Step 14: 

Your choice of seasoning but if not add salt and pepper 

Step 15:

Put in refrigerators for and 1 hour then ready to serve


Our potato salad is very simple; 6 potatoes, 12 boiled eggs, a jar of mayonnaise, an onion, some salt and pepper. The potatoes were most likely grown in Idaho or Washington which are two of the biggest potatoes growing states. They are then put on a truck and driven to Pennsylvania and put on the supermarket shelves. Potatoes are a wonderful food because they are almost fat free, cholesterol free, and sodium free. They are also an excellent source of nutrients, high in potassium, fiber, Vitamin C, Vitamin B6, and protein. In addition, they are low calorie. As for the eggs, they were most likely grown on a farm somewhere in Pennsylvania then shipped to the supermarket. Most likely, the farm was a chicken farm which specialized in the mass production of eggs. Different growth hormones were probably given to the chickens to make the eggs produce quicker. Eggs are a good source of Riboflavin, Vitamin B12 and Phosphorus, and a very good source of Protein and Selenium. However, they are high in saturated Fat, and very high in cholesterol. The mayonnaise originates from Spain but now it’s created all over the world with a simple mix of oil, egg yolk, and vinegar or lemon juice depending on your taste. For this recipe we used Hellmann's light mayo which has half the calories, only 35, and uses cage-free eggs. Onions are mainly grown in Idaho and Washington but some are grown in Pennsylvania. Little growth hormones are used in growing onions because they grown very easily. They are low in calorie and fat yet high in fiber. The salt comes from a salt mine or is made from sea water and the pepper is made from a tropical plant grown native to India. Salt and pepper is low in calorie but obviously high in sodium. The total calorie count of a serving of potato salad is about 350 calories per cup. They only part of the meal that is processed is the mayonnaise because we chose to use Hellman’s mayo instead of homemade. The meal was very cheap, the most expensive part was the mayonnaise which was about $6. This could be because the mayo traveled the farthest or it takes the most to produce. Unfortunately, we could not find a listing for where Hellman’s mayo is produced so we do not know how far it traveled to get to the supermarket. As for the other ingredients, they could all be home grown expect for the salt and pepper. This would be safer because there would be no growth hormones or pesticides but the process would take so long that it would just be easier to buy the products from the store. Most of the products were probably grown in Pennsylvania or a nearby state anyway, so it doesn’t take much to ship them to the supermarket.


On of the biggest problems I see with the way American's eat is that we are too stuck on the need for convenience. It's convenient to go to Mcdonald's because you drive up order and be eating within 5 minutes, in comparison to having to cook food at home which can take hours. Even when cooking at home American's tend to be lazy. Instead of cooking from scratch things like minute rice and canned everything is used. American's no longer have to harvest their food like the Aborigines did, they can go right to the grocery store and have it done for them. The grocery store is only out to make money that's why in most stores there is little healthy food because it's hard keep up with. Healthy food can only be kept on a shelf for so long before it spoils because it lacks preservatives. That's way when going to a grocery store you should only shop the surrounds and not go into the aisles It's easy to rotate the stock of a healthy food if it's on the outside. One of the big things I learned this unit is that organic and free-range products are not necessary how they sound. For something to be organic it must be grown without pesticides but this leaves room for toxins that come naturally from the product. Also, cage free means that the product is not in a cage but can still be cramped together in a small area. I’ve learned this from the movie we are watching and from the articles we read in the organic food assignment.

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Scarlet Letter/Juno Reflection

For this project I worked with Alysha. We created a trailer to an episode of True Life in which we followed a day in the life of Alysha. In this video Alysha is revealing her true self by wearing a t-shirt which has all of her personal history written on it. To begin, we chose not to tell any of the students used in the video what the project was. That we received honest reactions, not fabricated rehearsed ones. When we did the interviews with students Alysha and I told the them what the project was and that we were looking for honest comments on how they felt about t-shirt. We never imagined that the students would say such harsh things however, it only emphasized our purpose which was to examine how harsh the high school environment can be and how to show how a high school student feels pressured to his their true self as a result.

