Monday, 5 December 2016

The Adventure of 21st Century Literacy, Summative

The Adventure of 21st Century Literacy

This year, I, Harout Karamanokian took a grade 9 English and Business course called 21st Century Literacy. This is a great course that works on two courses Business/Tech and English which are composed to teach high school students the literacy skills needed in our modern century. During our course, we have learned and incorporated many skills aside from Business and English. We acknowledged our classes skills and worked on writing, oral communication, media studies and design software. We have created a digital portfolio to keep track of our work throughout our 21st-century literacy course.
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During this course, I believe my creativity and discipline helped me obtain strengths as a learner in an orderly fashion. Not only did I gain strengths, I also worked hard to obtain my weaknesses, and to transform them into strengths. With our teacher, Shauna Pollock’s help, I got to work on contributing to class ideas and to reach into other classmates minds in our school. I got to work on the aspect of contributing to class ideas from an excellent idea, a reporter at random. The teacher would then assign a random classmate/reporter to answer a question given. The aspect of reaching into other classmates minds was to separate from a “group” and to join others that we have not contributed ideas with.

Looking back, every week on our weekly task lists would have a theme for us to retrain to. These themes would help us stay organized and to improve the specific skillset/theme that was assigned. For example, themes we had throughout the course were responsibility, initiative,  respect etc.. The themes helped set goals for other students who were lacking some of the skills set for the week. I, for example, wasn't too great with individualism. A reason why I had an individualism goal was because the time I spent with two specific classmates. Rather than learning new things and picking out of other classmates minds, I would stick with the comfort zone and not reach “outside of the comfort zone”

Our class worked a great amount on a tragic book called King Lear. Written by Shakespeare, but by being known as the best tragic book to be made. We didn’t have enough school time to have a unit on the topic but it was a great way to bring out special skills needed. We worked on our poetry, and poem analysis for this unit. I never had the confidence to speak out loud in class. Whenever we would have an open read aloud, I would never be the first to jump into character. However, I think that our presentations on our specific scenes addressed to each student in the class helped gain my confidence into speaking more clear and fluent into an open scenario.

   Cedar Ridge also had a unit on All-American Boys, which was integrated with Globe Read Aloud Slow Chat. This was a very inspirational and emotional book about police brutality involving two teenagers, one happening to be an African American. Rashad: an African American who was brutally beaten by a cop after accusation of theft and assault on women. Quinn, a white teenager who was a witness to the beating and pretended to have never seen it. The book itself brought many emotions during the read aloud. Listening to the feelings of the characters and the charisma used to infiltrate the book was amazing. Our teacher, Shauna, would have us answer questions in a tweet format (140 characters) and share it with other classes amongst North America.

   I think 21st Century Literacy has helped me in many ways, from corresponding ideas differently to just overall completing my goals I have assessed for this term. I have learned many things and different strategies to use in my later life. Looking back, 21st Century Literacy wasn’t just a course, it was reality and this reality changes me. I can highly recommend this course to many others and was grateful for attending and completing an amazing course known as “21st Century Literacy”.

Friday, 4 November 2016

Survey Report (access to clean drinking water)

21st Century Literacy
Survey Report
Access to clean drinking water around the world


Access to clean drinking water is a major problem that occurs in our world. The problem has grown dramatically over the past years making it lead to many results including people in unmodernized countries become very ill. I decided to set an awareness for this topic by creating a survey and placing on my blog to show the problems that are set in our world, that some people don’t even know about.


  1. What do you know about life straw so far?

  2. Approx.. How many children die each year due to dirty drinking water?
  3. Write 3 facts about lifestraws and how they can help us around the world


Many results came in after the form was made and some answers came out very interesting. For the first question “What do you know about lifestraws so far?”, many people didn’t know they exist or had the smallest knowledge about it. This shows that this dangerous world problem hasn’t been addressed enough for people to notice. Now moving on to the second question “ Approx..How many children die each year due to dirty drinking water?” with a marvelous result 88.9% answered correctly, however the last 11.15 were wrong. The pie chart below shows the statistics of the answers my classmates have responded with.

On the third and last question “Write 3 facts about lifestraws and how they can help us around the world,” the understanding of this utility increased dramatically showing the clear understanding of the lifestraw and the use/benefits with the impacts on our world.

It has been proven that the people who filled the survey understanding on the lifestraw grew and figured how we can use them to help the unmodernized countries around the world. Those people seem interested and have a strong belief of helping the problems with access to clean drinking water.