    At the beginning of this project Alysha and I set forward clear goals. We planned on having the shirt done by Tuesday, video done by Thursday, and process paper done by Friday. For the most part we stuck to these goals. One of the hardest parts of the project was coming up with a plan as to how we would like to execute the video. From the start of the project we wanted to focus on the theme of public and private self. I really enjoyed Brett Chapman’s project from two years ago so, I used that as inspiration for creating the shirt for our video. We started the project with the idea that we would have Alysha walk the halls in the shirt and we would record the reactions of people around her. As we began recording it became apparent that we needed the input of Alysha’s viewers in order to get our point across. We ended up recording over 20 minutes of video only to use about 4 minutes. We over recorded so that we could decide later on how our video would flow. When Alysha and I sat down to edit the video we immediately thought of the television show True Life because in that show high school students with issues are profiled and their peers give their perspective of the situation. We used that as a basis for our project. From there the rest the project just fell into place. I believe the hardest part was editing the video because lacking imovie meant that Alysha and I spent hours in search of a  suitable alternative.
    I’m really proud of how polished the video turned out however, I wish we could have made it longer. I think that our purpose was understood but it was such a fun project that making it longer would have been even more fun. If I could do this project over I would have taken time on creating the shirt. The shirt fulfilled it’s purpose but if you look closely some of the words are spelled wrong and it just doesn’t look as polished as it should. Alysha and I had a lot of trouble finding a shirt so, we kind of had to settle. In some ways, I think that the dirtiness and rushed look suits our video’s purpose because the video is meant to focus on the dirty truth. We never tried to clean up the video. We allowed the actors to curse and to say offensive things because we wanted the rawest and least sugar-coated emotions. I think the shirt was a symbol of this rawness.  
    In the end, I am happy with our final product. I believe our video shows a significant amount of effort, time, and thought. I am happy with the level of polish our video has while still allowing for rawness. I believe that Alysha and I effectively conveyed the themes public vs. private self and acceptance in our video.
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SLA Movie/Dance Night!

For the first time ever SLA will be holding a movie night and dance on the same night!

The movie night will be held from 5pm until 7pm on October 26th. Tickets are $5. We will be playing The Sixth Sense, Hocus Pocus, Easy A, The Nightmare Before Christmas, and The Grudge. All proceeds will go to the Dominican Republic Trip!!!

As for the dance t
ickets are 5 dollars in advance and 7 dollars at the door. The dance will be held from 7pm until 10pm on October 26th! When purchasing tickets at the door, make sure every member of your group has their school ID.

Combination tickets(movies and dance tickets) will only be sold Wednesday through Friday (Oct. 17th-19th). These tickets will only be $9!!! Get the special before it is too late!

Any questions see Adam, Allison, Mecca, Zac, or Amani.
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Allison Patterson - What if history Benchmark; What if Abe Lincoln passed away when he was nine?

My project was suppose to be a chapter from an alternative history textbook for young children.  My point of divergence is that Abe Lincoln passed away when his mother fell ill from milk poisoning. Lincoln could have easily fell ill as well and thus passed away with his mother. As a result of Lincoln dying the nation would have accepted the ideas of Stephan Douglas. Douglas believed that each state should be able to choose if they want slavery or not. Without Lincoln to debate this idea with Douglas the nation would have accepted this idea. In 2012, the nation be free for the most with only Georgia, Alabama, and Louisiana still permitting slaves. However, the nation will be very strict about the conditions the slaves may be kept in. I enjoyed this project because I was able to see how Lincoln's one action, holding the Lincoln-Douglas debates, changed the world. Stephan Douglas made a good argument for why America should follow him but, Lincoln made a better argument back. If you removed Lincoln, Douglas' argument would have stood. I wish this project would have been longer. I felt rushed to make my product and my product suffered.  I felt like we focused a lot on the yellow paper and planning and not actually working. I also think that if we are working on planning we need to plan how we want to present it.
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Post #5

My final blog post dealt with governmental issues in a large countries. I spoke with a girl from Brazil. She told me that the problems are universal and that the government tries to control it but something it doesn't work. I realized that the stereotypes for Spanish speaking countries are not contained in only Spanish countries but it's a worldwide problem that some countries have found a way to handle and some haven't. My partner this week talked about the president trying to handle the problems but not having much control. There was more to our conversation but it did not save.
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Blog post #4

This week I spoke with a guy who lives in Spain in an effort to compare the violence and criminal activities between a first world country and second or third world countries. I found out that the government has made drugs illegal in Spain so, most people stay away from them. This is similar to the way the America government has dealt with drugs. As far as the idea that Spanish speaking countries are highly dangerous and full of drugs, Spain seems to be the odd one out. I tried talking to my partner about why this is but he went offline. However, I believe that Spain is different because it has other European culture to influence it's decision. In other Spanish speaking countries most of the countries around have drug or violence problems so there is no positive influence. For my final post I want to speak to some one from Brazil or another large Spanish speaking country.
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Post #3

This week I had very interesting conversation with a friend from Ecuador. His name was Larzon Angulo and we began by speaking about where he was from and he brought up the amount of violence in Ecuador (avoid possibility offending him by asking about how violent his country is.) What I found most interesting was that Larzon asked me what I meant if he didn't understand my Spanish while my last two partners worked around it. I also helped Larzon learn some things in English for instance he called me "gentle" and I told him he should probably say kind. Larzon spoke about how people in Ecuador are poor because they want so much which is an idea that I think can connect to Americans as well. I found that as I spoke to Larzon he shared a lot of the ideas I had about America but with Ecuador. I was intrigued by this because I never thought to countries so far away from each other can be so similar.

Proyecto de Conversación - Post #2

This week I spoke with Maria about the amount of criminal activity in her home country, Venezuela. For this post I follow the same question path I followed in my first post with regards to trying to be direct with out being offensive. Maria explained to me that there is a lot of drug activity that the government trys to stop however, the president is not very efficient so, he fails most of the time.

I chose to speak to Maria because I am close with her so, she'd know I was not trying to offend her and she comes from a country that is less expressed in the Latino population of Philadelphia.
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First blog post

    • What will your topic of conversation be? 

My topic will be whether the criminal activities that are portrayed to be a major part of the Spanish community are truly as bad as they seem. 

      • What are 5 questions related to your conversation goal that you can think of ahead of time to ask your partner?  (This will be useful to have on hand if you get nervous and

      •  What country are you from?
      • Are there a lot of criminal problems there?
      • Are the problems isolated to one area?
      • Are the problems as bad as they are portrayed?
      • Do you feel your country is safe?

      • How do you anticipate your partner will respond to your questions? 

      • I anticipate them being open to speaking about their country.
    • What are you looking forward to about this conversation?

    • I'm really looking forward to learning about many countries.
    • What are you nervous about?

    • I'm nervous that they will feel offended by my topic.  

      • Who did I speak with and why did I choose that person?

      • For my first post I spoke to Natale Sanchez because she was from Puerto Rico and is a native Spanish speaker.
      • What did you learn about them? What did you learn from them?

      • I learned that there is a wall in the city between the drug area and the normal area.
      • How did this interaction help you move towards achieving your personal goal?

      • the interview helped me learn about one of the countries.
      • What specifically did you do well according to your goals/expectations?

      • I talked about how the drugs are seen comparison to how they are.
      • What specifically do you need to improve on? (Quote specific things you said or did and what you would have done or said if you could do it again I need to work on keeping conversation.   to Find Conversation Partners:

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Info-Graphic Reflection

a. What went well?
The gathering of information and the compiling that information went well.

b. What did not?
Coming up with a way to visualize the information was hard.

c. What would you do differently next time?
Next time I would like to research more ways to represent that data.

d. Specifically comment on the 10 tips for effective infographics -

Be Concise

We expressed that information without overloading the viewer.