Friday, 28 October 2016

Tragically Hip Essay

Gord Downie becoming an influence to many people,
and his background story
“Music is the ultimate medium for expressions of love, and those expressions find a beautiful backdrop in the environment. Music is also a popular rallying point — at its central core, it’s a way for people to get in touch with the best parts of themselves and to voice the love in their hearts. And the environment is one of the great loves of our lives — when we think of the best parts of ourselves, the environment is always there, informing us, as a backdrop.” — Gord Downie
Gordon Edgar “Gord” Downie is a major Canadian rock  musician, writer, and on some occasions an actor. This man was part of a very famous band formed in Kingston, “The Tragically Hip.” He was not only one of the most famous Canadian artists, he was also an influence to many people. His story brought all sorts of emotions to his fans such as joy, anger, and depression; this list can go on forever. When listening to his songs and the rhythm or beat, you would at times think it was made to dance and have a good time. However, the moment you sit back and listen to the lyrics a story filled with all sorts of imagery and allusions is formed and you understand the real meaning of the song.
Downie was born in a suburb in Kingston, ON where he met friends to form this band, Tragically Hip. Originally the band started off performing in coffee shops and bars which later resulted into them signing a Record Deal and performing on  real stages. Downie has made several albums with his group including their first album Death Cab

On the 24th of May, 2016, The Tragically Hip shared news that shattered many of their fans hearts. This lead to social media going viral and much more. The famous singer of The Tragically Hip, Gord Downie, was diagnosed with a brain tumor. Doctors from different hospitals have said that it is terminal cancer and he will pass away soon. Hearing this horrible news, Downie thought of it as something to gain from.

He insisted to continue playing and to not stop his career. Many people around the world have felt truly strong with this story of how he never gave up. This is influencing people around the world and showing them that no matter what obstacle lies ahead, you can still continue to pursue your dreams. Many Tweets went out on that day: “Stay Strong we will always love you” , “You are my hero and will always be” , “You truly are the fighter in my heart.” Once the news broke out, they created a new album for this event and to support Downie, this album was called “Man Machine Poem.”
Ever since he started battling cancer he was obviously going through a rough time but he was always battling hard. The past months he was diagnosed were the worst but he still performed and will perform for many people around the world. He continues to touch people with his music and to continue his dreams from his childhood. He just wanted to do it to share great music. As he once said, “We want to bring good music to the people. That’s what it’s all about.” — Gord Downie, 2012. Not only did he inspire others, he inspired me. He showed me that no matter what, never give up no matter what comes into your way;there is always a way to dodge the obstacle.
I strongly believe we should respect for all that he has done for us.

Thank you Gord Downie.

Wednesday, 5 October 2016

Why I Love Sports!!!

Reasons why I love Sports!

Reasons why I love Sports!
As we go back to school from an amazing, relaxing, and calm summer, winter sports are getting back into season. I often get noted about how much I enjoy sport, even some people want to chat about sports and sometimes i get questions if I like sport too much. The next questions came up “What are the reasons for you to adore sports so much.” I thought about it and realized that this is a great topic to share on my blog….Why do i love sports!

  1. Teamwork
Many sports right now involve Teamwork.  They are about working together, with each other's strengths and weaknesses, collectively trying to improve, compensate, utilise these to a greater good.  It's often said 'there's no I in 'team''.  There are, but together those 'I's make 'we's and together, we are stronger.  We need our teammates in sport, and that helps me remember that the world, my life, my existence is not simply about me.  
  1. Leadership
Good sport is often the result of good leadership.  It also often leads to it.  Leadership is one of my key passions, and so it figures I enjoy seeing leadership in sports.  
Our world today has many confused ideas about leadership.  It's not all about noise, dominance or self-promotion, but rather about wise words, and selflessness.
  1. Hard Work
Sport is hard work.  It requires discipline, commitment, hard graft.  I have lost count of the times on the sports field where I have felt exhausted and unable to continue.  
I think sports naturally takes out the laziness and add’s the hard work.  
  1. Disappointment
I don't want to say that I don't have disappointment when one of my teams loses or fails in their. But Sports is not everything!  However, it's is not nothing either!  I compete, my teams compete to win.  There is disappointment when we fail, but there is challenge too.  We need to improve, we need to change.  Disappointment in sport allows me to see sport is not everything.  There are things more important in life.  It allows me to have a right perspective on bigger things in life.     
  1. Pleasure

Sometimes, you have the same joy when you don't win as when you don't - knowing you have done your best and sometimes have achieved against the odds, brings a smile to my face and a satisfaction that is addictive.  

“I always felt that my greatest asset was not my physical ability, it was my mental ability.”– Bruce Jenner