Be Visual

We had a constant color scheme and design.

Be Smarter

We used photos as well as words to express the information.

Be Transparent

We made the graphic simple and understandable.

Be Different

We tried not to copy the info graphics we have seen online.

Be Accurate

The information we present was from solid sources.

Be Attractive

The graphic was not cluttered but instead easy to understand.

Be Varied

We varied the photographic representation we chose to use.

Be Gracious

Our information was present in a clean and appealing manor.

Be Creative

We tried to think outside the box and use different styles of presenting information.

Which of these areas did you excel in? Which were not so well represented? Why do you think some elements of design were easier or harder to include in the end product?

I think we excelled in providing the read solid information in an understandable manor. However, we could have found more creative and appealing method of displaying the information. We found coming up with a design idea hard because there we so many different ways that we couldn't pick just one.

AP, TR, AO inforgraphic
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A Government of Which People?

Our website focused on how the American people revolted against the government as a result of the government becoming increasingly responsive to the upper class Americans. We choose to focus on the Socialist, Populist, and the progressive moment because their ideals are closely related to the ideals of the Occupy movement.

Website by:
Allison Patterson
Taina Rosario
Zac Castro

Click here to view our website, process paper, and annotated bibliography.

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Manna and I chose to create a VoiceThread because it was a different tool that allowed for voice overs and such which stood out to us. The VoiceThread explains our response to the 11th grade question.
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Mi grupo y yo hicimos un PSA sobre la importancia del agua limpia.
      Mediante la creación de la PSA, la cosa más importante que aprendí fue que el agua la suciedad duele más que sólo las personas.
      Me gusta mi grupo PSA, ya que escuchaba a mis ideas.
      Si yo pudiera hacer de nuevo el proyecto, que cambiaría el tiempo que tomó para que empecemos.
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Sci-Fi Story - Allison Patterson


The Experiment



            “Don’t leave until you finish your homework” Jessica’s mother yelled down the stairs, barely catching her daughter before she headed out the door. “It’s only Saturday and I’ll be home early” said Jessica dashing out before hearing her mothers reply. She knew she’d be in for it when she came home but this was more important. The ringing has been going on for nearly 15 minutes. Jessica knew she wouldn’t last much longer.

            As she raced down the empty Chicago streets, the winter air chilled her burning face. She always loves the cold; it’s Jessica’s security blanket. Jessica turned right, then left and soon vanished behind a vacant warehouse where the Doctor was waiting.

            “3 months already? Jeez next time I’ll have to make these last longer” the doctor says in a sarcastic tone. “Jut fix it I have places to be” Jessica said as she pushes past the doctor and into his slaughterhouse like office. As Jessica marches into the back looking for her room, she sees other children in the same position as her. Close to the end at any moment but not willing to let go. As Jessica lies on the icy, steel table she thinks of the day she became one of the experiments.

            It was January and her mother was behind in more than 4 months rent. Jessica knew the only reason she still had a home was because it was illegal to evict people in the winter, but winter fades. Jessica remembers the walk home from school when she met the doctor. That day she decided to take the back route it was faster than the main streets but dangerous. Jessica had a lot of homework so she went. She saw the vans with the tables and the ovens as they were moved into the warehouse. Then the doctor saw her and yelled, “Hey, do you wanna make some money?” Jessica said in a timid voice “ Sure.” The doctor walked her into the warehouse and told her to sit down. The doctor went over the logistics, the removal of the lungs, the heart, and the blood loss. He explained that they would be sold to people that need new organs or blood. He showed her the machine, the gears and wires that would soon fill her body. He told her she must keep it a secret because the machinery is not government regulated but, if it works, it could save many lives. He told her this would be the cure to cancer, HIV, and even natural death. Jessica just heard $5000 a month for life.

            As the doctor finished up her “tune up” as he describes it, Jessica asks him why she can’t know his identity. The doctor stops fiddling with the gears and says, “Your question is too dangerous to answer.” He then claims he is finished and walks out the room. Jessica leaves the warehouse knowing some thing is not right but not being sure what. Then the ringing begins again.

            Jessica falls to her knees; with not enought strength to stand she crawls back into the warehouse. She yells for the doctor, who arrives with a smile and says “another experiment gone wrong.” He yells down the hall “Hey Carmon, fire up the oven. This one is almost gone.”  

            “Jeez Jess I thought you’d be dead by now” the doctor says as he walks into her room. “Thanks for the support” Jessica replies as the doctor begins to change her IV, “When can I leave? It’s been 5 months.” The doctor insists that she will never leave. “Jessica, you still don’t get it? You have been here because you are broken. It’s only a matter of time before we toss you out. Like the others” says the doctor as he leaves the room.

            Jessica, stunned by the doctor’s harsh words, gets up from her bed, removes her IV, and walks out of her room. She hasn’t seen sunlight in months and wants to feel the sun’s rays once more before it’s over. As Jessica walks down the hall she sees the new experiments waiting for their turn and her stomach begins to turn. Jessica thinks to herself “this is unacceptable.” At that very moment Jessica knows what she needs to do.

            “I know you think I’m crazy but do an x-ray or something. I’m not insane.” Jessica explains to the police officer. “I find it hard to believe that some crazy doctor can actually turn people into machines without others noticing” says the police officer, “Listen write down the location and we’ll check it out.” Jessica is escorted out of the police station and told to go home. As Jessica begins her journey home her body begins to give out. She falls to her knees and her bones begin to dissolve. Where Jessica once stood, now lays a pile of gears and wires.



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Trader Joe's - Allison Patterson

Braseros no puede permitirse el lujo de enviar a sus hijos a la escuela. Sus hijos tienen que trabajar en los campos. Ellos no tienen los mismos derechos que el resto de América.
Trader Joe’s no va a dar a los trabajadores un centavo más por cada caja de tomates recogidos. Esto significa mucho. Un centavo hace la diferencia a estas familias.
Tenemos que dejar de comprar sus alimentos. Es necesario que el boicot y protesta Trader Joe's.

Tomato pickers can’t afford to send their children to school. Their children have to work in fields. They do not have the same rights as the rest of America.
Trader Joe’s refuses to give it’s workers 1 cent more for each box of tomatoes picked. This means a lot. One cent makes a difference to these families.
We need to stop buying their food. We need to boycott and protest Trader Joe’s.

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Benchmark Reflection Q1

Whole site: ​
My part:
    • How did you group go about making a decision for what to focus on for the project?
  • We took our ideas and thought about what could be changed in the constitution.
    • 11th grade Essential ? - What is the role of the individual in creating and sustaining change? 
  • I think that for our idea it would be important for people to want to change and then keep the change going because otherwise we will go right back to having a electoral college.
    • How has your understanding of the electoral process and whether or not the US is a democracy evolved during this unit?
  • I think that I learned a lot but I knew some things from debate and other classes.
    • How did you decide to best relay a message to a national audience with your marketing campaign?
  • We thought about the people we needed to target and how they would be targeted. We wanted to target people of color so we used a song the was generally of their genre.
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Election Day Assignment

Interview with Joann
  1. What motivated you to come out and vote? I grew up learning that voting was the patriotic thing to do. If you didn't vote you weren't an American.

  2. What would you like to see changed in our political system?I would like to see some one help get our kids back on track because they need to be more involved in the world.

  3. Do you vote in every election? (How regularly do you vote?) I always vote.

  4. Do you know why we vote on Tuesday? No.

  5. Where have you encountered the highest amount of ad campaigning? Radio, TV, print, internet, other. On the streets.
  6. What was the most memorable campaign ad that you have encountered?I remember the one a few years ago where Florida couldn't make up their minds and vote.

  7. Are you always sure of who you are going to vote for when you walk into the booth or are you still deliberating? I'm sure.
  8. What changes do you hope to see in Philadelphia as a result of this election? Nothing will change the Democrats will still have the city. 
  9. What impact do you feel that your vote will have on the election? I don't. I just vote because if I don't I can't complain.

10. Did you learn about voting in school? If yes, did that impact your willingness to vote today?No, but every one should. My parents taught me about it.

*I wasn't allowed to take a photo inside the polling place so I took one outside.

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Why I Write

I write because I am told to
I write because I like to pass my classes
I write because I am graded on it
I don't write to express my feelings or to feel better
I write to ensure my high school success
I write to ensure my diploma
I write to be sure that never or ever will I have to say I received an F
Or a D
Or even a B
I write because I am told to
Not for freedom or expression
I write because I am told to
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Vengo De Roxobrough! Allison Patterson y Maria Lattore

This project was about where we are from and how that effects who we are today. We learned about ourselves as people and how our cultural backgrounds overlap living in Roxborough. We also learned how different we are from each other because we are from other halves of the world. We are proud of how fast we were able to pull the song together. We both had major time issues with work both in and out of school but in the end we were able to finish the project. If we could redo this project we would both like to spend more time on the recording of the project.

Vengo de Venezuela, con el avión que me llevo de la mi tierra.
A un mundo diferente que cae nieve cada año.
Venezuela va a estar mi en sangre y en corazón.

Vengo de Venezuela y yo vengo de Pensilvana ahora estamos junta cantando de Roxborough en donde vivimos.

De día y de noche celebramos y cantamos se vaya.

Ya..ya lo sabes todo en Roxborough todos son locos.

Pero ahí tiempos que todos se cambian..silenció..oscuro..las calles vacías.

Pero esto es Roxborough en donde vivimos.

Vengo de Roxoborough
Roxoborough es muy pequeño y divierto
Mi familia, amigos, y novio viven en Roxobrough
Roxborough es mi casa

Vengo de Venezuela y yo vengo de Pensilvana ahora estamos junta cantando de Roxborough en donde vivimos.

De día y de noche celebramos y cantamos se vaya.

Ya..ya lo sabes todo en Roxborough todos son locos.

Pero ahí tiempos que todos se cambian..silenció..oscuro..las calles vacías.

Pero esto es Roxborough en donde vivimos.

Estamos muy contentos de Roxoborough, donde nos conocimos.
Un lugar donde podemos ser lo que somos.
Un lugar que llamamos hogar.
Incluso si somos diferentes somos iguales.
Incluso si nos cambiamos todos los días van a estar juntos.

Vengo de Venezuela y yo vengo de Pensilvana ahora estamos junta cantando de Roxborough en donde vivimos.

De día y de noche celebramos y cantamos se vaya.

Ya..ya lo sabes todo en Roxborough todos son locos.

Pero ahí tiempos que todos se cambian..silenció..oscuro..las calles vacías.

Pero esto es Roxborough en donde vivimos.

Roxoborough es nuestro casa

Y está en nuestros corazones y almas
Venimos de muchos lugares
Pero estamos en Roxoborough

Vengo de Venezuela y yo vengo de Pensilvana ahora estamos junta cantando de Roxborough en donde vivimos.

Vengo de Venezuela y yo vengo de Pensilvana ahora estamos junta cantando de Roxborough en donde vivimos.

Vengo de Venezuela y yo vengo de Pensilvana ahora estamos junta cantando de Roxborough en donde vivimos.
Spainish Song

Full song Allison Patterson + Maria

Vengo de Venezuela, con el avión que me llevo de la mi tierra.
A un mundo diferente que cae nieve cada año.
Venezuela va a estar en sangre y en corazón.
Pero esta tierra no es tan mala porque aquí es en donde conocí a mis amigas

Vengo de Venezuela y yo vengo de Pensilvana ahora estamos junta cantando de Roxborough en donde vivimos.

De día y de noche celebramos y cantamos se vaya.

Ya..ya lo sabes todo en Roxborough todos son locos.

Pero ahí tiempos que todos se cambian..silenció..oscuro..las calles vacías.

Pero esto es Roxborough en donde vivimos.

Vengo de Roxoborough
Roxoborough es muy pequeño y divierto
Mi familia, amigos, y novio viven en Roxobrough
Roxborough es mi casa

Vengo de Venezuela y yo vengo de Pensilvana ahora estamos junta cantando de Roxborough en donde vivimos.

De día y de noche celebramos y cantamos se vaya.

Ya..ya lo sabes todo en Roxborough todos son locos.

Pero ahí tiempos que todos se cambian..silenció..oscuro..las calles vacías.

Pero esto es Roxborough en donde vivimos.

Estamos muy contentos de Roxoborough, donde nos conocimos.
Un lugar donde podemos ser lo que somos.
Un lugar que llamamos hogar.
Incluso si somos diferentes somos iguales.
Incluso si nos cambiamos todos los días van a estar juntos.

Vengo de Venezuela y yo vengo de Pensilvana ahora estamos junta cantando de Roxborough en donde vivimos.

De día y de noche celebramos y cantamos se vaya.

Ya..ya lo sabes todo en Roxborough todos son locos.

Pero ahí tiempos que todos se cambian..silenció..oscuro..las calles vacías.

Pero esto es Roxborough en donde vivimos.

De lado a lado riendo felices.
Porque estamos aquí en este momento y que así será juntos.
Incluso si estamos lejos.
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Allison Patterson - Immigration project

  • What surprised you most about this information?  What seemed quite obvious about explaining this data set?
I felt like it was obvious that the times when there was a lack of immigration were caused by a bad situation in America. It's understandable for people not to want to come to a country during a war or depression. No one will willing put themselves in that position. However I did find it surprising that people left there counties in times of hardship. Not exactly surprising but confusing because as Americans we are going through a rough time economically and we are not abandoning our country.  I think it shows a lack of pride and faith if you leave the minute things get hard.
  • Looking at the overall trend and incorporating what you know about the US presently, predict and defend the immigration trend for the next two decades.
I think we will see a significant drop in immigration because we are having economical problems so no one wants come here. Also, we are trying to keep illegal immigration under control and because the immigration process is so hard no one will want to here legally. So, we will see a lack of immigration.  
  • Describe how you made a decision on how to visually represent the information.
We tried a few other sites but Prezis just seemed easy and fun. I liked how we could have the screen turn and read the words or pictures. 
  • What parts of group work were challenging?
It was hard making sure everyone did their work and agreed. Manna and I are both strong group leaders. When we work together our projects are always quite good however, determining the way to present them can be challenging. 
  • What would you do differently if you had this project to do over?
I really like my project. I would like more info but I also don't want to much so that it's all info. I think where the project is now looks good.
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Anita Patterson - Refran

Refran: Vengo de Venezuela y yo vengo de Pensilvana ahora estamos junta cantando de Roxborough en donde vivimos. De día y de noche celebramos y cantamos se vaya. Ya..ya lo sabes todo en Roxborough todos son locos. Pero ahí tiempos que todos se cambian..silenció..oscuro..las calles vacías. Pero esto es Roxborough en donde vivimos.

  • Share the first version of your refrán.
    • What is your refrán supposed to communicate?
  • The refran shows what we do in Roxobrough.
    • What are you especially happy about with your first draft?
  • I like the flow.
    • What would you like to improve about your refrán first draft?
  • I would like to shorten it.
    • What was difficult about writing your refrán?
  • Keeping in tempo.

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Where am From - Allison Patterson

Allison Patterson

Where I am From

I am from rock albums and records
I am from Allison Road and the Gin Blossoms
From guitar players named Rachel and actresses named Zoe
I am from Dr. Scott and Rocky
From Janet and Brad
I am from Halloween weddings and living a walk from your old high school
I am from nurses and coffee
From Wawa hogies to East Falls
I am from home coking and gardening
From straight A’s and college degrees
I am from sleeping late and Sunday breakfast
And waffles made right at home
I am from hurricane cookies and milk
Trips to Delaware and gorgeous beach homes
I am from funny moments and inside jokes
Family memories and lots of laughs
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Its all in the Voice


“Mugga.” said Tecarria.

“What?” I replied.

“Ya know, mugga.” she answered.

“I have no idea what you are talking about.”

“You is too white.”

            I never really thought about that, being “too white” that is. I had been going to Levering middle School for two years now. The school was located in Roxorough, which is why I went there, because it was my neighborhood school. However the majority of the kids were not my neighborhood kids. They always talked about places I had never even seen, like Diamond Block. I felt so left out. The kids that lived on “Diamond Block” were the poorer kids; the kids in my neighborhood were the richer.  In my middle school you could pick out whose parents made more than 50 thousand a year and whose didn’t just by their voice. There was a distinct language barrier between their neighborhood and mine, and it was that barrier that made my 7th grade experience hard.

            I have always been a social person. I always had a lot of friends because I always made friends with people inside of my comfort zone, meaning the people from my area. When I began talking to the kids in my class I knew what kind of people they were. I knew what their parents did and what they would grow up like. It was more necessity then curiosity that I learn their “language,” or “Black English” as James Baldwin calls it. Being stuck in a room with twenty other kids five days a week means we need to talk, a least a little. According to James Baldwin after you speak “You have confessed your parents, your youth, your school, your salary, your self-esteem, and, alas, your future.” I couldn’t agree more. Before Levering, before those kids, I knew very little slang. I came from a family that spoke with very little slang. I grew up with kids that used very little slang. So, it was only natural that I used Standard English. When I talked I confessed my parents and my youth. So did they.

            I picked up a lot of slang during middle school. I learned a new language in a way. That was me confessing my school.

“It’s because she’s a trick.”

“What are you talking about? What is a trick?” said my neighborhood friend.

“Oh it means like a hoe.” I replied.

“Where did you learn that?” my friend asked.

“People at school, I guess.” I answered.

“You shouldn’t talk like that, it’s not you, it’s too ghetto.” said my friend.

            By the end of middle school I had changed my language. My neighborhood friends, speaking Standard English, heard my language and saw me as one of “those ghetto kids.” I never really knew how I felt about this. I mean on one hand I fit in at school, I had friends to talk to, and I could understand what they were saying, on the other hand my home friends didn’t understand me and even my parents had begun to notice, they would tell me not to talk like “those ghetto kids,” that their language was bad. I don’t feel like it was ever ‘bad’ just not the most professional. For instance when I had to go to my high school interviews, I spoke in Standard English because that is what showed the better side of my background. I feel like that was what James Baldwin was talking about your language, it shows who you are but different parts, standard being the better parts and informal being the not so good parts, or the ghetto. The only problem is Standard English is “too white” and slang is “too ghetto.” Now, in high school I feel like I have found a happy medium. Nobody tells me that I talk “too white” or “too ghetto” anymore. I feel like it’s partly because I have separated myself from all of my middle school friends and my high school friends do not use as much slang.

            I feel like my language today gives a decent representation of who I am currently, who I use to be, and who I will be, just as James Baldwin said it did.  I feel like this is true for most people. For instance, when I hear a person for the south speak, I instantly know that they are from the south or when I hear someone from parts of Philly or New York their accents are very distinct to what part they are from and the language they choose is very distinct to the type of person they are. Your language, in turn, is you more than your person is. Your voice is more of an impacting tool, than your body will ever be because you can see a person but until you hear them you will not know them.

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